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Chakra Quick Reference Guide

Our Energy System

We are energetic beings, I don’t mean the jump up and down kind of energetic, I mean pure physical energy.  Our bodies are not just what you see with the naked eye, they are composed of magnetic fields of energy as well as the physical body.

Some people are trained auric readers, they can see the colours of your aura and notice blocks or holes in the outer layers.  A perfectly aligned and balanced aura is the ideal.  Once you know more about these invisible fields of energy that connect you directly to the Divine you can achieve harmony and balance. 

The Aura

Firstly, let us look at the aura.  It is an invisible, colourful and multi-dimensional energy field that surrounds every living thing.  It’s made up of 7 layers outside of the physical body and each layer/body is connected to a Chakra. 

1Etheric BodyPhysical IllnessRoot Chakra
2Emotional BodyEmotional blocksSacral Chakra
3Mental bodyThoughts & beliefsSolar Plexus
4Astral BodyPure Love – the connector between the lower physical & higher spiritual vibrationsHeart Chakra
5The Etheric TemplateHolds our blueprint – manifests from ether into physicalThroat Chakra
6Celestial BodyPerception & Intuition3rd Eye
7Ketheric TemplateOur connection to the Divine EnergyCrown Chakra

The Chakras

Secondly, we have the chakras.  I like to think of them as the 7 power houses.  The word chakra itself comes from an old Hindu word that means ‘wheel’ or ‘turning’, it’s easier to understand if we take this literally to mean a vortex or whirlpool. 

They are vibrational spinning wheels of energy; taking energy from the Divine Source into the Etheric Body.    All the chakras are interwoven with each other and they correspond with a certain colour and organ or gland in the body.    They run centrally up the body from the base of the spine to the crown, spinning and drawing in Divine Energy to balance the mind, body and spirit. 

This illustration details their positioning and I have detailed each of them so that you can see the roles that they play in achieving harmony.  If a chakra becomes blocked or out of balance due to an emotional shock or trauma we can rebalance with music, colour or crystals.

Base Chakra or Root Chakra – Colour Red

This chakra is located at the base of the spine.   Here we find our fight or flight response, our instinct to survive.  It is what roots us to this earth, our ancestry, our history, our family, our start in life.  The Root chakra is linked straight into the Sacral Chakra.   It’s also connected to our Adrenal glands.

The Sacral Chakra – Colour Orange

The Sacral Chakra is where we house our one to one relationships.   It’s associated with the internal reproductive organs and controls our water elements; blood, lymph, tears and bodily fluids. Unsurprisingly our sexual energy is located here and our sense of fun. It links straight into the Solar Plexus.

The Solar Plexus – colour Yellow

This is where our personal power, ego and self-worth lives.   If we have had a series of destructive relationships (affecting our Sacral Chakra) we can very often find blocks here.  This will usually manifest in digestive issues.  It corresponds to the pancreas and outer adrenal glands.

The Heart Chakra – colour green

This chakra is just to the right of our actual heart and looks after the lungs and blood pressure.  It is also linked to the thymus gland which helps the immune system. 

The Throat Chakra – colour blue

Here you find our voice, our ability to express ourselves vocally and communicate our wants and desires.  It is linked to the thyroid gland which produces the hormone that controls our metabolic rate.

The Third Eye – colour Indigo

The Third Eye is connected to the pineal gland which governs light.  The pineal gland actually controls our sleeping instincts.   Here you will also find our intuition or ESP, our psychic senses.

The Crown Chakra – colour violet or white

This is as the name suggests on the crown of the head.  It’s linked to the pituitary gland which produces a hormone that controls the whole endocrine system.  The Crown Chakra is our direct connection to the Divine Source.

Fixing Blocks or Imbalances

One of the quickest ways of detecting a blockage or imbalance is to use a pendulum.  If any issues are detected OR you genuinely resonate with the following issues you could use a tune up.

Root or BaseFeelings of crippling fear or insecurities. Ask yourself if you are living in fear. 
SacralUnable to trust people or one to one relationships. 
Solar PlexusFeelings of low self-esteem, feeling unworthy and undeserving of the blessings in life
HeartFeeling isolated and cut off from the world.  Unloved and unable to love.  Feel like you can’t breathe
ThroatUnable to speak up for yourself and communicate effectively.  Sore throats live here. 
3rd EyeFeel like you just cannot think straight.  Your thoughts are running wild and you are unable to process them effectively
CrownUnable to find any purpose in life.  Depression and confusion. 

You can heal the chakras by working with the appropriate colour or coloured crystals relating to the chakra.  The chakras also respond well to sound.  They also respond well to singing bowls as each chakra resonates with a certain sound.  

As you can see everything is interconnected with the Divine Energy.  We will have a much happier and peaceful life if we can achieve balance and harmony and the Chakras are a very good place to start.

How to Contact Your Spirit Guide

This subject came up quite a lot at the recent mind, body, spirit exhibition I attended and so I wanted to cover it this week.

Some of you will be aware of your spirit guide, know that you have one and yet still feel alone so I wanted to share a few tips that I have used over the years to strengthen that bond.  This means you will never doubt the existence of them as you will just know that they are there.

I will talk about what is a spirit guide, how to contact yours and how to build and strengthen the bond.   Before I begin I just wanted to say that there have been periods in my own life when I have very much doubted that I was protected or loved when I was younger.  Actually, if I had known then what I know now I wouldn’t have carried the pain that I carried around for a number of years. Isn’t inner knowledge a wonderful thing?! So I hope that this little article helps you if you need it right now.

What is a spirit guide?

We have various guides, not just one and so I will start at the beginning.   You are a spirit in a human body.  This is fact number one.  You are pure energy contained within this human body and life experience that you are having.   You are connected to Divine Intelligence or the Source because you are part of it.  

Primary Guide

When you decided as a thought to come into this life, you wanted certain experiences for your evolvement and so did your primary guide.  They are with you from birth until your crossing over, you are continually learning from each other.   Although they are there at all times they are forbidden to drive your life or take over as you were also born with ‘free will’.  This is not for negotiation, you will not be possessed by them or taken over because you are a soul with free will and nothing can happen to you unless you invite it.   They are pure beings of love, they love you like no other as they live in Divine Source and this is a place of pure light and love.

Angels or Ascended Masters

These are pure light and love of a very high vibrational nature and are here to assist mankind in pure spiritual evolvement.  They tend to attach to either spiritual healers or spiritual teachers as this is the main focus of their loving intention.  To raise the vibrational level of mankind to a place of light and love.    They have a lot to teach.

Ancestral member

This type of guide is one of our ancestors or a relative that has passed on before our birth.   This relative does not remain because they are tied to the earth or don’t want to let go, but because they have a calling to be with you through your lifetime for one reason or another.  There is a natural bond as they come from the same lineage so there is ancestral wisdom. 

Power Animal

You don’t have to be Shaman to understand or need a power animal.  Animals have their own traits, wisdom and messages to impart.  It is said that we walk with a power animal or animal spirit guide to connect us to nature and their particular traits.   They usually come to us as a sign when we reach a fork in our lives.  They will appear in symbolic form on a recurrent basis until we acknowledge them.  So if you are seeing the same animal over and over again there is a message for you in this visitation.

Higher Self

Personally, I find this one of the most misunderstood of all guides because it is us.  It is our own energy vortex, where we came from as a thought into a physical reality.  It is ourselves in its purest form, our soul on a journey towards enlightenment.  We, in our physical body, are merely a projection, like a holograph, of our Higher Self.  Our higher self is devoted to our progress in life because we are it and we are here to carry out a purpose.

 10 steps on how to contact your spirit guides

As you know, you are a spirit in a physical body

  1.  Get yourself into a relaxed state, sitting comfortably or lying down.  You are going to raise your vibration to the vibration of love and joy.  This is where your guides live.
  2. Empty your mind and focus on your breathing.  Breathe in love and joy and out stress and negativity.  Feel the shift.
  3. Imagine a white light coming in through your crown chakra (top of your head) and running through your body.  Relaxing all your muscles
  4. Imagine yourself in a beautiful garden with a garden seat
  5. Sit on the seat and invite your spirit guide to come closer to you, knowing all the time that you are safe and loved
  6. Ask your spirit guide to give you a calling card, this can be a physical sensation on your body, a sound or a smell.
  7. Ask your Spirit Guide to give you this calling card three times so that you can be sure it is them
  8. Bask in the love that they have for you and ask if they have any message for you at this time, you can ask for their name if you so wish but the calling card will be their main identification
  9. Listen carefully
  10. When you are ready return your focus to your breathe, in love and out stress and come back into the room.

If you don’t receive any message the first time, keep trying.  Your spirit guide is there for you and you alone.  They walk every step beside you in life.  It is all in the vibration, if you cannot contact them immediately you need to raise your vibration to a happier, higher place.  Literally, think happy thoughts when you breathe in the love and joy.  You will feel the shift in your body as it becomes lighter.

An important note to re-iterate is that a true guide will never frighten you, tell you what to do or use words like ‘should’.  They will also not act as a divination tool.  They have joined you for your spiritual journey in life, which is ultimately about enlightenment of your soul.  They can give you intuitive insight, bring synchronicity and co-incidences to pass and leave calling cards.  Calling cards are physical confirmation that they are there, what we would call signs.

How to strengthen the bond

This is done through regular meetings with them.  After you have spent some time in a meditative state raising your vibration and receiving answers to questions, you will be able to shift your vibration in an alert state.  When you are awake you can take a deep breathe in with joy, shift your vibration consciously and call whichever guide you wish to talk to.  They will give you their calling card or sign and you being the communication in an alert state.   Alert state is difficult to describe, it is almost in a daydream state with a happy feeling. 

You can only truly strengthen the bond with practice, it requires commitment on your part.  Mainly because you are all learning to tap into each other’s vibrational wavelength.  It comes with anything in life, practice.  It’s not arduous and it makes you feel so happy and connected that you will happy to put in the time.

They are connected to you through thought.  My guides explained it to me like this and hopefully this will resonate.  It is like being in love for the first time, you think about them all the time, they are constantly on your mind and you feel connected in a way that is inexplicable.  It is the same for our guides, they are connected to us and they love us deeply.  We only have to think of them and they are ready to answer our questions.  It is a bond that will not be broken and when we invite them in our lives make more sense.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT first swept the world by storm a few years ago.  There are an awful lot of practitioners that are familiar with the technique and have been using it with some success, however, it reached new giddy heights with Hay House authors Nick & Jessica Ortner.   They are a brother and sister team who successfully used the technique to take their own lives, and hundreds more, up to a new level.

EFT is an ancient method of tapping on meridian points to identify with a negative emotion, in which you tap on meridian points as you identify with the feeling, then you tap it out.   Sounds fantastically easy doesn’t it.   I witnessed with my own eyes a live demonstration with Jessica Ortner in London, taking three ladies on stage that had an emotional intensity towards chocolate.   I can seriously relate to that so she had my avid attention at this point.   Each person was asked to give the emotion a number of intensity, 1 being low and 10 being the highest.   They were given a bar of chocolate to hold unwrapped and asked to smell it, intensifying the emotion even further.   Unsurprisingly, 10 was the common denominator.    Jessica then took them through the tapping technique.  After they had finished one round two ladies could honestly say they didn’t want the chocolate anymore.  One lady needed another round of tapping and all three left the stage with the chocolate untouched and unwanted.   

What was interesting for me, wasn’t necessarily the outcome, it was the emotional statements or feelings that came up when they connected to the desire.  Primarily it was about deeming the chocolate to be a childhood treat and deserving, emotionally feeding the spirit with goodness.    A deserving reward in essence.

Fascinated, I began tapping like fury on my absolute fear of travelling through London.   To say that I stress is an understatement.  Outwardly, cool as cucumber I am always a quivering wreck inside.   I must check for my ticket about five times before I even get on the train.  I put it in a special pocket, then I forget that I have put it in my special pocket and tear the contents of my handbag to pieces in a frantic state.  Craziness hits! 

And so I tapped and tapped and became calm, interestingly it was about being in control, a fear of losing my ticket, missing my train and getting lost.  I review the route before I leave and print it off to reliably be called about four or five times as I’m actually entering London.  Complete nut job!

I brought up a fear of being lost, late and in the wrong place, which ultimately is all about control.  You know, I seriously didn’t know I carried this stuff around.   Friends are surprised that I didn’t know I was a control freak.  Seriously I think we all are to a degree because it stems from a basic need to feel safe.

And so to the actual technique, I have illustrated the diagram of the actual points on your face and torso you need to tap.

1.   Identify with an overriding negative emotion, get into the feeling and tap and talk as follows, give it a voice and release it.

2.  Tap continuously on the Karate Chop (KC) point whilst saying: Even though I have this feeling of (problem) I completely love and accept myself.

3.  Then tap on the following points (using the illustration) and say even though I have this feeling, all this feeling of (problem) and it is driving me crazy I completely love and accept myself.   You don’t have to use my exact words but you must conclude with “I completely love and accept myself).  Tap it out once all the around the points and two further times.   You may be surprised what tapping uncovers.

KC – Karate Chop Point

EB – Eyebrow

SE – Side of Eye

UE – Under the Eye

UN – Under the Nose

CH – Chin

CB – Collarbone

UA – Under the Arm

H – Head

4.  Once you have tapped the negativity three times you need to rewrite your thinking by placing a positive statement about the underlying emotion you will have uncovered.   For example, mine was about feeling safe. So I re-enforced with ‘even though I feel fear in travelling to new places, I completely love and accept myself, I trust that I will study the route, put it away, buy my ticket, know where I have put it and get there on time, relaxed, happy, on time and safe.  It worked for me.

To summarise, three times around the points with the negativity and three times around the points with the positive statement.  

How to use a Pendulum

A pendulum is one of the most commonly used tools for divination, anyone can do it – it is simply a question of practice. In physical terms a pendulum is a weighted object hung from a single chain or cord (in the majority of cases it will be a strung crystal). You learn how to interpret the answers to yes, no or maybe and then you start asking questions.

Follow this exercise to connect with your pendulum

  • Sit with a straight back. 
  • Exhale loudly through your mouth all your stresses and worries.
  • Breath in through your nose to the count of five.
  • Breath out through your mouth to the count of five.
  • Hold the end of the chain between your thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand (If the chain feels too long wrap it slightly around your forefinger).
  • Gently run your fingers from your non-dominant hand down the chain to imprint your energy and ensure the pendulum is perfectly still.
  • Gently remove your fingers and wait for the pendulum to stop moving.
  • Focus your energy on the pendulum.
  • Ask it out loud or silently in your mind to show you a yes response. It will swing back and forth (North to South) or side to side (West to East).  This is your yes response.
  • Repeat the question for your no answer. It will swing in the opposite direction.
  • Finally, ask it to show you a cannot answer now response.  This will typically swing in a circular motion or what I call all around the world compass swing.

Your pendulum will be unique to you – mine swings back and forth for yes, side to side for no, and in a circular motion for cannot answer now responses. 

When you use it for the first time, I recommend you ask a few times to see a yes and no response until you are sure which is the correct interpretation for you.  Once you have mastered this you should move onto basic questions such as is my name “?”, is my eye colour “?” etc., you get the general idea as this will build your confidence in your ability to interpret the pendulum.

Please do not rely on your pendulum to make all your decisions in life, where would be the fun in that?

This is designed to develop your psychic ability and intuition, only you can be the master of your destiny – not a pendulum.As the pendulum relies on your energy to work effectively, I advise you not use it when you are emotionally distressed or in a negative state as you will get an inaccurate reading. It needs a calm state and an open mind.