The man is a “thruim” creature. It is generally accepted that he is made up of the body, soul, and spirit. The body is the physical aspect of all humans that can be seen and touched. It includes all the parts of the body including the six senses. The body can be tortured, chained and imprisoned. A man’s body can be confined to a place and restricted from moving.
The soul of a man is intangible and unseen. On the soul seats the conscience, intellect, etc. The soul links the body to the spirit. Therefore, without the soul, no man can interact with his spirit. The soul is the mixture of both the mental and the spiritual. The soul receives from the spirit and transmits to the body. The soul cannot be imprisoned. A man can sit in a prison cell but his mind might be well seated in the in the presidential palace. The thoughts, the reasoning, the imagination etc., of a man, cannot be restricted by the bars of the prison.
The spirit of every man receives from the creator and transmits to the soul and the soul instructs the body to act on the information received. The spirit is the life of every man, without the spirit the man is dead. The affliction of the body might affect the soul if the soul permits but it cannot affect the spirit. The spirit also referred as the Sixth Sense by Napoleon Hills is the portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the creative imagination. It has also been referred to as the receiving set through which ideas, plans, and thoughts flash into the mind. The flashes are sometimes called hunches or inspiration. The spirit can never be chained. He is indestructible because it belongs to the creator.
When these ideas and thought in forms of inspiration or hunches flash the mind from the spirit, the mind begins to develop and create a product through imagination. Gradually the mind assembles all the parts of this new creation through the power of imagination. The receiver has the option of turning this unreal product to reality by transmitting the idea from the mind to the body or let them slip. The body is the creator of tangible things. Great inspirations or imaginations are useless if it is not transferred to the body to make them physical. The society will only benefit from your wonderful ideas when they can access them, as it known that no man can access the mind of another.
Every exploit in life is not a product or creation of the body, but a result of men putting their minds and spirits to work. According to L. Frank Baum, “imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine and automobile for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities”. Therefore, even when your body is locked, your mind and spirit is free and intact, hence you can still do exploits even in that prison. What you need to be successful is not your body but your spirit and soul. The best kind of freedom is not physical, but mental and spiritual freedom. Every spiritual and mental free man has the ability to become successful anywhere. A lunatic can never be productive because he is in a mental gaol. The dead becomes physically and mentally inactive because the spirit has been disconnected from the body and soul. But the world has produced great prisoners and ex-convicts that shook the world from its roots positively.
Even when the iron bars of the prison stop you from using your body, do not let them deter you from using your mind and spirit. You can be the next celebrated prisoner or ex-convict by merely putting your heart to work. The body has respect for the prison condition, but your mind is hardly touched without your permission and the spirit can never be intimidated by the prison condition. They can afflict your body, but do not let them touch your soul or spirit. Prison conditions can break your body, but you must protect your soul and spirit. According to Nelson Mandela, “the human body has an enormous capacity for adjusting to trying circumstances. I have found that one can bear the unbearable if one can keep one’s spirits strong even when one’s body is being tested. Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation; your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty”.
Life in the flesh can be hard and frustrating, but living in the mind and spirit is self-controlled. Therefore, one can determine how he lives when life is lived in the soul and spirit. When life in the physical becomes tormenting and hard, switch to the “soulish” or spiritual life and in no time your body will be taught how to endure life’s afflictions. Destroy my body, torment or incarcerate it, but my soul will learn to live without the body. Peradventure if my mind is touched, my spirit will heal them both.
Some critics like Jimmy Hoffa will say that the author is insane. Let’s read his quote; “I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: Prisons are archaic, brutal, regenerative, overcrowded hellholes where inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one human thought given to what they are going to do once they are released”. I know that some prisoners are living and treated like animals in cages. And most prisoners or ex-convicts will argue that the mind cannot be maximised in the prison considering its harsh and inhuman conditions. Let’s consider a quote from John Lubbock, an ex-convict: “The whole value of solitude depends on upon one’s self, it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a heaven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it”.