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Do you feel burnt out, stretched to the max or overwhelmed with all you have to do?

Maybe you feel disconnected from your inner knowing, or out of control & at the mercy of your hormones?

My name is Peta and I launched my business Dragonfly Chinese Medicine to help my clients achieve their goals by offering the kind of personalised, one-on-one service and attention that I feel is essential for true healing.

This takes time and it’s a process of self discovery.

It’s my joy to support you in that journey – be it to have a calm or ecstatic birth, or to achieve your fertility goals, to enjoy a smooth transition through menopause, or to live a life with enhanced wellbeing.

What does it mean ‘follow the yin’?

The phrase follow the yin is rooted in Eastern Taoist philosophy and is based on the understanding that to live in harmony with universal energies you need to put YIN in the guiding position.

Yin is the feminine principle, the receptive aspect or gateway through which universal and spiritual intelligence is received in the form of intuition and feeling. Yin is the Water Element, the Womb & Chalice. YANG is the masculine principle, the Fire Element & Sword, the dynamic aspect that responds to Her Wisdom through taking aligned action, thereby manifesting intuitive guidance from the spiritual into the physical world, bringing formless to form. 

Feminine intuition plus masculine action equals creativity.

This isn’t about gender. It’s about understanding Universal Law in order to optimally benefit from the universal energies or Qi (life force) available to you. 

It’s how to use The Force and be a Jedi!

Unfortunately most of us have not yet learned to benefit from the harmonious lover’s dance of Yin & Yang.

In modern Western culture, Yang has dominated whilst Yin has been oppressed for thousands of years. Under this patriarchal worldview rather than trust in the Mysterious Feminine and Her Wisdom, the Yang masculine principle attempts to control it. As a level of consciousness disconnected from spiritual intelligence, its a fear-based response to life that’s kept humankind separated and stuck in survival mode so that domination and control become the only option to feel ‘safe’.

The resulting imbalance between Yin & Yang is at the root of the crises our planet faces today, reflected in everything from the war against one another, the war against terrorism, the war against drugs, the war against viruses, the war against nature and the war that’s fought everyday against the natural cyclical wisdom of women’s bodies. 

Yang is out of control; the counterbalance of Yin is essential to restore harmony and balance both within and without.

To understand what this means to women’s health, all you need do is look at how the average woman has had her natural hormonal cycle controlled by artificial hormones since she was a teenager. Ironically, women have been led to believe this is ‘female empowerment’. 

Consider also how the average pregnancy and birth is now managed as an illness. The vast majority of births are controlled, pharmaceutically and surgically, rather then trusting women’s bodies and female intuition. The average woman has been taught to fear birth to such an extent that less then 0.5% experience normal, natural physiological labor.

Given that hysterectomy and caesarean section are the two most common surgeries worldwide, it’s easy to see how the lack of appreciation for Yin’s Wisdom is failing women and their health. 

Chinese Medicine practitioners apply the principle ‘follow the yin’ as a way to improve all aspects of women’s health, recognising that Nature’s Wisdom is cyclical. Just like the Day-Night cycle has a Yin phase (sleep) and a Yang phase (wake) so too the menstrual cycle follows an energetic ebb and flow of energy. For women who are post-menopausal, paying attention to the lunar cycle (moon) may be beneficial due to the close relationship between the moon on the watery yin energies of the body. 

Women are cyclical. To try and go through life at one speed and in one gear goes against the natural life-force that is available to women. 

If you are feeling burnt out, stretched to max, overwhelmed with all that you have to do, disconnected from your inner sense of knowing, or out of control and at the mercy of your hormones, there is another way.  

Learning how to work in harmony with the Feminine Wisdom Cycle, to move in flow with Yin and Yang helps women understand the power of each phase of the cycle and allows women to connect to where their true power lies. This the way to optimum health, vitality, joy, creativity and wellbeing. 

Follow the yin.

Let me tell you a little more about myself…

I’m a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and a registered practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) at RMIT University in Bundoora as well as my Clinical Internship at Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine in Nanjing, China.

I was pregnant with my second daughter whilst studying my first year at uni, and spent as much time in the midwifery section of the library pouring over books on Western Wise Women traditions as I did learning about Eastern Wisdom. I didn’t realise it at the time, but what I was looking for was something that affirmed the spiritual truth of my reality that was non-existent within my own culture. This spiritual truth is what I’ve come to understand as the feminine aspect of spiritual/sexual-creative energy: WISDOM.

My quest for Wisdom has led me on a 20+ year journey deep into Women’s Mysteries which is ultimately a path of embodiment. I discovered a woman’s body truly is a temple and claiming your body as sacred and learning to be fully present in your body, especially your Heart, Womb & Yoni, is how you step into the fullness of your feminine sexual/spiritual-creative energy. I’ve come to see how the Sacred Feminine has been feared, shamed and oppressed for so long it’s effectively disconnected women from their power, Nature’s Wisdom. And it’s this disconnect and blockage that causes pain within a woman’s body. Women have been culturally conditioned to feel ashamed of their body, their blood, their cyclical nature, their sexuality and their wild, instinctual intelligence, and the result is everything from hormonal imbalances to menstrual irregularities, to lumps, cysts and fibroids, to sexual health issues and generally feeling unworthy. And the big one, it’s this disconnect that sees women unnecessarily birthing in fear and pain.

I’ve trained as a Doula, a Birth Educator & Birth Mindset Mentor and as an Ecstatic Birth Practitioner and truly love sharing with women and couples how to enjoy childbirth. I’m a Sacred Female Yoga Teacher and an Advocate of the Desilets Method of Jade Egg and teach embodiment practices that reconnect women to their body wisdom and feminine sexual/spiritual creative power.  

I’m also the author of the forthcoming book The Mother of All Retreats – Reclaiming the Postpartum as an act of Embodied Feminine Leadership.

A few other random things about me…

  • I’m a mother to two daughters. I didn’t realise the value of being a mother when my girls were young and always thought I needed to be something more, to have a degree or a career in order to find my value. Now I know mothering is hands down the most valuable role anyone can play, for a mother is the foundation that imprints a sense of self, of feeling safe and at home in your body and home on Mother Earth.
  • I’m a little lazy with my speech. I tend to not say ‘th’, which means feather becomes feva. I love fevas.
  • I’ve been practicing yoga for about 20 years. Then I discovered the delicious Jade Egg and Sacred Teachings of the Jade Goddess as taught by Saida Desilets and totally fell in love with these feminine qi gong practices. Yum. 
  • Speaking of yum, providing nutritious meals is my biggest daily challenge. There’s nothing that stresses me more then knowing it’s 5pm and I don’t have a plan for dinner. My dream is to have a personal chef! It’s going to happen one day (feel free to apply…).
  • I’ve always been attracted to exploring altered states of consciousness and the mind. The dragonfly symbolizes the ability to see through the illusion of ‘reality’. In my twenties I took the recreational party route, now I use meditation and qi gong techniques.
  • I wear a lot of black. That’s me in my element: dark, mysterious, feminine and feline. It’s also great for concealment.
  • I’m a compulsive journal keeper. It keeps me connected. Recently I’ve learnt to use it as powerful tool for manifesting my desires.
  • Don’t get me started on birth talk unless you’re ready to have your mind blown open! I’m passionate about teaching the truth of birth and women’s bodies and I’m here to ignite, in those who desire it, the innate power and gifts of the goddess. Follow the yin…xx