the almighty woman
Yup, that would be my stomach. And the chiminea and assorted rocks and stuff on my deck. Yesterday I attended a rather auspicious occasion in my own honor. I don't quite know how to describe the INCREDIBLE nature of it. It is called a Blessingway, a version of the traditional Navaho ceremony initiating a woman into motherhood. At one point, I had fourteen, count 'em! Fourteen women brushing my hair, and massaging, fanning or painting on my body as I lay on a giant comfy sheepskin rug. Not since Cleopatra have women been honored in this way. Our culture has no real protocol besides the over gifty baby shower (which certainly serves its purpose of outfitting one for motherhood) to HELP us become mothers. Through the wisdom and support of other women, I feel so much better about my upcoming role as mommy. I just have to shout out to these ladies and say what an incredible gift and what big love you have for me. I am the luckiest woman in the world today. Seriously, words CANNOT express my heart's gratitude. If you know a person who is having a baby, entering womanhood, getting married, etc. there is nothing better you can do than to honor her with a rite of passage, in my opinion. Here are just some of the things that went on: *Purification with rose water (so deliciously feminine) and sage. *A scrapbook was assembled with letters to my baby boy about ME. *An ash tree was hung with wishes for him made by each person in attendance. *A half hour of *indulgent* pampering of my holy body. *Beads were brought by each person and strung to make an amulet for me to clutch when labor comes. *Seated in a circle, prayers of good health, strength, fearlessness and positive energy were shared. *A feast for the goddesses concluded the event, complete with booby and belly cake! WOW. How do you connect with other women, I ask you? What do you yearn to manifest that is different but has the power to enrich your experiences? Can you be vulnerable enough to participate or be the center of an adoring circle? BIG LOVE and AAAAHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO! from the Coyote today.