I am reading a book on Money by an occult writer, Frater U.D. Money Magic - Mastering Prosperity in its True Element. (His more interesting book is on sex magic, btw.) The author correlates wealth in the form of real estate and land clearly to the magical element of earth, but considers financial transactions a means of communication, becoming meaningful and valuable only in the act of exchange, and therefore correlates it with the magical element of air. Money isn't really bulky enough to qualify as earth, for example when a $ 20 bill flies out of one's back pocket. Even the credit card that dropped out of my back pocket into a toilet bowl last night - more on the airy side.
From this perspective, the interesting, important and valuable thing about money is its power of connection, exchange. In fact, money is the very act of exchange, of trans-action. "Humans are the only living creatures known to have developed this specific form of social interaction." (p.28 of the First English Edition) Regarding exchange via money as a social transaction, this currency becomes vibrant, alive, and filled with the qualities of the exchange it carries.
The things that tea leaf readings reveal are outrageous at times:
A daily sunning practice is at the spiritual basis for the owner of this cup. He is trying to substitute food through sunlight. Already he looks beyond slender, but hey, that's his thing, none of my business. I figure he knows what he's doing, he looks old enough to know.
But the leaves alarm me otherwise: I see a disconnect between spirit and body, the life line is getting thinner, and I feel fear as I contemplate the energies of the leaves. "This doesn't look good. You're burning yourself out, leaving your body behind." He says he feels like his spirit wants him to do this food replacement through sun diet, but he feels his ego gets in the way. His ego! I thought we were past ascetic body-denying rather male-spiritual inclinations of the past!
I swallow, between feeling protective of this man and really wanting to support his free will and choice, I search for a clean way in which to say this:
"This is how I see it: You can keep going and leave your body behind, however, there is no guarantee that you'll be able to fully leave it behind. You may be trapped with a dried up body, and then neither of you is free. Or you can slow down and make sure that you wait for your body -- like for a little brother who cannot yet walk that fast -- to catch up and come along. It will be slower, but you'll have your body with you, your loyal companion for earth experience. I can't tell you which one is right for you. Maybe burning your body is what you're meant to do. I can only see the options in your cup today. They may be different tomorrow. I personally favor the slow approach, inclusive of the body's needs, because I find it loving, compassionate, and honoring earth's gift, our physical body, to us, through which we get to explore the mysteries of a physical experience."
The idea of putting spirit's demands on a pedestal while denying the body its physical needs by calling it ego, as if the ego had no valid needs worth considering with empathy and compassion, is in my opinion a cruel one and, in fact, likely to be ego-based, not spirit based. The larger self has no issue with the spiritual humility that comes with deeply honoring the basics of physical human experience: needs for comfort, love, mattering, and physical, mental and emotional nurturance. We experience needs, the deliciousness of having our needs met, and the discomfort when our needs are not met. That's how I see it: That it's important to give the ego a loving space in which to relax. Then one's spirit can soar, because there is no tension in the ego to keep spirit trapped in illusory circumstances. From a relaxed and beloved sense of self, spirit rises effortlessly.
The choice will be his. I hope I could open a window into willingness to allow for physical comfort on his path to a food-free diet.