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What is an Enstatic Body?

An Enstatic Body is one that is authentically inhabited, one in which joy, bliss, even rapture is easily accessed. One in which the spirit & the flesh are deeply connected. Mind, body, & spirit existing in proper equal balance.

"Ok, but what exactly is enstatic? I've never heard that word before."

Let's start off with a definition of "enstasy".

Ok, well let's start with a definition of "ecstasy", :)

1.

rapturous delight.

2.

an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling.

3.

the frenzy of poetic inspiration.

4.

mental transport or rapture from the contemplation of divine things.

Origin:

1350–1400;

ME

extasie

< MF < ML

extasis

< Gk

ékstasis

displacement, trance, equiv. to

ek-

ec-

+

stásis

stasis

Synonyms:

2.

delight, bliss, elation.

Ecstasy,

rapture,

[snip]

share a sense of being taken or moved out of one's self or one's normal state, and entering a state of intensified or heightened feeling.

[emphasis mine]

Ecstasy

suggests an intensification of emotion so powerful as to produce a trancelike

dissociation

[emphasis mine] from all but the single overpowering feeling:

an ecstasy of rage, grief, love.

Rapture

shares the power of ecstasy but most often refers to an elevated sensation of bliss or delight, either carnal or spiritual:

the rapture of first love.

Ecstasy seems to point to a location outside of the body as the site for this heightened feeling, this joy, this bliss. Enstasy, on the other hand, firmly locates this site of joy as located within the body. So one could say that "Enstatic Body" is somewhat redundant (I prefer to think of it as emphasis. :)  )

Instead of "disassociating" from our body to find bliss, to access heightened feelings of joy, in the enstatic body we travel inside the body.  Instead of "trancing out", we "trance in".   I firmly believe that to be disconnected from our body means that we are disconnected from God/Goddess/Creatrix/what have you. And that to worship that entity to gave us life, we must be firmly planted in this sacred container that we were given.

“There is but one temple in the universe,

and that is the body of [wo]man.”

~Novalis



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