What’s in Your Cells?
by Dana da Ponte ~
We are still in the transitional season of Spring. One of the emotional themes I work with in this season is healing the inner child.
As I was creating a healing journey for my clients around this theme, which I thought would address the attachment wounds we experience as babies and toddlers, my guardian angel Cassandra interrupted me and said the words: “cell division.” In my imagination I saw a baby in the womb. Apparently, Cassandra wanted me to address the attachment wound from further back in our development than I had considered.
I researched and came across a detailed explanation of how our body is formed from one single cell that divided and multiplied over and over again. Not to get all science on you, but if you want to really absorb this week’s Spirit message we must start there. If you were awake in Grade 4’s health class, you know you started out as a sperm and an egg. Those microscopic beginnings held all the information needed to create your body.
There was information from your father’s side (the 23 male chromosomes) and information from your mother’s side (the 23 female chromosomes). This is when you became a single cell. It’s true. You were once just one solitary little cell with all the genetic information you needed to create your heart and your brain and every part of your body. Amazingly, the DNA in that one little cell that you once were, contained all the instructions needed for you to develop into the adult you are now. That’s a lot of information in one little cell!
Once you became a single cell, your mom’s information intertwined with your dad’s information and made this beautifully twisted DNA strand. That strand then replicated itself and you then became one single cell but with two DNA strands in it.
At that point, the two DNA strands moved away from each other and stayed at opposite ends of the single cell you once were. A crease then formed on the equator of the single cell that you once were and you divided into two separate cells.
Those two cells (that were once you) kept dividing. Two cells became four, four became eight and so on your cells divided repeatedly.
As a group of busy dividing cells, you had to implant yourself on the inner wall of your mom’s uterus. In prenatal development, they refer to this as the attachment process. It is obviously different than the psychological attachment process I was thinking of addressing but imagine the experience you had during this phase of your creation.
In this attachment process, you formed an entry way into your mom’s uterine wall because the cells on her wall were full of nutrients and water. You had cells on the outside of the embryo you were that gathered nutrients from your mom’s uterine wall and fed your inside cells that were too far away from the your mother’s uterine wall to feed themselves. You were as small as a pin head and already your cells were communicating and working together and taking care of each other.
Does any part of this attachment process stir up emotions or triggers for you? If it does, you might want to try this week’s Spirit Art Exercise.
Spirit Art Exercise:
Draw a large circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Imagine this big circle represents you. Draw a bunch of smaller circles inside the big circle. These smaller circles represent the very first cells that divided and multiplied to create the person you are now.
What information do you imagine they carried? Color the circles that represent your cells while thinking about the information you suspect you carry from your parents or from your ancestors.
If you were adopted or are unfamiliar with your biological parents, what information do you suspect they passed down to you? Again, this doesn’t have to be right. It’s more about exploring your thoughts and feelings around the information you carry from your ancestors than it is about accuracy.
When I completed this art journey, I got a sense of the impermanence of my body and the eternal nature of my spirit. I wasn’t expecting such a profound experience.
I used watercolors and markers to color the cells and as I was mixing the colours, I was thinking about how I want bright colors to represent my spirit because they make me feel vibrant and joyful. But then I thought my spirit is not a color at all. Instead, it is the water I’m using the mix the paint and the colors represent my body.
That seems more accurate to me somehow. The water can mix with any color it wants to. Perhaps in this life my cells look one way but in another life they will look entirely different because I am not the cells or all the information carried in them, I am the life force that animates them.
My ancestors gave me the blessing of sharing all the information I needed to be who I am today in this body but who I am today isn’t who I will always be so it’s important to me to appreciate what I have now – the good, the messy and the colorful.
Dana da Ponte is a professional intuitive, artist and certified MAP Practitioner. She helps empaths and highly sensitive people manage anxiety, overwhelm and negative thinking so they can break free of self-sabotaging patterns and claim the intuitive and creative powers that come with their sensitivities. You can visit her online at danadaponte.com and sign up to get her free moon pages delivered to your inbox every full and new moon or join her free community Art Journaling with the Moon for Intuitive Healing