Channeling magic for use in rituals, spells and everyday life is an essential ability of a witch. As a witch, our bodies are our tools for all magical workings - our hands are our athame and wand, our bodies our chalice, and the space we are in our altar. Like any system that power travels through, the clearer and more conductive the lines the better the power can flow. With our bodies we can limit or increase the level of magic we can raise by altering our health.
Our bodies continually produce electricity which is circulated through our bodies by our nerves and chemical reactions between our cells via electrolytes. Our energetic bodies, also known as our subtle bodies, have a circulation system just like our physical bodies. An energy field exists around each person and is called the aura. The aura is like the skin of the sublte body and absorbs and gives off energy in a continual flow. The seven chakras, located the top of the head, forehead, throat, chest, solar plexes, abdomen and genitals, are the entry/exit points in our system. The energy around us is absorbed into our aura and pulled in through our chakras. It is then transformed into subtle energy we can use, like food broken down into nutrients in our digestive tract. Energy flows between the chakras through channels known as the nadis. Then it flows along meredians to our organs and physical system to breathe life into our cells.
As scientists are proving more and more, we witches already know that the energy of our subtle bodies affects our physical health. We're familiar with the studies that show depression and stress cause physical illnesses, but are you aware that physical illnesses and sluggishness harms your subtle body? The health of our subtle body is intricately entwined with the health of our physical body. The two are only separated when we die.
If your body is unable to perform the tasks it was assigned to do, it sends out negative pulses saying, "I can't". This sends ripples through your energy that are aggravating and can impede the flow of energy. If you are trying to perform a healing, the healing energy will often stop first at the points within you to try and heal you, dimishing the end result that can flow out of you to the healing.
While there are many healing arts that have been developed - reiki, accupuncture, aura clearing, and smudging to name a few - energy healing is only a piece of the equation. The root problems are diet, exercise, sleep and stress management. As you show respect for yourself by feeding your body the nutrients it needs to make more cells, exercising to improve your strength and cardiovascular system, sleeping to heal the body, and managing stress by letting of the unimportant, your energy levels will increase. Your body will radiate to the sublte body, "I can".
Subtle Body Health + Physical Health = A Powerful Witch
Article written by Tiffany Maely. Originally published September 28, 2011. Revised July 15, 2012.