Do you suffer from menstrual problems? Do you dread getting your period every month? Maybe you think of it as a curse or something you just put up with. Or, could you be one of a growing number of women who are waking up to the spiritual powers of your menstrual cycle and using that knowledge not only to heal your body and release your full creative potential but also have transformative spiritual experiences.
The key to this awakening lies in your self–care and awareness of and respect for the changing rhythm of your cycle. Chart it on a daily basis and get to know your own distinctive pattern of mood and energy over a whole menstrual month, and respond accordingly rather than forcing yourself to be something that you are not. These changing moods are like different sources of power that you can learn to draw on to both manifest a more fulfilled and creative life; and are the stages in a journey to a deepening spiritual life.
The more you pay attention the more you will discover your power spots—times of more intense feeling. You’ll find your power spots for such things as: causing trouble—a good thing—that’s the moment when you’re not censoring yourself; high productivity; least tolerance or conversely a time of feeling very magnanimous; a high time for partying or the secret time for dreaming or getting guidance; the darkest, most alone time; and the time of most tenderness when you can experience exquisite intimacy including with your beloved. Strangely these last two experiences can co–exist in the transition in to menstruation.
Menstruation is Awakening
Menstruation itself is a moment in which you can deeply reconnect with yourself. If approached appropriately it is a time of spiritual awakening. The initial stage of menstruation is deeply releasing and cleansing. You can let go of emotional and physical tensions. In that surrender and clearing you open a space for the spiritual forces to enter. It is as though an inner door opens and the forces of love flood in. Your spirit is filled with a deep feeling of affirmation, belonging and groundedness, as though you were plugged into the centre of the Earth. You can be flooded with meaning and purpose, and your visionary capacity awakened. Depending on your character, the time of the year and the phase of the moon, and how much space you can give to menstruation you can potentially experience highly ecstatic and deeply blissful states of consciousness.
The more you can experience menstruation’s spiritual gifts the stronger your sense of self can become. As one woman said “I have been filled with new energy, hope, inspiration and power. I seem to be getting more out of each day and feel happier and thankful to be alive and in charge of my destiny and life choices.” Or as another said, “it is the kind of enlightenment that changes lives.”
For more information on the power of the menstrual cycle go to www.womensquest.org