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Equinox Guided Energy Work (Free mp3) – Turning Point

September 20, 2021

Equinox is on Wednesday, and energetically this represents a tipping or turning point, as we hit a balance between night and day, light and dark, and begin to head into the next season. It is a great time to do energy work reinforcing shifts you have been trying to make – a good time to seal the release of old patterns and obstructions, and affirm the new ones you are seeking to manifest. To help you with this, I’ve created a free guided energy work exercise that you can do for the couple of days going into Equinox, and for up to a week after. If you can only do it once, on Wednesday on the actual Equinox is great.

I’ve also posted my Fall workshop schedule, featuring the most popular energy work sessions I have developed. These include Energy Boundary and Lines work, Energy Work for Sexual Trauma, Perimenopause/Menopause Energy Work, Clearing for Persecution Karmas and Owning Your Spiritual Gifts, and Manifesting Through Your Chakras. These are spread out across the next 3 months between Equinox and Solstice, culminating in the Manifesting workshop in December, to help you prepare for the goals and intentions you wish to work with in 2022. I’ve laid it out this way so that you can choose from the preceding workshops based on your needs, setting yourself up to shift your vibration and manifest from an energetic level (where the action really is) I hope you’ll join me for one or more!

To get started on your energetic transformation, here is the Equinox guided work. To prep:

  • Select 1-3 challenging emotional patterns or inner or outer obstructions that you have been working to heal, release, or transform
  • Select 1-3 feelings or energies you would like to feel more of in the future – likely the counter to what you are working to release or transform
  • Decide upon a visual that represents a future state or goal you would like to embody

In this guided work we will:

  • Setup the energy work session, activating the most needed aspects of certain chakras
  • Release the obstructive or old patterns, and verbally affirm
  • Clear the subtle imprints of these with white light
  • Activate potential with rainbow light in the heart chakra
  • Embody the new emotions, patterns and vibrations, each with a color of light you select
  • Turn the Third Eye forward
  • Visualize your desired future state, and embody it vibrationally
  • Affirm, Embody, and Close

Wishing you a transformative and peaceful Equinox.

Chakra Affirmations for Trauma

April 26, 2021

Note: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and to highlight this I have included links at the end of this post to anti-sexual violence organizations and organizations offering support and healing services to survivors. Tomorrow night 4/27 I am conducting my introductory Energy Work for Sexual Trauma webinar with sliding scale available to survivors. Note that while not explicitly trauma-focused, I am also participating in an online summit that may be of interest – An Awakened Life.

As I’ve often written about here, working with the chakras can be a powerful addition to any trauma survivor’s healing process. The last year has brought forth many different forms of trauma, between Covid lockdowns and losses, racial injustice, political insurrection and more, and we are all grappling with the impact of one or more. For survivors of personal traumatic events, these collective traumas can intersect and become especially triggering. For that reason, although it’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I decided to offer a more general map of basic chakra affirmations as part of healing from and managing the impact of trauma. 

Last week I posted the image shown here on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, and decided expanding upon it here might be helpful. Every chakras has so many different aspects, this is just a selection of what you might focus on as you work with the chakras and trauma. There are also many different chakra mappings, so in this post, as in most of my written work, I am using the 7 chakra model that is the most familiar to many. Also, in this approach I am focusing on empowering energies and aspects helpful to trauma healing, as opposed to focusing on the release of blocks, which is another helpful way to work. 

Here I am offering simple techniques for strengthening these energies through affirmations. While you say these, you can focus on the associated chakra area, and/or add a color visual if you like. Of course you can also work with the chakras in any of the others ways you already do (including from Chakra Empowerment for Women if you utilize those tools.)

Root: Safety In Body

Whether from an accident, assault, or abuse, trauma often impacts our relationship to our body, and can especially undermine our ability to feel safe within it. This can be as true for emotional trauma as physical, as we often feel our body ‘betrays’ us in its resulting anxiety. Strengthening and re-establishing both our sense of safety in the moment and overall relationship to our body is an important part of working with trauma. Explicit body work, yoga, and somatic techniques can be especially helpful in this regard but It’s very important to find a trauma-informed practitioner and one that you click with (see organization list below.) Strengthening here also enables self-care, as we are better able to ‘listen’ to and respond to our body’s needs. Simple root chakra affirmations along these lines are:

I am safe and present in this moment.

I am safe in my body right now.

I trust in my body’s ability to heal.

I appreciate and care for my body.

 

Sacral: Reclaim Pleasure

This is often a big area of healing for sexual trauma survivors in particular, but difficulty connecting to pleasure of any type is common for many trauma survivors beyond that. Pleasure can be anything from really enjoying a favorite food, to relaxing while viewing a beautiful sunset, to affectionate touch or sexual intimacy. It is very related to relationship to body, because we experience pleasure in our bodies. But it goes beyond relationship to body, because sometimes trauma causes a ‘lockout’ of pleasure on an emotional level, out of a sense of shame, and/or a fear of overwhelm. So working with gentle ways to reintroduce and welcome pleasure as a form of self-care can often be an important part of healing. This may be as simple as allowing yourself to enjoy a warm bath or fresh flowers to start. Some chakra affirmations to support this are:

Pleasure is safe and nurturing for me.

I welcome simple pleasures.

I enjoy [fill in] as an act of self-care.

I deserve to feel joy and pleasure.

 

Navel: Affirm Boundaries

There are so many variations on this one, but on a general level, trauma survivors experience a lack of agency over their lives and that can reflect as a feeling they don’t have the right or ability to claim or assert boundaries. For survivors of emotional and/or physical abuse, often that right has been explicitly imprinted onto to them through abusive language and treatment. Conditioning around taking responsibility for others, as well as having natural empathic tendencies, can contribute to a general state of taking on others’ energies and emotions – in some cases as a strategy (conscious or unconscious) to ‘stay safe.’ Affirming both the right and ability to claim boundaries, and ongoing work around this, can be such an important part of healing. This chakra is also linked to our sense of personal power and agency in our lives, and so in cases of abuse or assault that have undermined this, working to re-establish it is key too. Some chakra affirmations to support this:

I claim my right to assert boundaries.

I affirm my ability to assert boundaries.

I center in my own energy and emotions.

I am powerful.

 

Heart: Self-Nurture

Trauma survivors often feel there is something inexorably ‘wrong’ with them – deep feelings of unworthiness or undeserving are a frequent long-term impact of trauma. This is partly a result of blame-the-victim social messaging (very prevalent for sexual trauma but actually present in messaging around other forms of trauma too), but also magnified by our general lack of understanding of the reality of the ongoing physical and mental health struggles that often accompany trauma of all types. Although there is a growing awareness around this (and Covid has actually increased focus on mental health to some degree), there is a long way to go. The greatest impact of this on trauma survivors is often reflected as difficulty recognizing and acting on their own need for self-care and self-nurturing. Even finding small ways to self-nurture throughout the day can be so helpful – really taking a moment with that warm cup of your favorite tea, stopping and smelling some beautiful flowers, allowing yourself those moments to stretch, relax, or unwind. I prefer ‘self-nurture’ to ‘self-care’ these days, as I find that often ‘self-care’ is getting translated into exercise, nutrition, or meditation routines and/or spa visits. And while all of these can be wonderful acts of self-care, they can all also become new ‘shoulds’ that we introduce into our lives and feel like we have ‘failed’ when we don’t execute on. So focusing instead on little moments (and later building to routines) that actually feel nurturing in the moment, can be a great place to start. It’s related to the reclaiming of pleasure from the sacral, but has more of an explicit healing, self-loving energy to it. Some chakra affirmations to support this:

I care and nurture myself.

I deserve to care for myself.

I am worth it.

Caring and nurturing energy fills my being.

 

Throat – Speak Truth and Needs

As you can probably see by now, these begin to build on each other as we move upwards in the chakra structure, and in this case the speaking truth and needs to others is especially an extension of our ability to affirm our boundaries with others (navel), and to nurture ourselves (heart). Speaking truth can mean everything from telling others about our trauma when it feels helpful, to acknowledging feelings that are difficult for us in any situation. Closely related is our ability to speak up and say what we need in a situation in which we are uncomfortable, or in which we are feeling triggered and need support. Experimenting with this in small ways first is key – practice telling (even texting) just one trusted person in a moment of discomfort and build from there if this is a challenge area. Chakra affirmations that can help:

I am safe speaking my truth.

I speak my discomfort when feeling it.

I ask for what I need.

I accept help and support.

 

Third Eye – Self-Trust

We have many levels of knowing – if you are reading a post about chakras, you no doubt already are in touch with your subtle and intuitive senses to some degree. Trauma can often trap us in purely mental forms of knowing – caught in cycles of trying to ‘figure’ out why things happened, or predict in advance what might go wrong in order to stay safe (hypervigilance.) Connecting with our Third Eye is instead about tuning into a deeper level of non-conceptual knowing. Often our trust in this side of ourselves is undermined by traumatic events, as we wonder how we could have not foreseen or prevented what occurred. Relating to our intuition and insight abilities in a new way – not as the movie version of being psychic ‘prediction’ abilities but instead as a deeper connection to the unseen emotions and energies within us (including our chakras and spiritual forces) – is often key. It allows us to really acknowledge what is and isn’t working for us, what people do and do not support us, what environments we do and do not feel comfortable in, and more. Permitting ourselves to trust our own insights (without becoming lost in dissociative astral fantasies as an escape) is a supportive way of engaging in our Third Eye as part of trauma healing. Some chakra affirmations to support this are:

I trust my insights.

I honor my different types of knowing.

I center in my innate wisdom.

I safely embrace my intuition.

 

Crown – Hope

Often when it comes to the crown chakra, we talk about faith and belief, and certainly these are both key. Especially if you have a strong spiritual belief system, finding a way to draw upon that can be very helpful in trauma healing. But the truth is, trauma often undermines a survivors’ spiritual faith, and this can be hard to admit. As we begin to recognize the long term impact of trauma, it’s clear survivors’ often struggle with a sense things will never change or grow sustainably better – a healing fatigue often sets in. In this sense a grounded hope is often the most helpful energy we can pull in through our crown chakra – a feeling that things are and will continue to get better, bit by bit. A feeling that we are gaining new tools, new resources, new faith in ourselves (and new energy of all the types named above) to move forward. Hope is forward moving force, and often paves the way for greater self-belief and spiritual faith, in cases where these have been undermined. Chakra affirmations to support this include:

I welcome hope.

I am hopeful and inspired.

I have been moving, and can continue to move, forward.

I am resilient and allow myself hope.

If you are dealing with trauma in your own life, I wish you safety in your body, pleasure, strong boundaries, self-nurturing, the ability to speak truth and needs, self-trust and HOPE.

Organizations that offer anti-sexual violence advocacy work and/or practitioners listings for survivors:

The Breathe Network

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NSVRC

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Lunar New Year 2021 – Contemplations for the Year of the Feminine Metal Ox

February 10, 2021

The Year of the Female Metal Ox starts February 12th, 2021.

The lunar New Year is upon us, and we are saying good bye to the Year of the Masculine Metal Rat. If you are sorry to see it go, you are amongst the lucky few. This is my annual symbolic ‘riff’ on the lunar New Year symbolism – exploring the Year of the Feminine Metal Ox. Although in these posts I do offer a little of the traditional astrological reading for the associated animal sign each year, really they are meant to be a fun way of exploring the symbol beyond its traditional interpretation, by looking at how the animal is represented in cultures and tales. Which is to say, it’s not predictive so much as offering gentle contemplations you can consider as part of deciding what this year means for you.

Oxen were instrumental in the development of agricultural society worldwide, and still are crucial to many farmers around the world.

First and foremost, the Ox is NOT a bull. So the symbolism of Taurus, or Zeus as a bull, or any sacred bull stories from around the world that focus on masculine bull energy are not what is represented by this symbol (especially because this year we switch to a feminine or yin energy as well – more on that in a bit.) The word ‘Ox’ is most often used to refer to domesticated female or neutered male cows used in farming. And while the sight of yoked oxen may not be a very inspiring image to many of our modern minds, oxen were crucial all around the world for the development of agricultural society – one of the strongest forces that led to humans shifting from nomadic or hunter/gatherer cultures to settled agricultural communities. Therefore within eastern astrology they are associated with stability, hard work, diligence, loyalty and financial security. On the heels of 2020, I think this is a welcome energetic shift. These are the qualities said to pay off in an Ox year, so your first contemplation is: What do I want to accomplish or create this year, and what are the concrete, grounded steps I can realistically take? And how can I create routines and habits that empower my discipline and work ethic as  I do so?

Cows of all types are sacred in Hinduism. In Bangalore, oxen that are no longer able to farm are converted to ‘Gangireddu’ – decorated oxen that worshippers make offerings to.

Cows are sacred in Hinduism, and revered in many other cultures as well. They represent life, and are linked to the mother of all gods, Aditi. They are associated with nurturing, kindness, and creation. One of the big shifts occurring within this lunar new year is we are shifting from a masculine/yang year to a feminine/yin one, and yin energy is receptive and fluid. So balance the hard work with self care, and compassion for yourself and others. As you are working towards your goals be sure to allow for flow and change – allow the universe to bring in something new and unexpected and receive it as possibility, rather than obstructive. Ask yourself ‘In what ways have I been rigid, and how can I allow for more space and fluidity?’ It’s important not to become passive though (a danger of yin energy) – finding a balance is key.

 

Sometimes called Chinese Valentine’s Day, the Double Seven Festival celebrates the story of a loyal ox who helps his master and twin sons visit heaven to visit their deceased and much loved wife and mother.

The Ox is also known for its loyalty and sacrifice. This is depicted in a Chinese tale about a farmer who loses his beloved wife, and his loyal Ox tells him when he dies he can use his hide to travel to heaven to see her with their two young sons. This tale has come to be associated with romantic love, and the holiday some call Chinese Valentine’s Day. In terms of the Ox though, this is really about sacrifice and helping others. We have all had to sacrifice something in the last year for the sake of others, and we may be asked to do more. Can we do this with love? Can we focus on our role in the collective good over our individual needs? This is a part of the messaging this year for sure, and we will be asked to continue to find this balance.

A famous Zen Buddhist 10 picture series features a man gradually taming and befriending a wild ox, representing his taming of his own mind and desires as part of his enlightenment process.

The peacefulness of oxen are also a strong association in many cultures. In a Zen Buddhist series called 10 Oxen, a man tames a wild ox to become his faithful and helpful companion. The Ox in the story represents the taming of our own mind and emotions as part of the personal growth and awakening process. What aspects of yourself are you working to heal, empower, transform or awaken this year? What does it mean to tame and befriend rather than overpower and dominate? Can you work with yourself gently but firmly? What support do you need to do so?

Musk Oxen, found in some of the coldest climates of the world, are amongst the hardiest animals alive. This is actually a baby!

As I mentioned, oxen are not bulls, and don’t carry aggressive bull energy. Nevertheless they are associated with strength, resilience and endurance. We will likely still need plenty of these in 2021. So what are true strength, resilience  and endurance to you? How can you cultivate these more within yourself? Resilience became one of my favorite words in 2020. From a chakra perspective I like to associate resilience with a balance of the lower two chakras – the stability and sense of grounding and safety that comes from a strong root chakra, combined with the fluidity, adaptability, and creativity associated with the sacral. In many ways the combination of these two are mirrored in the symbolism of the year, because the Ox is considered an ‘earth’ animal in the Chinese zodiac, but we are in a Yin year. So another contemplation to consider is ‘how can I balance stability and fluidity, focused action with fluid space for adapting to change?’

The Ancient Egyptian goddess of Hathor was often represented as an ox with a sun crown, and associated with the sky, women, fertility, and love.

Returning to the Yin themes of this year, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of Hathor is an example of a goddess linked to a cow/ox, and is associated with the sky, women, fertility, and love. In various forms she was also associated with creativity and the arts (very sacral chakra.) Consider how you might bring more of this into your life as a balance to the hard work and diligence represented by the Ox. Could you use a new hobby, that is just for joy? Is there a creative spark you haven’t been tending? You can drawn on the shift from Yang to Yin this year to nurture this side of yourself.

A diagram representing the relationship of the 5 Chinese elements, which can be summarized as: Wood starts a Fire, Fire creates Earth, Earth holds Metal, Metal carries Water, Water feeds Wood. Fire melts Metal, Metal chops Wood, Wood separates the Earth, Earth absorbs Water, Water puts out Fire.

While we are shifting from Yang to Yin this year, the element in the Chinese system is not changing – we are still in a Metal year. Metal represents firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength, and determination – some of the same qualities as Ox, though Metal is also said to have a ‘lesser Yin’ expression, as it does have the power to transform (for example in the element relationships listed in the caption above, fire melts metal, and through this forging metal can be adapted to serve many purposes.) This continued Metal aspect reinforces the importance of structure and routine in anything we are attempting to accomplish. Do you need to make changes to your life structure to support you more? What social structures do you want to play a part of transforming in 2021 (a big theme of 2020 that will continue this year)? This is a year for real structural, not superficial, change, both collectively and individually.

 

Paul Bunyan and his faithful Blue Ox Babe – featured in a popular U.S. midwestern lumberjack folktale. While the tale represents strength, considering the cost of the lumber industry over time, it perhaps also offers a warning about where the ‘rigid’ side of Ox energy can lead.

With relatives in Minnesota, one of the folk tales I grew up with is that of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his equally giant blue ox Babe. Statues such as these used to populate the upper midwest, though many have now been removed due to the lumber industries’ devastating impact on forests and lands sacred to the native peoples of these areas. At his best Paul Bunyan and Babe represent hard work and honesty in the tales told of them – qualities mirroring that of the Ox in Chinese symbolism – but I think the toll of over-cutting and destruction of sacred native lands also provides a warning re: the Year of the Ox. Structure that becomes stubbornness or dominating rigidity, and hard work fueled by greed, take a heavy toll and do not bring forth the long term abundance that an Ox year is meant to build. So consider this in your contemplations too – ‘Am I working in integrity? Is what I’m seeking to create sustainable? Is it in alignment with a greater good?’

Wishing you peace, safety, light, health, and abundance in the Year of the Female Metal Ox.

I welcome your thoughts on and predictions for the Year of the Feminine Metal Ox in the comments, and wish you much peace, safety, light, health and abundance.

Energy Meditation to Support Social Change

January 17, 2021

mandalaAs many of us hold space for a peaceful transition in the U.S. this week, and honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his work Monday, I wanted to offer a chakra-based meditation for working within yourself with the energies struggling to shift at this time. This meditation works with your full energy ‘egg’, the oval surrounding you, encompassing the full 12-chakra system I work with (and as taught by Cyndi Dale in her books, many of which I have referenced here in the past.)

In this meditation, after centering in your heart, you will move down through the 10th chakra at the very bottom of your energy body, beneath your root chakra, using a root visual (like the roots of a tree) to represent your connection to all of your ancestors and the energies they carry. You will focus on ‘unknotting’ and releasing energies connected to the perpetuation of racism, patriarchy, inequity and bigotry, allowing the earth to take them for deconstruction and recycling. Then you will focus on bringing healing energy to any hurt experienced through these same energetic systems and imprints.

You will then move upward to the top of your energy egg, the 9th chakra, and receive a ‘download’ of new archetypes, light codes, or streams of light representing new ways of relating to these same issues, new consciousness within yourself, and healing.

After this you will move into your navel chakra, where we often hold the mental structures and sense of identity that reflects biases and/or wounds built upon the old templates. Here you will again ‘unknot’ and release, followed by healing. Finally you will move back up into your heart, rest in the light, and emanate this outward to the world.

This meditation may not resonate for everyone, and it certainly is not meant to be a replacement for action in the world related to social justice and transformation, but change unfolds on many levels, and for those looking to connect their actions in the world with personal energetic change, this is a powerful way to proceed. I hope you enjoy it. And a reminder that the next round of my Chakra Empowerment for Women course starts January 26th, so sign up now if you have been waiting. Feel free to send me any questions about the course, and I would love to have you in it.

Solstice & New Year’s Book Giveaway!

December 3, 2020

    • We are about to turn the page on a year few of us will be sad to see go. This is all the more reason to do so consciously, with a clear intention of what we are leaving behind, what we’ve gained and would like to bring with us, and what we aspire to gain in 2021. Solstice is always a powerful transit, and astrologers are very excited this year by the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction ushering in a new era energy the same day. So for my annual Book giveaway, this is the requirement to enter: In the comments, list one thing you’d like to leave behind, one you’ve gained this year and would like to bring with you, and one you aspire to more of in 2021. These can be material, emotional, energetic, or spiritual, and you can explain them or not. For example:

Leaving Behind: Entitlement

Gained and Bringing Along: Interdependence

Aspiring To: Fearlessness

(Those are my three by the way, and I’ll explain them a bit below.) Every year at this time I give away books that I read during the year that meant something to me, and that are linked to the themes of this blog. It’s always hard to choose, and was especially so this year (and I have many books released this year I haven’t gotten to read yet, so hope to over the holiday break!) If you comment according to the guidelines above and enter your email (which will not display) by December 31st, you’ll be eligible to win one of the following five books:

I became a published author twice over this year, one of my own highlights (though marketing new books in a global pandemic was quite the experience) so of course I will be giving away a copy of each of my books, Chakra Empowerment for Women, and The Art and Science of Meditation. For all of the books I am giving away you can select whether you’d like a print or digital copy, and for these two if you choose print you can also decide whether you want it signed or not. You cannot select which book you’d like though, so if you have already purchased these (thank you if it’s one of my own!) you will simply have to trust that there is someone in your life meant to get the book you receive. I will put all names in a hat on January 1st, and draw 5 names, matching them to the books listed in the order they are listed here, and contact you by email for your format preference. Here are the other books:

Energy Healing for Trauma, Stress and Chronic Illness, by Cyndi Dale

I have given away many of Cyndi’s books over the years, as she remains a key influence on my own work, and this is one of my new favorites of hers. It covers a lot of scientific information on how trauma impacts the body and contributes to chronic disease, and then combines it with a complete set of tools for working with trauma energetically. This is info healers of all types – and those working to heal from trauma on their own – will appreciate.

Tara’s Enlightened Activity: An Oral Commentary on the Twenty-One Praises to Tara, by Khenchen Palden Sherab & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal

Tara is the feminine emanation of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism, and is linked to healing and dissolution of fear. As an energy worker I have long been a practitioner of Tara practices, and one of my pandemic activities was taking the 21 Tara course offered by Tara Mandala this summer and Fall. If you are new to Tara this book will introduce you to the various emanations represented in the 21 Tara mandala, each of which offers a different kind of divine feminine energy to come forth within us. 

Neon Soul, by Alexandra Elle

I love to offer a poetry book in this giveaway when I can, as through poetry so often we can express things otherwise elusive in words. I hadn’t encountered the work of Alexandra Elle before this year, but absolutely loved Neon Soul, as well as her great Instagram feed. She writes beautifully on healing, trauma, growth, spirit, self-love and more. 

 

So, again, to enter list 3 things in your comment: what you’d like to leave behind from 2020 in the New Year, what you’ve gained this year and want to take with you, and what you aspire to gain or increase in 2021. Back to my own, I chose to leave behind entitlement, as I’ve been probing deeply into the various privileges I have benefited from in my own life, and seek to release my own entitlement around them. I chose interdependence as my ‘gain’ for this year, as an increased awareness of how we all impact each other, and for myself specifically how to use this wisely and for the benefit of others, has been a deep opening. And in 2021 I aspire to fearlessness, in relation to my own growth, goals, expansion into the light, and in my ability to help others move into fearlessness as well. 

So please comment! And start your 2021 off right with a new book:-)

And to also help you start your year off right, consider signing up for the next round of my 3 Month Chakra Empowerment For Women Intensive. This is a course full of empowerments and information that will help you make the most of your 2021, heal, support your personal growth, develop boundaries, connect with your divine feminine, manifest energetically, and more. Early Bird Pricing offered for December only (live courses of this length and depth are often three or four times what I am charging, as I am committed to keeping these accessible.)

Self-Guided Energy Work Script: Release Untruths, Affirm Your Truths

October 20, 2020

Lisa is offering many free webinars this Fall and Winter, check her event calendar for details.

The value of energy work is often that it is non-lingual, and can help us work with our emotions and emotional patterns as energy and vibration, dropping away from our chattering minds. Energy techniques employ our senses through sound, visualization, touch and more. But words are powerful too, and right now is a particularly good time to work with words to clear imprints and self-beliefs that do not serve us and replace them with those that do. 

The following script is simple, and uses the chakras as a structure for releasing and replacing false self-beliefs or imprints along the following threads:

  • I’m not safe.
  • I’m not allowed (permitted.)
  • I don’t deserve (am not worthy.)
  • I’m bad (wrong, evil, heretic.)
  • I can’t trust (or believe.)

These are addressed in relation to primary themes of each chakra – body (root), emotions/sexuality/feminine energy (sacral), power (navel), love (heart), speech/expression (throat), intuition and being seen (third eye), and belief/spirit connection (crown.) These beliefs associated with each statement aren’t necessarily held in just one part of the body or energy body, but focusing on a particular chakra and body area, and attempting to see and feel the light and energy clearing in that area, is a powerful tool for shifting in this way. 

The source of these beliefs is not relevant for this work – it might be personal, linked to your family history, past trauma, ancestral patterns, or past lives. Or it might be imprinting from cultural forces such as patriarchy, white supremacy, cis-gender conditioning, religious conditioning or related forces that operate on our consciousness and energy body. Within this exercise don’t let your mind wander to the source or stories related to it – that is another type of work (good work, but it’s not this.)

To utilize this script, just settle into your body with a few breaths, and then do the entire UNTRUTHS script, imagining clearing one chakra/body area at a time, and then do the entire TRUTHS AFFIRMATION script, cultivating increased light in each area. Take your time. You can adapt the script as needed for yourself – in general bracketed phrases are suggestions for words you might choose from, and parenthetical phrases are words you might add. If you like working with color, you can use the rainbow chakra colors (which is the color I’ve highlighted in the title for each) or you can just use white/clear light – which is actually what I prefer for this kind of work.

Questions welcome in the comments. Happy clearing and embracing your truth.

RELEASING UNTRUTHS SCRIPT

ROOT

Focus on tailbone and base of torso, visualize light clearing this area of dark matter as you speak.

I RELEASE THE UNTRUTH THAT…

  • I’m not safe in this body.
  • I’m not allowed control of this body (my body is not mine, or I’m not allowed to decide boundaries for my body).
  • I don’t deserve [pleasure, success, happiness – use word of your choice] in this body.
  • This body is [dirty, bad, wrong, etc.].
  • I can’t trust the sensations of this body.

SACRAL

Focus on pelvic bowl, visualize light clearing this area of dark matter as you speak.

I RELEASE THE UNTRUTH THAT…

  • It’s not safe to express or experience my [sexuality, emotions, or feminine energy – your choice.]
  • I’m not allowed to express or experience my [sexuality, emotions, or feminine energy.]
  • I don’t deserve [sexual pleasure, joy, or feminine power.]
  • My [sexuality, emotions, or feminine energy] is shameful, bad, or wrong.
  • I can’t trust my [emotions, sexuality or feminine energy.]

NAVEL

Focus on navel and solar plexus area, visualize light clearing this area of dark matter as you speak.

I RELEASE THE UNTRUTH THAT…

  • It’s not safe to use or show my power.
  • I’m not allowed to have power.
  • I don’t deserve power.
  • Power is bad or evil.
  • I can’t trust myself having, using, or showing power.

HEART

Focus on chest, visualize light clearing this area of dark matter as you speak.

I RELEASE THE UNTRUTH THAT…

  • It’s not safe to love or be loved.
  • I’m not allowed to love or be loved.
  • I don’t deserve to love or be loved.
  • My giving or receiving love is bad or wrong.
  • I can’t trust love.

THROAT

Focus on neck and throat, visualize light clearing this area of dark matter as you speak.

I RELEASE THE UNTRUTH THAT…

  • It’s not safe to speak (or speak my truth.)
  • I’m not allowed to speak (or speak my truth.)
  • I don’t deserve to speak (or speak my truth.)
  • Speaking my truth is bad or wrong (or what I have to say it bad or wrong.)
  • I can’t trust speech (my own or others.)

THIRD EYE

Focus on midpoint above brow and entire forehead, visualize light clearing this area of dark matter as you speak.

I RELEASE THE UNTRUTH THAT…

  • It’s not safe to see (intuition) or be seen.
  • I’m not allowed to see/intuit or be seen.
  • I don’t deserve to see/intuit or be seen.
  • Seeing or being seen is wrong or bad.
  • I can’t trust my seeing/intuition.

CROWN

Focus on top back part of head, visualize light clearing this area of dark matter as you speak.

I RELEASE THE UNTRUTH THAT…

  • It’s not safe to believe or align with spirit.
  • I’m not allowed to access spirit directly.
  • I don’t deserve to access spirit.
  • Spirit experienced directly is wrong or bad.
  • I can’t trust spirit.

AFFIRM TRUTH SCRIPT

ROOT

See and feel light at tailbone/base of torso. 

I AFFIRM THE TRUTH THAT…

  • I am safe in this body.
  • I control this body (and access to it).
  • I deserve [pleasure, success, happiness – use word of your choice] in this body.
  • This body is [joyful, healthy, strong, beautiful – your choice.]
  • I trust my body.

SACRAL

See and feel light in pelvic bowl.

I AFFIRM THE TRUTH THAT…

  • It’s safe to express or experience my [sexuality, emotions, or feminine energy – your choice.]
  • It’s my right to express or experience my [sexuality, emotions, or feminine energy.]
  • I deserve [sexual pleasure, joy, or feminine power.]
  • My [sexuality, emotions, or feminine energy] are beautiful, joyful expressions of light.
  • I trust my [emotions, sexuality or feminine energy.]

NAVEL

See and feel light in navel and solar plexus area.

I AFFIRM THE TRUTH THAT…

  • It’s safe to use or show my power.
  • Having and expressing power is my birthright.
  • I deserve power.
  • I use my power for good.
  • I trust my power and how I use it.

HEART

See and feel light in chest.

I AFFIRM THE TRUTH THAT…

  • It’s safe for me to love and be loved (may want to add ‘by those worthy of me’ if you have patterns of relationships of any type in which you are not treated with care and respect.)
  • I choose to love and be loved (may add ‘by those worthy of me.’)
  • I deserve to love and be loved (may add ‘by those worthy of me.’)
  • My giving and receiving of love is beautiful and joyful for me and others.
  • I trust in love.

THROAT

See and feel light in neck and throat. 

I AFFIRM THE TRUTH THAT…

  • It’s safe for me to speak (or speak my truth.)
  • Expressing myself (and/or speaking my truth) is my birthright.
  • I deserve to speak (or speak my truth.)
  • Speaking my truth is an expression of light as it comes through me.
  • I trust and value speech (my own and others.)

THIRD EYE

See and feel light at midpoint above brow and entire forehead.

I AFFIRM THE TRUTH THAT…

  • It’s safe to for me to see (use my intuition) or be seen.
  • Being seen in this world (and/or using my intuition) is my birthright.
  • I deserve to see/intuit or be seen.
  • Seeing and being seen is an expression of light as it comes through me.
  • I trust my seeing/intuition.

CROWN

See and feel light on top back part of head.

I AFFIRM THE TRUTH THAT…

  • It’s safe for me to believe or align with spirit.
  • Accessing spirit directly is my birthright.
  • I, and all beings, are worthy of spirit.
  • Direct experience of spirit is sacred, and light as it comes through me.
  • I trust spirit.

SEE YOUR WHOLE BODY FILLED WITH LIGHT AND REST IN THIS FOR A BIT.

May you feel safe, free, deserving, sacred, and supported at every level of your being. 

Manifesting Through the Chakras

September 16, 2020

So often on this blog I have focused on the upward path of the chakras – the movement towards spiritual awakening. But the downward path is just as important – that of working towards goals in our lives and birthing new aspects of it. While this is often called manifesting, I actually prefer the more recently popular term ‘co-creation’, because it better captures the interactive and interdependent nature of how we experience our lives. As we work to manifest something new, we will naturally encounter delays and obstacles (hello 2020!) These can stop us in our tracks, or open the doorway to adaptation and adjustment in a way that births something unexpected, but not necessarily lesser, than what we originally planned. This is co-creating with the universe, and it’s what we are all doing all the time – co-creating reality with others, all of humanity really, and whatever divine force you feel is also present within us.

I have chafed over the years at some manifesting/LOA teachings that emphasize personal will and work as the exclusive driver to what we can manifest. In this way of thinking, when things don’t go as planned, an individual is often left feeling self-blame and shame, or that they somehow failed to think positively enough, visualize strongly enough, or work hard enough, or that they self-sabotaged from some counter energy they had not yet healed. While of course our own energy, and any emotional patterning that doesn’t serve us, can hold us back, it’s simplistic to dismiss all external factors as reflections of internal blocks. It denies the complexity of world events such as COVID19, wildfires, and economic collapses, as well as denying the reality of social structural constraints such as racism, sexism, and other biases. We are not manifesting in a vacuum. And manifesting is not only for ourselves either – we are in a moment in history where we have an opportunity to co-create a different world. We are all feeling this, and perhaps what you feel called to manifest right now is one thread in a larger tapestry of change.

The chakras provide a great framework for working towards a goal, and for relating to setbacks as opportunities to both heal and regroup/ adjust. Manifesting, or co-creation, can be viewed through the downward pathway of the chakras as the process of birthing energies we want more of in our lives (crown) through something tangible we create in the world (root.) Each of the chakra functions play a role, and looking at our goal through this lens can help us identify what we’re good at, what we need help with, and what healing or adaptations our setbacks might be calling upon us to make.

Just like the upward path of awakening is not simply linear – we don’t march one by one through lessons of each chakra – so it is with the downward path and co-creation. I’ll present the chakras in linear order, one by one, from crown to root, but really this is just a framework. You will work iteratively with the themes of each chakra as you manifest, and some goals may involve some chakras a lot and others not at all. Similarly, the listing of Blocks/Calls to Heal associated with each chakra is just a framework to help you assess – most blocks don’t lie neatly in one chakra, we are much more complex than that! But working with the chakra listed first will almost always be a helpful starting point. There are so many ways to work with each chakra, so that’s beyond the scope of this post, but you can of course start with some of the other posts here, and my book, as well as any other chakra methods you find helpful.

I could easily make this a multi-post series, as this is often complex work (and I do work with this in client sessions and teach it in more detail in classes) but my hope is the framework below can provide a useful starting point for you.

Crown Chakra

Setup – Vibration: The energy, vibration, or state of being you are seeking to create more of in your life. This is what you are actually trying to manifest – or a truer way of saying it might be this is what you are actually seeking to bring forth more of in your life, through the process of manifesting in your external world. For example, abundance, security, joy, purpose, love, connection, ease or vitality. These are your True North – your vision (third eye) or the specifics may change as you move through the process of manifesting, but you use these crown energies to assess the adaptations you make as the process unfolds.

Practice: Identify at least three for yourself, and give them each a color. Try to feel/see balls of light representing these energies as these colors above your head, and dissolve them into your crown chakra.

Crown Blocks/Calls to Heal: Doubt, uncertainty, disconnection from sense of purpose, feeling of no spiritual support (‘the universe is against me’), or that occult forces are obstructing you.

Third Eye

Setup – Vision: Your actual vision of what you want to create. For example, a new job, business, non-profit, book, course, product/service offering, home, or relationship  (or it might be more abstract – a mind state, state of health, or new belief system – but in this case you still need to get specific in this vision step.) Flesh out your vision as fully as you can at this point, and carefully assess whether it actually aligns with what you identified in the crown section. Remember this is an iterative process though – go back to crown and refine if you need to. The details may clarify or change as you implement various steps or trials.

Practice: Flesh out your vision in as much detail as you can – create 1-3 mental visuals representing your end goal, perhaps tied to each of the vibrations/states you selected for the crown setup. Bring these visuals to mind in front of your third eye, with a line of white light connecting your third eye to each. Try to feel/see each one as you visualize. Imagine them each coming fully into your third eye and the vibration spreading throughout your body. If you like vision boarding, you can also create an external vision board to support this step.

Third Eye Blocks/Calls to Heal: Lack of clarity, difficulty deciding on vision (may present as too many ideas), fear of ‘being wrong’, lack of trust in self to see clearly (seeking outside counsel on every detail.)

Throat Chakra

Setup – Communication. A concise, clear description of what you are creating, tied to the first two steps. If you like, you can use the ‘as if’ format many manifesting approaches advise, wording it as if it is already fully present now. For example, ‘my energy healing business is financially prosperous, helping many, and fulfilling to me’ or ‘My home is nurturing, close to nature, bright, and affordable’. If you are creating a business you may also want to create ‘elevator’ speeches – versions of this that inspire others to support you (financially or otherwise) or become your customer or client.

Practice: Say your main statements often to yourself – and practice feeling them as true, in every part of your body and subtle body. For the elevator speech versions, practice saying them to others, and emanating out your own contagious enthusiasm and belief as you do so.

Throat Blocks/Calls to Heal: Wanting to hide, remain inconspicuous, or keep parts of yourself secret, fear of others’ reactions, fear of persecution for speaking your truth or desires, fear that speaking it makes it too ‘real’, difficulty expressing self or finding words (bringing the inside out)

Heart Chakra

Setup – Support: The people and resources you need to attract as part of your manifesting process. This varies depending on where you are in your process – for a business it initially might be investors, money, a mentor, or partner, but eventually becomes clients/customers, employees/contractors, and supportive systems. For a health goal it might initially be the practitioner who can properly diagnose your issue, and then becomes the healers and modalities who support your healing, along with the resources to compensate them. Throughout, the support of family and friends is usually essential, so this step is not always about attracting new people into your life – it may also be about getting those already in your life on board (or letting go of those who can’t or won’t support you.) This can be spiritual support too (linked more to the back of the heart chakra) – are you in need of spiritual guidance or protection? Identify what you need.

Practice: Practice receiving! Often the hardest thing for us to do. Once you have identified what you need, imagine you are receiving it every day, and that it is pouring into your heart chakra. You might visualize beings of light representing the actual ‘people’ you are attracting, or a new location, website, or even money. See it pouring in and try to release any feelings of discomfort with receiving in this way. You can visualize spiritual support pouring in the back.

Heart Blocks/Calls to Heal: Feeling unworthy or undeserving, self-criticism and self-judgement, fear of others’ criticism and judgement, jealousy and comparison, imposter syndrome (“I’m a fake” – other chakras can also be the primary holder of this, but I find working with the heart is always helpful), resistance to asking for or receiving help.

Navel Chakra

Setup – Plan: Your plan of action – the actual steps and timelines for what you need to do. Depending on what you are manifesting you may have several versions of this – a long term plan that’s higher level, and then a shorter term one of your next tasks. These will evolve over time, as you move forward, but initially it’s important to at least have a long term ‘map’ and the next three specific tasks that you want to accomplish along with a target timeline. It’s easy to get stuck here, and if you do, it’s always best to DO SOMETHING. Take some action, because then based on how it goes, you get FEEDBACK (from actual people or the universe in general) as to what your challenges are – then you can revise (see Sacral), release blocks, heal, and regroup. Often there is a lot of circling between these bottom three chakra steps of Plan-Adapt-Act. In practice they are closely entwined, although for the initial setup, they are more distinct.

Practice: Write it down! Write down both your long term steps (which might be more general) and your specific action steps in the immediate future, and determine a target timeline. Speak it to others whom you trust to support you.

Navel Blocks/Calls to Heal: Lack of confidence, difficulty committing, procrastination, paralyzing perfectionism, mental fogginess/fuzziness, time management challenges, fear of owning your power and what that might bring (fears of persecution, betrayal, targeting, scapegoating – generally multi-chakra issues, but healing your relationship to your own power through navel work is a good starting point)

Sacral Chakra

Setup –  Adapt: This is both your inspiration energy, and your ability to stay fluid and adaptable when setbacks arise and you need to adjust. While the navel and root are about structure and specifics, this chakra is about flow. As I mentioned in the navel section, these lower three chakras are where the real ‘work’ is, and we cycle through them in many variations and iterations as we move through the process of actually ‘birthing’ something new in our lives. When obstacles arise or disappointments occur, our navel provides the will and plan to move forward, but our sacral energy provides the inspiration to continue and the fluidity to adjust. In this process we use the crown energies we established as our guide – adjustments that stay true to this are fine, and may reverberate through all the other levels, modifying our vision, communications, support needed, and plan.

Practice: Initially focus on your inspiration – this is probably closely tied to the crown chakra energies you identified, but is more the ‘why’ than the ‘what’. Why do you want this change? What inspires you to birth it? In the iterative phase, this changes – instead focus on letting go of your original plan, and adjust and adapt based on what you have learned from your setbacks or obstacles.

Sacral Blocks/Calls to Heal: Rigidity, hopelessness, patterns of giving up/discouragement, joylessness, stagnation/stuckness, cycles of shame/self-blame, feminine conditioning that says you can’t have what you want.

Root Chakra

Setup –  Action: Execute the tasks you identified as your immediate ones. Take action. This is the birthing process. Unless you actually take action, you can’t get feedback to refine from. There is risk involved in this, and issues of safety and risk are paramount when working with this chakra, as are issues of gain/loss and resources. Embodying resilience is key – the ability to act even when there is fear or uncertainty, and receive whatever outcomes arises as a key to wisdom, rather than a reflection of who you are.

Practice: Do the first/next tasks on your list!

Root Blocks/Calls to Heal: Risk aversion, feeling of overwhelm, safety/security concerns, poverty attachments/vows or other money or resource issues, lack of support from family/friends (and ancestral patterns, also linked to more than one chakra, but this is a good place to start on your own.)

REPEAT.

I hope this is a helpful framework for you and I welcome questions. If you are a woman looking to work on any of the chakra blocks/calls to heal listed here, I invite you to join my next round of the Chakra Empowerment for Women webinar, beginning next week.

Be Well.

Upcoming Online Energy Work Intensives and Book Events

July 24, 2020

Making quality energy work more accessible both in terms of content and financially is a passion of mine, as I truly believe working with our own energy body is a birthright (and necessary as part of the global shifts that need to occur on a planetary level.) While I do distance healing and energy work in my private client sessions, most of my public work revolves around creating and sharing tools anyone can use in their daily lives to work with their energy body on their own. This is the essence of empowerment for me – not creating dependency on my own gifts, but helping you develop yours.

In that spirit I am experimenting with 3-hour online small group energy work intensives, and the first one is tomorrow! Offered at a price lower than private client energy work sessions, the idea behind these is to do some of the energy work and distance healing around particular topics that I do most often in private sessions in a small group setting, while also teaching and guiding tools you can do on your own to help you with each issue. In addition, I have one final free online book event for the summer coming up, sponsored by an independent bookstore in Fort Collins Colorado. And then finally, in the Fall I will be doing my 3 month intensive tied to Chakra Empowerment For Women. All sessions are recorded if you are not able to attend live (although live is always best in order to ask questions and make individual healing and work requests real-time.)

I hope you will consider joining me for one (or all!) of these. I’ll be back next week with a post on my favorite books from this summer so far (favorites related to the themes of this blog anyway.)

Women Mystics Series – Sarada Devi and the Role of Tradition

July 9, 2020

Sarada Devi – so serious! But it was customary not to smile in photos at the time

I had planned to write about Sarada Devi as an addition to my Women’s Mystics series way back in March for Women’s History month, but then the world went sideways. Like many of us I was struggling to manage work with kids at home, and provide the best help I could to clients struggling with increased challenges brought on by sheltering in place, economic anxiety, social justice issues, and related trauma triggering. Returning to blogging now, I contemplated the relevance of writing about Sarada Devi – what value could learning about a 19th century woman in India betrothed through an arranged marriage as a young girl to a famous guru, and most well-known for selflessly serving him and his disciples, have to offer me (or you?)

On the surface, very little. I have in fact hesitated to write about her in the past, favoring mystic rebels and groundbreakers. In many ways, Sarada’s life story represents the worst of the patriarchy as it has applied to enlightened teachings and the cultures they largely developed within – she was selected as Ramakrishna’s bride as a young girl in order to serve and ‘anchor’ him, as he was already showing a tendency for high states of meditation that often left him unable to care for himself. He did not openly teach women, so she was not allowed to attend his formal teachings. The house was often filled with young male students, all of whom she was expected to serve. As Ramakrishna and his disciples meditated, sang and danced in blissful ecstasy she was in the kitchen cooking for them all. When they finally went home to sleep, she cleaned up after them. This all left very little time for her own spiritual practice, to which she was, nevertheless, devoted. After his passing, she largely lived in poverty until some of his students realized this and managed to do what they could to care for her. She was the quintessential ‘spiritual wife’ – serving behind the scenes, revered for her ‘purity’ (code word for chastity) and never publicly teaching in her own right.

And yet, I had a profound meditation experience related to Sarada Devi almost thirty-three years ago soon after I first began meditating, and this initiated a lifelong reverence for her within me. She spontaneously appeared in my mind as I practiced, and I felt and saw a powerful flow of gold light transmit from her heart into mine. At the time I had only recently learned about her, and her well-known husband Sri Ramakrishna, through a book I was reading by one of Sri Ramakrishna’s most famous students, Swami Vivekananda. Vivekananda was the first Indian yogi to travel to the United States, to speak at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. He spoke on the unity of all world religions there, a message far before its time, and his speeches and travels throughout the United States played an important role in planting the seeds for the later flourishing of yoga, meditation, energy healing, and the New Age/Human Potential movement.

As all of these have since transformed from counter-culture to Big Business in the West, it occurs to me that in fact looking at Sarada’s life opens up a lot of questions relevant to those of us in this spiritual/energy healing ‘space’ at this time in history. Questions like: How do we separate the patriarchal/sexist history of the traditions from which some of these teachings have come from the teachings themselves? Can they even be separated? Can a culture ‘own’ certain teachings, and if so, what authorizes someone to utilize or adapt them? Where does lineage transmission end and cultural appropriation begin? What, if anything, transcends culture and history as universally human on the spiritual level, and thus is owned by no one (or rather, is the birthright of everyone?)

Sarada herself was born in 1853 in a small Indian village to a poor but high-caste family. Little is known of her life as a child, but at the age of 5 she was betrothed to Ramakrishna, who was 17 years older than her, and was married to him in her teens. According to biographers, the marriage was never consummated, as Ramakrishna wished for a ‘spiritual marriage’, and within his tradition spirituality and sexuality were not linked. In fact, Ramakrishna spoke often to his young male followers of the dangers of ‘women and gold’. While he had many disciples with families, he encouraged them to practice chastity except for procreation. He wished them to preserve their energy for spiritual practice – devotional meditation for long periods of time. He was himself well-known for his high states of bliss, and in his presence many reported themselves transported, their spiritual longings awakened.

Ramakrishna taught at a pivotal time in India’s history. Most of his young students were educated in British-style schools, and studying with him was frowned upon by their families. He was himself illiterate, and to these affluent families, many of whom had benefited materially under British rule, Ramakrishna represented outdated superstitions and nostalgia for India’s past. Despite this, although Ramakrishna only lived to the age of 50, his impact on India’s history through his students was profound. In addition to Vivekananda’s influence by bringing Eastern teachings to the West and asserting the universality of religion, several other of Ramakrishna’s students became prominent supporters of Mahatma Gandhi, their studies with Ramakrishna having fueled their pride in India’s native culture and beliefs, which became a bedrock of Gandhi’s movement to oust the British.

But all of this happened later. While they were young men, Ramakrishna’s students spent hours with him, and Sarada was expected to serve them. While Ramakrishna did not openly teach women, there were several, including Sarada, whom he privately initiated into meditation instruction. She awoke at 3am every morning to meditate before her duties began, and witnesses describe feeling an overwhelming peace emanating from her as she did so. According to one story, a kitchen worker dropped a heavy metal pan on a tile floor while she meditated nearby, and she was so deep in meditation she did not even flinch. When asked about it later, she remembered a wave of vibration had entered her awareness, but it was subsumed by the larger vibration of the states she was experiencing.

In Ramakrishna’s final months Sarada nursed him tirelessly through throat cancer, and some of his senior students came to revere her as the ‘Divine Mother’ – an embodiment of the feminine energies of the universe. When later asked if she was sorry not to have had her own children, she often answered that she loved all the world’s children as her own, and that Ramakrishna’s students were in fact her first children, and the ones to awaken this greater universal love within her. After his passing, when many were bereft with grief, she herself held them together (as woman so often do) while helping arrange the funeral services. As she went to remove her bracelets (as traditional for widows) she saw a vision of Ramakrishna telling her to keep hers on throughout her life, as he had only ‘moved from one room to another.’ She felt a deep spiritual connection to him throughout the rest of her life.

Sarada later in life, one of my favorite photos of her

After his death Sarada quietly devoted herself to spiritual practice, saying to others, ‘practice meditation, and by and by your mind will be so calm and fixed that you will find it hard to keep away from meditation.’ As a widow she had no means of livelihood or even worth within Indian society, and though she moved to her husband’s village as was customary, she fell into poverty. It was Ramakrishna’s disciples who heard of this and moved her to Calcutta where they were forming a new monastic order. Although she never took on a formal teaching role, she did initiate several of the young monks into monkhood, and some of the monks revered her throughout her life. Vivekananda is reported to have said that he could not be in her presence for more than a few minutes, as he would be transported into such states of spiritual bliss that he could not function.

Although she didn’t formerly teach she did lead a small group of women, mostly widows and some of whom had also been initiated into meditation by Ramakrishna. She also devoted herself to service to the poor, and advocated the monks to engage in this service too. She consistently advocated for service to others as a spiritual path, and to this day she is revered within Ramakrishna spiritual centers around the world for her selfless service. Some of the Western women who Vivekananda met on his travels travelled to India to visit and meditate with her, and at her suggestion helped to fund a girls school in India. She passed away in 1920, just as Ghandi, and the many changes he would initiate, gained momentum. Her final words are reported to have been “I tell you one thing—if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger my child: this whole world is your own.”

To me Sarada represents the value of discipline, humility, and compassion in action. While I have often focused here on women mystics who represent the ‘wild’ or ‘fierce’ feminine, the qualities Sarada represents are no less a part of the spiritual journey, and in fact have often been overlooked or even denigrated within contemporary spirituality as we all seek to ‘own our feminine power.’ While her life is not an example of rebellion against patriarchy, and in fact she was only able to receive teachings at all because of her role as a guru’s wife, by all accounts she achieved a high state of realization, and utilized it throughout her life to aid others. And based on my own meditation experience, and those others have shared over the years, she continues to do so from another realm.

As her own final statement conveys, she was also a universalist (like Vivekananda) in the sense of believing ‘the whole world is your own.’ This was in its own way radical at the time, counter to the traditional Indian caste system. Vivekananda, who actually would not come to the United Stated until she blessed his journey, continued this message through his teachings in the West. He believed it was imperative meditation and enlightened teachings travel to the West, and devoted his life to this.

Like so many women before her, Sarada Devi chose to work within the system she was given, and did what good she could. While I have not fully come to peace with her history, and all it represents, I feel looking at her life, and those of many women like her, is just as important as looking at the life of the mystic rebels throughout history. Paraphrasing the famous quote, if we do not look at and understand the past we are destined to repeat it. At a time when we are questioning much about religion, cultural appropriation, sexism and racism in larger society, we also need to look honestly at these same issues within spiritual traditions, including the contemporary New Age movement, in order to assure we are truly creating something ‘new’, and not just packaging the past in a new form.

May you feel the blessings of Sarada’s grace and may it help you navigate these challenging times.

P.S. Please check out my upcoming online events and intensive healing sessions. 

Ring of Fire – Guided Feminine/Masculine Energy Work for Change

June 20, 2020

A ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse will occur June 21, the same weekend as 2020 summer solstice.

“MoonChild be free.
Free from the tides of being boxed.
Free from the norms of those who status quo.
Find your path and follow it to the moon.”
Malebo Sephodi

The Solstices are considered powerful transformational times in wisdom traditions around the world, and special meditations, rituals, and retreats are often performed in the weeks before and after. This weekend we not only have the Solstice, we have a new moon and rare Ring of Fire eclipse on Sunday, where a bit of the sun remains visible around the moon during the alignment, from those parts of the earth where it’s viewable. We’re also in the midst of a mass retrograde planet year, a profound calling to bring the hidden to light to facilitate change.

Whether you are into astrology or not, you probably don’t need to be convinced we are living through an unprecedented time. We are being challenged individually and collectively to dive deep, release the status quo, and change. I have often posted guided energy work sequences at Solstices to facilitate transition, and while I contemplated what to post this time, I felt that something connected more to the eclipse is the most useful, particularly because there is a ‘companion’ eclipse in two weeks, that in many ways is the end of a particular eclipse cycle, and the start of a new one.

An eclipse is an alignment of moon and sun from our perspective here on earth, and the moon and sun represent yin and yang, feminine and masculine energies. For change we need a balance of of these, and the awakening process in general – individual or collective – can be viewed as an integration of these energies into wholeness. Feminine energy is movement and change – a river raging through a valley to reshape it. Masculine energy is the structure of change – the direction, and the materials, and the valley itself. To change we need a balance of both – just change for the sake of it doesn’t necessarily lead to positive transformation. So when in a time of change we need both the feminine/yin energy of change (kundalini is one expression of this) and the masculine/yang energy of direction and structure.

We are all, of course, a balance of both, as is each chakra. But as many of you know, within the 7 chakra system I like to work with the odd-numbered as masculine and the even-numbered as feminine. Within this context, the masculine chakras provide the direction and structure for change – root (stable base), navel (will), throat (communication), crown (purpose.) The feminine chakras provide the movement and fluidity – sacral (inspiration), heart (heart!), third eye (vision). That’s a quick overview and obviously there is a lot more to it, but it’s enough to understand the following feminine/masculine pathway integration exercise.

If this resonates for you, I recommend doing this exercise daily over the next two weeks, while focusing on the changes you are trying to bring about, or in the case of collective change, the change you are contributing to. This video is part of a teaching I did earlier this year, so if you are already familiar with the teachings, you can just skip to the exercise guidance around the 4:50 time mark (and of course you can do the exercise without the video.)

If you’re looking for ways to work with your chakras to support change over the coming months, take a look at my current course schedule as I have recently posted events and classes through the end of the year, both free and paid (and as always, I offer sliding scale for those in need of it.)

Wishing you much power, insight, and self-care as we transit this transformative time.

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