Birth Mandala: The Power Of Visioning For Childbirth

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Author House, May 10, 2011 - Education - 88 pages
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The Birth Mandalas book includes mandala art, a guided visualization and thought provoking exercises for an empowering childbirth experience. A birth mandala is sacred art for childbirth. The mandala appears from a dark background, like the baby emerging from the darkness of the womb into the light. Enjoy creative processes that access the subconscious. The way childbirth is perceived influences labor and birth. Subconscious beliefs, formed from what you’ve seen, heard or experienced, can either sabotage or affirm your conscious intentions. Learn how to effortlessly re-write limiting beliefs with ones that assist you during childbirth. Your birth mandala embodies your new beliefs and vision for labor and birth with symbols, images, designs and words. You will find women’s mandalas, journals and their after-birth reflections. From Shannon’s healing of past sexual abuse, Amy’s strength and courage, to Stacy’s power of intention, the themes and revelations are as unique as their mandalas. Creating a birth mandala is an invaluable gift you give yourself for childbirth. “It is the gift that keeps on giving,” exclaims Stacy, a workshop participant.
 

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Contents

What Is A Mandala?
3
Cultural Mandalas
7
What Is A Birth Mandala?
13
Mirror Neurons
17
10 Centimeters and Sacred Geometry
18
Applying the Power of the Subconscious
21
Ill Believe It When I See It Ill See It When I Believe It
23
Reclaiming Feminine Power
28
Getting Ready
45
Making Your Mandala
53
Part Six
61
Birth Mandala Workshops
63
Acknowledgements
65
Notes
66
Illustrations
68
Resources
70

Your Birth Mandala Is The Canvas
34
Birth Mandalas And Womens Reflections
35
About the Author
73
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Nancy began her career working with pregnant women teaching prenatal yoga and using hypnotherapy to support women in natural childbirth. Her interest and work with childbirth spiraled from there to study midwifery and to become a doula. She has been a presenter at two of the annual C.A.M. (California Association of Midwives) conferences in Northern California. In 1987 she embarked on her path as a marriage and family therapist. Over the past two decades Nancy has counseled pregnant and postpartum women and couples in her private practice as a licensed psychotherapist. She includes the use of Hypnosis, E.M.D.R. and PSYCH-KŪ to address the subconscious. Nancy was introduced to the sacred art of mandalas during several pilgrimages to a Huichol Indian village in the Sierra Madres of Mexico and many years of participating in yoga ceremonies that included the use of yantras (mandalas). Nancy says that the greatest influence on her path has been the birth of her three children and being at the birth of her grandchildren. Nancy resides in Northern California with her husband and family.

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