Youth Drop-In – Update

Thank you all who attended the first Youth Drop-In on Tuesday! It was so wonderful to meet kindred spirits from the Niagara area!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but the first turnout was a success! There was a lot of story telling, tea drinking and laughing! Not to mention meeting awesome new people!! Some of the topics we discussed included:

    • Reiki and energy healing – (3 of us were practitioners!)
    • crystals and gemstones
    • Mediumship and Lily Dale, New York
    • meditation and transcendental meditation
    • communication with friends and family who have passed
    • out of body experiences
    • angel cards and tarot

The reason why these meetings are so important is that we offer a space where any discussion of spirituality is made in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Sometimes it is hard to talk about these things because there is a certain negative stigma attached. Our goal is to erase this stigma. It is normal and natural to experience these things or have a curiosity about them. It has nothing to do with superstition or any other negative connotation that society has unfortunately branded to it. Because it is looked at this way, many people fail to recognize the many beneficial and healing aspects of knowing about and understanding these things. Intelligent people will first investigate this information before they criticize it.

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For those of you who are interested in attending the next Youth Drop-In: in addition to offering a safe space for conversation, we’ll be doing some Spiritual Cork-Boarding! ! These are handy tools to help manifest and focus your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual goals.

Here’s what Spiritual Cork-Boarding (or Vision Boards or Dream Boards ) typically look like:

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You might have heard of Vision Boarding from the movie The Secret, which teaches about the Law Of Attraction. Vision Boards are tools to help you use this Law more effectively. This Law states that like attracts like, (or consequentially, UN-like attracts UN-like) and that everything you send out on a vibrational and energetic level you receive back to you.

Everything is energy. Thoughts are energy. You use your thoughts and emotions to manifest your physical reality. You attract people or situations because of the thoughts you send out on a daily basis. Vision Boards help fine tune and focus your thoughts to help you send energy towards anything you want to manifest or create in your life.

Please bring whatever materials you want use to make your board, like markers, paint, pencil crayons, pictures of your role models, images of places you want to go, items, symbols, postcards, feathers, images, etc. We will supply materials as well!

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What: Youth Drop-In (ages 15-25)

Where: The Spiritual Spa – 185 James Street in St. Catharines

When: August 14, 2014 from 7-9pm

Why: making Vision Boards to help focus and manifest your goals

Who: facilitated by Madelyn Siuciak and Brandon Dallman

How: Send an email to healing@thespiritualspa.ca or text 289-990-3324 to reserve your spot!

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Hope to see you out!

-Madelyn

Affirmation meditation to help cleanse Earth of negative energies!!

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Very powerful stuff I found on YouTube!! If you are into lightwork, this can be your daily go-to. I’ve included the link at the bottom. Thank you 777Alaje!

Repeat this every day to help cleanse the planet of negative energies:

“With the power of cosmic light and love, I clean Planet Earth of all evil energies, all hate, all aggressiveness, all suppression, all violence, all wars, all military and all weapons. All aggressive people shall feel the love in their heart, and walk the way of light.

With the power of cosmic light and love, I clean Planet Earth of all consumption insanity, competition thinking, and wastefulness of resources and energy. All Earth humans shall be free of all economical slavery. All Earth humans shall live with enough food to eat and a house to live.

With the power of cosmic light and love, I clean Planet Earth from all secret societies, all evil politicians, all Illuminati and all greedy people. All the evil things they have created are burning away.

With the power of cosmic light and love, I clean Planet Earth of violence against animals, from animal prisons, and from the industrial mafia.

With the power of cosmic light and love, I clean Planet Earth from all diseases. The air, water, ground, humans and animals are free from all toxins. All diseased people are healed. All smokers and alcoholics shall find self-love instead of harming themselves and others.

With the power of cosmic light, I heal the chakra points of every human. The DNA of all humans is healed, and it is functioning correctly.

With the power of cosmic light and love, I clean Planet Earth of all cults, religion, bigotry and superstition. They have cost the lives of millions of people, and have blocked the development of consciousness and science. Earth humans shall find a true connection to the existence. The cosmic centre of consciousness is the source of everything.

With the power of cosmic light and love, I clean Planet Earth from all ignorance, all madness, all arrogance. Everybody shall be able to heal all blockades and unhealed karmic issues. Everybody shall have a higher consciousness. Everybody shall have Universal Knowledge. Everybody shall be spiritual. Everybody shall see the light. Everybody shall activate the love in their heart.”

Once you have experienced real cosmic love, you are changed forever. With love energy, you are prepared from the higher energies of the transformation process. Love is the energy of the cosmic central consciousness. Love is the solution for everything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn4teoM2-AA

 

 

 

 

How to balance your chakras using a pendulum!

How to balance your chakras using a pendulum!

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Gotta love energy healing!!

If you don’t have a pendulum, you can use anything that is suspended by a string or chain. For example, you can use a necklace chain with a pendant or you can use a ring and a piece of string. It really doesn’t matter what you use, as long as there is a decent amount of weight suspended on the string.

Chakra balancing exercise:

Sit down in a quiet place. Make sure your back is straight. Take a few deep breaths and send roots down to ground yourself. Imagine white light surrounding you. Breathe this light in and fill your body with it.

Now take your pendulum and place it above your outstretched hand, palm upward. Set the intention that by doing this exercise, your goal is to cleanse and balance your chakras.

Imagine your hand glowing a bright red colour. Make this colour the brightest and cleanest version of red you can think of. After a few seconds, the pendulum should begin spinning in circles. Keep imagining the red colour as it spins. After a minute or so, it should eventually stop spinning. This indicates that your base chakra has been cleansed.

Now repeat this process with the colours orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white – for the other chakras. After this process is done, you will feel energized and refreshed!

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Happy chakra balancing!

-Madelyn

Crystal Boosts

Crystals have a long tradition of use cross-culturally for healing. People who are in tune with different energies are often attracted to rocks, minerals, crystals and gemstones. How often have you picked up pebbles on your walk or carried home an interesting rock for your garden? How often have you felt drawn to a particular crystal and felt compelled to keep it with you? We can use crystals to balance our existence on all four levels – the mind, body, emotion and spirit. Crystal healing is a gentle non-invasive form of Holistic Healing that we can do on a daily basis.

Each type of crystal or gemstone has a unique composition and structure resonating at a particular frequency. Different crystal frequencies and vibrations provide different helping and healing elements for us – from attracting love and money to cleansing, protection, repelling negative energetics, and more. Sometimes we need Crystals to help give us an energetic boost. Perhaps you’ve been feeling a bit tired or drained at the end of the day, or a little ‘meh’. You’ve done your usual routine – protecting and grounding yourself, you feel pretty positive about things – but you still feel a bit pooped, like you could use a strong cup of coffee (or a nap). Sometimes the planet and star alignments contribute to our energy levels, but we’re not always sure what is going on out there. What to do?

I created a new crystal pouch that I carry with me (I carry a couple pouches with me daily, in addition to some stray ones that find their way into my purse). I call this pouch – my power pouch, and have let a few of my friends try it by holding onto it in their hands, and see what kind of vibe they get from it. All who have tried this crystal combination in my power pouch have noted the energetic zap and boost they get from it. So, I thought I would share this power pouch with you.

Here are the contents of my Crystal Power Pouch at this time:

Apophyllite – spiritual connection; deep meditation; working with Guardian Angels, Spirit Guides and manifestations of the Higher Self; increase intuition; remote viewing and astral travel.

Herkimer Diamond – boost clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities; high vibrational frequency; assist in prescience or telepathic communication; astral travel, dimensional shifting and expanded reality.

Quartz Crystal – focus, amplify, store and transform energy; speaking with and receiving information from the Divine and other-worldly masters, teachers and healers. I’ve charged this stone with love and light, and it also amplifies the energy of the other stones in the pouch. It’s also the crystal for Archangel Michael.

Pink Kunzite – protective stone, dispelling negativity; shields the aura against unwanted entities and outside influences; receive Divine Love; stimulate intuition and creativity. This crystal doesn’t always appear very pink.

Petalite – Stone of Angelic Connection; high vibration crystal; communication with Guardian Guides; stimulates all the clairsenses: Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentience, Clairalience, Clairgustance, Claircognizance.

Selenite – high vibration stone; take you to the Higher realms, cleansing, protection, conduit to other dimensions; contacting and communicating with angels for guidance; finding and working with spirit guides.

I will say that I’m constantly adding to this pouch – every time I am near crystals they tend to speak out at me – the familiar ones, such as quartz crystal and selenite, and the unfamiliar ones, such as petalite. Petalite is my newest addition, and when I saw it at Willow Den (and it saw me), it pretty much jumped up and down and started shouting out at me to take it home lol. I love it when crystals talk to me!

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I love how all these crystals in my pouch are all clear or white in appearance, and interesting how they are all high vibration stones. They wanted to assemble together in my pouch, and now I see why! I carry this pouch with me everywhere, I will pull it out of my purse and put it in my pocket if I need to – especially when I need an energetic boost, want to connect to Spiritual Realms, or need some Angelic protection. I also meditate with the pouch (sometimes I just place it on my forehead), or keep it under my pillow when I am sleeping.

Give this combination a try and see if the vibrational frequency works for you. Each person is different, and you might want to add others or exclude some. The crystals will let you know. Follow your intuition, your inner voice, and listen to the guidance of the crystals.

Enjoy! Namaste ❤

Tracy

Your 7 Chakras and How to Keep them Balanced & Cleared

Your 7 Chakras and How to Keep them Balanced & Cleared

What are chakras?

You have a subtle energy system. It is the unseen expression of you in energy. When I say energy, I mean your vibration and your energetic output. We are energetic and electric beings that send  signals and frequencies out on a second-to-second basis. One of the most basic and subtle energy systems is called your chakras, which are major energy points in the body. There are 7 of them, starting from the base of your spine to the top of your head:

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Why is it important to know about them?

The maintenance of the heath of your chakras contributes to your overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. If there are overactive or under-active chakras (energy is not flowing harmoniously through them) then this can result in illness. When things in your life are out of whack, your chakras express this unbalance energetically.

You can help open your chakras through:

  • Chakra meditations: YouTube has tons of these! Choose whichever one feels right for you.
  • wearing the corresponding colour. All 7 chakras emit a different colour, and therefore resonate and respond to that colour’s specific frequencies. Root is red, sacral is orange, solar plexus is yellow, heart is green or pink, throat is blue, third eye is indigo or purple, and crown is purple or white.
  • affirmations: can be in the form of thought, spoken word or writing. (I have listed some chakra affirmations below)
  • sound: listening to uplifting music, using tuning forks or Tibetan singing bowls, or listening to a song/tone/sound that carries the same frequency of that chakra (ie. the root chakra resonates to the note of “C”, sacral to “D”, solar plexus to “E”, heart to “F”, throat to “G”, third eye to “A” and crown to “B”)
  • you can carry around gemstones of the same color as the chakra you are trying to balance. These guys carry extremely high and positive vibes that send out healing frequencies that your chakras pick up on
  • Seeking energy healing or alternative healing methods, such as Reiki, Quantum healing, Healing Touch, reflexology or acupuncture
  • burning white sage or lighting insense and focusing on the chakras you want cleared
  • eating healthy and exercising
  • yoga
  • practicing gratitude! it is an instant frequency “tune-up” and affects the state of your chakras

When you start working on your chakras and keep them open and balanced, you will start seeing positive results manifest into your life. Like attracts like, and if you clear and balance your chakras, you subsequently raise your frequency – which in turn attracts like frequencies. Things will start happening. It is your right to have a life filled with abundance, joy and harmony and my wish is for everyone to experience this!

 

Root Chakraroot

Colour: Red

This is the first chakra, and is located at the base of your spine. If this chakra is under-active you may feel like you don’t belong. You will feel like you are not supported in your relationships. Your family life may be difficult. You will struggle with money and financial issues, and you will have little to no connection with the earth.

Tips on balancing:

  • wear red
  • go outside, and breathe in the fresh air for a while
  • take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass. Imagine roots growing out of your feet and deep into the earth. Absorb energy from your roots, much like a tree absorbs nutrients from the soil
  • stomp your feet and feel the energy running down your body and into the earth
  • wear red gemstones, such as garnet or red jasper
  • meditate on the symbol

This chakra is all about connection to the earth and being grounded. We are electric and energetic beings, so it’s no wonder that we need to send our “grounder” down into the earth – much like a lightning rod always needs grounding. If we are not grounded and we experience emotional turmoil, we can “blow up” energetically, much like a building would that got hit by lightning if it had no grounding device.

Affirmations: I connect. I am whole. I am fully supported in all ways.

 

sacralSacral Chakra

Colour: Orange

This chakra is located just below the belly button. This chakra’s energy expresses how we act and experience intimate relationships, our creativity and our sexuality.

If it’s closed, you’ll feel that you cant get intimate with anyone. You’ll have problems with creativity, and will experience little to no sex drive. You might want to self-destruct and willingly engage in abusive situations.

When this chakra is open and balanced, all these areas in your life thrive. You experience beautiful and intimate relationships. You can express yourself sexually. You will feel comfortable expressing your sexuality and you will have an appetite for creativity. You will feel at peace in your body.

Tips on balancing:

  • Wear orange
  • Eat an orange. Cut the orange open and smell it. The citrus smell connects your with your sexuality because it is the “fruit” of you. There is a reason why they call it “bearing fruit”
  • Breathe deep into your tummy
  • wear orange gemstones, such as sunstone, orange calcite and orange kyanite
  • meditate on the symbol above

Affirmations: I create. I am comfortable in my own skin. I am passionate. I am healthy.

 

solar-plexus-chakraSolar Plexus Chakra

Colour: Yellow

This chakra is located right below the sternum. This is your power centre and also referred to as your “personal sun”. When people say that you brighten up the room, you may have a strong solar plexus chakra. When your power is used properly, you exude peacefulness and generosity. It is a force to make the world a better place.

Unfortunately, people abuse their power and use it in unhealthy ways. This can be destructive for yourself and everyone around you. If this chakra is under-active you are easily controlled and have a hard time saying what you want. You have little to no self esteem and have self-confidence issues.

Tips on balancing:

  • wear yellow
  • sit in the sun for 20 minutes. Let the sunlight funnel into this chakra and imagine it dissolving any yuckiness (I imagine dark grayish bits getting blotted out by the light)
  • carry yellow gemstones like citrine, topaz or amber
  • meditate on the symbol

Affirmations: I manifest. I use my power in healthy ways. I am powerful.

 

heart-chakra9Heart Chakra

Colour: Green or pink

This is the centre of your energetic system. It is located in the middle of your chest. Some people this energy centre the “seat of the soul”. It is extremely powerful and has many benefits for healing yourself and others, but unfortunately many people keep this place guarded because of emotional self-preservation. If you ever had your heart broken or experienced loss, or have a painful memory, there is a good chance your heart chakra may be under-active.

Tips on balancing:

  • wear green or pink
  • every time you look at yourself in the mirror, tell yourself “I love you”. (Mirror work is extremely powerful and effective!!)
  • Forgive yourself. Forgive anyone who has ever hurt your or caused you pain. If you don’t want to physically confront this person, write it out and burn it. This transmutes the negative energy. Practicing forgiveness is extremely releasing
  • If you have a relative who has a baby or a toddler, pay them a visit. Hold this child, and really connect with them. They have very powerful heart energy and it will sooth your heart chakra
  • gemstones: jade, pink quartz, peridot, green adventuine
  • meditate on the symbol

Affirmations: I love. I am loved. I am open to giving and receiving love. My heart is healed. I love myself.

 

symbol-jumbo-throat-chakraThroat Chakra

Colour: blue

If this is open, you are comfortable speaking your mind. You never second-guess yourself. You feel like your voice matters and you have no trouble showing your creativity and explaining it. If you stutter or are always unsure of yourself when you speak to someone, this is an indicator that this chakra is under-active. If you experience lots of sore throats or are always clearing your throat, this is also a sign of under activity and is your body’s natural way of trying to clear this energy spot. Lying is a good way to disrupt this energy centre.

Tips on balancing:

  • wear blue
  • sing
  • take a public speaking class
  • engage in healthy self-talk
  • wear blue gemstones, such as sodalite, blue kyanite or lapis lazuli
  • meditate on the symbol

Affirmations: I speak my truth. I express myself clearly and with ease. My voice matters.

 

encyclopedia_of_life_third_eye_chakraThird Eye Chakra

Colour: Indigo blue or purple

This is your intuition. It is located in between your eyes. It represents your inner sight and your psychic ability. But it battles with your intellect. It is a pure sense of knowing and how you follow spiritual signs and direction. You want to have a balance between your intellect (decision making) and intuition (guidance and direction). Psychics have their ability because they have learned to clear, balance and trust their third eye (intuition). Trust is a major issue with your third eye. People are naturally psychic and intuitive but because of the society we live in, we have learned to disregard our intuition and listen more to our intellect. It is trusting your inner knowing and that “gut” feeling. It’s there for a reason.

When this chakra is cleared and strengthened, you will experience vivid dreams, lucid dreams, visions, clairvoyance, have a strong sense of inner knowing and experience states that are “out-of-body”. You will start to easily pick up on people’s thoughts, feelings, energies and hidden intentions. Clearing and using this chakra to the fullest of it’s ability will literally blow your mind!

Tips on balancing:

  • start wearing purple!
  • close your eyes and imagine you are looking out of your third eye. what do you see?
  • keep an amethyst crystal under your pillow at night
  • close your eyes and imagine a beam of light shining out of your forehead, into the unknown
  • trust your gut feelings and don’t disregard them! Trusting the first thing that comes into your head is the key here
  • Don’t doubt yourself
  • erase any fear, stigma or judgement about your first thoughts (your intuition)
  • keep a journal and write down everything and anything that pops up into your head. Free flow like this for a few minutes and keep building it up every day.
  • meditate on the symbol

Affirmations: My inner vision is clear. I am a highly psychic and intuitive being. My intuition can be trusted.

symbol-jumbo-crown-chakraCrown Chakra

Colour: purple or white

This is the highest frequency chakra. It is located on top of your head. It is your connection to the divine, whatever that means to you. It doesn’t matter what you think your higher power is, or what people, figures or things come to mind. There is no right or wrong answer – it is all individualistic.

When this chakra is closed, you do not believe in a higher power and don’t believe there is something divine that created you and loves you. You don’t feel support. You have trouble accepting help from people and are depressed and devastated about the thought of what happens after death.

When you are in tune with this chakra and it is balanced, you are vibrating at a higher frequency. Everyday tasks are a beautiful experience and you walk this earth enlightened about everything. You are excited to get up every morning. It is a wonderful feeling. You are open to messages and signs from the divine. Synchronicity and inspiration happens on a daily basis.

Tips on balancing:

  • give yourself a head massage
  • imagine a white light funneling down from the sky, down into your crown chakra, down through your root chakra and deep into the earth. This is a powerful meditation to create a state of energetic vertical alignment that balances your energy.
  • use clear quartz, herkimer diamond or amethyst to stimulate and clear this chakra
  • meditate on the symbol

Affirmations: I am connected with the divine. I am experiencing my divine nature. I am one with the universe. I am blessed.

 

Happy Chakra Balancing!!!! xo

-Madelyn S

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“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”Darryl Anka

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

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“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Read more: http://www.physicsforums.com

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Read more: http://www.physicsforums.com

Full Moon in Capricorn

Jituska does a new moon meditation at The Spiritual Spa each month. Here are her thoughts on the Full Moon in Capricorn.

Wow! This was a very powerful Moon! Everything we started off the New Year with up until now has been churning and processing itself not only in our material world but in our personal lives. This is what the New Moon( January) and Full Moon this evening has been about. Now it has all culminated and come to the surface. Many trials and tribulations, as we have been EXPERIENCING it all. That is what our purpose on this Earthly plane of existence is about Saturn is the rulership and thus it wants us to not only grow a spine but learn how to ask for help (it rules the bones, structure). Be real. Saturn is our teacher. It represents the masculine Cardinal energies, a force to be reckoned with! It is not wishy-washy. It wants us to take things seriously and get the job done. Yet with Cancer in it’s opposition and Jupiter hanging around for far too long we have perhaps got too comfortable and caught up in a lot of emotional turmoil within our relationships and got stuck in our past. This Full Moon is screaming, “let the past go!”. We have all been ‘feeling’ it for Cancer rules out emotions and our need to cling to past patterns in order to feel secure. Jupiter in Cancer has not helped for it only amplifies our craving for comfort and indulgence. Thus, there has been a conflict between our inner personal comfort zones and what really needs to get done. Saturn means business and wants structure and Capricorn Moon wants us to take the steps necessary to do so. Luckily we will be overcoming that hurdle when Jupiter moves into Leo next week. We need that fire to get off our proverbial butts. The answer to this whole equation is to really place our focus on our goals and aspirations. The mountain goat gets to the top one step at a time. Patience. We really need to take small steps and sweat some stuff to get there…if we truly want to follow our destiny. North node in Libra squaring the Capricorn Moon is really bringing to the surface what we have been trying to work towards and the next few months will bring the proper ‘real’ationships to help us align with our true allies Keep in mind balance is always the key. Capricorn opposing Cancer is asking us to remember that in order to be successful your personal inner world must be in order too. Capricorn is an Earth sign representing the body and manifesting in our three dimensional world. Cancer is a reminder to nurture ourselves and take care of our home life for it is our sanctuary. We need both in order to succeed. There will be a lot of energies shifting around over the next couple of weeks to help us along. We have been stuck in a lot of planetary energies over the first half of this year. Now it is truly time to take it all in..let it go and move on…….

Many Moons Blessings )O( Jituska
Resident Witch In Charge

Our next New Moon Meditation is Saturday, July 26th from Noon-1pm. New Moon in Leo!

The Realist’s Guide to Meditation

We’ve all heard of the fantastic benefits of practicing meditation, like reduced stress, pain management, better sleeps, increased energy and clarity throughout the day, balanced hormones, increased libido, an increased sense of general well-being and contentment…

But the truth is, classic mediation is really hard. I’m talking about the kind where you completely empty your head and experience not thinking – no thoughts! – for an extended period of time. In my experience I have found this nearly impossible. Especially in the fast-paced world we live in. Our minds are always racing. No one has time to relax and filter through their thoughts. Some people even unfortunately frown upon those who purposefully sit back and not think about anything. The truth is, we need this down time. We need to recharge, especially in our crazy workoholic-valued Western society.

Anyway, the most I’ve ever achieved of this “classic meditation” state is maybe 10 minutes. Then before I know it I’m thinking of Cristiano Ronaldo and how my cat would look like in a sweater. In the span of 1 second. How can people do this for an hour?? 20 minutes? Absolute insanity.

So without selling everything you have and moving to Tibet to become a monk… how can one start experiencing the amazing benefits of practicing daily meditation??

I’ve made a list of easier meditation-type techniques that aren’t super hard to incorporate into your daily routine but still give all the benefits of classic meditation:

  1. Conscious breathing. Just sit there, and breathe. Listen to your breath. Count your breaths. Listen to the sound your lungs make and how your body moves. If there is any pain, ”breathe” into that area. Take deeper and deeper breaths as you do this. Imagine you are breathing from the base of your spine and fully expand your stomach with each breath. Simple right?
  2. Body scanning. Lie there, and consciously feel every part of your body individually. Start with your toes. Wiggle them. Focus completely on just your toes. Stretch them out, then relax them. Now move your attention to your feet, then your ankles, your lower legs, thighs… etc. This is actually a great one to help you physically relax and can help you fall asleep.
  3. Mindfulness. You essentially sit or lie there, and let your mind wander. But instead of becoming emotionally involved, watch your thoughts as they come and go. Imagine you are on the shore of a river, and your thoughts are on a boat, coming towards you. You see the boat coming… and then the boat passes you, sailing away until you can’t see it anymore. No judgement, fear, happiness, anger, etc is felt towards the boat. Another way you could do this is to imagine yourself floating above your body, just watching yourself meditate. Cheering from the sidelines. This took a while for me to wrap my head around, but once I could do it easily, it was a great stress reliever and it made me handle tough situations rationally and logically. I could analyze my emotions without getting wrapped up in them.
  4. Focus on a single image. Or a symbol, or something that means something positive to you. You don’t even have to close your eyes – you can focus on a solid object like a lit candle or the smoke from a burning incense stick.
  5. Mantras. These are basically words you say over and over again to help you focus in meditation. Or you can sing them. Google some. Popular ones are the Buddhist “om mani padme hum” (the jewel is in the lotus) or the Hindu “hare Krishna, hare rama” (to the energy of God). If you’re not into the fancy ones, or religious ones, you can create your own, like “love, live, laugh, learn” (cheesy but you get the idea). Repeat it as often as you can. It’s like creating your own tag line. Your own words to live by.
  6. Music. This one can get pretty cool, and it opens you up to listening to different types. Focus on the sound, each note, each chorus. How does it make you feel? Let it sweep you up or bring you down. Just be conscious about it. Appreciate it. Don’t judge it. Let it flow.
  7. Gratitude. Just sit there and make a mental or physical list of everything you love in your life. Everything you’re grateful for. This is one of the most powerful techniques and instantly raises you up to that perfect level for meditating. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy.
  8. Guided meditation. So you sit there, close your eyes and listen to someone talk. This is my favourite technique. I can easily visualize imagery, so this is really powerful and effective for me. It also gives me a bit more leeway for my mind to wander, because I can create my own “scenery”, but I’m still focusing. YouTube has a massive pile of these things. Some are really good, but some are terrible. It doesn’t matter which ones you choose, it just has to do something for you. A typical guided meditation takes you through gardens, down beaches or any relaxing sounding environment. It’s really peaceful and lets you “get away” without actually leaving.
  9. Paint something. Read a book. Go for a walk. Pick up the guitar. Don’t think about the past or future. Be in the “now”. These are all meditations in themselves. Just be conscious and focus on what’s in front of you. Use all five senses. Send loving thoughts to everything and everyone you come across. These are the not-so-obvious methods that turn into the completely obvious methods once you start doing them, if that makes sense.

Stuff to help in the process: light a candle or incense. Sit outside – nature is better for this. Breathe. Make sure you’re in a place where you won’t be suddenly interrupted. Lock the door. Use earplugs or headphones. Wear loose clothing. Don’t be hungry. Make sure you use the washroom before. Whatever will make you the most relaxed and comfortable. And don’t be discouraged if you can’t get it right away, or if your mind wanders. This will happen. Focus on rewarding yourself for getting back on track when you slip up.

Remember there is no right or wrong way to do this! It’s whatever you make of it. Just let whatever happens happen. Let it flow.

And most of all… enjoy!! 🙂

Happy meditating!

Love & Light,

-Madelyn

~ The Path of the Spiritual Warrior~

Selected excerpts from Tracy Kennedy’s forthcoming book 
Discovering The Path of the Spiritual Warrior
When I was fourteen I announced to my mother that I wanted to join the army. I felt that going to war and off to battle injustice was a brave and noble thing to do, and I wanted to fight for people’s freedom. My mother looked at me intently and asked – “How will you manage taking orders from others, especially those you don’t respect?” She had a point. As a youth (and most of my young adult life), I had a problem with authority, especially those who demanded unconditional respect from me without any proof of concept. In my world at that time, respect was something that people earned and was not automatically awarded because of social status, age, or rank. Not surprisingly, this often got me into a lot of trouble – from rebelliousness in elementary and secondary school to balking at instructions from incompetent supervisors in the workplace. I challenged the status quo anywhere I could, and I spent a lot of time as a social activist and advocate for various social injustices. I volunteered in many different organizations – mostly women’s groups that helped victims of domestic abuse.

In my late twenties I still felt the urge to partake in a military organization. The army was out; I felt I was too old to start. I considered policing, thinking that this would be an optimal place to merge my drive to kick-bad-guy-butt and to help the underdogs wherever I could. I could help the public – to serve and protect. In 1997, I was sworn in as an Auxiliary Constable with the Niagara Regional Auxiliary Police Service. I stayed with the Police service for sixteen years, working my way up in rank to Acting Staff Sergeant by the time I retired in 2013. While I enjoyed many aspects of policing, I did not pursue a full time policing career for various reasons, and I still didn’t feel it was where I was supposed to be. I felt that there was something
more that I should be doing, but had no idea what it was.

After going through a life-shift a few years ago, I explored my Spiritual side – an aspect of me that always held the backstage; the metaphysical world that most people only considered a special interest or hobby. I focused on a different side of me, allowing my spiritual side to grow and flourish, and I felt considerable relief and happiness that this side of me was finally allowed to come out. In some sense, it was a homecoming. But, I still had that fighter in me, the advocate, the activist, the defender of those who can’t always do battle on their own – but for who? For what? I found myself in the middle of two sides of me, two important features of my personality that were seemingly oppositional. How can you be kick-ass and be spiritual? For a time the two existed separately, I continued my social activism in one part of my life, and I continued with my spiritual world in another part of my life. I felt a bit divided and I was unclear on what to do about these split feelings.

Then, things started to come together. In my time of searching and feeling split, the universe decided to remind me of “Indigos” and their role and significance in our world. I first read an article about Indigos in the early 1990s when the term emerged in the mainstream new age world, and it really resonated with me – I felt I was an Indigo. I had never really identified fully with the characteristics of a Lightworker. Although I believed that it was a useful umbrella term for those of us who feel compelled to bring Light to the world, there were some people that had different characteristics and motivations.

In a short time span, everything Indigo came flying at me – articles, books, videos, people – you name it, it landed in my lap. I figured the universe was trying to tell me something, so I took it all in. In one article, I took a questionnaire that really detailed the characteristics of an Indigo – especially the warrior or fighter aspects of their personality, and then the light went on. I realized that as an earlyIndigo (born in the late 1960s) – I am an Indigo Scout, as they called it – and part of our spiritual mission and calling is to work with and help younger Indigos, and to pave the way for Crystal and Rainbow children. Much of the literature noted how challenging the journey of an Indigo Scout can be, especially negotiating the spiritual side and the warrior side of their personalities. For me, it was an instant – Aha! moment and it all made sense. I was supposed to embrace both sides of me and it is part of my Life Path to be a Spiritual Warrior. It all made so much sense. I felt relieved, and importantly, I felt whole and complete, with a clear purpose. To Serve and Protect took on a whole new meaning.

Since that time, I have had many individuals come to me who were in a similar situation as I was – wondering how to balance the warrior and spiritual sides of themselves. Part of my Life Path mission is to show people that they don’t have to choose, but they can bridge the two sides of themselves and emerge as a Spiritual Warrior – one who helps others in various different ways, depending on her/his own unique skill sets. You are strong. You are edgy. You are of the Light. You are a Spiritual Being. You are unique.

We are all unique Beings of Light and, we need to release pre-conceived notions and stereotypes that we have about what we think a Spiritual person looks like and acts like. The Dali Lama may not swear (but Jesus did have a bad temper) or drink a scotch after dinner, but if you do – don’t beat yourself up and try to live up to unrealistic expectations of how you should behave and act. If you are living in love and your intention is of the Light – what is wrong with that? And so Indigos, I encourage you to embrace aspects of your warrior side and characteristics of your spiritual side and emerge as a unique Spiritual Warrior – kick butt and advocate for Love and Light! We need you.

What is a Spiritual Warrior?

The term Spiritual Warrior is something that has been surfacing for me for a couple of years now, and the underlying meaning of it has been popping up throughout most of my life. But, what is a Spiritual Warrior? There are numerous ways one can define this term, and there are considerable sources and literature that discuss its meaning. Some of these resonated with me, while others were not exactly what I was thinking and feeling. Over time, I have developed my own undestanding of what a Spiritual Warrior is, and what the Path looks like for me. I’d like to share some thoughts on what a Spiritual Warrior means to me.

The Context

Morpheus in film The Matrix famously states: “Welcome to the Desert of the Real”. The constructed world as we know it is an illusion, a farce, an empty hologram of what is real and true. We have been led astray, filled with promise and hope that materialism will fulfill our inner needs. As many of us have discovered, it has not. We have been socialized from birth to believe that our dreams should encompass expensive cars, large homes, extensive designer wardrobes – that these markers of material success are what will fill us with joy and purpose. We go to work, feed our families, engage in our hobbies, and sleep in our comfy beds. Rinse and repeat. Many people are satisfied and content with their lives and lifestyle, and that is good (yay! no judgement here). For others however, they have had the dream job, the beautiful home and the nice car, and yet they feel a bit lost and empty, their insides cry out and they wonder – is this all there is? There must be something more. Why do I feel empty and wanting? There is a disconnect to the bigger picture, and there is a disconnect between each and every one of us (All are Related!), we feel the burn of individualism and materialism. Western ideolgoies have taken the Spiritual elements out of our lives – religious teachings often leave us alienated from The Divine/Source/Creator/God, encouraging us to live in fear and not in our Truth, and not in harmony with Mother Earth and the Spirit world.

We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. (Fight Club)

Indeed, our great war is a Spiritual war, and some of us feel that we must help, to advocate and defend the realm of Love and Light. Spiritual Warriors feel compelled, almost driven, to ‘serve’ humanity in some way. They tend to want to help those who have wandered, those who have felt lost, alone and useless. How they do so is totally dependent on the individual – from volunteering in a Soup Kitchen, to marching in a civil protest, to speaking out against racism, homophobia and sexism, to providing Holistic and Spiritual Services to their community. A Spiritual Warrior paves the way for a different way of feeling and existing in today’s world. Spiritual Warriors all have a role to play – whether small or large, each action is important and serves the greater good. Change the Paradigm notes: In general, a “Spiritual warrior” is someone who embraces a journey of self discovery in order to benefit others as well as enlighten him or herself.

Defining a Spiritual Warrior

The word ‘Warrior’ itself can be misleading and misunderstood. The etymology of the word warrior is rooted in: Middle English: from Old Northern French werreior, variant of Old French guerreior, from guerreier ‘make war,’ from guerre ‘war’ (Etymology Dictionary). To be clear, a warrior in the connotation of a Spiritual Warrior is not about violence, nor is it akin to being a soldier, but rather declaring war on modern day hypocrisies and falsehoods that lead us from our Truth and the Creator. A Spiritual Warrior takes action (and sometimes seemingly aggressively or insistently) on things – the shadow world, and on people, places or ideologies – that take people away from their Truth, their life path and purpose, and their connection to Source.

Wikipedia offers a description of a Spiritual Warrior, rooted in Buddhism:
The term spiritual warrior is used in Buddhism for one who combats the universal enemy: self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of suffering according to Buddhist philosophy. Different from other paths, which focus on individual salvation, the spiritual warrior’s only complete and right practice is that which compassionately helps other beings with wisdom. This is the Bodhisattva ideal (the “Buddha-in-waiting”), the spiritual warrior who resolves to attain buddhahood in order to liberate others.

This understanding is useful in that it articulates how Spiritual Warriors help others with self knowledge and inner wisdom in order to free others. But what is the root of self-ignorance? In my mind, self-ignorance is not understanding the importance and significance of one’s soul and purpose. Each one of us is a beautiful spark of the divine source, and we each have an important role to play in raising the consciousness of humanity and raising the vibration of the planet. Self-ignorance is not comprehending one’s Life Path and Purpose. I see the Spiritual Warrior as someone who helps people see, feel, and understand their inner beauty and Truth, and shows them (by example and by teaching) that they have purpose, that they are beautiful, that they are connected to something bigger ‘out there’ – and that they are not alone.

Characteristics of a Spiritual Warrior

A Spiritual Warrior has an edge, a kick-ass side to their personality. They are fair, just and very kind, but if you cross their path or do harm to another, you will see a side of them that reveals a no-nonsense fierce personality. Some are quite outspoken and extroverted, while others may be more quiet and introverted. They are also deeply spiritual and feel connected to every living thing on the planet, and have a connection with the universe and cosmos. The Spiritual Warrior has two key aspects of his/her personality – a deeply spiritual side and a fierce warrior side. In the life cycle of discovery for a Spiritual Warrior, they will often discover and develop these aspects of their identity separately. While these two features appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, they do in fact overlap and complement each other in many ways.

The first aspect is the Warrior side. There may be a section of her/his life where the Spiritual Warrior will groom and cultivate the warrior aspects of their personality – perhaps within occupations, such as choosing military service or policing, or they may be social activists in some shape or another. They might engage in hobbies that include martial arts or have a stringent fitness routine. A key trigger for Spiritual Warriors are things that are unjust and unfair. As such, many Spiritual Warriors have been involved in activism and advocacy for various social causes. They have always felt the drive to challenge and eradicate various social injustices that occur around us in the world today – from environmentalists, feminists, gay rights activists, and more. The actions of the warrior side can manifest in numerous different ways – from challenging bullies on the playground, to writing letters to editors or corporations, to marching in civil protests. The Spiritual Warrior feels the need to protect and fight for the underdogs in society, or those who cannot fight for themselves or have a voice that is legitimated. By fighting I do not necessarily mean physical combat (although some do engage in this practice by enlisting in military services and going off to war), but the combat of the Spiritual Warrior often entails verbally and intellectually challenging people and situations that do not serve the higher good and collective consciousness of people, animals, plants and minerals on the planet. There is a drive to ‘protect and serve’.

The second aspect of her/his identity that the Spiritual Warrior learns to cultivate is the Spiritual side. Spiritual Warriors will have an innate curiosity about spiritual things; they might read about different religions and cultures or perhaps practice meditation and yoga. Spiritual Warriors may have regularly attended church at some point in their lives, and they may have questioned and challenged the religious practices of the church they attended, finding contradictions in the scriptures, or feeling as though their spiritual fire is not fueled by organized religion. Many leave the church in frustration and with distaste for organized religion in any capacity. These Spiritual Warriors may have a harder time overcoming negative experiences within their religion, and may have a difficult time untangling religion (exterior) from spirituality (interior). While some Spiritual Warriors have always felt a connection to a divine source, others go through a time of discovering spirituality and what that means to them. At some point a door opens, and the Spiritual Warrior sees the crack of Light shining through; they are curious and go on to explore the meaning of that Light and what role it plays in their lives. The spiritual journey often begins with a feeling of disconnection, a feeling of longing, but not knowing what that longingly or need is.

One of the challenges for Spiritual Warriors is to learn how to bridge these two aspects of their personality. Some may go through a time that favours either the warrior side or the spiritual side, but realizing that they still feel somewhat incomplete. As such, there is a need to be true to both the warrior within you and the spiritual side of you. Many feel that this cannot be achieved, that they must exist separately from each other, and many live their lives in this way, wondering why there is a disconnect within themselves. Part of the problem lies in expectations – both of what it means to be a warrior and what it means to be spiritual. There is a notion that Spiritual people cannot have an edge to them, and that warriors cannot have a metaphysical side to them, and as such both aspects are kept separate. Much of this stems from popular culture – visuals of sacred gurus from India or priests in white robes that are depicted as legitimate Spiritual Teachers; visuals of warriors who are physically strong and muscular, well trained in the art of warfare and military tactics. Both extreme depictions are so heroic in nature that an average person would not only feel unworthy of these terms, but that they are absolutely unattainable for the average person.

We also face existing stereotypes: spiritual people are pot-smoking hippies going through a mid-life crisis who are engaging in air-fairy metaphysical fluff, whereas warriors are perceived as blood thirsty, harsh and somewhat unfeeling. Spiritual Warriors must learn to appreciate and embrace both aspects within them because both are a part of their identity, and their life-path and purpose. It can be done, and there is a reason why you have developed or are developing these aspects of yourself.

To win the war against fear requires awareness, courage, discipline, and commitment to transform the emotional body. Gary van Warmerdam also offers some interesting insight into what he feels are some of the characteristics and traits of a Spiritual Warrior:

Awareness: Self awareness is the clarity to know who and what you are, and not get caught up in self important images of ourselves.

Courage: The Spiritual warrior has the courage to question and challenge his or her own beliefs. By challenging our own beliefs we can dissolve the lies that cause our suffering. To challenge our own beliefs requires courage because it means the end of our illusion of safety.

Discipline: The Spiritual Warrior is disciplined to continue on with their path when faced with challenges from their mind [and from society]. A warrior must exercise their own will at the command of their heart, not an outside authority figure.

Love: The Spiritual warrior must have the commitment to love him/her self. The warrior then extends that love to humanity.

The Call to Serve

Accepting and balancing the warrior and spiritual aspects of one’s identity will allow the Spiritual Warrior to grow and flourish – both internally and externally. Understanding that this seemingly unusual bridging of personality types is meant to arm you in your life path and purpose. Typically a Spiritual Warrior will face a moment in their lives where they feel disconnected, and will wonder why they feel it. Spiritual Warriors may feel they have a calling, but are unsure what it is, what that means, or how to go about it. The call to service – broadly – is strong for Spiritual Warriors. Many have already been in ‘service’ positions; occupations that help people, animals or the environment in some capacity – they may be paramedics or firefighters, veterinarians, social workers, personal support workers, ecologists, or they may be volunteers for the red cross, help at food drives, and so forth. Spiritual Warriors have always felt the need to help in some way, to contribute and be productive – to have their lives mean something in the greater spectrum of things. Because of this, you will often see Spiritual Warriors try many different jobs and occupations, continually searching for something that will fill that need to serve and to give their lives meaning and purpose. While some of these occupations and volunteer positions are somewhat satisfying for a time, the drive, the itch, the desire for something intangible continues. Ultimately, there is a realization of the need to be in spiritual service to humanity and all living things.

There are numerous Spiritual Warriors out there expressing themselves and ‘serving’ in various ways. Warrior Spirit – a like-minded individual, also on a Spiritual Warrior Quest writes this:
What unites all these different kinds of warriors, despite their differing loyalties and methods, is their dedication to a cause. More than anything else, the name Warrior (as opposed to bandit, pirate, fighter, brawler, soldier, etc) evokes images of a person fighting for something or someone. The Warrior, more than other members of the community, places his body, mind, and soul, often his very life, at the service of some cause he believes in.

What does it mean to Serve? What actions do Spiritual Warriors take? What actions can they take? How we choose to Serve will depend on the personality of each Spiritual Warrior and where they are at in their life path, Be it large or small, each action and each movement will play an important role in the lives of people, animals, and plants – all living things – on this planet (and the cosmos).

Perhaps the Spiritual Warrior says hello and smiles to everyone they meet throughout the day; perhaps they are kind and compassionate to their customers and clients at their workplace; perhaps they offer holistic services to their community; perhaps they offer to teach and mentor those who are questioning; perhaps they create and maintain a community garden for all to enjoy; perhaps they donate their time at an Animal shelter or foster kittens; perhaps they offer nurturing motherly love to people (friend and stranger alike) around them who feel lost and alone – the possibilities are endless – all unique and all important. After all, the objective is to live in love and light, to offer love and light to all living things (seen and unseen), to help others find love and light and their path and purpose, and to support one another in any way that we can. I have been very blessed to have met many Spiritual Warriors in the last year; all unique individuals who are threaded together and connected by Love and Light and the drive to Serve.

Perhaps some of this has resonated with you and you feel drawn to these words and the characteristics of a Spiritual Warrior. Are you a Spiritual Warrior? If you’re questioning it, then you probably are, even if not all of these words apply to you. Know that there are others that will stand by your side in your advocacy and in your Service. Noting that one is or is not a Spiritual Warrior is meant to build community, not impose hierarchies of power over one another (we are all worthy, valuable and of the Light – no one is better than another). My intent here is to share my Spiritual evolution and growth in order to help and empower others.

Perhaps after reading this you have discovered that you are in a place where you are feeling a bit disconnected and out of sorts and that you need to reach out to someone who can help, be it a Spiritual Warrior or even just a like-minded friend to talk to. First, know that you are not alone and that your feelings are acknowledged and understood. Reach out to someone around you for help (or even just a coffee or tea), or for support, or for some answers – you’ll know a Spiritual Warrior when you see (and sense) them (they might even show up at your door, as they have an uncanny skill in knowing when and where they are needed). They will be there for you. Importantly, understand that you deserve to be happy and feel joy, and that feeling disconnected and empty is no way to spend your years in this body on this planet.

And so fellow Spiritual Warriors of the Light, I thank you for listening and reading these excerpts.

I will leave you with an interesting poem that I found.

By: Ryan Androsoff

I am a Spiritual Warrior.
Love is my only sword,
Faith my only shield.
Truth my only map,
Wisdom my only commander.
I stand for all that is good,
I protect the light.
I reject all that is evil,
I conquer the darkness.
My wars are not fought on the battlefield.
Wherever there is ignorance, hatred,
suffering or fear I wage war.
Wars not fought with bombs and bullets.
Wars where blood is not spilt or lives destroyed.
Wars fought only with truth and light.
Wars where evil is conquered and darkness destroyed.
I fight for no country or army.
No leader, money or power.
I fight for the spirit of creation.
I fight to clear the way so it’s love and goodness,
may once again embrace all creation.
I do all this selflessly and with humility.
I cleanse my body, temple of the creative force.
I live in harmony with all things.
I resist temptation and embrace enlightenment.
I vigilantly toil to gain knowledge and wisdom.
And above all I stand firm as a beacon in the night,
for all mankind to follow.
I am a Spiritual Warrior

Namaste & Faugh A Ballagh! (An Irish battle cry meaning “Clear the Way!”).

❤ Tracy

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