Have you considered the phases of your journey as a female gendered being? Our lives are so multi-layered, and our paths may seem to be laid out for us, from the earliest of ages. Let’s take a moment to consider some of the aspects of being in a feminine body on grandmother earth.
We begin as an infant, toddler, little girl… And when we reach puberty and begin our monthly cycle of bleeding, we become physically able to birth physical children. The experiences of being fertile for 30 plus years, and the hormones that go along with the ability to conceive physical children, is a strong, unrelenting influence in our lives. Many of us may create our identity around this phase, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.
What happens when we stop bleeding and are no longer able to birth physical children? We received a fair amount of information and guidance for our bleeding years, but there is not much to guide us in our non-bleeding years.
It is not uncommon to encounter beliefs that menopause is the end of a woman’s productive years, and that her fate now is to grow old, become increasingly unattractive, and no longer have value in her world.
The good news is that we continue to be fertile, in different ways. We possess all that we need to become matriarchs and caretakers for the coming generations, bringing a different kind of joy and meaning to our own lives and the lives around us.
My girlfriend and co-author, Karin, and I orchestrated some shamanic ceremonies for women about menopause and realized, more information is needed! Our little book explores a shamanic approach to menopause as a Rite of Passage, through connection to all the worlds we live with – the humans, the plants, the animals, spirit, and the minerals. It contains common sense approaches to a wonderful, though little understood, phase in a woman’s life.
We both learned about rites of passage through the teachings of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society, an organization that supports a spiritual path that provides teachings, ceremonies and tools for our human quest for growth. Razel is a shamanic ceremonialist and a senior teacher on this path offering many in-person and online classes. In 2022, at sixty-eight years young, she lives in the high desert of Arizona with her husband of twenty years on a fully off-grid property with chickens and a greenhouse dome growing sustenance all year round.