Clairaudience

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Continuing the discussion on the four clairs, today we are focusing on clairaudience.  Clairaudience is being able to hear your spirit guides giving you guidance, and being able to hear spirits talk. Your spirit guides by the way can be angels, spirit animals, ascended masters, or even your loved ones that have already passed. As I mentioned in the Clairvoyance post, in the Ghost Whisperer tv show the main character is able to hear the ghosts when they speak to her. That’s an example of clairaudience.  Some have also reported hearing music when there isn’t any playing, or ringing in the ears is sometimes spiritually attributed to getting a “download” or message from your guides. But be sure to also rule out tinnitus by visiting your family doctor. Here’s an example of clairaudience I saw in a video by Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley. He mentions one day when he was driving on a highway and wasn’t paying particular attention. He suddenly heard a voice that told him to pay attention so he brought his attention back to the road. As he did he narrowly avoided being in car accident as the cars in front of him collided.

Here are some ways to build up your clairaudience skills. Before you begin any of these practices make sure your mind and body are clear and centered. Ask that you be helped, guided and protected. Set an intention for your practice. Finally, find a space that is calm and where you won’t be interrupted.

  • Meditation
    If you are not a regular meditator and wish to build your psychic abilities, meditation is a great way to start. When you are calm and clear you can allow the space for spiritual guidance to come in. Here’s a simple meditation to try. Set your timer for however many minutes you want to spend. If you are a beginner try 10 minutes to start. You can increase your time as you become more practiced in meditation. Sit down, close your eyes, and imagine you are standing tall like a tree with your feet in the soil. Then imagine that mother earth’s energy is grounding you. Ask your spirit guides, or angels to come to you. When you feel they have arrived, ask them any questions you want to ask and listen for their answer. You may hear them speak in your ears, or you may hear them as a voice in your mind. You may even have their words pop into your mind. Thank your spirit guides for speaking to you. Then when you are ready, open your eyes. Take time after the meditation to absorb the experience. Record the experience however you like. Some people like to write in their journal, while others like to record an audio or video even if it’s just for their own records.
  • Practice physically hearing
    This one can be practiced on your own. Listen to recordings of common sounds like raindrops, . Then turn off the recording and see if you can still hear it in your mind. You can also do this with songs which can be quite fun if you’re a singer or musician. I’m a singer and this is one way I learn a song. I listen to the song while I have the lyrics in front of me. Then I will try to sing the song after hearing it only once. I can mostly get 90% of it correct. Then I go back and listen to the parts I got wrong. I keep repeating this until I can “hear” the song in my mind without listening to the recording. Once I got it I can then put my own spin on the song to make it my own.
  • Listen closely
    You can practice increasing your clairaudience also by listening to people or animals when you are talking to them.

    • With a person
      Ask a friend to partner with you in this exercise. You’ll start a normal conversation & then ask them to intentionally think a certain phrase that you don’t know. See if you can hear that phrase which they are thinking. Verify with your friend if you got any part of their message correct. Don’t worry if you’re not right the first time. It can take some time to hear anything. Sometimes you might get a sense of the words but not actual words. Write down any messages and take time to think about the experience. Clairaudience can sometimes cross with clairsentience (clear feeling) or claircognizance (clear knowing). More on these clairs in upcoming posts. It’s also possible that you may be stronger in the other clairs than clairaudience.
    • With an animal
      If you have a pet you can also try hearing their messages or thoughts. This is called animal communication. If you don’t have a pet, ask a friend if you can try talking to their pet, or find an animal in your backyard or park that you can talk to. Be calm and grounded before you talk to an animal. Also make sure the animal is calm when you attempt to talk to them. You don’t have to touch them or be very close to them. Just be near enough to see them and for them to see you. Firstly, ask them if you can speak to them. You may feel or “hear” their answer yes or no. Hopefully it will be yes. If it’s not a yes try again later. When the animal gives you a yes, ask them if they have anything they want to say to you. Listen closely. What message are you getting from them? Animals don’t always speak in words, after all they never went to school and learned English like we did! Smile They might give you images or feelings that you will then have to interpret.  When they have finished “speaking” ask them if there’s anything else they want to tell you. If there’s nothing else they want to say thank them for talking with you. Write down any messages they have given you.
    • By yourself
      You can also practice listening to your inner voice by sifting through what are your thoughts versus your soul speaking. For example, your mind might be thinking: Oh I never get this right. But your soul might say: Maybe I can try something different instead. The voice of your soul is positive and gentle. It may be very quiet if you’ve usually suppressed your feelings, thoughts, desires, and hopes. But with practice you can get it to speak louder. One tool I like to use to hear my inner voice is The Right Questions by Debbie Ford. This tool is especially useful when I have a decision I want to make. Below are the 10 questions. After each question listen to your inner voice and see what comes up. Are your thoughts interrupting? Can you tell the difference between your thoughts and your inner voice?

The Rights Questions, Debbie Ford

        1. Will this choice propel me toward an inspiring future or will it keep me stuck in the past?
        2. Will this choice bring me long-term fulfillment or will it bring me short-term gratification?
        3. Am I standing in my power or am I trying to please another?
        4. Am I looking for what’s right or am I looking for what’s wrong?
        5. Will this choice add to my life force or will it rob me of my energy?
        6. Will I use this situation as a catalyst to grow and evolve or will I use it to beat myself up?
        7. Does this choice empower me or does it disempower me?
        8. Is this an act of self-love or is it an act of self-sabotage?
        9. Is this an act of faith or is it an act of fear?
        10. Am I choosing from my divinity or am I choosing from my humanity?

Practicing any of the psychic skills can be intimidating if you previously had negative connotations to clairaudience, clairvoyance or any psychic skills. The four clairs are just another tool that you can choose to use or not use. My thinking is, why not hone all your skills if possible? You never know what can come in handy. We aren’t just physical beings, we are also connected to the divine or the universe’s energy. Sometimes the four clairs can seem like a figment of imagination. However there are true psychics and clairvoyants. How to tell who is authentic? Most people can usually tell if they are being lied to. Go with your gut and common sense. If you doubt that you can be objective ask a friend to come with you who has more experience in the spiritual studies or someone whose gut you trust.

Just remember that practicing your psychic skills is a journey and it doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient. You may find as you practice the four clairs that some of them will come more naturally and quickly to you. I wish you fun in your spiritual journey!

If you have any questions please comment below or email me here.

Clairvoyance

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Continuing the discussion on the four clairs, today we are focusing on clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is clear seeing or clear sight. Clairvoyance has been depicted in many tv shows and movies. In Sixth Sense (movie) the main character is a little boy who can see the spirits of those who’ve already passed. In the Ghost Whisperer (tv show) Jennifer Love Hewitt played a psychic that could see and hear spirits. As you can guess clairvoyance is the ability to see visions, energy, spirits, and auras (with your physical eyes or inner sight). Most mediums and psychics have clairvoyance. Some may even see visions of the past or probable future. Visions of the past can come from your current life or previous lives (if you believe in reincarnation). Visions of the probable future are tricky because only if certain choices and circumstances happen does the vision stay accurate. Life is unpredictable so the odds of things happening exactly as it does in a vision are rare to almost none. Some people believe that certain things are fated and that is called a prophetic vision (or dream). In religion the definition of a prophetic vision is very different. Please note that in my blog posts I am speaking in spiritual terms, not religious terms. I believe that you can have your religious beliefs and still practice things like psychic and spiritual development.

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We are usually born with some or all of the four clairs, but because it’s discouraged we often don’t practice it and lose that skill. Here are some ways to build up your clairvoyance muscle. Before you begin any of these practices make sure your mind and body are clear and centered. Ask that you be helped, guided and protected. Set an intention for your practice. Finally, find a space that is calm and where you won’t be interrupted.

  • Practice visualization
    Usually clairvoyants see things using inner sight. Inner sight is seeing the images, visions, or symbols in your head. These visions can be received through the third eye chakra, though sometimes they may just pop into your head as well. See my post on the third eye chakra for tips to balance that chakra. Spend some time visualizing images, pictures and scenes. If you’re a beginner, start with visualizing numbers, or colours.  If you’re more advanced you can even try visualizing a friend, family member, even your animal and combine that with getting a message across (clairaudience). Being able to visualize anything in your head will help you develop and build your clairvoyance.
  • Practice seeing auras
    Here’s a way to practice your physical clairvoyance, which is seeing with your physical eyes instead of your inner sight. You can do this with a partner or you can also practice with a plant. It can be easier to start with a plant as they won’t move about like people do. Smile

    • With a plant
      Place the plant against a white wall or background. Focus your vision on the wall and stare at the same spot for 30-60 seconds. Don’t stop blinking by the way, but don’t shift your gaze. It may take some practice before you start to see colours. You first may see an outline around the plant, like a heat shimmer. Don’t be discouraged and keep trying.
    • With a person
      The process is very similar as practicing with a plant. Ask your partner to stand against a white wall or background. Focus your vision on the wall and stare at the same spot for 30-60 seconds while still blinking. Notice any shapes you see around the person, or any colours. When you have mastered being about to see the person’s aura ask them to move around and see if you can still see their aura.
  • Play a memory game
    Have you ever tried laying a deck of cards on a table & tried matching up the cards? As a beginner, lay the deck of cards on the table and then flip them over one at a time. Try to remember, visualize or even sense where the matching card is. For those who are more advanced, hold your hand above the cards and try to visualize or sense where the matching cards are without turning any of them over.
  • Remote viewing
    This one is more advanced, but some are able to do this right away. Have a friend place some of their personal items on a table in front of them while you are in a different location. Close your eyes if it helps you to focus better. Then you will try to identify the items on the table. What colour is it? What shape is it? What is its function? You might start with only one item when you first do this. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not accurate when you first start practicing. You will learn how to separate what your mind is putting in and what you are truly seeing remotely. This is all part of the process. Make sure you keep notes on your progress. You can write, say aloud, or even draw what you are seeing remotely. When you’re ready to stop, close your eyes and review your impressions of the exercise.

Practicing any of the psychic skills can be intimidating if you previously had negative connotations to clairvoyance or any psychic skills. Unfortunately there are a lot of sham psychics and clairvoyants out there. One of the most popular stereotypes of a clairvoyant are the fortune tellers at the amusement parks of carnivals. So sometimes the four clairs can seem like a figment of imagination. However there are true psychics and clairvoyants. How to tell who is authentic? Most people can usually tell if they are being lied to. Go with your gut and common sense. If you doubt that you can be objective ask a friend to come with you who has more experience in the spiritual studies or someone whose gut you trust. Most importantly, if you are going for a psychic reading, it helps to not be attached to a certain outcome. Psychic readings are usually unpredictable. I had a reading with one lady which was an animal communication reading and some of my loved ones who had passed also came through. Very unexpected.

Practicing your psychic skills is an interesting journey which doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient. You may find as you practice the four clairs that some of them will come more naturally and quickly to you. I wish you fun in your spiritual journey!

If you have any questions please comment below or email me here.

Further reading:

When Someone says they don’t have psychic abilities they need to think again – Angel Morgan, My Psychic Lifestyle

8 Famous Clairvoyants

Clairvoyance – Wikipedia overview

The Four Clairs

Four Clairs

Have you heard of the four clairs? If you haven’t, don’t be too surprised. You may have heard about only one of the clairs which has had a lot of attention in tv shows and in movies. In this post there will be a brief overview of all four clairs. In the coming weeks we will be talking about the four clairs in more detail and how you can practice to make yourself stronger in the four clairs.

Clairvoyance – Clear seeing or clear sight
Clairvoyance has been depicted in many tv shows and movies. In Sixth Sense (movie) the main character is a little boy who can see the spirits of those who’ve already passed. In the Ghost Whisperer (tv show) Jennifer Love Hewitt played a psychic that could see and hear spirits. As you can guess clairvoyance is the ability to see visions, energy, spirits, and auras (with your physical eyes or inner sight). Most mediums and psychics have clairvoyance. Some may even see visions of the past or probable future.

Clairaudience – Clear hearing
Clairaudience is being able to hear your spirit guides or angels giving you guidance, and being able to hear spirits talk. As I mentioned above, in the Ghost Whisperer the main character is able to hear the ghosts when they speak to her. That is an example of clairaudience.  Some have also reported hearing music when there isn’t any playing, or ringing in the ears is sometimes spiritually attributed to getting a “download” or message from your guides. More on this in an upcoming post. Here’s an example of clairaudience I saw in a video by Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley. He mentions one day when he was driving on a highway and wasn’t paying particular attention. He suddenly heard a voice that told him to pay attention so he brought his attention back to the road. As he did he narrowly avoided being in car accident as the cars in front of him collided.

Clairsentience – Clear sensing or clear feeling
This is what’s usually called the gut feeling or reaction. We’ve all had that instant when we meet someone for the first time and not liked them but didn’t know why. This is an example of clairsentience. It’s happened to me where I sense that something might be “off” about a person I meet. Sometimes you get a good or bad vibe off someone, or even a place. If you’ve ever walked into a room where two people just had an argument but they’re not talking at that moment, you still can sense something’s happened. Clairsentients can also tell when someone is lying to them by sensing the other person’s energy.

Claircognizance – Clear knowing or inner knowing
Clear knowing is when information that you couldn’t logically know at the time just pops into your head. Some believe this could be information you’re accessing from a past lifetime, if it’s knowledge that can be learned. In my reading, an example I’ve come across of clear knowing is where a woman was told of an investment that an acquaintance of her had made. For no reason she just knew that the investment would not be successful. This is a kind of knowing deep inside, as certain as you know your name. She later heard that her acquaintance lost a large amount of money after the investment fell through.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this short overview of the four clairs. In the coming weeks we’ll go more in depth into each clair and ways to practice how you can get stronger in each clair. If you have any questions please comment below or email me here.

Chakra Mantras

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts about the chakras and have found some tools to try out. Mix and match what serves your purposes. If you have any questions please let me know. Here is a list of the mantras for the chakras so you have them all in one place.

Vowel sound mantras

These mantras are easy to use as most english speakers know the vowel sounds like A E I O U.
Root – Uh (like cup)
Sacral – Oo (like you)
Solar plexus – Oh (like go)
Heart – Ah (like saw)
Throat – Eye (like my)
Third eye – Aa (like say)
Crown – Ee (like Me)

Bija Mantras (mantras written in sanskrit)

These mantras are also called seed sounds because of the resonance or frequency they carry. It’s type of sound healing using our own vocal chords. Traditionally these mantras were used in vedic meditation and kundalini yoga.

Root – Lam
Sacral – Vam
Solar plexus – Ram
Heart – Yam
Throat – Ham
Third eye – Sham
Crown – Om

How to integrate the chakras into your life

If you’re the intuitive sort and are already familiar with chakras take a moment to tune in and feel which ones are out of alignment. Then chant the mantra for that chakra. If you’re short on time you could even do it in as little as 30 seconds on one breath. Inhale then exhale and chant the mantra. Repeat as many times as you have time for, or move on to the next chakra mantra.

If you want to make this a part of your routine, set aside some time in your day (or evening) to do mantra chanting. You can chant all of the mantras, one on each breath if you want to cover all your chakras. For example: inhale then exhale Lam, inhale then exhale Vam and so on.

For those more advanced in chakra practices you could even imagine the colour and location of the chakra while you chant. For example: inhale, imagine the colour red at the location of the root chakra then exhale Lam or Uh. Then continue on to the next chakra if you wish or have time to do so.

One way to start chanting mantras if you can’t set aside time, is to do it when you’re waiting for something. For example, if you’re heating up your food & it will take a few minutes, do some mantra chanting then. This one might sound funny, but some people read while on the toilet but you could chant some mantras instead.

There are so many ways to integrate chakra mantras into your life. Do what resonates with you and you can even be creative and make your own chakra practice.

The Crown Chakra

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Chakra image from Peter Lomas at Pixabay

Colour: Violet

Location: Top or crown of the head

Mantra: Om

Relates to: Higher consciousness, Enlightenment, Inspiration, Connection to the Universe

Today we’re talking about the crown chakra. The seventh chakra in the chakra system is about higher consciousness, enlightenment, inspiration, and connection to the divine or the universe. Physically, the crown chakra is linked to the head and brain. The vowel sound for the crown chakra is Ee  (like me ).

Underactive = lacking in energy
Overactive = has too much energy

If your crown chakra is underactive you will be feeling misunderstood, lonely, constantly worrying, unable to connect with others, apathetic, like your life doesn’t have purpose and disconnected to your spirituality. If your crown chakra is overactive you’ll be addicted to spirituality, egotistic, crave attention, have a need to be popular, and be mentally confused.

Someone with a balanced crown chakra is joyful, wise, peaceful, compassionate, feels inspired, connected to their higher self, their spiritual side, to everyone and to nature. This is a person who has faith, and spiritual beliefs but doesn’t go overboard with them. They may also radiate a sense of serenity and peace. 

If you feel your crown chakra is under or overactive and want to heal it, here are some ways to do so. Pick whatever resonates with you. If you’re not sure what you’ll like, try it and see if you do. Move on to the next thing if it doesn’t work for you.

  • Chant the mantra: Om. You can do this with background music, or into silence. You can do this in as little as 1 minute if you’re pressed for time.
  • Do some yoga postures: Mountain pose, tree pose and forward fold are some yoga poses for the crown chakra. Here is an article with illustrations on the posesBrett Larkin also has a video for crown chakra yoga.
  • Meditate. Meditation not only clears your mind of mental garbage but it also connects you to the divine, whatever your beliefs are. There are so many different ways of meditating. Prayer is a form of meditation. Tai chi is a moving meditation. Pick one that you appeals to you. You may want to explore the different forms of meditation if you’re really curious. I like the insight timer app as there are many meditations you can access there for free. Colette Baron-Reid has an interesting crown chakra video on YouTube.
  • Reduce clutter. Believe it or not, clearing your clutter can help clear your mind. Too much clutter overstimulates your brain. By keeping your brain as clear as possible you’ll be able to access that connection to the divine. Read this 2011 study by Princeton University Neuroscience Institute for the scientific explanation. 
  • Use a solfeggio frequencies. The solfeggio frequency for the crown chakra is 963 Hz. Here’s a video for a solfeggio crown chakra meditation. I found this one very soothing. Find one that you like if this one isn’t to your taste.
  • Use crystals.  Selenite, labradorite, and amethyst are all crystals good for the crown chakra. You can carry them with you, wear them in jewelry, or meditate with them.
  • Try some energy work. There are some types of energy work you can do yourself such as qigong, yoga, acupressure, and EFT (also called tapping).  For other energy work like reiki, reflexoloy, and acupuncture you may want to book an appointment with a practitioner.
  • Look for synchronicities. One way to open up your crown chakra is to become aware of synchronicities, also called signs. I had a synchronicity happen recently where someone called me to ask if I’d like to take part in her project. Funny thing is, I was thinking of doing a similar project. I took that as a sign that I was meant to be a part of her project. Also pay attention to cledons. A cledon is when a message is given to you by someone or something else. Colette Baron-Reid explains in her article here.
  • Explore what spirituality means to you. Spirituality is a person’s individual approach to connecting to the divine. This can go hand in hand with your religious practice if you have one. You can have your own individual spiritual practice while going to church as well. So what does spirituality mean to you? If you’re an atheist (not believing in god or gods) it might mean having faith in the general goodness of humanity. Whatever your beliefs are, explore what you’re curious about. You can read books, listen to podcasts, watch videos or documentaries, take self-development courses, etc. Tailor your exploration to the time you want to spend on this and what draws you.
  • Create your own spiritual practice. Having your own spiritual practice can really open up your crown chakra and keep it’s energies clear. Your spiritual practice can be unique to you. My personal practice is based on the things I’ve learned. Every morning after exercising I will do yoga, clear my lymphatic points (acupressure), clear my energy meridians (energy work), do some affirmations and do some meditation. I also like to give thanks for every meal I eat. What do you like to do? I have a friend who is Hindu that does puja (prayer) every day. 
  • Wear the colour violet or have it around you in your home where you can see it easily. 
  • Use affirmations. Create your own or use one of these affirmations below.
I am connected to the divine.
My spirit guides and angels are supporting me.
I am open to signs from the universe.

I hope this article has given you some insight into the crown chakra and tools to heal it. Did you try any of the tools above? I’d love to know! Please comment below.

The Third Eye Chakra

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Chakra image from Peter Lomas at Pixabay

Colour: Indigo

Location: Between your eyebrows

Mantra: Sham

Relates to: Intuition, Insight, Psychic Awareness, Wisdom, Thought, Morality

Today we’re talking about the third eye chakra. The sixth chakra in the chakra system is about intuition, insight, psychic awareness, wisdom, thought, morality, inspiration, creativity, and vision. Physically, the third eye chakra is linked to the pineal gland which is in charge of the body’s biorhythms. The vowel sound for the third eye chakra is Aa (like say).

Underactive = lacking in energy
Overactive = has too much energy

If your third eye chakra is underactive you’ll feel like you can’t see the bigger picture, will be easily influenced, confused about your life purpose, lack clarity in your life, frequently day dream to avoid reality, and doubt yourself. If your third eye chakra is overactive you’ll be narrow-minded, arrogant, egotistical, opinionated, stubborn, don’t trust people, can’t connect to your higher self, materialistic, overly logical and uninspired.

Someone with a balanced third eye chakra is intuitive, charismatic, knows their purpose in life, has insight, emotional awareness, is seen as wise, and has clarity in their life. They may also be in tune with their psychic abilities (clairvoyance, etc). Have you ever met someone who seems to know how you’re feeling even if you’re trying to hide it? Or do you know someone who is in tune with their intuition and it has saved them from unpleasant experiences? Those people are the ones with a balanced third eye chakra.

If you feel your third eye chakra is under or overactive and want to heal it, here are some ways to do so. Pick whatever resonates with you. If you’re not sure that you like it, try it and see if you do. Move on to the next thing if it doesn’t work for you.

  • Chant the mantra: Sham. Or the vowel sound Aa (like say). You can do this with background music, or into silence. Do this for at least 3 minutes if you’re pressed for time.
  • Do some yoga postures. Forward bend, child’s pose, and dolphin pose are great yoga postures for the third eye chakra. Here is a 15 minute video on third eye yoga postures.
  • Practice mindfulness. If you’re the type that loves to day dream and get lost in your day dreams, practicing mindfulness will help you. By grounding yourself in the present moment you bring yourself back to reality. Doing simple breathwork is a good start. One easy breath meditation is breathing in for 5 seconds, holding for 5 seconds then exhaling for 5 seconds. You can do this several times and really focus on the actions of your body and how it feels as you do the breathing.
  • Use a solfeggio frequencies. The solfeggio frequency for the third eye chakra is 852 Hz. Here is a solfeggio meditation on YouTube for the third eye chakra.
  • Use crystals.  shungite, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst are all crystals good for the third eye chakra. You can carry them with you, wear them in jewelry, or meditate with them.
  • Do self-reflection. By doing self-reflection you can increase your self-awareness. One technique is using a journal. Look at why you behave the way you do and why you believe what you do.
  • Look at your dreams. Your dreams are full of subconscious and symbolic  messages about your desires, needs and fears. If you practice remembering your dreams and writing them down you could gain valuable insight into your subconscious. Keep a journal near your bedside so when you wake up you can write the details of your dream down.
  • Practice your psychic abilities. There are several psychic abilities people can have. The most commonly known are clairvoyance (clear vision), clairaudience (clear hearing), claircognizance (clear knowing), clairsentience (clear feeling).  For example, to practice claircognizance when the phone rings see if you can sense who is calling you without looking at the caller id. For clairvoyance you could practice seeing your aura or other peoples auras. There are many ways to practice your psychic abilities. Some people wouldn’t event call these psychic abilities. Everyone has some psychic ability by the way. If you’ve been raised to ignore yours, it may just take time and practice to get in touch with them again.
  • Wear the colour indigo or have it around you in your home where you can see it easily.
  • Use affirmations. Create your own or use one of these affirmations below.
I trust my intuition.
My intuition guides me to my highest good.
I am connected to the wisdom of the universe.
I know my life’s purpose.

I hope this article has given you some insight into the third eye chakra and tools to heal it. Did you try any of the tools above? I’d love to know! Please comment below.

The Throat Chakra

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Chakra image from Peter Lomas at Pixabay

Colour: Blue

Location: Throat

Mantra: Ham

Relates to: Communication, Creativity, Free Will, Speech

Today we’re talking about the throat chakra. The fifth chakra in the chakra system is about communication, creativity, free will, and speech. Physically, the throat chakra is linked to the throat and neck. The vowel sound for the throat chakra is eye (like my). The throat chakra is the link between emotions and reason.

Underactive = lacking in energy
Overactive = has too much energy

If your throat chakra is underactive you will likely be unable to express yourself, feel ignored or misunderstood, fear speaking in public, is timid, dependent on others, not able to realize your ideas, may have poor social skills, and not able to express their creative side. If your throat chakra is overactive you’ll talk too much, be overly opinionated, bore others, criticize others and be stubborn.

Someone with a balanced throat chakra is able to be vulnerable with others, can express themselves, are honest, creative, show leadership skills, and have a variety of interests. These people are comfortable with having real conversations with people either one on one or with a group.

If you feel your throat chakra is under or overactive and want to heal it, here are some ways to do so. Pick whatever resonates with you. If you’re not sure that you like it, try it and see if you do. Move on to the next thing if it doesn’t work for you.

  • Chant the mantra: Ham. You can do this with background music, or into silence. Do this for at least 3 minutes if you’re pressed for time.
  • Do some yoga postures.  Plow pose, Fish pose, camel and cobra are good yoga postures for the throat chakra. Take a look at the pictures on Chakra Anatomy for more details.
  • Do a gratitude practice. When we are thankful for the things in our lives all of our chakras expand, especially our throat chakra. You can even do this gratitude practice like an prayer if that calls to you. For example, Thank you God / Universe/ Your Chosen Deity for this food on my plate, the roof over my head, the clothes that I wear. Or do it like an affirmation: thank you for all the abundance in my life.
  • Use a solfeggio frequencies. The solfeggio frequency for the throat chakra is 741 Hz. I found this one on YouTube that you may like. There are many throat chakra meditations on the insight timer app (my favourite meditation app)  as well.
  • Use crystals.  Aquamarine, blue topaz, turquoise, and lapis lazuli
    are all crystals good for the throat chakra. You can carry them with you, wear them in jewelry, or meditate with them.
  • Look up at the blue sky above you. There’s nothing so comforting as looking at a blue sky in the summertime. Even in the winter it’s refreshing to look at the blue sky. The expansiveness of the sky and the feeling of openness can also help your throat chakra open.
  • Express your feelings and ideas. You can do this by talking to your friends, family, co-workers. You could also do journaling, write poetry, or do a video. If you’re feeling emotion well up and want to release it you can also scream, laugh or do whatever you feel drawn to do. Just make sure the people around you know what you’re doing so they don’t think you’ve gone crazy. LOL.
  • Practice your communication skills. There are so many ways to do to practice your communication skills. Many cities have a toastmaster’s group where you can practice giving a presentation in front of the other members. You could also do an improv class.
  • Spend time in meditation or in silence listening to your inner voice. Those with underactive throat chakras may experience their inner voice is so quiet that they often can’t hear it. In that case you want to “turn up the volume” of your inner voice or intuition so you can hear it better and follow it’s guidance. Those with overactive throat chakras may have a very loud inner voice that shouts or yells. Turning it down can support looking at the subtleties of your emotions or communications with others.
  • Practice being assertive or listen more carefully. If you usually give way to what other people want when they voice their opinions, then practice saying no. Check in with yourself and if the true answer is no then say no. If you’re the kind of person who talks a lot, practice listening more closely.
  • Wear the colour blue or have it around you in your home where you can see it easily.
  • Use affirmations. Create your own or use one of these affirmations below.
I am creative and I can express myself.
I am open to sharing myself authentically with others.
I speak kindly and with truth.
I communicate effectively and eloquently.

I hope this article has given you some insight into the throat chakra and tools to heal it. Did you try any of the tools above? I’d love to know! Please comment below.

The Heart chakra

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[Chakra image from Peter Lomas at Pixabay]

Colour: Green

Location: Center of your chest

Mantra: Yam

Relates to: Love, Forgiveness, Empathy, Partnership, Expression of Feelings

Today we’re talking about the heart chakra. The fourth chakra in the chakra system is about your ability to love, forgive, empathize, express your feelings and partnering with others. Physically, the heart chakra is linked to the heart, lungs, and thymus gland. The vowel sound for the heart chakra is Aw (like saw).

Underactive = lacking in energy
Overactive = has too much energy

If your heart chakra is underactive you will likely be feeling unloved, self-pity, have a fear of rejection, be needy, clingy, and uncertain. If your heart chakra is overactive you’ll act with a sense of entitlement, jealousy, blaming others and giving too much.

Someone with a balanced heart chakra radiates love, is loving, empathetic, compassionate, altruistic, and has good vibe that is contagious. When you’re around someone like this you just feel good.

If you feel your heart chakra is under or overactive and want to heal it, here are some ways to do so. Pick whatever resonates with you. If you’re not sure that you like it, try it and see if you do. Move on to the next thing if it doesn’t work for you.

  • Chant the mantra: Yam. You can do this with background music, or into silence. Do this for at least 3 minutes if you’re pressed for time.
  • Do some yoga postures for the heart chakra like: bridge, camel pose and wheel.  An illustration of the poses can be found on this website. Modify the poses if you want or need to. I can’t do camel because of arthritis in my knees so the way I would modify this is to get a chair with strong arms. I would stand in front of it with my arms behind me supported on the arms of the chair. And then I would extend my chest upwards as I lean back. You could also do a standing back bend which isn’t as extreme as modified camel but still opens up your chest area where the heart chakra is located.
  • Do acts of love. Let’s face it. We live in a world where we’re usually taught only to give if we get something back. To open your heart chakra more do some kind of action where you don’t expect anything back. It can range from something small to something big. For example, if you’re out and see something that a friend would like, and you buy it for them just because you know they might enjoy it. Another example is, you could help an elderly neighbour get groceries, or sit and talk with them if you think they might be lonely. Random acts of kindness is an act of love, especially if the recipient doesn’t know who you are. Now that’s really giving unconditional love!
  • Use a solfeggio heart chakra meditation. The solfeggio frequency for the heart chakra is 341.3 Hz. Here is a meditation you cant try from YouTube which uses a Tibetan Singing Bowl. There are many solfeggio meditations online for free. Do a search on YouTube or your chosen search engine to find some.
  • Use crystals:  Rose quartz, Emerald, Green Jade, & Green Aventurine are all crystals good for the heart chakra. Rose quartz although it isn’t green, is known as the crystal of unconditional love and it’s vibration resonates with the heart chakra. You can carry them with you, wear them in jewelry, or meditate with them.
  • Do breathwork. One technique to open your heart chakra is doing alternate nostril breathing. Yogis will be familiar with this type of breathwork. You can find instructions here. Another simpler breathing technique is to put your hand on your heart and breathe in to a count of 5, hold for a count of 5 and exhale to a count of five. When you have your hand on your heart focus on how your heart is feeling.
  • Express your feelings. When I want to express myself I sing. If I want to open my heart chakra I sing my favourite songs that have the topic of love. What do you do to express yourself?
  • Do what you love. Most of us don’t take time to do what we love. I love to sing, paint, and write. When I get too practical and only focus on what I have to do my life becomes tedious. Doing what I love brings joy back into my life. When I’m happy I’m more open to giving love to others and to being loved in return.
  • Take time to laugh. As adults we’re often so serious! But we don’t need to be this way all the time. Take time to laugh. Watch your favourite move or tv show that makes you laugh. You could also try laughter yoga.
  • Practice Forgiveness. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean forgetting or saying what they did is okay. In some cases people can do truly horrible things. Forgiveness means letting yourself release the emotions that were a part of your reaction to an event or circumstance. Do you really want to carry that baggage with you the rest of your life? Usually the only person who suffers is the one who is unwilling to forgive. When you forgive you say that I’m not willing to suffer anymore for what happened.
  • Volunteer your time. Creating an impact on your community is a way to show your love for your community. When people see you giving back to the community it shows that you care. You can volunteer your time at many places. An example of some are: Homeless shelters, the hospital, a senior’s home, in the office of a charity, and at charity events. I’m probably forgetting some, but you get the idea.
  • Wear the colour green or have it around you in your home where you can see it easily.
  • Use affirmations. Create your own or use one of these affirmations:
    • I love and accept myself completely.
    • I am loved and supported.
    • I am grateful.
    • I am open to loving others and to be loved.

I hope this article has given you some insight into the heart chakra and tools to heal it. Did you try any of the tools above? I’d love to know! Please comment below.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

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[Chakra image from Peter Lomas at Pixabay]

Colour: Yellow

Location: 2-3 inches above your belly button

Mantra: Ram

Relates to: Inner Strength, Self-Esteem, Responsibility, Work

Today we’re talking about the solar plexus chakra. The third chakra in the chakra system is about your inner strength, self-esteem, responsibility, and work. Physically, the solar plexus chakra is related to the stomach, kidneys, liver, and adrenal glands.

Underactive = lacking in energy
Overactive = has too much energy

If your solar plexus chakra is underactive then you may have low self-esteem, be in a victim mindset, look for approval from others, procrastinate, be irresponsible, and have a lack of ambition.  If your solar plexus chakra is overactive you may be judgemental, controlling, stubborn, critical, and bullying.

Someone with a balanced solar plexus chakra has respect for themselves and others, is confident, responsible, outgoing, independent, calm, and acts with integrity. With a balanced solar plexus chakra you use your power to affect the world in a good way, are assertive and don’t need validation from others all the time.

If you want to heal your solar plexus chakra here are some ways to do so. Pick whatever resonates with you. If you’re not sure that you like it, try it and see if you do. Move on to the next thing if it doesn’t work for you.

  • Chant the mantra: Ram
  • Step out of your comfort zone. Try something different like changing your routines. Walk a different way home. Or learn something you’d never thought of. I never thought I’d be able to run a charity fundraiser. But with a team of people I was able to hold a successful one before covid hit.
  • Do some yoga postures for the solar plexus chakra like: boat pose, and reverse plank. Yogi Approved has an illustration of these poses here.
  • Be decisive. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t make a move without getting advice from others, practice self-reliance. To do this you can make some decisions on your own without seeking advice. Do this within reason. Obviously you may want advice for things like where to put your investments. But don’t be swayed only by what the experts say. Let your own sense of what’s important to you also make the decision.
  • Do a solar plexus chakra  meditation. The solfeggio frequency for the solar plexus chakra is 528 Hz. Here is a meditation you can try from YouTube. There are many solfeggio meditations online for free. So just find one that appeals to you and try it out.
  • Use crystals:  Citrine, tiger’s eye, yellow calcite, and yellow tourmaline are all crystals good for the solar plexus chakra. You can carry them with you, wear them in jewelry, or meditate with them.
  • Speak up. If you have something to say, don’t hold it in for fear of others reactions. Remember, you can’t control how people react. They choose how to react to what you say. In a group setting like a work meeting, speak up if you have ideas, questions or comments.
  • Practice self-care. Self-care ranges from physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual. We’ll list some examples of each. Physical self-care can consist of: eating healthy, doing exercise or movement, getting a massage or doing self-massage. Spiritual self-care: meditation, noticing the beautiful things in life. Emotional self-care: If you don’t feel like doing something respect that and say no. Or make a conditional offer like: “I can do this at this time but not right now. Does that work for you?” Intellectual self-care: Learn new things that you’re interested in no matter what anyone says. As long as you aren’t hurting any being or the environment.
  • Use affirmations. Create your own or use one of these affirmations:
    • I trust my intuition and follow its guidance.
    • I am confident and powerful.
    • The only approval I need is my own.
    • What I offer the world is valuable.
  • Wear the colour yellow or have it around you in your home where you can see it easily.

I hope this article has given you some insight into the solar plexus chakra and tools to heal your chakra. Did you try any of the tools above? I’d love to know! Please comment below.

The Sacral Chakra

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Chakra Image from Peter Lomas at Pixabay

Colour: Orange

Location: Pelvic area, a couple of inches below your belly button

Mantra: Vam

Relates to: Money, Relationships,  Sexuality, Intimacy, Creativity

Today we’re talking about the sacral chakra (also called the sex chakra because of the proximity to the genitals). The second chakra in the chakra system is about creativity, money, relationships, sexuality and intimacy. Once your foundational needs are met in the root chakra the next question is often: what do I want to create? How do I want to feel? Going back to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the sacral chakra is level three. See picture below.

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Underactive = lacking in energy
Overactive = has too much energy

If your sacral chakra is underactive then you may feel negative emotions, sluggish, lost, creatively blocked, afraid to interact, and overly concerned about what others think of you.  If your sacral chakra is overactive you may behave manipulatively, aggressively, show lack of emotional stability and be addicted to things that give you pleasure.

Someone with a balanced sacral chakra is friendly, passionate, playful, energetic, embraces change, and expresses themselves sexually in a healthy way.

If you want to heal your sacral chakra here are some ways to do so. Pick whatever you’re drawn to. If you’re not sure that you’ll like it, be open to trying it and see if you do. Move on to the next thing if it doesn’t work for you.

  • Chant the mantra: Vam
  • Release your emotions in a safe place. If you feel like crying do so. Scream, jump up and down. I once heard an author say: Get a plastic or sponge bat and beat the heck out of a pillow. Do whatever your body and emotions are aching to do but you never gave yourself permission to do so before. As long as you don’t hurt any being this is a safe way to release your emotions.
  • Do some yoga postures for the sacral chakra like: hip openers, and cat cow. Brett Larkin’s website shows how to do these yoga positions.
  • Explore your sexuality. Whether or not you have a partner there are ways to explore your sexuality. Read books on what you’re curious about. Learning to harness your tantric energy doesn’t have to involve sex. If you have a partner ask them if you can try something different when in bed. If you’re single, do something that makes you feel sexy. Put on some music, light some candles, and dance in a sensual way. This is all about expressing your sensuality and sexuality.
  • Do something creative like writing, drawing, painting, singing, etc. You know how kids play with making art in school? Come to this with the same attitude of playtime and don’t expect perfection right away. Your skills will come in time if you choose to practice them.
  • Do a sacral chakra meditation. There are many options on various sources like on YouTube, or apps like Insight Timer. Brett Larkin also has a sacral chakra meditation on YouTube.
  • Use crystals: carnelian, tiger’s eye, orange calcite, sunstone, amber, and tangerine quartz. You can carry them with you or meditate with them. You can also get jewelry with these crystals.
  • Take care of your body. Most of us are pretty rough with our bodies. Sometimes we don’t get enough rest, eat well or give it breaks like a walk in fresh air. What can you do to take care of yourself? Take a nap, give yourself an oil massage, stretch out your body if its tight, these are just some ideas.
  • Wear the colour orange or have it around you in your home. Some place where you can see it easily.
  • Look at your addictions. Are you addicted to sweet foods? Sex? Gambling? Alcohol? Take time to look at these addictions deeply. What is at the root of them? Are they filling in for something that you feel is lacking? You can journal about this, talk to a friend, a therapist or family member that you trust.
  • Use affirmations. Create your own or use one of these affirmations:
    • I allow myself to feel my emotions.
    • I am a passionate person.
    • I take care of and respect my body.
    • I have healthy boundaries.

I hope this article has given you some insight into the sacral chakra and tools to heal your sacral chakra. Did you try any of the tools above? I’d love to know!