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The Throat Chakra


The throat chakra is located at the neck above the collarbone. The throat chakra resonates with the color blue. The body parts associated with the throat chakra include the throat, neck, ears, jaw, mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, and thyroid gland.

The throat chakra relates to the way we communicate and, on a deeper level, how we maintain authentic relationships. It is not just about how we express ourselves to others, but also how well we listen to what others have to say. The throat chakra governs sound, creative self-expression, the ability to speak our inner truth with honesty, processing information, and divine guidance.

When energy is flowing through the throat chakra properly, you feel comfortable expressing yourself, you have no problem asking for what you want, you easily and respectfully speak your truth, you are creative, and you are a good listener.

Life experiences that can lead to an imbalance of the throat chakra may date back to childhood and include growing up in a family where you were discouraged from expressing yourself, if your opinions were not valued, and if you faced criticism or ridicule.

Spiritual/emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the throat chakra include being dishonest, uncommunicative, and shy, social anxiety and feeling disempowered, or on the other hand, aggressively pushing your opinions onto other people.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the throat chakra include addiction, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, thyroid dysfunctions, voice problems, gum or tooth problems, hearing problems, tonsillitis, and ear infections.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your throat chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your throat blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

Singing is a great way to balance the throat chakra. Also, if speaking your truth out loud is hard for you, write your thoughts down in a daily journal or diary as a way to express yourself. Going in the other direction, if you feel called to do so, dedicate a few hours or more to not talking.

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color blue. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The throat chakra resonates with blue crystals such as blue kyanite, larimar, tanzanite, azurite, aquamarine, and lapis lazuli.

Eating blueberries, blue grapes, and blackberries can also help rebalance the throat chakra, as well as fruit that grows on trees, including currants, kiwifruit, apples, grapefruit, lemons, pears, plums, peaches, figs, and apricots.

Another thing to do is to incorporate the color blue into your day-to-day life. Wear blue items of clothing, or add blue items to your home décor such as a furniture, cups, curtains, or even a blanket.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the throat chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

The Heart Chakra: How to Balance the Heart Chakra


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The heart chakra is an energy center located in the middle of the chest. The heart chakra resonates with the color green. The body parts associated with the heart chakra include the heart, breasts, lungs, diaphragm, ribs, chest, thymus, circulatory system, shoulders, arms, and hands. Spiritually and emotionally, the heart chakra is related to the ultimate guiding principle of universal love, which includes kindness, forgiveness, hope, self love, universal consciousness, emotional balance, and empathy.

When energy is flowing through the heart chakra properly, you appreciate the beauty that is all around you and you feel deeply connected to everything.

Life experiences that can lead to an imbalance include breakups, death of a loved one, abuse, and rejection. Stress, illness, and overthinking can also cause an imbalance of the heart chakra.

Spiritual and emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the heart chakra include despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, feeling withdrawn or antisocial, codependency, holding grudges, and anger.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the heart chakra include heart disease, asthma, lung disease, breast cancers, pneumonia, thymus gland disorders, and upper back/shoulder problems.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your heart chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your heart chakra blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

One of the ways to balance the heart chakra is to develop an appreciation of beauty in all its different forms. For example, you can do this by listening to music, visiting museums, watching videos about fashion, and reading novels and poetry. You may want to take a course or seminar on these subjects.

Practice self-care and self love by eating well, getting enough rest, exercising, treating yourself to a spa day—anything that makes you feel special.

Love yourself unconditionally by accepting who you are—as is—body, mind, and spirit.

Reciting affirmations each day can also help. Some affirmations include “I love all of me, without question,” “I am beautiful, I am loved,” “I forgive myself,”  and “I am open to receive love and give love.”

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color green. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The heart chakra resonates with green crystals such as bloodstone, jade, malachite, emerald, and moss agate. The heart chakra also resonates with pink crystals like rose quartz, rhodonite, and ruby.

Eating green foods can also help rebalance the hearty chakra. These foods include limes, green apples, avocados, kale, lettuce, spinach, bok choy, collard greens, and broccoli. Don’t forget to use green spices such as basil, thyme, and cilantro.

Another thing to do is to incorporate green or pink into your day-to-day life as in clothing. items of clothing, or items in your home.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the heart chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

The Solar Plexus Chakra: How to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra


The solar plexus chakra is an energy center located in the upper abdomen, above the naval and below the ribs. The solar plexus chakra resonates with the color yellow. The body parts associated with the solar plexus chakra is include the stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, adrenal glands, and mid spine. Spiritually and emotionally, the solar plexus chakra is related to our ego, personality, self-esteem, and personal identity. This chakra also influences our assertiveness, decisiveness, gut instinct, inner drive. competence, and the desire to succeed.

When energy is flowing through the solar plexus chakra properly, you are assertive, confident, and focused; you have stamina; you have harmonious relationships with other people and your surroundings; you don’t try to overpower others; and you are able to set goals and take the actions needed to achieve those goals.

Life experiences that can lead to an imbalance of the solar plexus chakra include having to make a difficult decision and being afraid of making the wrong choice; growing up in an overly controlling environment where you were not allowed to make your own decisions; being in an abusive relationship; being part of an organization that encourages you to no think for yourself; holding on to negative emotions from a traumatic experience; and holding on to negative belief patterns.

Spiritual and emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the solar plexus chakra include fear, hate, indifference, feeling stressed, self-loathing, excessive need for control or power, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, fears of secrets being found out, lack of ambition, indecisiveness, and people pleasing.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the solar plexus chakra include poor digestion, heartburn, stomach ache, ulcers, diabetes or hypoglycemia, arthritis, liver diseases, pancreatitis, anorexia or bulimia, and colon diseases.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your solar plexus chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your solar plexus chakra blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

One way to re-balance your solar plexus chakra is to do stomach crunch exercises. Doing crunches squeezes the stomach and as a result releases energy.  Another way to re-balance your solar plexus chakra is to start each morning by reciting affirmations. Examples of affirmations include I love myself unconditionally, “I can,” “I will,” “I don’t need to be in control of everything,” and “I release myself from negative past experiences.” Create your own affirmations that relate to your particular situation.

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color yellow. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry are also great ways to balance your chakras. The solar plexus chakra resonates with yellow crystals such as citrine, yellow tourmaline gold topaz and tiger’s eye.

The solar plexus chakra is associated with the element of fire. With that in mind, getting some natural sunlight every day can help re-balance this chakra. Also, adding spices such as turmeric, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon to your food heat up the body from the inside.

Eating yellow foods can also help rebalance the solar plexus chakra. These foods include lemons, bananas, corn, pineapple, and butternut squash. Whole grain foods like rice, oats and rye are also beneficial because they help with digestion.

Another thing to do is to incorporate yellow into your day-to-day life. Wear yellow items of clothing, or add yellow items to your home décor such as a furniture, cups, curtains, or even a blanket.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the solar plexus chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

 

The Starman Tarot: Review


The Starman Tarot is a beautiful 78-card deck based on the Rider-Waite system of divination. The theme of this deck is the mythology surrounding the late great David Bowie. Bowie was a musician and actor who started his career when he was a teenager in the 1960s. He went on to become a superstar.

I was drawn to this deck because I greatly admire David Bowie as an artist. I became aware of him in the ’70s when his song “Fame” was a hit on the charts. I have loved his music over the years, but in addition, I have always been drawn to his distinctive look, which has ranged from in-your-face androgyny to extremely tailored, well-dressed metrosexual. At every stage of the game, he impressed me as being modern and forward thinking.

The Starman Tarot is illustrated by Davide De Angelis who worked with Bowie on several art projects including album art. The deck is beautifully packaged and includes a nearly 200-page guidebook. The book is a great read. It describes each card in detail and the introductory chapters also talk about De Angelis’ relationship with Bowie and the history of Tarot itself.

The card stock is excellent, very sturdy, and the finish is so smooth that the cards are very easy to shuffle. But they are not so slippery that they fall all over the place. They fit well in my hands. The backs of the cards have a simple design; the artist says it is alien calligraphy. Why not? It works for me!

When it comes to the card descriptions, De Angelis shares his own personal feelings about what the cards mean to him — and he has some wonderful insights. For instance, he feels that the Chariot and Strength cards are the masculine and feminine sides of the same energy. He explains that whereas the masculine energy of the Chariot card is about determination and taking power through the sheer force of will, the feminine energy of the Strength card is about controlling a situation using serenity and the power of heart. Throughout, it is clear that Davide has thought deeply about the Tarot and that this deck is not just a gimmick.

While some of the images on the cards clearly depict a man or a woman, some of the characters are ambiguous as far as which sex they are. I love this because it reflects David Bowie’s gender-bending persona. Just as importantly, for me anyway, this is in line with my own personal philosophy that it doesn’t matter whether you are a woman or a man, you have both masculine and feminine qualities that you can tap into.

Of course, many of the characters on the card have David Bowie’s face. Most notably is the Starman, which is this deck’s version of the Magician. Starman was a title of a David Bowie song released in 1972. The Alien, which corresponds to the Hermit card, reminds me of the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth, which Bowie starred in. Other cards in the deck that have Bowie’s face include the Moon, the Devil, and the Wheel.

What I also appreciate about this deck is that the artist made it a point to make his characters racially ambiguous, as well. Don’t get me wrong: I love, love, love and respect the traditional Rider-Waite images because they have given us a language for us to tap into our intuition. But all languages evolve over time, and I love it that modern Tarot decks are constantly being created to reflect both the creators of the cards and the society they live in.

As I mentioned up top, the drawings on the cards are spectacular. The palette is rather dark but with bursts of bright color. The imagery is dense and the emotional intensity is off the charts.

If I had one criticism, i will say that I can imagine that some may find this deck to be overwhelming. Not one section of any card is empty, and for me I have to ask the question: Is every stroke symbolic of meaning or is it just decoration?

For one example, the Lovers card is simply gorgeous to look at. Around the lovers’ midsection, there is a swarm of bees. In the guidebook, the artist notes that the bees are dripping with honey, and that honey is an ancient symbol of love and fertility and was thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac. There are dozens of bees in that image. Yet, how many bees were needed to convey the symbolism: Would one bigger bee, or even a few bees, be enough?

In this case, I think the sheer number of bees in this image is a stylistic thing rather than a symbolic one. But with that being said, the overall power and feel of this deck is well worth overlooking any excesses. It is a beautiful work and a heartfelt manifestation of self expression. For me, it is a pleasure working with this deck.

What do you think of this review? Have you worked with this deck and how do you like it? Please leave your comments. Peace and Love.

 

The Sacral Chakra: How to Balance the Sacral Chakra


The sacral chakra is an energy center located in area of the lower belly below the naval. The sacral chakra resonates with the color orange. The body parts associated with the sacral chakra include the lower back, the sexual and reproductive organs, hips, bladder, kidneys, stomach, large intestine, pelvis, appendix, and bodily fluids. Spiritually and emotionally, the sacral chakra is the seat of our emotions and helps us to form emotional connections with other people.

In addition to our emotions, the sacral chakra is related to our desires, sexuality, libido, sensuality, money, relationships, intimacy, nurturing, and our sense of feeling pleasure. Keep in mind that just as the sacral chakra is associated with our sexual organs, which we use to create life in the form of children, the sacral chakra is also associated with creativity in a broader sense, such as using your imagination to make something new.

When energy is flowing through the sacral chakra properly, you feel emotionally grounded, you are able to be playful and have fun, you are able tap into your creativity, you are comfortable with your sexuality, you are energetic, and are passionate about the things you like to do. In addition, you have healthy emotional boundaries and healthy relationships with other people, both generally and with your sexual partners or significant other.

There are some experiences in life that can contribute to an imbalance of the sacral chakra. A couple of examples include being in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship or being the victim of rape. However, feeling triggered is often a symptom of an issue that stems back to childhood, such as sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; neglect; rejection; emotional manipulation; or strict moral or religious indoctrination.

Some spiritual and emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the sacral chakra include a tendency to blame others or turning that feeling inward in the form of  guilt and shame; eating disorders, substance abuse, and gambling or shopping addictions; being sexually impulsive; emotional overreactions; low libido, issues with money, power, and control; feeling emotionally numb or cold; excessive emotional attachment to people or objects; and lack of creativity.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the sacral chakra include low back pain, sciatica, gynecological problems, infertility, stomach cramps, impotence, pelvic pain, and urinary problems.

There are relatively easy ways to begin to re-balance your sacral chakra. But first, understand that you must be aware of your emotional and physical reactions when you feel them in order for these methods to be effective. Be mindful and intentional about your chakra work. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your sacral chakra blockage will be revealed to you in a way that will make resolving these issues easier. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

The sacral chakra is associated with the element of water. So, one way to re-balance this chakra is to be near or in water. Soak in the bathtub with Epsom salt, bubbles, fragrance, or all three. Take long showers with the intention of cleansing your sacral chakra. Go swimming, if you can, or maybe just dip your feet in the water. Walk along the beach. Visit lakes or ponds, or sit by a fountain.

Also, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.

Doing something creative is also a great way to re-balance your sacral chakra. This can include writing, drawing, dancing, trying out a new recipe, and taking photos. Consider doing arts and crafts, including coloring or even paint by the numbers. Whatever creative activity you engage in, don’t worry about whether or not you consider yourself to be talented. The point is to do it for the fun of it.

Eating orange foods can also help rebalance the sacral chakra. These foods include such as oranges, carrots, papaya, peaches, mangos, pumpkins and other winter squashes, and sweet potatoes.

Another thing to do is to incorporate orange into your day-to-day life. Wear orange items of clothing, or add orange items to your home décor such as a chair, a rug, curtains, or a blanket or an vase arrangement.

If you meditate, sit quietly for a few minutes and simply visualize the color orange. Also, meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry is also a great way to balance your chakras. the sacral chakra resonates with orange crystals such as orange calcite, orange citrine, carnelian, amber, and tiger’s eye.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the sacral chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

Update and Words of Good Intent: Oracle Card Reading


Hi, all. First, I want to let you know that on October 1, I will be getting back to doing the Daily Tarot Readings.

In the meantime, today I wanted to share with you this oracle card reading using the Amenti Oracle deck. Lately, there has been a lot of interesting and powerful energy swirling around us. Like me, you may have experienced this energy through events in your own personal life. In another example, we just have to look at the devastation in the Bahamas after hurricane Dorian for evidence of this energy’s intensity.

It may not seem like much, but a few words coming from a place of good intentions can go a long way in someone’s life. Watch the video for a few words of inspiration that I hope will help as you navigate life. Please like, comment, share, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

 

The Root Chakra: How to Balance the Root Chakra


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The root chakra is an energy center located in the base of the spine. The root chakra resonates with the color red. Spiritually and emotionally, the root chakra It is related to our basic survival instinct, our confidence, our sense of feeling grounded, and how we deal with conflict. When energy is flowing through it properly, just as the name suggests, the root chakra gives us a sense of security, stability and foundation.

The root chakra is linked to the parts of our body that give us stability and strength and that helps us survive as human beings. The body parts associated with the root chakra include the adrenal glands (which produce adrenaline, the hormone that plays a part in the flight or fight response); as well as the perineum, anus, large intestine; and the bones, with an emphasis on the spine; The root chakra is also associated with the legs and feet as they connect our physical bodies to the our planet, the earth, just like the roots of a tree.

And just as the root chakra is related to the parts of our body that give us stability, a balanced and open root chakra helps us to feel grounded and stable emotionally and spiritually. An underactive or overactive root chakra can play a part in psychological and physical conditions related to not feeling secure or supported. Spiritual/emotional signs that there may be an imbalance of the root chakra include anger issues, fear, insecurities, feeling ungrounded, abandonment issues, not being able to make your own decisions, depression, anxiety, hypochondria, addictions, phobias, apathy, lethargy, panic attacks, eating disorders, and obsessions.

Physical signs that there may be an imbalance of the root chakra include being overweight or underweight, hemorrhoids, arthritis, constipation, lower back pain, and knee troubles.

Simple everyday events and interactions with people can be the trigger to upset the balance of the root chakra. However, feeling triggered is often a symptom of a larger issue. These issues can stem back to childhood issues related to family instability or feelings of abandonment, or it could be recent life events such as ending a relationship or losing a job.

Understand that you must be aware of your emotional reactions when you feel them and aware of any physical manifestations of an imbalance in order for these methods to be effective. Also, make it a point to consistently practice those chakra balancing exercises until you feel a change. Even though you will have to reconcile the core issues that contributed to the imbalance, once you start doing these simple practices, the deeper meaning of your root chakra blockage will be revealed to you in a loving way that will not be painful but liberating. Remember: Chakra balancing is a work in progress.

Simple ways to re-balance your root chakra are to walk barefoot, go outside and spend some time in nature, and gardening. Body massages, with a focus on the lower back and feet, are also great ways to free up blocked energy or to calm overactive energy.

Eating root foods can also help balance the root chakra. Root foods are the ones that grow underneath the soil, such as potatoes, carrots, beets, and onions. Also, since the root chakra resonates with the color red, eating red foods can be beneficial as well. This include cherries, red peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, pomegranates, and red grapes.

Another thing to do is to incorporate red into your day-to-day life. Wear red items of clothing, or add red items to your home décor such as a chair, a rug, curtains, bed sheets or a red floral arrangement to put on your coffee table.

You also can balance the root chakra by sitting quietly for a few minutes each day and simply visualize the color red. Meditating while holding crystals, carrying crystals in your pocket or purse as you go about your daily activities, and wearing crystal jewelry is also a great way to balance your chakras. In the case of the root chakra, red crystals such as garnet, carnelian, red jasper, and red tiger’s eye are effective. However, black crystals are also powerful for grounding. Some black crystals include Apache tear, black tourmaline and hematite. Bloodstone, which is a green stone with spots of red hematite, is also a good root chakra stone, and so is labradorite, which contains many colors on the spectrum and therefore is thought to affect the root chakra and other chakras, as well.

Finally, each chakra vibrates to a specific frequency and resonates with different sounds. Therefore, one way to tap into the sound vibration of the root chakra is to listen to binaural beats made specifically for that chakra.

Chakras and the Chakra System: The Basics


Learn about chakras and the chakra system, and how chakra alignment is important to spiritual, mental, and physical health. Click here if you would like a Chakra Tarot Reading to find out how well your chakras are working together.

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Facing Fear, Discovering Truth


I recorded this video while visiting family out of state—and outside of my comfort zone. It’s all about facing fear and while doing so, discovering truth.

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