From time to time I’m approached by women who wish to increase their “Womb Consciousness”. When I ask what they mean by that, they explain they yearn to be more compassionate, containing, enabling, to be able to make space for their ideas to come into fruition. They express words like softness, containment, creativity, support and synchronization.
Our womb is in fact all of those. Yet, at the same time, she is the polar opposite.
Our womb knows how to be rough and uncompromising. To sharply expel from within her anything that doesn’t suit her, without a second thought. She dismantles, rejects, cleans and chooses only that which fits her completely and perfectly. Then, and only then, she will devote herself completely to her choice.
The human fetus is one of the most demanding and intrusive fetuses in nature. As it implants in the uterus, it takes over the circulatory system of the mother. It impedes her body from restricting blood flow to the fetus; moreover, this enables the fetus to affect the mother’s own system.
The fetus can secrete substances into the mother’s blood flow, with the help of which it can raise her blood sugar and blood pressure, to increase the nutritional substance delivered to the fetus.
In most mammals, the fetus’ access to its mother’s blood flow is far more restricted. The human mother, the human womb, dedicates and devotes herself to her fetus in the deepest manner possible. The mother entrusts her health and at times even her life in the hands of her fetus.
And our womb is smart, she knows this. She knows the price. She learned it through many years of evolution. She knows the cost and she’s happy to pay it. But only for the right fetus. Our womb makes a choice. She won’t let just any fetus put down its roots inside her.
We tend to think of the endometrium as a soft and nurturing crib waiting to receive and embrace our fetus. This perception is very far from reality. It turns out that fetuses can easily implant themselves in almost all of the body’s tissues – liver, kidneys, spleen, eyes, brain, and even testicles. The area most difficult for them to implant is – that’s right, our womb.
Our womb makes her choice in the earliest developmental stages of the fetus.
She filters, evacuates, and removes any fetus she perceives as unfit. Any fetus she feels is not specifically correct and fit for her to allow it full access and control to the body she inhibits. She is specific and precise in her decision.
The right fetus isn’t necessarily the one who will survive a full pregnancy. Neither is it the one who will become a healthy baby. The criteria the womb uses to make her choices are still unclear.
If we put science aside for a moment, I believe many fetuses come to us for a short time, and are not meant to be born. Their physical, emotional and spiritual role in our lives, bodies and wombs, as well as our roles in their short lives are sometimes revealed with time, and sometimes remain a mystery. But this is for another post.
Once the womb decides a fetus is fit for us, she will devote herself completely to its development, and she’ll give everything she has to enable its flourishing.
This is our womb. This is how she operates when she’s strong and healthy; she takes in what is right and good for her, then devotes herself to empower it. She determinately renounces in advance that which isn’t rightly fit for her. She is sure and trusting that something good is still to come to her.
When we ask to increase within us “Womb Consciousness”, we need to take into account that along with the devotion, the love, the creativity and the acceptance, we might also be inviting into our lives new understandings, difficult decisions, and farewells.
A lot of courage, faith, and strength are required from a woman choosing this path, but the return for the effort is a gift that only the womb can give – life itself.
The combination of power, choice, knowing and deep devotion. The power that is showing itself in my life, and in the life of the women I work with, as we walk further and deeper into the connection between us and our wombs. This is the reason I love working so much with women, and with wombs.
English translation: Petra Korem