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Mantras & Chakras

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There are some days that you can look back on and you know that something shifted and you would not be the same again. One of those days was the day I started listening to Thomas Ashley-Farrand. It changed the way I comprehended mantras and how I felt about them. TAF has a 12 part series on Healing Mantras and a book as well. I am more a reader but the tapes really were magical.

TAF talks about sound and how it precedes even light. First there was a ‘big bang’ and then the world was created. And ‘god SAID, let there be light’ – he had to say it, and therefore produced a sound before light. So our relationship with sound is at the primordial level, we feel the vibrations in the depths of our being. And change occurs at a deep cellular level. That is the power of mantras.

These are but a few that I have worked with and this is my experience with them. Rule of thumb for chanting matras is 108 times for 40 days. Seems like a lot but it takes all of 8 minutes to do a 108 round. A chanting meditation is best but I add on singing/chanting them through the day.

Root Chakra – We’re talking fears here and financial difficulties. Or even property related issues. All things related to safety, security, protection.

For all fears, if you fear for your safety, or worry about your safety, feel that you will be harmed in any way, then the Kali and/or Durga Mantra is the one for you. ‘Om dum durgaye namah’ & ‘Om kreem kalikaye namah’

I remember chanting the Durga Mantra while going through a dark hallway at night. I remember the wild beating of my heart and how I felt this amazing calmness as I chanted the mantra.

For difficulties, obstacles, things not materializing it’s the Ganesha mantra ‘Om gum ganapatiye namah’. One of my earlier posts gives the explanation of the Ganesha Mantra so I wont repeat it here.

I feel this one in my mind, like the unnecessary thoughts are going into the trash bin. Clearheaded and a lightness around the crown.

Sacral – for adding creativity, fertility, joy, embracing your femininity / masculinity.

Joy is the Durga mantra again. I feel this upliftment, like something is rising from deep inside and it always turns my lips upwards.  Henry Marshall’s rendition of this mantra is my favourite.

Solar Plexus – this is about will, control, abundance, flowing with life.

If the attempt is to have more power and control. And to invite abundance to life then it’s the Laxmi mantra for you. ‘Om shreem maha laxmiye namah’

Also known as the great abundance mantra. Now is the time for Laxmi actually, it’s a great time to start chanting this manta

If you want to surrender control or surrender the ego, to flow with the flow of life, to be one with the will of the universe, then you do the Vishnu mantra. For anything that gives you power it will most likely be a feminine mantra, as power (shakti) is feminine. ‘Om namoh bhagwate vasudeva’ 

The difference in chanting both of them is astounding. With the Vishnu mantra you have this sense of peace and you don’t get troubled easily.  With the Laxmi mantra, you have an opening up of possibilities, and of a positive outlook.

A combination of the Laxmi Mantra & the Ganesha Mantra is a sure shot recipe for success. The first opens up possibilities and the second gives you focus and clarity to achieve your goals.

Heart – for love, compassion, healing and kindness, there really isn’t anything like ‘Om mani padme hum’. The mantra actually clears all the chakras not just the heart. But it’s the heart where all healing starts from and it’s the first chakra it opens.

It is often the first mantra people start with and I highly recommend it. The most amazing thing about this mantra is the cool breeze that follows as you start chanting it. It is Quan Yin’s signature to let you know she’s with you. Keep watch for it, it’s quite quite incredible.

Throat – for creative expression (writing, singing, painting…), saying the right thing, sore throats. The simple saraswati mantra ‘Om aim saraswatiye namha’ works really well or the longer gayatri mantra ‘Om bhur bhuva swahah, tat savitur varenium, bhargo devasya dhimahi, diyo yo na prachodayat’. The gayatri mantra is also considered to be an ascension mantra.

Both these have the same energy signature for me. They are like butterfly mantras – you feel a little bit like skipping out in the sun.

Third Eye & Crown – For seeing, perceiving clearly and with compassion, for headaches, ear aches and eye troubles. And for energy clearance. The universal sound ‘Aum’ works, it also clears all the chakras not just the Crown and Third eye.

The other mantra that really works is ‘Om namah shivaah’. This is a love and pure consciousness mantra and works for all chakras. This one starts from the crown and moves downwards.

The Gayatri mantra works as well – would say it’s a throat to crown mantra.

My favourite energy clearance mantra is ‘ek on kar, satnam’, you can also say ‘ek OM kar, satnam’. This one really makes you feel like God!

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The Weight-Loss Chronicles 4: Chocolate & the Sacral Chakra

In between the belly button and the tailbone is the Sacral chakra. If you are a belly weight gainer, figure out if it is below the naval or above. If you get the little belly below you have a Sacral story going on with you.

Chances are that you like chocolate – a lot! If you have a sweet tooth and any sweet will do and you don’t like chocolate much then wait for the next chapter on the Solar Plexus 🙂

The Sacral chakra is about Creativity and Creation, Sex and Sexuality, Fertility, Joy, Pleasure & Abundance. Think about these words and see where you find the lack or the struggle. It is possible that Creativity flows though you but Joy alludes you.

Scientists have proven that when we eat chocolate it releases the pleasure hormones in our brain. If our word is lacking in pleasure, we crave chocolate because our natural or ideal state of being is about being happy, creating and about pleasure. Pleasure itself has an offshoot of pleasing – are you pleasing yourself enough? Or are you constantly putting all your efforts in pleasing others?

None of this means that chocolate is bad. Chocolate is great because it is giving your body what it needs. But wouldn’t it be amazing that your mental and emotional state was so full of pleasure that you would not need that much chocolate. Please don’t force yourself to stop, it will happen on its own as the chakra corrects itself.

The chocolate connection is an indicator that the sacral needs correction. The other indicator is the weight gain in the lower belly area. Simple affirmations are a great way to start and so is wearing crystals. Incidentally, the other thing that releases the happy hormones is exercise 🙂 No escaping that no matter what chakra you work on. Do a little walking, try a minute of running, if you couple that with some affirmations the results will be quite phenomenal.

The Carnelian is the best sacral chakra healing stone. I have noticed that it takes me a little while to get accustomed to the stone (yes, the sacral is my story 🙂 ) so I start by wearing it for an hour or so and slowly build it up to the full day.

Other crystals that benefit the sacral are moonstones and mother of pearl and rubies. Rubies I find the easiest to wear actually. And I prefer the tumbled version to the faceted Jewelry kind. Rule of thumb is that if the crystal is orange in colour it will work on the sacral chakra. Wearing the various shades of orange helps as well. You just realized that you really like the colour orange right?! That’s your body telling you your needs:)

Here’s a set of affirmations that work well for the sacral –

1. I am open to receiving the pleasures in life / I’m open to joy / I’m ready to let happiness into my life

2. Life is easy, life is fun, oh what joy to be under the sun

3. Creativity flows through me, in and around me

4. I love being a woman/man. It is joyous being a woman/man.

See which one resonates with you the most and go with that. 21 times for 21 days or longer.

Do remember to cleanse your crystals and activate them.

The Weight-Loss Chronicles Chapter 1, 2, 3

See what scientists have to say about chocolate and the brain – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-128858/Scientists-prove-chocolate-better-love.html

I quite enjoyed this post on the sacral chakra – http://www.soulconnection.ca/node/375

Size does matter – Bedtime Tales

One day, Leo puppy was playing in the garden, when he suddenly noticed a pair of long long legs in front of him.

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Leo puppy looked up and wagged his tail slowly.

“Woof” said the head attached to the long legs, “I’m Milo”.

Leo puppy wagged his tail harder and said “Hello Hello, I’m Leo puppy”

“Do you want to play tag Leo puppy?” said Milo grinning and broke into a run.

And Leo puppy  was up and running right behind Milo. Leo puppy chased Milo around the garden and then Milo chased Leo puppy till they were both panting and out of breath.

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“That was so much fun”, cried Leo, breathless and excited. “Let’s do it again”

“It was great fun Leo but let’s take a break and get some water” said Milo.

After lapping up enough water, Leo puppy looked at Milo and said, “will I have such long legs when I grow up Milo?”

Milo smiled at Leo puppy and said “No Leo puppy, I am a Boxer, we grow much bigger than beagles”.

“Am I a beagle then?” said Leo puppy.

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Milo smiled some more and sat down for chat. “Boxers come from a long line of noble German dogs”, he said. We grow quite big but are extremely affectionate. We are called boxers because we use our front paws a lot and often like human boxers do”

“And beagles?”, said Leo puppy jumping up and down.

“Patience, Leo puppy” said Milo. Now where was I?”… aah yes, Beagles are hounds, which means they can smell very well, they are medium size dogs and very very friendly.”

“Does that mean I wont grow very big?” asked a very disappointed Leo puppy. Milo swiped his paw at Leo puppy and said “Leo puppy, you will grow to have a big big heart, and that’s the most important thing in the world!!”.

“Come now and let’s play some more!”

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