SO, THERE’S A CODE.
A LADY CODE.
IT’S ANCIENT, IT’S DEEPLY SPIRITUAL AND MORE THAN THAT, IT’S POWERFUL.
SO POWERFUL THAT IT’S BARELY BEEN SPOKEN ABOUT IN THE PAST 2,000 YEARS.
Yep, your menstrual cycle is a 4 part lady code, that once cracked, will uncover a series of superpowers that combine to create your you-nique-to-you SHE Power and allow you to go with your flow. (See, what I did there?)
Forget looking through the pages of self-help books for the answers to the questions you seek, you have your own awesome optimisation map available on a daily basis in the form of your menstrual cycle.
Each month, and when I talk about month, I’m talking about the menstrual month – the time between each bleed – this can become a map for charting optimal times to go on a date, write copy for your website, have an awkward conversation with your partner, have great sex, ask for a raise. Fo’ real.
FYI: Your menstrual cycle isn’t just the days that you bleed, it’s the entire menstrual month, and it makes total sense that you get to know it and then use it to optimise your awesome.
The cycles of the moon + the seasons o’ mumma nature can all be mapped in the same way as your menstrual cycle, when you see your menstrual cycle as a SHE power activator, it need no longer be a ‘curse’, or something you have to endure, you become a cyclic sister who has monthly super powers* that can create a bloody amazing life. (*Wearing a lycra costume, cracking a lasso + calling yourself Wonder Woman is totally optional.)
CYCLE PHASES 101
This phase of your cycle is spring. You’ve just bled, and now there’s potential to start a fresh.
We are so lucky that each month we get the opportunity to start over. After the heaviness of our bleed, there’s a freshness to this time of the month, it feels positive, we’re able to start planning with clearness and clarity.
In the goddess archetype, spring is the maiden, fresh, new, young full of hope and possibility and this is represented by the waxing moon phase in the cycle of the moon.
This is summer, it’s super bright + shiny and you’re Queen o’ freaking everything.
You take things less personally, you’re able to get shit done with ease, you’ll want to socialize + be seen. This is a great time to arrange a job interview or to do a presentation at work. You’ll also be feeling super-frisky, so while this is a great time to have sex, if you’re not wanting babies, use protection. This is the Great Mumma energy, you feel abundant and creative, if your womb isn’t making a baby, it’s a great time to manifest + bring your dreams + desires into being because you’re a magnet for luck + good fortune in this part of your cycle. This is represented by the full moon.
This phase is autumn + well, it gets a bad wrap.
If you’ve experienced PMT, this is the time o’ the month it’ll show itself.
It’s when we realise that we’re not ACTUALLY Queen o’ the Universe, at least not ALL the time.
Just like in nature’s autumn, the light of the summer is dimming and we’re called to spend more time inside. You may find yourself wanting to clean the house, or getting more mad than usual at a partner for leaving their dirty clothes on the landing – yes hot Viking husband, I’m talking to you.
Autumn is the goddess archetype of the wise + wild woman – it’s a time when we can really tap into our intuitive powers. It’s also when we have less of a filter, so our truth may come out in ways that others may not appreciate. It’s a great time to edit blog posts, do your accounts + clear out your wardrobe - this is the only time of the month my house gets clean because you become the editrix – getting rid of everything that needs to go.
This is the winter of your cycle, it’s the dark moon. A time to retreat inwards, to honour this sacred time of bleeding. Yep, I know this is really hard to do if your experience of your period has not been a good one so far, but acknowledging our bleed, if only for an hour, will give you such incredible insight into yourself. How we look after ourselves and be with ourselves during this time can really set the story for the rest of your cycle. Operating and functioning in the outside world at this time can become much more difficult, because you’re not meant to, so slow down, say no to that party invite + tend to your needs. This is a great time for cosmic downloads, to meditate and to dream big dreams so you can plant the seeds when you’re next in your spring phase.
We have our very own amazing inner teacher, guide, initiator and spiritual practice right here in our belly, in our womb – it’s like a filofax – do they still exist? – of wisdom, creativity and insight, an oracle o’ awesome.
Yet we barely pay it any attention.
But, if we did, we’d start to discover the best days to schedule a big meeting, to launch a business, to start a book, we’d understand why we argue with our partner on day 21 of our cycle EVERY month, we’d be able to pinpoint why we feel a crazy need to fill a box + take it to the charity shop on day 25.
Your cycle is your very own YOU-nique-to-you treasure map.
Hint: YOU are the treasure.
When you know this shiz, life is better. You’re more creative, you’re more successful. No self-help book has EVER taught me that.
To find out more about your monthly superpowers, read Code Red: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Monthly Super Powers + create a bloody amazing life. Period.
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About this #HigherSelfie contributor: Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister is a writer, menstrual, fertility + reproductive health practitioner and founder of the SHE Flow system; a personal invite to celebrate the fiercely feminine, sensual pleasure of being a woman through movement, massage, mysteries + magic. Lisa is dedicated to helping women crack their lady code + love their lady landscape.