Women’s Power to Heal Through Inner Medicine
by Mother Maya
Modern women are faced with unprecedented levels of stress, fatigue, and illness, as well as a profound disconnection with their inherent creativity and femininity. By calling on the ancient healing wisdom and practices of Ayurveda, my work in Inner Medicine® healing spreads a revolutionary idea: that women contain the power within themselves to reconnect with their female nature and ultimately heal themselves. The work of Women’s Power to Heal illuminates how women of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures can transform disease and despair into health and inner harmony. How do women access the power within to heal themselves, live fully, and embrace their female source of energy? They can start by reconnecting to the cosmic rhythms of the moon cycles and the seasons as they connect with their feminine nature.
Long before modern science learned how to control a woman’s sacred reproductive function and manipulate her intrinsic rhythms, the Vedic seers recognized that a woman’s fertility, abundance, and splendor were tied to the movement of shakti-prana. This is the primordial feminine power of the Shakti that moves within the body and psyche of every female through a specific prana that circulates within the two lower charkas, located around the perineum and sacrum. Manifested as the procreative energy, shakti-prana flows within the genitals, womb, and belly of a woman. Ancient rishis noted that women naturally possess a delicate and fragile balance within the body due to their shakti-prana and its extensive powers. When this equanimity is disturbed, they recognized that it would have long-term effects on the maternal strength and prowess of the woman, negatively influencing the maternal bedrock of all aspects of life. The ancients protected what we have neglected to preserve—a woman’s creative primordial energy. Indeed, the health of the entire Earth lies in honoring the female energy and its interconnection to nature’s rhythms.
According to Ayurveda, a woman’s natural rhythms are kept and preserved by her monthly menstrual cycle, which occurs with the new moon. At this time, menstruation is set in motion by the sun absorbing energies from the earth, which in turn draws the menstrual waste from the body. When the use of contraceptive pills and other birth control devices, harmful foods and activities, and disruptive sexual activities do not tamper with a woman’s monthly cycle, her cycle remains in harmony with the new moon.
Among the many forgotten and lost gems of wisdom provided to us by Ayurveda is the practice of Uttara Vasti, an ancient practice of cleansing and nourishing the womb. In Women’s Power to Heal, I have taken to restoring Uttara Vasti—a new moon routine for women to cleanse their womb, and nourish shakti-prana. A warm and loving therapeutic treatment, its effectiveness has been proven by millions who use it successfully to heal and realign a plethora of conditions.
Unlike douching, this practice is guided by your internal rhythms and specific condition, as well as time, place, age, metabolic type, and mental and emotional condition. Almost every day, I receive letters from women who are astonished at the speed and profundity of its healing repair. In Ayurveda’s galaxy of effective therapies, Uttara Vasti is the single most essential practice for a woman. The Sanskrit word “vasti” refers to the stomach lining of the animal, which was used in ancient times to create the first Uttara Vasti therapy bag. Uttara means womb, cosmos, that which is filled. The wise perceive the womb as uttara-filled with contentment and fulfillment, carrier of life itself. The main reason we do Uttara Vasti is to restore balance to the womb, thereby bringing back our female cycle to the new moon from wherever in the lunar wheel it has strayed. Despite its importance, lunar-rhythm-based knowledge has been long neglected or misplaced in Ayurveda’s practice. Wise Earth School of Ayurveda has restored this essential work.
Modern, sanitized society sees menstruation as an unclean, mundane, and inconvenient happening that may as well be pushed back into oblivion with sanitized pads or tampons and disinfected with antiseptic douching formulas. It is important that we understand that Uttara Vasti has no relationship to “douching” as we know it. Unlike Uttara Vasti, douching has nothing to do with healing; most modern women use douching for hygienic and cosmetic reasons—more like a cleansing detergent rather than a treatment for specific conditions.
Linda, a Wise Earth practitioner, tells the story of Martha, a 55-year-old woman whose breast cancer disappeared after six months of treating her. Linda guided her into the Uttara Vastitherapy every month on the new moon. She cooked Wise Earth’s healthful food for her during the six months of her therapy and played Mother’s Vedic chanting CD for her. Her cancer is now completely gone. Martha continues the practice on her own. The last time they spoke, Martha said that she can now feel the Shakti in her belly—like a soft glow getting brighter with every practice. She told Linda she feels like she is walking on air, and that she was stunned by how quickly her cancer disappeared after taking the Uttara Vasti treatment. She called Uttara Vasti a loving therapy that is more than nourishing, it’s nurturing.
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