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Inner Healing: Meditation & Chakras 1. What is Meditation? 2. How do I meditate? 3. The Base Chakra 4. The Sacral Chakra 5. The Solar (Plexus) Chakra 6. The Heart Chakra 7. The Throat Chakra 8. The Third Eye Chakra 9. The Crown Chakra 10. The Thymus Chakra What is Meditation? Meditation is when you allow the mind to rest and go quiet. When our bodies are worked really hard, we get aches and pains. We need to rest the body so it can recuperate from the stress and physical strain we have put onto it. If we don't our bodies can become ill which can lead to neck and back strain. When this happens we are forced to take it easy. We have a good night's sleep and in the morning we feel rested and relaxed. With our minds we are always thinking, even in sleep the mind is working because most of us dream while we are asleep. As you can see the mind never rests. However, with meditation we can slow the mind down and relax it to such a level that it gets the chance to have a good rest. After practice you will be able to stop the thoughts altogether for a short time. In times of stress and serious illness we are constantly worried, and that puts pressure on our mind and our bodies that is no good. These two factors can lead to even more illness and more stress. Just imagine if we rest our mind through meditation we are allowing whatever problem's that are present in our body to heal themselves without the added stress of constantly worrying about them. If you really think about it, it does make a lot of sense. Meditation is so easy that even young children can practise meditation. This would be beneficial to children who are going through problems at school. We are going to explore the power behind inner healing through meditation. For a few minutes I want you to sit quietly and try and shut down all your thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How did you go? Where you able to silence your thoughts. Did any of you feel uncomfortable? Did you stop the thoughts from coming into your mind? . . No? Never mind. Was it a battle to try and concentrate on thinking of nothing? We have to learn how to slow the mind and her thinking down. When we can do this, we are able to instil within ourselves a sense of peace and harmony. We are also able to open our chakras and energy centres up properly, so that they function appropriately. When we learn to gain control of our mind, and her negative thoughts we are able to access our inner child and our higher mind completely. When we learn to do this, we can bring about total awareness and inner healing. For a minute I want you to sit still and try and stop yourself from thinking, but this time I want you to listen to the music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How did you go this time? Was it easy to stop the flow of your mind's thoughts? You would have noticed that this time you may have been more calmer and relaxed because you where given something that was on a frequency level that helped you to slow the mind down. You will also notice that with gentle soothing music you were able to totally relax. The mind is able to be slowed when we have something to focus on that helps us to distract itself. . . When we learn to slow our minds down and think of nothing without any help, we are able to bring ourselves into a state of total awareness. In this state 100% healing can take place. We are able to totally bring into us, our inner child and higher mind. With the use of soft or rhythmic music we are able to place our focus on something that does not need our intense concentration. Music has this ability to slow our thought process down. When we stop thinking, we start to truly listen to what is going on within ourselves. We are able to hear our higher mind and our inner child. We learn how to listen to our body and what she has to say. If something is off balance or not right, we are able to talk to our bodies and find out exactly what is the problem. Through meditation, we learn how to make true contact with ourselves. We learn to train our mind to function the way she was meant to. Instead of the mind controlling us, we control our mind. The soul becomes in charge once more. All our extra sensors become open and we are able to access all our hidden knowledge and gifts that are blocked from us because the mind is stopping them coming through. Meditation provides all of these powerful healing tools. . . Let us try again. . . Sit quietly and try and shut down your . . . . thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Did you find that this time it was easier or harder? Did some of you feel uncomfortable as if you were fighting with someone or something? You probably were. There are many people around today that believe that our frequencies and channels have been shut down by beings who do not want us to evolve the way we should be. This may or may not be true. However, it is worth us thinking about since it does make some sense of all the crazy and horribly things that go on in this world today. Some believe that these beings feed off us. They use our fear, worry, pain and sorrow as food to make them powerful. We all know how powerful hatred and anger are on a physical level. There is a lot of forceful energy that comes from these feelings. That forceful energy can make a spirit being very powerful. Since most of the worlds' people experience pain, fear, anger, hatred and stress then these beings must be having a feeding frenzy. Well, we must all learn to say enough! We must learn not to hook into the negativity that is in our world. We must learn how to become open, loving and compassionate beings once more. They say that this energy creates new worlds and universes. It also helps our world as well. Stop being food and start being creators. When you see a drama going on in your life. Think to yourself that you refuse to be food for a negative being. Start meditating and learn to bring back your awareness to yourself. Allow your inner frequencies to become open and alive. Allow love, joy and happiness to flow through you. Allow yourself to connect to mother earth and feel where you belong. Allow yourself to unite with the heavens and connect to your true destiny and purpose. Let us all learn how to get into the habit of meditating and learning to slow our minds down and open ourselves up to our inner awareness. We will learn how to tap into our bodies and to our higher mind and inner child. Here all our questions and solutions to our problems can be discovered and solved. Let us take back our power and use that power for good and not drama. Today let us learn how to truly meditate. How do I meditate? Meditation is so easy that it only takes up a small part of your day, so it can be done first thing in the morning and last thing at night. You could be on a bus, in a park, or even at the office in your lunch hour. It does not matter where you are, if you have a spare 5 minutes you can meditate. Now we will look at doing a simple meditation first thing in the morning. When you wake up in the morning, take a few minutes to wake yourself up. Do this by giving yourself a good shake, then find somewhere, where you can sit without being disturbed. It can be on the floor with a couple of pillows or even sitting up in bed, out in the morning sun, in fact anywhere where you feel comfortable. You can have some soft music on, or if you prefer just have silence. When you are comfortable, I want you to focus on your body, starting with your feet, and focusing on your breathing, I want you to notice your breathing, slowing the breath, bring your awareness to your feet and travelling up your whole body from your knees to your hips, from your hips to your stomach, from your stomach to your heart. Now notice your heartbeats, breathing with the rhythm of the heartbeat, try to stay focused, but if you find that your mind wanders do not be alarmed, WITH TIME AND PRACTISE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO STOP THIS. Breathing with the heartbeat will help you to understand the rhythm of your body and this is the start of learning to listen to your natural body language. When you have mastered this art you will be able to read the warning signals in your body when something goes wrong. When you are ready bring your focus back to the body. Focusing on your shoulders, breathing slowly, bring your awareness to your neck, and then still breathing slowly bring your awareness to your head. When you have reached the head slowly bring your whole awareness to all of your body. Now take time to listen to your whole body, listen to the sounds coming from your body and breathe with those sounds. After you have done this bring yourself back to reality, slowly allow your mind to start its thinking process and your breathing to go back too normal. Now just sit for a few minutes and feel how calm and relaxed you are, when you are ready get up and start your day. You will notice by doing this morning meditation that your whole day will feel more peaceful and there will be less stress around you because you will have given your mind a rest. You can also use meditation to help you with any problems you may have in your life. Before you enter into your meditative state, focus on the problem and then ask your higher mind to help come up with answers. Go into your meditation and after you have finished, see if you receive any advice or hidden insight that could help you. It may be that you will see the problems in a different perceptive. If you are after some emotional healing within yourself you can also focus on the issues that are causing you pain, grief or worry before you go into your meditative state. Ask that your inner child help you heal these situations. After the mediation, you may well find that you see your pain, fear and worries in a different light also. You never know until you give something a fair go. The Base Chakra The Base Chakra is the energy centre that controls our energy levels, our connection to the earth and our ambitions. The base chakra is positioned at the base of the spine, near the top of the legs. On a physical level this chakra governs the back, legs, hips, feet, spine and the circulation of the blood. When functioning negatively, this chakra causes aches, strains and loss of mobility to these organs. There is an old saying that we use when we are in trouble. That saying is, that we must get to the root of the problem so that we can heal the situation. This is true in the physical, mental and spiritual. The base chakra is the root of our manifestation, our existence. When we learn about our base or root chakra we come to understand that this centre is the base to past, in this life and our past - lives. . . It is our connection to the earth and to the physical. . . The physical being what you can see, feel and hear - True reality. How we function on this level depends on how this centre is working. If we are tired, run down and lack ambition and drive, it is because this centre is not working or absorbing enough positive energy to help us sustain the high levels needed to think, feel, work and play. We need to reconnect to this centre and work with it on a daily basis. To do this, we have to invoke inner healing that comes from ourselves. This chakra needs to be flooded with positive energy and positive love. I know that we would all like to fly in the heavens, free from all worries, sickness and stress, but I believe that we can do this on our earthly existence. Our base chakra is the centre that can help us achieve health, grounded-ness and vitality. This chakra can also unlock our past - lives to help bring old talents and wisdom into this lifetime. This chakra can also remove any past- life negative patterns and pain that might be hindering our present life. In many old cultures they believe in the wheel of life. We believe that we go through cycles of birth, death and re-birth. Throughout one lifetime we experience these cycles many times. Each time we go through a death there is a chance to re-create our birth in a more healing and positive way. The base is our root, our connection to the earth, who we are as humans and how we live our lives in each birth and death cycle. When we heal this chakra and have it pulsating with positive healing energy we are able to heal our past, and we learn to function in a vibrant and alive way for the present and the future. Love comes from the heart centre and flows through the body and out through the aura. How others perceive us or react to us is because of the energy that we emanate from our auras. Love is an energy that is able to heal any sickness, emotional stress and fear that we have locked inside. On a physical level, this chakra can be the cause of back ache, leg aches, overweight, underweight, anaemia and so on. These problems arise as emotional baggage that we store in our back, spine and legs. . . When we have no energy and lack ambition and drive, it is because we have no connectivness to ourselves and our Mother earth. By learning to become connected to the physical we can eliminate many back, leg and circulation problems. These areas become affected because we store in and hold onto our emotional baggage. With inner healing we can open ourselves up to any problems we have in this area. With creative visualisation we become open and exposed to the higher levels of consciousness that these chakras respond to positively. With the use of colours, we can expose ourselves to vitality, energy and healing that is activated when we wear certain colours and use them in our lives. Red represents life, fire, growth and the burning away of negativity and weakness. . . Red is the earth, the soil, the stones and trees. Red makes you wake up and feel alive. The colour red heals, regenerates and inspires enthusiasm and a will to live. Dancing, music, and drumming also opens up and brings in positive healing energy into our base chakra. We all have an eternal beat, that when we tap into, helps us to become open and alive once more. We sometimes become unbalanced due to the fact that we have lost our personal beat. Through song, dance and physical movement we can become aligned once more. The stone people are the oldest spirit clans alive on earth. These people are the earth and as such, hold the key to our evolution. They hold our secrets and our past - lives. Through the use of the stone people we are able to work with each chakra to unlock and heal any blockages that we are holding within our being. When we place them on our energy centres they activate and connect you back to the earth. Clear quartz is a good crystal that is good for healing with the base chakra. Clear quartz brings clarity and understanding. It will help you to unlock any past burdens, fears and baggage that you are holding onto. This crystal will also unlock wisdom and knowledge that you have also stored away. Through the use of animal awareness and their spiritual wisdom we can also heal our energy centres through spiritual contact with these animals. . . If you need to learn about groundedness and stability, you would call on the turtle and her ways. Any four legged animal would help you to reconnect in some special way. See also Base Chakra Meditation. The Sacral Chakra The Sacral chakra is the energy centre that controls your passions, your sexual needs, the abundance that you allow into your life for fulfilment of your desires. It also controls the bodies' organs like your lower sexual organs, your bladder, bowel and lower intestine. This centre is where you fund your creativity on the physical level. When functioning positively, it creates a sense of well-being that is your ability to feel good about yourself. When this chakra is aligned and balanced, your emotions are stable and you are able to express your true feelings to others without fear or exaggeration. When you learn about your personal expression you become more self confident, in yourself and your dealings with others. When functioning properly - you become open, expressive, creative and spontaneous. When negative and not functioning positively, you may have a low self esteem and may think that you are ugly and that you have nothing worth giving to others. You could have a low sex drive and find it hard to communicate and respond to your own, and the opposite sex. These kinds of people deny themselves pleasure and can become martyrs. They may also give of themselves and their bodies without any real emotion. This sets up patterns of self sacrifice. The Sacral is also about ourselves as men and woman. For a woman it is all about our femininity. For men their masculinity. This energy centre has caused a lot of conflict and emotional pain for many people within this age of awareness. This is because it has been flooded with too much sexual responsibility. This centre is all about passion, freedom and personal expression that can sometimes be mistaken purely for sexuality. We have a right to express ourselves and our feelings, but we have to learn that sometimes passion is related to artistic and creative pursuits rather than sex, and relationships with others. We have focused all of our desires and passions onto others, and we have neglected to allow the energy to flow within ourselves. Even though this chakra is all about the physical love that we experience with others, it is much more. We have over focused on this area and shut down the other attributes that this energy centre has to offer. A lot of stomach dis-orders happen because this chakra is dysfunctional. . . This is because there are issues with others and how we relate and express emotions outside of ourselves. Sexual abuse also causes this chakra to become unbalanced. People who suffer sexual related diseases are caused through the chakra becoming exposed and vulnerable to negativity. When we flood this chakra with healing energy, we experience well - being, which is when we love and appreciate ourselves and our body. When we focus on this chakra and heal ourselves, we may find ourselves questioning our feelings towards our friends and lovers. The veil has lifted and we may find that once we have become healed, that these people in our lives are not giving to us enough. By recognising and working with unconditional love and healing we can recreate our friendships and relationships to way that our emotions and needs are met. We can heal our past and make way for our future. When working positively, we are able to experience more positive and fulfilling friendships and relationships. We are more open, understanding and compassionate. We learn to open our creative side and we become filled with a desire to learn about art, music, dance and spirituality. We are more open to nature and all her wisdom and beauty. Our creative talents open, and we begin to explore new horizons. The colour orange is a powerful colour that invokes passion, creativity and vibrancy. The more colourful and bright the orange the more avant-garde you feel. The more earthly and brown looking the orange the more connected to the earth and mother nature. Orange is a mixture of powerful red and wilful yellow. Power and will ignite together to create an explosion of strength self esteem and vitality. When you use this colour with your sacral chakra, you are able to invoke this energy into your body. This will create an effect of joy, self expression, freedom and fun. Music, song and dance that has a stimulating and passionate rhythm will also help to unlock your . . inner passions and your true personality. Painting, writing and drawing will also help you to learn how to express your inner feelings by allowing you to release any inhibitions that you may have hidden inside of you. By expressing this way, you are able to view your true feelings without any interference or conditioning from others. This chakra is also an earth connecting chakra like the base. Working on this chakra will also help you to remain focused and grounded. However, it will also help you with your ability to interact with all beings that reside upon the earth. . . This chakra is good for healing relationship issues, healing minor stomach and digestive orders and help your reproductive organs to function properly. The clear and rose quartz as well as blue lace agate, citrine and rutilated quartz all promote healing and balancing to this chakra. They help you to open up to your self expression. The rose provides gentle loving energy. The blue lace inspires creativity and the citrine provides passion and energy. The rutilated inspires you to look beyond your present and the clear helps you to gain focus and clarity. See also Sacral Chakra Meditation. The Solar (Plexus) Chakra The Solar controls our will, our personal power. It also controls our upper intestines and upper back and spine. . . The say our true wisdom comes from the healthy workings of this chakra. It brings us our strength, our courage and our will to succeed, achieve and survive. The Solar chakra, when functioning negatively can cause a person to be very fearful. They suffer from a low self esteem. They have very little self worth. They may allow others to push them around and control them. They can become very indecisive, fearing to make any decisions or commitments to anyone or anything. Because the Solar governs the stomach, many ulcers and stomach di-orders are caused by stress that is caused by excessive worry over the future. When this chakra is not functioning properly, we become very fearful. We carry many burdens and worries for the future and this can cause back problems as well. The old saying 'whose burdens are you carrying on your back' have a very symbolic meaning to this centre. You can become a slave to others needs and wants, which is common when you are within a relationship and have children. They may not do it deliberately, but others can take away your own power because theirs needs seem more important than yours at the time. This sets the pattern up for a person. They allow their energy to flow towards others instead of empowering themselves. We can give out a little of our power, but we get into to a routine where we become relied upon. We all like to be needed by others. It makes us feel good to have others that rely upon us, but we can get into the habit of giving all our power away and this is what causes us to become weakened. Some people go the opposite way with the power that comes from this centre. They like to control others to an extent that they become overbearing, controlling and manipulative. This is when they have recognised that their power may be stronger than others. They pray on people whose centres are not functioning positively and these people have become Co-dependent. . . This makes the person with too much power enjoy a sense of power and control over these types of people. Many people who are overbearing choose people in their lives that they can control because it hides their own lack of self worth. Many drug problems come from this centre, when not functioning positively. Also some overweight and underweight problems manifest because people cover themselves in protection to hide away their low self esteem. We are a race of people of different shapes and sizes, not all of us are built to be tall, slim and beautiful, but some people become so obsessed with their looks and their bodies because of their own lack of self worth. It is good to have pride in yourself and wear things and do things positively to your body, however we must do it for ourselves and not because of what others think of us. We have to learn to recognise what are our needs and wants, and not what others expect out of us. When functioning positively, we have a sense of our own self worth. We meet our own needs and then we give to others without giving our own personal power away. We do not compromise on our own values because others do not believe in our ways. We are neither controlling, manipulative, hard or weak. We find an equal balance in ourselves that makes us feel secure. We make the right choices and decisions in a balanced and fair fashion. We associate with people who accept us for who we are. We are confident and are able to express ourselves with honesty and integrity. We fight for our rights and we also have a sense of what is wrong and what is right in life. We speak the truth and we share our wisdom with others without over shadowing another's view or life style. We are neither racial or judgmental. Many famous people who fight for the rights of others and try to make positive changes in our world use their Solar chakra in a positive and empowering way. We have all met people who, have in them, strength and a strong vibrant personality that makes us want to make changes in ourselves and our world. We are all capable of being like this too. Through inner healing, we are able to open up the repressed emotions and feelings that we have buried inside. We are all spiritual warriors. Inside us all is a strong, wise and loving individual that is capable of dealing with and healing any negative situation we are facing. If we need strength and courage to face the day, we do not look at others, instead we look into ourselves for this courage and wisdom. We must learn to accept responsibility for our own actions and in the way we deal with our lives. We have to face up to the weaknesses that we have allowed into our lives. If someone has done wrong to us or hurts us emotionally then it was because we gave out an energy that said 'hear I am hurt me' I know this sounds harsh but if you look deep into this you will see the truth behind it. We create our own actions and then others react to our actions Everybody in the world today has given away their personal power. This is why the world is in such a mess. It is time to take back our personal power and our own inner wisdom. This chakra is also an earth base chakra. Working on this chakra will help us to stay focused, strong and grounded to our beliefs, goals and dreams. This chakra gives us the courage and will to face each day. We must open this chakra to meditation. With the Solar, we must learn to go within and focus on our own needs and wants. Meditation slows the mind down and helps us to gain focus and clarity on our inner workings. This chakra responds to soft gentle music, sounds and movement, like walking and swimming. The solar responds to water because water has a cleansing and clearing effect. Also a healthy diet, with only little amounts of meat, but a lot of fruits, vegetables and pasta help keep this area cleansed. A good crystal to work with is the clear quartz crystal, fluorite, agate and chysophase. These crystals help to bring clarity, and purification, order and balancing to this chakra. They help to release any blockages and give you the wisdom behind why they had occurred. By wearing yellow or having this colour in our environment, helps you to show the world that you are at peace with yourself. This colour shows others that you are an individual who is strong in character, but gentle in spirit. The Lion represents leadership, control and self esteem. By focusing on this animal as your guide and protector you can invoke his spirit into your own. See also Solar (Plexus) Chakra Meditation. The Heart Chakra The heart chakra is situated in and around the heart area of our physical body. The heart pumps the flow of blood that is needed to keep us alive. Without the heart we can not function on the physical plain. This one organ controls many other parts on the body. The blood rushes through our veins and feeds our body with nutrients to sustain our well-being. This area is what we call the main centre or control panel for our body. This area also governs the lungs. We need our lungs to breathe in the life force energy of oxygen. Without air our physical bodies would die. On a physical level we have problems with our heart, blood, circulation and the vessels that carry the blood, also our lungs and how we breathe. We have ribs that protect these areas, these also become weakened when this centre is not functioning properly. On a mental level, the heart chakra functions on an emotional basis, our feelings and how we express them towards ourselves and to others. How we think gets turned into how we behave with our feelings on this level. When someone has acted badly towards us, the mind processes these actions and then sends these waves of information to our heart centre, who then in turns, sends them out as feelings of anger, fear or betrayal. When someone tells us that we are beautiful, our mind does the same. It sends these messages to the mind and the brain sends them to our heart centre and we experience feelings of love, joy and happiness, in return we emanate this energy out into our aura toward others. When we smile and radiate love outwards the whole world smiles back at us. It is the same when we are in a negative mood. The same energy comes outwards and lashes onto those around us. We have to learn just how powerful our feelings are, not only to ourselves, but to everyone we encounter. On a spiritual level this also causes an effect. When one person is negative and sends that negativity out, others who have vulnerable heart centres, and lets be honest I think we all suffer from a vulnerable heart centre, connects to this energy, and it feeds their soul and creates a global network of negativity. That is why the world is filled up with so much negativity, so much hatred and racism and also a lack of love and respect for our Mother Earth. How we think is how we become. It is our manifestation, our existence. How we feel is also apart of this story, for how we feel is how we react. Reactions are what caused good and bad changes in our lives today. There are two types of love that are created from this centre. The first is the love that we have for our children, our friends, outside family and our lovers. This love comes from a sense on wanting and needing these people in our lives. . . We love and cherish our children because they are apart of us, we created them and we want what is best for them. We want to cherish them and protect them from all evil. This is natural. However sometimes this energy becomes so conditional that we put too many expectations onto them. We smother them and over protect them. The love we feel for our children should have some conditions, but it should also be unconditional as well. The love we feel for our partners is a love as they say has captured our hearts. Each of us are separate planets. separate universes, when we meet another, these planets collide and one becomes two. Our ways and their ways are different and this causes dramas and pain. We expect too much from the other and they do the same to us as well. We have to learn to love and accept each other in our own separate ways We have to learn how to find a middle road when we are involved with another person emotionally. You cannot make this type of love unconditional, but through compassion, understanding and acceptance you can make it more fulfilling and whole. . . This centre governs and supports our feelings both negative and positive on the conditional love area. A lot of spiritual people have a hard time when they decide to become healers and spiritualist on the unconditional level. You can not mix unconditional love with conditional love. It is like mixing oil and water. We live in a society that has rules and regulations, as well as moral obligations. Conditional love was created from this society. We have based these ideals on the ways we were taught. It is very hard to make sudden changes from conditional too unconditional. Because we are evolving rather quickly spiritually, we think that this area will move into the spirit at the same pace. This is wrong. We have to slowly and gently move. Our feelings are so sensitive that kid gloves are needed and when we try and push too hard, we fail and that failure leads us to walk away from the spirit. There is nothing that you can do, or any pills or healing that will help rush you. You have to find a middle road with these two loves. Allow them to take you to your own personal level of awareness. Give it time and they will emerge together to create a very powerful and uplifting experience, that will carry you on the wings of healing. Unconditional love is all about acceptance, joy, happiness, spiritual fulfilment, healing and wisdom. With unconditional love you do not control or take away from others, instead you give out positive, uplifting and healing love, to yourselves and to others. This love, when functioning properly will heal yourself, your family, friends and even the world. It will take away any pain, sickness or emotional trauma that you have had in your past and in your present. You future will come alive. When functioning on the negative this chakra makes it hard for us to feel any real emotions. You feel your lovers, children, family and friends will not offer any richness or reward in your life. When this centre is fragile it becomes vulnerable to pain, fear, sickness and a lack of life. We suffer from envy, jealousy, hatred and closed heartedness. We become dramatic and all turn into drama queens demanding attention but refusing to give out in return. . . The world owes me, but I owe the world nothing in return. When functioning in the positive, this centre offers us real love, real friendships and true joy for those that are apart of us. We become spontaneous with our emotions. Our hearts are full and we want to share that love with anyone who wishes to feel it's presence. We are kind, supportive, caring and understanding of others and their ways. We accept others and love them for who they really are. We lean to love and appreciate our Mother Earth and all of her creatures. Just as the ribs protect our hearts, on a spiritual level we want to place a protection around our world. Just as the lungs give us air to live we also long to provide a service that will allow others to breathe in the beauty and wonders of true love. We embrace the brotherhood and sisterhood of mankind, by accepting all beings and loving them the way they deserve to be loved and honoured. Love brings peace to the world and all the conflict that is going on in this time of awareness. Love brings harmony that stops all the conflicts that are raging at this time. . . Love brings about healing on all levels and in all areas of our life. The heart centre functions both in the physical and the spiritual levels. . . It belongs both on Mother Earth and in the havens. This centre loves and appreciates music, dance yoga, self expression and drumming. The drum is like a heart beat and this centre responds to the vibrations that come from the drum. It helps to realign your internal rhythm, making you strong and connected to your own self and to the earth we live upon. This centre also loves trees and anything that gives off a green energy. . . Trees hold the wisdom and healing knowledge of our wonderful earth. Our roots and our connections all come from the knowledge and healing that these beings have to offer. The colour green also allows you to have an earthly existence. This colour creates your identify and also heals you with its connections to the earth. Green is a powerful healing energy that helps you to release and heal in a way that you gain spiritual understanding. . . The colour Pink is also used to help you heal this centre when you need a gentle caring and nurturing energy. The stone people have also provided a very loving and powerful crystal called Rose Quartz. The rose quartz promotes a gentle healing energy for those who have a lot of emotional trauma and need a more softer and gentler approach to their pain. All these tools are provided from the earth and from our creator. When we use them all combined together we create total healing, for ourselves and for the world. See also Heart Chakra Meditation. The Throat Chakra The throat chakra is situated in the neck area of the body. On a physical level this chakra governs the throat, thyroid, mouth, teeth, tongue, and jaw. The problems that we have on this level are, sore throats, over and under active thyroids that can lead to a lack of energy, vitality, overweight and underweight problems. This chakra governs what we place into our body with food and other substances. We use the throat to eat and drink. . . If we place unhealthy things into this centre, it can cause the rest of our body to become out of balance. . . On other levels like the emotional and spiritual this can cause confusement and blockages to our creativity and our emotions. Because this centre also governs our creativity, sometimes having a bad diet and abusing it with drugs and alcohol can cause problems in this area. However, when we place healthy substances into this area, we can create healing, which can enhance our verbal creativity. We come alive and vibrant in what we say and how we act. On an emotional level this chakra governs the aspects of communication, willpower, truthfulness and creativity. . . If we cannot express ourselves through our voice to others, we can become reclusive, shy and retreating in nature. On the other side we can become loud and overly verbal that can cause us to become aggressive, overbearing and deceitful. All these problems can cloud our self expression. . . This can make us hide our true selves away from others. This energy centre is very sensitive and can become unbalanced at an early age. As babies, the only way we could communicate our needs to our parents was through crying and screaming. We did not know how to communicate in any other way. If we were chastised and ignored, our needs were not met and this caused our throat chakra to start closing down. The cycle of conditioning had begun. . . Our true self expression was starting to become denied. As young children, we were loud and vocal, running around screaming and yelling and enjoying life without the restrictions that adults have. However, our parents and elders found us too loud and made us become quiet and this too caused our self expression to close down even more. . . Throughout our childhood we have had to suppress our true expression. Which shut down sections of our true creativity. As adults, we have been suppressed by all the conditions that were placed on us while we were growing up. . . We have become so conditioned not to express our true selves, that we no longer know who is the real person we truly are. . . We have to learn how to re-open our spontaneous reactions, and verbal expressions to find our true creativity. To find the true you. The positive attributes of this chakra on the emotional level are when we speak the truth, know the truth and act upon that truth. . . In a way, what we say can sometimes determine to the outside world what they think of us. Through our verbal actions we express our true being. Our personality shines outwards for the world to see through spoken communication. The throat chakra also governs our voice. Through our voice we can speak either truth or lies. When we speak in truth, we live in truth. When we speak in lies, we live in lies. . . When we act and communicate in a suppressed and negative state, our living environment lacks lustre and creativity. When we are open and creative, our living environment becomes open and creative as well. . . On a spiritual level this chakra governs freedom and expression. This is a type of freedom where we are fully opened and can communicate with all beings and spirits. On a spiritual level the throat chakra governs the doorway to peace on earth. How? By communicating with all beings we learn the truth, and when we learn the truth, we live the truth. The colour that responds to this chakra is turquoise or pale blue. When we look up at the sky, we see a beautiful blue colour. The colour blue vibrates an energy through the body that embraces the ideals of openness and the unlimited freedom that is available to all us. Blue embodies a sense of self expression. Blue is the colour of wisdom, healing and freedom. We have been granted the gift of sound that comes from our vocal cords and up through the throat. This sound turns into words and singing. Through using the voice in song, we can create a vibration that travels through our whole body. This sound and rhythm enters into our soul and clears away negative energy blockages that accumulate when we are sick or under emotional stress. Through song, we are able to heal the body in a creative and inspiring way. Through the use of words that are creative and uplifting like poetry and story telling we are able to inspire ourselves and others. When the throat chakra is functioning in a positive manner, we are able to communicate words and verbal rhythms that send out loving and positive vibrations to the world. These vibrations and energies enter other beings and inspires them to feel positive and uplifted. Not only does song and poetry heal us, it can also heal the whole planet. It is important to recognise this energy centre as a major emotional and spiritual healing tool. We open our mouths to breathe in life giving air, we open our mouths to release out stale negative air. On a spiritual level we use a method of breathing for releasing any negative or emotional trauma, Breathe in life, breathe out death, breathe in love, breathe out hate. This chakra is vital for healing work that uses the release method. When we express ourselves in an honest, loving and creative way, we create a positive and uplifting enjoyment of our lives that enrich our whole being. We have a reason for living. That reason is to gain the most out of our lives. Through inner healing with creative visualisation we can learn to open this centre up to our true potential. With singing, and storytelling and poetry we can learn about our creativity. A good stone being that we can use on this chakra is agate, especially blue lace agate. You can also use the amethyst quartz to provide you with inspiration. Any crystal that has a blue in its body will enhance your self expression. The agate family provide you with the power to cleanse and clear out any blockages. The quartz provides clarity and understanding. As John Farnham sang Were not going to live in silence, were not going to live in fear. Your the voice try and understand it. Make a noise and make it clear. See also Throat Chakra Meditation. The Third Eye Chakra The Brow or third eye chakra is situated in the middle of the forehead. On a physical level this chakra governs the pituitary glands, the skull, eyes, the brain and the nervous system. . . It also governs our senses, like sight, smell, taste and touch. The pituitary glands, nervous system and the brain . . govern the energy waves, that send messages to the rest of the body. . . The skull protects the brain from outside interference and the eyes give us the ability to see on the physical. If this chakra is unbalanced, our physical state of existence can become confused. This can send our body into a state of disarray. Sickness is sometimes caused by the way we think. If the energy waves from our brain and pituitary does not flow in a positive and balanced direction we can suffer all sorts of mysterious aliments. . . We can also suffer a lot of headaches, sinus and nasal problems and dis-ease within the brain and the skull because we are not living in the physical sense, instead we are in the head always thinking and worrying about the future instead of living in the now. We can also suffer from different types of mental dis-orders that are caused through our nervous system. This is because the cord and energy that runs inside within the nervous system are blocked. This causes a build up of energy in certain areas. We become weak and lose co- ordination in our body because the body is not receiving the right messages. Our senses of smell and taste can also become un-balanced. Also our emotions can cause our sense of touching and communication through affection with others to become off as well. We can also suffer eye problems because we are refusing to see the truth to some situation, or we fear seeing something in case it causes changes in our lives. When functioning positively, we have good co-ordination and reflexes. We feel at peace within ourselves and we function positively on the emotional and physical level. . . We suffer very little from sickness and stress because our organs that this chakra governs are healthy and flowing with a balanced amount of energy. They call this chakra the control panel for the entire mind, body and spirit. Here everything is processed before any actions or reactions take place. On an emotional level, this chakra governs discernment, knowledge, intuition and wisdom. . . When functioning positively, we are able to look at life from a balanced point of view. We are open to learning, which provides stimulus that makes our life more fulfilling. . . They say the brain governs our emotions. I do not entirely believe this scientific point of view, however, when the brain waves are dis-orientated it can cause us to suffer mental illnesses like depression, stress and worry. When functioning positively, we are clear in our thoughts and focused within or actions and we are able to be educated. We enjoy learning, and we take that knowledge and apply it to our everyday lives through action, ambition and energy. We are also able to deal with any emotional issues or dramas that may arise within our lives. Because our senses are functioning positively, we are able to use our senses to foretell any possible dramas and problems that we may face in the future. Our intuition is high and balanced and we are able to tell fact from fiction. This area also governs our dream state, our subconscious and our imagination. When these areas are functioning positively we sleep deeply and peacefully and we are open to dreams that educate us and send messages that foretell of future events. With our imagination we are able to focus on positive awake dreams that set up our future in the way that brings us happiness, healing and rewards. With our subconscious, we are able to program our minds to function in the way we want it too. We have full control of our bodies and our emotions. When functioning negatively, We are always in our heads. We constantly worry and suffer fears and phobias for the future. We can become critical and analytical always judging others. We suffer a lack of control over our lives and we can become stupid, refusing to listen and learn. . . We only focus on negative situations and in our imagination we create dramas. Our dream state can become filled with night mares. We can become too intellectual insisting on learning through books instead of experiencing the wisdom gained from life itself. We live only for the future instead of living life from the present. We allow ourselves to suffer from events in our past that hinders our growth for the present. On the spiritual level this chakra governs our sixth sense of awareness. The third eye opens you up to other worlds, other beings and other senses like clairvoyance, which is the ability to see into the future. Clairaudience that is the ability to be able to hear spirit voices and other vibrational frequencies that cannot be heard by the normal ear. When functioning negatively, we tend to criticise any spiritual beliefs. We do not believe in the magic of life that is present in our universe. We can become critical, sceptical and harsh in the way we look at the world. When functioning positively, we trust in life and the universal process that governs our existence here on this plane. We are open to the realms and planes of consciousness that reside along side our world. We communicate to beings, we have an understanding of the soul. We are able to leave our bodies and venture into the past and the future to set up positive events and healing. We sense people and their thoughts and feelings through psychic waves of energies that flow through all living beings. We are open, spontaneous and alive with life force energy. We think thoughts, we dream dreams and we set up programs that we know can create healing and well- being within our lives. We see beyond illusion. The colour that is associated with this energy centre is violet to purple. These colours vibrate an energy that opens up our intuition and imagination. These colours stimulate the brain to function in a balanced way that helps with education and learning. There are many crystals that enhance this chakras energy. Lapis opens you up to the stars and beyond. Azurite and malachite enhance your psychic abilities. . . Amethyst quartz brings clarity, wisdom and enhances all your skills that are needed on all levels. Meditation and gentle subliminal music help to keep this centre focused and balanced in times of stress and worry. Exercise like walking and swimming can also help a person to get out of their head and into their body. The saying 'stop thinking and start feeling 'is a good affirmation to do each day to help solve problems, fears and doubts. All is well with this chakra when you sleep well, think positively and have good dreams and goals for the future. You love to learn and you are open to different ideals about metaphysics. You can sense danger and have gut feelings and thoughts on future events. The Third eye embraces wisdom that goes beyond illusion to awaken clarity that brings enlightenment. See also Third Eye Chakra Meditation. The Crown Chakra The Crown chakra is situated at the top of the head. This chakra governs part of the spinal cord, the stem of the brain, pain centre of the brain and part of the nerves. When people become sick and suffer a lot of pain that they cannot handle, it is because the energy flow is blocked to this chakra. . . A lot of people are able to control their pain fresh hold levels through focusing on this chakra and flowing energy through, to stop any pain that is inflicting them. A lot of ancient warriors in Japan were able to be beaten and not feel the pain. Different cultural people who use to walk on hot coals, beat themselves and stitch sharp objects into their bodies, could come away from these ceremonies without any physical burns, wounds and pain, through the focusing and belief in this centre, and it's role in understanding divine belief. . . This centre through special focusing and breathing can control all pain. This is because it governs the organs and nerve centres that control our pain. When not functioning properly on a physical level this chakra causes a loss of control over a person's ability to live and interact with the world. Some people suffer from dis-eases that cause them to lose movement. Some of the problems that come from this chakra are blindness, deafness, paraplegics. Loss of limbs and any disease that attacks the nervous system, brain stem and spinal cord. There is a loss of energy flow and more so belief, which causes this chakra to become unbalanced. This chakra is the chakra that can create miracles. If you believe and have hope, working with this chakra can bring about true healing on any level. When functioning positively on the physical level. You will feel alive and filled with spiritual energy. Your health is radiant and your are strong in mind, body and spirit. The Crown is at the very top of the body. . . As the base chakra connects us to Mother Earth, the crown chakra connects us to the heavens, to the stars and beyond. The sky and all the power and wisdom that belongs to our higher mind. This chakra is truly an amazing and life force energy channel for healing and spiritual awakening. This chakra governs the connection that we have to the Divine. This chakra embodies belief, unconditional love and beauty. When we believe, we are open to learning. When we learn we open ourselves to life's experiences that challenge us to grow and evolve into better people. When we open ourselves to unconditional love, we allow ourselves to love and accept all beings. We are free from judgement and we are non racial to others and their beliefs. We embrace the concept that we are apart of every living thing that exists. If you believe in God, the Creator or Great spirit, you believe that these beings are apart of you. . . With unconditional love you are ready to accept other cultures and their beliefs. You embrace the concept of brother hood and sisterhood. Beauty is within. We are all beautiful. When we truly open our hearts and our eyes we see the beauty in all life. We are able to look at others who suffer from defects and scars with love and compassion instead of embarrassment and pity. We are able to focus on the beauty rather then the scaring. In fact a lot of us do not recognise afflictions on people unless pointed out to us. On a spiritual level, the Crown chakra is our connection to healing and life force energy. This centre is connected to your higher mind. Your higher mind is the part of you that knows all the answers. You are able to communicate to the trees, the animals and to mother earth herself. When you open this chakra up, you can channel through spirits from different planes, aliens and many more beings that communicate on this level. This chakra can also send healing energy down through to the others' chakras. Telepathy is a form of communicating messages to other people. If you find that you can sense a friend or family member trying to make contact with you, it is because your crown chakra is opened and you are using this centre to send out and receive messages. The Crown chakra is like a transmitter to the whole universe. If you send out thoughts and ideals, dreams and goals through this chakra you will be heard and a lot of the times your prayers are answered. However you must learn to use this chakra to do this. I found through doing Reiki I was able to send out healing and also set up positive outcomes to events in my life through using this chakra as a transmitter. It worked. Now I use it all the time to help myself, my friends and my family and most importantly Mother earth. There are two major colours that you can use with this chakra. One is purple and the other is white. White represents all the colours combined together. So all the energies that exist with all the colours flow and vibrate a powerful healing frequency through this chakra. White is divine, pure, honest and new. Through inner healing and deep meditation we are able to unlock our true potential. The clear quartz crystal is one of the most powerful crystals on earth. It promotes clarity and transmits energy that opens us up to all the wisdom of the universe. This crystal is very powerful when you focused it on the crown chakra. See also Crown Chakra Meditation. The Thymus Chakra We believe that there is a chakra that exists in between the heart chakra and the throat chakra. This chakra is a very powerful energy channel that links you to the earth and to the heavens. Uniting with this chakra brings about great awareness to your emotional and spiritual planes. We believe that when this chakra is recognised within the person and is functioning properly, you will become open to the truth of your existence. It is like accessing the sacred records. This chakra seems to bring belief and spiritual wisdom down from the heavens and connects us to the earthly plane. The higher mind meets the inner child. Learning to feel this chakra and bringing it back to awareness is said to bring about healing and wisdom on all levels. We believe that our bodies have been spiritually tampered with to stop us from properly evolving. That is why until know we have forgotten this chakra. . . By bringing this chakra back into awareness we may actually be able to bring back total healing. This chakra governs the thymus itself. This takes the pressure off the heart chakra and evens out the energy. This creates an even balance for each of the chakras. By knocking gently on this centre each day we are able to access energy that will make us fell well and energised. When we meditate and bring our awareness to this centre we are able to activate our three bodies. The mind, the body and the soul. This unites us into one perfect being able to understand and function fully. We use the colours blue and green to encourage healing and growth with this chakra. Working with mediation and inner healing we are able to open this centre and learn more. Using Golden Calcite, Azurite, Lapis and Malachite will help bring the star beings down to help us explore this chakra more fully.