Human beings are composed of matter, the physical body, and of a subtle principle, the spirit. But above all, human beings are spirits.

If they have been given bodies, it is so that through them, the spirit can manifest and work on the physical plane.
The relation of human beings’ bodies to their spirit is what the universe is to God’s spirit.

The universe is God’s body, and through this body, his spirit reveals all its riches. The universe only exists because God’s spirit continues to penetrate it in order to animate it and give it life.

If God withdrew, the universe would return to nothingness. And the same is true for humans: when the spirit animating them leaves their body, it takes with it all its treasures: life, energy and consciousness, and their body disintegrates.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov