What is Menstruality?

Red School

Menstruality1 is the life process of menarche, the menstrual cycle, menopause and the mature years. It is our inner ground, ‘the mother cycle’, out of which rises the initiatory path to motherhood that is conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. 

Menstruality describes the precise and multi–layered biological, psychological and spiritual system of evolution within our body. Menstruality is the actual lived experience of this process, the knowledge that we accumulate or grow down into, and the field consciousness that this embodied knowledge generates.

Menstruality is a means of naming and exploring the ineffable, mysterious forces within us—the hidden powers that are released when consciousness is brought to bear on our biological life changes.

Menstruality is both our unique Calling or Power and the evolutionary path by which we realise that Power. Menarche, menstruation and menopause are the key way stations of initiation or Awakening to the Power. The menstruating years are the practice ground for realising it, and the mature years a time of deep fulfilment of that Calling or Power.

Menstruality describes our journey of individuation from ego–based consciousness to participatory consciousness—an extraordinarily integrated and complete system of psychological and spiritual growth.

Menstruality is a language, a way of articulating our experience that is rooted in natural lore and the process of evolution. It is how we  pass on our knowledge of our feminine life process from one to another. It is a shared way of being. 

Menstruality is a living body of knowledge that evolves through each individual’s experience and sharing of the process. Our menstruality experience exists within a context—this beautiful planet of ours. It awakens us to our responsibility for the planet. Our menstruality is a deeply internal process that takes us into the most intimate places within and within that reveals the World, the Whole, and our role in serving that.  It is a unifying consciousness that connects us to all of life.

Menstruality is The Feminine in action. It is the channel through which the Feminine can be experienced and integrated back into our lives and on to the planet. Through consciously working with our menstruality we provide the channel for restoring the power of The Feminine into all the areas of our lives.

Menstruality is a journey to love, an experience of being held by the ineffable, the Divine in action.

(1) The term menstruality came into being to describe the female life process in 2004 when New Zealand psychotherapist, Jane Catherine Severn, wrote an article Menstruality: the great feminine gestalt in the Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand. She was concerned with the fact that we did not have a word to describe what she calls the 4 M’s—menarche, menstruation, menopause and the mature years. And without a word, the full power of this process could be easily ignored or dismissed. To remedy this she proposed the word menstruality. We are indebted to Jane Catherine for bringing this word into being. Our description of it is wholly our own. To learn more about the wonderful menstruality work of Jane Catherine go to www.lunahouse.co.nz


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