The Ancients lived by a feminine cosmology of creation, where everything was birthed and dissolved through a sacred universal Womb. Within each of us, whether female or male, lies a holographic blueprint of this Womb of Creation, connecting us to the Web of Life. By awakening your spiritual Womb, the holy of holies within the temple of your body, you can reconnect to the transformative energy of Womb Consciousness and reclaim your sacred powers of creation and love.
Revealing how we must reconnect with the Divine Feminine to rebirth the Divine Masculine and restore balance to our world, they show how, as we reawaken the powerful ancient path of the Womb Mysteries, we help return our world to harmony with the wild, untamed creative flows and cyclical rhythms of the cosmos.
OUR BODY is a spiral energy vortex, into which we can magnetically draw the rich resources of the Cosmic Web, the Galactic Womb, the Earth Womb, and our own inner womb. After we absorb the spiral flows of their wisdom into our being, we can then reflect them back out to life as a pulsing, energetic breath of infinity.
Prior to the creation of the Vedic chakra system, which most people today are familiar with, there existed an ancient Womb Religion chakra system based on the two principles of the Spiral and Sacred Duality, or Sacred Marriage.
Rather than understanding the energy spirals within the body as a linear progression from base to top and back down again, the ancient Twin Spiral chakra system held the feminine wisdom of the spiral path--a dynamic, non-hierarchical, relational energy vortex within the body that functioned as a cosmic portal of union.
The Twin Spiral chakra system is based on the sacred marriage of the relational twins within the body: upper half-lower half, masculine-feminine, right-left. The Twin Spiral system recognizes the perennial wisdom of “as above, so below.” What we see in the top half of the body is mirrored or reflected in the processes that happen below. What happens on the left is mirrored by the right, and what happens in the feminine realms is reflected by the parallel movements of the masculine realms. When the sacred dualities come together and work in harmony, an incredible and magical third results--a divine, cosmic child, whose birth is only made possible through their union.
Heart-Womb Sacred Marriage The foundation of the Twin Spiral chakra system is the relationship of the heart and womb energy centers. They are linked together in Sacred Marriage, creating a gateway into infinity within the body--our twin stargate chakra. The Hopi tradition also speaks of the womb chakra, resting under the navel, as the most important energy center in the body. They describe it as the “Throne of the Creator,” which directs all our internal energies, both physical and energetic, and it is paired with a corresponding masculine “Doorway to the Creator” above.
Both men and women have a powerful “womb” chakra--our center of movement, the foundation of our being, and the essence of our primal creativity. It is known by different names across the world, such as the hara in Japan (literally, belly, abdomen, or womb), or the “lower dan tien” in the Taoist traditions of China. This powerful chakra is equally important in all humans, whether there exists a physical womb or not. Women who have had a hysterectomy, likewise, still have access to the full magical gifts of their energetic womb center.
When the Throne Room of the womb is united with the heart, the frequency of embodied love is birthed--a powerful love that can create new life upon the earth. The union of the heart and womb, perfectly balanced and centered in both love and power, allows for harmonic resonance with the universal forces. In this union cosmic Shakti rushes in and blooms open the flower of the body.
But, if we were able to perceive the subtle energy bodies of most people today (both men and women), we would see an overdeveloped upper half and right side, and a withered lower half, especially on the left side. Our modern energy configurations reveal a species out of balance, ungrounded, and ready to topple over.
Merging Your Inner Masculine/Feminine Twin
1. Sit in a cross-legged position or lie down. Bring your awareness down inside your body, as if you are sinking into the deep darkness of inner space. Feel the black, velvet energy pulsing inside.
2. Bring your attention to your right-hand side. Scan down energetically through the right side of your head, neck, shoulder, chest, ribs, hip, right ovary or testicle, right leg, knee, calf, finishing in your right foot. Observe and feel any physical or emotional sensations that come up--numbness, tenseness, tightness, pain, agitation, openness, joyfulness, tearfulness.
3. Now move your attention to your left side. Starting with your left foot, scan your attention upward through your left calf, knee, thigh, hip, ovary or testicle, ribs, chest, shoulder, neck, finishing with the left side of your head. Observe and feel any sensations--numbness, tightness, heat, discomfort, grief, pain, anger, fear, constriction, pleasure, or tingling.
4. Can you feel a noticeable difference in the type of energy on either side?
5. Open a dialogue between the two sides. Ask what the relationship is. Ask where the separation has occurred. Ask what can be done to restore flow, communication, harmony, and union. For example, if the masculine side feels overwhelmed and exhausted, it can result in a feminine side that is painful, contracted, or suffering from physical neurosis. The healing for the left side would then include more rest and attention for the right side.
Both men and women come into this world through a mother’s womb that is, to varying degrees, contracted, unhealed, and afraid. Thus our first and primary relationship with the feminine space is fractured--we do not trust life to hold us safe. We do not have the deep feeling that Earth is where we belong and where we can blossom.
Throughout childhood we experience different emotional wounds in relationship with our mother and father. These wounds are mirrored back to us in adulthood through our relationships with lovers, friends, colleagues, and community.
When we work with the body consciously, and connect to our Womb knowing, we can begin a much more graceful healing process. We are moving with the flow of life rather than fighting against it and churning up chaos in our life.
Azra Bertrand, M.D., graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine and has been a pioneering doctor, alchemical scientist, and spiritual guide for 15 years. Through the international Grail Mystery School, the Fountain of Life, he and his wife, author Seren Bertrand, facilitate international retreats and online apprenticeships on Womb Awakening and Sacred Union. They live in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.
Seren Bertrand is a Womb intuitive and energetic midwife, who has been immersed for more than a decade in Womb Awakening practices. Through the international Grail Mystery School, the Fountain of Life, she and her husband, author Azra Bertrand, M.D., facilitate international retreats and online apprenticeships on Womb Awakening and Sacred Union. They live in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.
“Womb Awakening gave me total body chills the moment I turned the first page. Here is a masterwork of beauty, power, and mystical truth--long buried but now rising as both women and planet Earth heal and assume their full potential and grandeur.”
– Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Godesses Never Age
“Womb Awakening is a magnificent achievement that gives new life to the vision of tantra, with women as spiritual power-holders and initiators who celebrated the womb as a treasury of knowledge and source of bliss, compassion, and liberating wisdom. With radiant prose, the book ushers us to the original altar and holy temple within us all, guiding us into the womb realm of magic, transforming power, and healing grace of sacred union with ourselves, our partners, and the earth.”
– Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., author of Passionate Enlightenment
“A brilliant and heartfelt book, I believe this work has the potential to forever change our ideas about the womb. I was enthralled from the very first pages. A beautiful and timely body of womb wisdom that will be shared for generations to come.”
– Rosita Arvigo, D.N., Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer
“An extraordinary book that is both a revelation and a priceless shamanic guide to the Divine Wisdom of the Feminine--obliterated and obfuscated by patriarchal religion for five millennia--a wondrous, generous, astonishing, deeply researched, and utterly extraordinary gift to women and men who are searching for the true meaning of the Holy Grail and the deeper purpose of their lives on this planet.”
– Anne Baring, author of The Dream of the Cosmos
“Womb Awakening is a comprehensive and unrivaled guide to the hidden wisdom of the womb. More than just a book, it is an initiation into the sacred feminine mysteries, opening a portal to the possibility of embodying ancient insight. Allow yourself to be transformed by the deep feminine wisdom contained in this powerful book.”
– Lucy H. Pearce, author of Moon Time, Burning Woman, and Full Circle Health
“Azra Bertrand, M.D., and Seren Bertrand have captured the spirit of this deeply important journey we must all go on at some stage of our lives. Together they compel, inspire, guide, and encourage both men and women into Womb Awakening. I highly recommend this book for everyone!”
– Anaiya Sophia, author of Sacred Sexual Union
“The Bertrands have gathered a compendium of historical information to illustrate how we have lost our connection to nature. By relying upon ancient and reverent womb wisdom, we can move away from the current human crisis of separation that has been imposed upon us through a polarization of masculine consciousness. This book points the way to recover our wholeness through inviting the feminine consciousness of unconditional love into our lives as a necessary guiding force.”
– Pia Orleane, Ph.D., author of Sacred Retreat
“Womb Awakening is both a mystery school and a portal. It is a reclamation and celebration of the womb as adytum within the temple of a woman’s body. Through story, mythology, history, poetry, ritual, and lush imagery, the authors deftly induct the reader into the heart of the feminine mystery. A stirring and heartfelt offering whose pages shimmer with wisdom and magic.”
– Shonagh Home, author of Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine
“This book is to be read in exactly the same way you should eat dark chocolate: slowly, intentionally, and with complete devotion. Its pages are encoded with the wisdom of the ancients--the womb bodhisattvas and menstrual mystics--it’s a full-bodied remembrance of who we really are, which is so ‘bloody’ necessary when navigating these interesting times we’re currently living in.”
– Lisa Lister, author of Love Your Lady Landscape and Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic.
“Azra and Seren Bertrand have woven together a convincing theory of ancient myths and practices to help us understand that womb wisdom has been honored and preserved throughout the millennia of time. The nonlinear presentation accentuates the necessity of a return to living by nature’s rhythms. Their work should become a model for understanding the wisdom and the depth of the Divine Feminine.”
– Cullen Baird Smith, coauthor of Remembering Who We Are and Conversations with Laarkmaa
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