EcoBirth-Women for Earth and Birth

Uniting the earth and birth movements for the well-being of our world

Monday, November 30, 2009

My final words on Making Healthy Babies, Raising Healthy Children: Living well in a toxic world

7 months of work by our 4 organizers, brought to fruition a day that was profound, provocative, riveting, exhilarating and empowering.This is what I planned to say at the end of the day, but I think I spoke from my heart with the same message but different words!

I heard Joan Chittester, a Benedictine nun, speak about 4 years ago, saying that our generation is done, we have created the world as it is and we do not even know the answers to the problems that we have created. Those answers will come from the next generation, who are our inheritors. And our job is to solely nurture and protect that next generation, so they have the capability to develop the answers to what we are leaving them.I thought that it was enough to be a good woman and raise good children and for the last 30 years, I was oblivious to what was happening to our Mother Earth and to us and our fellow beings. I am a 6th generation Californian, my great great grandfather gave Spanish names to many of these local towns; my great grandfather was the first native born Doctor in California and my grandfather was Chief of Staff of the hospital I was born in -St Mary’s in San Francisco; my mother, sister and I went to college here in Berkeley, we know our heritage here in this place, and so many family stories, which includes the killing of Native Americans, gain and loss of land and money, intense striving for material and social success in a raw land, and a privileged life in the world’s most beautiful city.But I want my legacy to be a caring and loving world for my children and grandchildren. This is why EcoBirth’s philosophy is so important to me- it represents a holistic view of all the systems that are immutable in our lives- the Mother Earth who feeds us, the mother who births us and the present generation who inherits our culture, land and woundedness. Deep Womb Ecology, as Diana calls it-the mother’s womb is the babies first environment. They are all interdependent and interconnected and show the care or lack of care with which we live our lives. How we birth our children is an indicator of how we treat our Mother Earth and our own daughters. I want my daughter and daughter in law to be intuitive, strong life-givers, of happy, intelligent, independent, healthy children. I owe them and all our young, to take the responsibility for what I have allowed to happen to their world and to work to heal it as much as possible before I hand it over to them.Thank you so much for participating in our dreams and our hopes today, we were just 4 mothers who wanted a better world, we collaborated over the last 7 months with consensus and respect and tenderness for each other. We are so glad that our dream was realized today and that you were a part of it. All our goodwill goes to you and to our beloved world.

Molly Arthur's Maternal Lines digital story from molly arthur on Vimeo.

We women can face the pain and grief we have for our suffering Mother Earth and reclaim our story of creation and redemption with the power and beauty intimately held in our body’s cells from our maternal lines since the beginning of the cosmos. Our existential and communal grief heals within the loving gathering of our feminine compassion, connecting us to the truth and strength of our Mother Earth and all our kin. We start with Molly’s Personal Environmental Story-to explore the birth stories and places and times of ourselves, our mothers and grandmothers.Using the stories of our own maternal lines, with sharing, active listening and intention, we call on our ancestors, our inner wisdom and the shared circle to witness our story with compassion. Using ritual, song, movement, and sharing of our truths, in community and powerful circle as well as spending time on the land - we can acknowledge the oppression in our lives, feeling it in our bodies, grieving it, transforming it and ourselves in a safe, loving space. Our healing path connects our sacred lineage from the womb of our Mother Earth to integrate our inner and outer lives and discover our place in the connected caring cosmos. We are a part of a continuum of sacredness, lifeforce, divine energy including our Ancestors back to the stuff of the stars. We can reclaim our cells, our lineage and our legacy to the future generations. Like in birth labor, we must yield to our bodies innate knowing, to progress, to open, to birth our love. With our active surrender to fierce compassion we can restore our connection to the natural world and our own inner wisdom. We can drop our obsessive addictions to control and return to our healing, caring, befriending tendencies- innate for us nurturers. And then we can repair, regenerate, and renew our culture for tenderness and kindness, naturally embodied by us. We will be able to guard and protect ours and all descendents - becoming their Beloved Ancestors- by asking - What is possible now to transform our world for Future Generations?

Molly Arthur of EcoBirth- My Personal Environmental Story November 2012 from molly arthur on Vimeo.

Why EcoBirth’s My Personal Environmental Story
EcoBirth’s My Personal Environmental Story will help women tell their life story by considering the two primary environments- place and birth- for themselves, their mothers and their maternal grandmothers. Through this process each participant will come to realize the hazards in their environmental genealogy and realize the healing in telling their own story. And they will be empowered to affect the changes that are necessary for our Mother Earth and our children and grandchildren to thrive.
Imagine looking back to your grandmother's and mother's birth time to figure out what environmental influences you might have inherited? And have passed onto your children and grandchildren? Would you wonder what was in the air, water and food in their lives- and look twice at what diseases, birth defects, addictions there are in your family?