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A Trip Through The Chakras

I’ve been studying and working with my chakras (mostly in morning meditation) for years now. Long enough to be aware of them and to be able to recognize which ones are working just fine and which ones are out of kilter. These energy centers in our body need to be balanced in order to have the highest level of physical health as well as emotional stability and Spiritual connection.

First to define a chakra- A chakra is an energy center. In a perfectly healthy person, the 7 main chakras work in unison to create life force energy. The body, mind, and spirit benefit from balanced chakras. In addition, each chakra has its own symbol, color, and meaning.

The term ‘Chakra’ is also Sanskrit for ‘wheel’. This refers to the spinning, spherical energy center that makes up a chakra.

Here’s a list of your 7 chakras and their numbers in order:

1. The Root Chakra
2. The Sacral Chakra
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra
4. The Heart Chakra
5. The Throat Chakra
6. The Third Eye Chakra
7. The Crown Chakra

You will notice as we go through the chakras that each one has it’s own color and it’s own vibration. The further we go up the chakras, the higher the vibrational frequency.

You may also notice that the colors of the chakras follow those of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet).

Colors also carry their own vibrational frequencies and as we move up through the chakras the colors move up the vibrational scale just like music notes. So, the higher the chakra, the higher the vibrational frequency.

The Root Chakra
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine.
Its color is red and it signifies the connection to all of your physical, bodily energy with the Earth itself. In other words, this chakra ‘grounds’ you.

Your Root Chakra is also linked to everything you need to survive. This includes the act of breathing, eating, sleeping, and experiencing physical security.

When your 1st chakra is balanced, you’ll feel a deep sense of peace. You’ll feel safe in the knowledge that all of your core needs are met. Because of this, all total body healing starts here.

The Sacral Chakra
Also known as ‘the place of the self’, the second or Sacral Chakra is therefore all about your creative identity as a human. Its color is yellow and it located at the level of the sacrum below the navel and above the base of the spine.

This chakra helps you enjoy your life here on Earth. It is also considered to be related to relationships, sexual and otherwise.

When your 2nd chakra is balanced, you’ll truly relish in all the finer things in life. Life probably feels pretty good.

The Solar Plexus Chakra
The third chakra or solar plexus chakra located near the level of your stomach–around 2-3 inches above the belly button. It is the chakra where your self-confidence and personal power sit together in harmony.

Many call the Solar Plexus chakra the ‘Warrior Chakra’ as well. This is because this is by far the most powerful supporting chakra for bravery and boundary-setting. Its color is yellow.

The Heart Chakra

The Fourth chakra or Heart chakra is located in the chest around the heart space. Its color is green and when you’re experiencing feelings of love, compassion, and kindness…it’s this energy center you’re connecting to.

This chakra is fundamentally about love. Love is the most healing frequency of all. Similarly, when your Heart Chakra is balanced, you are easily able to feel love and empathy for yourself and others.

The Throat Chakra
The color of the fifth chakra or Throat Chakra is light blue and this chakra helps you to quite literally speak up. Because of this, you’ll do so in a smooth, confident, authentic way when it is functioning properly.

In addition, this chakra is your official seat of self-expression. The Throat Chakra also gives a voice to your personal preferences, beliefs, and values.

When balanced, you openly and lovingly speak the truth. Moreover, you express yourself in whichever way feels most in alignment at any given time.

The Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra or Third Eye Chakra is located at the third eye which is roughly between the eyebrows and is translated as ‘beyond wisdom’.

This is because this mystic energy center opens you up to expanded states of consciousness. They go way beyond the 5 senses and the material world we live in.

Extrasensory perception, intuition, and psychic abilities are all born from the third eye. This is because of the brain’s small yet extremely powerful pinecone-shaped, the pineal gland.

When your Third Eye is balanced, you’ll feel in tune with the physical and spiritual world. You’ll also be able to connect with both your ego and your soul. Its color is indigo.

The Crown Chakra
It is of course located at the top or crown of your head and signifies pure consciousness, connecting you to the Universe. Achieving a balanced crown chakra is the goal of any Spiritual practice. Moreover, it’s not easy to do.

Once truly balanced–it is said that you’ve achieved enlightenment. In other words, you’ve discovered the secret of who you really are. Its color is violet or white.

The chakras are an innate and primary part of our energy system and as such are indeed sensitive to all of our human experiences. That is why they sometimes get blocked (which shows up in our lives as excess emotion, unbalanced physical health and the like).

I like to “check in” with each of my chakras at the beginning of my morning meditation to see how I am doing energetically and to correct any imbalance I feel. There are many ways to go about balancing the chakras. Many people go to energy practitioners for help with this but you can do it yourself.

Practices like positive affirmations, intentional meditation, visual imagery, and the use of crystals can help. I encourage you to spend some time finding out which type of practice works for you.

Paying attention to the functioning of our chakras can definitely clue us in to where in life we are out of balance. Then armed with this information we have the ability to go about bringing ourselves, our mind, body, and emotions back into balance resulting in a much happier and healthier life!

One final word: just as our emotions change, just as how our bodies feel differently from one day to the next, the chakra functioning changes as well- we are in no way static- the chakras being an integral part of us, do not remain static either. Regular maintenance is a good idea!
~Here’s to Balance!~

Crystal Healing Arguments

As always, I do additional research before writing an article. I was actually stunned at some (actually most) of the articles I read regarding the use of crystals for healing. The word “pseudoscience” was everywhere.

First of all, let me say that my first career was as a Materials Engineering Scientist. I know a little bit about crystals, crystal lattices, energy, and energy exchange. Let me give you a visual about crystals and their energy from a Materials Science aspect: It’s called piezoelectricity. If you take a clear quartz crystal and apply a mechanical force to it- like grinding it with a piece of metal, you get electrical sparks. This is an actual physical practice that proves that the crystal contains within it Energy. That is NOT pseudoscience people.

EVERYTHING IS ENERGY (and that is not “pseudoscience” either). Some of the earlier most brilliant minds knew this. Take Nicola Tesla (famous physicist) for example, who said “If you want to understand the Universe, think of energy, frequency, and vibration”. EVERYTHING carries its own energy and that energy can shift vibrational frequencies depending on the environment. In my example of the clear quartz energy being put under stress mechanically, from the solid crystal (visible) came electrical (nonvisible but REAL) energy. Repeat, EVERYTHING is energy and this is coming from a materials engineer not some new agey woo-woo gal (well, actually I am both!)

Wikipedia gives us some initial hints into the historical uses of crystals for healing (before the remainder of the article ran “amuck”): In Plato’s account of Atlantis, crystal healing is also mentioned. According to Plato, the Atlanteans used crystals to read minds and transmit thoughts. The first historical documentation of crystals originated from the Ancient Sumerians (c. 4500 to c. 2000 BC). The Sumerians used crystals in their magical formulas.

Writings dating back as far as 400 BC make observations about the powers different crystals were believed to emit. Often if a negative incident occurred, a specific stone would be used in an attempt to counteract the negative effect. This was done by wearing amulets or other talismans around the neck with specific stones.

The origins of crystal healing is tied to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, India, Ancient Greece, or Ancient Rome. Do you not think these people knew a thing or two that we do not? If so, I encourage you to do a little research on your own about the miraculous feats these civilizations accomplished without “modern” equipment.

Now speaking as someone who is truly into natural healing of any sort, and as a highly sensitive to energy kind of person, let me tell you that certain crystals soothe me at certain times. I find a rose quartz very soothing indeed when I feel super emotional. I find that I just love being around apophylite, and I can’t go anywhere near moldavite as it makes me dizzy. All these crystals have their own vibrational frequency and it is obvious to me that the ones I am attracted to are more of a vibrational match to me than those that I am repelled by.

I wish we knew what the ancients knew- the the term “pseudoscience” would not be so popular.

Below is one of my all time favorite songs from the sixties (The 60’s– new agey my ass!): Crystal Blue Persuasion. I’ve decided to include the lyrics because the whole planet needs this now. THANK YOU TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS!!!

~It’s a Good Vibration!~

Contrast- Doesn’t Necessarily Feel Good But…

What if there was no “bad”? What if everything in life, every experience, every thought, every thing you see, hear, smell, sense, and feel was all really, really beautiful and good?

Would you know it was good? Would you have any frame of reference to even have the information that it was good, happy, beautiful? I don’t think so. How would you know something was good or pleasant if you didn’t experience it’s opposite?

If you don’t know what you don’t want, how could you know what you do want? Contrast may suck (because you have to experience the unwanted to know what IS wanted) but it is necessary. Think about it. If you never experienced anything that felt uncomfortable or worse how could you appreciate things that make you feel joyful?

After having had a bad experience, a painful relationship or bodily condition, you would not be so appreciative of the happy relationships or the healthy body, right? Would you even know the opposite? Nope.

Esther Hicks tells a story about having had a kidney stone. She talks about being so thankful for that kidney stone because she has never had such a zest for life after that! You can imagine that, right?

So think about getting through the storm of an awful relationship. Takes time, tears, heartache, and more time. But then down the road, lo and behold, this new relationship comes along and it is entirely blissful, right up your alley. And gratitude abounds. You are happier than EVER! You are more grateful than you could have ever imagined and every experience within this relationship brings unimaginable bliss.

Thank God you know the difference! Thank God you had that awful experience or this experience wouldn’t carry such emotional gratitude. You wouldn’t feel nearly as much happiness, gratitude, or bliss had you not had something to compare it to.

So it goes with contrast. Most of the people I know who have had it the worst are the most happy and thankful people I know. Because they know how bad it can be. CONTRAST. We don’t like it most of the time but it is necessary as a point of reference enabling us to experience GREAT joy, GREAT gratitude, GREAT appreciation, and GREAT love- that of which we would have never experienced without CONTRAST.

~Here’s to Your GREAT Joy, Happiness, and Love!

The Benefits of Bone Broth

18 Amazing Health Benefits Of Bone Broth

From Louis Hay:
To me, bone broth is simple, it’s timeless, and it’s where we can go when we want to get back to the basics. Bone broth is easier to make than you might think, and it has healing properties that go deeper than we can imagine. Bones represent the structure of the Universe. When we feel we know the truth, we feel it deep in our bones. Bone broth is grounding and nourishing. And while all of this sounds wonderful, we also have science to show us the benefits that our bodies can feel with each sip.

Studies conducted on bone broth have found that it can improve your health in a myriad of ways.

1. Bone Broth Boosts Immunity
Amino acids in bone broth, like arginine, glutamine, and cysteine, have been shown to boost immunity in humans and animals.

2. Bone Broth Alleviates The Common Cold And Bronchitis
There’s a solid scientific reason that we reach for chicken soup during cold and flu season. In 2000, a study was published in Chest, the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, which studied chicken soup (bone broth) and found that it does indeed aid in alleviating symptoms of the common cold, by clearing mucus, opening respiratory pathways, and providing easily digested nutrition.

In addition, according to medical doctor and UCLA professor Irwin Ziment, chicken soup naturally contains the amino acid cysteine, which chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine.

3. Bone Broth Fights Inflammation
Studies show that many of the amino acids in bone broth (such as cystine, histidine, and glycine) reduce inflammation, and L-glutamine specifically reduces gut inflammation. Additionally, the same Chest article from October 2000 mentioned above concluded that chicken soup’s anti-inflammatory benefits may be one reason it is so helpful with relieving symptoms of the common cold.

4. Bone Broth Strengthens Bones And Teeth
A study on the necessary nutrients for bone health found that the process of bone-formation requires “an adequate and constant supply of nutrients” as follows: calcium, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, iron, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and the B vitamins.

Bone broth with vegetables and meat or fish provides a good source of all of these vitamins and minerals.

5. Bone Broth Promotes Weight Loss
While more studies of gut bacteria and weight loss need to be conducted, research has shown that obese people have more of a certain type of bacteria called Firmicutes and less of another type called Bacteroidetes in their digestive tracts. The higher proportion of Firmicutes is believed to lead to a higher amount of calories extracted from food. Therefore, a higher ratio of Firmicutes to Bacteriodetes has become one of the markers of obesity.
Bone broth is a good source of L-glutamine, an essential amino acid (building block of protein) necessary for the body and gut health. L-glutamine was found in studies to reduce the Firmicutes in the gut and, therefore, aid in weight loss.


6. Bone Broth Improves Hydration
Bone broth, especially when it’s made from vegetables, adds electrolytes (minerals) and carbohydrates (from vegetables) to the diet. Studies have shown that drinking broth can rehydrate better than water alone due to the electrolytes.

7. Restore Exercise Capacity with Bone Broth.
Additional studies have shown that liquids with carbohydrates and electrolytes, like a bone broth simmered with vegetables, outperform water alone when it comes to restoring exercise capacity that may be lost from dehydration and electrolyte depletion.

8. Build Muscle with Bone Broth
The amino acids in bone broth can help stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Muscle protein synthesis is essential for the ongoing growth, repair, and maintenance of skeletal muscle groups. In a study looking at healthy patients and ovarian-cancer patients, researchers found that ingesting amino acids helped stimulate muscle protein synthesis and reduced inflammation, both in healthy participants and participants undergoing cancer therapy.

9. Improve Mood with Bone Broth
Your diet influences your gut bacteria, and your gut bacteria influence your brain. According to neuroscientists, your gut bacteria are constantly speaking to your brain. The makeup of gut bacteria, called your microbiome, influences how the brain is wired from infancy to adulthood, along with moods, memory, the ability to learn, and how to deal with stress. When the gut microbiome is healthy, it sends happy signals to the brain; when it’s unhealthy, it can send signals of anxiety.

Because of this signaling, neuroscientists are starting to investigate how to manage gut bacteria to treat mood and stress-related disorders such as depression.

Biologists says that the degenerative and inflammatory diseases on the rise in industrialized societies could be corrected by the use of gelatin-rich foods due to the presence of restorative amino acids such as glycine, alanine, proline, and hydroxyproline.

In addition to these benefits of bone broth, the gelatin it contains has an additional 9 bonus side-effects:

10-Stronger, healthier nails
13-Arthritis and joint-pain relief
15-Can alleviate diabetes and lower blood sugar; supports insulin regulation
16-Can improve sleep
17-Helps regulate bleeding from nosebleeds, heavy menstruation, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and bladder hemorrhage
18-Helps normalize stomach acid, which is useful for colitis, celiac disease, ulcers, and other inflammatory gut conditions

But What about A Broth For Vegetarians?
If you are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, you can make a vegetable broth. Especially if you have a compromised digestive system, they can be key to recovery as they are so easy for the body to break down.

You can make a vegetable broth by taking veggie scraps or whole vegetables and covering them in water, then simmering for 8-24 hours. You will then discard the vegetables because all of their nutrients are now in the soup broth.

My take: This woman lived an incredible life well into her 90’s. She inspired millions of people. So, I took her advice (having digestive problems and a general feeling of malaise). Sipping on bone broth not only eased my digestive symptoms, it gave me a feeling of well-being, like being nurtured from the inside. I have added bone broth to my wellness regimen and I am so happy for it!
~Nurturing Your Health From The Inside Out~

Serious (and Natural) Help for Depression

bird singing


Maybe it’s circumstantial. Maybe you just lost a loved one or a job or you are just sick and tired of not having the right kind of support system. Or no support system at all. Maybe you have no clue why this “down in the dumps” period has seemingly become your personality. Regardless of how you got here, you got here and I am sure you see no way out- no options at all no matter how hard you search for them.

Let’s get the pharmaceutical thing out of the way: for me, it is not the way to go. Adding more chemicals to your chemical factory at this point seems like the most bizarre of ideas. We have to get our current chemical factory working for us, and throwing more into the mix (at this point in my life) makes absolutely no sense. You see, I have been there, and when I was I didn’t know or understand what I know and understand now.

Otherwise, it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get where I am now. Now, I understand. Now I have tools. Tools that I hope will shorten the timespan (and lessen the pain along the way) for you to looking back on depression as a distant memory that catapulted you to your happiest life.

Tools- here are my top five:

Do NOT underestimate the tremendous value of this concept. You HAVE to start breathing. Breathing has so many (many, many) positive results for so many (many,many) reasons. Oxygenating the body through conscious breath starts a whole host of positive chemical processes in the body. It will make you more aware and this is a HUGE step- becoming more aware, more conscious of what is going on inside of you is a GREAT, SUPER IMPORTANT start to the healing process.

Conscious breathing is an emotional salve. It calms down the nervous system and clear thinking can emerge. It changes our emotional state if only by a few degrees. It allows our diaphragm to open up, it brings oxygen to every cell. It changes our chemical make-up, it changes our brain waves, our pulse, our ability to think clearly, and produces within us a strength, a hope, that we didn’t know we had.

When we are depressed we don’t breathe. You HAVE to understand this. Everything collapses in on itself without even realizing it. If we don’t get breathing we cannot function. We cannot move, we cannot think clearly, and we get sucked down further into immobility and paralysis. By now, you know this is true.

Start by considering this. Start by paying attention to your breath (or lack there of). I’m certain you can hardly even find you breath much less cultivate big breaths. It’s okay, One step at a time. Once you are aware that you are barely breathing you can work with that.

Start by trying a conscious breath. Try to make it bigger, longer, fuller. Just a little bit at a time, knowing that you are doing yourself, your body and brain a huge service. This is a HUGE big start. Train your brain one slump at a time- the minute you realize you are going back down, take a breath. Try breathing in fully quickly and breathing out long and slow. Feel the muscles relax. Feel the monkey mind getting quiet. You just saved yourself AGAIN. In time you will be able to do some more advanced breathing techniques, but for now, just start. Just begin breathing again.

Movement goes along with breathing- same idea here. We are getting “unparalyzed” here. Sometimes, I would have to literally yell at myself “Get off the couch”! or “get out of the bed”! Stand up, make the bed and leave the room. Get off the couch and go outside and breathe and feel the weather, hear the birds, maybe even take a walk! Again, movement jump starts so many benefical chemical processes that you have no idea of how beneficial they are to you mood, to your psyche.

Maybe you are not ready to dance. Maybe the joy that comes from dancing is just too far out of reach right now. That’s okay. You will get there, but you have to start somewhere. YOU HAVE TO MOVE YOUR BODY. Go outside and just breathe and stretch your limbs. In a few moments the thought might waft across your mind “maybe i’ll go for a walk.” DO IT! this doesn’t have to be a big deal. Actually, it shouldn’t be a big deal, just something that feels good to you. In time, there will be more that you actually feel like doing. It’s progressive.

If you can’t get yourself off the couch right now, sit there and start making small movements with your feet, your legs, your breath, stretch your neck, your back. I would bet you feel like standing up now. You just have to make some effort, monumental effort is not necessary- some effort though is required. And as long as you feel like doing a little more, DO IT!

Nobody is going to do this for you. Nobody is going to get you out of this depression. It is up to you, and I promise you can do this. Do the breath and the movement regardless of what thoughts are running rampant in your brain. Right now your brain is not working properly and until you get breathing and moving your brain is on stupid mode. So, ignore it. Clear thinking will return once you get oxygen to the brain through breath and movement.

There is more to this than meets the eye. I get how soothing it is to snuggle up and pet your pet- nothing better. But intuitively, I KNOW there is more going on here (another research project). I mean, I get that pheromones are involved here, but I think there is much more.

There is an energetic, emotional bond here, yes. And there is something here that I would consider Spiritual. Most often we absent-mindedly pet our pets, while our brain, our conscious attention is somewhere else. Make it conscious! Even if you have to say to yourself “I am petting my cat. It feels really good, She is helping me. My body and mind are positively responding to this. I am feeling better. (thank you cat).

Animals have a way of being okay, all the time, haven’t you noticed? Don’t you think we have something to learn here? Is there not tremendous benefit of some kind here? You cannot not feel better after consciously petting your pet. Don’t have a pet? No problem! Go outside and watch animals- they are all okay! You don’t see a depressed squirrel, you don’t hear the songbirds lamenting. No! They are happy! Joyous! Full of mischief and so proud of their abilities whether it be their extraordinary repertoire in their song, or their ability to jump from a tree to the roof of your house. They are JOYFUL! Full of life and vitality. And just watching them will stir something within you…

There’s this tree on my morning walk that I just can’t ignore. I call it “twin trees” because it looks like two oak tress sprouting out of one. And everything around it occasionally gets mowed. It’s an empty lot but whoever maintains it decided to leave this tree where it was. It’s a great tree. Reminds me of the fabulous book that has no words called “The Giving Tree”. I talk to it every morning. I am just soothed by the fact that it is always there, always giving oxygen and I’m sure energy to us and all of it’s tree negihbors.

There is nothing like nature to soothe the soul and make us feel like we are part of- if we just pay attention. It’s not just a tree dammit!- it is pulsing life force energy. It is intelligence of that which we have no clue. And there it is freely offering you life-sustaining energy. FEED ON IT. ALLOW IT TO NOURISH YOU, TO SUSTAIN YOU. Energy is everywhere.

EVERYTHING is energy! It’s there all around you- FEED ON IT. That is Nature’s gift to you- to all of us.

Think about it- have you ever not felt better after spending some time in nature? I highly doubt it. Doesn’t matter if it is a grand view of such majesty it takes our proverbial breath or away or if it is a “simple tree” or flower or blue sky. If you take notice, really NOTICE it, it is magnficent, and very, very healing. Take a walk, for God’s sake- and make it a conscious one.

Knowledge is POWER, make no mistake. The more we know about the nature of things, the more power we have, the more tools we have, to get better. TO HEAL OURSELVES, no matter what the malady. I actually think, doing these things helps us on the emotional side of things before the physical side of things start coming into alignment. So, in this way, experiencing depression is easier/faster to get out of than a physical disease, The mind and the emotions must get straightened out before the physical body changes in tow.

Learn what you can about how breath and movement and positive thought, and nature affect your physical body. Learn about how what you think about you bring about. Learn how you truly have the ability to change your mind, change your emotion, change your thought thereby bringing your physical body as well as the emotional and Spiritual side back to health, back to joy (which is your natural state), back to clarity, back to wonder.

It truly is a beautiful and magical world we live in. You can come back to life, the Universe is all around you with amazing tools and gifts to help you get there.

~Here’s to You coming back to your Natural JOYOUS self!~

BIG Feelings

I came across an Ausgustun Burroughs quote regarding feelings. This might be useful to you if you have rampant BIG emotions:

“But feelings, no matter how strong or “ugly,” are not a part of who you are. They are the radio stations your mind listens to if you don’t give it something better to do. Feelings are fluid and dynamic; they change frequently.
Feelings are something you HAVE, not something you ARE. Like physical beauty, a cold sore, or an opinion.

Admitting you feel rage or terrible pain or regret or some old, rotten blame does not mean these feelings are part of who you are as a person. What these feelings mean is, you have to change your thinking to be free of them.”

Easier said than done. Sometimes I literally have to check out of the feeling zone and go into the mental zone, like I am doing right now. Think instead of feel, or I do some other creative activity so that I am not lost in the currents of a difficult feeling. Sometimes I go read a book or go for a bike ride. Then when the memory that created the feeling comes back there is not so much emotional charge tied to it. This exercise will definitely bring you back to balance. And we all need emotional balance!

It’s nice to know that my feelings don’t define me as a person, I can own them, but I am not them. Thinking a difficult feeling defines you as a person automatically makes you feel weak or less worthy, even if you know better than that- even if you know you are strong and you actually have a strong sense of self and self-love and appreciation.

Don’t fall into the trap of taking on the belief that feelings define you! Just remember, they are fluid, which means they are temporary. Just let them blow through you like a wind and turn your mind in another direction.
~ Be Easy With Yourself- You’ve Got This~

8 PsychicSpiritual Senses

psychic senses- man shown with 3rd eye at forehead

We all have Spiritual gifts or senses. Here is a description of 8 spiritual senses to help you discover yours:

Claircognizance: clear knowing. Have you ever heard information come out of your mouth that you didn’t even know you had and had no idea where you would have gotten that info? Or have you known that something was going to happen and did? That’s claircognizance.

Clairvoyance: clear vision. If you’re clairvoyant, you may have had vivid psychic dreams where you saw premonitions (scenes from the future that came true) or dead relatives who came to visit you. Clairvoyance often manifests like a projector screen that gets pulled down in front of you and plays a movie of the past or future, either out of the blue when you’re fully awake or during meditation.

You can see things with clairvoyance either externally or internally. Sometimes what you’re seeing may appear as though it’s in front of you, outside your body. Whereas, other times it could be something you see in your mind which makes it easier to pass off as your imagination, until you find out later that it was a psychic vision of what was going to happen.

Clairaudience: clear hearing. Clairaudience can come in many different forms, but if you’ve ever had a strange coincidence happen related to your ears – it was probably a sign of your clairaudience. Some people hear a bell or ringing in their ears at a particular moment when something important happens. Others of us hear messages from Spirit or passed over loved ones.

Clairsalience : clear smell. Maybe you’ve caught a whiff of your grandmother’s perfume while you were sat on the sofa, or the smell of cooking when no-one was. People report smelling tobacco smoke or cologne, when there’s no-one else around them and no logical explanation for where it’s coming from.

The smells don’t usually linger – they’re there just long enough for you to notice them before they’re gone.

Clairaugustance: clear taste. People with this ability might say that they can taste blood when they’re doing a reading for someone whose relative died in a tragic accident, or you might taste garlic when you think of your grandma and the things she used to cook for you. This one is more rare but it does happen on occasion.

Clairempathy: clear emotion. Empathy is a normal human emotion and being an ’empath’ – being able to actually feel the emotions of other people – affects about 20% of the population. It means being able to feel emotions in advance, or being able to feel the emotions of others when they’re nowhere near you and you’re not communicating with them.

It can also manifest as knowing that something is wrong with a loved one who’s on the other side of the world, because you can sense their sadness and grief. You can’t explain it, but your energy is so closely linked that you’re able to psychically feel their emotions.

Clairsentience: clear feeling. Internal clairsentience is more common as it’s that ‘gut feeling’ or sense of dread about something that you can’t explain. It can also be a good feeling about something to come, which helps you to know that it’s going to be the right thing for you.

Clairtangency: touching obstacles and knowing things about them. If you’ve ever held an antique and felt like it had a long story, you might have been experiencing clairtangency.

Some psychics are able to hold an object and tell you how many hands it’s passed through, when and where it was made, and what the last owner was like!

Whatever your Spiritual gift, I hope it doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. They are rather normal and a nice way that the Universe validates your existence! We truly are not left here out in the cold by ourselves. We are loved and listened to by Spirit, and sometimes we are gifted by Spirit in a show of affection and presence.
~Messages from Spirit is always a loving and validating thing- embrace it~

The Best Essential Oils for Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

Lemon: A powerful cleansing agent that cleans surfaces, Lemon essential oil is a must-have for your emergency preparedness kit. Its properties also offer digestive benefits when taken internally. To take advantage of the surface cleansing power of Lemon, add a few drops to a small glass bottle with water to help keep things clean.
Other Uses: When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day.* Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits. When diffused, Lemon has an uplifting aroma.

Frankincense: the king of oils is one that many people can’t live without. Not only is Frankincense soothing to the skin, but it also supports healthy cellular function when taken internally.
Other uses:
Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.
Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Tea Tree: You’ find there are dozens of uses for Tea Tree, but one of the most important things it’ll do for you is help your skin. You can use Tea Tree essential oil topically to soothe irritated skin.

Other Uses
For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil onto affected area.
Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keep nails looking healthy.
Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces as a cleansing and purifying agent.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Lavender: Lavender essential oil has dozens of potential uses that will come in handy when you’re dealing with an emergency situation. When taken internally it can help soothe and calm the mind.
Other Uses:
Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
Take internally to help soothe and relax the mind.
Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Peppermint: In an emergency, Peppermint is like your Swiss Army knife of essential oils. The fresh, minty taste and aroma make it perfect for oral hygiene. When ingested, Peppermint can promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. It’s also known for promoting a healthy digestive system and coothing occasional stomach upset. Peppermint oil can even naturally repel bugs.

Other Uses:
Use a drop of Peppermint oil with Lemon oil in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
Take one to two drops of Peppermint essential oil in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
Place one drop of Peppermint essential oil in the palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange oil and one drop Frankincense oil and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

On Guard: With Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils, On Guard Protective Blend provides a natural, effective alternative for immune support when used internally. Not matter what kind of emergency you find yourself in, your immune system is you body’s first line of defense and should be a priority.

Other Uses:
Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for an immune boost.*
Add to water for an effective all-purpose surface cleaner.
Soak sliced apples in water and a few drops for a healthy, immune-boosting snack.*
Combine a few drops of doTERRA On Guard with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural hand cleanser.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Purify: Purify Cleansing Blend is particularly useful for purifying and eliminating odors. Purify can help refresh your clothes, dishes, surfaces, and other items, while keeping mucky, undesirable smells at bay.
Other Uses:
Diffuse to purify and freshen the air.
Freshen smaller rooms (or a car) by placing a few drops of Purify Cleansing Blend on a cotton ball and putting it into the air vent.
Add five drops to a small spray bottle with water and use to wipe down countertops.
Use to soothe away irritations from bug bites.
Add a few drops to the rinse cycle when doing laundry to help eliminate odor.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Fractionated Coconut Oil: It’s a good idea to make sure you have a carrier oil for dilution. Fractionated Coconut oil is a great option because unlike other carrier oils, it doesn’t oxidize as quickly.

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Spiritual Evolution aka: In Between Two Worlds

‘I’m sick of the pressure to be “perfect” and having “transcended” all my shit in order to fit in with those who are on a “high vibrational level.”’ This was written by another author, and I get it. Those of us that have chosen (or have been pushed by life circumstances) to get on a Spiritual path have come under criticism when people find out that we are human, not all love and light, and certainly not perfect.

In my mind, Spiritual Evolution means first to go deep within and do the work to release negative thoughts, beliefs, memories and emotions. By “releasing” them I mean to work with them (with a whole lot of self-love) until you get to the point that they are not running your life or your personality.

Yes, along the way we are likely to come across some “airy fairy woowoo” type practices like working with crystals or angels or insisting on focusing on love and light. But we cannot deny the lower vibes that we have been carrying around. Denying those parts of ourselves is not personal development; therefore, it is not Spiritual development. Because we are BOTH human AND divine.

Being “in between two worlds” can be daunting and confusing, Which am I- human or Spirit? You are both, and that makes it a little tricky. Which one runs my life- my Spirit or my free will? Divine guidance or personal choice?

Welcome to my world. This work, these choices, are entirely personal. I certainly don’t think there is one answer that would benefit every single soul out there. It’s a personal journey and although it is great and sometimes necessary to seek out help on this topic from others who have some experience in this arena, the bottom line is it is your personal journey.

I just encourage you to not go entirely one way or the other. Find your own personal blend that works for you. You know if you are side-stepping the internal work or not. You know if you are not quite okay with being human while you are giving yourself the title of high vibrational or Spiritually evolved. And you also know if you are the person criticizing others that are doing their best at being both human and divine.

In my experience, there have been major milestones along the way that show me how I have evolved. I truly have self-love. I truly am more confident and secure in this world. And I truly do converse with my Spirit, regularly. I truly get that I am much more than my messy bundle of emotions. I truly get that I am Divine incarnated. I also accept that I’m not done yet. Maybe I never will be. I just keep at it, now KNOWING that I am as worthy, as Divine, and as imperfect as the next person.

~Human AND Divine~