Usha Anandi. 8 | MARCH | 2020
I don’t know about you, but I think every day should be international women’s day. Just the fact that we have an international women’s day might mean that normally we don’t honor women enough!
But I digress… There’s no better day to dive into the magic, mystery, and immense wisdom held within the womb.
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If we’re lucky to learn anything about our wombs in school, we usually learn that the womb is a reproductive organ. But if the womb is just a reproductive organ, then what could it be doing if you’re not reproducing? Does that mean it’s not connected to radiance, vitality, or the creation of new life in any other way?
Ha! Absolutely not.
Today we’re going to dive deep into the study of the womb. Beyond what your middle school textbook might say about its purpose in your body, you’ll come to find your womb supports you with much more than reproduction.
First, let’s define what the womb is. Most anatomy textbooks equate the word womb to uterus, but my definition is much more expansive than that.
The womb is a sacred space in the low belly, about two and a half to three inches below the navel. In this sacred space, important organs like the uterus, Fallopian tubes, and ovaries may exist.
If they do not – guess what? You still have a womb!
The womb is the body’s direct line of communication to the very Source of the Universe, the chaos, and the most fundamental aspect of reality that underlies all things.
Your ability to connect with the energetic center of your womb is not reliant on the presence of female organs. That means if you’ve had your uterus taken out, you still have a womb. That means if you have only one ovary, you still have a womb. That means if you identify as a woman but don’t have a uterus, you still have a womb.
My point is – the womb goes way beyond just the presence of physical organs, even one as amazing as the uterus.
The womb is a sacred space where the sensuality, intuition, and primordial power of the Universe originate. It’s no wonder the ancient Sanskrit word yoni, which translates to sacred passageway or more literally ‘Source’, has been used to describe this area of the body for thousands of years.
The womb is the physical and energetic chalice of our being. All life is conceived here, beyond just human life. It’s the place where new creations, ideas, and projects all are conceived and nurtured into form.
In ancient Tantric traditions from India that date back thousands of years, the seven major energetic centers of the body were felt and seen as spinning wheels of life-force energy known as chakras. As modern science has evolved, research has proven the ancient theory of the chakras by observing that the seven major points denoted by the yogic practitioners happen to be where the most bundles of nerves meet along the spine to communicate information with the entirety of the body’s systems.
In the chakra system, the womb space is known as the Svadisthana Chakra, the sacral center. It’s represented in ancient Vedic teachings that date back over ten-thousand years by a milky white upward facing crescent moon. Connected to the element of water, the sacral chakra is said to govern our desires, sensuality, creativity, fluidity and sexual response.
In the Eastern yogic traditions, the womb space is governed by apana prana, a downward moving, grounding, and detoxifying energy. In these traditions, life-force energy is called prana which is a unit of life force energy that exists within all things. When the downward moving energy of apana prana is balanced, it supports a healthy, balanced menstrual cycle, easy bowel movements, and sexual activity and fluid secretions.
When there is too much downward moving energy or excess apana prana, one might experience heavy menstrual bleeding, diarrhea or experience of miscarriage.
When apana prana is stagnant or there is too little downward moving energy, one might experience lack of menstrual flow (amenorrhea), constipation, hemorrhoids, and inability to digest and move on from past experiences.
Connecting to the wisdom of your womb isn’t about just understanding information with your mind, it’s about embodiment. It’s about infusing the knowledge into your cells through space for self-reflection, inner inquiry, and lots and lots of practice.