This week, Laura McAuliffe from Draíocht Healing focuses on the topic of women supporting each other.

Over the past 4 years working as a holistic therapist, something I have really noticed is the need women have for support from other women. And the need for a safe space to be themselves, share their emotions, and meet like-minded women. To essentially find their tribe. Many of the issues I deal with are women’s issues and find that sometimes the society we live in doesn’t allow us the space to share those issues.

In 2021 I decided to start running women’s circles. The goal of these circles being to provide a safe space for us women to be as we are, to be open and honest, and feel like we can share without being judged and not only that, but actually feeling lifted up and empowered by the other women in the circle.

What I have found is that women with similar interests, personalities, opinions and views are drawn to these circles. And when one woman shares a story, she thought only she experienced, or emotions she thought she was alone in, often one or more of the women in the circle can relate to her. It is a beautiful experience and bond to witness these connections and the love that can be provided to one another, even if we are complete strangers.

These circles are purposefully held at the time of the full moon. A time for release, rest, letting go, stillness and healing. As women, we are deeply connected to the moon and her cycle. Just like us women, the moon has a 28-day cycle and goes through different phases. And the phase of the full moon is a time for us to release & let go of what is no longer serving us, and giving ourselves love, self-care and kindness in the process. We chat, laugh, cry, share some cacao, do a guided meditation, everyone gets a card reading and we write down and release all the things we wish to let go of. It can be a powerful experience.

Ultimately, it is my belief that women need women. I have learned this in every aspect of my work. Hundreds of years ago there were women’s circles and women naturally and instinctively gathered to support one another. Also, in history when women had babies it was their female ancestors and women in their villages that supported them and helped them through their birth and postpartum period. I believe that we need more of this and go back to our old ways of supporting, empowering, and holding space for each other.

Contact Draíocht Healing on 083 3629532 or visit www.draiochthealing.ie. 

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