Write, or draw, or record in any other way, all that you know about your birth.
If this requires you to do research that involves others, go ahead, AND don’t let this be an obstacle to your own inquiry.
If you don’t ‘know’ then imagine…
This is a key suggestion in this work, for you may find yourself feeling zoned out, or resistant, or spacey, or any number of other feelings, sensations or thoughts. In the process of doing this work on Birth and Welcome, almost more than for any other subject, pay attention to your energy and its expressions in thought, feeling and sensation. All of these are the great keys and clues into your deeper and perhaps less conscious inner material related to this subject.
Discard nothing, and gather it all up. We won’t ask you to share or submit any of this work.
Please take great care of yourself as you undertake this work.
Before doing any of these questions, which we urge you to do over a few days, create Sacred Space for yourself. Pray to the God of your Understanding – to the Sovereign Light within you – to be with you in this process, and to not leave you. You are in fact this light, but our sense of this is not always so integrated, so ‘asking It to be with you/ me is healthy.
Throughout the time that you set aside for this exercise, notice your breathing – do it gently and deeply – and notice your feelings, and thoughts. Notice peripheral rememberings or vague dreamy associations. They are all relevant. Notice your dreams, and the language of life showing up to answer these questions in other ways – billboards, books, words someone says, newspaper articles, the bird that flies by. You are entering a non-rational landscape, a pre-verbal landscape, and a time of the most acute awareness and unity.
Be gentle with yourself in ways beyond your concept of what you might usually allow yourself as an adult.
1. What do you know about your actual birth: who was there, what was happening, how did it happen, where did it happen, why?
2. What do you know about the time in history, politics, economics, belief systems, at the time of your conception, gestation, birth, and first year of life? What is is that is being thought in the world and by the people closest to you about these things? This is the pot into which you arrived.
3. What do you know about the beliefs of those people closest to you – parents, grandparents, siblings, other carers – in relation to children, babies, birth, childhood, the meaning of life?
4. What did your carers believe about welcome and celebration, and what did they practice to express this? How were you welcomed? Were you welcomed? What part of you was welcomed? What part of you was not?
5. Through the process of each of these questions, what are you feeling, thinking, noticing in your body?
Go back to the invitation to find a photo of yourself as a baby or young child, or to imagine into this time in your life.
How might you also bless this new-born who is you, and express your self acceptance and love in personal ceremony or prayer?