What is the most important event of your life?
- in terms of the impact that it had on your physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual development.
Shall I tell you?
How, with whom, where and when, in what manner, and under what circumstances you were born are the most influential factors in the development of a human being...
Of course, everything in one's life is important. Everything has a cause, or countless causes, as well as countless repercussions: because everything in this world is interconnected with everything else!
However, there is an ancient wisdom (in many cultures) stating that the manner in which something is begun, reflects the manner in which it will continue.
I have no doubt that the way we are born echoes through the rest of our life.
The reason I am thinking about this, investigating, researching, and now writing about it at the moment, is because my wife and I are looking into ways to birth our first child, due in November.
I have read some books about childbirth, seen some movies, met a doula, and visited a birth center. What I have found out is very, very interesting.
I will soon write an article giving you that information, because it has really affected me deeply. I now believe that the most important thing we can do for ourselves, our children, our society, and the Earth herself, is change the way we think about birth.
Why? Because most people these days are born in sterile, cold, bright, harsh, impatient, hurried, and unfriendly circumstances. Is it any wonder that our society is getting faster and faster, less and less friendly, more and more mechanical?
Is it possible that if we start birthing all our children naturally - slowly and gently, lovingly, with patience and without worry, that perhaps our society would also reflect that change?
I first started to think about all this several years ago when I heard Tony Samara explaining that Western medicine views birth as a 'procedure'; whereas all ancient cultures used to view it as a sacred ceremony. That really got me thinking...
Recently, I had an experience in meditation in which I re-experienced my birth. I felt as if I was being pulled by the head so hard that my body would detach.
Later, I found out from my Mother that forceps were used to pull me out from her body.
I know, that experience, as I emerged for the first time into this world, shaped the pattern of addiction that affected me for several years.
In the next article about birthing, I will explain in detail what I believe were the consequences of that moment in my life; what we can all do to improve birthing in our society; and I will also tell you how you can see two movies about natural birth for free. These films are quite simply two of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen in my life, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.
Do you have anything to say about this - perhaps you have experienced 'rebirthing' (which I haven't); perhaps you have a different view towards childbirth? Please share with me and other readers by leaving a comment. Thank you!