Justice Bartlett : Woman Feed Yourself

Woman, Feed Yourself.

I came across a woman’s post about fasting last night.

She was talking about how ‘the body gets cluttered up when we get overwhelmed and the antenna needs clearing.’ She was planning on doing a fast and cited a couple of traditions (masculine-oriented) as points of reference.

She then invited other people to share in the comments what benefits they have gotten from fasting.

As I read through the comments from other women all of them praising ‘being emptied, clear receivers of truth’ one thought struck me: “They all feel so disembodied.”

I was a little hesitant to leave my reply amongst all the other’s that were glorifying the clarity and purification of fasting, but what the fuck. I did so anyway and this is what I said:

“I don’t fast.

My body still bleeds so it purges regularly about 4 days a month. This is a natural cleansing process for women, especially when engaged with consciously. Rigorous rituals, like fasting and vision quest, were designed for men because they don’t have an obvious initiation (into adulthood) like women do, nor do they have a monthly purgatory cycle. So though I intermittently fast most days, as that is the process that best serves my digestion and metabolism—I will never fast for spiritual purposes.”

I felt a little cringe as I hit enter and went on my way, but the woman (the original poster) replied under my own comment:

“I’m glad you said this. I actually feel like it kind of messed me up a little and I didn’t get my questions answered.”

I responded with: “Im glad it’s beneficial! Red Tent is our way!”

Women’s bodies are not designed for deprivation.

We—women—are designed to host and feed life.

Rituals (such as fasting), that are perfectly compatible with (some) male bodies, do not open us up to spirit in the same way. We are already open. We are living portals for life. Our blood is our ritual and when our menstrual cycle has finished, we become containers for an even deeper wisdom—that of the Crone.

Fasting, especially this time of year as we wind towards darker days, is counter-intuitive and counter-instinctive. Everything in us—instinctively—is saying: Slow down. Rest. Prepare for the lean months, conserve energy.

Now is the time for us to gather in our Harvest. Take count of what we have accomplished this year and gently release what is ready to be shed.

Now is the time for making pies, sipping steaming mugs of tea, and snuggling under nubby blankets. For putting onions, garlic, and potatoes in the ground. For brining the seeds from the summer flower’s blooms.

The Ancient Grandmothers beckon to our bodies over steaming cauldrons of soups and stew. And granny only ever has one thing to say to us.


~Justice Bartlett

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Author: GreatCosmicMothersUnited

I have joined with many parents affected with the surreal , yet accepted issue of child abuse via Pathogenic Parenting / Domestic abuse. As a survivor of Domestic Abuse, denial abounded that 3 sons were not affected. In my desire to be family to those who have found me lacking . As a survivor of psychiatric abuse, therapist who abused also and toxic prescribed medications took me to hell on earth with few moments of heaven. I will share my life, my experiences and my studies and research.. I will talk to small circles and I will council ; as targeted parents , grandparents , aunts , uncles etc. , are denied contact with a child for reasons that serve the abuser ...further abusing the child. I grasp the trauma and I have looked at the lost connection to a higher power.. I grasp when one is accustomed to privilege, equality can feel like discrimination.. Shame and affluence silences a lot of facts , truths that have been labeled "negative". It is about liberation of the soul from projections of a alienator , and abuser ..

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