Wisdom of the Womb by Juel McNeilly
Tired of judging yourself all of the time? Beating yourself up for PMS? Feeling emotional? Not feeling in tune with yourself?
Grounding into the natural rhythms of your own menstrual cycle is a practice that allows you to be more authentically in tune with your body, in the present moment, and feel safe, creative, empowered and nourished.
You can experience your cycle on a whole new level by making deep connections into your inner feelings and body at each stage of your cycle. Look at it as an intimate journey into the delicate rhythms of your inner being. You can use archetypes as guides for each week of your cycle in sync with the moon, which can easily be applied to your own (moon) cycle.
Surrendering into the wisdom of your womb, at each unique stage of your cycle allows you to acknowledge the full scope of your talents and gifts, know their value, and more easily achieve what you desire. It gives space to feel the tingles of your life force energy, allowing peace and harmony to flood your whole being.
Our womb holds wisdom that expresses itself during each phase of our cycle. Each phase is connected to a different archetype:
Week 1: Waxing Moon – Maiden
Week 2: Full moon – Mother
Week 3: Waning Moon – Queen
Week 4: New moon – Elder
The maiden’s energies are dynamic and shining. A time when a woman is free and belongs only to herself. Though we are still aware of the dark inner world of as we move into this energy, like winter coming into spring, we observe the new growth with optimism. Light starts pouring in and shining on our thoughts, self-worth, inner growth, dreams and heart’s desires.
The energies and alignments that accompany this phase are: Pre-ovulation / Waxing Moon / Winter to Spring / Child to Young adult woman.
The Mother asks us to go deeper into the experience. We connect into the world through our emotion, compassion, and love. As radiating as spring but a different frequency as the fullness of summer is in bloom within. Our expression is through connection with others, nurturing the relationships we have, speaking our truths. Sexuality is glowing. The energy now can sometimes feel like you put your own wants and needs aside and becomes more caring, and loving to the outside world.
The energies and alignments that accompany this phase are: Ovulation / Full moon / Summer / Full Womanhood.
During the next, premenstrual phase, women start to experience their inner unconscious, more psychic world. Becoming more aware and comfortable of the power that lays within the mysteries of our own nature. Like the days beginning to shorten in Autumn, there is a parallel of a movement inwards to the dark unseen shadow. A space where fears, patterns, filters, creativity and our ancestral imprint are stirred. Sexuality becomes powerful as we become aware of our own personal magic with maturity and our effect on others. To fight the Queen energies shows in classic ‘premenstrual symptoms’.
The energies and alignments that accompany this phase are: Between ovulation and menstruation / Waning Moon / Autumn / Menopause.
The Elder phase is a time of withdrawal, a time to listen to our inner self and body. A space to go inwards in order to understand our soul being in the world. The threshold between the conscious and unconscious parts of us are lowered, allowing more access to our intuition, spirituality and body’s wisdom. The body has less energy and is physically letting go showing us that it is a time to rest, tune into inner harmony and release what no longer serves us.
The energies and alignments that accompany this phase are are: Menstrual phase / Dark moon / Winter / Elder.
Knowing more about your cycle and tuning into it, understanding your own body signs can give you a sense of more self-love, being in tune with yourself and self-confidence. When you become more aware of yourself you will Intuitively connect into your body more and understand your moods and energy better.
Integrating this awareness into your daily routine will let you flow more naturally with the changes that naturally occur in your cycle.