By Lynn Andrews
Wise blood, the time in every woman’s life when she has lived long enough and experienced more than enough to become “one who knows,” a woman who has gone through the gateway of Changing Woman and stepped into her own sacred self. It is the time when a woman is finally free to explore the vision that has been living on the edge of her awareness, for change of life is but the rebirth into new responsibilities, new mirrors and new power in life.
Within each passage, there are plateaus to be recognized, times not only of ceremony but also of introspection and taking stock, guided by the love and wisdom of those who have gone before.
Although it is feared by modern woman as the beginning of the end, the gateway of Changing Woman is actually profoundly strengthening and filled with joy. It is a rite of passage for a woman that needs to be fully illuminated so that the actual event of menopause – when a woman’s monthly bleeding cycle stops and another cycle of life begins – becomes the start of a new and empowered way of viewing her life rather than the inevitable onset of aging and decline.
To the Sisterhood, many of them elders, hot flashes, the symptoms of shifting hormones, are actually the kindling of a fire within that prepares a woman for an incredibly powerful time of living. Their heat is the alchemy of transformation that clarifies the body and spirit of negative debris and prepares a woman for her new cycle of existence.
Hot flashes ought be welcomed instead of fought against. So when you are a woman going through the gateway of Changing Woman, experience your hot flashes. Dance with their heat, ride it like a fractious horse and know that there is something going on that is far more important than the physical rebalancing of hormones! Significantly, wise blood is the time for holding not only your blood, but also for holding, finally, your own power.
Lynn Andrews is the author of Woman At the Edge of Two Worlds: The Spiritual Journey Through Menopause. She is recognized worldwide as a shaman teacher and healer, New York Times and internationally best-selling author of the Medicine Woman series. Learn more at www.lynnandrews.com