Dec 232011
 

Did you know that it’s more natural to be a sprinter than a marathon-er?

That breaks at relatively short intervals are critical for your physical, emotional, and mental well-being?

It’s true.

And if you want some inspiring and motivating reading that will help your productivity while at the same time give you permission — even encouragement — to make balance a priority, you’ll love digging into the bestselling guide The Power of Full Engagement by Loehr & Schwartz. It’s excellent. [I've only had it a few weeks and already I'm more productive -- have you seen how many posts I've cranked out? -- and I feel better at the same time.]

And perfect timing too. You’ll be all revved up for the new year, and ready to enjoy a nice, healthy break in the meantime.

♥ ♥ ♥

I’ll be absent from this blog from now until around Weds., Jan. 4.

I’m off for my own much-needed break where I will reinvigorate my love of all things subtle, intuitive and holographic. To commune with my soul.

The process has already begun and it feels maaa-velous!

Thanks to those of you who participated in my drawing for 2 free readings! I’ll announce the lucky winners sometime this weekend on my facebook page and am already looking forward to the readings. :-D

As to my regular (lately) Friday posts for Sonia Choquette’s weekly classes? Fugeddaboddit. Some of you said you wanted to do it with me online but with the exception of one (yes, one!) comment, I’ve not heard a peep. In fact, my blog has not been so quiet since I started it over a year ago, and I can only assume these class posts are a big, fat, flop.

So I’m discontinuing them. (Psst: I’m secretly glad because I really don’t want to have extra commitments over the holidays anyway. Down-time, ya know? I’m so ready.)

So, happy holidays to you, and I’ll see you in the new year.

Here’s wishing you many blessings in the meantime and after. Namasté.

Nov 172011
 

Sometimes our pets will act peculiar, either for a little while or for an ongoing period.

Did you know that often it has more to do with what’s going on with you than with them?

They do what they can to keep you and your family in balance.

A few years ago someone asked me to use my Animal Communication skills to find out why her dog wouldn’t eat. She’d already had him to the vet (an important initial step) and knew it wasn’t a physical issue.

As I tuned in I got that his hesitancy to eat was somehow related to her (his owner). He was feeling her stress and anxiety which got the ball rolling, and then her stress around his not eating just made the situation worse.

I can’t remember all the details anymore but she was also trying to get him to eat certain things … things that were good for him, but ultimately I got a sense of her being a little obsessive about his food.

As I relayed this information to her, gently suggesting she not be so rigid about his diet because her anxiety about his food and his eating was actually a big part of the issue, she “happened to mention” to me that she was in the throes of an eating disorder. OMG!!!

In this situation, not only was her dog picking up her own issue around food, but also her anxiety around his food plus her anxiety in general. It doesn’t always happen that they act out in the same area of life where we’re having our issues (in this case, food), but this example was just too perfect not to share.

Even when the connection is as obvious as this, we sometimes don’t notice because our issues are not the first thing we think about when our pets have issues. In this example, even with the symptoms being so similar, it didn’t even occur to her that they even might be related until after we’d talked.

Our Pets Act Out Our Anxieties

Any anxiety you’re experiencing will be sensed by your pet and if it’s strong enough, they will begin to act it out.

Anxiety Not Related to Your Pet

In most cases our pets are acting out our stresses that don’t even have anything to do with them.

Maybe you’re worried about financial issues, health issues (your pets often match your symptoms almost exactly), or you’re just out of balance.

These things will definitely affect your pet.

Often they just help us process these things and are no worse for it. In fact that’s a supportive thing we all do for each other in general as part of a social unit. Just like a mobile, we all do our part to keep our family in balance, and our pets are very much a part of that dynamic.

But if it’s intense or prolonged, they’ll begin to show signs in their behavior or their own health.

Anxiety Related to Your Pet

Sometimes they act out anxiety that is related to them.

When it’s because of something they’re doing, it can create kind a mad cycle if what they’re doing is originally related to your anxiety. It just gets worse and worse until you stop the hamster wheel.

But often it’s simply something you’re concerned about because you love them so much and you want them to be happy all the time. (See, I have pets, I know!)

Like you’re going to board them and you don’t want them to be bored (interesting pun, don’t you think?), so you worry.

Or you’ll be traveling and you think they might miss you, so you worry.

Or they’re limping a little bit all of a sudden, so you worry.

Essentially, you have to stop that!

Easier said than done, I know.

What to Do Instead of Worry

First, just reading this and being aware is going to go a long way toward preventing or correcting this situation.

But here are a few ideas for when you see them acting out or even suspect it’s happening.

Better yet, doing these things as a matter of course will prevent your pets from needing to act out your anxiety to begin with.

1. Take care of yourself

If you’ve got deep, ongoing issues of some kind, try to make sure you don’t keep pushing them into the background. Do what you can about them now. What that might be is beyond the scope of this particular blog, but you know what I’m saying.

As in my example with the eating disorder, there can be things like addiction, depression, a bad marriage, a job you hate, etc. that can easily be affecting your pets. Please take care of yourself and they will benefit as well.

This goes for ongoing, serious things and passing issues as well.

2. Take it lightly

As to things related to your pet, be aware that they are very likely to reflect your attitude right back at you.

Are you a parent? Remember when your child took their first few steps, and landed *plop* right on their butt? You find out quickly that if you gasp and panic and run over to soothe them, they quickly pick up that it’s a scary thing and start to cry every time they fall. But if you make a surprised, fun face and say something like “Go boom!” and laugh like it’s fun, they’ll soon be laughing each time and scrambling up to do it again.

It’s the same with our pets, and using this little trick works in all kinds of situations.

3. Be optimistic

Once, during a turbulent flight, my young son and I were both getting nervous. I talked about how planes handle this all the time, and put on an unconcerned attitude. I was surprised to learn that pretending to be brave for his sake not only calmed him, but it had the wonderful side effect of actually allaying my fears too! Soon, I didn’t even have to pretend. And guess what? There was nothing to be nervous about!

Again, just like with our children, this dynamic works with our pets too.

So even if it’s something that might have a difficult outcome, you have a choice. You can make a conscious decision to focus on the positive. New or tentative situations can be an adventure rather than a threat. If and when difficulty actually develops, you can always deal with that then.

In the meantime, keep in your mind that right now all is well.

(If you’re familiar with the Law of Attraction you’ll recognize this as also being a way to help assure a good outcome, and you probably practice this already anyway.)

4. Remember your positive motivation and goals

If you find yourself anxious or concerned about an upcoming activity, remember that you’re doing it for a positive reason.

What is that reason? Keep it in the forefront of your mind.

This is important for personal situations but especially those related to our pets.

For example, your pet needs to go to the vet. We can think about how scared they’ll be when they have to ride in the car (ya right — this is cats, not dogs ;-) ), get examined, get a shot, etc.

But better yet, we can think about how lucky we are to have good vet care, their ears (or whatever reason they’re going for) will feel better, the vet is doing this for them not to them, etc. Even if it’s for euthanasia, they will be relieved of their pain and can fly free, etc.

Or if you’re going to board them, instead of worrying that they will miss you or that they’ll be bored, think about how safe and protected they are in a nice warm building with regular meals and that cozy blanket you left with them.

There’s always a positive or you wouldn’t be doing it. So stay focused on that.

All that said,  it’s important to also remember that animals are sovereign creatures just as we are. They have their reasons for being here, they are strong and magnificent beings, and they deserve to be able to grow through challenges just like we do. It helps all of us when we honor that. We can’t and perhaps shouldn’t try to protect them from everything.

5. Deliberately communicate positive ideas to them

If you haven’t already, you may want to develop the basic skill outlined in my first article of this series “The Very First Step in Communicating With Your Pet“. It gives a simple way to communicate telepathically with them so you have proof and confidence that your pets really are connected intimately with your inner goings-on.

If you commit to practicing it even a little, it pays off in the long run with greater peace of mind for you and like we’ve discussed here, with your pet’s peace of mind as a result of yours.

There are more things you can do that help you be at peace in relation to your pet, for example, touching in with them when you’re separated. But these things are skills (and articles) in themselves, and we’ll cover them and more in later articles in this Animal Communication series about how to connect more consciously with animals.

For now, the idea that you affect your pet profoundly is an important concept to be aware of and revisit often. The suggestions I’ve given are good skills to practice for the duration of your relationship with your pet.

Do you have any examples of when you were mirrored by your pet, or others by theirs? Were you/they aware of it at the time? If so, what did you/they do about it?

Sep 182011
 

Yikes, I thought, I’ve got way too much to get done! How can this be happening now?

Ever been there?

Last week, I found myself in a lot of pain. Physical pain. The whole right side of my mouth was tweaking on me, big time.

I had a lot to do but it was hard to focus, and I responded to the reality of what was happening by deciding not to struggle.

Instead of fighting the situation and pushing myself to get it all done, I just let go of it.

I surrendered.

I went down to the river deck where I always feel connected.

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My dog, Ollie, came with me and we just hung out. He’s my bud. We smiled at each other now and then and it warmed my heart.

I took my overdue library book with me and zipped through the end of it.

And isn’t it funny that in the pages I covered that day, I discovered a bit more about exactly this, about being one with our issues and our difficulties. (There was a section about physician and healer Leonard Laskow and his book Healing With Love. You can bet I’m going to read that one.)

Connecting with our challenges rather than pushing against them helps us find our wholeness.

It confirmed to me that I was on the right track. As I often say to myself: Embrace it as though you had chosen it. Not always easy but always rewarding.

Not that I needed confirmation, but that wa’s nice, and a fun synchronicity. I know with every cell of my body the importance of being centered. And going with the flow is a big part of that for me.

And this is where I find myself again today.

I’ve been to the dentist and now I’m on pain meds but this has all set me back and I’m still finding it hard to concentrate. I get to go to an endodontist this week. (What a name END-o-dontist. Really? Could a root canal specialist sound any more scary, do ya think?)

I’ve got so much to do. I’m still so far behind, and even more-so now. But seriously. These are my old patterns nagging at me.

I’ve got to stay in my center here.

So maybe I’m behind but it’s more important to me to trust the unfolding; to have a balanced and holistic response to whatever appears in my life. I’m no longer willing to automatically cater to my stressed out ego-self that tries to be in charge all the time.

Some people would push through, I know. I used to be one of them, and still am sometimes when that’s what makes sense.

But now I’m usually inclined to honor what’s happening. To embrace the present moment. Not just as a moment but for what it’s presenting to me. (Hmm, I never noticed: Present-ing.)

And I ask myself: So, how do I dance with this?

I look at the big picture, the whole picture, and then make as conscious a choice as I can about what embracing it means … and what to do next.

In this situation, if I really look at it, it’s a gift. It’s all a gift. It’s a break. And it’s a good reason not to wig out about the things I’ve been wigging out about. (Heck, maybe I even created all of this dental drama so I could have a break. But I digress.)

And so, here I am enjoying writing a post to you that I don’t plan to overwork (for a change). You can take it, right? If it doesn’t flow logically? If it’s not super useful? (Hey, I’m on pain meds, I have an excuse.)

I’m getting to share me, my thoughts, my heart, and a bit more about what I want this blog to be about anyway: The importance and wonder of living from our center.

Because that’s where the magic lives.

And I think that’s a pretty nice thing to embrace, now that I think about it.

How do you dance with situations like this? Do you find value in going with the flow? I know you have something good to share …

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Apr 272011
 

“I just have not been in a writing “space” but I better get my ass there pretty damn quick. I was all inspired about a post to write tonight or tomorrow but [...] threw me off.

Can I get back on track? Yes. I can. I know how to do that.”

That is taken straight out of my journal/diary from a few days ago.

Have you ever been in a space like that? Where there’s something you want to do, but you’re having a hard time getting into the right frame of mind to do it well?

Okay, so maybe you can push through and get it done, but who wants to operate like that?

Much better to get in harmony with what it is you want to accomplish. It’s more enjoyable that way, and it turns out better besides.

There are quite a lot of tools that can help with that, actually, and I want to tell you about one of them that’s very effective and fun to experiment with.

Brain Entrainment Using Binaural Beats

I wrote about one such tool awhile back, in my binaural beats post. They’re kind of mindless to apply (a very nice feature sometimes) yet are very effective. I like them a lot, and that post links to some sites where you can try them out (for free).

Well, one of my readers/clients read that post and emailed to tell me he uses and likes the binaural beats, but also uses another similar technology too. He’s a lawyer who travels some for his job, is an actor in his spare time, and in his words: “I’ve used this different technology to reduce jet lag, enhance sleep, enhance concentration and memory, etc.”

He’s a very conscientious person so I thought I’d check them out.

Brain Entrainment Using Isochronic Beats

This other technology is isochronic beats, and they’re said to be the most powerful means of brain entrainment available to the general public.

Isochronic Tones

Unlike the binaurals, they don’t require that you listen in stereo. Instead of your brain perceiving the difference in frequency between your left and right ears (as in binaural beats), you’ll hear the pulsing itself — fast or slow depending on which frequency you are entraining your brain to.

For more about brain entrainment in general and the effects of different frequencies, please see my post about binaural beats.

Try Them For Free

I don’t know about you but I love to try things out and sample them before buying.

Here’s a site I found that has a whole lot of different isochronic beats for you to try for free.

They’re all “feature-length”, i.e. not just little snippets but long enough to do whatever it is you want done.

So far, I’ve used these mainly to help me sleep, and for me they work very well and very consistently.

Some of the files you can download are:

  • Nirvana/Sleep – This is the one I use a lot. It’s soothing and it works. 45 min.
  • Sleep – 20 min.
  • Mental Performance 1, 2, and 3.
  • Refresh – 1 hr.
  • Void – Still experimenting with this one… 20 min.
  • I.Q. Increase
  • Creativity – 15 min.
  • Headache relief – one for awake and one for relaxed
  • ESP – 20 min.
  • Anti jet-lag
  • Awake and Alert

He also has whole categories for:

  • Lucid Dreaming
  • Spiritual Tones (e.g. astral projection, chakra balancing, meditation)
  • Recreational (Are you a child of the 60′s too? Check it out in any case!)

The site itself has much more description and lots more audios to try than I’ve given here.

The only drawback to the way the files are listed there is that most don’t indicate which frequency is used. Maybe that’s not important to you, but in case you care, the site author does link to a very detailed frequency list he used when he mapped each frequency to its effects.

So… enjoy! If you try any of these out, I’d love to hear your experience of them. Or any other comments/questions? Please pipe in!

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Jan 122011
 

As we’ve all learned by now, when it comes to colds and flu, the first line of defense is common sense. It involves not only good hygiene in public especially, but also keeping yourself humming along in a nicely balanced and relatively happy state.

But even with our best efforts, the best and most healthy of us sometimes succumb to the occasional cold, even if it’s only once every 3 or 4 years.

That was me over this last holiday season. I’m so not used to it and don’t have a lot of patience for it.

Here’s how I knocked it out in 4 days flat. (Of course, you don’t need to do all of these, just use whichever ones appeal to you.)

Note: I am only skimming the surface of most of these fields of healing. This is out of necessity else I’d have to write a book. If you look down the list I’m sure there will be some things you can apply right now depending on your level of knowledge, and I do offer a few links for more information.

1) Take homeopathic aconitum napellus

This is always my #1. This is the first action to take once you get the itty-bittiest hint that a cold might be coming on. I am convinced that this is the reason I only get a cold once every 3 or 4 years. This stuff is like magic. You feel the beginning of a symptom, you take an aconitum, no more symptoms. Voilà.

2) Use other homeopathy as indicated

It’s rare, but every now and then the cold gets a good enough hold of you that the aconitum doesn’t do it. At that point you may use a few other homeopathic remedies depending on your symptoms.

For me, I had some post-nasal drip so used kali bich and hydrastis candensis. I also began taking the Schuessler cell salts regularly.

All in all, over the whole 4-day period, as symptoms shifted slightly, I’d also used pulsatilla, influenzinum, occillococcinum, rhus tox, nux vomica, and bryonia alba. (Note: Some of my symptoms were more flu-like than cold, so I was hedging my bets. Since I don’t do flu shots, it could have been either or a combination.)

3) Get adequate vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C and zinc are good to be taking all the time, either in your diet or as supplements. I make doubly sure I am getting these if/when a cold is coming on.

4) Drink water

Drink lots of water! This can’t be overemphasized. On about my 3rd day I forgot about this and could feel the cold getting worse again. As soon as I picked back up on the water intake, the cold began to recede. Amazing stuff.

5) Keep your throat relatively germ-free

This is important early in the process but also good during, since you can actually reinfect yourself even as you recuperate. But the idea is that your nose and throat are often where the virus enters your body and if you can keep these areas clean you are likely wiping out a good number of those troublesome little partiers.

3 effective ways to do this are:

  1. Use a tongue scraper — very satisfying (these are good to use all the time, not just when you feel a cold coming on)
  2. Gargle periodically with water that has a drop of tea tree essential oil in it
  3. Take a zinc lozenge such as a Cold-eeze™.

6) Decongest

If you’ve got head congestion (and who doesn’t when a cold is starting?), there are several things you can do to minimize it.

  • One effective way is to put a drop of tea tree essential oil in a pan of water on the stove and gently breathe in the steam (not too close!)
  • Use 1/2 a drop of ravensara essential oil behind each ear
  • And one of the very best decongestant herbs is mullein. It grows wild around here and I collect/dry it to use, but you can get it at a health-food store. Just make a tea from it and drink it periodically throughout the day. You’ll notice a difference.

7) Drink ginger tea or spicy chai

This is based on the principals of Ayurveda, but a cold in the body is usually a kapha condition, and consuming food or drinks that help increase pitta is helpful. (If you want a reference book about Ayurvedic remedies, Dr. Vasant Lad’s The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Remedies is a good one.)

I like to do this by making some ginger tea; it’s fast and easy. All you do is grate some ginger root into a pan (I use the equivalent of about 1/2 a large carrot) and add 2 qt. of water. Simmer this for about 20 minutes. After it’s almost cool, add a touch of your (wholesome) sweetener of choice and strain it into a pitcher. Drink warm cups of this with soymilk added throughout the day.

The other drink I like is homemade chai. You can find my delicious recipe at the end of this article.

8 ) Stay warm

A cold is called a cold for a reason. It’s important to stay nice and cozy warm while you recover.

Sometimes I will use a heating pad (I know, this isn’t “natural” but it’s easy and I recommend it) but the very best thing is to take a nice hot bath with some epsom salts (they help pull toxins from your body) or a jacuzzi if you have one. Ahhh! This is especially helpful before going to bed.

9) Get a lot of sleep

When I have a cold, my sleep is disturbed. Even when I sleep, it’s lighter than usual and I wake up feeling like I was awake all night. Very odd.

Besides following general guidelines for getting a good night’s sleep, flower essences can help. I like the combination that is the equivalent of the Bach Sleepytime formula: White Chestnut, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatiens, Cherry Plum, and Star of Bethlehem. I have a spray bottle of it and I also have drops which I put in my water glass near the bathroom sink, to sip if I get up during the night for any reason.

If I’m really not sleeping well at all I will sometimes resort to taking an antihistamine. Your body will not get deep natural sleep that way but in my experience it’s better than nothing so I do keep those on hand. Nothing’s better for healing than a good night’s sleep.

10) Avoid sugar

I had some type of sugar (a cookie or something, I don’t remember) and could immediately feel it in my body. It was as if I got set back to when I was feeling my worst. I suggest avoiding big doses of processed sugar if you can.

Subtle But Effective Remedies

I began by saying I would tell you how I managed to knock my cold out, but to be more precise, that’s not exactly what I was doing.

11) Get the message: You’re out of balance

First, don’t be mad at or feel you have to attack the cold. A better way to think of it is that the cold is a sign that you’re somehow out of balance or you wouldn’t have gotten it. It’s a messenger of sorts. And so, we get the message and take the actions that counteract our particular imbalance.

12) Think about what might have brought it on

I don’t mean that lady who sneezed on you at the grocery store. I’m talking about your life situation, especially some type of disturbance.

For example, this time I had just gotten a box of old diaries out of the closet. There was other old stuff in there that I started going through; old letters, some photos, cards I’d saved, etc. That is exactly when I first felt the cold symptoms. And they weren’t as obvious as sneezing or a sore throat (although they might be for you); it was just something “not right” with my body. But bingo, that was it. So make a note of that as it will be helpful as you move forward.

13) Do affirmations

Louise Hay wrote a book ages ago that I have gotten some great insights and benefit from. It’s called You Can Heal Your Life and toward the back she lists affirmations for each illness. It’s based on what she learned about the source of disease.

I looked up “Colds” and the probable cause she lists for that didn’t resonate with me (Too much going on at once. Mental confusion, disorder. Small hurts. “I get three colds every winter,” type of belief.) I looked up “Post-nasal drip” (yes, this gal gets specific) and that one did (Inner crying. Childish tears. Victim.) The moment I read it I felt an immediate  clutching in my heart area and felt like crying.

So I wrote the affirmation for that one on a piece of paper and repeated it often. Over the next day or so, and as I considered when my symptoms started, I realized that the probable cause for colds was a definite match too.

Here are the two affirmations I did, from her book:

Colds: “I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and around me.”

Post-nasal drip: “I acknowledge and accept that I am the creative power in my world. I now choose to enjoy life.”

As I look at these now, I see they might seem trivial, but if you’re familiar with the power of affirmations, you know they can pack quite a punch by addressing unconscious hang-ups.

14) Write or talk with someone

As you become more aware what emotional state is causing or related to your cold, it’s very good therapy to process that to some degree. I find writing in my journal is extremely enlightening and cathartic. Seeing the issue in black and white helps get your head around it, and solutions flow onto the page as well. I highly recommend it.

15) Use flower essences

I’m especially fond of the Bach Flower Essences. Although there are others I’ve played around with, the Bach set seems complete and sufficient for everything you might run into.

It’s helpful to use whichever essence will support you in healing whatever related emotional issue you’ve uncovered above. If you’re not familiar with these — or even if you are, I think Mechthild Scheffer’s book Bach Flower Therapy is one of the best available and pretty much the only one you need.

Two that I remember using were Crabapple and Rabbitbrush (this one is not Bach but I made it myself years ago and it’s for overwhelm, which matches Louise’s possible cause for colds, above.)

16) Practice Tolle’s method of being present in your body

In Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now, page 103, he gives a process for enlightening your cells with presence.

Essentially, you “flood” your body with consciousness. Close your eyes and choose a part of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first: hands, feet, arms, chest, etc. Feel the energy or life force inside those parts as intensely as you can. Stay with each part for 15 seconds or so. Then let your attention run through your body like a wave a few times, from feet to head and back again. Do that for a minute or two. Then feel the inner body in its totality, as a single field of energy. Be intensely present in every cell of your body. Do this for a few minutes.

This is a preventive tonic for the immune system and can also work as “medicine” for any current disease. It’s powerful. You can actually feel the difference immediately.

Specialized Techniques

If you have access to or are trained in these next/final modalities, I highly recommend you practice them since they may be the most powerful of all.

17) Reiki

I am a Reiki practitioner so I gave myself some Reiki treatments. Full-body is best and in the beginning I also focused on the swollen glands in my neck area. There are also some good books about which areas to focus on for certain ailments.

So here’s a reminder if you know how to do this. And if you don’t, you may consider getting a treatment. These can be done long-distance, even while you’re cozy in your bed.

18) Matrix Energetics

I am trained in Matrix Energetics and so I used this to help shift the imbalance into a more “useful” condition. There’s nothing magic here, even though it’s so surprisingly powerful that it seems like it sometimes, and I will be sharing over time some techniques you can use yourself.

I will also be offering Matrix Energetics related services pretty soon. Stay tuned.

19) Connect with healing guides

I actually have a few particular guides who show up regularly when healing is called for. I always feel a shift as they work with me, sometimes with the condition clearing up completely.

If you know how to connect with your guides, invite them to help you or ask them if they can usher in some other guides who specialize in healing.

If not, then you may want to get a session with someone who can call this help in for you. (The Matrix Energetics related services I just mentioned above will include connecting with guides as well.)

20) Actualism

My husband trained in and practiced something called Actualism lightwork for several decades and he led us through a session related to the Divine Mother energy. Powerful and soothing.

If you have any experience at all with using energy, light or consciousness to heal, now’s a good time to practice it! If you don’t, but would like to, stay tuned to this space since being able to effectively develop those skills is a large part of what I am here to share with you.

My Chai Recipe

These measurements are approximate. You want it to be fairly concentrated.

  • Ginger root (about 1/2 of a large carrot’s worth, grated)
  • Star anise (whole, about 2 T)
  • Cinnamon (1-2 sticks, or 1-2 t powdered)
  • Fennel seed (about 2 t, ground in a pestle)
  • Cardamom seed (about 1 t, ground in a pestle)
  • Black pepper (about 15 twists from a grinder)
  • Clove (about 1 heaping t whole or 1/8 – 1/4 t ground)
  • Nutmeg (about 1/8 t, grated)

Put all ingredients in a pan with about 2 qts. of water. Simmer, covered for about 25 min. After it cools some, strain into a pitcher. Sweeten just a touch with agave nectar or your sweetener of choice. Serve hot (Ayurveda would technically say warm) with soy milk (I use vanilla soymilk). Yum, and so good for you!

Here’s to a happy and healthy winter! (Or summer, as it may be. ;-) )

I know there are lots more natural/vibrational remedies; these are just the ones that popped into my mind over those 4 days. Do you have any favorites you’d like to share?

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Sep 152010
 

Just because color has no weight doesn’t mean we should underestimate its power to help us balance our lives — or to knock us off balance, for that matter!

Let’s see what kind of energy is connected with each color and which colors you can increase or minimize to influence yourself positively.

Note: This post shows you which colors to use in your environment and when. Lots more ideas about how to use them are offered in last month’s companion post.

The 7 Main Colors and Their Influence

Each of these main colors could easily be a post on its own, but this is intended as an overview. I will describe each one in the simplest of terms and you will see that even the most fundamental understanding can be immediately useful.

Red

Red is about energy: physical & sexual energy. It is very life-promoting. It’s hot. It’s related to primal energy, survival, our tribe, security, survival instincts, and the stage of kundalini that represents potential. It rules the sex glands or gonads.

Red is connected to our first center (or root chakra) near our coccyx at the base of the spine.

Use or increase this color if you want to have a lot of energy for something physical. It’s a great color for sports & exercise.

Too much may make you feel overstimulated, aggressive, and impulsive. Avoid or minimize this color if there is inflammation, fever, or a lot of heat/energy already, or for doing activities that are not physical or require calm. It is not a good color to use prominently in a bedroom, at least not for sleeping ;-) .

Orange

Like red, orange is about physical & sexual energy, but with an emotional element added. Whereas red is primal and more about the individual, this is dual. It’s about partnership, relationship, procreation, making choices, and our ethics. It is related to intuition, especially where others are involved. Orange is warm and provides a grounded creative energy, sociability, courage, and joy.

It rules our hormones plus ovaries in women and our resonance with this can be easily affected by birth control pills and menstrual cycles.

Orange is connected to our 2nd chakra in the abdominal area.

Use or increase this color if you want to socialize, do a combined physical/social activity (e.g. taking a walk with a friend), or do physical creative activities, including those related to earning or using money. This color can help you perceive others’ emotions and gives or receive sexual feelings.

Yellow

Yellow is the color of  sunshine; it’s bright and cheerful and can help us be optimistic. This color activates your personal power center where personality,  ego, and self-esteem reside.

This center is located at your solar plexus (3rd chakra) in your stomach area, which also happens to be your psychic radio.  It increases or activates your ability to be intuitive and as you might guess from the location of its center, to get “gut feelings”. This area receives energy or information that is relevant in the moment.

Yellow can be a powerful color for increasing our intuition, but it can easily increase that ability to where we are bombarded by too much information. More accurately I should say that intuitive information is always available, but we typically filter most of it out. When we wear or are around yellow, we are much more sensitive to it.

Use this color if you want to increase your ability to access information intuitively. Avoid or minimize its use if you are already highly sensitive since it can be very uncomfortable and make you too vulnerable to others’ energy as well. Yellow kitchens can be difficult first thing in the morning for sensitive people.

Green

Green is an interesting color in that it is good for balancing in general. Think how good it feels to be outdoors in a lush green landscape. It relates to fertility, growth, and abundance. It is grounded and reliable, and reflects a calm strength.

Green is connected with our heart center and our heart, lungs, and thymus gland. It can be very healing (or “whole-ing”) as it helps tone down our upper centers (thinking) and our lower centers (physical) and bring them together and into balance.

It relates to love and compassion and thus empathy, as well as a simple friendliness. It is from here that we perceive and project most emotion.

Use this color if you are feeling either overly physical or overly mental; you’ll find it very comforting. Likewise, if you are feeling spacey or ungrounded it helps bring you back to earth.

Because this is such a balancing color on its own, it’s difficult to get too much of it, but do watch it if you find you are over-giving to your own detriment.

Blue

Blue is a cool color that relates to practical mental functions (analytical and logical) and rational choice. It is calming, quiet, serious, and soothing. It cools the physical and can counteract too much red. I recently saw a program about using blue visually to help reduce pain (which is related to heat and the color red) even more effectively than pain medications.

Use this color if you need to focus your attention or to help stay on track with your intentions. Blue is good for mental focus and also for resting. It will help you be alert but not in a physically activated way. It is a natural tranquilizer and actually slows down the heart rate. It can be a good color for a bedroom or study.

Blue is connected with the 5th chakra located near the throat which it rules along with the thyroid gland. This area is the will center as it relates to personal will (vs. higher will).

Indigo

Indigo is related to creative thinking, open mindedness, imagination, and symbolic sight.

It is connected with the 6th center or chakra located near the 3rd eye area (between and slightly above the eyebrows), and also rules the pineal gland.

The frequency of indigo is quite high and subtle. Use this color to help increase your connection with the higher or subtle realms. Whereas yellow is good for intuitive perceptions related to the moment, indigo can be helpful for gaining foresight, or when you are wanting to access your natural clairvoyance.

This color can also help with creative thinking so can be put to good use when you are working on the inspirational stage of creative projects of any kind. (Orange, as mentioned, will help you at the more physical stage of creative projects.)

Too much of this color can cause you to be unrealistic, ungrounded, or simply spaced out. Much emphasis is put on these higher centers these days, but it’s important to remember to keep a balance: head in the skies, but feet on the gound!

Purple

Purple is related to inspiration, spirituality, universal consciousness, and transcendence. It is connected with the 7th center or chakra which is located near the crown of our heads and rules the pituitary or master gland.

Use this color when you are involved in activities where these elements are important such as when you pray or meditate, or when you want to connect or harmonize with your guidance systems.

Just like with indigo, too much of this color can easily cause an imbalance making it difficult to stay grounded and operate in the 3-D physical world. As suggested, keeping a balance between the subtle and the solid is recommended.

A Dose of Black & White

The color white is a combination of all colors, so it can be used whenever you want to help bring yourself back into overall balance. The mantra OM has a similar effect and can be chanted at any time with wonderful balancing results.

On the other hand, black is the absence of all color. It can be used for protection in the sense that it absorbs color/vibrations. So, for example, if you are quite sensitive and will be around a lot of people who have all their various “vibes” going, wearing black can help you not take on their miscellaneous moods and projections.

Colors’ Interplay With You – A Balancing Act

The descriptions I’ve given are guidelines and there will be variation for each individual. Red, for example, will affect you slightly differently than it affects me. Also, different cultures may respond differently to colors than others due to the cultural conditioning of certain colors having special meaning.

Besides the variance each individual color has, there is also variance in the amount of each color which is optimal for each individual. With any/all of us, a few colors will be more prominent than others. This is natural. But there always needs to be a balanced (not necessarily equal) combination of all of them in order for us to function at our best. Athletes, for example, may function optimally with a 30% red balance, but that would be way too much red for someone who has a sedentary desk job requiring calm focus. And note that that athlete still needs some amount of all the other colors as well to function in an effective way.

And I’m sure you can also see why you may operate best with one combination at one time, and need a different balance at another.

So as you apply these ideas, keep in mind that I have provided general  descriptions, and you will want to pay attention to the nuances of how these colors interact with you and what your own, unique balance might be at any given time.

Tips and Ideas for Using This List

If you are feeling uneasy or out of balance in any way, take a look around and see if the corresponding color — the color that causes that dis-ease or imbalance — is playing a dominant role in your environment (including your clothing). Or see if the color that would aid in the way you want to feel is missing altogether. Then either add or subtract the affecting color as appropriate.

When you use these colors, it’s best to use a nice clear color like I’ve shown in the column on the left. That way, the colors can vibrate at their purest resonance.

If it’s difficult to place that color in your environment, you can simply visualize the color clearly for a similar effect. If you do this, it can be healing to see how its corresponding center feels in your body. Can you envision or feel the clear version of the color there? If so, good! That indicates a good amount and quality of that energy in your field.  If not, you can work with that color for awhile, either by placing it in your environment or visualizing it like I just described until it’s easy to get a clear, clean feel of it.

And as already mentioned, I’ve given a few more ideas for how to use these colors here.

Off to the Balance Beam

Okay! Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg but I’m sure is enough for you to play with and see how helpful applying these ideas can be in your life. Here’s to your balance and mine!

I’d love to hear what you think and your experience with this, so please do share with us! Or if you have anything to add to my list of how colors can affect us, let us know that too.

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