All indigenous cultures around the world revered women for their ability to birth Life!
In order to birth Life, we must first Menstruate!
In native cultures menstruation was known as the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest
In native cultures menstruation was considered a time when women have access to the Divine
In native cultures women had special places to go to when they Flowed: Moon Huts, Moon Lodges, Red Tents.
It was understood that when a woman bleeds
she is in a heightened state, and cannot be bothered with everyday tasks!
In native cultures women spent their bleeding days in Moon Lodges talking, crafting, resting, dreaming, laughing, crying, napping, chatting, being quiet, simply having time-off to re-charge their batteries!
In native cultures women in Moon Lodges dreamed prophesies for their tribes
In native cultures people brought questions to the bleeding women: from personal matters, to elders asking whether to wage war…
The answers that Bleeding Women received in dreams, were followed with reverence!
In today’s cultures –
most women have nowhere to go to when they bleed, most women act as if their bleeding time is no different than any other time, most women don’t rest or renew their energy when they bleed, most women don’t talk about what they need when they bleed, many women think their blood is gross…
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YOU now know what’s wrong with this picture, so make your own picture, instead!!!
Excerpt from A Diva’s Guide to Getting Your Period – A hip, artsy, full-color, empowering booklet for Tween & Teen girls –
by DeAnna L’am © 2011
Art by Jessica Jarman-Hayes, © 2011
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