The Throat Chakra

Welcome to the continuation of the chakra series. Today I’ll be going over the throat chakra, which is located in the neck, the area near the adam’s apple.

It is associated with the color blue, and with the element of ether. For those not familiar with the element of ether, the simplified explanation is that it can be thought of as the space around and through all things. In reference to the throat chakra, you can think of the ether element as being the space through which sound passes.

A few crystals which are excellent for working with this chakra are lapis lazuli, turquoise, and aquamarine.  The throat chakra is associated with the planet Mercury. This chakra can be viewed as our communication, honesty, and truth center, helping us to speak our truth and express our creativity. I recommend picking up at least one of the crystals mentioned above this week, to help get this chakra balanced before we get to the exercise I’ll be sharing at the end of this series. Below are some of the key points of the physical and spiritual/emotional functions of the throat chakra.

Physical:

The throat.

The thyroid and parathyroid.

The mouth, neck, and shoulders.

The vocal cords.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Communication.

Creativity.

Self knowledge.

Honesty.

*This chakra is strongly related to career as well.

The throat chakra is primarily associated with masculine qualities, but is believed to help balance the masculine and feminine energies. When it is balanced it can help us to communicate with more honesty and confidence, partly due to the levels of self knowledge it brings. The throat chakra helps us to foster creativity too, which makes sense, because being more in touch with ourselves and the world at large more openly unlocks creative expression. As the seat of our communication, it is important to note that a blocked throat chakra can be soothed through sound therapies, and by expressing ourselves through writing (think broadly here, as it can be anything from writing poetry, journaling, or letters etc.), speech, or artistic outlet.

While covering each chakra, this paragraph will (usually) remain unchanged, with the exception of the color visualization. Please spend time this week visualizing this chakra as a still, vibrant, blue wheel in the location described at the beginning of the post, as this will make the exercise at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or more of the crystals listed above (which I hope you will), holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it before we even get to the final exercise. For all of the individual chakras we will cover in this series, please go gently and get to know them without trying to get them moving until we get to the final exercise. It is always important when working with your energy to go into it slowly and learn a bit before diving in head first.

Please remember to practice the mini exercise as often as possible.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra, or any other topics which you may like to see covered here at a later date.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

The Heart Chakra

Welcome to another Mystical Monday. Today I’ll be going over the heart chakra, which is located in the middle of the chest, from right above the sternum, up to just below the collar bones.

It is associated with the color green, and with the element of air.

A few crystals which are excellent for working with this chakra are peridot, jade, and rose quartz.  The heart chakra is associated with the planet Venus. This chakra can be viewed as our love center and the connector between the physical and spiritual. It is associated with our ability to feel love, compassion, and happiness. I recommend picking up at least one of the crystals mentioned above this week, to help get this chakra balanced before we get to the exercise I’ll be sharing at the end of this series. Below are some of the key points of the physical and spiritual/emotional functions of the heart chakra.

Physical:

The circulatory system.

The heart.

The upper back and shoulders.

The thymus gland.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Trust.

Worthiness.

Compassion.

Ability to love self and others without conditions.

The heart chakra is associated with feminine qualities, and as our love center, when it is balanced it can help us to foster more love and connection with others, ourselves, and on a deeper level the world around us. The heart chakra helps us to foster trust, empathy, gratitude, and forgiveness. As the seat of our feelings, it is important to note that a blocked heart chakra can be soothed through the release of crying or by loving physical touch.

While covering each chakra, this paragraph will (usually) remain unchanged, with the exception of the color visualization. Please spend time this week visualizing this chakra as a still, green wheel in the location described at the beginning of the post, as this will make the exercise at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or more of the crystals listed above (which I hope you will), holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it before we even get to the final exercise. This time around, I’d like to recommend getting two crystals for this chakra, one of the green ones and a rose quartz. For all of the individual chakras we will cover in this series, please go gently and get to know them without trying to get them moving until we get to the final exercise. It is always important when working with your energy to go into it slowly and learn a bit before diving in head first.

Please remember to practice the mini exercise near the bottom of last week’s post as often as possible.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra, or any other topics which you may like to see covered here at a later date.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

The Root Chakra

Welcome to this week’s Mystical Monday post. The focus for today is on the root chakra, which is located at the base of the spine when thinking of it from the back of the body, or at the groin when thinking of it from the front.

It is associated with the color red, and with the element of earth.

A few crystals associated with the root chakra are red jasper and bloodstone. For those of you who enjoy working with crystals, you may wish to pick up one or both of these stones throughout the course of this series, to begin working with the chakra, before attempting to get it moving as we’ll be doing in the exercise at the very end of the next several weeks. Keep reading for a tip to use the crystal(s) to work with it at this stage. Below, I will give you some information about both the physical and spiritual associations for this chakra.

Physical:

The skeletal structure and bones in general.

The coccygeal nerve plexus, which provides skin sensory ability to that region, and partially innervates the prostate, bladder, uterus, and fallopian tubes.

The adrenal glands which produce hormones which help regulate the immune system, stress response, metabolism, immune system and more.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Security.

Safety.

Groundedness.

Centeredness.

This chakra can be thought of as the foundation, both physically and psychologically. It helps with the ability to keep going through adversity. A balanced root chakra is important to making decisions about how to not only survive but to thrive.

This covers the basics of important information about this chakra. As you go through the course of this week, please do spend some time visualizing this chakra as a still, red wheel (we will talk about it in motion later on) in the location described at the beginning of the post as this will make the exercise I’ll be providing at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or both of the crystals listed above, holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it right away. It’s important not to attempt opening this chakra wide before doing some groundwork, which is why I’m making the instructions so gradual, as you may experience a sudden awakening of your kundilini. This is a powerful energy believed to be coiled at the base of the spine from birth, sometimes referred to as the sleeping goddess. This awakening can be very intense (not dangerous), as the nickname sleeping goddess implies *wink*, when it happens suddenly or while unprepared, so it’s nice to go a little easy here.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

 

 

Today, I Said Goodbye To Social Media

I’ve had a weird relationship with social media for a long time. While I love connecting with people from all over the world, I have found that social media feels to me like it has morphed into this thing which rarely creates relationships or interests which feel organic and lasting. It seems like a lot of scrolling and clicking without really connecting with what’s being clicked on or scrolled past. Without revealing my age, I’ll say that I’ve been around on the online world for ages, and I’ve noted these changes for many years.

This isn’t about getting the most people to see my stuff, or I’d be staying on it. It’s just that social media, as it is right now, is flooded with people and information to the point of overwhelm. At least, it’s overwhelming for me. My intention is to find and create communities of a depth which go deeper and move slower than what is available when interacting on the big online social giants.

This is not a critique of individual people at all. It’s a me thing. I know that there are people who absolutely love social media and that’s cool, really. For myself, it just feels as though the way that the online world has shaped itself over the last several years has created information overload, shortened attention spans (I’ve noticed this in myself too), and a sea of information (and memes) which moves at hurricane speeds. These days, I’m all about settling into gentler rhythms.

Before social media was such a thing, the internet was a different world. I’m not sure if that world still exists. It might take me a while to figure out how to connect with the amazing stuff people are doing without it, but I’m going to give it a real effort. Depending on how this goes, I may end up back on it, and finding ways to utilize it differently. This should be interesting!

As always, I’m sending lots of love your way.

Lion’s Gate Portal

Beginning in the latter part of July, through around the 12th of August, the annual astrological event known as the Lion’s Gate Portal happens, with the peak being on August 8th. During this time we are better able to connect with spirituality; including our higher selves, empowerment, and higher states of enlightenment. Orion’s belt and the star Sirius are associated with the Lion’s gate, and the timing happens in the sign of Leo, enriching the energies further with the power of the lion and the sun. The ancient Egyptians, according to many theories, built the pyramids to be in alignment with Orion’s belt, and had a great affinity for Sirius. They associated the great star with the gods Osiris and Sopdet, to name a few. As you can see, this particular alignment has held significance for thousands of years.

To take advantage of the energies of this gateway is simple(ish). The simple part is to intentionally open yourself to accepting the energies coming in through this portal. Allow yourself some time spent in stillness while holding this intention. Now, for the reason that I added the (ish). Another important thing about the Lion’s Gate Portal is that it is a powerful time of releasing any and everything which no longer serves our highest good or encourages our growth. This can mean that things can fall away which will leave you feeling uncomfortable for a while. This is where trust comes in. Not to worry, nothing will happen which isn’t for your best, nor more than you can handle. Knowing that some things and relationships need to be released in order to move more into alignment with our higher selves can be difficult. Just keep in mind that this clearing makes space for that which makes your heart and soul sing and your entire being radiate joy as you begin to manifest bigger and better.

Wishing you all a wonderful period of enlightenment and spiritual enrichment. See you next week as promised to begin a weekly series of posts. Sending lots of love your way!