Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Womb Energy: uterus and ovaries

I once read an article that had a great title: Motherhood takes Balls!

That would be ovaries, on us darling. "Our ovarian wisdom represents our deepest creativity, that which can be born only through us," says Dr. Christiane Northrup, my favourite authority on women's bodies.

Ovarian power - think of it - not just for creating babies, but for allowing our creativity to come through us, not through the intellect alone.

"Ovaries are at risk when women feel controlled or criticized by others or when they themselves control and critizie others." (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)

Yeesh, better be careful, I think, coming from a long line of hyper-critical women.

Think of the uterus as the rich dark earth in which the creative seeds from the ovaries grow in time. Our uterus, Northrup says, is energetically related to our innermost sense of self - symbolic of our dreams, the parts of us we would like to give birth to. "Its state of health reflects her inner emotional reality and her belief in herself at the deepest level. The health of the uterus is at risk if a woman doesn't believe in herself or is excessively self-critical." (WBWW)

Try this excercise: lie down somewhere comfortable, with a pad of paper and a pen nearby. Ask yourself, if my uterus could speak, what would she say? If she was an object, or a room, what colour would she be? If she had a name, what would it be?

Put your hands on your belly before starting, and breathe deeply. Feel your self contact your uterus and ovaries within. Let any images or colours come to the surface of your mind. Stay with the feeling. See what comes up. Then write it down.

One more thought, Carolyn Myss (medical intuitive) suggests that fibroid tumours represent the creativity that was never birthed, inlcuding fantasy images of ourselves that have never seen the light of day. Or possibly our life energy flowing into dead-end jobs or relationships we have outgrown.

This is just a more imaginative way of looking at our bodies, as representing our highest wisdom, often expressed in a metaphorical language not unlike the language of dreams. You are the best interpretor of these images and symbols. It's time to start a dialogue, today.

You've got Ovaries, Baby!


Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Message from Queen of Heaven

Dear ladies, queens of your households,

May you give yourself a few moments of peace today to experience the blessing of rest.

I, goddess Ishtar, reclining on my chaise-lounge, would like to encourage you to do what I do at the full moon, when my heart is full too. I have been busy for two weeks now, waxing into fullness, mounting tides, climbing mountains, blessing fields with my rising energy. Feeding, cleaning and folding, like you, my daughters, who are sisters and mothers. Birthing, caring for the ill, the babies and needy ones. And now, before the descent of the next two weeks’ waning time, I pause for a day, in stillness. I lay my feet on my golden couch by the window, where I can listen to bird song and watch the sun rise in the sky.

Let the world continue to spin without me for today. I remove the Queen headdress and crown. I remove the staff of power from my hand. I remove the girdle of fertility, the sandals of activity, the bracelets of charity to others, and I lie on my couch and am fed.

The pure water of the river cools me. The breeze reminds me of my breath. I rest.
And the world restores me to myself.

I invite you to partake of this Sabbatu, or Heart’s Rest, too.