"How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go… a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman… a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there within yourself… waiting to be released… A place of women… How might your life be different?"
- judith duerk
The ancient yet timeless ways of women are related to our blood. Our births, our periods beginning, our monthly flow, our childbirths and our menopause are natural ways our bodies initiate us into new phases. We can use these transitions to let go of what is no longer needed and replenish ourselves. They offer connection to our deepest levels of knowing and the chance to create our lives from this place. We can take care of new seeds, birth our visions and let go of dead wood when the time is right. We are remembering this wisdom at this time. We are free to talk openly about such things which have been taboo for a long time, probably because of the power contained within them.
Reconnecting with the Women's Mysteries offers a map and a deeper appreciation of the creative energy of nature which is reflected in our bodies. This energy is affecting us whether we acknowledge it or not, so taking time to understand and allow ourselves to work with life in this way can be healing and call forth freedom of self expression, creativity and authenticity. We can work with this energy to grow in self awareness and heal our wounds. We can resolve patterns that limit us and strengthen our inner resources and outer community.
Our history would have been one of sitting together to hear and hold one another, of following the moon and of deeply understanding the relationship of our bodies to nature. I believe we are in a place in history of re-membering the wisdom and power of the sacred feminine that in earlier times would have formed the bedrock of our culture. Way back, as young ones, we would have grown witnessing our mothers and elders facilitate transformation in a day to day way in our community. Most nature based peoples honoured the practice of retreat during the bleeding time in the cycle, also known as "Moonlodge". The community supported women to take time away from daily life as they bled to rest, dream and bring visions back for the health of themselves and the people. Young women were honoured and initiated at the time of first bleeding. They were welcomed into the wisdom of the motherline with respect for the insight, intuition, fertility and strength they were stepping into.
Closely connected to the cycles of the seasons and the moon, it is likely women would have lived through their life seasons understanding their connection to nature and the rhythm of growth, full bloom and decay that plays out on many levels in our lives. It is probable that old people were respected wise elders, who, as initiated women had access to their own knowing and could support others to find the same. There is powerful historical evidence that women played an important role in the spiritual lives of their communities and were often highly valued members of society, having high status and holding priestess and shamaness roles.
Teaching about the Women's Mysteries is about making this relavant to our current time. The work I share is not linear. My respect and experiences with this work are like a deep thread that informs all my practice.