In reference to Genesis 1-26: “Let us make mankind in our own image, in our own likeness …”; how do you picture that statement? What I mean is, considering the statement, do you turn the statement around and think of the image of God as the same as our physical image? Or is there another view you have?
I imagine the likeness. God is Love and Love is God, so I think God would create mankind in the image of Love, Love in the spiritual form. As we come to the physical form our physical mind soon forgets our spiritual existence, however the union of the physical and spiritual exist always. Love is still within our image; our existence.
Spiritual development is an evolutionary path made in small steps toward an end destination that is impossible to achieve in a single life time. It all starts with the realization of the union that exist between the physical and spiritual self.
I was allowed to realize the union of the spirit and physical self through multiple processes. Perhaps the first of these was a car accident and another an out of body experience. In the first a miraculous series of steps during the accident protect me from injury. In the second I was allowed to cross over and back again with memories of what I encountered.
I do not think it is necessary for everyone to experience these exact events to realize the union of the physical and spiritual. Rather, I believe it is important for a person, who seeks spiritual development, to open their mind to the concept that we are here for a greater purpose and that purpose goes beyond self indulgence and consist of both our spiritual and physical existence. Our physical purpose may involve complex human activities that promotes human development. However we do not remember the plan that we must follow to complete.
We do this because we can; we do this as a part of the plan.
God loves you all.