Monday, June 25, 2012

Just Breathe

Just Breathe Sign (c) Kristen Bangs from SpunkyFluff

UPDATE: Kristen Bags, creative genius behind SpunkyFluff is graciously offering 20% off your purchase in her Etsy shop with coupon code ANANDA! How cool is that!!

THANK YOU: to Tom Meyers for pointing out an error in my post. I inadvertently transposed the left and right brain function in the text below. Thanks to Tom I was able to correct my error and provide the correct information below (noted in green). Thanks, Tom! 

Did you know that we only breathe through one nostril at a time? Humans actually breathe in a pattern known as the 'nasal cycle' as first recognized by German nose specialist, Richard Kayser in 1895. In this pattern our body switches from breathing predominantly through the right nostril and left nostril about every 90 minutes.

Even more interesting is that the pattern of switching from breathing from one nostril to the other effects whether we feel creative or analytically, among other things.

Here's why: Our brain cycles between hemispheres along with our breathing. When we breathe through our left nostril the right side of the brain is active and vice versa. It stands to reason that when the right side of our brain is engaged we will be more creative and when the left side is engaged we will be more analytically.


In Pranayama, Sanskrit for 'vital breath' it is believed that you can alter your creativity and mood by changing your breathing pattern to engage the applicable side of the brain. Considering the right nostril = left, logical hemisphere and the left nostril = right, creative hemisphere it does stand to reason that breathing through your right nostril may help enhance logical thought while breathing through your left nostril may increase creativity.

Scientific studies confirm what yogis have known for centuries, alternate nostril breathing balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain and the body. A 1988 study found right nostril breathing can raise blood glucose levels while left nostril breathing can lower them and a 1994 study found that alternate nostril breathing has a balancing effect on the functional activity of the two hemispheres of the brain.

In yoga, the right side of the body is considered to be of masculine nature, endowed with fire while the left side of the body is considered feminine and endowed with cool energy. Nadi Sodhana, Sanskrit for alternate nostril breathing, is used to balance the energy in the body. It's a simple exercise when practiced 2-3 times per day can balance your energy and change your life.

Begin by sitting in a comfortable position. You do not have to sit in a lotus position, on the floor or with knees bent. The important thing is to be comfortable as you sit.

You will be using your thumb and ring finger of your right hand to open and close your nostrils in an alternate fashion.

The exact position of your fingers isn't critical but using your thumb and ring finger will easily seal your nostrils.

Next,

When first starting, practice 5 repetitions of breathing 2-3 times per day. Work your way up to 20 repetitions and you will experience more balanced energy that will carry into all aspects of your life.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Feature -
Jackie from Glory Be Herbals



I'm so excited to share Glory Be Herbals on Etsy with you in this week's Friday Feature! Jackie has been selling her herbal and aromatherapy products in her Etsy shop for 4 years. She holds certificates from the Heart of Herbs herbal and aromatherapy programs. Jackie is very passionate about Herbs and Essential Oils after experiencing the remarkable difference they made in her life. She loves sharing her experience with others and would love to see more people incorporate natural products into their lives. With that, Jackie took some time to share her passion and insights with us!

Q: Your shop name says a lot...how did you come up with that name?
Jackie: I firmly believe that plant medecines are a gift from God and wanted to refelect that in my shop name.  I wanted to make a statement that herbalism is for all religions and people.  I think a lot of Christians think of herbalists as Witches and they fall into the trap or relying on pharmaceuticals for everything.


Q: How did you get interested in Herbs and Aromatherapy?
Jackie: My interest in herbs started when I was a Senior in High School.  I won't say how long ago that was but my daughter is now a Junior in High School. I dabbled with it for decades but have been working with it seriously for about 8 or 10 years now.

Q: What prompted you to start an Etsy shop?
Jackie: I actually started with Hyena Cart and eventually found out about Etsy.  I have had my best success there.

Q: What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
Jackie: It's so hard to pick a favorite but I think my JOY aroma perfume, cold cream and scar treatment ointments are truly unique and I am very proud of those creations.

Q: Now for the juicy questions...What inspires you?
Jackie: EVERYTHING!  Inspiration comes to me from everywhere.  Sometimes it's a color or new essential oil, sometimes I just create out of sheer need.


Q: Tell us about a favorite moment or sense of accomplishment related to you work.
Jackie: When I created the cold cream.  I had just infused some chamomile flowers in olive oil and it smelled so heavenly I had to make something special with it.  I love what I do and I have made many wonderful friends on Etsy.

Q: What advice would you offer someone interested in getting involved with your area of interest?
Jackie: Be passionate about what you do.  Join a team and be active in a community.  It's great support and you will make friends with some fantastic people.
     

Q: What do you do when you’re not working on your shop?
Jackie: I'm a postal worker by day.  Mom, wife, doggy mommy and avid gardener in my free time.

Q: Are there other places online where we can connect with you?
Jackie: I'm all over the place!


GloryBeHerbals on Etsy
GloryBeHerbals on Twitter
GloryBeHerbals Blog
GloryBeHerbals Hyena Cart
GloryBeHerbals ArtFire Studio
GloryBeHerbals Facebook
Jackie's IndiePublic Profile
GloryBeHerbals YouTube

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Developing Your Intuition

Perhaps by now you've identified which type of intuition you possess. For those of you who think you're not intuitive, you are! Intuition is an innate part of each individual. It helps us understand ourselves and others by connecting us to the larger metaphysical awareness that is the collective unconscious.

You certainly know 'that person' who seems to be incredibly lucky. They make all the right choices and have nurturing relationships and a seemingly perfect life to show for it. Have you ever wondered how everything falls so perfectly into place for them? It's not luck, it's the manifestation of their ability to follow their intuition. Their intuition guides them toward the right decisions and they embrace that guidance and trust their intuition.

So, how do we do that? How do we develop recognition of our intuition and learn to trust it's direction?

Here are a few tips:
  • Be Present: focus on the very moment you are in. Don't fret over the past or the future. Be present in the only moment that is reality, the one you are in. This will help to clear your mind of clutter and allow you to be open to intuition.
  • Intention: set the intention to notice your intuition. Recognize your desire to become aware of your intuitive insights. In time you will begin to notice the feelings, knowledge and messages from your intuition.
  • Meditate: clearing your mind of thought and worry while accessing your subconscious will help open you to your intuition.
  • Silence: dedicate time to being in silence. It's difficult to recognize intuition when your brain is filled with noise. Like meditation, clearing your mind of noise will make it easier for you to recognize your intuition when it manifests.
  • Nature: spending quiet time in nature is especially effective in quieting your mind.
  • Breathe: it seems so simple, maybe even silly. When you read the word, did you find yourself taking a nice deep breath? We do it involuntarily all day long. But take a moment to really Breathe. Breathe in through your nose, filling your lungs to the very bottom. Pause at the end of the breath for a second or two...don't hold your breath just feel the sensation of your lungs filled with air. This should be comfortable. Breathe out slowly through your mouth, letting all of the air escape your lungs. It cleanses...physically, mentally and emotionally. Stay tuned for a future post dedicated to Pranayama breathing...it's beyond amazing!
  • Journal: take note, literally, of random thoughts that come into your mind and specific feelings your have throughout your day. If you remember your dreams keeping a journal can be helpful in accessing your subconscious. You don't have to assign meaning to the dreams. The simple act of recounting them and writing them down is enough. 
  • Practice: give attention throughout your day to opportunities to use your intuition. It can be as simple as using intuition to choose which route to take to work, which errands to do first or which line to choose at the grocery. 
  • Anchor: choose an item, such as a piece of jewelry or a key fob, to remind you throughout the day to be present and aware of the messages your intuition is giving you.
Integrating intuition into the simplest choices in life will help using it become commonplace from day-to-day. Intuition is a powerful gift and tool that can manifest your heart's desire. And it will never lead you astray! 

I'd love for you to share some of your intuitive moments the comment section below!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Do You Feel? Hear? See? Know?

In my last post I covered the four basic types of Intuition; Clairsentience (feeling), Clairvoyance (seeing), Clairaudience (hearing), and Claircognizance (knowing).

I also let you in on my little secret...I'm Claircognzant. I used to think I was Clairsentient, with that gut feeling. Perhaps I am a bit but I'm somewhat disconnected from my emotions and am challenged to identify and process them. With my Sacral, Heart and Throat Chakras finally aligned and whirling beautifully, perhaps my Clairsentience will develop.

As it stands, I 'just know' when something is energetically right or wrong. I don't know how I know, I just do...try explaining that one to people! It's difficult enough to trust it myself let alone explain to other people how I 'just know'. Frankly, it's easier to tell them I 'have a feeling'. Perhaps most people are Clairsentient, even though they may not recognize and embrace it, and this is why the idea of someone having a 'feeling' makes sense.

What are you? Do you get feelings? Do you see or hear things? Or are you like me, and you just know? Share how your intuition manifests in the comments for today's post!

Here's a great example of my intuition at work:

Recently I received an unexpected business proposition. Sitting in that meeting I just knew it wasn't right. I was Google-familiar with the company...you know, all the information you can find out through Google...which wasn't much. The energy in the place just didn't resonate with me and I knew it wasn't the right circumstance for me. Rather than closing the door entirely I left the discussion open. I soon realized that my intuitive 'knowing' was correct, yet again. I'm so glad I trusted it this time!

So, how do we develop our intuition, accept it's guidance and trust it? That's for Part 4!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Intuition...Clair-what?

Some refer to a gut feeling or sixth sense while others reference a still, small voice. No matter what you call it or how it comes to you, it's all about Intuition! There are four main ways our intuition manifests; Clairsentience, Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, and Claircognizance.

The only nonverbal form of intuition, Clairsentience, involves feelings, emotions and physical sensations related to a past, present or future event. Clairsentients are very attune to the emotional energy of the Universe. Many report feeling uncomfortable when entering a room in which an argument recently took place. Some are able to sense the emotions of others and experience their emotional pain.

Perhaps the most widely recognized and disputed is Clairvoyance, a sense of clear seeing. A clairvoyant sees visions, either abstract or specific. Abstract visions are generally vague and may require interpretation, such as a color or a letter. Specific visions are very definite about people and places or exact circumstances. Clairvoyants may see visions with their eyes open or closed and in dream or waking states.

Those who hear words or phrases through inexplicable auditory means are Clairaudient. This is considered the least common form of intuition and can easily be confused with the auditory hallucinations experienced by many with neurological and mental disorders. Clairaudient messages are pertinent to the person hearing them and make sense to their situation. When someone refers to that 'still, small voice' in their head they may be experiencing Clairaudience.

The final form of intuition is Claircognizance, a sense of clear knowing. It's a sudden sense of possessing knowledge that you previously did not have. Have you ever 'just known' something without having an explanation of where you acquired the information? These Claircognizant experienced generally come at times when the person is seeking a solution to a problem or work task or desires to help someone else.

How does your intuition manifest to you? Is it a feeling, a sight or sound? Do you find that you just suddenly know something is right or wrong? Or is it a combination? The challenge is recognizing when our intuition is guiding us and trusting it, even when it doesn't necessarily make sense.

I'm claircognzant. I tend to 'just know' when something is energetically right or wrong. I'll get into that more tomorrow in Part 3.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Follow Your Intuition - Part 1


If the Brow Chakra is the center for intuition and insight, why do we refer to intuitive insight as a 'gut feeling' when we know from week 4 of the Chakra Series that Manipura, the Solar Plexus Chakra, is located at our 'gut'? This is a great example of how energy flow through one chakra relates to others.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is more than the source of our free will and personal power. It is our energy center and where the 'spark' of intuition is felt. Anatomically the Solar Plexus Chakra is oriented at the autonomic nervous system that controls involuntary body function such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation and perspiration to name a few. This is the where the connection between the three lower chakras interchange with the four higher chakra energy centers.

The key to developing intuition from the Brow Chakra is to first respect the gut feeling you receive from your Solar Plexus Chakra. The connection between the two must be developed with a sense of trust in the signals your body and energy system are giving you.

Considering the connection between the Solar Plexus as our center of free will and the Brow Chakra as the center for intuition, it's no accident that acceptance our intuitive prompts in free will decision making will manifest cosmically aligned results.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Dad



My dad and I have always been close. From what I'm told, it's typical for fathers and daughters to have a special bond. We're a lot alike and I'm not sure if it's nature or nurture...it just is. So, on this Father's Day I want to share with everyone what I've learned from my Father.

15 things I learned from my Dad:
  • Always eat dessert first, that way you know you have room for it.
  • You can get away with saying almost anything as long as you have a smile on your face.
  • Sometimes, it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.
  • Cars need oil.
  • Strive for perfection even if it seems an impossible goal.
  • Pump the brakes.
  • A flat head screwdriver is not a suitable substitute for a chisel.
  • Coffee is best enjoyed with friends.
  • The project isn’t done until you clean up the mess and put all the tools away.
  • If you’re 10 minutes early, you’re on time…if you’re on time, you’re late.
  • Mowing the lawn is a Zen experience…as is working in the garden.
  • Plan for the worst and expect the best.
  • Telling a story is an artform.
  • The more “stuff” you have the more you have to take care of and the more you have to break down.
  • If you’re going to do the job half-way, regardless of how big or small the job, you might as well not do it at all.

My Dad's always been there for me when I really needed him. I only hope I can show him how much he means to me. 

Love, Sis

What I Learned...

I've returned from the Health Freedom Expo and I have a whole bag of goodies to go through. The Chakra and Vibrational Healing seminar and the Pranic Healing seminars were excellent! Some of the others were nothing more than infomercials for the presenter's goods and services...a bit irritating considering attendees paid to be there. But I did take away some very useful lessons...Here's what I learned:

  • When someone uses fear to alarm you into purchasing their product/service, it's probably not worth the trouble.
  • Giving your audience useful information is the best way to make them want to work with or buy from you.
  • Paying $8.50 for a fruit cup and bottle of water is insane...pack snacks!
  • "The issues are in your tissues."
  • Likening a person's name to a hurricane is not a good marketing technique to connect with your prospect...I think everyone named Katrina would agree!
  • You never know when opportunity will present itself...be open to receive.
  • I need to stand up straight.
  • The fastest way to find out of supplement vendors know their product is to ask how they interact with blood thinners.
  • Most supplement vendors don't know their products.
  • Always take a light sweater or wrap to a trade show...they can't control the temperature in those places!
  • It takes all kinds to make the world go round!

Those are a few of the lessons I learned today on my little quest. I picked up some great information, met some interesting people and had a few good laughs. Now to go through my bag of goodies!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Expanding My Horizons!


I'm off to the Health Freedom EXPO in Chicago tomorrow. I'm pretty excited about it. I'm looking forward to being immersed in an environment with so many like-minded individuals in pursuit of wellness. I'll be there for one of the three days...I hope I don't regret cutting the visit short. I'm looked through the seminars offered and selected 5 that I'm really looking forward to attending. Here's my rundown:

  • Chakras and Vibrational Healing
  • Introduction to Pranic Healing
  • Self-Care by Accupressure and herbs
  • Transcendental Meditation - Stress Management Technique for Perfect Health
  • Bathing in the Healing Light of Far Infrared

Between the seminars and the exhibitors I anticipate a day filled with eye opening and mind boggling concepts. I'll be sure to report back with my findings.

I'll also be tweeting throughout the day so be sure to follow my Twitter. And there may be a few images going up on my Facebook Wall as well so feel free to check that out if you have a chance!

Friday Feature -
Natalee from Black Willow Soaps

Coffee Gift Basket
I love Etsy teams! They are a great way to connect with other sellers who share your same interests, values and philosophy. I recently joined a new team and was so excited to come across amazing shops, all new to me! I was especially taken with Natalee Wright's shop, Black Willow Soaps. She's been selling her original artwork since 2001. She opened her Etsy shop in January 2012 to expand her offerings to include a variety of handmade things from natural soaps and handpoured scented candles to homemade fudge. Natalee was kind enough to give me an interview so, here's the scoop! Read on to learn more about what inspires Natalee's creations!

Q: I love the name Black Willow Soaps. How did you come up with the name for your shop? 
Natalee: My husband and I bought our first house this past May and one of the things that I really, really wanted to plant in my yard was a Black Willow Tree. Unfortunately for me, I don’t live in the Everglades and a willow tree would not survive in my back yard. So, I thought that I would use Black Willow in my shop title so that everyday I could see the Black Willow in my items, even if it wasn’t growing in my backyard.


Q: What makes your items special? 
Natalee: My items are all handmade individually when you order them. Nothing is mass produced, and for that matter nothing is exactly the same as another item, even if they are the same color and fragrance. I enjoy making my products and am always elated when I hear that one of my customer’s day was brightened because of them.

Q: I know you've been offering your original art work since 2001 but how long have you been working in candle and soap making? 
Natalee: I have been making candles, soaps and bath salts for my family for Christmas since 2007. Right now, this is a side company. I am a social worker by day.

Q: How did you get involved with candle and soap making?
Natalee: As a teenager, I lined my bedroom in candles. I loved to look at them and to watch the flame dance and flicker. Candles always seemed to give off a warm and cozy glow that made me feel relaxed. Most of my inspirations for poetry and artwork in my teenage years came from candles.
 This led me to wonder if I could make candles. I remembered making a taper candle set at Pioneer Days in Elementary School, but had no idea if I could recreate that genius. So, I bought a kit and learned how to make candles. From candles came soaps, and from soaps...came, well, many other things, as you can see by my shop.
Lemongrass Seashell Candle

Q: What prompted you to start an Etsy shop? 
Natalee: My mother and her friend, Kurt, had been talking about selling handcrafted items at craft shows in our area. They asked me to join them and bring my soaps and candles. So, I made a bunch of soaps to go to the craft fair. Unfortunately, it never panned out and I was left with all of these soaps. Christmas had just passed, so I couldn’t really gift the items. I had sold on Etsy before with just original artwork and really couldn’t get it to work out. But, I figured why not try it again with my new products. So far, it has been a wonderful journey.

Beach Tea Light Holder

Q: What is your favorite item in your shop and why? 
Natalee: Everytime I create something new it becomes my favorite item. So right now, my favorite item is the beach themed tea light candle holder in my shop. My husband and I traveled to the beach to get the sand and shells the weekend that I made it. So, the item reminds me of time that I spent with my husband, which is always a wonderful feeling.

Q: What inspires you? 
Natalee: I gain inspiration from everything. Most of the time, you can tell what I have been looking at my new products! The beach themed tealight candle holder came from a trip to the beach with my husband. The rose candle holder came from the memory of the beautiful roses that my mother had in our yard when we lived in Indiana. My friends and family are a big inspiration and usually the last word on whether or not one of my products will be listed. Chances are if they like it, someone else will enjoy it as well.

Q: Tell us about a favorite moment or sense of accomplishment related to you work. 
Natalee: The major one was my first sale on Etsy that was not from a friend or family member. I knew then that I could really put myself into my shop and get good results. I have many favorite moments, most of them involve salvaging items with my mother or grandmother at flea markets or thrift stores and the trips to the different beaches for items with my husband and stepdaughter.

Q: What advice would you offer someone interested in getting involved with your area of interest? 
Natalee: Dive in! You never know what will happen until you try. I firmly believe that dreams never die, they just change a little over the years. So, I would say to anyone who wants to create their own business or exclusively work in the products that I work in, that they should go for it and see what is waiting at the other end. Life’s journey begins with a single step, right?

Vanilla Pear Scented Foot Scrub
Q: What other hobbies and interest keep you busy when you’re not working on your shop?
Natalee: During normal business hours, I am a case manager for senior citizens. I help provide services to senior citizens that allow them to stay in their home instead of going to a nursing home. If I am not at work, I am usually working on my shop. My hobbies kind of surround my shop. I like to paint, create, and grow herbs to put in my soaps. I spend time with my family whenever I can. Most of my family outings even seem to encompass my shop, like the beach, thrift stores, and the flea market. In a sense, I am always working…at least in my mind. My brain never stops thinking about what I could be creating or doing for my shop.

Be sure to connect with Black Willow Soaps at these online venues to keep up with Natalee's new offerings and her latest news!
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sahasrara - The Balancing Act

Now that you know you want to activate and balance Sahasrara, theCrown Chakra, what can you do?

To truly open and activate Sahasrara all the ground work must be laid. It’s critical to balance your lower six chakras to experience the most effective opening of the Crown Chakra. After preparing to work on Sahasrara meditation is the most effective means to open the chakra. Visualize a spinning disc of ethereal white light at the top of your head. It may be hovering just over your head lightly touching your crown. Focus on a smooth rotation of the glowing disc and feel your chakra opening to connect with the Universe’s streaming White Light. It is a vibrant, clear and healing light.


Crystal therapy is extremely helpful in activating Sahasrara. Amethyst and clear quartz crystals are very powerful in opening the Crown Chakra. Meditating with these crystals in your sacred space will amplify your efforts. Wearing a favorite piece of jewelry made of Amethyst will help to tune your Sahasrara throughout the day.
Aromatherapy couples nicely and amplifies the meditation efforts. Burning incense of frankincense, cedarwood and sandalwood during meditation will assist with a deeper connection with the Divine and encourage a higher consciousness. End your day with a relaxing bath with rose and lavender bath salts or essential oils to incorporate spirituality into your everyday life.  This is a perfect opportunity to reflect upon your day and once again connect with the Divine.

And here's an Etsy treasury featuring a few Brow Chakra balancing favorites ranging from personal care and aromatherapy items to home decor.

'For Sahasrara - The Crown Chakra ' by AnandaBijoux

Strength SAMPLE Natural Perfume Essential Oils Frankincense Rosewood Blue Tansy - WildRoseHerbs
Amethyst Druzy Cluster Raw Cabochon, Quartz Crystals, Icy Purple, Wire Wrapping or Bezel Setting Inv. 302 - GlimmeringGems
Set of 2 White and Purple Origami Lotus Hairpins - Paper Flower Hairpins, Hair Clips, Pins, or Hair Accessories - HairFair
6 Bath Bombs - Miniature Hearts - Rose - Lavender - Gift Bag - HerbivoreBotanicals
Large Spirit Quartz Crystal, Multi Terminated Druzy Cactus Quartz, Metaphysical, New Age Healing Supplies, Reiki, Chakra Balancer, 109 grams - DumbBunnyDesigns
ceramic dipping bowl - lotus flower in deep purple - home decor pottery - hopejohnson
Soothing Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea - CuriousWiccan
Cabernet Neroli Olive Oil Soap Bar (Vegan Friendly) - AndersonSoapCompany
ABSTRACT FLORAL 3 Original flower Watercolor painting EBSQ - KathyMortonStanion
4 Cinnamon Nutmeg and Clove Soy Candle Tart Melts Air Freshner Tart Cups - SerendipityCandle
Color Therapy Mini-Meditation Pillow - Violet - MHDBoutique
Artisan Hand Made Incense Cones, Rose Petals and Frankincense, Set of 3 - LittleHippieMama
Purple Keep Calm and Carry OM Yoga Tank - Medium - waydownhere
Lotus Shrine Purple Handmade Raku Pottery - DeBaunCeramicBargain
Pale pink and violet handbound journal - ModaMakovera
Om....doodle speaker - Illustratedart

You know I can’t get through one of the chakra balancing posts without referring to YouTube! Once again, Sonic Harmonic provides this fantastic attunement track with a visual component. These attunements can be especially helpful if you happen to be challenge with balancing a specific chakra or if you need a little extra boost with your meditation. These attunements can help to realign your energy so your following meditation can be even more beneficial. The vibrational frequencies of this attunement will help open the Crown Chakra:


Close your eyes and absorb the sound or if you like, view the video component of this track. Enlarging the image to fill the screen will help to focus your attention and avoid distractions from around the room. Feel the resonance of the vibration in your body and imagine your clear, bright white Sahasrara at your crown, whirling quickly and freely clockwise. You are on your way to connecting to your higher power and your Dharma.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sahasrara - Four Aspects of Balance


There are four aspects related to Sahasrara that sum up the essence of the Crown Chakra as the Thought element when energy flow is balanced.

Infinity - You are established in a state of non-limitation.
Immorality - You are established in the state of awareness where there is the spontaneous knowing of the eternal existence of the soul.
Holiness - You are established in a state where the sacred in all things is known and recognized.
Enlightenment - You are established in the state of spontaneous awareness of Spirit in all fields of experience and existence.

When Sahasrara is in balance and the energy flow is optimized, each of these states will resonate with you. You will feel connected to all existence. You will feel unlimited possibility and a knowing of your life’s path and Dharma. You will be connected to Spirit and a sense of integration with the Divine and all other souls. You will see in others the holiness and infinite possibility that you see in yourself. This is the origin of Namaste, I see in you the light I see in myself.

Now that you know you want to balance energy flow at Sahasrara, what can you do? Tomorrow’s post will focus on what you can do to balance your Crown Chakra to feel connected to the Divine and your Dharma.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sahasrara - What’s Flowing?



Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head is the source of Universal identity, wisdom and bliss. It represents the Thought element and brings us knowledge. From Sahasrara we find our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. As such it opens our connection to experience consciousness as pure awareness.

Ideally, this chakra connects us with the source of the white light coming into your energy field. Opening the Crown Chakra invites integration and unity with the divine. It is also where your connection to “all that is” manifests and where you will feel your place it the Universe. This is the origin of your Dharma, life’s purpose, and where enlightenment is develops and grows.

A block at the Crown Chakra can lead to feeling a lack of direction in your life or questioning your path and purpose. You may not feel connected or have faith in your self or know your place in this plane of existence. Excessive daydreaming or obsession with fantasy is also an indication of a blocked Crown Chakra.

It is important to note that the Sahasrara is the only chakra that should never be closed. Maintaining your connection to your Higher Power at all times is ideal. Even when you intentionally close other chakras to protect yourself from outside source energy drains it is critical to keep your connection at the Crown Chakra open.

Physically, imbalance in Sahasrara will manifest issues with balance and clumbsiness, generally more evident in one side rather than the other. Overall physical aches and pains that are not common for the person or manifestation of Fibromyalgia or similar neurological diseases and disorders indicate a blockage at the Crown Chakra. These issues can commonly lead to depression or other psychological issues.

Tomorrow I’ll touch on what optimized Sahasrara energy flow feels like.

Monday, June 11, 2012

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Sahasrara - The Crown Chakra


Sahasrara is the Crown Chakra or the 7th Chakra located at the top of the head, hence the “Crown” chakra. It is associated with unity with the Divine, universal consciousness, understanding and enlightenment. It is said to influence perfection integration, wisdom and purpose. In a word, the Crown Chakra is about Divine Bliss…well, in two words! The verb attached to Sahasrara is ‘know’, as in “I Know”…a higher power, enlightenment, bliss etc. This is the knowing tied to faith.

Violet and white are the color vibrations related to the Crown Chakra with Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Selenite, Kundalini Quartz and Herkimer Diamond influencing the energy of Sahasrara. The Crown Chakra is tied to the element of Thought and the herbs Garlic and Peppermint. Although technically spices, Clove and Cinnamon both influence Sahasrara.

The Crown Chakra connects to our sense of smell and responds to Rose, Pine, Frankincense, Neroli and Peppermint. The Mantra connected to Sahasrara is OM and is sometimes chanted at the B tone during meditation. It is also vocalized as “ohm’ and is the most common Mantra tied to energy medicine, meditation and yoga. Physically, the Crown Chakra is connected to the cerebrum, right brain hemisphere, right eye and central nervous system.

Tomorrow will focus on how to tell if Sahasrara is out of balance.