What is everyone's opinion on earth and the flesh being a prison? This idea has been taught for thousands of years through religions and mysteries, and is something I believe. Take the fable of Persephone being trapped in the underworld. During the summer, she is free to roam earth and be herself. But during winter, she is forced back into Pluto's grasp in the underworld. Persephone represents a human's Higher Self, while Pluto and the underworld represent the lower self (body) and earth (underworld). She is trapped in a constant cycle of leaving (death) and being thrust back again (reincarnation). This was also taught in Ishtar cults, when Ishtar was thrust down 7 layers of the underworld, and had to work out of it. Fast forward to Christianity, and you see it hinting at it in a more distorted way: Overcome the flesh (lower self), God lives in you (Higher Self trapped, and lightly tapping at the inherent Divinity in each person), etc.
Anyone else believe in this as well?