Preconception, Conception & Pregnancy

March 6 - April 3

Watch half of Module 2 video material, until 2:30


TUESDAY, April 3, 5-6:30PM PACIFIC / 8-9:30PM EASTERN

Video call #2a

April 3 - May 1

Watch the rest of Module 2 video material



Video call #2b


Home Practice, Part 1

  • Check in with your buddy 2 times during March
  • Watch the webinar Tracking the Five Phase Sequence, password: Simkin (video embedded below), note any questions you have — it's fine to watch this anytime during March and April
  • Schedule your second personal session
  • Track when you dissociate or speed up, we will be learning more about the autonomic nervous system as we go, for now start to notice your body sensations and keep a document or pages in a notebook where you can write down what you feel with each part of the material, e.g. "I felt confused during the part about implantation", feel free to bring these notes to your personal session and our video conference
  • Choose one thing from the Resources page to practice, such as: Mother Earth Father Sky meditation, Self-Touch Sequence to Regulate Your Nervous System, Good Parent Messages

Home Practice, Part 2

  • Check in with your buddy 2 times during April
  • Schedule your second personal session if you haven't already
  • Track yourself in the 5 phases:
    • choose an event/project/experience and track yourself through each of the 5 phases
    • check in with yourself throughout each day: what phase am I in right now?
    • choose one phase and notice how you feel in your body when you are in it, e.g. how do I feel in the beginning (intention phase) of things?


Tracking the 5 Phase Sequence — webinar at bastyr University

Password: simkin

Primal Sequence

The Primal Sequence is a map of experience, composed of five phases: intention, preparation, action, follow through, and integration. Our first experience of the sequence is the beginning of our life: conception, embryological development and birth. Through exploring these experiences we discover personal patterns, and with this awareness can have greater choice and freedom in how we experience and live our lives.



When you form an intention, everything organizes around it. It guides and supports the entire process. If you forget why you here and what you are doing, remember your intention.

Developmental phase: forming an intention for your life, conception.



Take your time to gather energy, materials and support. Allow your potency to build so that when it is time to take action you move from a place of authenticity and presence.

Developmental phase: implantation, embryological development, growing your body.



You have all the power and wisdom you need. You are ready now to make your move. Remember you can pause during action to rest, connect, and remember your intention. 

Developmental phase: giving birth to yourself in collaboration with your birthing parent.


Follow Through

You did it! Look around. Listen to everything around you whispering: “Welcome, welcome, we’re so glad you’re here.”

Developmental phase: coming into the world.



Take the time to feel what you just experienced. Offer thanksgiving to all that supported you. Take the time to rest. Trust the rest. Keep resting until you organically feel the arising of your next intention. 

Developmental phase: being a newborn.

You can re-watch the Primal Sequence video (that is in the second half of the module video).

Embryology slides - john and anna Chitty of COlorado School of Energy Studies

Slides from video module



"Epigenetic programming by maternal behavior"
Nature Neuroscience 7, 847 - 854 (2004) 
Published online: 27 June 2004; Corrected online: 27 July 2004
Ian C G Weaver, Nadia Cervoni, Frances A Champagne, Ana C D'Alessio, Shakti Sharma, Jonathan R Seckl, Sergiy Dymov, Moshe Szyf & Michael J Meaney


"Here we report that increased pup licking and grooming (LG) and arched-back nursing (ABN) by rat mothers altered the offspring epigenome at a glucocorticoid receptor (GR) gene promoter in the hippocampus. Offspring of mothers that showed high levels of LG and ABN were found to have differences in DNA methylation, as compared to offspring of 'low-LG-ABN' mothers. These differences emerged over the first week of life, were reversed with cross-fostering, persisted into adulthood and were associated with altered histone acetylation and transcription factor (NGFI-A) binding to the GR promoter. Central infusion of a histone deacetylase inhibitor removed the group differences in histone acetylation, DNA methylation, NGFI-A binding, GR expression and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) responses to stress, suggesting a causal relation among epigenomic state, GR expression and the maternal effect on stress responses in the offspring. Thus we show that an epigenomic state of a gene can be established through behavioral programming, and it is potentially reversible."

Module 2 Resources

Module 2, Video Discussion Part 1

Module 2, Video Discussion Part 2