Fight or Flow?

flowResistance shows up in our body as dis-ease, headache, joint pain, tightness, anxiety, heartburn, constipation…there are countless examples. What’s happening in our body is always symbolic of what’s happening in our life. As above, so below; as within, so without.

If we are experiencing resistance in our bodies, minds, relationships or day-to-day living ~ asking ourselves whether we are fighting against the situation or flowing through it can begin to point to a solution. Here are a few tips in allowing life to flow through us:

1. Swimming Downstream
Quite simply if we are swimming upstream (trying too hard in an ineffective way), we are unable to access the ease and wellness naturally available to us. It’s similar to putting a cork in our flow of vitality, and life backing up. It’s here we feel the most pain and life’s a struggle. Being tough on ourselves and trying to control what we can’t doesn’t make us strong…but slowing down, accepting, honouring, embracing, and voicing who we are does.

When we let go of control, and importantly, our desire for control, we naturally experience more flow. We can’t be stuck if we are not controlling, and we can’t be swept over by the current if we are actively engaged in living. Flowing with the river allows us to effectively use our energy and receive all the gifts life has to offer.

TIP: If you were to imagine a current of energy in your body, is it heading in a natural direction? Does it feel stuck or clogged anywhere? Let go of struggle. Where can you allow your natural vitality to flow through? Allow your body’s innate intelligence to dictate the flow of your current and smooth out any rough patches. Feel yourself in complete and natural flow.

2. The Power of Grace
Dr. Wayne Dyer suggests there is huge difference between taking motivated action and inspired action in our lives. When we’re motivated, we ram through our ideas (fight); when we’re inspired, an idea gets a hold of our soul (flow). To lead from our soul, is to be in the state of grace.

Author Caroline Myss reminds us of this choice in our interactions. “We can see someone in grace, or choose not to. Grace someone or withhold grace from another.” It’s a lot of hard work to act from this place, yet when we do so, we are partnering with the Divine and more able to access our full potential, and help others in theirs. Challenges may or may not disappear, but our experience is always one of more ease, transformation, and even gratitude.

TIP: If in conflict with another, reflect on what someone acting from grace would do in the same situation. Set your intention to the highest and best outcome for all concerned, and trust it will come to be. Put your hand on your heart before an important conversation, or if the other is open to it, sit back to back (heart centre to heart centre)…and watch as your energy, thoughts and words shift towards something more loving.

3. Winds of Change
Life inevitably rocks us from time-to-time when a tornado of unwanted change sweeps through. Dyer tells us, “When we’re confronted with a life situation we can do nothing about, we’re challenged to change ourselves.” We can be victim or creator. Julia Cameron beautifully writes, “Our dreams may feel thwarted when in reality they are being tempered. We are being shaped to fit a divine purpose. We can cooperate or we can resist.” Perhaps life has just opened a door.

The same seems to apply when we find ourselves stuck at one of life’s crossroads. Caroline Myss says it bluntly, with love, “If you choose the familiar, you’ll fall on your face. Honour your pivotal moment of change. Dare to make the tough choice, then let go of the outcome.” Phew, not easily done, but how liberating to simply go where our soul beckons us, and trust there’s a Divine purpose in it…a gift in becoming more whole.

TIP: I love this affirmation from self-empowerment author Louise Hay: “Life shows me what to do next. Life loves me, and I am safe!”

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Our True Self

Heart-centredness & Unity
know your true self and inner vitalityThe next stage of our journey is about witnessing even more of our true self and a sense of becoming more at home in our own skin. We are realizing too that the skin is not a barrier of who we are, as we become aware of our soul connection with all consciousness.

You may even be feeling your energy body expanding, as more of your love and light fills to the brim of your physical barrier, and sense even more consciously how far your energy radiates out from there at all times.

When there’s a conscious connection with our heart and the intention to radiate that energy outwards, we will experience even more unity with all that is within and surrounds us. It is an interesting sense of filling the inner and also extending into the outer. Notice how it is always a unity of these two things, and at the same time there is no duality!

Cosmic Consciousness
In times when there wasn’t the realization that the world was as big as it was, the reality of being globally united was true, as people didn’t sense themselves as separate from anyone else. They knew also that they were aligned with the stars, the Earth, and part of the universe. They knew that as much as they revered the stars and the universe, they also were sacred creatures.

As I write this message, I reflect on a journal entry I made one summer in which a native elder had come to me in a dream which exemplified this concept:

My beloved teacher came to me smiling like the sun…I noticed she WAS the sun setting on gentle waves on the beachy shore. She was also part of the air, the most gentle of breezes. Later she visited the Dog Star Sirius…and eventually became the rushing wind, signalling the rain showers which followed on my tent….

What a gift she gave in teaching the truth of our multidimensionality and connection with the elements.

Guided Visualization

You may wish to see yourself as a dove or riding the wings of a bird…a beautiful graceful bird that knows exactly where it needs to go, knows itself to be in the flow, and knows itself to be a creature that can flow through life. It is able to rise above Earthly concerns and it sees things from a view of perspective. It also can sweep down to the Earth when it is time for nourishment. It rides between the worlds, and that is what is required of us at this time ~ not to be up solely in the spiritual world, and not to be solely chained to 3D reality, but to recognize ALL of self.

Imagine standing tall, being rooted to the Earth and stretching hugely upwards into the skies. See yourself as that person standing both on the Earth and who has their head also in the Heavens, for that is YOU.

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Healing Crystals

HOW TO USE CRYSTALS   CRYSTALS FOR CHAKRAS   CRYSTALS FOR AILMENTS
CHOOSING CRYSTALS   STORING & CLEANSING CRYSTALS

HOW TO USE CRYSTALS
Crystals can be used to bring body, mind, emotion and spirit back into harmony through their vibration and mineral constituents. Crystals gently interact with our energy field to calm, stimulate or adjust our flow of energy to bring us back into balance on all levels, thereby putting the body in a optimal state for healing.

A simple technique for crystal healing is to place a crystal by the affected chakra or body part for about 20 minutes daily. As you get more advanced in your use of crystals, you can program your crystal with an intention/information and use sacred geometry and colour therapy techniques to enhance effectiveness. InnerVitality offers a wonderful Crystal Therapy Treatment you may enjoy.

inner vitality healing crystals for chakras, ailmentsGEMSTONES FOR YOUR CHAKRAS, by Colour

  • Crown Chakra 
~ theme: spirituality, awareness
    Violet (or white) crystals ~ Amethyst, Charoite, Purple Fluorite, Selenite, Snow Quartz, Sugilite, White Calcite

  • Third Eye Chakra ~ theme: mind, intuition
    Indigo crystals ~ Covellite, Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Sodalite


  • Throat Chakra 
~ theme: communication
    Blue crystals ~ Angelite, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Blue Fluorite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Opal, Blue Topaz, Turquoise


  • Heart Chakra 
~ theme: love, trust
    Green (or pink) crystals ~ Amazonite, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Chrysocolla, Emerald, Fuchsite, Green Calcite, Kunzite, Malachite, Moss Agate, Nephrite, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Jade, Serpentine

  • Solar Plexus Chakra 
~ theme: personal power, boundaries
    Yellow crystals ~ Amber, Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Tiger’s Eye
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  • Sacral Chakra
 
~ theme: creativity, sexuality
    Orange crystals ~ Carnelian, Halite, Crocoite, Orange Calcite

  • Root Chakra 
~ theme: survival, abundance
    Red crystals ~ Cinnabar, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Red Tiger’s Eye


Read more about Chakras

GEMSTONES FOR AILMENTS*

  • Arthritis ~ Amethyst, Azurite, Blue Lace Agate, Carnelian, Fluorite, Garnet, Malachite, Rhodonite, Turquoise
  • Asthma ~ Amber, Apophyllite, Carnelian, Jade, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Tiger’s Eye
  • Bladder complaints ~ Amber, Bloodstone, Jade, Jasper, Red Jasper, Topaz, Tourmaline
  • Blood disorders ~ Almandine, Amethyst, Bloodstone, Chrysocolla, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire
  • Bronchitis ~ Amber, Black Onyx, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Jasper, Nebula Stone, Pyrite, Tourmaline, Turquoise
  • Catarrh ~ Amber, Topaz
  • Colic ~ Coral, Hessonite, Jade, Nephrite
  • Common cold ~ Amethyst, Carnelian, Emerald, Fluorite, Green Opal, Labradorite, Topaz
  • Depression ~ Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz
  • Digestive issues ~ Carnelian, Citrine, Orange Calcite, Pyrite, Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Jasper
  • Earache ~ Amber, Sapphire, Tourmaline
  • Eczema ~ Fuchsite, Kyanite, Sapphire, Selenite
  • Eye issues ~ Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Opal, Topaz
  • Fatigue ~ Amber, Blue Opal, Hematite, Opal, Rose Quartz
  • Fever ~ Amber, Aquamarine, Chiastolite, Green Opal, Moonstone, Pyrite, Ruby
  • Flu ~ Fluorite, Green Moss Agate, Green Opal, Jasper, Rose Quartz, Turquoise
  • Headaches ~ Amber, Amethyst, Cathedral Quartz, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Sugilite, Turquoise
  • High Blood Pressure ~ Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Jade, Kunzite, Sodalite
  • Insomnia ~ Amethyst, Malachite, Sodalite
  • Kidney issues ~ Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Emerald, Jade, Malachite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz
  • Laryngitis ~ Blue Calcite, Hawk’s Eye, Stilbite
  • Low Blood Pressure ~ Garnet, Ruby, Tourmaline
  • Nervousness ~ Amazonite, Jade, Sapphire
  • Nosebleeds ~ Bloodstone, Magnetite, Ruby, Sapphire
  • Rheumatism ~ Azurite, Chrysocolla, Copper, Garnet, Malachite, Turquoise
  • Stomach ailments ~ Amethyst, Citrine, Jade, Sapphire, Tiger’s Eye
  • Stress ~ Citrine, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Topaz, Turquoise
  • Swollen glands ~ Aquamarine, Sapphire, Topaz
  • Thyroid issues ~ Aquamarine, Carnelian, Citrine, Indicolite, Lapis Lazuli, Rhodonite
  • Tonsillitis ~ Amber, Shattuckite, Tourmaline
  • Urinary complaints ~ Aventurine, Dolomite, Jade, Kyanite
  • Varicose Veins ~ Amber, Aquamarine, Dioptase, Opal, Pyrite, Rose Quartz

CHOOSING CRYSTALS
Trust your instincts. If you are in a crystal shop, sense which crystal(s) you are naturally drawn to and that feel good in your palm. Each crystal has a unique energy field ~ you’ll notice that certain crystals will ‘speak to you’ or you may feel an ideal temperature or tingling in your hand when you touch it. Research which crystals are good for any ailments/situations you are experiencing. If you find yourself repelled by one of the listed crystals when you feel its energy or view it…connect in and intuit whether it is actually a good fit for you (sometimes we are repelled by what we most need in order to heal). You may also wish to use a pendulum or muscle testing to determine whether a crystal will be beneficial for you to work with.

Buy your crystals from a reputable supplier, preferably in-store, or if you prefer to order on-line, get a referral from someone else who has used that particular company.

HOW TO STORE & CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS
Crystals love to be stored in sunlight and open spaces. When transporting your crystal, store it in a natural fabric such as silk or cotton, and/or a wood container. Remember to protect the points of crystals (and never aim a pointed end directly at a person or animal without previous training in the use of crystals).

After using a crystal in healing, or after bringing a crystal out of storage, you will want to cleanse it by:

  • Placing it in the sun (some crystals alternatively do well in the moonlight)
  • Performing Reiki on it or visualizing white light surrounding it
  • Using your breath or smudging (ie. sweetgrass or sage) to clear it
  • Placing it near a Quartz Crystal or inside a Geode
  • Covering it in sea salt, brown rice, or in the earth for a few days

Trust your instincts on when a crystal needs cleansing, and which method will work best for that particular crystal (or research it).

For more on the Chakras or Healing Therapies, please visit InnerVitality’s website.

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A Journey through the 7 Chakras

your body’s energy centres

innervitality chakra balancingPhysical health, emotions and mental thought patterns affect our energy levels. The more positive our belief systems, the more resilient our energy systems become. When energy centres are open ~ we function harmoniously in body, mind and spirit.

The suppression of feelings locks our emotions into our subconscious where they congest energy flow from the body’s energy centres. When these centres are closed ~ we are unbalanced and open to negativity and ‘dis-ease’. If a disturbance is not addressed in the aura (the energetic field surrounding our physical body) or energy centres, a clinical condition or physical body symptom may occur.

There are seven major energy centres of the body, which are referred to as chakras, and a colour and gland is associated with each:

Crown Chakra, violet or white

* located at the top of the head
* associated with the pineal gland
* centre for connection to spirit

Third Eye Chakra (also known as the Brow Chakra), indigo

* located in the centre of the eyebrows
* associated with the pituitary gland
* centre for intuition and inner knowing

Throat Chakra, sky blue

* located at the throat
* associated with the thyroid gland
* centre for communication

Heart Chakra, emerald green or pink

* located under the thymus, above the breasts
* associated with the thymus gland
* centre for giving and receiving of love

Solar Plexus Chakra, yellow

* located above the navel
* associated with the pancreas gland
* centre for personal power and will

Sacral Chakra (also known as the Spleen, Navel or Sexual Chakra), orange

* located below the navel
* associated with the reproductive glands
* creative and sexual centre

Root Chakra (also known as the Base Chakra), ruby red

* located at the base of the spine
* associated with the adrenal glands
* survival centre

Lifestyle changes, a healthy diet, exercise and positive mental attitudes play a key role in maintaining energy channels in the body.

In the words of Doreen Virtue, “Like taking a nap, getting a foot rub, or taking a nature walk, chakra clearing is a natural avenue to greater peace, perspective, and vitality.”

Many energy therapies, including Reiki, help to unblock and clear the chakras.

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