Medicine Woman Crush: Marcia Lopez of Women's True Healing

Marcia Lopez of Women’s True Healing in Redondo Beach

Marcia Lopez of Women’s True Healing in Redondo Beach

Marcia laid her hands upon my womb, incanting “Our blood comes from our ancestors, and all their prayers are there. We take that blood and make it ours.”

We spent the next hour working through the noxious knots that a life of accumulated traumas have wound deep within my womb, choking me from the inside out.

After the death of my mother, I found myself waking up in a hot sweat a few nights a week clutching my womb in crippling pain. Even though I spend the bulk of my days wildly eschewing all heteronormative notions of ‘geriatric pregnancy’ (literally the medical term for pregnancy in women over 34) whilst talking baby-making atop the ruins of a toppling patriarchy with my radically non-normative cabal of patients, mine is a lineage of womb struggle, and occasionally I am gripped by fears of the creeping maladies that haunt many of us gals of ‘advanced reproductive age’ (can we get some new terminology, S'il vous plaît?!). 

My mother had her ovaries irradiated in the 1960’s as part of an experimental radiation treatment for fibroid tumors and dermoid cysts (side note- didn’t work! V dangerous! Would not recommend, negative 5 stars). Not only was the procedure unsuccessful in treating her tumors, it left her with only one functional ovary, and after having me at 38 she had a full hysterectomy shortly thereafter. As I approach 38, in a cosmic partnership with a radical man who dreams of raising our future brood of anarcha-taoists, I wrestle with fears that their tiny dissident souls won’t find repose in my strangled womb. These fears are visceral, they wind themselves in cats cradles through my pelvis, spinning webs of rebar and shrapnel around my organs, choking my womb of all its vital qi. One of my teacher plants alerted me to a massive, throbbing knot in my pelvis during a medicine ceremony this spring, at which point a multi-armed Kali Ma emerged from my pelvic bowl, and wandered naked through the charnel lands vomiting up rainbows of patriarchal sludge whilst trying to castrate every man in the room with a rusted shank (these things happen to a Botanarchist from time to time). The knot grew more gnarled and angry by the minute. The knot has become a ball, the ball a fist, the fist a giant mass of impenetrable tissue that won’t breakdown despite my best efforts. Old tricks ain’t working. 

I met Marcia - a bodywork therapist specializing in Mayan abdominal massage - nearly ten years ago through a radical collective of women called the Deusas brought together by our mutual friend @zipstump. As unferal women safely nestled in the styrofoam bosom of modernity, most of us don’t have much idea of our fertility resources beyond our yearly PAP and the odd convo with a typically terse & nonchalant OBGYN about how birth control is our lord and savior (you don’t take it?! Mon dieu!) that solves every problem from irregular menstruation to melting polar ice caps. If you didn’t know where to look, few sanctioned therapies appear to exist for ‘idiopathic pelvic pain,’ irregular menstruation, and their bothersome ilk. However, The medicine-tenders of indigenous cultures knew a thing or two about how to support fertility beyond the pharmaceutical interventions that are the hallmark of western culture. Mayan abdominal therapy can support more regular periods, confidence conceiving, empowered pregnancy, optimized gynecological and pelvic health, stronger post-baby recovery and a smoother menopause. The technique decongests and realigns vital organs to help resolve digestive, gynecological and pelvic health concerns and it can dramatically enhance fertility. 

Marcia is a goddess-shepherd of this powerful medicine, and through her work I have come to find softening where there was hardness, renewed ease in my cycle, and confidence in conception. Today I bow to her, my dear medicine woman, as I gaze upon the results of my textbook perfect abdominal ultrasound in awe. Big love, sister.

Etheric Vitality ///// Immense Grace @ Ra Ma Institute

Etheric Vitality

Sisters,

I will be in humble service to grace and radiance this weekend, teaching the Taoist mystery traditions of female qi cultivation at RA MA Institute’s Immense Grace Weekend with Guru Jagat & Friends. Come get the yin nectars a’flowing and bask in your birthright as an eternal enchantress!

ETHERIC VITALITY

Yogic Secrets to Deep Radiance

An Immense Grace Weekend with Guru Jagat & Friends

January 12-13, 2018.

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FRIDAY JANUARY 12, 2018

7:00pm - 10:00pm

An Immense Grace Special Evening with Harjiwan, Guru Jagat, & Gurujas

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SATURDAY JANUARY 13, 2018

9:00am - 6:00pm

An Immense Grace Full Day with Guru Jagat - Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Women’s Practice with Guru Jagat

-Yogic Nutrition Demos with @harmonjotkaur . .

-Anti-Inflammatory Cortisol Release & Self-Massage with @shabadpreet11 . .

-Jade Guasha Facial Fascia Lifts and Group Radiance Adjustment with Carolyn Barron of @botanarchy . .

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Spring Equinox Yoni Egg Meditation

My most cherished qigong ritual you can use to bro down with the nascent magic of your Ovarian Palace and align with the potent gestational power of the shifting spring season. Throw a yoni egg in the mix to add a hefty dose of fertile spring mojo and cosmic egg medicine!

1. Sit quietly with the eyes closed in a comfortable seated position, with the hands in Yoni Mudra, forming a downward triangle over the ovaries. 

2. Begin by doing a few rounds of Ujjayi ‘throat breathing’, rasping the breath over the throat, making an ocean-like sound with your tongue resting on your palate, mouth closed and lips soft.

3. Focus your loving attention on the ovaries until you feel their energy expand and become warm. 

4. As you breathe in, gently contract the opening to the yoni using your kegel muscles, and as you breathe out relax the muscles. Use your mind, breath, and muscles to do this gently. This motion draws qi and energy into the Ovarian Palace (the Taoist name for the womb, essentially the mid-point between ovaries), allowing more and more qi to gather here with each out breath.

5. Continue pumping qi into the Ovarian Palace using your yoni muscles, and begin to collect the warm energy in your ovaries like a vessel filling with honey.

6. As this energy builds, you can start to allow the Ovarian Qi to flow down to the perineum, and then gently pump this qi up the back of the body to the brain. 

7. Spiral this potent qi inside the brain to allow it to charge up all the master glands. Spiral 9 times counter clockwise and then 9 times clockwise, breathing normally. Don’t feel the need to be too exact about this. Experiment with the energy in a way that feels natural and organic.

8. When you feel the energy potently spiraling in the brain, on an out-breath, allow the qi to flow back down the front midline, and either send it around the orbit again, or finish by gathering and storing the qi into the womb.

9. Breathe deeply, smiling unconditional love into the Ovarian Palace.

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