Embodiment: What You Embody Is Your Choice

Jan 8, 2024 | Virtues of the Heart



  • one that embodies something.
  • the act of embodying: the state of being embodied.
  • a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling.
  • the representation or expression of something in a tangible or visible form.

As humans, we inhabit the 3D world and possess the ability to embody states of being. This is accomplished through activities, emotional states, mental states, and behaviors. While we constantly engage in this process, are we truly conscious of the embodiment we are expressing?

We have the capacity to become aware of what we embody. Embodiments can manifest in infinite ways; there is no limit to what we can embody. However, we often do so unconsciously, influenced by our reflected reality, shaped by recurring thoughts and sensory input.

For instance, we can embody a state of kindness and perceive the world and others as friendly. Conversely, we can embody a state of victimhood, insecurity, fear of others, and judgment. In essence, we can embody the state of a co-creator or a state of powerlessness. Said another way, we can embody duality or interconnectedness.

Our embodiments act as the drivers of our reality. We attract what we embody. As energy creators, we are constantly generating energy in the form of material creations, actions, thoughts, energy, and unseen electromagnetic frequencies. Without an awareness of what we embody at any given moment, be it day, week, month, or even a lifetime, we are not living as we were intended—limitless.

I can embody the state of kindness or distrust and fear. This tends to shift and change continuously for me. Thus, I transition from one unconscious embodiment to the next, interspersed with some conscious choices.

To transform our reality, expand our consciousness, and live a life that embodies the higher self (Soul, Sovereign Integral, or source) and heart, we must embody the characteristics of those higher states of being. In other words, we must be the embodiment of that.

We cannot achieve this by merely thinking about it, hoping for a miracle, or expecting someone else to save us or our world. We can only become what we can embody, here and now in our current bodies. We cannot be one thing and hope to become something else without a change in our inner state of being. Moment-to-moment embodiments.

The six heart virtues provide a means by which we can alter our embodiments. These virtues, expressions of love, combine to form a symphony that embodies the purest expression of love. Through the practice of these virtues, we become the embodiment of love.

Love is a word-concept that is brimming with nested energies and subtleness. It is used in our collective culture somewhat casually without much thought to what it consists of. Most people shrug, smile and simply shake their heads in silence if they are asked to define love. Some people will dress love in the costume of divinity and call it divine or unconditional love, and leave it at that. I wanted to show the architecture of love.

The six heart virtues are the “rooms” in the home of love. They are not word-concepts; they are behaviors. The acquisition of behavioral intelligence is the task each of us is performing day-to-day whether we realize it or not. It is what life brings. We are all learning to forgive, to be humble, to express compassion, to be empathic and understand the other’s point of view, and so on. These are the qualities of love, and if we can pay attention to the branches of love, then love is expressed more completely in our lives.”

–James Mahu

If I truly want to live my life as the embodiment of love, I must be conscious and understand the framework of the virtues and how to express them. This does not mean I go around saying I love everyone or everything. This is not the love I’m referring to—the sentimental overtures of loving word concepts, as mentioned above in the quote. There is a significant difference between authentically expressing compassion through behaviors and offering a few kind words out of a sense of duty or correctness.

Humans have a long history of embodying the idea that we are separate (duality), cut off from others and our source. The continuous embodiments perpetuated it to become normal and widely accepted. However, some of us sense, know, or feel that there is more to us, and we are drawn to that awareness. We yearn to become what we believe is our natural state of being, where the intelligence of love resides (interconnectedness). Our embodiments are born out of duality or interestedness, thus perpetuating a limited dysfunctional world or a vast new limitless love-infused field of potentiality.

Despite exploring various teachers, gurus, religions, and spiritual paths, we still search. While we have gained insights on our journey, we often look to the future for an awakening to our natural state of being. Yet, things don’t happen in the future; they only happen now, in the present moment. This is why embodiment is crucial—it can only happen in the present moment.

If I can be conscious of my embodiments throughout the day, I am being that which I want to be, aligned with the essence, my core, or natural self—I am that now! There is no future doing; it is all now, and my reality will flow from this “now” state of being.

Every day, upon waking, I remember that I am not merely a separate human animal; I am much more. I envision “much more” as seeing myself connected to everything, so vast that it stretches my ability to imagine. My humanness is vital; I am having an experience here in the 3D world through this body. I am embodying something more extensive, something I don’t understand and can’t see. But I know it is there, and the only way I can invite it into my body/ego/heart/mind is to embody the state that will open up and allow it to enter. This is through the human self; it must be—I am inside this human and will remain limited until I begin to imagine something more, something larger, something connected, something more intelligent of which I am a part. The human is an embodiment of source with the potential to embody source more fully, that is what we are trying to do.

My embodiments are not perfect, and sometimes I am lost in worry, fear, and thought. I know that I am more than this body, as is everyone. Knowing is not enough; I must become that being, that larger self, that essence, or core of who I am.

This requires embodying the qualities of that being now. That being is invisible, and I don’t know the implications of inviting it into my human life, but I know I must. The six heart virtues are a means to do this, but not the only means; embodying kindness to all beings is another. Each of us has our own unique path.

It is not easy and not a path for everyone; this is my path only. My path is mine; yours is yours. In that, there is only one path; each individual has one path. There is no roadmap we can all follow. It is unique to me, only me, and I must take the steps, trusting that I am walking toward myself.

Embodiment is unlimited and different for everyone. Even though the six heart virtues are one means by which we can embody higher states of being, we are all unique in our expressions of them. This is the vastness of reality and the limitlessness of creativity.

Sometimes, as I go about my day, I find myself in a state of wonder, and imagination flows, sensing my interconnectedness to everything. It is an ecstatic state when I can let it be. I don’t understand it completely, but I allow it anyway—I embrace it, love it, and let it be. I don’t have to understand or name everything. It becomes another conscious embodiment of being cradled in the arms of source. It is movement in that direction and that is enough.

This requires living in the present moment and maintaining our awareness of our embodiments. It is not a distant goal; it is always available now. It is an individual journey and in this lies the beauty of diversity of infinite expressions to embody our true nature. One by one we contribute to the interconnectedness that can shift our personal and collective reality.

This is an ongoing dance with the present moment where we make a conscious choice to embody the qualities of our highest nature. By doing so we transform ourselves and contribute to co-creating a reality bathed in love and interconnectedness. This can only happen one at a time. By trusting this and knowing this, I must take responsibility for my unique, yet integral contribution. The dance continues.

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