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You Can Use Crystals to Get Clear on Your Intentions

Do you feel like your intentions are all a blur, and that you can’t focus on them for very long? This can be really frustrating, but crystals can give you some much-needed clarity. That’s because crystals are so much more than trendy home decor. In fact, their unseen energetic levels can influence your own energy, and help bring balance back into your life. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Crystals Have Their Own Energy

Just like you and I have our own energy, so do crystals. And very often, if we have negative, energetic vibrations, it’s hard to have mental clarity and positive feelings. That’s why it’s important to first clear out any negativity before you make new intentions.

Start with Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline protects you from unwanted energies and diffuses and transforms negative energy into positive energy. If certain people make you feel unhappy, you can easily keep this crystal close by; it will bring protection and help ward off disrupting energies.

Heal Your Emotional Blocks with Crystals

Amethyst, which comes in many various shades of purple, can help heal emotional blocks. And since emotional well-being leads to mental clarity, you can reach your highest potential with the help of amethyst. It’s also associated with both the crown, and third eye chakra: two chakras that provide an entry into our divinity, and our higher selves.

What Crystals Do You Like?

Confusion happens if we have unresolved issues that need to be healed. That’s why it makes sense to start with black tourmaline to neutralize negativity. And then, heal emotional blocks with amethyst. But what about focusing on other issues and getting clear on your intentions?

Instead of trying to match your specific issue with the appropriate crystal, or getting caught up in their descriptions, try to simply look at crystals and see which ones you’re attracted to.

It’s true: every crystal has a specific purpose. Some calm and cool you, others increase your self-love. Crystals can help you overcome depression; expand your awareness; connect to the earth; increase your optimism, and center yourself.

But you’ll find that some are just more attractive to you than others. And these are the crystals that are actually perfect for you right now.

So, go ahead and start with black tourmaline and amethyst, but then, don’t be afraid to explore other crystals. When you let your own energies respond to the healing energy of crystals, you can find balance and get clear on your intentions.

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The Flower of Life

If you are active in the New Thought movement, you have seen the image of the Flower of the Life more and more over the past years. This impressive shape, a series of circles set one upon the other, bounded within a sphere, seems simple. In fact, it is incredibly complex and has deep spiritual meaning and profound metaphysical significance. Its arcs, rings, and curves represent universal symbols and hold hidden alchemical messages. It is the most sacred shape known to seekers of wisdom, for it is said to contain the very blueprint of creation. It is the quintessential representation of the saying, “As above, so below.”

As above, so below. These age-old words, credited to the ancient Egyptian god-man, Hermes Trismegistus, seek to describe that the principles and properties of our vast universe—the complex science and systems that rule our galaxies, planets and star systems—are the same laws that rule all of nature, our human bodies and minds, indeed, even our spirits and souls. This adage is at the very foundation of the New Thought movement, that popular belief that there is a unifying consciousness which animates all things and that humanity, nature and the cosmos are parts of one divine, intelligent whole.

As we seek to understand the nature of the universe, we can look to sacred geometry to explain the energetic interaction of spirituality, philosophy, and science. The swirling shapes of planetary nebulae can be found in the gentle unfolding of a fern frond, a whirlpool, or a nascent human embryo; the rings of Saturn can be seen in a pool of water in which a pebble is dropped. The proportion and form of all things in existence can be seen as patterns, universal codes if you will, that underlie the very substance of matter. That elemental pattern is called The Flower of Life. But where did it come from?

In the beginning, in that time we call Genesis, Divine spirit desired to know itself. Out of the spiritual void came limitless energy, in the form of a sound: Om. Om vibrated at unfathomable speed and imprinted itself upon the void as a physical, multi-dimensional sphere, expanding infinitely into space-time, laying the groundwork for all shapes to come. And, because the Divine intended to be self-aware, out of that one circle came two circles, laid one upon the other; the Divine expressed its duality in a shape we now call the Vesica Pisces. This form continued to generate itself outward, manifesting as endless, interconnecting circles in a geometric progression.

Thus, cosmic energy spun out of nothingness and the patterns it created became something: an infinite, holographic, inter-dimensional, geometric grid. The energetic vibrations of the cosmic planes manifested as patterns in the reality and structures we know as space, time, dimension and matter. This shape, a pattern of endless circles laid upon infinite circles, held within a Divine sphere is the Flower of Life, the harmonic frequency and mathematical proportion of life itself. As above, so below.

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Ways to Activate your Pineal Gland

The pineal gland is helpful for regulating your mood, sleeping patterns, and energy levels. Activating your pineal gland will cause it to produce hormones that keep some of the most important aspects of your life balanced. These four ways to activate your pineal gland will help to keep your stress leveled and your mood bright.

Meditate

Meditation is a great way to learn how to direct energy to certain parts of the body with practice—including the pineal gland. Meditation can also help activate your bioelectric energy, which can garner a good response from your pineal gland.

Sleep in total darkness

Sleeping in a dark environment helps to ensure you get a restful sleep. The dark environment encourages your pineal gland to produce more melatonin. Backlit devices such as tablets, cell phones, PC monitors, and televisions can confuse your sleeping cycle, as the light will stimulate serotonin production. This tricks your pineal gland into thinking it is daytime. Melatonin production from a dark room will help you to sleep deeper and feel more restful the next day.

Get out into the sun

Sun exposure stimulates the mind and gives the pineal gland a kick-start.  Either direct or indirect sunlight will prompt the pineal gland into producing serotonin, which contributes to energy and mood levels. This is why you should avoid light after sundown. At night you need to produce melatonin to suppress the serotonin that makes you feel awake during the day.

Sun-gazing

Sun-gazing is the act of looking directly at the sun during the safest times of day—at sunrise or sunset. Looking directly at the sun is risky to the health of your eyes, and it is not recommended for more than a few seconds, even at low light periods like sunrise and sunset. Indirect sunlight can also help stimulate the pineal gland, so just being outside works as well.

As you can see these are just some easy ways to activate your pineal gland which will help your mood, sleeping and energy levels.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Tarot

The origins of Tarot cards has its roots in ancient cultures. There are various theories as to the origin of the Tarot but nobody knows for sure where it originated.  One thing that remains clear is that the symbolism and occult science of the Tarot have remained the same throughout the ages.   Many people who want to learn the Tarot become overwhelmed and don’t know where to start; so we created this short guide to give beginners the steps and symbolism necessary to begin learning how to use the Tarot.

Selecting Your Tarot Deck

The first step is to find a good Tarot Deck, but this can be a daunting task as there are literally hundreds of different tarot decks to choose from.  Each Different deck uses its own Art and interpretation of the symbolism of the tarot.  For a beginner,  your first deck should probably be the very popular Rider-Waite deck or one of its many clones. The Rider-Waite decks are the most popular tarot deck and most tarot books include a description of the symbolism of each card.  This deck and many other decks usually come with a small book that describes all the cards; which can be a helpful quick reference for beginners to start learning the interpretations of the cards.

Understanding How The Tarot Deck Works

Tarot decks are composed of 78 cards:  22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana.  In the beginning, you will want to learn the symbolism and story of the major and the minor arcana. Trying to learn all the cards can be overwhelming in the beginning and a lot of people have found it helpful to just pick a card each day and learn its symbolism.  We also have videos on our site explaining the cards that come up in your readings.

Major Arcana

The 22 cards of the Major Arcana can best be learned by understanding that they tell a story of our human condition and our journey to spiritual self-awareness and wholeness; with each card representing a stage on that journey.  The story is referred to as the Fool’s journey, and the Fool is represented by the number O, then the story unfolds as we move through the 21 numbered major arcana cards and the last card on this journey is the World, a card that symbolizes completion.

Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana describes the people, events, feelings and circumstances we encounter on our personal “Fool’s Journey.  The 56 cards of the Minor Arcana are divided into four suits or worlds: Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles.  Each suit contains 4 court cards, the King, Queen, Knight and Page and 10 numbered cards.

Getting Familiar with Tarot Card Spreads

A “spread” simply refers to the particular pattern or layout of your cards as you do a reading.  There are many different types of spreads, with the 3 most popular being the Celtic Cross  Spread, the Three Cards Spread, and the 5 Card Spread. Each type of spread forms a patterned framework for a tarot reading, with each position of the tarot cards in a spread having a meaning or reference towards the overall reading. Below you will find a quick summary of the 3 Card Spread and the Celtic Cross Spread. Further detailed descriptions are located above the card in each reading on our site.

The Three-Card Spread:

This spread is good for yes or no questions and is very easy to do.

Card #1 represents the past/issues affecting the problem.

Card #2 represents the present/problem.

Card #3 represents the future/outcome.

 

The Celtic Cross Spread

In this spread, ten cards are spread in the form of a cross. The overall pattern of the cards indicates the situation you are seeking to understand and predict.

Card #1 reflects the present position, your primary and main concerns.

Card #2 is influence and reflects the concern and situation that is soon to come.

Card #3 shows what your goals are.

Card #4 tells you about your past.

Card #5 represents the influences of your immediate past.

Card #6 represents your immediate future.

Card #7 represents the factors or inner feelings that affect the situation.

Card #8 represents your external influences and people or energies around the situation.

Card #9 represents your hopes and fears around the situation.

Card #10 represents the final outcome.

The 6 Steps to Doing a Tarot Reading

  1.  Relax – Learning to relax before a reading helps connect you to your own intuition. You can start by taking a few slow deep breaths, visualize your stress leaving as you breath out; try to clear your mind and let go to the present moment in whatever way that works best for you. 
  2.  Clear Your Tarot Deck – Ritually cleansing your tarot deck from your last reading or from someone who has touched your deck is an important aspect of getting ready for a reading.   Start by connecting to your cards and lightly shuffling them a bit, then imagine a white light enveloping and bathing your cards.   This helps clear your cards while also helping you to connect more strongly with them.
  3.  Ask Your Question – While holding your tarot deck, ask your Question silently in your mind or out loud. Feel free to shuffle the cards a bit more, you can shuffle in any way that feels right for you.
  4.  Cut your Deck – Place your Tarot cards on the table in front of you.   Then using your left hand cut the deck in half and place the top half on the left; then start taking cards from the top of the right-hand pile. Some people like to divide the deck into three piles, and then take the cards from the top of the center pile.    Either way is fine, just do what feels right to you in the moment.
  5.  Lay the Cards out in a Spread – Over time you will learn a variety of different Spreads.  You will then use your understanding of the current question to determine the spread that you are going to use.  Start taking the cards from the top of the deck and lay them out in the proper order for the tarot card spread that you are using.
  6.  Interpret the Cards – When interpreting the cards it is best to use your intuition and trust your first impressions. When reading the cards be aware of the images, feelings, and sensations that arise as you start to interpret the card.  Combine your intuition with your understanding of the tarot cards symbolism to complete the reading and to obtain the answer to the question at hand.

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How to Break Free from Old Patterns

Knowingly or unknowingly, we are all trapped in patterns. These patterns hold us back from realizing our true potential. Learning to identify our own patterns is the essential first step for breaking out of the vicious cycle of repetitive painful experiences.

What are patterns?

A pattern is something that occurs repetitively in our life. Examples of patterns include “I seem to attract men who don’t want me,” “I am terrible at learning anything new,” “Every time I get close to my goals, something bad happens.”

How are patterns formed?

Patterns are always formed through a limiting belief. These beliefs might have been inculcated by a previous negative impression that left a powerful emotional impact on your psyche. For instance, if you were once in a relationship where you weren’t treated well, then you might have created a psychic impression that relationships are difficult.

Any idea that arouses strong emotions in us creates a pattern. Therefore, next time, when you went out and dated another man, you most likely had a very similar experience all over again. With repetition, patterns get stronger. The stronger a pattern gets, the harder it becomes to break out of its clutches.

Patterns are also formed through social conditioning. Let’s say, your mother kept repeating to you that men can’t be trusted. This idea became deeply rooted in your subconscious. When you entered your first relationship, you had an experience that reconfirmed this belief. Your belief eventually gave birth to a pattern that repeatedly attracts similar experiences with different people.

How to Break Free of Patterns

You must first understand that at the root of each negative pattern lies a negative belief. Belief is a powerful thing. You can never experience anything outside of your belief system. Now, you might argue that there are things you experienced which were never part of your belief system. Here, you must understand that your most deeply embedded beliefs exist at the subconscious level which means that you are most likely not even consciously aware of them.

Your conscious mind says that you want something but your subconscious has a powerful belief antithetical to that. For instance, in your conscious mind, you think that you want to meet positive people who love and appreciate you. However, in your experience, you are constantly attracting people who are the exact opposite of what you think you want.

Here, you must examine the emotions that come up when you are thinking about meeting new people – analyze exactly what kind of emotions come up organically. There will definitely be an element of fear involved – you might be fearful that people will cheat you or treat you badly.

The thing is that we don’t usually experience what we think of in our conscious mind, we experience what we believe in our subconscious. Emotions are our greatest power. Whatever we think of with strong emotions starts manifesting in our life. If a thought is like a car, then emotions are the fuel that drives it. Therefore, any thought or idea that evokes powerful emotions in us has the power to influence our reality.

  • As a first step, become conscious of your patterns. Every time you find yourself reacting strongly to any situation or person, take a step back and ask yourself where are these powerful emotions coming from. Most likely, the intensity of your reaction won’t be commensurate with the magnitude of the circumstances at hand. The intensity is due to the repetitive nature of that particular experience. Every time the same situation gets repeated, it makes the pattern stronger.
  • Maintain a journal to write down the patterns you are identifying. With time and practice, you’ll become better at recognizing your own patterns. Half the battle is won once you have learned to identify them.
  • In order to bring about permanent change, you must replace the negative core belief that lies underneath the surface of that pattern with a new more positive one. Affirmations are especially powerful for bringing about lasting change at a deep subconscious level. You can create your own affirmations that reaffirm the opposite of your negative belief. For instance, if your core belief is that “all men are jerks,” you can replace it with “I’m surrounded by wonderful men who treat me with respect and affection.” Practice your affirmation for at least 5 minutes as the last thing at night before going to sleep and as the very first thing in the morning. This is absolutely crucial because any idea repeated during these two times of the day brings about powerful changes at the subconscious level. You can also make a recording of your affirmation and keep it playing all night. Even if you think you are fast asleep and not listening to the recording, your subconscious is registering every word.

In time with practice, you can break free of the old patterns and replace them with positive patterns and be on your way to a new you!

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How Psychic Readings Can Help You Reach Your Goals

When it comes to goals, setting them is the easy part. But reaching your goals can be a little more difficult, right? If that’s the case, don’t worry! You’re definitely not alone, and there are many useful ways to make your goals a reality. One great way to support yourself is to have a psychic reading. And while a psychic reading might not be the first thing that comes to mind, it’s actually a very helpful tool. As you’ll learn, it can really support all of your goal-reaching endeavors.

Psychic Readings Can Help You Remove Roadblocks

It always feels exciting when you have a new idea you want to accomplish. And once you have this new goal, you have to figure out all the necessary steps that will turn this new goal into a reality. This is where we usually get hung up. As your daily routine and old thought patterns sink in, those goals often stay right where you left them: in your notebook or vision board. And if that’s where your goals stay, it’s hard to feel satisfied and fulfill, isn’t it?

But all those steps aren’t the real problem. Instead, what’s holding you back is old pain and trauma. And sometimes, you don’t even know that this negativity is still affecting you. During a reading, a psychic can observe your energy or aura, and help you become aware of your past trauma. Unhealed pain can cause you to have limiting and false beliefs about yourself, and that’s like putting up a big block in front of all of your goals and dreams. A psychic can help you see this so you can start to heal and move forward.

Psychics Can Affirm Your Goals

Our negative thought patterns and emotions get in our own way when it comes to reaching our goals. That’s why it’s important for someone to affirm and validate what we hold deep within us. And because a psychic carefully reads your energy, and any other messages that she senses, she can encourage you to stay true to your heart. A psychic reading can really empower you to commit to your goals, and not let self-doubt and self-sabotage hold you back anymore.

Psychic Readings Provide New Advice and Insight That You’ve Missed

In the hustle and bustle of daily living, it’s easy to get stuck in old habits. A psychic, however, is like a new pair of eyes who sees your life with a fresh and positive perspective. She can remind you of all your amazing skills and gifts, and what you’re truly capable of. A psychic reading doesn’t give you a map for your future life. But it will give you the confidence and encouragement you need to step forward into it. When you’re feeling happy and uplifted, it’s much easier to move toward your goals.

As you can see, a psychic reading can be a wonderful tool to help you reach your goals. Maybe you need to heal from old pain and trauma. Or, maybe you need a little validation or just a fresh take on things. Whatever your situation, a psychic can help you feel empowered about your dreams and support you as you make them real.

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Happiness Comes from Within

Happiness Comes from WithinWhat is happiness? Happiness is a feeling, it is a state of mind where we feel pleasure and enjoyment.   Unfortunately, in our culture, the true feeling of happiness is often hard to obtain or is fleeting as we mentally equate happiness with achievement and the fulfillment of life situations and material things.

Regrettably, material things and achievements do not provide lasting happiness; although they may give us some joy, this type of happiness never lasts and dissipates rather quickly as our mind wants new things or starts to focus on the things that we don’t have.

Happiness is a State of Mind

True happiness is a state of mind and is not dependent upon objects or achievements. It turns out that only a small percentage of people’s reports on happiness can be explained by their actual life circumstances.  It appears that the real key to happiness lies within our own thoughts and behaviors.

If you’ve been looking for happiness, which we all are, the good news is that the answer relies on controlling our own thoughts and actions.

Buddha, summed this up best by stating…

” Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are it solely relies on what you think.”

Learning to control our thoughts in order to cultivate happiness is both an easy and a complex thing; as we all know, our thoughts can get the best of us at times, and trying to control them can often backfire.

So, if our thoughts are the key to happiness how do we learn to control them.  Unfortunately, in our Western Culture, we are not taught to believe that we can learn to cultivate and grow love, compassion, and happiness.   In the East, and especially in Buddhism the whole system is based on teaching people how to develop the same joyful state of mind of the original Buddha, and that every person with practice, can become a Buddha themselves.

So how do we cultivate more love and happiness in our life?

According to Buddhism, in order to be happy we need to learn to cultivate mindful awareness and loving compassion; both of which can be built up through meditational awareness.

The key to mindfulness relies on learning to live fully in the present moment.   This moment is all we really have and it is at the moment that the spring of joy emanates, if you will only let it. We normally habitually bounce from one thought to the next, with each thought usually taking us out of the moment and into worry, stress or thinking about something that has no reference to the here and now.

Remember, Happiness is a state of mind, and the more we learn to accept life and ourselves as we are at the moment, the happier we will be.  This does not mean to stop striving to become better, it only means to learn to accept and love yourself, this moment and your current surroundings the best you can.

Cultivating The Art of Loving Presence

Living in the moment with Love and compassion towards yourself and others is the secret to a happy and joyful life. As Westerners we tend to be judgmental towards ourselves and others and as a result are not as happy as we could be. Non-judgment, empathy, and compassion are aspects that we can grow and learn to develop more and more in our lives.

The key is to be mindful of our own thoughts and to catch ourselves when we are being non-loving and judgmental towards ourselves and others. When you catch your mind being judgmental and non-loving in the moment, then replace the thought with a new and more loving thought and after a while, you will start to retrain your mind to be more loving and joyful.  If you are being judgmental toward another person, then take a deep breath and look for a good quality in this other person, or reflect back on yourself and ask what do I have to be grateful for in this moment. Try to view other people from the loving eyes of a  nonjudgmental grandmother and seek out and dwell upon their good qualities.

Below are some quotes from a few wise people that seem to understand what happiness is all about.

“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

“Compassion automatically brings happiness and calmness.” –The Dalai Lama

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Happiness blooms naturally in the hearts of those who are inwardly free… It flows spontaneously, like a mountain spring after April showers, in minds that are contented with simple living.” – Paramhansa Yogananda

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.”  — Dale Carnegie

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it… As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve and life begins to flow with joy and ease.”  — Eckhart Tolle

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