at their miraculous bodies. Earthworms are sensing creatures. Without proper eyes and ears they do not see or hear, but they can sense light and vibration through their bodies.
They also have receptors in their skin that allow them to taste.
Yes, that’s right, earthworms taste using their skin.
And breathe through their skin.
And they have 10 hearts.
Or zero. Depending on your definition of a heart.
You see earthworms have 10 aortic arches, or 5 pairs of these. These are single chambers, where as the human heart has multiple chambers.
So if you consider a heart to be a multiple chambered organ then you might argue that earthworms have no hearts.
Personally, I like to think that any creature that moves through the world encased completely in sensation and tasting the world with their skin, has at least ten hearts.
As I tucked the worms back beneath damp soil to save their precious skin from the unseasonable warm sun (and the keen eye site of my chicken, Lucy), I thanked them for all their hard work beneath the earth and said prayers of gratitude for the worms, for the moistness of the soil and for the forecast that promises more rain to come.
Why the earthworm? Magical friends, I could go on and on about the important job of the earthworm, reveling in the wonder that is this small but mighty creature.
But instead I want to invite you to pause for a moment and to consider the ways your intuitive self mirrors this segmented squiggly helper.
When you open your senses and tune into your intuitive body, you experience the world in many ways the earthworm does, feeling vibrations and light and dark, experiencing sensation through every inch of your intuitive “skin”, and perhaps even feeling emotions as if you too had ten beating hearts.
When you feel into your intuition, and use your felt sense as your guide you might find yourself feeling vulnerable, or perhaps even overwhelmed. Yet when we allow for this connection to be practiced regularly, we grow more tolerant of these sensations, we can sit in this space for longer periods of time the world opens in whole new ways before us.
Like the earthworm our sensing skin is tender, and yet also like the earthworm it is our superpower.
What happens when you let down your armor (trust me we all have some in varying degrees of thickness) and allow yourself to tune into what your felt sense is communicating to you?
Simple Practice: Close your eyes and begin by tuning into your sensations
What do you feel on your skin?
What do you smell?
What do you “see” when your eyes are closed?
What do you hear?
Once rooted in your felt sense, think of a time when you “just knew” something.
Where did you feel this in your body?
What was the sensation?
What senses did you use or experience this sensation through?
The answers may be different for each of you. We all have different relationships with our bodies, different ways we “listen” to our senses.
This practice, although simple, is important. When you know what your intuition “sounds” like, it’s much easier to understand the messages it is giving you.
Did you catch Priestessing in the Modern World today?
If not, you have a couple of ways to tune in.
The replay can be found here.
Or if you prefer to participate live, you can join me for an encore presentation Friday January 28th at 1:30 pm PT.
(You can also do both!)
Registration is open!
Todays’ class marked the opening of registration for the Priestess Path, the 12 month 13 moon journey into Self.
You can learn more about the path by reading about it here.
Or if you have been waiting for this day you can head straight over to the registration page to claim your space.
The cohort for the Priestess Path has space for 12.
2 spots have already been spoken for.
Is one of the remaining ones, yours?
Have questions? I’ll be doing three livestreams this week to address some of the questions I’ve been asked about the Priestess Path and make some room for any new ones you all might have.
The first of these is tomorrow, Monday, January 24th at 10 am PT. I’ll be chatting about the first section of the Priestess Path which is made up of foundational practices.
You can tune in over on the Facebook Page and the Wise Woman Witchery Facebook group.
Can’t make the livestreams but still have questions? Reply to this email.
Happy sensing everyone.
With Love and Blessings,
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Emily Morrison MA, MFT