Heading up to my birthday I felt like a part of me was Dying. I couldn’t go on the way I was. I knew I had to let go.
I had to take some Death.
I had to call in the Women for Support.
I had to crack my Shell.
This Birthday I lay on the earth, belly down.
Arms open wide.
Womb to the earth.
I lay my suffering down.
I lay it all down.
My tendency has been to soldier on and keep going and keep going, lone wolf style, no matter what. I had to crack my fear and resistance to being vulnerable myself, for needing deep support and to talk about the real issues I am having in life, parenting and work.
I did not want to enter another year with the same patterns.
As I lay down on the grass outside I breathed in and released my fear, my pain, my tension, my stress.
I let go.
I released what was between me and everything I need now for the next year of my journey.
When I finally peeled myself off the earth I looked up to see three women passionately drumming, and others with bells and shakers singing and smiling at me.
Support is here for me.
Love is here if I only I can LET LOVE IN.
Thank you blessed Sisters for your love over my birthday.
Over the last few years I’ve been holding space for women (and men) at their most vulnerable moments, becoming new parents, journeying through childbirth as a doula, student midwife and midwife.
For the last year I’ve been holding space for women healing from birth and more recently abortion as a birth healing coach.
I have become comfortable with being the support person, the listener, the seer, the space holder.
Now it’s crucial that I create more practical support with parenting a teenager.
More nourishment for myself.
I do actually have access to these in my life now.
My old pattern of lone wolf means that I tend to isolate.
I work alone.
I enjoy my solitude and I enjoy connection too.
It’s Nature’s way.
A tree needs a tree network, water, roots and sunshine.
I began to lose Sisterhood when I got into an unhealthy relationship years ago.
It was then that I disconnected from the roots of what feeds me: honest, deep and intimate connection with other women. Fear and Shame can keep us alone, afraid and isolated.
I felt so ashamed of my story I just wanted to hide after my divorce.
I disconnected from my natural web over those years.
Then I went into Midwifery and was catapulted into my head, pushed to my limits and simultaneously horrified by a lot of things.
I was shocked at the medicalization and physical violence displayed towards women during labour. So many justifications are used by care providers as to why women need to be harmed. I’ve heard them all. It has to stop.
I saw too many mothers and babies harmed by procedures and harshness at the hands of care providers.
Horizontal violence towards midwives and student midwives is present here in Australia and in New Zealand too.
The compliance, the coercion, the bullying, and the insanity of a medicalized maternity system was harmful to my spirit. I don’t belong in the military.
I saw a lot of things, good and bad.
I healed a lot of things too.
I saw what happens when women have good midwifery care and caring medical support when required. That’s a really good marriage. I liked that a lot. Beautiful, powerful, respectful relationships between midwives and doctors. Deeply good.
And I saw the not-beautiful, the not kind.
I’m really glad I took the journey. From all this I have learned that patience, kindness and respect are crucial to our survival and thriving as a species.
I’ve needed to return to my roots.
I became comfortable with women being vulnerable with me, but when I looked around I didn’t have the deep holding support that I have needed to keep going, to be held in my vulnerability.
Leaving my beloved Silver behind in New Zealand has been a far greater challenge than I anticipated. Such a big leap, but a necessary one, as my Daughter and her tribe are here.
Returning to the role of single parent and sole bread winner has been a bigger deal than I imagined. I love and miss my man.
So this birthday, this wise, cute inner chickie pushed her beak through the shell.
It had to crack.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
To survive we must belong.
To thrive we must connect.
This I learnt from Trees, Babies, Women and Families.