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Preventing Perinatal Mood Disorders: Supporting Women’s Physiologic Design in the Childbearing Continuum

The epidemic levels of perinatal mood disorders being experienced in modern times, are most often a SYMPTOM of the underlying problem. The underlying problem being:  Interruption and violation of the physiologic birth process and LACK OF PROPER POSTPARTUM SUPPORT.

In this one-hour ‘Facebook live’ video addressed to Perinatal Mental Health Therapists, Rachelle Garcia Seliga speaks further on these very topics.

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The Sacred Feminine on the Threshold of the New Dawn

The Sacred Feminine on the Threshold of the New Dawn

By Elder Donna Maria Camps
Holder of the Star Nations Teachings and Traditional Knowledge Keeper

There has been a push, energetically upon our planet Gaia/Earth, for us to step into our power as the Sacred Feminine. We have been asked to step into our mission, the reason why we chose to incarnate at this time on this timeline on Gaia. Some of us have done the work involving years of preparation, purification, healing and alignment with the teachings and the path that we are destined to walk.

Others, feeling the push and still operating from unbalanced ego drives, have opted to dabble in a bit of this and a bit of that, and put themselves out there as teachers of traditions that they know nothing about. Some others claim that they are entitled to these teachings solely on their racial make-up. This is the main reason why I write this article, so that you may understand the difference between true soul calling and ego-centered superficiality.

As we enter the Paradigm Shift on this planet. Many of the Sacred Teachings are being brought forth in order to help humanity make a conscious shift into deep levels of healing, in order for us to be successful on our Path of Ascension.

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These Teachers who are bringing forth this Wisdom are bringing it forth to Humanity. Be especially weary of those who claim that these Teachings belong to one tribe or to one nation.

Walk away from those who are in the ‘us versus them’ mentality. For they have been broken in spirit through ancestral trauma, they have not healed themselves, they are seeking self-worth outside of themselves and outside of their path. Broken vessels hold no water and cannot quench their soul’s thirst for spiritual knowledge and understanding, neither can they hold spiritual water for anyone else. Open your eyes, remember and see the truth of this.

The Teachers who were chosen to bring forth Traditional Wisdom of Humanity, share this wisdom with all nations, for all nations make up humanity.

This wisdom that they are bringing forth now, was at one time part of the one unified culture of the planet in the ancient history of humanity. It was the wisdom and knowledge of the entire planet. From one generation to the next, women would pass this sacred knowledge down to the future generations of women. Being born woman was a great blessing to the soul.

The knowledge, wisdom and mysteries around birth and the feminine body, mind, soul and spirit, was the birthright of being born into the Sacred Feminine, and it was the knowledge and wisdom of the entire planet.

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In ancient times, a female human being was considered to be a representative of the Goddess or the Sacred Feminine on Gaia/Earth. She is a doorway through which life enters onto the material plane of existence and she is a doorway for communication between many levels of consciousness. Women were much respected and those that showed a special talent were trained in the higher arts as guardians and/or teachers of the Wisdom of the Sacred Feminine. But due to the suppression of the Divine Feminine, the true essence of the knowledge and wisdom of these teachings were lost to the conscious mind of the human inhabitants of the planet.

As they are being brought forward now, the dark forces are not happy – self-empowerment is not a good thing for those intelligences who would like to keep us in fear and ignorance. The dark forces are using those who are broken in spirit, those who have not healed themselves and those who are not aligned with their spiritual path and true destiny to distort the Wisdom of Humanity.

The Teachers who were chosen to bring back these teachings of the Sacred Feminine to the planet at this time, have a total and complete understanding and application of the Wisdom they hold and how to apply it on many levels of reality. This means that they have a Holistic understanding of the Wisdom they hold, of the Teachings that they are Destined to bring forth.

If you were to sit and discuss with them, they would be able to answer your questions on many levels according to your level of consciousness. These Teachers were given this mission by the Divine, this is their true Destiny. These teachers did not take a weekend course or workshop to become instant carriers of this knowledge. It took them years of preparation under the guidance of Spiritual Elders and Spiritual Guides. It took them years of preparation to be the clear carriers of this Wisdom.

I have personally witnessed and have been asked by the ignorant – where can they go to get a weekend workshop to do what my life-path has prepared me to do in this lifetime on Gaia. This was many years ago and I did not believe that they were serious, but it seems that it is becoming more of a common practice for the ignorant to seek fame by projecting themselves as what they would like to be, and not what they have been chosen to be.

These false teachers have no understanding of the holistic aspects of what they are getting themselves involved with. They are not in alignment or integrity with what they are teaching. They are like a child who decided to steal a hand grenade to play with and invite other children to come and watch as they pull the pin. Ignorant teachers will bind you in their ignorance.

To know if you are with a True Teacher, feel into your heart and listen to how they present their teachings. Can they answer and do they welcome your questions or do they get annoyed because they are insecure? Do they present their teachings to humanity regardless of nationality, race and culture? Are they speaking from their hearts or from the ego? Are they trying to justify themselves? Are they interested in the integrity of what they are sharing, or are they looking for recognition? What is their history on this path, was the knowledge gained through one meeting with a teacher, and have they become instant experts?

Be responsible for who you align your energy with. Seek true Wisdom Holders so as to receive true Holistic Teachings. If you do find yourself with these false teachers, ask yourself why you have attracted them into your life – what is it that you need to learn and look at within yourself.

Some of the older Wisdom Holders have been on their paths from childhood. Some of the younger ones have been guided for many years by Elders and Spiritual Guides and they maintain a pure line of teachings from those Elders and Guides.

hathorThe pure line of teachings implies that we are here to serve Humanity. We are here to aid in the restoration of a state of dignity and sovereignty to each and every person who has found their way to us and who are willing to heal themselves and step onto their destined path.

We are here to help you remember the Wisdom and Knowledge of the Sacred Feminine, the knowledge that you carry within yourself as the gift of being born female, without discrimination of race, creed, culture, nationality or geographical location.

At one time this was the shared Wisdom of the Human Race – and as human beings we are being asked to heal ourselves and find our true paths. We are being asked to hold the higher frequencies of honesty and integrity to our mission, to be successful in bringing this New Dawn into complete manifestation.

May You be Blessed
Donna-Maria Camps
Holder of the Star Nations Teachings and Traditional Knowledge Keeper.
www.donnamariacamps.com

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blog article heart and minds

Aligning Heart and Mind for Humankind’s Evolution

Innate’ is that which is natural and inherent. ‘Traditions’ are those teachings that are passed down from one generation to the next. Our innate physiological design offers us a map to health and wellness. We THRIVE when we follow that which has been laid out for us. Traditional medicinal knowledge is stored within our blood memory, within the Earth, Air, Water and Fire. The more we heal ourselves from the destructive programming we have all received, the more -access- we have to this knowledge. It is from these understandings that I call humanity’s traditions our INNATE TRADITIONS.

heart-mind connectionTo be able to carry forth our life-sustaining ‘innate traditions,’ I see we are at a specific juncture in our collective evolution as humankind—Where what we know in our hearts needs to align with what we know in our minds.

Humankind’s ancestors have always understood that: LIFE WITHIN THE WOMB AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEEPLY MATTERS. Meaning that: Our earliest imprintings that will effect us for the whole of our Lives, happen before we are even born and during our first few years outside of the womb—particularly until the age of 7. The field of Pre and Perinatal Psychology—concerned with these earliest life experiences and their long-term impact on our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health—confirms this which we have always known.

We understand intuitively—and ALL traditional medicine systems understand AND practice—that to be healthy, our mind, body, emotions and spirit need tending to. The emerging science of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is confirming this: When our physical needs are met (including: nutrient dense diets, adequate rest/sleep and exercise), this positively impacts our Endocrine System, Nervous System and Neurological System. When our emotional needs are met (including: security, attention, connectedness, community, achievement, loving care, meaning/purpose, encouragement), this positively impacts our Immune System and Cardiovascular System.

Traditional ceremony CROSS-CULTURALLY has always tended to INTERGENERATIONAL HEALING—so as to not perpetuate intergenerational trauma. The science of Epigenetics now confirms for us how certain genes are ‘turned on or turned off’ by the trauma OR by the healing we experience—expressing as sickness or health in our bodies and lives.

As modern-day midwives, we often study Physiology and Anatomy. The potential of this study, is that when we truly understand our physiologic design—we are able to support the PHYSIOLOGIC process of labor and birth. Supporting a physiologic labor and birth is what grandmother midwives have always done—Trusting in the innate human capacities of Mother and baby, and safeguarding birth by not disrupting or unnecessarily intervening.

Likewise, INNATE Postpartum Care- Certification Training teaches the science behind that which our ancestors’ have always known: Postpartum Care is a necessity—not a luxury—and is essential for women’s long term health and vitality.

Science is confirming that which humankind has always known.

Why is it part of our collective evolution to confirm in our MINDS—that which our HEARTS already know?

Because Human’s neocortex (the logical/rational part of the brain) is SO STRONG and SO POWERFUL that we are able to SHUT DOWN our capacities to sustain life.

When our neo-cortex is stimulated during labor and birth, it has the ability to ‘stall’ and stop our labors. What causes stimulation of our neocortex in labor? ANYTHING that interrupts our intuitive connection and ability to traverse altered states of reality inherent to the childbearing continuum: bright lights, being ‘monitored,’ being observed, people talking to us rationally, feeling belittled, disrespected, violated.

Stimulation of our neocortex can inhibit our ability to produce breastmilk to feed our young. What would stimulate our neocortex in relation to nursing our babies? Sexual trauma and shame, ‘experts,’ nursing schedules, stress and worries because of work/bills/modern-world demands, lack of support for new families and on.

If our neo-cortex is so powerful that it can SHUT DOWN our ability to SURVIVE as humankind….then we better learn to USE this rational/logical part of our brain for our betterment through ‘right information,’ affirming the truths in our heart— rather then being used BY an un-informed rational/logical mind, to our own detriment.

When we understand the science behind ‘that which we have always known,’ we are aligning our minds (our neo-cortex) with our hearts (our intuition/inner-knowing). In so doing, we are developing a deeper appreciation and value for our ‘innate traditions,’ and fostering the desire to preserve and carry forth these Life-sustaining ways.

I see this as an essential step in the evolution of our consciousness.

As a midwife, I have learned that: The CHILDBEARING CONTINUUM IS A METAPHOR FOR THE ENTIRETY OF OUR HUMAN EXISTENCE.

When midwives say things like: Birth IS the Revolution and Peace on Earth Begins with Birth, these are not ‘endearing slogans.’ These are deep understandings of how the childbearing continuum INFORMS US ALL of how to live in RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with LIFE.

In human embryos, the HEART is the first functional organ that forms, beginning to beat by week 4 of development—six weeks into our pregnancies. The heart is the center of our feeling awareness. Collectively as humans, we associate our hearts with LOVE.

Seven weeks into our pregnancies—or five weeks after conception—human’s brains begin to develop. The human brain is associated with thought and consciousness.

When our brains begin to develop, the human body at this time is in a C-shaped curve: where the head is bent over the heart. Our hearts and heads are in immediate contact with one another at this time.

blog article heart and mindsIt is not until about 10 weeks gestation, that the embryo’s head starts to deflect—the head is raised and the face now faces forward.

Our lives begin with HEART. When our head/brain begins to develop, it is in immediate contact with our hearts. It is only later, developmentally, that our hearts and minds ‘separate.’

We are emerging from a long period in our collective human history of separation of hearts and minds. Through the rise of an entire system that favors the logical/rational mind, we have learned to distrust and ignore the knowings of our hearts.

I see that we are in a time now of ALIGNING OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. We are using modern science as a TOOL to assist us in living in right-relationship with ourselves and the Earth. In this time of alignment—we are properly educating our neo-cortex with useful information, and this information affirms and confirms that which we have always known in our hearts. This alignment of heart and mind is helping us to remember the importance of valuing and honoring our innate traditions, humanity’s traditions, the traditions that unite us all.

Perhaps it is, that if we courageously do the work that is required of us all at this time, we will once again live and move from the HEART, as we were originally intended.

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© Rachelle Garcia Seliga, CPM

This article is dedicated to my Dad, Jerome Seliga, lover of Life Science, in honor of his 75th birthday.

Special thanks to Jaap van der Wal, Ph.D., MD for support with the expression of this article

Image of Embryo: Source Unknown
Drawing of Heart/Mind connection by: Morgan Mo/Bunnybearrrz
Heart and Hummingbirds Image by:  Iyly Kaiser

The body developed
out of us,
not we from it.
We are bees,
and our body is a honeycomb.
We made the body,
cell by cell we made it.
RUMI