Women’s Hormone Cycles
are not a problem, an
illness or a cause of disease
We must take responsibility for the way we feel. The notion that others can make us feel good or bad is untrue. Consciously or – more frequently – unconsciously, we are choosing how we feel at every single moment. The external world is in so many ways a mirror of our beliefs and expectations. Why we feel the way we feel is the result of the symphony and harmony of our own molecules of emotion that affect every aspect of our physiology, producing blissful good health or miserable disease.”
Molecules of Emotion
Why You Feel the Way You Feel
Candace B. Pert, PH.D.
The health or ill health of our body is much more than a “diagnosis” that only examines one part of the whole being. The state of our health encompasses not only the physical/physiological, but the mental/emotional as well as spiritual components of our entire beings. To believe otherwise is to detach ourselves from the brilliant network of communications that takes place internally, but also from our connection to the life force of the universe which enables all life systems to operate in harmony.
This separation places a great amount of stress on the body and hinders its ability to function in balance not only internally; within the body’s various and interdependent systems, but externally; within our reality and environment. Our perception of our body’s desire to be healed needs to be explored within the context of a body, mind and spirit connection.
For the past 300 years, the science of the body has been separated from the spirit. What was once considered to be one harmonic entity, a concept embraced by the great healers, scientists, philosophers and theologians of the past, was in the 17th century divided into two separate realms; spirit and body, each separate from the other. The concept of “mind” and “emotions” slipped out of the loop entirely. This separation of the “church” and “state”, if you will, marked the beginning of the practice of medicine that influences our lives on a day to day basis.
As women we innately know that what we emotionally “feel” has a relationship to how we behave; act out, and to how our bodies feel. However when we try to explain that to a doctor still enveloped in the separation of body and spirit, we are politely told to take two Valium and go home, honey; with the assumption that what is occurring is a fantasy of our mind.
However, new paradigms of healing concepts are beginning to emerge and be accepted into mainstream medical practice. These new therapies are based on a combination of Eastern and Western philosophies and traditional and alternative healing modalities; the latter now being referred to more and more as ‘complementary’ therapies. These whole health modalities; i.e. healing techniques that work with the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of the body are becoming more mainstream.
Many of women are aware of how many complementary techniques can and will ease the physical symptoms that we experience during menstruation and menopause; we know that changing diets and lifestyles and adding meditation, exercise, acupuncture, Yoga, and herbs to our daily and weekly regimes all work wonders.
However, what women still lack is informed education about how our bodies function; understanding about how that beautiful dance of life that resonates within every cell of our body performs in harmony with within and harmony without.
Our hormonal cycle is one of the physical manifestations of this dance of life. Women were once revered and honored because of this vital life giving connection to the rhythm of the universe. Women were the healers, the midwives, agriculturists, spiritualists; priestesses and Goddesses. The underlying reason is our menstrual cycle that danced in rhythm with the lunar cycle.
The bloodline of our heritage has become dishonored. In order to survive women been taught to deny and ignore this vital cycle of life and rebirth. Social attitudes and conditioning have affected how we view our menses all the way from puberty through menopause. Our negative thoughts and social conditioning adversely affect that internal and external dance of life.
As Above So Below
The terms “menstruation” and “menses” are derived from the Latin mensis (month) and from the Greek mene (moon). Both definitions respect the fact that the lunar month is also approximately 28 days long.
We have also forgotten that our body rhythms are connected to planetary movements…and the end result is yet another form of “separatism”. We have lost site of the vital connection that we have not only with ourselves, but each other, all life forms on the planet and our relationship to the universal life force. Reclaiming this innate wisdom is an important step in healing on all levels, no matter the illness.
All life forms on this planet respond to the waning and waxing of the cycles moon. Women have an internal barometer that indicates when we can be most active and creative; pre-ovulatory, and when it is time to slow down and reflect; post-ovulatory. Both times are extremely powerful and productive – if we know how to use them to our benefit, not detriment.
The terms PMS – “premenstrual syndrome” and “menopause” are derived from a medical system built on a disease treatment model and not a wellness model. The disease treatment model supports the pharmaceutical industry’s production of medications to treat individual symptoms. The wellness model explores the balance of the entire body to effectively treat the root cause of the imbalance so that healing is taking place on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
It must be that time of month again
For many women, the first sign of the onset of their menses is their husband/partner or children saying, “It must be that time of month again.”
This is an important indication that women have a cyclical repetition of symptoms in their life. However, this cyclical repetition of symptoms never even dawns on most of us. We just shake our head and bemoan the fact that “it” is here again.
Women hardly ever prepare for this important event – so that when it is time for our menses to begin, it takes us unaware; the timing is always bad which re-enforces a negative attitude about a hormone cycle that has the power to create and nurture life – even our own – if only we were aware.
Not The PMS You Heard Of?
Learning to live with your menstrual cycle – will help you understand the changes that you are experiencing throughout the difference phases of the cycle. Knowing when your menses will begin can help you plan activities. Most importantly you will be able to prevent annoying premenstrual symptoms so that instead of disliking/denying or demeaning this time of month, you will be able to understand and accept this essential phase of reflection, intuition and wisdom.
Not The Menopause You Heard Of?
Menopause is the exact opposite of menarche. How well women lived in balance during their reproductive years is going to determine how smooth the transition into menopause. With the passing of their reproductive years, women retain the identity they had in puberty….but much more mature of course. For many of us this is a time of regained independence, not of our youth, but one of great wisdom and intuitiveness.
Instead of hormones to determine the ebb and flow of our menses, the lunar cycle becomes our guide. The New Moon is a time for new beginnings, full moon peak time for creativity and waning moon, time to slow down, reflect, and make plans for the next cycle.
When women, men and children live out of synch with natural cycles, a Pandora’s Box of health problems arise…becoming a vicious cycle in and of itself. In response, there is a demand for more and more medications to be produced – with less time on the industry’s part to research and test the efficacy and document the side affects that might arise from short term or extended use.
Coupled with inadequate information/education available to women of all ages about their body’s reproductive system, we have raised more than one generation of women who have been duped into believing that they cannot possibly understand the complexity of what their bodies are doing…and believing that how their body’s are naturally functioning is detrimental to their health.
It is time to reclaim our body.
It is time to reclaim our soul.
In doing so, women will begin to reclaim their physical
mental, emotional and spiritual health.