Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual flow. There are times when this is normal, as in pregnancy and menopause. It can also occur in athletes when they are performing continuous, demanding physical exertion.
However, when there is no natural explanation for it, amenorrhea typically means that we are using an exaggerated, compensating aspect of our masculine and rejecting our feminine as inadequate to deal with the situation.
These judgments on our femininity may create problems with men. We may become angry or competitive and project the issues we have with our own femininity on our father, partner, brothers, co-workers and men in general.
In our rebellion against the feminine we become manlike. The root of the issue revolves around our belief that we didn’t have our father’s love and acceptance.
We feel as if we have to step into our exaggerated masculine self, or else face being too weak to protect ourselves, our children, or our creative projects.
By accepting our mother and father equally, we bring our own masculine and feminine into balance and end the conflict, thereby releasing ourselves from the fear and overdrive that it has been resorting to in its attempt to reach a new level in our life.
This symptom reflects a holding on to the past and being back in the dissociated masculine resisting the next phase of our life because of a lack of confidence.
Love and Bonding
From 'Healing the Body Through Mind and Metaphor'
© Chuck Spezzano and Janie Ticehurst 2005
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