When we begin to understand that the beginning of new life begins well before conception in the dreaming and imaginal realms when a couple begin to muse about becoming parents, everything changes!
We have no idea just how much creative power we are imbued with, indeed who and what we are is so much greater than the sum of all parts, wider and deeper than the greatest ocean, the source of intelligence itself. What a miracle that we are! Think about it for a second, what is it that breathes, sees, hears, and feels? What is it that grows a whole new human being, a rose, a tree, that moves the ocean waters?
We are part of an intricate, complex web of pulsating life, not separate but part of the whole. So, conception itself really begins with the first stirrings of the heart and the sense of beckoning, of desire, of longing that begins to move like invisible tendrils reaching outward and simultaneously inwards toward the unseen world of infinite possibilities. A primal beckoning for the soul of our heart to make a home in the dark womb of becoming and of flowering as consciousness in human form.
Re-framing our understanding of our babies as pure wide open wise and intelligent souls really changes how we come into relationship with our bodies, with each other, and with the soul that is conceived. When we know that we are in the presence of wisdom, of beauty and that we are walking the Holy terrain of creation itself, our priorities begin to shift and we may start to realize that the development of the tender human heart, it's sensitivity, it's power and its flowering are solely reliant on love, beauty, kindness, understanding and grace. Adversity and challenge become the ground where we learn resilience, where we teach resilience and develop our capacity for to accept and adapt to our life circumstances with grace and openness; isn't this what we are all here for?
The convergence of science, psychology and spirituality all agree that the health of our Nations, is dependent on how a society treats its' mothers. We absolutely need to understand that as a woman / pregnant person / couple conceive - life has already begun.
I have attached this wonderful document for you to download and read - The Ten Golden Rules for Future Parents. This document has been implemented in parts of the world like Greece and is given to all couples before they embark on the journey of becoming parents.
It's rules are simple yet profound and are backed by hundreds of years of traditional wisdom from the fore-mothers and fathers that knew something about the prevention of violent societies - that the seeds planted in the womb will sprout peace or violence - but sprout they will. You can download the full version of the document in my resources section on my site.
Here are the Ten Golden Rules:
Rule 1 ~ Conception is the Beginning
"In every art, the beginning is extremely important for the whole, when constructing buildings,foundations are most important, in the naval field, the importance is in the hull… Thus, in society, the way couples unite and the beginning of life are very important for their prosperity." Ocelle of Lefkada, disciple of Pythagoras
Rule 2 ~ Nine months to engender a new world!
“Respect towards nature and human beings cannot exist without respect towards the child in the womb. Womb ecology reveals itself in world ecology.” Dr. Thomas Verny
Rule 3 ~ Rest, live and eat well!
“It is not enough that families have lots of descendants… the most important is to give birth to beautiful human beings. Thanks to that, cities will live in peace and homes will be wisely governed.” Ocelle of Lefkade, disciple of Pythagoras
Rule 4 ~ Breathing deeply
“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” Sanskrit proverb
Rule 5 ~ Beauty at the heart of your life
“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.” Plato
Rule 6 ~ The colors of light and their power
“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me drink the rainbow.” Kahlil Gibran
Rule 7 ~ Listen to music and sing, play an instrument!
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to
Rule 8 ~ Imagine your child as a seeder of peace
“There is no way to peace; peace is the way.” Gandhi
Rule 9 ~ Love her, love him! And your child will be capable of self-love, love for others and for Life!
“The world we will leave to our children depends on the children we bring to this world.”
Rule 10 ~ Birth: a meeting of souls & Breastfeeding: a great mystery
“The baby should start breastfeeding within half hour following birth. It’s when they instinctively know what to do. If they start later, they will have to learn.” Dr. Michel Odent