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Monday, April 23, 2007

feminine energies

I had no idea going into the workshop what would be in store for me. I thought it would entail ritual drama, some mythology, I don't know what.

But it created such a deep sense of safety and peace in me, to be able to focus on my women's work, the writing I do about menopause, birthing, menstruation. To feel this is important and acceptable in a deep nurturing way.

I even brought in some art work of my sister's, and shared that with the circle, a big etching called Goddess Rising, with a woman asleep bent over her body, and a Venus of Willendorf, and a Greek statuette of a faceless woman with delta triangle etched in.

The stone we were asked to bring is one my sister found in England or Scotland, shaped like the top half of one of those round bulbous Venus's with a birdlike head.

We talked about our childhood, our sexuality, our lack of initiation, the need for initiation into women's rites, the monthly moon cycle we didn't celebrate. But it was simple, grounded in our own experience, nothing too esoterical which is what I feared I think.

Somehow it has to be brought into the mainstream, the sound connection, solid real tangible connection of our bodies to the earth, of our inner spirit and our foremother's struggle; somehow I want to celebrate their strength, not bemoan their weaknesses.

I want to find a place to meet, greet, and retreat with other women who long for this kind of communication, rest, rebirth into our authentic selves.

Blessed be,
Ho,
jenn

3 comments:

wendywillow said...

Ho, Jenn,
I hear ya. I also want to meet and retreat with other women, re our unique bodies, to celebrate our strengths, rather than try to "fix" our weaknesses.
I have been feeling this pull for a long time. This pull towards communicating with other menopausal women. Never have I felt so powerful, yet so confused - somewhat like adolescence. The insomnia I medicated to death. The anxiety, likewise. I knew I was only putting everything on hold, but couldn't deal with life issues and menopause. (Please Goddess, if only I could have a good night's sleep - then I could handle anything!) Ha! I still have insomnia (years later). And I'm still trying to figure out what messages my body is sending me with anxiety, stiff muscles, etc. etc.
I was glad to see myself reflected in the pages of your other emails. You are expressing a lot of what I am feeling too.
Susun Weed's Menopause Book is also my bible. I love Grandmother Growth's wisdom and wish I could spread some wisdom to others too.
I am glad I found this site. I am new to blogging - don't really know what all the rules are, but really, at this stage of life I try not to follow rules!
Blessed be!
Wendy

musemother said...

thanks Wendy, it's good to hear from kindred spirits.
I just had an osteopathic treatment for aches in my neck, and it's mostly related to computer work (so I'm outta here, right after this).
new to blogging too, and sometimes roam around to see who is writing on similar topics
toodles
jenn

musemother said...

thanks Wendy, it's good to hear from kindred spirits.
I just had an osteopathic treatment for aches in my neck, and it's mostly related to computer work (so I'm outta here, right after this).
new to blogging too, and sometimes roam around to see who is writing on similar topics
toodles
jenn