Saturday, July 21, 2012

Balancing Act Part 2 - Chakra Cleansing and Alignment

My gi-normous crystal ball and accompanying
pink quartz that asked to be rescued
Sometimes we have an emotional meltdown that no amount of chocolate can remedy.  These 'dark nights of the soul' come out of nowhere and you feel so low you that could walk under the belly of a worm wearing a top hat.  Don't hide in your closet with a tray of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.  Instead, head for your crystals and your favorite meditation, because you, my friend, probably have a chakra imbalance.

When you are attempting to balance chakra energy the first, most important thing you can do is to ground your body's energy.  It sounds like we're preparing for a lightening strike or something doesn't it?  Hopefully it's nothing that drastic, but we are attaching the body's natural, energetic pulse to the earth.  That's the first step necessary in restoring your body's energy flow.  And here's how you do it.

Sit quietly in a chair and close your eyes.  You can play soft music if you like, or you can enjoy the blissful silence around you.  Relax.  Let the tension ease from the top of your head, down through your neck and shoulders.  Feel the muscles in your arms relax.  Your hands rest limply at your sides.  Tension drops away from your chest.  Suddenly it's easier to breathe.  Relaxation slides over you - past your hips, thighs, down your calves and through the bottom of your feet.

Now imagine pulling a thread of white light to you somewhere
Slipping into The Silence through
meditation or crystal gazing connects
you to your higher self. Your vibration lifts and
the ideas flow in.  From "OSHO Zen Tarot"©
from out in the universe.  As the light comes to you, pull it through the top of your head, into your Crown Chakra.  Keep pulling the light down through your body, along the spinal column and out through your tailbone.  Imagine taking that light and sinking in deep into the earth.  In your mind, push the light deeper and deeper until you reach the earth's very core.  Tie your cord of light to an anchor.  Breathe in and out slowly as the light continues to flow through you.  Remain seated with your eyes closed for ten to fifteen minutes, then cut the cord from the anchor and pull it back up through your body, sending the light back into the universe with love and gratitude.  Open your eyes and go about your day.

You've just completed a very basic grounding meditation courtesy of my teacher and mentor,  Linda Becker.   Linda says "Meditate ten minutes, twice a day for two weeks and it will change your life."  She's right.

Consciousness from "OSHO Zen Tarot"©
by Deva Padma
Often, a simple meditation like this one, is enough to balance your body's energy flow.  However, if you are suffering a deeper chakra imbalance, you may need to work on clearing and restoring the colors to each, individual chakra.  There are many guided meditations that can help you.  Look on line, or check for classes in your area.  For serious imbalances, I recommend seeking the services of a trained Reiki healer.  Deep disturbances in the chakras or the auric field are nothing for amateurs to play with.

Crystals are very beneficial for energy work.  Certain crystals hold specific properties for clearing and balancing chakras.  Smokey Quartz is a good, dependable grounding stone for all the chakras.  Amber is an excellent cleansing stone for them and Tourmaline and Garnet will help protect them. You can lay down and place the stones on the floor above your Crown Chakra, or place them directly on any of the chakra points on your body, front or back.  Don't pick and choose the chakras to work on, however.  If you're going to clear and ground one, clear and ground them all.

Below is a table of suggested crystals to use for balancing and restoring the chakras.

CHAKRA                                  CRYSTALS

Crown                                          Citrine, Moldavite, Quartz, Purple Jasper and Golden Beryl

Third Eye                                     Herkimer Diamond, Sodalite, Garnet, Moldavite, Lapis Lazuli

Throat                                          Turquoise, Amber,  Amethyst, Kunzite, Blue Tourmaline

Heart                                            Rose Quartz, Green Quartz, Adventurine, Kunzite, Morganite

Solar Plexus                                 Malachite, Jasper, Tiger's Eye, Golden Beryl, Citrine

Sacral                                          Orange Carnelian, Topaz, Citrine, Red Jasper, Orange Calcite

Root                                             Bloodstone, Obsidian, Golden Yellow Topaz, Black Tourmaline

Recommended reads:

"Love Is In The Earth"  by Melody
"Living With Soul - The Great Spiritual Revolution" by Linda Jane Becker
"The Crystal Bible"  by Judy Hall


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