The Violet Skullcap: Our Crown Energy Center

“Visualize a violet skullcap sitting on top of your head. Expand the form of the cap and intensify the color. Feel the healing quality of violet surround you like a protective cloak against pain, discomfort, and suffering. As you begin to feel the energy of this color, take a deep breath to inhale its healing properties. Begin to reflect on your breath. As you breathe in, call in the joy that you deserve. As you breathe out exhale what is old, tired, and stale in your life. Keep this up for a few minutes. Reflect on all the joyful things around you: the stars at night, the moon in her beauty, the sun in its spendor. Know how healing the rain can be as it turns the leaves green. Feel the air around you, see the faces of people whom you love and enjoy. Keep your breathing focused on letting this joy into your life and releasing any negative influences. As you open your higher center, take a moment to give thanks for your life.” (Ambika Wauters, The Book of Chakras, p. 106)

What we learn from the Seventh Chakra:

We have arrived at the top. This energy center helps us to focus on unification of the Higher Self with the human personality. We recognize the Pure Light within us that is never born and never dies.. It is the center of healing, peace and love. It is where one goes to know oneself, in all of your splendor.

Crystals:  Amethyst; alexandrite; purple flourite; rock crystal

Shape:  Round skullcap

Glands/Organs:  Pineal (known to affect sleep via secretion of melatonin); cerebral cortex; central nervous system; right eye

Functions: Vitalizes the upper brain (cerebrum)

Color:  Violet

Musical note:  B

Mantra: Om

Element:  Thought; will; cosmic energy

Aspect:  Spiritual understanding

Essential oils:  Violet, lavendar, lotus

Astrological association:  Aquarius

Metal:  Platinum

What stimulates the Crown Chakra?:

  • Write down your visions and creative ideas.
  • Focus on your dreams.
  • Have a peaceful dinner filled with violet food and drink, (i.e. eggplant and grape juice!).
  • Wear violet gemstones and clothing.
  • Use violet essential oils.

 

For the purple joy of it:

 

For the purple peace of it:

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Third Eye Energy Center: The Shekhinah At Work

“For myself and all sentient beings, from here until eternity, I wish for us to never be separate from our secret female dakini.  And whenever any obstacles arise, please remove them and grant us your protection.”  (Homage, Palden Lhamo)

The Third Eye or Brow Chakra houses the concept of the feminine face of the Divine. It is a reflection of the God.dess. Also known as The Shekhinah (Hebrew), it is that aspect of ourselves that teaches us how to be discerning, intuitive, imaginative and knowledgable. It is the energy center where we cultivate Wisdom, and use it for healing ourselves and others.

locationcenter of the forehead, between the eyebrows

colorindigo

musical noteA

mantraOm

self-aspectunconscious self, higher intuition, psychic powers

elementlight, telepathic energy

functionsvitalizes the lower brain (cerebellum) and central nervous system, vision

glands/organspituitary/pineal gland, left eye, nose, ears

gems/mineralslapis lazuli, azurite, sodalite, quartz crystal, sapphire

What Stimulates the Sixth Chakra Brow Energy Center?

  • look up, stargazing is helpful
  • meditation
  • intuition enhancing exercises, i.e. guessing the value of playing cards or tarot cards
  • eating indigo foods and drinks will clear a path to your intuition
  • wearing indigo gemstones and indigo clothing
  • using indigo oils such as patchouli or frankincense essential oils will increase your sixth chakra clarity

Here’s wishing you powerful 6th Chakra Shekhinah energy for the coming new year!

The Power of the Throat Chakra

Creative expression in speech, writing and the arts is attributable to a developed throat energy center. We have all seen prominent examples on the world stage of folks whose throats seem to eminate rays of light. Well, the truth is, there are powerful rays of blue light waiting to burst forth from your fifth chakra as well!

This energy center does indeed represent the power of the spoken word. It also represents opportunities to work on the integration of truth, knowledge, wisdom and loyalty into your life. Which leads to speaking truth in your relationships; being inspired and inspiring when it comes to organizing and planning. As your throat chakra develops you will more freely express honesty, reliability, gentleness, peace and kindness.

Wellness Elements of the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) Energy Center

Location: The internal and external throat

Shape: An inverted pyramid, suspended around the jaw and pointing down toward the heart

Glandular/Organs: Thyroid, parathyroid, hypothalamus, throat, mouth

Color: Blue/Turqoise

Musical Note: G

Mantra: Ham

Self Aspect: Holistic thought, communication, self-expression, will and expression

Element: Ether

Functions: Speech, sound, vibration, communication

Sensory Experience: Hearing

Essential Oils: Blue chamomile, gardenia, ylang ylang

Planet: Mercury

Astrological Associations: Gemini, Virgo

Metal: Mercury

Plant: Gardenia

Gems/Minerals/Crystals: Turquoise, blue agate, aquamarine, blue topaz, lapis lazuli

Angelic Presence: Archangel Gabriel

Physical and Spiritual Activities to Stimulate the Fifth Chakra

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Osteopathic spine alignment
  • Expressive theater and dance
  • Singing
  • Blue food and drink
  • Wearing blue gemstones and blue clothing
  • Meaningful conversation
  • Chanting
  • Silent retreats
  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Public speaking
  • Bearing witness

*information included from The Book Of Chakras (Wauters, p.81)

Now, here’s some powerful gardenia energy for you 🙂

 

And now for that powerful healing mantra session…

 

 

Zing Go the Strings of Your Heart Chakra

Located at the heart center, the fourth chakra, Anahata is at the middle of the seven energy centers. It is the connection between matter and spirit, uniting the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The heart chakra is our source of love and connection! As for the “zing” element, the Heart Energy Center resonates to the musical note of “F”.

Anahata has to do with your relationship with others and yourself. A healthy heart energy center allows you to believe in your right to love. You will learn acceptance of yourself. What we can learn is to access feelings of divine unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding and balance. And what is the wonderful result? A feeling of connectedness with a group consciousness; a sense of oneness with life; acceptance; peace; openess; harmony; contentment…

What stimulates the Heart Chakra?:

  • nature walk / spend time with friends or family
  • fun meal with green food and drink
  • green gemstones and green clothing
  • massage with green oils i.e. eucalyptus or pine essential oils
  • do something to make someone else feel loved or wanted
  • read positive afirmations or record them and play back
  • inspirational art, theater, film, books or music
  • do whatever it takes to make yourself feel loved and a source of love to others…do no harm

A few other important associations:

Shape – Crescent moon

Glandular connection – Thymus gland

Element – Air

Mantra syllable – Yam

Sensory experience – Touch

Crystals – Rose quartz, diamond, peridot

Aspects of the solar system – Venus and the Sun

Metals – Copper and gold

Life issues – To let love be the center of your life

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”   -Lao Tzu

The Warrior & The Servant…exploring the Solar Plexus Energy Center

A powerful reality is that the Solar Plexus Chakra rules every aspect of our personality and ego.  And as we are currently experiencing in this world, an unchecked ego is a frightening thing to behold and its karmic repercussions are far reaching.  So, in this moment, we focus on cleansing…balancing…and conditioning our Manipura Solar Plexus energy center.

Two archetypes which can help us envision our relationship with our solar plexus chakra are that of the Warrior and that of the Servant.  Check and see which archetype reflects you the most…most of the time…

The Warrior and The Servant (The Book of Chakras, Ambika Wauters, p.61; italics & bold, mine):

The warrior is an empowered person with a definitive sense of selfhood.  Warriors know who they are in themselves and in relation to the world.  Their sense of self is neither inflated nor weak.  They have the inner strength and resilience to see their dreams materialize into reality and the stamina to meet physical and emotional challenges.  They are able to fight the good fight for love, victory, and the glory of God.dess.

The servant is a person whose sense of personal identity is anchored in the external world, always seeking confirmation from others.  Servants work hard for others’ acknowledgment.  They sabotage themselves by giving their power to others to define who they are and what they need to do.  They lose energy trying to please others for the affirmation they are unable to give to themselves.

And here are some practical tools and info for your journey… Pack light! 😉

The Solar Plexus Energy Center

Location:  Directly below the sternum and over the stomach

Shape:  Globe

Glandular Connection:  Pancreas

Color:  Yellow

Musical Note:  E

Type of music:  Marches (and World Music)

Element:  Fire

Aspect of intelligence:  Instinctual knowing

Sensory experience:  Vision

Essential oils:  Lemon, grapefruit, juniper

Crystals:  Topaz, citrine, amber

Aspects of the solar system:  Mars and the Sun

Astrological associations:  Aries, Leo

Metals:  Iron, gold

Mythological animal:  Lion

Angelic presence:  Archangel Uriel…regent of the Sun

Qualities:  Self-worth, self-esteem, confidence, personal power, freedom of choice

Life issues:  To develop a strong and resilient ego; to know you are worthy simply because you exist.

*What we learn from this third chakra is will, authority and personal power; sensitivity to energy; mastering of desire; self-control.  You may experience a radiance, warmth, awakening or transformation as you work through the power and joy of the Solar Plexus Energy Center. The best way to stimulate this energy center is to stimulate your mind!  Take classes, read informative books, do mind puzzles, engage with folks who interest you, teach…

Be blessed

Orange, Is The Color for Sacral Energy Wellness…

“The Sacral Chakra controls our physical health and well-being. It is the chakra that focuses the life force into building a strong and viable immune system, and keeping the physical body functional and active. It controls our motion and our emotion, and is ruled by the water element, which is directly influenced by how we experience our emotions. When we retain our feelings, water is also retained in the body…” (from “The Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana, My own sweet abode”)

The second energy center, our Sacral Chakra is my go to center for an energy burst. Among many helpful and interesting things, it governs physical force and vitality. I am a city walker. I love walking through the neighborhoods of Philadelphia in which I live and work. When I walk, my sacral chakra strums along…sending out healthy waves of the color orange… It’s like walking with a beautiful sunset in my belly, amazing!

What we learn from the second energy center:

  • giving and receiving
  • processing and understanding our emotions
  • uncovering deep feelings of desire, pleasure, sexual and passionate love by clearing and balancing the sacral chakra
  • ability to change and adapt, to create movement and assismilate new ideas
  • working harmoniously and creatively with others
  • connection to health; family; an ability to tolerate and surrender
  • affirming our sensing abilities and issues related to feelings

Imbalances include:

  • eating disorders
  • alcohol and drug abuse
  • depression
  • sensuality issues
  • physical manifestations such as lower back pain; asthma; allergies; genital infections

Stimulating the Second Chakra Energy Center:

  • hot aromatic baths or a massage with orange oils i.e. melissa or orange essential oils
  • orange food and drink
  • swimming or water exercises
  • orange clothing and gemstones soothes this energy center
  • healthy intimacy
  • creativity i.e. art, music, poetry, dance
  • meditation

Chant:

  1. place thumb & pointer finger together, other fingers extend out
  2. place remaining fingers right below navel
  3. breathe deeply and chant the word “vam”
  4. create a vibration and resonance in and around the sacral chakra energy center
  5. close eyes and imagine an orange circuit flowing through your hands into the area below your navel and circling back out again
  6. relax into the color and energy flow, as well as the sound of your voice chanting

 

Be kind to yourself and others and remember, orange is the color…now walk on!

A Thank You To Yemoja

I believe in Self-Initiation.  Strongly.  I believe that as Womyn, the Power of Our Blood is the Power of Our Bond to Her and to One Another.  And so, at 6:36 this Friday morning, the Great Mother of the Waters, Yemoja sealed what has been a 17 year-long self driven initiation.  She entered the crown of my Head, dissolving and becoming One with me.  Respect to the Power of the Mothers!  She has sealed one Road and now with both feet planted firmly in Her waters and with Her cowrie shells in hand, I turn to face the beginning of a new Road…  Thank you Yemoja for your Asche!

As for the New Road?  Well, I’ve accepted the vows of a Lay Nun, (Sister Vernice…the Victory Bringer); as well as the walk of the Solitary Druid, where I am Awenydd…  And then there’s this:

Bodhicitta

While I live, I will meditate on bodhicitta;

This is what will give meaning to my life.

At the moment of death, I will meditate on bodhicitta;

It will help me to continue onward, on my way toward enlightenment.

When I am thriving and happy, I will meditate on bodhicitta;

It will enable me to use my prosperity to serve others

and avoid the pitfalls of pride, envy, and lack of respect.

When I face failure and sadness, I will meditate on bodhicitta;

It will prevent me from losing heart and losing hope.

So, all the time and in any situation;

In life, when death is near, in success or failure, in joy or sorrow,

Bodhicitta is something I cannot be without.

 

So, to all of you, who have borne witness, and accompanied me and will continue to accompany me on my singular journey towards Truth, Justice, Love and Enlightenment I thank you as well…  Let the Journey Continue!