Queen Afua: Sacred Woman
"She is woman with a phenomenal spiritual vision. A dedicated healer of women's bodies and women's souls; she blends an ancestral rich spiritual cosmology with alternative medicine to teach women how to gain a pain free, tumor free and spiritually charged womb. Meseret Kentake interviewed Queen Afua about her Sacred Woman holistic healing program for women of African descent.
"Queen Afua is a nationally renowned herbalist, holistic specialist, and dedicated healer of women's bodies and souls who practices from an Afrocentric perspective. Through her work as a certified colon therapist, polarity practioner, Hatha Yoga and Ari Ankh Ka Instructor and lay midwife she has guided many people in the art and science of Natural Living.... Opening the Heal Thyself Center in New York...Queen Afua discovered first hand that African women are holding 400 years of
in our wombs. (She says) 'Many who came for consultation were women with womb problems, whether it be
- clotting or
- mood swings...
"In response, the Sacred Woman Training was born" 'to develop the woman on different aspects beyond nutrition (natural foods, juices, fasting) by introducing them to affirmations, meditations and rituals rooted in Khamitic (Ancient Egyptian) temple teachings.' "Before opening the center, Queen Afua...followed the path of ancestral healing and transformed her own life; she went on a healing retreat."
'At the age of eighteen I was filled with disease. I was suffereing from chronic asthma, hayfever and arthritis,' "she explains.... On this retreat, she... Fasted three days on citrus fruits and healed herself returning home renewed... In becoming an awakened African woman, she began to research medicine and healing. She learnt that in the past, African Priestesses and Priests used the knowledge of natural remedies, such as
On a trip to Khamit (Egypt) she saw the spiritual significance of a woman's womb in the form of the Neter (Goddess) Nut. This led her to recognizing the womb as the female sacred center. In her latest book, Sacred Woman: A guide to Healing the Feminine Body, MInd and Spirit Queen Afua writes, 'Arit is the original Khamitic word for spiritual energy center or gateway.' "The aritu (plural) are also referred to the second chakra representing the aspects of procreation, inspiration and family....
- and hydrotherapy to heal.
Therefore, if the womb has been damaged in any way, a woman's level of creativity and inspiration, stability, success in relationships and fertility levels are potentially impaired. The (sacred) womb is the first gate to the Nine Gateways spiritual rites of passage encountered in the Sacred Woman training.... Queen Afua's own research into the gynecological concerns that affects us discovered that, 'African (in America) women are more likely to have a hysterectomy, are hospitalized longer and are at higher risk for complications and death than European women.'
"Queen Afua's theory is that fibroids are not just physical pains but also emotional pains. 'Women usually suffer from fibroids around the age of 35 years and it is the same for prostate cancer in African men. A MAN IS REFLECTION OF THE WOMAN'S STATE. THEY ARE OUR MIRROR IMAGE. WE ARE SHARING THE SAME EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE AND TOXIC FOODS. WE ARE STILL SUFFERING FROM SEASONING OF 400 YEARS OF SLAVERY...'
" 'Women who have had a hysterectomy can still benefit. 'Our ancestors believed that life is eternal,' she elaborates. 'Although you may have left your phy sical body, you continue to ascend in spirit. If the womb has been removed, you still have a spiritual womb that you can pray from and still feel the force of your creative energy flowing.' "
Excerpted from African Business & Culture VOL. 2 No. 14, 2001; pgs 15 to 19.
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