Oprah and Eckhart Tolle author of A New Earth answered a caller’s question from Beijing, China concerning weight loss and bodily transformation.
Cathy from Beijing had lost 30 pounds in the last year and acknowledged that for her it was a “spiritual work” beyond that of weight loss. Upon trying to explain it to her friends, Cathy found it difficult to adequately articulate the spiritual process without her friends looking at her as if she was “mentally ill” or weird.
Oprah commented: “A friend and I were talking about this the other day about allowing yourself to be fed from the energy that’s already there inside your body. I know what you’re talking about.”
Jesus Himself had a situation in which His disciples were hungry and brought Jesus meat saying, “Master, eat.” But Jesus said to them, “I have meat to eat that you don’t know of.” The disciples being perplexed said to one another, “Has anyone given Him something to eat?” Jesus hearing them responded, “My meat is to do the will of the Father who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:31-34).
Undoubtedly once your spirit has been awakened by God and is connected to the Creator, the “quickening spirit” within will energize your mortal body (John 6:63). It was in fact the Holy Spirit that rose Christ from the dead and imparts life to our physical bodies (Romans 8:11).
Hence the discussion between Oprah, Cathy, and Eckhart was very insightful concerning feeding off the energy within before prematurely and excessively eating.
Undoubtedly there is nourishment within from our own spirit that many rarely tap into being overly consumed and preoccupied with the body and egoic mind.
When we however cultivate the spiritual energy within to feed the body, we can thereby overcome obesity, and prevent overeating. As we develop increased consciousness, we will both hear from and harness our bodies more easily prior to over indulging.
Eckhart wisely said: “Being in touch with the body helps greatly because the body knows what it needs. Overeating happens because it is part of the ego’s unconsciousness, which seeks to substitute for the sense of aliveness.”
Oprah agreed wholeheartedly with Eckhart on that point being experientially sure of that in her own life. Cathy too agreed.
Before ever being known by the flesh, Christ was called a “child of the Holy Spirit” by which He was conceived of the virgin Mary (see Matthew 1:18).
Considering human beings are also triune in nature – meaning we are spirit, possess a mind, and live in a body – how much more nourished we would be both inwardly and outwardly, if we could simply reconnect with divine spiritual life. Inner life is far more nourishing and satisfying than external substitutes that enlarge our bodies but leave us empty inside.