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April 1st, 2019

Our
Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Two

Excerpted
from Part One…

…”Our
physical bodies are a wonderful and grand vessel of complex and
varied capabilities. Most of the functions that sustain our life are
transparent in their process and automatic in their function. We
breathe, our heart beats; we move in coordinated and purposeful
mechanics, we feel, we think, we react. All of these physiological
components are used as vehicles of anchoring in the refinement of our
spiritual and subtle nature. We are humans in corporeal state and as
such our level of response to spiritual and energetic action is
through the vehicle of physical being. Even those experiences that we
cannot articulate or are unaware of their potency and impact move
through the state of our physical being and often become the eventual
place of manifestation.”…

FIRE-
WATER – EARTH

Reproductive System

Held within the polarity of the reproductive organs is the mystery of creation. The womb of the female becoming the place of quickening for the life that will, if viable reach full term and be replicated as human and physical being. It is this combination of earthly form serving as vessel and the seminal fluids of the male quickening the ovum of potential that the fires of creative out pour are produced. It is the movement and flowing of these waters held in the birth canal that offer up the fires of contraction and expansion to release this new life into being. At a purely physiological state, it is the healthy functioning of the reproductive system that ensures the continuation of humanity. These urges to create further provide ground for interpersonal connection engaging mind and heart in the selection of the fittest and physiological response in the secretion of hormones that will attract.

FIRE

Digestive System


Our
digestive system is the furnace that acts to assimilate and
effectively distribute what we take into our bodies as nourishment
that becomes the fuel to keep us running. It is through this system
that the foods we take into our physical structure are broken down
into more digestible particles; nutrients and what will enliven are
extruded and the transformed products are then eliminated before
stagnancy can set in. Our digestive system is also largely
responsible for the immunologic responses of our bodies.

This
information
 is brief in
its content as each of these systems is vastly complex and can be
further categorized in sub-systems. The important consideration is
that each system is dependent on the other either directly or through
the bridge of another in producing the necessary life force to keep
us alive. When we consider the complexity and precision of this life
force and its active components that keep us functioning it truly is
a profound and deeply humbling analysis. These same structures apply
to every living thing in their own way of specificity and in larger
scope to the entire universe.

It
is for this reason that our first point of connection to that which
is part of, yet independent of ourselves is through the knowledge of
our own smaller universe that is our physical being. Once we begin
that exploration we see the broader picture of our connectivity to
all manner of life and how work on the self, produces far-reaching
effects beyond that self.

The
exercises below are suggested to make you more aware of the pulsation
and vibrancy of your body. Most often we do not really feel the
movement of the blood and beating o our hearts unless we are engaging
in a physical activity beyond what our normal resting state would be.

Physical
Exercises:

1. Engage
in a moderate from of physical activity for at least 5 minutes.
Enough to raise your heart rate. This should be in accord with your
state of overall physical condition and what limitations you may or
may not have. This activity could be climbing a flight of stairs,
dancing, marching in place, etc…Standing or sitting, turn your
awareness to the pace of your heart rate, and the feelings of blood
moving through your body in response to the exerted effort. Try to
completely engage with this sensation and make note of the fiery
nature and pulsation of heart beat. Stay in this state of awareness
for as long as you are able. As your pulse returns to its normal
rhythm, remain conscious of this shifting and “cooling down”
period. When you have returned to your normal state of activity, make
note of how this differs from what you just experienced. Make note of
how much more alive you feel as the release of the endorphins lifts
your perspective. This similar type of feeling can be noted in the
raising of personal energy as byproduct of an energetic protocol or
practice.

2. Sit
in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Take a few very
deep breaths of inhalation and audibly sigh into the exhalation of
each. Do this for several breaths, each time listening more deeply
and opening to the physical feelings produced in the expansion and
contraction of your chest and lungs. Continue breathing in a relaxed
way with no emphasis on inhale or exhale (no sound). Listen more
deeply and make note of the sound (inner) of the air passing into
your lungs. Really try to hear the gentle whoosh in and the long
extended soft sound of exhale. Send your complete focus to the sounds
you are hearing for several breaths.

Now,
shift your awareness to the physical, rather than audible sensations
as you breathe. Make note of how your skin stretches softly in
expansion on inhale and the gentle and elastic pulling in on the
contraction of exhale. Try to consciously expand your skin just
slightly further and contract more fully in for a few breaths. Send
your complete focus to this action of physical sensation for several
breaths.

Return
your awareness to simply breathing, giving no more attention to the
audible or the physical sensation. You should be feeling very relaxed
and more expansive as you complete this exercise. We forget to
breathe deeply and with intention because of the fast paced nature of
our days. Taking time to acknowledge and consciously breathe opens
your clarity of focus and anchoring to your physical state.

References:

Emmet B. Keefe, Introduction to Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy (Berkley, CA;Ulysses Press, 1999)
Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body:An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Boulder, CO:Sounds True Inc., 2009)

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

This Pathworking is meant to connect us with the deeper meaning of the First Harvest of Lammas. We have sown the seeds of our will and making at Ostara, nurtured and tended to their needs; seen them in bloom at Litha and are now ready to reap what has grown and is viable to sustain in the darkness that lay in the winter months ahead.

For the most effective use of this pathworking I would suggest reading it through once to set-up the initial energetic connections. Then, take some time to record the pathworking, reading it in your natural voice. Be sure to offer up timed silence in the recording for those areas marked as a pause. A brief pause would be approximately 4-5 minutes and a longer pause would be 15-20 minutes. Taking these additional steps, creates an even deeper level of connection and as you listen to the sound of your own voice you will respond in a way that opens additional pathways. May your journey of this harvest be blessed with a cornucopia of bounty.

The Horn of Plenty”

Take a few deep breaths, filling your lungs as you inhale and gently breathing out in release as you exhale. Allow your body to rest comfortably on the surface on which you are sitting. You should feel no tension or strain in any part of your body. Gently breathe into any area that feels tense or is holding unwanted energy, allowing it to slip away as you exhale into a more relaxed state of being. Allow your breathing pattern to establish its own rhythm and take note of the gentle rise and fall of your chest. Acknowledge a deeper feeling of relaxation with each exhalation…brief pause.

Turn your focus now to the space behind your closed lids and create an inner screen upon which various images may be projected. This is your gateway into a meditative state of peace, calm and tranquility. A fine mist of indigo blue energy fills the screen, pulsating with particles of light and energy. You are drawn to it and in your mind’s eye you see the projected image of yourself approach the center of this screen and gently step through. You emerge at the edge of a wooded forest. It is dusk and the sky is ablaze; bathed in reds and oranges that cast a serene glow on all it touches. The smell of autumn is in the air and the leaves of the trees are a palette of reds, browns and golden shades. This is the time of the first harvest. The time when that which was seeded in the Spring, and lovingly nurtured throughout the Summer is ready to be gathered and drawn inwards to nourish and sustain in the winter months ahead. You walk forward on a narrow path between the trees and each step forward produces the sound of crackling leaves echoing from tree to tree. A gentle breeze carries the scent of apples, pumpkin pie, corn pudding and bread baking. You pause in movement forward and take a moment to enjoy the aromas and sounds that surround you…brief pause.

You begin walking forward again and are drawn to a light just ahead. You step into a small clearing and see a thatched roof cottage a few yards in front of you. A curl of smoke spirals upwards from the chimney and the glow of amber colored light can be seen through the windows. Instinctively you are drawn to this place. A sense of familiarity fills your being and you step up onto the porch. Pumpkins, gourds and tied bales of hale adorn the entryway. The thick scent of fragrant wood burning in the hearth, and the front door slightly ajar beckons you to come in. You reach out and gently push the oaken door open. The inner room is small, yet inviting with amber colored hues, tabletop baskets of apples and a crackling fireplace filling the panorama of view. Take some time to look around. Engage all of your senses and drink in the sights, smells and sounds as you make yourself at home in this cozy cottage…longer pause.

As you continue with your exploration your eyes come to rest on a wicker basket shaped as a Horn of Plenty. It sits on a small wooden side table and contains within small scrolls of parchment, rolled and bound by an earthy green ribbon. You are curious about the contents contained within the Horn and what meaning they may hold for you. In keeping with the warmth and welcome you have felt from the time of stepping into this place you reach out and take one of the scrolls from the Horn. You gently unroll it and see what has been gifted to you. The scroll may contain an image, words or vision of a seen past or yet to come. Its contents will be in the form to which you are most connected. Regardless of the form, its intent and meaning hold the promise of a Full and Abundant harvest of all that has been nurtured and tended to this point of ripeness and readiness for taking up. This represents that which is both a gift to yourself and in turn will become a gift you share with all you meet. Holding your scroll you move to sit in a rocking chair just in front of the fireplace. As you gaze into the flickering and dancing flames you see the images of all the positive actions you have taken this year. All of the successes of those seeds of new beginnings planted and the ripe, lush fruit that has come to full harvest. Take some time to reflect on these bountiful positive qualities that are expressions of your highest, most fruitful SELF…longer pause.

Some time passes and the flames in the hearth begin to diminish. You see that the scroll you were holding in your hand is no longer there and acknowledge that all of its information has been imprinted within. You now understand that you are the scroll itself and those actions, efforts and creations you produce are all held within your Being. All that is needed to sustain you through the future turns of the Wheel grows within. You have only to make the request to your Higher Self to release these gifts and the harvest of your own Horn of Plenty is available at all times. You have received all that is needed at this time and you once again stand. Looking at the beauty of the room surrounding you there is a quiet acknowledgment that this is now your private space to which you may return at anytime.

Your gaze is caught once again by the Horn of Plenty, and to your surprise in the place of the scrolls the hollow of the Horn has become a cornucopia filled with fruit, squash, corn, apples and nuts. The small table is filled to overflowing with all the bounty of the Harvest and somehow you know that this abundance reflects the many images you found within your own basket of plenty. You smile knowingly as you walk towards the door; gently push it open and once again step out into the forest. The sky is now lit by the brilliance of a honey gold sunset. The velvet of the night sky is minutes away and the hush and serene promise of a restful evening are just ahead. You pause a moment and stand looking at the sun as its last strands of light disappear beneath the rim of trees. As the darkness begins to envelope you, the veil of blue mist forms just in front of you.

You step through and once again return to the place of your inner screen; seeing the form of yourself stepping through. You feel the calm re-entry into this space as the screen gently fades and your focus of your consciousness returns to your breath and its serene rhythm. There is much information that you received on your journey and you know that the days and weeks head will reveal more; but for now you offer up gratitude for all that has been received. Allow yourself to slowly and gently shift your awareness and return to the physicality of sitting in this space. Each inhalation brings awareness to the feel of your body resting in chair or on floor. Returning to awareness of the gentle rise and fall of your breath. And, when you are ready gently flutter your eyes open and be fully present here and now.

Brightest Blessings

***

About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of:

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2)

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1)

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

My Life Prayer

Great Spirit

Show me how to use my gifts in service of you and all of the beauty you create.

Teach me how to step out of the way so you can move through me like the graceful dancer you are.

Teach me your choreography.

Give me the courage to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done.

Continue to surprise me with creativity in unlikely places- I like that.

Teach me how to be present- how to live in awe and wonder like a child.

Keep me curious and open to learning from all kinds of places, people, things, and creatures.

Teach me to treat my process with tenderness.

Remind me to offer gratitude and show me ways to celebrate my victories.

Preserve my tenacity.

Keep me humble.

Keep sending people into my life who love me unconditionally and believe in my work.

Show me how to keep my heart open.

Most of all, show me how to live an artful, harmonious life while simultaneously walking lightly on the Earth.

-Jen Engracio

***

About the Author:

Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic practitioner, Reiki Master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’S Shamanic Journey into Healing

For more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Swedish Petroglyphs

 

 

Sweden has an abundance of mysterious petroglyphs. The Swedish word for petroglyphs is “hällristningar”. This refers to figures and shapes carved in rock surfaces. Most of these images are pre-historic in origin.

Scandinavia has a very large concentration of rock art, created around c. 9000 (the first century BCE). There are about 30,000 registered sites (but new sites are being discovered all the time). Vivid interpretations have been attempted, based on Old Norse beliefs and Sami ethnography.

In truth we do not know until today what their purpose or meaning really was. Do they tell stories? Were they a backdrop for community rituals and ceremony?

This video offers an introduction and some key information followed by shamanic drumming inviting people to meditate on (or journey into) five photographs of Swedish Petroglyphs.

I invite you to share your experiences in the comments section for this video. Who knows, this might just give us some powerful (if non-scientific) clues to the lives of the Bronze Age inhabitants of Scandinavia!

I look forward to reading your responses!

***

About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of shamanism and sacred art. Her book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon Books in 2016 and her second book Sacred art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where art Meets Shamanism) will be published in March 2019.  She was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit in both 2016 and 2017 and is a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. She is currently in the editing stages of her third book “Medicine of the Imagination” and has started her fourth book “Evolving Gods: The Sacred Marriage of Tradition and Innovation”

www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk  (website)

https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/  (blog)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=imelda+almqvist

(YouTube channel: interviews, presentations and art videos)

Natural Born Shamans – A Spiritual Toolkit for Life: Using Shamanism Creatively with Young People of All Ages on Amazon

Our Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part One

Our
physical bodies are a wonderful and grand vessel of complex and
varied capabilities. Most of the functions that sustain our life are
transparent in their process and automatic in their function. We
breathe, our heart beats, we move in coordinated and purposeful
mechanics, we feel, we think, we react. All of these physiological
components are used as vehicles of anchoring in the refinement of our
spiritual and subtle nature. We are humans in corporeal state and as
such our level of response to spiritual and energetic action is
through the vehicle of physical being. Even those experiences that we
cannot articulate or are unaware of their potency and impact move
through the state of our physical being and often become the eventual
place of manifestation.

This
posting will focus on the physical anatomy and in its briefest form
will offer some basic information to get us started. I am using the
elements as some additional correspondence to the form of energies I
associate with these physiological systems. There are many overlays
that can be used and some may find other attributes more relevant in
description or assignment. Formulate your own opinions and see the
analogies in whatever way you resonate most soundly with. As you work
with and through these systems over time, everything you thought you
knew about their function will change in perception and new
perspectives about how they work in collaboration with a strong
personal practice, magickal working and spiritual growth will evolve.

A
Disclaimer:
I am neither a healthcare professional nor a
professional scientist. The information I have pulled together is the
result of my personal experiences as both a professional dancer and
practitioner of Eastern and Western Hermetic protocols. I have read
and filled in what was needed of the basics of physiological anatomy
to gain a deeper understanding of how to make better use of the
energetic protocols and results and strongly encourage those who wish
to become more effective in their workings to do some research and
formulate their own foundation of understanding about the inner
workings of the greatest tool we have in our own spiritual
development- our physical state of being!

EARTH
Flesh and Bones

Our skin, the largest organ in our body, acts as the interface between what surrounds us and how we respond at a tactile level to those surroundings. The sense of touch evokes emotional and mental reaction and the sensitivity of our skin to multiple layers of stimuli is often one of the first points of engagement we have with our world.

Our
bones form the structure that holds in place and protects the bodies
we inhabit as corporeal and physical beings. Our bones connect us the
most deeply to the earth and the mineral life that is composite in
the formation of the planet itself. Our bones serve as the upholders
of our physical action and are the scaffolding of what is our outer
appearance and make-up.

The
Muscular system

The
muscles are responsible for movement of the bones and work in
conjunction with the brain, nerves and sensory systems. There are
three types of muscle:

The
Skeletal Muscles-
sheath the bones connected via tendons and are
responsible for reflex actions and giving shape and form to the
skeleton.

Smooth
Muscles- these are found in the organs and work automatically to
ensure the continued function of their specific organ. These are
controlled by the autonomic nervous system and regulate such things
as digestion, elimination and breathing.

Cardiac
Muscle-
constantly works pumping the blood in and out of the
heart and is stimulated by the electrical impulse generated within
our body. This muscle is directly responsible for the function of the
circulatory system.

FIRE/AIR

The
Neurological System

The nervous system is the master communicator, receiving and distributing the information received throughout our bodies and is the most complex of the physiological systems. The Central Nervous System includes the Brain and spinal cord and the Peripheral Nervous System acts to initiate changes inside and outside of the body. This information gathered is sent to the CNS and reacted upon.

It
is through the nerve endings in the skin that the sensorial feed-back
is transmitted to the brain. These neural networks of fibers are
often interconnected to tissue and blood vessels. Additionally, it is
through this system of communication that the development of
language, motor and thinking processes is set into motion.

WATER

The
Endocrine System

The endocrine system is similar to the nervous system in that it relays information and acts as a signal system. The nervous system uses blood as the conductor of the electrical impulses and the endocrine systems uses the blood vessels as the channels of transport.

The endocrine glands release specific hormones that regulate the body’s growth, metabolism, development and more. These secretions are released directly into the bloodstream, carried by the blood vessels and act upon the specific organs and their functions. These hormones are vital for the body to function optimally and grow in a productive healthy way. In spiritual practice the endocrine system is one that can be attuned to enlivening and reforming the physical body’s responses. The seven master glands act one upon the other stimulating and opening the subtle spiritual centers.

FIRE/WATER

The
Circulatory System

Our circulatory system uses the electrical current of fire and the flow of water to maintain our life’s spark. The pumping of blood through our bodies and its transformation within the chambers of the heart and then ultimate release back into circulation throughout our bodies is a statement of efficiency in use and flow. The heart is the central core responsible for multiple functions and the related by products that keep us healthy and alive. Mind and heart have long been the components of spiritual growth and deeper understanding. The scientific parameters of the heart have shown that the heart ‘s electromagnetic field is 60 times greater than that of the brain and that it is capable of performing some brain-like functions because of the continual energetic flow between heart and brain in an exchange of cellular information.

The
spiritual term “Intelligence of the Heart” takes on new meaning
when we have this scientific knowledge and provokes a new way of
thinking about how our emotional and mental interactions may better
serve one another.

AIR

The
Respiratory System

The intake of breath is the sustainer of life. The air that moves in and through us serves to oxygenate and maintain the life force that runs as current throughout our physical form. The lungs become the great bellows expanding and contraction; response and reaction to the flow of air that is taken in and then released.

The next post will continue to move through the systems and take a look at the correlates of function of our energetic anatomy.

References:

Emmet B. Keefe, Introduction to Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy (Berkley, CA;Ulysses Press, 1999)
Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body:An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Boulder, CO:Sounds True Inc., 2009)

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

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