October 2022

Destiny: Make Success Our Destiny

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From this moment on, we choose not to let our past dictate our future. What is gone is gone forever. Now is the time to move on, to do and become what we want: to be, the best in any area that we choose, so we may design our own destiny.
Here are a few helpful suggestions and simple tips that quickly move us in the direction of manifesting our destiny to accomplish many great things in our life.
To join ranks with the most successful people in the field of our choice, or merely to achieve our dreams quietly, for ourself, we will need to take the journey toward a better, more enlightened future; toward a more empowered and motivated, toward a life that we will design and achieve. We will live our life as we want it. And we will become that person we have been dreaming of becoming.
Invest in life in our life. No more wavering dreams, staring out the window and wishing and hoping. No more sleepless nights worrying about our future as we only see where we are now.
This time it is for real. What we are dreaming of will happen, and in abundance. From today, we will move forward in our life in a dramatic way. We will do what is required of us to accomplish our daily goals, big and small, and we will always expect to succeed at everything we do.
Embrace our unlimited power and build a life of excellence. Success is our one and only option. Fill all of our days with accomplishments, no matter how small we may think they are. It is important, at this point, to realize that most successes stem from our ability to feel certain that we set out to achieve what it is that we desire. And for us to feel certain, we need to become confident.
One of the principle prerequisites to achieving almost anything in life is confidence. Confidence is an indispensable requirement to our success and further development or betterment, be it for our personal or professional needs. Confidence is the doorway to success and fulfilment. With confidence we will have the courage, strength and motivation to tackle and overcome all life's setbacks and challenges.
The great news is that confidence is a learned skill, and anyone can learn the skills to have awesome and unstoppable confidence. As promised, here are just a couple of confidence tips that I believe are easy to do and are extremely effective. By repeating the simple tips daily, they will retrain our thinking and become an automatic part of our new successful and confident habit. They will become our new way of life.
Challenge our thoughts that are holding us back and stretch our mind to raise our limits to unlimited heights. At the end of each day, put ourself into a confident and resourceful state of mind by jotting down in our diary or daily journal, all of the day's achievements, no matter how small.
Benefit: The mere act of writing them down reinforces the idea of success and confidence. It is extremely beneficial and motivating for us to feel the successes from deep within so our mind acknowledges them as confident achievements.
Just before going to bed, conceive and initiate our ideal day. Once we go through our diary and plan our next day, sit back and take a few minutes to imagine and visualize the entire day, from beginning to end. See it unfolding exactly how we want it to be, in every situation. Feel the confident emotions that come from success, with the feeling that we have accomplished all that we wanted.
Benefit: When we go to sleep, our unconscious mind will work all night on ways to bring about that which we have just visualized.
Truly make it our destiny to accomplish many great things in our lifetime by adopting a vital ingredient to success, and that is confidence. With confidence discard worry, hesitation and fear. With confidence rise above challenges and failures. With confidence we have unlimited motivation and unrelenting persistence.  Do not underestimate the immense power of confidence.
Go ahead, reap the rewards and accomplish many great things in our lifetime.

Destiny: Elements

An In-depth Look Into The Four Elements
Empedocles, a Greek philosopher, scientist and healer who lived in Sicily in the fifth century B.C.,believed that all matter comprises the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Fire and air are outwardly reaching elements, reaching up and out, whereas earth and water turn inward and downward.
The Four Elements also describe the four unique personality types associated with the zodiac signs.The elements exhibit profound influence on basic character traits, behaviour, emotions, thinking and intuition. They are reflected in our relationships, our ambitions or lack thereof, and the unexpected turns and twists that add spice to our lives.
Astrology aims to help us to better focus our energies, gain a better understanding of our positive traits, and deal with the negative ones. We use this knowledge to realize our full potential and live our best life. We all need air to breathe, water to cleanse us and sustain our growth, fire to shelter us from the cold and nourish us, earth to live on together with all the living things and to grow our food. All the elements are equally important and below is a more in depth description of each.
Astrology: Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo
Tarot: Pentacles
Jung: Sensation
Feel the Earth under our feet, the soil that sustains all forms of life. Look at the power and beauty of the mountains, a symbol of stability and solidity of the earth. Everyday we experience the physical world, we walk on this earth, enjoy
the beauty and bounty of Mother Earth and feel the comfort of being on solid ground.
Associated with the signs Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo, Earth represents the practical, realistic material side of our nature, it seeks to assert a stable, secure and structured environment into which we function. Feel the earth under our feet, solid and steady as we walk slowly. Earth is patient and reliable. It is solid and strong. To be on solid ground encourages one to seek the practical and most logical answer to a problem.
Earth may be a stabilizing force in a relationship contributing structure and organization to achieve balance and harmony. Earth sustains growth- watch plant life grows, from an acorn grows an oak tree; so do humans grow from youth to maturity, and realize the immense growth in every facet of life.
The over-expression of this element is seen in a stubborn and rigid personality, one that strives to remain in the comfort zone in life, afraid to take risks. It is also be seen by a love of the material side of life, the comforts of material well-being. Material worth may be overemphasized and this leads to a stressful worrisome situation.
Weakness: attachment, stinginess, materialism, resistant to change, too much attention to detail and missing the big picture.
Astrology: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Tarot: Swords
Jung: Thinking
The element Air is associated with the signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. It seeks to establish itself in the realm of the intellect. It is through the process of thinking that we develop ideas. It is through the influence of this element that we learn to communicate. Through air we gain and share knowledge.
Air contributes inventiveness, originality and versatility to the personality. It gives that feeling of freedom, non-attachment, it reaches out to the mental self. Enjoy that refreshing gentle breeze, allow thoughts to flow freely, and nourish the creative moment. Air expresses love of people, the ability to intellectualize, to appreciate the differences in people, accept different perspectives without which, there would be a lack of vision and human interaction.
Thoughts are a continual force in our lives. It is associated with meditation where deep breathing is essential to reach that level of stillness, energy, and relaxation. Air is used for transport, flying and sailing. Let our thoughts soar to
reach our intellectual pursuits.
An over expression of air’s influence may be seen as living in a dream world with unrealistic goals and flights of fancy. Air should seek to maintain practicality and develop consistency in dealing with the real world.
Weakness of this element: lack of emotion, depression, lack of connection with the higher self, overactive mind that blocks inner peace and harmony.
Astrology: Leo, Sagittarius, Aries
Tarot: Wands
Jung: Intuition
The signs Leo,Sagittarius and Aries are associated with the element Fire. It represents the life force glowing within us. This element projects self-expression, creativity, courage and enthusiasm. Feel the comforting warmth of a fire, or heat when we come in from the cold.
We need fire to meet the basic need of cooking our food. Fire provides a sense of security, warmth and inspiration that is shared with those around. Fire strengthens self-confidence to tackle problems without hesitation. Without fire, there is no radiance, no conviction, no expression. A spark may light up new ideas, serve as a beacon to light the way to achieve goals with conviction and enthusiasm.
An over expression of fire turns assertiveness into aggression, daring into reckless behaviour and so forth. When fires influence is out of control, it seeks to consume all in its path.
Weakness: lack of interest, egotistic, excessive self-centeredness, self- importance.
Astrology: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Tarot: Cups
Jung: Feelings/Emotion
The element Water is associated with the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and influences the conscience and the subconscious forces that act on our lives.
The element water pours forth to others. It allows one to feel their pain and suffering and offer sincere compassion.
Psychic awareness is also present in the water signs and shows itself from time to time with uncanny accuracy. Water seeks to heal and nurture those around it.
Uncontrolled, this element sends emotions on a turbulent path resulting in moodiness and unpredictable highs and lows, like the crest and trough of a wave.
Water signs need serenity and calmness, like a gentle flowing river nurturing all in its wake and at the same time leading to the discovery of new paths. When over-expressed, one may tend to be overly emotional, deeply sensitive and subjective. With too much emotion, depression may result.

Weakness results from being too protective and possessive of their loved ones; cold attitude and lack of drive may arise.

Destiny: Destiny Begins From Within

What is success? There are many definitions. One that I hear often is “to be able to do what we want”. That is true, yet I would complete the definition by adding and underlining: “and knowing what we really want”. In fact, we are often pushed to put our energy into achieving what we are “supposed” to want, and we may not give enough attention to taking the time to truly understand what energizes us. I say “supposed” to want because there are many external factors that condition us and determine our beliefs around what is good and what is not, what is a good goal and what is not, and so on.
The self-awareness about who we really are and what we really want is the premise to achieving any real, long lasting success in our life. Without this, we are likely to move along two ways: One is the walk around life aimless, without a goal. The other is to pursue an aim that, on a deep level, we do not feel like is really ours. In both these situations we find difficulties in expressing and manifesting our full potential. Even if we keep on repeating to ourselves that we have a certain goal, if we are not deeply convinced of it, it will be difficult for us to really put in all the necessary energy and commitment. Our inner conflicts and unclear intentions interfere with our actions.
Things turn around dramatically when we know what we really want. Not only will we feel and use another level of energy, and also we will experience a feeling of peace and trust. We are then ready to manifest what drives our soul and create the destiny we deserve. This will lead to a dramatic improvement in all the key areas of our life.
All we need is already within us now, we need to really find it, listen to it, and translate it into our realities. When we dedicate time to deepening our self knowledge, we spend our time well.

Destiny: Balance Of The Elements

A combination of elements in a relationship creates a loving balance; thereby resulting in a relationship that thrives on mutual growth and harmony. Two well matched combinations are an Air-Fire relationship or and an Earth-Water relationship.
The element Air in a relationship provides ideas and dreams that Fire acts on and forges into reality. The element Water provides sensitivity and nurturing to the sometimes cold reserved Earthly approach to matters, thereby laying the groundwork for future growth in the relationship.
At the same time remember in a Fire/Water relationship, balance is achieved by realizing that Water injects needed sensitivity and patience into the Fire sign. At the same time, Fire adds drive and the courage to act that is sometimes lacking in the Water signs.
When two elements of the same type combine, harmony is achieved when the needs and traits are the same for both. However, it hinders growth when both individuals may become too comfortable to a point that the needed spark
for growth may be lacking.
In a Fire/Earth combination we find that fire’s initiative and drive stimulates the sometimes laid back and reserved nature of Earth. At the same time, Earth’s practicality and discipline balanced to Fire’s sometimes quick to act ways. Ideally we should strive for a balance of the elements Earth/Water and Air/Fire.
The other combinations also work as long as both partners respect the other's needs and unique traits that both bring to the relationship. And they must utilize each other's strengths to balance.

Dreams: Self Growth Through Dream Interpretations

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Can dream interpretation be a valid method for self-growth?
My answer is Yes. But to answer the question of how it can be so...well, to be frank, I have no straight answers. All I can say is that the guiding hand of the  Soul/Higher self/Source/Spirit works in mysterious ways. An understanding of our dreams is the most direct way of tapping into this cosmic intelligence. This is one of the easier methods when compared to other means such as clairvoyance training and other psychic developments. The reason for this ease is because most of us dream!
Interestingly, dream interpretation may also be applied in other areas too. It can be and has been used successfully to interpret the symbols of our clairvoyant vision while in meditation. Understanding the symbology and assist one in bridging a transition onto higher and more abstract means of knowing.
There are certain skills that I feel are important for successful dream interpretation. One of which is a developed intuition. Unfortunately, this faculty is something that no dream interpretation book or website has. It is something that only we ourselves can nurture.
Intuition is what binds and creates recognizable connections to the seemingly unrelated dream visions and symbols.This in turn structures the connections into a cohesive and meaningful message.
Intuition is not mental reasoning. It is simply that inner knowing of feeling/sensing that is beyond logic and reasoning. Intuition is in fact a real cognitive process. Unfortunately our modern civilization is heavily ‘mental-rationalisation driven’ and therefore is not in the capacity to validate a higher order process such as intuition. In other words, we have been placing too much emphasis on logic, proving and reasoning.
Intuition sometimes doesn’t tell us the outcomes of events. In many cases, it is simply an inner knowing that explains and provides answers.
If the thoughts are those of how superior one really is and is smacked with elitism and pride, then one better take a closer assessment, before getting too carried away. These thoughts might not be intuitions. If they imply things like 'We will be rich and famous if we do this’ or ‘she must be wrong as I am smarter’, double check. That thought may be coming from the part of the ego/personality associated with body-mind survival.

Dreams: Interpretation Of Dreams And Using A Dream Journal

There is a guiding principle to dream interpretation, and Edgar Cayce said it best when he called for us to interpret the dreamer and not just the dream.
Dreams are a tool, like the proverbial finger pointing to the moon. Don't focus on the finger or we will miss out on all the celestial magic. Dreams are the finger and they are pointing to the dreamer. Interpreting our dreams is an exercise in self-discovery and self-growth. They are almost always referring back to us and every character, image and emotion is usually referring to various parts of our psyche.
The primary purpose of dreams is to attempt to balance the psyche. Keeping this in mind will help us understand the meaning of our dreams and prevent us from getting way off track in our interpretation.
Trying to understand one dream in isolation is like trying to understand a person by spending one day with them. By recording all of our dreams in a dream journal we will, over time, find it easier to understand individual dreams we have in the future.
Dreams are like plays or movies that we create every night, and they have a similar structure. It may be helpful to look for this structure when trying to understand our dreams:
-       Location: Where does the dream take place? How do we feel about that place? What emotions arise within us as we think about it? Does it have any relationship with a real place we know?
-       Characters: Who are the characters? How are we presented? Who is the antagonist? How do we feel about each of those people (including the presentation of ourself), and how do they relate to parts of our own personality or to people we know?
-       Plot: How does the plot unfold? There is usually a beginning (where the story is established and begins to build), a middle (where a crisis peaks), and an end (where the crisis gets resolved though sometimes dreams don't provide the solution and end in the middle of the story because it is up to us to provide the resolution).
Sometimes (rarely) dreams are literal and they are easy to understand. There is nothing wrong with asking whether the face value of the dream may have meaning for us.
Most often, however, dreams are shrouded in symbolism that points beyond the literal image. They may be trying to communicate a very specific message that applies to our waking life, they may be merely trying to balance our emotional life or they may just be hinting at some thoughts or emotions in progress without any final resolution yet in mind.
Dreams are often messages from our subconscious mind that are resisted by our conscious mind. For this reason, the subconscious often cloaks the message in symbols so the dream isn't immediately rejected or simply avoided by the conscious mind.
Unraveling these symbols is very difficult, and also a lot of fun. It's the ultimate mystery and the most elaborate puzzle, yet the answer is always within us.
Sometimes the answers are as simple as consulting a dream dictionary for the meaning of common symbols and archetypes. However, each person is different and has their individual dream dictionary. To make things even more interesting, our personal dream dictionary will change over time.
Interpreting our dreams provides us with a life-long quest that goes way beyond the puzzle solving of the Da Vinci Code, and much more rewarding.

Dreams: FAQs

Every dreamer has asked questions about why we dream, and what those dreams mean. While every dream is unique to the person who dreams it, the world of dream interpretation is a rich, fascinating and exciting one. We have included here some of the most commonly asked questions about dreams and their analysis.
What is the significance of dreams?
Dreams have significance in the real world. Dreams are told in a symbolic language, and the images in dreams tend to contain hidden meanings and hidden messages. When analyzing and interpreting dreams, it is important to understand that the stories told in dreams are symbolic and not meant to be taken literally. The significance of dreams for each dreamer is a personal matter related to each person's experience and emotions.
Why do recurring dreams happen?
Recurring dreams are among the most common types of dreams. Most often, recurring dreams indicate that the dreamer has some issue that is not being confronted in his or her waking life. Examining these recurring dreams, and understanding what triggers them, can often allow the dreamer to resolve the underlying issue and banish the recurring dream.
Do most people dream in colour?
Most people do dream in colour, yet many may not notice the colours in the dream world. Since colour is such a natural part of our normal day to day experience, colour may be overlooked in the dream world. In addition, because dreams fade so quickly, the sense of colour may be the first thing to leave the conscious mind.
Do animals dream as well?
All mammals studied have exhibited the same brain activity that humans exhibit during dream sleep. Many scientists see this as proof that animals do in fact dream, although what they dream about is likely to remain a mystery.
How are dreams affected by our daily lives?
Any feelings or thoughts repressed during the day are likely to make an appearance in our dreams during the night. For example, if we wanted to show our anger to someone yet we were unable to do so, we may express anger to that person or a similar figure in a dream. In addition, those who have experienced traumatic events are often troubled by nightmares in which they relive that trauma.
Do men and women dream differently?
Men and women both experience the same brain wave activity during dream sleep. The content of the dreams of men and women do differ, however. Studies of dream content have shown that men tend to dream more about other men than about women, while women tend to dream about men and women equally.
Why do I remember only bad dreams and never good ones?
One reason is that the most vivid dreams tend to be those that are remembered, and nightmares are generally more vivid than good dreams. In addition, sleepers are often awakened by a particularly vivid nightmare, and waking during dream sleep means that the dream will most likely be remembered in its minutest details.
What does it mean to dream about dreaming?
Experiencing a dream within a dream may be a way to deal with items from the subconscious mind. A dream within a dream may prevent the dreamer from waking up prematurely, and they often are reflections of a critical issue that the dreamer needs to confront and gain control of.
Will I really die if I hit the ground during a falling dream?
The many people who have described hitting the ground during a dream about falling are proof positive that hitting the ground in a dream is not a terminal experience. It is true, however, that dreams of falling often wake the dreamer, and that is probably where that old legend got its start.

Dreams: Dreams And The Ancient World

The interpretation of dreams by dream experts may be almost as old as dreaming itself. We know that all humans, and many animals, dream every night, and humans have always been fascinated to learn what causes dreams and what they mean.
The interpretation of dreams dates back at least as far as 3000-4000 B.C. We know that because the interpretations of dreams were recorded in permanent form on clay tablets. It is thought that many primitive peoples were unable to initially distinguish between the real world and the dream world. In many cases, these people looked upon the dream world as an extension of the physical world around them, and in many cases they saw the dream world as more powerful than the waking one.
Dream interpretation was such an important field to the ancient Greek and Roman world that dream interpreters often accompanied generals and other military leaders into battles. Dreams were taken extremely seriously, and the Greeks and Romans in particular often viewed dreams as messages sent by their Gods.
Dreams also had a religious context in ancient Egypt, and priests there doubled as dream interpreters. Dreams were among the items recorded by the ancient Egyptians in the form of hieroglyphics. Those whose dreams were especially vivid or significant were thought to be blessed and were given special status in these ancient societies. Likewise, people who were able to interpret dreams were thought to receive these gifts directly from the gods, and they enjoyed a special status in society as well.
There are over 700 mentions of dreams in the bible, and people in biblical times saw dreams as very significant. Dreams and their interpretations are mentioned in many of the most significant books of the bible and other holy scriptures.
In many cases, dreams were often seen as a form of prophecy. People often interpreted their dreams as omens or warnings, and adjusted their activities accordingly. Dreams were often thought of as omens from deities, as messages from spirits, or as messages from departed souls. In some cases, dreams were even seen as the work of demons, meant to confuse and trouble the dreamer.
Dreams were so important that they often dictated the actions of political and military leaders, affecting everything from the prosecution of a battle to the outcome of a political decision. Dreams were also thought to provide vital clues to healers, and they were used in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of illness.
Dreaming was often looked upon by indigenous peoples as a way to commune directly with Gods and Spirits, and dreams are still used in this way by cultures around the world. Many people believed, and some still do, that during dream sleep the soul leaves the body and communes with the spirit world.
The Chinese were one culture who believed that the soul left the body each night during dream sleep. They believed that if the dreamer were suddenly awakened the soul may not be able to return to the body. That is why some Chinese are still leery about the use of alarm clocks. This is just one example of how ancient legends linger into the modern world.
Some Indigenous Mexican and Native American societies share this ancient view of the importance of dreams, and share the belief in a separate dimension that is visited during dream sleep. These people believed that their departed ancestors lived in their dreams, and that they were able to take forms like animals and plants. Thus dreams were seen as a way for them to commune with their recent and ancient ancestors, and to gather wisdom and knowledge that would serve them in their waking lives. Dreams were also seen as ways to gather information about their purpose or mission in life.
The respect for dreams changed radically early in the 19th century, and dreams in that era were often dismissed as reactions to anxiety, outside noises or even bad food and indigestion. During this period of time, dreams were thought to have no meaning at all, and interest in dream interpretation all but evaporated. This all changed, however, with the arrival of Sigmund Freud later in the 19th century. Sigmund Freud stunned the world of psychiatry by stressing the importance of dreams, and he revived the once dead art of dream interpretation.

Dreams:Can A Dream Serve As A Premonition?

Being able to foresee an unfortunate fact of life like death, disasters, or illnesses through a dream is very common. Anyone may dream of something good or bad happening to someone else or even to themselves. Do dreams serve as a premonition?
Before we proceed in answering the question, let me first give us the definition of premonition and dreams. Based on the dictionary meaning a premonition is ‘a presentiment of the future; or a warning in advance’ while a dream is ‘a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.’
Let’s first talk about dreams. We all know that dreams do play a role in our daily lives. The majority of people pay little attention to dreams. Dreams can help us find solutions to our daily problems and see things from a different perspective. Whenever we are dreaming, we can be who or what we want to be, regardless of the fact that in real life, sometimes it cannot be. Dreams have their own interpretation. For example, when we dream about loose, rotten, or missing teeth, it indicates that a family member or close friend is very sick or even near death. We can learn the meaning of our dreams through referencing a Dream Dictionary.
Now, what about premonitions? As defined earlier, it may be a warning in advance. Many people have had premonitions in different types of situations. When we say premonition, it is conveyed through dreams. A certain foreboding of what will happen in the near future, in a vague sense. Many cases of premonitions are documented before a disaster, such as when the Titanic sank in 1912. There were over fifty counts of recorded premonitions before the event. In fact, some of the passengers who had a premonition cancelled their tickets before riding the Titanic and were saved from the horrible disaster that ended up taking place.
Do dreams serve as a premonition? Well, it actually depends on the dream itself. If a person dreams about the whole scenario of an event, it can or may happen in the future. Yet, in another view, it can be just a dream that she had with a different significant meaning. Unfortunately a dream can serve as a premonition yet, at the same time, it also cannot be.
We could say that a dream served as a premonition when the dream itself foretold something that could happen in real life. But, if our dream was something out of a grandiose anticipation of what we have been thinking of, it may be just from our subconscious mind. My answer to the question: Do dreams serve as a premonition? Is ‘It depends’. Whether the dream we had has something to do with what could happen or instead may be just the subconscious mind revealed through a dream, can be hard to decipher. At the end of the day, when we are interpreting our dreams, we must tap into our intuition and listen closely to what it has to say.

Divination: Understanding The Types Of Psychic Abilities

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In the swirl of misconceptions, misunderstandings, and general confusion surrounding the fields of parapsychology and psychic activity, most people have no idea how to make distinctions between different types of psychic abilities.
Wait a minute, we say, we didn’t even know there were different types!  We’re in the same boat as most everyone else who has a basic understanding of psychic reading and activity. Little does the general public know, it’s not all tarot cards and psychic phone reading, there are sharply defined distinctions between everything from the obvious (tarot reading and telepathy) to the surprising (clairaudience, clairsentience, and clairvoyance).
First, let’s discuss what defines psychic ability in the first place! Extra-sensory perception (ESP), prophecies of the future, and a sixth sense could all be defined under the blanket term psychic ability. But where does psychic ability come from? Actually, no one really knows, not even psychic readers. People who claim to have psychic abilities describe a sense of just having it without having any conception of how it got there. Most say that it is part of their regular consciousness, and that they simply know or feel things before, during, or after they happen despite being unable to explain how. Though parapsychology has been heavily criticized, scrutinized, and stigmatized, the truth is that as much evidence points towards its veracity as against it.
So what are some of the different types of psychic abilities? To begin with, there is the art of channeling, which is defined as the ability to receive and transmit information from another external consciousness while in a decidedly altered state of mind. Though each incident varies in intensity and resulting activity, many share the same basic traits: a semi-trance-like state and the appearance of an outer entity expressing itself through the channeler. Many people have been able to obtain a psychic reading of another entity and consciously channel that entity and professional parapsychologists don’t recommend trying it until we’ve been well-trained and prepared.
Three more (related) types of psychic ability are clairaudience, clairsentience, and clairvoyance. Clairaudience is generally defined as the ability to hear or sense sounds that cannot be perceived by a non-psychic person. Clairsentience is another type of extrasensory perception in that clairsentient people sense past, present, or future events through sensing them, though non-clairsentient people cannot perceive them. Clairvoyance is a synonym for extrasensory perception of any knowledge or consciousness of an event outside of seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, or smelling it.
Divination is another often-misunderstood type of psychic ability. Divination is the act of making prophecies or predictions through the practice of occult arts. Contrary to popular belief, this is different from intuition which is defined as the ability to perceive or act based on just knowing that it’s the right thing to do. Tarot Cards and tarot reading is a form of divination. Although the mainstream ideas of divination and intuition have been tweaked to seem like anyone can tap into this psychic energy field, the truth is that only a few people take the time to hone and develop their extrasensory perception skills.
What’s the difference between psychometry and psychokinesis? Well, psychometry is defined as the ability to glean information about an object by obtaining physical contact with the object. Good examples of this are seen in countless movies. Envision it: The hero touches a book and, upon contact, is filled with images of its previous user and the fate that befell him or her. Psychokinesis is the ability to move objects through willing it or thinking it.

Divination: Types Of Psychic Readings

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When we contact a psychic, we might be overwhelmed by the different types of readings that they offer. Getting a general idea about the basics of each reading will help make our session with a psychic much more enjoyable.
A tarot card reading is one of the most popular types of psychic readings. During a tarot card reading, the psychic will ask us to focus our energy into the cards. The cards that come out and the position that they fall in will both affect our reading. The modern tarot cards that most psychics use are typically composed of twenty-two major arcana cards and fifty-six minor arcana cards.
If we request an astrology reading, the psychic will use our date of birth to let us know the direction that our life is headed in. This type of reading gains its predictions from the placement of the planets and the stars. There are several different types of astrology that an astrologer uses. These types include Chinese astrology, Western astrology and Indian astrology.
Numerology is another type of psychic reading that utilizes birth dates. A psychic will use the numbers related to our date of birth to come up with a number that is associated with our type of personality. For example, a person with the number seven is controlled by Neptune and has an idealistic type of character.
A palm reading is another popular type of psychic reading. The psychic will be able to look at a client's palms and tell a lot about their personality. They will use the shape of the hands, the lines on the hands and the person's fingers to give an accurate reading. The lines on the hand particularly show many aspects of the person's personality and their future destiny. The life line tells the length of our life, the head line provides insight into our type of personality and the heart line can give clues about our love life. The other lines include the fate line, health line, fame line, money line, marriage line, sex line, spirit line, travel line and luck line. A palm reader reads the special markings on these lines as well as garner meaning from the length and depth of the lines.
Rune readings are an additional service that a psychic may offer. Runes have been around for thousands of years and have been shown to attain mystical characteristics. A rune reading consists of twenty-four runes laid out in a spread. There are different types of spreads including the traditional spread of three that represents the past, present and future. The materials that the runes are made out of affects the reading as well. Ceramic, stone, wood and gold runes are each used to answer different life questions.
An aura reading may also be conducted when we visit a psychic. This type of reading involves the interpretation of the aura that surrounds a person. An aura is a colour outline that emanates from the body and varies from person to person. Auras come in different sizes, shapes and colours. A psychic that reads auras can see or sense a person's aura and give their interpretation of it.
If we are looking for specific advice or insight, we may wish to visit a psychic that only specializes in one or two areas. Some of the readings must be conducted face to face, while most can be distant readings that are done virtually or over the phone. Whichever type of psychic reading we choose, we will be amazed at the insightful things that a psychic tells us about our life.

Divination: The Elements Necessary To Develop Psychic Abilities

All people are born with the capacity for psychic powers but only a few become psychic. There are two types of psychics: the natural born and those who are through practice are able to grow the powers within them. The natural born psychics are said to be the gifted as they have had a great amount of psychic powers since birth. On the other hand, those who are born with lesser amounts of psychic powers require heavy practice and understanding in order to grow. In other cases, psychics' abilities can be suddenly awakened by strong emotions or near-death experiences, which results in having great amounts of mental powers in an instant.
Here are some of the elements that can help a person to develop their psychic skills or abilities:
Understanding: Spiritual development requires time, patience and understanding. In order to develop our psychic ability, we need first understand its importance and purpose, having psychic powers also entails responsibilities; becoming a psychic means that we allow our mind and body to grow spiritually, set our goal into helping others, giving as precise information as possible and know that having a psychic ability is never to be abused.
Patience: Whether we're a natural born with psychic powers or not, we will only be able to develop our psychic ability with time, so don’t rush, the spirits will guide us through our journey. It is best to find a psychic group in our community or online to guide us.
Focus: Focusing first on one ability is good, choose which ability we would like to develop. It is important that we believe in ourselves while doing a reading. Psychics have different types of readings and will choose the most appropriate based on the client.
Choose our tool: Always have the proper tool(s) before conducting a reading.
Tarot & Oracle Cards are a divination tool that is used to gain insight and resolve issues regarding heath, relationships, career, and spirituality.
Numerology, from the word itself, uses numbers that correspond to each letter of the alphabet. With a mathematical formula, psychics use numerology to give past or future information on a person’s life path.
Astrology uses the celestial bodies such as the moon, sun, and planets to represent events that occur in a person’s life.
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Crystal Ball can be used to aid in clairvoyance, Clairvoyance is a Greek word that means ‘clear seeing’ and is a psychic ability that goes beyond the five senses to receive or download information using only the mind.
-       Some other ways a psychic may perform a reading is through
palm reading, cold reading, dream interpretation, among other methods
Practice: Becoming a skillful psychic requires a lot of practice, nobody becomes a professional in any field in just a few days! When practicing our psychic ability keep in mind that what we’re doing is good for someone, discard our doubts, no matter what our mind sees during a psychic reading take full trust in our ability.
Lastly, if we’ve just begun to learn how to develop our psychic powers, try some psychic ability tests first to know the scope and limit of our psychic powers. Psychic tests are available online and in a psychics’ community.

Divination: Learning And Harnessing Psychic Abilities In Your Everyday Life

Everyone is psychic. What a person can or cannot do is not an indication of our true abilities. However, intuition is interesting. The more we listen to it the more feedback it will give us. Therefore, we really need to practice trusting our intuition, paying attention to the way our unconscious mind tells us information. For some it is a simple knowing in the quiet moments of meditation. For others it may be a gut feeling or a body sensation. The unconscious mind can use any of our senses to communicate; these include the five following senses:
-       Vision that involves isolated images or symbols we see or it can be more detailed images of clairvoyance or remote viewing.
-        Hearing, also known as clairaudience, involves hearing words or sounds in one ear and not the other. At first, this can be scary for those who are not familiar with it.
-       Touch is probably also considered clairsentience as it is a feeling intuition as physical body sensations.
-       Smell can also give psychic information whether simple or complex.
-       Taste, although far less common than the other methods, has been known for some psychics to get a taste in their mouths when interpreting psychic information.
There are many ways we can practice using our intuition. A few are listed below:
-       Traffic: If you live in a city with frequent traffic reports try to guess which roads are bad and why. This works even better if you have two routes to get home, each with an equal chance of having delays. You can guess which roads to use to get home faster, and then check Google Maps. (It is not helpful if one road is always bad, because then logic takes over.)

-       Shopping: Without checking the internet try to guess what you are going to pay for something and where the best place to buy it is. Afterwards check out the facts.

-       Parking: Try to let your intuition guide you to the best parking space. This is particularly useful during the holiday season.

-       Telephone: See if you know it on the telephone before you look at the caller ID.

-       Sports: Without knowing anything about the game or the teams try to guess who will win and what the scores will be. Then check out the results.
The trick is to find something we care about, or something we cannot know for sure based on past knowledge and experience and we can get feedback on. Then pay attention to the difference in feelings between that which proved to be right and that which proved to be wrong. Take notice if we have ignored our intuition and see if we later regret not acting upon it, be aware of how that information came to us so that next time it happens, we do not ignore it.
Learn to listen to feedback from our body on the psychic hits we get. One of the best psychic development techniques is learning to tell when we are getting information that is right or wrong.
Work on issues we hear all the time that we rarely act upon. We have to work on your psychological baggage; It cannot be emphasized enough! All information is accessed and processed through the unconscious mind. If we have issues and we do not want to look at them we will find that the psychic information we receive will be distorted. Many people have found they are blocked by the spirit realm because they are unwilling to tackle their own issues.
The more you trust your intuition, the more information you will receive. This ‘knowing’ will become more and more definite and you will want to pass this information on. If you believe you have information for someone, be ethical. There are stories of many psychics who have been said to lose their powers because they abuse their gift. It is impossible to say how true this is, however, if you do not lose your abilities, you certainly run the risk of other difficulties. Always get a person's permission before you give out information as without their permission you could place yourself in big trouble and in extreme cases criminal prosecution. Be ethical, be considerate. Always ask for permission before you give out information to someone. Never promise what you can not deliver, whether it is a sure-fire investment or the spirit of someone's long lost grandfather. Honesty is the best policy in this line of work. Remember, everyone has days off and it is no different for psychics, you need to break away for a day to recharge your energy levels.
Key points to remember:
If you find yourself wondering if you are crazy, it probably means you are sane. People having an initial psychic opening often start their conversations with lines like you are going to think I am crazy but or you are never going to believe me but. The mere fact that you doubt your own sanity is a reassuring sign that you are still in touch with reality, you are simply trying to figure it out.
The issue is not whether you are hearing voices, but what those voices are saying. There is a rule, if the voices are helping you then it does not matter, whether those voices are a part of your unconscious mind or spirits, it is alright to have them around. However, if the comments are destructive, negative or hurting you, then it is time to lose the source they are coming from.
The hard thing you need to learn is what not to say. You can receive a lot of information that is better left unsaid. This is probably the most difficult thing to learn, because it requires good judgment which sometimes only comes with time and practice. Some psychics claim they say everything that comes to them. In these cases I suspect their guides are trying to filter the information before it gets to their mouths. However, for most of you it is wise to consider what might be helpful (if you can word it right) and what would only be harmful, whether true or false.
It is important to live in the present. You may be vividly aware of past lives and you may be able to slide mentally into the future. However, you are living in the present and that is where you need to focus. Most people forget their past lives for a reason; they have a past and that is where they belong. The future will take care of itself if you remember to focus on the present without being pulled off balance by the past.
When you first start receiving information or seeing spirit it is very hard to switch it off, however, this is something you must do. It is common when you first start to open up as a psychic, that you will see colors or images (especially faces) at night. This is partly because of the normal shift in consciousness that occurs as you fall to sleep or are waking as it increases the ability to sense things. To some extent, this is normal.
As you begin to trust your intuition and the information you receive you will find it hard to switch off. Turning off your psychic gift is something you have to do or you will suffer from information overload.
Imagine your sensitivity to psychic information as a number on a control screen in your mind. Then visualize that number going down, decreasing until you are no longer aware of psychic information. In the morning you can always reverse the process and return the number back to where it was before.

Crystals: Types Of Crystal Gemstones

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So we are ready to add some crystals to our home and rituals. There are four types of crystals to choose from: raw or rough crystals, clusters and geodes, slices, and points or wands.
Raw or rough crystals are the crystals that come straight from the earth. They are rough and rocky and crystals such as rose quartz or amethyst are often found in this form. When left in their natural state, some people believe we connect with them more deeply. They give off a gentle and diffused energy that have a positive effect on a space or even an emotional state.
Clusters and geodes are visually stunning stones. They usually feature a hollow formation that is filled with crystals. These types of crystals have powerful frequencies and send out a wonderful calming and purifying energy in a space. This is a popular choice for both its power and beauty.
Slices are when a gemstone is cut into a thin piece that is then polished. With this type of crystal we really enjoy the inner beauty of the crystal. These types of crystals are perfect for decoration and adding a peaceful energy to the space.
Wands or points are often used as a healing tool. They are excellent energy transmitters. Quartz is one of the crystals often found as a wand or point and is known for its purifying and cleansing qualities.
There is no right of wrong choice when choosing which type of crystal to add to our collection. More than anything, the most important thing is our connection to the stone. If possible hold the crystal in our hand and close our eyes to tap into intuitive feelings about the stone. If we are choosing the crystal online we may close our eyes and envision the stone in our mind’s eye and note what feelings and sensations come to us. As long as we always trust our intuition, the right crystal will find us.

Crystals: How To Make A Gemstone Elixir

To make a crystal elixir, place the gemstone of choice in a glass jar of water and leave it outside for at least twenty four hours to soak up the sun and moon’s healing life force. If you do not have twenty four hours to soak the crystal it is preferable to leave the elixir out in the sun for as long as we can. Unless the moon is full, the sun tends to charge water faster.
The idea is that when we drink the elixir it will cause physical shifts in the body as it heals our own molecular structure as it aligns it more closely with the energy of the crystal.
When making a gemstone elixir always be sure to use purified or distilled water. It is also important to only use a glass jar and plastic one because chemicals from plastic clean leach out into your elixir.
Some other tips are to research the crystal you plan on using your elixir beforehand and making sure it is an insoluble stone. Quartz is commonly used in elixirs and many people describe feeling an almost immediate charge after drinking a quartz elixir.
This is a really healing and restorative ritual to add to our life. Feel free to experiment.

Crystals: Four Crystals For Protection

There are times in all our lives when we need protection. This may be a time we feel stuck in a toxic relationship, or it may be when we feel paralyzed and anxious from the 24 hour news cycle’s endless stream of gloom and doom. Perhaps we  may just feel like we are clouded by negative energy. Regardless, there are factors both, internal and external, that we may need protection from. If we are dealing with self-negativity, self-sabotage, toxic relationships, or negativity from others, protections using crystals may certainly help.
Crystals not only may be used to protect us from outside sources and negative energies, they may also be able to help us harness the strength to protect ourselves and the clarity to know when to walk away. Below is a list of 4 crystals to help protect us. We harness these crystals energies by holding them in our hand during meditation or by wearing them on our person throughout the day.
1.    Hematite: This crystal is very helpful when used during a transitional or transformational period of life. Its grounding and balancing energies help when it comes to cultivating a solid foundation during these sorts of challenging times. Hematite is represented by the element Earth, the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Leo and by the Root Chakra.

2.    Black Onyx: This crystal is used for manifesting strength and self-confidence, two of the tools we will use to stand up and protect ourself. With the energy of this powerful crystal we will be able to stand up to whatever life throws at us. It is represented by the element of Earth, the Zodiac signs Gemini and Scorpio, and the Root Chakra.

3.    Malachite: This crystal is perfect for repelling negative energy. Whether this energy is external or internal this crystal works to ward off all negativity. Malachite is represented by the element of water, the zodiac signs Taurus and Scorpio, and the Heart Chakra.

4.    Amethyst: Amethyst is one of the best crystals for psychic protection. It has stabilizing and balancing properties and may be used to take care of both our emotional and spiritual well being. Use this crystal to help clear irrational, negative, or anxious thoughts. It resonates with both the Third Eye and Crown Chakra. It is be especially powerful for those born under the signs of Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

Crystals: Five Crystals For Anxiety

Anxiety is unfortunately extremely prevalent in the current day and age. Most people will experience it at some point in their life. It may make it difficult to concentrate or be present in the moment. It paralyzes people from going out in the world and living their best life. Fortunately there are many ways to combat anxiety. Meditation, yoga, and aromatherapy can all be super helpful tools in treating anxiety. One other potentially powerful way to combat anxiety is through the use of crystals.
Crystals have been used by civilization for centuries and harness powerful vibrations and energy fields. They work in different ways to comfort and support those in need. Simply hold them in the palm of our hand during meditation, wear them on our person throughout the day, in fact, we may even place a crystal on or under our pillow as we sleep at night. 
Below is a list of five crystals that work wonderfully to relieve anxiety.
1.    Amethyst is a wonderful crystal to use to fight off anxiety. It is especially known for its peaceful, stabilizing, calming, balancing, and relaxing effects. It is a powerful crystal for cleansing negative energy, including anxiety. It is an especially psychic gemstone and works well for banishing the irrational thoughts anxiety causes.
2.    Snowflake Obsidian is a crystal known for optimism, purity, balance, insight, protection, and truth. Since it works well at lifting the spirit and providing powerful doses of optimism it may help with anxiety as well. For many of us, anxiety is most likely to kick in when we are already in a dark and diminished mental state which makes Snowflake Obsidian a wonderful choice.
3.    Sodalite harnesses the power of harmony, truth, intuition, order, self-esteem, and logic. It is wonderful at boosting intuition and strengthening our resolve to live authentically. When we are at harmony and peace and feel truly comfortable with ourselves we are in an empowered state to combat anxiety. With less insecurity and doubt we will certainly experience a decrease in anxiety as well.
4.    Labradorite is a wonderful crystal to use for protection. It promotes awareness, intuition, transformation, and support. It works to protect us from negative energy and anxiety. It gives us a helpful boost of positive, healing energy.
5.    Tiger’s Eye is another perfect crystal to use to combat anxiety. It gives us a wonderful boost of confidence, courage, and strength. Its other qualities include a calming effect, strength to persevere and a sense of resilience. These wonderful powers work together to give us a much needed boost of confidence that is sure to lessen our anxiety. This crystal is especially helpful in combating social anxiety.

Chakras: Using Meditation To Clear Blockages

There are seven basic Chakras in our bodies. Each has a location, a function, an influence, and color. They are the seven centers of energy in the human body.
The chakras symbolize the different stages we are to go through to attain the ultimate nirvana. We start at the base center and work up. The ultimate is the crown center, which is almost impossible to attain.      
In meditation we focus on the base centre, bring a bright light up through each chakra to the crown centre and back, taking deep breaths through our nose and letting go through our mouth slowly while only focusing on the light and the chakras.
If there is a blockage we will feel it. This is why we need to understand chakra meditation before we start.  It's a wonderful way to cleanse our body of blockages. If one of our chakras is blocked we will feel a strange sensation, or different feelings, just relax and either stop or continue on by focusing on just that chakra to find out what the problem is.
Any blockage can be worked out and healed. This is why people feel out of balance. One or more of their chakras are usually blocked. When we do the meditation we should to be in a peaceful and quiet place. Sitting with our feet on the ground and the palms of our hands facing up. Close our eyes and take a few deep cleansing breaths before we start so we signal our intention to relax. Then we visualize a waterfall of cleansing milky light and begin our chakra meditation.

Chakras: Intro To The Seven Chakras

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning spinning wheel. These are a system of seven energy centres located along the spine. Each chakra corresponds to an area of the body, a set of behavioural characteristics and stages of spiritual growth. Practicing yoga and focusing our energies during different postures helps us to align our chakras and get all the wheels spinning in the same direction and at a synchronous speed. Understanding how to fine tune and control our chakras through yoga and meditation helps bring balance and peace to our mind, body and spirit.
There are seven chakras, each associated with a different part of the body along the spine from the perineum to the crown of our head. Each chakra is associated with a particular body location, a colour, a central emotional/behavioural issue, as well as many other personal aspects including identity, goals, rights, etc.
The seven chakras are:
-       Muladhara- base of the spine
-       Svadhisthana- abdomen, genitals, lower back/hip
-       Manipura- solar plexus
-       Anahata- heart area
-       Vishuddha- throat
-       Ajna- brow
-       Sahasrara- top of head, cerebral cortex.
Through the movements and postures of yoga, we learn to focus our concentration and energy to and from the various chakras in our body. This allows us to compensate for areas that may be out of sync with the rest of our body or not active at all. By balancing the energy among all seven of the chakras, balance is achievable.
This spiritual energy is known as Kundalini energy. In its dormant state, it is visualized as a coiled up snake resting at the base of our spine, the Muladhara chakra. Since the chakras act as valves or pumps regulating the flow of energy through our system, controlled and purposeful movements such as yoga is extremely beneficial in realigning our chakras in a way greatly benefits us and promotes our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Chakras: Chakra Healing

The art of chakra healing, in use for centuries, balances important energy centres in the body called chakras. We use a number of different tools such as stones or meditation during chakra balancing. The end result will be a physically healthier body, happier, and more at peace.
According to practitioners of chakra healing, we all have seven primary chakras that correspond with vital areas of our bodies and emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives. The seven chakras form a line from the base of our spine to the top of our head. Chakras have their own colour, vibrational frequency, and symbol. For example, the first chakra is found at the base of the spine and is known as the root chakra. This chakra governs the spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum, and immune system. So, when this chakra is out of balance, it may lead to lower back pain, varicose veins, leg cramps, rectal conditions, depression, as well as immune related disorders. A lack of balance in the root chakra may be caused by feelings of low self esteem, insecurity, or family concerns.
Other chakras include the sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow, and crown chakras. Each energy centre must be vibrating at the proper frequency independent of one another in order for the entire body to vibrate in harmony. Therefore, each chakra is equally important to optimal functioning of the body according to the chakra healing tradition.
Many powerful tools affect the vibration of the chakra, and that's where chakra balancing comes into play. Chakra stones, the human voice, music, chants, mantras and chakra meditation bring the frequency of the chakras back into proper vibrational alignment. For example, the root chakra is greatly affected by the hematite, onyx, ruby or garnet gemstones. During chakra healing a practitioner may use one or all of these chakra stones to cleanse our root chakra and bring it into harmony.
Chakra meditation may also be used to open up our chakra centres and improve the flow of positive psychic energy inside our body. During meditation we simply concentrate on each of the chakras starting with the first one and working our way up to your crown chakra. By imagining the flow of energy from chakra to chakra, we are helping to remove blockages in each energy centre that might be the cause pain and disease.
Because the chakras govern every organ and system in our body, chakra healing has far reaching health implications. Chakra balancing may lead to improved heart, lung, brain, immune and digestive function and may also help with depression, anxiety, and other emotional imbalances. Many believe that the chakras have the power to transform our life both physically and spiritually. It is only when our chakras are in sync that we may truly access higher levels of consciousness.
If the powerful art of chakra healing sounds intriguing to us visit an experienced chakra healer. A good healer will ask us plenty of questions about our health in order to pinpoint which of our chakras are the most blocked or unbalanced. From there he or she may employ any number of tools to help lead our energy centres into harmonious vibration.

Chakra Clearing Chant
From Yasmin Bolund via the Sri Narayani Peedum Ashram
Hari Om
Nam Lam
Mam Vam
Sim Ram
Vam Yam
Yam Ham
Siva Om

These are the 7 chakra healing chants:
Root Chakra (Muladhara) - chant mantra LAM
Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana) - chant mantra VAM
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) - chant mantra RAM
Heart Chakra (Anahata) - chant mantra YAM
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) - chant mantra HAM
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) - chant mantra OM
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) - chant mantra OM

Chakras: Chakra Meditation To Recharge The Soul

Chakra meditation helps to strengthen weak chakras and will benefit our health, wisdom and happiness. If we need to recharge our body, mind and soul then using chakra meditation is an excellent way to revitalize us from the inside out.
How to perform a chakra meditation:
The first few times we practice a chakra meditation, make sure that we have an expert to guide us, face to face or using an online video. We need to make sure that our chakras are left more in balance at the end of the meditation than they were when we started!
Start our meditation by sitting down, cross legged in a quiet, dimly lit room. Make sure that our spine is straight, and not stiff. Close our eyes then take a deep breath and start to relax. Now, go through each chakra in turn, starting with the root chakra: -Imagine that we are drawing energy up from the earth, through the root chakra and that this is building up in the base of our spine.
-Then the navel chakra: feel the concentration of energy building up around our navel and visualize a flow of warm lava out of this chakra centre.
-Moving on to the solar plexus chakra, let our stomach muscles relax deeply and sense the movement of the energy through our diaphragm.
-Next is the heart chakra. Imagine our heart getting stronger with every breath. See and feel a bright light radiating out from this area.
-Progressing on to the throat chakra, breath in with force. Then gradually relax our tongue, shoulders and neck.
-For the brow chakra, keeping our eyes closed, focus on our “third eye” (the point between our eyebrows). Endeavour to see this area even though our eyes are close and observe what we are seeing.
-Finally, it’s the crown chakra. Visualize a beautiful lotus with a thousand petals blossoming from the tip of our head. As we visualize, see the colour change from a deep violet through to a brilliant white light.
Done correctly, the chakra meditation brings us into union with the Spirit. It is a very powerful form of meditation and helps us to stabilize our body, bringing an inner peace and harmony to us.
If there is difficulty, invite things to happen and be assured they are happening on a subtle level, and it may take practice to connect to the subtler energies.

Astrology: Using Astrology And Intuition To Help Guide Us

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The term Intuition is used to refer to the ability to perceive things that are hidden to ordinary senses through means of extra-sensory perception. While the term astrology is defined as the study of the relationships between people and events on earth, and the cycles, movements of the planets and how they influence the lives of peoples. Intuition and astrology help people to make decisions about love or career, and steadily point people in the right direction on their life’s path.
Nowadays many people use astrology and intuition for guidance on personal matters as well as business. When we develop our intuition we start to tap into the spirit that accompanies us through our everyday life. Our senses will pick up smells and sounds, and we may even see things and we often put it down to logical reasoning. It is easy to explain away these things. Being open minded and listening to our natural intuition may greatly improve a person's life.
Becoming aware of our inner potential to connect with our highest self, and to know that we are at one with all around us. We are a spiritual being having a human experience; This is a natural part of life, be open and let astrology and our intuition guide us!

Astrology: The Sun, The Moon, And The Planets Influence On The Zodiac

When most of us think of astrology, we think about our natal signs and not much else. Do we know what some of the major influences are, though, that define these Zodiac signs?
First and foremost is the Sun. It is the centre of all life and represents a person's personality and spirit. The Moon, on the other hand, gives us our Soul. The Moon is the ruling planet of the Zodiac sign Cancer. It is very much associated with the mother and with maternal instincts. In Chinese astrology, the Moon represents Yin, while the Sun represents Yang.
Mercury rules over Gemini and Virgo. It is the planet of the mind and of communication. In other words, it is the planet of the idea and the means to communicate the idea. The planet Venus rules over Taurus and Libra. Venus is associated with characteristics and principles of harmony and beauty. It is, of course, concerned with love. It is also concerned with the pleasure we derive from personal possessions.
Mars is the ruling planet for the dynamic Aries, and to some astrologers, Scorpio, although modern astrologers now determine that Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio. Mars is the planet that is concerned with the things we want, and how we go about getting those things. Jupiter is associated with pleasure and enjoyment. It is the ruler of Sagittarius and is also associated with principles of growth, religion and higher education.
Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn and is associated with principles such as reality and restrictions, boundaries and rules. Saturn was traditionally the ruler of Aquarius until the discovery of the planet Uranus. Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces and is associated with deception, illusions, spirituality and psychic phenomena. The planet Pluto is the ruling planet of Scorpio and is associated with the concept of transformation.

Astrology: The Elements And Astrology

The 12 signs of the Zodiac are separated into 4 elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. By examining the different planets in these signs astrologers draw an in-depth profile analysis of a subject.
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. People with fire signs are explosive, volatile, and energetic. They are leaders, inventors and adventurers. Their weaknesses are the tendency of doing their work to their extremes and burning themselves out. The Fire attributes are best to be counterbalanced by Earth signs.

Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. People with Earth signs are practical, cautious and reliable. If they are lacking (few Earth signs) they lack imagination and creativity.

Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. Air signs are responsible for intellectual activity, thought and philosophy. People who possess many planets in the Air signs are good planners. Without Air signs, subjects may have difficulty in communication, and be weak in artistic inclination. The excess of planets in Air signs are best to be counterbalanced by planets in the Water signs.

Water: Cancer, Scorpio,Pisces. These are emotional signs. The planets in Water sign moderate the practicality of Earth, the ideas of Air, the careless energy of Fire.

In astrological interpretation, the element analysis is the most traditional. For example, many planets in the Fire sign of a chart is indicative of the subject being very lively and enthusiastic. Though this interpretation is simplistic and direct, astrologers must also consider the effect of the Qualities and Aspects of the subject's birth chart to draw a complete personality profile.

Astrology: Elements, Modalities, And Zodiac Sign

Astrology is defined as ‘the art or practice of determining the supposed influences of the planets and their motions on human affairs and human disposition’. From this practice a horoscope can be produced which is a diagram (or chart) of the relative positions of planets and signs of the Zodiac at a specific time, usually the time of birth.
Western Astrology originated around 500 BC, with a concept called the Zodiac. This consisted of an imaginary sphere surrounding the earth, which followed the path of the Sun through the constellations during the year. The Zodiac was split into twelve sections, each named after the specific constellation noted in that area.
Many ancient philosophies used a set of classical elements to explain the way nature behaved. Each sign was connected to one of the classical elements (fire, earth, air, or water) and was also related to a region of focus; social, personal or universal.
-       Water signs are related to growth processes, identification and emotion. In tandem with the other elements, water feels that fire will make it boil, air will evaporate it, yet earth will shape and channel it.
-        Fire signs are related to action, passion, and energy. In tandem with the other elements, fire feels that earth will smother it, water will drown it, and air will fan and enliven it.
-        Air signs are related to thought, perspective and communication. In tandem with the other elements, air feels that water will obscure it, earth will suffocate it, and fire will inspire and uplift it.
-        Earth signs are related to sensation, stability, and practicality. In tandem with the other elements, earth feels that air will dry it, fire will dry it, and water will refresh and nourish it.
Each sign is connected to one of three modalities; cardinal (sometimes referred to as movable), fixed, and mutable. There are four quadrants following the order of the zodiac signs, with three signs in each. Each quadrant describes a season, beginning with a cardinal sign, continuing to a fixed sign, and ending with a mutable sign.
-        Mutable signs are related to adaptability, resourcefulness and holism. They are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
-       Fixed signs are related to determination, focus and individuality. They are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
-       Cardinal signs are related to creativity and initiation. They are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
Finally, here is a quick summary of Zodiac Sign Characteristics:
-       Aries (cardinal, fire, personal): defensive, energetic, head down, assertive, impulsive.
-       Taurus (fixed, earth, personal): patient, indulgent, resourceful, thorough, devoted.
-       Gemini (mutable, air, personal): quick, logical, inquisitive.
-        Cancer (cardinal, water, personal): clinging, protective, sensitive.
-        Leo (fixed, fire, social): theatrical, generous, proud.
-       Virgo (mutable, earth, social): critically, practical, efficient.
-       Libra (cardinal, air, social): lazy, co-operative, fair.
-       Scorpio (fixed, water, social): anxious, passionate, sensitive.
-       Sagittarius (mutable, fire, universal): careless, free, straightforward.
-       Capricorn (cardinal, earth, universal): suspicious, prudent, cautious.
-       Aquarius (fixed, air, universal): detached, democratic, unconventional.
-        Pisces (mutable, water, universal): distracted, imaginative, sensitive.

Astrology: Astrology And Our Birth Chart

Astrology can be extremely accurate. Yet, it is only as accurate as our birth time, which is used to calculate not only the planetary positions, also our Ascendant (Rising Sign), to the exact degree and minute. That calculation then determines the degree on the Midheaven and all of the house cusps. The cusps then determine in which house our planets will fall. Without an accurate birth time, interpretations and forecasts are invariably incorrect. All of this information is then used in interpreting our personality, determining our career choices, comparing and contrasting our chart with those of other people we know, and forecasting events in our life. 

Before we schedule a consultation or order charts and reports, we should obtain a copy of our birth certificate. If we do not have a birth certificate, if the time is not stated on ours, if we suspect our birth certificate is in error, or if we have only an estimated birth time, we may want to have our chart rectified (see next section). 

Yet what about our birth certificate? How accurate is it? It may not be as accurate as we think. It's not hard to get the date and the place correct, birth times are an entirely different story. Since doctors and nurses are not usually astrologers, they give little attention to the exact time of birth. For example, they may round off an 8:38 birth time to 8:40 or 8:35. A doctor may fill out the birth certificate later on and use an estimated birth time that could be far earlier or later than the true time of birth, or then the time recorded on the delivery room records.

Depending on where and when we were born, our birth certificate may not even have a space for the time of birth. Some people have no written birth certificates at all because they were born at home, or during times when birth certificates were not considered necessary, or in countries where birth certificates are or were not issued.

  Without an exact birth time, astrology in general, and predictive astrology in particular, are rarely accurate. There may be some general information and interpretations that are correct, yet the subtleties and events-oriented aspects will be wrong.

Astrology: Ancient Astrology

Astrology is a type of divination based upon the idea that information about the future or about a person's personality to be discovered through examining the alignment of stars, planets, moons and comets. Astrology attempts to interpret the influence of these celestial bodies on human affairs.
 The practice of astrology has been prevalent since ancient times. Some well-known ancient civilizations used this field extensively. Greek astronomer Ptolemy was the first ever person to write a book on Astrology. He codified the sun sign astrology that we know today. Ptolemy tried to predict the positions of celestial bodies relative to each other and the earth through knowledge of their orbital motions. During his time, astrology was a part of astronomy. Later, astronomy became an exact science and Astrology remained a part of Theology.
Apart from being centres of medicine, Baghdad and Damascus were also known as centres of astrology and astronomy. Arabs were pioneers in astronomy before even the advent of Islam. The Babylonians were the first to name the days of the week after the Sun, Moon, and planets. They were also the first to set out the twelve houses of the horoscope.
Egypt was one of the most important places in the development of astrology. It is thought that some of the astrological signs of the zodiac originated in Egypt.
Astrology was practiced even in the Vedic times in India. Astrology is one of the six disciplines of vedanga. The Hindus believe that human fortune or misfortune in life is due to karma, and karma is influenced by the movements of the planets. In Modern India too, astrology is extensively used to determine the future and improve life, to make decisions about marriage, starting a new business, or moving into a new house.
Chinese astrology emphasizes the four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. Even the zodiac signs used by Chinese Astrology are different from other forms of astrology. China was isolated from the western civilizations for a long time. That is why for hundreds of years Chinese astrology was unknown to the western world.

Astrology: An Introduction To Astrology

Astrology is a complex art and science which applies symbolic meaning to astronomical information as it existed over two thousand years ago when the practice of astrology was first documented in writing by ancient astronomers and astrologers.
Western astrologers use the ancient positions of the constellations and Sidereal (aka Vedic or Hindu) astrologers use current astronomical positions. The two systems are very different, yet work equally well.

Astrologers begin by erecting a natal chart, or horoscope, based on the date, time, and place we were born. Today, most charts are done on a computer which makes them very accurate. Yet, they are only as accurate as the information we provide. Any reputable astrologer will advise us to obtain more accurate birth information or to have our chart rectified if we only know that we were born "around 5 p.m."
Astrologers interpret everything in our chart individually and then integrate it all for us into a picture of us and our life. Interpretations come in many forms: basic insight into our personality; examining specific trouble spots in our life; comparing and contrasting our chart with that of a loved one, friend, co-worker, etc.; looking at career options and financial indications; finding the best place to live; forecasting future opportunities; selecting the best time for a wedding, to start a business, etc.; spiritual growth; and, answering questions.

Most astrologers have a general practice which incorporates a variety of these services, and they may also have some areas in which they specialize such as relationships or careers. 

The best way to use astrology is to learn to evaluate a problem on our own, to examine the choices we have to make in order to fix the problem, and then to consult our astrologer to see in which ways the possible solutions will work for us and when the best time is to make changes, take risks, be patient and wait, plan, etc. With all that information in hand, we will possess a powerful knowledge with which to solve our problems, change our life, and be the person we always wanted to be.

Aromatherapy: Using Aromatherapy To Cure Insomnia Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy provides a natural way to deal with insomnia, relaxation, anxiety, and stress. The primary purpose of aromatherapy is to produce an odour that induces an effect on the human body. The scents from aromatherapy work on a subconscious level. Smell affects the way that human beings react. Different smells stimulate the brain and evoke feelings that are in turn associated with that smell. Aromatherapy is used for mental and emotional well being. The oils of aromatherapy are often used to stimulate or relax the person as needed. Some aromatherapy oils are chamomile, patchouli, sandalwood, neroli, Ylang-Ylang, tea tree, rose, eucalyptus, lemon balm, and marjoram.
There are a few different ways that we enjoy the smells of aromatherapy, such as putting a few drops in our bath water, the oils may be used for massage, or sprinkle a few drops on our pillow at night. Chamomile is a bit more versatile as one may drink the herb in the form of tea or use the oils in something similar to an incense burner. If we look into aromatherapy for the sole purpose of insomnia there will be actual recipes that we can prepare ourselves that act very well for insomnia. One in particular is a mixture of two drops jasmine oil with four drops lavender oil. Diffuse or place drops of it surrounding our bed. Just make sure that it is in a place where we will be able to smell it best. This mixture also is useful for a bedtime massage.
Aromatherapy candles, a great added touch for winding down, likely do not release enough fumes to assist in combating something as tough as insomnia. In conjunction with aromatherapy, meditation and yoga work excellently as a way to free the negative energy from our body that is causing us to lose precious sleep. Besides helping with just insomnia it will lead us into a healthy life in general.
The most popular aromatherapy oil used today is lavender. Lavender is very versatile and may even be growing in our own backyard. It works great for digestive related issues and is an effective antidepressant. Further, it calms nerves, relaxes the body, and promotes sleep.
Sometimes the everyday stresses of life build up and a combination of aromatherapy oils are literally magical in creating a harmonic balance, a sense of well being and relaxation, and promoting restful sleep.

Aromatherapy: For Travel Essential Oils For Your Journey

Going on a trip is usually thought of as a wonderful experience, one that we and our family may have planned and looked forward to for some time. To have the most fun, to get the most out of the experience, it’s important that we and our loved ones have the means to overcome those little ailments and discomforts that make the experience range from mildly unpleasant to downright unbearable. How can we include a little ‘trip insurance’ to our already overstuffed luggage? Aromatherapy has an answer with some readily-available essential oils.
Motion sickness, bug bites, digestive difficulties, and general travel weariness, to name a few, are common discomforts experienced when venturing away from home. A small collection of inexpensive essential oils provide great relief from these amusement-threatening ailments. Treatment with these oils is simple, ranging from inhaling a little oil from a tissue, to adding to a bath, to drinking a drop of food-grade oil with a warm cup of water. And, thankfully, relief often comes quickly because of the oils’ powerful properties and compatibility with our own bodies.
We’ll begin with ‘getting there’ as any trip starts with traveling. By car, boat, plane, or otherwise, motion sickness commonly affects many people, particularly children. This easily makes the ‘traveling’ portion of our experience absolutely no fun. Enter peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint has long been used to calm uneasy stomachs, and is easily used. One drop of food-grade peppermint(it is strong!) in a cup of warm water, sweetened if we like, and sipped before and during the voyage. For the fussy ones, a drop added to a small amount of honey and taken from a spoon for the same effect.
Ginger essential oil is also known for its calming of upset stomachs, a little inhaled from a tissue or diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on the abdomen brings relief. One drop of food grade ginger essential oil into warm water and drink it as a strong tea, this may be effective for some food-related stomach issues as well, particularly when combined with the abdomen massage method.
Beware ginger is powerful and too much will burn.
Peppermint also uplifts the weary driver or passenger. With a drop or two placed on tissues in the car or near our seat will release the aroma into our surroundings. Be careful with this oil however, as getting it on sensitive areas of the skin (directly under the nose, and certainly near the eyes) causes irritation. Tissues with the oil on it should not touch these areas directly.
Lavender, lovingly named ‘a medicine chest in a bottle’ due to its wide range of effects. The aroma of lavender is uplifting and relaxing, useful for stress in congested airports or crowded highways. Breathing this very safe essential oil is effective for adults and children alike, inhaling drops from a tissue directly, or from one’s placed in our surroundings help us be at ease.
Lavender essential oil is an effective wound-healer due to its anti-inflammatory, mild antibacterial, and skin-regenerative actions. Used directly in case of burns, mixed 50:50 with tea tree and put on band aids it prevents infection, or when blended with thyme linalol and eucalyptus (2:4:2) and added to a bowl of water, it becomes an effective disinfectant wash.
Lavender is also useful for treating bites and stings, just place a little undiluted on the affected area. This versatile oil, when a component equal parts of lavender, thyme linalol, and peppermint, and a double-dose of lemongrass essential oil becomes an insect repellent. A drop or more placed on tissue or cloth about our room keeps the insects out of our space; 3 drops of this blend mixed in a teaspoon of lotion or carrier oil, and it is suitable for the skin.
Always patch test with anything new before proceeding.
Lavender in combination with geranium, chamomile, peppermint and eucalyptus oils helps to relieve the effects of jet lag. Getting out of this weary state as quickly as possible makes any trip more enjoyable. This requires getting ourself and companions in-synch with local time, a good rest at night and a gentle lift in the mornings and throughout the day.
To get ourself into the swing of local time, relax and be ready for bed with equal parts of lavender and geranium essential oils, chamomile may also be used in place of the geranium, and works especially well for soothing children (if they are irritable for ANY reason). Put it in a mister, and spritz it as a nap and bedtime Fairy Spray. Add a few drops to a bath or use in a massage oil. For a morning eye-opener, do the same using equal amounts of peppermint and eucalyptus. We will find these useful at other times when we need a little clarity and lightening-up.
Lemon also has some wonderfully diverse uses. It is effective as an antibacterial, yet not so strong as to be an irritant. Adding several drops per quart to our drinking water will help purify it, and the water acts as a disinfectant for washing our fruits and vegetables. The need for this certainly depends on our location, yet it is not a bad idea whenever bacterial contamination may be a possibility. Further, regularly drinking water with added lemon oil gently stimulates the lymphatic and digestive systems, helping alleviate that sluggish feeling that often accompanies extended plane and car travel.
Eucalyptus, the narrow leaf variety is a favourite with a great range of uses as well. It cools the body when too hot, and protects it when too cold. It is found in almost all formulas used to relieve congestion, it supports circulation, and brings lightness to a travel-weary head.
Eucalyptus oil used like peppermint(with similar precautions) to uplift and invigorate during long intervals in an automobile. Added to a cool bath or used on a cold compress in cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke (accompanied by, of course, copious amounts of water and electrolytes!), and used in a similar manner to reduce fever.
Eucalyptus oil, blended with geranium as a massage oil (3 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops geranium per teaspoon of carrier oil) relieves heat cramps. For congestion relief: to a drawn bath, add 1 drop eucalyptus, 3 drops lemon, 2 drops thyme, and 2 drops tea tree, soak and breathe deeply, or simply add a few drops to a steaming bowl of water and inhale.
These are just a few examples of ways to make our travel experiences more enjoyable with aromatherapy. With a little effort, we will expand our knowledge of these oils, discover further uses, and find other oils that work well for our particular needs.
These essential oils are readily available, and fairly inexpensive, though caution should be used when buying oils, as some can be adulterated, and others are mass-produced with techniques that may limit their therapeutic benefits. The more pleasant and ‘well rounded’ an oil’s aroma, generally the higher the quality. Our nose will know! And as with any aromatherapy application, start slowly, essential oils deserve a healthy respect.

Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy For Healing

The art of aromatherapy practiced for thousands of years and in many ancient traditions. Though aromatic oils were used to treat and cure various ailments and conditions into antiquity, the formal study on their therapeutic properties only started in 1928.
In its simplest form, aromatherapy is the use of essential plant oils for therapeutic purposes. Normally employed to relieve a person from stress and a variety of stress-related conditions, they also promote an individual’s general well being, invigorating the body and the psyche.

Aromatherapy works by flooding the olfactory nerve cells with aromatic oils, which then carries the message out to the limbic system, and into the brain. The limbic system is the part of the brain responsible for controlling memory and emotions.
Aromatherapy concerns itself in the workings of both the physical and emotional aspects. Physically, aromatherapy helps relieve specific conditions acting to stimulate the nervous, immune and circulatory systems. Emotionally they work to evoke pleasant memories and uplifted moods.
Although the medical community may not always agree whether aromatherapy in itself is instrumental to healing various medical conditions, the idea of recovery through aromatherapy is widely accepted.
Essential oils derived from the distillation of the elements of a plant like the leaves, roots, flowers, stems and bark, hold high concentrations of the essence from which they originally came. Though termed as oil, essential oils normally do not have the real properties of oil. Some essential oils are yellow like that of the lemongrass and orange and many are clear.
Oils are used in a variety of methods: through inhalation, adding them in the bathwater and applying diluted oils on the body. The use of oil in aromatherapy is only restricted to those with unadulterated qualities. The purest of the essential oils have the greatest therapeutic value.

The following is a list of the common essential oils used in aromatherapy. Some of which are used as carrier oils (also known as vegetable oils or base oils):
– Almond, Sweet
– Apricot Kernel
– Avocado
– Borage
– Calendula
– Cocoa Butter
– Evening Primrose
– Grapeseed
– Hazelnut
– Jojoba
– Kukui
– Macadamia Nut
– Olive
– Peanut
– Pecan
– Rose Hip
– Sesame
– Shea Butter
– Sunflower
Here is the list of essential oils that are
not advisable to use in aromatherapy, especially if not supervised by a professional aromatherapy practitioner.
– Ajowan
– Almond, Bitter
– Arnica
– Birch, Sweet
– Boldo Leaf
– Broom, Spanish
– Calamus
– Camphor
– Cinnamon
– Deer Tongue
– Garlic
– Horseradish
– Jaborandi
– Melilotus
– Mugwort
– Mustard
– Onion
– Pennyroyal
– Rue
– Sassafras
– Thuja
– Wintergreen
– Wormseed
– Wormwood
Aromatherapists put into practice the workings of aromatherapy in a spectrum of work environments including:
– private practice
– mobile visiting practice
– natural health clinics
– beauty therapy clinics
– health clubs
– hospitals
– hospices and
– nursing homes.
In spite of the lack of formal research on aromatherapy, therapists and European physicians often prescribing certain aromatic oils for a range of complaints including colds and flu, insomnia, sinusitis, migraines, digestive problems and muscle pains. It should be understood though that aromatic oils must never be taken orally and should be first skin tested to determine the degree of sensitivity and reactivity one has to the oils.

Aromatherapy: 9 Tips For Aromatherapy Newbies

I remember when I first discovered aromatherapy several years ago. I was fascinated by essential oils and excited to try using them. Looking back, I realize I should have done a bit more research before diving into aromatherapy. I offer the advice I wish I’d had when I was an aromatherapy novice:
1. Buy One or Two Aromatherapy Books
Choose just one or two books to start our aromatherapy library. Select books that are general resources, which will give us home basic information and help us discover the areas in which we have the most interest.
2. Join Aromatherapy Discussion Forums
 Facebook Groups, Instagram pages and other forums are great resources for aromatherapy newbies. Read past discussions, ask questions, and learn from others.
3. Choose Five or Ten Essential Oils to Start
Though we may be tempted to buy more, try to begin with just five or ten different essential oils. Essential oils can be quite expensive, so we may want to experiment with a few at first and then invest in more if we decide to pursue aromatherapy further.
4. Make Sure to Buy 100%, Pure, Unadulterated Essential Oils
When buying essential oils, choose a well-known and reputable manufacturer. Synthetic, fragrance, and perfume oils are not essential oils; they contain man-made chemicals and have no aromatherapeutic value.
5. Buy at Least One Carrier Oil
For nearly all topical aromatherapy applications, we will need to dilute essential oils into a carrier oil. Good all-purpose carrier oils include sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil. Buy cosmetic grade carrier oils, and use only a few drops of essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oil.
6. Store Our Oils Properly
Essential oils should be stored only in dark glass containers. Since essential oils are volatile, keep the lids tightly closed. Essential oils and carrier oils should be stored away from heat and light. Carrier oils will go rancid eventually, so it's best to buy smaller quantities.
7. Learn How to Do a Patch Test
Essential oils can cause adverse reactions, due to allergy or due to sensitization over time. A patch test helps to determine whether we might react to a particular essential oil. Learn how to perform a skin patch test on ourselves with each new oil we want to use topically.
8. Don't Use Aromatherapy with Children or Pets
Until we are thoroughly familiar with essential oils and associated safety issues, don't use them on children or pets, or while pregnant or breastfeeding. Cats, in particular, may be adversely affected by essential oils—peppermint. Make sure essential oils are kept out of reach of children.
9. Don't Ingest Essential Oils
Though we will read conflicting information about taking essential oils internally, we should avoid doing this. Some essential oils that are fairly safe to use topically may be quite toxic if taken internally. In addition, some essential oils interact with prescription or over the counter drugs.

As we experiment with and learn more about aromatherapy, we become more confident using essential oils. There is so much to explore, so be safe and have fun!

Auras: Intro To Auras

Energy Work 7
Are there times when we feel uncomfortable in crowded places? Are there moments when we feel as if our space is being invaded? Some people can only come so close to us. This is a reaction triggered by our aura.

It's possible that someone else's aura is intruding upon ours?
At times, we feel uneasy in the presence of a certain person. When we enter a room, we have this sense that something is wrong. The human aura is a strong electro-magnetic field. We give off electrical energy and absorb magnetic one.

We feel this energy force in a room full of people, where varying energies, positive and negative, are being interchanged.
The aura is an extension of our energies, be it strong or weak, fair or otherwise, light and bright or dull and dense. It is a band of energy that surrounds us, a life energy that may be sensed around every living thing, plants, trees, animals, birds and people.
There are seven layers of aura, yet the most accessible to the human perception are the first three layers surrounding the human body. Auras can be seen with the eyes wide open or it may also be seen psychically with the eyes closed.


Auras: A Guide To Seeing Auras

Seeing the aura is a matter of taking our eyes slightly out of focus. If we've ever been able to see the holographic picture-in-a-picture art then we shouldn't have any trouble seeing auras as we do exactly the same technique with our eyes.

The first time this topic came up I had no luck whatsoever with seeing the auras of the other folks in the seminar. That night I went over to the bookstore and grabbed a bunch of the holograph picture books and sat there until I could relax my eyes and see them. The next day when I went back for the rest of the seminar I had no trouble seeing the auras of the other attendees.
Get a partner to work with. Have our training partner stand in front of a light-coloured wall in a dimly lit room. Get our partner to hold one finger in front of their face, about 6 inches out from their chin. Focusing our eyes on their finger, not their face. Have them remove their fingers yet keep looking at the same spot. Relax our eyes a bit to do this. Now, using that same relaxed vision, look at them. We should be able to see a little line that runs all around them a couple of inches out from the body.
The next layer out is even fainter and may have colours associated with it. The different meanings of the colours vary widely depending on who we're talking to. My advice in this area is to open up our awareness and see for ourself which colours seem to be associated most often with which types of people and their behaviours.
Play with this a bit. Does their aura change when they think happy thoughts? Sad thoughts? Angry thoughts?
Some people see auras instantly and others have to work at it. Don't be too put out if it takes a while. As we work with this we'll gradually become aware of even more subtle layers of energy that surround people. We may also find that we actually feel another person's chakras and even discern which is their dominant chakra, which tells us instantly how that person is likely to react to any given stimuli.

Auras: Aura Color Meanings

Colours are an important aspect of aura reading. Below is a description of the meanings different colours hold. When reading auras be sure to always trust our intuition.
This is a confusing colour. There is nothing wrong with black in one's aura. Black generally means one is shielding oneself from outside energies. This may also mean being unbalanced; one is hiding something or keeping secrets. A black ring usually indicates some form of abuse, adults who have not dealt with early abuse will carry this black ring till they are healed.
This comes in different shades. Gifted people have shades of blue in their aura. Intuitive people will show pale blue coloration within the purple bursting out like rays of sunshine, emanating from the heart outwards. A deeper blue may indicate loneliness. A very deep blue shows devotion, honesty and good judgment whereas muddier shades of blue indicates a domineering person or a tendency towards depression.
This colour may indicate growth in a person. Seen around the head and with other colours emanating in combination, it indicates a person who is developing mentally, intuitively and organizing within. Brown by itself may indicate lack of energy, or one who has become “stagnant”.
Indicates lots of spiritual energy, in tune with oneself. Muddy gold means one has not really come to terms with one's higher levels.
Usually seen around a thinker, an analytical person. Could indicate a “balanced” person. Intelligent people show this colour around their heads.
Sympathetic to others, dependable and has healing abilities. Muddier shade could indicate jealousy- like “green with envy”.
Can indicate intuition and creativity. Silvery gray shows femininity while darker gray may mean secretiveness or physical imbalance.
Bright orange means one is growing emotionally and paranormally. A dull shade means a person is unsure how to accept this growth. Muddy orange shows in a person with too much pride.
The colour of love, and honesty. It also depicts the quieter side of an artistic and creative person. Dark pink may indicate immaturity or changes with one's love life. Dull pink, however, watch out; Someone is lying.
The colour of intuition, a deeper purple hue shows a strong- willed and passionate person. It may also reflect intense erotic imagination and being over-bearing.
A colour of love or hate, strong emotions and a lot of energy. An intense red colour, however, may indicate a person ready to fly off the handle.

Angels: Divine Companions

Even when we feel as though we are completely alone, there are divine companions who are always with us. Before our incarnation they chose to accompany us through our lifetime, from the moment of our first breath, until our last. Spirit guides are highly evolved beings. Having completed the cycle of birth and death in the physical plane, they now serve as teachers and guides to further elevate our vibrations. They are as “real” as we are, they are vibrating at another level and reside within another plane of existence.
They work to guide us by working through our dreams and intuition. That quiet voice we hear is often the voice of our teachers and guides. They may also make themselves known to us through signs and symbols. For me, when I am at a crossroads in my life or journeying through a personal or emotional challenge, I find feathers everywhere. I see hummingbirds, butterflies, and woodpeckers. I also see feather tattoos, hawks, and hear certain songs. It is a reminder for me to be still and listen to the guidance of my own personal guides. The feathers are representative of the energy of my guides, one being a powerful Shaman, one is a Humpback whale, one is Hildegard, and the others are from the angelic and etheric realms.
Some individuals have one guide and others have multitudes, much of this depends on the path and purpose of our life. For instance, a teacher/professor may have several guides, one to guide them through the academic nature of their profession and others to assist them with the great emotional requirements of performing such an important task. Much of who our guides are is indicative of our own personal journey through our lives.
Spirit guides are sometimes a loved one who has passed away. Although our loved ones stay with us in spirit and we may contact them, they don't usually serve the same role as a “spirit guide”. Some individuals have archangels and angels as spirit guides who are always with them. Yet, the presence of angels does not always mean they are our spirit guides. Angels may be called in times of distress to assist us for a short time. If we have an archangel or angel as a guide, chances are our mission in life is a complex one. Through my experience with being a psychic reader and spiritual teacher, I found that individuals with a challenging life path often have angels as spirit guides.
Our guardian spirit guide is always with us, whether we acknowledge their presence or not. We cannot call them to us or send them away, they are part of us and our journey. However, we may choose to gain the knowledge of who they are and what their role in our life is. We have many types of guides. Some come for a task, a season, or attached to the nurturing of a specific relationship. These guides appear at our call, and be released when their task is accomplished

The possibility is always there to interact with our spirit guides in a more proactive way. If we want to know who our guides are, just ask. Get in a quiet and meditative space and ask that they reveal themselves to us. Do not get discouraged if it takes a few tries. Beings from the spiritual realm often communicate through signs and symbols. Once we ask, we should trust our own wisdom. Pay attention to the pictures that appear in our mind. If we see a man in a suit, stay with that, it could be he is a philosopher or scientist. We may see a Native American, a Buddhist monk or see nothing at all. Keep the mind and intuition open. Pay attention to things that keep coming up after we ask that they reveal who they are. If we are having a challenge discovering who they are we can also contact a professional psychic/intuitive to assist us in gaining the initial connection.
Working with our spirit guides is an incredible tool for our own personal and spiritual growth. Unlike beings who are in the physical, their wisdom and advice is not influenced by the “world” and an ego. They dwell in a higher vibrational plane and the mundane particulars of our situation are not relevant. For example, if we seek guidance from our spirit guide regarding a relationship, they will lead us to focus on what we are learning, what we need to learn, what we are teaching our partner, and what is the true meaning of our relationship. The fact that they leave the toilet seat up or are terrible at budgeting the household finances will be irrelevant. The information that we will be provided with will be actions that WE take to gain more understanding. We may also ask our spirit guides to assist us in physical healing. Before we go to sleep, ask that as we are sleeping, we receive healing.

I experienced this in healing an abscess. A healing guide directed me in a half-sleep state to drain it and in the morning the access was well on its way to being healed, and I didn't experience the pain. A true blessing.
We are never alone. Never. Take faith in knowing and understanding that there is so much magic and mystery in this life. Just for a moment let the “world” disappear. Raise our vibration and allow the beautiful gifts of spirit wash over us. Life is so much more than what we see. Open our spiritual eyes and hearts and we will discover a world of wisdom, beauty and peace that we never knew existed. Of course, we can always choose to not believe. It is always our choice, our will. Yet, why not? Why not step into another level of existence? Why not believe in magic? We do not have to announce it to the office, yet we can embrace the wonders of spirit in our own heart. It will envelope us in illuminating love and understanding, and mysteriously transform us into a more connected and loving being.

Angels: Connect With the Angel Guides

 Angels are truly universal. The Pew Foundation reported that 72% of Americans believe in angels. This is a much higher percentage than those who believe in any world religion, because angels are fundamental to most of the world’s major religions. We find them in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Mormonism and many other spiritual traditions.
St. Augustine, an authority on Angels, said, “Make friends with angels.” He recommended that we make personal relationships with angels and that we let our relationships with them deepen, much as we would with any important, intimate relationship.
Asking an angel for help is one of our most powerful spiritual practices. We ask the angels for immediate help at any time and in any place. Here are some techniques that will help us:
1) Ask for help – Angels offer us help 24/7. The more receptive we are, the more help they give us. If we diminish our receptivity we limit the angels ability to help us. Creating our own invocations, or prayers, we specifically call for the help we need. Realize that when we call upon an angel, what really happens is that we open ourself, we become receptive to their assistance.
When asking for help, it’s important to realize ourselves as fully worthy of angelic assistance. Angels work with everyone regardless of personal histories and beliefs. Angels are infinite and omnipresent, our request does not diminish them in any way, nor does it affect their ability to help the rest of us at the same time. They exist beyond our experience of time and space and respond to everyone with complete unconditional love.
2) Connect with our inner divine child as we call upon the angels and ask for their help. Our inner divine child is whole, innocent and true and recognizes angels as trustworthy gifts of the Creator. This will help create openness, receptivity, excitement, eagerness and wonder as we prepare to receive the gifts our angels have prepared for us.
3) Hand everything over to the angels when we ask for their help: every issue, problem, worry and fear as well as every good intention and positive outcome we imagine as the result of our request. Release all expectations of how our request will be answered.
4) Express Appreciation and Gratitude. Find and express genuine appreciation and gratitude for things exactly as they are. If we are struggling with this, ask the angels to help us find the love that is present in whatever difficulty we face. Have patience with this and let go of any expectation of how this love may be revealed to us.
5) Know that it is done. Every request is answered and help is always given. If we fear that our request will not be answered, then also ask for help in understanding. Ask for help in believing. Trust that we will see the love in every answered prayer. Known completely and loved unconditionally by the angels, nothing that will serve us is ever withheld.
6) Act quickly on the guidance we receive. Accept the opportunity and act upon it immediately. Angelic help is infinite and unlimited, we will not use it up or run out of it. We cannot ask for “too much” and the angels are joyously happy to give to us without limit. The faster we act, the faster we receive more assistance!
7) Celebrate ourselves exactly as we are in this moment. Leave critical judgments or negative feelings about ourselves, our life, or others in the hands of the angels for healing. Even if it is just for a few moments, let go of everything that is not of love for ourself and everything around us. In this moment of surrender much more will be done for us by the angels than we accomplish on our own. Thank ourselves and the angels for deepening the relationship between us.
Hopefully this article gave us some helpful steps to connect more deeply with our Angels for help and assistance. Remember, Angels will be at our side with every step we take today. Angels are always with us and are eager to help.

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