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Root Chakra Aromatherapy Recipe

January 2017 Root Chakra Reading
By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA
Mind, Soul, and Self LLC

New Year, new you, new plans, new resolutions! As someone who specializes in the Chakras, I believe they are the perfect blueprint for human growth and development.  The Chakras are the foundation of my entire business. I offer Chakra Wellness Retreats, Chakra Boot Camps, Chakra Intuitive Readings, Chakra Balancing, Chakra Aromatherapy, Chakra Products, Chakra Classes, Chakra Certification, and now Chakra Forecasts! Starting in 2017, I will write up one chakra a month, give an aromatherapy recipe to help bring balance to that Chakra, and give a forecast about what the Chakra energies hold for that month. Don’t worry, there are more than 7 chakras and enough information for the entire year! If you want to dive deeper into the Chakra themes of each month, I have a new Chakra Mini Series of 60-minute monthly chakra classes that includes a 30-minute chakra hypnosis session. I am also available for individual Chakra Intuitive Readings. So in January 2017, we will begin with our foundation, the Root Chakra.

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are 8 main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes. The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years.

The Root Chakra: The Root Chakra is the most physical and instinctual of all the chakras. It is located at the base of the spine/tailbone/genital area. Its themes include grounding, survival and basic needs, home, work, car, finances, career, food, nutrition, shelter, physical health, manifestation, trust, survival, security, and the right to be here. It is your foundation. It represents the element earth. This chakra brings health, prosperity, abundance, success, security, and dynamic presence. Lessons: right to be here, right to have, security, survival.

January 2017 Root Chakra Forecast: I have found through my work that many people, especially those on the spiritual path, struggle with the right to have, success, abundance and manifestation (functions of the Root Chakra). Why is this? Why do you believe you are not worthy? What is holding you back? Since the new year is traditionally a time to lay the groundwork for the upcoming year and make goals, collectively in our group consciousness, the energy is strong right now for manifestation work. If you have an idea, project, or a personal goal, focus your energy and awareness. Now is the time for you to set a solid plan of action to make this become a reality. Focus on what you desire, not what you fear.

Root Chakra Aromatherapy Recipe

  • 1 drop Patchouli
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Put drops on a cotton pad or tissue. Breathe in and state the following affirmation: “I am abundant and successful and deserve good things in my life.” Repeat as needed.


If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Root Chakra, Manifesting, and Abundance,’ please visit Christina’s Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly online chakra classes https://mindsoulandself.com/2017-chakra-mini-series/

Join us for the next ‘30 Day Chakra Boot Camp: Chakra Intuition,’ Starting January 31: https://mindsoulandself.com/chakra-intuitive-development

Join us for our ‘Spring Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend Wisconsin March 17 to 19: https://mindsoulandself.com/womens-wellness-retreats/

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, Aromatherapy Classes/Certifications, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well!

A Beginner’s Guide to Minor Chakras

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by Cathy Douglas

Imagine a source of universal energy shining like a great sun above your head. Standing beneath this energy source, you feel empowered by its life-giving warmth. But the energy is unfocused.

Now imagine there’s a prism between you and this sun, angled a little off to the side. This prism focuses a manageable amount of that energy back toward your body, separating its rays into higher and lower frequencies that your senses interpret as color. The prism focuses this universal energy along the length of your body, so you’re able to experience and use your spectrum of energy naturally. You don’t even need to understand why or how it happens.

This is how chakras work when everything lines up perfectly, though real life is naturally a little messier. In my illustration (I drew it myself — can you tell?), the universe’s undifferentiated energy (the sun) focuses on individual beings (that funky-looking stick figure) through the lens of a logical pattern (the prism, which contains the pattern known as the flower of life). The prism separates the energy into frequencies we can use, and which we experience as color. These chakras affect our physical selves, and also our subtle body — that is, the shadow self composed of intangible things like “mind” and “ego.”

Nowadays, many people are familiar with the seven major chakras and their associated colors. But in reality those colors combine and blend, as colors do in a rainbow. If the seven major chakras are like the basic colors you’d find in a preschooler’s box of crayons, the chakra system as a whole is more like the big 96-color box you pestered your mom into buying you for sixth grade.

To be more exact, 72 chakras have been identified. Of those, many energy workers choose to work with various 21-chakra systems for healing, balance, and improved function of the human energy field. The one I’m most familiar with follows the spinal line as it runs through both the front and the back of the body. It’s based on Chinese traditional medicine, adapted to modern needs by experts from both east and west, such as Barbara Brennan and Mantak Chia.

The primary chakras are often described as wheels of energy. They’re listed below in italics, and you can read more about them in Kelly’s article above. The chakras described below are called the secondary or rear chakras. These have more of a shadow function, linked to the subtle energy body.

– First / Root / Base / Perineal Chakra (red)

Pubic/Genital Chakra (earthy red): Locus of the genitals, whether male or female. The function of this one should be pretty obvious, but don’t assume it’s purely physical. Action attracts emotion like a magnet. For some, drawing down higher energies can easily overstimulate the energy of this chakra. (This may be why some traditional religions have such strict rules about sexuality.) For whatever reason, this chakra is catnip for many spiritual seekers, and must be confronted sooner or later. Like any other chakra, this one may be overactive, underactive, or well-balanced, with predictable results.

Coccygeal Chakra (dark, rusty red): This earth-centered chakra is located at the end of the tailbone. It acts like a faucet, controlling the amount of physical energy expended. It’s closely related to the perineal (root) chakra, but focused less on the physical plane and more on other aspects of the subtle body and personality. An extrovert will tend to have this chakra strongly developed, whereas an introvert not so much. If the coccygeal chakra is overactive, one may come across as mentally blunt, unable to grasp subtle ideas and distinctions. If the chakra is underactive, the person may be weak and get sick a lot. When it is open and balanced, you feel strong, able to live in the present moment.

–  Second / Sacral Chakra (Orange)

Navel / Spleen Chakra / Shen Ch’ue (Orange): An emotional center and reservoir of energy. This alchemical center can refract universal energy into the body or send human energy out into the cosmos. We’re talking about inspiration and creativity at their most basic level, and “As above, so below” is the governing law. People with an overactive navel chakra may be overemotional and have difficulty thinking rationally, whereas people with a poor expression of this chakra may be sullen, picky, and prone to emotional outbursts. But if this chakra is open and balanced, you’ll feel emotionally balanced and well “put together.”

Sea of Chi (Golden yellow) chakra is three finger widths below the navel, acting as a mixing place and reservoir of white light. It supports the intestines and urinary tract, and brings vitality and supporting growth of the higher functions. When this chakra is overactive, life may consist of little more than pleasure seeking and self-gratification; if it’s underactive, an outwardly productive life may feel drab and joyless. When this chakra functions well, you have a strong will to live, and you’re able to focus on the present moment.

Door of Life Chakra (yellow to orange): Located near the kidneys, behind the navel. A circuit of energy runs between this chakra and the heart chakra, regulating the flow of prenatal energy through the body. (Yes, that’s energy you inherited from your loving ancestors at the time you were born.) Someone with an overactive door of life chakra may be pushy, always needing to get their way, while someone with a weakness in this chakra may be insecure and even suffer panic attacks. When it is functioning well, you feel gentle but decisive, with a clear sense of purpose.

– Third / Solar Plexus / Power / Manipura Chakra (Yellow)

Adrenal/diaphragm chakra: Located opposite the solar plexus, this chakra helps regulate the blood and the body’s use of minerals, as well as the instincts that help us react quickly in emergencies. It helps us manifest our intentions in areas of health. Someone with this chakra overactive may constantly feel threatened, whereas if the chakra is underactive the person may be apathetic. When this chakra works well, you feel accepting of your place in the universe.

– Fourth Heart / Anahata Chakra (Green or Pink)

Shoulder blades Chakra (Green, pink, white). This chakra sits opposite the heart chakra, between the shoulder blades. It governs the will, and works closely with the heart chakra to promote satisfaction. When this chakra is overactive, the person is prone to acting without forethought. If it’s underacting, the person may constantly second-guess their instincts, viewing everyone and everything as a potential enemy. When the chakra works in a balanced way, you have a strong feeling of freedom and purpose, an instinct to align your purpose with the highest good, and a sense of unity with mankind and the universe.

Higher Heart / Ascending Heart / Thymus Chakra (Teal or white light). Mystics across a spectrum of spiritual traditions have identified this chakra, which sits midway between the heart and throat chakras, as the source of spiritual longing. Another name for it is the “soul seat.” Intention starts here, opening the door to higher consciousness. Life is full of purpose and spiritual meaning. A person who puts too much emphasis on this chakra may have their head in the clouds and not function well in the mundane world. Someone who is weak in this area may reject anything intuitive, spiritual, or even emotional, insisting on “just the facts.” When the higher heart is strong and balanced, you feel a loving urge to connect with the divine and with other people.

Base of Throat / Base of Neck Chakra (Turquoise) is a little like a highway interchange, connecting energies of the hands, arms, and legs with the center of the body, as well as lower with upper chakras. A weakness here may show up as a blockage, perhaps stemming from poor self-esteem. When this chakra is working right, a strong sense of self-worth helps you relate well to others.

Back of Neck Chakra (Silvery blue) is very similar to the one above, except for the location, which is at the center of the back of the neck. Its association is therefore somewhat more in line with the subtle body than with the physical. Both have strong associations with the throat chakra as well, and imbalances will be similar.

– Fifth / Throat chakra (light blue)

Talu / Lalana / Heavenly Pool Chakra is located on the roof of the mouth, about as far back as you’re able to touch with the tip of your tongue. Some devotees experience this chakra in a mystically sensual way, perhaps as cascading moonlight that leaves a taste of nectar in the mouth. It’s considered a very feminine and mysterious chakra, a center for feminine magic, and a doorway between rising chi energy to the higher chakras. If overdeveloped, one may have trouble tearing oneself away from this chakra and its delights. If underdeveloped, life may be devoid of sensuality and happiness. Correctly developed, this chakra helps you stand at the gateway to the universe, ready for further evolution.

Zeal Point / Mouth of God / Jade Pillow (Jade green or medium blue) is where the back of the neck meets the skull. If you touch this area, you’ll feel a little indentation. Here is where the individual connects with the cosmic “Om,” or as some say “Logos” (the word of God). This chakra also opens a path for spiritual awakening through control of the breath. Some also recommend using a double-terminated quartz point to invigorate this chakra. However it’s done, activating this chakra aids in the development of psychic skills. When overdeveloped, a person may overfocus on their spiritual side, and even seem a little bit crazy. (We’ve all known a religious nut job or two, right?) Drug use can lead to serious damage in this area. On the other hand, lack of development at this chakra leads to the spirit facing limits on all sides — sort of like a claustrophobic person stuck in a small, windowless room, unable to move or grow. When the zeal point works correctly, you will feel inspired and connected with the universe, ready to develop and use your natural intuitive skills.

– Sixth / Third Eye / Brow / Ajna Chakra (Indigo or Violet)

Upper Forehead Chakra (Indigo or Violet) is connected with the third eye chakra, and here things get a little confusing; some consider the energy in this area to be part of the brow chakra, while others see a small system of chakras on the forehead in the shape of a sideways eye (Eye of Shiva). As the highest point in this shape, the upper forehead chakra connects the third eye with the crown chakra. As with the other higher chakras, overactivity can show up as an excessive focus on otherworldly things, while low activity may block spiritual insight and development. When this chakra functions well, you have an awareness of your place in the universe, and have the ability to see auras, experience astral travel, and make use of the assistance of angels and spirit guides.

Back of Head Chakra (Indigo or Violet) sits directly behind the third eye, associated with the higher functions as they interact with the physical world. It’s the seat of the highest functions of the human brain — the power to decide and create, and to make plans that manifest the will. Its power helps of function in the daily world, at the same time that the other higher chakras expand our awareness of other planes. So even though this is a very high chakra, it is, in its own way, grounding. Overdevelopment of this chakra may emphasize a “monkey mind” that’s full of work and projects, at the expense of contemplation and spiritual growth. If underdeveloped, the person will either have trouble getting anything done. They may plan obsessively, but these plans either never get carried out or result in unexpected and unwanted outcomes. When the back of head chakra operates well, you are able to manifest your intentions for the higher good of all.

– Seventh / Crown / Sahasrara Chakra (Violet, Golden, or Clear White)

 


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Chakra Correspondences

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by Kelly Lingen Mahieu

(illustration: Tapestry based on the artwork of Paul Heussenstamm)

People are becoming increasingly familiar with the term “chakra,” but what does the word “chakra” actually mean? Simply put, a chakra is an energetic wheel in your body. There are seven main chakras, each a spiritual center that connects to all parts of the body – emotional, mental, and physical, in addition to the spiritual. Translated from Sanskrit, the word “chakra” literally means “disc” or “wheel.”

If you’re somewhat acquainted with the chakra centers in the body, you’ve probably wondered about the different ways you can open and balance them. How do you keep your energetic wheels healthy? There are actually several different ways to keep your chakras on the up and up, and most of them are simple and inexpensive. You can easily incorporate any or all of the following into your daily routine for optimum chakra health!

Color

Color is perhaps the most common association with the chakras, and the great thing about it is it couldn’t be easier to use. You can utilize color by wearing it (clothing and jewelry), surrounding yourself with color in your home or office decor, using colored lights and candles, eating a variety of colorful foods (I’m not talking Skittles here – more along the lines of a colorful salad!), working with different colored crystals, incorporating certain colors into your creative projects or artwork, and so much more.

Crystals

As I mentioned with color, crystals are excellent helpers when it comes to opening, balancing, aligning or healing chakras. Just choose a crystal or stone of the color you would like to work with, and then put it to work by carrying it, wearing it in jewelry, placing it in your space (or in a crystal grid), making a crystal elixir or vibrational spray, or laying the crystal directly on the affected chakra.

Oils

Essential oils can be extremely beneficial for your chakras, and they’re easy to use! Diffuse oil throughout your home or office, substitute it for your favorite perfume or cologne, add it to your bath water, or simply apply a drop or two to the area surrounding the chakra you’re working on.

*Please use caution when applying essential oils directly on the body. It’s recommended that you use a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil with certain essential oils – especially if you have sensitive skin.

Elementals

Yep, that’s what I said! Elementals or nature spirits such as fairies, mermaids, gnomes, elves, salamanders, sylphs, and more can be called upon for chakra healing. Each chakra center corresponds to an element (or more than one), and you can kindly ask specific elementals to assist you if you’re in need of some healing. How do you go about doing this? You can draw on elemental energy by creating a small alter or space (in or outdoors) to honor a particular element, make time to go out in nature specifically for healing, or just by observing a particular element in action. For example, visit a lake or stream if you’d like to call on water elementals such as mermaids, naiads, or undines. *Please note that elementals love to help those who are mutually helpful to them, so if you ask for their guidance or assistance, do something nice for them in return. They love to help those who keep the environment clean and anyone who is kind to animals.  

Now that you’re more familiar with some ways to work with your chakras, here are some correspondences to get you started:

Root Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Color: Red
Crystals: Red Jasper, Garnet, Bloodstone
Oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Element: Earth
Elementals: Elves, Gnomes, Brownies, Tree Spirits

Sacral Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana
Color: Orange
Crystals: Carnelian, Orange Calcite
Oils: Orange, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Element: Water
Elementals: Mermaids, Naiads, Selkies, Undines

Solar Plexus Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Color: Yellow
Crystals: Citrine, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Jasper
Oils: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lemon
Element: Fire
Elementals: Salamanders, Djinn

Heart Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Color: Green or Pink
Crystals: Watermelon Tourmaline, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz
Oils: Rose, Melissa, Neroli
Element: Air
Elementals: Sylphs, Flower Fairies

Throat Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Visuddha
Color: Light Blue
Crystals: Blue Lace Agate, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Quartz, Blue Calcite
Oils: Geranium, Lavender, Sage
Element: Ether
Elementals: All

Third Eye Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Ajna
Color: Indigo
Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite
Oils: Clary Sage, Palo Santo, Jasmine
Element: All
Elementals: All, but Air Elementals such as Sylphs and Fairies can be especially beneficial

Crown Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Color: Violet
Crystals: Amethyst, Sugilite, Apophyllite, Clear Quartz
Oils: Helichrysum, Frankincense, Rose, Lotus
Element: All
Elementals: All


Kelly has recently studied under Doreen Virtue to become a certified Fairyologist. In addition to her love for the nature angels, she also loves the mineral kingdom! Kelly is a Master Crystologist, having completed Melody’s Levels I & II Laying on of Hands, Laying on of Stones workshops, as well as studying under Certified Crystal Healer Ashley Leavy and DaEl Walker. Her knowledge of healing crystals and stones combined with her love for the fairy realm creates a reading experience unlike any other. She works and gives fairy readings at Mimosa, and is the creator of Lingen Oracles.


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Beyond the Chakras

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by Jeremy Anacker

(llustration: Sree Chakra by Rajithsiji, via Wikimedia Commons)

When one feels the call to have a direct experience of their spiritual self there is a seeking process that very often begins with the study of the seven main chakras. This can be done without even knowing about the infinitely rich and dynamic energy self which these chakras exist  within. Contemplate that you are witnessing a vast lake with seven whirlpools of energy. Can you imagine contemplating the flow of water through the whole lake rather than just these seven selected areas of whirling water?

In this metaphor the whole energy self finds its natural state of circulation, buoyancy and beauty when there are no interruptions. To me the essential first step to discovering one’s own true energetic nature begins with your thinking. Well rehearsed thought patterns create energy patterns. Humans learn things during childhood and into adulthood from their families and their community that can create interruptions in this overall state of vitality, beauty and potential power.

The most obvious unhelpful thought patterns are those that create shame, guilt, fear, hate and resentment. Any well practiced belief that one is unworthy or small in some way creates darkness in the energy field which can manifest in so many places to include the chakras and then consequently cause an interruption in the overall natural state. Perhaps it is most important to know that unhelpful or darker energy patterns begin to manifest on the more subtle areas of one’s energetic field and eventually strengthen and take root in areas that are closer to the body. This is detected as a lack of ease or ‘dis-ease’ and yes, this can be the ancestor to a physical disease manifesting in the body. One’s overall attitude sets the tone for the state of the energy field. If one is consistently dedicated to being intimately conscious of their own energy field and refrains from using unhelpful mindsets, the benefits begin to show in the field. There are also countless books written about the beneficial effects of thought on the body. I often think of how the brain has available a warehouse of chemicals that can create benefits of feeling and vitality in the body.

When one is moving towards spiritual awakening the thought that initially gets challenged is the understanding that you are only a physical body. In order to move forward you have to have some willingness to put this thought aside so that room is made for other considerations. On the journey you are likely to run into the vast array of powerful affirmative thought material that emphasizes repeating statements to yourself such as, “I am a radiant and magnificent spiritual being” or “Divine love flows from the core of my being.” These are definitely empowering beliefs that create an uplifting energy reality throughout the aura and into the environment spreading to other individuals around you.

As one explores this material on an intellectual level, various practices are often recommended such as self applied energy techniques, Reiki, acupressure or tapping of the meridians. One’s journey is enhanced dramatically when one goes to a class or finds a mentor who is at-least a little farther along on the journey. As an individual that has been working on giving feedback on energy fields for over 25 years, I have experienced the increase of flow and harmony in individual energy fields countless times.  I am always thrilled to see how dynamic the natural state is after it gets running, which usually comes about in a personal energy session or a group energy dynamic.

I highly recommend trying an energy session with someone who is dedicated to a truly holistic picture of you as an integral and fully energetic being, where challenges to thinking patterns and a clear invite to the realization of the spirit are foremost.


Jeremy Anacker is a Reiki Master, Aura Seer, Channeler and Group facilitator of over 25 years. His work began at 18 years old in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he fully developed his lifelong intuitive abilities and became a co-founder for a non-profit specialty school for transformational learning. On the journey to feeling more familiar with this experiential material you are also invited to try a free introductory class on the nature of the energy field and aura seeing which runs on Saturday, August 6 @ 6pm or contact Jeremy for an energy feedback session. See more info on his ‘Affinity Group’ Meetup page at: http://www.meetup.com/Affinity-Group/events/232140171/


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A Basic Introduction to the Chakras

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by Cathy Douglas

Many traditions worldwide hold that some sort of vital energy flows through our bodies. Energy pathways connect one function of the body to all the others, pathways that also serve to connect the individual with Earth and Heaven. While differences obviously exist about the exact nature of these beliefs, the overall idea transcends specific religious and medical traditions. So does the idea that the energy carried by these pathways tend to focus at various points in the body, and that these points govern various aspects of our lives.

We’ve come to call these focal points of energy “chakras,” which comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheels.”  Psychics and other seers visualize them as spinning wheels in a rainbow of colors, running in a line from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each chakra corresponds to a color, each develops at a particular stage of human development, and each governs an area of being human–the things we feel, think and do that make us who we are.

Whole books cover this topic, and I won’t try to replicate that here. Simply knowing the system of associations based on the chakras can be helpful to anyone. For one thing, color associations underlie the magical uses of everything from candles to crystals. We can also find many ways to use the idea of chakras psychologically, especially for understanding our own strengths and weaknesses.

Grounding:  Root or Base chakra, Perineum, Red.

The root chakra works like an energetic center of gravity.  Babies develop this chakra first, and if well cared for will develop a sense of physical security that will help them stay grounded throughout their lives.  A poorly developed root chakra can lead to insecurity about basic survival, which may manifest as preoccupation with money and/or sex.  Think of the bad girl in a soap opera. Recommended crystals: Garnet, Hematite, Red Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz.

Creativity, sexuality, personality:  Sacral chakra, Abdomen, Orange.

This is the chakra of play, developed when we are young children.  Unfortunately, our society doesn’t always encourage play, sometimes, these days, even for little kids. So many of us lose or never develop a capacity for creative work, sexual enjoyment, and spontaneity.  When this chakra isn’t well developed, the individual may seem repressed, sometimes to the extent of having no personality.  An imbalance in the other direction can lead to a wild personality. Recommended crystals: Fire Agate, Brown Aragonite, Copper, Moonstone, Orange Calcite, Crazy Lace Agate.

Vital energy and power:  Solar Plexus chakra, navel, yellow.

This is where our emotions and thoughts meet bodily functions.  Most of us naturally feel this, when everything from fear to love hits us in the stomach!  Instinctive drives originate here, in some cases ones we may struggle to recognize:  will, motivation, life direction.  When well developed in later childhood, this chakra helps the individual find direction in life.  Failing this, a person may be passive, with a deep-seated sense of inferiority. Recommended Crystals: Champagne Calcite, Golden Calcite, Citrine, Imperial Topaz, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Pyrite.

Emotions:  Heart, center of chest (to the right of the physical heart), green.

More than just romantic love, the heart chakra helps us focus on the things we care about.  Obviously this means other people (I hope!), but it can also include animals, nature, learning, activities, causes, and much more.  Every one of us has a different emotional make-up, which manifests itself in the different things we care about.  The heart chakra develops just after puberty.  Poor development might show up as apathy.  But overdevelopment is common as well; women, especially, may become so focused on loving and caring for others that they lose their sense of self. Recommended crystals: Aventurine, Emerald, Jade, Malachite, Moss Agate, Unakite.

Communication:  Throat chakra, Throat, Blue.

The ability to express ourselves matures in the teen years, along with a mature understanding of the words and thoughts of others.  While creativity originates in the sacral chakra, it finds expression through the throat chakra.  As you might guess, this is another area where the rules of our society don’t always mesh with what we need as individuals.  Poor development of this chakra can make a person feel that anything they say is bound to be wrong, while imbalance the other way can produce a gossip or chatterbox. Recommended crystals: Amazonite, Angelite, Aquamarine, Blue Aragonite, Blue lace Agate, Blue Quartz.

Insight, intuition:  Third Eye chakra, Brow, Indigo.

The brow chakra acts as the Grand Central Station for processing the senses, but goes beyond to the senses that originate in the mind.  If you’ve ever tried to imagine something, closed your eyes, and felt you could see just as clearly without physical sight, you have a real idea of what this means–whether or not you believe in psychics or ESP.  Blockage in this chakra may show up as disinterest in anything unseen, including imaginative or abstract ideas, and of course anything associated with the supernatural.  Overdeveloped, we might see a person with their head so far in the clouds that they can’t remember where they parked! Recommended crystals: Azurite, Blue Kyanite, Dumortierite, Labradorite, Lapis, Sodalite.

Spirituality:  Crown chakra, Top of head, Violet.

This is the slowest of the major chakras to develop, starting perhaps around the age of 25, but often later, and continuing for some time afterwards.  If you know an older person who overflows with wisdom and understanding, and has little fear of death, you know someone who has developed well in this area.  The person’s specific belief system is less important than their growing capacity to learn and grow within that system.  Poor development can show up in mental health issues of all kinds, whereas overdependence on “the higher things” make turn the person into a know-it-all who feels superior to others. Recommended crystals: Amethyst, Ametrine, Charoite, Lepidolite, Quartz, Sugilite.

This Hindu-based spectrum of seven major chakras is only the beginning. Other chakras supplement the list, for example hand chakras, through which energy healers transmit healing energy. And this is only one system. Because the idea of a energy body is nearly universal, systems like this form a part of philosophies and medical understanding worldwide. Egyptian, Inca, Celtic, and Cherokee teachings (to name a few) show similar energy centers as part of the human body. Scientific investigations have made a start at finding a physical basis for the concept of subtle energy, as these systems are called. Medical modalities that harness subtle energy are also becoming more widely accepted.

In practical, day-to-day reality, it’s in our best interest to keep the chakras balanced and working together smoothly. But that will be another article!

 


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Chakras and Auras: A Crystal Healing Approach

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by Ashley Leavy

Chakras are vortices of energy found in the aura, or energy field, of the human body. These energy centers act as satellites to the universe, taking in energy, using it to influence the mind, the body, and the spirit, and then returning it back to the universe. Each chakra rules a specific section of the physical body, specific emotions, and certain aspects of one’s spiritual self. There are seven major chakras found along the spine, but there are many other minor chakras located all throughout the physical body.

 

In crystal healing*, the seven chakra system is most commonly used. However, there are many minor chakras that can be used under particular circumstances. In fact, all of these chakras are influenced by the crystal’s healing energy during a healing session, but the energy is typically more precisely directed to the body’s seven main energy centers. By placing crystals on the chakras, one can use the healing vibrations given off by the crystal to correct any imbalances within the chakra.

Typically, crystals are associated with specific chakras based on their color, but this is not always true. Some crystals have other inherent properties that allow them to be used on chakras other than those that are associated with their color. These exceptions can be discovered after research or intuitive insights about additional properties that the crystal may have. These associations may even vary from person to person so it is important that one takes time to connect with a particular crystal before placing it on the body.

Please Note: The seven most commonly known chakras have been numbered 1-7. Other minor chakras have been bulleted. This listing appears in order from the area below the feet toward the area above the crown of the head.

– Gaia Gateway Chakra (Black Crystals)

– Earth Star Chakra (Brown Crystals)

1. Root/Base/Perineum/Muladhara Chakra (Black, Brown, or Red Crystals)

– Coccygeal Chakra (Burnt Orange or Rust Crystals)

2. Sacral/Pubic/Spleenic/Pelvic/Swadhisthana Chakra (Orange Crystals)

– Navel/Sea of Chi’i/Door of Life Chakra (Yellow-Orange or Gold Crystals)

3. Solar Plexus/Diaphragmatic/Power/Manipura Chakra (Yellow or Gold Crystals)

– Lower Heart/Sacred Heart Chakra (Green Crystals)

4. Middle Heart/Shoulder Blades/Anahata Chakra (Pink Crystals)

– Higher Heart/Ascending Heart/Thymus Chakra (Teal Crystals)

– Base of Throat/Base of Neck Chakra (Turquoise Crystals)

– Zeal Point Chakra/Mouth of God/Talu/Lalana Chakra (Blue Crystals)

6. Third Eye/3rd Eye/Brow/Ajna Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)

– Manas Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)

– Indu Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)

– Upper Forehead Chakra (Dark Indigo or Deep Violet Crystals)

7. Crown/Sahasrara Chakra (Violet, Golden, or Clear White Crystals)

– Golden Crown Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold Crystals)

– Causal Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Teal & Pink or White Crystals)

– Soul Star Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Clear White Crystals)

– Stellar Gateway Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Silver Crystals)

Crystal Layout to Activate the Chakras:

In this layout the healer should place a stone of the corresponding color on each of the seven main chakras. This exercise will open the energetic pathways within the subject and will also activate the major and minor chakras within the subject’s body. This technique is best used with tired or fatigued subjects, or those who are under a great deal of stress.

To begin, you should choose a colored stone that is appropriate for each of the seven main chakras, using the color correspondences listed above.  Beginning at the root chakra, you should place a red stone, such as Garnet or Red Jasper, at the base of the subject’s spine.  Next, you should place an orange stone, such as Carnelian, on the subject’s sacral chakra, about two inches below the subject’s navel (about half way between the subject’s pubic bone and belly-button).  Then, you should place a yellow stone, such as Yellow Aventurine or Yellow Calcite, on the subject’s solar plexus chakra, about two inches above the subject’s navel, between the subject’s belly-button and his or her breastbone.

You should then move to the subject’s heart chakra and choose a green stone, such as Green Fluorite or Green Aventurine, and place it in the center of the subject’s chest.

Next, you should place a blue stone, such as Blue Opal or Blue Quartz, on the subject’s throat chakra at the center of the throat.

Then, you should place an indigo (dark blue) stone, such as Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite, at the subject’s brow chakra, located between and slightly above the subject’s eyes.

Finally, you should place a violet stone, such as Sugilite or Amethyst, at the subject’s crown chakra, located on the top of the subject’s head.

If terminated crystal points are used, the terminations should face toward the subject’s crown.

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

After the stones have been placed on the body, you should infuse each chakra with energy by placing your hands just above each stone. To infuse a chakra with energy, you should bring white light energy in through your crown chakra and pass it through your hands to charge the area with energy from the universe. To bring white light into your body, you should be grounded and centered. Then, you should visualize your crown chakra opening and, as you inhale, visualize a stream of universal light beaming into the crown of your head. You should then exhale and push the light down through the palms of your hands. You can now transfer this energy into the subject.

You should begin this energy-infusion at the brow chakra, and then you should move to the crown chakra. After this, you should move to the root chakra and continue up the spine to the sacral, solar plexus, heart, and throat chakras. You should then again infuse the brow and crown chakras with energy. You should spend at least three to five minutes at each chakra or until you intuitively feel that there is sufficient energy at each chakra.

Crystal Layout to Balance the Chakras:

This technique can be utilized to balance the energy of each chakra and is particularly best utilized with subjects that suffer from anxiety, anger, ADD, or a great deal of stress.

To begin this technique, repeat the laying on of colored stones from the previous exercise, but stop before beginning the energy-infusion technique. Then, return to the root chakra and place a stone of the complementary color next to the stone that has been placed at each chakra. Work up the chakras, beginning at the root and moving up toward the crown, using the following colors:

  • Root Chakra: Green stone
  • Sacral Chakra: Blue stone
  • Solar Plexus Chakra: Violet stone
  • Heart Chakra: Pink stone and Red Stone
  • Throat Chakra: Orange stone
  • Third Eye Chakra: Red stone
  • Crown Chakra: Yellow stone

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

The stones in this technique should not be infused with energy. Instead, they should be left to transmit healing, balancing energy into the subject’s aura and subtle bodies. The crystals should be left on the body for approximately twenty minutes or until you intuitively feel that the subject has absorbed the healing energy.

The most important thing to remember as you are placing stones on the subject’s body is that the stones should all be aligned with the subject’s spine. This assures that the energetic channels are properly opened.

If you find it difficult to remember the correspondence between color and the chakras, you should try to memorize the following acronym: ROY G. BIV (i.e. like a man’s name).

R (Red) O (Orange) Y (Yellow)

G (Green)

B (Blue) I (Indigo) V (Violet)

The chakras also correspond to particular auric realms (layers of the energy body).

Please Note: This listing appears in order from the innermost layer toward the outermost layer of the aura:

-Physical Body

-Etheric Body

-Emotional Body

-Mental/Vital Body

-Astral Body

-Etheric Template

-Celestial Body

-Causal/Ketheric/Intuitive Body

An Exercise for Aura Health:

You should strengthen and protect your aura in various everyday life situations. You should especially strengthen the aura if you know that you will encounter an individual that will drain your energy, as this is extremely detrimental to the auric body. This should also be done if you know that you will have to spend time in a negative energy environment or deal with a situation surrounded by negative energies and emotions.

To protect the aura, you should close off your energy body to others by engaging in the protective posture (feet crossed at the ankles and with thumbs and fingers touching).

To strengthen and energize the aura, you can undertake the nostril breathing technique. In this technique, the breath is used to strengthen the auric field and to balance the mind and the physical body. This technique is performed by alternating your breaths, breathing in through one nostril and then out of the other.

To begin the technique, hold the nostrils between your thumb and index finger. Place your right thumb and finger over your nostril (without squeezing) and exhale. Then connect your tongue to your palate just behind your front teeth. Next, press your thumb against right nostril to close it and inhale through your left nostril for approximately three seconds. While keeping your right nostril closed with your thumb, press your index finger onto your left nostril. Your nose should now be closed between your thumb and finger. Keep your nostrils pinched shut for approximately 15 seconds. If 15 seconds is too long for you, then reduce the time limit to amount that you feel comfortable with. Now, remove your thumb so as to open your right nostril, but continue holding your left nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your right nostril for approximately three seconds.

Remove your right hand from your nose and place your left hand on your nostrils with your thumb pressing on your left nostril. Inhale through your right nostril for approximately three seconds and press your left index finger onto your right nostril, so as to close it. Hold this breath for approximately 15 seconds. Then, remove your thumb to open your left nostril, but continue to press your right nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your left nostril for approximately three seconds.

Repeat this exercise, while alternating nostrils for approximately three to five repetitions.

To purify the aura, you can perform the cleansing vortex exercise. In this exercise, you should visualize a whirlwind of purifying, healing, white light which surrounds the entire auric body (beginning at the Causal/Ketheric Body). You should then visualize this whirlwind removing all negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy. Then, you should visualize that the vortex departs into the earth and this positive energy is released into the earth for the good of all beings.

Once the aura has been strengthened, protected, and cleared, you are ready to absorb the healing energy of the crystals.

This process should be followed by a mindfulness meditation exercise and focused breathing.

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.


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Color Chakra Correspondences

Red

1st

Love, passion, courage, strength, success in times of conflict or danger, sexuality, vigorous health

Pink

4th

Happiness, self-love & esteem, romance, nurturing, peace, friendship, emotional healing, youth

Orange

2nd

Strength, success, attraction, good fortune, feasting & celebration, optimism, encouragement

Peach

2nd

Gentle strength & joy

Yellow

3rd

Clairvoyance, communication, air element, confidence, joy, banishing depression

Apple green

4th

Healing, new beginnings, cleansing

Green

4th

Healing, prosperity, growth, nature connection, fertility, rejuvenation, balance, happy home

Light Blue

5th

Clear communication, balance, intellectual & intuitive insight, creativity, adapting to change

Med/Dark Blue

5th

Meditation, tranquility, peace, truth, wisdom, devotion, healing, remembering dreams

Purple

6th

Spirituality, wisdom, intuition, divination, psychic skill, protection from “psychic vampires”

Lavender

7th

Intuition, dreams

White

7th

Clarity, protection, contact with elemental beings, consecration, cleansing, breaking curses

Gray

Balance, judgment, counteracting negative forces, stopping something already in progress

Black

1st

Absorbs negative energy, protection, Earth energy, deep meditation, power of the unconscious

Brown

Earth, animals, grounding, stability, physical healing, decisiveness & concentration, finances

Gold

Solar energy, yang force, developing aura, overcoming habits & addictions, luxury , generosity

Silver

Lunar energy, yin force, working with hidden energies, introspection, confidence, intuition, gratitude


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“Treating the Chakras & the Auras: A Crystal Healing Approach” by Ashley Leavy

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Chakras are vortices of energy found in the aura, or energy field, of the human body. These energy centers act as satellites to the universe, taking in energy, using it to influence the mind, the body, and the spirit, and then returning it back to the universe. Each chakra rules a specific section of the physical body, specific emotions, and certain aspects of one’s spiritual self. There are seven major chakras found along the spine, but there are many other minor chakras located all throughout the physical body. Woman in lotus position with the seven chakras 20110213-3(26).jpg

In crystal healing, the seven chakra system is most commonly used. However, there are many minor chakras that can be used under particular circumstances. In fact, all of these chakras are influenced by the crystal’s healing energy during a healing session, but the energy is typically more precisely directed to the body’s seven main energy centers. By placing crystals on the chakras, one can use the healing vibrations given off by the crystal to correct any imbalances within the chakra.

Typically, crystals are associated with specific chakras based on their color, but this is not always true. Some crystals have other inherent properties that allow them to be used on chakras other than those that are associated with their color. These exceptions can be discovered after research or intuitive insights about additional properties that the crystal may have. These associations may even vary from person to person so it is important that one takes time to connect with a particular crystal before placing it on the body.

Please Note: The seven most commonly known chakras have been numbered 1-7. Other minor chakras have been bulleted. This listing appears in order from the area below the feet toward the area above the crown of the head.

  • Gaia Gateway Chakra (Black Crystals)
  • Earth Star Chakra (Brown Crystals)
  • 1. Root/Base/Perineum/Muladhara Chakra (Black, Brown, or Red Crystals)
  • Coccygeal Chakra (Burnt Orange or Rust Crystals)
  • 2. Sacral/Pubic/Spleenic/Pelvic/Swadhisthana Chakra (Orange Crystals)
  • Navel/Sea of Chi’i/Door of Life Chakra (Yellow-Orange or Gold Crystals)
  • 3. Solar Plexus/Diaphragmatic/Power/Manipura Chakra (Yellow or Gold Crystals)
  • Lower Heart/Sacred Heart Chakra (Green Crystals)
  • 4. Middle Heart/Shoulder Blades/Anahata Chakra (Pink Crystals)
  • Higher Heart/Ascending Heart/Thymus Chakra (Teal Crystals)
  • Base of Throat/Base of Neck Chakra (Turquoise Crystals)
  • Zeal Point Chakra/Mouth of God/Talu/Lalana Chakra (Blue Crystals)
  • 6. Third Eye/3rd Eye/Brow/Ajna Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)
  • Manas Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)
  • Indu Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)
  • Upper Forehead Chakra (Dark Indigo or Deep Violet Crystals)
  • 7. Crown/Sahasrara Chakra (Violet, Golden, or Clear White Crystals)
  • Golden Crown Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold Crystals)
  • Causal Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Teal & Pink or White Crystals)
  • Soul Star Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Clear White Crystals)
  • Stellar Gateway Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Silver Crystals)

Crystal Layout to Activate the Chakras:

In this layout the healer should place a stone of the corresponding color on each of the seven main chakras. This exercise will open the energetic pathways within the subject and will also activate the major and minor chakras within the subject’s body. This technique is best used with tired or fatigued subjects, or those who are under a great deal of stress.

To begin, you should choose a colored stone that is appropriate for each of the seven main chakras, using the color correspondences listed above.

Beginning at the root chakra, you should place a red stone, such as Garnet or Red Jasper, at the base of the subject’s spine.

Next, you should place an orange stone, such as Carnelian, on the subject’s sacral chakra, about two inches below the subject’s navel (about half way between the subject’s pubic bone and belly-button).

Then, you should place a yellow stone, such as Yellow Aventurine or Yellow Calcite, on the subject’s solar plexus chakra, about two inches above the subject’s navel, between the subject’s belly-button and his or her breast bone.

You should then move to the subject’s heart chakra and choose a green stone, such as Green Fluorite or Green Aventurine, and place it in the center of the subject’s chest.

Next, you should place a blue stone, such as Blue Opal or Blue Quartz, on the subject’s throat chakra at the center of the throat.

Then, you should place an indigo (dark blue) stone, such as Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite, at the subject’s brow chakra, located between and slightly above the subject’s eyes.

Finally, you should place a violet stone, such as Sugilite or Amethyst, at the subject’s crown chakra, located on the top of the subject’s head.

If terminated crystal points are used, the terminations should face toward the subject’s crown.

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

After the stones have been placed on the body, you should infuse each chakra with energy by placing your hands just above each stone. To infuse a chakra with energy, you should bring white light energy in through your crown chakra and pass it through your hands to charge the area with energy from the universe. To bring white light into your body, you should be grounded and centered. Then, you should visualize your crown chakra opening and, as you inhale, visualize a stream of universal light beaming into the crown of your head. You should then exhale and push the light down through the palms of your hands. You can now transfer this energy into the subject.

You should begin this energy-infusion at the brow chakra, and then you should move to the crown chakra. After this, you should move to the root chakra and continue up the spine to the sacral, solar plexus, heart, and throat chakras. You should then again infuse the brow and crown chakras with energy. You should spend at least three to five minutes at each chakra or until you intuitively feel that there is sufficient energy at each chakra.

Crystal Layout to Balance the Chakras:

This technique can be utilized to balance the energy of each chakra and is particularly best utilized with subjects that suffer from anxiety, anger, ADD, or a great deal of stress.

To begin this technique, repeat the laying on of colored stones from the previous exercise, but stop before beginning the energy-infusion technique. Then, return to the root chakra and place a stone of the complimentary color next to the stone that has been placed at each chakra. Work up the chakras, beginning at the root and moving up toward the crown, using the following colors:

Root Chakra: Green stone
Sacral Chakra: Blue stone
Solar Plexus Chakra: Violet stone
Heart Chakra: Pink stone and Red Stone
Throat Chakra: Orange stone
Third Eye Chakra: Red stone
Crown Chakra: Yellow stone

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

The stones in this technique should not be infused with energy. Instead, they should be left to transmit healing, balancing energy into the subject’s aura and subtle bodies. The crystals should be left on the body for approximately twenty minutes or until you intuitively feel that the subject has absorbed the healing energy.

The most important thing to remember as you are placing stones on the subject’s body is that the stones should all be aligned with the subject’s spine. This assures that the energetic channels are properly opened.

If you find it difficult to remember the correspondence between color and the chakras, you should try to memorize the following acronym:ROY G. BIV (i.e. like a man’s name).

R (Red)
O (Orange)
Y (Yellow)

G (Green)

B (Blue)
I (Indigo)
V (Violet)

The chakras also correspond to particular auric realms (layers of the energy body).

Please Note: This listing appears in order from the innermost layer toward the outermost layer of the aura:

  • Physical Body
  • Etheric Body
  • Emotional Body
  • Mental/Vital Body
  • Astral Body
  • Etheric Template
  • Celestial Body
  • Causal/Ketheric/Intuitive Body

An Exercise for Aura Health:

You should strengthen and protect your aura in various everyday life situations. You should especially strengthen the aura if you know that you will encounter an individual that will drain your energy, as this is extremely detrimental to the auric body. This should also be done if you know that you will have to spend time in a negative energy environment or deal with a situation surrounded by negative energies and emotions.

To protect the aura, you should close off your energy body to others by engaging in the protective posture (feet crossed at the ankles and with thumbs and fingers touching).

To strengthen and energize the aura, you can undertake the nostril breathing technique. In this technique, the breath is used to strengthen the auric field and to balance the mind and the physical body. This technique is performed by alternating your breaths, breathing in through one nostril and then out of the other.

To begin the technique, hold the nostrils between your thumb and index finger. Place your right thumb and finger over your nostril (without squeezing) and exhale. Then connect your tongue to your palette just behind your front teeth. Next, press your thumb against right nostril to close it and inhale through your left nostril for approximately three seconds. While keeping your right nostril closed with your thumb, press your index finger onto your left nostril. Your nose should now be closed between your thumb and finger. Keep your nostrils pinched shut for approximately 15 seconds. If 15 seconds is too long for you, then reduce the time limit to amount that you feel comfortable with. Now, remove your thumb so as to open your right nostril, but continue holding your left nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your right nostril for approximately three seconds.

Remove your right hand from your nose and place your left hand on your nostrils with your thumb pressing on your left nostril. Inhale through your right nostril for approximately three seconds and press your left index finger onto your right nostril, so as to close it. Hold this breath for approximately 15 seconds. Then, remove your thumb to open your left nostril, but continue to press your right nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your left nostril for approximately three seconds.

Repeat this exercise, while alternating nostrils for approximately three to five repetitions.

To purify the aura, you can perform the cleansing vortex exercise. In this exercise, you should visualize a whirlwind of purifying, healing, white light which surrounds the entire auric body (beginning at the Causal/Ketheric Body). You should then visualize this whirlwind removing all negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy. Then, you should visualize that the vortex departs into the earth and this positive energy is released into the earth for the good of all beings.

Once the aura has been strengthened, protected, and cleared, you are ready to absorb the healing energy of the crystals.

This process should be followed by a mindfulness meditation exercise and focused breathing.

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

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