Category Archives: Four Baskets


It’s an ever-expanding part of our life… awareness.

And as my guru in India says, it’s the first and last step in spirituality… awareness.

I recently had a new awareness, a new connection about how my early life (our primal period from conception through hours after birth) is affecting my life.

In my day job recently I heard myself explaining to a colleague- “I’m sorry if I am jumping the gun on this, I just want to be sure that no one is waiting on me for anything!” And I felt that statement very deeply in my body- I want to be sure that no one is waiting on me.

I’ve known for quite some time as an adult that I have an issue with timeliness. My particular timeliness issue is that I do not like to be late…. in fact, I can’t be late. I will show up early and sit outside whenever possible! I want to be sure that no one is waiting on me.

Since my soul’s work- what I call the Four Baskets– is this exploration of our early experiences and influences on the foundation of our life, I often reflect on what is happening in my life now and trace it back to it’s roots in the primal period. What happened in my conception, gestation, birth, and my first hours after birth that is influencing what is happening now? And I remembered my mother telling me that I was ‘due’ to be born in late December, but my birthday is January 7th. When I felt into my body-sense-felt sense around that time-frame, I could feel that my mother was waiting on me every day after that ‘due date’…. for 10 days… As a midwife, I have seen and heard mothers in a similar situation- “Come on baby, when are you going to come?!” And my own son was ‘due’ on my birthday, but was born a full week later…. I remember the heaviness and helplessness of that week of waiting. I started out in this life as a people-pleaser (that’s another story for another day) and so even as a little one not yet born, I made the determination that it isn’t a good thing to make people wait…. It isn’t a good thing to be late…. And I wouldn’t ever put anyone through that again.

How are we imprinting our babies when we irrationally give them a ‘due date’? When we tell them they are ‘late’ or ‘early’?

When the truth is- Baby will come when baby is ready.

How empowering would it be for that to be the imprint we leave on our babies?

Are you curious about your Four Baskets? About your early life influences?

I invite you to take a self-awareness journey with me at

May your awareness grow wide as the Ozarks sky!

All my love, Catherine

Four Baskets- From Womb to World

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The Four Baskets refers to the primal foundation time frames of Conception, Womb-time, Birth, and First six hours after birth- the prenatal and perinatal period- and what happens to us during those time frames become the core lens through which we perceive the rest of our lives.

For a limited time I am offering my Four Baskets e-course for Free!

What can you expect in the Four Baskets e-course?

  • Discover what has shaped your primary foundation
  • An opportunity to reflect and discover the experiences held within your Four Baskets and bring awareness to they have affected your life
  • How the Four Baskets can affect our life, work, relationships, birth and parenting
  • Where do we go from here?

Peace on Earth begins Before birth… if this seems strange to you, it is because we have been taught that babies in the womb can not think or feel or remember. But babies are sentient beings and have the same needs that we all have- primarily the need to love and be loved.

Please read more at, and join my newsletter there to receive the e-course and support the completion of my book Four Baskets- From Womb to World

Protecting The Four Baskets

“And the end of all our exploring/ will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time.” ~ T.S. Eliot

I received my calling to midwifery nearly a decade ago, when on a spiritual pilgrimage to India. There I was given the ancient vedic teachings of the Four Baskets, which refer to the timeframes of conception, gestation, birth, and the immediate postpartum. These sacred teachings were given as an experience which ushered through a transformational healing for me and my life.  I knew then that this is my soul’s purpose… to protect this timeframe of The Four Baskets for the babies that come into my care. In order for us to birth a connected world that is filled with peace, understanding and compassion, we must weave those experiences into The Four Baskets of our children.

The Four Baskets hold our primal experiences.  These experiences become the foundation upon which the rest of our life will be built. They are the lens through which we perceive every other experience of our lives. Trauma or unresolved events in any one of these baskets can become an energetic kink, where we may find  ourselves getting stuck or snagged in our relationships or motivations throughout life. A kink in one of our baskets may create a stagnancy where we find ourselves over  and over again experiencing an undesirable pattern of behavior. Every disease and disorder of humanity has it’s roots in The Four Baskets.

From the very first moments of life, we are designed to take in the environment we are being born into. The relatively recent science of epigenetics shows us that the genes in every cell of our bodies do nothing on their own, they rely on the information in their environment to determine what they will become. As cell biologist and epigeneticist Dr. Bruce Lipton says, “Genes do not control our biology.” The switch that can either turn a gene on or turn a gene off is our Perception- awareness and beliefs about our world. (1) The environment of a baby in the womb is it’s mother. The mother’s perceptions of her world become the environment for the child within.

The First Basket:  Conception through 2nd month gestation

From the first thought… a secret wish…a glimmer in the eye…  hopes & dreams not for someday, but for now! … a song created to sing the child into existence… an intention spoken and shared… a whisper in the night between two lovers…

To the Spark of Life itself- the  moment of conception… the union where two become one, and the child’s physical life begins…

The First Basket holds space for it all, from the first thought of creating a baby, the First Basket is beginning to form. All thoughts, feelings and circumstances of both parents during this time are woven in.

In the ancient Vedic tradition, the First Basket extends from conception through the first two months of gestation. During this time, the egg and sperm have united to form what modern science calls an embryo, and make the journey into the womb, burrowing in and creating the baby’s first home- the placenta and amniotic sac.  Generally, this is the time when the woman discovers, or confirms, that she is pregnant. So woven into the First Basket is this experience- How is this news received by the mother? By the father? By the rest of the family? Is it a joyous occasion? Or one filled with fear, doubt and uncertainty?

Within the fiery First Basket, neurons are forming- connecting- firing, to create the neural tube which becomes the baby’s spinal cord and lifelong communication channel. The heart is also formed at this time, and so it is no surprise that scientists are now discovering that our hearts have neurons, thinking cells, of their own. In fact the relatively new field of cardio-neurology tells us that more messages are sent from the heart to the brain than the other way around. (2)  By the end of the First Basket, 90% of the baby’s physical anatomical structures are formed including eyelids, ears and olfactory nerve fibers. (3)  Everything that the mother takes into her body is imprinted within the baby- food, sights, sounds, smells, thoughts, feelings, emotions.

Personal First Basket reflection

We don’t need to have vivid memories of an event in order for those experiences to affect our lives. The Four Baskets are a pre-verbal time, and so our memories are not stored verbally, but rather as felt senses. Think about what you know, have heard or intuit about your First Basket…..  How were you conceived? What were the thoughts, feelings, emotions of your parents during your conception and first weeks in the womb? Was it a conscious conception? or unplanned? How was the news of your conception received by the mother? father? by the rest of the family?

How have the experiences in your First Basket affected the rest of your life?


This post is an excerpt from Catherine Lightfoot’s upcoming book on The Four Baskets.

Baby photo created by freepik –


(2) SCIENCE OF THE HEART: Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance, Vol 2; Authored by Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Director of Research, HeartMath Research Center