Yet another slightly off topic post via:Robinrosebennett
Here is an update to the previously linked to study on the efficacy of Queen Anne's Lace (wild carrot) as birth control, with brief commentary after a few select quotes:
Wild Carrot Study - Final Summary, August 2011
by Robin Rose Bennett and Mischa Schuler
First, the background:
During 2009 and 2010 we invited women between the ages of 18 and 50 to take part in a yearlong research project to explore the reliability of Daucus carota tincture (made from wild carrot flowers and seeds in 100 proof vodka) when used as a woman’s sole method of contraception...The participating women were asked to fill in a monthly menstrual wheel (sample attached) and chart their ovulation (when known), menstruation, times of intercourse, and times of taking wild carrot....We asked women to note any time they used another method of contraception in addition to wild carrot. We didn’t count those instances in the study data below.
Second, the results:
30 women participated in the study enough to be counted.
5 women completed the entire year and there were no pregnancies among those women.
The average number of charts per woman participating in the study was 5, not necessarily indicating how long they used carrot, but indicating how many charts we received.
Throughout the study women recorded 731 occasions of intercourse. Of those, we counted 160 instances of intercourse during fertile phases.
There were 9 pregnancies in 160 potentially fertile times of intercourse.
That is: 5.625% pregnancies, which equals a 94.375% contraceptive success rate.
We did not include in that number any times a woman used an additional method of contraception, only wild carrot. It is enlightening to look at some of the details surrounding these 9 pregnancies, as summarized below. Nearly half of the pregnancies resulted when women were not using wild carrot as suggested in the study guidelines and there were other potential problems in 3 of the 5 instances where the women were using carrot as suggested.
Summary of pregnancies:
Pregnancies in women taking wild carrot as suggested
1) 38-year-old woman (mother of 2) –
Conceived during her 4th month of using wild carrot
Notes: she was almost immediately physically uncomfortable, had terribly painful breasts while using this plant. Her cycles got shorter and shorter over the first couple of months. We suggested this might not be the right method for her. She continued to rely on wild carrot and conceived during her 4th month of using wild carrot...
All nine pregnancies that resulted confirm our general hypotheses so far, seven of them very clearly, and the other two suggest somewhat that:
Women must use the wild carrot in a timely way (approx 8 hours after intercourse.)
Wild carrot is not to be solely relied on after coming off of hormonal medications until cycles are re-regulated for at least three months. Highly fertile women may need to use a combination of methods.
Women who become physically uncomfortable while using wild carrot or who experience menstrual cycle changes should not rely on carrot as a contraceptive.
So, I found the study, which obviously was far more involved than can be briefly summarized here, to be intriguing for a number of different reasons. Number one being that it confirmed a number of suspicions I've had about intentions and their effect on conception. While I would never recommend for anyone to rely on intention alone as a birth control device, I do have a friend who is both sexually active and fertile who never uses any form of birth control whatsoever with her boyfriends yet she never conceives. Ever. This particular friend is someone I've mentioned before here because she told me about levitating one of her toys as a kid, so there may be a little more going on here besides will power.
However, I do think that the idea of conscious conception is one that everyone can benefit from, especially considering the idea from Chinese medicine that the moment of conception determines the constitution of the child. According to this theory, if the parents are ill or otherwise emotionally imbalanced then those conditions will be passed on to the child. If this theory is correct, then the world as a whole would benefit from women taking an active role in conception since less people would suffer from disabling conditions, whether psychically, physically or emotionally.
Speaking for myself, I will spare the reader my unfortunate history of numerous contraceptive accidents, but suffice to say that I have been very lucky to have never become pregnant. In retrospect, I believe this might have something to do with the fact that I have never even entertained the possibility of having children, even momentarily, having known from a very early age that children are not for me, at least in this lifetime. Again, in no way am I suggesting for anyone to rely on intention alone as a birth control method!!
Thinking about all of this caused me to go back to an old thread from the Montalk forum, about the ethical/metaphysical ramifications of having or not having children(By the way, I don't necessarily agree with all the views on that site, but the forum contained many interesting discussions). One of the more interesting posts in the thread was from a member called Lipstick Mystic, and there was much in what she wrote that confirmed what I've heard elsewhere, from friends who have used shamanic work to end unwanted pregnancies. There is so much important information here that it would be impossible to summarize so I will just include as much as possible!
I'm childfree by choice and always will be. Should I get pregnant via "oops," I know the herbs to take that will bring on my period. This information was a part of women's education for centuries until the Church finally intimidated many women into silence during the "witch burning" of the Middle Ages and afterwards. Since then, women have helped maintain the conspiracy of silence by not sharing this information with their fellow women. Poo on them, I say. Subjecting each other to lifetimes of having 10-12 children all because nobody would talk about this stuff and assert their right to have sovereignty over their reproductive systems. My grandparents came from families of 10- 12 children each. The burden on those families and on those women, physically, emotionally, financially, is simply unbelievable. And inexcusable, if you ask me.
The millions of women who were killed off in the Middle of Ages were the herbalists, midwives, and domestic mystics who knew how to invoke spiritual energy for healing, for medicine, for childbirth, and for contraception. Very sad that that wisdom had to go underground to the point that it barely exists anymore...So the truth of the matter is, between herbal contraception and also communicating directly with spirits of the unborn, we do have the ability to determine whether or not we will bring a child into this world. There's no real need for a "oops."...
I support doing lots of shamanic work and communication/negotiation with the soul and your guides and angelic helpers before resorting to taking any herbs that might cause miscarriage. All of it needs to be done from a deeply aware, loving place.
But the herbs ARE available should a woman decide that she wants to remain childfree.
I know three women who communicated with the soul of their child and renegotiated the contract.
Case in point - the two single women living at poverty level, just scraping by, with no family members to turn to or help them out, without any "fallback" position with their respective pregnancies....and without men in their lives who were sticking around to play the role of father in ANY way, spiritually, emotionally, physically, or financially. (One guy was a bohemian artist type who had immediately gone overseas and broken up with the woman after their fling, so he wasn't going to be in her life again. The other was an abusive boyfriend the woman had FINALLY been strong enough to kick out of her life, the type a woman shouldn't keep around.)
These women would have been in major dire straits should they have had to continue the pregnancy. No support, no money, no job, etc. Each woman was headed for the abortion clinic but agonizing about doing it that way. They turned to many spiritual means - prayer, tuning into the spirits of the baby, etc. to see if they could make another choice and if that would be okay for the spirit.
One woman had a miscarriage as she got in the cab to go to the clinic.
Another had her miscarriage at home. Both women felt a loving, angelic presence as the cord between them and the babies were "cut," by mutual agreement between souls, not through the intervention of a doctor at the clinic.
Another woman was pregnant with twins in a new marriage with precarious financial support beneath them. While she was joyful about having a child and her relationship with her husband was great, the thought of twins absolutely overwhelmed her. Deep down, she just knew she wasn't going to be able to handle the double responsibility. She was very sad, did tons of prayer and soul-searching, and in the end, left it the matter in God's hands.
A few weeks later she miscarried one twin. Felt the same angelic sense that all was okay, and this was meant to happen. Later she delivered one happy, healthy baby, and her family was balanced and able to work towards saving more money before attempting to have a second child.
I hear these stories from women all over the world, heard many of them back when I was in private practice.
So it is very true that prayer and communication with the spirit of the unborn, if done sincerely and loving, can sometimes result in the child withdrawing its energy....sometimes permanently, or sometimes to come back to that mother in the future when the timing is better for the mum. And sometimes the soul will be born to a friend of the mother. I know one woman who had an abortion, and she was in agony about it, but she also somehow knew it was okay. The spirit of the child was later born to a friend of hers, and due to things that were going on in her life, she had the opportunity to essentially become this child's aunt. So they could still work out karma in a familial way.
I believe that for many people, having kids is the ONLY way that they will ever tap into their powers as creators. But what we're really here fo is to come into our power as spiritually sovereign co-creators with God/Goddess/Great Spirit/Creator.
Having kids is ONE way to tap into this energy. For many, it will be the only real opportunity for them to do this in their current lifetime.
But there are many, many other journeys available to us. The arts. Healing. Learning how to affect reality shifts and do power prayer. All of these also involve this same creationary energy and are other ways to express this urge.
To bring children into this world, by the way, creates tons of new karma. I'm into travelling light, myself, because I'm not at all certain that I"ll be returning here. That's not to say that I think I'm better than anyone or more evolved, because I don't think that at all. But I am very aware that there are other realities, other places of a less dense vibration, that my energies are more in synch with. And by breeding and falling into the old human fallback position of creating layers and layers of karma on TOP of whatever karma I already need to work on, well, it's just not for me.
Basically, my entire philosophy comes down to this:
It's not my job to make more people.
My job is to make people better.