Friday, August 31, 2007

Today's Inspiration: Feelings Are Facts

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform. A woman knows that nothing can come to fruition without light. Let us call upon woman's voice and woman's heart to guide us in this age of planetary transformation.
-Diane Mariechild

From "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom," by Christiane Northrup, M.D. :

Health practitioners and women alike view even normal bodily functions such as menstruation, menopause, and childbirth as medical conditions requiring treatment. The attitude that our bodies are accidents waiting to happen seems to get internalized at a young age and sets the stage for women's future relationships with their bodies. Given what we are taught, it is no wonder that most of us feel ill prepared to deal with and trust ourselves. Our bodies have been "medicalized" since before we were born!

Our culture fears all natural processes: birthing, dying, healing, living. Daily, we are taught to be afraid. When my older daughter was seven, she was out with her father chopping down some brush in our backyard. Suddenly she started to cry and came running into the house with a bleeding finger. She had cut herself on a blade of grass. As I calmly held her finger under some cold water and saw that it was only a tiny cut, she looked up at me and uttered what I consider a major healing principle: "It didn't hurt until I got scared."

My father used to say, "Feelings are facts. Pay attention to them." Yet in my scientific training I quickly learned that feelings, intuition, spirituality, and all experiences of life that cannot be explained by the logical, rational parts of our minds or measured by our five senses are ignored or discounted. The addictive system fears emotional responses and highly values the control of emotions because it is so out of touch with them. Female bodies, long associated with cycles and subject to the ebb and flow of natural rhythms, are seen as especially emotional and in need of management. Our entire society functions in ways that keep us out of touch with what we know and feel.


Jen said...

love love love Dr. Northrup.

Laura Stamps said...

I think this kind of thinking really comes home to roost in your late 30s when suddenly doctors feel women need to be subjected to all kinds of painful tests that they term "preventative medicine." I always had a problem with that term as they use it. Most of these tests weren't preventing anything...they were just looking for disease. And some even cause the disease they are looking for! Odd thinking IMO. Makes me even happier that I found my wonderful acupuncture doctor, whose Eastern thinking jives with mine. And he can balance my hormones naturally, something Western medicine couldn't do for me without chemical drugs and their terrible side effects.

So, yes, I agree we should all listen more to the wisdom of our bodies and see them as the wonderful chalice of the Goddess that they are. Thanks for such a great post!

Much love to you today and many faery xoxoxo!

Anonymous said...

Another fan of Dr. Northrup! And I cite the case of "peri-menopause" and its symptoms which have been "dismissed as nonsense" by doctors for years and years. NOW -- finally -- those symptoms (and the women who have them!) are taken seriously! Even Oprah Winfrey -- whose heart was racing -- went to three doctors (and to her own amazement) -- the last one finally asked about her age and her other health perimeters and mentioned the word "peri-menopause" -- and thats when Oprah introduced Northrup's book on her show!

Jan x at Rosemary Cottage

the domestic minx said...

What a brilliant post!

It is so true, sadly, that we are taught to fear our bodies. We are taught to fear the inevitability, the eventuality of pain so much that very often we avoid wonderful adventures, such as life for example, for fear of being hurt.

Your post speaks to me today of accepting, joyously, our limitations, and rejoicing in the wonder of our bodies...