Meditation is an art that has been around since the dawn of humankind.
This is not a statement to be brushed over.
After all, many things about humankind have changed over time, but the profound art of meditation is something we have clung on to dearly.
This is because there is no substitute for meditation.
Nothing else, single handedly, bestows the many wonderful blessings that meditation brings.
In fact, nothing else even comes close. Hopefully, this article will inspire you to also learn and practice this timeless art.
The mind of one who meditates is like the easy, leisurely flow of the Ganges River, as compared to the ordinary mind, which is like Niagara Falls.
In other words, your mind is at peace, deeply silent and so you are at peace.
Meditation opens up the channels of communication between all levels of your being.
What this means is that you have access now to the guidance that is coming directly from your Divine Self.
This link gives rise to the flow of intuition and wisdom.
Meditation strips away the layers of false identity that mask your True Self from shining through. Once you eliminate these false egos and stop catering to their nonsense, you can reside in your True Nature.
This brings forth joy and happiness as it allows you to be at ease with life, existence and yourself.
All serious meditators know how much their brain function has been enhanced by meditation.
Now, empirical studies every day are indicating this link.
Meditation will undoubtedly increase your awareness.
This will give you insight into who you really are and what you really love in life. That is the secret of mastering the art of living and discovering your true talents, gifts and purpose.
That which you love, you do for its own sake without the need for reward or accolades. Once this is discovered, life can be lived with passion, zeal and independence.
The one ultimate purpose of meditation is enlightenment.
To help you discover the true nature of reality.
To make you realize that your True Self is Divine and One with the Universe.
Take your time and practice meditation today so that you can start feeling better tomorrow.
This is going to be a life changing experience for you.
If you make the most of it, you will start being a more positive person, and feel more complete.
Good luck and enjoy your meditation practices each day.
Throughout history, meditation has been an integral part of many cultures.
Records indicate that meditation was practiced in ancient Greece and India more than 5,000 years ago.
In the Buddhist religion, meditation is an important part of their spiritual practice.
Different forms of meditation are practiced in China and Japan, and Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have traditions similar to meditation.
The word meditation comes from the Latin meditari which means: exercise, turn something over in one’s mind, think, consider.
It is defined as consciously directing your attention to alter your state of mind.
Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies that in recent years have been classified under mind-body medicine therapies.
It is continuing to gain popularity, as more and more health experts believe that there is more to the connection between mind and body than modern medicine can explain.
According to researchers, meditation has been shown to aid the immune system and improve brain activity.
More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, to improve exercise performance, to help people with asthma to breathe easier, to relieve insomnia, and generally relax everyday stresses of life.
Many hospitals now offer meditation classes for their patients because of the health benefits.
All promote physiological health and well-being.
Traditionally, meditation has been used for spiritual growth, but more recently has become a valuable tool for managing stress and finding a place of peace, relaxation, and tranquility in a demanding fast-paced world.
Benefits resulting from meditation include: physical and emotional healing; easing stress, fear, and grief; improved breathing; developing intuition; deep relaxation; exploring higher realities; finding inner guidance; unlocking creativity; manifesting change; emotional cleansing and balancing; and deepening concentration and insight.
Meditation elicits many descriptive terms: stillness, silence, tranquility, peace, quiet, and calm.
All counter stress and tension.
Lama Surya Das in his book Awakening The Buddha Within says, Meditation is not just something to do; it’s a method of being and seeing an unconditional way of living moment by moment.
In other words, learning to live in this moment because this moment is all we have.
Henry Winkler is quoted as saying; Meditation is an opportunity to shake hands with ourselves in a safe, simple way and to balance our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
A human being’s first responsibility is to shake hands with herself.
For more information and help in going as deep in Meditation as you have never been before, DM me.
The history of Wicca, also known as The Craft, is complex but traditional Wicca is rooted in the so-called “British Mystery Traditions”.
For example, the Picts, who existed before the rise of Celtic consciousness, the Celts, and some Celtic Druidism.
Wicca predates Christianity by about 28,000 years.
A variety of archaeological discoveries reveal that the history of Wicca can be traced as far back as the Paleolithic peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess.
Cave paintings, that are dated at around 30,000 years old, depict a man with the head of a stag, and a pregnant woman standing in a circle with eleven other people.
Modern American Wicca has its roots in British Wicca, brought to the United States in the late 1950’s by English and American initiates of Gardnerian, Alexandrian and Celtic Wicca.
These are different forms of Wiccan tradition.
All of these cultures form part and parcel of the history of Wicca.
The ancient Greek Mysteries of Eleusis, Italian Mysteries of Rome, Etruria, Mysteries of Egypt and Persia before Islam, and various Babylonian, Assyrian and other mid-eastern Mysteries also find a place in the history of Wicca and its beliefs and traditional practices.
Perhaps the best way to describe Wicca is to call it a modern religion, based on ancient witchcraft traditions.
But do bear in mind that not all those who practice witchcraft today are Wiccas.
Wicca is both a belief system and a way of life.
Over the years, information about how Wiccan ancestors lived and worshipped has been lost due to actions of the medieval church.
However, modern Wiccas have tried to reconstruct the history of Wicca in an effort to lay the foundation for their practices.
During ancient times Wicca was called “The Craft of the Wise”.
This name was derived from the fact that most Wiccas aligned themselves with the forces of nature.
They also had knowledge of herbs and medicines, gave council and were important in the village and community as Shamanic healers and leaders.
The history of Wicca indicates that Wiccas once had a prized place in society which is quite a contrast to how they are viewed today.
Ancient Wiccas felt that humans were not superior to nature, the earth, and its creatures. Instead, they were only one aspect of the world.
The idea of sustainable development to maintain balance and equilibrium was central to the belief systems of the ancient Wicca.
The history of Wicca is a far cry from the way that humankind views the earth today. In the last several hundred years, witchcraft and witches have been incorrectly labeled as evil and unrighteous.
Where do these ideas that form so much a part of the history of Wicca originate?
Some Wiccas believe that the medieval church of the 15th through 18th centuries created these myths.
This was done in an effort to convert people to Christianity.
The history of Wicca contains many stories of the persecution of witches based on so called “evil practices”.
Another theory about the history of Wicca is that as medical science became more prominent in society those who did these initial studies did not understand female physiology, especially menstruation.
This mystery seemed to fit in with the churches agenda in labeling healers as evil heathens and placing power and respect in the hands of male physicians.
Many of these myths and superstitions have survived in modern times giving The Craft a bad name.
While Wicca is essentially witchcraft, those who practice it usually do not refer to it as such because of these negative connotations.
The history of Wicca is important since it is the persecution of those who practiced it that has led to its current ethics of religious freedom first.
When you don’t know your time of birth or suspect it is off by a few minutes or more, you can have your birth time rectified.
Rectification is a very time-consuming process that involves forecasting backwards in your life and adjusting your birth time until it coincides with all the significant events in your life. It can be a costly investment.
However, the time and costs can be considerably less if you have a birth time on your birth certificate from which to start the process, and if you have a very good memory for as many events in your life as possible.
Rectification is not a job for an amateur; not even all professional astrologers are up to the task. But, for astrology to work properly, an accurate birth time is essential, and rectification is the best way to determine it.
So if you want to get your chart rectified, start by obtaining a copy of your birth certificate and then make a detailed list of all the significant events in your life (e.g., births, deaths, relocations, marriages, divorces, career moves, etc.), asking your friends and family members for help along the way if you can’t remember exact dates, times or places.
After you’ve done all of this preparatory work, you can start looking for an astrologer who is experienced in rectification.
Rectification is an important investment for anyone who regularly uses and relies on astrology for guidance in life.
Once your exact birth time has been properly determined, you will find that astrological consultations are far more accurate than you ever imagined possible, and that the predictive advice you receive will be right on the money.
The gut-brain is a superhighway with many lanes where information is continuously flowing between the brain in the head and the brain in the belly.
Mental and emotional stress triggers physical responses that affect the gut, while disturbances in the microbiome – the colony of microorganisms in the gut – affect the functioning and health of the brain.
Every day, toxins inside and outside the body damage our gut-brain.
They come from the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.
Our bodies contain over 600 varieties of microbes that come from the outside world, outnumbering by ten to one the cells that are strictly native to us.
Small wonder so many of us have digestive and immune disorders: our bodies are overwhelmed by the toxic load we’ve placed on them.
Our ancestors were largely protected from these challenges.
For hundreds of thousands of years, the earth was able to accommodate changes brought about by human intervention.
That changed, however, as we started to mine natural products like lead and mercury, and introduce them into our homes – and bodies – through everyday products like paint, bathtubs, light bulbs, lead pipes, and dental fillings, and more recently through contaminated fish and seafood.
Mercury is a known neurotoxin, and both lead and mercury have been implicated in developmental problems like learning disabilities and ADHD.
Metals like lead and mercury are stored in body fat, and nearly 60 percent of the brain is made up of fat.
In the last century or so, we’ve released thousands upon thousands of man-made chemicals into the environment.
Data on how these chemicals affect us are scarce: of the 82,000 chemicals approved for use in the United States, only a quarter have been tested for their effect on humans.
The havoc we’ve created with man-made chemicals reverberates throughout the food chain. But it may be matched by another, even more insidious threat in the foods we eat every day. Much of the toxic overload in our guts comes from genetically modified foods.
In most cases, we don’t even realize toxins are on the menu.
Scientists are increasingly altering the DNA of foods and food crops to create products that will last longer, be more resistant to disease and pests, and look and taste better.
In addition to genetic engineering, we’re faced with new diseases caused by widespread reliance on a grain-based diet.
One of the problems is that the wheat we’re eating is not the same wheat people ate even 75 years ago.
The post–World War II green revolution introduced a high-yield dwarf wheat containing 20 times more gluten (a protein that gives dough its elasticity) than the old European strains, thereby altering the composition of the bread we’re consuming.
The dramatic increase in celiac disease – a debilitating autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten damages the gut – is likely related to this major change in our diets.
The harsh truth is that we have all become gluten intolerant to a surprising degree because the human digestive system hasn’t evolved to function well on a grain-based diet.
Grains have become toxic to many of us, and our grain-rich diets are damaging the gut-brain.
But the deadliest toxin found in nearly every kitchen in America is sugar.
The typical American adult consumes 150 pounds of added sugar a year.
Processed foods are sources of much of this amount. Even foods we don’t think of as sweet – like catsup, peanut butter, and yogurt – often contain sugar or substitutes like aspartame, saccharine, sucralose and high fructose corn syrup.
Artificial sweeteners have been linked to type 2 diabetes.
Food cravings – particularly for sugary junk foods – can be traced to the gut-brain.
You may think you’re gorging on chocolate cake or tortilla chips because you love the taste, but the real reason is that the yeast, fungi, and bad bacteria in your gut thrive on sugar, and to get their fix they bring on cravings.
Sugary foods and carbohydrates stimulate the same centers in the brain that are stimulated by drugs like heroin and cocaine by releasing the neurotransmitter dopamine, which triggers a pleasure response.
Sugar in all forms (except honey) reduces levels of BDNF, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a hormone that triggers the growth of new neurons and stem cells in the brain, repairing crucial brain structures.
It is even thought that the connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s is attributable to the typical Western diet.
Inadequate BDNF production is also associated with depression.
While it’s virtually impossible to avoid environmental toxins, we can try to avoid GMOs by shopping our local farmer’s market.
Detoxifying from sugar and gluten requires cutting out fruit juices, fruits with high sugar content, root vegetables and all processed grains.
If this seems unnecessarily strict, note that the minimum daily requirement of processed carbohydrates is zero.
Learn more about detoxing and healthy eating in Dr Alberto Villoldo’s Book, “Grow A New Body.”
In Munay, Jamie
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Chakras are energy centers in the body that correspond to different physical and emotional states.
When these chakras are blocked or out of balance, it can lead to physical and emotional issues.
Clearing and energizing your chakras can help restore balance, we experience a sense of well-being, mental clarity, physical vitality and promote overall wellbeing.
Here are some of the best ways to clear your chakras:
Illumination: In my own experience and practice with clients the most effective and rapid way to clear, charge and energize chakras is by performing a 7 chakra illumination. This is a Shamanic Energy Medicine practice either done in person with the client or remotely.
The results are rapid and life changing.
Meditation: Meditation is a powerful and effective way for clearing and energizing your chakras.
Focus on each chakra, starting from the base of your spine and working your way up. Visualize each chakra as a spinning wheel of energy, radiating vibrant colors and clearing any blockages.
Yoga: Yoga is another effective way to clear your chakras.
Certain poses can help balance and energize your chakras.
Each yoga pose targets specific chakras, helping to release any blockages and restore energy flow, promoting balance and healing.
Sound healing: Sound healing involves using different frequencies and vibrations to clear blockages and restore balance in the chakras.
This can be done through listening to specific music or using instruments like singing bowls or tuning forks.
Reiki: Reiki is a form of energy healing that involves channeling energy through the hands to clear, balance and energize chakras and promote healing.
It involves the use of gentle touch to channel energy to each chakra.
A trained practitioner can help you clear your chakras through a Reiki session.
Aromatherapy: Certain essential oils can help stimulate specific chakras, promoting balance and healing. Each oil corresponds to a specific chakra, and inhaling or applying the oil to the corresponding area can help to restore balance and vitality.
For example, lavender can help balance the crown chakra, while peppermint can stimulate the solar plexus chakra.
Crystals: Certain crystals are associated with specific chakras and can be used to promote balance and healing.
For example, amethyst is associated with the crown chakra, while citrine is associated with the solar plexus chakra.
Each chakra has its own colour and corresponding crystal to help maximize its energy and flow.
Other ways I find very effective are, The Breath of Fire Practice, The Psychic Cleanse, Water Cleanse, Yellow Rose Cleanse, The Tapping Technique, The Chakra Blessing Cleanse, and incorporating your 8th, 9th and 10 Chakras in a very powerful and dynamic process.
By incorporating some of these practices into your daily routine, you can help clear your chakras and promote overall wellbeing.
It’s important to remember that clearing your chakras is a process, and it may take time and patience to see results.
However, with consistent practice and dedication, you can achieve balance and harmony in your body, mind and spirit.
To book a session or for more information contact me directly.