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The third eye center is a powerful confluence of energy that has been acknowledged by many traditions and cultures. When we learn and develop the ability “to see” with more than our physical sight, then worlds of depth and magic reveal themselves within & without. Discussed are practical themes & concrete ways to work with this sometimes illusive chakra including developing our senses of perception, the recognition of patterns and the capacity to dream which allow this chakra to thrive and to flourish. Tips on how to decipher and work with both excesses and deficiencies in this potent chakra are offered as well as accessible healing tools and compelling insights. 

“Trust the dreams, for hidden in them is the gate to eternity.” - Kahlil Gibran

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The “Ajna Chakra” is the 6th chakra in the chakra system which comes from the Indian tradition.

The 6th chakra is colloquially and commonly referred to as your “third eye” as it lives behind the space between your eyebrows in the region of the pineal gland in the forehead center. The entire chakra system which is made up of 7 spinning wheels of energy called chakras, lives at the intersectionality of our physical bodies, our energetic bodies and our psyches (and if you haven’t yet heard our Intro to the Chakras: The Rainbow Bridge Inside of You - Episode #16, definitely give that episode a listen for more details on the overall system in its entirety). 

The association of this throat chakra with the pineal gland. Balancing this chakra might help with sleep cycles and circadian rhythms.

Within our bodies there are 3 main “nadis” or rivers of energy:

-Ida, lunar and associated with the Divine Feminine within 

-Pingala, solar and associated with the Divine Masculine within 

-Sushumna, associated with running on the same access as our spine 

These rivers of energy within criss cross one another and flow from the root chakra, Muladhara (Episode #17 - Root Chakra: Grow Your Roots & Ground Your Chit) to this 6th chakra which make it a powerful point of confluence where the 3 energies merge into one stream of consciousness where they flow up to the 7th sahasrara chakra. Parenthetically in India, the lineage from which the chakra system comes from, it is said these 3 nadis or rivers of energy within the body are represented in the outer 3 great rivers of India called the Ganga (associated with Ida), Jamuna (Pingala) and Saraswati (a subterranean current associated with Sushumna). 

When we focus and bring our attention which is one of our most powerful currencies, to this point where our energies converge and focus on it, we too become purified, meaning we can release what is not in alignment with our most aligned self and when we do this doorways and gateways open to us in the way of our perceptions, our memories, our imaginations and our abilities of perception.

Kahil Gibran who wrote the most exquisite book called the Prophet said, “Trust the dreams, for hidden in them is the gate to eternity.” - Kahlil Gibran

“Ajna” is sometimes translated as ”to command.” It is about trusting in dreams and one’s sense of perception. What is your level of engagement with your imagination? How is your memory and how are your recall capacities? How is your sleep going and what is your dream life like? 

The 6th chakra is about developing our senses of perception even if we think we suck at them because when we do, insights and the recognition of patterns which lead to deep wisdom opens up to us…...and you live life like someone left the gate open for you beginning to trust in yourself even more and in your dreams!

It lives in the space between your eyebrows as your “third eye.” 

Its basic right is to see what is really going on and the “big picture.”

It's about seeing all levels of reality. When we are told things we see aren’t real, and our intuitions are discounted this can cause imbalances within this chakra as both kids and adults. It is all about trusting and working with one’s intuition and imagination. Associated with the element light. It is also associated with the color Indigo.

It is activated and grows during adolescence and it deals with the ability to recognize patterns and esoteric questions such as, “Who I am? Why am I here?” In adult chakra development, it’s about turning towards wanting to have more profound inner development. Travel, renewed study, trainings and circumstances that reflect back to us patterns within ourselves are paramount and of interest. Studying dreams and exploring past life regression and inner child work can be helpful to balance this chakra.

The “chakra challenge” is illusion & separateness. Traumas that involve an invalidation of what you see or intuit might benefit from activities working with the right and left sides of the body and integrating both halves of body and brain together. 

Excesses and deficiencies and ways to support the healing of this chakra are discussed to bring it back into balance.

When the stakes are low, tune into how you get information from your inner GPS. Develop it like a muscle.

Lavender, sage, rosemary, ylang ylang are plant medicine and oils associated with this chakra. Saturday and the planet of Saturn are as well. Opal, Azurite and Lapis Lazuli are the gems associated with this chakra as is the devi, Krishna.

If our “lower” 4 chakras are well developed, this chakra will be well supported. 

6th Chakra Imbalance Thought Litmus Test & 6th Chakra Affirmations are shared.

This chakra is depicted as a 2 petaled lotus flower (representing Shiva and Shakti, the divine Masculine and Feminine aspects within each human) along with a circle representing the concept of “Shunya” which appears in Buddhism as well as various Eastern streams referring to the void, dark velvety realm of magic and deepest knowing. There is an inverted triangle within the circle, representing the feminine, creative energy. Above it is a black phallic symbol that depicts the astral body. The astral body is said to be connected to our personality. 

“Purification” is refinement and evolution of one’s own consciousness. The “Buddhi” which is the aspect of our minds that can see the big picture and discern all that we DO have in the way of blessings. We practice remembering. “Eagle Vision” known as “Upeskha.” 

Meditation: Practicing “Shambhavi Mudra” the space behind the eyes.

Practice tuning into your intuition when the stakes aren’t high and develop fun games and/or practices to do so. Study the patterns in nature (such as the Fibonacci sequence) and this unlocks the patterns in our mind, hearts and bodies.

If you open your third eye, then the whole world reveals its magical secrets to you and you understand that YOU are one of them!

Stay tuned and be on the lookout for more upcoming “Soulcasts” where we will go chakra by chakra (one episode per each chakra) and you can learn about this powerful technology that blends Eastern Wisdom & Modern Day life so you can move towards more mystical mastery and mindfulness living.

Note: This is the seventh episode in our Chakra Soulcast Series. Make sure you have checked out the 7 episodes in this series entitled:

  • Chakras: The Rainbow Bridge Inside of You - Episode # 16 
  • Root Chakra: Grow Your Roots & Ground Your Chit - Episode #17
  • Reclaiming Abundance, Creativity & Sacred Sexuality: Your Sacral Chakra Episode - #19
  • Boundaries, Sovereignty & Unfolding Your Own Myth: The Solar Plexus Chakra - Episode #21
  • The Key to Your Heart Chakra - Episode #23  
  • Find Your Voice & Claim Your Sound: Throat Chakra - Ep. #25.

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Want to create more meaning, connection & magic into your life? In this compelling episode discussed are the different types of rituals and how one can integrate them into the fabric of one’s life which benefits the nervous system as well as one’s psychological and spiritual health. Rituals are a bridge that allow us to pause and connect to the sanctity of life and to integrate the depth of our experiences in meaningful & wise ways. Included are tips to midwife both micro & macro rituals as well as a short guided meditation that you can use in your day-to-day life.

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Being a Modern Mystic is to experience this planet of a place of magic. The trees, the waters, the stars and everything around us radiates magic and when we choose to practice living this way with simple reverence for all of these things and for our existence, we are dancing with the divine. We realize we aren’t the choreographers and don’t run the dance, but we can participate in the dance. 

Imagination is a gateway to experiencing the sacred. It is the bridge to spirit and to that which lies beneath and beyond the surface. Kids have great access to their imaginations especially until the age of 7 or 8. They often start to digest mass culture messages about magic and imagination so like adults, very helpful to help them continue to connect to and develop it.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” ~ Albert Einstein

2 Types of Ritual:

  1. Maintenance - Things we do daily, or consistently that keep us centered and thread us to what we believe and to Source.
  2. Radical - A ritual with the intention of change.

Things to consider when creating a ritual:

  • Do I want a witness or people around me?
  • Start off keeping ritual actions simple. It’s our ascribing meaning to them which creates their power.

Rites of passage such as a coming of age (around menstruation or at 13), beginnings, endings or shifting of things such changing jobs, careers, marriages, divorces, seasons, living spaces, retiring, pregnancy, marriage or simply letting go or inviting new ways of being into one’s life. Think of approaching milestones that feel important. Or maybe you want to invoke reverence and connection to nature, or to a political or social cause you feel passionate about. Ideas for rituals can include creating a threshold to walk through delineating the before and after experience. Ritual can also be seen as enacting what is going on on the inside psychologically, on the out.

Sometimes it can be hard to feel like one knows what to do when about to have a big experience. There is SUCH a craving for this brave work in our modern day world to say, “I want a ritual.” All people who partake in ritual are fed by it, not just the person whom the ritual is featuring. Be creative and see what you feel drawn towards doing and yet, also be mindful of appropriation and know the source of where impulses are coming from if you are inspired to do things you’ve seen or heard about.

Beginner ritual tip: It’s a VERY good idea to start simply and to not over complicate. Then you can see where that expands naturally. Are ideas for creating a ritual comfortable to me, achievable to me, and not taking direspetcably from another tradition. Other people are fed by the central person in ritual. It can be healing for all with its gravitas, beauty and permission to others to pause when they have a parallel experience.

Day to day ideas for a morning ritual : water ritual (just thank the water as you drink a glass of it). Micro rituals count as rituals don’t have to be long . They can change relationships to water, politics and to the world around you. One thing a day like giving thanks for sunshine and air as you pause to acknowledge the sacredness & magic of it. Also the practice of leaving worries at the door every time you enter the house can be a sweet one.

As you start simple (meaningful and small) and it can ultimately burgeon into something bigger or not. Once it grows, you could invite others in to go from a maintenance ritual into radical level ritual.

Start the day with sacred action: prayer, offering, incense or offering breakfast to spirits of the Universe. Many people struggle with looking at their phones as the first action of the day. This jolts the nervous system. Instead, protect first the sacred moments of the day as sacred moments and refrain from technology as your first actions of engagement. Many traditions hold how the morning is an opportunity to set the tone for your day; be conscious of what the first moments are and start with a sacred beginning. Walk to a window, look outside and take 3 breaths before stepping into the tangible, material facts of our lives.

Various healing and spiritual traditions talk about how it’s a psychological and spiritual deep nervous system deep reset opportunity to set the tone of a new day in this mindful way. If we jump onto technology, we go from relax and restore mode to fight flight freeze. After sleep we are closer to remembering our dance with the Divine and our intuition.

Ritual heals our nervous system from a psychological perspective. 

Dreams are a whole other branch of engaging with the gateway of imagination and other realms. Consider keeping a dream journal under your bed to record dreams. In dreams we access pathways to the liminal realms.

Rituals surrounding death are powerful and important. Death and conversations surrounding it are not always processed or normalized in some modern cultures like the US. For people close to dying, you can gather things that remind you of them and items that bring them close to you. Light a candle that represents Spirit or Love, and hold vigil. Sit with memories of this person, sing and talk aloud to them. You can bridge your imagination capacity of your energy to travel to places you can’t physically go to be with them! Our hearts are with them and treating your ritual time as if you are with them is a powerful act that matters to you both!

For people who’ve passed, continue to honor them. Halloween/Samhain for many places in the northern hemisphere due to the relationship with season (all crops are harvested and the earth going into winter mode) is a point in time that has been acknowledged in many lands as close to spirit. You can pick a certain time of the year to gather pictures of family and even political or creative people you admire. Tell stories and talk about them. Say their names and/or offer them gifts. Look at their faces and in doing so you bring their energy into the present moment. You could also honor loved ones who have passed over on the day they were born or the day they passed. Rituals created like these integrate and normalize death as transitional times to be honored with full reverence and attention.

There is so much we can’t see but can feel. Death is a hard and sad part of it but it is an  important portal that can help us understand the world of spirit and ritual allows us to feel we can maintain a relationship with loved ones who have crossed. Death is part of the cycle of nature and if we bypass its lessons and ritualization, we miss out on this phase of life’s curriculum.

The proliferation and popularity of terms for healers and people who hold deep wisdom such as herbalists, witches, wizards, shamans and healers. These traditions all have the common denominator of helping people live with more compassion and connection to sacred aspects of nature and of themselves, and offer the sense of how our own lives are intricately connected with all beings on the planet. They help people to find healing and meaning sometimes desperately needed.

“Feminism” in healing and mystic circles of collective consciousness and the usage of this term isn’t always happening yet. The claiming and reclamation of this important word and its understanding, definition and belief which is equality for all genders . Still in this world we do not have equality or justice for women, and it’s a huge issue still. It could be because especially white feminist have been gatekeepers of spirituality in the west at least and that’s been painful for people not white. Feminism might have felt code for not trans inclusive either historically. It is important to be sensitive to these aforementioned points. “Intersectional Feminism” great word to use to honor this history.

Gender identity is one aspect of lived experience. What it means to be a woman changes with cultural heritage, race and socio-economic status. Trans-inclusive and anti-racism intersectional feminism engages with the value of all women’s lives, and the holiness of being a woman as we work to reclaim and refine our collective experience of this word.

The reemergence of Goddess archetypes and focus in various traditions all over the world is prevalent in many mindfulness and mystical communities. The power of working Goddesses and Gods and how to do so from another culture. There is so much Greek mythology in American pop culture but next to nothing from other cultures in the world in the US. Contemplate what are the other goddesses of the moon like Artemis? Research and ask yourself, who else is out there and what else is out there? Your ancestors have beautiful ancestral belief systems and lineages and this studying helps us to see each other in the here and now and our roots in doing so. Bringing them into ritual can be very healing and inclusive. We can research these and explore ancestral lines, archetypes and energy within them. Gods AND Goddess work and integration into practices can be profound!

Magic Meditation: Breath IN the magic of all of creation. Breath OUT your own sacred magic.

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Our throat & our voices are a powerful petri dish of alchemization. When we practice consciously refining our speech & our listening skills in tandem, then this powerful energy processing center that lives within us can flourish and our most authentic voice can be developed. Tips on how to decipher and work with both excesses and deficiencies in this potent chakra are offered as well as practical healing tools and stirring insights. When we recognize the toxic thoughts & stories we tell about ourselves and others such as prejudices, anxieties etc...then we can transform these “poisons” into elevated medicine to offer this world. Though words aren’t tangible, they are of such value when we practice aligning & refining them. Find your voice, claim your sound and let the music of it echo who you truly are. 

“Sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.” - Miles Davis

SHOW NOTES: 

Consider how stories you have heard about your childhood correlate to your chakra development. Sometimes empowering one chakra can help heal another. The chakra system is called “The Rainbow Bridge” and like all bridges, if one part of a bridge is broken, it can affect the rest of the structure. 

Some chakras are more like leading actors and can take a front seat in our lives and/or at certain epochs, and others can be more like best supporting actors. When we heal our wounds and unbalanced chakras, then they become sources from which we can serve the world with greater refinement. As humans, we are communicating constantly with our listening and our speaking capacities. Let this be a gentle reminder to not take these abilities for granted. This chakra’s domain lives in our physicality through our ears, nose and throat region. This is the energy hub center of communication. 

In Sanskrit the language of origin where this chakra system was midwifed, the name for this chakra is “Vissudha'' meaning “purification” or “refinement.” It has to do with the mindfulness of both listening and that of our speech.

One’s name is intrinsically connected to one’s truth. There can be both individual and collective wounding to a chakra. 

Spanda is the most common denominational energy of the Universe that pulses inward and outward. It is reflected in both the microcosm of our bodies and in the macrocosm in nature. 

The throat chakra is all about communication; our right to articulate and to hear the truth. It is associated with the color blue which vibrates at a pretty rapid frequency. The psychological stage during childhood development is from 7 - 12 years old and all about developing one’s self expression.

The challenge of this chakra is lies or deceit. 

Detailed are traumas/stressors for this chakra and ways to decipher if one has an excess of energy in this chakra or a deficiency. Tips for healing this chakra and how to bring this chakra into more balance are offered. Small consistent ways of being add up in the long haul & create transformation.

The idea and belief that the Universe was birthed from sound spans many traditions and cultures around the globe.

Associated with this chakra are:

  • Mercury and the day of the week, Wednesday 
  • The Sanskrit seed mantra “Ham”
  • The Indian Goddess, energy & archetype, Saraswati
  • The Indian God, energy & archetype, Shiva
  • Plant Medicine: eucalyptus peppermint, clementine, blue chamomile & hyssop
  • Gems & Rocks:  turquoise, celestite & soladite

Indicators that suggest you might have work to do with this chakra are detailed. Affirmations to support you in healing and bringing more balance into this chakra are given. Signs that this chakra is in balance for you are mentioned. 

The tale of Lord Shiva nicknamed, “Neela Kantha” the blue throated one and how his story is an invitation to you is offered. What poisons & stories of toxicity are ready to be offered out, spit up and alchemized into something more elevated?

Our throats & our voices are a powerful petri dish of alchemization. Though words aren’t tangible they are of such value when we practice aligning & refining them. Find your voice, claim your sound and let the music of it sound like who you truly are. 

Note: This is the sixth episode in our Chakra Soulcast Series. Make sure you have checked out the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th episodes in this series entitled:

  • Chakras: The Rainbow Bridge Inside of You - Episode # 16 
  • Root Chakra: Grow Your Roots & Ground Your Chit - Episode #17
  • Reclaiming Abundance, Creativity & Sacred Sexuality: Your Sacral Chakra Episode - #19
  • Boundaries, Sovereignty & Unfolding Your Own Myth: The Solar Plexus Chakra - Episode #21
  • The Key to Your Heart Chakra - Episode #23                                                                                  

Stay tuned and be on the lookout for more upcoming “Soulcasts” where we will go chakra by chakra (one episode per each chakra) and you can learn even about this powerful mystical technology that blends Eastern Wisdom & Modern Day life so you can move towards more mystical mastery and mindfulness living.

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Grammy performer and nominee, Krishna Das, joins us for this profound conversation breaking down the meditative practice of chanting. This is a Universal practice that has the power to deepen the neural pathways in our brains through paying attention again & again while healing our hearts. In this episode discussed is how chanting is a form of meditation using music as medicine for the soul. This practice is not at all about having a good voice, it's about wanting to be free. The ability to start to uncover wounds and heal them is the fruit of chanting and can transform pain into peace. The boon of this practice is the state of your heart and who you become in this world through the power of this practice. Topics include: how to begin a chanting practice, the benefits of one and how this practice can positively impact our lives on every level. Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star” and is a world icon having collaborated with many great musicians including Sting. 

“He who feels it, knows it.” - Bob Marley

 

SHOW NOTES 

A modern mystic is someone connected to a deeper reality which changes the way you live in the world. They are connected to that greater love that includes everything. It is about having a heart as wide as the world. It includes others in our own heart and our own being,

This practice is the power of music & words and how we can connect them to the divine within and without.  What is chanting? “Nama Sankirtan” is the Sanskrit name for this chanting practice. In India where this practice originates, generally the belief is in one god, but it can be called by many names, mamy forms. This ancient practice is “spiritual” but not necessarily “religious” because it brings you into your own true nature and it doesn’t mean you need to believe in something based on blind faith. Your own experience is what’s important and doing these chants changes the way we sit in our own hearts.  

Repetition of names over and over with as much attention as you can muster is the practice. Once you start doing a practice, you notice how much time you aren’t even really present there at all. We add a practice which is a place to come back to, to bring ourselves home again to our true sense of being. When a child is sick, you hide medicine in a sweet syrup and the syrup is the music, the medicine which is the cure is the name. It is VERY hard to be here and this practice helps just that.

When singing, or “chanting” as it is called, you can’t grab onto the sound, only come back to it. Chanting builds the letting go muscle. We aren’t taught to let go, we are taught to hold on. Letting go is releasing and really coming back home.

As you focus in this practice, neural pathways in your brain are deepened through paying attention again and again. Then often the rest of the day after chanting, you get used to not feeling so lost and eventually regardless of what's going on out there, it allows you to be much more functional and to see things less colored by our own stuff. 

The Sanskrit names of Gods & Goddesses connect us to the wisest, purest parts of our hearts. These names sung are the ultimate reality, so you are planting the seeds of the ultimate reality within you. This idea of chanting the name is not exclusive to Indian traditions but exists all over the world. 

The music allows us to get more present but the repetition of the name will free us from suffering. Only when we see what our minds are doing can we take responsibility for them and make a shift. “He who feels it, knows it.” - Bob Marley

The ideology of Nada Yoga, the Yoga of Sound.

This practice is about love and untying the knots in our heart. Our traumas and knots in our heart, prevent us from being happy. The names of the chant are the names of love, who we are underneath all things we think we are.

It's not about having a good voice at all, it's about wanting to be free. Pay attention to the sound, the names, & as soon as you notice you are gone, come back. This is the practice. It is simple but not easy. Chanting helps us recognize so much more is possible for us in life. We can do it silently or with others. Like a muscle, our capacities to stay present to the name/chant grows and then our ability to be present moment in moment-to-moment life grows as well.

We learn, we don't have to believe our own thoughts & that big emotions pass. Big feelings aren’t who we are and that’s what chanting reminds us,

As you do more practices, you start spending less moments in heavy states of mind and you spend less time giving yourself a hard time.

How to start a chanting practice. At least one to two times a day, push the hold button within your life and let the breath come and go and simply be quiet for a few minutes. You can put a CD or Spotify on with the sound of the name (in a chant) and let the seed get planted exposing yourself to the music for a few minutes a day.

The archetype and energy of Hanuman. Hanuman is a being fully merged with the Universe, God and reality. Even while fully merged, he's dedicated to helping others remove obstacles on their path and find themselves. He's the destroyer of calamities of suffering. He is the flow of Grace that flows from the Divine to our own hearts. One can see this energy is outside of ourselves or inside. When we bow to the energy of this oneness, we release things locking us in the world in a way we don't want to be.

“Do one to others as you would have them do unto you…” Yet the question is: how do we get to the strength to do this? This idea is not programmed in our culture. We can't go on thinking that we are the most important thing in this universe and expect to find any kind of lasting peace, love or happiness.

Come, do the practice, go home and the practice will change your life. The ability to start to uncover wounds and heal them is the fruit of chanting and can transform pain into peace. The boon of this practice is the state of your heart and who you become in this world through the power of your practice. Start a chanting practice now, whether you are in crisis or not because challenging times always come and this practice is a raft that will see you through.

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The heart chakra is the evocative energy center within the body where we both find and process: love, compassion, grief, devotion & so much more. Known as the keystone chakra, this chakra’s health affects the ones below it and above it, thus bringing it into more balance and harmony is key. Tips on how to decipher and work with both excesses and deficiencies in this potent chakra are offered as well as healing tools and stirring insights to develop a deeper understanding of how to live in a more inspired way by staying connected to this chakra.

“It is only in the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

SHOW NOTES:

The heart chakra is the “keystone” chakra connecting the lower & upper chakras. 

“Anahata” the Sanskrit name for this fourth chakra and it literally means the “unstruck sound.”

“It is only in the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Japa is the practice of mantra (mind tool) word repetition. So anytime we repeat a sacred phrase or syllables infused with the power of having been repeated by the masses for a period of time with an uplifting powerful intention, then the repetition of these sacred words is called Japa practice. When the practice becomes internal and silent, it is called Ajapa.

“The heart is the hub of all sacred places, go there and roam.” - Bhagawan Nityananda 

Unconditional love & compassion towards others and towards ourselves helps activate this chakra. 

It is associated with the element air and develops as a child from the ages of 4-7. As adults, we develop it as our focus becomes on relationships and on the re-evaluation of our own behaviors.

The chakra challenge of this energy processing center is dealing with grief and loss. 

Excesses and deficiencies in this chakra can be balanced.

It is associated with the color green and the essentials oils: Bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, lemon, coriander, tangerine, jasmine, chamomile & rose.

The Sanskrit Bija (seed) Mantra is YAM & one can practice repeating this externally or internally to bring harmony to this chakra. 

It is tied to Monday and to the Moon.

In western astrology the signs of Air: Aquarius, Gemini & Libra are linked to it.

Affirmations are given to help heal this chakra. 

Guided meditation practice: Repeat “HAM” on the inhale and “SAH” on the exhale. Notice if you can hear these very syllables in the sound of your own breath.

This chakra is about your relationship with the universal, divine, void, spirit, presence, humanity or whatever you want to call the aspect in life that is both the force and the source. 

Get clear what and who you are devoted to in this moment in time (and make this a practice periodically). When you are doing seemingly “mundane” tasks, connect this work to what you are devoted to in your mind and watch the shift in how you feel doing them. Every act you can remember, offer it up to the divine. Practice being compassion in action & devotion in motion and watch your heart chakra thrive.

Note: This is the fifth episode in our Chakra Soulcast Series. Make sure you have checked out the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th episodes in this series entitled:

  • Chakras: The Rainbow Bridge Inside of You - Episode # 16 
  • Root Chakra: Grow Your Roots & Ground Your Chit - Episode #17
  • Reclaiming Abundance, Creativity & Sacred Sexuality: Your Sacral Chakra Episode - #19
  • Boundaries, Sovereignty & Unfolding Your Own Myth: The Solar Plexus Chakra - episode #21.                                                                                    

Stay tuned and be on the lookout for more upcoming “Soulcasts” where we will go chakra by chakra (one episode per each chakra) and you can learn even about this powerful mystical technology that blends Eastern Wisdom & Modern Day life so you can move towards more mystical mastery and mindfulness living.

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Ready to discover, download and refine your intuitive powers in service of living a more embodied life? Everyone (yes that includes YOU!) has psychic abilities & discussed in this compelling episode are concrete ways to build your psychic muscles & intuitive knowing which leads to living a more authentic life. Also downloaded in this fascinating interview is the sometimes grey area where psychic naissance & mental health challenges overlap. Various strategies of how to protect one’s own energy when interfacing with others are offered as well as an accessible guided meditation to connect with one of your Spirit Guides. From the power of healing one’s ancestral addictions/limitations to past life regression, this conversation will leave you inspired & informed.

SHOW NOTES:

Being a Modern Mystic is to be grounded and connected into this physical realm.

Top 3 exercises to do in order to develop psychic & intuitive abilities: 

  1. Automatic writing
  2. Feeling into your body, where is the “yes” and where is the “no?” Start by making smaller decisions in life and then grow towards bigger ones. The biggest part of growing our intuition is by honoring it.
  3. Automatic talking and starting with simple questions like, “what color is the sky?”

The ego has a function to keep us safe but ask yourself when its voice surfaces if it is beneficial or not. Pay attention to the voices in your head and when you mess us up or do something well, WHO is that voice attributed to….i.e. your 16 year old self, a parent? 

We are here to embrace discomfort and then move with it, not to avoid certain emotions.

It’s important to set boundaries with people and yes at times with spirits as well. Like with some people, you might only take what some spirits communicate with a “grain of salt” especially if this was the case when they were alive.

Be discerning when you go to any healers, psychics, mediums etc...as discerning as you would be to seek out a surgeon or a psychologist as like with any career, there is a gamut of skill level and they should be the right “fit.” Also you want to be sure the individual is proceeding with caution and using discernment when connecting with spirits, and that they are verifying whom they connect to is really whom you are seeking to connect to. 

3 ways to protect your own energy:

  1. Visualize an oval or circular protective bubble, egg shell or clam shell. It can be see through or solid depending upon if you want to see energy/world outside. It can be as big or small as you want; as close to you as you want and the key is knowing no one or nothing can get to you in it.
  2. Visualize a 2 way mirror if having a difficult conversation with a challenging individual and you can see the person but they are “seeing themself.” Especially good when interacting with self centered folks i.e. narcissists.
  3. Call in your protector guide(s)  (*listen to the meditation for this at the end of this conversation). Get as familiar with your protector guide(s) and spirit team through meditation, visualization and potentially working with others to help you do so if that is supportive. Simply by “asking” your guides for help and protection, they will assist, whether they are easy for you to access or not.

The Venn diagram of where psychic abilities and psychotic episodes can occur is real and important thing to know about and to distinguish. Spiritual awakening can be uncomfortable but an awakening will never be accompanied by voices telling you not to trust people or to do damage to yourself or to others. Whether someone is having an awakening or a mental health episode, there is NO shame in asking and receiving help. This is wise anytime you feel out-of-control. Sometimes a mental health episode that gets good support can lead to a spiritual breakthrough.

As you develop your psychic abilities, how you connect with spirits etc.. may change and morph. Adding information into your mind isn’t always the way to develop one’s intuition, it is often very much about shedding and becoming more receptive especially in this day and age with so much input.

Everyone has psychic abilities and the potential for mediumship. It is the limiting beliefs within ourselves that cuts off access. 

We always have free will and can change the outcome of something no matter what a psychic tells us. It can be precarious to put all the power into one person in any category of life. Great teachers, “gurus”, reflect back to ourself that the truest teacher lives within.

Phobias or neurosis we have can be a pivotal part of Past Life Regression Work to know and heal ourselves more fully. When we heal addiction patterns and thematic challenges for ourselves this heals it for both our ancestors and for the beings in our family moving forward.

Links

Past Life Regression Session with Brian Weiss https://youtu.be/AvZLc4GfJEo 

www.ambrosiamatthews.com/ 

https://www.innerbloompodcast.com/ 

 

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You are the hero/heroine of your own life’s story. Claiming our power through our own sovereignty which includes boundary work, recognizing our happiness is an inside job & consciously authoring our own life’s story are aspects of balancing & healing this solar plexus chakra. Discussed in this episode are how deficiencies and excesses in this powerful energy center within ourselves show up both psychologically and spiritually in addition to concrete tools that we can use to create its optimal health. This episode is punctuated with a micro meditation that can be done again & again.

SHOW NOTES: 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” - Rumi

You are the hero/heroine of your life’s story.

We have to remember to plant seeds for our own happiness and joy.

When we are established in our own sovereignty, we give permission for others to do the same.

 A healthy ego is clear who am I and who are you, and yet simultaneously feels the Oneness of all. This understanding is spiritual maturation.

Manipura, is the Sanskrit word for the Solar Plexus chakra.

This chakra correlates to confidence, drive, and also a healthy ego and our individuality. 

It’s also associated with the color yellow and pictured as a flower with 10 petals around it.

Childhood development of this chakra is from approximately 18 months old until 4 years old.

You can have excess in this chakra, deficiencies and triggers.

Associated with this chakra are:

  • The element of fire
  • Basil, ginger, cinnamon and lemongrass 
  • The gemstones: topaz, citrine, and tiger’s eye 
  • The goddesses Kali & Gaia. The god Ram
  • “Ram” is also the seed mantra, mind tool, for this chakra to sing or repeat

Are you living your truth and being absolutely honest about it no matter what?

“Chiron” in Western Astrology is associated with the wounded healer archetype and the alchemy that can take place when we tend to & heal our wounds.

Responsibility & control and their sometimes inverse relationship.

Art as a portal for our pain.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton 

Your body houses a spark, a sacred flame of the soul.

What would YOUR throne look like?

Note: This is the forth episode in our Chakra Soulcast Series. Make sure you have checked out the 1st, 2nd & 3rd episodes in this series entitled:

  • Chakras: The Rainbow Bridge Inside of You - Episode # 16 
  • Root Chakra: Grow Your Roots & Ground Your Chit - Episode #17
  • Reclaiming Abundance, Creativity & Sacred Sexuality: Your Sacral Chakra Episode #19

Stay tuned and be on the lookout for more upcoming “Soulcasts” where we will go chakra by chakra (one episode per each chakra) and you can learn even about this powerful mystical technology that blends Eastern Wisdom & Modern Day life so you can move towards more mystical mastery and mindfulness living.

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What is Mindfulness? What is the difference between Mindfulness & Meditation? Discussed in this episode are accessible tips & thoughtful strategies as to how we can practice Mindfulness & Meditation in our day-to-day lives as embodied humans trying to live a more conscious & inspired life. Mindfulness and Meditation are not religions, but a lifestyle with skills that we can develop and practice to live happier & more peaceful lives. What are the concrete benefits of these practices & what are some key concepts behind them? This episode covers why you can’t ever “fail” as a meditator, plus hacks to start or revitalize a mindfulness/meditation practice. These topics and SO much more as to how we can build our muscle of Mindfulness are shared in this most illuminative and practical episode. 

Show Notes: 

Being a Modern Mystic is taking values & ideas that we hold as important and precious in the abstract & making them real. It is a lived experience of the connection & interconnection of spirituality, of finding depths of capacities, and of potential within ourselves for wisdom & compassion. The emphasis of all of this is making it real & having an experiential base for our views and for the way we move forward in this world. It is about how we make our practices serve ourselves, the people we love & the world in our moment-to-moment life, not in an abstract way but in a practical way.

The difference between mindfulness and meditation. Meditation is one way of developing mindfulness. Meditation is not tied to a belief system or to a dogma, it is a skills training of awareness and of connection. Skills can be learned. 

Meditation is one way of building mindfulness which is a quality of awareness of what’s happening in the present moment which is not so distorted by our bias’ and projections. 

Matrika Shakti: Mindfulness of language and the inherent power that every word contains. 

Honoring that Meditation & Mindfulness come from lineages that originated in other countries and not culturally appropriating them paramount. Sometimes, due to this fact, words and meaning can be illusive in their translation. Pali is the original language of the Buddhist texts. Sanskrit is the original language of yogic texts. Discussed is the meaning and origins of the word “Mindfulness.”

It takes courage to sit and be with yourself and your experience. You can’t “fail” at meditation. Sleepiness in meditation is not a failure to meditate. The point is to have a different relationship with all of our experience: the beautiful, the painful & the neutral.

Mindfulness is connected to the Buddhist tradition which is a stream, like the yoga tradition, connected to the same ocean, however, it’s practices became secularized. The properties of these traditions are Universal. They are based in experience and not “believing” in a world view of any kind but in trying various practices and seeing which yield you fruit personally. 

“Don’t believe anything I’ve said, or a sacred elder, in a sacred text, put it into practice and see if it’s true.” - Buddha 

These are methods to know oneself more fully but they can be blended & support one’s spirituality and/or religion if you so desire.

When we hold onto any experience in life and in meditation, not for the way it shifted us, our priorities and expectations but hold onto it as an experience, then we suffer. 

The goal of Mindfulness and definition of "enlightenment." Mindfulness & Meditation work to help your mind be free of greed/grasping; hatred/aversion; and confusion/delusion. Mindfulness & Meditation change our relationship on the inside with the moments outside.

From a neuroscientific perspective, Meditation & Mindfulness Practices literally change your brain and there are many scans and much research online one can find online about this. Other measurable benefits that many people claim: greater calm, less reactivity, improved concentration, stress reduction, white blood cell increase (which builds our immune system), improved sleep & more…

Consistency is the key factor in a Mindfulness and/or Meditation practice. Better to practice every day a smaller amount than one day in a week a large amount. Make a structure such as every day, or every other day, to support success. The trick is to not look for benefits during the meditation, they may or may not come, look for them in how you feel and handle your moment-to-moment life in between your meditations. We practice meditation not to become a great meditater but to have a happier life.

The powerful practices of: Metta (lovingkindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (sympathetic joy) and Upeksha (equanimity). Get a FREE PDF with notes about these key core concepts at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/free-mindfulness-48972432 

A moment of mindfulness is a moment of freedom!

Links: 

https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/ 

The Metta Hour Podcast: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/metta-hour-podcast/ 

Thích Nhất Hạnh: https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/ 

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The Sacral Chakra is an incredibly powerful center within where our sexual, creative & intuitive energies both abide and are processed. Discussed in this evocative episode is how we can leverage, enhance and come into alignment with these energies by exploring ways we can bring more conscious awareness to them . Also detailed is how to decipher imbalances in this chakra such as excesses & deficiencies, and the life experiences that cause them. The psychological developmental stages of this chakra is covered as well as  concrete practices & lifestyle choices you can make to bring this chakra into greater balance, harmony & inspiration for your sacred sexuality, creativity & abundance mentality are all connected. Find out how! This episode is punctuated with a micro abundance meditation that can be done again & again.

“You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.” - Rumi 

Note: This is the third episode in our Chakra Soulcast Series. Make sure you have checked out the 1st & 2nd episodes in this series entitled, Chakras: The Rainbow Bridge Inside of You - Episode # 16 & Root Chakra: Grow Your Roots & Ground Your Chit - Episode #17. Stay tuned and be on the lookout for these upcoming “Soulcasts” where we will go chakra by chakra (one episode per each chakra) and you can learn even about this powerful mystical technology that blends Eastern Wisdom & Modern Day life so you can move towards more mystical mastery and mindfulness living.

SHOW NOTES: 

“Swadhisthana” is Sanskrit name for the sacral chakra. “swa” means “one’s own” and “adhisthana” means dwelling place or residence. Kundalini originally dwelled here until it descended down into the root chakra. 

We are all pregnant with possibilities and this chakra is located at the level of our reproductive organs.

This chakra is connected to our right to feel and to our unconscious. It is developed during the childhood stage from 2 months old until approx. 2 years. As adults we go back and re-develop refining this chakra which is closely tied to our psyche, shadow and emotional body.

Stressors of this chakra are important to know. You can have an excess or deficiency in this sacral chakra, both of which cause imbalances and can affect our day-to-day life. 

Many women who have given birth have residual trauma which affects this chakra and can be healed at any point later in a women’s life...even 50 years or more later!

The Alligator, Mermaid and Merman archetypes are all associated with this chakra in addition to the Indian Goddess of Abundance, Lakshmi, and the Roman Goddess, Venus, the goddess of sex, beauty, victory and fertility.

The “Birth of Venus'' painting by Botticelli https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Venus 

is a beautiful depiction of this sacral chakra erotic energy even if you identify as male as the masculine and feminine energies live within each being. Freya ( the Scandinavian goddess of love, fertility, battle, and death which is so adept because our passion, sexuality and even our fecund creativity are linked intrinsically to these things, right?) birthed the name for our weekday Friday. And Freya’s counterpart is of course the roman goddess Venus! 

Affirmations reprogram our thoughts.

This chakra is associated with the element of water and in western astrology, the signs of water are: Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces.

We live in a culture that brainwashes our sexuality through consumerism. The commercialism of sexuality is connected to the pornography industry. There is much collective healing work & reclamation of our sacred sexuality surrounding the massive influence of pornography in this digital age. Thinking of our sexuality and practicing it as such is a revolutionary act in our culture with this climate. What gets our sacred waters flowing in support of our spiritual and psychological development? Our sacred waters are directly connected to our mysticism and in a symbiotic relationship with our creativity.

Untamed, by Glennon Doyle, Chapter called “Woods” page 176, description of effect of pornography on our psyches. 

https://untamedbook.com/ 

Many paths of Tantra believe that the senses can be gateways for the divine to enter if we engage consciously with them. Why Tantra historically was associated with sex. 

Pleasure in alignment can open us up to more mystical moments. If you are not sexually active, you can nourish this chakra in other ways to forge more creativity.

Let your hair down like Venus and relax, as relaxing helps build intuition & creativity. We are both the artist and the muse.

Consider the ways you are interfacing with this chakra from a place of deep consciousness, reverent awareness in the way of abundance, sexuality & creativity.

"I must be a mermaid, I have no fear of depth and a great fear of shallow living." - Anais Nin

Repeat the mantra “Vam” 6x daily as a practice to connect, heal or open this chakra.

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As humans, we navigate many difficult experiences in our lives. Yet as fully embodied students of life & conscious seekers, how can we not bypass integrating these harder experiences such as trauma by finding meaning in them? Discussed is how to leverage the wisdom of western psychology AND spiritual practices, and then ultimately offer the lessons learned from our challenges to benefit others. This episode also includes riveting conversation as to what is “Shadow Work” and why is it so beneficial? Also offered is how timeless practices can live in us, as us, & through us as we adapt & interpret them for this moment in time. Learn in this fascinating episode where science and soul overlap.

Show Notes:

Guest: Ashley Turner ashleyturner.org

Peter Levine: https://traumahealing.org/about-us/ 

Polyvagul Nerve Theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvagal_theory 

Book: The Body Keeps Score www.besselvanderkolk.com/resources/the-body-keeps-the-score

Ariel Spilsbury holographicgoddess.com/about/?v=f24485ae434a 

 

Psyche means “soul” in Latin and “ology” means the study of. Depth psychology and Jungian psychology based in humanistic movement which holds a human has infinite potential. How do we seek that potential?

Much like birth, death, and trauma, any kind of pain or suffering can be a doorway. Trauma can act as the crack where the light gets in.

The Wound is where the light enters. - Rumi 

Only the wounded physician heals. - Jung 

The Hero/Heroine’s Journey, the Monomyth & it’s stages.

People can have very similar experiences and have very different responses to them. It’s all relative, and no one is right or wrong, better or worse. It’s just for us to know ourselves and do that healing work. Trauma, pain, suffering or death can be a portal into our psyche & into the precise raw magical world of the soul. The conversation and the work ultimately is all you (your human Self/lower mind) with you (your spiritual Self/higher mind).

How do you integrate all of these different facets of who you are and allow for all of that expression so we are living, integrated Beings? Spiritual maturation holds the idea that an experience can simultaneously be magical and traumatic.”

When we are in those moments up against our most raw self, it’s very surreal, but wakes us up to the magic of life and to the realm that is ineffable.

The journey of the Mystic is to be comfortable and reside in the not knowing.

Carl Jung’s concepts of:

- Tension of Opposites 

- Transcendent Function

When you allow yourself to sit in the unknown, you elevate and eventually transcend into a different paradigm where different questions are being asked all together.

The big key is how can we begin to see things through the eyes of Spirit, through the eyes of the Mystic? So we begin to ask very different questions. It’s not, “why me?” but “what am I here to learn?” & “what can I bring back to be a service because of those lessons and teachings?”

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