Change the belief and you change the experience
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Change the belief and you change the experience, when you know this deep in your belly all things are possible.
The menstrual experience is one of deep possibility. What we have rarely been encouraged to feel is the depth of connection that this intrinsic part of being a woman is capable of. The why of our discouragement of this sacred opportunity, is as varied as the why of the damage still done the earth, the waging of wars and use rape as a weapon of said wars. The how of unlocking this chastity belt of the womb is as individual as each person’s path to peace and deepened relations with the earth. The work I have dedicated my life to is the reclaiming of the sacredness of the temple of the blood, the womb as cauldron of self. The base place within a woman to fuel her strength and fire of desire to know what she wants and the energy to make it so.
When we as women open to the ebb and flow of the earth mirrored in our bodies we give ourselves the opportunity to live a life enriched by the deep hues of purpose and power that will sustain us far longer than any caffeine high can reach. A woman that has unleashed herself from the treadmill of disdain of body, of sexuality, of organic self, is a woman that has access to a powerful state of knowing. She knows her own mind, her own desires, her own power, her own life. NOT one that has been prescribed by media, government or medicine. She has moved herself beyond the confines of good woman, good mother, into whole woman, whole mother. “I’d rather be whole than good” by Carl Jung a mantra of wonder at what a woman can achieve.
So, how to be that, how to achieve the freedom that would incite us to live? When one is sourced from the inside out, from the depth of ones dreams to the actualisation of living, this lay a path to the living ones own life. There are so many reasons not to, the pay offs of doing what everyone else is doing is an ancient need of acceptance. When we live a life where our truth’s are not heard, when what we KNOW is something we don’t/can’t offer it up, so we swallow it down. That which could have been a pearl of wisdom becomes yet another stone of retained knowledge. “Depression is withheld knowledge” by John Layard, one of the first quotes of a book called “Wise Wound” by Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove. This book was one of the first to question the confinement of the menstrual experience to that of the unspeakable. And speak they did, a couple that had obviously practiced a life of the truth of themselves. That was 1978, do an amazon.com search today of ‘menstruation’ and there is over 20,000 options. Something is brewing!
For me and many of the women I have worked with, one of the first steps is the physical, the blood. “Taking responsibility for our bleeding ways is part of the reality-based revolution founded between the soft luscious thighs of every woman on this planet.” Inga Musico from “CUNT: A declaration of Independence” This moment of ‘taking responsibility’ is about the function of the bleeding. Are you going to perpetuate the industry that make billions of dollars each year maintaining the fear of detection? Polluting the planet and the body as they profit from the fear that they educate young girls in high schools to maintain. Treating the menstrual blood, that which could be a beautiful gift to the earth, as some kind of toxic waste. Which for many is the mirror of how they feel about themselves, the bleeding part of their nature, toxic. Change the belief and you change the experience. Starting with the blood itself can be a incredible place of freedom from a merry go round of “blood is dirty”, “must throw away blood”, “no one must see that I am bleeding”, “I must be dirty” for “blood is dirty”. Gifting the earth with your blood is one of the simplest, clearest statement to yourself, and to Her that you are willing to know the blood to be sacred, thus possibly, to know the self as sacred. Tools like menstrual cups and re-useable pads will assist.
Change the belief and you change the experience. This is an ancient set of beliefs that the blood and the bleeding woman are all kinds of dangerous and demonic, thus the dirty translation. You can’t call a woman of today’s western world that she is a demon because she bleeds, but you can imply that she is dirty, almost has the same effect, let her own lack of self worth from this place illustrate that women are of course lesser than men. Change this belief and you change everything! When the menstrual experience becomes one of sacred time, loving and tender with self. Opening and awaiting the inner realms of heart and mind as they bloom like the summer roses. This life lived from a deep sense that to bleed is blessed, to bleed is to be with Her, and if the man in your life is open to this sacredly held state of womanhood, he can be graced with a union of such ecstasy. The highest forms of Tantric union can only be accessed through the consciously bleeding woman.
There are many reasons that NOW is the time to open to the menstrual wisdom that lay in your own belly. That can be found in a shared circle of women that have put down the swords of competition, the shields of comparison. As Tea Party invokes, “Sister Awake” our conscious menfolk have a deep calling to have us own this part of ourselves, that we may share with them this ability to listen to the Earth. Our children will thank us for the clarity we offer them, and an access point to self in a whirlwind of what they are called to want, to think, to pay attention to, outside of themselves. If we are to strengthen ourselves, our men, our children to the kind of life we truly want, not the no-name brand off the shelf of consumerism, but a life dripping with purpose and joy. There are many reasons to know thy blood as sacred, to know thyself as sacred, from here, we know the Earth as sacred.
Change the belief and you change the experience of your world, for indeed it is YOUR world. Your thoughts, your words, your deeds. Owning your world from the inside out, knowing what you want and having the power to choose it, this is ALL yours to have.
May your world be ALL that you can imagine it to be, and may the source of your imagination be free and flowing with beauty and respect for ALL that a life can be!