Lich means the actual physical body. When we get involved with higher spiritual pursuits it’s very easy to overlook this crucial soul part, and todays lesson is to remind you without it, we wouldn’t be! Your Lyke IS your most sacred vehicle, so it’s the most important ‘soul’ part you own!
Lich is also spelled lyke. (old Norse) Lyke is pronounced lee-keh; where the old English name Lich is pronounced leekh.
Like all parts of us, it goes without saying our body is like, super necessary to do ANY work, spiritual or otherwise yes?
As a student of Victor Anderson’s Feri Tradition, one of the first things we are taught is to revere our physical selves, and its soul part with all its functions is sacred and Holy.
So for our totality of self in the Norse tradition, I choose to honor the component parts of a living person as follows: 1) the physical body (lich); 2) the mind(hugr) 3) the etheric energy or energy field (aura) that surrounds our physical body (ham[r]); 4) personal awareness of consciousness or identification of self, sometimes called the ego (EK) ;5) our actual spirit self that is our astral ‘double’(Fylgja) 6) the higher “god” self (Disir) and 7)the breath of life or spirit (önd); 8) divine consciousness and inspiration (öðr)and finally; 9) our ‘luck’ or inherited traits and behaviors known as hamingja.
Each of these parts creates a working and cohesive whole; and if one is overlooked we can’t know our full power in my opinion. That means much time and insight are needed via getting in touch with ALL your parts! This month it’s our bodies; and this outward manifestation of ourselves is THE essential part of our being that has its own primal intelligence and provides us our interface with life and all things mystic!
The physical body, whose parts appear and function in the same way regardless where we hail from or what we belive, has its own kennings and instinctual ways of performing within life on Planet Midgard. It is our bodies that allows us understanding of the world around us; both seen and unseen! Moreover, as we have discovered thus far, the unseen parts of the soul can be divided up in a number of ways, depending on cultural or (as in this case) personal preference; but the Lyke is a soul part universal to ALL spiritual paths. For me, the Lyke is physical proof of our existence, seen by every other being on this planet; therefore I view the body itself must be approached as THE most scared and holy of our soul parts, since without a physical body, we simply wouldn’t be..
In 1985, I read a book called “The Body Electric” by Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, and in Becker’s ground breaking book of its day, Robert tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves; which in many ways challenged the established mechanistic understanding of the body in the early 80’s. In his iconic book, Robert explored new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.
It is through understanding the body (Lyke) as an organism that houses its own intelligence, its own muscle memories, it can repair itself, fight off microbial invasion, and it generates its own biomechanical energy and heat; we come to see our Bodies are miraculous self-sustaining entities in their own right. Our bodies are just as sacred as our Disir, our Fylgja, or any of our other 9 soul parts!
This is why doing physical self care, knowing about alterative healing, and revering the ‘meat puppet’ called our Body that carries you through this world is indispensable for this work. We are learning the power our body wields in healing and wholeness.
Today, celebrate the body as our ally and its own soul part, -full of its own intelligence, wisdom, and connectiveness.
Let us revel in the body, and learn ways to actually experience our faith more deeply though this beautiful and wonderous soul part!