This intertwining of the physical and psychological within a self-consciousness that involves itself in the parts of the body is summarized in . . . the Homeric heroes . . . whose interior I is none other than the organic I.
I have come into the inheritance of my own body.
Analysand ( Scott 1951, 257)
Here in the body are all the sacred rivers; here are the sun and the moon as well as all the pilgrimage places. . . . I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.
Saraha, Tibetan poet
( Klon-chen-pa Dei-med-odzer 1989, 375)
The body is our beloved, our best and sweetest companion in the present sadness.
St. Christine Mirabilis, thirteenth century (by num 1995, 333)
My belief is in the blood and flesh as being wiser than the intellect. The bodyunconscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know we are alive . . . and in touch with the vivid reaches of the cosmos.
D. H. Lawrence (quoted in Levine 1990-1991, 27)