Slow-Magic – Deep Elemental Harmony with all Life
“With all my body, I touch the earth.
My hands touch the earth.
My face touches the earth.
My breasts touch the earth.
My heart touches the earth.
My belly and genitals touch the earth.
My thighs and knees and toes touch the earth.
I breath deeply and my breath is united with the earth.
The whole earth breathes. Breath is everything.
I delight in the earth, its presence, its energy.
The earth is real!
Only your superficial contact with the earth is not real.” (1)
In the book Tantric Quest the yogini Lalita Devi introduces her student Daniel Odier to the magical “tattwas”. The tattwas are the basic building blocks of all of existence – its the Earth, our bodies, air, fire, water, space and ether. It is the whole living, breathing, erotic reality of all existence.
This vital link between humans and the elemental nature of life has been broken down because of the weight of the patriarchal lens of separation and gratification that has seeped into the very fabric of our living and has co-oped our senses and cut us off from the intrinsic sensuality of living gracefully and graciously in harmony with the phenomenal world.
“When was the last time you felt the deliciousness of water caress your skin?”
The soul strives to experience its erotic nature – it is its reason for being, for incarnating into the world of form. Slow-magic happens when we are committed to restoring this deeply intrinsic holy relationship with the sensual nature of the elements – uniting our being with Earth, Human and Life Divine.
To do this we have to slow way, way down. It is in our soft steps, our breath and our attention to the completely innocent moment, empty of conceptual goals that we can truly grasp this magic with its offering of beauty, of love and of grace. This is the magic that is all around us, woven into the very fabric of creation, the Mother Herself – awaiting our recognition.
It is in these sacred pauses that we can truly access this Heavenly love that is all around us. We begin to foster a deep love of the ordinary day and the living of it becomes a sacred feminine art. Each day becomes a celebration of the erotic present in the ordinary. When we restore this curiosity – this innocence, this wonder, this awe, we begin to release ourselves from the imprisonment of our jaded worldview, our senses over stimulated by “too much” and we tap into a field that is overflowing with simple abundance.
“The bliss of taste”
“The Sun and Moon and Earth
To bring you this delight.”
We begin to truly connect to the Earth, and her vast veins of sensual magic. We become transformed, pared down to that which truly gives our soul joy. We live generously in the moment. The Mother of Life takes her place in the center of our lives, gushing forth Her Love and we having slowed down are open to receive Her.
“The art of making a cup of tea”
The priestess, wild women and mystics of old truly knew how to do this, how to live in harmony with the elemental nature of life – and it is from this matrix that they could weave their tapestry of magic. They mined each slow moment for its gifts with the alchemy of intention and attention and because of this they could heal, soothe and bring forth their wisdom and their visions. They truly lived and died with this reverence, completely satiated, overflowing with life, their soul dancing in ecstasy.
“Tasting dark chocolate,
A ripe apricot,
A luscious elixir –
Savor the expanding joy in your body.
Nature is offering herself to you.
To realize this world can taste so good.
When sipping some ambrosia,
Raise your glass,
Close your eyes,
Toast the universe.
The Sun and Moon and Earth
To bring you this delight.
Receive the nectar on your tongue
As a kiss of the divine. (2)
The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, the 64 Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages.
(1) Tantric Quest – An Encounter with Absolute Love – Daniel Odier – Inner Traditions 1997
(2) The Radiant Sutras – Lorin Roche – Sounds True 2014