Simple Seven – A Quick Reference Guide to the Seven Main Chakras

The chakras are energy centres in our bodies that energy flows through. There are seven main chakras many more lesser chakras.

chakras-310119_1280Energy healers believe that when energy is blocked in any of these seven areas, emotional or physical illness is more likely. This is a quick guide to where each chakra is located, its special job, and how you can keep the energy balanced and flowing through them.

  1. Root Chakra(also known as Base Chakra)
    Colour Association: Red
    Location: Base of the spine
    Represents: Survival, standing up for yourself, financial independence, security
    Imbalance may be related to: Fatigue, low back pain, depression, cold hands and feet, feeling insecure and unsupported, hip, foot and leg problems
    Healing: Exercise and restful sleep, red food and drink, red accessories and clothing, essential oils: (ylang ylang or sandalwood), Reflexology.

Crystals: Red and deep red/brown stones e.g. Garnet, red jasper, ruby

  1. Sacral Chakra(also known as belly or spleen Chakra)
    Colour Association: Orange
    Location: Lower abdomen below the navel
    Represents: Feelings, ability to be social, pleasure, sexuality, well-being, sense of taste
    Imbalance may be related to: Alcohol and drug abuse, depression, allergies, yeast infections, urinary problems, sexual problems, fertility problems, menstrual problems,
    Healing: Massage or Reflexology, orange food and drink, orange accessories and & clothing, essential oils:  orange, clary sage,

Crystals: Carnelian, Orange calcite, sunstone, peach aventurine

  1. Solar Plexus Chakra
    Colour Association: Yellow
    Location: Upper abdomen, stomach area
    Represents: Personal power, self-confidence, self-control, humour, intellect
    Imbalance may be related to: Digestive problems, diabetes, constipation, memory loss
    Healing: Learning, doing puzzles, detoxing, yellow food and drink, yellow accessories and clothing,

Crystals: Citrine, lemon quartz, lemon chrysoprase, yellow jasper

  1. Heart Chakra
    Colour Association: Green, sometimes pink or with pink included
    Location: Centre of the chest, above the heart
    Represents: Ability to love, joy, inner peace
    Imbalance may be related to: Heart and breathing issues, asthma, breast problems, high blood pressure, muscle tension, sadness, lack of self love or self-acceptance
    Healing: Family time, spending time with nature, green food and drink, green accessories and & clothing

Crystals: Green Aventurine, rose quartz, fuchsite, tree jasper, ruby in fuchsite, rhodonite

  1. Throat Chakra
    Colour Association: Blue
    Location: Throat
    Represents: Communication, relationships, trust, loyalty
    Imbalance may be related to: Thyroid problems, hormonal issues, fever, menopause, mood swings, sore throats, inability to speak your truth, holding on to things that need to be said, neuralgia
    Healing: Chanting, mantras or poetry, writing letters or writing down thoughts and worries, singing, conversations, blue food and drink, blue accessories and clothing,

Crystals: Sodalite, blue lace agate, angelite, sapphire

  1. Third Eye Chakra(also known as Brow Chakra)
    Colour Association: Indigo, deep purple or deep bluey purple (Or any shade of purple if using white for the crown chakra)
    Location: Forehead, between the eyes
    Represents: Intuition, imagination, ability to make decisions, psychic abilities
    Imbalance may be related to: Sleeping disorders, inability to read motives or situations, lack of clear thought
    Healing: Watch the stars or the night sky, meditation, indigo food and drink, indigo accessories and clothing,  essential oils (patchouli)

Crystals: (dark) Amethyst, purple fluorite, Charoite,  Azurite, Iolite

  1. Crown Chakra
    Colour Association: Violet, white, silver
    Location: Top of the head (slightly above)
    Represents: Ability to connect spiritually, knowingness, spirituality, connection to your God/s, angels, all that is or universal power.
    Imbalance may be related to: Headaches, mental illness, senility, lack of coordination, rashes
    Healing: Focus on dreams, writing down inventions, violet food and drink, violet accessories and clothing, lavender flowers and oil,  angel or oracle cards, prayer

Crystals: Clear quartz, snow quartz, apophyllite, light amethyst, tanzanite, Sugilite

Feeling your Breathing – A Quick and Easy Meditation

“I really should meditate more but…” yoga-422196_1280

Well now you can. Setting an alarm on your mobile phone will make it easier so that you can just relax and not wonder how much time has passed. This isn’t one of those lovely but long “walking along a path” meditations. You haven’t got time, I hear that. But a pause, a meditation, a stop for breath is important. You need that, everybody does. Even one minute is better than none.

  1. Set a timer for 10, 6, 5, 4, 3 or 2 minutes.
  2. Sit reasonably upright in a chair with both feet on the ground. Put your hands on your lap or abdomen and close your eyes or stare at a point on the wall.
  3. Take a deep breath in and breathe out slowly. Take another slow breath in and as you breathe out imagine tension slipping away and relax your shoulders and jaw.
  4. Continue with your slow breathing, counting to 3, 4 or 5 on each breath if it helps. Notice the place where you can most feel your breaths, whether your nostrils, chest, abdomen.
  5. Focus on this sensation for one full breath in and out. Then again. And again. If you get distracted, don’t worry. Simply acknowledge it and try again.
  6. That’s it. Keep on feeling your breathing until the timer sounds.

It’s easy to do and easy to remember. It’s even easier to fit it in. Give it a go and let me know how it goes. Or share your own techniques for a quick and easy pause in the day.

Resolutions are so Last Year

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The New Year is always a chance to take stock and examine elements of your life, health, love or wealth that do not serve you.

There are parties and fireworks and many people having a good time.

All this, together with the energies of the calendar change put vibrations out to the Universe that we can tap into.

Resolutions can be difficult things from a Positive Thinking or Attraction point of view. Almost by their very nature they put out vibrations of striving and struggling against certain behaviours or habits. The very terms “I will give up …” or   “I will lose … kilos or pounds” have negative connotations.

Try these five conscious tips for greeting 2017 and manifesting your New Year goals

1. Change the language. These are intentions that you will manifest and attract not resolutions that you will struggle and fight with.

Try this type of wording:

  • I am becoming smoke free;
  • I am releasing the weight that does not serve me;
  • I am positively attracting a new job;
  • I am financially free;
  • I am free to attract the love I deserve.

2. Write it down!  Write your affirmations and include a sentence of gratitude. Then seal the deal with symbolism or ritual:

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PERSONAL SYMBOL: Draw, paint or even with your finger a symbol that means something to you and will help embed the intention. You could use this throughout the year. I often use a heart with a tick inside. The tick signifies action and the heart signifies that I will take this action with gratitude, love and compassion.

 

REIKI: Draw the power or master symbol over the page or book in which
you write your intentions.

PEBBLE OR CRYSTAL: Place a favourite stone or crystal or a crystal grid over your paper or book.3lZFcCUU

3. Clear the clutter. Let the energies of the New Year in to your home, workplace, mind and soul.

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It doesn’t matter if you don’t have time to physically clean out your desk or home before midnight, set your intention and use some ritual or symbolism to seal the deal.

For example, try an affirmation like these:

  • In 2017 I am releasing my attachment to the (clutter, old files, or insert your own) that I no longer use.

Then seal the deal with cleansing rituals:

SOUND: Cleanse any area or workspace by clapping, or ringing bells, or a singing bowl in each corner and at each entrance and exit
SMUDGING: You can use Sage other smudging sticks to cleanse your house, garden or work area and to give your positive intentions some extra cleansing oomph!

WATER: Fill a spray with water or use a bowl and pastry brush. Ask the Universe to use the water as a blessing or cleansing and spray or sprinkle in the corners and entrances of your space. (Be very careful near electrical outlets of course.)

4. Cleanse yourself. When taking your shower or bath intend that the water washes away anything from 2016 that does not serve you and takes it into the earth to be transmuted into positive energies. dog-49834_1280

If you have any clear quartz or rock salt that you can put in your bath or near your shower, even better. You can also do the same with a ritual glass of water. Simply give love and thanks to the Universe and set your intentions to release negativity and transmute into good.

5. Book in a Buddy. 

Sometimes it’s easier to acheive our goals if we have someone to share them with, an accountability partner. If you do this, it’s important that you both have positive affirmations and goals and an agreed schedule to check in with each other. (In a supportive but firm way of course!)

Let me know how you get on.

Have an abundant year, filled with joy and gratitude!

 

Spiritual Verses and Circles

Over 22 years ago, when my daughter was born, my mother gave me a sheet of paper I still treasure.
On it she had handwritten two passages from a book of poems about children.

You may recognise the verses – they begin:
“The sleep that flits on baby’s eyes – does anybody know from where it comes?”
and
“When I bring to you coloured toys, my child…”

Both evocative pieces, they filled my heart with such strong emotion, as they perfectly encompassed the feelings of a brand new parent toward their precious charge. As the inexperienced mum of a tiny and needy newborn, I had not had time to read (or so I thought) and these words also reminded me that books were (and still are) my friends. So, over night-time feeds and rare, snatched moments of quiet I would read. Even a few paragraphs or a couple of verses of poetry could be so fulfilling.

Eight years later, when my son was born, she gave me the poetry anthology, and although it contained many beautiful lines, none compared with those two verses, which I now knew were Song 61 and Song 62 from
 Gitanjali, by Rabindrath Tagore. Neither of us had heard of it before, and over the years it was forgotten.

Then, a few weeks ago, Mum showed me a copy of “Gitanjali” that she had bought from a charity shop. She’d not yet had a chance to read it, but had read the Foreword by W B Yeats and just had to bring it home. I began to flick through and it fell open on the two pages containing Song 61 and Song 62, facing each other.

Yes, a coincidence. Probably the previous owner of the book had also specially loved these two songs, and why not? But now that my daughter has a child of her own, it just felt like the completion of a circle.

So, on her birthday, I will give her gifts that she needs or wants or that I think will make her smile. And I will give her the gift of poetry. Song 61 and Song 62, of course. But what else? What other poem would you give a modern parent? I’d like to include something more prosaic and very real. Something that says “Yes, that child is a beautiful gift, but so are you and you matter.”

Here is the Angel




















Here is the Angel
Working alongside you
To help and safeguard you
Here is the Angel

Here is the parent
Who just wants to hold you
To guide and protect you
Here is the parent

Here is the sister
Who wants to be with you
To laugh and cry with you
Here is the sister

Here is the brother
Who wants to walk with you
To help and admire you
Here is the brother

Here is the power
The power within you
To accept and love YOU
Here is the power

Parents, brothers and sisters are not just are relatives; they are people bound to our lives who give freely of their love and friendship sometimes forever or sometimes just for  a time. The right time. Friends are our chosen family, they might mother us or stand beside us as a sister or brother. They are our angels too. Who are yours? 

Love, Mojo

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