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Leo Decan III – Love or War

According to the traditions of Tarot, Mars rules this third Decan of Leo. Leo is a fixed fire sign and Mars rules the element of fire which encourages heat, struggle, aggression, and power in this 10 day Decan which starts August 12.

The energies of being rigid in one’s belief system and not backing down, unfortunately, are being tested during this time period, from August 12 – August 22, 2017, as Mars rules this heated time of year. We are asked to decide on acting from a place of LOVE or from Fear.<>

Coherence and Achievement of the people, rather than the leadership, was indicated by the last Aquarian Full Moon eclipse of August 7, 2017, so this also flavors the following Decan. When a Leo Sun faces down an Aquarian Moon, there is a conflict between the WILL of the the leadership and the people.

The Tarot card associated with this decan is the 7 of Fire, which traditionally indicates struggle, and on my cards is a skunk who needs to make a decision; “Do I spray or do I go?” We are on the brink of that decision now.<>

In the traditional Toth Tarot, the path of Fire cards eventually leads to Oppression, as the 10 of Fire Tarot card, yet, there are three steps in between which are Swiftness, Strength and Unification in the face of adversity. Does this indicate #Persistence? I believe so!

The most powerful astrological event happening this year, the US Total Solar Eclipse, occurs during this decan at 28* Leo. The Sabian symbol of many birds on a branch, indicates a multiplicity of potentialities of which we are to not become overwhelmed. It’s time to stay focused and rise up in common pursuit of benevolence. <>

Eclipses, historically, have indicated the removal of a leader. Humpty Dumpty may fall, but more importantly, we as horsemen, must discover how to reassemble a unified, cohesive whole once again. // This is to be our next step in the process of progress for ALL in our human spiritual evolution.//

In my 9 Keys Tarot, the Fire suit indicates WILLPOWER which can be the ultimate expression of “power-with” used for the benefit of the greater good, not only one’s personal “power-over”. The steps toward it from the 7, which is Decision, are 8-Coherence, 9-Achievement and 10-Celebration. I believe we will see this by the end of this year.<> We are truly Stronger Together!

When the passions of the 4th Chakra, LOVE, overcomes the lower desires of the Will, 3rd Chakra, we can create a unified peace in the land and Celebrate it with all mankind. May it be so!! Namaste’

“When the POWER of LOVE overwhelms the love of power, the world will know PEACE.” – Jimi Hendrix

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Posted August 10th, 2017.

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NEW Moon in Cancer & Grand Water Trine

CrescentMoonDoorThe doors of Imagination are flung wide open and are inviting you to walk through, into a new, lighter, brighter and more joyful future. Right NOW the stars are set to be the most positive combination of the year: consider it your best birthday and winning the lottery rolled into one~ interested? Even if you’ve put aside religious notions, the time is ripe for a spiritual baptism into communion with your Higher Self, to be washed and renewed in Sparkling Potential! Ready for a fresh start? Good! I invite you to come on in, as the WATER is just right…..

The SUN rolls into the astrological sign of the crab every year on the SUMMER SOLSTICE around June  20th. Shortly thereafter, the MOON catches up with the sun, causing the Lunar Orb to become hidden by the EARTH’s shadow. In the dark of the MOON, it is a time for planting new ideas and intentions that you wish to grow over the next few weeks until the next FULL MOON. It’s a perfect time to begin new habits…but this time…………… it’s really juiced up!

Today, July 8, 2013, the outer planets, JUPITER- bringer of luck and expansion, SATURN- ruler of boundaries and time, and NEPTUNE- diffuser of reality, and the ultimate Spiritual ‘fabric softener’ unite in WATER signs, bringing us a chance to wash away any preconceived perceptions we hold of our roles, our regulations, or restrictions— and remove the stains of our ‘shoulds’ from the fabric of our Souls. Especially now that MERCURY is retrograde, it’s a time we can REWRITE the rules that have held us back before. It is an ideal time for ~*Possibility Thinking*~. It’s an amazing time to wish for that which serves our Highest Good and to DREAM BIG for the Magickal Future we wish to create~ it’s available to us right now~ Carpe Diem!!!

For the most accurate of personal intention setting, look to where Cancer rules your natal chart and apply these same energies to the concern of that house. If you are in doubt, focus on these key words and select those which ring true to you now. There are NO wrong choices. You will intuitively know what calls to you most; Nurturance, Self-Love, Angelic Guidance, Acceptance, Affirmation, Abundance, Releasing Rules, Going with the Flow, Walking in Trust, Relaxation, Self-Soothing, Swimming in a Sea of Love, Infinite Magical Possibilities, Wonderment and Awe~ YES YOU!

You can be awesome! ‘Want to try this meditation with me? Let’s…

Wave_BarryBlanchardPhoto RIDE THE WAVE of Possibility~  wherever you are, take a moment now, to relax, inhale and exhale deeply and close your connection to everything outside of yourself. Relax your eyes~ inhale again slowly, feeling the tide of cool breath flowing into and energizing all parts of your body…..focus on sending the oxygen all around your interior and coming to rest in the calming energy of  your heart center. As you continue to  breathe slowly, concentrate on connecting this refreshed, calm Heart Center energy to your bellies Power Center. Hold this quiet calm together as you do when holding your balance, centered and still…(it’s the martial art secret of centering that all power comes from.)

Now, see yourself atop a large wave, belly surfing into another realm that is brighter, bluer, than where you’ve ever been before, that place entices you forward~ there is no going back! You are riding high, in control of the direction you take even as the primal force of the ocean impels you forward~ Capture this rush and pick your destination….WHAT IS IT YOU REALLY, REALLY WANT?! Answer Truthfully. There are No Wrong Answers. As you hold your own power, surf into realms which wash clean any preconceived notions. YOU ARE WILD. YOU ARE FREE. You are ONE with the wind and the surf, and the sun and the stars!! From now on, there will be nothing to stand in your way! You have no time for petty distractions, complications or trials that would try to trip you up…you are on your way~ gliding over them, gliding into POSSIBILITIES that will smooth the way toward the future of your making! What is it you will CREATE?!

*Think on it. Feel it happening. Experience the Emotional connection you have with this positive outcome. Let it RIDE~ Consider all the well-being you will enjoy when Time catches up to this Seed-Thought! Smile! (It’s important to seal good things with a smile) Now release this INTENT to the Universe to fulfill for you, in it’s own Divine Wisdom and timing.*

From now on, the choices you make will come easily and with no second-guessing, by an inner knowing of what is right for you…..The UNIVERSE WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY and Fulfilled! Raise your energy to that which you desire! Pay no attention to the rules of the mundane world that serve no purpose but to restrict you and disempower you; NOW is the moment to allow ALL GOOD THINGS to flow into your life, and through you, to manifest a life IN this world, but not OF this world…..You can manifest when you are focused on the validity and power of the Spiritual world to overcome any kind of irritation or restriction you face~ in your everyday world, the way water flowing over rock will erode and shape it. Intention becomes Thought. Thought becomes Action. Action becomes Behavior. Behavior influences Reality. And Reality is Perceived by one’s own Thought. Keep it High. Keep it Spiritual. Discover All You Seek.

KNOW that you have this same power to create that which serves your higher good…..you have no attachment to anyone else’s perception of you or their rules for you, but you can release anything that binds or restricts your own happiness, now…..by resolving to be kinder and gentler to your inner child…..by nourishing your Self on a daily basis, by vowing to remain awakened with Self-Love, and by choosing to hold a Positive Perception, whenever things happen, that you believe you have no control over. You ALWAYS do!

Wave Rider Movie Meditation: So try to picture this, while remaining steady in your imagined feeling of riding the wave…See a movie in your mind of a time of conflict, and say this aloud; “I see a conflict that has occured in the past and may happen again. I am a calm observer, coming from a place of Unending Love. I see this drama being played out and myself as an actor. I have no emotional investment to the outcome of this interaction except for its peaceful resolution which Honors the Highest Truth of Who I AM. I chose to come from a higher place, with a higher perspective, in order to resolve this situation to the best advantage for everyone. I know that I can step back, out of conflict, worry or even pain, and breathe love, patience and protection into the situation…this will give me time to make the best choice as to how to re-act and re-direct the outcome that I choose, of the infinite, potential possibilities that exist. I am calm, steady and quietly powerful as this interaction occurs because I know that my choices are being created from a higher source, to serve all involved, with Universal Love. This is my will, and so it will be! Amen.”

I wish for you ALL GOOD THINGS including a Positively Fantastic Future of your own making! Namaste’ surfers everywhere~

Wave photo courtesy of Barry Blanchard

Energizing EFT* tapping points may be used in conjunction with the Conflict Movie Meditation-

Emotional Freedom Technique* – see archives for details

 

Posted July 8th, 2013.

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The Third Chakra- Personal Power

The Third Chakra is located in the belly an inch or so above the naval and is pictured as bright yellow energy! This is the seat of our adrenal glands, and spleen. Other vital organs influenced by third Chakra energy include the pancreas, liver, gall bladder, stomach, and  small intestine. Our physical health is influenced by our spiritual health and it is in our power to tend to each mindfully.

The Third Chakra is the receptical of our personal power and physical vitality. You’ve probably noticed that when you get upset or angry you go into a “fight or flight” mode? That’s your hormones working on the input of outside forces via your Third Chakra.

When people push your buttons and you become aware that it is happening you can choose to react in a thoughtful and intentional way. If you can stand back from drama and crisis, you gain personal power and control over your life! You do not have to be pulled into it! Step back – regroup – breathe. When you understand that you have choices, you can choose to ignore it, or respond with thoughtful words in a measured and lowered tone of voice and decisive action. If you’ve ever been in a crisis and noticed that time seems to slow down dramatically or even stand still…that is when your higher self has taken over as a detached observer.

This work of a detached observer corresponds best when the second, interpersonal chakra, the third, personal power and fourth, heart energy chakras are working in unison. It is also the place from which our intent can be focused when working with self-defense and manipulation of esoteric energies. For more on energy work, contact me for my basics in metaphysics class.

Namaste’

Posted September 30th, 2012.

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The Crown Chakra

Good evening, I am finishing the Chakra series with the highest chakra, most often referred to as the Crown Chakra- which is located at the topmost point of the head.

This area is sacred to many cultures worldwide; turbans, caps and veils are all used to keep the crown chakra covered, especially while in sacred spaces. Many cultures believe that infants should have their heads covered until special ceremonies are held which introduce them to the community after they are blessed. These traditions hark back to times when the power of the chakras was universally respected.

The crown chakra connects our souls to higher vibrational levels, and to God itself. No wonder so many cultures still revere the crown as holy!

As we’ve learned from previous posts about the chakras, the Kundalini energy is stored in the lower chakras and when awakened by meditation, intent and occasionally by accidental shock, the native’s energy runs up one side of the spine and down the other, through channels known as Ida and Pingala. This natural energy is called ‘chi’ by some cultures and allows the highest functioning of the human spirit body within its physical body.

During a deep meditation, one can allow the spirit energy to move up and out through the crown chakra in order to find oneness with higher realms in the Universe. The crown, and possibly the whole head, may begin to tingle and open as this energy is raised. By allowing one’s energy to raise up and out of one’s being, you can communicate with lighter realms of energy, receive messages, and become renewed. The feeling is like standing under a very gentle, warm shower or like being massaged with a wire scalp tingler. It is restful and renewing… and difficult to describe, as each person’s experience is unique to themselves.

It is important to remember to close this chakra back down when awakening to everyday reality and ground yourself. This may be helped by replacing your head covering, touching your head or even standing under an actual shower.

Bending and touching the head to the ground, or just placing the hands and knees on the ground while picturing the extra energy running back into your body, then out of your body from the lower chakras and back into the Earth, while breathing slowly and deliberately, will help you regain your normal energy level and feel ‘grounded’.

In all good health and blessings~ Namaste’

 

Posted August 24th, 2012.

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Awakening – Third Eye Chakra #6

Many books are written that tell you about how to open up your mystical third eye chakra ~so many, in fact, that it seems this is the chakra that most people come to learn about the rest of them through.
I believe that the goal of our life experience is to awaken to the reality that is ‘reality‘. It is much more than what we can see and experience through the body alone.
~Once in an awakened state, we can begin to manifest the miraculous!~

Ever since I was about five years old I had an burning desire to “Know” the inner-workings behind this life- I want to Know what it is all about, Alfie.
Imagine how excited I was when I realized that the squiggly lines on the newspaper my parents read each morning MEANT something- that ideas could be conveyed just by understanding what the combination of symbols meant. I  discovered that people could exchange secrets through a process called ‘reading’!

This is the same kind of excitement I feel about metaphysical discovery!
There are Universal laws at work here- but not everyone is aware of them. Many don’t care- they’re too busy trying to outmaneuver their competitors in order to get enough for themselves or stock up on ‘more’ so that their future will be more secure than their present.
These motivators are learned behaviors that originate in fear- fears of basic survival and negative relationship; the two lowest chakras that we’ve already discussed.

As a person grows spiritually, the lessons of the lower chakras become clear and once a certain level of proficiency is reached, the lessons of the higher chakras may be entertained.
So far in this blog, I’ve covered the first five chakras from the base to the throat.

The sixth chakra is located in the forehead just between the eyebrows.
It is a place of intention and receptivity. You can think of it as a two-way video camera aimed from your spirit into the wider world, capable of receiving subconscious input 24/7.
It’s true, we receive much more data than our conscious mind can process. Our rational mind filters out the myriad of information to just the 10% that we believe is important and useful.

My theory on ADD is that some people are being born into the world today with their receptors set on wide angle…and that more of the input is received by their conscious minds than the rest of us. Because they live in ‘our’ society, we make it difficult for them to adjust to our limited view and speed.

The best way to become aware of your third eye and awaken it is to spend time with your other two eyes closed in meditation. The daily practice of slowing down and listening to your body, then mind, then spirit, is very beneficial to all parts of your being.

When I meditate I notice a distinct buzzing feeling in my third eye. Coming to a point of ‘no mind’ I find thoughts and sensations emptying out and the volume of the outside world is turned down, while the inner volume turns itself up. It is very loving and kind to your Self to quiet and center your being this way. It doesn’t have to take very much time, in fact, the more I do it, the shorter the interval comes between the time I begin and the time I find the still center. It is truly the pause that refreshes!

The third eye is a special chakra that we, as a species, are just beginning to understand…and I think it is a very valuable secret to fathom. If thoughts become things, then we must be careful to think the very best ones….and reach them from a state of calm, ego-lessness~ the state of the third-eye temple.
We can access the akashic realms of cosmic consciousness, and tap into all knowledge, even the mind of god, through our third eye~ but we have to be pure of intention, quiet of mind and hold a true, heartfelt desire to connect, in order for our third eye to open.

Once you know all that you don’t know, you realize that you have taken the first step on the path of wisdom. May your path be smooth and your trust in yourself great!
Namaste’ seekers~

Posted August 20th, 2012.

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Throat Chakra – Fifth Chakra

The fifth chakra is located at the throat and is considered to be the vehicle of self-expression or self-repression. The color associated with it is blue, the color long connected to wisdom.
[Mother Mary’s robes and Hindi Deities’ skin are pictured as blue, ie]
The thyroid, which is a butterfly shaped organ located in the throat, is how this chakra’s energy ties into the body. The connection between the throat, the endocrine system, metabolism and one’s vital spirit (chi) are all interconnected on an energetic level through the Throat Chakra.

So if, during your early years, of birth to age 7, you were programmed with messages like “Children are to be seen and not heard” you could internalize this to affect your patterns of speech, and repress your thought processes about your ability to express yourself. This could cause a blockage in your throat chakra – and possibly set you up for low thyroid issues down the road. Health issues related to low thyroid include depression, sluggishness, and weight gain, to name a few.
If on the other hand, you reacted to your subconscious programming by resisting or fighting back, you could go the other direction, and become someone very outspoken, with a fiery temperament and suffer from hyper-thyroid issues such as inflammation, weight loss, and foot-in-mouth disease.
These are my hypothesis, of course, but all things being related via the mind/body connection and the power of subconscious programming are becoming recognized by modern psychiatry.

The best way to address Throat chakra issues, IMO, are to come at it from both directions; from the head, via introspective shadow work- which clears the subconscious programming of youth, using awareness and proactive measures which address these messages…..
and to come at it from the Heart- via self love and compassion.
That makes the Throat chakra central to both the Head and the Heart.

Practical steps could include singing lessons, performing on stage, taking debate or public speaking classes, finding supportive groups where you feel comfortable speaking up and being listened to, assertiveness training courses or just talking with friends…especially in person.
Recording yourself reading, or speaking in a stream of consciousness mode, then listening to it as it plays back, could give your subconscious a nudge and build self-esteem via this confidence.
Everyone deserves to be heard and validated. Learning to listen to yourself with love and compassion, instead of beating yourself up for how you present your ideas, comes from hearing and believing your own heart.

Great charitable causes need idealistic cheerleaders, speakers, writers and promoters, but people also need to learn when to sit back and learn to be tactful, in order to allow ‘quieter’ people to share their stories. Silent retreats and meditation are good ways for extroverts to learn to listen to their own internal dialogue and discover a peaceful balance within. Then they can use this internal calm in social situations….which I feel is the point of discovering anything about yourself; how to better interact with this experience called “Life”.

The Throat chakra is where we connect with others, where we demonstrate our opinions and state our case. Humans are the only animals who have developed a spoken language—-but we have yet to demonstrate our collective wisdom to use it for the good of all.

Knowing when to speak up and when to stay silent is a great wisdom that will take you far in life.
One of my favorite quotes by Craig Ferguson, which just shows how wise he really is, is this:
“Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said by me? Does this need to be said by me, now?”
It’s something to contemplate often~
Namaste’

oriiginal posting April 13, 2012

 

Posted August 20th, 2012.

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Fourth Chakra – the Heart

The Heart Chakra is located midway between chakras, located just behind the sternum and is typically seen as either pink or green. Pink, the color of love and happiness, and green for growth.
The Heart chakra is where Spirit connects with us and through us. It has been called by many cultures, the seat of the soul.

This chakra is a place of balance and power and healing. Just as the lower three chakras govern our overall physical existence, and the upper three deal more with our mind, this central meeting place at the heart is where the chakras converge with Spirit! It is the essential link.The heart is where you can take anything and transform it through the power of compassion.
I am a strong believer that love heals all things! There must only be a willingness to receive it and enough persistence and conviction in sending it. Some would call this Faith.
Allowing emotions to sit within the walls of the heart while understanding their ephemeral nature, allows the heart to become the fiery furnace where transformation takes place;
Anger can become impetus for you to take righteousness action, but must be tempered by the balance of grace and discretion, after the fire has faded.
Sadness can afford you to forgive yourself and others with compassion for the human condition and bring you peace.
The frustration of confusion and doubt can be held with compassion until they pass, leaving you with a sense of calm and inner strength.
And Pain, both emotional and physical, can be transformed and healed through the loving energy expressed from your heartto your self.

The Heart is where the Mind/Body/Soul connection is made. Cellular healing occurs by the power of the will, acting in directed compassion. This is how the practice of Reiki works. The practitioner envisions and sends loving energy out of their palms and connecting to the body of the client. This happens by the directed will and is not limited by any distance. The practitioner senses and sends healing energy through their body, as a channel from Source [God] to another, by picturing their client in perfect condition; spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Dr Masaru Emoto describes in his book, “The Secret Life of Water” an amazing phenomena, where ice crystals formed from water that had been influenced by people speaking kind or hurtful words are later seen under a powerful microscope. The crystals embued with loving thoughts and words formed spectacularly beautiful shapes. The crystals, however, embued with hateful energies, formed irregular and distorted shapes. Since our bodies are mostly water, it would do us well to remember that thoughts and words DO have a great impact on our well-being! [Therefore choose wisely what energies you surround yourself with!]

A simple healing practice can be learned with patience and practice.
Even a 3 minute meditation like this one can bring about great improvements at the cellular level;
While breathing slowly, with eyes closed, focus on the still “I AM” indwelling presence of Spirit that is ‘you’. Know that this is your eternal essence. Know that you are a Spirit within a physical vessel, a temple of the Soul that has regenerative powers and can restore itself to perfect working order.
Breathe in deeply *relaxation*, Breathe out pain. Breathe in *energy*, breathe out tension. Breathe in *vitality*, breathe out illness, breathe in LOVE, sense and feel it in every cell! -then breathe out Love to the rest of the world, so that all sentient beings may share in the love you are raising~
(To begin with, you may want to choose only one of these words to focus on.
As you become more adept you will discover what works best for you.)
Continue to breathe deeply. As you have any outside thoughts/ideas come into your mind, notice them as a thought, and dismiss them. Return to focusing on your breath.
You will quickly learn to move into a deeply relaxed state with less effort each time.
And will find your meditation times may lengthen~ along with the beneficial results!
When you have finished with meditation, slowly open your eyes and reorient yourself with your surroundings. Put both hands on opposite arms and hold yourself until you feel yourself settled.
Finishing with a glass of water and a few slow body movements will help you reorient. #

You can also practice another Heart chakra exercise whenever you are feeling run down.
It brings you an invigorated sense of calm~
Visualize your heart as the center of the universe through this exercise;
Close your eyes, go inward and sense the “I AM” that is your essence. Move this consciousness from where ever it is felt, to just behind the sternum. Take a few slow, deep breaths to feel ‘centered’ there.
Now visualize opening the top of your head to receive energy from the starry realms. Feel the God-energy coursing through you and down into the Earth through the souls of your feet.
Picture that energy flowing all the way down, into the earth’s hot, molten core, connecting your atoms to every other atom. Then gather some of that ‘heat’ and bring it back up into your self.
Feel the heat warm your entire body…allow your heart energy expand so large that it becomes a glowing green energy field radiating from you.
Raise your arms and allow that warm energy of the cosmic force of love emanate from your heart along your arms as a horizontal axis…and extend to the ends of the horizon. Allow that energy to flow out into the cosmos again…as you become the center of it all!
Then slowly pull the energy back from the horizon…back from the stars above and the Earth below.
Gather that energy into your Heart and condense it. This can be your power pack. A small dynamic point of energy that will continue to power you through your day. #

Gratitude and Peace,
Compassion and Healing all lie within the Chakra of the Heart.
Be grateful for this knowledge and don’t hide your love away!
Namaste’

Secret Life of Water on You Tube www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_14nqkk-GU

original post March 26, 2012

Posted August 20th, 2012.

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Chakra of Relationship – Second Chakra

The second chakra, or sacral chakra is located in the lower trunk and is pictured as orange. The third chakra, or solar chakra, is located in the central trunk and is pictured as yellow. (see diagram of Mar 2, 2012)

Both of these chakras deal with our relationships with others. They could be described as our ‘comfort zone’. The place where we make our ‘home base’ or create the nest for the self to return to. It is where we describe our selves, find our id and ego; our unconscious and conscious selves, and where most of our pre-programmed ‘stories’ are acted out from. They are the halls of our self-worth. Our baggage-claim areas where the scoundrels, fear of rejection and the anxiety of exclusion loiter.
These two chakras house our basic need of belonging.
Of course, we are social animals and one of our basic needs is to find belonging in our family, our tribe, our collective group – but comfortable as those groups are, we must grow in order to identify ourselves in unique ways and to understand each other as individual personalities. In order to belong, we must learn to relate.

The second chakra is where we ‘come from’ when connecting intimately with others and also is where we put up walls against the fear of commitment through repressed indifference or callousness. On the positive side, it is where empathy and understanding are derived, where flirtation and sex appeal, creativity and expressions of uncensored bliss dwell. The second chakra is where we demonstrate our wish to be loved and to reach out in connection happens from.
We’re all afraid of being hurt or rejected- if we’re feeling overly defensive, as well as assertive, we may try to hurt others just so they won’t hurt us first, or we build walls to keep our vulnerabilities safe. It’s only human to do so. But it takes maturity and courage to keep these walls short in order to open up, peek over and connect with our neighbors, knowing that hurt can only happen if we perceive ourselves to be destructable.

The key to finding balance here is detachment.
We need to discover self-acceptance and self-love rather than find our self defined as a reflection of others’ opinions of ourselves. Love ourselves enough to be brave enough to walk alone sometimes.

Venusian qualities of having a need to be seen and understood are met through interpersonal contact-
we come to define our needs vs our wants, trust, and honesty through cooperation.
Mercurial qualities of self-expression and validation…rather than repression to conform or define self as a role to be played, and our personal authenticity are found in acceptance by another.
Creativity and artistic expression and sensuality are expressed through our second chakra. When energy is spent on one, the other tends to suffer. Finding a balance creates ebb and flow, give and take.

Relationships require a bit of discernment because those who you choose to associate with tend to become your friends, and act as mirrors of our bad behaviors, teachers of higher behaviors. They help us to see and identify our blind spots, and work through them.
Do the others you spend your time with ‘feed’ you? Serve to your positive growth? Or do they tear you down? Make you feel smaller? Vex, annoy or bore you to the point of ruining your attitude?
Your own Sun’s energy, vitality and power needs to be able to shine!
Choose who you spend your life with wisely. It will influence your outcomes more than you realize.

The third chakra is where we exert our personal power.
Power over/power with is the key phrase of the Solar chakra, our Ego’s home.

We suffer the imbalances between feeling inferior, victimized, persecuted or full of self-hate OR on the other hand, have over-inflated egos, are self-centereed, or over-confident.
Self determination and self control come through being a non-judgmental observer of the ego and its workings. Growth comes only once we can step out of our comfort zones! Take leaps of faith. Surrender your fate to forces you cannot control. Release the  anxiety, fear of the future and lack of control. Believe you will survive even as you step off the prescribed path and onto your own.

Self-determination; how and why you choose to relate to others. Keywords;
desire, sex, procreation, creation, friendship, belonging, socialization, family, tribe, individuality, self-acceptance, mortality, creative urges, desperation, crisis, needs, hopes, dreams, sharing of ideals, world view, identification, confidence, achievement, success, fulfillment and satisfaction.

As the power of kundalini rises along our spine these energies manifest as creativity, self-expression, confidence, personal power, ethical morality and right behaviors. Its where we find the energy to network with others and persist until the job is done.
Namaste’ grasshoppers

originally posted March 16,  2012

 

Posted August 20th, 2012.

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Root Chakra – Safety

I mentioned the basics of the chakras a few posts back and thought I’d start a series of posts in more depth concerning the energetics of the chakra system. It is an ancient esoteric belief about the energies in the body from India. Chinese medicine and Western acupuncture use this system and have developed it into a healing art form as well. (refer back to March 2, 2012)

The energy of Kundalini in the body is first triggered at the lowest part of the body and rises, like a coiled serpent up along the spine. If our chakras are open we can sense a feeling of natural ease and energy flowing through us. Children naturally have this energy – its why they are so happy and energetic! As we age, we learn life lessons, which can fill our souls/minds/bodies with junk from sorrow and regret and negative programming that interfers with this flow. As we age, we slow down as our root chakras close.
With awareness, and introspective work, we can learn to dissolve the blocks in our chakras and allow our energy to circulate better again. Mindfulness can be our ‘anti-plaque’ remedy for our Chi— our native life-force energy. We CAN become as little children again.

The root chakra is considered the first of the chakras. Its located at the tailbone, although the energy can also go down through the body, and out the soles of the feet, when you’re standing.
It’s important to be mindful of your connection to the Earth in order to stay ‘grounded’ in everyday reality. If you get up quickly, rush to get dressed and jump into your car, drive to work and begin your day there’s a good chance that you’ll feel light-headed, overwhelmed and certainly not grounded when you get there! Your head will take over and start getting flooded with other people’s concerns. Your head takes over and pounds the rest of your body all day. Sound familiar?

Begin integrating head, heart and body first thing in the morning, in order to feel BALANCED all day! Stay in a heart centered place of power and you won’t be able to be knocked over by other people’s concerns for you! Then YOU can be in charge of your Self and keep your concerns primary in your life. Not selfishly, but for your own survival. Its important to know that you are maintaining your own integrity and coming to the world from the source of centeredness. You can make haste without worry. You can achieve anything better, with more focus and more efficiently, from a place of quiet, internal integrity.

I think it’s important to make time to rise deliberately, be thankful for another day, take a deep breath and contemplate your intention for the day before you get up. When you set your feet down, allow a mindful connection between your soul and Earth, then the rest of the world, to occur.
Try to be aware of your feet as you begin your day. Feel your energy rise through your body as you walk, eliminate, eat, have your coffee, and in the shower get in touch with your body, thank it for supporting you and being the miraculous machine that it is! These thoughts can be fleeting, but they will make a world of difference in your outlook each day.

The color associated with the root chakra is red; the color of life, of blood, of energy and vitality. Red is the most widely recognized color of fright and action worldwide. Everyone knows intuitively that the color of blood means business! It is a signal to begin, beware, be bold. Become aware that the energy that fuels your body is not just bioenergetic, from food and oxygen, but metaphysical as well. When thinking of your personal power, envision a happy cherry-red color. Thoughts become things and as you envision yourself filled with the cheerful color red, your native energy will rise.

It is in the root chakra that we sense our basic worldview; either the world is a safe place or it isn’t.
Very simple. We must feel safe and whole in order to function in the world. The degree to which we don’t feel safe will restrict the flow of energy throughout our body/mind/soul. This is a basic sticking point for most people, I believe. We must find ways to affirm our life, our worth, our value and become our own authorities in order to open the root chakra. We must choose love over fear. We must become as little children to live fully; we must learn to TRUST the world, our selves, our choices and one another. I know, it’s a big-ticket item…but we can’t let the seeming enormity of the situation hold us back. This is primary to our emotional and physical health!

One simple exercise is to do this Revitalization meditation, wrapped in soft, comfortable clothing or a blanket, with your head covered, and lie down somewhere soft with some pillows for support.
You can do this in bed, just before rising although I find the best place is outside in the sunshine on a thick air mattress, after I’ve eaten an apple and had a long, slow, drink of water.
Cradle yourself, wrapped like a baby in the womb. Relax and breathe gently and slowly. Allow your breathing to slow. Then close your eyes and picture yourself in a beautiful, natural place…a walled garden, a cave, a fortress on a hill, a sunny forest grove, a cabin near a creek…..anywhere that you feel content and safe.
Envision yourself there all alone but surrounded by beautiful flowers, plants, trees and animals that are going about their own business, recognizing you as part of their environment. Be at one with this place. Feel the warmth of the sun, a slight breeze, a fragrant scent that is pleasing and comforting to you. Allow yourself to lie still, relaxing deeply and ALLOW the warmth of the sun, the energy of the Earth, and the air to flow all around you. Bring your attention into your heart, and your trunk, and say the words to yourself “I am safe” repeatedly. Then feel your energy move outward, into your limbs. As you do say to yourself “I am whole” repeatedly. Feel your energy moving about the edges of your body into your aura, your protective shield, and say to yourself, or aloud “I AM”… “I am safe, and whole and loved. I am love itself. I am alive.” and any other affirmations that resonate with you that are directly opposed to any fear you may have. You can dissolve that fear by voicing it’s opposition firmly to yourself often enough until you believe it!
Roll your eyes horizontally, left to right and back again, repeatedly while you speak your affirmations. Touch your hand to the crown of your head and your forehead. Touch your hand to your sternum. Put both hands onto your upper arms and give yourself a hug. This is a self blessing of acceptance and remembering that you are here, safe in your body, and you are holy.
Come to believe it and know it in your body – in order to clear blocks in your root chakra.
Then say to yourself, something along these lines; “I am healthy, whole and alive! I will go on today, to the best of my ability, to do what Spirit commands of me~ knowing that all good comes to me. It is my birthright to accept all good things. I accept all good things easily and thankfully and choose to share these things, because the Universe is abundant in its generosity. I will walk in love, strong and whole. And so it shall be.
And so it IS!”
Gently open your eyes. Breathe deeply. Feel your body oxygenated, strengthened and revived.
Then rise and go about your day.
In peace. In Love.
Namaste’

originally posted March 15, 2012

 

Posted August 20th, 2012.

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The Chakras – an introduction

The Chakras are energetic spheres that are found aligned in our bodies along the center line from the tailbone to the crown. They’ve been recognized for over a millennia in India, and may have formed the earliest acupuncture meridian grid bases. Each of the 7 chakras are places where we store ‘power’; our personal life force, otherwise known as ‘chi’ energy.

When we’re feeling well and life seems to flow along for us, the chakras are open and energy is spinning through as it should. If we get ill, say a sore throat, for example, it is believed that the throat chakra has been suffered stress~ most likely having been restricted by feelings of blocked expression or feeling overly censored, whether by society or oneself. This creates tension and allows germs to settle in and wreck havoc.
IMO colds can be averted by staying happy and by holding one’s power, as well as eating nourishing foods, drinking plenty of clean water, getting enough rest and practicing good personal hygiene. If we are ‘misaligned’ by emotional upset or physical crisis it can lead to increased ill health and longer recovery times. That’s a good reason to try and manage our emotional life and the stimuli that enters our psyche.

Have you noticed that some people can be in the midst of an outbreak of flu and not be affected, while others get sick frequently? Our immune systems function best when our bio-electromagnetic energies are flowing well. Deep breathing and gentle exercise can help keep this flow going.

This effect of ‘energy flow’ has been proven in trees as well; if a tree is stressed by environmental factors, like drought or root damage, it sends out signals, somewhat like our hormones, that says, “I’ve been injured”. Insects pick up on this message and start attacking damaged trees, leaving healthy ones to thrive. So insects act as wolves do on herd animals – and only attack those ‘open to infestation’.

Exercises like Tai chi or Qi gong slowly move this internal energy through our bodies which helps us stay ‘in the flow’. I can personally attest to the fact that these easy, gentle movements unwind tension and allow ‘stuck’ emotions to flow out of oneself so that healing can occur on many levels; physical, mental and emotional. It actually allows negativity to leave ones body so that whatever you focus on, that is positive, may enter that vacuum. Of course, you have to consciously put positive intentions back into your body via positive thoughts, or habitual worry and doubt will return.

1 Root Chakra– located at the base of the spine, this chakra is pictured as red; the color of survival, basic instincts, fight/flight reactions, and is related to the adrenal glands, large intestines, kidneys and digestive system.
2 Sacral Chakra– located at the reproductive organs, pictured as orange; the color of sexuality, sensuality and human relations and is related to the reproductive hormones, bladder and kidneys.
3 Solar Plexus Chakra– located in the belly, near the naval, is pictured as yellow; the color of personal power and intent, is paired with the pancreas, liver, gall bladder, stomach, small intestine and spleen.
4 Heart Chakra– located under the sternum in the center of the chest, is pictured as green; the color of growth, compassion and healing, and is tied into the thymus gland, and heart.
5 Throat Chakra– located near the adams apple, is pictured as blue; the color of self expression, emotion and interpersonal dynamics, and is tied into the thyroid and parathyroid glands, which control growth and many other glands, and lungs.
6 Third Eye Chakra– aka Anja, is located between the brows, is pictured as indigo; the color of psychic energy and intuition and is connected to the pineal gland, the brain and face.
7 Crown Chakra– located at the top of the head, where the skull plates intersect is pictured as white and sometimes purple; the color of holiness, royalty and purity and is our connection to Source/All that Is/Higher Self. It is connected with the pituitary, our Master gland, which controls autonomic functions as breathing and heartbeat.
There are actually more chakras found above one’s crown, but they are engaged in higher spiritual states than the mundane reality most of us know. The 8th Chakra is sometimes arrived at and energized in mystic union with another via Kundalini yoga and the 9th Chakra is aka Nirvana, is activated briefly as a state of Unity with All that Is.
More blogs on the chakras will follow in more detail. In the meantime, Enjoy your weekend
be Healthy, be Happy and be Well~

Namaste’
original post March 2, 2012
http://www.crystalinks.com/chakras.html  – for more information

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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