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

 

 

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Oracle Card Reading – The Quest

Good evening my lovlies! I’m getting ready for a beautiful night ahead with friends, eating good food and probably drinking a little too much wine, but laughter is good for the soul and there will be LOTS of laughter…

Right now, I am feeling particularly ‘in the flow’, and after a truly magickal day with lots of signs that the Universe is listening, I decided to follow my instinct to offer you all a little Oracle Card reading. So, if this reading resonates with you for any reason, please give me a like and a follow, I will definitely be doing this more often.

I’m working with my Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards by Tori Hartman, with illustrations by Gretchen Raisch-Baskin, and they are utterly beautiful! They have such a wonderful, positive energy.

Today, the 6th January 2017, your Oracle Card is –

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‘The Quest’

This in a blue card, which connects with the Throat Chakra and all forms of communication, that with others, and that with our true selves.

The Quest card asks us what it is we are really seeking?

“When I am somewhere else, will my life have meaning?”

For so many of us, we reach towards a future when our lives will be ‘better’. We tell ourselves that we will be happy if we have this, and when we have that. We don’t realise that our life is happening now, and the happiness we seek is right here within ourselves. Our soul’s path is always in front of us, it never went anywhere. It may be obscured by other things, by the stories we tell ourselves, but it is always right in front of us if we just choose to open our eyes and see it.

Living in the now is not easy when we are conditioned to be unsatisfied by life. Are you looking ahead at a path that is not really yours? Are you waiting for a point in the future to be truly happy? Are you watching for the signposts along your path that validate your decisions and actions?

It’s time to stop. However this card resonates with you, it’s time to breathe and realise you are here and now, you cannot be there and then, and in trying to be, you are missing out on the magick of now and your soul’s true path.

The Universe is offering you guidance all the time, in the form of coincidences, of funny little exchanges, of tiny moments that are entirely yours, like when you glanced up at the clock and saw the time of 11.11, or 22.22. These moments are yours and they are the Universes way of showing you that you are in exactly the right time and place. How will you see these precious moments if you are looking into the future which has not happened yet?

Your soul’s path awaits you. Have courage for the journey and the Universe will answer all your questions…you just have to be here.

 

Namaste, everyone…I hope you enjoyed today’s Oracle Card.

xxx

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

The older I get, the more and more I think January is one of my most favourite times of the year. I love the shiny New Year and all of its endless possibilities.

Whether or not you take part in resolutions, whether or not you stick them out, whether or not you love or loathe this time of year, you can’t help but notice the subconscious effect a brand new year has on almost everybody you meet.

It is the chance to start again, to create new adventures or correct old habits, and everyone feels a similar sense of intriguing possibility. It is the one time of year that we all grant ourselves a pass to let things go and begin again, like a cosmic clean slate.

I wanted to write a nice long piece about what I’ve learned in the last 12 months, and what I want to learn and achieve in the coming 12 months…but really the only thing I have to say is that I’ve had the most wonderful year and I can only hope for more to come as I continue on this journey.

Happy New Year, everyone…Please keep following and liking, it’s only going to get better 🙂 xxx

 

On coming back to myself…

So, I wanted to share something a little more personal and while browsing through some of my own writings on a different site, I came across this little rambling that I let fall out of my head a few months ago.

It’s worth noting that I did drag myself out of this place…I’m certain I’ll find my way back again, but as long as I always acknowledge it and push forward I will always find a way out.

Hopefully it might help a soul or two if it resonates with anyone…

I’m externalising again, and I need to come back to myself.

It’s been such a crazy few weeks…months…that I’ve let myself slip out of the place that I’d finally begun to feel happy in. The place inside myself that is here and now. I’ve always externalised. Always looked outside for something to fill the void, something to make it better. I’m not even looking right now for anything to make things better, I couldn’t be happier with my life, I’m just so damn used to living there that I hadn’t even noticed I’d been doing it.

It came like a lightening bolt, out of the blue. The ground beneath me shook and for a moment, I lost my bearings. I began to fall and while I looked around for someone to catch me, I realised I’d been doing it again…Looking around for someone to catch me.

Catch your own damn self, Ej.

Life runs away with you when you’re not looking. I need to stop and catch my breath again. I need to get back to myself. I was there…I know I can do it again…I just need to reign myself in and sit in it.

I feel like there’s pain to come.

I never liked pain…Well, not in this manner, anyway.

But you can’t grow without pain, and you can’t learn if you consistently turn your back on the lessons.

I think my ground shook for a reason. Maybe to throw me off balance, maybe to force me to see. I trusted the ground to stay safe and stable. But even the ground can shake and crumble.

This inane rambling was brought to you from the messed up mind of Ej…Don’t worry if it makes no sense to you…It probably wasn’t meant to.

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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

Chakra Sunday! – Sacral Chakra

Chakra Sunday! Tonight is the turn of the second Chakra, the Sacral Chakra and is located in the reproductive area of the body. The Sacral Chakra is associated with creativity, sexuality, and our emotions. When the Sacral Chakra is blocked we can feel guilt and shame, possessiveness, and jealousy. Physically, it can also contribute to fertility issues or low libido.

Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths. Breath into your pelvic area and try to visualise a orange light emanating from below your naval. With each breath, make the light brighter, until it fills the lower part of your body. Say out loud, or to yourself,

“I feel. I create. I am enough. I am a beautiful, radiant, passionate soul. I attract and nurture only positive relationships.”

This Chakra resonates with the colour orange, so eating oranges, passionfruit, pumpkin, butternut squash, or anything of the bright, vibrant, orange variety will really help if you’re focusing on bringing your Sacral Chakra into balance.

Red Aventurine, Citrine and Red Carnelian are good crystals to have on your person.

So, there you have it 🙂 Enjoy this one, peeps, it’s one of the most commonly blocked of the chakras and, I think, can often reap the most rewards when it is in balance.

xxx

Chakra Sunday! – The Root Chakra

It’s Chakra Sunday! …Paying a little attention to your chakras is a vital way to connect with yourself and bring some balance to your mind, body, and spirit.

I’m going to start with the Root Chakra, at the base of the spine, simply because it’s considered the first of the seven chakras and it’s related to grounding. It’s Sunday evening, tomorrow is Monday and we’re so often run ragged in preparation for the new week ahead…Who doesn’t need a little grounding when we feel like this?

Sit comfortably, take a few deep breaths and with each exhale feel yourself become more and more rooted to the spot. Say the following (either aloud or to yourself), as many times as you like or feel you need;

“I am safe. I am secure. I am grounded. I am exactly where I need to be. I have everything I need. I release fear and embrace trust.”

The Root Chakra is represented by the colour red. It can help to visualise this colour, wear it, even eat it (red apples, tomatoes, strawberries…you get the idea) and if you’re at all into your Crystals, try holding a piece of Hematite, Carnelian, Red Jasper, or Smokey Quartz.

If the Root Chakra is blocked, or unbalanced, we can feel fearful, disconnected, and lacking in energy. It can cause problems with the digestive system, the immune system, and create pains in the feet and legs.

Now the weather is warming up, go outside and sit on the grass, it’s the perfect place for this Earth Element Chakra 🙂

Love your chakras, folks! xxx

It Hasn’t Been Easy…

So, I’ve been AWOL for some time now, in almost every one of my writing capacities. I could say it hasn’t been intentional, but it hasn’t been entirely unintentional either. I’ve spent the vast majority of the last 12 months on a massive journey of personal development. To say my whole life has changed would be an understatement. It was not planned, it was not preempted, and it certainly wasn’t expected, yet it has been the most gratifying (and at times difficult) journey that I have ever been on.

Only one thing has remained a constant in this last year, and shall remain a constant in the years to come; first and foremost, I am a mother. But, it is not unreasonable to state that every other aspect of my life is unrecognisable from where I was.

I’ve learned an awful lot about myself along the way, and I will continue to learn an awful lot about myself in the future; I am ever evolving and no matter how much we might want life to stand still on occasion, it has absolutely no intention of doing so, so we must all keep moving, keep learning, and keep growing.

However, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am a better person right now than I was. I am a happier person right now than I was.

I believe we all have a path. Call it fate, or destiny, or whatever you choose, but ultimately I believe it is all one in the same. I believe that when we follow that path, we receive great things, we feel fulfilled, we are content. I believe that when we deviate from that path, or fight it, we start to feel unhappy, stagnant, bored, distracted, isolated, disconnected, and any number of negative emotions that we ignore or brush under the carpet.

For me, making the decision to find my way back to my path was a fully conscious and extremely painful one. I had to take every idea and concept I had ever had about my life and its trajectory and cast it all aside. I had to throw away a lifetime of plans and ambitions (of my own and of other’s), and start from scratch. From the beginning. Without a safety net and no light at the end of the tunnel.

I took a leap of faith.

The problem was, I had begun a process of awakening within myself and I had absolutely no way to shut it down. The Universe was going to throw its all at me and I could either choose to embrace what was happening to me, or I could bury my head in the sand and those negative emotions would just begin piling up on top of me.

I fought the decision hard. To be honest, I have fought an awful lot over the past year, but when the Universe has other ideas, there really is no point fighting, because, as a friend of mine likes to point out, it’s just going to keep coming for me till it turns up with a sledgehammer. As has been the case for me on many occasions.

So, I made the decision to embrace my awakening.

Boy, does the game really begin when you do that.

You see, a lot of people have this idea that a journey of self-discovery is all flowery and fluffy with lots of lovely, relaxing, meditations, when in reality, it’s a little more like being a rollercoaster that you have a kind of love/hate thing going on with and you can’t get off. The thing is, this particular path is inevitably painful.

Aside from the actual, physical decisions that I have made, and some of the brutal lessons I have had to confront head on, I have also had my fair share of reality inducing epiphanies. The sort where you actually get to look real hard and real close at the person you are, and the reasons you are the person you are, and either accept them, or let them go.

This. Is. Hard.

We become the idea we have of ourselves and we form an identity through the way we behave and the decisions we make based on the evidence and experience we have in front of us. The problem is, we’re under the illusion that we are solely affected by outside influences and we have a terrible habit of blaming an awful lot of our character of things that have happened to us along the way.

This is the hard bit.

Owning up to the idea that actually, we have always had a choice to react to everything in a different way, or in a better way, is pretty challenging. Taking responsibility for the people that we are, especially the bits we don’t like about ourselves, is not easy.

Confronting things that happened to me with a very realistic attitude, and coming at them in my head from the angle that I actually feel about them, rather than the angle that I’ve convinced myself I should feel about them and then dealing with them emotions is not easy.

Stepping up to the plate and making myself accountable for everything that I do, say, think, and feel, in such a way that I recognise this is my journey, and my path, and no one can help me through this particular part can be lonely, and let me tell you, it is not easy.

I’m not really selling this whole self-development thing, am I?

Well, let me also tell you this…

I could not be happier.

I have a much better understanding of who I am now. For the first time in my life, I can genuinely and honestly say that I like myself and that I’m happy in my own skin.

I’m not fighting against the tide any more. I’m not seeking my happiness externally, with things or ideas. I just am.

I am happy.

I’ve been given so many wonderful gifts since I started this journey; it’s as if I’m being rewarded for progressing up my personal and spiritual ladder, which I suppose I am. I most recently completed my Reiki First Degree, something I have wanted to do for over 10 years but never thought I would get round to. It’s amazing what you manage to ‘get round to’ when you realise you deserve to put yourself first.

And that’s it really, that’s what it’s all about; realising that you deserve to put yourself first. I’ve had a quote that’s gone round and round in my head ever since I started this whole thing, and one day I will have it emblazoned on a wall in my home, or maybe even tattooed on my body…

“You are a child of the Universe; no less than the trees or stars.”