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Everyone has innate talents, gifts, and programming just by virtue of being born. Using the imagery of the south node and the Moon, we can begin to communicate with and understand more about those innate talents, gifts and programs. We excel at these things and don’t have to work or try very hard in this particular area, but can also become addicted to doing life from this skill set. In contrast, we all have something that we came to Earth school to learn about and become the master of. If you stay solely identified with your “Moon things,” you won’t be on your growth edge. You may be comfortable for a while, but at some point, we all must progress towards another aspect of existence.

In order to know what particular mystery school your south and north node are assigned to, you need to know your birth time. The lunar nodal axis of the Moon will be in the same sign throughout the entirety of a year while changing house positions frequently throughout the day. Knowing the exact time also help to clarify what was on the horizon in the sky the moment you were born. This is known as the Ascendant or rising sign. By looking at the rising sign and the north node, we can start to explore new and progressive areas of life, specific to where you are going with respect to where you have been; from the context of the south node and Moon.

If you do not know your exact birth time, you can use the following pages to explore possibilities of what your rising sign may be. The rising sign is something that is extra challenging for you, shows up in relationships, and is your growth edge or learning curve in life. It is what you came to Earth school to learn and become the master of. Typically, what you most love and reject in others is related to your rising sign.

The rising sign is always in the 1st house and is the investigation into, “Who am I?” In the 7th house we investigate, “Who are you?” This polarity is known as the relationship axis and gives clues about your bottom line for relationship with a beloved. There are six different pathways for relationship although our current societal structure only recognizes two of them. Discovery of your rising sign simultaneously brings more clarity around your love life.

Read through the list with an open mind and heart. Don’t think too much into it and practice listening to your body’s reaction to the information. You may resonate with many of the signs because after all, you are a little of all of them in various combinations. But the one that hits with a bigger visceral response is more likely to be your rising sign.

 

  1. Aries Rising:

Learning to master the warrior archetype and having a worthy cause to committed to and fiercely protect.

Oscillates between being too direct or “mean” and people pleasing with lots of fight/fire in interactions with people.

Annoyed by: Angry people, sassiness, fast talkers, activists, weaklings, sheep, followers.

Most impressed by: Physical strength and longevity. Political power. Successful carriers of a cause. Professional athletes.

Attracts: Attorney types with mediation mentality. People who listen well and validate everyone’s opinion. People who are interested in conscious, co-creative relationships between groups of people, small and large. People who are married or who have a desire for marriage. People who are clingy, needy, worrisome and seem to lack personal will or ideas outside of their closest relationship.

Challenges: Heartburn, inflammation, anger and heat related issues, liver health. Quick tempered, lots of combative energy and arguing with people as a usual form of communication.

 

  1. Taurus Rising:

Learning to master Epicureanism and appreciation of Earthly abundance, luxury and pleasurable experiences.

Oscillates between gluttony/having too much sex, food, drugs, and austerity/complete denial of bodily comfort and pleasure.

Annoyed by: People who seem to have things given to them without having to work steadily to earn or “deserve” them. Overindulgence, laziness, and inertia. People with expensive taste and fancy things. Also annoyed by people who misuse their body in harmful and unhealthy ways.

Most impressed by: Worldly success, riches and abundance in all forms.

Attracts: People with intense and colorful emotional life. Risk-takers, edge walkers and those who are intensely interested and motivated by sensual experiences.

Challenges: Heaviness, weight gain, taking more than what is needed. Water retention, puffiness under eyes, kidney health, stubbornness, afraid of and longing for intimacy at the same time.

 

  1. Gemini Rising:

Learning to master free creative expression and wants to knows about everything to have a broader range of creative expression.

Oscillates between fun freedom to chaos and confusion.

Annoyed by: ignorance, lack of creativity, boring people, rule followers, travelling wanderers, street people and those who “just want to have fun.”

Most impressed by: Well-travelled, intelligent, creative artists, and those who live in truth and self-realized freedom.

Attracts: Intelligent and well traveled explorer types who have a desire to experience and know as much as possible.

Challenges: Dizziness, anxiety, lost feeling, confusion, lack of structure and/or physical home, starving artist archetype.

 

  1. Cancer Rising:

Learning to master nurturing and care for progeny, whether children or projects.

Oscillates between smothering it’s progeny or not being able to let go when it’s time to. Can over care for others or not at all. Often forgets to care for those that are not in direct relationship with them.

Annoyed by: Mother/Father archetypes and can have unrealistically high standards for parents or project managers.

Impressed by: Good cooking, sweetness, caring for others, nice home, abundant garden or cooking supplies.

Attracts: the provider, stable partner, getting shit done kind of person who brings home the bacon and sets the structure for home and the future.

Challenges: Upper respiratory and lung health, depression, attachment, sticky emotions, phlegm, lives out a whole relationship in the mind and decides whether it was good or not before anything ever happened. Crabby.

 

  1. Leo Rising:

Learning to master self-love, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency.

Oscillates between self-loathing/self-hate and narcissistic tendencies or unwavering self-importance.

Annoyed by: Show-offs, ball-hogs, attention getters, people who stand out.

Impressed by: People who stand out. Fancy people with confidence and style. Royalty. Kings and Queens who are well dressed and put together.

Attracts: Big perspective, visionary types. People who are eclectic, intelligent and open to broad topics. Innovative, cool, in-their-head kind of people.

Challenges: Knowing the difference between arrogance and self-love. Being able to know self-worthiness while admitting that other people are also worthy. Can feel suicidal and fabulous in the same day. Unworthiness and feeling lack-luster. Dull and dead inside.

 

  1. Virgo Rising:

Learning to master the patterns of life and their sacred work.

Oscillates between balance with all things in their life and not knowing where or what they are doing with their life.

Annoyed by: Everything that is not in line with the pattern. People who do things for self-pleasure or personal gains. Unhealthy, sloppy people.

Impressed by: Selfless service, environmental workers, peace corps, cool, calm, and collected organization.

Attracts: Self-less service-oriented people. Universally loving, compassionate, healer archetypes, who are sensitive, empathic and/or psychic. Addiction prone lovers.

Challenges: Very hard on themselves, self-critical, overworking, emotionally insensitive, detached, headaches, body pain, low blood-sugar or other pancreas related health concerns.

  1. Libra Rising:

Learning to master the realm of conscious, co-creative relationships between lovers, friends, business and all community.

Oscillates between solely focusing on the other and avoiding or not having any “other” around.

Annoyed by: Politics that are not liberal, injustice, bad relationships, way too perfect couples, unfair relationships, mean people.

Impressed by: Political correctness, liberals, those committed to relationships, lawyers, freedom fighters, military and all other protector types.

Attracts: Warrior, dominate types who are direct and sharp. Action-oriented, athletic, can be jealous and possessive.

Challenges: Overly concerned with everyone else that they forget to consider themselves. Lack of self-care. Depression, feeling isolated. They cater to people so well and it actually hurts when it is not returned or noticed.

 

  1. Scorpio Rising:

Learning to master energy in the body, strong emotional energy.

Oscillates between being drained by others and draining others. Feeling fully alive and exhilarated or depressed and hidden.

Annoyed by: Energetically dominant people or those who are energy vampires. Also, people who are scared of the dark, scared to take risks, or just wimpy and scared in general.

Impressed by: Power, money, raw talent, and people who are energetically powerful. Intensity that seems infinite, little dangerous without getting in trouble and sex appeal also are impressive to Scorpio rising.

Attracts: Sensual bodied people who adore luxury and take care of themselves. Abundance of earthly pleasures, nice things and those who are physically delicious. Self-sustained, not needy, strong in body and mind.

Challenges: Not being able to handle the intensity of emotions; theirs and others. Liver health. Internalized emotional energy. Lack of trust in people. Energy vampirism; being drained and being draining to others. Not knowing how to source their own energy. Pushing the limits too far into pain and even death. Dark and heaviness.

 

  1. Sagittarius Rising:

Learning to master truth and evolution of consciousness. Life is a quest for expanding the boundaries of consciousness.

Oscillates between traveling too much and feeling trapped or caged in. The traveling can be physical or mental by taking courses or studying.

Annoyed by: Stagnant and routine-oriented people who seem to lack interest in learning new things or moving their station in life. Closed- or small-minded people who lack experience in other areas of life.

Impressed by: Other life questers who are living to learn and learning to live in ever evolving ways. Those who travel for a living, great philosophers, motivational speakers who encourage growth and evolution.

Attracts: Here today, gone tomorrow, creative muse type of people. Quick witted, airy, trickster, mischievous, coyote cats who know all the jeopardy questions. Attracted to those who know lots of random information.

Challenges: Adrenal fatigue, burnout, exhaustion, feeling lifeless if they aren’t traveling or studying.

 

  1. Capricorn Rising:

Learning to master physical matter, structure, formation, and being the boss or the elder.

Oscillates between being a dictator and wanting someone else to tell them what to do.

Annoyed by: Strict rules and schedules, unless they made them. People who don’t have structure or schedules. Anyone who tells them what to do. Bossy people really get their goat.

Impressed by: Strong leaders. People who “have their shit together” and “good head on their shoulders.” They love the standard of stability.

Attracts: Home loving, nurturing, good “parent” kind of people. Not necessarily a parent to children, but someone who is taking care of progeny in one form or another. Full chested and abundant in love to give.

Challenges: Being a know-it-all, too bossy, feeling like everything around them will collapse if they are not directly managing it. Depression. Heaviness. Reproductive health.

 

  1. Aquarius Rising:

Learning to master cosmic consciousness while in a body. Fully integrating spirit with physical matter.

Oscillates between being light polarized/out of body and being confused or tripping on how to be a body, usually rendering them strange. They are either trying to fit in, or completely out there like Nikola Tesla and other brilliant minds.

Annoyed by: People who are emotional, attached to details, closed minded, or limited by physical matters. Also annoyed with people who are new age, airy fairy, or light polarized.

Impressed by: Genius people with great ideas. Brilliants minds. People who value intelligence, higher learning outside of school systems. They love innovative and technology driven devices and the people who create them.

Attracts: Radiant Kings/Queens often with narcissist tendencies. Those who are self-centered and concerned with looks and grandeur. Big energy field that naturally attracts attention and admiration of many.

Challenges: Personality distortions, quick and sudden changes in concepts of self and other, feeling ungrounded in the middle world reality. Thin, uncared for body. Anxiety and nervousness. Jittery. Excess air/wind symptoms. Lacking physical power and vitality.

 

  1. Pisces Rising

Learning to master universal love, empathy and compassion for all beings.

Oscillates between overly sentimental and caring for others and shutting the world out.

Annoyed by: Saviors, gurus, physical or energetic violation, escapists, addicts, and anything that manipulates universal love energy for harm or wrongdoing.

Impressed by: Universally loving and “good” people. Loves the Jesus/Buddha/Mother Teresa archetypes. Self-less servants of humanity.

Attracts: People who are committed to working as servants to humanity. Intense love and desire to save and help animals, children, and any helpless or endangered beings while also being emotionless and unattached to the feelings of others. Also attracted to those who have the capacity and detail orientation to make compassion into sacred work. They set up or work with organizations like habitat for humanity, peace corps, etc.

Challenges: Escapism, wounds that seem to never heal, addiction to drugs and alcohol, unable to differentiate between visions, dreams and reality. Challenges with feet. Deep emotional wounding that seems to never heal. Maceration of wounds. Continually wet, in every sense.

 

Once you have identified or narrowed down your possible rising sign, think back to relationships you’ve had with partners.

  • What attracted you?
  • How you did you feel initially getting to know this person?
  • What were the challenges?
  • What were the blessings or gifts from this union?
  • Why and how did it end?

Do you see a pattern that resonates with the rising sign you identified?

This is not meant to give you another thing to identify with, but rather a tool for gaining insight into unconscious patterns. It is so much easier to change a pattern once you realize what it is.

Relationship Axis in Astrology Video

 

Yoni Egg Workshop Outline

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  • Feminine/Masculine represented in everything in nature and has esoteric connections to the cycles of the planets and movements of energy in the human body.
  • 5 pranas: specifically covering Apana, Prana, and Samana as inhale, exhale and the space between breaths as Shiva, Shakti, and all-pervasive expansion of consciousness.
  • Base of the spine and crown of the head hold.
  • Contracting and expanding your energy field.
  • Kanda – Bulb – 4 fingers below naval. Immersion into sensation of:

Root: Kanda

Tip: Tip of penis and the tip of clitoris and g-spot and opening of cervix.

Center: Perineum

 

Everything in the physical realm has an energetic or etheric double. No thing that we see with our eyes is without an energetic component. The sooner one realizes this, the better because this concept pervades all existence in life. There are said to be 72,000 nadis in the pranic sheath and three of which we place great attention. The central channel, or sushumna nadi, and the two nadis on either side, ida and pingala.

Ida:

  • Left brain
  • Chandra/Moon
  • Cooling

Pingala:

  • Right brain
  • Surya/Sun
  • Healing

Many of the aspects of a yoga practice aim to purify these nadis which allow more energy to move in, out, through and around the way it moves in its expanded state. Pranayama/breathing practices are extremely powerful and potent methods for bringing wholeness to your energy, body, and entire life. This topic is vast and I highly recommend researching before implementing a practice. Two safe and effective practices are kapalabhati  and anuloma viloma with the latter being more beneficial for balancing and purifying ida and pingala.

 

Standing Movements:

  • Pelvic floor exploration – massage hips
  • Power button activation
  • Separate ribs from pelvis – massage rib cage
  • Separate pelvis from head – massage head
  • Omni
  • Hip circles
  • Rib circles
  • Head circles

 

Goddess pose and 3 Wombs intro:

  • Pituitary/Pineal – spirit, future, light
  • Heart/Pericardium – Now
  • Uterus/Prostate – soul lineage, past, dark

Journey to 3 wombs and listening. Align. Timeless Now.

Singing Bowls and Shamanic Journey.

Warm up, activate and articulate the yoni’s voice.

Taoist 3 Gates:

  • Clitoris
  • G-spot, soft palate of the yoni
  • Opening to the cervix, telescope to the cosmos

Stay present with Now. Fantasy will project your energy out to where your attention goes. Stay present.

 

 

 

Vagina means Sheath or covering for a sword.

Yoni means sacred temple, abode, source. Encompasses the outer and inner portion of the sacred temple from which we were all created and birthed from.

If neither of these terms feels right for you, find another way to relate to your shakti throne.

 

Yoga practices:

  • Kabalabhati yoni breathing –
  • Spinal Pelvic Breathing –
  • Pelvic tilt yoni towards sky – inhale arch back, exhale press back into mate. Can contract and expand hands and feet with breath.
  • Lift torso off mat and notice movement in yoni. Lift head and notice movement in yoni.
  • Explore your connection between the 3 wombs in correlation to your movements.

Removal of egg:

Allow any dense energy to be absorbed into the egg. As you remove the egg, imagine rebirthing your Self into the world through your own womb.

Guided savasana.

 

For powerful images of the yoni and diagrams of anatomy:

http://www.jumakae.com/new-blog/2017/8/11/decolonize-the-womb

 

Yoni egg crystal safety percausion info taken from: https://medium.com/she-dreams-co/yoni-eggs-are-dangerous-and-toxic-a-practical-guide-to-choosing-your-next-yoni-egg-wisely-c2bf1d55460f

  • Any dyed crystal — Some dyes are toxic
  • Angelite — This crystal contains lead
  • Chalcopyrite — This crystal contains sulphur
  • Chrysocolla — This crystal contains copper
  • Fluorite — This crystal contains fluorine and other toxic chemicals
  • Galena — This crystal contains lead
  • Labradorite — This crystal contains aluminum
  • Lazurite — This crystal contains sulphur
  • Malachite — This crystal contains copper.
  • Orpiment — This crystal contains arsenic
  • Rhodochrosite — This crystal contains lead
  • Selenite — When dissolved, this crystal is toxic to the body
  • Serpentine — This crystal creates asbestos in its fibrous form
  • Sodalite — This crystal contains aluminum ( I almost sold one of these last April and had a “yoni sphere” listed in my store two weeks prior to writing this article)
  • Sunstone — This crystal contains aluminum
  • Tiger’s Eye — Contains asbestos fibers that can break off ( Sold a few no porous versions of these and use one myself. If your egg is broken or porous, throw it out!)
  • Turquoise — This crystal contains copper

You should avoid insertion of the following crystals for various reasons. Some crystals are repeated from the list above.

  • Any cracked or chipped eggs or eggs with unpolished imperfections.
  • Calcite — This crystal will dissolve over time
  • Chalcedony — This crystal is porous and will carry bacteria
  • Hematite (and other metallic crystals) — This crystal oxidizes with moisture and is prone to rusting
  • Pyrite — This crystal can convert to sulfuric acid
  • Rutilated Quartz — The fibers of this crystal could be rough or break off. This crystal can also carry bacteria
  • Selenite — This crystal will dissolve in moisture and is easily broken
  • Tourmalinated Quartz — This crystal can be rough and harbor bacteria

Practical Guide to Your Cosmic Body

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Your Cosmic Body

 

Ayurveda and Yoga

Yoga, union of individual consciousness with Universal Consciousness, is a process of physiological and psychological alchemy. To understand this from an alchemical perspective, we must understand the 3 energies of the doshas and their subtle energies.

You are made of three cosmic forces: vata, pitta, kapha.

  • Vata translates as “the wind” and is the air element.
  • Pitta translates as “the power of digestion” and is the fire element.
  • Kapha translates as “what makes things stick together” and is water held in earth.

You are created with each of these forces in unique combination. Understanding your unique combination is vital in maintaining optimal health of body-mind-spirit. You can find out your combinations by taking the dosha quiz at www.doshaguru.com.

The vital essence of the doshas used in yoga alchemy:

  1. vata essence is prana
  2. pitta essence is tejas
  3. kapha essence is ojas

In yoga practice, we are transforming and bringing balance to the psyche and body. These subtle energies can be defined as:

  1. Prana – primordial life force
  2. Tejas – inner radiance, outer luster
  3. Ojas – primal vigor

These three are interdependent of each other and dance together to create animation, health and vitality in the body. A serious yogi lives a lifestyle that increases and builds the subtle energies rather than depleting them. To do that we start with Ojas.

Ojas: The juice that is created from every function that happens throughout the physical body. Ojas is an actual biological substances in the body rather than just energetic. This is creating immunity and longevity in the body.

 To build ojas:

  1. Diet – using what is right for your constitution.
  2. Tonic herbs – plants that produce soma or substance.
  3. Sexual energy – conscious and regulated discharge of the reproductive fluid.
  4. Sense awareness – conscious maintenance of the sense organs. Much energy is lost here.
  5. Emotional Awareness – This energy is potent and can be used to build or deplete ojas. Bhakti yoga is a means for cultivation of this energy.

When ojas is healthy, like a concentrate of a thousand roses used to make a drop of rose oil, you can use it for tejas.

Tejas: the burning flame of pure intelligence and illumination. This fire burns ignorance.

To build tejas:

  1. Discipline of activities – fasting, walking before dawn, practicing silence or other energy preservation and building self-disciplines will increase determination and tejas.
  2. Mantra repetition – develops inner fire through sound vibration and controlling aimless mind chatter.
  3. Discipline of activities- fasting, waking before dawn, practicing silence or other self-disciplines
  4. Mantra repetition- develops inner fire through sound vibration and controlling aimless mind
  5. Concentration – Focusing on one thing at a time increases inner fire.
  6. Study of knowledge – Knowledge increases intelligence which itself is fire.
  7. Anything that directs your attention, focus, will and determination will increase tejas.

Once ojas and tejas are full, we can tend to prana.

Prana: The primordial life-force and the bridge between individual consciousness and Universal Consciousness.

Prana is made of FIVE types.

  1. Prana- forward moving air, receptivity and nourishment from all pranas in the body. Exhale
  2. Apana- Down and out moving air, moves things out. Inhale
  3. Samana- balancing air, aids digestion and discernment. Pause
  4. Udana- upward moving air, giving self-expression, will and strength.
  5. Vyana- outward moving air, circulation, free flow of everything in the body.

To increase prana:

  • Pranayama- Conscious movement and integration of the vital energies
  • Meditation – Creating more space in the body gives rise to increase in prana. When we are internally cluttered, there is no space. Prana will fill the space, but you must first create the space.
  • Practicing the 4 paths to yoga-
    • Jnana-study
    • Bhakti-emotion, compassion, love
    • Karma- action and service
    • Raja- integration of life and meditation

Energy moves in all directions and the word prana is a cover story for that concept. Like all cover stories, there is more to the story that is not always readily available. I haven’t been to a yoga studio in a while so I am not sure if this is still true, but I used to hear teachers refer to prana as air. Although prana is not air or food, in can be found in air and in food. It is the “etheric double” or the invisible vitality that animates everything. Much like our digestive system, our energy system can only use what it can digest. Yoga asana and breathing practices increase the digestibility of energy and physical matter and are therefore paramount to our health. Here are the 5 pranas:

  1. Prana- forward moving energy, receptivity and nourishment from all pranas in the body. Exhale
  2. Apana- Down and out moving energy, moves things out. Base. Inhale
  3. Samana- balancing energy, aids digestion and discernment as the fire in the belly. Navel. Kumbhaka. Fusion of prana and apana into central channel. When breathe pauses naturally, energy enters the central channel.
  4. Udana- upward rising energy, belching and vomiting, giving self-expression, will and strength. Throat/mouth. Kundalini Shakti can rise up to the crown.
  5. Vyana- outward moving energy, circulation, extension of limbs, free flow of everything in the body. Chest. Kundalini Shakti unites with Kundalini Shiva in the crown and has the capacity to pervade everything in all times and spaces also known as awakening.

What you need to know:

You can connect with the subtle energy of everything in your life.

  1. If you are experiencing decreased overall energy levels: breath and connect with what you consume. Imagine extracting/sharing vitality with all that you are consuming. Visualize energy from above and below you are entering into every pore of your body.
  2. Bowel evacuation troubles: breath and visualize energy moving downward into your sacrum. Imagine that energy grounding you to the Earth below you.
  3. Decision making challenges: breath and visualize energy moving as an inward spiral.
  4. Any challenge with the voice or throat: Inhale a ball of energy into the throat. Hold it there and retain the breath. On your exhale, let sound come out. Any sound that feels naturally arising and wants to come out.
  5. Decreased circulation: Open your arms like you are going to hug someone. Take a breath in and retain the breath. On the exhale bring the hands to the chest. Visualize energy moving from your center chest out in all directions. Repeat.

These are just a few basic examples of ways you can practically work with prana.

Here is a basic breakdown of a place to start with your yoga practice. Yoga asana, or postural yoga, moves the vital energies through the organs and the bodily tissues. It is meant to prepare and strengthen the body for increased levels of energy and the daily challenges every human contends with in life. Yoga assists in the realization of your perfection and unity with Universal Consciousness. The gift of yoga has its roots much deeper than we have been shown in the mainstream. Yoga and Ayurveda are life sciences and are the best path to wholeness I have yet to see.

 

Chakra System

The chakra system has its roots in tantric philosophy and has been made popular in the West by hatha and kundalini yoga. A chakra is a wheel or vortex of energy in the body. Many believe that these centers are controlled by organs that are nearby and that there are colors associated with each energy center. It is my understanding that these ideas and concepts came from westerners who worked with energy when yoga first came to the west. Enough of them agreed that the energy centers in the body were synonymous with certain organs and had certain colors. In India, I received the teachings on chakras void of these ideas and concepts. I feel that there is an original map of the energy in the body and people have perceived that energy in numerous different ways over time. In my experience, the “color” is not seen but felt and the organs nearby aren’t always involved in what the energy is communicating. This is an area for you to explore with an open mind and do your best to not get caught in the mind field traps. I will present the chakra information in the way the you will likely find it (with the colors of the rainbow) with the disclaimer that energy in the body is free to do and be anything. It will communicate in its own way. Our job is to stay connected to our center, or central column, and be open to receive.

Learning to feel a color:

Seeing with your senses is what I call “seeing with my eyes closed.” Energy is subtle at first and can take practice learning to communicate with. Here is a game to play that will increase your sensitivity to feeling a color:

Gather your energy into your central column, your spine, or your midline. Eyes open or closed, breath in and imagine gathering up all of you in energy form.  This can be like seeing all your energy tentacles being retracted into your body and you becoming so full of yourself that all the chaotic energy automatically disengages. [Many people like to exhale “all negative energy.” Truth is, energy is not good/bad. All that you can perceive is your stuff. Integration of this energy will nourish you.] Keep inhaling your energy and on the exhales let everything soften and integrate. Bring your awareness to a pet or someone you know. Ask yourself, “What does this being’s energy feel like in color form?” Let a color arise in your awareness. What does this color feel like? Does it have a texture? How does it smell? What does it taste like? As many questions as you can ask, allow your bodymind to respond. Honor and respect whatever arises as valid information.

  1. First Chakra, Sanskrit name: Muladhara- located at the base of the spine and the sacral plexus, represents Earth element. Bija mantra, LAM and noted as a 4 petaled lotus. Meditation on muladhara helps the practitioner to gain breath and mind control and knowledge of past present and future.

This is the place where Kundalini Shakti, the energy of manifest form, resides. Many people believe this energy needs to be activated or “awakened” for progress in spirituality and healing. But this energy moves as she needs to and does not necessarily need to be activated or awakened. The awakening happens in the right timing. What we can do is prepare the ground and pathways in the body to better accommodate her movements.

  1. Second Chakra, Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana- at genital organs and regenerative organs, represents Water element. Bija mantra, VAM and noted as a 6 petaled lotus. Meditation on this center improves psychic awareness, intuition, and knowledge of astral entities.

The area in the body can be a place of guilt and shame in both men and women. It is a highly energy rich area that often gets over stimulation or avoidance, which is stimulation without movement. It is easy to deplete this chakra and feel burned out or have excessive amounts of energy and feel anxious. Taking salt water baths or spending time near natural bodies of water can be extremely helpful in balancing this area. Eating foods that help to balance and maintain water metabolism such as celery, watermelon, grapes, cucumber and other juicy plants can be advantageous in efforts to bring harmony.

  1. Third Chakra, Sanskrit name: Manipura- navel region at solar plexus. Energy is fiery (tejas) and the name Manipura roughly translates to lustrous gem. The bija mantra is RAM and there are 10 lotus petals. Meditation here gives inner strength, powers of discernment, freedom from disease and fear.

Inner will power and ego identification are predominating here. There will be a strong sense of self with firm yet loving boundaries. Powerful dictators and “pushover” people are deficient in this area. When manipura is strong, there is no need to control or have power over others. The person will stand up for themselves and eventually be so centered that the need to stand up for oneself diminishes. Many people in spiritual communities have weak ego identification largely due to the belief that ego is bad. This can lead to long-term problems which can be remedied though understanding and acceptance of the egoic nature and its rightful place in a human life.

  1. Fourth Chakra, Sanskrit name: Anahata- heart region at cardiac plexus. Energy is that of air and the name translates as unstruck, referring to the sound that comes without striking. The lotus has 12 petals and it’s bija mantra is YAM. Meditation here opens powers of universal love, forgiveness and direct realization of the cosmic connection between inner and outer as one.

The heart center easily becomes burdened by belief that love and compassion are generated here. The heart is more like a motor than a container for love and compassion. The heart can integrate and move universal love, acceptance, forgiveness throughout the entire body while the chakra integrates and acts on the cosmic plane. When the heart chakra is healthy, there is equality in all beings and acceptance is reflected inside and out.

  1. Fifth Chakra, Sanskrit name: Vishudda- throat region at laryngeal plexus. The energy here is that of space, it is a 16 petal lotus and its bija mantra HAM. Meditation here connects the individual to the Infinite.

I call this chakra the cosmic cave of wonders. It is here that a great merging of past, present, future happens and many psychic experiences can unfold. Although, this can happen anywhere in the body, the throat is the bridge between the earth process of body mechanics and the workings of the magical and mysterious following two chakras.

  1. Sixth Chakra, Sanskrit name: Ajna- between eyebrows at the nerve plexus of the sympathetic nervous system that lies on each side of the sella turcica, Turkish saddle, or seat of the pituitary gland. This chakra has 2 petals and its bija mantra is OM. Meditation on this chakra gives connection to higher intelligence, great inner and outer sight, and strong intuitive powers.

The red portion is the seat that holds the pituitary gland.

I call this the 1st Eye and practice turning my eyes inward which allows the practitioner to look within while the physical eyes are closed. Many of the modern foods and technology are harmful to this center. Some notables are fluoride in tap water, soda, artificial lighting, and looking at screens. Some healing things for this center are, raw cacao, drinking pure water, craniosacral therapy, using crystals (fluorite is a good one), doing eye exercises, practicing intuitive games, and spending time out in nature. Anything that detoxifies the body will be helpful in strengthening the third eye chakra.

 

  1. Seventh Chakra, Sanskrit name: Sahasrara- at the crown of the head and corresponds with the pineal gland. This is a thousand-petal lotus and is the seat of the upper kundalini or urdhva kundalini. This is known as Shiva kundalini. When Shakti kundalini from the root meets with Shiva Kundalini in the crown, the practitioner experiences extreme states of bliss, the highest knowledge, and has an enlightenment experience.

There is no bija manta here and in the texts that I have seen, this area is very secret and not mentioned much beyond speculation. My basic understanding is that this is the place we connect to our individual with the cosmic consciousness. The sound I associate here is all sounds tightly woven together so much that there is no description that I can replicate. The silent sound of vibration. Anytime your bring your awareness to this area, you are doing a great amount of good to your sahasrara/crown chakra.

 

 

Kundalini

One of the most taboo, esoteric and unfortunately misunderstood concepts is that of kundalini. Upon research on this topic, I learned that the word kundalini appeared for the first time in the 7th century in a Tantrik text in Kashmir.

What you need to know:

Your body is electric. There are power centers in the body and 2 main ones we work with in yoga. One in the base of the spine (Kundalini Shakti) and one in the crown (Kundalini Siva). If your kundalini yoga practice only emphasizes raising energy up to the crown, be aware that there needs to be an equal attention to bringing that energy down or disaster is likely. Just look at what happens in any system that favors one side over the other. Yoga practice works directly on energy and blowing a circuit is real. Balance is key.

 

Nadis 

Everything in the physical realm has an energetic or etheric double. No thing that we see with our eyes is without an energetic component. This concept pervades all existence in life. There are said to be 72,000 nadis in the pranic sheath and three of which we place great attention. The central channel, or sushumna nadi, and the two nadis on either side, ida and pingala.

Ida:

  • Left brain
  • Chandra/Moon
  • Cooling

Pingala:

  • Right brain
  • Surya/Sun
  • Healing

Many of the aspects of a yoga practice aim to purify these nadis which allow more energy to move in, out, through and around the way it moves in its expanded state. Pranayama/breathing practices are extremely powerful and potent methods for bringing wholeness to your energy, body, and entire life. This topic is vast and I highly recommend researching before implementing a practice. Two safe and effective practices are kapalabhati and anuloma viloma which are beneficial for balancing and purifying ida and pingala.

“We often come to a practice like yoga feeling inadequate and looking for a way to get better, right, healed, or fixed. But you are not broken or wrong and having this be the foundation of your practice will only lead to more proof to your original belief. We practice yoga to get closer to embodying the truth of existence and beginning with this at your starting point will be a far greater ally in your journey. The power/energy that created us, is still us. It didn’t make us and then run off to some distant place where it can laugh at, judge and punish us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind Womb

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Womb

To me, a womb is a mysterious void space where all things are possible. A dark vortex of swirling energy that when tapped, can be seeded with thoughts, concepts, or other vibrational nutrients for magical manifestations to grow. The body’s wombs are feminine in nature. I experience three different womb spaces in the body. One in the head, one in the chest, and one in the lower belly. This is my interpretation of subtle womb energy in the body.

Thank you for the womb of your heart lyrics Conner!

Mind

The mind in masculine in nature and is a collection and culmination of processes that occur in the body and psyche. It is not really in one particular place in the body. Because much of the activity is mental, many people would say their mind is in their head. I would disagree and say that it is nowhere and everywhere consisting of body signals, mental programming, and is the way in which we receive and transfer data.

From our childhood, we are trained (if even only subtly) to relinquish our inner authority and follow what is laid out before us. We must sit down, listen to the preachers and the teachers, never doubt or question them and definitely do as they expect us to. This weakens a child’s capacity for critical thinking while strengthens the chances of creating a well behaved, law abiding citizen.

The masculine principle seeds ideas into the mind womb where they are generated into offspring. Since this part of us has been intelligently co opted by government, cultural and religious systems, we are seeded with outside authority. Thus, we give birth to offspring not of our own unique individual essence.

we can live with common values without destroying individuality

As a mother, I understand why we lay out a foundation for the children to develop in. As a healing artist, I see the damage it has caused many adults who don’t know they are divine, powerful beings with valuable gifts to add to humanity. For greater clarity on what is your truth and what is implanted truth, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • What was I passionately curious about as a child?
  • What do I study and how do I like to study/learn about it?
  • What is the quest or mission of my life?
  • How do I use the gathered and acquired information to set out on the quest or mission of my life?
  • How do I feel toward authority figures?
  • When I disagree with outer authority, how do I respond?
  • How does outer authority assist me in my personal quest?

We all have value and worth beyond what we are led to believe. Systems give us a sense of safety but also stagnation. Theories are fresh, open, flowing, and allow for innovation. To disarm the stronghold of mental captivity, you must be willing to question everything you believe. If you don’t do it consciously, life always finds a way to wake you up.

The Dance of Codependence

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The unconscious mind controls 95% of your life. This leaves 5% of the mind for conscious function. Of that 5%, how much space can you make for relating with others in conscious, cocreative ways?

During our early years, we are learning basic and core beliefs about how to respond with life. I grew up with terrifying domestic violence between my parents and abuse of all kinds. As I developed, I have felt comfortable with men who seem a little scary or dangerous. They often are very creative and are fun to be around, as long as they are happy. I do my best to make sure they are happy. They usually turn out to have a bit of a substance addiction, whether it be too much caffeine, alcohol, working out, and since living in Southern California, cannabis. It usually annoys me, but is manageable. In the dynamic between me and men, I usually end up being the one who is more grounded and down to earth in the relationship. This leads me to be the one who has food prepared, the living environment clean, stuff to do planned out, and almost always resentful that he is not doing as much as I am. He is having fun, being spontaneous, getting into some kind of trouble with authority, and overall seems to be having an amazing time. I feel like I am responsible for taking care of basic needs for both of us and starved of appreciation and time for myself. We get in fights over insignificant things until finally I drop the big one. I am exhausted and tired of the relationship.

The patterns you repeat are showing you something about yourself. 

The form of the masculine that I attract is, in essence, my inner masculine. I have done much writing and talking about the inner feminine and inner masculine and this is undoubtedly one of my biggest messages. We are a blend of both feminine and masculine energy, yin and yang. Whatever we repress or reject within the self will show up in the form of situations, people and more often, intimate relationships. It is easy to point the finger to an outside circumstance, but real magic happens when we can ask, “What is this showing me about myself?”

For me, my relationship patterns with male lovers or friends, all show me the same thing. I have a dark, mysterious, childlike rebel inside of me that I do not allow to play. I am fearful of that part of myself. I draw in men who will act out my inhibitions and the shadow aspects of myself. Can I still love myself when facing my shadow? If the answer is yes, I can continue to love the man as well. If the answer is no, I have to get away from him as fast as possible as a way of self-preservation.

The answer to this seemingly impossible to solve problem is simple. Honesty and love for all parts of myself. I can incorporate some of those darker more mysterious things into my life. I am not going to become the embodiment of my shadow and start doing drugs or acting irresponsibly, which something I fear. By doing the sacred marriage, I have found that through shamanism and other occult practices, I can tap into that part of myself in healthy ways. When I am fully owning this energy for myself, I no longer attract men to do it haphazardly for me. It is easier for me to recognize when I am attracted to a potentially unhealthy or dangerous versions of myself in a man and make a conscious choice to avoid the old pattern.

In the past few weeks I have experienced what feels like one of the most traumatic losses in my life. This situation brings me full circle to a crucial noticing of my codependent tendencies and how every relationship I have ever maintained with a man has been a dance of codependence. In recognizing this material for myself, my life has expanded out into a greater spectrum of possibilities. I am very satisfied with myself and do not feel the desperation I have felt in the past. I love myself more fully and experience great amounts of joy in being more of who I am.

In writing about this, I hope to move some things out of my body and back into the loving void where all energy circulates freely. Energy is not good or bad. It is just energy and we get to decide how to use it.