I declare today a day of dependence on loving kindness, civility, healthy boundaries and compassion.
As most stories go, they are but interpretations and point of view of one person. If a group of individuals attends an event, even for 5 minutes, they will each tell their own unique story. Stories influenced by many factors.
It is entirely possible that I interpret “independence day” as one that not only declared a parcel of land and the people who parked their butts on it as independent from tyranny but also incorrectly assumed the parcel of land to “belong” to a very small group of individuals.
I read the Declaration of Independence and my interpretation of it was that it is a document written by a group of people that were coming together as a group of like-minded people to protect themselves from the tyranny of an individual. It names an individual but an individual cannot act alone. As a human beings, the founding “fathers” sought, as we all do, safety, intimate bonds with others, nourishment, sources of strength, creativity and loving kindness. And when the basic needs are met, we also develop and share our wisdom, recognize our intuition as a connection to our divine light within us and become the ultimate version of ourselves on all dimensions.
I recognize my interpretation does not align with everyone and that’s perfectly ok.
The Declaration of Independence is an example of creating healthy boundaries. “I am worthy of wellness and for the stated list of reasons, I declare that I act to ensure the wellness of my being.” Now, in this moment, I create healthy boundaries and I now enforce them consistently for the greatest good of my being.
At the same time, compassion and acceptance exists so that the act of forgiveness further demonstrates the healthy boundaries. Recognition of the reasons why others act is an observation and when they are objectively placed in a container, the person now becomes human again. I’ve recently experienced this very thing. There are people in my life that acted out of a need for survival. And, instead of me constantly feeling angry, I chose to embrace and love the person for who they are in this moment. But at the same time I also have healthy boundaries in place so that the treatment that harms does not become an issue.
That’s a bit abstract. I’ll leave it there.
Thank you for reading this post. It is one in a series call the “S.H.I.T. Chronicles.” where I flip concepts upside down and let go of that which is no longer needed.
Are you on an illuminated spiritual journey? Do you ever feel a bit confused and alone? I urge you to reach out, to find others going through a similar experience. We are here to help one another.
This past week, I attended a group discussion at the studio of Jill Sand Consulting. Jill shared some very interesting information that helps to explain a lot of what has gone on with me over the past few years. Thank you Jill, for following your guidance. And many thanks to Karen Downing who explains the Chakra Ascension process in her blog at yoursoulmission.com
During the discussion, we were given a lot of information about Chakra Ascension. I like to call it spiritual illumination. I could feel others were a bit confused at first, with our protective egos popping up, saying, “Hey, where is this information coming from? How can I trust it?” I asked the questions of Jill who explained it very kindly to us.
Like many new concepts, the information flows in front of us through our spiritual guides, our intuition and from earthly guides, mentors and teachers. With my protective ego at ease, my observational/nonjudgmental ego to surfaced. My soul recognized the information as truth. I relaxed and the information came through much more clearly.
Like I said, there was A LOT of information. It rattled and tumbled around a bit. I woke up the next day ready to simplify, communicate and share! Woohoo! Cuz that’s what I do. I like to simplify with graphics to help communication. The greatest graphic design dream.
Following is a short meditation to get started. This meditation came about in 2015 around the time of Molly Friedenfeld’s spring retreat after I noticed a lot of people needed to feel safe to move forward. You’ll notice later how there is a direct tie-in with the topic for today.
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(I recommend you record yourself reading the meditation and then play it back for maximum effects)
⁃ Stand with your feet hip-distance apart or with them touching or seated with both feet on the ground.
⁃ Close your eyes. Roll your shoulders back.
⁃ Balance the right and left hemispheres of your brain. The masculine and feminine energies. Place your hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Press your thumbs into your sternum at the center of your chest.
⁃ Bend your knees slightly. Come up on the balls of your feet and then place your heels lightly on the floor.
⁃ Imagine a string pulling the top of your head up to the sky. Your spine aligning gently like a strand of beautiful pearls on the side of a strong, majestic tree.
⁃ Connect with your light within. With each breath go deeper and deeper within yourself. Feel the warm light.
⁃ Take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
⁃ Open your eyes. If you feel dizzy, please sit down.
⁃ Starting from the top of your head, tap or pat lightly from the top of your head all the way down your face, neck, arms, body, legs and down to your feet.
⁃ Pause at your feet. Breathe. Visualize a warm red light.
⁃ That warm red light extends like roots from the bottom of your feet into the earth. Your roots give stability to the earth. Feel safe and secure.
⁃ Repeat. “I AM SAFE. I AM MOVING FORWARD”. three times.
⁃ Bring that warm red light up the roots through your feet and up your legs. Pat your feet and legs all the way up to your belly button. Pat. Pat. Pat.
⁃ Rest both of your hands on your belly button. Visualize an orange light. Pause. Breathe.
⁃ Here at the belly button, know you are nourished and intuitively know what you need every moment.
⁃ Repeat “I AM INSPIRED AND I AM NOURISHED.” three times.
⁃ Bring your hands out in front of you with your palms facing up. Feel a yellow light. Pause. breathe
⁃ With the yellow light, manifest all you need and know you are worthy. Accept it into every part of your being. Bring your hands together in gratitude.
⁃ Repeat “I AM WORTHY AND I AM STRONG.” three times. Pause. Breathe
⁃ Bring your hands now to your heart. Visualize the color green. Pause with your hands at your heart center at the center of your chest. Breathe.
⁃ Feel the green color within you. It fills your lungs with each breath. And with each breath it radiates out like the branches of a magnificent tree. Visualize the green light extending out as far as you can imagine and further. You are receiving unconditional love, peace and compassion.
⁃ Move your hands out and up as if they are the branches of a beautiful tree. The green leaves giving life. Sway and soar with the air currents.
⁃ Repeat three times “I AM LOVED. I AM ACCEPTED.”
⁃ Bring your hands up each arm, wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a hug. Receive that green light full of unconditional love and compassion. Pause. Breathe it all in.
⁃ Move your hands up to your face. Place a hand on each cheek. Visualize a silver blue light. Pause. Breathe.
⁃ This silver blue light radiates out from your 3rd eye. Visualize the silver blue light that helps you communicate with your your soul and the souls of others. The silver blue light is much like the silver blue clouds of the sky. Pause and know you are connected to spirit and your soul, receiving crystal-clear guidance every moment. Breathe.
⁃ Gently trace or tap your nose, cheeks, ears and the back of your head. Up and around your forehead. Your ears. your chin, your jaw.
⁃ Breathe it in the silver blue light. Exhale it out. Pause with your fingers at your 3rd eye.
⁃ Repeat three times, “I AM CONNECTED WITH MY SOUL AND I AM KNOWING.”
⁃ We’re now at the top of your head. Bring both hands up, way up above your head. As far as you can comfortably reach. Feel a violet light filling the space between your hands. Pause. Breathe.
⁃ Visualize a white light with gold flecks extending as far up above your hands as you can imagine. The light takes you places you have never been before. Here you have a divine connection, recall all that your soul knows as truth. Know you are free to release those hidden truths.
⁃ Wiggle your fingers and sprinkle that white light over your body.
⁃ Repeat three times, “I AM PEACEFUL AND I AM TRUTHFUL.”
⁃ With your hands extended up above your head, reach up and then bring them out to either side as if in a bubble. See the white light extending out and protecting you. Bring your hands down toward the earth bring them back together in prayer position at your heart center. Rub them together briskly. Place one on each side of your face and open your eyes.
⁃ Repeat your name 3 times. “I AM ____________________.”
⁃ Welcome to the present moment. Be with this moment and know you are and always have been and always will be illuminated from within.
⁃ Thank you!
Knowing we are safe and connected with the earth is a very important part of the illumination process.
To me, feeling safe has been an important part of my journey. During the spring of 2015, I too found myself needing to know I am safe to move forward. I used LilyTiger Guidance Cards every day or so. And guess what kept coming up? A root chakra card! “I AM SAFE”
Why did I need to feel safe? So much stuff has happened in my life that put me in constant fight or flight mode. A constant adrenaline rush of go – go – go – escape. I had to find a way to feel safe for survival. So, after the root chakra cards popped up I practiced self Reiki, acupressure, attended a wonderful retreat, participated in healing circles, wore a healing medallion and practiced meditation much like the one here in this blog. It worked, I know I am safe. I feel stable and am moving forward in a state of joy and gratitude.
I know I am connected to the earth. It will always be here for me.
The second thing I did this past year that helped me to feel more peaceful was to feel worthy and accepted. To know I am worthy of joy and love and forgiveness. Forgiveness of myself and others. Creating and wearing a sacred name healing medallion daily has helped me reach a state of self acceptance and worthiness. I won’t go over any activity in this blog entry. But I urge you, if you haven’t done it already, to find someone or something that can guide you through an exercise of self acceptance and worthiness. Late last year I experienced a very helpful tapping sequence led by Julie Jacky.
So . . . now we get back to the main topic: Energy Center Illumination.
You see here that the chakras have been, for many of us, a core group of 7 energy wheels. All lined up, each developing throughout our lives. And carrying on as they should. Life has been good for the most part.
But now . . . change is occurring and has occurred. Exciting! Confusing! Mixed emotions. Everyone is different. There is no right or wrong. There is no hierarchy. It happens differently for everyone.
In the Pre-illumination Stage you see the 7 old chakras lined up and encased in a container.
Are you familiar with glow sticks? The kind you might get for kids at Halloween? Well, the old chakras in the pre-illumination stage are like a glow stick still in the package. In order to light up, an external source snaps the stick with just enough force to release the chemical reaction. And then after that it glows and leads the way!
The illumination process is much like that. In the beginning. We are a fuel cell filled with energy and light. And then something comes along with enough force to ignite us.
That brings us to the 2nd stage. The Ignition Stage. A force strong enough at our heart center needs to happen in order for ignition to take place. One thing or a combination of events. Something with a strong emotional charge. A deep depression or illness or a loved one’s transition. Something happens that triggers our soul to open our heart and set our heart free. Ultimately it is our decision. We need to move forward and seek out the change.
In my personal experience, it was a combination of events that ignited my heart opening. My son enlisting in the military catapulted me into knowing I needed more than a physical connection. My soul told me something needed to change. That change was the start of my personal illumination process. It has taken me 7 years. I can confidently share with you that I am well on my way to opening up my Ultimate Being Chakra.
I found a key that unlocks the door. Many of you have also. And if you haven’t, you will in your own time.
And when that happens. That ignition. Our heart light energy glows brighter. This is the Attraction Stage. The heart chakra becomes a magnet and attracts the new chakras. The changes happen over the course of moments, days, weeks, months or years.
Let’s review what just happened. The glow stick contains the the 7 old chakras. A positive force comes along and snaps the container. The force releases our heart chakra. The heart chakra attracts new chakras like a magnet.
In the Attraction Stage, the heart chakra attracts new chakras that waited for us at a soul level.
A few old chakras fade and go away, some change. The new chakras come into alignment. This is the Alignment Stage which happens over time and is different for everyone. There are stops and starts. One by one, the new chakras align and work together to create a state of illumination.
Here are the new chakras in the Illumination Stage. I’ll explain their roles starting with the Earth Root Chakra at the feet and move to the top of your head for the new Ultimate Being Chakra.
• Earth Root Chakra (red) radiates red light below our feet and into the earth. Focus on connection with the past and moving forward and connecting us with the earth.
• Belly Button Chakra (tangerine orange). Focuses on nourishment, group need, energy, creativity and intuition.
• Hand Chakra (yellow). Focuses on giving and receiving, manifestation, sense of self and gratitude
• Universal Love Chakra (green) and radiates a green light as far as you can imagine and further. Focuses on unconditional love, peace and compassion
• Soul Star Chakra (silver blue) radiates silver blue light as far as you can imagine on all planes and dimensions. The Soul Star Chakra focuses on spiritual truth, connecting with spirit, communication, perception, clarity and telepathy.
• Ultimate Being Chakra (violet) radiates a white light with gold flecks. Focuses on divine connection, releasing hidden truths and much more. Let your imagination go with this one! Remote viewing, bi-location, connecting with multiple dimensions of the universe as well as the grid of time and space.
And the super cool thing about all of this is how the energy centers radiate way beyond us!
To help simplify even more, close your eyes and see a butterfly or a dragon fly or a beautiful tree. Anything, you pick. The tail or tip or root system red; the body or trunk orange, yellow and magenta; the lower wings or leaves are green; the upper wings or sky are silver blue and the antennae are a shimmering white with gold flecks.
The illumination process happens in cycles. The process of encapsulated energy cell to breaking free to attracting change to illumination can happen again and again. But as we go along, the stages shorten and become a bit easier to get through. Eventually the illuminated stage lengthens and becomes brighter and brighter.
This explains how and why there are many more teachers of light out there today. They are able to sustain this illumination. Their wings are larger and brighter. They fly further and higher. Branches are bigger, stronger, longer.
It’s very simple. Visualize a butterfly or dragonfly or a tree.
The symbols you see on the illustrations are each created from the words representing the chakra names and duties. Geometric symbols are key to utilizing the energy of the chakras.
Thank you to Jill Sand Consulting for sharing the Chakra Ascension process with me. Thank you to Karen Downing of Your Soul Mission for the details about Chakra Ascension.
If you would like more information or would like to contact me for graphic design, a sacred name healing medallion or guidance cards please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting on intuition is the key to survival. I remember reading the book, “The Gift of Fear” years ago. I had picked up the book thinking the title was catchy. Totally prepared for feeling more afraid, I settled into the book. Wow, was I surprised. I found myself feeling less and less afraid because the book basically taught me to trust my gut and to act on it.
Why I question my intuition is a mystery to me really. I work on trusting my intuition every day and truthfully, I’m not sure if I’ll ever trust my gut instinct 100%.
My body knows what it needs. If I recognize that, and if I allow it to communicate, AND I ask for help, I move forward. But first, it’s very important to recognize myself as a source of information that I can trust.
Here are a couple of interesting articles from the University of Minnesota and Psychology Today about intuition:
I created the LilyTiger Intuitive Wellness cards with the intent to help people do several things: feel better; trust their intuition; communicate what is needed for energy balance; and recognize the importance thoughts and emotions have on our physical, mental and spiritual existence.
The negative emotions block us from thriving. Reiki and other alternative modalities help to open up the blockages and allow energy to flow more freely throughout. This flow leads to balance which in turn helps us do the things we’ve always wanted to do.
Here is a very good article written by Karen Lawson MD from the University of Minnesota website about how emotions impact health:
Blocked emotions are tied to so many issues. I’ve found that sometimes the emotions are so deep that we can’t find the words to express what it is that is going on. That’s where the Intuitive cards come in. Each card has a negative and positive emotion on it. Each one corresponds to an energy center in our body that could be blocked with the negative emotions. The card is chosen by your energy because it knows what is needed.
The intent of wanting to feel better + the communication of the card + the creation of a positive statement + the help of a holistic wellness practitioner = evolving into wellness.
Our bodies know what we need to heal. If we recognize that, and if we allow it to communicate, AND we ask for help, we start moving forward.
Here are a couple of interesting articles from the University of Minnesota and Psychology Today about intuition:
Congratulations for reading this post. I hope you’ve found some useful information.
This is for all the do-it-yourself-ers and thrifty souls out there.
I truly want to help each and every one of you and believe all knowledge should be shared. I’ve been given the gift of time today so am sharing this with all of you.
List of materials:
- 2 pieces of 8.5 in x 11 in cardboard
- pen, pencil, markers or colored pencils in red, orange, yellow, light blue, purple, green, pink
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour
Your 24 cards will be divided into 7 groups
Step 1: Create 24 blank cards.
- Using a pencil, ruler and 1 piece of cardboard mark the paper into 12 sections. Each section should measure 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches.
- Repeat this with the 2nd sheet of cardboard
Step 2: Numbering and Colors. With a pencil and color markers or pencils, write Chakra numbers on the cards following the images below.
- You should have 5 RED Chakra 1 cards; 4 ORANGE Chakra 2 cards; 3 YELLOW Chakra 3 cards; 3 GREEN AND PINK Chakra 4 cards; 3 LIGHT BLUE Chakra 5 cards; 3 PURPLE Chakra 6 cards and 3 LAVENDAR Chakra 7 cards
- Optional is to draw each chakra symbol on the appropriate card. You can search for images if you like. Make it fun and colorful!
Step 3: Trim Cards. Using your scissors, carefully trim the cards
Step 4: Phrases and Colors. Take one card at a time. Look at the front of the card Chakra number and color. Flip the card over and write the healing phrase and chakra location on the back side. Refer to the images below for the healing phrases.
- Root Chakra 1 Sadness — LOVE (color red)
- Root Chakra 1 Anger — BOUNDARIES (color red)
- Root Chakra 1 Fear — SAFETY (color red)
- Root Chakra 1 Excess joy — PEACE (color red)
- Root Chakra 1 Anxiety of surprise — HOPE (color red)
- Sacral Chakra 2 No power — I AM POWERFUL (color orange)
- Sacral Chakra 2 No value — I HAVE VALUE (color orange)
- Sacral Chakra 2 I am bad — I AM GOOD (color orange)
- Solar Plexus Chakra 3 Past — APPLY LEARNING (color yellow)
- Solar Plexus Chakra 3 Present — ACCEPTANCE (color yellow)
- Solar Plexus Chakra 3 Future — LIVE IN THE NOW (color yellow)
- Heart Chakra 4 Deprived of love — NURTURED (color green and pink)
- Heart Chakra 4 Protective of love — TRUSTING (color green and pink)
- Heart Chakra 4 Closed to love — OPEN (color green and pink)
- Throat Chakra 5 Truth denial — PERMISSION (color light blue)
- Throat Chakra 5 Uncertain truth — CONFIDENT (color light blue)
- Throat Chakra 5 Truth disapproval — ACKNOWLEDGED (color light blue)
- Third Eye Chakra 6 Prohibited intuition — FREE (color purple)
- Third Eye Chakra 6 Abandoned intuition — FOUND (color purple)
- Third Eye Chakra 6 Suppressed intuition — FREE (color purple)
- Crown Chakra 7 General overload — TRUST INNER SELF (color lavender/white)
- Crown Chakra 7 Failure concern — NEW BEGINNING (color lavender/white)
- Crown Chakra 7 Survival distress — ALL WORKS OUT (color lavender/white)
Step 5: Use your cards to form a healing statement for yourself.
- Focus on yourself. Take a deep breath and roll your shoulders back.
- Divide the cards into 7 groups by color with the phrases facing down.
- With positive intention for balance and wellness, choose a card from each group.
- Take those 7 cards and choose one priority card.
- With the priority card, form a positive healing statement that helps you mature the negative into a positive. Something like “I AM POWERFUL”
Step 4: Go to the home page of this website for ways to make your positive statement more effective for you.
Remember. The cards are for personal use and do not cure or diagnose. The intention is to compliment the care of licensed legal and medical professionals.