MysticMag chats with Certified Journey Practitioner, Intra-Uterine Life Therapist and Prenatal- and Childbirth Educator, Christina Warmenbol. Christina’s journey to healing and self-discovery began when she realized her struggle with depression and feeling disconnected from herself. Through introspection and exploration of her subconscious, she uncovered forgotten experiences from her prenatal life that had shaped her emotional state. Her quest for healing led her to study prenatal psychology and become a Childbirth Educator. However, it was through The Journey therapy that she delved even deeper into her hidden pains and patterns, clearing the way for her to embrace her mission of helping others in their healing journey. Today, Christina invites others to join her on a path of transformation and conscious parenting, sharing her experience and expertise with compassion and authenticity.
Your journey towards healing and self-discovery started at 25 years old when you realized you were feeling depressive and cut off from your emotions. Could you share more about the process of uncovering forgotten experiences and how it led you to become a Certified Journey Practitioner and Intra-Uterine Life Therapist?
I already knew several years before I was 25 that the prenatal period is a very important part of life that determines a lot of difficulties in later life. So as a 25 year old when I went along with my day I wanted to feel good, rejoice in nature or in the sun, but I felt stuck, locked up, not being able to let beneficial energies come in. I also knew about a way to get in contact with my deeper self by going down the steps and coming in contact with my subconscious.
One day, it was clear I needed to take the time to sit down and look for the origins of this block. I decided to meditate, seeing myself going down a spiral staircase. I turned and turned, always deeper till I saw at the bottom of the staircase a space where a tiger jumped before me. I asked what it stood for and my mother appeared: she invited me to sit down next to her and said: ‘I’ll tell you about the time you were in my belly.’ I agreed but I was a bit fearful that I would not be able to get through this experience safely alone, without a guide or a therapist. So I asked the invisible world to send me a light being to guide me. I felt a presence in which I felt safe.
My mother told me how she wanted to have 7 children and I was only the 5th. She already had 4 boys between 1 and 6 years old. She felt overwhelmed. Her heart was open for another child, as she liked children a lot. But her body wasn’t strong enough: she had migraines and back pain frequently. I felt that I shouldn’t have been there, because I didn’t feel completely welcome. I felt her love but also her rejection. This ambivalence made me insecure, I felt unworthy. This experience lifted a whole lot of the blockage. I finally understood where I was stuck and I was able to gradually change the programming. I continued to read lots of books about prenatal experiences and taught future parents about it as a childbirth educator. But it was not until I moved to Canada that I learned to work with these prenatal experiences with Dr. Claude Imbert with whom I learned to deepen out all aspects of this vulnerable period, like the moment of incarnation, conception, the discovery by my mom of the pregnancy , the vanishing twin syndrome, birth etc. All these elements I deepened out in my own life, but also learned to guide other people through it. I finally certified as a Therapist of Intra-Uterine Life (in French: Sophro-Analyse).
In the meantime I gave birth to my son. The situation of being pregnant while my husband passed away has brought me my own experience of pregnancy in a difficult setting. It taught me how to transform all this by being aware of my thoughts, feelings and talking to my baby in utero.
After a few years working with this Therapy of Intra-Uterine Life I felt the need to expand my way of working by learning to find the emotional roots of an illness also after birth. I found a great method in The Journey. I was able to clear even more negative imprints for myself and learned to work with others. I certified in 2016.
Your expertise includes prenatal and childbirth education. How do you guide future parents in influencing their unborn baby’s life positively, and what are the key aspects you emphasize during your talks and classes?
I teach them about both the possible negative outcomes studied by science and examples of how difficult situations that are not cleared by the mother will give negative imprints in her unborn baby. E.g. A mother who is too busy to bond with the baby or give attention from her heart to her unborn baby, will likely have a baby who will create the belief that he is unworthy and is set up for failure or emotional weakness.
Science has seen that anxiousness, depression and stress all impact the baby both emotionally and physically. Once they understand how important the consciousness of the mother is during pregnancy, I give them lots of ideas on how to make positive imprinting happen. I bring up ideas like making time for relaxation and bonding every day at least 5 minutes, by listening to inspiring music, visualizations and meditation. Reading uplifting literature, being creative by singing, writing poetry, coloring mandalas, painting, dancing or walks in nature etc. But as life is not always ideal and stress can be present, I tell them to talk to the baby about the difficulties that are happening and that it is mom’s difficulty only, so that the baby doesn’t feel responsible for mom’s stress, which is a very normal reaction in the babies’ mind. Just tell the baby that it is loved, and welcome and that is the most important message it needs to hear and feel.
Also the father is addressed as his role is to care for the mother: surrounding her with care, respect and love so she can in turn be there for her child. He is also invited to bond with the baby before birth so that a strong connection can be built early on between him and the baby, which gives an important feeling of safety for the baby.
I teach them also about the psychological effects on the baby from different medical interventions during birth and how to avoid them. In case they are unavoidable, how to release the negative impact on the baby during or right after birth.
That is, in a nutshell, what I propose for them to do. Some of the ideas we put into practice during classes.
As an Occupational Therapist, you believe that illness is the expression of deeper unhealed traumatic experiences. How does your approach to therapy differ from conventional methods,
and how do you work towards clearing emotional blocks and promoting healing?
First of all, Occupational Therapy doesn’t yet acknowledge the link between early prenatal – and birth trauma and negative outcomes after birth. Some therapists do, but it is still very rare. I came to that conclusion myself through the scientific literature. That was the reason I wanted to distance myself from that practice and focus on prevention by educating future parents rather than working on the consequences of unconscious prenatal parenting. Also I don’t just believe that there is a link between the first 9 months of life and health conditions after birth, as it is about facts, well documented in the field of Prenatal Psychology and Health.
My approach is, as I mentioned, preventive in the sense of educating future parents.
But in fact the work before conception is of uttermost importance, because it is there that a lot of negative programming needs to be undone: the parent’s own prenatal period and birth can be healed, as well as their own difficult childhood experiences and relationship problems so that they don’t give their own heavy luggage to the next generation.
If physical or emotional difficulties come up during pregnancy it is a great way to transform them so that they are put on the path of healing. I have had success in several cases of infertility for instance, or releasing anxiety after a traumatising first birth.
I also work with clients that are not in the childbearing age to release all negative imprints from before or after birth related to emotional distress or physical illness.
Four years ago I also developed the ability to read Akashic Records. I work with clients with general questions – not related to pregnancy. But in some way I often see the link with the start of their life in utero, as well as past lives. Difficulties in past lives are often activated in the 9 months before birth so the person in question will feel the need to heal these past life difficulties. If they are not activated in utero, it is less present in their life and harder to deal with. Somehow there seems to be a reason why negative situations are present in the unborn baby’s life.
My passion is to work with the soul of the unborn baby in order to guide the parents in healing old patterns swiftly and giving the soul the best possible imprints in utero.
You have explored various studies and modalities like Sophrology, Naturopathy, Reflexology, and more. How have these diverse disciplines influenced your practice, and how do you
incorporate them into your therapy sessions?
I use the basic ideas of Sophrology, which is a kind of auto-hypnosis, to learn to relax deeply, to prepare for natural birth and how to deal in an optimal way with possible difficult situations during birth. Naturopathy studies gave me a background in natural ways to heal which I don’t use as a practicing naturopath, but the general knowledge can be used to teach ways to cope with minor health problems. I teach foot reflexology points regarding birth in my prenatal classes.
Transformation and self-discovery are ongoing journeys for all of us. How do you continue to learn and grow in your personal and professional life, and how does this ongoing journey impact your work with clients seeking healing and conscious parenting?
By living consciously, knowing which emotions are part of my daily life, I go on to find the origin of what burdens me in order to release it. I am learning continuously with books about prenatal science, about free sovereign birth experiences. I recently certified as a baby massage instructor so mothers can continue to bond and care for their baby after birth and I will add that to my services. I am in the process of learning more about marketing, which is also an essential part of bringing the word out.
Daily meditation is of course the best way to evolve and develop and receive downloads of ideas. Every session with clients teaches me a lot and confirms this precious but vulnerable link between life before and after birth. I am currently writing a book that will bring together my own life experiences both before birth and during my pregnancy as well as my experiences with clients and all my insights in how to bring a soul into this world so it can shine from the beginning.
If you would like to find out more about Christina Warmenbol, visit https://www.lightstepsforyou.com/ or https://www.akashicsoulwisdom.net/