Speaking my truth has always been a challenge for me. I've been overly concerned about how it might impact others, or their perception of me. It was easier to lie by omission about who I was and be accepted than show my true self and be rejected. Or so I thought.
We all have these challenges, pivotal issues that shape our major conflicts in our lives. While we bemoan them, resist them, pray to have them removed from us, in reality they are amazing pathways to truth.
All of us chose challenges that could help us hone our truth, become greater beacons of light and love. Mine happens to be that of authentic speech. Yours may be different. Whatever it is, it is whatever you make of it. That could be the bane of your existence. Or it could be your pathway to truth.
This morning I opened all of my chakras, as I do each morning and night. I meditated on my throat chakra, the energy center responsible for speech and communication. I went to the center of the point where I felt tightness and strain, and saw it open wide. It opened so wide that it was no longer a chakra. Rather I saw the sky where my throat used to be, and the parts of my body that were above and below fell away, reminding me that I am connected to source and that I am infinite. All perceived problems are simply lenses for me to understand contrast. For it is only through the dark that we find the light.
This gateway now is opened and I know I can journey through it anytime I seek to commune with the source of all life. And through that place I can find my peace. From the place which I perceived as my limitation, I found the gateway to the infinite.
You wouldn't go a week without bathing, would you?
Most of us don't realize that our spiritual bodies, like our physical bodies, pick up all sorts of residue from our environment and the people with whom we interact.
When we shake hands with someone else, not only are we picking up their germs, we also pick up their energy. That energy attaches itself to our energetic bodies, which affect our physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness.
When we spend time in the company of negative people, or in places that make us feel down, our aura soaks up that energy. While making conscious choices about our activities can help us in the long term, over in the short term there is an important ritual that can help us clear out the negativity.
Visualization is one of the most important tools in energy healing. For daily cleansing, I like to visualize a huge magnet over my body when I lie down to go to sleep. I give that magnet the shape of the hebrew letter Aleph, which is the first letter in each of the words for "energy (of) other people". Your magnet can have any shape you like. Then visualize that magnet lifting all of the energy that doesn't belong to you off of your energetic body (body and aura) and lifting upwards to be purified into white light.
After lifted others' energy off of you, you can recharge yourself using a spiritual shower of light, by visualizing light pouring down from the sun or from a large ball of light over your head. Again, choose the image that resonates most with you.
Ta-dah, you're clean! Doing this every day takes just a few moments but can make a huge difference in how you feel. How you feel impacts how you act towards others, which then impacts the quality of energy coming at you during the day. So you're on a positive spiral to increase the amount of love and happiness in your life. Enjoy!
Most healers learn that grounding and protecting themselves is one of the first steps to take before engaging in any work with other people's energy bodies. In fact, it's the first step an empath (a person wide open to others' energy) can take when waking up in the morning and before going to sleep. If you're wondering why check out Why Ground and Protect.
Thanks to the sage advice of my own coach, I've made it a practice to ground, ascend and protect myself at the start and end of each day. I do it again before I do readings or healings. I'll share my favorite version with you here.
Grounding, Cleansing and Protecting:
Close your eyes and center yourself. Take a few deep, grounding breaths.
Bring your awareness to your root chakra, glowing red at the base of your spine. Imagine an anchor descending from your root deep into the core of the earth, wrapping itself around the core of the earth until it fits tightly.
Notice any nervous energy in your body and consciously send it down the anchor, deep into the earth, where it is lovingly accepted and transmuted into pure love energy, much like a tree converts our breath to oxygen.
Bring your awareness back to your body and visualize each of your remaining 6 major chakras. As you envision each one, intend for it to be cleaned, sending any dark or unwanted energies down your anchor into the earth. Place your awareness on your orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo and violet chakras, clearing each of them in turn.
After you clear your violet, or crown chakra (some see this as white), envision a golden crown on your head. from the center of that crown, a beam of light reaches up to the sun, connecting to the sun and magnetizing it down to your crown chakra.
The sun is a concentrated emissary of God's pure golden light. Allow that light to come down through the channel you've crated, filling your body with love. You can access that love anytime you want.
Now move to your center, your yellow solar plexus chakra, and pull the bright sun down and feel it inside you beaming outwards like an electrified globe. Encircle yourself with a large circle of pure white light, then encircle that with purple light. Purple is a high vibration healing light that allows only positive energy in and out. Picture the purple radiating out into the world.
Now take a deep breath and savor the beautiful sensations. You're good to go! Do this upon waking, before sleeping, and anytime you plan to work with healing energy.
You can find your match by literally getting on the same wavelength. All matter vibrates, and like matter vibrates at like levels. That is how we hear the radio stations we listen to. You will bypass your ideal mate if you are vibrating at a different level, and you will attract him if you are vibrating at the same frequency.
Emotion is a carrier of vibration, and it propels the kinds of actions you are likely to take. Put yourself in the feeling state of the relationship you intend to attract and anchor it to you by experiencing as many of its attributes as possible.
Manifestation is a multitiered process that involves getting clear about your intentions and the why behind them, i.e. what experience you desire as a result of attracting a particular person or thing into your life. Use the tools above to anchor yourself emotionally and physically into your desired state and thus speed its attraction to you.
I had no idea what Grounding and Protecting was just 2 years ago. But it's a practice that changed my life.
For those of you who are getting spiritually active and noticing the energetic impact that others have on you, it's as basic as showering and getting dressed in the morning and putting on your pajamas at night.
Before I knew how to ground and protect I was walking around like an open wound. I felt scared and anxious all the time. Being around people was often terrifying. I had no idea why. The closest diagnosis that applied was "social anxiety disorder." But that diagnosis was a symptom of something more essential to who I was - an empath.
An empath is someone who is wide open to the energies or vibes of other people that they soak them up without even noticing it. Imagine if you soaked up the anger, irritation, fear, anxiety, etc of everyone you passed on the street. You would be a wreck. And that's what most of us are before we learn how to ground and protect.
Psychics and mediums are able to pick up the information we get because we are like walking antennas for other people's energy, including their feelings, thoughts, and their personalities. Before you learn how to shut that off -- and keep your own energy front and center -- it can be truly disturbing.
Grounding connects us to the energy of the earth so that we can stay rooted even while we pick up on the myriad energies around us. Protecting seals us off from many of those energies, particularly those that might harm us.
In my next post I'll share my favorite version of this tool, Grounding, Cleansing and Protecting.