Birth is such a spiritual experience.
But rarely do we hear about this part of pregnancy and delivery. Even when we acknowledge the spirituality of the baby’s birth, we forget to acknowledge how the mom experiences a spiritual shift.
Both of my births provided me with profound moments of enlightenment. I realized some deep truths about life that continue to guide and help me even now.
All of these truths are things I knew intellectually. But one of the best things about the birthing experience for me was that I was able to internalize these philosophical concepts in a way I was never able to do before.
Here are the 3 spiritual realizations that my birthing experiences taught me.
1. Always follow your intuition.
This is the highest wisdom available to all of us. During birth, especially the first time, you have no logic or intellect to rely on. You must feel and follow the inclinations of your body.
From the time we are born, we’re taught that education and the things we learn in books and classrooms is the most important information we can know. But like Walt Whitman said, “What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.” This intuition within us is the most truthful knowledge we can ever gain. Learn to trust and believe in your intuition. It speaks to you and guides you toward right decision making. This is heightened during birth. The more we reject it, the more we struggle and suffer. The more we listen, the more our lives and our labor flow.
2. Acknowledge your ancestry.
I felt the presence of my ancestors, relatives who’d transitioned over through my life time, at my birth. It was a very comforting feeling. It was also a very spiritual confirmation that our loved ones are always with us. If you have unfinished business with your loved ones or negative emotions associated with those who have crossed over, it may be a good idea to establish a sense of peace about them. Death doesn’t separate us. In fact, sometimes it can bring us closer to those we love.
Independence is a great thing. But we often abuse it. We feed our egos with the pride of our accomplishments. What can we achieve? What can we conquer? We feel most powerful when we strive. Well at some point in our lives, we must learn the process of surrendering. This means letting go and allowing ourselves to be open. This happens during birth whether we want it to or not. Whether we’re ready or not. So it’s better to be ready. Meditate. Practice surrendering to the moment, to your breathing, to divine guidance. No matter how much we try, we can’t control the birthing experience. We have to be open and flexible to the experience. This mimics life. We aren’t always in control, and the more we accept this, the happier we’ll be even in the uncertain moments of life.