Seasons of a Woman – July Body Map

JULY – Woman of Earth

by Sue Curtis


My Body Map Story

Woman of Earth

“My body map revealed itself over 5 years, starting with a diagnosis of a rare cancer that initially left me wheelchair bound. It journeys through pain, trauma and disability, 2 years of torturous treatments and finally rehabilitation.


Through movement explorations, deep listening and sensing I discovered strength in my vulnerability. Images revealed themselves, protective and bleeding dragons, Navaho bravery, and ultimately the challenge of believing I had it within me (literally the stem cells for transplant) to heal myself.


Placed within my Physio’s hands, I am framed by the hands of people who have supported me through this journey.


My body map has accompanied me through silent retreats, is a living prayer and portrays my place in God’s hands where I am whole.


The Woman of Earth image (bottom left) found words


Woman of earth what brings you here, to this long forsaken place where time long left this aching ground? Why sit you here? Nothing lives here; have you come here to die?


The woman of earth said nothing – she had no words. In truth she didn’t know why she had arrived in this desolate place, she only knew that she was exhausted from travelling and that her legs could journey no more.


And so her weary body crumpled beneath her, planting itself amidst the dust – knowing this was where it was meant to settle. So with nothing left to give she sat perched upon the dry, cracked earth and silently waited…..


The woman of earth waited for a long time, in silence, barely moving, just listening to the silence until, almost imperceptivity she reached out her hand and touched the earth and arching back she opened her soul.


A deep and haunting cry emerged from deep within her, echoing across the barren land – reverberating and resonating through the fragile cracks in the earth below her, then in silent stillness she began to weep and weep.


Her tears bled into the core of veins that had run dry, filling hands that now gripped and cloyed and clasped the wet muddy earth of forgotten life.


Then the woman of earth spoke – not in words, but in silent movement…..


She stretched forth her limbs, sensing the touch of the living soil of desert rock beneath her.   Embracing the shifting particles with her delicate listening skin, she curled and rolled, yielding to its pulse and surrendered to its deep call. Her breath whispered into membranes awaiting the intimate warmth of her being.


The once dry earth swelled and heaved to meet the contours of her body, moulding in a gentle caress around her starved bones.


Together they lay

entwined as one

a single heartbeat

ebbing and flowing

ringing out softly

from the place of

indwelling – revealing

lost truths of

grief’s wisdom


For a long time they lay together in the comfort of peace until the woman of earth’s body beckoned her to sit and the earth released her. She sat and gazed upon the place they had lay, smiling in simple wonder at the imprint of her body, like a quiet shroud telling its mysterious tale.


The woman of earth did not know if she would return or whether, perhaps she might sit again in some other distant calling land. She knew not where she would go next or how to get there – she knew only this; the gentle urging of her body to step.”

15 thoughts on “Seasons of a Woman – July Body Map”

  1. i went into the studio yesterday to work and i was totally in awe of your body map, the depth of journey that was expressed within each stroke and limb and image, and the dark night of the soul so deeply experssed and surrender from death to rebirth, thank you so much for sharing and offering such depth and love to us Sue, i felt so honoured, for me you speak through your words and body map of the very heart of birthing the feminine soul and the many different ways as women we are being asked to meet this place through our individual journeys, i feel how inspiring you are and the beacon of light you now offer the world from the darkest places.. bowing from the heart to you sister x

  2. Sue, I read with loving smile of your painful and body-ful journey mapped out over time. Such rich images speak so clearly and yet so privately . Thank you for sharing and thank you for putting me in touch with Annette and her work as it was through your descriptions of the process that I was enticed forward to explore. I wish your woman of the earth well. hugs

    1. Aaah so glad Penny and you know, i only just saw you can post comments here lol – brain not in gear, so wanted to say how beautiful it was to see yours too and know you had experienced the wonder of Annette’s work x

  3. Natasha Sackey

    Dear Sue, I don’t have many words only tears that keep welling.. A ‘living prayer’ from such a desolate place that creates such beauty.. that breaks my heart and breaks me open in the same breathe..its hard to describe but it brings tears and a smile. Earth woman is beautiful..thank you Sue for sharing yourself with us all.

  4. Dearest Sue~ I am in awe as I sit here, having just read your amazing story! I knew you were a beautiful and strong young lady, one that I have always looked up to as an example of how I would want to handle my own health difficulties, but I now feel even more overwhelmed by your faith & strength. Thank you for sharing your journey back from such a difficult time. You have inspired me even more! You are a beautiful champion Sue! It seemed as if there was no surrender to your fight with cancer, but instead an acceptance and meeting of the battle– in that way, you conquered so much! May God bless you always!

  5. Awesome testimony, I acknowledge wholeheartedly your strength and vulnerability. With love, Jill.

  6. Rebecca Miller

    Dear Sue,
    Your body map and Woman of Earth text just moved me to tears. Meeting you has inspired me! Thank you, for doing this strong and important work.

    1. Thank you Rebecca – I do hope you get to meet Annette someday – sending you best wishes for the Phd x

  7. Dear Sue,
    Thank you for being so open and sharing this experience from the depths of your Being/ of our Being. How encouraging to know that Mother Earth can support us in this way when we surrender our pain to Her and allow our tears to nurture Her.
    An absolute honour to meet you,
    With love and blessings,

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