I recently attended a book launch in Brooklyn for Transformed by Birth, a book about cultivating openness,resilience, and strength for the life changing journey from pregnancy to parenthood. (highly recommend!)
One of the parts of the conversation that struck me as the most interesting was when author, Britta Bushnell, compared this journey to Greek Mythology deities, Apollo and Artemis. (Short back story on them, they are twins. Apollo represents order, medicine, and truth while Artemis, goddess of childbirth and wild nature.) Listening to her speak, I began to draw really exciting comparisons to my own journey towards spirituality.
I have always considered myself a spiritual person and interested in learning about all religions. I was raised Catholic, my husband is Jewish, I studied psychology in college and couldn’t get enough of learning about Jung’s theories on Religion and Psychology. But it wasn’t until the birth of my first son, almost 5 years ago, that I began to feel the deep, spiritual shifts that I had read about in the dozens of self-help books I devoured.
To me, motherhood was the initiative event that brought me a deep desie to consider and explore the depths of my soul. Becoming a parent gave me reasons for learning gratitude, vulnerability, and perspective that I had never felt before.
In retrospect, I had been living predominantly in an Apollo world, driven by the Divine Masculine energy that is only exacerbated by the energy of New York City. The analytical, (impatient), assertive and logical desires fuelled by my competitive nature were so jarring compared to this new Artemis or Divine Feminine realm I was yearning to stay in.
It seemed to me, that even motherhood was an opportunity to judge and compete…..whose baby is sleeping, whose is crawling first, who bounced back the fastest, who breast fed the longest. While I, inwardly, was wondering if I was the only one feeling this cracking open of my soul, an entrance into not only worries and challenges I had never considered before but a new focus on myself and my own work.
As Enlightenedhood’s community has grown, I’ve been able to have incredibly exciting conversations with other mothers who have felt that same exact feeling…. So many women, like myself, were living in that Apollo/Divine Masculine world and Motherhood was the event that brought us into the wild, wonderful world of Artemis.
We feel a deep draw to healing ourselves for the future generations and can begin by sticking a toe into the world of spirituality, through mindfulness, breathwork and movement, connecting with our intuition, connecting to our light, owning our power, and more.
I’m so happy to be a part of bringing that message and the incredible knowledge, tools, and community that can help make this transition a little easier for new mothers. And hey, if you want to get real woo-woo with it and start deep diving into Energy Codes and Past Life Regressions, I’m along for that ride too! 🙂