Right now, become aware of your body while you're reading this blog post. How do you feel below your belly button? What do you notice there? Do you feel relaxed and warm? Grounded and strong? Confident, shy, or even nervous? Can you feel whether you carry any tension around or below your navel, or whether your energy flows freely?
Profound forces of creativity and dynamism reside in the energy center of the belly. It is the seat of our power and vital energy (prana or ch'i), our sexuality, our will. The enormous creative force needed to spark and grow life itself resides there; the process of cooking a zygote from an embryo to a human being happens in the belly.
When these forces of vitality or ch'i in the belly are flowing and fully available, life is richer, more playful, grounded and dynamic, and our organs of procreation are nourished by them. Felt through the senses of an energetic practitioner, the ovaries and uterus feel full, golden, ripe and "jingy" - think of the juiciness of a newborn baby, newly ripe fruit, new blossoms in the Spring - the life force is palpable. If you are preparing to become pregnant, having your life force flowing and your belly ripe and juicy is clearly the optimal circumstance.
Sometimes though there are things that dampen or hinder the flow of life force. Women seeking alternative support for reproductive health often make dietary and lifestyle changes, and while these can and do absolutely help, from the perspective of an IST practitioner, there may be deeper emotional and energetic patterns and even energetic parasites that can have a draining, muffling or blocking effect on the flow of ch'i, and this may inhibit the body's ability to conceive or to keep and nourish a fertilized ovum.
Emotional Blocks and Belly Clamping
Some people unconsciously clamp their abdomen as a way to brace against or to hold tension they feel in their current life circumstances. Sometimes people tense their bellies because they are unconsciously managing past traumas that haven't been fully resolved. Suppressed emotion, whether anger, grief, fear, anxiety or sadness, can over time create an energetic obstruction that is felt as anything from emptiness or a vague fog to heavy stagnation, cramping, solidity or density, even like a concrete block at times. Issues around sexuality and relating to others are often held in the belly.
From an energetic perspective, this type of blockage in the abdomen can hinder the possibility of a fulfilling and grounded emotional life as well as compromise the flow of life force to a person’s abdominal organs. Working with people on issues of fertility and sexuality, I have seen the energy of someone's reproductive organs change from heavy and sluggish to golden and almost zinging with vitality when they release tension or old, trapped emotions. Clearing emotional patterns could be your pathway to not only a healthier pregnancy but also to a happier, more dynamic life.
Case Study - Anabelle, San Francisco - Rage and Grief.
Anabelle had been trying to fall pregnant for around 4 years when she came to see me. She was angry and desperate and said she felt unable to move past her rage. Working with the energy in her belly, we discovered her anger was covering a deep grief and sadness at a miscarriage several years earlier. As we sat with her grief in the session, something in her belly started to release and open, and a feeling of great peace came over Anabelle. I had expected to work with her over several sessions but didn't hear from her after the first session. Some time later I bumped into Anabelle's cousin who had initially referred her to me and who said, "Oh, I have been meaning to call you for ages - Anabelle was so happy after your session with her, and by the way, she had a little girl!"
Entities and Cords
Entities and cords are a special category of energetic impediment that act as parasites to the body of energy and can drain vitality and cause stagnation, creating a substratum for illness to develop (for more on this see "Entities: Parasites of the Body of Energy" by Dr. Samuel Sagan).
Entities are difficult to catch unless there is a significant breach in the natural defenses of the energy body (accident, trauma, death of a loved one, miscarriage, termination, etc). Once caught, as well as creating an energetically "mucky" environment and draining vitality, they can subtly influence a person's thoughts, feelings and impulses and exacerbate emotional disturbances and cravings.
Cords are energetic structures formed over time, usually between a parent and child. Think of them as something like the energetic component to the umbilical cord. When the child is young they are entirely appropriate and facilitate a flow of warmth, connection and caring, but later can pose a problem if the relationship has gone sour or has not grown and changed with the maturity of the child.
Even though entities and cords become quite securely nested in a person's body of energy and will not leave merely through positive thinking or even through energetic balancing modalities like acupuncture or Reiki, for a trained Inner Space Techniques practitioner the clearing process is relatively simple. Several sessions are needed to explore and separate the entity or cord from the client's energy, and then a clearing process is used to extract it, which includes a deep healing and realignment. If you are concerned or would like to explore whether you have an entity or a cord, book a session with an IST practitioner. If you are not in the San Francisco Bay Area, please email me and I will refer you to a practitioner in your area.
Case Study - Leah, 35, Oakland - Cord and Repression.
Leah had been trying to fall pregnant for over 2 years and was about to start fertility treatments. When she first came to see me, her pelvic energy was grey and sluggish. The first several sessions were spent discovering and exploring a cord with her father, through which his love and protection for her (his little baby girl), were still firmly in place, but over time had become a stifling limitation and were covering her pelvis, keeping her vitality locked in an energetic ivory tower. After clearing the cord with her father, her energy felt much more alive. What emerged in her next session was an unconscious suppression of herself due to her relationship with her mother. Leah was a creative and confident girl and as she entered her teens, her mother had started to feel insecure and sad by comparison. Unconsciously, around the age of 11 or 12, Leah had decided to "put a lid" on her own dynamism so as not to make her mother feel bad. After a few sessions resolving this inner conflict, Leah's belly was almost jumping with vitality. A few weeks later, she became pregnant.
In the 13 years that I have been working with Inner Space Techniques, I have developed a joyful passion for the belly, its mysteries and its magic. Since 2009 I have been working with women on fertility, pregnancy, baby bonding and post-natal care, and above are some of my thoughts and experiences on the energetics of fertility. As you prepare to become pregnant, along with looking at your overall health and wellbeing, it may be of benefit to have yourself checked out energetically. It could make a significant difference to your vitality during pregnancy as well as to your ability to conceive. Warmly, Alison.
Alison Montgomery is an Inner Space Techniques practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact Alison for an appointment on 347.893.8333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are outside Northern California, contact Alison for a referral to a practitioner in your area.