Womb Awakening by Azra Bertrand & Seren Bertrand- REVIEW

An exploration of the divine feminine, an intricate look at the hidden feminine/womb symbology throughout cultures, times, and places, and the explanation of the womb as a spiritual gateway- this book was groundbreaking on a number of levels. As someone who has recently become very interested in the divine feminine, I have been on the hunt for a book like Womb Awakening for quite some time. This book will shock you, awaken you, and inspire you to open yourself up to feminine consciousness. Feminine consciousness is described in the book as a metaphor for cosmic creation. When we begin to honour the feminine and all that is encompasses such as mothering, nurturing, creativity, intimacy, and intuition, we can not only heal ourselves- but we have the opportunity to the heal humanity because the feminine boils down to LOVE. Since we all came from the Great Mother of the universe, we are all starseeds encoded with the feminine- we each have the power to create and to destroy.

The book went in a few different directions and proposed that the ills of the world can be attributed to the disconnection to the feminine- a soul loss. It’s not about being a woman or a man- feminine goes beyond that as we each have both within us. This book explores why there is a need to embrace the feminine cosmology again after thousands of years of patriarchy.

Rather than chapters, this book contains Spirals- which are sections of the book that explore the mysteries of the feminine deeper than what a chapter could. The spirals themselves will be explained later in the book as the original chakra system- a feminine spiral path that energy flows mirroring a cosmic portal. This supports one of the main tenets of womb consciousness which is that flow with life is the feminine mystery. There is a deep discussion of the Womb of God which explains womb consciousness. I would have preferred if that was at the beginning of the book prior to the long discussion of womb symbology. Throughout the book Womb Oracles were a creative way to eloquently express and digest the chapter it followed, and were channeled by the authors who journeyed deep into the feminine. This gave a great visual. A plethora of tips on how to connect to womb consciousness such as breathing techniques and posture poses were extremely helpful and reader friendly.

This book went places other books on the divine feminine did not. There were discussions on the cerebellum, the spiritual meanings of conception, gestation, and how the four elements are connected to birth, which was ingenious. The lunar consciousness discussion was unique, and I would have loved more information on that because there aren’t any books that have explored that from the angle of Womb Consciousness. The trickster archetype to explain the loss of the feminine was original along with the sacred feminine medicine wheel.

If I could sum up what Womb Consciousness is, this is what I would say:

-Womb is a place of sacred union- where we lose the “I’ and become one with source

-Womb as a stargate, a resevoir of cosmic knowledge

-Alchemical abilities of the womb- becoming a sacred form of chemistry

-Womb is an archive of trauma and deep emotions

I have never read a book that had so much passion and love poured into its pages. You can really tell the authors have been affected greatly by womb consciousness and have evolved and opened up to the feminine. This is an encyclopedic source while at the same time a love letter and sensory exploration of the feminine that is compelling and inspiring. Womb Awakening is and will be a sacred encyclopedia for generations to come! The book itself is a womb that the reader will journey into, and every page will become a source of light.

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle- REVIEW

The Goblins of Bellwater was one of the most unique stories I have ever read. I applaud the author for choosing to write a book about a supernatural creature that does not get featured in literature very much. The storyline was captivating and kept me hooked from the beginning until the end. Its dark magic crept into each of the characters lives, making this an eerie tale of forest fae, temptations, and sacrifice. There was a certain realism to the story and characters that makes me wonder if there aren’t goblins hiding in every forest around the world? I loved how the it took place in Washington state which is a lovely break from the traditional supernatural locations of London and New York. There was enough romance to satisfy supernatural romance lovers and enough of a background story of who the goblins were that mythology readers would appreciate. Incorporating other mystical creatures aside from the Goblins was a lovely added touch- along with the nod to environmental protectionism. There are times when the story becomes a little vulgar which is needed in order to demonstrate the effects of the Goblin magic, but it seemed a little predictable and I would have liked to have seen a darker effect on the humans as opposed to eroticism. Overall this book was original, uncomfortable, and addictive. I know that fans of the supernatural and fantasy genres will adore it and it will perhaps start a goblin trend in other books to come. I do hope there is a sequel and for some reason I can’t help but think that Bellwater is not quite done with the Goblins.

The Spiritual Lessons of ‘Collateral Beauty’

I recently watched the film ‘Collateral Beauty’ and was moved by its deep pondering of life’s 3 main facets- Love, Time, & Death. The story follows Howard, who after losing his 6 year old daughter, suffers a mental breakdown and writes letters to Love, Time, & Death. The story then invites the audience on a journey to discover that beauty is everywhere and the emotions we feel are the vehicles to wake us up to the miraculous beauty that is with us at all times- the times of darkness, grief, and tragedy. Life is fragile, and deserves to be handled with care. There is no time, love, or death, just infinite moments of presence.

Howard is in charge of a company and 3 of his closest co-workers can’t seem to get him out of his funk. One of his co-workers played Edward Norton devises a plan to hire 3 thespians (actors) to portray Love, Time & Death. They all agree and confront Howard individually. Love tells him that she is there even in his pain. Time tells him that he is an abundant gift. Death tells him “nothing is ever really dead if you look at it.”  The story continues to unravel asking some deep metaphysical questions, but I won’t spoil it for those who have not seen it yet.

After watching the film, I couldn’t help but wonder what Love, Time & Death have to say to me? Would they be angry at me? Would they be pleased? Would they challenge me or smile at me?

When the actors approach Howard in the film, Love first confronts him at a restaurant, Time accosts him in his office, and Death sits down beside him on a park bench.

If Love sat across from me a restaurant what would she say? What would time want to tell me at my job? And is that random lady who sits beside me on a park bench feeding the pigeons really an elderly lady, or is she death herself?

I walked away from the film with a big question looming over me. What if we are all emotions or concepts personified? Maybe your mother is nurturance, maybe your father is authority, maybe your sibling is dependability? Who and what are you at this very moment? Are you Patience? Are you Grief? Are you Joy?

Regardless, if all emotions and concepts rely on each other in order to exist, than everything can be both beautiful and painful at the same time. Everything can be fast and slow at the same time. Howard comes to learn that his grief is not a prison sentence, but confirmation and proof of how much he loved his daughter. He learns you are never out of time because time is always available, and nothing ever dies because something else is always being born.

We are all one and we have the choice of whether or not we are going to view everything as separate entities or whether we are going to view everything as connected……and that is what collateral beauty is…….the legacy of now.