The Real Truth About Menopause

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings


In response to the BBCs Truth About Menopause a few of us who work in the field of positive menopause will be putting out some #therealtruthaboutmenopause posts!
I believe menopause is a women’s Initiation to wise woman! Whilst some of the symptoms can feel debilitating, if we can change our view about them, feeling into them as our body initiating us, preparing us for this Rite of Passage, it makes them feel more purposeful and perhaps even more powerful?

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#therealtruthaboutmenopause When we drop into our menopause Initiation, listening carefully to our bodies, what we hear is the need to up our self care and self kindness practices! We are going through MASSIVE changes… On all levels! In order to support a smoother transition we need to soothe our bodies with self care practices to support these changes. What are your favourite self care practices? Mine are… Womb steams, castor oil packs, long luxuruois baths with essential oils, massage, time in nature… ❤️💞❤️

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You see we seem to have forgotten that menopause it completely normal! Just like our periods and birth, this Rite of Passage doesn’t need to be medicated either!
Yes, it can be tricky to navigate, and yes you may feel like you’re falling apart… But its OK, you are 😊 You’re being re-wired, re-woven, re-made into a strong Wise Woman ❤️ Menopuse is the journey to your authentic self! So a note to women coming up to 40…its time to study menopause, prepare yourselves, plan to go part time, job share, consider how you will manage your energies…. Get support in place, eat well, cycle chart, put regular self care practices into… Yes, practice!! Sit with elders, ask questions, listen to your own body, for she is your best teacher!
https://www.rachaelcrow.co.uk/perimenopause-is-calling-you-to-your-soul-path-your-self/

#therealtruthaboutmenopause #thetruthaboutmenopause #menopause #ritesofpassage #womenswisdom #wombwisdom #womenstransitions #womensinitiation #perimenopause #changingwoman #wisewoman

 


Menopause is a woman’s initiatory journey to wise woman… It’s not meant to be easy… If it were it wouldn’t be an Initiation! We are Changing Woman, being shifted and shaped anew… and whilst the change is uncomfortable at times, we grow and become more finely tuned to our lifes purpose! If we carry on, head down, medicated.. We miss this amazing chance for growth and stepping into our authentic self!
So in response to the @bbcone Truth about menopuse, I stand up to challenge to break taboos and share with you #therealtruthaboutmenopause.
Follow me on @rachael__crow work with me on my Broken Basket Woman course and let’s experience #positivemenopause
https://www.rachaelcrow.co.uk/broken-basket-woman-online-teachings

#moontimes #changingwoman #brokenbasketwoman #perimenopause #womenswisdom #wombwisdom #womenstransitions #menopause #onlineteachings #rachaelcrow #positivemenopause #therealtruthaboutmenopause #initiation #ritual #sisterhood

#therealtruthaboutmenopause one of the *embarrassing* topics… Vaginal dryness… There’s different opinions on this… Some women like to lube up… Check out @paula_youmell_rn if you’re in the US for her natural moisturiser, I like Yes organic water based lube, and I think it’s avaliable on prescription in the UK! 😁
The other stance is one of listening to our bodies needs, is our vagina needing something different at this transition in our lives? Perhaps is really is time for a ‘men- pause’? Menopause is the deep call to the Self… Are you needing more alone time? Perhaps you have been putting up with a relationship that doesn’t serve you, perhaps it’s time to connect with your partner in a different way? Time to talk about change? Your change? Can we put sex on the table? In my healing journey it’s certainly something that I’ve had to go deep with! I share all about it here….
https://hellocervix.me.uk/2018/11/11/lets-talk-about-sex/

#thetruthaboutmenopause #vaginaldryness #calltotheself #perimenopause #menopause #changingwoman #deepeningwoman #womenstransitions #yeslube

#therealtruthaboutmenopause you will want LOTS of alone time! Many women experience a deep calling in perimenopause and they may not be sure what the calling is… Time alone helps us navigate the grief of things not achieved, babies that didn’t come, dreams that didn’t manifest…….
Our immune system is low and self care needs to be upped! Eating well, cutting out the usual stuff-caffeine, alcohol, sugar, over processed foods… All supports this transition.
Putting YOU FIRST for once becomes vital to your smooth transition!
Here I write more about self kindness in perimenopause…

Pre Menstrual Kindness

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#therealtruthaboutmenopause Now many women don’t think they need to consider menopause until they reach at least 50…well I’m here to tell you the earlier you think about it and get to know what’s coming up the better! Looking back I would say the signals of change began around age 42 for me… Stress was impacting big time and migraines became the hormonal indicator I was transitioning into my premenstrual phase… I had never suffered migraines before! Then my cycles shortened, anxiety ramped up, a few months later on come the hot flushes…
So… How do we support ourselves best?
1.Cut out as much stress as possible. This might need to be a change of mind set about things…. ‘let it go..’ has been my mantra of the last few years!
2.Clean up your diet. I did a weekend course in nutrition which helped me understand better why certain foods just weren’t doing me any favours! Or see a nutritionist that can support you making healthier choices.
3. Self care practices. Find what works for you. I can’t recommend meditation and journalling enough!
4. Herbs, supplements and essential oils. My blog link below lists some that may help.
5. Gather the women. Talking about this transition and what’s happening in our bodies makes it less taboo and more normal! Start a red tent or moon lodge group, or find one in your area.
6. Exercise. This protects your bones, find what works for you. Jumping on a rebounder, yoga, gentle jogging, walking…
7. Get enough rest/sleep. If you’re suffering from insomnia then it might be time to introduce afternoon naps? Or just some quality rest time. Have a footbath or read a good book!
8. Books. Delve into some of the amazing menopause books out there. Susun Weeds menopause book is my bible!
For more in depth support ideas see my blog
https://www.moontimes.co.uk/2017/05/supporting-the-peri-menopause-journey-naturally/

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#therealtruthaboutmenopause heavy periods and flooding often start in perimenopause. As well as being physically draining and there possibly being underlying health issues such as anaemia, Susun Weed talks about the energetics of flooding being your body telling you literally you are giving too much of yourself away.
So along with flooding, there must be deep rest, Me Time, stop giving to others, check your boundaries. Are you people pleasing? Saying yes when you want to say no? Are you prioritising yourself? These are all questions to sit with.

#thetruthaboutmenopause #therealtruthaboutmenopause #selfcare #selfkindness #metime #timealone #womenstransitions #beprepared #floodingperiods #upyouriron #anaemia #perimenopause #womenswisdom #wombwisdom
#rachaelcrow

#therealtruthaboutmenopause Anxiety is a symptom that not many people associate with menopause, but it’s becoming more and more common. The culprit? Well a heady mix of perimenopause hormones and a cocktail of stress hormones = anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia.
Perimenopause (in fact just before… Late 30s early 40s) is the time to start planning for big stress reduction in our lives. In our 20s and early 30s we can *just about* get away with it, but taking stress into our menopause transition is a recipe for disaster.
If anxiety is already a factor for you, then it’s time to do some serious self soothing. What can you cut out of your day/life that’s stressing you out? Can you ask for help? Delegate more of the household chores? Where is the stress originating? If it’s work, can you negotiate time off to recuperate and rebalance? Can you job share? Go part time? Many women take a menopause ‘gap year’, to allow the changes they are going through to happen with more ease-without the distraction of work! Not all of us can afford that, but perhaps it’s something you could intend for your self… A weekend away on your own, or perhaps creating a sanctuary room in your house?

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#therealtruthaboutmenopause insomnia… No one likes insomnia! It’s a method of torture, how do we function on a few hours of sleep? Strangely I’ve moved from fighting my insomnia, attacking it with all the natural remedies possible to accepting it and managing it as best I can. (most of the natural remedies only worked temporarily)
So… Top tips for insomnia. Get up and have a herb tea, don’t toss and turn for hours! If you feel a burst of creativity, go with it. Stop worrying how you will cope tomorrow, you’ll be OK. Download some good podcasts and yoga nidras to listen to in the wee hours. (I recommends @thesacredwomb for lots of womb loving podcasts, also @umadinsmoretuli for yoga nidras, and @hayhouse have loads of meditations and books on download) do some journalling, especially if there’s things worrying you and going round and round in your head. I found this was the time my regrets hit me…. All the dreams I hadn’t manifested, all the frustrations of what I hadn’t done ‘yet’, lots of grief arose and I was able to have the quiet space while my family slept to process a lot! So there can be gifts to be found in the wee hours of the night!
Here’s my blog of book recommendations for the perimenopause journey!
https://www.moontimes.co.uk/2018/02/recommended-books-peri-menopause-menopause/

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#therealtruthaboutmenopause how about we change some of the negative terminology around menopause? Even menopause is a bit of a rubbish term, how about Moon Pause? ❤️
So hot flushes could become power surges, does that feel better?
What are these warming power surges and why do we have them? Well it’s all down to the liver. Because our body had got so much going on at this transition, with the hormones and the lowered immune system, our liver starts to cleanse and heat up, and the body tries to cool it down creating a ‘flash’ heat sensation. So the best thing you can do is support your liver! I recommend Anthony Williams Liver Rescue book as a good starting place. Of course cutting out toxins will help and noticing if any foods trigger the heat. Many women find foods such as alcohol, sugar, spices, dairy trigger a heat surge.
And of course our liver is connected to the emotion of anger… It’s interesting to note if a heat surge comes with moments of anger, angry thoughts… Take the time to notice what you were thinking about as the heat rises, it can be quite an eye opener!
Susun Weed talks about these power surges being our kundalini rising… So if we can pause in a surge and focus our energy on our chakra centres and feel the heat rising, how does that feel? Are you able to make the space to drop into your power surges? 💪❤️💞

#therealtruthaboutmenopause #thetruthaboutmenopause #menopause #moonpause #hotflushes #hotflashes #powersurges #kundalinirising #anger #liver #liversupport #liverrescue #eattolive #plantsthatheal #rachaelcrow

#therealtruthaboutmenopause If we can be completely present with the transition the gifts of self growth are amazing! Our body is initiating us on all levels to wise elder. But if we numb out to the process we will miss these amazing opportunities to grow.
I’m witnessing so many women self medicating thier menopause with alcohol & ‘recreational’ drugs. One response was ‘whatever gets you through’… As if drinking or smoking dope is the easier option! It’s worth remembering that through perimenopause and menopause our immunity is lower, so adding toxins into our body isn’t doing it any favours. We want to be suporting our liver, not toxifying it! Our liver is working over time during this transition, so if your experiencing hot flushes, alcohol really needs knocking on the head. It’s also a depressant, & with the huge mood swings & emotional changes you’re going though, again, adding booze in the mix isn’t going to help things! Our moods and emotions are in such state of flux, really any mood altering substances aren’t going to support you, they could even contribute to worse moods, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks… Some days menopause itself is enough to deal with without adding mind and mood altering substances into the mix! Some women are also choosing cbd oil as a natural menopause medication, what many women don’t know is its estrogenic, and if your symptoms are already estrogen dominance, then this may not be good! (most symptoms are estrogen dominance… Our hormones are doing a delicate dance as we journey this transition, after reading Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, I’m of the view we shouldn’t meddle with them!)
So all in all, as an advocate of embracing all our rites of passages fully & naturally, I’m here to support you & let you know ‘what will get you through’ is that a supportive circle of friends, self awareness, acceptance, a healthy diet & purposeful supplementation routine to nourish and support your body to full glowing health, knowledge of what’s ‘normal’ symptoms in perimenopause and menopause, listening to your body, self care practices and through all of this you WILL BIRTH YOURSELF AS WISE MEDICINE WOMAN!! Xxx

 

#therealtruthaboutmenopause I’ve written quite a bit about preparing yourself for the physical manifestations of perimenopause and menopause, now I’m going to dive deeper into the True Calling menopause brings. For many the Calling starts with a NEED to be alone, for quiet, for peace! What arises from these alone times can be precious gifts that show themselves, they can also be difficult emotions we need to work though. We can go to the depths of despair in this ‘void’ place, feeling cut off from others not going through this who don’t understand , even feeling cut off from Source. It can feel dark. We have to take the journey of menopause alone- but energetically we can take our support circle with us, know you are always held by Source, your ancestors and the Earth.
If you’re unable to get time alone, you may experience deep rage and resentments… You may want to burn your bridges and run away! The lesson here is to support yourself with sanctuary time.

#thetruthaboutmenopause #alonetime #peaceandquiet #separation #selfcare #selfkindness #createasanctuary #rachaelcrow

 

#therealtruthaboutmenopause Once you have surrendered to the journey of menopause you’re able to be more accepting of what it brings… The reality of changes going on in your body, mind and soul. Although it still feels like a void place, sitting in limbo, if you can just let go of analysing and drop into listening and trusting your intuition, your inner knowing and let that guide you, all will be well. You need time alone to settle into an intimate examination of yourself... And this takes time. Examine old wounds, missed opportunities… Your adolescent self may act out from this place (hands up who is listening to thier fav teen bands?!), there maybe sadness, grief and a deep tiredness. Menopause takes as long as it takes, and the journey will end, not from forcing anything but from practiced patience, acceptance and letting go. In letting go, you find yourself!

If you would like to work deeper with m, join my Broken Basket Woman Online course

Broken Basket Woman, Mid Woman, Changing Woman, Wise Woman, Deepening Woman, Sacred Wise Woman teachings for women on their Mid Woman Journey…..

Standing at the threshold of what our society labels ‘menopause’ can be a lonely and scary time.

Something is changing. We are slowly wrapping ourselves in our cocoons and preparing for the Initiation into Wise Woman, knowing we will emerge as something different, a beautiful butterfly…but sitting inside the soup of the cocoon, in a place of limbo, a void, we can feel as if we are going crazy- becoming Broken Basket Woman and terrified we will not be able to weave ourselves back together.

 

Physical symptoms, spiritual questioning, life changes may feel overwhelming As a circle we will gather our fragmented pieces back into ourselves and gently weave ourselves back together.

These teachings I am offering can help ground you in your transformation, give you reassurance and support you in emerging as the Wise Woman you are created to be!

I will lead you, tenderly holding and guiding as we create space for healing, reweaving and just BE-ING. You can take your time to go through the work i at your own pace, there is no “Start or End” …once the teachings are ‘open’ women are free to join at any time! 

Supporting Ourselves Through Transitions…… Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello My Lovelies,

Well last time I wrote my newsletter I was writing about being perimenopausal and premenstrual…and now it’s cycle day 39!! So I’ve expanded a bit on juggling this phase in my latest blog!

For me, even when my cycle is ‘off the map’ it is still am important practice for me to chart my cycle, there are still patterns to be seen, and just knowing I’m off the ‘chart’ holds a resonance of moving through this Initiation to Elder. When we give attention to our cycle, things can change- I’ve witnessed women become more regular, become lighter, pain easing, just by dropping in to their womb each day and journalling! Cycle charting is a powerful tool, never forget that! Image above is from our Red Tent retreat day where we were teaching cycle awareness to mums and daughters!

Don’t forget there’s a free Moon Dial on my bog for you to print and start cycle charting today!

Products

I’ve slightly dropped the prices on our calendars as I really don’t want any left in stock in 2019!! So do grab one…also Earth Pathways are running out all over the UK…I still have some in stock so get yours now…!!

Our Daughters In Flower Sets and Womanrunes make beautiful Yule Gifts….

On The Blog
Cycle Charting when Life isn’t Supporting You! Navigating life when your cycle is ‘off the Map’! Read more here…

Events/Teachings/Offerings

Red Tent Retreat Day- Full Moon Jan 21st, a day of womb love and receive a  womb blessing

All my on line teachings are open on Gift Economy!

New Year Drum Making January 19, 2019 at Gorslwyd Sound Healing Retreat Centre, Join us in a day of Drum making, theres also the option to stay over at this beautiful Retreat Centre and experience a Fire Ceremony and Gong Bath! ONLY 6 Places available! 

Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

COMING IN 2019- Drum Making March, in Bristol, Summer 2019, Mixed Men and Womens Ritual Tattooing Day! Keep an eye on my Facebook and blog for info.

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Cycle Charting when Life isn’t Supporting You!

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings

Did any of you see this on my Instagram this week??

Well my cycle is streeeeetching out (day 39 as I type!) and when your cycle does that, well, you can’t just sit around waiting for the blood to come!!

Life goes on!!

But, I am definitely still feeling highly premenstrual, now and again I slip in to a ‘voidyness’ but there’s a constant hyper sensitivity and irritation layer!

I still had to do my stall at the school Advent Fair….I brought a friend to be my ‘buffer’, I still had to take the kids swimming…I sat up in the gallery away from the chatting mums- having hot flush after hot flush….I still had to do the weekly shop….I went at 7.30pm when it was fairly quiet!
Navigating our way around this transition can feel tricky, and if someone throws a curve ball- like my husband dropping a bomb the night before our school fair that he had to work that day (And it was a full moon!!!) ….BREATHE….BREATHE…..BREATHE…try not to become Kali (I failed!!) and do something nice for yourself!!

For me, being an hsp that’s premenstrual and perimenopausal has it’s overwhelming days! So how do we cope?
Up the self care and self kindness
Find a way to wrap yourself in a cocoon for a while until the worst passes
Stick with like minded souls, or stay away completely
Ground
Use essential oils
Take an epsom salt bath
Meditate
Journal

Do a womb pack
Walk in nature
Go back to bed!
Read an inspiring book
Put your feet up with a herbal tea
💞 Be gentle with yourself 💓

Join me in my Broken Basket Woman online teachings, exploring the Threshold of Perimenopause.

(c) Rachael Crow all rights reserved 2018

Breaking Patriarchal Business Culture…..Newsletter

Rachael CrowMusings, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

My dear readers,

Well it’s been a full on couple of weeks for me so this is a short newsletter, I’m in my Autumn/Premenstrual phase and suffering from terrible peri menopausal insomnia!!! Oh the joys of being a woman! I wonder how life’s treating you? After writing a bit about doing business the Womens Way, some of my Red Tent sisters and I decided we would offer out our work for donation/gift economy!! Wowsers this felt HUGE and so exciting!!!

So ALL my online teachings are available on gift economy as well as my Menarche book and there’s a link to my blog where I write more in depth about it below! TIMES ARE CHANGING SISTERS…are you part of the change?

Products

I’m so excited to have the new Menstrual Doodles book….I’ve been following Becky on Instagram for a while and love that she’s created a book…it will make a fab first period gift or dare I mention…. Christmas?!!

 

On My Blog

My Red Tent sisters and I are challenging the patriarchal money model… read all about it here

Events/Teachings/Offerings

All my on line teachings are open on Gift Economy- but please note Deepening Woman will close on the Full moon…we have kept it open to allow women to join on this new system!

New Year Drum Making January 19, 2019 at Gorslwyd Sound Healing Retreat Centre, Join us in a day of Drum making, theres also the option to stay over at this beautiful Retreat Centre and experience a Fire Ceremony and Gong Bath! ONLY 6 Places available! 

Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Following my Passion…. a call for support

Rachael CrowMusings, online teachings, products, Workshops

Awakening women to the power of their cycles has been my passion for 25 years…It all began when I sat in circle in 1993 with 6 women in a flat in Bristol and we shared our first period stories and celebrated our Menarche with a ‘catch up ceremony’ (I was 22- so over 10 years since my actual menarche) singing to one another and being anointed with sacred well water.

I had already made myself some soft moontime pads and some of the women in the group asked me to make pads for them, pad making became a bit of a hobby, I put flyers up in local whole food stores and sold a few sets a year- back then I was sewing them on my Nana’s old hand Singer machine. Then when my eldest daughter began her moontime, I made her a set, which she showed her friends – who all wanted some, and they told their teacher and even the Tampax lady when she came to school…and my little business grew! Around this time my eldest son was diagnosed as HSP and autism and moved into a special needs school. I realised I needed a job that would work around being more available to my family.

Well from there I studied business and went fully self employed with my therapies and had Moon Times as a side line- the internet was just getting big and my business advisor thought I had a brilliant product and pushed me to grow the business.

Over the years I’ve done lost of business trainings with different people, but the models are all pretty similar- sell, sell, sell, push, push push….!!! And then along comes all the social media- now we are selling on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…It’s exhausting! And NONE of it has ever resonated with me. I’m a natural networker, I love to share my work and the work of others that I believe in, but I don’t like the patriarchal model of selling. The highlight of my work is when I get an email from someone who loves my products or my writings and has shared it with a friend, or a message from someone telling me their friend is a customer and recommended me- this way of business resonates!! This is why I love to work with women like Melanie, Eartha, Amber….we all promote eachother even though our work is similar- we each have a different flavour…theres no competition or pushing or hard sell, we are business women, doing business the womens way!

But do you know, following your passion in business is hard, the reality, if I wanted to earn a proper income from making pads, they would be about £25 each! To grow a business it needs investment- so there’s the website (with hosting and web designer fees), insurance, advertising, not to mention all the equipment- industrial sewing machines, press stud machine, computer, printer, internet- which all come with bills. Since moving house it now costs me £5 in petrol each time I drive to the post office- I could walk there before…but I do love my new home! I’ve always had to have another job alongside Moon Times to earn a living but at the moment, I’m healing cancer and I’m in perimenopause, my energy levels just can’t handle more than parenting and keeping Moon Times running.

I think I’ve done a good job at getting Moon Times out there, so good that people think I’m a massive corporation, I get emails everyday asking for product donations and samples for groups, businesses, eco fairs, student promotions…the reality is it’s just me, with a couple of women I call on when I need extra sewing done!

I offer lots for free- for over 10 years I’ve held moon lodges and red tents, free info on my blog, videos and newsletters because I want women to get it…I want you to connect to your cycle, see your blood as sacred, connect to the earth through your body wisdom…and ultimately it’s all about coming to a place of loving our bodies and loving the Earth. My family and I live a low impact live (as much as we can without living in a hobbit hole!), we buy second hand, support local businesses, we haven’t had a family holiday abroad in about 20 years, I drive an old banger, do DIY and reuse/ upcycle everything we can, but it’s got to a point where I need to rest more but some how still earn a living.

So I’m putting out a call for support, for me, my business, my family. I rely on you, my readers and customers to help promote this work. I’m going though huge challenges and changes, I’m putting out all my online courses for donation/gift economy, my Menarche book is available on gift economy as a download, and my cycle charting book is being updated and will be a downloadable book too. So please share my offerings, tell your friends, buy things for gifts, first periods, womens circles…

I invite you on a deep healing journey with Eartha and myself on our online Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings– these are especially relevant to women wanting to step into holding circles of women or girls (or women and girls) to women moving into peri menopause, in fact, all women would benefit from these teachings!

And they are online so anyone can join, anywhere in the world!

Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

And I thank YOU, for all your support over the years, and for the years to come, may we all keep growing, healing, supporting eachother, holding our Mother Earth in our hearts and wombs.

 

Rachael Crow 6th Nov 2018

BREAKING THE PATRIARCHAL BUSINESS MODEL

Rachael CrowMusings, online teachings

In response to whats going on in the world right now, on global scale, UK scale and community scale, I’ve been sitting with how we women can model a better way of being in business.

I wrote a bit about this in my last newsletter– how I see the Wise Womans Way of running a business.

I’ve been in business for over 20 years, and have witnessed the growth of internet and social media use for business and some of it feels like a huge dark entity that is taking over our lives. How many of us turn on our phones first thing in the morning and get immediately sucked in? (I make it my practice NOT to do this!!)

I feel blessed to have had teachers that have modelled generosity and a ‘pay it forward’ style of business. When I apprenticed my reiki teacher we worked side by side for a year (all expenses paid) and then when I qualified and we taught together she paid me as her equal. My husband too was apprenticed as a carpenter, his pay rose the more skilled he became. What I’m seeing in women’s business more and more is women being trained and expected to work for their ‘teacher’ for free or even being expected to apprentice and pay -to be a tea maker, space holder and general ‘hand maid’.

These patriarchal models are abusive to women, and does not serve the world. It is time to RISE!

(By the way- I totally believe in service/volunteering, we do all need the humbling experience of helping others. I have spent at least 1-2 hours a week for over 20 years supporting others in addiction recovery- this is where I place my service. I will not ‘work’ for others for free.)

In all my work I have offered subsidised places to women who have needed it- whether for financial reasons, health reasons…whatever. All I have ever stood for is empowering women to stand in their own wisdom.

“You are beautiful- your uniqueness fulfils a need in this world- for you are beautiful.” Red Tent Song we sing in our ceremonies

We are all unique and bring our own gifts into the world- this is the wise woman way- to support women to discover their own gifts…and if we listen closely to our bodies, our inner child, our womb wisdom, this is revealed to us.

My deep journey with cancer has brought me to a place of complete surrender- when we stop and surrender to healing, miracles occur. For me- it’s been a death rebirth process, that i’m still navigating. But I have surrendered, every day I give myself to our Mother. I offer to Her my life, my health, my body, my spirit, my family, my home, my relationships, my finances. I am in Her hands, I am Hers, in Her service.

I had no idea how I was going to manage to take time off work to heal, pay for my strict regime of organic foods- lots of juices, all the supplements and herbs, appointments with my herbalist, nutritionist, counsellor and other practitioners, plus pay the bills, the rent, have the energy to parent…

So I prayed, I prayed for the right partners to come into my life to support my healing journey and I prayed for support- in whatever form it needed to come- and it has! I had to surrender and ask, and I’ve been blessed to have amazing women step forward and offer me free healings of all kinds- hands on and distant, I managed to secure some funding for my counselling, I get a small amount each month towards my food and supplements from 2 cancer charities, other parents at school are helping me with childcare and school runs, local friends who ‘grow their own’ have been bringing me food….I set up a closed facebook group where friends can post encouraging messages…all in all I have come to a place of surrender and trust and all is well….and my cancer is shrinking…all is well!

So from this place of trust, surrender, my perimenopause and cancer healing journey- I’m standing up to the patriarchal bullshit business model and I will be offering all my courses and books for donation/gift economy…. For this is the Wise Womans Way- “here is my work, I feel its worth and its value, here is your opportunity to join me in a new system- pay what you feel its worth and value are, and if today thats £5 and next month its £50, that OK. I trust you to value me.”

Rachael Crow Nov 4th2018

Be Empowered! Walking the Path of the Women’s Way ……Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings, Newsletters, products, Workshops

Well my Sistars,

Anyone else feeling the power of the last full moon and the immense energy building to Samhain? It’s time for big clearings and for women to really step into their truth- Uranus and Taurus are waking us up!

For the last couple of years I’ve been holding on to running my business the Wise Women’s Way. Pretty much all businesses I see out there are running on the old patriarchal business model- bombard you with info, make you scroll and scroll through pages of testimonials before you even get to a price- and of course- put a price on everything!

Moon Times, womens health, the power of our cycles have always been a passion, since my 20’s I’ve been making pads, sharing womens wisdom freely in womens circles, boosting my peers in the field and of course now we have social media it’s even easier to share information freely. I’m grateful I live a simple life and don’t need to earn tonnes as it’s important to me to follow my passion more than it is to make money from it- although of course- earning from it is a bonus! I have huge gratitude to the women who support me with the Ask Aunt Flo group- there’s a wealth of practitioners on there- all women I’ve personally worked with and wholeheartedly back their work and their wisdom.

I’m grateful to you, my customers who tell your friends about my business, who blog about and share my products …this is the Wise Womans Way! And this is why I will always tag the women I work with, who support me in my journey, and will continue to freely share tips and posts to empower women to deepen into their Wise Woman.

And so today, I launch my latest offering- Hello Cervix.  This year I have been on a deep healing journey, not only recovering from leaving the community where I lived and separating from my husband, becoming a single mum, and being peri-menopausal….I’ve been healing cancer- cervical cancer. And it is healing- it’s healing me, my relationships and deepening my connection to my womb- when I could have taken the option to have it all cut out! So take a look, there’s links to resources to heal cancer naturally, books i’ve read, videos i’ve watched and people who inspire me daily with their courage to heal naturally plus my musings on why cancer showed up for me. My journey is far from over, it’s just another step to deepening into my medicine woman self.

In the Shop
New fabric for Womb Packs arrived today…soon to be sewn up! Womb packs are a major part of healing my womb, castor oil is pure magic…I urge you to give it a try!

Have you seen all the beautiful Calendars and diaries we have in stock? I’m loving this new one from Stephanie Green ..

On the Blog
I thought I’d share an old one- mostly because it touched so many women when I sent it out, but also because I tag so many amazing partitioners who have supported me and continue to support me in my healing journey- Deepening into Autumn Woman

Events/Teachings/Offerings

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings opens it’s doors tomorrow, for 1 week only!
£495 for the 9 month journey, or this can be paid in 2 payments of £250 or £60 a month for 9 months.
(Reduction for Broken Basket Women and Red Girls!)
Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

 Red Girl teachings close TODAY!!....  recover childhood wounds, gently release them with ceremony, ritual, spiritual bundles, menstrual recapitulation…. Create a first blood ceremony, craft medicine tools, go deep into cycle awareness and the power of your moon blood. Connect with the circle of women in our Facebook group. Still time to sign up…. 

Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Wonder Woman and Deepening Woman….newsletter

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, Newsletters, online teachings, Workshops

Blessings Sistars!

I’m so excited to be finally sharing the “Deepening Woman” online mentoring that Eartha and I have created. After years of working together in our Daughters of the Earth Lodge, and sharing teachings in the Red Tent and our Deepening Woman circles, we have finally worked on the best way of sharing these teachings with you on line! Here’s a little video of us explaining what it’s all about…and here’s more info for you Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings. Please share with any other women who you think may be interested or benefit. Thank you!

In The Shop

Wonder Woman is back! (LIMITED NUMBERS!!) We have some new limited edition 4 pad sets for you…

And new designs have been added to the lucky dip pad sets…so if you like surprises…grab a lucky dip!

On the Blog

Vaginal/Yoni/Womb steams…what exactly are they? What are they for and how do you do them? I explain it all!

 

Events/On Line Teachings

 Red Girl teachings close on Oct 31st….  recover childhood wounds, gently release them with ceremony, ritual, spiritual bundles, menstrual recapitulation…. Create a first blood ceremony, craft medicine tools, go deep into cycle awareness and the power of your moon blood. Connect with the circle of women in our Facebook group. Still time to sign up…. 

Deepening Woman Online Mentoring– a 9 month Journey, combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

Still time to book!! Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings

Rachael CrowMenarche, Menopause, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, online teachings, Workshops

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings from Rachael Crow and Eartha Love Varda

£495 for the 9 month journey, or 2 payments of £250  or £60 a month for 9 months.

(Reduction for Broken Basket Women and Red Girls!)

Starts 31st Oct, registration closes 7th Nov. Registration now open, see payment info below.

Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

These teachings are for ALL women, it will benefit mothers, menopausal women, and women holding circles and working with youth, as the purpose of the teachings are to bring you to your own authenticity so you can live from that place as a strong medicine woman!

 

We advise taking at least 9 moons/months working through this journey – but you are free to work through it at your own pace- it will be open for 1 year for you to access the teachings. There will be daily journalling questions in a PDF (just a few minutes each day), meditations and visualisations to connect to your inner Wise/Medicine Woman, healing practices and beautiful crafts to be made!

There will be monthly emails that include each passage over the 9 months, so ideally you will work though a passage a month.

A Facebook group will be created for support.

Skype sessions can be booked with Eartha or Rachael at £30 an hour, conference calls with both of us are £50 2 hrs max.

To Book-
go to this page- Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings

or email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

What’s included:

Foundation videos

Earth Connection

Setting up and holding Sacred Space

Connection to your inner Wise Woman, Inner Maiden, Inner Teen

Rituals and Rites

Medicine Bundle Teachings

Stories & Songs

PDFs of self enquiry work and craft activities making sacred medicine tools

Meditations & Journeys

Deep cycle teachings

Menstrual Recapitulation

Creating ceremony

Suggested further reading

 

Each Passage has journalling, self enquiry work, moon connection, a craft activity, meditation/journey, some hold ceremony, stories, songs! These are deep rich teachings.

 

Feedback from women who have worked with us-

Rachael goes above and beyond what you might expect, she gives and gives so much…. information, holding and awareness of the process. She is truly someone who walks her talk and guides women to rebirth themselves anew. These initiations are so needed, so powerful and so transforming. Thank you Rachael for the work you give to the world.

I had connected with Rachael & Eartha previously on one of the Mother and Daughter camps. I experienced the care given to celebrating my daughter’s own rise towards womanhood and when the opportunity arose to receive similar nourishment from them myself through a catch up ceremony, I jumped at the chance to do so, knowing I could rely on her capable leadership. On the day, after working on the preparation materials provided, I was ready to receive exactly what I asked for and they gave and gave. It was definitely emotional and has been subsequently energising. Today I know I have shifted my family’s balance towards a thriving womanhood for future generations. I would recommend an honouring the menarche ceremony for girls or catchup for women to anyone who desires to honour who they are in a safe space, held with sensitive expertise and dedicated vision.

This is a wonderful journey for women, I was so empowered when I first did this amazing work I did it a second time to go deeper. Rachael gives such caring guidance and is such a wealth of knowledge of all women’s wisdom. I can’t recommend it enough.

Recommended full heartedly … amazing and full of information and love and joy xxxxxx

‘Such a deeply heartfelt and magical ceremony. I was fearful that it would be painful, but discovered it to be a beautiful, tender experience that re-connected me to my maiden self in an unexpectedly joyful and empowering way. Rachael held this ceremony with such love, witnessing every woman in the circle with deep caring. And it was so moving to honour and be honoured by all the other women. For the first time in my life I am feeling the power and wisdom of my menstrual cycle!’

‘Life changing’

‘I’ve grown and changed in such positive ways this year, I feel more empowered and on my path’

‘Rachael holds the circle in such a special way….it’s been a transformational year!’

‘There was such emotional support, Rachael is sensitive and compassionate to our personal journeys’

‘It was great to have the space to share our experiences and developments – rather like a healing group!’

What is Vaginal Steaming, Yoni Steaming or Womb Steaming?

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naturopathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author and teacher of Maya medicine has brought back this ancient practice to modern women. She lived and studied with traditional Mayan healers in Belize for nearly 25 years, and shares that vaginal steaming is very common among women because it works.
Yoni steaming has been known by women throughout history to:
Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with your Moontime
Ease menstrual cramps
Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses
Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles
Increase fertility, especially when combined with Mayan abdominal massage
Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
Assist with the healing of haemorrhoids
Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odour
Relieve symptoms of menopause

It’s super easy for you to do a vaginal steam at home. Steep approximately 1 heaping cup of steaming herbs in a basin of hot water, find a quiet place to relax, undress from the waist down, and the steam your yoni for 20 minutes or so. Many women pop the basin over the toilet, and sit on the toilet seat, you could cut a hole in an old camping chair- be sure the bowl is on some books or something to make them high enough so you feel the steam, be creative and see how you could be comfy hovering over the bowl! I used to use a large bowl, roll up a towel to make a ‘seat’ on the edge of the bowl and sit for 10 mins or so.
Now I have made a “Steam Throne” from a broken toilet seat, screwed onto some legs and I make a comfy seat from a rolled towel!

Be sure the water isn’t too hot, so as to avoid burns!! Stay wrapped in warm blankets as you sit. This is a great time to write in a journal, meditate or set some intentions!

Once the time has passed, remain wrapped in blankets and lie down in a warm bed for the night. The herbs will continue to work on your reproductive system as you sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling healed and nurtured.

The tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Vaginal steaming is an age-old remedy that has been tested and approved by generations before us, and its time has come in our modern culture.

I recommend blends from Womansoul, or make your own, add crystals too if you like!

Herbs that can be used

Oregano: Used to bring on menses. Increases scanty flow. This herb is used for its antiseptic, stimulating and strengthening qualities. Oregano is a wonderful herb for aiding in prevention of infection.
Marigold: Tagetes erecta is used to induce perspiration, cleansing of the vaginal tissues. It is also healing to wounds. Calendula officinalis aids in the healing of tight scarred tissues of the labia and perenium due to episiotomy, or vaginal tear. Note: Do not steam an open wound, this could cause pain and swelling.
Basil: May reduce painful menstruation. Helps to bring on menstruation.
Mugwort: In addition to fighting infection through its antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, mugwort balances female hormones and stimulates the production of hormones that help to maintain uterine health as well as protect the uterus from things such as ulcers and tumors. Mugwort steam opens the pores, allowing the beneficial herbs to penetrate into the blood stream. In addition, mugwort helps to stimulate menstrual discharge and ease cramping.
Rosemary: An aromatic and antimicrobial herb, rosemary treats bacterial infection, speeds wound healing, inhibits yeast growth, and stimulates menstruation.
Lavender: One of the most relaxing herbs we have, lavender supports healing, and it also promotes menstrual flow.
Yarrow: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, yarrow is great for regulating menstrual flow, treating ovarian cysts and supporting overall uterine health.
Partridge berry: Revered as a wonderful herb for the female reproductive system, partridge berry treats infertility, regulates menstrual cycles and helps decrease severe menstrual pain.
Motherwort: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, motherwort strengthens and relaxes uterine muscles, eases uterine cramping, and may help treat uterine fibroids. Motherwort stimulates uterine tone and blood flow.
Calendula: Aids in healing of scar tissue, vaginal tears, or hemorrhoids.