Is the Way Of The Livingness the First Religion to Honour the Menstruation Cycle?

by Vanessa Hawthorne, London, UK


In Catholicism women are not allowed on the altar because they are unclean – because they bleed.

In Judaism you are not to touch anyone when you are bleeding: a quick search on google revealed this quote:

”A menstruating woman defiles everyone and everything she touches”. Hackles up.

I was talking with a young girl recently, who is being brought up as a Muslim; we spoke about being Muslim and what sense she made of their traditions. When I asked how a woman’s period was viewed, she wasn’t sure but knew that a woman could not pray while she is bleeding as her prayers would not be accepted by Muhammad; she can only pray when she is clean.

Not long ago I watched a movie ‘Agora’ – about Hypatia, a renowned astronomer, lecturer in philosophy and a woman who made a ginormous contribution to the development of mathematics during Roman Egypt. In a scene where the Christian priest is reading from what they were implying was the bible and therefore the word of God, that women should be silent, modestly dressed and not really seen – my hackles went up. In this speech he was condemning Hypatia to her death by saying she was a witch. I got angry at this point.

And I was struck by the theme that was staring me in the face:


Internalised message: “there is something God finds unacceptable about you”. I was suddenly struck by what I felt the cause of this systematic denigration of women on a grand scale was all about… fear. Fear of the true power of a woman who honours herself and her period.

But why?


This is something that was news to me too, not that long ago.

Let me take you back a year. It was an Esoteric Women’s Presentation and a woman presented that she had realised she was not in full honouring of herself because her periods came when she was busy at work: that if she were honouring herself fully, her cycle would support her by arriving on her rest days. So my immediate thought was “that’s bonkers!”. Then I suspended disbelief and listened some more – how she had experienced a change by noticing and reflecting on how she had felt and lived her day. Next thought… “this is for ascended masters, not little ol’ moi”.

But fortunately I decided to start paying a little more attention to my day and how I felt. The beginning stages of this process can be read about here: “Re-claiming my Relationship with my Period”. Within six months my period shifted to support me by arriving on the first day after my working week. Now, no ascended master am I, just an ordinary lady.

To say I found this extraordinary is an understatement. It is amazing to feel your body supporting you to this level! On one occasion my period moved itself about by arriving an hour after I finished work. My period has consistently changed cycle length so as to not be heavy when I have a big working day ahead.

I have come to know and experience for myself that our period is never late or early but always exactly on time for what is needed for you to clear and to support you. How beautiful and power-full is that?

So The Way of the Livingness as presented by Serge Benhayon and Natalie Benhayon to the Women’s groups has inspired me (and hundreds of other women) to honour ourselves and the true power of the menstruation to heal. I know of no other religion to do this. And it begs the question:

  • Why do other religions not want women to know this about themselves and actively discourage a loving relationship with their cycles? And follows my next question:
  • Why did women give up on themselves and what they knew all those years ago?

It is for us to reclaim that, and it is a returning to what we already know. It’s not about saying: ‘those bad men’ – if we had stayed in our full power and claimed ourselves fully as women, no matter what, energetic law states that a force can only push you over if you allow it.

I write this so women can have an opportunity to allow the veil to be lifted on the evil (morally wrong) that surrounds us, and to say that there is another way.

The Way of the Livingness is my religion, and I thank God for the grace that I have come across Serge Benhayon and his family and the exemplary way they live that inspires me to live in the full glory that I and everyone else is.

To say I am grateful is an understatement!

242 thoughts on “Is the Way Of The Livingness the First Religion to Honour the Menstruation Cycle?

  1. Thank you for exposing these religions for how they look at women and taking away the veil over my eyes to what we accept as normal and acceptable when it should actually be not accepted at all.

  2. Appreciation and joy are constants every time when I receive my period, not that they are always on time or perfect, but every time they show me deeper what I already know, in the way that I am living, allowing me a deeper appreciation of myself, whether my choices support me or not.

  3. I had never realised how much other religions saw women as unclean when menstruating. I can see now why women have so little self-worth if they are made to feel different and separate to the rest of the congregation when having a period. Women feel more vulnerable at this time and so in their sensitivity they would feel the separation even more. I can also see how this keeps women from stepping into their full power and this is what the priests and rabbis’ of all these religions fear most.This is one of the reasons I love the religion The Way of The Livingness, it is leading the way in honouring women and seeing them as equal and recognising that a woman in her sacredness is what is missing in this crazy world we live in today

    1. Shining the light on the way forward for humanity is definitely what I see being presented by The Way of The Livingness. It feels amazing to be one of those woman who is beginning to feel and honour myself and seeing and feeling the incredible impact this has on everyone around me.

  4. It is interesting why so much effort has gone into this belief that women are lesser and unclean and why it holds such a focus in religion. To me it doesn’t make sense, if God made us then that includes that he made the menstrual cycle for women too- therefore this to is divine. Why are so many religions so focused on ‘owning’ and ‘controlling’ a woman’s body??
    Is it that a woman in her true power actually exposes the falsity of the ideals and beliefs these religions have run with?

  5. It truely is beyond belief the way in which women have been vilified and demeaned by religions throughout the ages. It is deeply appreciated that The Way of The Livingness religion is changing this attitude and belief.

  6. Our human bodies have a grace that supports all of our bodily systems to work together in harmony – so how could we ever consider that a female’s menstrual cycle is any less in its support of this collective harmony of the body as a whole?

  7. The ideals and beliefs that are held in relationship to women and their menstrual cycle, are very archaic and totally without true foundations, and yet religion has used it to keep women as lesser, The Way of The Livingness has very much the opposite view where women are encouraged to reclaim their sacredness and their power, and their menstrual cycle is a time for true healing.

  8. Awesome Vanessa. There was a time, where I too would have thought it a load of absolute rubbish. Cynical I was. I now know from experience as well as from observing the changes in women around me who choose to live a life of consistency in honouring themselves, that it is 100% possible for our periods to work with us and not against us. I’ve suffered awful period pain in the past and continue to do so now, but I’m very aware at the subtle changes that happen when I reflect on how I’ve been with myself.

  9. History exposes the lies, the denigration and control of women and now exposes that we can choose the path that feels true. There is much power in the fragility, tenderness and stillness of women. I too celebrate all that Serge Benhayon and Natalie Benhayon are living now – their reflection offers a future available to us all right now.

  10. Throughout the ages there has been a targeted attack on the sacredness of a woman and what she offers. A woman in her essence shows us our truth and offers humanity a marker. When women honour themselves they bring back a tenderness and depth of love that we all know.

  11. Fascinating Vanessa, women have been reviled for their periods for a long time and while we laugh and mock at the ridiculousness of some of these things you’ve shared, their sentiment is still alive and well today. When one connects with the fact that a woman’s period offers something deeply precious for a woman and the connection with her body, there is little in our language or actions that reflects this level of honouring. Instead we have a series of derogatory, annoying or burdensome words to mark it’s arrival or presence, including having developed a whole segment of medicine dedicated to halting or manipulating it’s natural expression, thereby ignoring the wealth of communication it offers each woman every month in support of her evolution.

  12. To consider that ‘all major religions of the last two thousand years have told women they are unclean’ gives us a true insight of how these religions are not bringing the love of God, they say they do. God will never favour a gender as the different qualities of men and women are precisely what is needed(designed) to bring us back where we are coming from, our divinity and leave earth and form behind. Living with and in cycles is feeling we are part of the grandness and the power of love.

  13. It is interesting that almost all current big religions do picture women as unclean during their period. It just does not make sense how a physical normal process would make a women unclean.

  14. And then there are the countless cultural practices of women actually removing themselves from their communities whilst menstruating… Agreed Vanessa, we have allowed the truth of the woman to be shunned if not vilified, and described as ‘dirty’ if not ‘evil’…
    One cannot but ask, how powerful is the woman’s cycle then, in relation to all within her sphere? How vehemently the service she has the capacity to offer has been resisted, that such an imbalance has held sway?

  15. A woman who has reclaimed her own body and an ever-deepening relationship with her own menstrual cycle (or moon cycle if no longer menstruating), knows that the cleansing she experiences when menstruating is not for herself alone.
    We have allowed the most insidious of transgressions here – that this truth has not be deeply valued – and rather than receive the blessing so offered by the woman at-one with her body, it has been pushed, firmly indeed, away…
    Agreed Vanessa, that The Way of The Livingness does no such thing, and actually offers the complete reverse – an honouring of the woman and her natural cycles and ways at the deepest level I know.

  16. I am appreciative of what you have written in this blog Vanessa; it is so supportive of women to claim their equality and their bodily cycles, thank you;
    “I write this so women can have an opportunity to allow the veil to be lifted on the evil (morally wrong) that surrounds us, and to say that there is another way.”

  17. When my period feels to be inconvenient in any way – when it arrives and how it is, it is me that is out of rhythm, and what my body reveals is a confirmation of the way I have been living.

  18. This is a mind blowing blog, its hard to believe that this is not front page news. I can attest to the fact that my period is a completely different experience than it once was. It never comes at work and if it does, I know that it is because the way I have been conducting my day, week or month. The other day I took a couple of days off to go away to Sydney but I knew that leading up to the trip I was stressed about going away and wasn’t myself, my period came while I was there, it was my days off, so technically it was behaving but my period is way more intelligent than that, I knew this was an indication of me being off point because I it did not feel right having my period on my weekend away. It is simple really, live in a way that supports your body and your body will support you.

  19. There is harmoniousness in our Universe that we can all tune into and align with – or we can fight it, negate it and dismiss it. Our bodies are the connection to this harmoniousness and when we start to honour them with true care and love, we experience this flow. It is our choice to make.

    1. This is very beautiful what you have shared Richard, and this harmony is within every one of our bodies, men as well as women, it is within every one of our particles, and of all the particles in the universe. We can feel if we are on par with the universe on this or not, and our bodies are always telling us how we can move closer to this harmony.

      1. It is truly beautiful the alignment to the universe, what fascinates me is how much most of us fight this simple alignment in order to stay in our individuality. Incredible that we should seek this over the flow of the stars in our veins.

  20. The joy that is felt with my every period is undeniable and it will always be unreservedly reflected. My periods do not always come on my day off, and I do not always have a day off in a week, but it is how I feel with myself when my periods come, and how my periods are whether they are heavy or light, that I know how I have been with myself that month. Whether it reflects to me my honoring to myself or whether it is showing me the blessing of clearing what has not supported me, allows me to feel an unreserved joy that is purely me, as a woman.

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