With this fourth pregnancy, I’ve focused on embracing the sacredness, beauty, and divinity within the preparation for the right of passage of birthing and of re-entering motherhood. Instead of skipping to thoughts of the end result (Zion, a healthy baby boy in my arms), I’ve allowed myself to sink deeply into the process and journey of carrying my child.
Alongside embodied integration of my spiritual practices, sadhanas, and inner feminine guidance, I dove into research of Sacred Pregnancy and Sacred Birth. In the book, Mother Rising by Donna Miller Watelet, Yana Courtlund, and Barb Lucke, I found a ritual called a Blessingway.
With ties linking back to Navajo tradition, this sacred ceremony is now re-emerging in women’s circles and sistership communities, adapted and modified to serve the uniqueness of individual women.
I was inspired by this ritual that resonated with my spirit and aligned with my healing and service work for women through Seasons of Womanhood.
I searched for a circle or a facilitator that could host a Blessingway ceremony for me, but found nothing, even within the holistic health communities of my populated city. So I looked literally, to my own backyard. I turned to my Seasons of Womanhood’s sacred online sister circle to voice my desire for this ceremony and offered the outdoor garden space of my Seasonal Health Apothecary to hold the ceremony.
This turned out to be a perfect setting, a true oasis in the center of an urban area in Hoboken, with a 100-year-old, wise Birch tree standing right in the middle of the garden. In this space, I regularly hold women’s circles, sound meditations, moon ceremonies and healing sessions with patients.
The low-lying, fall afternoon sun, graced us with its humble, warming presence, glittering through the leaves, moving with the change of season’s light wind, whispering with the spirit that weaves us all together. Surrounded by a rainbow of colors that beautifully framed our sisterhood, I stepped into the circle...