One of the most memorable things she said to me was prepare as if you were having the baby alone in the wilderness. I gathered everything I had learned to prepare for a natural childbirth at home. My second and third babies were birthed without intervention or interference. I labored walking in the woods.
Birth Mandala : The Power Of Visioning For Childbirth
The trees were my midwives and my intuition was my guide. I was ecstatic to experience my strength as a woman in this way. I wanted every pregnant woman to know that they could claim their power giving birth. As a professional, it was exciting for me to be involved in the birthing community. I was acutely aware of the need for women to be as prepared as possible, wherever they chose to have their baby. What else can I do to help women prepare for childbirth? I thought.
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I began to offer support groups for pregnant women with my friend Constance Miles, a licensed midwife. During a meditation, the idea to have the women in the pregnancy support groups create a mandala for birth presented itself. I was introduced to mandalas as an art form during several pilgrimages to a Huichol Indian Village in the Sierra Madres of Mexico, and many years of participating in yoga ceremonies that have included the use of yantras, a form of sacred mandalas. Making my own mandalas and vision boards have been significant in my life.
The psychological implications were huge. The process of making a birth mandala revealed itself to have a deeper significance than I imagined. The positive feedback I was hearing from the women while they made their mandalas, and the feedback of how it affected their labor and births provoked me to want to share the birth mandala information with more women than the small workshops I was offering.
As a psychotherapist, my work with the subconscious began to enhance the development of the mandala. The therapeutic use of Hypnotherapy, E. However, fears and beliefs about childbirth can obscure their most precious wisdom. Over the past three decades I have observed how essential it is that the information stored in the subconscious match the conscious goals of the individual.
Hence, I have included exercises to assist the reader to both identify and re-script limiting beliefs about childbirth. Since art is simply another way to tap the subconscious, preferred beliefs can easily be internalized through this creative process.
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Making their mandalas became a special time of both introspection and connection with their baby within. The importance of connecting with the baby within during childbirth was acutely brought to my awareness during a rebirthing session. Under the guidance of Graham Farrant, M.
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Green Tara ceremonies are often performed for those who wish to conceive. Green Tara is the meditational deity of compassionate action. She is also regarded as the mother of all Buddhas, and as such is considered especially responsive to those preparing to conceive. Lhamo said she had been trying to conceive for over a year and felt that she did not become pregnant earlier because she and her husband were not fully prepared or the time was not yet right.
However, she felt that in the two weeks she had devoted to purifying herself at Bodhgaya, she had prepared, both physically and spiritually, to conceive and receive one particular human consciousness, who was waiting in the bardo state. And only one — or two for twins, or more for multiple births — has the karma that draws them to that particular mother and father. Luck has nothing to do with it. It is merit and karma that determine which sentient being is drawn into that womb to start a new life.
The rest have to seek rebirth somewhere else. Perhaps a being will not enter one particular womb because these parents are going to produce a child who has a good life, and this being must go into another womb because he or she has the karmic predisposition to work through suffering in the next life. Of course, you can suffer and still be a person with great merit.
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Whether their entire life will be successful depends much upon the atmosphere young children feel throughout the day. In a family where there is love and compassion, the children will become happier and more successful human beings. Without love, there is a danger of spoiling or ruining their whole life.
Prayers are very helpful. Meditation can be on love, compassion, or perhaps the nature of mind. From a Buddhist way of seeing, the goodness of male and female union depends on its outcome. It is best to avoid anger, attachment, jealousy, delusions, and other impurities in the relationship. By itself, the union of a mother and father is considered neutral, though it can be positive or even very beneficial. When healthy compassion is present, the union can even contribute to realization of the mind.