As the Solstice approaches, as the Full Moon passes, on the first day of the 40 days of the Venus Retrograde… some thoughts.
Exquisite from the late John O’Donohue and Anam Cara…
“The body is the mirror where the secret world of the soul comes to expression. The body is a sacred threshold; and it deserves to be respected, minded, and understood in its spiritual nature.”
I of course love these words.
I believe it is also a sacred threshold, and the way that I personally receive intuitive impressions and guidance, messages, inspiration and warnings. I feel it in the physical.
My body is both a receiver and a transmitter.
And we have been told the body is a sacred temple. And it is. It’s where our soul and the spark of the divine creator reside. It’s also where our bodies create life and nourish those lives for 40 weeks. And provide nourishment for the babies we may birth.
Our bodies also hold all of our experiences.
From this lifetime and most likely others.
I always knew this. I sensed it.
But never as clearly as when I began working with an osteopath and other body workers over the last couple of years.
I then knew the absolute truth that we hold our experiences, including our trauma, in our tissues, and in our organs.
During those sessions, I would track with a sort of amazement, which memories and imagery and emotions (and some were incredibly powerful, a lot of tears, a lot of emotion) corresponded with which part of the body being worked with.
Each part of me had a story, or many.
I found it so moving, so poignant, and it created a deeper connection, respect, awareness and love for my physical self. I already treat my body very well. That was not always true, but it has been for 25 years overall.
In the past I was an emotional eater, I binged, and I also injured myself regularly, my knees particularly were prone to overuse injuries as I overrode the pain and signals my body was sending as I was over-exercising to numb emotional pain and loss when younger. I ended up with several injuries, long bouts on crutches and physical therapy, and two major knee surgeries by the time I was 33. Not so intuitive.
During the body work, I relived birth stories with my sons. And the trauma and losses over my life, stored in different organs.
As my beloved longtime teacher Caroline Myss often says, our biography becomes our biology.
Most of us connect with our bodies in a kind of battle. We want our hair to be different, we want our skin to look better, we may want to change the size of our body. We buy the stuff, we go to the gym (I don’t, I hate the gym), we are committed to the superficial.
But what about what is held in your body.
The emotions, the experiences, the tenderness, the losses. What about the ways you sense and feel your way in the world.
We are animals. We have some of the same primitive faculties and knowing of any other animal species, less refined in ways but still. And we are the only species that overrides our survival instincts, our guidance, our intuition.
We don’t rest when we are weary.
We don’t necessarily eat when hungry or stop when sated.
We don’t pay attention when we get a subtle signal that somebody is not safe for us, or is lying, or the myriad other signal that humans pass back and forth.
How often do you consider the body as the home to your soul.. or even your heart. The heart such a powerful center, such powerful resonance and energy from that place in the body.
We talk about living holistically but… we aren’t really. We are disconnected most of the time from the guidance of our soul, the way the soul helps us to evolve, the experiences, and the losses and the challenges, and also the gifts, the miracles, the ways we find the new and how we are changed and uplifted.. the ways we continue to rise.
As the Solstice comes, we go into the darkness and are promised the return of the light. We embrace this time of dormancy and go into the quiet and reflective. It is a time to conserve energy, and to be renourished at the roots so that we can express and expand and bloom when spring returns. It is a beautiful sacred time. And we are urged to consider our relationship to everything, our body, our soul, our planet, and each other.
I wish you radiant health, love in all it forms, true nourishment, and deep happiness… All love and every blessing to you this season.
In 2022… I will continue to offer my 40 day self-guided program for emotional eating. Retreat Days. My Wednesday Women’s group, and deep life-changing intuitive insightful individual coaching/mentoring.
Start the new year by taking your deep needs for beauty and transformation seriously… tis the Season.
My love to you~ xo