Why is the imaginal character of the body not more obvious? Why does the body encourage the literalization of its organs and functions? The answer comes from consideration of the dynamism inherent in bodily life. The body remains material. The metamorphoses of meaning become sedimented, encrusted in the flesh. In its ensoulment the matter of the body is metaphorical, and metaphor becomes matter. In taking on flesh, soul takes on the heaviness, dullness, stupidity, inertia, and concupiscence of the body. Body solidifies the smokiness of soul and because we can grasp body, we forget that it is image. When we discipline this amnesia, we call it physiology and anatomy.
--Robert Kugelmann, Windows of the Soul