Although many of us don’t think so, it is possible to feel comfortable in our skin, to look upon ourselves with awe and wonder and celebrate the divinity of our physical form. To do so, however, we must stop apologizing for being “too” anything or “not enough” something! Our seeming imperfections need to be reframed for the gifts they are. In my clinical work, self-esteem and embattled body image is a very real challenge which cultivates separation consciousness. Separation consciousness keeps us feeling apart from one another and disconnected from the world in which we live. Such a perspective results in living out of balance. It is time to prioritize a relationship with the body that honors the sacred holiness of its power to perform precisely as we need it to. Doing so enables a genuine connection with self which allows us to live in harmony with the world around us.
As an intuitive channel, I am often given messages about the physical bodies we inhabit and the ways they assist us in carrying out the lessons we came here to master. Below are some insights from the Higher Realms about this sacred temple we inhabit.
Embodying Sacred Intention
When planning to incarnate in this life, each one of us chose this body of ours. We selected the shape, size, color, and energy level to allow us to manifest our unique lessons and goals. The body is a sacred chariot of self-expression and a constant reminder of our co-creative power.
Crucially, the ever-changing nature of the body lends itself to the practice of non-attachment and acceptance, keys to the path of ascension. The body’s shape-shifting nature forces us to let go and adapt. For example, there are somethings I could do as an elite athlete in my 20s that I can’t do now in my 40s. Although I can’t run as fast as I once did, I have found new ways to move through the world that I would not have even entertained back then. They bring me so much joy now that I can’t imagine NOT doing them. Swimming is one example. I learned to swim in my 30s and now I swim almost daily!
Many athletes have experienced being in peak condition for their sport or desired athletic goal, but “peak” is momentary. It’s unsustainable for extended periods, and it’s meant only for a specific duration, such as race or competition. Indeed, accessing peak form and then letting it go can help us get comfortable with the body’s normal fluctuations and teach us to accept the process of change with grace.
Body as Sacred Transmuter
Our Higher Self worked with our guides and helped us choose the perfect form to play out our destiny, equipped with everything that would best support our learning and karmic process. The ways in which the body supports and challenges us can be understood through the lens of karmic transmutation. For example, those of us who are prone to anxiety or depression or have other health conditions we find frustrating, will benefit from exploring how those situations might be processes by which we are clearing karma (from a past life), thereby freeing ourselves on a karmic level. From this angle, it is much easier to worship the body unapologetically.
Body as Sacred Portal
Sometimes the ailments, injuries, strengths and seeming weaknesses, the things we like aesthetically and those we don’t, are simply present as a portal to deep healing. For example, a chronic condition like Celiac (an autoimmune response to gluten that leads to an inability to absorb nutrients) may be a clue to our challenge around emotional absorption, such as taking in love. Perhaps the condition gives us insight into how we may feel about being nourished by the world. Maybe a past life wounding causes us to expect the world to be toxic, so we are ambivalent about taking in and ingesting what shows up. Going within to unpack this can help us transform outdated belief systems and move towards wholeness.
Divinely designed for what we came here to accomplish, this body is worthy of celebration exactly as it is! In addition, this body is the one through which you can access sacred sexuality and is, therefore, a divine entryway to working with kundalini and the heart. Who knows, maybe this is the very body that takes you to ascension! Allow this body to be the doorway to your highest self-expression!
So, I encourage you to hit pause and delete the encroaching resentments, fears, anxieties you may have about your body and instead own it, celebrate it and love it for all the ways it is supporting you at a soul level!
*Inspired by the wisdom of the Sumerian Goddess Inanna, this blog is an invitation to live as she does, like an Unapologetic Heroine.
Seana Zelazo, LICSW is a psychotherapist, spiritual coach and intuitive channel committed to helping us live unapologetically, by restoring balance within and without through the wisdom of the Sumerian Goddess Inanna. Look for her upcoming book The Return of Inanna: The Unapologetic Heroine in 2022. seanazelazo.com