Except from Gabrielle Roth’s “Sweat Your Prayers”

March 25, 2011

When Jesus said, “Enter ye as a child into the kingdom of heaven,” I’m sure he didn’t mean for us to imitate children but to be naked as a child.  To throw down our masks and find our real face, a face that knows no shame, a fearless face.  To retrieve our original innocence with no pretensions or plans, no past or future, just a fiery spirit.

This is soul retrieval, something we all need to do in order to heal an ancient and universal wound.  Thousands of years ago, some men got together and, in the name of God, separated all matters having to do with the spirit from the flesh.  Flesh was denigrated and the body became the enemy, its energies, passions, instincts, whims, and impulses suddenly suspect.

This was a tragic event in the history of western civilization.  In the divorce of spirit from flesh, we lost respect for the body and eventually we forgot that it was part of our sacredness.  In the process, we also lost repect for all things feminine, which previously had been our metaphor for all things of the earth.  And, because the feminine was associated wtih darkness, we lost repect for the shadow side of ourselves, the part of us that lives in the deepest recesses of our psyches.

This dismemberment is our major wound.  This divorce of spirit from flesh, masculine from feminine, light from dark, is the loss of soul.  The soul can only be present when body and spirit are one; it cannot breathe, exist, or move disconnected from the body.  Your parents gave birth to your body, and your body is the womb of your soul.  The birth of your soul is a virgin birth, one you must do on your own.  It’s a labor of love, adn we all know labor ain’t easy.  If you want to give birth to your true self, you are going to have to dig deep down into that body of yours and let your soul howl.


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