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FAQ

What does innerstand mean?

Absolute, heart-centred knowledge from the core inner being (Source).

Innerstanding is the neutral point of understanding and overspending, with the knowing coming from a place of acceptance and unconditional love - not being skewed by the human consciousness/ego/dragon.

What does Menstruality mean?

Menstruality was first coined by Jane Catherin Savern, therapist, Menstruality Educator and founder of Luna House in 1999 to describe the life process women go through. 

My mentors at Red School | The Future of Feminine Spirituality and Leadership have further developed and contributed to Menstruality over the years.

Menstruality refers to the four phases of a women’s life: Menarche, (a girl’s first bleed); Menstrual Cycle Years (every day of every month); Menopause; and the crowning stage of Mature Life. 

While we may have some vague awareness of these stages, most of us haven’t been taught nearly enough or nothing at all. Experience has shown me that this is a contributing factor to why many women feel like they don’t know themselves and subsequently develop health issues over time.  

Menstruality embodies everything from the physical, emotional and psycho-spiritual aspects that a woman experiences throughout her life. This is a way of naming what has historically been ignored, brushed over, or unnamed. There is a unique wisdom that lies within every woman and through the art of menstrual cycle awareness, this unique wisdom can be realised.  

Menstruality is a language, a way of articulating a woman’s experience and it’s how women pass on our knowledge of our feminine life process from one to another. It is a shared way of being.

Menstruality is the Sacred Feminine at play. It is the key to connecting a woman to her intuitive wisdom and to learn to trust herself fully. To show her that from the moment she was born, she already had everything she needed within herself.

I have an irregular cycle, can I practice MCA?

YES! Regardless of the length of your cycle, you are still able to track your cycle and learn how to navigate your life with more innerstanding and compassion.

My cycle has gone AWOL, can I practice MCA?

If your cycle has gone missing, you're not pregnant, breastfeeding, or post menopausal, you can still track your cycle and follow the moon cycle.

Your cycle can disappear for a number of reasons. Bringing awareness to your cycle in such a focused way and looking at your lifestyle choices may restore a healthy relationship and attitude towards your cycle. Through my work in this field, I've observed women start bleeding again after a time of absence.

I have reproductive health issues, can I practice MCA?

Absolutely. When you suffer from reproductive health issues such as endometriosis, fibroids and PCOS, it can often feel like nothing will help to alleviate the physical and emotional pain. In my late 20s, I developed a number of menstrual health issues and pre-cancerous cells in my cervix so I innerstand how you may be feeling. 

Endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS and many other menstrual related issues have been characterised as conditions of inflammation. Inflammation is primarily caused by toxins that enter our body by way of the food we eat, the air we breathe and the products we use. Stress, unresolved ancestral and our own trauma may cause the body to trigger/maintain stress-responsive systems over longer periods of time which can cause inflammation.

Experience has taught me that there are natural ways to heal from this. Detoxifying your body, your environment and practicing cycle awareness are the best ways to do this.

I’m on hormonal contraception, can I practice MCA?

The reason you take hormonal contraception may be for contraception or to reduce menstrual problems. While it’s imperative that you have reliable contraception and a way to manage your suffering, hormonal contraception stops your natural cycle and replaces it with synthetic hormones. 

Some women say they do feel the inner seasons when on hormonal contraception, some say they don't feel them at all. You know your own body more than anyone so I would suggest tracking your cycle to try to learn more about yourself. If you remain on hormonal contraception and wish to take our course, you are welcome to do so. But please be aware that because you are experiencing a synthetic cycle, you may not be able to get to experience the fullness and utter beauty of who you are.

You may find it useful to read my article ‘Is the Pill good for our overall health and wellbeing?’ to learn more.

My daughter is approaching menarche (first bleed), can she practice MCA?

A HUGE 100% YES YES YES! 

Menarche is often defined as a girl’s first period, but there is a sacred time of transition a few years around this special event. 

Supporting your daughter as she moves through all the twists and turns of puberty is an initiation for you too. If you've had a difficult time with your cycle, this time may be triggering for you so it's important that you acknowledge this and chose to make peace with your cycle. 

I feel that Discover Yourself is appropriate for girls to take but I encourage you to take the course yourself to ensure you're happy with my teachings before passing the course to your daughter. 

I'm pregnant, is it worth practicing MCA?

Congratulations Mama! What a gift you have been given to bring a future light being into this world. 

Currently, you're in a completely different landscape to a menstruating woman and won't be experiencing your cycle in the way you used to. However, if you wish to enrol onto Discover Yourself, I see no harm in doing so. It may help you make sense of where you're at the moment and I have no doubt that it will help you to connect with your womb space more deeply. The course has been designed to be super nourishing and calls for more rest, which you are encouraged to do, especially during this most precious time!

I have some questions about fertility, can you help?

Whilst this is not my area of expertise, Discover Yourself includes some information and advice on how to improve fertility from trusted resources. Feel free to enrol onto the course to find out more about what may be affecting fertility. I wish you luck in being able to bring another being of light into this world. 

I'm approaching or going through menopause, can I practice MCA?

Wise Woman, I honour you for the elder you have become!

If you're approaching menopause, you can most certainly practice cycle awareness. If you are currently going through menopause, my article 'Menopause: The Great Awakener' would be super helpful for you to read as it gives some context to what you may be experiencing along with providing further guidance and resources to best support you during this new stage in your life.

I identify as non-binary, gender fluid or trans and I menstruate, can I practice MCA?

Please read my inclusivity statement.

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"When women heal, the world heals."

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