I walked past this W.O.M.B. graffiti on my way into the office today. It was appropriately tagged on the open door of a sidewalk hatch leading down to the underbelly of a Brooklyn building.
We mention the word “WOMB” a lot , but I’ve been thinking more and more about how mysterious this term can feel to mainstream culture. Womb is just the place where babies grow before birth, right???
Well, to that I say… w r o n g. True, it IS that space, but it is not JUST that space.
Medically speaking, the womb is an interchangeable term for the uterus, which is the hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman’s lower abdomen between the bladder and the rectum. In women of childbearing age, the inner layer of the uterus (endometrium) goes through a series of monthly changes known as the menstrual cycle. It also goes through a series of specific changes throughout a woman’s entire lifecycle, marking the different phases of womanhood.
The womb links to the external environment via the vaginal canal… links to the spiritual world in its capacity to bring in new human life… links to the cosmos in its internal reflection of the 28 day lunar cycle.
As discussed here in this forum, we’re finding that this organ is not only concerned with reproduction, but also with the essence of femininity, with emotional expression, with creative freedom, with rooting into safe space to allow for more softness, more openness, more love.
Caring deeply for this space is integral to our ability to live fully as females in this life. We are listening inward, into our “gut”, but really, into our WOMB, our feminine core, in order to clearly channel our truth and give it volume.