A full moon is bright white or yellow and is often considered a magical time, when all of your emotions, both positive and negative, are usually strengthened.Tonight, we'll experience a lunar eclipse, when the three celestial bodies, the earth, sun and moon are roughly in a straight line, turning the bright white moon into an orange, then deep red color as it plunges into the shadow of the earth.
Lunar eclipses were a cause of great fear in the past and, even today, can create a feeling of extremes -- excitement and fruition when some of your plans fall into place; disapointment when life falls short of your dreams, according to Moonfruit.com. It is a good time for releasing pent up emotions, and visualizing what you want.
The full moon is said to offer a powerful effect on your meditations and affirmations, helping you to cleanse yourself of negative thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you. It's also a great time to cleanse your crystals.
If you want to cleanse and charge up your crystals, take the opportunity to charge them to match your intentions, before you place them on your windowsill or porch. First, rub your crystal lightly between your fingers, then place it on the center of your forehead over your Third Eye Chakra while offering your affirmation. As the full moon is usually associated with the color yellow, and the sun and moon will be aligned for two hours today, let's look at an affirmation to strengthen our Solar Plexus Chakra, connecting your gut intuition with the intuition offered by your higher knowing through the Third Eye Chakra.HOW DO CRYSTALS ASSIST IN BALANCING THE CHAKRAS?
Crystal healing works because the stones interact with your body's own natural subtle energies. Each crystal holds a vibration, much like chakras hold a vibration of color and energy. Crystals used to heal each chakra usually vibrate with the same color associated with that chakra.AFFIRMATION FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:"I CAN ACCOMPLISH BOTH EASY AND DIFFICULT TASKS AS I ASSERT MY PERSONAL POWER."
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced, you are confident, with a strong sense of purpose/mission in your life. You are self-directed, self-confident and self-empowered.
For sound mantras and affirmations associated with all seven of the major chakras, see my new Kindle book, BALANCE YOUR CHAKRAS, BALANCE YOUR LIFE.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries
, Chakra Secrets
, Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life
, and the Balance & Tone Your Chakras
HOW DO CRYSTALS ASSIST IN BALANCING THE CHAKRAS?
Crystal healing works because the stones interact with your body's own natural subtle energies. Each crystal holds a vibration, much like chakras hold a vibration of color and energy. Crystals used to heal each chakra usually vibrate with the same color associated with that chakra. Edgar Cayce recommended illuminating a clear quartz crystal with the color of the chakra you wanted to heal, then to gaze on that crystal as you sang a mantra associated with that chakra (V A M for the Sacral Chakra) or repeated an appropriate affirmation. Even a photograph of the crystal holds the vibration, so feel free to print this out and use it in lieu of the real thing.
Gaze at the photo here while toning V A M and notice how you feel more sensuous, passionate and creative.
For photos, sound mantras and affirmations associated with all seven of the major chakras, see my new Kindle book, BALANCE YOUR CHAKRAS, BALANCE YOUR LIFE.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries
, Chakra Secrets
, Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life
, and the Balance & Tone Your Chakras
This information is from our guest, A’ra Blair, author of Communing With the Infinite, a Path of Awakening Awareness.
How would you like to have a continual open channel to the Divine? An information source that provides guidance and direction for every aspect of your life. If you said yes, you’re in luck. You already do. Your connection to Infinite Intelligence runs through your body as energy. This energetic source equips you with all that you need to unfold a life that celebrates all that you are.
Each energy center or chakra has a different role to play in this communication process. The highest of your energy centers is located a few inches above your head. It sits there like a crown of royalty. Its vibrant purple color radiates out in all directions connecting you with ALL that there is.
The jewel of this crown, also known as the great I AM, is your personal identification with Infinite Intelligence. It’s the truth of your being. When you tap into cosmic consciousness, you open to an intuitive voice that is
Infinite Intelligence. It guides your life. It unfolds your brilliance. It creates your journey. If you know how to listen and act on this guidance, it provides all that you need to be happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise. Trust is one of the keys.
Learning how to trust this intuitive voice is your greatest mission. It’s the journey back to center, back to that place within that knows no separation, back to Pure Awareness
“This journey is the only work you’ll ever have to do.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
By accessing the crown chakra, you’ll feel a sense of spiritual direction, vitality, and passion flourish within you. A sense of unity returns when you allow this chakra to fully blossom and energize all your life experiences.
Empathy is another key to unlocking this chakra’s gifts. Really feel into the woes of this world. Not from a place of judgment or criticism or even sadness, but from a place of profound expectation for good. First, this takes you out of your own struggles. Second, it aligns your neuro-network with Infinite possibilities. This type of service to humanity is your YES to the Divine to be used as a conduit to transform tragedy into peace, discord into harmony and love. This requires a devotion and dedication to daily practices that allow you to Commune with the Infinite
on a continual basis.
Daily practices energize you by bringing you back to your spiritual center. They move you down the path toward enlightenment and allow you to bask in the fullness of life in this human experience. Daily practices bring your awareness to a Power greater than any struggle. This Power is capable of transforming any lack or limitation into plenty. The following meditation is a taste of what can happen when you spend time Communing with the Infinite. PURE AWARENESS CROWN CHAKRA MEDITATION, An excerpt from Communing With the Infinite, a Path of Awakening Awareness
Visualize a white or golden light above your head. Connect with the light. Let it drip down into your body, igniting each energy center’s brilliant color. Feel the rich purple color of your crown light up. As this light continues down your body, feel the energy of deep indigo at your brow, beautiful blue at your throat, emerald green at your heart, bright yellow at your solar plexus, vibrant orange at your sacral, and rich red at your root… As they blend into a rainbow of energy, feel the energy completely envelope your body. Allow yourself to relax into the warmth of the vibration you’re creating in this sacred union with your Divinity…
Bring your awareness to your senses and feel, smell, and hear all that is around you. Notice your thoughts, but them go… Expand out beyond your body, through your crown, beyond your thoughts, into the vastness that surrounds you… Fill that vastness with your rainbow radiance. Move deeper into the vastness, ever aware of a sense of peace, potential, and possibility.
Go deeper into the spaciousness of this vast Pure Awareness
… Deeper still… Deep enough to move you beyond the human realm into the cosmic connection to the ALL. Breathe deeply, letting go more with each breath. Relax your shoulders, your jaw, your hips and temple…
Ask for guidance on how to fully trust your intuition… Ask how to remain open to your Divinity in each experience… As you breathe into these questions, bring your focus inward… Feel into your inherent Divine connection…
When you feel complete, bring your awareness back to this present moment, this present space and time. Open to living in the wonder of uncertainty.
As you move into your day, allow Infinite Intelligence to expand your awareness and bring you answers to your questions. May your life continue to blossom the fullness of your Divinity.
For more in information on A’ra Blair’s writings, services, and workshops, visit Pure Awareness Pathways at http://www.pureawarenesspathways.com/Namaste!Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries
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Becca, After reading The Chakra Diaries, I want to test my chakras to see where I may have imbalances. What do you suggest?
There's a very good questionnaire at www.EclecticEnergies.com, that can give you an indication of which chakra/s could use strengthening.
You can also have someone test you with a pendulum - any object hung on a string or chain that is able to swing freely. It works by responding to micro-muscular movements of the fingers, which are themselves responding to a focused question that you ask about something... you can choose what meaning to give to the following kinds of responses, e.g., clockwise circle - open chakra; counter-clockwise circle - closed chakra. I have also experienced a perfectly still pendulum when a chakra is closed. There's more info on how I use the pendulum in the prologue to The Chakra Diaries.
If you're unsure which chakra to focus on, do a Chakra Meditation to balance all your chakras, starting at the root chakra, the base for all our security and balance in life. Try the guided visualization on the Meditations page of my website www.TheChakras.org.
For those looking for a gift idea for their loved ones or for themselves for Valentine’s Day, The Chakra Diaries provides the answer, inspiring the reader with the healing power of love.
The book begins with Rebecca explaining, "I never promised a road map to miracles. Yet, the men and women in my chakra workshop came seeking to find romance and riches, remove the hurt of past betrayals, fight depression and even beat death." As the facilitator, she witnesses miracles and magic, twists and turns she never expected in herself or the others. The book ends with her own quest for love with the one person who may damn her forever. Because of her humanity, she tends to love too much and overstep all the conventional boundaries, but she stirs her students at levels where they can discover themselves too and find truth, passion and everlasting love.
Reviewer Marya Mann, PhD, writes, “The Chakra Diaries is new age fiction you’ll cherish for its wisdom as much as for its drama and sensuality. It is such a fantastic read, full of passion, sensuality, humor and great teachings. The antagonist in The Chakra Diaries is an amalgam of lost love and false beliefs, and it is these perilous obstacles that drive the book and make the ending, the soul of the story – showing love never dies – all the more uplifting.”
People can enter to win a Valentine’s Day Giveaway which includes an autographed, first edition copy of The Chakra Diaries and Valentine’s Day gift card - just fill out the form on the Giveaways page of www.TheChakras.org
Here's to love!Becca
To be physically strong, capable of giving and receiving love and to be poised to develop spiritually, our Heart Chakras must be nourished and stroked – literally paid attention to like the plaintive cry of your child or the insistent mewing of your cat.
So, just as Barry, one of the characters in The Chakra Diaries did, we can start by surrounding that person in the mirror with green light, color therapy for the Heart Chakra. Like a rags-to-riches infomercial, results may vary, but just give it a try.
Another technique to boost your feelings of self-love is to re-visit those times in your childhood when you felt most loved, appreciated and supported and transport those feelings to the present, to right now! You CAN revel in those feelings again and carry them with you regardless of which purse you are packing. Feel them pump you up when you are down. Tweak and tune them, brand them as your own.
Now that we have you started on your merry way, how about some loving first aid for the other people in your life…
When someone else in your life is sad, try this warm and fuzzy exercise. Sit next to them and caress the tips of their hands. Notice the feelings that pop into your head. Stroke the back of their hand and then the palm. Which touch does your friend or lover respond most to?
When you have reached an end, shake off any unhappy energy toward the ground and ask your friend to repeat the process with you as the recipient.
Tomorrow, we will learn about ways to feed our heart when we are alone – sorry, no chocolate involved in this one.
In my chakra balancing workshop profiled in The Chakra Diaries, one student’s fourth chakra was profoundly closed. He was as suspicious of others as a stray cat, resentful at life for handing him not that bowl of cherries that he felt he so richly deserved, but a crate of sour grapes and buckets of ill will filled with woe-is-me. No wonder that despite his rugged good looks and stable income he was having such a “hard time” finding a lover and soul mate. His inner peace was pockmarked and fragmented, it resembled a battlefield of negative feelings littered with remnants of squandered life force. He was in every sense of the unspoken word, a mess.
I suggested that he passively meditate at every opportunity, allowing his memories of love and relationships to surface so that they could be examined and balanced. He taped ten affirmations of self acceptance on his bathroom mirror and car dashboard to guide him in becoming more grounded and open to love and compassion.
Over the course of the workshop, I saw this delightful, yet challenging man grow into a balance of his internal and external worlds. He became more open and accepting of life and less apt to sling blame, point fingers and retreat into a fortress of self-pity. He led the group in a practice of saturation blessings and appreciations of abundance, reminding the group that blessings flow where attention goes and that all power comes from within. In the final tally, he gave to the group far more than he took and I am forever thankful that he crossed my life. And I know he is sharing love wherever he goes now.
I was recently asked why I wrote The Chakra Diaries and other questions by YogaLifeJourney.com. Here are some of my answers:
I started writing The Chakra Diaries as a short story – an homage to a colleague and friend, an energy healer, who got cancer, but died in peace and full of love because of the forgiveness work she did during her last few months. I had to make sense of her life’s story and I found I could do that through the lens of the chakras. So too, for the other characters who tell their stories in the “diary” format – you can see where their problems originated and experience their transformations and manifestations along with them. The soul of all their stories is the healing power of love.
As the chakra workshop leader, my character is on her own quest to live a life of discovery and love. Because of her humanity, she tends to love too much and overstep all the conventional boundaries, but “she stirs her students at levels everyone wants to be moved,” as one reviewer remarked.
Chakra balancing can help a person overcome emotional, physical, mental, social and spiritual challenges, and I wanted to show all these road blocks being removed by the rainbow of the chakras. While The Chakra Diaries is not a teaching guide (there are many fabulous reference books on the chakras), I hope it engrosses the reader with its true-to-life drama, sensuality and miraculous moments. Yogis and yoginis will probably nod their heads in agreement at many points of the stories and even get up and do some of the poses recommended by the workshop leader.
For the complete interview, see http://yogalifejourney.com/yoga-authors/yoga-story-becca-chopra-author-the-chakra-diaries/
Dear Becca, In addition to eating the right foods to balance an unbalanced chakra, can you offer any other advice on the right diet for better health?
From, "In a Diet Dilemna"
Using “food as medicine,” and diagnosis of the correct foods for each person’s constitution and body type is a major focus of Ayurveda and can help answer that question. Ayurveda, derived from the ancient Sanskrit roots, ayus (life) and ved(knowledge), is the traditional system of holistic healing from India. In Ayurveda, all aspects of an individual are considered and treatment is prescribed to bring balance to all levels of life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
“One need not be sick to come for an Ayurveda consultation, as we suggest the proper diet to live 100 years without having diseases,” according to Dr. S. K. Kamlesh, a seventh-generation Ayurvedic doctor, and Founder and President of the International Society of Ayurveda. According to Dr. Kamlesh, the appropriate diet to balance the three physical doshas or energies of the body – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – can help to promote health and longevity.
Through the practices of Ayurveda, a person is requested to get involved more and take responsibility for their own healing. Seasonal cleansing and rejuvenation, as well as appropriate diet, are suggested to maintain health and to slow aging.
If you’d like to pursue that path, I'd recommend a personal health consultation with an Ayurvedic physician. After a diagnostic check to find any health problems in the body’s organs and determine an individual’s percentage of Vata, Pitta and Kapha energies in their body, you would be provided a personalized diet program, with suggestions of foods, herbs, spices, aromatherapy oils and supplements for healing.
Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries