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  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:57 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    You are goddess, witch, moon mama

    (Peacock Ore Meditation)
    by Kathy Crabbe




    Kathy Crabbe, We are Divine, 2014, watercolor on paper, 8 x 11".


    I am the peacock of your soul.

    Sharp and sensual,

    I inspire you to hold your head high

    and remember who you are.

    Repeat after me:

    I am goddess

    I am witch

    I am moon mama

    Carry this knowing in your heart.

    Be proud my sister.

    We are Divine, you and I.







    Peacock Ore opens the third eye and stimulates psychic vision and inner knowing. This helps us learn to trust our psychic abilities and manifest them through visualization.

    Excerpted from Gemstones A to Z by Diane Stein


    Today's painting was inspired by the Moon in Aries and the gemstone Peacock Ore.

    Find more art at CreativeSoulGuides.com


    - See more at: http://www.kathycrabbe.com/2014/01/you-are-goddess-witch-moon-mama-peacock-ore-meditation/#sthash.81f33m67.dpuf






    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, educator and writer who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, online resources, Divine Feminine eClasses and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, magazine and books. She maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and Etsy Shop.

    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, Herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.

    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Learn more here.
  • Friday, January 31, 2014 11:57 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Preconception - Building your nest
    Jill Chasse


    A thought, a twinkle and a loving dream. The miracle of conception begins way before sperm meets egg and cells begin to divide. The miracle starts in the soul and in the heart. Each month your body prepares itself for a child, but circumstances don't always welcome it into being. Before you can achieve conception, your body-mind-spirit connection must be ready and at ease. What other factors are around you now? Stress can creep up on you from the tiniest places, hiding in the dark ready to make its attack. Be aware of the whole picture.

    There are so many ways, methods and techniques to help you conceive. Research, read and talk to other women about the ways that have helped them, then use what you feel drawn to. Get to know your body and understand your fertility. If you understand why and how it makes it easier to work with and through. Tracking your basal body temperature, for example, knowing your body's temperature at rest allows you to see the temperature slightly rise after the time of ovulation. Since it is after, you'll have to extrapolate to where this rise would be to see when you're ovulating. It takes several months to get a pattern to down, but use can use these months wisely following a preconception diet and exercise plan.

    Knowing your cervical mucous is also a great way to see if your body is ready. By the texture and amount of the fluid that your body releases, you can tell when you are ready to accept sperm to create an offspring. If you insert your pointer and middle finders to the opening of your cervix, you will feel either a sticky or slimy mucous. Squeeze your cervix slightly and capture some of that fluid to examine. If it is cloudy and scare, you are not ovulating. It is thick, acidic and harsh on those little sperm. They're not going to get anywhere in that fluid. When you are near ovulation, estrogen increases and the mucous will be just that- mucous, like a raw egg white. It will be clearer and more abundant. When you are able to stretch a thin gelly thread for an inch between two fingers, it is at the perfect state to let those sperm swim happily around and find (and get sucked into) your egg.

    Any type of pre-conception planning has to have your full heart and follow-through. Don't be over anxious, nervous, angry or frustrated it the method you choose isn't at all as you imagined. Relax and let yourself be open. A comfortable way will come to you.
    Take this time to strengthen your relationship, build your nest. When you are ready, your egg will drop into it. Treat your body as a garden whether you've achieved conception yet or not. Prepare for the beautiful plant that will soon grow in that rich, strong soil.




    Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

    She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

    Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

    Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.


    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Jill Diana Chasse


     
    Study with Jill Diana Chasse Online

    ~ Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support ~
      ( link to detailed description of Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support )

    Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.  REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE - Baby Empowered Birth Education ~
    ( link to detailed description of BEBE )

    Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of "Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying" your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE Childbirth Educator Certification Program ~
      ( link to detailed description of BEBE for Educators )

    Become a "Baby-Empowered Birthing Education" Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to "experience, understand and enjoy" the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE
     

    This is an online workshop intended for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth. It is a self paced, guided tour through the healing process to work through grief and bereavement issues. Working through these issues in this format is especially helpful in the early stages of grief when the shock and pain is still raw.
    REGISTER HERE



    Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
    By Jill Diana Chasse




    Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Beginning before conception, Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother.

    ~ORDER HERE~

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:39 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    SACRED WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE
    Roslyne Sophia Breillat



     

    The sacred wisdom and mysterious profundity of menopause have long been forgotten by western society. This powerful metamorphosis is commonly hidden from husbands, misinterpreted and ridiculed by the media and curiously described as a medical condition in need of a "cure". These ignorant beliefs denigrate the inherent wisdom of the womb and the timeless mystery of the feminine essence, creating separation from the integrity of love and separation from the integrity of the earth.


    A woman cannot find her deepest sense of femaleness in the outer world. She finds this by descending within, into the heart of her mystery, the heart of her womb. And here, within this formless place, she comes to life, she comes to rest and she comes home. This sacred journey of menopause is a descent into the female psyche's mysterious depths. Through diving into and being immersed in these wise depths, she reunites with the ancient mystery of menopause, for this powerful transformation is the way of the earth, the way of the womb, the way of the heart. The contemporary world does not want her to awaken during menopause. And yet the earth needs her to awaken, through consciously embracing this important transformation of deepening, of opening, of change. For Mother Earth and her people are in need of many awakened and awakening women of wisdom right now. The wise seeds of menopause arise from the depths of her womb, from the womb of the earth, from the universal and galactic womb. And within these seeds await the wisdom of her female sexuality, the sacredness of the female elder, the grace of true maturity, the radiance of her truth. For to live a womb-centred life is to live a heart-centred life, where the energy uniting heart wisdom and womb wisdom is receptively open and freely flowing.


    The menopausal woman, challenged by contemporary society's denigration of the "older" female, is nurtured by loving reflections of real women, unafraid to live from the wholeness of their wisdom, integrity and power. Like a seedling pushing through the moist rich earth, she is inspired by these heart sisters to reach for the vastness of the unknown, beyond all that has previously made her feel secure. The primordial stirring of this raw and primal essence of menopause welcomes her into the transforming power of a tumultuous journey of change. It is an invitation for her to dive deeply beneath society's unreal obsession with youth and aging and to unite with her wisdom, her purpose, her truth.


    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©

    Not to be reproduced without written permission of the author...

    The above article is an excerpt from Sophia's new book, "WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE"...

    Sophia is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines. Her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE.

     

    Website ~ www.wildheartwisdom.com

    Email ~ sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

     




    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman's transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia's training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.
     

    Sophie offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2014 11:18 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    MAKING NATURALLY FERMENTED PICKLES FOR THE NEW YEAR!
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt




    Creating great natural fermented pickles is very dependent on using good quality ingredients. It is probably more important with naturally fermented pickles than most other things. In pickling or fermenting, we are creating a special environment so that the natural lactic acid bacteria can flourish and dominate the fermenting process.

    Since lactic bacteria are found naturally, right on the surface of fresh vegetables, we like to get vegetables that have been grown free of chemical fertilizers and other poisonous sprays. Naturally grown vegetables such as organic or biodynamic are ideal. They generally contain more vitamins and minerals than commercial grown. Naturally grown vegetables also supply other minute fungi which add to the aroma and appeal of the pickles. Healthy lacto bacteria and fungi live on the surface or skin of vegetables and herbs. Therefore do not to peel them, keeping the skin on vegetables is best whenever possible especially carrots, turnips, etc . Just scrub the vegetables with a vegetable brush, under running water, then let them dry. If there are marks or spots, remove them carefully.

    Sea salt is the next important ingredient in making great natural fermented pickles. Good quality, fine sea salt is our preferred choice, not only for pickling, but also in every day cooking. Besides being free from chemicals, which are added to commercial salt to make table salt look good and flow evenly, sea salt contains many beneficial trace minerals.

    When pickling in or with miso, tarmari, or ume products, check the labels of brands that you are not familiar with. Make sure that they are made with quality ingredients, and that they have no added colorings, additives or preservatives. Commercial soy sauces are made with hydrolized soy meal, a chemically made product, and should not be used. Natural fermented tamari and shoyu sauces are better choices. Miso, Umeboshi, shoyo and tamari all contain healthy lacto bacteria and can be substituted for salt in many recipes.

    When making brine pickles the water used should also be free of the chemicals. City water often contains chlorine and other additives and should not be used. These chemicals have a very inhibiting effect on the lacto bacteria. Well or spring water from a pure source is a must, both for the natural fermentation process and for your own health.


    MIXED PICKLED VEGETABLES

    1 quart of a variety of mixed and firm vegetables such as

    broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, onion, lemon

    Warming winter spices such as

    cinnamon, allspice, cloves, raisins and/or ginger or

    garlic, dill seeds, caraway seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaves and/or ginger


    Brine

    4 c water

    1 Tbsp sea salt

    Clean the vegetables and cut them in chunks or small bouquets.

    Bring the water to a boil, add the salt and let cool.

    Place the vegetables and spices in a wide mouth quart size jar. Pour the brine over the vegetables so that they are completely covered, leaving 1 inch of airspace.

    Place a tight fitting lid on top of the jar. Cover the jar with a towel and let it sit for 5-10 days in a dark, cool place below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

    These wonderful, tasty pickles supplement most Holiday meals. The juice is delicious as an aperitif.


    PICKLED HERRINGS

    1 ½ - 2 lb filleted herrings or fresh white fish

    1 big onion


    Marinade

    3 Tbsp sea salt

    ¼ tsp whole pepper

    4 bay leaf

    ½ cup rice or raw apple cider vinegar

    ½ cup rice syrup or honey

    2 c water

    Smooth 1 Tbsp of salt on the herrings or fish fillets. Let them sit for 1 day.

    Make the marinade by mixing water, salt, vinegar and sweetener in a pan and bring it to a boil.

    Cut the onion into thin rings.

    Rinse the herrings in cold water and cut them in 1/2" pieces. Place them in a jar with layers of onions in between. Pour the marinade over the herrings so that they are completely covered. Let them mature in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.

    Picked herrings is everyday fair in Scandinavia.

    •Variation: Use other warming herbs such as cloves, allspice, garlic, and caraway seeds in the marinade. Also try frying the onions and/or herrings before placing them in the marinade. Mix 1 tsp curry with a cup of mayonnaise, then add drained pickled herrings and serve on top of bread.


    Happy New Year!






    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.



     



    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.





    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound


     
  • Monday, December 23, 2013 10:46 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Slow down and smell the spiritual theme
    by Kathy Crabbe



    It’s time to slow down and smell the spiritual theme. Once again I turned to one of the four Sylvia Browne books I had grabbed from my birth mom’s deathbed. These were books she had turned to in the last months of her life, and I asked the questions: “What is the truth? What truth is this Lefty painting sharing with me today?” Then I closed my eyes and opened up Sylvia’s book Soul’s Perfection and out popped the words “A spiritual theme.” This helped me a lot at that very moment especially after reading this part:

        A spiritual theme means that you will search for spirituality in everything you do…’even though it seems crazy, I’m going to use the silver and white lights. I’m going to use mirrors and encase myself in gold’…That’s one of the hardest things to know: when it’s time to move on.

    My birth mom moved on in May of this year but we  still ‘communicate’ all the time. Blessed Be.

    - See more at: http://www.kathycrabbe.com/2013/12/slow-down-and-smell-the-spiritual-theme/




    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, educator and writer who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, online resources, Divine Feminine eClasses and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy’s work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, magazine and books. She maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and Etsy Shop.

    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, Herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.

    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Learn more here.
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:50 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    HEALING THROUGH REVEALING THE SACRED FEMININE
    Roslyne Sophia Breillat



    A woman's love is grounded in the heart of the Earth. This, her womb place, her true place of belonging, the place of her inherent wildness, is where she comes home. From within the inexplicable mystery of this womb place, she creates from the vast ocean of her inner source, honours the exquisite essence of her divine nature, flows with the rhythmic dance of her lunar cycles, sensually receives her lover, tenderly cares for her child, trusts the infinite depth of her ancient wisdom.

    This place, her sacred ground, her sacred womb, is where she joyously, openly and intimately nurtures the heart of the sacred feminine. She cannot live from this timeless, all encompassing, all embracing place through striving, achieving, projection, force, or copying, insisting or believing that the ways of the masculine are the ways of the feminine. For when she lives like this, she betrays and denies the gentle yet profound wisdom of her true nature, of her heart, of her womb.

    The sacred feminine is a vast mystery of deep silence and loving stillness, a timeless wellspring of creative inspiration. The sacred feminine cannot be awakened, for She is eternally awake beyond the myriad layers of untruth that veil the infinite depth of her powerful presence. The sacred feminine cannot be discussed, understood, intellectualised, learned or taught, for She is perceived, received, nurtured, embodied, honoured, welcomed, reached and lived in love. The sacred feminine is within every woman.

    Women who have experienced sexual trauma have become disconnected from the sacred feminine. They have difficulty knowing when to say no and when to say yes. They are so busy trying to fend for themselves that they become unable to receive love. Many women become drained and exhausted through experiencing violence, for the feminine is abused in myriad ways.
    She is disrespected whenever the media uses her body to sell a computer, car, house or magazine. She is violated whenever a man lies to her or about her. She is abused whenever he dominates, disempowers, manipulates or controls her. She is psychically raped whenever he mentally undresses her or indulges in sexual fantasies about her. She is abused whenever he makes negative comments about her body, her clothes, her singing, her dancing, her creativity, her cooking, her children. She is disregarded whenever her perceptive female wisdom remains unheard and unseen. All abuse towards a woman is forceful, degrading, denigrating, insidious, violent, unloving, cruel. Physical, verbal, domestic and financial abuse of women is sexual, for all abuse towards women is sexual. And all sexual wounding of women creates a dark and empty chasm in the female psyche.
    Whenever a woman's body is violated, the feminine essence is dishonored a little more. Whenever one woman cries out in pain, all women suffer. Whenever any female is treated as a sexual object instead of a Goddess of love, all of humanity suffers. Whenever one woman begins to heal, she contributes to the healing of many other women, for all are united as sisters within a mysterious timeless place. Whenever a man enters a woman's body with true tenderness, humility, sensitivity, reverence and passion, love grows upon this Earth.

    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©
    Not to be reproduced without written permission of the author...
    The above article is an excerpt from Sophia's new book, "HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE"...
    Sophia is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines. Her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires.
    Sophia is the author of WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE.

    Website ~ www.wildheartwisdom.com

    Email ~ sophia@wildheartwisdom.com




    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman's transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia's training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.
     

    Sophie offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Birthing Dance
    Jill Diana Chasse

    Movement is magic. Soothing and flowing like water- emotionally releasing and physiologically unrestricting. Movement balances the mind and body, excites the inner artist and allows empowerment and freedom. Unfortunately, many women do not use this power of movement when it is most necessary. Birthing a baby. When birthing a child, a woman is the epitome of flow and passion, but if she cannot allow that surge to move and shift, the restriction can lead to pain both emotionally and physically. Moving through birthing alleviates, lightens and dissipates the pain, allowing both mom and baby to passionately flow and unwind.

    Movement in labor not only increases a mother's comfort and level of control, it allows a woman's body to get into an optimal physical position to help release her baby. An upright birthing position with rocking or swaying motion allows gravity to help the baby descend and mom's cervix to open. It can also help move the uterus forward and increase the size of the pelvic outlet. It is an evidence-based way to help reduce interventions and increase a healthy and calm birth outcome.

    When birthing at home, or at most birth centers, movement restriction is not a factor. At the majority of hospital this is not the case. Policies, regulations and old faded rules that have no place in evidence-based healthcare outshine the needs of mother and child. Too often women are physically and emotionally put in a subservient, submissive position leading not only to psychological trauma but often medical problems as well.

    Speaking up about movement can help to reduce the adverse effects of movement restriction. Even in a hospital setting, dancing through birthing is possible. Sitting up or squatting in bed- swaying to soft tunes on the radio or singing to yourself while leaning up against your partner can be done anywhere. There is no medical reason not to drink during laboring, so an IV is generally not needed. For low risk moms, continuous fetal monitoring does more harm than good. There is no medical reason to strap a laboring mother to a bed. Midwives are trained in intermittent auscultation using a fetoscope to check on the baby's heartrate as labor progresses. This can be done in a hospital setting as well, even by a doctor or nurse using a portable Doppler.

    Movement through birthing, including dancing, flowing, and actively choosing an upright birthing position has physical, psychological and emotional advantages for both mother and baby. This leads to an easier and faster birth, reducing interventions and distressful birth outcomes and increasing peace, serenity and wellness.




    Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

    She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

    Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

    Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.


    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Jill Diana Chasse


     
    Study with Jill Diana Chasse Online

    ~ Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support ~
      ( link to detailed description of Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support )

    Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.  REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE - Baby Empowered Birth Education ~
    ( link to detailed description of BEBE )

    Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of "Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying" your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE Childbirth Educator Certification Program ~
      ( link to detailed description of BEBE for Educators )

    Become a "Baby-Empowered Birthing Education" Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to "experience, understand and enjoy" the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE
     

    This is an online workshop intended for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth. It is a self paced, guided tour through the healing process to work through grief and bereavement issues. Working through these issues in this format is especially helpful in the early stages of grief when the shock and pain is still raw.
    REGISTER HERE



    Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
    By Jill Diana Chasse




    Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Beginning before conception, Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother.

    ~ORDER HERE~

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:51 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)


    Your Belly, Your Primordial Planet Part 6

    by Lisa Sarasohn


    What’s in a belly?


    You’ve considered your belly as host to 100 trillion bacteria. These single-celled creatures — your gut microbiota — shape your physical and mental health.


    The bacteria constituting your gut microbiome differ by species and the size of each species’ population. Given all this variation, when your belly bacteria maintain a dynamic balance among themselves, they promote your digestion, immunity, hormone production, nerve communication, and more.


    Destabilizing the balance among your gut bacteria likely plays a key role in body-mind disorders such as anxiety, autism, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and allergies.


    While the gut microbiome’s impact on all dimensions of our well-being may be relatively new news for Western medicine, it’s long figured in a standard diagnostic test — the stool sample.


    As TV’s “Scrubs” proclaims in song and dance, “Everything Comes Down To Poo.” Click here for the lyrics.

    You can also see the clip, from episode 6 of the show’s season 6, on YouTube.




    In the previous installment, I suggested that you are a torus, a geometry that makes “inside” continuous with “outside.” You are a vessel circulating the life energy that animates the universe. Your belly — encompassing both your gut microbiome and your energetic hara— centers the sacred shape, the vesica, that the torus in cross-section delineates.




    Source: Wendy Howard,
    Does it Matter?


    Toruswas one of three codewords I promised you in relation to the gut microbiome. The others: Primordial. Gaia.


    The trillions of bacteria populating your gut microbiome, arrayed around your body-centered sourcepoint, carry forth an ancient lineage. Bacterial life forms originated more than 3 billion years ago. With such an ancestry, we might call these beings primitive. Better yet: primordial.


    At the very center of who you are is this universe of primordial organisms ancient in shape, function, structure. As qigong teacher and internal alchemist Michael Winn suggests, these bacteria “represent the larger collective field internalized within humans — our shortcut path to accessing the environment.” We live within the universe; the universe lives within us.


    Within our bellies, we host beings that trace their origin to the beginnings of life on this planet. I suspect that, as we live all the more through our center of being we enter more deeply into primordial knowing and more fully access primordial wisdom.


    We delve into primordial wisdom not only in resonance with our gut microbiome but also in resonance with planet Earth, a being the Greeks revered as Goddess Gaia. Many peoples have known Earth to be sentient, sacred. Some Taoist traditions, for example, recognize the planet’s core as the abode of the Sacred Feminine. A Chinese term for the body’s center, meaning the “Gate of the Mysterious Female,” suggests Goddess dwells within our core as well.



    Source: Lisa Sarasohn,
    BodyEarth


    We live within Gaia; Gaia lives within us. Earth’s center, body’s center: the resonance is here for us to experience — not through ideation or analysis but directly through meditation, movement, art, image.


    Earth’s center, body’s center: I express the resonance I sense, for example, through this poem:


    Terra’s Magnetism


    You draw me to you, dreaming,
    beckon me tenderly.


    Tending toward home I go,
    to the mother lode,
    magneto spinning at center,
    attending to breath,
    intending to unite,
    guided by whispers and tendrils of grace.


    The blood in my veins and my
    rich-blooded womb,
    as red as the iron, the ocher in yours,
    sings your songs to me,
    makes me crave your company.


    I prepare to meet you, greet you,
    coloring my hair, hands, feet with henna,
    core seeking molten core:
    stoking the fire,
    heating the ore,
    compressing the passion.


    Open to the intercoursing of breath, caress,
    animated by instinctive elegance,
    by consolidated essence,
    the resonance of bellies,
    your magnetic tenderness,


    I settle into your embrace.


    Earth’s center, body’s center: The Alignment meditation presented in The Woman’s Belly Book and on the Honoring Your Belly DVD offers another way to sense your pivotal connection with the planet, as well as your intimate link with Spirit. As you move through this pose, you’re essentially aligning your belly’s power to promote creation with the grace of heaven and earth.



    Source: Lisa Sarasohn,
    Alignment


    Each gesture in the power-centering Honoring Your Belly sequence enacts a prayer. The prayer that accompanies Alignment provides a fitting conclusion to this series of articles:


    May all our actions be effortless, playful;
    may our hearts’ desires be manifest;
    may the universe accomplish her purpose
    through us.


    Blessed be.




    (c) 2013 Self-Health Education, Inc.


    *********************

    My workshops flow from my quest for the Sacred Feminine blended with my experience practicing and teaching yoga.

    I've been a Kripalu Yoga instructor since 1979. I've also trained as a yoga and bodywork therapist.

    From 1981 to 1988, I served on staff at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. During this time, I led yoga classes for thousands of guests, conducted a practice in bodywork therapy, designed workshops on many aspects of holistic health, and trained yoga teachers and bodyworkers.

    In the course of my continuing yoga studies, I learned how cultures around the world have valued the body's center as sacred. Delving deeper into this subject revealed connections between the body's center and qualities of the soul, the extent of women's power in family and society, and the degree of a culture's reverence for Sacred Feminine.

    Listen to an interview with Lisa Sarasohn


    Study with Lisa Online!

    ~ From Belly Distress to Belly Health~
    ( Learn More Here )

        Drawing on ancient wisdom and contemporary practice, we'll attend to our bellies' well-being. We'll engage in experiential learning, energizing the body-mind transformation that supports healing.

        
        ~ Initiation 2012: Awakening Your Sacred Center, Part One ~
        ( Learn More Here )

        This online course is the first part of an ongoing process through which you embody the Sacred Feminine by energizing your body's center with breath, image, story, and movement.

         



        (New World Library, 2006) presents what I've learned about the body's center through teaching and research over a period of nearly twenty years.
     
        My articles on honoring the body's center have appeared in publications including Yoga Journal, SageWoman, Radiance, and Personal Transformation. My workshops have been sponsored by colleges and universities, health education agencies, and holistic learning centers.

        My intention is to provide you an opportunity to delight in the vitality and pleasure, the creativity and confidence, the intuition and sense of purpose that already dwell within and emerge from your body's center. My greatest joy is to offer you ways to discover the Sacred Feminine as she already abides within you.
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  • Friday, November 15, 2013 2:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Deep Roots: Pickled Burdock
    With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs


    www.moonwiseherbs.com
    www.midwestwomensherbal.com

    Burdock (Arctium sp) is one of the most nourishing herbs on the planet. It’s long tap root reaches deep into the soil and pulls up minerals, storing them in it’s roots. These nutrients are then rendered bio available to our bodies once we ingest them. Western herbalists consider burdock to be a blood “cleanser” and I like to be more clear in that it nourishes the liver, which supports our bodies with elimination. Burdock also nourishes the blood, it does not deplete as the wording “cleanser” insinuates. It actually, deeply nourishes and replenishes while also assisting the liver in functioning more effectively. In doing this burdock is known for it’s ability to clear skin conditions, from eczema to acne.    So you can see that ingesting these pickles can nourish the body in very deep and long lasting ways.

    As for harvesting, we harvest burdock root in the late fall, just before the ground freezes. The roots contain the most nutrients, at that time, as the plant has stored them for it’s own winter nourishment. You can also purchase burdock root in asian grocery stores as well as health food stores. Burdock is a biennial (a plant with a two year life cycle) and like many plants with a two year life cycle, the root is harvested in the fall of the first year. When harvested at this time of the year the root is a tender vegetable. In Japan burdock is known as gobo and is considered a staple vegetable. When prepared properly it is tender and delicious. I love to pickle the roots and to eat them as part of my daily nourishment, particularly during the winter months. I learned to make these pickles from one of my first herb teachers, Eaglesong Gardner. I am ever grateful, as many years later we still make these with our own twists to the recipe. I like to make one or two gallons which will last through the winter months.



    Making Burdock Pickles

    1. Slice burdock roots. Can be in strips or coins, but which ever style you choose it

    is ideal to slice them evenly


    2. Place sliced roots in a steaming basket and into a pot. Add a small amount of water to the bottom. Steam for 5-10 minutes.


    3. While the roots are steaming slice a small amount of garlic and ginger.  Wild leeks, wild ginger and turmeric can be added as well. Place garlic and ginger in a proper size jar for the amount of root that you have. I use quarts or 1/2 gallons.


    4. .  Prepare the brine. The brine consists of:

    -1 part cider vinegar (I like to use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar)

     -1 part tamari or shoyu (both fermented soy products)

     -1 part steamed burdock water.


    5..   When roots are steamed, pack into jars. Once roots cool down, pour the brine over them. I like to have everything cool, so that the beneficial bacteria in the vinegar and the tamari renders these a fermented food product, beneficial to the digestive system.


    *burdock contains inulin, which is a prebiotic substance, also beneficial to the digestive system.

     

    6.I like to leave these on the counter for a day or two, until the flavors meld. Then I place them in the refrigerator. They can be stored there indefinitely.

     

     

    7.We like to nourish our bodies by eating a couple of pickles a day.

     

    We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! 




     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.


  • Thursday, November 07, 2013 3:13 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Opening the hips with Gomukhasana ..... Cow Faced Pose
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Gomukhasana the Cow Faced Pose is a beautiful "hip opener". It has the power to stretch the legs away from the SI joint and open the front body~
    If you are one who spends much time in a chair at work, you will find this pose to become your best friend~






    Greetings I'm Sheryl Wolover, native to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Mother of two children raised with Susun Weed's herbal infusions  somewhere in the 1980's~
     
    I am the creator of YOGA LEGENDS. Yoga DVD's that link poses together through story telling~  
    Owner of Pacific Elements studio for Massage Therapy (1984) and Yoga classes (2003)~
    My family (including the animal family) live around a beautiful lake side where we garden and gather herbs for food and medicine~
    *=Oceans+Mountains^^^^ of Peace,Sheryl

    http://www.pacific-elements.com/
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