8/30/2018 0 Comments
What is A Womb Blessing & Why Would You Want One? (by Zahra Haji, Yoga Goddess)
A Womb Blessing is a hands-on energy healing similar to reiki, but focused on the womb and 5 key points related to fertility and the womb energies. It was developed by Miranda Gray, author of Red Moon and creator of the Worldwide Womb Blessing.
The main purpose of the Womb Blessing is to reconnect a woman to the sacredness of her womb and her divine feminine essence. But physical healing is a common byproduct of this reconnection: babies miraculously conceived, menstrual cycles coming back after up to 1.5 years of absence, and various other menstrual irregularities healed.
The Womb Blessing is an especially powerful tool for women trying to conceive, because it offers the opportunity to heal the heart-womb connection and allow new fertile energy into the womb space.
For the month of August, I’m offering Womb Blessings at the Inner Arts Collective for $50 off.
If you’re yearning to go deeper into your sacred feminine connection, I want to let you know exactly what you can expect when you come to me for a Womb Blessing.
Here are a few frequently asked questions:
Q: What actually happens during a Womb Blessing?
A: When you book a Womb Ceremony, you receive a 25-minute consultation, a 5-minute visualization to connect with the moon and your own womb, and two treatments: a Womb Blessing + a Womb Healing.
Treatment 1: Womb Blessing (35-min)
The Womb Blessing is a physical prayer that brings healing to your femininity, womb and life. Together, we work with the energies of these key areas of the body in an energy sequence:
▪ Yoni (your beautiful vagina)
▪ Womb & Ovaries
Q: What happens in a Womb Healing?
Treatment 2: Womb Healing (30-min)
Part II of your Womb Blessing is a Healing. The Womb Healing portion concentrates on healing and activating 3 energy centres and on the flow of energy between them:
1. Pituitary Centre: Helps the hormonal & menstrual cycle and opens your spiritual awareness
2. Heart Centre: Heals the heart on issues of love, loss, forgiveness, caring, giving and receiving.
3. Womb Centre: Works on the physical and emotional patterns you hold around your hips and belly.
Plus, I will energize the following 5 points of your Womb Centre that correspond to your 4 feminine energies and your complete womanhood:
Q: Do I have to DO anything during a Womb Blessing?
A: No, you just need to relax and receive the energies! I’ll guide you through the Womb Tree meditation to help ease you out of thinking and into receiving.
Q: Where are your sessions located?
A: At the beautiful Inner Arts Collective, conveniently located at 257 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2–across from the Big Carrot!
If you have a question that will help you decide whether a Womb Blessing is right for you just email me at email@example.com and I’ll sort you out!
8/23/2018 1 Comment
The Nightmare of Pregnancy Loss and the Hope to Heal (by Zahra Haji / Yoga Goddess)
In my work with women struggling to conceive, I’ve recently seen 3 different clients who have each suffered 5 or more miscarriages.
It breaks my heart every time to hear about a woman losing her child, no matter how early on. It’s not only the loss of a baby but the dream of becoming a mother, of caring for and nurturing that child, that doctors and even loved ones don’t always understand.
There’s this idea in the fertility world that we need to keep pushing through like female warriors on the quest of making a baby.
And that’s a problem.
Because the heart and the womb don’t work that way. They can’t be pushed into doing what we want. You can’t make your heart love any more than you can make your womb reproduce.
But you CAN nurture them.
That’s the message I shared with my client Shelena, who has lost 5 pregnancies all before 6 weeks. Making her heartbreak even worse, her doctor doesn’t consider them “real miscarriages” because a heartbeat was never detected.
So after her most recent loss, she came to me for a Womb Blessing.
A Womb Blessing is a hands-on energy healing similar to reiki, but focused on the womb and 5 key points related to fertility.
I was amazed at how Shelena’s body responded. I have never felt such a physical thirst from a woman’s body. It’s as though her womb was drinking in the energy, starved for the Divine Feminine reconnection.
On some level, we all are. We’re starving to reconnect with our feminine nature because in our daily lives we’re told to just “pick yourself up and keep going.”
Like Anya, who also lost 5 pregnancies. When she came for a Womb Blessing I suggested we light 5 candles to represent her miscarriages.
Afterward she said:
I resisted doing anything to commemorate them myself because I was afraid to revisit the experiences, but I found that small, ceremonial gesture so moving and very effective. It was the first time that I truly acknowledged these souls and said goodbye.
That night she felt relaxed and at ease. She told me,
Now I feel lighter about my efforts to become pregnant and more at peace with my past experiences.
In our own way, I think we all are longing for acknowledgment and healing. Because if we just keep pressing forward and never stop to acknowledge our pain, healing can’t happen.
And you can “push through it” up to a point. But at some point you need help.
Help that isn’t medical. Help that isn’t trying to “fix you.” Help that’s healing for you.
If you are struggling to conceive and carry a pregnancy, I want to extend that help to you with a Womb Blessing Ceremony.
Because a Womb Blessing is a direct reconnection between the earth, your heart and your womb.
And to help you begin that reconnection immediately, I want you to have a special meditation called the Womb Tree meditation.
Just click HERE and you’ll be taken to the
Womb Blessing page where you can download the meditation
–AND if it feels right you can book a Womb Blessing with me too.
Connection with the Divine Feminine is your birthright as a woman. I want to make it as easy as possible for you to claim that birthright and begin healing your heart-womb connection.
Download the Womb Tree meditation HERE and begin healing.
I wasn’t at all surprised to see the Eight of Cups show up for this week’s message.
This is a card of transition and moving forward.
Of looking at what was, and what no longer remains. In more traditional tarot decks, this is the card that features someone making a nighttime journey – a rite of passage that may be difficult, but necessary.
What rite of passage have you been initiated into this summer?
That’s a question to meditate upon as the days unfold this week.
We are saying goodbye to Leo season. The fun, fiery, fast-moving days where the lion rules are winding down. This Thursday, August 23, the Sun enters earthy Virgo.
Some people will welcome the slower energy that Virgo offers. Leo can keep us on the go, making more plans that we might normally keep, trying to maximize each moment as best as possible.
We need earth to follow fire because it helps to ground our energy a little. Too much fire leads to burn out. The element of earth – particularly in the sign of Virgo – reminds us to take care.
This may be a message that feels especially important at this time after all that’s been stirred up with the recent eclipses.
Even if you have been feeling a change in the wind, but are unsure of exactly what it all means, it never hurts to listen to Virgo’s calming tones and make a little more space for yourself this week.
My experience with Virgo is that it doesn’t always give you what you want so much as what you need.
If you have been operating at full-speed all summer, Virgo might settle things down a bit. On the other hand, if you have been putting off what really matters most to you, Virgo might put you to work instead.
This is a season of working out the details, and getting ourselves in order for the coming fall season.
How can you cultivate your harvest this autumn if you are rundown or falling behind?
Trust Virgo to help with the process, whether it’s something you’ve initiated through eclipse season or not.
On Sunday, August 26, we welcome the Pisces Full Moon at 7:56 am EST, another energy that can underpin the idea of a rite of passage.
Many people talk about the intensity they feel in the days leading up to a Full Moon. Some say they have trouble sleeping (I’m in that camp for sure). Others feel a sense of unease, but can’t quite figure out why.
If you connected with the Pisces New Moon six months ago, look back to any intentions or themes that emerged for you on March 17 to see what has transpired since then.
If it helps, here is an intention you can use in the days ahead:
I trust in the path that unfolds before me.
And if you’d like to connect with the Pisces Full Moon through tarot, here is a spread to try out at home:
Until next time,
All of us as women living in a patriarchal society have become disconnected to some degree from our feminine essence and from the Divine Feminine.
For centuries we have been abused, shamed for our sexuality, and in various other ways had our femininity repressed, disconnected, or depleted.
As a result, so many of us have conflicted relationships with our femininity, our sexuality, or our female bodies.
If you’ve also suffered from sexual trauma, sexual shame, debilitating periods, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, or a traumatic pregnancy or birth -- or if you’ve had an abortion or a miscarriage -- these are even deeper reasons that you may have become alienated from your female energies and your womb.
How do we heal this?
One of the most powerful ways that I have found -- after more than a decade of working with women, wombs, and menstrual cycles as a yoga teacher, fertility coach, and psychotherapist -- is through something called the Womb Blessing.
A Womb Blessing is a hands-on energy healing developed by Miranda Gray. It’s similar to reiki, but focused on the womb and 5 key points related to the womb energies.
Physical healing is a common byproduct of a Womb Blessing -- babies miraculously conceived, menstrual cycles coming back after up to 1.5 years of absence, various other menstrual irregularities healed – but the real purpose of a Womb Blessing is to reconnect a woman to the sacredness of her womb.
Miranda says this about it: “[The Womb Blessing] offers healing for women on all levels of their being, restoring repressed archetypal energies and validating their authentic femininity. It is an awakening of female consciousness and a healing of our natural female spirituality.”
Every time I receive a Womb Blessing myself, I come away feeling empowered in my womanhood, reconnected with my female soul, and awakened to more aspects of my female self.
And when I give the Womb Blessing energy to my clients, I’m frequently astonished by the power I feel flowing between us – and by the truly magical results they experience.
A Womb Blessing will help you:
I give Womb Blessings in person at the Inner Arts Collective.
Go HERE to learn how you can come home
to your female essence with a Womb Blessing
Mars retrograde ends today, Monday, August 27 at 10:05am EST.
It will take some time for its energy to build again, so set your intentions for September and get ready for the ride.
I laughed when I pulled the Queen of Wands for this week’s message. This is the queen of fire, and Mars is fiery.
This is the card that wants us to be who we are. The Queen of Wands asks, “What you hiding from? We need people to be who they are, not who they are expected to be…”
This Mars retrograde is closely tied with this summer’s eclipse cycle, which also highlighted expression, change, and personal boundaries.
While Aries and Scorpio – the signs that Mars rules – may have felt most affected by this retrograde, Mars gets to us all.
No matter what your sign, Mars is the planet that rules your sense of drive and determination. It is what leads us when we say, “I will.”
Mars retrograde can cause you to shrink back. To become a bit quieter. To second-guess yourself a little more.
As I mentioned in late July, I have been asking myself, “Where can I be a voice of reason right now?”
I have talked before about my concerns with technology eroding our social ties. I have seen so many people lose real life friendships over arguments they’ve had on Facebook.
I’ve seen people dismiss each other’s religions, ideas, and artwork with statements that didn’t even add up to full sentences.
Offline, I see the frustration building here in my city as public space becomes a premium. There are more cars on the road. Less seats on the subway. Longer line-ups. Less time. More to do.
People are losing their patience.
I can’t help but think that everything is connected.
That when we rush through the day to do more than is reasonably acceptable (it seems so many people now are doing the jobs of two or three people, with more distraction and less privacy), when we live in a 24/7 news cycle that divides more than it unites, when we don’t leave ourselves with any free time because we keep checking our email or Instagram or that new text message that just came in…
When we try to do it all from the crack of dawn until the depth of night, day in and day out, it’s bound to cause tension because it doesn’t leave us any time for reflection, processing, or releasing.
I also work to constantly let go of any need to be right. My opinion is not the be-all-end-all. It is not the only way, because there will never be just one way for us all to move forward.
I don't know everything, and I don't have anything to prove otherwise. But I do try to come from an informed place, as best as I can, when I write.
Because I’m always mindful that some people will believe anything they read. Whether it's about a politician or a type of food. Or a spiritual belief or an opinion.
Some people will put their faith and trust in anyone who has a YouTube channel, or a blog.
Some people will just do what everyone else is doing and have no idea why.
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How are things going for you? Eclipses and retrogrades have been dominating the season, shaking up all kinds of things, uncovering all kinds of thoughts, feelings, and ideas that have gotten buried over time.
Back in the spring, I did a tarot reading for myself about what I need moving forward.
All the messages felt so nostalgic, urging me to go back to some old habits. I pulled cards that depicted people sitting in a circle, or playing in the water.
I pulled the Sun, a card of joy.
I pulled cards that showed friendships and community.
It made me think a lot about how I used to make so much time on my schedule for play. I have lists of goals that I wrote from past summers, years ago, and they say things like:
– Go to at least five parties this summer
– See at least four movies
– Talk on the phone to someone every day
– Invite someone to go to the museum
– Go to the beach
– Read a book a week
I didn’t always accomplish all of my plans, but I did manage a lot of what I wanted to.
And when I look back on it, nothing else suffered. I still got everything else done that was necessary: The work, the routine, the responsibilities.
Somehow, writing down my joys made them happen. It made them as much of a priority as any other to-do list.
But often, our calendars end up being filled with other responsibilities: Work, appointments, meetings, errands.
As though fun doesn’t matter. As though joy is something to be pushed to the bottom of the heap.
Mercury retrograde began in Leo on July 26. Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the centaur planet Chiron, are all retrograde, too.
Retrogrades are times of review, reassessment. They can cause us to look back and think:
We can only make decisions based on what we know at the time. When we allow ourselves the time to check in and see if something is ready to change – if we are ready to change – we can grow through our past choices and build new roads for ourselves as a result.
Mercury retrograde in fiery Leo has been highlighting questions around what you want to be known for, and how you want to be seen.
It is also about how you want to shine. The last few weeks have been a time to re-strategize your path and plans, especially if something has been dimming your light.
And there is always the experience that is at the table to begin with. The more time passes, the more I feel like every moment has been leading me to where I need to be.
That every job, friendship, challenge, and opportunity that comes along – as eclectic as it can all seem sometimes – all adds up to this moment, right here, right now.
I bet you have tons of examples of your own that you can think of. The Four of Pentacles asks you to sit down and see what’s on the table for you right now.
What will you choose to build on top of the foundation you stand on at this time?
If it helps, here is an intention you can use throughout the week:
My knowledge is my roadmap.
Until next time,
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