Etymology靈 (영) [yeong] – spirit, deity
人 (인) [in] – person, personality
體 (체) [che] – body, form, matter
When we look at the way humans are structured, we see that God gave us dual properties at creation. He created our physical body as a miniature embodiment of the tangible world and our spiritual self as the representative and owner of the invisible world.
The spiritual self is a substantive, though invisible, reality that is perceived only by the spiritual senses.
Man was created to live in the material world, and when the physical body ceases to function, naturally and automatically passes into the invisible spiritual world. Thus, although the spiritual world cannot be seen with our physical eyes, life in it is a natural and inevitable continuation of our life on earth.
In the relationship between the spiritual self and the physical body, the spiritual self plays a more important role. The physical body lives for about a hundred years and then ceases to exist, while the spirit lives forever beyond time and space.
The spiritual self consists of the spirit soul and the spirit body. The spirit soul is the central part of the spiritual self, the seat of God. The spiritual self develops through a give-and-take action between the life element that comes from the Creator and the vital element that comes from our physical self.
Our spiritual self can only develop through the interaction with our physical body. The relationship between the body and the spiritual self is like the relationship between the tree and its fruit.
It is our responsibility to perfect our spiritual selves while living on earth, in the tangible world, while we possess a physical body.