Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, was a goddess revered by the ancient Sumerians. I love her story of descent into and return from the Underworld. It’s a wonderful analog for the process of preparing for, moving through and returning from birth.
Inanna undertook a perilous journey to the underworld – a place from which nobody had ever returned alive. She prepared, she planned and she forged ahead. She brought along many things that would protect her from harm.
Along the way, at each gate of her journey, she had to leave some of her plans and protection behind with a gatekeeper in order to pass though. She negotiated hard and she resisted. Ultimately, she reached her destination completely naked and vulnerable. Then she died, was rescued – and was reborn.
As she made her way back, she was able to collect the things she had relinquished along the way. When she returned, she was exactly the same – and she was forever changed.
What are you taking with you to your birth? What are your plans? What is your protection? How will you resist? How will you cope? Who is your gatekeeper? What will you surrender along the way? When you return, how will you be the same? How will you be forever changed?
How will this story influence your preparation for birth and beyond?
Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200
MamaSpace Yoga Founder & Owner