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Women’s Health Part 2

Women’s health is everyone’s health. That said, I am sharing publicly about my cycle to let ya’ll know how we can easily help ourselves.

Second round/month steaming- I am steaming once for 20 mins right before I start to help things move. (As outlined in “Rainforest Home Remedies” highly recommend!)

The effects are powerful!!

I still have a hard time believe that sitting over a steaming pot of herbs for 20 mins can have such an effect but it absolutely did for me.

Still drinking crampbark and red raspberry leaf infusion as well, so that may also play a part here but let me tell you; no cramps, a lot of flow, more than usual, and RECLAIMED ENERGY AND VIBRANCE, most importantly!

The womb, I am coming to find is the center of a woman. A lot of you might be thinking.. “duh.” It took me this long to understand it for myself.

A friend shared she feels the most connected and powerful when she is in concert with her womb, her sacral chakra, that this is the seat of decision-making and energy-pushing. At the time I couldn’t relate. Things are opening in this way now.

Here’s the idea about the physical effects – my body and organs have been working hard as long as I’ve been here – as we go through cycle after cycle after cycle, things can get stuck, encrusted, causing worse and worse cramps and more energy (and blood) to be put in this area at this time to “push harder” which causes fatigue, you get the idea.

Steaming helps promote the sloughing off of those old, stuck physical bits so the uterus can do it’s job easier. I’m over the moon with the effects.

Ok, on to resources. If you want to read more about it, should you do it (have an iud? Maybe think twice, gave birth 4 months ago..? There are a lot of factors). This is a good link to start to get an idea, I am not promoting their product, I don’t know anything about it but the FAQ is a good read; https://www.soulvibrance.com/yoni-steam-faq/

They do sell special herbal blends, which is great but in “Rainforest Home Remedies” Rosita gives very simple and practical instructions including; use what you have. Oregano and rosemary are among her most common herbal allies. Italian blend works just fine.

Second Lauren S. Wales is a local massage therapist who has taken the training Rosita founded sharing healing Mayan womb/abdominal massage techniques, which she also details (womb massage, also very simple and practical) in the book mentioned above.

Okay, hopefully you’re feeling inspired, informed and empowered if you have difficult periods!

This is a lovely pampering Ritual to do even if you have no issues with your cycle.

I’ll probably share the diet recommendations for each week soon as well. ??

Ps. If anyone wants to send me this awesome steam stool post The Flying Cat ?
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Women’s Health

If you suffer from cramps (in general, muscle cramps too) during your cycle I tried a crampbark decoction (details on how to make / what it is below) last cycle and I am so thrilled with the results. I have been taking ibuprofen every cycle for a looong time now preemptively so I can function.

Crampbark decoction/infusion helped in a different way – it doesn’t block the sensations like convention medicine but it relaxes the muscles (revolutionary! Lol) so you’re still aware but not in pain. Wow. Highly recommend it.

Also I practiced steaming before last cycle began, helped as well, it wasn’t a big deal (used a cup of thyme from the dried garden clippings, or just use an Italian spice blend, boil it, the chair was the hardest part. Sitting over the steaming pot for a time, 10-20 mins). Wrap up, make sure you’re warm.

Back to crampbark – I don’t have a good local source for it yet, always recommend you support local economy if possible. I grabbed some at a festival last summer.

To make a decoction is very simple; boil 1tbsp dried roots for 10 mins. Strain, let cool, sip. I added raspberry leaf infusion too and the taste was perfect. 80/20 80 being raspberry leaf. Crampbark is not pleasant on its own!

To make an infusion is very simple; boil water, add a a cup of dried herbs to a 1/2 gallon jar add the boiling water, let steep for 24-48 Hrs, in fridge.

It all just takes a little forethought and planning and awareness of when your cycle happens.

There’s also a diet to follow to help balance us out hormonally to support each part of the cycle; releasing egg, ovulation, pms, bleed. Maybe another post for another time!

Herbs and water are VERY healing, especially steam and plants you grow yourself or you know where they come from.

This is not secret knowledge, nor is it difficult to do, it’s said to be the “people’s medicine.” We have it all available to us but it’s taken me many years to learn what I wish I knew at 16.

Cloth pads and menstrual cups, clary sage, there’s SO much we can use to support ourselves. And knowing we go “non-linear” for a week or two during the pms/bleed phase, we have OTHER strengths that our culture doesn’t value as highly as workaholism. There’s nothing WRONG with us at this time, in fact our psychic & intuitive abilities are enhanced at this time! If we only listen.

So I have a lot to say about this. I want to share all I finally figured out for myself to those 16-year olds and the 80-year olds and anyone who wants to know. Men need to understand this too; the future is female. And it’s NOT about acting like men, it’s embracing who we are and our needs and the needs of our communities and knowing ourselves.

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Liminal Time

So here we are, the time between. Between full and new, between Winter and Spring. Between North and East. The time of the year like the time of the pre-dawn. It is darkest and coldest right before the day is born. So it is with the Year.

We are in the time of pre-dawn and the time of waning lunar energy – turning inward time. A time of waiting, a time of preparing, a time of threshold, perhaps you meet a new gatekeeper at this time, to a version of yourself you’ve never met. Who were you? Who are you becoming? A time of quiet excitement.

You are becoming, you are quietly quickening. Listen. Pause. Still. Wait. Calm. Who are you between each breath? Are you the same inhaling as exhaling? ?

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Embracing the Senses to Attain Enlightenment

The scents of red wine, white wine, florida water, mugwort and copal Incense and fresh flowers.* How could you not love this practice?

Shamanic practices are kin to Tantra in my view – as I understand it tantric teachings are about embracing the senses to attain enlightenment.

Many teachings propose renouncing the senses and detaching from worldly things to “ascend.” I agree with a friend who stated that we are not here, in fact to “ascend” or detach but to live fully. To embrace being human fully, why then, would we not, how could we not enjoy the wonder of color vision or earthy smells, or whatever your senses bring you that draws you closer to a loving resonance.

*That’s what I feed my mesa altar once a week or so, so then the smells combine sweetly while I’m going to sleep.

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Dream Work

Do you have weird dreams? Share in the comments (I’ll share one of mine and my interpretation). Below is a technique we use to find the “meaning” of dreams or Journeys.

On Monday night Shamanic Journey class we use Robert Moss’s Lightning Technique for Journeywork but it’s really intended for Dreamwork, try it! –

1. Title your dream
2. What happened
3. How did you feel?
4. What’s the action plan – what action can you take based on the dream? I ask people how will they honor their Journey in the coming week or month.. usually it’s something rather simple.

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Ritual vs. Routine

Do you practice a ritual (maybe in the morning or night)? Tell me about it!
 
A ritual may look like a routine from the outside, the difference is on the inside – doing the action with presence, mindfulness and connection to the heart, perhaps to your Creator or Higher Self. It can be as simple as having a cup of tea or washing your hands. 
The key is ritual. Ritual begets relationship. Ritual harmonizes discordant fields that one may be subject to in our daily living. Don Oscar Miro-Quesada
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The Saboteur Archetype: Guardian of Choice

Are you willing to take responsibility for what you create? 

This is a concept I am revisiting while looking at the Saboteur Archetype. The Saboteur, according to Caroline Myss is the Guardian of Choice. When the Saboteur Archetype is not operating in the shadows, undermining our decisions, we feel empowered and responsible. Being responsible for what we create can feel overwhelming, daunting and often impossible. Faith is a key component to “managing” our energies. Oftentimes surrender is the answer even though it feels counter-productive to the controlling and overworking our society encourages.

Learning from archetypes can help us find a path to freedom.

Personally, I have wended through the Victim archetype (Guardian of Self-Esteem) for well over 10years, (only for about half of those years did I realize it!). I needed to make my way through the issues of Victimhood before I could approach the aspect of myself that was self-sabotaging which can often seem constant. My own process has involved much self-study, seeking guidance from others who have gone before me and learning how to pray and connect to a Force bigger than me; one that I can trust my life and decisions with – it is when I take those things back that I become overwhelmed and lost again.

These are human experiences, we will always be forgetting and remembering continuously as well as learning from our mistakes. Being alive means we get to practice being who we want to become and we will never achieve “perfection” because we are not perfect beings. Learning from archetypes can help us find a path to freedom.

Studying Archetypes and seeing how they play out, especially the Shadow aspects, can be a very helpful resource toward self-empowerment. It can also be confusing and complicated – try to keep things simple by focusing on one aspect of whatever Archetype speaks to you the most.

Right now, I am willing to take responsibility for what I create, as much as I can and trust that the rest will fall into place whether I feel like I can manage it all or not!  I am enough, I have enough, I do enough.

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Elements as Medicine

Are you working with the Elements as Medicine?

You are probably already working with Elements in a medicinal way without even knowing it – when you sit with a cup of tea or a hot shower or bath you are letting the element of Water take care of you!

I have been practicing self-care lately by paying attention to my constitution internally and the environment then connecting to whether I need more or less of an element or combination of elements. This work is all about intention and what makes sense!
For example, on a cold and rainy day, I would light candles and possibly use Smudge (Air + Fire) to balance the elements in my environment and keep harmony within my own body and home. Another example; a dry cough, I would use an herbal steam to meet the needs of my lungs and sinuses or possibly dry sinuses need a little oil (Water + Earth).

For a hot and humid day, ice and a fan is clearly appropriate, you’re probably already using this
method to beat the heat in the middle of summer. It can be part of our natural instinct to draw in a harmonizing element in the form of hot or cold; herb or fruit (Earth), ice or steam (Water), mud baths and exfoliating scrubs or epsom salt baths (Earth + Water), incense or smudge (Air+Fire) to cleanse or consecrate yourself or your
space, the list goes on and on.

 

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Energy Healing Meditation / Rainbow Bridge

No previous experience needed, come as you are. Come with an open mind and and open heart. ❤️????

Hello friends! We are excited to gather up again and explore our Chakras and Energy fields. Spring is always an exciting and unpredictable time and actually the perfect time to slow down, rest more and detox, rather than “springing forward” like we might want to do as we see the trees and flowers coming forward. Take a break from heavier foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar and meat and give yourself the living energy of fruits, veggies and greens. You don’t have to go “all or nothing here,” a little goes a long, long way. Just do 5% and let that be enough.

PACE and REST are very important now especially as the weather fluctuates and plays with our immune systems here in the Ohio valley. Make sure you’re hydrating, eating well and resting and possibly taking a preemptive dose of honey or local flower tea or tincture to prepare your sinuses for the pollen that is soon to come.

We are looking forward to sharing “Rainbow Energy” with you as the sun comes back
to shine longer each day bringing the warmth back to our bodies and hearts.

We’ll gather and focus on becoming the “Rainbow Bridge.” Shamans work toward becoming this Rainbow Bridge constantly by having one foot in the physical and one in the spiritual ALL THE TIME. Balance on this path is imperative. If it is easy for you to be in Spirit more than incarnate, your work is to enjoy the physicality this life has to offer. We are not here to ascend by any means, we are here to live more fully!

Our energy body is, in fact, a rainbow allowing us to become the rainbow bridge Shamans have known about for centuries. We can encourage beauty and good health by focusing on the pure frequency of each chakra vibration by working with color.. and many other ways!

Come with no expectations and leave with a practice you can easily do every day.

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Spring Signs

If you believe in syncronicity or “watch for signs” or get answers from the universe in the mundane, I’m just saying… I am having GREAT success now that March has arrived. It is an incredibly potent time.
 
So, ask your questions, ask for clarity on your blocks, (if you really want to know!), or just “play the game” with life to be open to any messages you need to receive. And really… I wouldn’t even bother with the cards, the runes or the oracles, just take a walk! It’s all right there. Or meditate for 15 minutes 🙂 It’s all there too.
 
When the songbirds return and the buds pop out is a very sweet time. Spring is a great turning over (spring cleaning anyone?) and can be a very potent re-birth time which also has the possibility of great danger as well. (watch your head with the winds!) If you think about it, birth has the potential for trauma much more than death. Coming into the physical is quite an extraordinary feat, and so the seeds are doing what they do naturally but it is that burst of potential energy in all things that is messy and pushes us, pushes the Earth to give, to bear, to step out.
 
Sometimes the Spring can be quite sleepy and extended with periods of awakeness as things come forward, but this year is not that way. Of course there’s still time (it’s only March!) for things to shift, but the energy is quite strong, so ride the wave my friends.