“Here is the deepest secret nobody knows, (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)” ~ EE Cummings.
Dr Azra Bertrand and Seren Bertrand are award-winning authors and soul enchanters, dedicated to the rebirth of the feminine mysteries and to remembering the earth-honoring, womb-centric, wisdom traditions of shamanic and sacred feminine lineages from across the world. Through storytelling, spiritkeeping, music and visionary journeying, they create space for the emergence of our radiant, embodied ecology of love.
Through their international Grail Mystery School, The Fountain of Life, their Womb Awakening teachings have spanned the globe to over 40 countries, profoundly touching many thousands of people, and inspiring a worldwide remembrance of Womb Consciousness and the sacred wisdom of Grail Shamanism.
Azra Bertrand, MD graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, and has a degree in bio-chemistry. He has been a pioneering doctor and mystic for 20 years, helping more than 20,000 people to heal on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. He was born into a lineage of healers, including physicians to the German Royal Court in Renaissance Europe.
Seren Bertrand is a storyteller, author, Womb intuitive, and energetic midwife to the wave of Feminine Womb Consciousness that is bringing balance back onto our planet. She has immersed herself in Womb Awakening practices for over a fifteen years; including Tantric Dance, Kriya Yoga and Seiki Soho (healing through the Life-Force). She was also nominated for an Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting, writing on female Tibetan refugees. Her greatest soul calling is the remembrance of our feminine wisdom traditions.
Their groundbreaking book, ‘Womb Awakening – Initiatory Wisdom From the Creatrix of All Life’ (Inner Traditions) was released during the Solar Eclipse portal on August 22nd 2017, and won the prestigious Nautilus Silver 2017 Award in the category of Women, and well as the 2018 International Book Award, and is available at all good book sellers and online at Amazon and inner traditions.com.
Praise for the book:
“An extraordinary book that is both a revelation and a priceless shamanic guide to the Divine Wisdom of the Feminine — obliterated and obfuscated by patriarchal religion for five millennia: a wondrous, generous, astonishing, deeply researched and utterly extraordinary gift to women and men who are searching for the true meaning of the Holy Grail and the deeper purpose of their lives on this planet.” Anne Baring
Seren and Azra live in the Ancient Mother Mountains of Appalachia, with their two cat-guides Merlin and Lyra, and devote their lives to opening deeper into Union and love.
The journey of Sacred Marriage and intimate relationship is their greatest teacher, and fills them with joy and divine purpose.
Words of Love… “I believe that the essence and energy that Seren and Azra have committed to embodying together is a great inspiration and catalyst. They are brilliant, hilarious, and radiant… but their realness and devotion to Love and Sacred Union with one another is what truly inspires. They are truly midwifing a monumental shift in consciousness on the planet. I’m so grateful to witness them on this path of Love and awakening to our human birth-rites.” ~ Elizabeth Isis Martini, Asheville, USA.
Azra Bertrand, MD
Aged 19, Dr Bertrand journeyed round the world immersing himself on an awakening soul voyage, living with an indigenous tribe in the deep forests of Indonesia accessible only by canoe, meeting with nomadic tribes, studying with a shaman-priest in Bali, and finally leaving the civilized world for months, living in the wilds of Alaska to be initiated by the primal energies of Gaia and to receive his calling from Divine Mother…read more
Azra then followed his calling as a healer and shaman of consciousness to study bio-chemistry as an undergraduate, with an interest in modern physics, going on to take his medical degree at Duke University, a top medical school in the USA. After spending 7 years in formal medical training, he worked with the power of consciousness and dark field microscopy, to explore the magical healing potentials that we all contain, with many success stories that modern medicine would call ‘miracle cures’.
Drawn to alternative medicine and cutting-edge alchemical science and research, his studies extended from family and relationship psychotherapy to neuro-science and clinical hypnosis – where he was trained in the power of the subconscious mind and the miracle of ‘mind over matter’ by Holly Forester-Miller PhD, who herself underwent major abdominal surgery under hypnosis without any anesthetic, with live footage documented on publicly available videos. He was also mentored by Larry Burk, M.D., author of a scientific study and book of how people can self-diagnose medical illness through dreams.
He also spent a year engaged in primary research at the National Institute of Health Primate Center (NIH), observing primate behavior and its relation to the neuro-endocrine system, which gave him some unique insights into human behavior, the healing of early life trauma and the radical potential of the return of Womb Consciousness to heal the world.
During his time as Chief Resident at a hospital in California in 2004, he taught resident doctors concepts and practices of Spiritual Midwifery, as advocated by the natural birth pioneer Ina Mae Gaskin, and also served as an advocate for and helped to establish a new doula program – which was considered revolutionary and radical at the time. After attending over 150 births, he felt deeply that women should be empowered in their birth experiences – and that birth was a mystical and profoundly sacred initiation for both mothers and fathers, that should be honored.
Using many therapeutic modalities, from allopathic to energy medicine and spiritual healing, he has helped more than twenty thousand patients heal over fifteen years, including witnessing breast cancers going into spontaneous remission, and patients ‘regrowing’ heart tissue in a way orthodox medicine classes as impossible, using cutting edge treatments that work with the regenerative power of our cellular Life Force.
In his quest to help restore vitality and radiance to people, he immersed in studying Core Energetics for 4 years, including a 2 year teacher training course. This form of body-based psychotherapy was pioneered by Dr John Pierrakos, MD, a student of Wilhelm Reich – author of ‘The Function of the Orgasm’, a peer of Carl Jung, and pioneer of somatic therapy, which helps to shift trauma and emotional blocks stored in the body, known as ‘body-armoring’. Dr Bertrand knew this was a huge key in embodying consciousness and Shakti power at a cellular level, and healing negative pathways in the psyche.
Dr Bertrand also studied at the Oneness university in India with Sri Bhagavan Kalki, where he took 1st and 2nd level training and gave hundreds of deeksha energy transmissions – also known as shaktipat. He also studied Reiki levels 1 – 3 to immerse in the power of energy healing, and was invited by John of God to observe and study his energy healing techniques in Brazil, which are famous for facilitating miraculous healings in some of his patients.
Interested in the healing potential of nutrition, Dr Bertrand also trained in macrobiotic nutrition at the Kushi Institute, as well as in raw food nutrition. He spent 2 years eating a macrobiotic diet, and then another 2 years as a dedicated raw foodist, predominantly fruitarian.
Throughout this intensive training program as a modern ‘medicine man’, his deepest calling was always the Path of Love. In a psychic reading, he was told he would experience an ‘awakening’ in this lifetime through the Feminine. Called by this knowing, and the echoes of his own Celtic and Cathar lineage, he pilgrimaged to the Isis Pyramid in Egypt and visited Black Madonna and Magdalene sites across Europe to commune with the Sacred Feminine. He knew his soul calling was the Return of the Feminine, in a way that embraced and healed the Masculine too.
Dr Bertrand’s journey is guided by a powerful experiential vision of Mary Magdalene, who appeared to him during a pilgrimage when he was 28, and made her Presence known to him. He was so profoundly moved by this frequency of pure love, that on the spot he made a sacred vow to dedicate his life in service of the Magdalene and to be a Guardian of the Womb for the Sacred Feminine, in all her many forms.
Seren Swannesha Bertrand
Seren Bertrand is dedicated to helping women awaken their Womb Power, and to assisting rebirth the Masculine into his true gifts – bringing the masculine and feminine together into Sacred Union, and birthing a new frequency of consciousness.
She graduated with a degree in English Literature and Modern Philosophy in 1993, before embarking on the twin-paths of a career in writing, as well as journeying deeply into the spiritual path of Shakti, as it weaves across many traditions. She has explored Womb healing for fifteen years, including healing her own endometriosis, and has pilgrimaged through the awakening of the 7 Gates of the Womb Medicine Wheel that lives within. She is passionate about the practical, embodied awakening of women and men, in a mystical yet no-nonsense way, which calls us into our true feelings, brings us back into the body, and roots us into Earth.
As a child Seren was surrounded by the ancient Celtic Grail rituals of Holy Well dressings, Beltane May Queens, and Maypole dancing. She was blessed with the symbolic magic of attending circles led by a woman named Brown Owl, where she danced the Circle around a large statue of a red and white magical mushroom, representing the Aminita Muscaria famous in fairy and witch lore. The ancient landscape around Mam Tor in the north of England, with its memories of ancient Awenydd spirit keepers, mystical peaks, deep caves and ruined castles, spoke deeply to her imagination. These infusions of the Old Ways of the Priestess forever touched and inspired her feminine soul. To read about the lands of Mam Tor, the Lost Grail Goddess, and the living traditions of Well Worship Click Here.
In 2001, studying Seiki Soho with Japanese Shiatsu Master and initiated Shinto priest Akinobu Kishi was a life changing experience, teaching her the feminine healing art of ‘listening’ with touch. Seiki is ‘living energy’ – allowing the spontaneous flow of Shakti to heal. Kishi’s presence has been described as ‘world stopping’, and Seren experienced the profound blessing of her Womb coming alive and ‘breathing again’ with his touch. Sensei Kishi left his body in 2012, but his teachings are carried on by his wife Kyoko Kishi, who previously apprenticed for 10-years with a Master Kimono artisan, making handcrafted Kimonos according to the old tradition of the Japanese arts.
As part of her ‘Shakti studies’, she has immersed in Kabbalah, Kundalini & Hatha yoga, and Kriya Yoga & Meditation in the Himalayas with Yogi Shivam in the lineage of Dooninath Babaji, a Saivite Sadhu who lived in a remote ashram at the foothills of the Himalayas and who left his body in 2012. Over the last 20-years, she has made pilgrimages to many sacred sites to connect deeply with the power of Shakti. Including the Jagganath Temple in Puri, Orissa; the Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa; the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu; and the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, amongst others.
Plus initiations at a remote Himalayan Chamunda Devi temple, where she crawled into a ‘womb cave’ inside the heart of the temple for a ritual blessing; visiting the Jwala Devi Temple in Himachel Pradesh (one of the 51 Shaktipeethas, said to be where the tongue of Sati fell), where Seren experienced the earth literally move – thanks to an earthquake – whilst reciting Kali mantras; and visiting a remote Shakti site with her Beloved during the Venus transit in 2012, which houses a ‘pindi’ (a sacred stone believed to be a manifestation of the Mother Goddess), that originates from the tantric temple of Khamakaya in Assam.
Her devotional path has led her on many magical journeys, from ashrams and Himalayan yogi-lairs in India, to Celtic Goddess, Black Madonna and Magdalene sites in Europe.
In 2010, Seren had the good fortune to study Odissi Dance, a Sacred Moon Dance once practiced by Tantric Priestesses, which was used in ancient times to help fertility, assist in childbirth, open feminine Shakti and create the container for Tantric Ceremony. She spent five months in a remote tribal village in Orissa, India, living with an Indian Odissi Guru and his beautiful family, studying the ancient art of temple-dance, and training every day in the dance form, spiritual philosophy, with chant and mantra lessons, plus taking part in various Odissi performances and experiencing sacred ceremonies and village religious festivals, and working with a tribal medicine man on Womb healing.
Seren is also a writer and Spirit Keeper of Stories, weaving the feminine myths back into life. In 2009, during a pilgrimage to the ancient feminine sacred site at St Baume in the South of France, now dedicated to Mary Magdalene, she received the message from Magdalene to ‘write her love story’. She understood that the world needed ‘re-storying’ in order to re-member the dazzling cosmic love story that lives in our hearts, and at the heart of creation. She is currently writing Lost Scrolls, a novel about Mary Magdalene, the Pre-Raphaelite Muses and a secret Sisterhood of Swan Priestesses. She has published three books previously, including No Safe Place (available on www.amazon.co.uk) – a book written about Emily Christie’s courageous journey to heal from sexual abuse.
During her time as an editor on a national women’s glossy magazine, she was one of twenty journalists invited to Downing Street by then Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss his policies on women’s issues. Seren was also nominated for an Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting, for her coverage of the plight of female Tibetan refugees, and has appeared on BBC news and national radio talking about love and relationships.
Her greatest Soul calling has always been the Path of Love, the Feminine Christ lineages and the return of the Magdalene Womb Mysteries and Sacred Union Consciousness to renew and rebirth our world into Innocence. She is allowing the spiral of love to ‘undo’ her every day – walking towards the light and the dark at the same time, to merge them.
Seren currently studies harp with award-winning harpist and songwriter Ani Williams (www.aniwilliams.com), and she and Azra have a family of sacred harps and lyres used for healing, shamanic ceremony and prophecy – including a Womb Lyre, Sacred Union Lyre, and Swan Lyre – who holds the sound frequency of the Feminine Christ.
With gratitude to wise women mentors, Ani Williams, Ruth Jacobsen PhD, Linda Banks, Araya TaNaa, Alice Whieldon PhD – co-author of ‘Sei-Ki: Life in Resonance‘, and to all those who have touched her heart and soul on the journey. We are weaving as a web.