Of Earth Mothers and Creative Rainbow Mamas

STOP PRESS!!!! (JAN 2013)

THIS POST WAS A TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE. IT BECAME THE SEED THAT MY THIRD BOOK – THE RAINBOW WAY : CULTIVATING CREATIVITY IN THE MIDST OF MOTHERHOOD (OUT LATE 2013) IS ALL ABOUT. IT IS THE CREATIVE RAINBOW MAMA’S BIBLE. GET YOUR FREE TASTER E-BOOK VERSION WHEN YOU SIGN UP TO MY MAILING LIST!

 I have just picked up again one of the key texts in my life… Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom 

by Dr Christiane NorthrupI am feeling drained, despondent, exhausted… no sleep and endless infections… it is medicine to the woman’s soul just the reading of it. (If you haven’t discovered this book yet, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It would be my desert island book.)

I came across a passage which resonated so strongly with me that I want to share  with you…

The author Lynn V Andrews once wrote that there are two kinds of 

mothers: Earth Mothers and Creative Rainbow Mothers.

Earth Mothers nurture their children and feed them – and they thrive on this. Our society rewards this kind of woman as the “good mother.”

Creative Rainbow Mothers, on the other hand, inspire their children without necessarily having meals on the table on time.

I know that, beyond a doubt, I’m a Creative Rainbow Mother.

I once read the cookery book “Laurel’s Kitchen” and fantasised about how wonderful it would be to bake bread daily and relish being what Laurel calls “The Keeper of the Keys” – and to create that ever-important nurturing home space. But this is not who I am – and to try to be something I’m not would ultimately do my children and I a great disservice.

I love to be alone. I love to read. I love quiet and music and writing. My soul is fed by long hours of unbroken creative time.

Young children require a much different type of energy – a type of energy I don’t have in abundance.

I too am a Creative Rainbow mother, and trying to be otherwise drains me. I give myself a hard time for trying to do creative stuff when I am exhausted… but actually it is that which makes my life good and right, it is like breathing for me… it is the mothering bit that often I wish I could drop, that doesn’t get the best of me, unless I have had my creative “hit”. I feel guilty, bad, sad, but it is as it is…

A bit more on Creative Rainbow Mothers… Throughout two millenniums, the Mayan civilization has instructed women in La Ultima Madre. In ancient times this ceremony was performed by the great priestesses for the benefit of all pregnant women to give insight to themselves and their children’s souls. After their initiation, they understood why they behaved in a certain manner. Mayans are instructed that there are two types of mothers: Rainbow Mother and Nurturing Mother. Rainbow Mother is the energy of the poet, dancer, and artist. She does not nurture her children, but rather, she inspires them. Nurturing Mother gets married and raises her corn and her children. She loves routine and is very complacent. The Mayans believe that the soul of the mother is inherited by her child. Children are taught to analyze their mother’s propensity which will ultimately become their inheritance. The philosophy claims that without her creative outlet, the Rainbow Mother will feel frustrated and unfulfilled, often turning to alcohol. This can lead her to travel to the other “end of her arrow” where Crazy Woman, the goddess of death, or suicide, resides.

Linda McKay, NYU
And an entire article by Lynn Andrews herself on them… here at Meta Arts magazine

I have just discovered a wonderful new (to me) blog whilst googling this subject: Goddess Guidebook – Click here to view more details do check out her post on the subject- it is a really beautiful site – visually and energetically. Lots of good stuff there from another creative rainbow mama!

So dear reader, does this strike a chord with you? Which are you? I have a feeling there must be another type or two as well…


For more from me on mama-ing, why not read…


The Non-domestic Goddess Shines her Sink
Mothers Meeting – Women’s Sacred Circles
A Love Letter for Mamas
A positive vocabulary of mothering
A mothering badge of honour for a day well done
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