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kila.jpgFor as long as I can remember, menses has been a time of torment. There was never a painless cycle in my life. I was 15 years old (the same year that I started my period) when I was first diagnosed with acute endometriosis. I was 20 years old when the doctors started talking about hysterectomy. For those of you that understand the mind-body connection, this will not come as a surprise because of my history of sexual abuse. And it will not come as a surprise because I grew up in a cowboy culture in the Western United States where it was better to not be born a girl in the first place. Menses was never a time of sacred feminine power, of renewal and of introspection. Instead, it was re-traumatizing. Every month, the kind of pain and bleeding that induces delirium and sweats and nausea and an immune system nose dive that no amount of medication (alternative or mainstream) could relieve. 

I spent 22 years exhausting all options for resolution from acupuncture to laparoscopic surgery to energy work to traveling to find herbal "cures" from all over the globe to insane diets to hormone therapies to electric devices that prevent pain signals from going to the spinal cord etc. Until I spent an entire year in a women’s circle doing feminine processes and shadow work with this as my primary focus relative to personal expansion and healing. When you look at a problem square in the face, dissecting every layer that goes into it, it is no longer a mystery why you have had no success solving it before. When I did this, every layer of the problem and every solution that it pointed to, led to the same thing. In order to heal my womb, I would have to change my life. I would have to change it so that I could finally be in conditions that were conducive to femininity. It sounds straightforward at face value. Until you realize that the entire life I currently lead is not conducive to femininity; most especially my career. And so, I found myself at a crossroads. All core health crises are like that. They put you in a choice point.

1.jpgThis entire story could be the length of a bible or longer. But here is a summary. I have spent my entire life trying to straddle two roads. Each road leading to two separate futures I have dreamed of. The left-hand path which is in alignment with my feminine needs. A path of a woman, a wife and a mother. To give you an image of what I mean, on this left-hand path, I have married a man because I am in love with him. It is a man who contains and provides and protects and in response, I am feminine and soft and nurturing. My life is smaller than it is now, but it is both warmer and sweeter. Because of all of this, I can blossom and my womb wants to bring forth new life.

And on the other side, the right-hand path, which is all about my purpose. The deep knowing of what I am and of what I am meant to be in this life. Destiny. The pursuit of achievement. To give you an image of what I mean, on this right-hand path, I am on stages across the world. I am a leader. I belong to the world instead of to a traditional family. I have chosen the people that I keep around me according to the needs of this purpose. My partner possesses entirely different qualities than the other man would. My life is very, very large. But it is a path that is much harder.  

win + mom feb2012 (44).JPGFor years, I did what any woman would. I tried to have both lives. But what no woman wants to admit to is that if you choose to have both, you must have less of each than you could achieve by committing all of your energy to one of them. If you are going to dedicate yourself to career life and to family life, you will have both. But less of both. For some people, that is right. For some people, a degree of both is exactly what they want. But the more successful I became and the more dedicated I became to my purpose, the more I suffered. Because the reality is that we live in a world made for men by men. A place not conducive to femininity, most especially if you are in pursuit of greatness. The choices I needed to make to continue to expand down the right-hand path, were completely juxtaposed to my femininity. And so, I had a choice to make. Was I going to choose a different life? Was I going to do what it takes to my life so I could experience what I knew would heal my womb? Consider what the impact of me making that choice would be on you. And the hypocrisy of thinking I should choose any differently, while at the same time benefitting from the content I produce on the right-hand path.       

The day I made my decision, the decision to choose the right-hand path, I went on a walk in the snow. I passed a dead fox (my spirit animal). It was an omen that a part of me would die. In February of this year, both the feminine and masculine polarity within me dissipated. Each offered those qualities of itself that could stay with this incarnation in this life and on this path I have chosen. I laid the dream of the alternative future I could have had on the left-hand path to rest. And I did so knowing that by choosing this path consciously, the very problem with my womb that I had been desperate to solve for 22 years would get worse. I did so knowing that it meant that I would have no more children. I did not play a zero-sum game when I did this. All parts of me found alignment before I moved forward, including my own womb. And I decided to take a step that I would not recommend for women in general to take. As a result of this extreme process of integration, on March 24th, I had a hysterectomy. It was one of the most physically and emotionally painful experiences of my entire life. It was also one of the most significant chapters of “The Making of Teal Swan”.

 I arrived at the decision to go through with hysterectomy on a spiritual, mental and emotional level. But at the time of surgery, to the total surprise of the surgeon, the endometriosis (which extended all the way up onto my diaphragm) was not my only issue. As it turns out, I had ascending salpingitis that had created 3 fallopian tube cysts. The surgery was medically necessary. There were so many poetic synchronicities that occurred during that experience. Things like the surgery taking place in a city called Phoenix, which is the symbol for personal re-birth. And opening the door to the home in Phoenix (the home that we rented during the procedure) to find it completely decorated with paintings and images of Frida Kahlo, whose own womb was impaled by an iron handrail in a bus accident. To a visitation by a scarlet red cardinal; the symbol of a departed loved one coming to visit you.          

24bc91f4-cd01-4703-babc-10eb57629f45.JPGI was not even remotely healed from this first surgery when the Deep End TV series was released. And the amount of pressure and pain and stress that slam series caused is worthy of its own novel. But that’s one of the terrible things about the elements of the right-hand path. It has no respect for what is good for you or whether you are healed or not. In fact, your adversaries prefer you to be vulnerable. Despite all of this, I decided to go through with the planned European Tour.

After Basel in Switzerland and Prague in The Czech Republic, my manager Matthias decided to take myself and the team to see his old homeland. We took a detour on our way to Budapest, Hungary and rented a house in Schliersee, Germany. And the day after we arrived, misfortune struck again. I experienced a rare complication called a cuff evisceration and dehiscence, where the suture line they make at the time of a hysterectomy tears open, and the intestine protrudes through the tear; which is a serious medical emergency.

2.jpgI was taken to the hospital and within the hour, I was back under the knife. All my newly healed abdominal laparoscopic scars had to be cut through all over again. Everything had to be put back into place. And I had to be completely re-stitched and then put on intravenous antibiotics for several days. As a result, instead of being on stage in Budapest, I found myself in a hospital bed in Germany. The German doctors and nurses were both exceptional in their craft and also caring. Still, there was nothing empowered about this dehiscence experience. It was incredibly traumatizing. It was the kind of experience that makes you insecure about your own body and its ability to heal right. It makes you feel as fragile as tissue paper and adds even more pressure to what can’t take any more pressure to begin with. Now, I am back at square one and I have to attempt the healing process all over again, which is very hard to accept. But there is no other choice than to accept it. And commit myself to the process all over again. For I have chosen the right-hand path.  

It seems only fitting to end this blog with the poem I wrote about my hysterectomy, on the day that the cardinal visited me...

The Death and The Bloom 

Maybe you were asking in the way you cried,

where it has gone to,

where it has been.

Sometimes a flower cannot bloom

for lack of adequate light.

All its sweetness

all its luster

all its feminine warmth

will never burgeon to be seen.

The question is...

when the unrelenting grasp of that darkness

quells its hope for life,

where does that latent flower go?

Maybe you were asking in the way you cried,

where I have gone to,

where I have been.

The answer is...

I am all around you.

Death can have no edict

where energy can neither be created

nor destroyed.

I am converted.

So do not stand at my grave and weep.

Faith is a thing with feathers.

It sings at the break of day.

It finally flies free.

And I am a bird now.

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Teal , i wish you all the strenght and courage and love for your body to recover from the operation and may you also heal emotionaly and mentaly asap . Much love , Robert.  ❤️🙏

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I know you are a shadow worker, but I wish you lots of healing light:

Gleam, glow, glitter, shimmer, shine and spark your light. Be like the lighthouse. Be a beacon of light. The light in me greets the light in you. Namasté 🙏🏻✨💫🌟

I wish you well, beautiful human being 🦋

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Dear Teal, I can’t imagine how painful, both physically and emotionally, this must be. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this, not to mention the inhumane media attack on you. I hope that despite all the pain it has brought you, that choosing the right-hand path will prove to be most fulfilling to you and your mission. I hope that the sacrifices you have made and continue to make, bring about the kind of change that you have always dreamed of and intended. I support you in the decision that feels right to you. Wishing you all the healing and mending during this challenging time. 🙏🏻

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Hi Teal. I wrote something for you, your poem inspired me to. 

I have a friend that I love in an immeasurable way.
I was not aware of that friend until a time ago.
It is definitely not the first time that I meet a friend like this.
I feel joy watching from afar my friend’s success.
And I feel impotence when I know something wrong is going on with my friend.
Then I remember…’’she’s totally capable’’ with God, with the Universe, with herself, she is right where she has to be.
I visualize the day our path will meet…
But for now, in the meantime, I visualize my friend surrounded by love
Surrounded by friends and family
Surrounded by a safe space to be vulnerable
Surrounded by options and opportunities to be what she decides to be
I don’t believe in strict paths…we as the universe can be so creative on the way things can go.
I surround my friend with clarity and creativity, so she can unite the path she wants to travel and fully enjoy them.
Things can be hard, but I know my friend is not here just to paint inside the canvas.

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Dearest  sweetheart Teal. This was very devastating to read and I am so so so sorry  that you once again had to go through so much pain. I am glad that you have your family ,your husband ,your son and team with you. I have experienced very difficult surgery  and it took a while to repair .There is a time for the body, for  the mind and the emotions. After the tour ,please take time to heal yourself.We love you and if you do not do anything else this year other than heal yourself it is fine by most of us I think. You walk the talk and maybe this i just what so so many of us also need to do at this time. So much love and healing energy to you beloved ,beautiful Teal.I love you .

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Teal, what you resist, persists. You know that, so stop resisting. Go talk to Anita Moorjani about this. I have been asked to tell you this. The Boss asked me just now. You know who "The Boss" is. Bless You for who you are, and see yourself healed AS IF IT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED. And when you give lectures, from now on STAND. Do not sit as you are decreasing your personal power when you do sit. We love you....

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I'm so sorry Teal. My mom had a hysterectomy when I was 6 and I have been diagnosed with the same condition that she had. Part of my life purpose is making modern life more compatible with being female. You have helped me with this purpose so much. Reading this has had deep impact on me, it is a struggle I understand in my bones.

I'm so sorry you had to experience this. 
 

 

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Hi Teal, I felt your sadness imbued in this blog. I related to you and your struggles. I had my first baby in October of 2021 and despite my yearning for a natural birth medical complications led me to having a C-section. excruciating is the only adjective.
It is heart-wrenching to feel the powerlessness and grief. My womb is grieving with you and she senses and understands your pain. 
I’m sorry for your loss and the death of such a valued friend. 
I know you chose correct and think you did the best thing. 
 

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I'm so sorry Teal. As someone who has also had to deal with the pain of endometriosis, my heart breaks for you. I send you so much love for your journey of healing and recovery. I pray for your peace of heart and mind 

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You remain an everblooming flower in our eyes, no amount of surgery will make you wither.

The ripples your beautiful loving and caring petals create will forever color the darkened places on this Earth.

May you be blessed tenfolds by all the healing you have provided already.

Love you long time sweet woman take all the time you need to heal!

💗

 

 

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