Yesterday morning, a new co-worker shared with me that she wishes she was pregnant again. Surprised, I asked her, "Why?"
While I could appreciate a woman wanting to have a child in order to bring new life into the world, this yearning somehow sounded different. It sounded like a yearning for the pregnancy experience itself. Generally, pregnancy is not a comfortable experience. So why anyone would crave pregnancy sounded mysterious to me and indeed it was.
"When I was pregnant I had a few very precious psychic / prophetic moments. They felt really special. Also, my overall creativity level was on a much higher level. I was in much deeper spiritual contact than I am now.", She offered.
This was something very new to me. Being a man, I never before considered that pregnancy can bring a woman to experience elevated spiritual states.
My mind flashed to a teaching in "The Gate of Reincarnation" that seemed suggestive of such a possibility, in a closely related scenario (where a mother gives birth to a girl whose soul had previously been attached to her own). Recalling the reasoning behind this teaching, I explained to my co-worker, "Probably the reason you had these experiences is because you were carrying an extra soul within you. Think for a moment, where's the child's soul located while the child is inside of you? Obviously during that time, you're not only carrying the baby's body. You are also carrying the baby's soul - especially during the stages when the body is not formed enough to fully hold a soul. So it makes a lot of sense to me that with the presence of an 'extra soul' you were probably granted additional soul power, heightening your reception to spiritual vibes and elevated spiritual states."
Today, I was a bit concerned that I have never heard from other women that they had similar experiences during pregnancy. Additionally, I found it a bit disturbing that after I posted a quickly written spontaneous version of this story on FaceBook, my co-worker's experience seemed to only strike a chord of familiarity with one of the respondents. Other female respondents did not seem to relate. Basically believing her story, I started to wonder whether there might have been other factors that also contributed to her spiritual experiences.
When I bumped into her during lunch time, she explained that she spent the pregnancy in the serene atmosphere of her family farm in rural Pennsylvania. She was very far from anything urban. Her time was spent relaxing and gardening. In other words, she was in a very meditative and nurturing environment. We both understood that a serene atmosphere combined with the entry of another soul where probably key ingredients in producing these experiences for her.
Reflecting on the exchange, I soon came to appreciate that the special life-long bond between mother and child might get its start from this time when the two souls were so closely connected. When souls are so closely connected, even when they part they never part cleanly. Each always leaves a drop itself with the other.