Top 5 Gems and 5 Magical Uses for Each of Them

Do you have the top five gems in your collection? You’re about to find out! And if you’re new to the gem world, you can use this list as a starter guide.

Gems are useful for so many metaphysical purposes, but there are a select handful that we keep coming back to for their magic. And it seems a handful of the most common reasons people seek out gemstones is healing, prosperity, grounding, psychic development, and sexual awakening. (Manifestation and honest communication are two other common pursuits, but more on those later.) So what are the gems that coincide with these five main intentions?

If you’re new to the gem world and just starting your collection, you’ll come to find that each stone and crystal serves a specific purpose when incorporated into metaphysical work. This is because gems vibrate at distinctive frequencies. Their natural coloring and crystal structure also facilitate chakra correspondences, causing them to resonate with specific energy centers in the physical and auric body. These chakra correspondences are included below. Continue reading

Five Things You May Not Know About Gems & Crystals

Are you ready for a deeper level of wisdom about crystals? Just when you think you’ve learned it all, you find that there is so much more to know. That’s what keeps me excited about gemstones and minerals even after more than 3 decades of connection with them and many years of training in gemology, metaphysics, and crystal healing. Read on to learn some interesting facts and information about crystals you may already own; then, experiment with this new wisdom and see if it deepens your connection to the gems in your collection, or if you are missing some of these crystals in your collection visit YouChakra.com to acquire new treasures.

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Why Crystal Jewelry is So Popular, and Why You Should Start Wearing It Too!

Why I believe in crystal Jewelry

You know I believe in sacred adornment – in the process of choosing each piece of crystal jewelry with care and intention. Which gems you select and why, on which day … these things matter. Because when we wear jewelry, we invoke the elements and metaphysical energies of the stones with which we choose to adorn ourselves.

For instance, I stack my gemstone bracelets and wear them every day, literally until they fall off. In my tradition, that’s how we know the ‘medicine’ of the gems has been worked. When you no longer need that stone’s energy, the piece of crystal jewelry or stone itself may break. It’s so sad when it happens, trust me I know, but it’s for your Highest Good. I rotate some, leaving most to fall off when the medicine is worked. Continue reading

5 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy

Every single one of us from time-to-time experiences a “bad day”. May it be trigged by people, circumstances, or just simply waking up on the wrong foot, bad days can lead to a bad week, a bad month, or unfortunately sometimes even a bad year if we don’t take the time to clear out negative energy that may be lingering with us and affecting our day to day life.

I know from my own experiences, sometimes even a single person’s negativity would affect me for the whole day. I’m not sure if I’m just one of those extra sensitive people that takes on everyone’s energy like its my own, but this used to be a big problem in my life until I began to find my own personal ways of dealing with negativity, negative people, or situations that were beyond my control.

Now of course, every situation is different. There are times when you may need a hot shower and long run to clear your head, but there may also be times when you need to scream into a pillow and punch the punching bag a few times. Clearing negative energy can be done through many ways and sometimes the best way will clearly speak to you upon every specific situation.

If you are faced with negativity, try the following 5 tricks to help you let go and release whatever it is that can potentially affect your week, month, or even year.

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Music Monday – December 26, 2016

If you’re always looking for fresh new music that you can vibe to, head here every Monday for five freshly picked songs or mixes to start your week off right!

Here is this week’s tracklist

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The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Always Accessorize

Did you know that 25% of your wardrobe budget should go towards your accessories?  You didn’t?  Well now you do.  I’m still trying to figure out why women loathe accessorizing so much, but I am hoping that my five reasons to accessorize will change your mind.   Accessorizing should be seen like the dressing to your salad. Salad is good, but it’s so much better with the right dressing 🙂

The Five Reasons You Should Accessorize

Reason #1 You’ll Save Money

You may be wondering why adding more to your shopping list will save you money.  Here’s the reason: The more accessories you own, the less clothing you will have to buy, it’s that simple.  Why?  Well, for the most part, a woman’s wardrobe is basics driven; it’s the accessorizing that changes up the looks.  The more accessories you have (which are often cheaper in price than clothing and can be worn multiple times per week) are what change up your look.  So, imagine having one dress that you can accessorize four different ways simply with a shoe change or different jewelry.  This will cost you a lot less than having multiple stand alone outfits that can’t be changed up through your accessories.

 

Reason #2 You’ll Save Time

Time is saved via accessorizing because you can go for trusted and basic outfits that you know work and use the accessories to change up the looks and make them more interesting.  Accessories can give one piece in your wardrobe multiple looks.   This takes a lot less time than the time you spend staring at your closet trying to figure how to put whole new outfit together.   Seriously, how long does it take to put a necklace over your head, like .3 seconds?  I am sure you can spare that much time.  Have some easy, yet interesting accessories on hand that are fail-safes and will always work.  My suggestions are accessories in green or yellow (both green and yellow work with any color you’re wearing) and gold and silver in interesting shapes.  If you can have at least these in your arsenal of accessories, you’ll always have accessories on hand that work and make an outfit.  Time is saved and you look good.

 

Reason #3 You’ll Stand Out

Okay, so you’re sick of being just an another acceptably dressed nobody, you feel blah and just another face in the crowd.  Well, hello, McFly, why do you think that is?  It’s your lack of accessorizing that is making it happen.  Imagine you and another woman were standing side-by-side, both wearing a pair of tailored pants and a button down shirt.  The one who is going to stand out is going to be the person who chooses an interesting pair of shoes and finishes her look with a great necklace, some colorful jewelry or a handbag that isn’t dull.  If you want to stand out, accessorize.  When you accessorize, you can wear your versatile basics without being boring. We have a huge selection of unique pieces of jewelry.

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Reason #4- You’ll Save Angst

Frustrated with nothing to wear?  When you start purchasing accessories a whole new world of possibilities will open up with the wardrobe you already own.  When you’re frustrated with your wardrobe, don’t go and buy more clothes, buy accessories.

 

Reason #5 You’ll Feel Better About Yourself

Feeling good about yourself comes from within and, as counterintuitive as it sounds, that good feeling often comes when you know you look good, or the outer you is aligned with the inner you.   Want to feel better about yourself?  Start working on your outer appearance and how you present yourself to the world.  When you know, confidently, that who you are on the inside is being expressed, and people are getting who you are just by your presence, you’ll have to overcompensate less and things will flow in your life much more smoothly.  I mean, don’t you have enough challenges in your day, how you look shouldn’t be one of them.  Accessorize, dammit!

If you’re looking for fashion accessorizing tips, just keep read this blog.  Accessorizing is the key to all my fashion advice!

What Exactly are the Functions of our Chakra System?

chakra is an energy point or node in the subtle body. The body which  is composed of mind, intelligence and ego, which controls the physical body. Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels called Nadi.  Nadi are channels in the subtle body through which the life force moves.

The convergence of all chakras acts like a portal to the conscious dimension into the Pure Consciousness. It requires a great effort and spiritual energy to do that. Through Conscious Living, we can align ourselves to our highest passions and balance all our chakras.

Sahasrara  (Sahasrara = thousand, infinite)

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Sahasrara (thousand-petaled) or crown chakra is generally considered to be the state of pure consciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject. Sahasrara  is symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-coloured petals, it is located either at the crown of the head, or above the crown of the head.

No other light approaches the brilliance of the sun. In the same way the radiance of all other Chakras fades before the incomparable radiance of the Sahasrara Chakra. The Sahasrara possesses no special colour or quality. Its light contains all colour vibrations united in the incomparable brilliance of pure light. The energy of all channels flows together here, just as the water of a thousand rivers comes together in the sea. The element of the Sahasrara Chakra is the principle or absolute reality. It is the source of creation, the pure light and one reality.

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Agya (Command, Knowledge, Wisdom)

Agya or third-eye chakra is symbolized by a lotus with two petals. The Lotus in the Agya Chakra has two petals only. They stand for GU (darkness/ignorance) and RU (light/knowledge), the two syllables from which the word GURU (master) is formed. Agya, is known as the third eye chakra and is linked to the pineal gland which may inform a model of its envisioning. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up, and is also postulated to be the production site of the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), the only known hallucinogen endogenous to the human body.

Agya‘s key issues involve balancing the higher and lower selves and trusting inner guidance. Ajna’s inner aspect relates to the access of intuition. Mentally, Ajna deals with visual consciousness. Emotionally, Agya deals with clarity on an intuitive level. In the Agya Chakra the development of our wisdom and humanity is completed and we reach the bridge to Divine Consciousness. It is located at the upper end of the spinal column, at the point of transition from the spine to the brain. The main symbol of the Agya Chakra is a Garuda Eagle.

While our mind is not clear, like a dirty mirror, we see everything hazily and unclear. It is only in a purified mind and mature consciousness that  wisdom and spiritual knowledge  can be broadened.

Until we are capable of anchoring our consciousness in the Agya Chakra our mind oscillates constantly between the human Chakras. Until the Agya Chakra is awakened, we are often incapable of understanding our self. We are unable to control the qualities and emotions that rise from the lower centers, or find an explanation for the stirrings of emotions, thoughts and dreams that suddenly surface in our mind.

1200px-Vishuddhi_blue.svg_-300x300 Vishuddhi, or throat chakra is depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with 16 light or pale blue, or turquoise petals. It is a center of physical and spiritual purification.  Physically, Vishuddhi governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security. The element of the Vishuddhi Chakra is space. Space opens the possibility for expansion and distribution.The main symbol of the Vishuddhi Chakra is a White Elephant.

The Vishuddhi Chakra is the seat of the astral body that is able to leave the physical body from the Vishuddhi Chakra. Each of us has made astral journeys. Each night when we dream, a completely spontaneous separation of the astral body from the physical body occurs . But, there is always a fine band of consciousness existing between the astral and physical bodies. This consciousness sees both the dream and the sleeping body and draws the astral body back into the material world in the fraction of a second if there is any external disturbance. With the help of Yoga practice  and controlling energy  we can  travel in other spheres of consciousness and brings us back again no matter how far away we are.

With the help of the Vishuddhi Chakra we can rid ourselves of the toxic substances that are absorbed from the environment, as well as mental impurities. An important and life-supporting function of the Chakra is the purification and detoxification of harmful substances that accumulate in the body and primarily come from the food we eat and the air we breathe.

It is not just the external world that is extremely polluted, but also the psyche and consciousness of many people. For as long as the pernicious, toxic qualities of discord, rivalry, envy and resentment eat away at our mind, the light of supreme consciousness cannot shine through.

The Vishuddhi Chakra is a place of purification and balancing. The breath that flows through the throat, and therefore through this Chakra, plays a big role in this. The Yoga technique of Pranayama (conscious guidance and regulation of the breath) exerts a strong influence on the Vishuddhi Chakra, at both the physical and astral levels. Through the power of the breath in the Vishuddhi Chakra harmful residues are removed from the body on a physical level, and in the mental sphere the thoughts emotions, consciousness and subconscious are purified and harmonized.

1200px-Anahata_green.svg_-300x300 Anahata or heart chakra is symbolized by a circular flower with twelve green petals called the heartmind. It is located in the region of the heart, in the center of the chest, and this is why it is also known as the Heart Center. And it is not without reason that the heart is regarded as the symbol of love, for the Anahata Chakra is the seat of love.The main symbol of the Anahata Chakra is an Antelope.

The twelve petals also depict the twelve most important qualities that we are able to develop in the heart center:

Joy, peace, love, harmony, bliss, clarity, purity, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, patience and kindness.

The Anahata Chakra is our inner temple in which the divine soul, “the flame of life”, resides. Self-Realization, involves the recognition of our own Self, the soul. To show that something belongs to us or concerns us we spontaneously point to the center of the chest, the site of the Anahata Chakra. No-one points to the head, the stomach or any other part of the body. This shows clearly that we spontaneously identify ourselves with the soul within the heart center.

Anahata means “infinite” and “continuous”. In the Anahata Chakra we hear the sound, the constant, fundamental sound of the Universe, the eternal vibration of the Self. Its sound is SO HAM – “That I am, I am That”. We perceive it as a subtle rhythmic melody similar to a heartbeat, but much softer and more wonderful.

To open the Anahata Chakra in the spiritual sense means the realization of all-embracing divine love, free from the capriciousness of worldly emotions.

Manipura

Manipura or solar plexus/navel chakra is symbolized by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals, along with the color yellow. The position of the Manipura Chakra is in the middle of the abdomen behind the navel; this is why it is also known as the Navel Center. The main symbol of the Manipura Chakra is an Ram.

The Manipura Chakra is the “City of Jewels” in which we find the pearls of clarity, wisdom, self-confidence and wellbeing. Their lustre radiates down to the lower Chakras as well as up to the Heart Centre (Anahata Chakra). The feelings of love and happiness that we feel in our heart actually originate in the Manip?ra Chakra and rise from there to the Anahata Chakra. The positive radiance emanating from the Manipura Chakra also purifies the Svadhishthana and MuladharChakras and their qualities.

Decisions that are based only upon the Muladhara Chakra, the so-called “gut-feelings”, are often intuitively correct, but can be distorted by strong emotions and therefore, be “irrational”. And judgements based only on intellect lack complete and integrated vision. Therefore, both Chakras are important for clarity of purpose; with the “right feeling” of theManipura Chakra being guided and examined by  discrimination, a quality of the Agya Chakra.

Self-awareness and self-confidence are other pearls of theManipura Chakra. Until we discover these pearls within us and raise them into the light we live in constant fear – fear that we will not be loved, that we will be a failure, fear of becoming ill, of dying, etc. Many of our fears are produced by blockages in the Manipura Chakra.

The Manipura Chakra is also described as the “Cosmic Door” because it provides an entry for numerous astral powers. It is the centre of the HARA , a power centre or “Lion’s Centre” that bestows upon us balance, stability, strength and activity. It works as an energy transformer that converts and supplies the body with the cosmic energy  that is absorbed with our food.

At the beginning of your meditation always concentrate firstly on the Manipura Chakra. If this energy center is relaxed then the Muladhara Chakra and Svadhishthana Chakra will also automatically relax. Then the energy can flow upwards unhindered, streaming outwards and upwards to the heart. Through this you experience a happy and deep meditation.

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The Svadhishthana Chakra lies about three centimeters above the Muladhara  Chakra between the coccyx and the sacrum. It marks the second stage of human evolution. In earlier periods of evolution, the seat of the Kundalin? Shakti was located in this Chakra. The main symbol of the Svadhishthana Chakra is a Crocodile.

The level of consciousness of the Svadhishthana Chakra is the subconscious, the sphere of consciousness that lies between sleeping and waking. We have a vague idea of what is contained here, but no complete or clear knowledge. Even when our consciousness is centered, other levels of consciousness always influence our perceptions and actions. The field of our consciousness is like a screen upon which the entire spectrum of our experiences is portrayed.

Through noble and good thoughts we illuminate our Phenomena and at the same time purify the Svadhishthana Chakra. Prayer, Mantra and nurturing the good within us gradually lighten our dark side. We should fill our meditations with love, devotion, understanding and warmth for ourselves and for others, becoming like a sun that shines for all – for plants, animals and humans, so that they are able to take as much warmth as they need.

Laziness is a trap of the Svadhishthana Chakra into which it is very easy to step. When the trap is successful the toughest problems within the subconscious seem to dissolve, and we feel very pleasant in the state we have reached and think that there is no longer any need to progress further. And because of this the flow of energy falters and the consciousness withdraws again into the Muladhara  Chakra.

Muladhara

Muladhara  or root chakra is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the color red. This center is located at the base of the spine in the coccygeal region. the Muladhara  Chakra forms the basis and the starting point for our spiritual development. It is the foundation from which we climb the ladder of the Chakras; the root from which we receive the nourishment for our spiritual development. For this reason, and because it lies at the lowest point of the spinal column below the Coccyx. The main symbol of the Muladhara  Chakra is an Elephant with 7 Trunks.

Kundalini Shakti (spiritual energy) has its roots in the Muladhara  Chakra, but it is in a deep, motionless sleep. When we awaken this slumbering potential that lies within the Muladhara  Chakra we are able to work our way towards the light of knowledge and attain the fruit of Self-Realisation. The Karmas of our past lives rest in the Muladhara  Chakra. The Muladhara  Chakra is the seat of the unconscious. It is like a dark, locked cellar whose hidden contents we have an  indefinite idea about.

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The Locations of Earth’s 7 Chakra Points

Article originally published at Collective-Evolution, written by Christina Sarich.

The chakras of the earth are perfectly aligned with our own. As she awakens, so do we. In the same way we have energy bubbling up from the lowest chakra, called Mooladhara in Sanskrit, or simply the root chakra in each of us which is striving to reach the crown, so that all of humanity can become “enlightened” – so too, the earth herself is participating in this process of awakening.

Though these vortexes of energy have changed over time, depending on planetary cycles, they are generally understood to be in the following places, and correspond to our awakening based on the energy they help to refine:

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Mt. Shasta in California (Some also believe this vortex is 5th chakra of the planet.)

The energy of Mt. Shasta is considered primal and base. This is where the universal life force accumulates before it becomes life.

It is representative of the geysers which rush to the surface with energy the same way that kundalini energy is thought to rush to the crown to enliven the pineal gland – where all-seeing spiritual vision thus ensues.

2nd Chakra – the Sexual Chakra or Swadhistana

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The Plumed Serpent – found in many South American myths, it is representative of the kundalini energy rising to the sexual chakra of the planet.

Also called the rainbow serpent, this center has some of the most ley crossroads or ley lines on the planet, second only to Bali. It is where our primal energy starts to ‘birth’ itself, quite literally into form. Some say that it is through this chakra that the earth overcomes entropy.

3rd Chakra – the Manipura or the Solar Plexus Chakra 

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This huge, monolithic rock is in the Northern Territory of Australia. This is where dreamtime legends arise from the Aboriginal peoples. Anangu life revolves around the Tjukurpa (sometimes wrongly referred to as the Dreamtime).

To the Aboriginal people, this is the ancestral period of when the world was being formed. Kata Tjuta is considered Uluru’s sister rock formation. In us, the solar plexus is where we digest emotion – on the planet, it is where we will one day realize a legend told by the Aborigines from the ‘umbilical chord’ of the planet.

4th Chakra – the Heart Chakra, also called Anahata       

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It is perhaps also our greatest contribution to ourselves and our fellow sentient beings on this planet – to open our hearts to heal the earth and allow her to embody her rightful place as a peaceful, loving satellite in space.

Interestingly, this is an area known for high levels of crop-circle sightings which exhibit magnetic abnormalities.

5th Chakra – the Throat or Vissuddha Chakra    

Great Pyramids near Mt. Sanai and Mt. Olives in the Middle East

This is the one chakra that does not exist at a ley line. It is the exact center of the earth’s land mass as it currently is configured. Modern day turmoil in the Middle East is considered to be “the cries of the mother” or the voice of the planet calling for help.

6th Chakra – the Pineal Gland or Third Eye Chakra       

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This chakra is the one that opens portals and allows extra-dimensional energy to enter this world. Just like our pineal gland allows us to recognize other dimensions and realities, so too does the 6th chakra of the earth.

7th Chakra – the Crown Chakra or Sahasrara, the Thousand Petaled Lotus, the Highest Energy Center    

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The highly developed consciousness of Tibetan people, as evidenced through the Dalai Lama’s teachings, is indicative of the energy that resides at the crown chakra of the planet.

Just as our own crown connects our will with Divine will, so does Mt. Kailas connect the planet with her spiritual destiny.

Best 5 Tips on How to Meditate for Beginners

Meditation is an energy healing art that has great health benefits, but it is often overlooked by most people. Many people tend to shy away from meditation because they think it is awkward. However, once they try it and get involve in a group meditation, many of them will realize that meditation is similar to prayer except that it teaches them to focus their awareness inward.

Meditation is great for relaxing the mind, body, and spirit as well as raising their frequency. Some scientists and alternative medicine practitioners believe that when the body’s energy is vibrating at higher frequencies, it is more immune to disease. They believe this because some studies have shown that disease-causing microorganisms have a hard time thriving in this type of body. Furthermore, meditation has been shown to boost the immune system.

In addition to boosting immunity to fight off harmful microorganisms, many studies have shown that meditation, mindfulness, and deep relaxation can reduce stress, improve cognitive focus, and affect emotions in positive ways.

To increase the health benefits of meditation, you need to learn how to activate your pineal gland and use it to access high frequency energies. For more information on how to do this, read this empowering article titled Accessing High Frequency Energy Using Your Pineal Gland.

How to meditate for beginners

Many beginners of meditation often experience a lot of noise in their head, making it hard for them to clear and calm their mind. This experience is very common and is not too hard to fix. Meditation is about relaxing the mind, focusing on the breath, and becoming a conscious observer of the breathing cycle as each breath gently flows in and out of the body to achieve a deeply relaxed state.

If you are new to meditation or are having a hard time meditating, the meditation tips for beginners below will help you clear your mind, making it easier for you to achieve a deeply relaxed state of mind.

Meditation tips for beginners #1: Scan your body

Your mind is always thinking and being distracted by all sorts of messages, so clearing and relaxing your mind can be a huge challenge. One trick to shed the mental side-talk is to scan your body in unison with your breath.

Start by focusing your attention on your toes and silently telling them to relax. Then, repeat this process until you have scanned every part of your body from your legs and abdomen to your fingers, arms, heart, and head. By the time you get through giving attention to your entire body, you will be surprised to find how relaxed you are.

Meditation tips for beginners #2: Mantras

The word “mantra” derives from two root words in Sankrit, “man” which means “mind” and “tra” which means “instrument.” A mantra then is when someone creates some type of repetitive sound or vibration, either with their own voice or an instrument to sooth and calm their mind.

Most people are familiar with the word “om” which is often used as a mantra. But there are many others too. The key is to repeat the sound or word over and over and feel its vibration and sound course through your body.

Meditation tips for beginners #3: Peaceful music

The vibration and sound of peaceful music can help relax your mind, making it easier for you to achieve a meditative state. The trick is to select music that is soothing and dreamy and preferably something without words. If you prefer having words in the peaceful music, words with soft and soothing tones are recommended.

Also, the volume should be low enough that it is not all-consuming but more in the backdrop of things. Furthermore, make sure that the music does not end or change significantly while you are still meditating.

Meditation tips for beginners #4: Imagery

When you see or think of an alarming image, your body is flooded with the stress hormone, cortisol, and becomes alert and on edge. The flip side of this phenomenon is that by focusing on calming and peaceful images, your body can tap into your inner stillness, thereby setting you up for relaxation and meditation. These types of images are very powerful for harmonizing the energy of the mind and body.

Practice makes perfect when it comes to meditation, so the more you do it, the more it will become easier to transition into a meditative state of awareness. Also, try to meditate on a regular basis so that your body becomes use to it. One thing you should always do before meditating is to make sure you are comfortable. If you are not comfortable, you are making it much harder to relax your mind to a state of inner peace.

Meditation tips for beginners #5: Focus your awareness on your brain and heart

When most people meditate, they tend to only focus their awareness towards their brains. When people do that, they are missing a very important element of the meditation process. Besides your brain, your heart is also very important for helping you to achieve a state of inner peace.

One of the most effective methods for helping you to achieve a state of mindfulness is by focusing your awareness on your brain first. After that, slow the activities of your brain by relaxing your mind and clearing it of distracting thoughts. Once you have achieved this, bring your awareness down to your heart and relax your heart, so that your brain and heart are working in unison.

About the Author

PL Chang is the author and founder of EnergyFanatics.com and OmniThought.org, two informative blogs dedicated to exploring esoteric information about energy, health, conscious living, spiritual science, conspiracy, and exotic “free energy” technology. He is also the author of two books titled Staradigm: A Blueprint for Spiritual Growth, Happiness, Success and Well-Being and 40 Enlightening Tips to Increase and Balance Your Energy.

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https://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~lazar/publications.html

http://theconsciouslife.com/how-to-meditate-a-guide-for-beginners.htm

http://eocinstitute.org/meditation/boosting-your-immune-system-with-meditation/

http://themindunleashed.org/2015/04/5-tips-on-how-to-meditate-for-beginners.html

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Science Has Proven That Group Meditation Literally Changes The World

Not a lot is truly understood about quantum physics, but one thing science is at least a little bit sure of is that mass meditation has quantum results on both the meditator and the world.

In 1978, researchers discovered what they call the Maharishi Effect. They discovered it when a group meditation of 7,000 people took place and they all meditated with the intention of having a positive effect on the city. They did this for 3 weeks. The results of that group meditation transformed the city’s crime rates, acts of violence, and death. There was an average reduction in all three by 16%. Impressive!

Since then, more than 50 studies have been conducted on the Maharishi effect with varied results. Most studies indicate the clear power of meditation to transform global life and patterns.

When the study was repeated in Wales, they got amazing results. In 1987 Merseyside had the third highest crime rate of the eleven largest Metropolitan Areas in England and Wales; by 1992 it had the lowest crime rate. 40% below levels predicted by the previous behaviour of the series. There were 255,000 less crimes in Merseyside from 1988 to 1992 than would have been expected had Merseyside continued to follow the national crime trend.”

These results truly are incredible. It’s wonderful to see meditation have such a profound effect. To add to this thought, David Edwards, a Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin says:

“I think the claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. It has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. This work and the theory that informs it the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike.”

7 Tips to Balance and Bump up your Chakra System

Energy medicine promotes healing by working within an individual’s personal energetic field and seeing how it interacts with the larger energy field. We can tell what’s happening with someone by checking in on their 7 main chakras, the centers of energy that run from the base of the spine up through the top of the head.

These 7 centers, along with up to 20 smaller chakras, govern our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. In other words, chakras hold the secrets to how you feel about yourself and your world, how you get along with others, the condition of your body, your relationship to money, whether or not weight is a problem, how you make decisions, and your spiritual advancement.

That’s a lot to ask of something most people can’t see. But then again, we can’t see the radioactive particles released from a damaged nuclear reactor either, and yet we take seriously their capability to affect our lives. The energy centered in the chakras has a very profound effect on our lives.

So what can you do to create and maintain healthy and balanced chakras? Here are seven sure-fire simple steps you can take to balance your chakras:

1.    Connect to Mother Earth: Take a walk in nature.

The first chakra is your Root Chakra and is the very foundation of physical and emotional health. It is your basic connection to Mother Earth- the roots you plant in the soil of your being. This is where your physical strength lies, and the psychological strength to withstand whatever you have to deal with.

A simple walk barefoot on grass or a sandy beach will do wonders to ground you. Hug a tree, go hiking in the wilderness, or visit a local park. You don’t have to live in the countryside or mountains to strengthen this connection with Mother Nature. Grounding yourself will give you the experience of “I am here, and I am safe” and this presence is so essential to your health. Take time out of your day to make sure you make this connection and you will automatically strengthen your Root Chakra.

 

 

 2.    Calm your Body and Environment with Water.

The second chakra is the seat of sensuality, sexuality, emotion, and the inner child. It governs how we relate in groups, how we establish inner and outer boundaries, and how we find pleasure. A common problem related to the second chakra is addition. You may be using drugs, alcohol, pills, food, smoking, exercise, or sex as ways to avoid dealing with your emotions, to numb yourself. The physical problems of a poorly functioning second chakra are often the kinds of things that breed shame if the health issues concern their sexuality. One way to heal the shame is to soak for at least 20 minutes in a bath of warm water with one pound each of sea salt and baking soda.  Imagine all your guilt and shame dissolving in the bath water and being washed away as you say:“I speak the truth and reclaim my true nature. I am pure. I am clean.” Water is healing, and immersing yourself in water on a regular basis is a self-nuturing habit.

3.    Get Moving!

The third chakra is the seat of our self-worth – our self esteem, will power, and personal power. It is the seat of our mental body, where we identify with our ego and our individuality. A strong will means we know what our goals are and have an idea of what we want to do. The power in the third chakra is our right to act, to use our will, to follow through with what we start, to meet challenges head-on, and to not be stopped by fear. You can balance your third chakra through physical movement, especially outside in the sun in the early morning or before sunset. Don’t get too warm if you tend to be angry or short-tempered! Physical movement awakens and recharges your body. You can also try T’ai Chi, Yoga, or Pilates!

4.    Love a Pet!

The fourth chakra is your heart chakra and it is the center point, where you merge the strength and support of Mother Earth from below with the wisdom and guidance from above that combine to make you a compassionate human being. A poorly functioning fourth chakra can keep you in bondage to emotional attachment. It is through your heart chakra that you can come to feel the presence of unconditional, unlimited love – for your self, for all beings, for the world and beyond. One of the best ways to boost your heart chakra is through giving and receiving love with a pet. Our pets love us unconditionally and make it safe for us to learn to love again. Do you have room in your life to adopt a dog or cat? You can feed your heart chakra and at the same time change this animal’s life forever in a positive way. No room or time to adopt your own? What about visiting your local shelter or even just visiting a friend’s friendly pet and sharing some love with them?

5.    Express Yourself: Use your Voice.

The fifth chakra is our center of creativity. This chakra is where we express our choices and communicate who we are. Because our use of sound and communication purifies our lower selves and allows us to experience the higher vibrations of spirit, we can tune up our fifth chakra by expressing ourselves more clearly and exploring our creativity. All creativity is a way to communicate what we feel. Use your voice and read out loud your favorite book or poem. Write something yourself and recite it! Sing a song – in the shower, in your car wherever! When your fifth chakra is in balance, you can live your dreams and visions, your greater purpose. Let yourself be who you are and give yourself a voice!

 6.    Visualize and Find your Inner Sight.

The sixth chakra, or “third eye”, is the center of higher intellect. The gifts of the spirit emerge in this chakra, like clairvoyance, telepathy, precognition, and psychokinesis. You can boost this chakra by working to rid yourself of the clutter in your mind so you can “see” more clearly. Daily meditation is a wonderful way to get rid of old beliefs and thought patterns that are holding you back. When you have awakened the sixth chakra, you are in touch with inspiration, insight, wisdom, and vision.

7.    Invite the Divine!

The seventh chakra, or crown chakra, connects us to spirit, our higher power, and the universe. It lights up our consciousness. When our crown chakra is open, our perception is clearer, broader, and we are allowed to not only see our daily patterns, but also the deep metaphysical patterns of our lives. Like the sixth chakra,meditation is a powerful tool to boosting this chakra. Perhaps prayer or communion with nature will assist you as well. Ask your own higher wisdom for guidance and signs that you are on the right path, and make time for yourself to listen for internal messages regarding purpose and direction. Visualize positive and peaceful outcomes. The truth that emerges will open the door for you to greater levels of connection.

Your chakras are all interconnected. They embrace you as a whole person. As you do the inner work of clearing and releasing past traumas, negativity and outmoded belief systems, you will lighten the load of your chakras. Your energy will move into greater balance, and as a result, you will feel better. So why not take the initiative and seek out ways to better balance your chakras?

Chakra Balancing and Mindfullness Meditation

Mindful meditation, better known as mindfulness meditation, is the practice of being completely present and engaged in the moment. It’s a state of heightened awareness of what is going on right now, as opposed to the usual human habits of thinking ahead to the future or wallowing in the past.

It is also a way to heal the chakras, because in this state of stability, calm and awareness, we are in harmony with the Source Energy. In this state, there is no resistance due to limiting and disempowering beliefs or negative emotions that hinder the flow of energy through the chakras.

Mindfulness practice is simple, but not easy. It takes practice to Be Here Now.

1. Set the stage: Make your meditation place special. A truly private hideaway is great, but any space will do as long as you feel at peace there and disturbances are minimized. If you feel agitated in any way in a particular space in your home, do not meditate there (in fact, take the opportunity to clean the space and clear it of negative energy – all the while being mindful of what you are doing and not allowing your thoughts to wander).

2. Start small. It takes a lot of effort at first to be completely present and not let your mind think about the past or future (or even what is going on right now someplace else). Start with 5-10 minutes.

3. Commit to being disciplined. That means, don’t allow yourself to become frustrated when your mind wanders, but gently and persistently bringing it back to your point of focus. Just that simple act is mindfulness meditation!

4. Sit up! The mind/body is a single entity so how you sit, matters. Energy flows better when the spine is erect and unsupported. If you can’t meditate cross-legged or in Lotus, even on a meditation cushion, that’s okay. You can use a chair – just be sure you sit upright and don’t slouch.

5. As you relax, become mindful of your body. Inhabit it! Become attuned to whatever sensations your body is having at the moment.

6. Your eyes should be open, but your gaze is soft and not focused on anything. Do not let your eyes wander and do not pay attention to anything around you. The point is to train the mind to ignore distractions, so by meditating eyes-open, you purposefully control your focus even though you’re receiving sensory information. It’s just like when you’re super-absorbed in a favorite pastime – your senses are engaged, but completely focused on what you’re doing: the sound of the doorbell doesn’t register in your mind, you don’t feel fatigue or hunger, etc.

7. Think of the movement of your breath as the movement of thoughts through your mind. In they come, out they go. So practice breath meditation as the first step to mindfulness. Notice the whole feeling of the breath. Just let yourself breathe as you are and don’t try to control it in any way. With each breath you become more relaxed; just get into the experience and forget everything else. If you want, you can breathe into each chakra, starting with the root chakra and working your way up to the crown chakra. This will promote energy flow through your body.

8. Ah, but those pesky thoughts… they will intrude! Whatever thought comes up, acknowledge that you are having it and say, “Not now.” You can promise yourself before you start meditating that you will deal with whatever thoughts come up, but AFTER your meditation. Just “not now” – to every thought, no matter how practical, urgent, spiritual, inspiring, etc. NOT NOW.

If you do get lost in thought, snap out of it as fast as you become aware that you’re lost in it. Saying “thinking” is a good way to label what you are doing, and it gives you an opportunity to let the thought go and bring your focus back to your breath.

With practice, you’ll be able to be more mindful in everyday tasks. Try being mindful when you wash dishes (by hand); make it a full-on sensory experience. The same goes for mowing the lawn, walking the dog, paying your bills, etc. The more “here and now” you are, the calmer, more alert and more productive you will be.

And remember, your chakras all benefit from mindfulness. Life force energy flows freely when you’re unencumbered by negative thoughts and emotions!

What exactly is Chakra?

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. – See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/what-is-a-chakra#sthash.HUsfOEho.dpuf

The Importance of the Main Chakras in the Body

These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow. Think of something as simple as your bathtub drain. If you allow too much hair to go into the drain, the bathtub will back up with water, stagnate and eventually bacteria and mold will grow. So is too with our bodies and the chakras. A bathtub is simple; it’s physical so the fix is easy.

Keeping a chakra open is a bit more of a challenge, but not so difficult when you have awareness. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance. Take for example, a wife, who has recently lost her husband. She develops acute bronchitis, which remains in the chest, and then gets chest pains each time she coughs. The whole heart chakra is affected in this case. If she realizes the connection between the loss and the bronchitis, healing will occur much faster if she honors the grieving process and treats that as well as the physical ailment.

The Chakras of Matter

The first three chakras, starting at the base of the spine are chakras of matter. They are more physical in nature.

First Chakra: The Muladhara is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless.

Second Chakra: The Svadhisthana chakra is our creativity and sexual center. It is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is responsible for our creative expression.

Third Chakra: The Manipura chakra means lustrous gem and it’s the area from the navel to the breastbone. The third chakra is our source of personal power.

The Fourth Chakra: The Connection Between Matter and Spirit

Located at the heart center, the fourth chakra, anahata is at the middle of the seven and unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The fourth is also spiritual but serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The heart chakra is our source of love and connection.

When we work through our physical chakras, or the first three, we can open the spiritual chakras more fully.

The Chakras of Spirit

Fifth Chakra: The Vishuddha chakra is the fifth chakra, located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. The fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue.

Sixth Chakra: The Ajna chakra is located in between the eyebrows. It is also referred to as the “third eye” chakra. Ajna is our center of intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not listen to it or heed its warnings. Focus on opening the sixth chakra will help you hone this ability.

Seventh Chakra: The Sahaswara chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra is located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine. It is located at the crown of the head.

Clue to Aligning the Chakras

Awareness to which of your chakras are out of balance is key to aligning them. Our bodies are in constant flux between balance and imbalance. Unless you have an apparent problem in one area of the body, imbalances can be difficult to detect. That being said, it’s good to bring awareness to your body/mind and start to learn its signals and clues.

For example, frequent constipation can indicate a blockage in the first chakra. A recurring sore throat leaves clues to a blocked fifth chakra. Frequent headaches around the area of the forehead may mean your sixth chakra is blocked.

In the following articles on the chakras, we will explore each of the seven main chakras in depth as well as tips on how to align them.

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