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!

Exploring The Chakras Part 6: The Third Eye

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We’ve made it all the way up to the 6th chakra! Over the past few weeks, we have explored the energy system of the body, as well as played with the unwinding exerciseto bring about clarity and balance. We have already learned about the root, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus, the heart, and the throat, and today, we get to dive deep into the mysterious third eye chakra! Called the Anja in Sanskrit, the third eye is the home of your intuition, intelligence, and perception of the world around you. Nestled right between your eyebrows, the third eye is thought to be connected to your pituitary gland, which has been called the "master gland" of the body, responsible for regulating your biochemistry, as well as acting as the "seat of the mind"/center of your intellect . Because of this connection, the third eye chakra is often thought of as the lens through which we see our world, and it can easily become blocked or stagnant in today’s modern society.

When the third eye is imbalanced, you will have a hard time accessing your intuition, you will feel disconnected spiritually, and you’ll feel mentally foggy. But when this chakra is humming away in a balanced state, you will be able to see reality clearly, free from illusion, and be able to think and process information around you with ease. The third eye is where we bring together all the planes of our existence- the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual, and weave them together in harmony.

The 6th chakra is associated with the following:

  • Color: deep indigo
  • Physical associations: brain, nervous system, pituitary gland, eyes, ears, nose
  • Emotional associations: truth, openness to ideas, intuition, emotional intelligence, wisdom, intellect, self-evaluation, ability to learn from experience, feelings of inadequacy
  • Sense: sight
  • Mantra: AUM
  • Element: light

Each of our chakras holds deep within it, a sacred truth or piece of Divine wisdom, and the third eye is no exception. According to the teacher Caroline Myss, the third eye chakra calls to us to “seek only the truth,” and always be aware of what is truth and what is illusion. We should trust what we cannot see far more than what we can see in front of us.

Since the third eye governs our entire nervous system, it is linked to each and every other chakra in our bodily system, as well as the chakras that lie beyond the body’s borders. We are incredibly complex and sensitive spiritual creatures, and our third eye is our link to the worlds beyond. Because of this incredible gift, we need to work extra hard to keep this chakra open, awake, and in balance. If we do not tend to this, we are much more likely to be caught up in illusion, and chase the things that do not really matter, leaving us drained, disconnected, and unfulfilled.

“I open myself to see and to know my inner guidance and deepest wisdom.”

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A few of you have been following along over the past few weeks, as we played with the unwinding exercise. Here’s what you had to say, while exploring your third eye chakra:

“I felt the unwinding go fully in to the center of my head where I feel the 3rd eye really is and was left with a feeling of spaciousness and wholeness. As if I really didn’t need anything else!”

“As I unwound, I felt an imbalance in my eyes; the left (my feminine) side felt heavy relative to the right side.  I kept unwinding until both sides felt clear.  As I waited in the stillness, I saw images of myself in a party dress, having fun mingling with other people.  When I wound back up, I felt lighter, more open and in touch with my feminine self.”

“I saw the color of blue/purple, was able to sit with stillness, felt mostly behind eyes and nose. I experienced qualities of wisdom, discernment, and confidence, related to both my day to day and spiritual world. I know I can trust them both. I had a vision of pink lotus flower, and my hand wanted to give back some energy after it was wound back up.”

“As soon as I began unwinding, I could feel the heat start to build in my head/face area. Once it felt like the heat wave was over, I stopped and sat in the quiet. Immediately, I saw silver light, and got the image of walking through thick fog or clouds. Everything was peaceful and still. Then I suddenly felt like winding back up, and again felt the heat as I moved my hand. I stopped winding when I could sense that the chakra was back to its normal rhythm.”

We only have one more chakra to go, so keep an eye out for that blog sometime next week. And if you want to catch up on the chakra unwinding exercise, you can read more about that here!

Exploring The Chakras Part 5: The Throat

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We are making amazing progress through the seven energy centers of the body! We have already explored the root, the sacral, the solar plexus, and the heart chakras, and today we venture up into the fifth chakra. If you have been following along with us and doing the unwinding exercise, now it’s time to review what you learned and experienced. The fifth chakra, the throat chakra, is the first of the higher chakras, which are concerned with the spiritual realms. Known as Vishuddha in Sanskrit, the throat chakra is the powerhouse of communication, self-expression, and how we put our truth out into the world. It’s located right in the center of your neck, between your collarbones and the lower half of your face, in the area known as the “energetic bottleneck”. Because of this, it’s common for energy to get stuck here. This energy center is responsible for how we interact with others, making ourselves known, and advocating for our own needs and desires.

When the throat chakra is blocked or underactive, you may have trouble speaking up for yourself, feel timid in social situations, become manipulative or deceitful, or otherwise end up in situations that aren’t good for you. If your throat chakra is overactive, you may find yourself becoming bullish, overbearing, loud, controlling, or unreceptive to criticism. Balance in the fifth chakra is incredibly important, because it can have far-reaching effects in our social realm, and miscommunications can derail everything from work opportunities to romantic relationships.

To sum up the throat chakra in a few facts:

  • Color: light blue
  • Physical associations: thyroid, parathyroid, throat, vocal cords, mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, jaw, esophagus, hypothalamus
  • Emotional associations: choices and free will, advocating for oneself, following your dreams/passions, judgment, criticism, ability to manifest, faith, knowledge, decision making abilities
  • Sense: hearing
  • Mantra: HAM
  • Element: sound

Remember that each of our chakras contains a divine truth, according to Caroline Myss. For the fifth chakra, the associated sacred truth is “surrender personal will to divine will.” This means that each of our thoughts, actions, and choices has tremendous influence, and when we can bring those into alignment with the Divine truth, we can amplify their power. The throat chakra invites us to step into a place of surrender, and understand our place as co-creators of our reality.

In this aspect, the throat chakra is often thought of as linked to the solar plexus chakra, the seat of our willpower and self-identity. In the fires of the solar plexus, we forge and identify who we are, what we want, and what gets us up every day. This energy then moves outwards into the world through our throat chakra, which puts breath and sound behind it. The throat is also inextricably linked to the sacral chakra, our creative energy center, and helps us to manifest our creative thoughts into reality.

Because there is so much energy that wants to travel through such a small space that is the throat, we often experience overwhelm or a feeling of stuck-ness there. It’s like a traffic jam- there are too many cars trying to pass over the throat bridge, so we end up in gridlock. We misspeak, we fail to advocate for ourselves, we come off as too aggressive or judgmental, and we find that our communication in general starts to break down. Working to heal and open the throat chakra is important to keeping things moving, as well as balancing the energy output of the other chakras too!

I keep my thoughts positive and always express myself clearly and truthfully

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In the shamanic tradition of the Munay-Ki, there are seven different archetypes that are associated with the chakras of the body. For the throat chakra, we see Huascar, who is known as the Lord of Life and Lord of Death. He was the ancient keeper of the medicine teachings, and serves to harmonize the Upper and Lower worlds. Huascar invites us to come into harmony with our shadow, as well as our light, and speak that Divine truth into the world.

Many of you participated in the throat chakra clearing exercise, and here’s a sampling of what you had to say!

“I felt a click almost when I got to my tenth unwind. I sat in the space for a bit and felt like I was seeing some colors. The chakra felt like it was an open hole. I really hope it helps with my headaches! I've had noticeable relief from them since our last session.”

“I saw the color blue green, and the word that came to mind was ‘satisfied.’ I wanted a snack in the midst of the stillness! I feel a lot in my throat normally, and likely use that area to fill the void I feel in life. Staying with the spaciousness of this chakra was a little anxiety provoking. I had trouble letting go, but tried to gently stay with it.”

“I felt relaxed doing the throat one but didn't notice a big change in my week.”

“I saw grey/silverish light, felt innocent, light-hearted, saw images of children playing.”

“As I unwound the throat chakra, I felt an ache in my gut. I kept unwinding my throat, but couldn't quite get to that sense of openness that I've felt when clearing the other chakras. So, I unwound my sacral chakra, too. It felt as if the 2nd and 5th chakras were linked and holding an old pattern in my body. I just purchased a new deck of oracle cards (Chakra Wisdom by Tori Hartman), so I pulled a card while asking for insight into this pattern. The card that came up is called "Self Worth" and relates to the 2nd chakra. As I wound both chakras back up, I felt free in a new way, no longer feeling the need to prove my worth to others through my words or voice.”

“When I first made contact with the chakra, I was surprised to feel so much tingling energy in my hand. As I unwound, I noticed that I suddenly had a tickle in my throat, but I continued unwinding until that sensation went away. In the stillness, I actually felt kind of agitated, and kept involuntarily swallowing. It was kind of like my inner child had decided to visit this chakra and have a temper tantrum. Then I yawned deeply, and had a sense of something releasing, so I wound it back up. When I felt I was finished, the agitation had gone away and I had a vision of being outside, hearing the wind blow through the trees.”

If you want to take part in our chakra clearing journey, I recommend that you start with my blog on the clearing exercise technique, and then make your way through my previous blogs on chakras 1-4. And of course, you can join my email list for reminders and updates!

Join us next time when we delve into the mysterious wisdom of the third eye chakra!

Exploring The Chakras Part 4: The Heart

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Our journey through the chakras continues! We’ve already learned about the root, the sacral, and the solar plexus chakras, and played with the unwinding exercise. Many of you have been following along, and I greatly appreciate all the wonderful feedback you’ve shared about your experiences with unwinding your energy centers. Today, we jump up to the heart chakra, the fourth, which lies in the center of the chest. You’ll remember that the first three chakras are known as the “material” chakras, as they are concerned with things of matter and our physical world. And we will soon go over the higher three chakras, which are associated with things of the spiritual world. This arrangement is one of the reasons why the heart chakra is so important- it forms the bridge between the material and spiritual. The fourth chakra is known as Anahata in Sanskrit, which loosely translates to “unstruck”, the concept of being unhurt or unbroken. And this beautiful notion is a great thing to keep in mind while working with your heart.

The heart center is responsible for regulating emotional love, empathy, compassion, and dissipating feelings like anger and jealousy. When the heart chakra is balanced, you will feel patient, caring, forgiving, and have a strong sense of empathy for not only others, but also yourself. You will be able to fully tap into the vibration of being emotionally “unhurt” and resilient with ease. However, if you are experiencing a blockage or imbalance of the heart chakra, you may feel easily jealous, controlling, suspicious, possessive, emotionally shut down, and have a hard time letting go of grudges.

When we look at our heart chakra, we see these things:

  • Color: emerald green or blushing pink
  • Physical associations: heart and circulatory system, ribs, diaphragm, breasts, thymus gland, lungs, shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Emotional associations: love, jealousy, hatred, grief, inability to forgive, loneliness, self-centeredness, compassion, hope, commitment, ability to heal self and others
  • Sense: touch
  • Mantra: YAM
  • Element: air

Spiritual teacher and author, Caroline Myss, notes that every chakra contains its own divine wisdom. For the heart chakra, the sacred truth is “love is Divine power”, meaning that emotional energy is the basis of all that we do, as it motivates every aspect of our being- mind, body, and spirit.

In our modern culture, we often talk about the struggle between our head and our heart, and the heart is seen as the place of fantasy (as opposed to reality) that is bidding us ever onward into a place of joy and freedom. However, tapping into our hearts doesn’t make us naïve. Quite the contrary! Perhaps you know someone who seems to live a “heart-centered” life, choosing to see the beauty, meaning, and love in everything. This doesn’t mean they are irrational or “out of touch”- it simply denotes a person who has balance in all of their chakras, and places value on things like connection, relationships, and being of service. This is the sacred calling of the fourth chakra.

Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world. – Pema Chodron

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From the perspective of the Munay-Ki, the archetype that rules over our heart chakra is the eagle, who spreads her wings wide and soars in the current of clarity. The eagle invites us to live with compassion for ourselves and others, from our hearts in pure connection to Spirit, and see the world from a higher place. This archetype is all about accessing the "place of our becoming" and spreading our wings to fly towards that sacred place. The promise of this ancient eagle is freedom!

If you have been following along with the chakra unwinding exercises, you may have noticed some things while working on your heart. Here are a few of your responses:

“Clearing my heart chakra last night I felt like a transparent green tube popped up out of that chakra once unwound. I asked all beliefs and thoughts that didn't serve me to evacuate the tube and for loving, healthy thoughts that serve my highest good to fill the tube. Then I re-wound the chakra and it felt like the tube went back in.”

“Last week I again experienced the feeling of my hand going just under the surface of water as I unwound and wound the heart chakra!  Very interesting!”

“I felt a slower unwinding and much faster winding back up. I was able to stay in open state for several minutes, and felt sensations in my throat and behind my nose. I felt a velvety river flowing out. I envisioned attachment and grasping getting off the carousel…gratitude, devotion, and confidence in my open heart growing. I saw blue circles of light with my eyes closed.”

“As I unwound, I felt my chest open up.  I felt as if I were at the center of the universe and all the star stuff was spinning around me.  In the stillness, I waited with the question “who am i?”  To receive the answer, I felt that I needed to unwind some more.  As I did, the spinning stopped and there was only white light.  In this space, there were no questions.  Eventually, I felt a tug within to signal that it was time to spin clockwise again and bring me back into my human-ness.  As I write this, the vast sense of myself still lingers…”

“As soon as I started unwinding my heart chakra, I started yawning repeatedly, so I take that as a sign that I was releasing energy. As soon as the yawns stopped, I knew I had reached a stillpoint. I rested there for a few minutes, and noticed that there was a moment of total weightlessness- like all my muscles relaxed and I was floating. I also felt that the boundaries between myself and others momentarily blurred, like the veil of separation got a little thinner. Then suddenly, I started yawning again, and knew it was time to wind back up. Afterwards, I felt like I could breathe (and smile) a little easier!”

Sound like an interesting experiment? I invite you to read about the unwinding exercise, and try it on yourself this week. You can also join our newsletter to get reminders and updates to stay on track. Come back next time, when we explore the throat chakra!