Menstruality is the female life process of menarche, the menstrual cycle, menopause and the mature years. It is the woman’s ground, her initiatory process and ‘the mother cycle’, out of which rises the initiatory path to motherhood that is conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Menstruality describes the precise and multi–layered biological, psychological and spiritual system of evolution within the female body. Menstruality is the actual lived experience of this process, the knowledge that a woman accumulates or grows down into, and the field consciousness that this embodied knowledge generates.
Menstruality is a means of naming and exploring the ineffable, mysterious forces within a woman—the hidden powers that are released when consciousness is brought to bear on our biological life changes.
Menstruality is both a woman’s unique Calling or Power and the evolutionary path by which she realises that Power. Menarche, menstruation and menopause are the key way stations of initiation or Awakening to the Power. The menstruating years are the practice ground for realising it, and the mature years a time of deep fulfilment of that Calling or Power.
Menstruality describes a woman’s journey of individuation from ego–based consciousness to participatory consciousness—an extraordinarily integrated and complete system of psychological and spiritual growth.
Menstruality is a language, a way of articulating a woman’s experience that is rooted in natural lore and the process of evolution. It is how women pass on our knowledge of our feminine life process from one to another. It is a shared way of being.
Menstruality is a living body of knowledge that evolves through each individual woman’s experience and sharing of the process. Our menstruality experience exists within a context—this beautiful planet of ours. It awakens us to our responsibility for the planet. Our menstruality is a deeply internal process that takes us into the most intimate places within and within that reveals the World, the Whole, and our role in serving that. It is a unifying consciousness that connects us to all of life.
Menstruality is the Feminine in action. It is the channel through which the Feminine can be experienced and integrated back into our lives and on to the planet. Through consciously working with our menstruality we provide the channel for restoring the power of the Feminine in to all the areas of our lives.
Menstruality is a journey to love, an experience of being held by the ineffable, the Divine in action.
© Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer 2013
Special note: The term “Menstruality” came into being in 2001 when New Zealand Psychotherapist and Menstruality Educator Jane Catherine Severn developed a new, unique and comprehensive model of feminine life. Recognising the hormonally-orchestrated sequence of life-changes she calls The Four M’s: Menarche, Menstrual Cycles, Menopause and Mature Life as the matrix on which our lifelong psychospiritual development takes place, she was astounded to realise that something of such significance in every woman’s life had no name. Jane Catherine coined the term Menstruality to break the silence and invisibility that unnamedness brings, and to allow women to begin speaking in whole new ways of what has been too long unheard. We are indebted to her for bringing this word into being. Our description of it is our own. To learn more about the wonderful Menstruality work of Jane Catherine go to www.lunahouse.co.nz