How May I Serve?

How May I Serve?

Many people continue to ‘awaken’; they are starting to feel that they have a calling or a purpose – a mission if you will, on this earth plane. The drive or pull to do something in life that has depth and meaning continues to gnaw and poke within, and people are often feeling – what now? What is it about that feeling within us that we want/need to contribute to society or the universe, that we want our lives to have meaning and significance – that we want to make a difference in some way? I believe that everyone who feels this calling or drive has a special and unique purpose or role in this lifetime, and it just takes a bit of digging and soul searching to find out what it is. Doreen Virtue offers this insight, and I think it offers a good perspective while you’re doing some internal exploration:

“Every individual has a life purpose. This is the mission that you agreed upon prior to your incarnation. There are two parts to your life purpose: a personal one and a global one. Your personal purpose involves a particular characteristic that you’re trying to develop in life, such as patience or compassion. Your Global Purpose involves discovering, developing and, and using your natural talents and interests to help other people and the planet.
Some people have a purpose that affects just a few, while others are spiritually contracted to help thousands of people. Just like an orchestra, every player is equally important. Deep down, you probably know that you’re here to make the world a better place. If you feel that you’re not doing so, your inner self begins to nudge you. This nudging can look like anxiety or a sense of urgency. If you ignore the inner nudging, you may begin to feel empty or depressed. If you believe others are blocking your urgings, you may blame them or feel angry and ripped off. If you feel unqualified to help the world, you may collapse into low self-esteem.
The global mission is the overarching, or umbrella like Purpose that you’re engaged in. Your personal mission is the specific form that your life purpose is to take.” (Doreen Virtue – The Care & Feeding of Indigo Children ).

I like the aspect she notes about different capacities of help and service – some of us will help a few – perhaps those around us, while others will reach larger groups. Don’t underestimate the power and significance of helping and being of service to those around you, a couple or a few dozen people (in some ways this might alleviate the pressure of having to save the world all at once, no?). Think of your service, your help, your contribution – whatever that might be – as offering a ripple effect. Love, Joy and Peace are contagious – share it, spread it and rejoice within it, you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes in the world around you and within you.

Not everyone has this strong drive, many are content with their role on the earth plane – and that’s fine, as that is what they’ve chosen to experience in this lifetime. For others, the drive to serve is like a constant hunger pang in the pit of the stomach. What do I do? What am I supposed to do? The call to service can be confusing. What exactly does that mean – ‘call to service’? What does it mean when we say that we want to help humanity or the world around us in some capacity? One question that really works well for me is: How may I best serve? Although I am pretty clear on my path and purpose, I pose this question to the universe often – and it answers. One example is the new location of The Spiritual Spa; a wonderful opportunity to expand and offer Niagara more services and healing that came to me just at the right time. When you ask this question, you might be surprised at the amazing opportunities that come to you.

When you ask this question – how may I best serve? you await the answers and opportunities. It will come in both subtle ways and ‘in your face’ messages. Be prepared to listen and receive the answer! I will often ask this question when I am in a meditative state when I am planning my monthly seminars and workshops. The seminar topics I offer are always Divinely guided, and in my mind are timely topics that people are interested in or need to hear about at this time in their lives. Most recently when I asked “How may I serve?”, I channeled an interesting answer, and I was asked to share it in a written format with you. And so, here it is…

“When you ask – How May I Serve – asking about your role, or your life path and purpose, the answer will come to you – be patient and be aware. But note that Service encompasses different aspects that you should be aware of.

Self Serve
One of the most important ways (and perhaps one of the most challenging ways) to serve, is to serve Self. You must always start with Self, and care and nurture Self. Self is an aspect of the Divine source – a spark of the Great Light. Each living being on this earth plane is a part of Source and as such, you must love and respect Self. Self Serve means making your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health a top priority. This means getting adequate rest each day, eating a healthy diet, getting enough physical exercise (such as walking, Tai Chi, Yoga), Meditating daily, spending time in nature, and so forth. Do things that will raise your vibration, and engage in practices that allow you to be true to You and Your Authentic Self. Being positive and in a high vibrational space is a service to humanity. When you are healthy and in a space of Love and Light, you are contributing to the global awareness and consciousness, and importantly – helping to raise the vibration of the planet. It is done so one person at a time, and as more people do so, more Love and Light is felt around you. As more Love and Light is felt, more is spread to and shared with others. Like ripples of water, the behaviour of one affects the whole.

(Note from Tracy – after writing the channeled entry I was given an image of the pre-flight preparation that flight attendants provide: they note to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you put the mask on your child or person beside you if they’re unable to. Our first instinct is to help others first – before ourselves, but we have to help ourselves first and make sure that our needs are met so that we can successfully help those around us.)

Full Serve
Part of Self Serve is respecting your needs and truth. Importantly, when you respect your Self and place your Self in the top of your priority list, you are in a space to allow others to love you and help you – to serve you. Full Serve is about serving one another, it is balanced and reciprocal – it is an exchange. When you are in this space, you help each other out, you love each other, you support each other in various different ways. You must be open to receiving it, open to healing, and open to Love and Light from the universe – and from others. You must know that you are worthy of living your Truth and of value, and as such – deserving of this Love and Light. Love is not linear, it is circular and ever flowing. Allow others to serve You. Allow the flow of service amongst humans, animals, plants – all living things to circulate freely and expansively.

Service
What is important to know is that you may ‘serve’ humanity, global consciousness, or the world broadly on a daily basis without being caught up in the semantics of your larger role and individual purpose. Sharing and existing within Love, Light and Peace is our overarching purpose on the earth plane, and that starts with You. Service to others, to all beings with life force energy starts with and ends with Love. Service to others IS Love. Love IS service to humanity, global consciousness and the universe. Love can be shared and expressed with small feats (smiling at cashier, saying hello to someone you don’t know, helping a stranger and so forth), or larger tasks and efforts (volunteering at community kitchen, crocheting clothes for impoverished children, planting a community garden, holding space for group gatherings, and so forth). Every day practices of exuding and conveying Love, Light and Peace can happen anywhere and everywhere. Service can be incorporated into every little thing that you think and do in a day.

You ask – How may I serve today? Embody Love. Express Love. Be Love. Do everything – both outward and inward – with the intention of Love. Never underestimate the power of a loving peaceful thought or intention. Existing in this space will help All that Is, and ultimately (if you are still questioning), you will find your niche – your individual role, life path and purpose – in this embodied space of Love and Light. You will become aware of the way the skills and talents of and within your personality can express Love in order to be of Service to All.

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I found this session to be quite enlightening to me, and it made a lot of sense. One of my weaker areas is to serve Self first. I tend to extend to others, but am less willing to do the same for my Self (I also struggle with letting people help me). A good lesson, and I am reminded of the namaste meaning, as the Light shines in all of us (ourselves included):

“I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One.”

And, as The Echo (Channeled by Cliff Preston in 1982) states:

“Love is the only answer, regardless of the question”.

In Love & Light ❤ Tracy

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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

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