Dis-ease is the absence of ease, the absence of spirally flow, and the presence of stagnation and resistance.
And when challenges arise and create certain emotions within us, that is, how we feel about the dis-ease, we’re given our greatest medicine. The way we feel about the dis-ease was already present in some way and thus contributed to the physical manifestation of it.
Physical health challenges, especially those involving our yonis, are invitations to more deeply connect with ourselves and our bodies, rather than trying to fix, manipulate, or berate them.
Symptoms are invitations for deeper explorations and are never the actual problem.
As womxn’s ill health continues to be normalized and even expected, I am increasingly passionate about empowering us to become our own healers by reconnecting with the spiral principle and befriending our wise, sacred bodies through presence, curiosity, and intention.
The root of our core is the essence of our femininity. Everything begins in the root! Our sense of safety, our sense of belonging in the world, our sense of being provided for and having our basic needs met, and more are vital to our overall health. If we’re walking around with feminine shame and wounding, we’ll inevitably experience physical health challenges.
How do we heal our yonis? How is the health of our yonis indicative of our overall health on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? How can ill health serve as a map towards our optimal, authentic life? How to heal ailments like thrush, bacterial vaginosis, amenorrhea, and PCOS? What does it mean to have a dry vagina? Sure, there are plenty of more mainstream approaches to finding relief, and I implore all of us to dig even deeper.
Remember that the cause is the remedy; how this makes you feel is why it is here.
Here are some of the most common ailments facing women and their energetic components:
Potential Deeper Invitation: Shame around sexual encounters of the past; associated with being sexually violated and/or betrayed; the manifestation of this serves as a protective/defensive mechanism; unresolved anger
Suggested Practices: Homemade pessaries, forgiveness practices, giving back the shame (especially useful in situations where there has been violation of sexual boundaries), expressing and exploring anger
Leukorrhea + Bacterial Vaginosis
Potential Deeper Invitation: Shame and dislike of the Self; feminine shame; early childhood trauma; challenges with father/father figures; lack of trust in the the self and in the world
Suggested Practices: Yoni steam pots, inner child work, reconciling challenges with father/father figures, developing one’s own autonomy to rekindle trust
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Potential Deeper Invitation: Dislike of the self and of the feminine herself; early childhood trauma and being shamed for being a female; Mother Wounds; unconscious or overt preference for the masculine/triangle aspects at the expense of one’s feminine/spiral aspects
Suggested Practices: Getting into flow and receptivity, herbal support, self-pleasure, re-defining femininity for yourself, self-pleasure practices and other forms of sensual embodiment, resolving Mother Wound
Potential Deeper Invitation: Denial of flow, rhythms, and cycles; resentment towards being a spirally creature and having a fear of resting and a fear of being “less than” or not able to consistently perform at one’s peak (while bleeding we’re inevitably in a “weakened” state, which can feel quite scary to those unwilling to surrender to the ebbs and flows of life)
Suggested Practices: Honoring flow through seasonal living, healing trauma associated with not feeling safe, bringing presence to that which feels grounding and warm in your life and allowing space for more it
Potential Deeper Invitation: Fear of mothering; Mother Wound
Suggested Practices: Herbal support, acupuncture, reconciling inner child and forgiveness of mother figures, defining what it means to be a mother and why you wish to bring life into the world for you uniquely
Potential Deeper Invitation: Fear; lack of emotional connection with partner/self; resentment/unresolved conflict with sexuality; inability to fully relax and receive
Suggested Practices: Herbal support, yoni steam pot, homemade oils applied topically to nourish the tissues, gentle and agenda-less self-pleasure exploration
Potential Deeper Invitation: Resistance, bypassing, unbalanced lifestyle throughout the cycle; shame around cycles and being a womxn.
Suggested Practices: Herbal support, being with the source(s) of the emotional challenges that arise as they really need your attention and can guide you towards the nourishment that will bring balance.
While the following aren’t necessarily yoni ailments, they plague so many womxn and are worth mentioning.
Potential Deeper Invitation: Perfectionism; fear and the need to control in order to feel safe; a sense of unworthiness that drives the need to overcompensate and overachieve; early life trauma; often concurrent with amenorrhea and/or PCOS (which can also appear concurrently)
Suggested Practices: Herbal support, warmth and grounding, allowing yourself to be nurtured and supported, allowing yourself to be vulnerable in safe situations, asking for help, nervous system support and deep relaxation, exploring your unique driving force and the root thereof (perfectionism, unworthiness, insecurity, etc.)
Potential Deeper Invitation: Denial of expression and stifling of one’s truth; withholding authenticity; keeping secrets for others; not sticking up for self in cases of violations, betrayals, injustices
Suggested Practices: Chanting, singing, screaming, herbal support, acupuncture, expressing secrets and anything being withheld
The following topics are here to support you in diving more deeply:
For more on the Mother Wound, its origins, its broader implications, and how to heal it, read more here.
For more on feminine shame and the collective issues it creates, regardless of one’s physical anatomy or gender identification, read more here.
For more on a deeper, holistic perspective on chronic dis-ease, read more here.
To learn about how flower essences can support womxn’s health, read more here.
For more on embodiment practices and how they can support healing, read more here.
For more on shadow work and its truly profound applications, read more here.
Regardless of what you may be struggling with, working with embodiment resources to bring a sense of presence and safety to the physical body is key and universally applicable. Consistently engaging in shadow work, that is befriending and being with the parts of yourself that feel tender, and shame-filled is also universally applicable.
Shame is an insidious little beast that can have its hooks deeply in us and result in all kinds of ailments.
Wherever you are on your healing journey is absolutely perfect and right where you are meant to be. I get that that can sound utterly cliché and not helpful; I’ve been there and get it more than you know. However, it’s also absolutely true… If I can be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for support. Peruse the energetic remedies I’ve created in The Apothecary, and consider enrolling in the self-paced Yoni Exploratory.
What are you currently experiencing? What do you believe is the actual root cause? Please share below.
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