Clearing the Energy in your Home or Workplace

Clearing the Energy in your Home or Workplace

Homes and buildings take on the energies of the people who live and work there.  Have you noticed that some places feel inviting – and others really don’t?  The feel of a place goes beyond the furnishings, lighting, and color scheme.  The vibe that you feel may include the thoughts and emotions of the people who built, lived in, and frequented the space...Just like you periodically clean your carpets and wash windows, this season is a great time to refresh the energies in the places you live and work and play.

Great American Solar Eclipse

Great American Solar Eclipse

According to NASA’s website, the total solar eclipse on August 21st will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918.  Many of us in the U.S. are lucky to have a front row seat to an once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.  Ever since I got wind of the eclipse a few months ago and managed to book the very last camping spot in Wyoming, I’ve had a sense of excitement about what’s to come.

Giving Thanks For The Season’s Wisdom

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We’ve enjoyed a long, extended summer in Northern Colorado this year, but the time has finally come for the cool breezes of autumn to arrive. Most of the trees have let go of their leaves, the plants have gone dormant, and the snow has already begun to fall. This time of year can be beautiful and transformative, when you look around at all the changes that are happening, perfectly in tune with nature’s wisdom. Many people are sad to see the summer go, and dislike bundling up against the autumn cold, but when we step back and look at the seasons with curiosity and an open heart, we can find the messages they contain for us. Autumn has long been the season associated with the harvest- the reap after the sow, and a time for gathering with loved ones over the bounty. It is a time to reign in the exuberance of summer, and settle in to a more quiet, nurturing place. As the daylight hours get shorter, and the nights get cooler, our bodies naturally begin to shift in rhythm with the natural world. Our appetites inherently increase this time of year, as we prepare for the long winter ahead, reaching for warm, filling foods like stew, casserole, and pie. Our sleep becomes longer and deeper, encouraged by the early darkness and cold temperatures. Our overall energy seems to both calm down and get clear- inviting us to prioritize the projects and people that matter the most.

Every season holds its own wisdom and invitation for us to make changes that improve our vitality, both on the outside and in our inner worlds as well. Since the dawn of time, humans have navigated their lives in time with the cycles of nature, honoring the arrival of each new season with gratitude. Depending on the area of the world and the healing tradition of that culture, autumn is viewed in different ways:

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), autumn is thought to bring the energies of seriousness and introspection, and governs the areas of organization and setting healthy boundaries. Autumn is associated with the element of metal, and in the physical body, the lungs, which encourage us to “inhale the new and exhale the old.” According to TCM, the lungs are linked with the feeling of grief, which is a normal part of the life cycle, as we learn to release our grip on things that no longer serve us. The energy of autumn is considered “contracting” and dry, reigned by the winds, which invited us all to eat more warm, expansive foods and sip on more water or tea.

In Ayurveda, the healing tradition of India, autumn is a time of transition into a more raw, minimalist state. As the trees are stripped of their leaves, we too can be left feeling exposed and cold during this time of year. We are invited to flow with this natural energy, and let go of things that are weighing us down- the perfect time to do some decluttering! Autumn is governed by the vata dosha, the energy of drought and wind, and is thought to be rough, erratic, windy, cool, and clear. This time of year offers us incredible clarity, to see what is working in our lives, and what is not. It’s recommended to increase your intake of warm, moist, substantial foods, as well as nourishing the skin with warm oil massage.

When you are in tune with your body’s energy, you naturally feel a draw towards these kinds of things. Our bodies are wired to seek balance in every aspect (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual), and we naturally respond to the changes in our environments. Perhaps you have noticed that you are experiencing cravings for a certain food or drink, you’re sleeping longer, or perhaps you don’t have as much energy as you did a couple of months ago. All of these things are normal! Now is your invitation to step into the natural flow of autumn’s energy, and listen to your body’s needs.

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Here are a few ideas to help you get in tune with the wisdom of autumn!

  1. Declutter 

As we spend more hours indoors this time of year, it’s the perfect opportunity to do a little “cleaning house.” Take your time and go through your closets, drawers, and cabinets, and eliminate the things that you no longer want or use. Be honest with yourself here. It’s okay to let go of things. Then sit back and enjoy the spaciousness of a clean, organized space.

  1. Do more cooking

It’s natural to desire more warm, homemade foods this time of year, so if you have the time and desire, go ahead and do more cooking. Try out some new autumn recipes. Light some candles, turn on some fun music, or recruit a helper to make your cooking even more fun.

  1. Bundle up

In the season of “wind energy,” it’s important to protect yourself from the elements. Wear a warm coat when going outside, and don’t let yourself get chilled. Thick, soft scarves are a great idea to insulate the neck and mouth, which are common places where illness enters the body, and are considered vulnerable this time of year.

  1. Bump up your bedtime

As the sun sets earlier these days, it’s natural to feel more tired in the evenings, and be ready to sleep at an earlier hour than you may be accustomed to. Don’t force yourself to stay up to your “normal” bedtime, but allow yourself to catch an extra hour or two of sleep whenever your body calls for it.

  1. Gather with loved ones

Autumn can be a busy time of year for a lot of people, with school back in session, but it’s important to set aside time for socializing with people you care about. The cool weather makes gatherings even more cozy, sitting around the fire sipping wine, going for a brisk walk, or hosting a dinner party. Surround yourself with friends and family, to counteract the loneliness that sometimes creeps in around autumn time.

This season can be such a tremendous opportunity for personal growth, introspection, and redefining our priorities, and I hope we all take advantage of the invitation in front of us. So, I urge you to ask yourself what personal wisdom autumn is bringing to you this year, and how you can envelop it into your everyday life?

Clearing My Throat Chakra / Speaking My Truth

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For the past week since the election, my throat keeps seizing up. I’ve been popping Ricola cherry throat lozengers like crazy and assuring my clients that I’m not sick, just have a dry throat. Today, after a coughing jag, one of my intuitive clients asked me if there was something that I wasn’t saying. My first response was to say “no”, but then a realization struck me. There has been something that I need to speak about. So here goes… I voted for Trump.

I quit talking about politics many years ago. I’m a dedicated libertarian. That’s libertarian with a small “l” as opposed to the Libertarian party (capital “L”). My dad has been a libertarian all of my life. I grew up with lively political discussions around the dinner table. We kids were always included in the discussion and our opinions given due courtesy. I admit that as a teenager and young adult, I adopted my parent’s philosophy without a lot of questioning. As an adult nearing 60, I’ve done a lot of questioning and am even more of a libertarian.

So, what is a libertarian and how in the world could I vote for Trump? I believe passionately in individual freedom and liberty. I want social justice and equality with all of my heart, however, I know that those things cannot be legislated. They must be enacted individually in order to be authentic and to bring about the desired result. I believe our government has way overstepped its bounds and is doing more harm than good. I think we are fast approaching a point in our history where more Americans are dependent on the government (local, state, fed) than work in the private sector. More and more people look to the government to take care of them from cradle to grave. That’s anathema to me.

Barack Obama believes that more government is better. His eight years in office demonstrate his philosophy. Hillary Clinton also believes that the federal government should take more control of our lives. Clinton has a long history as a politician, so we can look at her record. I find it appalling. She knowingly compromised national security with her emails. She lied about Ben Gazi. The Clinton foundation took advantage of impoverished Haiti. Hillary and Bill became rich by trading favors. I don’t trust her or any politician to make important choices for me.

Of the two main political parties, the Republicans are closer to my values than the Democrats. And for some crazy reason, Trump ended up as the alternative to Clinton. I’d love to see a woman as president, but not someone as morally bankrupt at Clinton. When I filled in the circle next to Donald Trump's name, I was actually voting against Hillary and her socialist agenda.

I’m not a racist, bigot, misogynist (can I spell that?), homophobe, white supremacist. I am of the privileged class (white, heterosexual). I can’t help that last part. I reluctantly voted for Trump.

I quit talking about politics because I discovered that most people take things personally. I remember years ago when I worked for HP, mentioning that I disagreed with the US involvement in the first gulf war over lunch in the cafeteria. I found out a few days later that I deeply offended a couple of my coworkers. Many people seem to avoid talking about politics or get angry with you if you don’t agree with them. Why is that?

Many of my dear friends and clients are of the liberal persuasion. They are kind, considerate and caring people. My conservative friends and family are also kind, considerate and caring. I am kind, considerate and caring.

Maybe it’s time we started talking about politics with our family, friends and co-workers. Here’s the deal. We have to agree to quit using media-prompted labels like racist, bigot, misogynist, homophobe, liberal, conservative, left-wing, right-wing, privileged. What do those labels really mean? Where is the evidence in people’s actions that we can debate? Can we agree to listen to each other with an open heart and mind and not take differing opinions personally?

This is an important time in the history of our nation. I believe in American exceptionalism. Where we lead, others will follow. Let’s turn fear and anger into productive discourse.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

Exploring The Chakras Part 7: The Crown

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We’ve come to our last stop on our chakra journey! The crown chakra is the 7th, and highest of the body’s energy centers, sitting at the top of the chakra chain including the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, and third eye chakras. We have been playing with the chakra unwinding exercise over the past couple of months, and if you’ve been following along, I hope it has been enlightening and helpful for you! Known as the Sahasrara in Sanskrit, the crown chakra lies at the very top of your head, and represents the connection between us and the Universe beyond. This is where you experience feelings of transcendence, bliss, and liberation, some of the highest planes of experience that exist. Arguably the most complex chakra, the crown is not concerned with the trappings of earthly life, but calls you forth to feel the oneness of the Divine.

When this chakra is blocked, you may experience constant worry, depression, apathy, and be unable to find your purpose, but when the crown is open and balanced, you live each day in deep connection to the Universe, feel compassion for all, and stride confidently in your sacred calling.

The crown chakra embodies the following characteristics:

  • Color: light violet
  • Physical associations: muscular system, skin, brain, pineal gland, and skeletal system
  • Emotional associations: ability to trust, sense of oneness, devotion, spiritual practice, faith, inspiration, values and ethics, courage, selflessness, ability to see larger picture
  • Sense: “sixth sense” or higher mind
  • Mantra: AUM or sacred silence
  • Element: pure Spirit

Each of our chakras contains its own wisdom and message for us to hear. According to energy healer and teacher, Caroline Myss, our crown chakra reminds us to “live in the present moment.” This chakra calls us to develop a personal relationship with the Divine, let go of our past regrets and fears about the future, and live in sacred oneness with all that is.

In the Shamanic tradition of the Munay-Ki, there are archetypes that rule over each of our bodily chakras, and the one that is associated with the crown chakra is Pachakuti. This powerful figure is known as the “keeper of the possibilities and the organizing principle of the heavenly Upper World. Pachakuti embodies the concept of circular time, stepping outside of linear time to make time stand still and bring heavenly order.” The ancient translation of Pachakuti means “he who overturns space and time.”

Our highest chakra, the crown chakra, is vital to our ability to live a full and rich life, since it forms the bridge between our earthly selves and our star selves. There are many ways to nourish and care for your crown chakra, including meditation, prayer, acts of service, connecting with a spiritual community, crystals, essential oils, and of course energy work like Reiki. Doing the unwinding exercise is a great way to practice this kind of healing on yourself whenever and wherever you like!

“The infinite wisdom and abundance of the Divine flows easily through me. All is well.”

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For those of you who made it this far in our chakra unwinding journey, here is what you had to say about your experience doing this technique with your 7th chakra!

“I found that moving my hand further away (above) my head made the sensation of unwinding much stronger. When I stopped to experience the sensation I found that my entire body was a swirling long spiral (corkscrew) of energy from the crown to the root. I felt open and expansive yet calm and peaceful. It was a nice completion to our experiment!”

“This was a powerful exercise!  I was meditating on an oracle card called "Release" from the chakra deck. The message in the card was to release negative self-talk. As I started to unwind my crown, I noticed that it was spinning in a very lop-sided way. I could see the image of a merry-go-round and one side was very crowded. When I looked closer, I could see that it was crowded with experiences from my family of origin; mother, father, grandparents, their parents and so on. It didn’t feel correct to just shoo them off. It seemed important that I honor their experiences and then gently release them. When my chakra was clear, I was able to spin back up.  My head felt very light and open.”

“As soon as I begun unwinding, I noticed that I had been holding my breath, and the motion re-started a healthy breathing cycle. I felt a little bit dizzy while unwinding, but I knew I had reached stillpoint when everything went quiet. I saw images of birds and my brain fell silent for a while. Then I noticed I was starting to get antsy and uncomfortable, so I waited and breathed for another moment, before winding back up. As I wound up my chakra, I saw the visualization of a bright, golden crown being created on my head, like by a 3D printer. When the crown was complete, I knew the chakra had been rewound successfully.”

It has been such a fun journey with you all over the past couple of months, as we have explored the chakras. I hope you will continue to use this incredible unwinding exercise on a regular basis!