Anahata ~ inviting love and compassion into your life

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The Sanskrit name for the Heart Chakra is Anahata, which translates to “unhurt”.

Anahata connects us to love, joy, happiness and compassion, and allows us to feel sorrow, sadness and anger.

Located in the centre of your chest, Anahata is the bridge connecting the lower and higher chakras.

When in balance Anahata enables you to understand others and accept them for who they are; you will not judge or be critical of their actions. You are comfortable with your own company, and would rather wait for the “right” one to come to you – because you know it will come to you when the time is right.

If it is unbalanced you are ruled by your emotions; sadness, anger, grief, despair, greediness and happiness will come over you with no or little control. You may be manipulative, over critical, and judgemental of yourself and others.

This card is a lesson of the Heart; it is time to forgive and accept yourself, and invite love and compassion to flow through you, allowing it to heal you and others.

To balance Anahata practice compassion and self-love. Reconnect with your heart by connecting with the element of air; sit outside and feel the breeze upon your skin or practice breath work. Psychotherapy can help to deal with relationship issues, grief, and self-acceptance.

When it is open fully, the Heart Chakra becomes what the Buddhists call Mahakaruna, a channel for universal compassion – your true self.

© Michelle Chant 2014 — with Michelle Chant.

Manipura ~ the masculine energy of the Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura

The Sanskrit name for the Solar Plexus Chakra is Manipura, which translates to “lustrous gem”.

Manipura connects us to the Divine Masculine who is within us all, both men and women. He connects us to our yang energy; our inner warrior.

Located between the base of the sternum and the bellybutton, Manipura radiates vital life energy ~ or prana ~ throughout your entire body, it is where your will power and self-discipline resides.

It is from this chakra that you draw on your ability to achieve, connect with your self-esteem and raw emotions; and where that ‘gut feeling’ resides.

When in balance Manipura allows you to be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts; you have a healthy self-love and respect for yourself.

If it is unbalanced you may be judgmental or critical of yourself, have doubt and mistrust towards others, and worry bout what other people might think about you.

It is time to step into your inner-warrior and take up your place in the world!

To balance your Solar Plexus Chakra let go of self-doubt and fear. Reconnect with your inner-warrior by doing physical exercise, going for a walking the sun, deep relaxation or simply meditate on the colour yellow.

Allow warmth and joy to radiate throughout your entire being; all those who come in contact with you will be drawn to it.

Swadhisthana ~ the sensual and creative energy of the sacral chakra

Swadhisthana

The Sanskrit name for the Sacral Chakra is Swadhisthana, which translates to “dwelling place of the Self”.

Swadhisthana connects us to the Divine Feminine which is within us all, both women and men. She connects us to our yin energy; sensuality and creativity, love and compassion, and emotions.

When in balance Swadhisthana allows your feelings flow freely in a healthy way; when unbalanced a person can act both completely disconnected and cold towards others if under-active, or needy and emotionally dependent if over-active.

If you have drawn this card it is time to reclaim this energy and reconnect to your passion, desires and pleasure.

To balance your Sacral Chakra let go of unhealthy emotions, people, and memories. Reconnect with your sensuality by dancing, moving your hips in slow sensual movements, catch a yoga class or simply meditate on the colour orange.

It is time to reignite your passion for life and live it to it’s fullest, experiencing every day as a gift from the Creator.

Muladhara ~ the grounding and instinctual energy of the Root Chakra

Muladhara

Located at the base of the spine, the Sanskrit name for the Root Chakra is Muladhara, which translates to “root support”.

Rooted in the element of earth, Muladhara influences our survival instincts; the human need for safety, shelter and sustenance. It also influences our physical connection to the world.

Blockages in Muladhara often manifest as fears about money, safety or stability at home. However, when in balance it holds your connection to safety and security; keeping grounded, helping you to get your work done on a physical level and to take care of your material needs.

If you have drawn this card it is time to bring your focus into your body, and find yourself feeling more secure in the here and now.

Practice ways of grounding your energy; connecting with the earth, spending time in nature, engaging in physical activity and eating fresh nutritious foods.

With the help of energetic healing, meditation and movement, you may be able to unblock your Root Chakra to move beyond personal stumbling blocks and into greater health and happiness.

FREE GIFT – heart chakra “dancing meditation”

Image by Lori A Andrus

Image by Lori A Andrus

Download a little love, from our heart to yours.

As a free gift to you, the team at Chakradance™ would like to offer this dancing meditation for the Heart Chakra, with music by the amazing Dale Nougher.

Give yourself the gift of a little time, and a relaxing space in which to dance it, and it will help soothe and heal your heart, leaving you feeling lighter, more joyful.

Enjoy with our blessings, and feel free to share the link to this page with any friends or loved ones who you think might like it or benefit from it too!

Click on this link to download

Choosing happiness

Choosing happinessAccording to Buddhist philosophy, happiness is our own responsibility – and completely within our control.

Choosing happiness can help to overcome depression, anxiety disorders, anger and self-sabotaging behaviours.

Happiness is a practice, and it’s on you to learn and use it. It is a mindset you can nurture and train.

The Dalai Lama says that happiness comes from peace of mind and warm-heartedness; from reducing ill feeling and distrust towards others.

To release feelings of loneliness, let go of a self-centred attitude, a competitive nature or jealousy

Develop a deeper sense of happiness in your life, by opening yourself to helping others, to trust and to friendship.

Start focusing on the good in the world, rather than the negative.

Notice the beauty around you – the colours of a magnificent sunset, the fragrance of a beautiful flower, the smile of a small child you pass on the street, the kindness of strangers.

Before long, you will find yourself enveloped in happiness and contentment.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. What do you need to let go of to invite happiness into your life?
  2. What is it that makes you truly happy?
  3. How can you bring more happiness into your life and into the lives of those around you?

The power of your dreams

Follow your dreamsThere is an amazing power in dreaming; it is a gentle place where we can create a better life, and bring to our lives happiness and contentment.

But like a seedling emerging through the earth, your dream needs to be watered and cultivated with your thoughts and by your actions.

Nurturing your dream will help you to breathe life into it and allow it to grow into something magnificent.

Is something you have dreamt of for a long time is coming to fruition; it is time to stop dreaming of the life you want, and to start living your dream.

Take a moment now and allow yourself to become relaxed. Clear your mind of its day-to-day clutter and allow your dream to materialize in to your mind’s eye.

What does your dream look like? Notice how it feels, tastes, sounds. Sit with those feelings for a moment and remember how they feel.

Now write them down or create a dream board so that you can regularly focus on your dream and recall your memories and feelings easily whilst working to bring your dream to life.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are you dreaming of your life or living your dream?
  2. What is holding you back from living your dream?
  3. What action will you take to bring your dream to life?

Coping with the busyness of our lives with meditation

meditationMany of us become lost in the busyness of our day-to-day lives; we run from appointment to appointment, rush to meet deadlines and often end up losing ourselves.

Meditation helps to reconnect us to the sacredness of our lives; to rediscover who we are at our core essence.

However we often think we don’t have time to meditate, or that it is too hard; but as long as you’re not distracted, whatever you do can become a meditation.

No matter what is occurring in your life right now, you can experience greater peace in your life simply by finding that still, quiet place within you.

Contemplative thought, daily walks in nature, losing yourself in music or movement, and still, silent listening can be among the best natural meditations; they help clarify your mind, uplift your heart, dissolving the ordinary worries that dissipate your beautiful spirit within.

When you ease into meditation, you develop a greater sense of peace and calm, and create more room for your sacred inner-self to emerge.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Taking away the busyness and trappings of your everyday life, who are you at your core essence?
  2. Where do you feel most at peace?
  3. How can you bring the daily practice of meditation into your life?

Frequently Asked Questions ~ Egyptian Emotional Clearing Technique®

What is Egyptian Emotional Clearing Technique?

Egyptian Emotional Clearing Technique ~ or EECT ~ is a gentle yet powerful modality uses therapeutic grade essential oils and other energy-balancing techniques to promote a deep and sacred state of connection. The experience is often like an inner-vision question, or a heightened state of meditation and mental clarity.

Based on an ancient Egyptian ritual described in the Temple of isis for ‘cleansing the flesh and blood’, EECT is performed in silence and reverence.

During the session, you are anointed  with up to 14 different emotional blends of essential oil.

There is no ‘set’ response when you receive an EECT. Each time the technique is received, the experiences will be different. The most common outcomes to this technique are an intense state of clarity around current issues, the gentle release of issues that are causing emotional and physical challenges, deep relaxation, and feelings of emotional bliss and heightened awareness.

How does it work?

Your sense of smell accesses the limibic region of your brain, where emotional memories and trauma are stored. Because of their aroma, therapeutic-grade essential oils exert a powerful balancing effect on the emotions, helping to release ‘stuck’ emotional energy, and pave the way for clarity, insight and emotional peace.

How long does the session go for?

A full EECT (including discussion of your personal health history, and exploration of your emotional life’s journey and goals) can take 2 to 2.5 hours.

Why do I need to remove my jewellery?

Because of the ability for metal to interfere with the subtle energy flow of the body, it is advisable to remove all jewellery before your session.

What should I wear?

You will be invited to remove your outer-clothing for the session, and will wear a sarong and be covered with towels.

How should I prepare?

For best results, it is recommended that you fast for 4-6 hours prior to your session, consuming only water and unsweetened vegetable and fruit juices (unless you have a health condition that requires regular eating). Avoidance of tobacco over this fasting period is also recommended.

Please bring a photograph or memento that represents someone you are close to (living or in Spirit, human or animal), whose presence you would like to have with you during your session as your second guide.

How often can I receive EECT?

If you are going through a challenging time, you will appreciate the emotionally balancing effects of EECT. Weekly sessions are recommended during these stressful periods, or during times of conscious transformation and personal growth. For ongoing nurturing and support, fortnightly to montly session are recommended.

The first seven days ~ my experience on the Master Cleanse

I had been feeling unwell for some months, I’d put on so much weight that I was no longer comfortable in my body. For the past 6 months I’d been binging on takeaway and fast food.

Why I hear you ask? Well when I thought about it, it was 6 months ago that my Dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I lost my Mum to cancer 17 years ago, as well as two pretty significant men in my life. I’m not one of those people that lose weight when they are stressed, quite the opposite really. I turned to carbs and high fat foods for solace.

Two weeks ago I heard about the Master Cleanse. I’d tried other diets in the past and none had worked. But the Master Cleanse seemed different. Rather than a diet, it is a cleanse to rid the body of toxins and cleanse the liver and colon – something I really needed after 6 months of fast food and soft drink.

So I stocked up on organic lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and Himalayan crystal salt.

I started on Monday (day 1) and did ok, although by 8pm I was craving a juicy hamburger, but I ignored the craving, had another lemon drink and  went to bed.

On Tuesday (day 2) I had killer headaches. As the day went on I thought my head would implode. I knew these were detox headaches, as I experienced them when I gave up coffee four years ago. I made it through to 4pm and then had to leave work. I went home and went to bed and slept for a few hours. I got up again at 7pm and then went back to bed at 10.30pm and slept until 7 the next morning.

On Wednesday (day 3) I started the day with so much energy … I bounced into work and was feeling great, but by lunchtime a mild headache had come on and I was feeling tired. Oh, and I also noticed that I got a white coating on my tongue. They say  that the white coating on your tongue is a good way to measure the effectiveness of the cleanse. When the white coating fades away and your tongue turns pink it’s usually a sign that your body is free of internal waste.

On Thursday (day 4) I bounded out of bed full of energy. I was clear and focused and breezed through the day.

Friday (day 5) and Saturday (day) I was even clearer and more focused.

Today (day 7) I’m still feeling great. No cravings, no feeling of deprivation, just a feeling of wellbeing. Oh, and I’ve lost 4.2 kg.

Stay tuned to see how I get through the next week.