Excerpted from Sex, Health & Consciousness by Liz Goldwyn. Liz Goldwyn is the author and founder of The Sex Ed.
The more we can tap into the ancient wisdom of our bodies and fluids (including our menstrual blood) and the more intention we direct towards our sexuality (whether solo or with a partner), the more we can heighten and even channel our orgasms towards manifesting our deepest prayers and dreams.
Before you think this sounds too far out, let me take you back a few hundred years …
Throughout history, menstruation was associated with sacredness, or “magic,” in many ancient cultures. Egyptians allegedly used menstrual blood as potent talismans to ward off evil or induce fertility when smeared on different body parts. Ancient Greeks mixed menstrual blood into soil to help crops grow. Many cultures viewed (and still view) menstruation as a time that brings about heightened intuition, more vivid dreams, and greater spiritual insight.
Historically and culturally, we’ve viewed menstruation as a dreaded time instead of a cause for appreciation. During our menstrual cycle, our bodies demand we pay attention by speaking to us loudly via physical and emotional fluctuations (acne, mood swings, cramps, you name it!).
In the past, we may have labeled these shifts as “bad” or inconvenient. What if, instead, we respect menstruation as a powerful time of creative flow, personal reflection and even insight? Mirroring nature’s rhythms of life and death, menstruation may not be the most comfortable experience, but it can heighten our experiences of mind, body, spirit … and sex.
I believe that menstruation needs a massive PR overhaul.
Just before, and often during menstruation, our sexuality and sensuality may be uber heightened for the act of pleasure and pleasure alone. If libido and sexual desire peak at this point in the cycle, orgasms may be intensified. Whether practicing solo or with a partner, sex has the capacity to offer new levels of gratification.
Period sex may not be everyone’s cup of tea (it is most definitely mine), but it can also cause some messy accidents. Most of us don’t have the foresight to plan ahead for period sex with red sheets or by keeping it in the shower for easy cleanup. If you’ve ever found yourself scrubbing sheets in the middle of the night, the homemade cleaning solution below was provided to me by hockey-playing pals who’ve had years of experience removing blood from their jerseys.
Trust me, it works.
How to remove period stains: Mix 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide with 3/4 cup of cold water. Pour this solution on the stain, or soak the material in this solution before washing.
In my personal experience, nothing takes my cramps away like an amazing orgasm. The release of neurotransmitters and hormones during orgasm or heightened sensual play can be considered sacred or even supernatural. Listen, there wouldn’t be thousands of ancient and even religious texts devoted to the transcendent power of orgasm if there wasn’t something to be explored here.
How you manifest it personally is up to you. All it takes is being open. The more in touch we are with our bodies and blood flow, the more we can be empowered by our periods instead of fearing “that time” of the month.
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