Menstruation is a time in which women can activate and harness their true power–a power the world desperately needs right now–the power of vulnerability, which comes from the courage to surrender and feel what we fear may destroy us.
Menstruation, that monthly bleeding that all women share, unites us no matter what else sets us apart. At any one time on this planet, millions of women are bleeding. Conscious menstruation refers to the profound awakening that is possible when we embrace our monthly bleeding with deep awareness and self-love. Menstruation is a powerful portal for women to enter into conscious union with Life itself, as the life force flows through us every month and our bodies attune to the cosmos.
The womb is a physical metaphor for consciousness itself, the void, the place of nothingness, from which all life emerges, the emptiness which is actually the fullness of all life. A place of pure potential, formless, yet the essence of all forms.
The current dis-ease of our planet is due to an underlying belief in separation. The healing of separation is possible by cultivating a deep, authentic relationship with ourselves and with all of Life. As women we have the ability to give birth to form, whether it be babies, projects, organizations, ideas and beyond. As beings who physically hold space for the unmanifested to manifest, we walk between worlds and are natural healers. Opening to the power of our menstrual cycle, opens us up to the deeper mysteries of our own lives, and deeper yet into the mystery of the one life that permeates all lifeforms.
Facing the death of what is false and midwifing the birth of the real…
Menstruating with mindfulness and love, we take steps closer to ourselves and to a deeper way of living. A way that is more in tune with, and more accurately reflects, our deeper truths and our authentic selves. It is a path of great courage for it requires us to ultimately face the death of what is false in us and to midwife the birth of the real; to step into our full power and the deep responsibility that it brings.
Consciously embracing our menstruation asks us to break some taboos in our culture, namely the taboo of rest and the taboo of abundance. There are unspoken rules that we must not rest or take our time, especially to know and care for ourselves. There is also an unspoken rule that we must not acknowledge the abundance in our lives. Instead we are conditioned to see lack and insufficiency around us, which causes us to rush about seeking more possessions and achievements. As we break these taboos by resting deeply and acknowledging our inner and outer abundance, we gradually come to a still point within; a luminous, aware presence that is our true Self.
The willingness to surrender to love and allow it to destroy all that we cling to is the death of the dysfunctional ego and the next step in our evolution. This is the willingness to let our small selves be destroyed by love, a love so big that it shatters who we thought we were, birthing us into something so vast, our minds cannot fathom it. This is the willingness to open radically to our moment-to-moment experience, surrendering all that we think we know and admitting that we do not know. It is stepping into the Unknown. The wisdom of surrender is what the world is resisting. This resistance is driving us to extinction. Women’s bodies know surrender at the deepest level and so they are the healers and leaders of this time.
Conscious menstruation is seeing yourself as the Source and a microcosm of the whole. Every period can be a time of release and renewal, of self-awareness and deep transformation. In this way, women are stepping forward and bringing humanity home to the heart, to the indestructible innocence, sacredness and simplicity of Being.
© Bethany Webster 2013
(Art on this page by Mara Friedman http://www.newmoonvisions.com)
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