The sacred suspension
There is a big smile at the beginning of the year!
Everything is contained in the depths of winter.
We know that the buds and seeds are already ready for spring: under the layer of ice a sacred intensity awaits the great unfolding. The cold fulfils its essential function in the maturation and intensification of what is to come. Without this somewhat austere kneading, the potentials forged in the autumn would lose their power. The force of winter forces us to stay in the nest. It is a pressure that invites us to go to the innocence that is at the centre of us, sheltered within the walls of the igloo or the good stable.
This period is sacred because it is out of action, even though everything is being prepared for it. Sacred because everything is ready and everything is still possible. All the potential to come can still be influenced by the surrounding silence.
It is no coincidence that Christian tradition has imagined the Magi crossing the deserts to lay offerings at the foot of the source child! By bowing before him, the sacred is recognised and can act.
The source of life
Because it is the time to be in the nest, and because the days are just beginning again, this is the time of the child.
From this centre, we are more than ever connected to what nourishes us…. and what nourishes us is first of all this intense, constant, unfailing connection to the earth’s gravitation.
Remember that whatever we do, by our weight, we adhere to the planet, we are stuck to it… we are an element of this planet, all our matter is part of it. Through our matter we are in constant communication with everything in the world below.
From the middle of our belly, our hara, our centre of gravity, we are in relation with the centre of the planet, as if by an umbilical cord!
This is the source of everything. So we call it the source of life….
The small intestine, the roots and the archetype of the Gourmet Child
This middle of the belly is really, because of the distribution of weights, the centre of our being around which our whole structure is organised. It is this notion of the hara from which we are born, from which we die…
It is also so because it contains the small intestine.
The small intestine is our true root system: unlike plants that go to the earth for nutrients by plunging their roots into it, we bring in these nutrients by passing them through the digestive tract.
The small intestine is a huge surface area that is incredibly folded to adhere to everything that comes in and take out what is good for us. So it is here that we embrace the life of the earth, and certainly here that our appetite for life is born… which is why we call this area of the body the “Gourmet Child”.
… considered in this way, perhaps time and modernity have been wiser than we think in replacing the offerings of myrrh, gold and incense with the sweet treats of brioches and king’s cakes, crisp and delicious!
The creation of the Self and the intelligence of the womb
What happens in the small intestine is a miracle, because it is there that organic molecules are broken down into an assimilable form: it is there that what is not oneself can be integrated into oneself ….
It is therefore a sensitive interface where, of course, not just anything is allowed to enter. It is quite physiologically true to say that everything starts from the stomach! Our being, our identity, is constructed from this surface of relationship. The way in which the good health of our intestine conditions the quality of our immunity is moreover increasingly well documented… and at the basis of the treatment of many diseases!
To accomplish this delicate and vital miracle of integrating the other into ourselves, we need a great deal of intelligence: and the intestinal nervous system is also increasingly referred to as our “first brain”!
Gut symptoms and lack of adulthood
As mentioned above, considering digestion in general and the small intestine in particular as the root of the whole edifice of our health leads to a lot of attention being paid to what is going on there. When this surface of interaction loses its integrity, it becomes permeable… and the first reaction, which will be at the origin of many pathologies, is an inflammation.
Whatever the causes, it speaks of irritation: the world passes a barrier that it should not. The child, instead of feeling safe and protected, instead of carelessly receiving information that will help it grow, is forced to adapt to strangers who should not have arrived there!
Upstream of digestion are taste, smell and sight, linked to the instructor’s family, which are supposed to watch over the child so that only good food enters him. The symptoms of the gut and what follows always derive from a lack of ability to look after oneself, one’s core of innocence, and to ensure one’s own integrity!
We live in a world that is deeply sick of the ability to look after. Very few of us embody our adult part sufficiently… for ourselves, those around us and those in our care!
Heirs to a long history of mal-watchfulness, it is a challenge for all of us to restore a strong and living connection to those intestines, to our inner child!
The message of the Gourmet
“Do you love life?
“Do you rejoice in what you eat, in what you embrace?
“Do you take care of your joy of living correctly?
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