Does nudity make you vulnerable?
Let me start with a question: Is the soul vulnerable? It depends on the person you ask. Some may think a soul isn’t vulnerable at all because it is the seat of all your power. Others may well agree that the soul is very vulnerable; why else would it be so hidden away so deep within everyone?
What have philosophers and mystics said over the many years?
Let’s go back in time a little. Let’s say to 300 BCE. And let’s hop over to the Indus valley in India. Sages who lived there got rid of all their clothing and all other worldly belongings. It was their philosophy and it still practised by people in India.
In that same India, a ‘few’ years later (in 14th century CE), a female mystic named Lalla wrote:
Dance with nothing on but air. Sing wearing the sky. Look at this glowing day. What clothes could be so beautiful, or more sacred?
Not just India, but also ancient Greece
Anywhere between 800 BCE and 600 CE, the Greeks were known to have nude athletes, and even statesmen were depicted in the nude. They weren’t afraid to be naked. In fact for them it was a way to show their power.
But we don’t have to go back that far to find writings of well-known authors. For instance, George Bernhard Shaw wrote:
I am strongly in favour of getting rid of every scrap of clothing … I know the mischief done by making us ashamed of our bodies.
Also musician John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono,were known for not being afraid of nudity.
Vulnerable. Or not.
I can add to this list for a while longer but I am sure you get the picture. Nudity isn’t just for the common man, it’s for everyone. And with such famous and well-known people in favour of, and speaking out for nudity (come on, admit it, you have heard of Lala before, surely), I think it’s safe to state that being nude doesn’t make us vulnerable.
The soul of an artist often is more open to impressions on many levels. This is true for musicians and painters, as far as I know, and for myself it’s also a truth. Without opening up my soul to everything around me, I can’t write my stories. Since I write stories about nude people, I open my soul to nudity, being naked. Through that I allow myself to be vulnerable, but it’s not something I’m afraid of. I embrace it, and from within that embrace I let my stories grow.