I participated in The Rite Of The Womb ceremony, which is the 13th Rite of the Munay Ki. The Rite of the Womb comes from the women of the jungle who freed themselves from suffering. It is for women who are ready to accept the truth of their wombs and or men who feel it will support their healing. It feels to be guided by the spirit of the jungle women, so however this healing transmission chooses to come to you, embrace it.
For me, my spiritual mother Marian Hartsfield, Grandmother Dawn Sky Weaver brought it to me. I felt like I had been in a year and a half long initiatory experience of self love and worthiness. Grandmother came to my house from Georgia and says to me,” Chonteau you need to heal the relationship with your mother”. She then, left me with her sacred medicine to work with and for two weeks I began some of the most intense healing I have one done is many years. During that time Grandmother performed the Rite of the Womb ceremony and it marked the end of my midlife initiation that I have been dancing with for well over a year.
I began my journey to be with Grandmother, by packing my snacks and drink, and headed out to the coast. My 2 hour drive was scenic and peaceful. I was excited to see Marian and spend time with her friend. I was also intrigued by the ceremony she was going to perform. It had been almost two weeks since she left her medicine with me and I had been in a very raw place.
After getting acquainted with her friend and chatting a bit, she begins to prepare for ceremony. I watch Marian create the altar, and place sacred items to support our journey. She begins to use her sacred feathers to fan around my body. She calls upon the spirit of the wind to bless me and prepare me for this Rite. She prayed over me and spoke of the lineage of the 13th Rite. She then guided me and another grandmother through the ceremony.
It was a beautiful and I wondered if I was going to feel any different. I have participated in enough ceremonies to know, wait for the mystery to unfold and all will be revealed in time. I left feeling no different then when I came. I thought to myself, well that was nice. I was feeling grateful that she shared this Rite with me. I got in my car and began my 2 hour trip home and that’s when it began. I did not know if I was going to be able to drive. I could feel so much emotion welling up in me. I could feel the ancestors filling me, I saw so much light in my eyes I questioned what was going on with the sun. All I wanted to say was “The womb is not a place to store fear and pain, the womb is to create and give birth to life”. I repeated this mantra for 2 hours on the way home, through crying, laughing, and conversing with invisible spirits, I made it home.
I went out to the medicine wheel and was guided to perform the ritual again. This time I could see the invisible spirits, my mother, grandmothers, aunties, great grandmothers and so many women of my ancestral line were with me and I linked with them. This time the pain, fear and suffering I have felt before, was not there, all I could feel was freedom and love.
In between my sobbing, I journaled and prayed. I prayed for me, my mother, her mother and all the mothers in my matriarchal line. I performed the Rite of the Womb on us all. Upon completion, I asked for enough energy to get through the evening with my family. I do not know how I cooked dinner or helped my son with his homework. I know I was carried to bed and there I collapsed as the sun was going down. I woke in the morning… renewed, fresh and free.
Since that day I have noticed several things in my life. I have noticed a stronger connection to my lineage, a sense of clarity, the birth of ideas are happening daily and I do not stay in suffering as long as I did before. There is a lightness about me that I have not sensed in years. I have also noticed a deeper connection to my womb and joy of planting my dreams there is easier than ever before. When I enter into my meditative space, I see my mother and her mother too. We are healed and it is felt not just in this world but I know it is felt on the other side too.
I do womb work on a regular basis, so womb blessings and healings are not new to me. There was something about this womb and ancestral healing, at this time in my life, that I needed and I am grateful for it. I am grateful my spiritual mother coming to me, when she knew I needed her. She called me home.
The work has not stopped, the nurturing continues. As I mentioned before blessing and healing our wombs is a sacred way of life and continual awareness and practice of this process will serve us all, very well.
Often called a Modern Day Medicine Woman, Chonteau offers soul support and guidance to her clients. She specializes in soul retrieval, archetypical and deep soul work. She mainly supports Lightworkers and healers feel more grounded and centered while balancing their practices and their personal lives.