Lilith & Listening to the Body

I’ve written in several places and in different angles on positive and healing approaches to understanding Lilith in us, including in listening to the body. (The 2012 & true Black Moon Lilith natal reports, Living Myth, “Seeing in the Dark: Rethinking Lilith and Lucifer”, and an article on my site among them.) Tonight I’m thinking about a personal experience that struck me in such a way that these fingers started doing their little typing dance.

Over a period of a few months several years ago, I took milk thistle extract on a regular basis. I had learned that it supported the liver and I had been thinking about the connection in Chinese medicine of anger and the liver. I was born with Mars conjunct Uranus in the 1st house and square the nodes, with one invitation of these symbols being to learn more about expressing will and anger.

I felt good while I took the milk thistle. After a while, though, I stopped taking it. Probably there was no good reason! I do remember the taste was awful, but I’m the kind of person who eats dark green vegetables (broccoli, kales, etc.) raw and by themselves, and appreciates the earthy taste. So the taste was something I put up with.

A few days ago that extract popped into my mental field and I felt like I needed to get it, so I went to the local co-op and picked up a bottle. The inspiration for this blog post is on the reaction I experienced as the few ounces of water I put the first dropperful in entered my mouth and started going down the, I guess, hatch.

I had an energetic reaction – everything felt fine.
All felt right.

It was a confirmation from my body that this extract was something I needed, and it could not have been clearer. I felt calm, peace, openness – perhaps even the beginning of joy. I note my reactions to foods on a regular basis but this really stood out.

The way we live now, it is so easy to overlook what the body says. It is easy to eat based on logistics/location and to do so with a mind to honor clocks and our commitments, not what our bodies say.

Yet the body always offers feedback. It never does not give you a thumbs up or down regarding what you are doing.

One of the things we are learning more about is our nature as energetic beings. Mostly we relate to energy as emotion, so that’s a good place to start opening up to understanding more about yourself and your surroundings as informed and (in fact created) by energy. You might feel your body responding to things that are good for you by doing what feels like expanding or opening, while it will respond to what is not good for you by doing what feels like contracting or closing. This is not the whole story, but when taken all in it is pretty simple: The body says “yes” or “no” to everything. Our awareness of these answers is the key ingredient in how the process works.

When Lilith comes in here, we choose our food and routes of nurturing in the same way that we choose people to interact with. The same way we choose anything and everything in our lives – through an instinctive knowing. Lilith within us is always connected to instinct. I define instinct as a visceral, non-cognitive knowing. If we can allow it to be as important an information source as mind, we will get closer to being more fully human. We will inhabit more of our true natures.

We are not mind. We are mind and body and spirit. The great health care issues we are beginning to face now have been generated over time by, among other things, our disconnection with Lilith. But I believe it begins there because we have become conditioned to devalue nature and not even consider that the body has wisdom, that it has anything useful to say. We treat our bodies like battlegrounds for the war on nature (the feminine) that patriarchal culture has been waging since its formation almost six thousand years ago. We are willing to poison the body in order to eliminate symptoms. Many of us have forgotten that food is medicine – that nature and natural foods do have what we need.

When we live in harmony with Lilith within us, we have a sense of what our bodies need and we are willing to leave all else behind. We honor what we know we are, and we love ourselves in ways that are natural.

Living this way, we will naturally not fit in with the prevailing culture. Let this be fine. Take cues from your body about how you need to treat yourself. Let your work, relationships, diet, styles of self-care and nurturing, and everything else reflect the wisdom your body is always offering you. The more of us who do this, the prevailing culture becomes translated into something that works better for us.

Tom Jacobs is an evolutionary astrologer, medium, channel, author, and coach. He offers insight into why your soul is here and guidance about how to make it happen. Contact him via his site for private readings and to learn about intuitive coaching. Tom is the author of five books on metaphysics and astrology including The Soul’s Journey I: Astrology, Reincarnation, and Karma with a Medium and Channel, available via his site and Amazon.