The Empath Tarot Spread

There is no shortage of physical tools available to us to help tap into our intuition, dig deep into our emotions, and get clear on our energy.  Often times, empaths get stuck inside of our own heads, trying to figure everything out and feeling bogged down by the mental effort it takes to bring ourselves any sort of clarity.

Instead of going it alone, it helps to use tools that can better show us where we are right now and how to get where we want to be.

Tarot cards are a great way to get right to the heart of the matter.  Whether you believe they work through accessing our intuition, using the natural law of vibration and synchronicity, or that our fairies or spirit guides help nudge the right cards to the top of the deck, tarot cards offer a variety of benefits to get us focused on our current energetic state.

Whether you are a tarot pro or are just getting started learning how to use the cards, the following empath spread is incredibly easy to implement.  Using only six cards, this spread also works well with your favorite oracle cards.

 

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1. Your current state

This is where your energy currently stands.  This card may point to how you are feeling, what is going on in your life right now, or something in the current moment of which you need to be made aware.

 

2. Who or what is affecting you

This card points to a person or event that is affecting your current state or energy.  It may be something outside of yourself or it may be something you are thinking about or focusing on.

 

3. How can you clear this energy

Whether the energy that is affecting you is external or internal, this card will give you guidance on how to clear yourself of this energy.

 

4. How to protect yourself

This card will give you guidance on how to best protect yourself from the current or future energies which are throwing you off kilter.

 

5. What to do to ground yourself

Similar to protection, this card will give you guidance on how to ground yourself in order to come back to a central space and back to the heart of who you are.

 

6. How can you raise your vibration

This card gives you advice on how to raise your personal energy vibration in order to emit positive energies and become a magnet for more good energies to come into your life.

 

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This spread is great to use every day, whether to start your day on the right track or to cleanse yourself at the end of the day. You may find it beneficial to keep a journal of your spread results to look back on and see if there are running themes in your life to offer greater personal insight.

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5 Essential Oils for a Pitta Dosha

According to ancient Ayurvedic medicine, there are three doshas which govern the human body: vata dosha, kapha dosha, and pitta dosha.  Every individual has each of these three doshas within them, but we all have a dominant dosha that defines our physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual makeup.

Through balancing this dominant dosha, we are able to feel physically, mentally, and spiritually at our peak.  When this dosha is not balanced, we feel the negative affects.

The pitta dosha is a fire element, often exhibiting strength and assertiveness. The pitta predominant type is focused and orderly, has a strong, sharp mind, and exudes confidence. They tend to have medium, muscular builds, fair skin, and reddish hair or freckles.  Their diet is hearty, and they can become angry or irritable when they feel hungry. A pitta is easily sun burnt and may have frequent rashes.

Overall, pitta doshas do best when balancing themselves with cool, soothing environments. The same is true for essential oils.  Reaching for oils that have cool, cleansing effects and using them in conjunction with lightweight, non-greasy carrier oils as well as witch hazel, will offer the perfect balance, soothing the skin and cooling the body.

The following essential oils are perfect for most pitta doshas:

Lime

Lime essential oil, unlike it’s more potent citrusy counterpart, lemon, is a calm, soothing astringent.  It cools without drying and reduces overall body temperature.  It is important to note that lime can be photosensitive, causing severe skin burns if exposed to the sun.  This is exaggerated in pitta dosha types.  Only use lime topically when you will not be exposed to direct sunlight for several hours.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang with its rich floral scent offers soothing, grounding benefits when used in aromatherapy.  It is thought to lower blood pressure and induces relaxation.  Ylang ylang blends wonderfully with lime, making this a great pair for the pitta dosha.

Fennel

This essential oil offers cleansing for the whole body.  When used sparingly, it can increase healthy digestion, lessening discomfort frequently caused by the robust appetite of the pitta dosha.  It also is thought to reduce feelings of restlessness for those moments when the pitta dosha feels worked up.

Vanilla

Vanilla is an incredibly diverse oil.  Known for its familiar smell and flavor, vanilla is a calming, cooling aroma.  Much like ylang ylang, it is thought to lower blood pressure and balance one’s mood.  It reduces inflammation and high body temperatures.  With very little known negative effects, vanilla is great for daily use in aromatherapy, topical use and dietary use.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood essential oil is at the top of the list for skin relief.  The pitta dosha frequently experiences sun burns or dry skin caused by sensitivities.  Sandalwood, when mixed with cooling oils like sunflower or coconut, offers relief from sun burns.  It’s aroma brings with it calming effects as well as mental focusing when emotions overwhelm.

Each of these oils can be used in blends for spritzing or rolling onto the wrists throughout the day, as well as aromatherapy in a diffuser.  By using these essential oils in daily life, combined with a low spice diet void of processed foods, the pitta dosha is sure to see a great deal of balance in their mind, body, and spirit.

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5 Minute Trick to Access Your Intuition

Everything is connected.  We are all existing in a sea of information constantly floating around us.  This sea is made up of energy.  Thoughts, feelings, physical matter, and even our intuition are all parts of this energy.  In order to access our intuition, we need to recognize our connection to all things and see ourselves as capable of obtaining the information which exists within this collective energetic space.

There are a billion and more ways to access our intuition, most commonly consistent meditation, getting out into nature, using intuitive tools or mantras, and more.  Each of these practices is designed to allow you to release your conscious resistance and let your intuition flow.  While they work whether or not you understand how, imagine how much deeper you could go if you recognized what was happening and allowed yourself to pull from this collective energy on purpose.

I would like to offer you a simple trick I use to connect with my inner knowing.  It only takes 5 or so minutes each day to gain momentum and make it simple to reach into the vast pool of knowledge available to each one of us.

 

Iceberg Visualization

 

We’ve all seen a picture of an iceberg which shows the tiny tip at the top and the large mass just below the water’s surface.  I want you to picture yourself as this iceberg.  The tip is your conscious awareness and encompasses everything you can bring to your mind right now.  The things you know, problems, solutions, memories, and so forth.

The enormous base of the iceberg is your unconscious mind, filled with information beyond your wildest dreams.  It exists within you and pops up at regular times throughout your day.  The tiny voice that tells you to take a left instead of a right or the a-ha moment that flashes into your mind when attempting to solve a problem both come from this piece of yourself.

While this iceberg which is you seems to exist as a separate entity floating amidst a sea of other icebergs, you are all, in fact, created from and made of the same matter as the water around you.  Though the iceberg appears individual it is directly connected to the water in which it floats at all times.

This water is the whole of knowing.  It contains the answers to every question your conscious mind could ever fathom asking.  Within it is knowledge that your subconscious mind must reach into in order to grow and create more of itself.

As of right now, you have clear access to your conscious mind and you work to break through the water barrier to your unconscious mind.  Most practices cease the power of the perceived barrier, allowing you to flow freely into your unconscious knowing.  But when you visualize yourself as one with the underwater base and the very water which appears to be a barrier, you will see that you can access everything you have ever wanted to know at any time.

For 5 minutes every day, perhaps as a part of your regular meditation schedule, visualize this iceberg.  Feel yourself floating within the body of energy.  Breathe deeply to relax into the water, see the tip bob slowly up and down with each breath.  As you relax into the water, know that you can pull from it at any time as well as melt and release into it whenever you desire.

As you use this simple meditation daily, you will begin to feel more connected with your unconscious mind as well as with the world around you.  Picture others as icebergs throughout the day and feel the energetic connection of the water between you.

Every thought and every feeling that has ever been created still exists around us, floating in the water, creating new icebergs and adding to yours.  You can access all of this information, all of this energy, simply by acknowledging its presence and your place within it.  Through practicing this meditation, you release the perceived barriers which hold it outside of yourself and will be able to access your intuition in whole new ways.

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3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me about Being Intuitive

I have been thinking quite a bit lately about extrasensory gifts and intuition.  Ten years ago, had you told me I was intuitive or empathic, the very notion would have frightened me.  While I have always been aware that I perceive life differently, I never would have dreamed of calling myself by any such terms.

I envisioned intuitives, psychics, and mediums as people who crept around at night in dark capes, wielding crystal balls and speaking with the devil.  (Obviously, I had fallen prey to the inaccuracies portrayed in films and television.)  I never would have dreamed that intuitives were hanging out at McDonald’s, pushing their kids on the park swings, and heading to work and class like everyone else.

It took me a while to claim these labels for myself because I didn’t think I fit the mold.  Yeah, I use tarot cards, incense, and oils, but I also spend the evening binge watching The Office.

Perhaps you feel the same way.  Maybe you are tiptoeing around your gifts and abilities because you worry that you don’t fit the bill.  If so, I’d like to offer you 3 things that I wish someone would have told me earlier about being intuitive:

 

1. It takes practice. 

 

Intuitives, empaths, and mediums may be born, but the ability to use these gifts is not something that comes naturally for most.  You may experience clairsentience, clairvoyance, and more on a regular basis, but recognizing what it is, harnessing it, and strengthening it are all things that take a lifetime of developing.  Tapping into your intuition or hearing your spirit guides is a skill that takes incredible practice.

And that is perfectly okay.  It doesn’t make you any less of an intuitive if you are seeking a teacher, reading articles, playing with new tools, or still having a hard time reading people.

 

2. Tools do not hold magic, they merely enhance your abilities.

 

To say that tarot cards give the reading is to say that a piano composes the music.  For a while, I was scared to touch intuitive tools like cards, incense, mala beads, crystals, or anything of the type.  But the reality is that they are just objects and these objects are designed to help you focus your own gifts.  They give you guidance as you learn how to better meditate, give readings, tap into your spirit guides, give healings, and more.

Just as many talents and skills require tools to perform, so too can empaths and intuitives use tools to strengthen their practice.

 

3. You are no better than anyone else.

 

This sounds a little harsh, but it is not meant to be.  In my work, I have seen so many empaths, intuitives, and mediums hold themselves back from expressing their gifts for fear that others will think they are trying to “show off” or “feel special.”  Empaths and intuitives are no more special than anyone else.  We just have different abilities.  My ability to give someone a reading is no more special than my husband’s ability to do their taxes.

Just as I could study and learn taxes, others can study and learn intuitive practices.  Everyone has the ability, it just comes more easily to some.  You are no better than anyone and you are certainly no worse.  Own your gifts like an artist owns painting and an architect owns math.

 

So if you are concerned with giving yourself the label of intuitive, medium, empath, or psychic, pause and reflect on why.  Are you worried you aren’t good enough?  Do you think you are just trying to be special?  Are you afraid that you aren’t the “right kind” of intuitive?  The reality is that there is no right kind.  You have gifts and abilities waiting in the wings for you to recognize and practice.  You just have to let yourself see it.

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5 Essentials Oils for a Kapha Dosha

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According to ancient Ayurvedic medicine, there are three doshas which govern the human body: vata dosha, kapha dosha, and pitta dosha.  Every individual has each of these three doshas within them, but we all have a dominant dosha that defines our physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual makeup.

Through balancing this dominant dosha, we are able to feel physically, mentally, and spiritually at our peak.  When this dosha is not balanced, we feel the negative affects.

The kapha dosha is a watery, earth element, often exhibiting soft, round, and glowing characteristics. The kapha predominant type is usually easy-going and relaxed, preferring to take life as it comes, and not rushing anywhere. They tend to have stockier builds and may struggle with weight gain. Kaphas almost always have oily skin and thick hair.  While they tend to have healthy immune systems, kapha dominant body types suffer from frequent sinus problems, including congestion and infections.

Overall, kapha doshas do best when balancing themselves with cool (but not cold) and dry environments. The same is true for essential oils.  Reaching for oils that have cool, drying effects and using them in conjunction with lighter carrier oils, like sesame oil or grape seed oil as well as witch hazel, will offer the perfect balance, cleansing the skin and cooling the body.

The following essential oils are perfect for most kapha doshas:

 

 

Tea Tree

Tree tree oil is known for its cleansing and purifying properties.  Despite its ability to stimulate blood circulation and enhance hormone secretions, tea tree oil actually has a drying affect to the body, creating a perfect balance for the kapha dosha.  When used in aromatherapy, it makes a great expectorant, bringing relief from sinus congestion and preventing infections.

 

Lavender

This versatile oil is great for the skin of a kapha dosha.  Naturally cleansing, it reduces the size of pores and dries out the skin while also offer rejuvenating affects.  Lavender reduces acne caused by the oily skin of a kapha.  Similar to tea tree oil, lavender also works well to break up congestion and relieve the throat and sinuses.

 

Peppermint

The familiar scent of peppermint essential oil is mentally stimulating and invigorating.  When the kapha dosha is off balance, the mind can feel slow and sluggish, making them more prone to depression.  Peppermint offers an uplifting scent which aids in reducing feelings of mental fog.  Complete with cooling properties, peppermint mixed with witch hazel in a glass spritzer bottle offers the perfect cooling and balancing affect for the kapha dosha.


Sage

Sage essential oil is among the top oils for cleansing and purifying.  With expectorant properties similar to tea tree oil, this oil aids in reduction of excess mucus.  It also reduces inflammation caused by elevated body heat when subjected to humid climates.  It’s aroma increases mental stability and clarity, uplifting cognitive abilities.


Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil makes a great addition to a kapha dosha’s bath or shower.  The uplifting scent offers mental clarity while the cooling and cleansing properties of this familiar oil are perfect to balance oily skin.  It also makes a great addition to aromatherapy for purifying the breathing passages.

Each of these oils can be used in blends for spritzing or rolling onto the wrists throughout the day, as well as aromatherapy in a diffuser.  By using these essential oils in daily life, combined with high impact, energizing exercises, the kapha dosha is sure to see a great deal of balance in their mind, body, and spirit.

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Myers Briggs Personality Types of the Tarot

The tarot is made up of three different types of cards: the major arcana, the minor arcana, and the court cards.  Court cards most commonly represent ourselves, people within our lives, or aspects of an individual’s personality.  Each card represents intuition, thoughts, feelings, or senses based on the archetypes drawn within the images of the cards.

Much like dream interpretation, the archetypes mean the same across all cultures and generations. Carl Jung used archetypes a great deal in his studies of the psyche and subconscious mind, so it is no wonder that the court cards easily represent the individual personality types as defined by Myers and Briggs whose work compiled that of Jungian psychology.

Just as there are 16 Myers-Briggs personality types, there are 16 court cards.  Each court card easily represents one of the 16 personalities.

It is important to note that tarot reading is a very personalized experience and nothing is written in stone when it comes to interpretation.  The following is meant as a guide and not intended to replace your own intuitive guidance.  While the cards can represent the MBTI personalities, they are intended to represent personality traits which may reside within each and every one of us.

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Page of Wands – ISTP

The Page of Wands is enthusiastic and adventurous.  Always ready for new ideas and journeys, he is constantly learning how to best use his energy to meet his goals.  Sometimes distracted by new paths and inspiration, he may find himself not seeing his current path through to the end, but he always follows through until he feels satisfied.  Just like the ISTP, this page loves problem solving on his journeys and is excited for new challenges that arise along the way.

 

Knight of Wands – ESFP

The Knight of Wands is a risk-taker through and through.  While he enjoys fun and adventure, he tends to have a short attention span.  As one who is constantly looking for new challenges in his life, he might struggle to stay loyal or faithful for long.  Popular and energetic, the ESFP is a charmer who, much like the bucking bronco he rides, is great at entertaining and showing off.

 

Queen of Wands – ESTP

The Queen of Wands is creative, independent, confident, and sexy.  She is a passionate person who is deeply dedicated to her family and career.  People love being around her and she enjoys being the life of the party.  Optimistic and full of life, she is a generous soul who loves to make others smile.  Just like an ESTP, she thrives on action and freedom and has an engaging style to which others are drawn.

 

King of Wands – ENTJ

The King of Wands is a natural leader. Charismatic and influential, as depicted in his stance upon his throne, this king is decisive and knows how to take appropriate action.  He is confident and enjoys friendly competition.  Sometimes he may be compulsive in his enthusiasm and excitement for life, but he always carries himself with assertion.  While he thrives on structure, this ENTJ is open-minded, capable of changing plans to meet new challenges.

 

Page of Cups – INFP

The Page of Cups is a dreamer and a lover.  He is a sensitive and intuitive soul who opens his heart to those around him.  Idealistic in his pursuits of love, he may find himself emotionally needy, but he is always ready to share his deepest, darkest desires.  Just like the INFP, this page expresses himself creatively and therefore dislikes rigidity and routines.  Often depicted in front of water, he prefers fluidity in his life and is willing to go with the flow.

 

Knight of Cups – ENFP

The Knight of Cups is impulsive and carefree.  He may seem fickle as he bounces from one side of the stream to the other, but his focus is always on expanding his life to encompass more of its beauty.  This knight enjoys creative, free form expression and is seen as a passionate and intense lover.  He often depicts one who is overtly flirtatious, extroverted, and one who does not think things through.  Just like the ENFP, the Knight of Cups experiences extreme highs and extreme lows as he follows his heart over his head.

 

Queen of Cups – INFJ

Caring and deeply empathetic, the Queen of Cups is an INFJ through and through.  She is considered a dreamer and a counselor, an avid listener but an introspective introvert, a feeler and an intuitive.  Often representing high levels of intuitive knowing and psychic abilities, this queen is keenly tuned into her sixth sense.  She loves to understand others and help them understand themselves, but can be emotionally manipulative or deceitful when she does not take time to herself.  Just like the INFJ, the Queen of Cups always listens to her heart but is careful to give heed to logic when appropriate.

 

King of Cups – ENFJ

Much like the Queen of Cups, the King of Cups is highly empathetic and a wonderful counselor to those around him.  He is emotionally mature, far beyond any other type, making him capable of giving stable and well-thought out advice.  He wears his heart on his sleeve, making him a wonderful father and husband.  He enjoys being surrounded by nice things, though he is not materialistic.  Like the ENFJ, he has exceptional communication skills and thrives on empathetic interactions.

 

Page of Swords – INTP

The Page of Swords is a student of life.  Thoughtful and deeply introspective, he seeks truth and just above all else, including emotional balance.  He is highly aware of his surroundings and enjoys noticing patterns and inconsistencies.  He loves theorizing for the sake of fun and solves problems in his mind, though he may not have the patience nor desire to take action upon such solutions.

 

Knight of Swords – ENTP

The Knight of Swords, as shown in a determined, forward motion upon his horse, is a revolutionary.  He is sharp-witted, clear-minded, and focused in his endeavors.  Often impatient and always rushing from one idea to the next, this knight loves to debate.  He has no time for emotions as he rushes through philosophical discussions to get to the heart of the matter.  Like the ENTP, he prefers scientific and technical ventures and applies this type of thinking to his human relationships.

 

Queen of Swords – ISTJ

A clear-minded, independent, focused personality, the Queen of Swords is extremely self-aware and emotionally mature.  She prefers solitude and is not often lonely, though she may be overly critical of herself when left in her head for long periods of time.  This queen has experienced a lot in life and carries this experience as great wisdom.  Like the ISTJ, she places high value on truth and justice, and may be overly blunt, overlooking the emotions of others.

 

King of Swords – ESTJ

The King of Swords is a logical mind, intelligent and clear-headed.  He is a direct communicator whose decisions and plans are focused around thorough, well-thought out strategies rooted in truth and justice.  With his firm, direct stance, he is confident and authoritative, able to take control of any situation.  A mastermind of sorts, he tends to overrun the ideas of another if he feels he is correct.  Like the ESTJ, he wants order and structure above all things.

 

Page of Pentacles  – ISFP

The Page of Pentacles is a loyal friend.  Young at heart and mind, he is optimistic but cautious as he learns new projects or studies.  A practical individual, he enjoys taking action and improvising for the sake of moving forward.  Like the ISFP, he thrives on his personal freedom, but is willing to work hard for the things that matter most to him.

 

Knight of Pentacles – INTJ

The Knight of Pentacles is depicted on a strong and stable horse.  He is practical and hard-working, offering great attention to detail.  While he may be cautious and slow-moving, any progress he makes is long lasting and firm.  Like the INTJ, he may be viewed as stubborn or hard-headed, but at the root of his endeavors, he is loyal and cares deeply for those closest to him.

 

Queen of Pentacles – ISFJ

The Queen of Pentacles, so clearly depicted by her nurturing stance, is motherly and protective.  She makes a great homemaker, running things efficiently and smoothly, while remaining emotionally balanced in her endeavors.  Dependable and loyal to her family and friends, this queen cares deeply for those in her life.  Just like the ISFJ personality type, she is a protector and supporter through and through.

 

King of Pentacles – ESFJ

The King of Pentacles is a successful man.  He is ambitious but practical, leveraging his actions to achieve wealth and luxury.  A lover of nice things, he can be materialistic and prefers to be surrounded by treasures and comfort.  Though he tends to be more conservative, he has a warm heart and enjoys sharing with others when he feels it will be beneficial for him in the long term.  Like the ESFJ, he makes a great family man as he runs things smoothly and with the utmost care, ensuring the stability and comfort of his loved ones.

 

As you can see, each card clearly depicts one of the 16 Myers and Briggs personality types.  When a court card is drawn in a reading, it may be pointing to someone in your life who has that type or it may refer to those character traits within yourself or another.  Associating each court card with a type aids in study, not only of tarot reading, but also within the archetypes passed through the ages.

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One Simple Step to See Auras

An incredibly beneficial tool for empaths and intuitives to utilize is the ability to see and read auras.  As people who are highly sensitive to the energies around us, learning to see the very thing that is affecting us helps in our ability to not only learn where these energies are coming from but also how to control their effects on us.

Think of it like a bad smell.  When there is an odor in your home that permeates the room, you are affected.  You cannot ignore its presence.  While you may be able to plug your nose, the relief is temporary.  Instead, you must seek out the source of the scent and remove it, thus cleansing the air and your sense of smell.  Only from identifying the source are you able to recognize it and understand the steps necessary to make sure it no longer affects you.

While it is possible to learn grounding and cleansing techniques to help us with external energies affecting our body and spirit, it is so much simpler to be able to quickly identify the source of the energy, recognize that it is outside of us, and see how we can take the proper steps to ceasing it from interfering with our own energetic space.

Imagine a time when you suddenly felt a wave of unexpected emotion and you could not pinpoint the source.  Perhaps you went through your own thoughts, wondering if it was triggered by you.  Maybe you went through this exercise to break down whether the emotion was yours or if it belonged to someone else.  Now imagine if you could instantly spot the source of the energy that was affecting you.  Through learning to read auras, you can do just that.

Just like any piece of honing intuition and using your gifts, reading auras takes time and practice to learn.  But through learning one simple step, you can go from being completely aura-blind to seeing hints here and there.

 

How to See Auras

 

The key is in how you focus your eyes.  Remember stereograms, those 3D eye puzzles that were so popular back in the 90s?  One like these where you need to make your eyes go out of focus in order to see a hidden image?  It is kind of like that.

Pick a person, preferably someone who is mostly still (you can recruit a friend for this exercise), and focus on their head.  Look just above the tip of their crown, as if you are looking at a point past them, but now try to bring in your focus back to the distance of their head.  This de-focusing of your eyes causes you to begin to see a slight fuzz, often white, yellow, or off-white in color, surrounding their head.  Though you are focusing just above their crown, you should be able to see this glow surrounding the entire outline of their head and maybe down through their shoulders.  This is their aura.

The more you practice how to focus your eyes, the easier it will become.  Just as hours focusing on those 3D puzzles made it so you could instantly focus into the hidden image, so too can you train your focus around auras.

To practice, use the following image.  Focus on the center of the image and allow your eyes to relax.  You will begin to see the two spirals become three spirals.  As you hold focus, the three will slowly come together to make one prominent spiral.  Hold this focus as long as you can.  Each time, you will be able to hold it a little longer.  Practice this daily until it becomes natural to bring your focus to one central, overlapping spiral instantly.

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Use this level of focus when looking at the heads of those around you.  Extend down through their body as you begin to train your eyes to hold the focus longer.  It may help you to look at someone standing against a white or solid colored background versus struggling with the distraction of a busy background.

Continue to practice this technique until seeing this glow becomes second nature.  You don’t have to limit yourself to only people.  Everything carries with it an aura.  Look at animals, plants, and even your kitchen table.  See the soft glow emanating from every object.

The more skilled you become, the more you will begin to see slight variations in color.  It will begin as hints of a hue, not the beaming rainbow often depicted in imagery and film.  Any time you notice a hue, even if ever so slight, make note of it.  As your focus grows, the colors will emerge more and more until eventually you can pinpoint the energies visually of those around you.

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Cleanse Your Chakras with the Power of the Sun

Everything about our being is frequency, including the chakras.  Each chakra’s color is not randomly selected, but rather reflects the frequency at which the chakra operates.  By surrounding ourselves with the color of a specific chakra, we are stimulating the energy of that particular wheel through the frequency of color.

And what is color?  Color is simply visible light.

Think of a light reflecting through a prism.  It breaks the white light into the visible spectrum of color.  The light does not instantly become different colors or frequencies, but rather always held every frequency within the original light source.

For this reason, there is no greater source of stimulating frequency for our chakras than the sun itself.  The light reaching our bodies simultaneously stimulates each chakra offering the purest form of balance known.

Standing outside in the direct rays of the sunlight for ten minutes a day will offer greater benefits than any individual activity.  To enhance this on a conscious level, use the following visualization technique:

 

As you stand directly in the rays of the sun, visualize a prism floating before you.  See the light of the sun, pure and white, coming down in a direct single ray. 

Now visualize the ray hitting the prism.  The colors instantly explode in separate waves, pulsing with life-giving energy.  Each ray flows towards you. 

Watch as they reach your individual chakras.  As the waves of color touch your chakras, feel the warmth fill the wheel center expanding out through your whole body. 

Root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown.  No chakra is missed.  Each feels the heat of the rays beaming through the prism.

Sit for a few moments longer, feeling the warmth, envisioning the all-encompassing light opening your chakra centers and bringing harmony to your entire being: mind, body and spirit.

 

We all know of the sun’s life giving properties.  Through stepping outside every day and visualizing the frequency of its rays balancing our chakra system we can reap the fullest benefits of the power of its energy.

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5 Essential Oils for a Vata Dosha

According to Ayurvedic medicine, there are three doshas which govern the human body: vata dosha, kapha dosha, and pitta dosha.  Every individual has each of these three doshas within them, but we all have a dominant dosha that defines our physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual makeup.

The vata dosha is an air element, often exhibiting light, dry, and feathery characteristics. The vata predominant type is usually creative, quick to grasp new concepts, and loves to stay mentally active. They tend to have thinner builds, have small hands and feet, and are tall, thin, or lanky. Vatas are best known for their dry skin, dry hair, and dry eyes.

Overall, vata doshas do best when balancing themselves with warm and moist atmospheres and foods.  The same goes for essential oils.  Reaching for oils that have a warm, spicy aroma and using them in conjunction with rich carrier oils, like sesame oil, shea butter, or olive oil, will offer the perfect balance to soothe dryness and bring balance to the body.

The following essential oils are perfect for most vata doshas:

 

Clove

Clove essential oil, often used for its anti-inflammatory properties, is a perfect oil for vata doshas to relax and improve overall movement.  The vata dosha governs movement within the body and so clove allows for enhanced, positive motion, while offering a grounding, softening aroma.

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil offers a warming and soothing scent, stimulating positive feeling emotions associated with warm, moist foods like apple pie or cider.  It also boosts brain activity, encouraging sharper focus and attention, an area in which many vata doshas struggle.

 

Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile essential oil can soothe anxiety and tension within the body, common issues for the vata dosha.  It also offers a soothing effect and combats insomnia.

 

Geranium

Geranium essential oil when applied topically improves the circulation just beneath the skin, allowing the ever dry and cracked skin of a vata dosha body type to heal and soothe.  Also, similar to Roman Chamomile, Geranium relaxes the mind and body, bringing about balance.

 

Sandalwood

Similar to cinnamon, Sandalwood promotes mental clarity and focus.  Perfect for aromatherapy, sandalwood can bring a peace to the home, encouraging healthier and more consistent routines.
Using these oils in a diffuser allows for effortless aromatherapy that aids in slowing down, self-soothing, and relaxation, areas in which the vata dosha needs a little more assistance.  By using these essential oils in daily life, combined with a diet of well-cooked, easily digestible foods, and low impact exercises, the vata dosha is sure to see a great deal of balance in their mind, body, and spirit.

Also check out:

5 Essential Oils for the Kapha Dosha
5 Essential Oils for the Pitta Dosha

Breakfast with Your Spirit Guides

Each one of us has spirit guides.  This is a team of spirits that are with us 24/7, assisting us whenever necessary, guiding us gently down our path, and offering continuous insight available to us anytime we seek it.

Most of our guides are with us for the duration of our lives.  Occasionally we will have one or two pop in for big moments, transitional phases, or times when we need their specific guidance, but we can always count on our lifetime guides to be there when we need them.

While it may seem as though these guides are distant and impossible to connect with, the opposite is actually true.  They want to connect with you.  Not in a “I hope they notice me someday” sort of way, but in a “hey! I’m right here! I’m calling you!” sort of way.

Throughout the day, they are sending you hundreds of messages hoping you notice.  The best part is that they are not going to abandon you if you don’t notice.  They’re with you unconditionally.

But wouldn’t life be so much easier if we knew how to connect with them and could tune into every message they kick our way?  Or even better, if we could ask them direct questions and have them give us the exact information we seek in the moment we are seeking it?  It is completely possible and, in fact, it is easier than you think.

To help you out, I’ve put together a three step process that’s so simple you can do it while you’re eating your breakfast in the morning.  Not a breakfast lover?  Don’t worry, it works for lunch and dinner too.

 

Invite them over

 

You don’t even have to call them on thephone.  They are already calling you every minute of the day.  So while you are sitting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, while they are ringing you, answer and ask them if they will join you.  A thought as simple as, “would you sit next to me while I eat?” or “I have some questions and wonder if you’d join me for breakfast?” will suffice.

If you want to take it a step further, visualize pulling out a chair for them or leaving a space open on the couch.  You could go so far as to pour them a cup of coffee or tea, but only if you don’t feel uncomfortable or a little kooky in doing so.

The gesture doesn’t have to be grand.  You don’t have to apologize for waiting so long to ask.  The purpose here is to acknowledge that they are there and let them know that you are ready to listen.

 

Ask them for something specific

 

Getting to know how your spirit guides communicate takes practice, but you can assist by letting them know how you prefer to communicate.  They want you to hear and understand them, so go ahead and let them know what you are ready to see.  You don’t want to start out with something over the top that may leave you fearful or in disbelief.  But rather think of a sign that is just believable enough to allow in and just strange enough to not call a coincidence.

While you are eating your breakfast and mentally chatting with your spirit guides, ask them to show you something specific during the day.  Many like to begin with a certain animal, like a red cardinal, a starfish, or something a little out of the ordinary.  Some like to ask for feathers, number sequences, or an amazing parking spot.  Anything that isn’t common day occurrence.

It’s okay if you are using this as a test to see if they are really there.  They understand that it can be difficult for us to grasp the ease of communicating with them and they welcome your tests.  They won’t feel slighted for your disbelief and they will also understand when you explain it away as a coincidence (which we all inevitably do once in a while).  So after you get the first sign you ask for, go ahead and do it again.  After the third or fourth time, it gets much more difficult to explain away.

 

Request to meet them

 

After a few days of inviting them for breakfast and asking for signs that they are with you throughout the day, you will begin to feel more comfortable about their presence in your life.  Once you reach this point, it is time to ask to meet them.  Set the date and time as you would with an old friend.  Make sure you are able to be fully present and preferably alone for your meeting.

When the time you have set comes, sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and try this meditation.

 

An Easy Meditation

Focus on your breath for a few moments and allow your mind to clear.  Visualize yourself seated in an empty white room.  You are completely alone in this room, staring forward at a blank wall before you. 

Hear behind you as a door opens slowly.  You feel safe and expectant of this arrival, like seeing a friend you haven’t seen since youth.  Feel the excitement and anticipation of wondering what they look like having not seen them for so long. 

You can sense that they are approaching you and now feel their presence right behind you, on your left side.  Slowly turn your head. 

What do you see?

This meditation doesn’t need to take very long, only a few moments, but you may need to do it a few times over the course of several days before you see the whole of your spirit guide.  We each carry a lot of resistance towards meeting our spiritual team so overtime, we can slowly break down the resistance and allow them in.

If you are struggling to see your guide, try these few tips:

 

  • Let go of expectations.  Your guides may appear as people, angels, animals, or any host of entities. There may be one or a dozen. Releasing expectations of what you will see as you meditate opens you up to seeing them as they want you to see them, which will be the easiest way for you to receive.
  • Ask for their name.  You can ask what their name is and then be open to how they deliver it.  You may keep hearing a name come up in songs, talks, books, or advertisements.  If it feels right, then it is.
  • Open up your dreams. When you are sleeping, you are in a state of less resistance, making you more open to meeting your guides.  Ask them to pop into your dreams.  Keep a dream journal to help you remember them.

 

Remember that your spirit guides are here for you and prior to coming into this life, you knew them intimately.  They love you unconditionally and are willing to be eternally patient while you learn how to connect with them.  Offer yourself this same patience while you go through the steps above.  Before you know it, you will be calling them to breakfast anytime you wish.

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