April, 2019

Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Two

from Part One…

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.”…


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.


Digestive System

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.

 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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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

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.


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)


the Author:

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

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Year With Gaia on Amazon

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Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

Collection of Esoteric Writings

Elemental Year on Amazon

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Enchanted Gate on Amazon

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