Willow Magazine CREATING LIFE - Page 45

victims of the experience; rather, we are carriers of great spiritual gems glistening upon the ocean of Humanity emanating Love and unity for all beings.

EmbodyBirth™ brings us home to our body, heart, womb, mind, hands and babies for birth where we know that our bodies know birth as a timeless song and dance. It is here we anchor and believe in our ability to open for birthing.

In pregnancy we prepare our four bodies – physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual – through using the foundational feminine soft rounded and Earthy movements of BellydanceBirth®. These movements express the shapes of Nature that reveal themselves to us – circle, spiral, figure 8 and wave like motions. For example we can move into the grounded circular patterns with our hips and pelvis, moving into our womb-knowing accessing primal information and conditioning the physical body.

Not only are we bringing blood and oxygen into our uterus and bodies with our babies, we are also bringing awareness, love, sustenance, nourishment and respect that will instil confidence and strength. The movements are gentle and soft asking us to release and let go into our emotional world. We begin the excavation into the layers of who we are as women and mothers and this is a beautiful gift that opens doorways into mystery.

Pregnancy asks of us to be in stillness, meditative states, our joy, our fears, our vulnerability and our humility. The key is to BE in everything we are feeling, safely held and supported by our partners and community. This is what makes a huge difference and impacts the brain development of our babies in-utero both energetically and physically. Of course we started this in the pre conception stage and will continue to the peri natal period and beyond.

The environment that our baby is marinated within plays a huge role in the wiring of their nervous system and a well-supported pregnant mother who can express and be all she needs to be within a loving compassionate sphere is optimal. By taking responsibility, and choosing activities such as dancing and using meditative movement regularly we can calm our nervous system. Having an awareness of foetal development in utero gives us an understanding of choices that will enhance our baby’s development. We are not looking for perfection rather we are seeking to make informed choices that work best for us as mother without external judgements.

So in conclusion and at the very least when we come to give birth, if we have been truly and lovingly supported in our pregnancy journey, we are more likely to enter the gateway of this rite of passage in tune with ourselves and our baby. Even if we have unresolved issues and fears this too is perfect. There will always be more to experience, more to know and understand because life is a mystery, an organic process of self-inquiry. We cannot know everything. Each birth brings us a new perspective as we mature and transform as women. I have a favourite saying I share in my classes –

“know all and know nothing - be open to receiving the mystery (my story) with your baby”.

This is how we embody birth as a spiritual practice.

Photo credit: Katrina Folkwell

Love all

Maha Al Musa – June 2016

Spiritual Birth Visionary and Birth Activist.

Founder of EmbodyBirth™ (formerly BellydanceBirth® since 1997)

Natural Term breastfeeding advocate in worldwide media from 2012-2016.

www.mahaalmusa.com

BIOGRAPHY

Maha Al Musa has 20 years’ experience in the birthing world working with pregnant women and birth professionals as a spiritual birth visionary. She is the founder of EmbodyBirth™. She is a mother of three beautiful children, the last one born at home at the age of 46. Maha is an award winning self-published author, an internationally renowned speaker, birth activist and a breastfeeding advocate worldwide having been featured in 3 documentaries in 2015.

In 2011, she also won the one world birth national hero award. The philosophy of her sacred somatic childbirth education program is that birth is a spiritual practice. Its purpose can be harnessed to help elevate Love Consciousness on this planet for the health and wellbeing of our collective Humanity.

The key is to BE in everything we are feeling. Safely held and supported by our partners and community. This is what makes a huge difference and impacts the brain development of our babies in-utero both energetically and physically.

IMAGE CREDIT: Talitha Walterfang