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Rose Quartz

rosequartzRose quartz is the ultimate love stone. All of us can benefit from putting our hearts first; rose quartz is a great stone for working on that.

Using rose quartz promotes…

  • Unconditional love
  • Caring
  • Peace & tranquillity
  • Heartfelt action
  • Forgiveness & healing
  • Fertility & maternity

Feel the Love

Rose quartz encourages love of every flavour: romantic love, family love, self-love, friend love, love of the earth, love of humanity and love of life itself.

Rose quartz has the wonderful ability of replacing negativity with love. As such it can help us overcome major obstacles blocking the path to unconditional love, like judgement and jealousy – healing broken hearts and past traumas. Turning self-judgement into self-love is the most amazing way to boost your self-esteem and confidence. When we open up our hearts, there is no force stronger than love.

This loving pink stone resonates with the heart chakra. With an open and active heart chakra, one can embody generosity, acceptance, kindness and unconditional love.

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Physical Benefits

Rose quartz is very soothing in nature, so is great for relieving stress. In this way it can alleviate adrenal problems, lower blood pressure and calm the nerves. Unsurprisingly, rose quartz is great at healing the heart – strengthening the heart muscle and improving circulation.

Rose quartz is often thought to be a good fertility stone. Its feminine energy brings out the body’s maternal instincts, thereby encouraging conception and a safe pregnancy for both mother and unborn baby.

Feminine Power Source

This stone is a feminine energy powerhouse. It encompasses all things yin in nature, so is often a good meditation stone for women. However, both genders exhibit both masculine and feminine energies; so most men will also benefit from incorporating rose quartz’s femininity into their spiritual practice. Rose quartz energy is sensitive, sensual, gentle and caring – perfect for healing difficult traumas.

Being in the midst of rose quartz energy can feel like you are a child again being embraced by your mother. Feeling safe and loved unconditionally, it is much easier to address past hurts.rose-quartz-pubdom

How To Use Rose Quartz

Jewellery
The best way to benefit from rose quartz is to wear it as a pendant over your heart. This keeps the stone’s energy near the heart chakra at all times, opening the wearer up to experience love. Rose quartz jewellery is quite common in stores, or you can make your own using my crystal necklace tutorial.

Ornaments
You can place rose quartz in your home to bring more love, acceptance and caring into your life. The best way to do this is to create a personal altar with crystals, objects you hold dear (e.g. photos of departed loved ones or spiritual teachers, lucky charms) and perhaps a candle for meditation.

Carry
You may also carry your rose quartz in your pocket or purse. When you need the stone’s power, simply hold it in your left hand.

Underneath Pillow
Place a rose quartz underneath your pillow to encourage positive dreams. This can be particularly beneficial when you are healing from heartbreak or trauma.

Remember to cleanse your crystals regularly with smudge sticks, moonlight, sunlight or meditative white light.

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Soul

 

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Hematite

This metallic-looking stone is excellent at grounding and protecting. Find out how you can benefit from incorporating hematite into your life.Hematite-Gemstone_52376-480x320
Using hematite promotes…

  • Grounding
  • Protection
  • Good blood flow
  • Balanced energy/emotions
  • Stability
  • Will power
  • Focus and concentration

Role in Spirituality

Perhaps the greatest strength of hematite is its ability to ground and protect. This is essential to any spiritual practice, as much of spirituality focuses on the higher chakras. Hematite activates and balances the root chakra – stimulating feelings of security and connection with the physical world. It also protects you from absorbing negative energy, a necessary precaution for spiritual practitioners.

Many people that are new to spirituality underestimate the importance of grounding yourself before accessing higher energies. Some of the most wonderful discoveries take place in the spiritual, mental and emotional worlds; but, you don’t want to become disconnected from what’s actually around you. It’s crucial to build a strong tether to the physical, and hematite is a great stone for working on that.

Mental & Emotional Benefits

By helping you to become more present and secure in your body, hematite boosts self-esteem, confidence, will-power and personal strength. Shyness – either as a personality trait, or because of a new environment – can be reduced by wearing hematite.

Being more present in your body will also make it easer to concentrate, focus and perform in mental activities. Hematite can be very helpful for daydreamers who are easily distracted from the task at hand.

Balancing Energies

Hematite helps balance the root chakra, creating a balanced foundation for all other chakra healing. Furthermore, the root chakra is the seat of our kundalini energy; balancing it is essential to encouraging further spiritual growth.

Magnetic hematite is especially useful in balancing the yin and yang energies along the body’s meridians.

Hematite is highly stablising, helpful in centring intense emotions and energetic fluctuations. If you find yourself getting carried away by emotions, keep hematite nearby as your rock. It will bring you back to earth and even out extreme feelings.

Blood Stone

The name hematite (previously haematite) literally means blood stone. Hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide, and unsurprisingly can be used to boost blood health.

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For centuries this gemstone has been used to heal blood ailments. Hematite can encourage healthy blood flow, cure blood pressure problems, help remove poisons or toxins from the blood, improve anaemia, help circulate oxygen throughout the body and improve production of blood cells.

By increasing oxygen flow in the body, hematite can reduce stress and improve sleep.

How To Use Hematite

Jewellery

A wonderful way to reap the benefits of hematite is to wear it as jewellery. This keeps the stone’s energy near the wearer at all times, healing and grounding them. Hematite jewellery is easy enough to find in stores, or you can make your own using my crystal necklace tutorial. One of the best ways to wear hematite is as a ring on your left hand.

Ornaments
You can place hematite in your home to make your everyday environment a more grounded, stable, healing space. The best way to do this is to create a personal altar with crystals, objects you hold dear (e.g. photos of departed loved ones or spiritual teachers, lucky charms) and perhaps a candle for meditation.

Carry
You may also carry your hematite in your pocket or purse. When you need the stone’s power, simply hold it in your left hand. This is a particularly good method for shy people as it helps draw your focus away from overwhelming environments.

Underneath Pillow
Place a hematite underneath your pillow for improved blood flow while you snooze. This can make a for a deeper, more restful sleep.

Cleanse Healing Crystals
Hematite can be used to discharge personal energies that accumulate in crystals used for healing.

Above all, follow your intuition. You will know when it is the right time to use hematite. For example, I know I need some more hematite in my life when I start feeling (and acting) like a space cadet!

Remember to cleanse your crystals regularly with smudge sticks, moonlight, sunlight or meditative white light.

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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Soul

 

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Amethyst

amethystThis purple quartz stone is a powerful healer, purifier and protector. Find out how you can benefit from incorporating amethyst into your life.

Using amethyst promotes…

  • Psychic ability
  • Meditation
  • Inner peace
  • Mental, physical and spiritual healing
  • Overall mental function
  • Lucid dreaming
  • Sobriety
  • Intuition

Role in Spirituality

Associated with the third eye, crown and higher chakras, amethyst is a highly spiritual stone. Amethyst is able to quiet the mind – allowing you to get past your busy thoughts and connect with the divine. As such, amethyst is often used in meditation and by spiritual practitioners. Amethyst has been found to promote spiritual growth through healing past mental, spiritual and emotional hurts.

Using amethyst turns down the static so you can hear your own intuition; thus, enabling you to take the appropriate steps on your soul’s path. Amethyst also aids in remembering and consciously embodying dreams, which are often communication with your subconscious or soul.

Amethyst can play a great role in opening and balancing the third eye chakra – awakening latent spiritual abilities like clairvoyance and enhancing meditation. Similarly, as amethyst helps open and balance the crown chakra, one becomes more selfless, understanding and wise.

Healing Ability

Amethyst calms and soothes the mind and body. This greatly reduces stress and heals its associated consequences of insomnia, nightmares, headaches, poor immune strength and hormone disruption.

The calming nature of amethyst soothes mental ailments like anxiety, fear, mood swings, rage, grief, depression and panic attacks. Many people (including Leonardo Da Vinci) believe amethyst aids attention, intellect and memory. It is sometimes called the “intelligence stone”.

Since ancient times, amethyst has been used as a sobriety stone, protecting people from alcohol and drug intoxication. The name amethyst itself comes from the greek ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated”. Amethyst can help heal addictions to drugs, alcohol, smoking or other compulsive behaviour.

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Protective Powers

Amethyst protects the wearer from negative emotions, psychic attacks and ill-intent. Those who take on others’ energies – such as healers and empaths – can benefit hugely by wearing amethyst for psychic protection.

Amethyst has been used as a protective talisman for hundreds of years, embedded into swords and shields since the Middle Ages. People have long known of the crystal’s power to dispel negative energy and protect the bearer.

How To Use Amethyst

Jewellery

The best way to reap the benefits of amethyst is to wear it as jewellery. This keeps the stone’s energy near the wearer at all times, healing and protecting them from psychic harm. Amethyst jewellery is easy enough to find in stores, or you can make your own using my crystal necklace tutorial.

Ornaments
You can place amethyst in your home to bring its healing, positive vibrations into your everyday environment. The best way to do this is to create a personal altar with crystals, objects you hold dear (e.g. photos of departed loved ones or spiritual teachers, lucky charms) and perhaps a candle for meditation.

Carry
You may also carry your amethyst in your pocket or purse. When you need the stone’s power, simply hold it in your left hand.

Underneath Pillow
Place an amethyst underneath your pillow to aid lucid dreaming, insomnia and nightmares.

Remember to cleanse your crystals regularly with clean water, sunlight or meditative white light.

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Soul

 

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Empaths

An empath is someone who feels the emotions of others, in addition to their own. It sounds fictitious and it certainly began that way. Empath was a Marvel Comics character in the 1980s – a mutant who could sense and manipulate others’ emotions. However, people are increasingly identifying as empaths.

Feeling empathy is an integral part of human nature, although it is not ubiquitous. We have a name for people without empathy – psychopaths or sociopaths – of which approximately 1% of the population is composed. If we can conceive of a lack of empathy, why is the idea of someone who feels extreme empathy rejected? I suppose it is a reflection of society’s focus on the negative.

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“Sensitive” is the best descriptor for empaths. They are finely-tuned emotional beings with an innate ability to sense others’ moods, wishes, intentions, spirituality and all things emotional. If you are an empath, you will identify with this immediately. Don’t worry, you’re not crazy after all!

Traits of An Empath

Below is a list of the most common traits of an empath. This comprehensive list (or similar lists) is used all over the internet to describe empaths, but all credit must go to the original author and her blog Just Be.

1.     Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.

2.     Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums, where there are lots of people around, can fill the Empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.

 3.     Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for Empaths. To some, they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept Empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from a great distance.

 4.     Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an Empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.

 5.     You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many Empaths try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.

 6.     Picking up physical symptoms off another: An Empath will almost always develop the ailments off another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains), especially those who they’re closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains.

 7.     Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centre of the abdomen and it’s known as the seat of emotions. This is where Empaths feel the incoming emotion of another, which can weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Lower back problems can develop from being ungrounded (amongst other things) and one, who has no knowledge of them being an Empath, will almost always be ungrounded.

 8.     Always looking out for the underdog: Anyone whose suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an Empath’s attention and compassion.

 9.     Others will want to offload their problems on you, even strangers: An Empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they’re not careful can end up as their own.

 10.    Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure. Many get diagnosed with ME.

 11.    Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, are to name but a few addictions Empaths turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It can be a form of self protection in order to hide from someone or something (external emotions).

12.    Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical:Although many Empaths would love to heal others, they can end up turning away from healing (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they’ve studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. Especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to Empaths and they don’t surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable, for example, Empaths would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.

 13.   Creative: From singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing an Empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination.

 14.    Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for Empaths and pets are an essential part of their life.

 15.    Need for solitude: An Empath will go stir-crazy if they don’t get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.

 16.    Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an Empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.

 17.   Finds it impossible to do things they don’t enjoy: As above. Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an Empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labelling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It’s for this reason many  Empaths get labelled as being lazy.

 18.   Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an Empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.

 19.   Always looking for answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an Empath and they will endeavour to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is an information overload.

 20.  Likes adventure, freedom and travel: Empaths are free spirits.

 21.  Abhors clutter: It makes an Empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.

 22.  Loves to daydream: An Empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.

 23.  Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an Empath even poisoning.

 24.  Prone to carry weight without necessarily overeating: The excess weight, especially around the belly area, is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.

 25.  Excellent listener: An Empath won’t talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

 26.  Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, Empaths do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider anyone’s feelings or points of view, other than their own.

 27.   The ability to feel the days of the week: An Empath will get the ‘Friday Feeling’ if they work Fridays or not. They pick up on how the collective are feeling. The first couple of days of a long, bank holiday weekend (Easter for example) can feel, to them, like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays, of a working week, have a very heavy feeling.

 28.   Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An Empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.

 29.   Sense the energy of food: Many Empaths don’t like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.

 30.   Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an Empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they’ve taken on too much negative will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An Empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they’re sad, this only adds to their load (makes working in the service industry, when it’s service with a smile, very challenging) and can make them feel like scuttling under a stone.

I would add a couple more things to her list:

31. Needs personal space: An empath needs others to seriously respect their personal bubble, be it in social situations or at home with loved ones. They might even feel the need to sleep in a separate bed or room to their partner.

32. Can feel a very sudden need to leave social events: Depending on how the people (both physically and emotionally) close to them are feeling, an empath may become suddenly overwhelmed and feel an intense desire to leave their surroundings. Sometimes it is enough to hide out in the bathroom or outside for a little while. Other times the trauma is occurring to a loved one and they will simply need to go home to rest.

33. Try to avoid confrontation: Intense emotional displays upset empaths, so they will go to great lengths to avoid confrontation.

There are many more empath traits, but I’m sure any empaths out there will have already identified with the vast majority of those mentioned.

How To Cope

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Living with such intense emotion can be near impossible to cope with, but it’s not all bad. Empaths are highly spiritual and make amazing healers, teachers, artists and humanitarians. Once an empath learns techniques to manage the intense emotions, they are able to unlock incredible spiritual gifts. Below are a couple of tips to help stay sane:

  • You are not your emotions – Empaths often assume the emotions they feel are their own. Such emotions are generally inexplicable and can cause significant distress. Understanding that you are not your emotions, makes it easier to let them wash over you and not define you.
  • Trust your gut – Empaths are intuitive, but sometimes fail to act on their intuition for fear that they are making wrong emotional decisions. Regardless of how many others affect your thoughts and feelings, your soul is always you. Trust it when it speaks to you.
  • Meditate – Meditation will help you sift through all the feelings and bring you back to you.
  • Deep breathing – A simple meditative practice that can be very helpful in crowded or stressful situations.
  • Take time out – Give yourself ample time to rest and recuperate. Being an empath can be draining and leave you exhausted. It is perfectly fine to say no to social invitations in favour of spending the day alone.
  • Do what’s best for you – Empaths are often people-pleasers, sacrificing their own wellbeing in order to make others happy (which in turn makes them happy). This can be a dangerous habit, so try to do what is best for you.

There are plenty of resources for empaths online. Elise Lebeau is particularly helpful and offers a free “Empath Survival Guide”.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Soul

 

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Chakra Summary

I recently did a series of posts on the 7 major chakras. It can be a lot to take in, so I’ve made up a chakra summary chart for you all. Enjoy! 😉

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For more information, check out my detailed chakra posts:

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Soul

 

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The Crown Chakra

Sahasrara

“I UNDERSTAND”

The crown chakra, or sahasrara in Sanskrit, is the seventh primary chakra. It is located at the top of the head, and continues upwards beyond your body. The crown chakra is the point where we connect to spirituality. It is linked to the pineal gland, which releases the hormones responsible for circadian rhythm. It vibrates at a frequency akin to the colour violet.
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The crown chakra is the centre for connection with spirituality, the universe, your inner self. It is opened by meditation, yogic intention, prayer and unconditional love. The crown chakra is the seat for enlightenment, the gateway to nirvana and the portal to divinity. Opening your crown chakra enables you to remember dreams, know your true self and live a spiritually fulfilling life.

Balanced – If you have a well-balanced brow chakra you will likely be a highly spiritual person, strongly connected to divine powers and your inner self. You will feel an overwhelming oneness with all life, and express this as unconditional love, help and understanding to yourself and everyone else. People would describe you as understanding, peaceful, wise, inspirational and humanitarian.

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Under-active – A lack energy in sahasrara can manifest as feeling purposeless; disconnection with spirituality; anger at life or God; feeling separate and alone; difficulty understanding new concepts or positive outlooks; clumsiness, poor coordination or poor balance; great fear of dying; medically inexplicable diseases such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Over-active – A overabundance of energy in the crown chakra is characterised by being ungrounded or in another world; feelings of superiority (a.k.a. God-complex); dissociation to the physical; inability to connect with others; medically inexplicable diseases such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia; over-sensitivities to light, sound and environment (such as autistic people experience).

Energy imbalances in the crown chakra can be repaired by utilising crystals, scents, meditation and yoga poses specifically for sahasrara.

Foods for Crown Chakra

The crown chakra doesn’t respond to physical nutrition; rather, it is nourished by spiritual food, like meditation. Deep breaths of fresh air are the crown chakras favourite fodder!

Spiritual fasting is a practice used to activate the crown chakra.

Crystals for Crown Chakra

Crystals can be used in meditation, placed around the room for ambience, worn as jewellery or carried in your pocket. Even if you don’t believe in the healing powers of crystals, they can still act as helpful reminders to cultivate the certain feelings and behaviours.

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Clear or white stones like clear quartz, celestite, selenite, snowy quartz, diamond and phenacite. These gems tune in to high frequencies, cleansing you with divine power.

High frequency crystals of others colours, like moldavite and azeztulite, are also great.

Violet crystals like amethyst, lepidolite, charoite and sugilite can also be very beneficial in balancing the crown chakra.

Scents for Crown Chakra

Burning incense or essential oils is a lovely, subtle way to balance and heal your body’s energies. Some best scents you can choose for the crown chakra are angelica, myrrh, lotus, lavender, patchouli, clary sage, frankincense and rose.

However, any scents you find particularly powerful in meditation are wise choices.

Meditation for Crown Chakra

Meditating deeply and often is key to opening the crown chakra and connecting to divinity.

Connect with the infinite through meditation. Image courtesy of rajkumar1220 / Flickr

Connect with the infinite through meditation.
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The visualisation meditation begins like the meditation for the rootsacralsolar plexusheartthroat and brow chakras, as it is essential to ground yourself in the lower chakras before moving up to higher chakras. As the visualisation becomes lengthier, you might like to meditate along to a recording of yourself reading the meditation aloud.

Enhance your meditation by playing some relaxing music like aaditya’s Sahasrara track.

Visualise a ball of bright white light illuminating your whole body.
See that ball of white light move down to the base of your spine (root chakra) and turn red.
Imagine roots growing from the root chakra deep into the earth.
Bathe in the red glow and feel yourself connecting with the earth, grounding yourself.

Bring the ball of light up slightly to sit in your lower abdomen (your sacral chakra) as it changes from red to orange.
Visualise your whole body becoming imbued with this soft orange glow.
Feel the orange ball open up your hips, thereby releasing emotional trauma.
See the sacral chakra as already balanced – see it how you would like it to be.
Rest in the orange energy for a little while.

Visualise the ball of light moving further up your spine, coming to rest between your navel and solar plexus (solar plexus chakra) as it changes from orange to yellow.
Surround yourself with activating, fiery yellow light.
Imagine the person you want to be in life standing in front of you – think about your deep personal ambitions, dreams and goals.
Step into your desired self.
This is you on a fundamental level, you can be this person.
Rest in the yellow energy for a while.

Visualise the ball of light moving up into your chest (heart chakra), slowly changing from yellow to green.
Imagine the green light encapsulating your entire body.
The light feels soft and warm, like a loving embrace.
Let the colour green infiltrate all your senses. How does green smell? Maybe like the forest or freshly baked apples… How does green taste?
Feel the ball of green light fill your heart with unconditional love.
Feel your heart become so full that it overflows and love spills out all around you.
Rest in the green light for a moment.

Now see that ball of light rise up into your throat (throat chakra) as it changes colour from green to blue.
Smell the fresh sea air and surround yourself with azure hues.
Feel the calming presence of the colour blue.
Notice how freely your breath flows through your throat.
Your breathing requires neither too much or too little control.
Now imagine your words doing the same, flowing naturally from you like an exhalation.
Sit serenely, enjoying the gentle, calm blue all around you.

Visualise the ball of light moving up to the space between your eyebrows (third eye chakra) as it gradually changes from blue to indigo.
Indigo is made up of red, green and blue – so take a moment to recall how those colours feel.
Feel the indigo light fill your skull, as it clears out negative thoughts everywhere it goes.
Imagine all your stressful thoughts dissolving.
Be patient with yourself as this might take a while. [Pause]
Your mind feels clear and light now.
Let your thoughts come to you naturally. Don’t look for them; they will find you.
Bathe in the indigo light and listen to your intuition.

Now see the ball of light move up to the top of your head (crown chakra) as it changes colour once more, from indigo to violet.
Imagine your chakra opening up like a flower in spring, the petals falling softly on your head.
See the most incredible white/violet light pour down from above, straight into this flower.
This light is your tether to divinity. It is always there when you need it.
The divine, spiritual, powerful light fills you completely.
You feel a great sense of “oneness”, interconnection with the universe.
Rest here for as long as you want, this is your spiritual home.

Image by Wonderlane / Flickr

Image by Wonderlane / Flickr

Mantra chanting of the crown chakra’s word “Aum” (pronounced ohm) resonates with sahasrara. Or simply sit in silence.

Affirm the desired qualities of sahasrara. Try saying out loud:
“I am one with the universe and everything in it.”
“I have met my inner self and focus on getting to know it better.”
“I am an infinite, spiritual being making the most of my human experience.”

… or creative another positive affirmation of some crown chakra aspect you feel you need to balance. Only you can know which affirmations are suitable for you.

Do you find formal meditation difficult?

Put on some relaxing music without lyrics. Simply sit or lie down (on a couch or bed if that is more comfortable) and close your eyes. Thoughts will come and go, but try not to latch onto them. Simply let your thoughts drift by and try to focus on the crown chakra.

That is essentially all there is to meditation! It’s not so hard… And, incorporating meditation into your daily schedule will advance your spiritual journey by leaps and bounds.

Yoga Poses for Crown Chakra

To heal the crown chakra, utilise yoga poses that focus on your connection to spirituality. I believe the best yoga poses for the crown chakra are corpse pose, lotus pose and headstands.

For more information on how to do these poses take a look at this Chakra Anatomy post.

Gateway to Infinity

Your true nature is infinite, unwavering and beautiful. By connecting to your inner self on a daily basis – through meditation, yoga, crystal therapy, aromatherapy or deep breathing – you can open your crown chakra. Every person has the potential to connect with their personal spirituality and express that connection in their life.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Soul

 

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The Brow Chakra

Ajna

“I SEE”

The brow chakra, or ajna in Sanskrit, is the sixth primary chakra. Located between your eyebrows, it is also referred to as the third eye chakra. The brow chakra is associated with intuition, intellect, imagination and visualisation. It is linked to the pituitary gland – also known as the “master gland” because it controls most of the other glands. It vibrates at a frequency akin to the colour indigo.
500px-Ajna_Mandala.svgBrow Chakra Balance

The brow chakra is the centre for intuition, thought and clairvoyance. Seeing the big picture can be attributed to the third eye, so opening this chakra is essential to improve your worldview. You’ve probably heard of “the sixth sense” – another term for the third eye chakra. This chakra allows you to see more than just what is in front of you.

Balanced – If you have a well-balanced brow chakra you will concentrate, think and see clearly. You will have a heightened ability to visualise, imagine and intellectualise. You will trust your intuition and understand that it comes from a real and important source. Others view you as wise and perceptive.

Under-active – If you lack energy in ajna you may experience difficulty understanding spirituality; poor memory; decreased imagination; a lack of empathy; fatigue; mood disorders; an ability to express yourself; physical symptoms like migraines, headaches, dizziness, hormone imbalance and brain problems.

Over-active – A overabundance of energy in the brow manifests as high stress levels; delusions; over-intellectualising; obsessive thoughts; inability to concentrate; nightmares; addiction; mood disorders; physical symptoms like migraines, headaches, dizziness, hormone imbalance and brain problems.

Energy imbalances in the third eye chakra can be repaired

by utilising foods, crystals, scents, meditation and yoga poses specifically for ajna.

Foods for Brow Chakra

Eat intuitively. Oftentimes you know instinctively what foods your body needs. That said, there are also some foods that specifically activate the third eye chakra:

  •  Dark chocolate – not that you need a reason!
  • Spices help wake up your senses
  • Berries – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc.

Crystals for Brow Chakra

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Amethyst photo by Ben Sutherland

Crystals can be used in meditation, placed around the room for ambience, worn as jewellery or carried in your pocket. Even if you don’t believe in the healing powers of crystals, they can still act as helpful reminders to cultivate the certain feelings and behaviours.

Purple and dark blue stones open and balance the brow chakra. Excellent choices are amethyst, sodalite, lapis lazuli, purple fluorite and indigo kyanite.

High frequency crystals like clear quartz, celestite, moldavite and azeztulite are also great.

Scents for Brow Chakra

Burning incense or essential oils is a lovely, subtle way to balance and heal your body’s energies. Ajna responds well to jasmine, lavender, rosemary, clary sage, patchouli and juniper.

Meditation for Brow Chakra

Meditation is the best thing you can do to clear and activate your third eye chakra.

The visualisation meditation begins like the meditation for the root chakrasacral chakrasolar plexus chakraheart chakra and throat chakra, as it is essential to ground yourself in the lower chakras before moving up to higher chakras. As the visualisation becomes lengthier, you might like to meditate along to a recording of yourself reading the meditation aloud.

Enhance your meditation by playing some relaxing music like this anja track by aaditya.

Visualise a ball of bright white light illuminating your whole body.
See that ball of white light move down to the base of your spine (root chakra) and turn red.
Imagine roots growing from the root chakra deep into the earth.
Bathe in the red glow and feel yourself connecting with the earth, grounding yourself.

Bring the ball of light up slightly to sit in your lower abdomen (your sacral chakra) as it changes from red to orange.
Visualise your whole body becoming imbued with this soft orange glow.
Feel the orange ball open up your hips, thereby releasing emotional trauma.
See the sacral chakra as already balanced – see it how you would like it to be.
Rest in the orange energy for a little while.

Visualise the ball of light moving further up your spine, coming to rest between your navel and solar plexus (solar plexus chakra) as it changes from orange to yellow.
Surround yourself with activating, fiery yellow light.
Imagine the person you want to be in life standing in front of you – think about your deep personal ambitions, dreams and goals.
Step into your desired self.
This is you on a fundamental level, you can be this person.
Rest in the yellow energy for a while.

Visualise the ball of light moving up into your chest (heart chakra), slowly changing from yellow to green.
Imagine the green light encapsulating your entire body.
The light feels soft and warm, like a loving embrace.
Let the colour green infiltrate all your senses. How does green smell? Maybe like the forest or freshly baked apples… How does green taste?
Feel the ball of green light fill your heart with unconditional love.
Feel your heart become so full that it overflows and love spills out all around you.
Rest in the green light for a moment.

Now see that ball of light rise up into your throat (throat chakra) as it changes colour from green to blue.
Smell the fresh sea air and surround yourself with azure hues.
Feel the calming presence of the colour blue.
Notice how freely your breath flows through your throat.
Your breathing requires neither too much or too little control.
Now imagine your words doing the same, flowing naturally from you like an exhalation.
Sit serenely, enjoying the gentle, calm blue all around you.

Visualise the ball of light moving up to the space between your eyebrows (third eye chakra) as it gradually changes from blue to indigo.
Indigo is made up of red, green and blue – so take a moment to recall how those colours feel.
Feel the indigo light fill your skull, as it clears out negative thought patterns everywhere it goes.
Imagine all your stressful thoughts dissolving.
Be patient with yourself as this might take a while. [Pause]
Your mind feels clear and light now.
Let your thoughts come to you naturally. Don’t look for them; they will find you.
Bathe in the indigo light and listen to your intuition.

Image courtesy of Priya Saihgal

Image courtesy of Priya Saihgal

Mantra chanting of the third eye chakra’s word “Aum” (pronounced ohm) resonates with ajna.

Affirm the desired qualities of ajna. Try saying out loud:
“I am in tune with my vision and seek to create it in the world.”
“I open myself to know my deep inner wisdom and guidance.”
“I see the best in all people and things – including myself.”

… or creative another positive affirmation of some brow chakra aspect you feel you need to balance. Only you can know which affirmations are suitable for you.

Do you find formal meditation difficult?

Put on some relaxing music without lyrics. Simply sit or lie down (on a couch or bed if that is more comfortable) and close your eyes. Thoughts will come and go, but try not to latch onto them. Simply let your thoughts drift by and try to focus on the third eye chakra.

That is essentially all there is to meditation! It’s not so hard…

Image courtesy of arztsamui / freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of arztsamui / freedigitalphotos.net

Yoga Poses for Brow Chakra

To heal the third eye chakra, utilise yoga poses with forward bends. Try out child’s pose, half forward bend and forward bend.

For detailed instructions on how to do these poses check out this Yoga Paws post.

See For Yourself

With some effort on your part – like daily meditation – you can bring yourself in line with your intuition, guidance and inner-knowing. You know a lot more than you think you do. You may be surprised to find that, when you stop thinking so hard about things – the answer will appear to you. Trust your inner-knowledge and find your personal wisdom.

 
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