Monthly Archives: April 2014

3 Ideas of how to care for each other in your Red Tent

Dr. Isadora offers a new video on how to care for each in your Red Tent. Click here to watch the video on YouTube or click the image below to watch it on our Blog.

 

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3 self-care rituals to try in your Red Tent

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Female Mystique: The 3 Phases of Eve©

By Leslie Carol Botha


Maiden, Mother, Wise Woman ~ which one are you?

You are all three every month!

 

Most women are not aware of the sacred tri-phasic or triptych cycle they pass through each month. In fact, the importance of Triptych symbolism is lost on most people – yet it can be seen in ancient pyramids and temple architecture worldwide. Triptych wisdom is still visible in ancient ruins and has actually been garnered and perpetuated by western ‘secret’ societies.

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Triptych symbolism was abundant in the ancient worlds and actually became the symbol of an advanced universal religion practiced globally in antiquity and shared by ancient cultures with the same spiritual beliefs. It was also thought that the tri-phasic practice descended from a root source instead of evolving independently.

This universal religion was banned over 2,000 years ago with the advent of the Catholic Church and the shift from matriarchal societies to the existing patriarchy.

Bone plaque from Abri Blanchard, Sergeac, France

Bone plaque from Abri Blanchard, Sergeac, France

Although much of the writing about the triptych symbolism is steeped in patriarchal thinking – the source of this ancient religion lies within the womb of woman’s wisdom. It was our ancient foremothers who first noted the intrinsic significance between their menstrual cycles and the lunar cycle. This ‘ancient’ universal religion was a shared knowledge of living with the triphasic aspect of the lunar cycle – and since women menstruated together and their menstrual time was synchronically aligned with the lunar cycle – women became the fount head of this ancient religion; they were revered as Goddesses no less. Judy Grahn, in her 1993 book, Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, developed her hypothesis with a modern construct, when she stated,…”the menstruant, having the most direct connection with the lunar cycle, would have been the first to know; she had motive, method, and opportunity to be the originator of the lunar notion.”

Many moons ago, I intuited a concept called Female Mystique: The Three Phases of Eve©. This was before I understood the concept of the triptych symbolism. I noted that just as the moon passes through its three phases monthly, women pass through the three phases of their lives –maiden, mother, wise woman – just as they pass through the three phases of the menstrual cycle.

When these three phases line up the mythological lunar, psychological woman physical, mental and emotional characteristics also become aligned.

Female Mystique: The Three Phases of Eve©

Female Mystique: The Three Phases of Eve©

If women understood their sacred triphasic nature, their lives would make so much more sense. More importantly, women – and especially our adolescent daughters would learn how to trust their changing emotions and their behaviors – instead of all of us feeling like we have to control or be controlled because we do not trust or understand ourselves or each other.

This ancient symbolism is the sacred essence of our womanhood – and of the global universal religion that unified all cultures many moons ago. Herstorians and researchers have noted that the earliest rituals honored the menstrual cycle; that the blood of the womb nurtured new life.

Now we understand the significance of the menstrual cycle in relation to ancient symbolism. It is time to reclaim, to trust and to embrace that with which women have been graced – the eternal dance of the universe encompassed in our eternal cycling bodies and souls.

 

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Written in Stone – Decoding the Secret Masonic Religion Hidden in Gothic Cathedrals and World Architecture, by Richard Cassaro

Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, by Leslie Carol Botha and H. Sandra Chevalier- Batik

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A new book!

Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle was written for women who want to understand the sometimes, confusing physical and psychological changes they experience each month. It is also suggested reading for men who deal with hormonal women daily; and for educators, healthcare and social welfare professionals who support women of all ages that are struggling with physical and behavioral issues caused by hormonal changes. It is the product of a nine-years of research, analysis, and writing.

Purchase the book for $24.93 on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Your-Mind-Hormone-Cycle/dp/0989010104/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374691726&sr=8-1&keywords=leslie+botha

Purchase the book for $24.93 on amazon

This richly illustrated, pioneering, book is co-authored by Leslie Carol Botha and H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik, with original graphics by Nicholas Batik. Medical researcher, H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik provides extensive clinical background to support the findings of this book. The conversational writing style makes it easy and compelling to read, while the richly footnoted text makes this a valuable resource for professional healthcare providers. The book explores on the very essence of a woman’s being — the fundamental nature of the female hormone cycle; and was written to fill the void of practical, menstrual health education that focuses on understanding the delicate mind/body connection — a connection that has the power to bring about health or disease in the body. Contrary to current medical thinking and pharmaceutical industry messaging that encourages women to deny, ignore, suppress and replace their natural hormone production with synthetic hormone birth control and hormone replacement therapy, Botha and Chevalier-Batik believe that the hormone cycle is the foundation of women’s health and well being. Modern medicine has promoted the concept of specialization, encouraging women to consult specialists to treat isolated aspects of our body and mind, rather than consider our body as an integrated system, and exploring the relationship of the hormone cycle with other cycling systems in our body. Creating health begins with a shift in this perspective to one that recognizes the whole body is greater than the sum of its parts; a shift that recognizes that health is our birthright and represents our natural state. Such a change in perception can change how we express vibrant health and inner peace. Using the tools and information provided in this book, women can learn to perceive symptoms as biometric feedback from our bodies about our diet, lifestyle and the state of our mental, emotional, and spiritual self. These symptoms are the “tell” for conditions such as: hormone imbalances, depression, mental confusion, exhaustion, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and reproductive disorders. The purpose of this book, is to help you tap into the magnificent intelligence of your body and interpret its profound language to finally understand your mind, mood, and hormone cycle. Using the tools and exercises provided you will learn to live with in your hormone cycle to prevent re-occurring gynecological problems and mental/emotional imbalances; Perhaps for the first time in your life, you will feel like you can reach your full potential by acknowledging your strength and who you truly are. It is our goal to open your eyes to the real you — a woman who can trust herself, has confidence in her actions, understands her feelings and knows how to create a fulfilling life by living with her hormone cycle With brilliant simplicity, the authors tie the menstrual cycle into the other natural cycles of the universe and to the Paleolithic wise women who tracked their cycles on antler bones. These wise women understood that menstruation was vital natural cycle that held power. These foremothers became the first mathematicians, agriculturists, and healers by applying their menstrual wisdom to their culture’s survival. It is imperative that we understand all of the cycles in our lives. Women must be pro-active in all aspects of their wellness. Education and the willingness to ask questions and demand answers is a start.

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Behind-the-Scenes Interview with the Red Tent Movie filmmaker

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Bringing the World into the Red Tent and the Red Tent into the World

Dr. Isadora doing a radio interview

by Jayleigh Lewis

March 2014 was a month of expansion for the Red Tent movie: Things We Don’t Talk About. Isadora, the filmmaker, attended three screenings during the middle two weeks of the month, from which she gathered inspiration to think bigger and more broadly about the unique role the movie can play in growing the Red Tent movement.

On March 9th, she visited Prescott, Arizona, for a screening held on the campus of Prescott College. Prescott is a small city in northern Arizona that nevertheless boasts a strong women’s community. The screening was organized by Rosalie, a student at the College who is in the midst of an independent study on menstrual customs and traditions. When she discovered the Red Tent movie, she invited Isadora to come to campus for a screening. Originally intended only for members of Rosalie’s class, the event expanded to include local community members as well.

The film screening and following Red Tent took place in a multipurpose auditorium with removable folding chairs, which quickly filled with about 30 women, a mixture of students and community members. Each woman, on her way in, had passed through a Red Tent entrance affixed to the exterior of the brick building, marking the portal to intentional space. The event, according to Isadora, was a lot of fun. The veil dancing ritual that originated in Escondido, California, was offered to this group as well, the largest group it had yet been offered to. Women in groups of 10 or 12 took turns dancing around the two women lying in the center, offering their energy playfully and joyfully along with the floating, waving fabric they held. When the event was over, women didn’t want to leave. Two new Red Tents were birthed to help hold and strengthen the expanding streams of energy: one that will be hosted by a woman who lives in nearby Sedona, and one that will continue meeting at the College, hosted by Rosalie.

Isadora’s next stop was Henderson, Nevada, on March 14th, for a screening held in a private home for members of Carpa Roja Templo Las Vegas, a Latina Red Tent group. Most of the members of this group speak only Spanish. This was Isadora’s first time attending a screening where the movie was shown with Spanish subtitles. Nelly, the group leader, who had been inspired to start this group after attending another Red Tent in Las Vegas, was the host. Most striking about this screening, which was attended by 10-15 women, were the connections that were made even across language barriers.

The movie was well-received. The idea of the Red Tent seemed to make perfect sense to the women present, even though in many ways they live in a culture different from that of the women they were watching on-screen.

It’s said that the Red Tent doesn’t discriminate: the only thing you need to enter is to be a woman. For Isadora, this was a powerful experience of the truth of that statement. For the first time, she saw personally the instrumentality of the film in carrying this truth to diverse communities. Things We Don’t Talk About makes concrete the accessible and universal qualities of the Red Tent.

A Q& A session followed the screening, during which Nelly served as translator for Isadora. A 12-year-old girl who spoke only Spanish was present. Isadora gifted her a hair flower from the for-sale table and, despite the girl’s shyness, took the time to honor her in front of the group, for her presence as a young person carrying the future of the community. What might this girl grow up to do or to be, having known from an early age the power of women’s community?

Dr. Isadora with Radio host Monica for “Mujeres Conscientes”

Questions like these are part of the life’s work of Monica, another woman who was present at the gathering. She is the host of a Spanish-language radio show, Mujeres Conscientes (“Conscious Women”), which focuses on women’s empowerment. She works in the local community to empower young Latinas and Latinos, as a way of beginning to heal long-standing societal wounds. Inspired by the film, and wanting to use it in her work, she invited Isadora to speak on her radio show a few days after the screening. Isadora, her words translated into Spanish by Monica’s daughter, Andrea, spoke on-air about the Red Tent movement. The message perhaps reached many who had never heard it before, carrying the welcome of being delivered in their native language.

On March 15th, Isadora attended the Aspire: Women of Courage conference, a small, daylong event held in a hotel just off the Las Vegas Strip. She hosted a small film screening at the end of the day. However, most notable for her were the words of keynote speaker Debbie Allen, who spoke about women’s business and marketing. She encouraged Isadora to “go big” with her work, to think more broadly about how to effectively reach women with the message of the Red Tent. Upon returning home from Las Vegas, Isadora put in about 100 hours of work over five to six days, in preparation for the upcoming unveiling of some exciting new projects. (Check out the map of Red Tents worldwide—it’s been updated!)

Coming soon: Red Tent TV! This new project will feature short videos, less than a minute long each, containing never-before-seen footage from the filming of Things We Don’t Talk About. Why should the 399 hours of film that didn’t make it into the finished movie go to waste? This weekly outreach will keep Red Tent consciousness fresh in the minds and hearts of women (and men), perhaps to inspire new Red Tents to be born in communities all over the world.

The movement continues to expand, gathering energy with each word spoken, each Red Tent begun, each woman heard. More than large enough to embrace all our diversity, may it be a place where world becomes home and home becomes world.

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