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Sacred Embodied Blog

Day 13: Your Energetic Heart

Katie Gordon

Welcome to Day 13, Love!

For our final ritual, you'll dive into the energetics of your most sensitive organ: the heart. Your heart has unbelievable wisdom to share with you. Let's see what happens when you listen...

As you can see from the image in today’s write up, your heart sits right on top of your diaphragm within the pericardium, which is essentially the sack around your heart.

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Your pericardium is attached to your diaphragm, which means each time you breathe, your heart moves. On your inhale, your heart descends…on your exhale, it ascends. Don't worry about remembering any of that, we'll go over it again in the recording. 

When you're ready, hit play to journey into your heart.

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 12: Listen to your gut

Katie Gordon

Today we’re combining a bit of anatomy and physiology with awareness + energy medicine.

It's well-known now that your gut acts as a second brain. But how do we intentionally tap into the wisdom it has to offer? Let's go on a journey with your small intestine.

Here are the muscles that make up your abdominal wall:

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You don't have to remember the names of any of these muscles or organs, just remember that you have layers of muscles that make up your "core" or abdominal wall. 

These are skeletal muscles, meaning they're the ones you strengthen through exercise, the ones that support your posture, the ones that you can engage voluntarily.

Now, here's a photo of your viscera, or internal organs, beneath the muscles:

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See that squiggly stuff that looks sort of like a brain? That's your small intestine. Unlike your large intestine which is attached to your abdominal wall, your small intestine is free floating in your abdomen. 

Many of us tend to not only hold stress in our organs, but we even transfer some of the work our skeletal muscles are supposed to do into our organs. Today's journey meditation will invite this tension to unwind and the organ itself to speak.

When you're ready, click below to play the recording for your meditation.

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 11: Speaking with your Dreambody

Katie Gordon

Today we're deep-diving into Dreambodywork!

That's a fancy way of saying you'll be sensing your body sensations and allowing them to direct the way in which you move. Dreambodywork serves multiple purposes, the first of which is what's called process-work in psychology, inviting the body to process and move through undigested experiences that are lodged in the unconscious. 

In this way, dreambodywork is also a channel for Spirit, or the unconscious. You'll use your Second Attention to access your dreambody and allow it to direct the way in which you live, work, love, and "become a warrior on the path of heart".

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Your "Second Attention" is your awareness of synchronicities, accidents, slips of the tongue, coincidences. Those things that momentarily call to you before you go back to your normal everyday living. 

Let's give it a try...

Recall a dream you've had recently. Note the feeling that was most memorable in the dream. Which part of the dream was this feeling?

Now put the dream aside and note what sort of body experience you are feeling in this moment.

You may be having two experiences, one common to you and one unknown. Try to isolate the less common body experience, the one that is unknown, undesirable, or difficult. Take time to perceive it.

Using your {second attention}, focus upon this lesser known body experience. Let this experience evolve. Get into it; feel it first. Then experiment with expressing this feeling with your hand. Let your hand move a little. Exaggerate your motion until you find out where it's going. 

If the resulting experience reminds you in some way of a part of your dream, you may now understand your dream better. This movement experience mirrors the feeling in the dream and is a momentary experience of your dreambody.

Swing back and forth between paying attention to your normal body experience and your normal identity and paying attention to this new experience found in your dreambody. Practice going in and out of your dreambody.

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 10: Draw On the Right Side of Your Brain

Katie Gordon

Have you ever read the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain?

My dad gave me a copy while I was in the heart of recovering from an eating disorder. I had never been so disembodied, so disconnected from my center and my Self. But at the same time, I knew that healing would be found by going inward. I heard the call. 

I started working through the various activities in the book and this is the one that has stuck with me.

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What I love most about this exercise is that it asks you to give up control over an outcome and feel into how your inner eye, imagination, and intuition speak.  

Find any piece of paper (not too small as you want to have plenty of space) and a pen or pencil. 

Close your eyes and imagine a feather. It can be any feather, any color, any size. With your eyes closed, draw the feather on your piece of paper. 

Let go of what it'll look like when you open your eyes. Take your time using your inner eye to examine and flesh out all the details of this feather. You're not trying to create a masterpiece, you're connecting with your ability to "see", visualize, and giving yourself over to your imagination. 

Once you feel complete, open your eyes. Before looking at the image you drew, take a moment to notice the state of your nervous system. How do you feel in your body? Can you feel your heart? What is your presence like?

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 9: Art + Sensuality

Katie Gordon

Do you remember finger-painting when you were young?

If you were to close your eyes, could you still feel the cool paint between your fingers and the way your hands would glide across a big sheet of paper?

Photo by Amaury Salas on Unsplash

Photo by Amaury Salas on Unsplash

A friend and mentor of mine, Kathleen Prophet, reminded me of how child-like, primal, and sensual it feels to make art with your hands during her Embodied Astrology Rituals. It brings you right into your body, feeling, smelling, sensing, touching, creating from the unconscious.** 

Today, set aside some time to create with your hands. 

It can be anything.

Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

You can use paint, clay, ashes. Perhaps you blend an herbal tea or knead a loaf of bread or roll out dough for cookies.

It's all art. Let it be about the process of making than it is about the finished product. 

Notice how whatever medium you're using feels in your hands. What's the temperature? The texture? Smell? 

How do your hands want to move? Do they get warmer or cooler as you weave your magic?

What memories or experiences does it invoke? 

How does it feel throughout your whole body to be in the process? What do you sense in your physical, emotional, and energetic bodies?

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

**If you're interested in exploring more of Kathleen's work, particularly around Embodied Astrology, join her Facebook group (Astro Mysterium) here. She's got all sorts of INCREDIBLE free content, and will be hosting a free virtual Lilith ritual next week.

Day 8: Al Dente

Katie Gordon

My craniosacral teacher once said, when asked whether you really need to floss all your teeth each day, "No, only the ones you want to keep." 

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While you may or may not realize it, your teeth reflect so much of the health of your body, mind, and soul. They reflect the state of your jaw, your pelvic floor, your neck + shoulders. They tell you how you're using your voice, or if you're not. 

Your teeth give you insight into your dreambody and your Underworld. 

And the way you tend to your teeth says a lot about the way you’re relating to your body. Each tooth is its own individual bone. 

Let that sink in for a moment. 

Each tooth has its own story, its own trauma, its own wave of movement, its own energetic imprint. Each tooth will tell you something different and will have its own way of unwinding. 

So today, linger with your teeth. Devote a bit more time than normal to caring for these bones that have their own unique history

What is it like to lovingly floss each tooth without hurriedly jamming the dental floss in between them?

Perhaps during your meditation touch each tooth with your tongue, pausing when you come to a tooth that feels every so slightly different. 

Without the intention of changing or "fixing" anything, shine the light of awareness on each and every tooth. Just for today. And maybe tomorrow too.

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 7: Awakening Your Inner Visionary

Katie Gordon

Today, we're combining a bit of anatomy with some visionary work to explore (in my humble opinion) the coolest bone of the human body. 

This is a head-on view of your Sphenoid bone...

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This lovely, bird-shaped bone has actual wings that move with your breath and your cranial rhythm! 

As you see here, your Sphenoid bone (in purple) is right at the center of your skull, like the keystone of your cranial bones:

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When you inhale, it tips forward as if it is nodding. When you exhale, it moves back. As you can see here, it almost looks as if it is flying:

In the video below, the Sphenoid is the bone in the middle. Watch the way the Sphenoid bone and the Occipital bone (the large one to the far right) move together:

In terms of bone energetics, the Sphenoid is the bone of clear vision, associated with the inner eye, perception, and sight. Like an owl is able to see, perceive, and hunt in the dark, your Sphenoid is able to perceive the visible and invisible when it moves and functions optimally. It is the center of your inner knowing, your intuition. 

When you have a pretty clear idea of the way the sphenoid bone moves, find a comfortable seat, close your eyes, and invite your own sphenoid to move with your breath. 

Inhale it nods forward, exhale it relaxes back. 

Can you begin to visualize that movement within your own skull?

If so, can you start to feel your own sphenoid bone moving, ever so subtly?

Does it move on one side more than the other, or does it feel fairly even?

If one side feels a bit stuck, without forcing it invite it to move with your breath. 

What happens? What do you see?

With your Sphenoid bone moving somewhat fluidly, consider this:

When you "just know" something, where in your body do you feel it? Perhaps your belly, your chest, your throat, or somewhere in your skull. 

Now begin to tune in to the physical + energetic connection between that place where you "just know" and your Sphenoid bone. Do you sense a connection between them? If so, what is it?

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 6: Bone Energetics, Part 2

Katie Gordon

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Today, we explore one of my favorite meditations, and one that I find incredibly grounding. Simple and yet profound, meditating on the bones can free up immense space, create stability, and invite us into deeper relationship with our bodies. 

What kind of space do you find in your pelvis?

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 5: Bone Energetics, Part 1

Katie Gordon

Photo by Meta Zahren on Unsplash

Photo by Meta Zahren on Unsplash

Did you know that when you breathe, every single bone in your entire body is in motion? 

Every. Single. One.

Even in moments of stillness, even when you're sleeping, your skeleton is moved by your breath. 

We're going to begin noticing the way these bones move. When you can tune into what ISN'T moving, when you can feel what's stuck, you know where to go in and listen. 

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 4: Herbal Impressions

Katie Gordon

An embodied experience with Peppermint leaf

Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash

I've found Herbal Impressions to be a potent practice for reconnecting with my body, my senses, and my intuition. The following practice is one I use often myself, especially when I'm having a hard time getting being in my body, and one I give many of my clients for homework. 

Before beginning your meditation today, you'll need to brew a cup of peppermint tea. Use whatever you have available, loose or bagged tea. 

Steep your tea for 5-10 minutes, then strain. You'll want to have about 15 minutes set aside for this practice. 

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 3: Sound + Vibration Medicine

Katie Gordon

Welcome to Day 3!

Most of us tend to hold a lot of tension in the throat and chest. Sometimes it's physical tension, but just as often, if not more, it's emotional + energetic tension that causes discomfort and dis-ease in these areas. 

One of my favorite ways to move tension in the throat is through sound. Today, explore sound and the sensation of vibration throughout your body with the following exercise:

Make sure you're comfortably sitting upright in a chair or supported by a cushion on the floor. When you're ready, press play!

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!

Day 2: Anoint Yourself

Katie Gordon

Photo by Jake Thacker on Unsplash

Photo by Jake Thacker on Unsplash

Touch is a funny thing in our culture. We're not encouraged to touch ourselves, there's not much talk about how to touch others (unless you're in massage school), how to have any language or dialogue around it, or how to set boundaries for ourselves and each other. 

Touch and massage are typically reserved for "self-care," intimate moments with a partner, or when we're in pain. But touch and human contact is such an important piece of our humanity! The ways we care for ourselves and one another is intimately connected to touch.

Do you use lotion or some kind of body oil after showering? How do you use it? Do you hurriedly slather yourself, after noticing your skin is flaky + scaly, before throwing clothes on and rushing out the door? 

It's okay. I do too.

But what if instead you slowed down just enough to notice how sturdy + strong the bones of your ankles are?

To connect with the soles of your feet?

To lovingly massage your belly instead of wishing it looked different?

It doesn't have to be "sexy." But if your body is the most exquisite thing you've ever seen, which it is, how would you touch it?

Today, anoint yourself.

Use your favorite carrier oil. {Some of my favorites are almond oil, jojoba oil, or sunflower oil}. You may like to add a few drops of essential oil to your carrier. Something like Sandalwood, Rose, Rosemary, Lavender, or Grapefruit might be nice.

After a shower or bath, when your skin is still damp, take a few drops of your oil and, beginning with your left foot, massage the sole of your foot. Make sure to get in between all your toes as well as your heel and the top of your foot. 

Then make your way up your ankle, spending a few extra moments on your Achilles tendon. Moving up your lower leg, gently massaging your calf and even your shin bone (your bones are alive, yo! They need some love too).

Massage a few drops into your left knee, the slide on up to your thigh. Now, I know most of us have at some point wished our thighs looked different. But you know what? This thigh is the thigh of your ancestors. It has helped you walk, hunt, run, climb, dance, swim, make love, kneel. It's seen you through a lot and those muscles beneath the skin have evolved and transformed with you. Tend to them with loving touch.

Then repeat all that with your right leg. 

Move on up to your glutes with another few drops, your outer hips.

Make sure to spend a bit of time massaging your sit bones. Yep, the bones that get sore when you sit too long on a hard surface. They're yours, you can touch them. 

Lovingly touch your belly, massaging up underneath your ribs and down to your pubic bone. 

Then use a few a few drops on each hand and each arm. Those hands that have dug into the earth, cooked food, written sacred + profane words. Those arms that have hugged, driven cars, held babies, helped you hang from trees, pierced the water when you dive into lakes, and carried groceries into the house. 

Make sure to gently + lovingly rub a few drops into your breasts, neck, and throat. The sacred places of your heart and voice. Perhaps the parts of you that have been violated the most. Love them. Touch them. They're here and they're you. 

Use a few drops to explore your chin, jaw, nose, and cheek bones. The broad expanse of your forehead. The base of your skull. Imagine for a moment those bones of your skull each have their own story, their own movement, their own breath. 

When you are complete, close your eyes for just a moment. Can you still feel your hands on you? Can you feel your muscles and bones alive, pulsing with breath and blood?

What would it feel like to anoint your body like this every day?

You're welcome to share your thoughts below or in our Facebook group. Insights + wisdom from within is medicine for everyone!