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Healing Intergenerational Trauma: Clearing Millennia of Bad Medicine Through Women’s Bodies

Many of the old medicine ways talk about ‘bad medicine’, and ‘bad medicine’ being ‘thrown’ at people and ‘lodged’ into people’s bodies. What exactly does this mean?

Thoughts are energy. Emotions are energy. Belief systems are energy. We are now able to measure/quantify the ‘harmonic resonance’, or the vibration that our thoughts, emotions and belief systems produce.

Love, freedom, gratitude, peace, joy, truth, honesty, joy, clarity—these have a high-vibrational resonance and produce life-giving qualities.

Despair, anger, hatred, fear, jealousy, envy, confusion—these produce low vibrational-resonances, and are able to generate disease.

How are these vibrations ‘thrown’ and how could they ‘lodge’ into a person’s body???

One of the primary ways that ‘bad medicine’ is created and ‘thrown’, is through the adoption of thoughts, emotions and beliefs within our family systems when we are young children.

Imagine for example, a young girl growing up in a home where her Mother is ashamed of her womanly parts. She teaches her daughter that her yoni/vagina is dirty, that it smells and that it is not something to be proud of. The young girl’s Mother does not teach her this just by the words she speaks—rather by her own relationship to her yoni/vagina, her own belief systems, which hold a particular vibrational resonance. The young daughter observes her Mother and adopts this belief system.

She does this by ‘attuning’ herself to the vibration of her Mother’s thoughts and beliefs. When we are young, our Mothers and Fathers ARE the center of our Universe—and we unconsciously strive to emulate them.

Imagine how this young girl could grow into a woman who then feels sexually ‘shut down’ and ashamed of her womanhood. Imagine how this woman could believe the natural cycles of her femininity are a burden, a hassle and gross. Imagine how this woman could for example, experience painful menstrual cycles, and the inability to orgasm.

Imagine an example of another young girl, who is sexually abused by a loved and trusted family member. Imagine the pain the little girl experiences and the way these experiences are internalized. Imagine the way this little girl may begin to not like, or even hate her feminine landscape—as her feminine body has proved (to her) to cause her pain and agony.

Imagine how these experiences of sexual abuse as a young girl could cause this young girl to grow into a woman who experiences an array of pain and disease within her womanly parts. Imagine how this young girl may become a woman who believes that her womanly parts create pain and are harmful and that suffering is a normal experience of being a woman…

In working with women, I ‘do’ many different things—however—my real work is to simply holding space for women to turn inwards, to tap into their innate wisdom—to source from within.

Under my hands, a woman’s pelvic bowl may feel ‘hypertonic’/tight musculature; I may feel a woman’s uterus ‘tipped’/leaning towards one side more then another; I may feel an incredible pulse of blood circulation on one side of a woman’s pelvis- but constricted blood flow on the other side.

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When a woman goes into the sensations within her body, that are produced through having a pelvic floor that is ‘hypertonic,’ or a uterus that is ‘tipped,’ or a pelvis that feels ‘heavy,’ images are often revealed to her.

The images behind the presenting sensations have frequently been revealed to women I have worked with as: daggers and knives lodged into their ovaries; small, creepy men hanging onto their ovaries; family members—that they don’t even like—hanging around on the inside of their wombs.

What does it mean that women ‘find’ daggers, knives, creepy men and unwanted family members hanging around their feminine landscape? These images are the thought forms, the emotions, the belief systems women have picked up through life— manifested as stuck, unwanted, un-needed energy in the body.

This is one way ‘bad medicine’ is thrown into the body. This is one way we ‘pick-up’ bad medicine.

We ‘pick up’ bad medicine when we ‘pick up’ the thoughts, emotions and belief systems of our families that are not in harmony with Life itself. These thoughts, emotions and belief systems most definitely have the potential to manifest dis-ease in the body.

What happens then if we clear this ‘bad medicine’ from our bodies as women—these thoughts/emotions/beliefs that are not even ‘ours’???

We find that what is ‘ours’ is: Love, Truth and a Fierceness to birth and care for Life.

We find that when we reclaim our feminine bodies…and we honor and respect what makes us ‘women’… The whole world begins to shift.

We find that when we steer ourselves towards a path that is aligned with Creation and Unification, we steer our families, our communities and the whole world in the same direction.

We have access to ALL of this power AND responsibility, simply by clearing our bodies of what is not ours, and anchoring into our bodies what is.

Here, two women share their experiences of SOURCING FROM WITHIN during our sessions together:

From Sandy, an Ayurvedic Practicioner:

I am 53 years old and throughout every stage of my womanhood I have been met with hardship and misery. Through the experience of Holistic Pelvic Care with Rachelle, I could feel an unearthing of truth open within. I felt tension, mystery and message come forth.  

My uterus birthed a yellow rose bud that was beginning to open. As the energy flowed graciously in my womb I bowed in gratitude for this healing, this blessing. While in gratitude my womb energy moved upwards and connected with my third eye.  No words can really describe the sacredness of this moment.  It is pure bliss and joy to feel alive inside my womb. Warmth and nurturance covered my Being.  My energy was alive, connecting to my body, mind and spirit.  I knew in that moment that my intuition had been awakened.  

I remembered what it was like to feel like a Woman, fully connected in my womb, heart and third eye.  Being given the opportunity to remember wisdom, love of self and other has opened many doors as a result.”

From Jasmine, Clothing Designer and Life Coach:

In my sessions with Rachelle, I was amazed at how clear the voices of my womb and ovaries were.  Each time we asked what they wanted to say, something important and profound came forward.

Two times in particular stand out to me.  

From previous sessions, I was aware of how other people’s energies were lodged in my womb and we had spent time clearing them out. During this session, my intention was to clear out other people’s energies and to really feel my own sovereignty.  

My womb then burst into red flames and just burned and burned through the anger, fear, betrayal and loss that I had been holding inside.  This wasn’t a painful burning, but a true clearing.  I felt cleansed and renewed, and like I had my sovereignty back.

Another time, we asked my left ovary, the place of the feminine lineage, what it had to say.  I received the sweetest message from my lineage.  It was that I am taken care of and supported deeply, in ways that I can’t even comprehend.  The feeling of love and safety from that message touched me deeply.  

These two experiences are just a few of many.  I am in awe of how the womb speaks when we simply ask, and she always shares clarity and truth that lead to healing.”

We have been controlled through our bodies as women for thousands, and thousands of years. When we clear out all that is not ours from our bodies, and we anchor in the truth of our beings, we step into our power.

When we claim our power, we are healing the generations behind us who carried these burdens and traumas for so long. When we claim our power, we are healing the generations ahead of us whose paths will be cleared through our work.

THIS is intergenerational healing.

The time we are living in is not a time to follow ‘leaders,’ rather it is time to become our own leaders. We become our own leaders by actively healing the trauma within our particular bloodlines. In letting go of that which is not serving us, we are able to claim the wisdom of our ancestors that courses through our veins.

THIS is sourcing from within.

Copyright Rachelle Garcia Seliga, CPM
Photo of Rachelle Garcia Seliga working: Melissa Rae Photography
Pelvic Image with Flowers by: MIZENSCEN

Motherhood: The Holy Offering

rachelle_blog2aThis past February I received 3-seperate grants, and was blessed with the opportunity of traveling to Belize to further my studies in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. While I did enjoy the training, what I loved most about traveling to Belize, was the opportunity to just –be– with the land, this place where the body of wisdom known as ‘Maya Abdominal Therapy’ originates.

What is often taught in history books about the Maya people, and even what is taught at the Mayan pyramid sites themselves, is in relation to ‘human sacrifice.’

I have always questioned the –truth– of these ‘human sacrifices’: Did they really happen at all? Were these ways introduced from an outside people? WHY is ‘human sacrifice’ the main focus of popular history in regards to the incredibly beautiful, complex and intelligent Maya culture?

As I began to internally question these things on a deeper level on the land of the Maya nation, I began to receive answers that I had not before…

Inside a small museum in Chetumal, Mexico, dedicated to Mayan culture, I found in a small corner, a small plaque, underneath a small fertility symbol, that read:

          “Sacrifice… as in the self-sacrifice of having children…”

At that moment, something clicked for me as a woman, as a Mother and as a midwife:

Ancient fertility ceremonies from around the world, often involved an element of SACRIFICE, an element of death; with a recognition that from death comes life. To ‘sacrifice,’ is to dedicate as a holy offering.

There is an inherent sacrifice in becoming and being a Mother. And ancient fertility ceremonies re-minded all of our people of this truth.

Beginning with pregnancy and birth, we sacrifice our bodies- offering our bodies as a holy place for Life to grow and be born from. Our lives ‘as we knew them’ become rearranged to accommodate the needs of the new Soul that is entering.

As Mothers, we are then ‘postpartum’ for life. Pregnancy and birth PERMANENTLY ALTER us not just energetically, but physiologically as well. The old in us dies to give life to the new: newborn babies are born, newborn Mothers are born.

As Mothers, we offer our vital, life energy, to raise our children, the next generation of humans that will caretake our precious Earth.

As Mothers, the sacrifices we make each and every day for our children, are our holy offerings to Life itself.

It is not my place to define nor judge the ‘human sacrifices’ we are taught about in relation to Mayan history. My place, my purpose, my participation, is in this great ‘RE-MEMBRANCE’ of our innate power as women and as humans.

When we honor and respect the incredible work we do each day through our Mothering (be that Mothering our children or Mothering our life’s work), we bring dignity back to the holy title of ‘MOTHER.’

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Physiologic Postpartum Care: Re-Membering Our Global Postpartum Tradition

Rachelle Garcia Seliga, CPMrach

The original postpartum traditions throughout the world while specific to the cultural context in which they come—all share deep, common roots. Postpartum traditions all mandate: heat-inducing therapies; an extended resting period; specific foods that are warming in nature and easy to digest; and bodywork.

These commonalities of postpartum traditions throughout the world are not a coincidence—these traditions are rooted in our physiologic design. Our ancestors understood this design and their postpartum traditions were born from this understanding.

As humans, we have a physiologic blueprint that shows us how to optimally care for ourselves. My elders call this blueprint our ‘original instructions.’ Others know this blueprint as our ‘divine design.’ From birth all the way through death, most of us in the modern world have strayed far from our physiologic blueprint or ‘original instructions.’ Because of this, ill health abounds within our bodies and Planet.

When we pay attention to and follow what nature has so perfectly mapped out for us, we actually have an easeful, straightforward map to health.

‘Physiologic Birth’ is now widely understood in the birth community and defined as: “Birth that is powered by the innate human capacity of the woman and fetus. This birth is more likely to be safe and healthy because there is no unnecessary intervention that disrupts normal physiologic processes.”

The same phenomenon is true for the postpartum period. We have a PHYSIOLOGIC design of what our needs are postpartum in order for optimal results to be achieved. The optimal results in regards to the postpartum period, is not just the survival of Mother and baby—but it is the THRIVING of Mother and baby. We have been surviving as Mothers and babies in modern times—but on a whole we have not been thriving.

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When we put ‘Physiologic Postpartum Care’ into practice, women are best able to care for their children and their families. When families are cared for and flourishing, so are our communities. When our communities are flourishing, so too is our world. Physiologic Postpartum Care is one of the most effective ways to properly care for the future generations.

In many of these ancient postpartum traditions it is said that: How women are cared for during the postpartum period will directly affect their health through menopause and beyond. This connection between postpartum and postmenopausal health can be found in a myriad of ways; one of them explained here by Doctor Deborah Lyon and the Global Library of Women’s Medicine:

A growing volume of literature on pelvic floor health implicates childbirth as the initiation of a whole host of conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to the following: stress urinary incontinence, incontinence of flatus or feces, uterine prolapse, cystocele (bladder prolapsing into vagina), and rectocele (rectum prolapsing into vagina). Many variables affect the duration and severity of these pelvic conditions, including the health of a woman’s vaginal tissues, the size of the infant she birthed, the route of delivery, and the degree of perineal trauma that occurs. However: Even when full recovery of pelvic floor integrity appears to be the case, menopause may elicit a return of many of these problems as the collagen support of estrogen is withdrawn.

What this means, is that the Estrogen levels we experience during our childbearing years may –mask—the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, until we reach our menopausal years and estrogen levels drop. The pelvic symptoms that we then become aware of as we enter into menopause, have often actually been there since birthing our babies.

Postpartum pelvic work dissolves fascial restrictions within the pelvic musculature, as well as resolves scar tissue and adhesions. This pelvic work during the postpartum period assures women’s life-long sexual, urinary and bowel health. Pelvic floor work after birth also reestablishes synergy and vitality in the pelvic bowl, fortifying a woman’s root place. Of interest to note here: the French government currently covers the expense for each woman to have 10-20 pelvic physical therapy sessions after birth, known as ‘la reeducation perineale.’

The above examples are just one aspect of our pelvic health postpartum that needs tending. And pelvic health is just one aspect of a holistic-system of care that women need to be receiving in the postpartum period.

postpartum3I believe that when we understand the physiology of the postpartum time and how it affects our life-long health as women—we as women, birth workers and health care professionals will make postpartum care a priority. When we truly understand something and its implications, we are more likely to value and take care of it.

The time is here for us to see postpartum care as a necessity and not a luxury. In the same way we want the best for our health when we are pregnant—we need to demand the same in the postpartum period. There is a cultural denial of self-care in our modern world and self-care truly is the way to respect and honor the tremendous work that is Mothering. Self-care during the postpartum period sets the stage for us to mother with dignity for the whole of our lives.

We women are the foundation, the Soul of the people—when we are thriving, our people thrive. I see us bringing together the wisdom of all our ancestors, carrying forth into the future those traditions that serve the highest good of life. May we begin by supporting the traditions that connect all of humanity: birth, as our rite of passage and postpartum, as our integration into a whole new life.

Rachelle Garcia Seliga, CPM is Mother, wife and midwife whose work is dedicated to midwifing a cultural shift, that honors innate wisdom, personal authority and the sanctity of Life. Rachelle has developed a holistic well-woman care practice that offers preventative and curative care to women, and is the creator of INNATE Postpartum Care- Certification Training.  INNATE’s training follows the mandate of women’s physiologic design, and is offered to birth and health professionals who are committed to revolutionizing women’s health care, for the benefit of all.

www.InnateTraditions.com

Photo of Rachelle Garcia Seliga working: Melissa Rae Photography
Mama/baby photos:  Jade Beall