Whenever I have something going on with my womanly parts, there are two books I always turn to.
The first is You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay.
The second is Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, by Dr. Christiane Northrup.
Like trustworthy, wise mentors, both of these classics sit on my bookcase, at-the-ready to help me better understand the psycho-spiritual lessons behind my body’s symptoms.
Last summer was no different.
During the Dark Night of the Soul that followed my pregnancy loss last year, my mind struggled to make sense of it all. I had so many different threads to untangle. Each took me in a different direction, always seeming to stop at a dead-end.
I’d never heard abortion discussed outside the heated, political and religious debates of pro-choice versus pro-life. As a result, the existing intellectual understanding I had about the whole topic was, I realized, very rudimentary.
Abortion is so nuanced (each woman’s situation is unique and specific to her life circumstances), so complicated (it’s embedded within the deep, historical and societal effects of Patriarchy), and so taboo (most of us are afraid to even make a peep about it).
As a society, this leaves us with a very immature understanding of abortion.
I found little solace in the few books I managed to find about abortion (save one that I just came upon last month, which I’ll share more about in a couple of weeks).
I needed a broader, more sophisticated lens through which I could see how to work with the different layers of my experience– body, mind, heart, and soul– in the context of a patriarchal society that we’ve been embedded in for thousands of years. (This last piece, I have found, is BIG when it comes to understanding abortion.)
Laying grief-stricken in bed one day, a thought arose in my mind: “Dr. Northrup must have written about abortion in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.”
I leapt out of bed and into my office, where I grabbed the book off the shelf, and looked up “abortion” in the index. For the next half hour, I devoured the several pages she had devoted to the topic, feeling a deep hunger being fed.
For the first time since my abortion, I started to feel how my abortion–just like my cervical dysplasia, ovarian cysts, and irregular period in my 20s– connected me back to the nourishing web of ancient, feminine wisdom.
From there, new pathways started to form in my brain through which I could begin to have a more sophisticated conversation within myself around healing after abortion.
I’m honored that Dr. Christiane Northrup agreed, graciously and enthusiastically, to further share with us today her wisdom on this taboo topic.
No stranger to standing at the frontlines in advocacy of women’s health and wholeness, Dr. Northrup is a pioneer in this field, New York Times bestselling author, and board certified OB/GYN. She’s also one of my personal sheroes whose shoulders I stand upon to be the woman I am and do the work I’m doing today.
Together, let’s warmly welcome Dr. Christiane Northrup!
# I HAD AN ABORTION: EPISODE 3
CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP ON ENERGY VAMPIRES, ABORTION & OWNING OUR EROTIC ENERGY
Listen in to learn:
- Dr. Northrup’s experiences of performing abortions, and why she stopped
- How the Patriarchy has co-opted women’s fertility and erotic energy
- Ways to re-own feminine, erotic energy by running your pelvic bowl like a business
- Why codependency is really how every woman learns to behave early on– and how abortion challenges this
- About her new book, which explores the dance between “energy vampires” and empaths
- How women’s silence around abortion is perpetuating its stigma, and how we can shift this now
- What her current, growing edge is
- Her vision of where we’re going next as women
This episode is a keeper! I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.
Here’s where to find Dr. Northrup’s new book (which I highly recommend): Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empire’s Guide to Avoiding Relationships that Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power.
And if you still have unfinished business around a past abortion and are ready to get complete with it, I invite you to join me in Redemption Circle.
This 40-day online course is what I wish I had had access to last summer. It empowers you with the tools and perspectives you need to heal after your abortion– physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Whether you had your abortion 3 weeks or 30 years ago, it’s never too late to make peace with your past. The brightness of the future (yours and ours) depends on it!
Here’s where to learn more about Redemption Circle. We begin on September 17, and an early registration discount is available until August 31.
And, sisters! Please share this with the women in your world using the tabs at the bottom of this post.
Our separation and silence around abortion has played a big part in why this wound remains so unhealed. Together, let’s change this! Seriously, think about it: Who else will?!
This is WOMEN’S WORK. It’s time to take all the tools we’ve cultivated for ourselves and turn them outwards for greater social change. Ready or not, the health of the world now depends upon women using our power and voices.
About Dr. Christiane Northrup:
Christiane Northrup, M.D., visionary pioneer in women’s health, is a board-certified ob/gyn, former assistant clinical professor of ob/gyn at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and three-time New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause and Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-being. In 2013, Reader’s Digest named Dr. Northrup one of the “100 Most Trusted People in America.” And in 2016, she was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group of leaders who are using their voices and talent to awaken humanity.
Internationally known for her empowering approach, Dr. Northrup embraces medicine that acknowledges the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit, and teaches women to create health by tuning into their inner wisdom. After decades spent transforming women’s understanding of their sacred bodies and processes, Dr. Northrup now teaches women to thrive at every stage of life. In her latest book Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life, Dr. Northrup reveals her long-hidden secrets to mind/body/spirit well-being.
As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, speaker, and, according to Miriam Ava Ph.D., a “rebel, rockstar and authority on what can go right with the female body,” Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance.
When she’s not traveling, Dr. Northrup loves dancing Argentine tango, going to the movies, getting together with friends and family, boating, and reading.