I've been writing an article about the absurdity of the prudish attitude to nudity in this country and I came t write the following.
There are those of us who worship nature and find that since no animal or plant wears clothes, if we wish to become a part of nature, we have to shed ours. How can I be one with nature and her spirits if I put myself behind a barrier made of cotton, wool and plastic. And how can the plants, creatures and spirits relate to me on an equal level if I am so hidden? How does a tree know it's talking to YOU and not to the cotton you're dressed in?
I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on this? How do you relate to nature with your clothes on?
Post by Scruffy Brooky on Sept 29, 2011 13:55:01 GMT
Whilst I appreciate there is a sense of freedom in nudity and a certain glory in being in one's natural state, and I can see this being potentially desirable, for some people, in magical and ritual working, I do not think it is necessary to be so as some proponents suggest.
A practioner of magic might need to influence a situation in a concrete building half way around the world. Why should the practioner believe he can achieve this if he doesn't believe he can project his magic through a flimsy layer of fabric so close as to be in contact with his body?
As for "energies", for want of a better word, going the other way - from the world at large to the practitioner, Nature is my overarching deity concept. Why wouldn't a deity be powerful enough to get their point across because of clothing?
As regards for example trees that want to talk to us, how many Pagans must I have walked past in my lifetime? People I could have happily sat down for a conversation with, and never even knew it. The conversations we're really supposed to have with whatever, or whoever, we will have regardless of anything in my opinion.
I think skyclad working has a slight positive effect, however I think there is an element of self limitation in some people, who so believe that magic cannot be effectively worked whilst clothed that they become a self fulfilling prophecy.
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