Chakra Sunday! – The Crown Chakra

I’m here on a Sunday! Yay! And ready to give you the final instalment of our Chakra series with the seventh chakra, located on the top of the head, the Crown. This Chakra connects us to our spirituality and belief system, it is directly connected to Source, and physically supports our central nervous system and brain functions.

When this vital Chakra is out of sync and off balance, we can experience depression and confusion about our place in life and it can trigger feelings of loneliness and detachment.

While there are Chakras above and below our physical bodies, the Crown Chakra is typically considered the highest, and vibrates with the colour purple, which vibrates directly beneath white light and pure energy. It is possibly one of the more difficult Chakras to balance and is one that requires work and effort in order to open, maintain, and nourish it. The Crown Chakra is associated most heavily with spiritual enlightenment, and therefore its ability to be balanced also relates quite strongly to the balance of the other six Chakras. Imbalance between the Chakras when the Crown is open can cause all manner of upset and can prove to be more troublesome, so work on this Chakra inline with the others, and concentrate on an energetic balance between them all.

To work with this Chakra and help bring it in to balance, sit comfortably and allow your breathing to fall into a steady rhythm. With each exhalation, imagine a beautiful violet lotus flower opening and unfurling on top of your head. As the lotus opens, imagine a beam of pure white light pouring into it from above and filling your whole body via each of the other Chakras in turn. Say out loud, or to yourself;

“I am connected to spirit. I am connected to source. I recognise the divine in all living things.”

Repeat as often as you feel necessary.

Surrounding yourself with the colour purple is a great way to help heal this Chakra, as is eating purple grapes, purple potatoes and carrots, aubergines etc, but remember that the Crown is connected to spirit and is more nourished by prayer and meditation than food itself. Drinking plenty of fresh water and making sure your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables will help all your Chakras, however.

Amethyst is the perfect crystal to hold and wear to connect with this Chakra, as well as Selenite and Quartz, which all vibrate at extremely high frequencies.

Remember to keep all your Chakras in check when you’re working with your Crown, allow it to connect to all six and make sure you practice good grounding techniques if your are working on opening it.

This whole series has been so much fun, there is so much you can learn about yourself by paying attention to your Chakra energies. So much of our emotional and physical wellbeing is influenced by these vital energy-organs and you can notice massive improvements in many areas of your life when you start to balance them.

Enjoy, you beautiful folks, you…but I have much more to share so don’t go too far away 😉 xxx

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Chakra Sunday – Third Eye Chakra

So, I’m aware that it is not Sunday, nor is it even Monday, but it’s time I posted the latest piece in our journey through the Chakras…I mean come on, you’ve all waited long enough.

So today is the turn of the Third Eye Chakra, which sits between the eyebrows connects us to our Inner Guidance and Intuition. It is closely connected to the higher Crown Chakra and is the link between our connection to Source and the Universe, and our Soul voice. Through a balanced and open Third Eye Chakra, we trust our intuition, we see our path clearly, and we have faith in our inner guidance. When this Chakra is out of balance it creates distrust, an inability to judge situations well, distraction and lack of focus, and often manifests its physical symptoms as headaches and problems with our eyes, insomnia, sinus trouble, and sometimes dizziness.

Sit comfortably for a few minutes when you know you wont be distracted. Take the time to let your breathing fall into a gentle rhythm, and begin to imagine the breath being drawn into, and out of, the Third Eye. With each inhalation, feel the cool breath begin to open the space where the Third Eye Chakra resides, and visualise a beautiful blue indigo colour spreading out before you. It’s common, when working with the Third Eye, to experience tingling sensations across the forehead. If you do feel anything out of the ordinary, simply acknowledge the sensation and let it pass.

At this stage, repeat the following affirmations either out loud or to yourself, for as long as you feel necessary;

“I see clearly. I think clearly. I trust my intuition. I know the answers I seek. I am wise and connected to my inner guidance.”

Surrounding yourself with a vibrant indigo blue is a great way to help heal this Chakra. Crystals such as Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Sodalite, and Azurite are also great companions for a little Third Eye love, and eating foods rich in deep blue hues, such as blackberries, blueberries, figs, grapes, and raisins, are perfect.

This Chakra can be a tricky one to keep open and balanced, especially if you are still struggling with your lower chakras, and haven’t yet mastered you self love and self worth. It’s easy to let your ability to trust your own inner voice slip by the wayside, but stick with it and with this one, more so actually than the others, the more you actively use it and trust it (your intuition), the easier it gets.

That’s all for today, folks…

Love and light xxx

 

 

Crystal Crazy! Black Obsidian

I’ve been so busy lately making beautiful Crystal Therapy jewellery for so many lovely customers that I’ve hardly had time to write anything at all for either of my blogs (this one or The Big H). It’s amazing to be helping so many people and to be spreading the awesomeness of Crystals, but I really must find time to pop back here and write a thing or two, which is exactly what I’m doing now…

If you’ve not yet popped over to my jewellery page on Facebook, or you simply had no idea I even had one, it’s right here; Jewellery for Healing, so come and visit!

You may or may not notice in my pictures that I often lay my pieces over a lovely big black chunk of rock, and while it is partly for the aesthetics of the picture (because the big black rock is GORGEOUS by itself), it also serves an important purpose for the jewellery that I make.

The big black rock is a piece of beautiful Black Obsidian, and it is one of my favourite crystals from my own personal collection. I found it in a local crystal shop for the bargain price of £4 (I know, right!) and it is a vital part of my treatments and my jewellery making.

You see, Black Obsidian is a potent stone for grounding and releasing negative energies back into the Earth. It draws off these stagnant or non-serving energies and transmutes them into the ground, and back to source (since energy can be neither destroyed of created, on converted).

Obsidian is actually molten lava that has cooled rapidly and crystallised. It has an almost glassy quality about it but it usually completely opaque. You can get all sorts of colours from red, to green, and even rainbow, but black brings together the spiritual plane with the physical, and very quickly brings imbalances to the surface, dispelling them and protecting at the same time.

It is said that nothing can be hidden from Obsidian, exposing flaws, weaknesses, and blockages extremely quickly in order to deal with, heal, and move on from. Because of its potency and its ability to bring unpleasant truths to the surface, it is recommended to be used under the guidance of a Certified Crystal Therapist.

For all these reasons, my large piece of Black Obsidian is used to draw off energies and cleanse jewellery before they go off to their new homes. It is also placed at the feet of every client who takes a nap on my treatment bed, and almost everybody falls in love with it.

Black Obsidian, and a few other colours, are readily available in most crystal shops, although greens and blues may be quite rare. If you are lucky enough to come across a piece that grabs your attention, it is bound to become a favourite of yours too.

Namaste, you beautiful souls.

xxx

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Chakra Sunday – Throat Chakra

Happy Sunday, folks!

It’s Chakra Sunday time! We have been gradually making our way through all the chakras, what they affect, and how we can help to bring them into balance. Today is the turn on the fifth chakra, and the one responsible for our communication.

The Throat Chakra connects our higher chakras to our centre and the heart, by way of our communication with others, with ourselves, and with the Universe. When this Chakra is out of balance, we may find it difficult to express ourselves, or feel trapped by an inability to speak our own truths. Physically, we can experience problems with the Thyroid Gland, sore throats and sinus infections, or neck and shoulder pain.

Some verbal affirmations can really help to heal the Throat Chakra. Saying out loud,

“I am honest and clear in all my communications. I am able to speak my truth with grace and kindest. My thoughts and opinions are worthy. I express myself with love and I know when to listen.”

With the Throat Chakra, it will be really beneficial if you can say these affirmations out loud, but if you are uncomfortable, or unable to, communicating them clearly to yourself while in meditation will be effective.

Sitting comfortably, take a few deep, cleansing breaths and once you find your rhythm, visualise a bright blue flower sitting upon your throat and opening up little by little with each inhalation. Focus on the colour of the flower and its beautiful blue petals. Take a few moments to pay attention to the area around your throat and any sensations you experience. Don’t worry or let negative thoughts about those sensations distract you, the throat is a sensitive area and sometimes, even in meditation, any sensation of restriction can be alarming. Just let the sensation be, remain calm and bring your attention back to the flower and its petals. Say the above affirmation for as long as you feel necessary.

The Throat Chakra vibrates with a brilliant blue colour, so wearing blues and surrounding yourself with this calming colour will really help. Eating blueberries, currants, blue grapes, blackberries, and dragon fruit will also help.

If you love your crystals as much as I do, Blue Lace Agate is perfect for the Throat Chakra, as is Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, and Turquoise. Wearing them as a necklace is the best way to bring them into effect on the body.

Spending some time mindfully looking up at the sky is also a great way to activate this chakra.

Namaste, folks! Thanks for reading…give me a like and a follow if you like what you read, there is more where this came from.

Love and light!

xxx

Are you awake yet?

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According to numerology, 2017 is a year 1 (2+0+1+7=10, 1+0=1), and 2016 has been a year 9 (2+0+1+6=9), which means as far as numerology goes, 2016 has been a year of completions and of cycles ending, and 2017 is a year of beginnings. If you take a look at the events of 2016, I’m sure you will notice an abundance of cycles ending in and around your life, whether they be deaths (look at the celebrity deaths this year!), relationships ending, careers changing, friendships distancing, or simply changes in habit patterns and the letting go of emotional issues you thought would be with you for much longer. 2016 has seen us release over and over, sometimes painfully, sometimes surprisingly, sometimes difficultly, but always necessary.

Have you started to wake up? Have you started to feel different? Have you started to notice the world around you in a different way?

I’ve noticed so many people starting to wake up and seek advice or counsel regarding the way they are feeling right now. Some are confused; it’s ok, it can be confusing to navigate and difficult to accept when you’ve always viewed the world in a particular way. Some are excited; that’s ok too, but pace yourself, you are in no rush, there is no end game, just the journey.

Someone asked me recently my advice on where to start, what to read, where to look…The truth is, there is no right answer for this. The biggest lesson you are about to learn is that the only person you should be listening to is yourself.

Let me tell you, there is sooooo much out there that you are going to learn. Right now, it probably seems like you have an awful lot of catching up to do…and you do, an entire universal history of catching up because the reality is, none of this is new! Whether its energy flow, spirit, crystals, tarot, healing, angels, meditation, astrology, manifestation, and a whole abundance of countless other forms and mediums that make up the universal consciousness and things above and beyond our five recognised senses. None of it is new. And all of it is available to you. You just have to listen to what resonates with you.

You will hear that a lot, “What resonates with you…” It means, what speaks to your soul. What feels right. What makes your heart flutter and your stomach flip flop. What feels like love; you know that feeling of falling in love? That curious crush, that exciting new chapter, that feeling of coming home…that’s what it is. The Universe is going to offer you opportunities, so pay attention to the smallest signs. Notice that advert, listen to that conversation, look for that indicator, that coincidence, that thing you can’t shake from your thoughts…The Universe it talking to you and when you start to listen, amazing things will start to happen.

You will face challenges, you will hit brick walls, you will find yourself lost…Don’t panic. Come back to yourself, centre, reassess what’s going on and keep going. There are lessons out there for you to learn along the way…and FYI, they never stop. This is not journey to a destination. There is no award or certificate handed out when you get there… “Congratulations, you are enlightened!” Nuhuh…it doesn’t work like that; this particular journey is going to take you lifetimes! And I can’t even begin to tell you how much peace and happiness it is going to bring you 🙂 

You are about to spread so much light into the world simply by following your own path.

That’s the key though….YOUR OWN PATH.

No one else’s.

All you need to do right now is listen. Trust. Smile. You’re already here.

Chakra Sunday – Heart

Today is the turn of our central chakra, the Heart Chakra.

The Heart Chakra  connects our lower chakras, the ones that are predominantly associated with out physical body, with our higher charkas, which are predominantly associated with our spiritual and emotional bodies. In particular, the Heart Chakra deals with love, but not just that of others, it is also enormously connected to the love we have for ourselves. When it is in balance, we feel loved and in harmony with those around us. It helps us to forgive, and allows us to feel compassion. When it is stagnant, out of balance, or blocked, it can bring about feelings of jealousy, fear of abandonment, anger and lack of empathy and compassion. It is physically connected to our circulatory system and lungs, and ailments such as high blood pressure and asthma, among others.

The most effective way to heal the Heart Chakra is to express gratitude and to be compassionate towards yourself as well as others.

Sitting comfortable, take a few deep cleansing breaths and visualise a green flower bud where your heart is. With each breath, the green flower begins to open, and beautiful green light begins to emanate from within it and spreads throughout your entire body. Say out loud, or to yourself;

“I love myself. I have love in abundance. I accept myself and those around me fully, with compassion and grace. I am grateful for all that I have. I am grateful for all that I am. I release any fear of rejection.”

This chakra is associated with the colour green, and being surrounded by the greenery of nature is very healing for the heart. Eating green vegetables will help, as well as wearing green clothes, and carrying green crystals such as Malachite, Jade, Emerald, or Peridot.

Keep your Heart Chakra healthy and open, folks. It is the bridge between the physical and spiritual bodies and when in balance can help influence the activity of the higher chakras enormously.

Love and light, peeps.

Namaste

xxx

When the reiki doesn’t flow…

Reiki is a gift from the Universe, and it is available to you whenever your intention is set. It flows easily whenever you speak of, engage in, or even think about your relationship with reiki.

For many of us, the above statement is entirely true, and then some. Anyone who has a relationship with reiki will understand this. I call it a relationship with reiki because that’s what it is. It will never be an insignificant piece of your life, even if it sits quietly in the background for a long time, it is always there.

So, what do we do as practitioners, or even simply reiki-ists, when the reiki doesn’t flow?

I recently had a reiki crisis. I’m going to call it a crisis of faith because even though reiki isn’t a religious process or practice, it is, in my opinion, as near as I will likely get to one. I had a crisis of faith because the reiki wouldn’t flow and the crystals wouldn’t speak (I’m a crystal therapist too).

Even self treatments didn’t help. I found myself agitated…unable to complete a simple self treatment without feeling anxious…frustrated.

Within the space of a week all my clients had either cancelled on me, or I on them, for one reason or another. It was a giant, massive, not-to-be-missed sign from the Universe.

I stopped.

I stopped everything and I waited.

I am a firm believer in following divine guidance and I try as much as possible not to resist when I’m being shown something very clearly. I figured that something was off, that I was resisting whatever was meant to be, and when the time was right the Universe would give me a clear cut sign that I was continue treating with reiki and crystals.

It’s taken several months for the reiki to come back…not that it ever really went anywhere…but it’s taken me that time to realise two very, very, important things regarding my practice with this amazing modality.

Number One – Reiki is for Me. I’d forgotten that the reason I started my journey with reiki was because it had a profound effect on me. Not because I just wanted to treat others. Of course, I wanted to help other people and that had a huge influence on my decision to practice rather than simply receive, but ultimately, the reiki has to be for me before it is for anyone else.

This is the first thing you learn when you start to learn reiki…that self treatments are the foundation of your practice and ability. That you are your most important client and unless you are well, you cannot offer anything to anyone else. It is not selfish to take care of yourself first, it is your responsibility as a practitioner.

Number Two – I cannot have an attachment to the outcome. Reiki flows where it is needed for a person’s highest good. While I knew this, and I told my clients this, it has taken me this time away to realise that I was absolutely forming an attachment to the outcome…It just happened so subtly. As a new practitioner, I wanted clients to get the best possible results from my treatments. I am still learning my craft and I’m unintentionally praying for miracles so I can validate myself and the reiki. When a client told me their back was aching, I would treat their back, but I would also will the reiki to remove the pain rather than simply let the reiki do its thing.

Willing reiki to do something reiki doesn’t want to do is just counterproductive. I was setting myself up for failure. I never meant to create these attachments, and I didn’t even realise I was doing it until I carried out my most recent treatment.

I worked on myself for a long time before. I performed my Hatsurei Ho several times in the days leading up to it. I sat back and let the reiki flow for itself. I didn’t think about what I wanted as the outcome for the treatment, I thought about nothing but brilliant white light flooding my client’s body and I listened to what the reiki told me throughout.

It was an amazingly different experience and one that gave me the same high that I got when I started working with reiki.

It’s not all over, my recovery from my crisis of faith, but at least the reiki is flowing happily now, and the crystals have started to speak again. This is a journey, a learning curve that I feel may never be finished…I will always be learning thanks to reiki, but I must stop focusing on the outcome and start enjoying the journey.Reiki.png

Chakra Sunday! – Solar Plexus

Ok, ok, so it’s technically Monday, but I spent my Sunday evening preparing for a Crystal Therapy treatment and I don’t think ‘Chakra Monday’ is quite the same…and besides, when it’s this close to Christmas and the weather is cold and wet, we all need a little help from out Sunshine Chakra.

Moving up our Hara Line to the third chakra, the Solar Plexus is located just below the ribs and above the belly button. It is firmly associated with self-confidence, self-esteem, and personal power. When it is off balance it can create a fear of rejection, indecisiveness, passiveness, sluggishness, and a victim mentality that can lead to depression.

Sitting comfortably, ground yourself by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths and visualise that breath being drawn into your Solar Plexus. With each inhalation, imagine the breath becoming a bright yellow light that spreads outward from your body. Feel the warmth of the light like rays of the sun spreading throughout your body from the point of your Solar Plexus. Say out oud, or to yourself,

“I love myself. I accept myself. I am worthy. I am confident. I stand in my own power and release judgements placed upon me, by myself and those around me.”

The chakra really is the Sunshine Chakra and vibrates with the colour yellow and the energy of the sun. Eating yellow foods such as sweetcorn, pineapples, bananas, and turmeric will help keep this chakra in balance, as will wearing the colour yellow and carrying crystals like Citrine, Sunstone, Amber, or Tiger’s Eye.

Pay close attention to this one, folks…Of all the chakras, this one can cause the most trouble when it’s out of balance, even by being too open (which can lead to arrogance), but it can also bring you the most peace and happiness when it is balanced and taken care of.

Love and Light to you all

xxx