Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Vital Carriage: Our Sacred Body

The body is the vehicle by which the Self unites with the world; it is a crossroads between the inner mysteries of our being and the outer Other. It is only through this vital carriage that any existential experiences are known. Even inner practices, such as meditation, are made possible only because of physical functions of the mind and body.

The body is the river that swells forth from the well of creation carrying upon its current the fruit that feeds the lurking fish beneath the surface. Our inner-being feasts upon the mysteries of life only because the body provides us with a place within which to reside. Literally the body is the physical layer of our spirit. It the layer that is seen, felt, interacted with, and known before anything else.

With the five (or seven if your lore dictates) senses of the body we hear, smell, taste, see, and feel the world around us. Yet there are parts of existence around us with which we have no manner of sensing or even knowing of without special equipment. Likewise, our own bodies mirror this in that we are a spectrum of seen and unseen. The Witch uses the tools of the body and practices of the Craft through which to experience, know, and sense the unseen parts of the self.

Looking inward is a journey unto the threshold of divinity. Delve into the world within and from it the Witch will manifest outwardly into the world reflections of what they found therein. The path, however, is not one-way only. The outer experience of the Other provides the palate for which the inner landscape is painted. Choose wisely the quality of paint that is put upon the pallet of life.

Our bodies are sacred; treat them as such.

Boidh Se!

-Spanish Moss

“Lost in a thicket bare-foot upon a thorned path.”

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