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In this delightful & deep conversation, discussed is the intersectionality of where herbalism, healing & mysticism meet. Topics such as the importance of viewing illness from a three dimensional lens, what does identifying as a witch can mean & how to grow one’s intuition which leads to more connection in our everyday life are covered. When we balance our intellect with our gut whether it be in our lives, in our healing journeys or when working with plants, magic does happen.

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Show Notes:

Maintaining a relationship with the mystical aspects of life is about keeping up with practices, connecting, even if they vary. Like any quality relationship, you have to keep up the consistent effort.

When we fail, we have failed to connect. ~ Novel, Howards End, by E. M. Forster 

Maia shares about her journey into personal healing which led to her metier and set her on a journey which included studying in Ireland with an herbalist & traditional healer. The value of the lineages of learning and of having a teacher. 

Herbalism & plant medicine is a vast world since time immemorial whose wisdom has been cut off in this modern day age & it’s our birth rite to reclaim it.

Always a balance in herbalism between the intellect and intuition.Plant medicine is 100% like whole foods, life and magic in them.

Illness isn’t necessarily always a psychological or emotional thing. Can be a physical thing i.e. like eating too much salt. Don’t infantilize people who are ill. You might end up with emotional issues from the illness but they are not always the cause, they can be an effect. When dealing with things imbalances or illness, approach it from a three dimensional view, holistically. As mystics, don’t deny things that could emanate from the physical realm. We came here to live in a human form. Our bodies are an entryway and portal into the mystical realms.

Thoughts surrounding the growing popularity of the word and identification of “witch.”

Discussion around oracle cards as a tool to help with divination & how to see the world and your life’s circumstances in a different way using them. 

3 ancient forms of medicine: plant, animal & mineral kingdoms.

Also discussed is if you do the same practices every day, consider finding one thing to change up so you aren’t just running through the motions as a way to stay present. It’s the presence that matters. The motions are to bring you to the presence of the moment. Are your practices and what you are doing bringing you into presence? We practice so that when shit hits the fan in life, you can slip into this space easily instead of spinning out.

Intuition is about noticing the things you don’t normally notice. Build your intuition by noticing patterns. We invigorate what we pay attention to so begin to pay attention to some different things to set new patterns in your brain. 

Grounding meditation.

How does astrology reveal empowering information about ourselves and our lives? What is a western astrological natal birth chart exactly? These are just a few of the many fascinating aspects covered in this dazzling episode. Information, lessons and healing in our lives in the areas of money/abundance, career, anxiety, depression and intimacy (romantic and sexual), health & spiritual evolution are elucidated in this not to be missed episode. 

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What is a natal birth chart? The way the planets & luminaries are “talking” to each other inform challenges and opportunities for growth. Nothing about you is a mistake including. Discussed are the aspects in astrology called houses. You might have a theme about money due the way your planets in your chart are positioned but it’s always being aspected or talked to differently by the current position of the luminaries which are always moving. It is not a fixed energy always in chart. The moon changes sign every 2 1/2 days 

What’s going on with money? Is it coming in, stopping, going out? The second house - ruled by Taurus governs this. Are other planets talking to second house - related to Saturn - boundaries/stop/systems . Uranus - Shocks and surprises . Neptune - confusion. Who is talking to your second house gives an idea of flow of money within the next year. Second house (Taurus): money, possessions, values, personal resources. Also back up, look at the eighth house (Scorpio) - other people’s money and taxes . Uranus in 8th house can mean taxes or windfall. Money in a contractual way. Venus in 8th house is about how I value myself and other people value me. Shared resources. Uranus can be positive and challenging shocks and for all parts of one’s chart, this is true.

Career - 10th house, Capricorn. Legacy and Reputation. My public persona. Pluto - death, transformation, power. Dissolving energy. Pluto also has to do with business and systems and dissolving. Pluto turns everything to goo. There is a shared collective experience as to what’s happening to the current sky that we share. What’s happening in moon is happening for you and for me. What’s happening for Pluto is happening for you and for me. How the moon or Pluto might speak to your chart will be different however. 

Anxiety. Where is Uranus in the chart is the main question and or where is Uranus aspecting now? Uranus is electrical shocks. Anxiety is often less about houses but 11th house (modern ruler is Aquarius, nervous system ). Or what is talking to Uranus?  It can make it feel hard to stay in a body like I have no control as electrical shocks can  be Scary. 

Depression. 12th House. Pisces. Neptune rules this house. Where is Neptune and is Neptune sitting on your sun? Neptune transit - time to dream and sleep and go into la la land. The 12th house is about spirituality, transcendence, solitude as well as self sabotage & self undoing; realization and/or demise as it holds it all. Sometimes the 12th house gets a bad rap. Yet there is no bad or good in astrology. The invitation is to take what you like and leave the rest…don’t get spooked when you read things on the internet. The 12th house is about connecting in with all that is. Having planets in the 12th house, a person is probably ready if it feels safe to do so, talk to guides, angels & spirits.

Intimacy. Contractual relationships are in 7th House. Libra. Traditional. Societal accepted way. Dating is connected to the 5th House aka the fun house associated with Leo, the eternal child. It has to do with being playful and love affairs. Deep sexual work is associated with Scorpio the 8th House. Traditional Ruler: Mars. Glyph - phallic. Modern ruler is Pluto.  Stuff we are told not to talk about.

- Mars is the way we like to penetrate; libido energy.  

- Venus is the way we like to woo and be wooed. 

Health: Physical is the 6th house aka the “health house.” With Anxiety, is Uranus talking to your 6th house? Anxiety and depression integrate into physicality.

Houses:

1st: Mars (Aries) I am. Primal. Root chakra. Appearance, outward personality. How you chose appearance or how folks perceive you. 

2nd: Venus (Taurus) I have. Money. Possessions. Values. Personal Resources. 

3rd: Mercury (Gemini) Communication, writing, thoughts and siblings. How I think. 

4th: Moon (Cancer) I nest. Parents. Family of origin. Pluto = power and can embody victim or abuser energy if here. If early childhood trauma or in family of origin it is here as it’s one’s sense of home. Also how you nurture and create a cozy nest for myself and others. How do I embody the archetype of the unconditionally loving mother for myself? Emotional, sensitive and tender house.

5th house: Sun (Leo) I play. Fun house. Creativity. Play, childlike delight. Expansive, abundant energy. Self expression is part of this house along with hobbies and love affairs. If Saturn is in the fifth house, when you work hard, that’s fun for you! It’s ok, fun, delightful for you to work hard! Venus doesn’t love it here as it’s related to fire/ Leo and she doesn’t love this. You like to love and be loved in a fun and playful way.

There are different house systems and many ways to pull and interpret charts. Take which ones work for you. Natalie uses the Equal House System to pull charts.

6th House: Mercury (Virgo) I serve. Health House. Daily routines and small animals. If you have lots of planets here you might work as a nurse or with elderly people. Mother Teresa archetype.

7th House: Venus (Libra) Awareness of others. It’s the opposite of the first house. Marriage and contractual relationships. If you have lots of activity here in chart, you might be a therapist or someone with clients. 

8th House: Ancient Ruler Mars (before Pluto was discovered ~ Modern Ruler/Pluto House *work with both and see which works for you or use both). I dive deep. I circulate & undulate. Sex, Death, Taxes, Magic, the Occult. Deepest house of the zodiac. Alchemical realms of transformation if we dare. 

9th House: Jupiter (Sagittarius) I learn. Exploration and expanding one’s horizons. Teacher, nature, higher education & travel. When I am teaching, I am learning. 

10th House: Saturn (Capricorn) I work. I make. I do. Being a human doing not a human being. 

11th House: Ancient Ruler Saturn ~ Modern Ruler Uranus (Aquarian) I commune. Interconnectedness. Friends, groups & house of community. Thinking outside the box house. Like Saturn detached and good boundaries. Modern ruler - Uranus, has no box. If many planets here, might be very social and be able to embrace the strange or odd, not the status quo.

12th House: Ancient Ruler Jupiter ~ Modern is Neptune. Modern Dream, imagine, pray, meditate, spirit. The grand finale of all the zodiac and contains all the signs in it. Pisces. Connect to all that is at all times. If your moon is in the 12th house, it is about your emotions, all that is, so how does one contain that as a human? Can lend itself to mental illness. Therapy and 12 step work can help to stay in a human body. 

It can be a shame reducer to know your chart as well as super empowering.

Find Natalie at: natalielevinastrology.com

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planetwatcher.com 

 

The 7th Chakra is perhaps the most elusive because it processes our spiritual & psychological journeys whose primary barometers are on the inside. Developing an active relationship with this energy processing center teaches us through seemingly small, innocuous and ‘mundane” materiality, we can experience mystical, magical and even supernatural moments. It harkens to the notion that through things with seemingly tiny boundaries such as ourselves, we can experience vast things, and that this literal physical world is but a prism through which we can behold the Divine & in doing so our collective humanity. 

SHOW NOTES:

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, to hold infinity in the palm of one’s hand and eternity in an hour.” ~ William Blake

This chakra, energy processing center, lives in the land of liminal spaces such as esoteric philosophy, etheric planes & poetic words. It is for many the most elusive to understand. It is called the Sahasrara meaning “crown” often likened to a thousand petaled lotus.

Its promise is through seemingly small, innocuous and ‘mundane” materiality, we can experience mystical, magical and even supernatural moments. It harkens to the notion that through things with seemingly tiny boundaries such as ourselves, we can experience vast things and that this literal physical world is but a prism through which we can behold the Divine. 

It is the chakra dealing with notions of self realization & self actualization. Knowing & believing this state is possible, is the first step when looking to nurture & develop this chakra.  

Spanda Karikas, ancient text that details how the entire cosmos is made up of pulsating & spiraling energy.

Detailed are the basic rights of this chakra, its psychological themes, challenges and how to work to bring it into balance.  Discussed as well as are excesses and deficiencies of energies in this chakra. It is associated with the plant oils of frankincense, myrrh & violet. It is also associated with the planet Jupiter and the day of the week Thursday.

Affirmations to support a healthy 7th chakra are detailed.

A supremely LOVELY short guided meditation punctuates this episode which you can do again and again to nourish this powerful energy center to help it heal and to fully blossom. 

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
  • Open Your Third Eye: The 6th Chakra - Ep. #27

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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

SHOW NOTES:

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.

SHOW NOTES:

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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