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Indian Head Massage

September 18, 2009

IndianMassage

Having been impressed by the effectiveness of Reiki, I was inspired to try another form of complementary therapy so on Saturday I completed an Indian Head Massage course. The course I chose is devised by the Natural Therapy Studio and my tutor was a lovely lady called Pauline Johnstone.  Prior to the practical course, I received a DVD of the techniques and a comprehensive manual for home study, covering all aspects of Indian Head Massage, including anatomy and physiology and information for professional practice. There were three of us on the course, which turned out to be the perfect number, and the practical was held in very pleasant surroundings at Pauline’s rural home.

I was particularly drawn to Indian Head Massage rather than any of the other holistic therapies for a number of reasons. Firstly, as I mentioned in my Reiki blog, I have been on the receiving end of this treatment and found the stress-reducing and harmonising effects of this treatment invaluable for getting me through a difficult time.

Secondly, Reiki is a very gentle therapy so I felt a more active and hands-on form of energy work would be a good complement.

Thirdly, on a more global level I feel there is a serious energy imbalance in our society and that many of us have become too entrenched in the lower chakras (I also refer to this in the vegetarian blog). Indian Head Massage is a therapy which promotes harmony by stimulating the much-neglected higher chakras (see illustration at the end of this article), bringing them into balance with the over-functioning lower chakras.

I’ll talk about this more in a moment, but first here’s a very brief history of Indian Head Massage.

History

Massage is mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts over 4000 years ago, so has long been a part of Indian tradition and over the past thousand years, head massage has become an integral part of Indian family life. It was originally developed by women to condition and strengthen their hair, using a selection of oils, and is now regularly used on babies and young children to aid their holistic wellbeing. It was also adapted by barbers into a more rigorous scalp massage, known as champissage. (‘Champi’ meaning ‘massage of the head’ is where our word ‘shampoo’ originates from.)

The technique we learn today was introduced to the UK by a man named Narender Mehta. Mehta studied over here in the 70s and was disappointed to discover that head massage was not practised here either in the barbers or as part of a full body massage. On completing his studies in 1978, Mehta returned to India and formulated the Indian Head Massage we now practise in the UK from a variety of techniques collected from all over India.

Ayurveda

The Indian Head Massage is part of the ancient Hindu holistic medical practice of Ayurveda. Ayurveda means ‘knowledge of life and longevity’ and is a system whose main aim is prevention, working with negative energy before it begins to affect a person physically and emotionally. In Ayurveda, the belief is that we’re all beings of energy and that the mind, body and spirit are all connected. Therefore, Ayurvedic therapies address the whole system and work to resolve any imbalance in the life energy, known in India as prana.

I’ve discussed the chakra system in depth in other blog entries (for an overview see here and for more detailed descriptions of each chakra, see here). If our chakras become imbalanced due to an accumulation of negative stress, this can result in blockages which can lead to emotional or physical conditions. The Indian Head Massage can prevent this by balancing the chakras, resulting in holistic wellbeing.

The Practice

Indian Head Massage is carried out with the client fully clothed (though preferably in a vest top and with no jewellery) and seated in a low backed chair. The use of oil is optional but in my experience, it does make working on the neck, shoulders and arms a little easier, particularly as some of the techniques are quite vigorous. If you prefer, a moisturising cream can be used.

You then follow a sequence of different massage techniques of varying pressure – some gentle, some more invigorating – beginning with neck and shoulders, moving on to the scalp and finishing with the face.

 

The Benefits of Indian Head Massage

There are many benefits of this treatment for which I can personally vouch, having received weekly head massages over a period of months. The effects vary from person to person and will increase over time. Below is a list of the benefits you may experience from this therapeutic treatment.

*Antidote for stress, anxiety, lethargy, mild depression and mental tension

*Clears the mind and revitalizes mental capacity, thereby improving alertness and concentration

*Improves creativity

*Greater self awareness, which often brings the change of a healthier lifestyle

*Gives a sense of peace, calm and positive wellbeing

*Increased self-esteem and self-worth

*Helps balance the chakras by releasing stagnant prana

*Increased energy levels

*Calms the respiratory system

*Improves blood circulation to the head and neck

*Increased blood flow nourishes head muscles that can promote hair growth

*Improves lymphatic drainage from head and neck

*Improves muscle tone and mobility in head, neck, and shoulder area

*Increases circulation of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain

*Increases general circulation by bringing fresh nutrients and taking away waste products

*Relieves mental and physical strain

*Relieves eye strain, headaches, sinusitis, congestion, and insomnia

*Strong healthy shiny hair

*Better skin condition

*Strengthened immune system

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The three higher chakras

 

If you are interested in working for the Indian Head Massage Diploma, then contact Tara Jewell, owner of the Natural Therapy Studio, via her website at www.naturaltherapystudio.co.uk

Alternatively, if you would like an Indian Head Massage treatment yourself, check out Terone Williams’ great website offering mobile treatments at www.soulrevive.co.uk.


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Reiki (part three) – my experience

August 12, 2009

Today I would like to share some of my personal experiences of working with Reiki.

As I mentioned in my previous Reiki blogs (you can find part one here and part two here), I trained for my 1st degree with York Reiki Plus and would recommend this course to anyone from the York area who is interested in energy work. Irene Forsyth, the Reiki master who runs the course, is a lovely woman, warm and down-to-earth, and the location is a gorgeous little mind, body and spirit shop with a fabulous name (‘The Zentist’) so the ambience is very cosy and laidback. Prior to the course, Irene sends you a comprehensive 170 page manual to help familiarise yourself with all aspects of Reiki, the content of which is discussed throughout the day. I spent three full days working through the manual in some depth so arrived on the practical training day feeling confidently informed. You are also sent a couple of CDs to guide you through the Hatsurei Ho daily energy exercises and the self-healing meditation mentioned in the last blog entry. These are also practised on the training day so you will have a thorough grounding in these important aspects of Reiki by the end of the course.

Within Reiki circles, there is much talk of a 21 day (or in some cases, 28 day) cleansing period. Some say this occurs as soon as you start working with Reiki, some say this begins after your first empowerments (also known as attunements). Here are some thoughts on this:

Following the attunement is a 28 day period called the cleansing period. During this time, you are encouraged to give yourself a treatment every day and many students find themselves undergoing positive personal changes and spiritual growth which can be a very powerful and very rewarding time.

http://www.reiki-questions.com/reiki-training/Reiki1.htm

During this time each person will experience their own unique reaction to the cleansing period. NO two attunements are ever the same. Depending on which form of Reiki of Healing Modality you choose to be attuned to, depends on how long this Cleansing period may last for, generally they vary from 7 days to 21 days in length.

Reiki only works for the good of all, so during the cleansing period you may undergo a detox, that can often bring about changes in your life. The Reiki attunement can start a cleansing process that effects the physical body as well as the mind and emotions. Toxins that have been stored in the body may be released along with feelings and thoughts that are no longer useful. A process of purification prior to attunement is recommended to improve the benefits one receives.

Many people report experiencing some of the following things:

Opening of the third eye

An increase in intuitive awareness

Other psychic abilities.

A release of Negative Emotions

Changes in food preferences

http://www.thereikichain.com/Attunements.html

As the body processes the attunements they bring with them a deep cleansing and healing. Many people find they have increased intuition or creativity. Physically you may experience minor cold symptoms, headache, increased body discharges, etc. On an emotional level you may feel tiredness, have vivid dreams, surges of emotion such as anger/tears or old memories resurfacing which need to be resolved. Reiki will affect you in the way that is right for you and symptoms will pass in a few days.

Traditionally a 21 day cleansing period follows Reiki one. Practising on yourself daily will maximise the benefits. Once you have been attuned to Reiki one the more you use the energy the stronger it will become. It is common for people to find the clarity and strength to bring positive change into their lives.

http://www.renaissancetherapy.co.uk/reiki attunements.htm

Taggart King of Reiki Evolution, whose work this course is based on, has this to say about the 21 day cleansing period –

It is traditional within Reiki to think in terms of a 21-day period of clearing out or cleansing, as the energy starts to work on you as its first priority. Common reactions are to have a ‘Reiki cold’ or other respiratory infection, an occasional surprising migraine, or to feel quite tired and sleepy for some days during the 2-3 week period after attunement. Emotional ups and downs are quite common, and you may find that you are seeing things in ‘Technicolor’ for a while, with colours taking on an amazing intensity. For some, Reiki leads to a period of dissatisfaction, leading you to think carefully about your life and your priorities. For the most part Reiki works gently and seems to have built-in mechanisms to prevent the ‘clearing out’ period from being particularly eventful.

The ’21 day ‘ period is a bit of a Reiki myth, actually, because Reiki continues to work on you months and even years later, and it is possible that you will release things further down the line, too, not just in the first 21 days. Stronger reactions are more common in the first few weeks after going on a course, of you are going to have a strong reaction (such things are not compulsory!) though they can happen at any time, based on what is right for you. We receive what is right for us at any given time. We are all different.

We received three empowerments on the day and my experience of each one was very different, and differed from those of the other people on the course.

The first empowerment was very powerful and made me feel quite emotional. My head felt fuzzy and was filled with a violet colour and my heart felt like it would explode. The word I associated with this empowerment was ‘power’.

The second empowerment was subtler than the first. The word I associated with this one was ‘intuition’ – the right hand side of my head felt fuzzy and felt like it wanted to merge with the left. I also ‘saw’ an indigo outline of an eye. I initially thought this may be my ‘third eye’ but whilst looking for an appropriate image to convey what I saw, I found this symbol, known as the Eye of Horus:

violet eye

Further research into this symbol revealed this:

The Left Eye of Horus represents abstract aesthetic information controlled by the right brain. It deals with esoteric thoughts and feelings and is responsible for intuition. It approaches the universe in terms of female oriented ideation. We use the Left Eye, female oriented, right side of our brain for feeling and intuition.

The eye of Horus, was originally known as the wadjat, but was also called the wedjet, the Eye of the Moon, and later the Eye of Ra. It became a powerful symbol that was used on amulets for protection against evil and was thought to have healing powers.

In the present day the eye of Horus is still a powerful symbol that can be offered as a gift in the form of jewellery, for example, that shows your love for another person. In particular it has connotations of selflessness and dedication as well as the more general functions of good luck and warding off evil forces and improve health.

The third empowerment I associated with the word ‘love’. This time it felt like my left hand side was trying to come into balance with the right – there was a strong buzzing in my left ear – and in my mind’s eye I saw a heart surrounded by rainbow colours, followed by a vision similar to the image below, which to me represents spiritual symmetry and balance:

spiritual symmetry

I did feel noticeably ‘blissed out’ after the empowerments. Taggart comments that ‘If you are basically fine on the physical, mental and emotional level then the energy will not have a great deal to do, but if you have a lot to be sorted out, then the energy will rush in like a tidal wave and start to get things moving!’

Having done a lot of personal development work over the last fifteen years, I feel that mentally and emotionally I am ‘pretty sorted’ – although I wouldn’t be so bold as to say completely sorted, as we all have work to do on ourselves – personal growth is a lifelong adventure! However I would say that I’m very in tune with my authentic self, i.e. I know who I am, what my life purpose is and what I need to feel fulfilled and serene. On occasion, however, I do struggle with self-doubt – am I really on the right path? Is this really the right thing to do? Am I just kidding myself? – and as a particularly sensitive person, I have to be careful not to become too overwrought when faced with stressful situations. Emotionally and mentally, then, I feel that the empowerments ‘fine-tuned’ me, resulting in my feeling more balanced and relaxed and confirming for me that I am indeed on the right path, both personally and professionally.

Physically, I’ve felt some more powerful ‘retuning’ occurring, particularly around my sinuses (always a tricky area for me) which has resulted in a few headaches, and in my legs, which I have felt ‘vibrating’ in a sometimes quite disconcerting way. As my work is very sedentary, the energy in my legs has probably become somewhat static over the years, so I’ve been using Reiki on myself to get the energy moving again which so far seems to have helped.

I’ve also done several Reiki treatments on others, during and since the course, and have been amazed at how powerful this work is, as have been the recipients, some of whom were rather sceptical prior to their Reiki session. For instance, I worked with someone who is going through a number of difficult life events at the moment, and felt a tremendous amount of heat coming from her, particularly around her head. As this person has also been experiencing physical symptoms in her right arm and her left foot, I dedicated more time to these areas, and she reported to me the following day that throughout the night, she could feel something she struggled to describe  – “not exactly pain – maybe a little achy, but strange, a trembling or vibrating maybe?” – in these very spots.

I also worked briefly with a woman who suffers from M.E. and found that though the top of her body was very hot, she was effectively dead, energy-wise, from the waist down. Her legs have caused her a lot of suffering due to her illness, so it will be interesting to continue working with her and see if her condition improves through Reiki treatments.

In contrast to this, I worked with a couple of women, one who is very spiritual and another who feels fulfilled and happy in her life, and felt a gentle breeze – and a huge aura – around the whole of their beings. The second woman also reported that when I worked on her crown chakra, it felt like ‘the top of my head was stretching upwards – like I had a really long head!’  and when I treated her feet,  she commented that it felt ‘like I was sinking into really soft sand’.

I also worked with a very pleasant and contented child, and noted that the energy felt very balanced except for in the throat area.  Much of the Reiki literature advises not to analyse the sensations you feel when treating someone, but I do think that it’s interesting that the energy changed around the throat chakra area and children often feel that in a world dominated by adults, they don’t really have a voice…

All of the people I’ve treated so far have felt very relaxed. As I haven’t got a treatment table yet, I’ve had to work with people sitting on a kitchen chair but despite this a couple of them have still almost nodded off. I also end up feeling very relaxed myself when I’m giving treatments and also very hot – the heat coming through my body when I connect with the energy is incredible and one of my friends actually opened her eyes when I placed my hands on her navel area as she couldn’t believe that amount of heat was emanating just from me! I realised very quickly that I need to tie up my hair and wear cool, loose clothing when working with Reiki. It has also been a surprise how quickly the time goes when I’m giving a treatment. One of the reasons I never previously considered learning physical therapies was because, frankly, I thought I would find it boring! My work has always revolved around communication with words, written (journalism) and spoken (counselling), so spending an hour with someone in complete silence never really appealed to me. However, I find giving Reiki treatments totally absorbing – the time simply flies past and if it wasn’t for other commitments, I could quite happily continue working way beyond the prescribed hour.

As I said in my first Reiki blog, this is just the beginning of my journey into a whole new exciting aspect of universal energy. My aim is to move on to the second degree course in the coming months and in the meantime, I will keep you all updated on my experiences with Reiki. I would also love to hear about any experiences you may have had so please feel free to leave a comment or to contact me via my website at www.empathicguidance.com.

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Reiki (part one) – my journey begins

August 6, 2009

chakra_reiki

Regular readers of my blog will be aware of my interest in the concept of energy and how it affects us all. My background is in counselling and for years I was predominantly focussed on the mind and how our thoughts and feelings about our situations impact our lives. However, as I learned more about empathy and metaphysics, I began to take a more holistic approach to our wellbeing. I realised that our thoughts affected our feelings and vice versa, and that these could not be separated from the body, as each of these aspects of our selves impacts the others. And I then realised that what connects all these aspects of our selves – and what connects our selves to everything and everyone else around us – is energy. It’s also through energy that we  experience such phenomena as  empathy, telepathy and synchronicity and it’s through learning about energy systems such as the chakras that we can take positive steps to improve our holistic health and bring harmony and serenity to our mind, body and spirit, individually and collectively.

I previously had no interest in practising any of the more ‘physical’ healing therapies, though I have enjoyed being on the receiving end of them, with some interesting results. Regular treatments from a friend involving Indian head massage and chakra balancing helped me through a particularly difficult time in my life. I also had a Reiki treatment which unblocked some negative energy which had been held for a long time in my left knee – I’d injured this knee whilst involved in a horrible relationship which had an emotionally traumatic event attached to it, and it had given me gip ever since. When the Reiki master laid her hands on my knee, I was overwhelmed with emotion as memories of this traumatic event flooded into my mind, and I vividly recall that this took me completely by surprise, as I had little knowledge then of the mind-body connection and how energy works. However I was aware that from then on, I no longer had any problems with this knee at all.

Despite these positive experiences, and despite my growing awareness of my own ability to tune into the universal energy on an emotional level, it still hadn’t dawned on me that energy work was something I personally could do. My interest was piqued earlier this year, however, when a friend of mine used me as a case study for her reflexology course. My friend has a real gift for this work and I was impressed time and again by her ability to pick up information about my physical and emotional state simply through contact with my feet. Just one example: prior to my website launch, I became quite stressed and noticed that this stress was being released through my body – but only on my right hand side (the masculine side, relating to business endeavours and ambition). I did not share this with Elaine, but after my next treatment she said to me ‘It’s very strange but all your problems seem to be on your right hand side’. (More on reflexology and Elaine’s practice in a future blog.)

I had also begun to notice that the presence of my energy seemed to have a healing quality for some people. A woman I know who was suffering from several stress-related illnesses reported to me how she always felt physically better just through being around me. One day my partner had an upset stomach which made him feel nauseous and reduced his appetite, so I lay my hands on his stomach. I immediately felt heat on the left hand side but not on the right. ‘Is the pain in any particularly place?’ I asked him. ‘Yes, just here on the left’ he said. So I held my hand over the warm spot and, even though I had at this point had no ‘official’ training, I channelled healing energy into that particular area. He called me later to tell me that he’d felt great for the rest of the evening and that night ate a hearty meal.

I also spontaneously used the ‘hands-on’ method for emotional healing with my daughter when she was suffering from pre-exam nerves. Despite being incredibly gifted, she gets very nervous when she has to perform, be it on stage or in an exam, as she sets very high standards for herself. As we sat waiting for her to go into the exam, I decided to channel some calming energy into her. I put my arm around her and placed my hands on both her shoulders, without informing her of what I was doing. After I let go, she suddenly turned round to me and said ‘Actually, I feel much better now, Mum’. When I told her what I’d done later, she said to me ‘I thought you were just giving me a hug!’ (She went on to pass the exam with distinction.)

To cut a long story short, all of this eventually led me to explore Reiki, and the more I read about it, the more I realised that it was the perfect complement to the emotional healing work I already do. So I decided to enrol on a Reiki 1st degree course with York Reiki Plus… of which, more tomorrow 🙂

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The rainbow of your life

May 29, 2009

Don’t have a cent

When’ll I pay my rent?

And even my car doesn’t work

Me and my man, he’s the one to die for –

We have split up…


 

Can’t you see, life’s easy

If you consider things

From another point of view

In another way, from another point of view.


 

I see life and light

All the colours of the world

So beautiful – won’t you come with me?


I see birds and trees

All the flowers of the world

So beautiful – won’t you come with me?


 

When this song was released in 2002, it was very significant for me as I’d just discovered the benefits of ‘reframing’ – looking at events in my past and present from another perspective, or as the song says, “from another point of view”.  I still find this tune uplifting – I love the way it conveys the joy of being fully ‘awake’, no longer dragged down by petty worldly concerns, but instead buoyed up by the natural beauty around us.

Before I woke up and changed my perspective on life, I was inwardly focussed in the way that all unhappy and empty people are.  The internal brooding of an imbalanced individual is nothing like the  self-aware inner contemplation  of the holistically healthy.  Insecurity makes us very self-absorbed and negatively introspective  – the external world is only of  interest to our ego and all of our energy is used up trying to survive beyond the existential despair we feel. There’s very little of us left to appreciate a fabulous sunset or a breathtaking view. Now I’m much more content and balanced, I can’t get enough of ‘the colours of the world’. I love nothing more than to be out in the countryside on a fabulous sunny day – ‘life and light’ – and my heart soars when I’m surrounded by brilliant blue sky and lush green fields – ‘so beautiful’.

The other day I was enjoying the colours of my garden and noticed that there’s an abundance of yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and white – but no red or orange. This got me thinking about the chakras and I wondered if my garden – which has been left to its own devices this year, a kind of ‘cultivated wildness’ – was maybe giving me a message about which chakras I still need to work on. 🙂 It also started me thinking about the significance of colour in our lives and why we’re drawn to certain colours at certain stages of our lives. So here’s my own particular rainbow and a brief description of what these colours mean to me.

Red – the colour of the first chakra, it’s perhaps not surprising that this was my favourite colour as a girl, as I struggled to feel secure in my surroundings. This is also one of the colours in my bedroom, along with gold and green, and these represent my desires for my most intimate relationship – red for earthiness and passion, green for love and affection (heart chakra) and gold for spiritual connection (crown chakra).

Black – a non-colour, this is often a favourite of adolescents, as wearing black means we can hide in the shadows and become invisible. It also represents our shadow or dark side and as it’s the colour of mourning, could also represent grief at the loss of our authentic self. In more recent years, this is a colour I’ve naturally gravitated towards during difficult times.

Green – this colour can represent personal development, and it was my favourite when I went through a particularly intense growth period – a time when I was also feeling lonely and lacked affection in my life. I even painted my bedroom this colour (not a wise move – the green reflecting on my skin made me look horribly ill every time I looked in the mirror).

Orange – the colour of the sacral chakra. In 1995 I realised that I had been living my life according to other people’s values and decided it was time I started fulfilling my own needs and desires. That year I wore an orange shirt for the first time – and I wore it a lot.

Blue – still a favourite of mine, the colour of creativity and communication. I also associate blue with water, and symbolically water represents the emotions. My kitchen – where most of my conversations with my friends take place and where I love to sing – is blue, as is my bathroom. In my previous house, I painted the bathroom marine blue, symbolic perhaps of washing away negative feelings and finding my true voice. I love to wear blue now and also recently bought a beautiful blue shirt for my partner for his birthday – the colour really brings out the blue in his eyes, but perhaps I was also delivering a subconscious message about the importance of communication for me in my most intimate relationships…

Pink – I used to avoid this colour like the plague, with all its associations with good little girls who know their place, but now it’s one of my favourites. In my last house, I painted my office raspberry ripple pink, symbolic of my opening heart chakra as I poured my heart out into my work. I also have a vast selection of pink tops, perhaps a reflection of my acceptance of the positive aspects of my feminine side.

What colours make up the rainbow of your life?

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The Chakras – a final summary

May 15, 2009

I hope you’ve enjoyed my series on the seven major chakras. I’ve pulled together various pieces of research to try and offer a comprehensive overview of each chakra, and in the process demonstrate the importance of having a totally balanced system. Focussed on enlightenment, many people seeking higher consciousness have disregarded the importance of the lower chakras, yet we all need the strong and solid support of our base chakras in order to open to the spiritual in a healthy and integrated way. The lower chakras focus on matters such as our  security, our personal relationships and our basic emotions, while the upper chakras develop perspective and wisdom that help us understand the grand order of the universe. All of our chakras affect one another and ultimately work together. As we learn to use the chakra system to understand our lives, we can gain insight into personal issues that require our attention, and use this insight to bring our chakras and lives back into balance.

In The Healing Handbook, Tara Ward summarises how a system of balanced chakras might manifest itself in our lives:

Let us now take a look at what happens if all the chakras are open and functioning fully:

You enjoy all of your physical, day-to-day life, you have a strong will to live and feel well-grounded in the present, appreciating your strong physical energy and vitality. (root)

You enjoy relating to people, you have a fulfilling sexual relationship/you appreciate sensuality, you are aware of your sexual strength and drive and enjoy its presence. (sacral)

You have a great sense of belonging, you have an expressive emotional life which creates mental satisfaction and fulfilment rather than worry.(solar plexus)

You have a strong capacity for loving others and are not judgmental or discriminatory in that expression, you feel connected with unconditional love to everyone and everything. (heart)

You have reached the stage in life where you no longer blame others for your own difficulties in life, you have reached fulfilment in your professional life, you go out and create what you want rather than relying on others, and live with truth and integrity. (throat)

Your spiritual concepts are fully formulated and you can ‘see’ universal truth and understand where you fit into that plan and then carry out your work accordingly. (third eye)

Your earthly personality has fused with all spiritual knowledge, you experience a state of bliss generally unknown to human experience and you ‘know’ divine law without question or confusion. (crown)

This is what is meant by holistic health – enjoying and appreciating every single facet of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and resonating freely and fully with everyone and everything around you. The process to accomplishing this may take a little while, but it is not the process of curing something in spiritual healing which is important, it is the process through which you cure and what you learn which will change your energy and enable to enjoy every aspect of your life more fully.

And here’s the final word from a wonderful book on the chakras and how they can help us heal – The Rainbow Journey by Dr Brenda Davies.

Enlightenment: This is a never-ending, ever-expanding, never to be completed, amazingly wonderful state that we can touch and explore, but that few of us will ever conquer in this lifetime. Yet it’s the state for which we are ever striving even before we’re aware that we’re doing so….. Here at the end of the (chakra) rainbow, there’s no pot of gold …the gold was all the way along the journey. You’re more whole, more healthy, more real, more loved and loving. You’re more open and have new (or rather have redeveloped old) skills and have left behind much that troubled you. You’ve offloaded old grief, pain and resentment, found a better way to live which has love at its heart, both human and celestial, and you know too much ever to go back to where you were.

But there’s always more to know. More to explore, more to discover. And that’s how it needs to be.

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The Crown Chakra

May 14, 2009

Crownchakra

The Sanskrit name is Sahasrara, meaning ‘thousandfold’, reflecting the infinite nature of this chakra. It is the fastest spinning of all the chakras as it vibrates at the highest frequency.

This chakra is the colour violet, but is also associated with white, as white is a combination of all the colours, just as this chakra combines all the other chakras.

It is located at the crown of the head and is literally ‘the crown’ of the chakra system, symbolising the highest state of enlightenment and facilitating our spiritual development. It is associated with the brain, the cerebral cortex, the central nervous system, muscular system, skeletal system, skin, the right eye, and the pineal and pituitary glands.

The element of the crown chakra is thought, as this chakra is associated with the highest functions of the mind. It is our mind which creates the belief systems that control our thoughts and actions – and our thoughts which ultimately create our lives. The higher our thoughts, the more meaningful our lives become.

The crown chakra is our spiritual communicator and connector, and it is through this vortex that the life force is dispersed from the universe into the lower six chakras (as shown in the diagram in my ‘Chakra System’ blog). With this connection intact, connecting us with the universal energies, or collective unconscious – whichever term you prefer – we can receive information and ideas which can be run through the lower chakras and then brought into manifestation. It also functions as a protection system as it only allows us to receive information that we are physically and emotionally capable of dealing with. As we develop and progress in our spirituality, the crown chakra allows an increasing amount of information to filter through, thus continually providing us with greater awareness as we grow.

This chakra is affected by thoughts and feelings about trusting your intuition, receiving guidance from the universal source and spirituality.

If this chakra is balanced and clean, you will obtain expanded awareness on an emotional level. You will have the ability to perceive, analyse and assimilate information and be intelligent, thoughtful and open-minded. You will also have the ability to trust in life and see the larger pattern within your life. When energy is flowing through this centre, you will feel the bliss of your own ‘inner sanctuary’, feel alignment of your mind, body and spirit, and awareness of your infinite potential. You will feel healed and whole, bring your internal and external lives into harmony, feel at one with the universe and find yourself naturally ‘living in the now’. With a balanced crown chakra, you will be in a state of bliss beyond the usual human experience – you will find absolute peace and total awareness – the state called enlightenment – though at first, only for moments at a time. However, as you learn to hold this state for longer, you will eventually be able to live it simultaneously with your human life and your life will be transformed forever. You will feel calm and serene, and radiate peace and love to all around you. At this point in your development, you will also follow your calling and rededicate your life to whatever is most important to you, be it love, peace, teaching, healing, your own spiritual growth or the spiritual growth of others.

However, if this chakra is blocked (underactive), you may suffer from the following:

Psychological/emotional problems: apathy, confusion, depression, lack of inspiration, difficulty thinking for yourself; materialism, greed, domination of others, excess in lower chakras (emphasis on physical); lack of purpose, loss of meaning or identity, alienation, emptiness; contraction of energy, constantly limited; spiritual scepticism or ignorance; fear of self-development – the negative behavioural patterns that result from an unwillingness to grow and change in order to accommodate the challenges of your life; inability to see the larger pattern within your life.

Physical problems: paralysis, genetic disorders, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic fatigue, sensitivity to light and sound, coma, migraines, amnesia, diseases of the muscular system, skeletal system and skin, co-ordination difficulties, cognitive delusions.

If this chakra is too open (overactive), you may be overly intellectual or feel yourself to be a member of a spiritual or intellectual elite. You may also suffer from spiritual addiction, constant frustration, psychoses or bi-polar disorder, or be unable to process energy adequately.

The crown chakra integrates all the chakras with their respective qualities and is the last milestone of the evolution of human awareness. At this stage in our evolution, we are now at a level which corresponds to this chakra, which means that every one of us at least has the potential to enter this new realm of perception.

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The Third Eye Chakra

May 13, 2009

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The Sanskrit name is Ajna, meaning ‘to perceive’ or ‘to command’ – it is here that we achieve insight and wisdom, allowing us to perceive the constricting patterns we have created in the past and free ourselves from them, so we can finally take command of our life.

The third eye chakra is also known as the brow chakra and is the colour indigo. Indigo is a popular colour in New Age circles as it is the colour of spiritual attainment, self-mastery and wisdom.

This chakra is located between the eyebrows and it governs the pineal and pituitary glands, the brain, the eyes, the ears and the nose.

The element associated with the third eye chakra is light, as here we finally see – or perceive – the ‘light’. It is also associated with radium, a luminescent element, as radium has a high vibrational rate and brings  power as well as light,  symbolising the meeting of light and spirit in matter. It is also related to the sense of sight due to its association with seeing deeply and perception.

The developmental age should be between 21 and 26 years – early adulthood – but most people don’t actually reach this level of awareness (if it all) until in their 40s or 50s. From a very young age, our intuitive or psychic experiences are invalidated, education, science and rational thought seems to take precedence over the spiritual – and we’re often given information by our ‘elders and betters’ that doesn’t tally with what we’re actually seeing. When our third eye opens, we are able to overcome these restrictions and revisit the dreams we had when we were young – with the advantage of now being grounded by our root chakra, ensuring our security. Living in both the spiritual and physical planes helps us to see life in a whole new – and very  deep and meaningful – way.

The third eye chakra is the centre of our higher intuition, where you can tune into your higher self and receive guidance. This chakra inspires the awakening of our consciousness and is our avenue to wisdom, where we learn from our past experiences and put them into perspective. This is also where manifestation occurs – where we take our creative visions for the future and turn them into reality.

It is affected by thoughts and feelings about the past, the future and our spiritual beliefs.

When the third eye chakra is balanced and clean, you will recognise that living and learning are synonymous, and will benefit from the wisdom of all your past experiences whilst no longer being blocked by them. You will be intuitive, perceptive, wise, imaginative and telepathic. You will have increased empathic powers and be able to pick up on both the subtle and obvious energy fields of others. You will have a good memory, good dream recall and are able to think symbolically and visualise past and future. You will be the master of yourself, able to receive guidance, not be attached to material things and no longer feel you need another person to complete you. When the energy is flowing freely through this chakra, you will experience spontaneous spiritual awakening, profound insights, meaning and clarity in your life,  and understanding and no fear of death. You will gain healing abilities, for the benefit of yourself and others. You will also gain the discipline of detachment, becoming so personally empowered that you are able to interact in every situation in your life, contributing the highest degree of insight and wisdom without needing to control the outcome of events.

However, when the third eye chakra is blocked, you may suffer from the following:

Psychological/emotional problems: lacking in discipline, non-assertive, fear of success, denial (inability to see what’s really going on); unable to think for yourself, preferring to rely on external authorities; oversensitive, overly intellectual; poor memory, poor imagination, poor visualisation; unable to recognise patterns or see the bigger picture; unwillingness to learn from your life experiences, leading you to blame others for all that is wrong with your life, and continually repeating the same painful and difficult learning situations; unable to follow through the creative ideas you have, projecting frustrations onto others and suffering from  jealousy or insecurity over others’ creative abilities; being dismissive of your own spiritual experiences, fear of using intuitive abilities, difficulty seeing the future; staying imprisoned by lower energies whilst abusing any higher powers you may have gained.

Physical problems: neurological difficulties, brain tumour, haemorrhage, stroke; mental illness, schizophrenia (unable to distinguish between ego self and higher self), depression; bad eyesight, conjunctivitis, blindness; psychic exhaustion.

If it is too open (overactive), you may have excessive pride, be egotistical, manipulative, authoritarian, cynical, rigid or unforgiving. You may also spend most of your time living in a fantasy world, suffer from delusions, hallucinations, nightmares and obsessions and have difficulty concentrating. You may also be spiritually arrogant and be in denial about reality.

With a healthy third eye chakra, we are now in the realms of the intangible, where we can learn how to follow the nudges the universe gives us through symbols and synchronisations, dreams and visions, to keep us on our intended path. Life flows in an amazing way and our journey is much more enjoyable when we remain open to the flow of spirit.

The qualities of the third eye chakra also reflect the ethos of Empathic Guidance – gaining wisdom from our past, manifesting our vision for the future, healing ourselves and others and following the guidance of  our higher selves to find inner peace.

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Tomorrow – the crown chakra.

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