Developing Digestion :: the ~feeling~ center & Energy Healing for Babies

I’ve observed a few babies now myself & how they adapt to life on Earth, and its clear that it takes some time to find balance outside of the Womb.

There’s a whole web of networks that are all fired up & organizing themselves to make those marvelous connections that lead to our full potential & growth.

A whole new matrix of organization is still forming ~ first for womb life – then for life in our World.

Some babies take longer to adjust

Some mother’s also.

Everything sorts itself out in its own time.

The digestive system in a newborn has so many kinks to work out. i mean, its brand new, never used.

So it’s not all too surprising that no matter how clean your diet is or how chill & serene you and your environment are….it takes time to learn to take in this new source of nourishment.

Food is an energy source.

when our food supply becomes contaminated with chemicals its also not surprising that it has a less desirable effect on mother’s and babies.

its our responsibility to learn and seek out the least contaminated foods – as pure and simple as possible – Bear Naked! raarrrr. 🙂

my last baby Luca had issues when i would eat dairy…the casein protein & fat would upset his digestion -inflaming his gut – then leading to a food sensitivity. he started  out with a full body rash & then it would break out on his face or arms or belly when a little dairy made its way into my breastmilk. Even miniscule amounts in foods that had some processing would irritate him, even homeopathic teething tablets in lactose!   it wasn’t an allergy because it was always a delayed response and once i quit nursing him, worked itself out. it takes 6 months for the gut of an infant to seal  so larger protein molecules don’t pass into the bloodstream & & 2 years to reach maturity. there’s also more research going on in regards to a mother’s health and her gut integrity. if she has a” leaky gut” its more likely proteins find their way into her bloodstream.

Luca is also a very sensitive and receptive little one & could always sense when i was stressed out about his rashes and his discomfort. That always made it worse!

and although i believe in the validity that diet and sensitivities can play a role, there is also more of an unspoken part of nature going unnoticed.

that part of our nature that is very influenced and affected by emotions & stress.

as we are finally discovering through study (meaning that this has always been a truth for our ancestors without ‘scientific proof’), as fetus’s we begin our first imprinting. our neonatal environment sets a foundation and preparation for life ‘outside’ the womb. we are intertwined and interlaced within our mothers flow, her emotions and well being.

her stress is our stress.

her joy our joy.

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Our gut isn’t just for digestion either…

within our digestion live an estimated 500 million neurons – THINKING CELLS –

Embedded in the wall of the gut, the enteric nervous system (ENS) has long been known to control digestion. Now it seems it also plays an important role in our physical and mental well-being. It can work both independently of and in conjunction with the brain in your head and, although you are not conscious of your gut “thinking”, the ENS helps you sense environmental threats, and then influences your response. “A lot of the information that the gut sends to the brain affects well-being, and doesn’t even come to consciousness,” says Michael Gershon at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. You needn’t be a gastroenterologist to be aware of these gut reactions – or indeed the more subtle feelings in your stomach that accompany emotions such as excitement, fear and stress. For hundreds of years, people have believed that the gut interacts with the brain to influence health and disease. Yet this connection has only been studied over the last century.

Our prenatal environments preps us for life on earth so to speak and gives us our first links to the outside world

is it safe

or scary

i love the work of Bruce Lipton -Stem cell biologist & recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. His research best known for promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs. I liked the simplicity of this one statement he made

“cells are either in a growth stage, or in a protection stage. Stress caused by fear forces the cells in a protection stage. The cell cannot exist forever in a protection stage; it will die if that stage is prolonged. Love influences the cells to a growth stage. Life strives in a growth stage, but dies after a prolonged protection stage. He basically says that we are in control over our own environment once we realize that we are in control of our own environment! Controlling stress is the key to good health.”

In our ‘modern’ world its pretty unrealistic to avoid ALL stress! there is always something that comes along and stresses us out, tests our ground and ability to stay calm within the center of the storm. However there are also many false stressors in life that activate a ‘fight or flight’ response…even watching too much news can send some into a downward spiral because they become worried and anxious about the state of the world, even if its not directly affecting them. Thoughts do that!

this is always more severe when experienced in a chronic way. after all…programming takes repetition because it becomes a pattern. This sets the stage to how we will experience and react to the world when we enter it. Now, our birth and bonding right after set a major stage on top of the in utero imprinting.

We now know, of course, that there’s more than just nutrition in blood. Blood contains information about emotions and regulatory hormones and the growth factors that control the mother’s life in the world in which she’s living. All this information passes into the placenta along with nutrition. If the mother is happy, the fetus is happy because the same chemistry of emotions that affect the mother’s system are crossing into the fetus. If the mother is scared or stressed, the same stress hormones cross and adjust the fetus. -Bruce lipton

One study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition found that stress during pregnancy could influence the type of bacteria that colonize the gut of a newborn baby. (1)

In the study, researchers observed infant monkeys. While the baby monkeys were in utero, a group of mothers were left undisturbed. Another group was startled with sound early or late into their pregnancy. Researchers found major changes in the inner ecosystems of the babies that were born to mothers exposed to stress.

When a mother experiences recurring stress during pregnancy, studies have found that she puts her baby at risk for disease later in life.

This is because stress modulates chemicals and signals in the body, such as:

  • Growth factors
  • Cytokines, which are often involved in inflammatory signaling
  • Hormones, which often affect metabolism

Other studies show that a stressful environment can permanently program your baby’s physiology to develop a disease later in life.

Nature is creating the child to live in the same stressed environment that the parents perceive.

This is where i’d like to weave the presence of our energy system into play…..

1st – Root/Base: Red chakra located at the base of the spine.  Its Sanskrit name is muladhara.   It is associated with our connection to earth, survival, health, abundance, family, passion, and moving forward in life. It is OUR foundation.

Let’s look at the development of the chakras throughout the prenatal period, infancy, childhood and adolescence. What causes the chakras to open or to close? Are you born with all your chakras open, or closed, or some combination of both? The first chakra is strongly influenced by the circumstances of your birth and early childhood. The child begins to do his/her part to prepare for the birthing process by changing the position and placing the head in the birth canal. The root chakra becomes active at this point as the child becomes ready for the material world . the energy of the fetus is ready to begin life in the world outside of the mothers womb. The root chakra is the focus during the first year of development. It relates to the survival needs, will to live, and sense of trust. Children with enough root chakra energy will be less prone to illness and have a stronger chance for survival.  Moms happiness and sense of security during this time will have a profound impact on the child’s root chakra. Mom needs to focus on the child and the strengthening of the root chakra will be develop in mom and child.Karma plays a primary role in the selection of your parents, your prenatal period, and the health of your body at birth and during your early years. Eastern religions teach that the soul goes on indefinitely and that each lifetime is another rung in a continuous spiral which offers a fresh opportunity to learn another set of lessons on the stage of material existence.

We are ‘feeling’ beings & we have feeling centers.

We have an energy body and an energetic network of meridians that communicate with out nervous system and organ systems.

As the “hot spots” of the energy pathways known as the meridians, chakras are the areas of the highest density of energy and therefore the easiest places to exchange energy with the outside world.  Energy passes through the chakras to your etheric energy field or aura and onto the outside world, and from the outside world back through your auric layers to and through your chakras to your body.   This energy exchange is what gives you that psychic sense of your surroundings, while the flow of this energy is directly affected by your thoughts, emotions, health, and state of mind.

Babies especially are highly sensitive beings who haven’t been on Earth long enough yet to obstruct their flow or create an armor against all they feel.

Be nice if we could essentially stay that way! it’s good to be tuned in 🙂

They are also especially tuned into their mother’s energy system and her emotional nature, first of all because its all they know, and she is their primary life line. From womb to world!

Babies are still developing outside the womb. Unlike other mammals, our complex makeup and brain won’t allow for gestation in the womb until completion! our upright pelvic nature won’t allow it! hee hee.  Our energy body and physical body will still continue to develop for some time.

There are 7 main Chakras: 

Chakra 1 – color red – right to be – develops from birth to 6 monthsseven chakras

Chakra 2 – color orange – right to feel – develops from 6 months to 2 years

Chakra 3 – color yellow – right to act – develops from 2 to 4 years

Chakra 4 – color green – right to give/receive love – develops from 4-7 years

Chakra 5 – color blue – right to speak– develops from 7-12 years

Chakra 6 – color indigo – right to see – develops from 12-teenager

Chakra 7 – color purple – right to understand – develops from teenage yrs to death

NOW ~ This is where i feel a good portion of digestive issues in infants comes into play::

The Solar Plexus chakra specifically affects digestion. Both the digestion of food in the physical & the digestion of experiences, emotions and stress in the meta-physical.

The Solar Plexus is a major ~FEELING~ center, always feeling out our environments!

3rd Solar Plexus: Yellow chakra located at the diaphragm.  Its Sanskrit name is manipura.  It is associated with our physical center, personal power, desire, inner-strength, emotions, instincts, and “gut” feelings.

If the solar plexus chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel very stressed all the time and powerless to gain control, leaving you mentally and physically exhausted.   You may have “gut” feelings but are not sure of what or where they are coming from, contributing to your distress and discomfort.  The stress of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra also contributes to poor memory and concentration. I think a baby feels all these everyday! so much going on around them without being able to do anything or communicate properly!

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra: lack of memory and concentration, frequent fearing, feeling uncentered, sugar addictions, insomnia, and eating disorders.

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra:  digestive and intestinal disorders, indigestion, food allergies, eating disorders, poor metabolism, diabetes, obesity, eczema, acne, and other stress-related skin conditions.

Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra:
Balancing and opening the solar plexus chakra allows you to feel centered in your mind, body, and spirit.  Relaxed and comfortable in your own skin.  The energy of this chakra permeates to the other chakras relieving many physical and psychological dis-eases or disorders.  It allows you to be more aware of your own energy and being, comfortable in your decisions, and psychically connected to your “gut” feelings so that you may act accordingly with confidence.

 

Stomach:  The stomach is a seething cauldron of emotions, and is intimately connected to the Gastric Center, or chakra, also called the Abdominal Center, which governs energy flow and distribution throughout the belly and gut.  Choleric emotions like anger, hate, rage and frustration stored here lead to gastritis, ulcers and other Choleric stomach conditions.  Many of us hold a lot of Choleric emotions like anger and resentment in our gut.  Melancholic emotional stress and tension, as well as pensiveness, worry and anxiety, will stagnate the flow of the Natural Force in the stomach, causing distension, bloating, colic, gas and stomachache.

Hippocrates once said that “all diseases begin in the gut,” and it’s also widely known that stress is a trigger that causes multiple chronic disease processes to occur. The typical stress response involves the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol from the adrenal glands. The hormones trigger reactions like an accelerated pulse. They also cause changes in the digestive system, like sudden lack of appetite, heartburn, nausea and stomach pains. Stress also causes inflammation throughout the digestive system, which leads to aggravation of the digestive tract and affects the assimilation of nutrients. Over the long term, stress can actually cause chronic digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers.

 

Often its also Mama’s energy or her own imbalance in this center that throws off the other children’s, especially a new babe.

Again her stress is our stress

our stress is her stress!

Its not easy carrying all that responsibilty – i hear ya.

This is why children have been my greatest teachers! they always reflect back to me what i can’t see within myself. Often times its challenging. It takes alot to stay balanced and ever so often that balance is rocked. How we respond to life is our ultimate gift of ‘free will’. Then again, most of our reactions to life our rooted in our own programming which is the body is the ultimate reflection of that subconscious conditioning. (check out more of Bruce Lipton’s work, Louise Hay’s  and Candace Pert on metaphysical causes of disease and how emotions affect our molecular being).

I always noticed how over stimualtion in my own babies/children affected them. Being out and about or around many people. Their underdeveloped energy fields interacting with so many others. I always found that babies and small children made the best social barometers, always reflecting what they are sensing in their environments.

 Now after looking at digestion from both a physical and a metaphysical point of view as well as an emotional point of view we can see how environmental stress can affect our experience of digestion and knowing how sensitive the development of a newborn babies digestive system is, can give us more understanding of why their belly’s are upset, or they are anxious or suffer reflux or won’t sleep well,  or have that rash or spit up constantly. etc etc….

 everything in the physical is a mirror of the metaphysical both have the same systems and functions

food needs digestions and so do thoughts, experiences and emotions need digestion – to be broken down, separated, assimilated and integrated.

i’m happy that when i was around 18 i got my Reiki level 1 & 2…and then later on my level 3. i find this simple energy healing technique the greatest tool in my toolkit, alongside, healing foods, essential oils and plant medicines. My hands are always ready!

Reiki in my opinion goes in hand in hand with babies! they are always held and carried anyways and the energy loves to flow with or without conscious effort. of course, conscious effort amplifies the flow 🙂

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So…what can we do to help our babies? and ourselves? nerves get frazzled when babies are fussy and it becomes a vicious cycle ~ of fussiness!

Become aware of your own emotional nature & your environment while nursing and in general.

How much activity is going around the house while nursing or during the day that could add to overstimulation for babe? like noise-bright lights etc.

Recognize Many stressful emotional patterns repeat themselves again and again.

Learn to let go & realize worrying and adding extra stress only make things worse – find something to helps you release tension.

find time to unwind and relax : the more relaxed Mama is the more relaxed the HOUSEHOLD is!

Learn to let go of unrealistic expectations – like being a supermom.

Learn and use acupressure, reiki or energy medicine to clear frazzled energy fields and clear the etheric cobwebs (for yourself and children!)

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or essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, sage, peppermint, cedarwood etc.

or smudge with sage, juniper,  cedar or sweetgrass

get out in nature for a relaxing walk – its grounding

let mum take a bath ~ give baby a bath

mama massage or baby massage – touch is a powerful connecting force and even a simple little squeeze can go ALONG way.

 

Sleep inducing point

relaxes too ~ closing that third eye a bit

This is by far my favorite pressure point for babies. It is one of the most effective acupressure points for infants that I have found. If you are trying to soothe your baby to sleep, and you have addressed all of the usual causes for wakefulness (hunger, diaper, warmth, gas and burping), try this pressure point. Between and slightly above your adorable insomniac’s eyebrows on her forehead is what I like to call your baby’s “sleep button”. Just a soft stroking touch for anywhere between 10 and 20 seconds will prompt your baby to relax and close her eyes. Even if she does resist and fight the relaxation, in a few minutes after you stop she will most likely succumb to her exhaustion.

My daughter Lili as a baby and still as a 9 year old gets over~stimulated. I can feel her whole head buzzing. Energy techniques like sweeping the aura and the Celtic weave demonstrated in the video below are helpful. Often times when my kids are wired i feel alot of energy and heat radiating either from the head or in between their shoulders. Then i gently sweep that energy off them, using my fingers like a comb and then flicking off the energy. Kids tend to act out when they become overloaded and overwhelmed, just like us. It can be a challenge to intervene in a positive way when we ourselves feel out of sorts as well. I know massage and acupressure work wonders but often find myself in need of one too. sometimes we trade. ha.

First step is acknowledging the energy needs to be re- arranged!

These are just my own thoughts on the subject around baby digestive fussiness as a reflection of things a-going-on beyond the ‘seen’ scope of our understanding.We often forget or dismiss our empathic nature and have little knowledge how our energy system really works.

i have no proof regarding the subject besides my own experience with my growing children and the experience of doing energy work on myself and them, i’ve only made the connections of the knowledge our ancestors spoke of – our Holistic nature.

Over the years i’m just skimming the surface and weaving all the new researched findings together, like : neonatal imprinting, limbic imprinting at birth, early childhood imprinting, the energy system and structure of its development at conception and throughout pregnancy/birth & how it all works together to create the human nature intended. <<<WHOLE>>>

i am still myself working on my subconscious programming that looops like an old record! my daily life is reflection of where i still need to let go and grow.

You may find this helpful:

 The daily energy routine consists of the following techniques:

  • The Three Thumps – this technique will “boost and restore energy, increase strength and vitality, and strengthen the immune system.”
  • The Cross Crawl – this technique will “balance and harmonize energy, improve coordination, and clear thinking.”
  • The Wayne Cook Posture – this technique will “focus the mind, allow you to untangle inner chaos, see with better perspective, think more clearly and learn more proficiently.”
  • The Crown Pull – this technique will “relieve mental congestion and headaches, clear and refresh the mind, sharpen memory, and open the crown chakra to higher inspiration.”
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth – this technique will “open the meridians, expel toxic energies, and stimulate fresh energy to flow through the joints.”
  • The Celtic Weave – this technique will “pulse your auric energies outward and strengthen them, and connect all your energies together so they operate as a single web.”
  • The Hook Up – this technique will “get strange flows moving, strengthen auric field, leave you feeling whole again. It will calm you and help you feel connected.”
  • The Zip Up – this technique will “boost confidence, clear your thoughts, and protect you from negative energy that may be around you.”

Check out the work of Donna Eden and her book ‘Energy Medicine’ for some great energy healing techniques. all simple and easily done within a few minutes. Here’s a video with demonstrations of the above excersises (more for the mum’s in mind). Energy is contagious though 🙂

a good interview with Bruce Lipton on holistic approach to happy healhty children:

https://www.brucelipton.com/resource/article/happy-healthy-child-holistic-approach

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Developing Digestion :: the ~feeling~ center & Energy Healing for Babies

  1. So beautiful!! I love the interweaving of the wisdom, here, you are a wise wombyn after my own heart:)
    I have been using this type of weaving teaching yoga to pregnant mamas, I should link them to your blog ❤
    Blessings!

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