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The Energetic Space Between Us

The Energetic Space Between Us

The energetic space between us relates to the Field of energy that permeates all space. Our emotions have energy tones and frequencies that set the tone in our spaces. Attuning to our energy field is a means of being conscious and connected to our emotional needs as humans. This attunement, or lack thereof, is the science of birth psychology. As we become more aware of our emotions and needs, we can become a better society. This talk is about compassionate birth practices for a more peaceful world. Our birth stories and time in-utero set the stage for our mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being for the rest of our life. Please See Transcript Below

hello dear listeners of APPA my name is
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Christianna Deichmann I am the director of
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education at APPPAH the association for
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prenatal and perinatal psychology and
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health I wear a lot of hats during my
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day and these different roles at times
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I’m a psychosomatic therapist a cranial
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sacral therapist (craniosacral therapist) a massage therapist I
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am a mother a daughter a wife a friend a
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colleague
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and despite all these different hats
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that I wear they all have one thing in
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common
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each of these roles I carry a relational
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space with other human beings and that’s
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what I’m here to talk about today the
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energetic relational space
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between you and I
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Lynn McTaggart describes it in her book
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The Field
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it’s an invisible
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energy force yet it’s all around us
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it’s even if you watch Star Wars and you
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hear of the force the force be with you
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perhaps you can tune into it just now
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just feel your body
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and notice what you feel like
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early on in my life I was always keenly
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aware of this energetic space that I
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held Within Myself
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and what energy was in my space from
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others
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it was a gift and a curse and in the
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earlier years of my life I unconsciously
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spent a lot of time staying busy not
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slowing down enough to tune into this
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energetics energy field and if I did
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slow down I didn’t enjoy feeling the
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pollution that had been stockpiled in my
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space
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but I didn’t realize that the pollution
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I was carrying wasn’t just mine it was
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pollution that had gathered over the
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ages from family members that came
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before me from interactions that my
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family members had with others in their
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energetic relational space
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I was finally forced to confront this
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pollution in my space after the birth of
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my first child Audrey
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and that’s why I’m here today to share a
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compelling personal story of suffering
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compassion and hopefully you will find
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Hope
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like I have
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but first I want to segue just for a
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moment and I want to have you reflect on
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two different images and just notice
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what happens into your body or what
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happens in your body when you notice the
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images the first image is sourced from
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Dr masuru emoto’s water crystal
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experiments Dr Emoto was a Japanese
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researcher who claimed human
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consciousness has an effect on the
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molecular structure of water and one of
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the experiments he did was to place
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different written words on water to note
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the effect it had on the molecular
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structure
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so
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first look at this picture and just
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notice what you feel
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the words he put on this water bottle
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was you are beautiful
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and he famously said words are the
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vibration of nature therefore beautiful
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words create beautiful nature and ugly
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words create ugly nature this is the
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root of the universe
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so now for the second image I’m going to
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put you put up here is the image the
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words here
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or you disgust me
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you disgust me
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and I’d like for you to just hold that
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image
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and notice
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how it makes you feel
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or if there are any differences from the
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first images
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and I just want you to carry these
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images in your hearts and Minds for the
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time being well we take into
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consideration the reality of the world
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we are in just now
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today the world is changing so fast
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every second it’s impossible to keep up
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there is an old way of thinking and a
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new way of thinking the buzzword
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everyone hears now is consciousness
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being aware but how does this apply to
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today’s talk about bird psychology and
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the old way of thinking we treat the
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birthing parent the mother while
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regarding a baby as a developing being
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with an immature nervous system a being
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that cannot feel think for itself or
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truly understand the happenings going on
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around it
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an interesting Paradise Paradox envelops
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of Hades though we have this societal
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misconception that babies can’t feel or
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sense yet most of us have witnessed
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moments when babies radiate a sense of
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innocence and Purity from their beings
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so much that it’s contagious when you
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gaze into their eyes you share a moment
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of connection
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what is this phenomenon
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it’s the energetic relational space that
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babies carry it’s their blueprint
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this is what I want to highlight today
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for me the relational energetic space is
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at the heart of first psychology and
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bringing awareness to this relational
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space are what Lynn McTaggart so
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famously coined as the field is the very
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essence of conscious thinking
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every human being in the world is
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impacted by birth psychology every
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energetic imprint we are exposed to In
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Utero is stored in our bodies and it
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shapes how our bodies and psyches come
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into form so every action every thought
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every field tone in a baby’s space
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matters
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did you know the human eye can only
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detect point one percent of the
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electromagnetic energy around us
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I like comparing this to a cell phone
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we’re all familiar with cell phones have
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you ever thought about how Wi-Fi
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actually works when you pick up the
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phone call a friend it’s instantaneous
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and yet the vibration of our voice we
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can’t see your voice
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but we understand somehow it’s
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transmuted into Data that crosses an
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energetic field
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of space and time and it transfers over
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to the other person’s phone across the
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country or the world and instantaneously
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we can be in connection with that person
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despite distance
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are the physical reality that we cannot
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see
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so I want you to recall those water
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images that I showed you just a few
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moments ago
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and I want you to think about what this
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means for a baby growing inside of a
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medium of water because the fetus is 90
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water
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what shapes are we imprinting upon the
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molecular structure of this developing
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being by the words and emotions we are
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carrying in our energetic space
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and let me with that question let’s just
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take a pause and consider some really
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startling statistics that are here in
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the United States where I happen to
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reside but a lot of these statistics
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coincide with other areas of the world
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as well
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in the U.S according to the CDC one in
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54 children had a diagnose diagnosis of
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autism
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by the age of eight in 2016.
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and a 10 increase over ADHD cases were
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also recorded
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since then we’ve seen steep increases
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increases of both autism and ADHD not
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only in the U.S but globally
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and interestingly enough the average
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American that takes prescription
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medication takes four medications a day
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45.8 percent of the U.S population in
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the year 2016
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was recorded as taking a prescription
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drug that’s almost half of the U.S
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population that uses prescriptions
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today in 2021 60 66 of U.S adults take
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prescription drugs and out of those
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numbers 18 of children aged 0 to 11 use
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prescription drugs 20 27 of adolescents
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aged 12 to 19 use prescription drugs
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most of these drugs fall in the bracket
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is either stimulants or deep presence of
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the autonomic nervous system
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and alongside of this news of where we
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are with medication in today’s world
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Kamala Harris kicked off the first ever
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maternal Health call to action Summit in
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January 2021 they released data that one
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in five women will suffer from a
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maternal mental health disorder like
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postpartum depression
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and maternal depression is the most
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common complication of birth yet in the
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U.S most women are never even diagnosed
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and those that are less than 15 of them
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will even receive treatment for it
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according to the mom Congress statistics
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one in seven women will experience
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depression during pregnancy
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37 of anxiety and depression has risen
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in our teenage girls who are one day
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going to have to who one day may suffer
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from postpartum depression
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the United States has the highest
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maternal mortality rate of any High
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resource country black women are three
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times more likely to die in childbirth
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than white women in America
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considering these statistics what type
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of energetic relational spaces are
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babies entering into in this planet
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I wonder
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I know what it was for me and for my
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children
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but there’s hope
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and I know there’s hope because my own
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personal story birth psychology saved my
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life it moved me to shift my state of
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being in my autonomic nervous system
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this energetic space I carry into
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relational Fields with others
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I changed my career path in my late 30s
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after having two children of my own and
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After experiencing firsthand what is
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happening to women babies and families
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in the world
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my energetic relational space I carried
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around from as early as I can remember
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I was high functioning overachiever yet
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I was falling apart on the inside
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my family was broken and had been broken
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Generations before
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and when I got pregnant I had no idea
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what was in store for me I took a
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prenatal education class
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okay and I read a book What To Expect
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While expecting
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nothing prepared me for what I was to
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encounter
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and I ended up having a c-section
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because my daughter was breech
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and so many afflictions ailed her for
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the first seven years of her life from
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colic anger explosive temper tantrums
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that would have
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an hour and a half duration chronic ear
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infections gut issues eczema behavioral
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issues night terrors bathroom challenges
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inexplicable fears the list kind of goes
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on and on and it was very stressful
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yet she’s This brilliant little girl
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who’s full of life love and smiles and
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I’ll put a picture of her now
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when she wrapped her fingers around mine
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for the first time her hot little breath
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brushed against my skin
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and I was Swept Away by unconditional
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love
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and an energy took over me like I had
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never felt before
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I would do anything for this little girl
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of course all these hardships we endured
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in our first couple years of life sent
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me over the edge
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I had a mental physical emotional
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spiritual breakdown by the time she was
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four I woke up with four slip discs in
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my cervical spine and I could not
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function
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I was headed for another downward spiral
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I wasn’t getting answers from the
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classical ways of modern medicine I was
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given heavy narcotics and the option of
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back surgery but no answers as to what
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was causing my suffering
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this is when I discovered the field of
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Earth psychology
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and knowing what I know now I wish we
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had this curriculum that we have at
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Apple in every medical school every OB
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GYN track every school health class Even
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in our public school system because
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bringing awareness to the energetic
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relational space we carry through the
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states of our being and our autonomic
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nervous system
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what we call polyvagal Theory this is
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what we can put to work in our life with
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simple tactics such as timing taking
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time outs mindfulness breathing
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teaching this to our elementary children
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such a young age
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all of it about regulation of how we
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handle stimulation in our bodies
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and skipping forward to today
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after I went through such a healing
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Journey with cranial sacral therapy
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Supreme perinatal psychology studies a
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host of somatic-based therapy trainings
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I’m completely rewired you can say I’m
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born again in my autonomic nervous
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system thanks to the knowledge for
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psychology and somatic therapy practices
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now I’m on a mission to save the planet
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and more to the point change how we view
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birth and babies because I discovered on
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my path of learning first psychology
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is how to master the energetic
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relational space between human beings
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and so far we’ve been driven by
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disconnection
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rather than emotional connection
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for me birth psychology is about the
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human biological imperative that we are
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meant to be in connection with together
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in connection with one another
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and you might be wondering but I’m in
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connection with people all the time
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and this is where I paint you a picture
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of a story of my daughter’s birth
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through the lens of information I glean
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from birth psychology
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and I’m gonna ask you are you really
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connected can you be more connected more
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aware
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can you change patterns that are
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entrenched in your nervous system
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when I got pregnant
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I had so much hardship in the beginning
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I didn’t think I could handle having a
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child due to my financial
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situation at the time my job I was
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barely meeting my own emotional and
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psychological needs I was scared and
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alone
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and I didn’t realize that I had this
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little being growing inside of me
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marinating and the energy of my space
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heart math was lost to me I had no idea
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that my baby attuned to my circadian
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rhythms and the my heartbeat
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so that’s the case now I know why she
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was so frenetic when she was a little
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baby
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but just to pause and consider what it
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felt like her for the day of her
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C-section
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I had inexplic explicable rushes of fear
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and panic throughout that morning and
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especially when I was on that operating
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table ready to receive my epidural
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I never communicated with her in fact I
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had been communicating with everyone
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around me my family my best friend who
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was there I wasn’t speaking to her it
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was as if she must have been in a corner
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by yourself people were talking about
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her and around her but not to her
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and there is no gentleness about a
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C-section
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when I was on that table in this
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fog of ambiguity fear
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I was being rocked from side to side and
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I realized now gosh what did she go
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through
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when their doctor put his hands inside
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and ripped her out of my stomach
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out of my womb
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and then she was quickly you know sent
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over to the nurses
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pricked and prodded washed she screams
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so loud I still see her face that
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wrinkled face of her utter her screams
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after all of this I felt like a huge
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failure
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I was exhausted distraught I was a mess
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by the time my daughter was four years
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of age
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all the while
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now I know
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that this energetic physiology in my
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body is what Candice the internationally
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recognized neuroscience and
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pharmacologists so famously coined as
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the molecules of emotion
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if I just consider for my little baby’s
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perspective how she was handled what she
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felt I came to realize she was born into
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an energetic war zone here in the United
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States of America
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all because of stress
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and the level of stress that I carried
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in my family carried
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and just how we carry ourselves in our
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normal day in day out work environment
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on the surface she was getting all of
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her physical needs met yet so much more
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could have been given to her
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and this is where I remind myself of
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this image I showed you earlier
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you disgust me
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that’s what I think of now because if I
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was consciously treated the way she was
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treated at her birth and even in the
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womb I would definitely hold the message
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in my heart space that I must be
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something worth hurting
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I must be something worth targeting for
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suffering
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because
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we’re not conscious of our birth rituals
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and what we put our babies through
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so now I’m just gonna invite you to take
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a pause take a moment to breathe
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breathe into your being
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fill yourself with just some self-care
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and I want you to think about what I
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just described
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are you getting a sense that my daughter
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and I were truly connected
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just consider for a moment that my
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relational space and hers they were next
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to each other but we were miles apart
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from the inside
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she was alone and I was alone
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and I had been throwing all of my
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emotions
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into the relational space between us
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I was polluting the space
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there was no Bridge
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and for me this is where birth
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psychology
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builds hope for the world
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it is a bridge it was the bridge that I
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was able to build from my heart to my
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daughter’s heart and along the Journey
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of deepening my awareness I became
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enthralled with the energetic aspect of
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human beings
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we are pockets of energy
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Bruce lipton’s biology of belief Candace
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purse molecules of emotion Francis
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Mott’s Universal Design of creation
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Thomas verny’s book The Secret Life Of
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The Unborn Child Bliss goes on and on I
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stand on the shoulders of giants people
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who went before me and pioneered all
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all this awareness so that I could come
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become more conscious birth psychology
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helped me understand my emotions and
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where they are coming from and what are
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emotions they’re Natural Born energetic
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rights that are entitled to every human
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being
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they are about connection purpose
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meaning Joy Freedom they’re bubbles of
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life-giving energy and they are the
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essence of our soul
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and so when I consider the events as of
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late that are happening these acts of
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inexplicable violence you see in the
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news polarizing politics systemic
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disease anxiety depression I no longer
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look at a person and think why are they
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this way
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rather I wonder what happened to them
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what energetics are in their relational
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Fields what kind of pollution was put
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there and what kind of bridge can we
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build to connect to their heart
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to their emotions
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to their soul
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so I’m inviting everyone today who’s
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listening
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that we can change this world together
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and I’m reaching out holding my hand out
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to you building a bridge through birth
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psychology sending an invitation
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I want to know more about you and your
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story
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I want to be with you in your passion
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that is the essence of compassion is
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being with
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thank you
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2023 is apa’s 40th anniversary and my
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wish is that the world comes to know
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what compassionate birth practices are
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and how they impact every single being
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on this planet I hope you are moved to
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take action look at our website
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burstpsychology.com explore signature PP
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e program we have so much free content
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available to those who are Seekers I
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promise Apple will open doors for you
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and build countless Bridges to the
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hearts of all those who encounter your
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energetic relational space
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Water Ritual to Support Winter Season and Birth

Water Ritual to Support Winter Season and Birth

As our experience of the world becomes more mediated by technology, it seems that our connection to the earth and the natural elements lessons. Today, Rex and I are hear to represent the Orinoco Flows Community, a space to support women and birth. We are here to perform a ritual with the water element to help mothers-to-be, their partners, and birth professionals rediscover the transformative feminine energy at the heart of the birthing process, and truly the transformative energy that comes when we mark time and space using the elements and ritual. The Orinoco Flows online Community creates opportunities to mark time, to gather, celebrate and re-connect to the sacredness of all things. Times of transitions are by their nature a matriarchal domain. The name Orinoco Flows points to how all our paths meet as we appreciate how we have all been born from water. Water embraced us for those 9 months, and continues to support us with its presence.

hi Rex how are you today very well thank

you Cristiano great to be chatting with

you

yes

um and welcome to everybody who’s

listening in and who will listen in in

the future today is February 2nd

and Rex and I are here to get today

in honor of the Orinoco flows community

which is a Gathering Place for women

and people who are looking to support

women and birth

it’s interesting the reason why we’re

here today is also to go over a water

ritual

because we’re in the season of winter

and winter in the Five Element Theory

this is

symbolized by water yes Rex

yes it is what is the dominant feature

about that with winter time but also

water is very much what is present in

the whole experience of the Booth’s

ceremony in the sense of when our mother

is pregnant with us

who is hosting us with water

very true and as as our experience of

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the world becomes more mediated by

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technology today it seems that our

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connection

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to the Earth or Mother Earth and these

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natural elements such as water and how

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it really

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um is the very essence of birth and life

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creation we’ve we’ve almost

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um it’s like we’ve lessened our

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connection

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as a as in general as a world population

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and I know that’s one of the reasons why

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you and I

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and Sarah devoy had come together to

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create the ornoko flows community and

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the name based off of a river in

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Venezuela so the very foundation of the

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the three of us is is water

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but I know what we’re here to do is to

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perform a ritual with the water element

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to help mothers to be their partners and

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birth professionals ReDiscover the

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transformative feminine energy that’s at

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the heart of the birthing process

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and truly the transformative energy that

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comes when we Mark time and space using

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elements and ritual

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and I’m just curious Rex what how would

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you how would you define ritual or what

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does ritual mean to you

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I mean ritual is a piece and a time that

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we can choose and have where we

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reconnect

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with the essence of who we are as we are

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relating to life

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um oftentimes we are caught

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in our to-do lists and which of course

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we have to do but on the other hand it’s

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like that aspect of doing a ritual and

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rituals have many domains that

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can just bring us back to ourselves

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through an essential aspect of who we

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are and also with some rituals like the

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one I’m going to do here today which is

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with connecting with water and having

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gratitude for its presence in our lives

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so ritual gives that sort of time and

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space where another Dynamic of dynamics

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of energy can occur and in a way like um

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what’s your reality for a moment like

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really just reconnected

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with essential aspects of who we are as

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human beings because the to-do list is

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not just who we are rituals connect

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connects us to elements and to the under

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unseen domains of life which

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appreciate

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as regards when we honor ourselves by

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doing you know by engaging with rituals

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questions

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and for me this the same I agree with

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you 100

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um I engage in rituals every day we all

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do whether we realize it or not but um

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when I do specific rituals for me in the

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training and the Mystery Schools

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I can reconnect to the sacredness

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of all things and it’s like it opens up

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it open up a different dimension almost

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in my being

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so I love I love too that marking time

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and space is really a it’s a matriarchal

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domain

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like transition itself just like in the

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women and The Feminine energy it’s like

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our monthly cycles and the cycles that

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we go through in pregnancy and the

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creation of life and it’s all tied in

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with the lunar cycles

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so I here we are on the eve of a full

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moon in the new lunar year

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of the rabbit

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and it’s interesting that the Oronoco

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flows Community we we use the nine star

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key an astrology system that you’re a

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master of Rex

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and have been studying for the last 40

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years but the nine star key is a is a

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marking of time through the celestial

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bodies correct

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yes it is

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um you know over the decades it has been

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my passion I have written you know quite

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a few books about it and

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um

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at this stage with whatever I’m

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observing in life and the challenges

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that women are having around their

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pregnancy

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and just also bringing up their children

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the

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nine star key especially with its

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connection to the child’s uh

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really creates a companion that is

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always there in

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in our lives as regards our giving us

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emotional support

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and of course this is all in my book

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your emotions and the Alchemy and of

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time but um yeah this is very much how

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it is and um

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and you know rituals are part of that to

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honor the elements and to honor

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ourselves so yes

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and it’s

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no coincidence that the nine star key

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uses nine different

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numbers or characteristics of child

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stars and is also just like the

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pregnancy the gestation period of nine

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full moon cycles

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I find that really interesting that the

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ornoko flows Community it really points

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to how all of our paths for all humans

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have been born from water

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and water embraced us for nine months

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in utero and it continues to support us

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with its presence

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so I I I’m excited that we have this

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full moon coming on February 5th and I

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I’m curious

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what is this

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um what is this month that we’re

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entering into according to the nine star

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key as well as this new lunar year

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I want to share a little bit about that

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um so the month

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on February the 5th that full moon

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opening the door to the eight Earth

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Charles Darman

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and

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the year because that begins in this

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calendar that begins on the 4th of

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February the year itself is a four wood

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Elementary

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um year so it’s the four wood goddess is

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a dominant energy for the year of 2023

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up until

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through to February 2024. and

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the forward goddess is very much about

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communication if

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it’s very much she carries an energy

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very much like the wind so The

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Messengers that the messages that come

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to us the

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um intuitive hints that we get

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to have a deeper receptivity to that

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this year will really create a

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um you know clearer guidance for us

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so it’s it’s really asking us to have a

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deeper listening to life and a deeper

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listening to what is really in our

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environment and our presence with it

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to me that that is like the bottom line

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I mean I I’m going to be writing blogs

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about these things about the four wood

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goddess here

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um in fact it’ll be something that will

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come out before you know

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um just before the in in the next few

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days before

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um

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it will come out for sure by the 4th of

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February so yes

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um

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New Beginnings new beginnings and it’s

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no coincidence either that this lunar

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year this four wood year is also

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symbolized

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by the rabbit the energy of the rabbit

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being and I love how you said this

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receptiveness to Inner tuition

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because that is you know the rapid

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itself takes leaps right the rabbit

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bounces from place to Hops and um

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it’s almost as if a leap of faith and

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this faith that comes from our inner

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wisdom

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and when you mention this wind element

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right of the of the wood this Air

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element it’s almost like listening to

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these messages these subtle messages

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that are coming from our subconscious

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that are buried deep within us and this

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is the year to really listen to listen

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to those and grab hold because if you do

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you will be rewarded not only by

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rewarded in abundance which is

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symbolized by the rabbit

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but rewarded in your soul

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right with meeting listening to what

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this is what the child star is all about

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and the reason why we link ourselves to

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the elements and astrologies because

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it’s tied to our soul

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something that’s invisible invisible to

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us for sure and definitely a mystery so

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here we are sitting in in the mystery on

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my YouTube channel no coincidence that

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we’re talking about mysterious things

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that are not seen by the by the naked

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eye but they’re felt

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and this is this is the perfect time now

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that you’ve shared with us

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about this year’s cycle ahead and also

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that we’re here in the winter season of

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water

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and I know you’ve prepared for us a

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beautiful ritual today

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for water and being grateful and having

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gratitude towards water so if you would

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you wish to set the space and we proceed

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with the water ritual

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show Cristiano I’m going to start it

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right now and

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just for the Sacred Water

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into this jug here

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thank you water thank you for your many

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blessings thank you for the sound that

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you bring and create in our life

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you give thanks to you water

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you’re there from the beginning of our

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life

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you’re there embracing us

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as we will and our mother’s belly

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coming into the world giving us support

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giving us nourishment

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and most essentially

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comforting us

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you are always a source of comfort to

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our life

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and you always bring a sense of

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sacredness that

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especially when we are receptive to you

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we need to apologize to use liquid water

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taking you for granted

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for abusing you with the pollution that

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we have poured into you

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we ask for your forgiveness

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of our stupidity and ignorance and

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dealing with you in this way

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as you have been our mother right at the

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beginning yes our mother was there but

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in that world of the elements you were

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the mothering quality that was

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distilling us that was blessing us and

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we give doubt for this

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we also give thanks for the capacity you

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have to purify things in our lives

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pouring you back and forth here the

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space in which I’m doing this is

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creating a level of purification in the

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room because you carry this capacity

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with who you are

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as an element and we are deeply grateful

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for this

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also water the whole area of

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blessing

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blessings

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the wrong our life

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with your presence

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an ancient Society

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water was the gift of blessings for the

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land with the plants to grow

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with the food to grow food

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you symbolize bless him

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you symbolize sacredness

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speak symbolized

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nourishment you symbolized healing

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to give thanks for your water we give

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thanks to you

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we ask

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that we can connect with you as a

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companion

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when we have a shower

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when we have a bath

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when we wash our hands

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heal you as a companion be feel you dear

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the friend being supportive rather than

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just some item of functionality in our

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life

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as you’re always blessing us

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healing us

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supporting us

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we give them

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empty water for all these blessings that

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you bring into our lives

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thank you

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thank you Rex I don’t know if you’ve

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noticed my voice has changed I hear it

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yes and that’s a little bit of the magic

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that we want to share with the people

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who are listening is that when you

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engage

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from a deeper place of your being

16:45

just watching you pour the water

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just reminded me of when I stand in the

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shower and

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I can relate to the water washing over

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my body

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cleansing my soul

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cleansing maybe the impurities that have

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come into my space during the day or

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interactions that have caused turbulence

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with others

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it’s so magical that we can return to

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this resource

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that we have

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it’s not only even if you don’t have the

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water is in US

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our bodies are made mostly of water

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and so it’s funny I feel this almost

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like a buoyancy

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okay right now in the space where I’m

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just kind of floating a little bit in

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the water

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so thank you I just wanted to say thank

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you

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thank you Christian

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and I I just want to invite those who

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are listening and they want to they want

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to learn more about engaging with

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elements and rituals and about the

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Oronoco flows Community we have a

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wonderful Facebook group or a note goes

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Orinoco flows Community I’ll place it

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right here

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um on the video below so you can see

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that and you can join us we also have a

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presence online

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through my website balanced body CST

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I’ll place the the tag up here as well

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so if you want to see a little bit more

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about who we are and what we’re engaging

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in

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to support ushering in the next

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Generations of life here on this planet

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and how we can support women in a more

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conscious way and an awareness that’s

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tied to our

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our beans

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who we really are so thank you everyone

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for listening until we meet again in the

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future

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thank you Cristiano

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thank you water

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9 Fire Child Star Month in a 5 Earth Star Year

9 Fire Child Star Month in a 5 Earth Star Year

9 Fire Child Star Month in a 5 Earth Star Year

9 FIRE CHILD STAR MONTH

This month January 2023 is a 9 Fire Child Star Month. It began on January 6th and will end on February 3rd 2023.

What is the Child Star Month?

This is the Star Element which dominates the energy field for that month and in the process gives “hints” to other Child Star Elements for that month.
For those who don’t know what their Child Star Element is, they can discover it by downloading the 3 Free Chapters of my book Your Emotions & The Alchemy of TIME.
In fact for those whose first language is French (https://rexlassalle.com/product/your-emotions-the-alchemy-of-time-french/), German (https://rexlassalle.com/product/your-emotions-the-alchemy-of-time-german-version/) or Italian (https://rexlassalle.com/product/your-emotions-the-alchemy-of-time-italian-version/), they can download it in those languages now.

What is so about the 9 Fire Child Star?

It is a high energy time. Here are some examples of 9 Fire Child Star months in January. January2014 there was a cold wave that hit the US where temperatures dropped below – 40 Celsius.There was exposure of the illegal surveillance in 1971 by the FBI of leftist in America which included Martin Luther King. Train fire on Canadian Railways happened where a train transporting crude oil and propane gas derails and catches fire. Similar event happened in India on the Dehradun Express from Mumbai when a train catches fire.
Explosion at Mitsubishi plant in Japan. There was also a chemical spill in West Virginia that flowed into the Elk River. A volcanic eruption in Indonesia at Mount Sinabung happened. Bush fires occurred in Australia where temperatures were over 43 degrees Celsius. Drought emergency was declared in California.Those are some of the tendencies of a 9 Fire Child Star month in a 5 Earth Star year in the world.

Internally and emotionally such energetic tendencies can occur for you. Big emotional swings are easily triggered in a 9 Fire Child Star month. Artistic expressions with such explosive feelings are often released in a 9 Fire Child Star month. Some of the songs that were released in January 2014 were High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby released that same month Croz. January 2005 another 9 Fire Child Star month Marianne Faithful released Before the Poison. All these releases carried intense emotional lyrics.

So what about individuals who don’t have a 9 Fire Child Star at their birth?

Let’s take a look at them.
For those carrying the 1 Water Child Star, your Child Star this month is in the 6 Metal House as seen in the 9 Fire Star month. Where the 1 Water Child Star resides this month is in the 6 Metal house. This is a time to seek peace of mind with your life choices. Insuring that the last hour before bedtime is one that is calm and away from computer or cell phone. This will make a big difference to the quality of your life. Health wise insure that daily bowel movements are happening as this will make a big difference to your emotional and mental state. Emotionally it is a time of letting go rather than holding on or fighting emotional situations.

For those carrying the 2 Earth Child Star, in this 9 Fire Star month your 2 Earth Child Star is in the 7 Metal House. It is harvest time for you. Good deeds and virtuous actions that you may have done over the last few months can ripen this month. Be present to harvest those experiences. Give yourself permission to receive blessings. Health wise do look after your Respiratory system. Yoga and Taoist breathing exercises can bring oxytocin moments to your life. Make time for engaging with this especially on mornings. Skin Brushing and self care oriented towards the skin can add to your feel good experiences this month.

For those carrying the 3 Wood Child Star, your Child Star this month is in the 8 Earth House. It is a time of inner reflections with a deep listening to those experiences that may surface in dreams or coincidences. Omens occurring this month for you may open other levels of self-reflection. Do explore these as they can give guidance for emotional transition experiences. Avoid tendencies to be impulsive and ego centric responses to experiences. Slow is fast for you this month, be the observer before responding to experiences and situations that occur. Looking after your lymph system will bring clarity to your responses this month. Daily skin brushing, bouncing on a trampoline, shaking your body; arms and legs all such actions will be very supportive. Avoid marathon sitting periods in front of your computer. Break them up with walks and stretching movements every 90 minutes.

For those with the 4 Wood Child Star, your Child Star this month is in the 9 Fire house. This is a time for you to be out there in the world connecting with people and socialising. Show your face and be present with your communication skills. Opportunities with the media should be embraced. Cardio vascular exercises are the way to go this month; be it swimming, brisk walks, cycling, gym workouts. Do make time for them. Saunas be they Infra-Red or regular saunas will all give you oxytocin moments. Should double booking of appointments occur this month for you, then you are over the top with your calendar and slowing down is required. Less is more should this occur. Should obesity signs show up do address these rather than procrastinate.

For those with the 6 Metal Child Star, your Child Star this month is in the 2 Earth House. It is a month for slowing down and having quality time with your meals. Especially breakfast, make it a celebration of giving thanks for having a meal before you. Celebrate it with a lit candle or a vase with some fresh flowers or even making time as regards how the table is laid out for meals. Making time to have a cup of boiled hot water that is poured back and forth into another cup with feelings of gratitude will bring a smile to your stomach and solar plexus. Begin your meals with this ritual. Reaching out to others with one to one chats where truly listening to what is shared will give you guidance as to how the month unfolds for you.

For those with the 7 Metal Child Star your Child Star this month is in the 3 Wood Star house. It is a time of new beginnings for you, new approaches to things in your life. Can be a time of change for you with what you do and how you do it emotionally. Give yourself permission to be flexible as change in your approach to things can arise for you. Be flexible with what may occur as to how you view certain situations especially emotionally. Impulsive moments may be there for you give that space yet at the same time avoid egocentric responses as they could easily be received as somewhat arrogant by those around you. Pace yourself with these changes. Make time for Yoga, dance, stretching exercises. Limit your intake of animal foods and also late night dinners. Early morning walks can bring a fresh energy to your day. Eye exercises will bring feelings of spaciousness.

For those with the 8 Earth Child Star, your Child Star is in the 4 Wood Star house this month. It is a time of communication. Be it writing articles blogs, poems. Request for interviews may occur do accept them as certain emotional processes may be facilitated by this. An inner listening to dreams that may occur this month can bring omens of new paths to explore. Especially if symbols of wind and sound are present when they occur. Health wise look after your hips, jaws and ankles. Should some issue arise in any of these areas this month, it would be a clear communication that your body is asking you to discern. As something needs addressing which may have links to frustration or underlying impatience. These need processing. Stretching exercises and Sotai will give many blessings to you emotionally.

For the 9 Fire Child Star individual, your Child Star is in the 5 Earth House. Time for stabilising things emotionally. Not a time for making major changes. Embrace deep listening to your way of being this month, this will be a source of profound guidance. Maintaining a good routine around your meal times. This will support stable blood sugar levels. Avoid alcohol and sugar binges as this will trigger erratic decision making which will contribute to chaotic outcomes. You can easily feel paralysed as to your choices and indecisiveness will easily set in. Bouncing on a rebounder and skin brushing are excellent choices in supporting your well being.
We at Orinoco Flows look forward to hearing about your experiences this month.

Babies Experience Betrayal at Birth In Our Culture

Babies Experience Betrayal at Birth In Our Culture

Science now shares a profound truth that babies are sentient, conscious beings who have the potential to shake down the very foundations of societal ills engrained in our economic, political, and spiritual structures. This truth remains largely unknown to humanity, and yet it carries the greatest potential for all mankind. In order to cultivate this truth and allow our children to mature into adults who can create stability, growth and connection within our communities, we must first eradicate birth trauma by dispelling the current technocratic birthing practices. Bringing awareness to the population at large of the true nature of children and how they function is key to making this goal a reality. The premise of birth trauma lies in betrayal, and to truly comprehend it, we must first come into relationship with our own experience of betrayal. So, with this essay, and for future audiences, I intend to explain my own embodied experiences when I have encountered treachery from those I trusted most. I will connect these similar embodied experiences to my son’s sense of betrayal he experienced during his gestation period, birth, and breastfeeding experience; all experiences tainted for him by my ignorance of his conscious, sentient nature. Knowledge of what is causing betrayal in our most vulnerable population is the first step to shifting the world.

Ray Castellino documents the essential steps for setting up a birth passage free of trauma and betrayal in his article, “Being with Newborns.” If any rupture in this sequence occurs, then an infant experiences betrayal. This type of overwhelm has definitive and resolute outcomes in the hardwiring of a child’s nervous system that impacts their behavior, neurodevelopment, emotional states, and belief systems. In sum, every child needs two parents who are loving and nurturing of each other, are well prepared physically, emotionally and spiritually for the welcoming of new life, and are capable of developing a felt sense and awareness of the new soul’s presence (Castellino 1996). With this magical elixir of mutual support, consciousness, connection, and joyous welcome, a child will flourish and grow in health and love. The horrifying reality, though, is that 98% of children born into this world experience some form of trauma (Castellino 1996). This tragedy is evident in the national and global crisis facing our children’s health and overall state of being. As Wendy Anne McCarty states in her 2008 article “Investing in Human Potential in the Beginning of Life: Key to Maximizing Human Potential”:

[A] much more silent crisis is brewing all across America relating to our infants and children. We see an alarming rise in prematurity, low-birth weights, surgical births, autism, ADHD, childhood aggression and depression, asthma, overweight and obese children, attachment disorders, learning disabilities, and use of psychiatric drugs to manage children’s conditions, as well as a rise in the number children in foster care, adolescent homicide, child abuse and teen pregnancy (Glenn, M. & McCarty, WA., 118).

From reading Castellino’s article, I recounted the stages of both my pregnancies, only to realize that most of the crucial steps he outlines were missed. My children were deeply betrayed, and I see the same outcomes in my children as I see in myself, patterns of behavior afflicted with anxiety, anger, depression and physical suffering that ultimately stem from betrayal I incurred during my entry and upbringing in the world. When I turned inward and began to come into relationship with this knowledge, a sense of horror swelled from the center of my stomach and tightened like a frozen ball of ice. In moments of true despair, grief, abandonment, and betrayal, when emotions overwhelm me, existential questions always arise. Why must we have pain and suffering? Why has God forsaken me? Why must the world be this way? Why is coming into existence so excruciatingly painful? Who made the world this way? Why do we turn a blind eye to the atrocities facing mankind and our Planet? How can we stop apathy and despair?

I decided to jog my memory for times when I was most overwhelmed, and I looked to what caused these episodes initially. In my twenties, I will never forget the grief and betrayal I experienced when the father of my firstborn left me. I remember the last encounter we had when he broke the news that he was leaving. I didn’t feel much in that moment, it was the moments after ground zero that were devastating. Metaphorically, I can compare it to a meteor striking the Atlantic Ocean—an immediate contraction of the liquid body absorbing the impact occurs, releasing forces of equal and opposite direction to encapsulate and counter-oppose the impact. Once a point of neutrality arises, the energy disperses outward sending shock waves of equal momentum throughout the field of time and space around the site of impact. The first few moments after my partner declared his new life, confusion whirled in my head, thoughts bounced round and round, leaving my body cold and numb, as if all the energy in my body went into absorbing the news. I turned to go in my house. My legs were moving, but they felt far away, like my head was disconnected and miles apart. It felt like nobody was home, my body was vacant. I crawled onto my bed and curled up into a ball. My stomach churned and I squelched the urge to vomit. I laid there listless, complete apathy settled in my bones.

The impact of the separation lasted for weeks. Moments would come over me and I would sob so hard, my body would violently shake. A wave of heat would swell from my pelvis, up my spine, and spread from my neck to my face and ears. The tears of sadness made me feel so forlorn, so alone, and forgotten. I doubted my self-worth, my existence. Who could I possibly be? After the initial shock wore off, I remember the obsessive thoughts that took over my life. Thoughts of him consumed me and I would imagine over and over how I could contact him, what I would say. I would beg and plead inside my head with make believe conversations I would have with him. These little fantasies were reruns on auto pilot, endlessly churning. My appetite disappeared and in its place my stomach twisted in knots. I suffered from reflux and “fire” tongue. I felt anxious like I couldn’t sit in my own skin. I had to move and keep busy. I could go all day and night without food, just water, and even that was not appealing. After a couple of weeks of this hypervigilant anxiety, I then started to slow down. I had very little energy. I would lie on my couch on the weekends watching movies all day. I no longer wanted to move. I didn’t even want to think. I just felt like a blob that would fade into the shadows. I had no purpose, no drive, no passion. My body felt heavy and dull. I was forsaken. I had been betrayed.

Science is now revealing to us that these embodied emotions originate from intricate chemical and electric reactions taking place in the neuroendocrine pathways. In other words, trauma has specific repercussions that manifest in our behaviors. Ray Castellino documents shock affect characteristics in the physiology, behavior and energetic fluid fields of neonates (Castellino, pg 7-8). I like to explain development as a continuum, everything from the starting foundation affects the hierarchal levels. The embryo begins in a fluid field with the building blocks of blood, neurons, and energy. When overwhelm or trauma enters this fluid field, it creates roadblocks, or little pockets of energy that get absorbed into the tissue field. These energy pockets get cut off from the system and begin to act like black holes sucking in solids and energy, building their own inertial systems. This form of disconnection causes neuronal pathways to be less connected. The whole point of development is to grow a brain that is connected from the bottom up and from the top down.

The human brain is the only organ that is not fully developed at birth. It begins developing at day 40 after conception. The neocortex is the seed for the genesis of neurons, which will explode throughout gestation and for the next ten years of life. The primary factor governing this growth in the fetal brain is feedback from the mother by means of nutrition and stimulation at the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual levels. Only the brain’s basic structures are present at birth (Melillo 2015). Paul MacLean coined the term, the Triune Brain, to explain the three functional hemispheres of the human brain: the primitive (reptilian), limbic (mammalian), and new cortex (neomammalian). The base of the brain encases the brainstem, or reptilian brain, which controls all of our most basic functions and is the seat of our subconscious mind. The middle brain, or limbic system governs our emotions and is the reactive part of us that initiates “fight or flight”. The cerebral cortex controls all of our higher-order conscious activity, and is what makes us regulated, conscious, and compassionate humans (MacLean 2009).

The brain builds from stimulation. Positive stimulation in a safe, supported, and loving environment allows for growth; whereas, unsafe, disconnected, non-supportive environments result in a body that is in survival mode, or “fight or flight,” battering away at overwhelm and trauma. Ray Castellino’s checklist for being with newborns in a co-creative field was largely missed with both of my pregnancies, and the evidence remains in both of my children. I would not have been able to comprehend Castellino’s shock affect characteristics if I had not witnessed for myself Dr. Melillo’s Brain Balance program. I conducted the evaluation with my daughter shortly after having my second child in a traumatic hospital setting. I saw from him patterns that I saw in my first child. I intuitively knew something was going on that was beyond my awareness. I had to find out what was causing his stress and erratic behaviors. He couldn’t breastfeed and he slept for hours and hours. So I decided to test my daughter. The assessment tests from the Brain Balance program revealed that she had deficiencies in all seven areas of brain growth:

  • Motor: muscle tone, coordination, and strength
  • Sensory: correlating to the five senses of touch, smell, taste, vision, and hearing
  • Emotional: ability to control and display emotions at appropriate times
  • Behavior: acting appropriately and social interactions
  • Academic: abilities required for learning and retention
  • Immune: tendencies toward allergies and chronic illnesses
  • Autonomic: self-regulation of body functions

After taking these tests, Castellino’s remarks on trauma ring true for me, “Stressful and traumatic events during prenatal life and birth imprint both the baby’s body and the baby’s psyche. Traumatic imprints overlay the true self and profoundly impact the emerging person and how they will be later on in life. Body structure, movement patterns, sense of self and lifelong strategies manifest from these early traumatic imprints” (Castellino 1996).

When I think of my son when he was conceived, I felt his presence and I welcomed him with an open, loving heart. I wanted him more than anything, and I had held a place for him for almost two years prior to his conception. When I told my husband that I was expecting, he panicked and lashed out in fear. He did not want the burden of a child on his shoulders again, the lifelong commitment, the financial consequences, the physical and emotional toil that children always bring. He quickly became furious, and I withdrew into myself—building a wall to ward off the world of betrayal that existed for me, and always had from the earliest days in my own childhood experience. I lashed out in anger directed at my husband. We fought for the first five weeks of my son’s development in utero. Our marriage almost ended. In the deepest moments of despair, my stomach would be coiled in knots, my appetite gone, confusion at the helm—sobs would rock my body as I lay wide awake at night with my husband in a different room. When I recall those moments and take into consideration another sentient being was experiencing every moment right there along with me, my heart breaks. I did not know to even talk to my son and assure him that this was not his fault. I wish I would have been aware of him and all his capabilities.

With these regrets, I will refrain in this paper from sharing his entire birth story and the countless ways he was repeatedly betrayed by the doctor, by the hospital system, by our culture, by his caretakers. The layers of betrayal run deep in a very condensed period of time. He was ripped from me during a cesarean operation. The doctor was losing him, because he was stuck in a transverse position and the contractions of my uterus were clamping down on his head that was wedged in my bicornuate shaped womb. He was resuscitated immediately after removal and raced off to the NICU. When he and I were united a day later, he could not breastfeed, and he screamed out in pain all through the night. He and I were both so frustrated. Now, when I consider just one moment of deep betrayal I experienced in my life and I compare it to my son, I wonder what in the world he was experiencing in his first few months after arriving into this world. It took weeks and months for me to recover from a broken heart, how my son survived makes me marvel at the resiliency of human nature. He fought through a tongue-tie surgery where I left him alone with a doctor and nurse to burn his skin attachment off with a laser. He underwent surgery at 9 months to reconstruct his penis from the hypospadias defect with which he was born. In hindsight, remembering his behaviors and his crying patterns, I am certain that babies experience betrayal in the same way all other humans experience it. Babies are not a different species.

What I look to now is the knowledge that these ruptures can be repaired, and most importantly that brains can be rewired. Resiliency can prevail through the phenomenon of neuroplasticity. Nerves form synapses/connections through repeated stimulation. The phrase “use it or lose it” rings true in this incidence. If you know how to stimulate the areas of the brain that are underdeveloped, then they can grow again in a secure and supported environment (Melillo 2015). To use my metaphor mentioned earlier of black holes, these underdeveloped areas in the brain are places where inertial fulcrums are present, organizing and isolating pockets of trauma in an energetic sense. Axons and dendrites of neurons are missing in these areas of “black matter”. Somatotropic therapy coupled with proper sensory stimulation is just one path for how neuroplasticity and integration can occur. Direct manipulation through fascia work, massage therapy, and osteopathic practices can help eliminate this stagnation of energy. The field of pre and perinatal psychology integrates a diverse set of therapies from polarity, EMDR, breathwork, birth regression, psychoanalysis, somatic trauma resolution, interpersonal biology, bodywork, and attachment therapy (White & Rhodes, 2013). Science also now shows us that epigenetics can be changed through diet, movement and stimulation.

In conclusion, I must share a fascinating story about Albert Einstein’s autopsy on his brain after his death. He donated his body for study in the name of science. Dr. Melillo outlined this story in his book Disconnected Kids. Einstein is considered one of the greatest minds of all time, but as a child he was far from brilliant. In fact, scientists now agree that Einstein had a significant learning disorder that today would be diagnosed as ADHD and/or dyslexia. He did not speak until he was around age seven and did poorly academically all the way through college. When he failed to get into graduate school at the age of twenty, he became a clerk in the Swiss Patent Office. He never gave up his cerebral pursuits, though. Just six years later he published the first draft of his scientific Theory of Relativity, which won him the Nobel Prize ten years later.

So, what turned the mind of a child who couldn’t pass the grade into a veritable Einstein? The answer is neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and grow through stimulation, a term that was created by Dr. Marion Diamond. When Einstein’s brain was examined in 1955 by Dr. Marion Diamond, it was roughly the same size as most brains and had the average number of brain cells. However, they discovered that his brain possessed an enormous number of connections, or synapses, between brain cells, and more astrocytes, which are cells that nourish the synaptic junctions (Melillo 2015). At one point, we would have credited this to Einstein having good genes, yet we can now see it was the result of the unique way he used his brain (Diamond 1964).

Einstein passionately played the violin and piano. He once explained, when he was stuck on a mathematical problem, he would sit down and play music and envision his problem until the mathematical equation came to him. Put another way, listening to music (the sense of hearing) stimulated playing an instrument (physical activity), which is a right brain activity, and concentration on the equation (mental activity), which is a left-brain activity. Doing so on a repetitive basis not only strengthened the electrical connections between the left and right hemispheres, but new connections grew. Combined, they increased his brain power. As early as 1966, Diamond and her team demonstrated that putting young rats in a stimulating environment rich with challenge and new experiences increased glial cells. They discovered the same results when they placed elderly mice in an enriched environment: increased astrocyte numbers and complexity of synaptic connection had a direct correlation with better cognitive performance (Diamond 1964).

This story demonstrates how healing takes place in the present time, not in the past. History always repeats itself until transmutation occurs and something new is created. This new creation then becomes the next point in history. Now is the time to create a new story for our children, a story that dispels betrayal and replaces it with connection and love.

References

Castellino, Ray. Being with newborns. Santa Barbara: Castellino Training. 1996.

Diamond, Marian C.; Krech, David; Rosenzweig, Mark R. (1964). “The effects of an enriched environment on the histology of the rat cerebral cortex”. The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 123: 111–119. 

Glenn, M. & McCarty, WA. “Investing in human potential from the beginning of life: key to maximizing human capital.” Journal of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health23(2): 117-136, 2008.

MacLean, Paul D. The Triune Brain in Evolution: Role in Paleocerebral Functions. New York: Plenum Press, 1990. Print.

Melillo, Robert. Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children With Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders. New York: Penguin, 2009.

White, K. & Rhodes, J. (2013) Summary of trends and influences in pre- and perinatal psychology. Position paper, Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health.