Empowering Empathic Abilities Online Class!

Empaths, Online Classes/Retreats, Online Courses, Spirituality, The Third Eye Chakra

Empowering Empathic Abilities Online Workshop Jan. 14th – Jan. 28th

In this two week class we will be exploring what it means to be empathic in a variety of ways:

  • Understanding the different forms of empathic abilities
  • Learning how to control and utilize these abilities for our highest purpose
  • Exploring the dynamics of empaths in relationships
  • The problems many empaths have with codependency
  • The practice of shifting and redirecting the energy in our bodies to filter and clear out the energetic residue of those around us
  • Empathic abilities and weight gain
  • Uncovering the links between empathic abilities and low self-esteem
  • Letting go of our energetic stories
  • Creating new energy grids for the planet to heal and transmute energy

We will also explore the unique ways we all read the energy around us, and help each other discover our own power tools for balancing and controlling these abilities.

A lot of extremely powerful empaths are out there who have never fully explored their potential as healers/energy workers due to having unhealed emotional wounds. Most empaths don’t even realize they have a unique gift — they simple live in a world a emotional baggage and pain, carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and never understanding the power they have to redirect the energy, transmute it, and heal (not only themselves, but others!).  Imagine what would happen if empaths joined forces together to clear energy fields and tap into their unique power for transforming old energy and patterns on a global, collective scale? Imagine what new grid lines we could create. Imagine the impact we could have on the world!

Empathic abilities has by far been the topic I’ve received the ID-1002035most questions about on Chakra Center — while in my intuitive work I seem to primarily attract people who are empathic and are seeking help in understanding this ability. Of course, we always attract what we need most, and working with empaths has been the single most healing and beneficial thing I’ve done with my own intuitive/empathic abilities.

Because I continue to receive questions and clients who want to go deeper in their understanding of this topic, I’ve felt and strong desire to work on a more global/collective scale with empaths. There are so many empaths on this planet right now who are waking up to their gifts but have no idea how to heal themselves or use it for the benefit of others. That is why I created this course! I have a powerful vision of what we empaths could do if we joined forces.

I am so excited to be leading this workshop, as I am realizing working with empaths is part of the intention I set for this life before coming here and I am in the gathering phase! So, I’m calling all empaths, skilled and unskilled, to come together and join forces.  I know there will be much more to come! Hope to see you there!

TO REGISTER for the class, fill out the form below and complete your purchase through Paypal. The entirety of the class will be held in a private Facebook forum. I will post weekly videos/workshop content, as well as be available daily to answer any questions you may have. The forum format also gives participants the opportunity to interact with each other and even post video responses to the material (should you wish to do so).

Class begins Jan. 14th – Jan. 28th

This two week course is only $22.

*Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received.

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For past videos I’ve done on empathic abilities, check to link below:

Signs That You’re An Empath

Bits and Pieces, Empaths, Features, Spirituality, The Third Eye Chakra, Uncategorized

Ever since I posted my experience with understanding my own ID-100152875empathic abilities, I’ve received dozens of emails and questions from people who realize they are deeply sensitive but unsure if they are “empathic” or what do about it. Understanding what’s going on with your emotions is the first step to living a  balanced, healthy life as an empath, and in my experience, beyond that it is learning how you uniquely read other people’s emotions so you can develop the skills to control that gift, rather than allowing it to control you.

Anna Sayce wrote an excellent article outlining signs of empathic abilities a couple years ago, and in light of recent questions I’ve received, I thought I’d share it with my readers here at Chakra Center. Be sure to check-out her site for related articles on empathic abilities and how to control them. You can also check-out my own video on understanding empathic abilities below.

Signs That You’re An Empath

“What’s an empath?

In short, an empath is someone who feels what other people are feeling.  This doesn’t mean you can get an idea for how other people feel just some of the time.  Being an empath means you were born with the ability to enter someone’s aura and explore their feelings and experience of life on an intimate level. Much of the time this is done unconsciously. On the upside, you know what it feels like to be another person, so you’re often great at relating to others (empathy is, after all, a psychic gift and you can use it to read other people).

On the downside you are like a sponge who is often wet and full of other peoples’ emotions – the conscious one and the unconscious ones. This can be a heavy burden of energy to carry around.

It gets tiring.  That’s why I wrote this article.

Signs that you’re an ‘unskilled’ empath include:

  • Feeling the world’s suffering on a large scale and wishing you could do something to help. Ironically, this makes you less equipped to help, because you feel overwhelmed.
  • Finding it difficult to watch the news or distressing images because you feel the pain of the person/people you’re watching – as if you’re them
  • Finding it difficult to fully be present to yourself and your own feelings when conversing with other people. This is because you’re busy exploring their aura and responses to life – not your own.
  • Shyness – empathy can make you somewhat self-conscious as you’re very aware of the effect your words have on another person and what they’re thinking and feeling in response.
  • A tendency to say yes to the requests and demands of other people – almost as a reflex; without thinking about whether you actually want to. When you’re so immersed in another person’s experience of life and what they need – how can you say no? It’s only afterwards that you realize you forgot yourself and your own needs.
  • A general tendency to put your needs last, or serve others at your own expense.
  • A liking for distance in relationships, and for solitude.  This occurs because as an empath, intimacy and closeness is your default.  But when you don’t know how to stop yourself from exploring other peoples’ auras, you need some space on your own, where you aren’t around other people.
  • Feeling an affinity with the animal kingdom.  When you’re an animal empath, you can get a feel for how other species experience life and you are able to relate to animals on a deep level.  Some people are plant empaths, so the same is possible for plants.
  • Feeling responsible for how other people feel – and going out of your way to help them to feel better (even when it doesn’t serve you.)  After all – you feel their emotions so keenly.
  • A tendency to let relationships and friendships get too heavy (and too close) – too fast.
  • A strange tendency to feel aches and pains, but only around certain people.
  • Finding yourself often in a counseling role, where people dump their emotions on you, and being very drained by it.
  • An emotional over-identification with characters in novels, films and plays. It doesn’t matter that they’re not real – you can still feel how they felt.
  • A tendency to forget to have fun and lighten up.

If you related to many of the above signs it is important for you to understand that you can control these feelings. Instead of automatically exploring the aura of most of the people you meet, you can turn your empathy on only when you need it. That makes life a lot lighter.”

For more details on how I’ve learned to control my own empathic abilities, you can check out the video I posted below:

What Everyone Needs to Know About Their Chakras

Chakra Centers, Features, Spirituality, The Crown Chakra, The Heart Chakra, The Root Chakra, The Sacral Chakra, The Solar Plexus Chakra, The Third Eye Chakra, The Throat Chakra

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This morning I was browsing through Mindbodygreen and stumbled across this article by Deepak Chopra.  Deepak offers a in-depth and unique perspective on the Chakras I just had to share! Enjoy!

Each of the seven chakras are governed by spiritual laws, principles of consciousness that we can use to cultivate greater harmony, happiness, and wellbeing in our lives and in the world.

The First Center: The Root Chakra

The root chakra, known in Sanskrit as muladhara, is located at the base of the spine. It governs your most basic survival needs. When this chakra is clear and energy flows through it freely, we feel secure and confident that we can easily fulfill our needs. However, blockage in this area can cause us to feel anxious and worried.

The spiritual Law of Karma governs the first energy center. On the physical plane, every action you perform results in a corresponding reaction. To maximize the possibility that your actions generate evolutionary reactions, you can use your body as a choice determining instrument.

Consider the possibilities in front of you and listen to signals from your body. These sensations generating from the root chakra are either comfortable or uncomfortable. Your body evaluates every possible decision in terms of its likelihood to meet your needs for safety or increase the level of threat you experience. The first chakra, which connects you with the earth, provides essential information as to the potential nourishment or toxicity that is available to you as a result of the actions you are taking.

The Second Center: Creativity Chakra

The creativity chakra, called svadhishtana, is associated with creativity in all its expressions. Located in the area of your sexual organs, the energy of this center can be used for biological reproduction. When channeled into higher energy centers, it fuels the creative force that enables you to paint a beautiful picture, build a business, or create a life of love and abundance.

The Law of Least Effort is lively in the second chakra. When your vital energy is flowing through your center of creativity, you co-create your life. The solution to every problem is rarely on the level of the problem. Rather, it comes from a deeper domain of creativity. Creativity is the process of taking the same raw material and creating different contexts and relationships between the components.

For example, when a composer creates a new piece of music, he is using the same notes in a new relationship with one another other, resulting in the emergence of something that did not exist before. The second chakra utilizes the raw material of the root chakra to create the world anew each day.

The Third Center: Energy Chakra

The energy chakra, manipura, is localized in your solar plexus. It’s the seat of your power in the world. When this center is open and flowing, you are capable of translating your intentions and desires into manifestation. When it is blocked, you feel frustrated and ineffectual.

The Law of Intention and Desire governs the third chakra. The seeds of intentions and desires reside in your personal soul. Nourishing the seeds you wish to germinate with your attention will lead to their full expression. It is important to be clear about your intentions so you are not surprised when they bear fruit.

The process of manifesting your desires is to first bring them into consciousness, followed by expanding your awareness through meditation, and finally releasing your intentions and detaching from the outcome. You can control your actions, however you cannot control the fruit of your actions. Keep your life energy flowing freely through your third chakra and the light and heat of your intentions will radiate on the world.

The Fourth Center: Heart Chakra

The heart chakra represents the unifying energy of love and compassion. Known as anahata, it is located at the center of the chest. The heart chakra is dedicated to overcoming separation and division. When the heart center is blocked, there is a sense of alienation from others. When the heart center is open and flowing, you feel connected at a deep level to all beings in your life.

The Law of Giving and Receiving governs the heart chakra. Love can take many different forms at different stages of life. The love of child for her mother is different than a mother’s love for her child. A friend’s love is different than that of a passionate lover or the love of a student for his teacher. However so, the common thread in each of these expressions of love is the impulse to unify—to overcome separation. This is the nature of the heart.

Every act of giving is simultaneously an act of receiving. Each time you welcome a gift into your life, you are providing the opportunity for someone to give. Just as a healthy physical heart receives blood from the periphery which it then oxygenates and pumps back out, your emotional heart stays healthy by receiving and giving love in all its forms.

The Fifth Center: Expression Chakra

The throat chakra, called visshuddha in Sanskrit, is the center of expression. When the fifth chakra is open and flowing, you have the confidence that you are capable of communicating your needs. When the fifth chakra is obstructed, a person will often feel that they are not being heard. In order to feel alive and empowered, it’s important that this energy center is clear. Blockages in this area are often associated with thyroid problems or chronic neck pain.

The Law of Detachment governs the throat chakra. An open fifth chakra enables you to express your truth without concern for censors or critics. This does not mean you say things that are intentionally hurtful or insensitive. On the contrary, people with open centers of communication are skillful in expressing their needs in ways that are life supporting. Anxiety over how people will react to your views does not arise when energy is flowing freely through the chakra of expression.

The Law of Detachment reminds you that you can choose your words and actions, but you cannot control the response to your words and action. When your intentions are clear, and your heart is open, you will spontaneously demonstrate right speech trusting that the universe will handle the details.

The Sixth Center: Intuition Chakra

The intuition chakra, known in Sanskrit as ajna, is located in the forehead. It is the center of insight and intuition. When this center is open, you have a deep sense of connection to your inner voice, and feel guided in your choices. When blocked, there is a sense of self-doubt and distrust. The opening of this chakra is usually associated with a clear sense of connection to ones dharma, or purpose in life.

The Law of Dharma or Cause and Effect governs the sixth chakra. You have within you a wise voice guiding you to express the highest aspects of your nature. Listen to this still inner voice, which is guiding you to manifest your full potential. Quiet the internal turbulence that is filled with the voices of others so you can identify the sound of your own soul. It has only one desire—for you to remember your essential nature as a spark of the divine.

The Seventh Center: Consciousness Chakra

The consciousness chakra, known as dahaswara, is visualized as a lotus flower at the crown of the head. When the lotus unfolds its petals, the memory of wholeness is restored. Remember that your essential nature is unbounded, and that you are spirit in disguise as a person. This is the full expression of yoga – the unification of being with action, of universality with individuality.

The Law of Pure Potentiality governs the seventh chakra. When your roots are receiving nourishment from the earth in the first chakra, your creative juices are flowing in the second, your intentions are empowered in the third, your heart is open and exchanging love with those around you in the fourth, you are spontaneously expressing your highest self in the fifth, you are in touch with your inner voice in the sixth, only then, does energy move into the crown chakra and you remember your essential nature as infinite and unbounded. The thousand-petaled lotus flower unfolds and you know yourself as a spiritual being temporarily localized to a body and mind.

The Yoga of Meditation The Upanishads tell us, “As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart.” From the time of your birth, you have been called to explore the world outside of you. Meditation is the exploration of your inner world. Yoga encourages you to be as familiar with your inner world of thoughts, feelings, memories, desires, and imagination as you are with the outer world. When you can move through both the inner and outer domains of life with freedom and joy, you fulfill the highest purpose of yoga.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. co-founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in 1996 with the late Dr. David Simon, who co-wrote this article and the book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. You can learn more by visiting the Chopra Center’s resource page.

Sunday Inspiration

Spirituality

From the Tao Te Ching (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

– Lao Tzu

What is Intuition?

Chakra Centers, Spirituality, Starseed Corner

 

424683_304747482906846_1884992790_nIntuition is a term given to a very natural, though commonly ignored and suppressed method of accessing sensory information. Intuition is no less natural than the five senses commonly accepted by modern-day humans, although sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing are more openly spoken of and utilized to gather information about the world around us. For the past several hundred years, intuition has been sitting decidedly below the radar of the majority of humanity’s conscious awareness.

Intuition is not a sense that is unique to humankind. In actuality, most of Earth’s other beings can access intuitive information much more easily than most humans alive today can. If you have ever owned pets, especially pets of varying species, such as cats and dogs, then you have probably seen them interact with one another intuitively, or telepathically. If you think about your own interactions with a pet or a newborn baby, it is likely that you will be able to remember communicating in a way that had nothing to do with sound, sight, or touch – this was your intuition. The plant kingdom also uses intuition to communicate. Some inter-plant communication can be explained by events such as the chemicals that plants release during various stages of their life cycles, but much of the ways in which singular organisms making up eco systems communicate information with one another (as well as in groups) defies what we commonly see as “logical” knowledge.

Because humans have a more developed neocortex than most other beings alive on our planet, and because we utilize verbal language to communicate much of the time, intuition is likely to feel different for us than it does in the natural world…at least to our perception. However, intuition can be seen as very similar, if not identical, to what we call “instinct” in animals and plants. Butterflies spend multiple generations’ lifetimes in one yearly migration, and birds naturally know when to fly to more comfortable climates at various points throughout the year. Other animals know instinctively when to hunt, mate, and hibernate. Why wouldn’t we, as humans, be able to access this inherent knowledge? We are of this planet too. And yet, we are also fundamentally different from much of the animal kingdom on our world. The way that we can bridge these similarities, as well as these differences, is in identifying and understanding our intuitive capabilities.

Besides communicating with pets or babies, you have probably felt intuition bring you information in other ways over the course of your life. You have likely felt an excited feeling before receiving good news, or a foreboding feeling before receiving bad news. You might have thought of a friend that you haven’t communicated with in quite some time, only to have that friend contact you suddenly within the next few days. You may also have experienced dreams that predicted future events, or in which you are interacting with spirit guides, angels, deceased relatives, or living loved ones that are giving you information that you have no “logical” way of knowing that is later proven correct. All of these experiences are made possible through perfectly natural intuition.

Like many aspects of human experience, intuition is readily accepted by children. Most children are highly intuitive, although they may not speak 295679_431670446927349_803521032_nof their intuitive awareness because they do not hear others speak of it. It is also likely that conversations about intuition may not happen with or between children because it feels so natural to them that they have no need to discuss it.  When is the last time you heard a child speak about the nature of sight or the sense of touch? It probably hasn’t happened often, if at all. This is because children take their intuitive awareness for granted as another natural sense – that is, until they learn that this is something that is not accepted as a topic of conversation.
I have a foggy memory of being a little girl about four years old, and realizing quite consciously that I had to choose between interacting with the non-physical beings that I could easily perceive and being socially ostracized. I realized through comments made by my playmates that greeting and otherwise speaking with multidimensional friends made me seem weird or crazy, and so I chose to stop seeing my guides. I could not see them and ignore them, so I forced my mind to deny their very existence – and this is a sense that I’ve worked for years to get back.

The choice to not see multidimensional beings is not only one that comes from difficult social choices, however. A very gifted intuitive healer and friend of mine named Kimberly Cochrane had a beautiful baby girl not long ago. When Seraphina was a few months old, Kimberly noticed that she was often laughing, smiling, and happily playing with beings that Kimberly couldn’t see. Kimberly also noticed that often when an adult would lean over Seraphina, speaking to her, she would not look into the eyes of the person there, but she would look and seemingly communicate with someone invisible just above and/or behind whomever was speaking to her. Kim assumed that these were angels, or spirit guides, speaking to and playing with Seraphina in the same way that embodied humans do.

When Seraphina was about six months old, Kimberly noticed that the baby no longer interacted with beings that Kimberly could not see. We had a conversation about this shift, and we realized that although the adults around Seraphina in no way doubted the validity of her experience, she had still noticed and learned that these beings were ignored by everyone around her. So Seraphina began to ignore the beings as well, most of the time.

Seeing otherworldly beings can be likened to looking through a window at the world outside. When you focus on objects through the glass, the window pane seems perfectly transparent. However, once you notice the reflection of your own face or other objects on your side of the window shining back against the glass, the focus of your eyes shifts and you can easily see the reflection. Multidimensional beings, such as angels, guides, and ghosts (which are ordinarily either friendly or completely benign, minding their own business) are similar to the reflection on your side of that window – you must adjust your focus to see them, but once you do, they are relatively easy to perceive.

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Although angels and ghosts take up much of the topic of otherworldly awareness in stories and media, intuition is more than just communicating with multidimensional beings. Intuition can be utilized in gleaning valuable information about the world around us, much like hearing a traffic report, checking the weather forecast for the day, or receiving an itinerary for a trip. Intuition gives us another perspective on the events of our lives, gifting us with a greater sense of efficacy, fluidity, and conscious involvement with our experiences. Ancient cultures often not only believed in intuition, but utilized it fully, having men and women in the community who specialized in gleaning and interpreting intuitive information. These people where often called shaman or medicine men or women.

Developing intuition is not a difficult process, although it takes a good deal of mental and emotional focus in the beginning. Because intuition is a natural human sense, it does not need to be activated or gained. Instead, the blockages to perception that most of us have adopted over the course of our lives need to be cleared in order for us to fully identify and understand our own personal intuitive language. The first big hurdle to using intuition is in believing that intuition is “real” at all. This paradigm shift can be sped up by doing research on intuitive information that has been accepted by the modern world, such as the power of prayer and miracles recorded by religious institutions that the researcher respects. The second hurdle is in noticing one’s own intuition. Like the window’s reflection, intuition is often ignored or assumed to be imagination or a wandering mind. Keeping a journal of intuitive thoughts, feelings, and dreams especially help toward this effort. The journal should be reviewed every so often (perhaps each week or so) to see what intuitive awareness can be confirmed. After a substantial record has developed of your own intuitive “hits,” it becomes much easier to identify and accept the intuitive information that you are perceiving quite often, just below your conscious awareness.

Accessing and utilizing intuition is often a rewarding and fun exercise. Because intuition is a natural human sense, it can assist us in every area – relationships, businesses, hobbies, talents, and more. We are living in a time where people are noticing their intuition more than they have in hundreds, possibly thousands of years. At one time, people would have been persecuted harshly if they utilized their intuitive potential very much. These days, the application of intuitive abilities can range from career choices to party tricks, but like any sense, why would we choose not to use it?

531958_10103180291836481_882757345_nCharis Melina Brown serves as an ambassador to realms of  existence that our modern Western culture has denied the existence of in recent centuries.

She carries an MA in Transpersonal Psychology, and is the author of two books, Journal of a Starseed: Discovering the Real Worldand Instruction of a Starseed. She is a regular contributor for our Starseed corner at Chakra Center.

Charis has a beautiful website and YouTube channel, sharing all things blissful and metaphysical.  Check her out at the following links:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/charisbrownmalloy

Website: http://www.charismelina.com/

What is an Intuitive Reading?

Meditation, Spirituality

 

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Many of our contributors here at Chakra Center do some form ofintuitive work. Whether it’s energy work, Reiki, individual intuitive readings, or meditation elixirs, we have a lot of beautiful people using their gifts to help people heal, activate, and overcome.

Because I’ve received many questions about what an intuitive reading actually is, I thought I would give a general overview. Please note that intuitive readings vary depending on the person giving the reading, and the person who is having the reading. That being said, here are some basic things for you to know:

Intuitive readings are different for everyone. Depending on the person conducting the reading, the focus can be on anything from releasing blocking energy and past trauma, tapping into past lives, working through a current hardship, or helping a client to activate their highest potential and life work. As the name implies, the sessions are usually led intuitively, and any professional reader will tell you each of their sessions are unique and highly individual.

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Typically, during an intuitive reading there is a lot processing, releasing, and transmuting of energies in the mental, emotional, and physical energy bodies. For some, intuitive readings can feel like a “talk therapy” session. For others (especially those who are highly sensitive to energies) it can feel like having physic surgery. It all depends on what the client and intuitive reader intend for the session.

Most intuitive readings provide in-depth information about aperson’s soul journey and life path. They do this by tapping into different dimensions of consciousness, reading subtle energy, and even accessing the Akashic Records (a term used in theosophy to describe a “library” of mystical knowledge supposedly encoded in a non-physical realm of existence). For many, intuitive readings help provide clarity on life purpose or karmic cycles.

Intuitive readings are different from physic readings. Most intuitive readers do not read the future, but rather read a person’s individual energy (a subtle distinction). Everyone is intuitive and everyone has the ability to read energy, but some people posses more pronounced strengths in using their intuitive gifts to access extra-sensory information.

A good intuitive reader will always point a client to their own intuitive powers and help them access their own inner-knowing. When areader fosters a dependence on their “special gifts” and services, it is usually always unhealthy for both parties. A successful intuitive reading should leave the client feeling empowered and more knowledgeable about their own gifts and abilities, rather than feeling a need for the reader to “fix” them.

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When searching for an intuitive reader it is important to listen to your own feelings about a person. If their website or presence feels disempowering, their methods most likely result similarly.  Look at testi


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monials on their page and pay attention to how people felt after their session. Did they feel empowered and more in touch with themselves, or are they simply describing the “amazing” gifts of the reader? Look for readers who put the focus on the client rather than themselves. And most importantly, trust your feelings.

Twin Souls

Spirituality

Today’s guest blog is from http://www.jeshua.net/

Twin Souls 

“I would like to say something about the concept of twin souls, probably familiar to all of you. The idea of twin souls exerts a deep attraction for you. However it is potentially quite dangerous, because it can be interpreted in such a way that it reinforces the primal birthing pain and emotional dependence in each of you, rather than resolving it. This happens when you conceive of the concept of twin souls in such a way that there is another person who perfectly suits you and makes you whole. This is the concept of the twin soul as your other half. You then assume that the oneness and safety you are missing so deeply will be found in someone else who is the perfect match for you.

According to this immature notion of twin souls, the souls are considered to be two halves who together make up a unity. Usually the two halves are respectively male and female. So this notion not only suggests that you are incomplete unto yourself but also that you are essentially male or female. You can probably see that this notion of twin souls is not healthy or healing from a spiritual point of view. It makes you dependent on something outside of you. It denies the divine origin which implies that you are everything, male and female, and that you are whole and complete unto yourself. It creates all kinds of illusions which bring you far away from home. And by home I mean your own self, the divinity of your I-ness. No soul is meant to be someone elses other half.

Twin souls do exist and they literally are what the word implies: they are twins. They are souls with the same feeling tone or vibration, or you could say with the same birthing time, as is the case with biological twins. The particular time of birth, this unique moment in time and place, makes for a uniquely charged feeling tone inside the souls that come to life. They are not dependent upon each other in any way. They are neither male nor female. But they are certainly tuned into each other as kindred spirits.

What is the reason for the creation of twin souls? Why do they exist? You often think that the “raison dętre” for something is the learning process it effects. But this is not the case with twin souls. The reason for the existence of twin souls is not to learn something. The aim is simply joy and creativity. Twin souls have no function within duality. You will meet your twin soul when you are transcending duality, when you identify yourself again with the God inside yourself who is whole and undivided and who is able to take any form or appearance. Twin souls meet again on their journey back Home.

Let us go back for a moment to the beginning of the journey. The moment you leave the state of oneness and become an individual, you enter duality. Suddenly there is dark and light, great and small, sick and healthy, etc. Reality is split. You have no frame of reference anymore for who you really are. At first you took your identity from being-part-of-a-whole. Now you are a single part torn loose from the whole. But without your conscious knowing, someone accompanies you who is equal to you, who resembles you as closely as anything could. You took up the same space in the blanket of oneness, so near to each other that you didn’t know you were two until you were born. What connects the two of you is something beyond duality, something that antedates the history of duality. This is hard to put into words properly, because it defies your usual definitions of identity in which you are either one or two and cannot be both at the same time.

Now you were both setting out on a journey, a long journey throughout many experiences. Both of you have experienced the extremes of duality, to discover gradually that your essence does not lie in duality but outside of it, in something which underlies it. As soon as you become deeply aware of this underlying oneness, your journey back begins. Little by little you feel less attached to external things such as power, fame, money or prestige. You understand more and more that the key is not what you experience but how you experience it. You create your own happiness or misery by your state of awareness. You are discovering the power of your own consciousness.

Once you have gone through all the highs and lows of duality there will be a moment when you meet your twin soul. In the energy and appearance of your twin soul, you will recognize a very deep part of yourself, your essence beyond duality, and by this very recognition you will start to understand yourself better and become aware of who you really are. Your twin is a frame of reference for you that carries you outside of the limited beliefs about yourself that you took in during your life and lifetimes before. You liberate yourself by seeing this reflection of you in your twin; it is like a reminder and it has nothing to do with emotional dependence. Meeting each other helps each of you to be stronger and more self-aware individuals, expressing your creativity and love on earth. It accelerates your return journey as it helps you step up to a higher level of oneness while fully retaining and expressing your I-ness, your unique individuality.

Ultimately we are all one. We are supported by an energy which is universal in all of us. But at the same time there is individuality in all of us. The twin soul is to some extent the link between individuality and oneness. It is like a stepping stone to oneness. If you connect with your twin soul consciously and materially, you will bring about the creation of something new: a third energy that is born out of their combined action. That energy always helps to enhance unity awareness on a larger scale than just the two of them. Because they are on their way Home, twin souls feel inspired to anchor the energies of love and oneness on earth and they do so in a way that accords with their own unique talents and skills. In this manner the twin soul love builds a stepping stone between being one and being One.

There is a deep inner bond between twin souls but that does not alter the fact that they are complete unities unto themselves. Their joining together brings about love and joy and their meeting enhances creativity and self-realization. They support each other without falling into the pitfalls of emotional dependence or addiction. The love between twin souls is not meant to make each other whole, but to create something new: instead of the two becoming one, the two shall become three.”

The Gospel of Thomas: Kingdom Mentality

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3. Jesus said, “If those who lead you say, ‘See, the Kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”

4. Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.”

5. Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”

6. His disciples questioned Him and said to Him, “Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?” Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered.”

 Gospel of Thomas, book one

Indulge in the Magic and Bliss of Tuscany!

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Tuscany, Italy — October 4th – 11th 2013:

Get ready to lavish in luxury, learn about wine from the experts, experience traditional Tuscan cuisine prepared by Italians (raw and vegan style), steep in the magic of aromatherapy, healing massage, and energy work, connect with like minds, and experience your internal world  through complete indulgence in your senses. This will be an exclusive,once-in-a-lifetime, full immersion retreat in the heart of Tuscany.

So often in the “spiritual community” we are taught to deny our selves. We make a conscious effort to fully activate and engage our upper chakras through meditation, prayer, out of body experiences, and fasting, but we neglect our lower chakras – we discount the purpose and power of our physical experiences.

We came into life in this physical dimension to experience it, learn from it, and expand. Denying the importance and role of our physical expression cuts off a major aspect of our purpose here, and rather than “setting us free” it often leads to repressed and blocked energy in the body.

It’s all about balance. We don’t want to over-indulge the physical, but often we need to create moments and experiences where we can fully allow our lower chakras a place to take center stage. When we activate and allow our lower chakras to do what they were designed to do, we can create bliss that is unparallel in any other dimension – we experience the merging of the physical and non-physical aspects of ourselves which – when fully charged – can allow the flow of energy through our bodies to cause a kundalini experience throughout our entire energetic and physical fields.

Activating bliss through our five senses is a total allowance of our physical and spiritual selves to come together in complete harmony in this 3rd dimension – to give us permission to create and experience beauty; the bliss of such moments is often called “orgasmic” for a reason. It’s the closest we come to experiencing the fullness of our WHOLE selves in this dimension, and it is through our physical senses that these moments of creative and sensual pleasure are made possible.

Italy is a country where beauty reigns. It’s a place where culturally time is arranged to experience the poetry and magic of “la vita bella.” It’s an experience you don’t just live; you enter directly into the music of life. You allow the beauty of the physical world to seep into every cell of your body. It’s about indulgence. It’s about creation. It’s about experiencing the bounty and harvest of our energetic and spiritual work that has been transmuted into physical attributes: Wine, chocolate, living organic foods, music, aromatherapy, massage, and all things blissful. Italy is truly an immersion in the aesthetics of creation.

This retreat provides an experience, an opportunity to allow yourself to let go and fully surrender to the beauty within and
around you, filling your senses, your body, and your spirit with the majesty and magic of what it means to truly live, love, and luxuriate in bliss of being in a body of flesh and blood. It’s about losing yourself in present moment awareness and fully experiencing the gift of our physical world.

Here’s a lil’ taste of the magic we’re weaving together for you:

  • Five-star service and accommodation at a private Renaissance-style Tuscan Villa where wine can be sipped on the terrace over-looking the rustic vineyard hills of Chianti.
  • Exclusive winemaker’s dinner featuring world-renowned winemaker, Count Sebastiano Capponi of Villa Calcinaia Vineyards.
  • Luxurious intuitive bliss massage and energy healing to ground the magic into your physical body.
  • Hand-crafted, world-class wine from some of the greatest producers in Tuscany.
  • Private wine tour/tasting excursion to one of Tuscany’s most well-respected, bio-diverse organic wineries.
  • Tantalizing cacao ceremonies (Italian style!) to experience the bliss and gentle mind-altering/multi-dimensional affects of this magical and alchemical bean.
  • Traditional Tuscan cuisine prepared raw and vegan style by Italy’s most well-known and respected raw food chef and educator, Vito Cortese.
  • Sensual aromatherapy infused in every room of the Essential Oils3house and custom blended for this exclusive retreat by certified, intuitive aroma therapist, Athena Ziegler.
  • Classes on how aromatherapy can assist you both spiritually and energetically.
  • Two fully serviced four course dinner parties at the Villa with food/wine pairing and live classical guitar (yes, you will have a professional waiter for these dinners!)
  • Wine 101 classes (including wine and food pairing, wine etiquette, and wine basics).
  • Raw food classes on classic Italian dishes taught Vito1by Vito Cortese using the freshest and most local ingredients birthed from the rustic soil of Tuscany.
  • Excursions in the medieval city of Florence.
  • Plenty of time to relax, soak in the magic, drink wine, eat amazing food, and enjoy the beauty of Tuscany.

Join us for an entire week full of world-class wine, living/organic Tuscan foods and luxurious self-pampering woven-in the intricate and alchemical magic of aromatherapy, energy healing, love, and unapologetic bliss. Our intention is to create a five-star experience of magic and pleasure that is deeply grounded in and experienced through your physical senses. It will be an otherworldly creation. Your only job is to show-up and surrender to the beauty. We’ll take care of the rest.

Pricing and registration will open Thursday, Jan. 31st. As this is the only exclusive, alchemical, luxury, five star retreat of its kind, registration is likely to go fast. Space is extremely limited. First come, first serve. If you are planning to come with a partner or spouse, or if you wish to have your own room, there is a limited number suites available with a queen size bed. All other rooms will be shared with single beds, so register soon to receive your preference.

We can’t wait to create magic and sip wine with you under the Tuscan sun!

Ci vediamo!

What is your View on Christianity? How does Writing Help Us Connect to Other Dimensions? FAQ

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I am in the process of answering a series of frequently asked questions at Chakra Center. I will be posting both audio and regular videos in attempt to answer the questions I receive. Here are my first two:

“Are you a Christian?”

“How does Writing Help You Connect to Your Higher Self?”

The Secret Life of Chakras

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Imagine seven ‘wheels’ of energy spinning in your body along its centerline, from the base of your spine to the top of your head. These subtle energy channels each correspond to different areas of the body as well as specific life situations. They channel energy to where it’s needed, for optimal health and wellbeing.

In many ways the chakras are like intersections in a busy city. They channel traffic, and the traffic grid is designed to keep traffic flowing freely. But as we have all experienced, city traffic can easily become snarled. All it takes is one angry or insensitive driver blocking an intersection, and everything comes to a stop. Traffic ‘upstream’ from the blockage becomes an impassable domino effect of cars clogging the streets and blocking other intersections. And ‘downstream’, the streets are empty.

Check out the chakra chart below to understand your chakras better.

click to enlarge the Chakra Chart

Imagine that scenario in your energy flow. If one or more of your chakras are blocked, they cause disturbances and imbalances on both sides of the flow. The result is stagnating energy that causes poor health, undesirable life conditions, unhappiness and a sense that nothing is going right.

You may have blockages or imbalances in several chakras, but it is often due to one major blockage in one chakra that then affects the others. Take a free chakra test to find out which of your chakras are blocked!

Now that you know how important the chakras are to your overall health and wellbeing, let’s look at individual chakras and the ways they affect the system.

root chakra symbolStarting at the bottom of the line of chakras, we find the first chakraor the Root chakra, located at the base of the spine. It corresponds to the physical body and connection to the Earth. Just like a foundation, it is concerned with the basics of survival: food, shelter, safety, comfort and belonging. You can tell if your root chakra is closed if you often feel stuck and sluggish; you experience unrelenting stress because of a belief that you must rely on external circumstances; you may have persistent financial problems and find yourself in a less-than-ideal career.

sacral chakraJust up from the root chakra is the Sacral chakra. This is the seat of kundalini energy, sexuality, pleasure, intimacy, creativity and the joys of life. This chakra is located just below and behind the navel. Looking at the body from head to toe, this is your physical center. If your sacral chakra is weak, you struggle with a healthy self-image; you experience difficulty allowing yourself to become emotionally and sexually intimate; you move from one relationship to another, desperately trying to find “the one” yet lacking the sense that you are worthy of love. Most notably, your libido is very low.

solar plexus chakra symbolMoving up, the Solar plexus chakra is the center of your personal power. Physically, it is located about two inches below the breastbone. It is the seat of your ego, willpower, passions and ambition. If your solar plexus chakra is imbalanced or depleted, you will find it difficult to take action on your dreams due to a sense of powerlessness and low self-esteem; you have very low self-worth, feel like a victim and often suffer from stomach issues and anxiety.

heart chakra symbolThe fourth chakra is the Heart chakra, the center for love and spirituality. Love doesn’t mean only love for others; it also applies to self-love and self-acceptance. This chakra is located right next to your physical heart – which is why, when you are struggling in this chakra, you may experience heartache! If your heart chakra is weak, you have trouble with giving and receiving love and being compassionate; you hold grudges and become needy in relationships, and this often leads to anger and distrust. A weak heart chakra can be at the root of heart disease, asthma and allergies.

throat chakra symbolThe fifth chakra is next in line. The Throat chakra is your communication center – your voice, your creative self-expression. The throat chakra is also responsible for truth, honesty and integrity. If you are unable to voice your opinions or true feelings; if you are known as the ‘quiet one’ and if you are frustrated because you don’t feel that other people hear what you have to say, your throat chakra is blocked. Throat and mouth problems are common.

third eye chakra symbolYour sixth chakra is the Third eye chakra (or brow chakra). It sits just between and above the eyes and it is responsible for psychic abilities such as intuition as well as your sense of purpose in life. Your third eye chakra is closed if you struggle with finding meaning in life and often ask yourself, “Why am I here? Why was I even born?” You have trouble making decisions and suffer from headaches and tension.

crown chakraFinally, we reach the crown chakra located at the top of your head. This is the connection between you and the divine. It is responsible for spirituality and enlightenment. Your brain functions and central nervous system are controlled by the crown chakra. If this chakra is depleted or blocked, you will experience loneliness, insignificance and meaninglessness. You may feel a strong attachment to material possessions and achievements (and define yourself according to them) and a disconnect from the spiritual side of life. Headaches are common.

Now, this list of problems can be overwhelming and depressing, if you suffer from more than just a few. But remember, you most likely have a blockage in one primary chakra that causes imbalances in the rest. That’s why it is important to find out where the main blockage is and what caused it. Then, with simple knowledge and exercises, you can become like a helpful police officer guiding traffic at a snarled intersection and restore the free flow of energy in your body.

When the seven chakras are in balance, life feels good and all is as it should be. This small introduction to the seven chakras is just the start to that journey.

The word chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. This is because each of the chakras is connected to the next in what appears to be a vertical line up the body. They also create loops of energy that surround your body. Generally, the 7 chakras are classified from the bottom to top of the head in an ascending manner. Each chakra has a corresponding color that make an ascending rainbow.

Wake-Up from the Illusion and Become the Builder of Your Own Dream

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Illusions.

How many times do we wander off the path of our desires, of our missions, our callings, or dreams, because we are seduced by the illusion?

When we plug fully into the illusion of “reality” it feels more real to us than all else – we lose all sense of breath (the true time), possibilities, and intention. Like a dream, we have no idea how we got there or when it will end, we simply find ourselves placed in the middle of a story – a drama somebody else has weaved around us. It’s the cloak that has been draped over our eyes to blind us from the truth. Although that “somebody” is merely another expression of us, it is not the “us” we want to be in control – it is not our true identity.

Unless we become aware that this is in fact a dream, we fall victim to wherever the illusion leads us, and often we remain within the dream for years, blindly accepting its limits as our own. We don’t realize we can wake-up, change the story, move beyond the mirage of its boundaries, and be set free.

When we become lucid in a dream, we realize we can remove the cloak of night and call forth the sun. Monsters can be tamed, ocean waves put to sleep, and we suddenly realize we can open our eyes before falling off the cliff. We become the constructors of the dream and through our focus we change its course.

Your current “reality” is no different than a dream – you’ve simply forgotten your role in it. It may appear others have power over you. You may feel like merely a victim to circumstance. But when you wake-up, when you realize that you are the dreamer, there is no end to what you can create.

But how do you wake up?

It all begins with the movement of your breath. When you realize you control its flow – you can speed it up, slow it down, hold it, or move it into the depths of your lungs, you take the first step.  It may seem simple and irrelevant, but breath is the building block of all life. Your breath is your life, and you can direct its course.

Notice it. Feel how it moves within you. Pay attention to where it flows, its depths, and which areas of your being feels deprived of its nourishment. Direct your breath into your tension, your wounds, your fears. Feel how it expands your life, your perception, your sense of “being.”

Ask yourself, “what does it mean to BE?” Unplug from the existential crisis of “knowing” and simply be. This is the deepest meditation of thought: Being.

Once you’ve mastered the flow of breath, move into your mind. Through guided meditation you can learn to enter into the subconscious region of your vast mind and start to shake things up a bit – move things around, realize where you stand in relation to your desires, and begin to reconstruct the dream.

These are some of the concepts we’re experiencing together in my “Writing to Connect with the Elves” course. It’s all about learning to see the realm of thought forms, understanding where your focus is directed, and developing the conscious muscles to move things around – to become the builder.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s assignment (it’s all about learning to see the illusion):

Instructions: Watch the two video clips below.  Notice how the illusion is constructed to seduce, but also pay attention to the disorientation.  Observe how you *feel* as you watch the clip, and try to recognize times when you feel this way in your own life.

What sparks her attention to the fact that she’s in a dream? How does she realize it’s not real? What does she do to get out of it? Notice how the Goblin King does not go after her when she attempts to leave. Why do you think that is? Perhaps he knows he can’t control her will, he can only persuade her mind.

Notice how in the beginning she is simply there, and allows the illusion to envelop her. She doesn’t question why or how she got there; she simply accepts the dream as her reality. How does her acceptance change at the end of the scene? Watch the progression of her emotions. Is she comfortable in this “reality”? How is she persuaded to remain in the illusion? What draws her in?

Now watch the scene where she finally wakes up from the illusion by remembering that “the Goblin King” actually has no power over her. Pay attention to how his power feels less and less real as she takes more and more control over her reality.


What areas of your life do you feel powerless to? Write them down. Write out why you feel powerless. Who or what do you believe is actually in control? Notice where the emotion arises within you. Take deep, fluid breaths into the areas you most “feel” react to these thoughts within your body. Observe how you have control over where you send your breath.  Feel how you simply exist. Ask yourself again, “what does it mean to ‘be’”?

Below is an excerpt from one of our “Elvin” friends:

“To connect with us is to connect to the heart of the trees and the river – the rocks and the earth. It is to connect with your very heart. To shut out the Spirit of Nature, is to abandon your own nature – your own spirit.

Like the river and trees, the rustle of the leaves, the steady flow of the water – the scattered rocks, there is nothing tame about your spirit. This is often why it feels unnatural to contain it in your body – in your linear dimension.

It is by learning to feel those movements within you and flow with them, that you will learn the ways of your True Heart – the way of the Spirit’s heart. To know the Creator’s heart you must allow yourself to move with it – always in its direction. Always with the flow of your very breath.

To know your true heart, you must learn to be still. Watch the trees. Listen to the way they breathe – to the very sound of their heartbeat. Look at the way nature moves, always in perfect abandon to the will of the Breath of Life. By following the movement of Nature, you will learn to Master the Entering of our dimension.

You’ve bought too deeply into the expression of reality that others have created for you. Now is the time to create your own expression, to bring forth the true essence of all life, that which comes from within you. It is time for you to discover who and what you truly are.”

Namaste.

Amanda Flaker is a freelance writer, teacher/tutor, editor, and creator of Chakra Center. She heads-up the website’s online writing classes (Writing to Connect with the Elves and Discover your Bliss, Writing to Heal, Writing to Develop your Intuitive Gifts).

The Elf/Fae and Extra-Terrestrial Connection

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The Elf/Fae and Extra-Terrestrial Connection

When one speaks of Elves or Fairies, the images most commonly brought to mind in Western culture are ones of miniature people in pointy hats baking cookies in a hollowed-out tree trunk, or tiny women with wings and voluptuous curves sprinkling sparkling dust on sleepy children, allowing them to fly.

While there certainly do exist beings that fit those descriptions, a discussion of them and their role on our planet (and in our lives) is one for another day. This article will focus on the formidable, enchanting, human-sized beings who share our planet with us, often living in the wildest places where most humans never venture in our current times. These are the Elves, also called the Fae, and the Sidhe.

Over the course of history, tales have been told of dealings between humans and the elusive races of “magical” folk as the latter retreated farther and farther away from a technologically advancing culture. As electromagnetic fields and current-running wires became more prevalent, encounters with beings who could, for instance, invite someone to a dinner party just to have him awaken a morning later, returning to his village and finding that several decades had passed as he slept for what felt to him like one night, became increasingly sparse.

Many of the tales of the Elvin people that survived into this day and age are ones filled with strife. We have fairy tales rich with stories of curses and harmful magical spells, and we have legends of epic ancient battles between humans and “lost” races such as the Tuatha De Danaan, but neither of these areas of knowledge is believed to be true by the average Westerner. However, for a subject so cast aside, it is intriguing how tales of these cousin races have remained a common part of culture, albeit a frivolous one.

For the sake of this article, let’s assume that rather than myths created around cooking fires for the sake of idle entertainment, the stories we have heard about Elves have been ancient oral histories, twisted and made fantastic through time and retelling, but that really began with true events. Let us consider the possibility that these people may actually exist, often living underground the way the Tuatha were said to choose to live in the end of those famous Irish battles, and that over the centuries, they have mastered the art of subtle deception and misdirection to keep their people alive.

Is this so hard to believe? It is not so difficult to imagine why people like this may want to remain hidden and why it may even be safer for them to be thought of as imaginary beings. We know what groups of threatened people tend to do to anyone who is different in the ways that these people are said to be different, and it is neither pleasant nor peaceful. As for their hiding capabilities, recall how far our culture has come in technological achievement in the past two centuries. Doesn’t it beg a further moment of open-minded inquiry when one considers that the “technology” used by these other races may be technology of the mind, of intention, and of working with the energies of Gaia herself to live in harmony, even seamless harmony, with the planet? And that rather than two centuries, these races may have been honing this technology for thousands of years? Consider how easily certain animals camouflage to blend into their surroundings. One can take a forest hike on any given day and pass countless beings, homes, and even entire communities of animals and insects, never even aware of their existence, in the course of a few hours. Is it so odd to wonder if there are people who could have accomplished a similar feat through necessity, skill, culture, and an ease with our planet’s natural environments?

So, for now, let’s assume that this has happened. We will assume that the stories originated in truth of fairy godmothers and magical powers, and that races of people may exist on our planet that we know nothing about. We are aware of aboriginal tribes living in the jungles of our southern hemisphere, and fur-clad indigenous tribes building homes out of ice and living in the Arctic areas of our globe. So let us use this same logic to assume for the sake of the current read, that there could be folks hiding away with fabulous “technology” and thriving cultures that we are not aware of.

Personally, I’ve had experiences that lead me to believe considering this concept is much more than a mental exercise, but a way to bring back a Global culture that isn’t as blind as we have historically been to anything other than modern-day, technocratic society. It seems to me that there is a lot of truth to these considerations.

If these people do exist, what is their link to Extra Terrestrials? Many contactees who have recurring experiences with benevolent ETs also make connections with other Earth-based realms right here. In recent months, the number of communications with Elven people has seemed to be growing exponentially, and in a similar manner to how ET contact is made and continued – through synchronicity, telepathy, and dreams. This is no coincidence. There is a link between Elves and ETs. This article is an introduction to some of what this link may be.

Often, experiences recounted by humans who have seen friendly Elves and humans who have seen friendly ETs are very similar. There is some disorientation, the ET or Elf shows up suddenly and in a way that defies logic, seeming very intense in a way that is difficult for the experiencer to describe clearly. Next, some piece of interesting information is exchanged, and then they leave in a similarly mysterious manner. Often their clothing is very different from what is worn in “common society” at the time of the encounter, and the physical appearance of the being is quite enchanting – both ETs and Elves are often even said to “glow” in a similar way.

When researching the link and asking for assistance in understanding the similarities and relationships between the two types, my own Guides (from several kingdoms, planets, etc.,) gave me a little background on the subject.

What they told me was that Elves were originally ETs who came to Earth. By originally, I mean long, long ago – several entire ages of the human race, in fact. This can be seen in the ancient legends – by the time any communications happened between humans and “the hidden people” thousands of years ago, the Elves had not only been here for a while, but Gaia was their home. I was told that much evolution was done from the landing times up until now – in fact, the times of first arrival on this planet have faded into a type of myth in the Elven culture, which is definitely saying something, because they live much longer than we surface-dwelling humans do, and they tend to keep better records.

Apparently, their evolution happened in a way that served to link the Elves with this planet. They came here to live in harmony with Gaia, so they changed to match her, rather than the opposite, which is what we currently seem to be attempting as modern day humans. But rather than going in the opposite direction and simply become rustic and aboriginal, these beings kept their technology and gifts, merging them with Earth energy so as to be able to work in concert with Gaia – and to direct the growth of plants, the tides of water, weather patterns, and the like. By now, they do not think of themselves as Extra Terrestrial at all. They have been here much longer than we modern humans have, in fact.

And since there has been a considerable amount of inter-breeding over the centuries between “us” and “them,” considering the lack of common contact between humans and Elves, and because both of us are seeded with some similar races, characteristics of Elves pop up in humans all the time. They speak with telepathy, and they have an uncanny ability to move silently and even without that extra sense that alerts you to another’s presence in the room even if your back is to the door. Blending in is easy for them, especially in nature. Surely, you have met a person like that, or perhaps you are one yourself.

Humans can become more like Elves in our relationship with Gaia if we seek harmony – and in fact, this transformation is one of the biggest possibilities for our moving forward as a species at this time. This is why Elves are returning to the forefront of human awareness more than they have in centuries – they share a planet with us and so have a stake in maintaining the health of the ecosystem, although they often spend time in slightly different dimensions than we do ordinarily. The Elvin race is not perfect or finished learning by any means, but they understand a number of concepts as a matter of course that we humans are now only beginning to grasp, and would be better off from having the knowledge of.

Another similarity between Elves and ETs is the ability to walk through dimensions. It is simpler than you may think, and happens in the exact same way as your experience of losing your keys happens, you spending a quarter of an hour searching the house for them, and then discovering them on the table which was the first place you looked. You are likely to assume that you just did not see them, hiding right there in plain, sight. That is true. However, why could you not see them? Because they were not in quite the same dimension. Bells and whistles do not very often sound for this sort of thing; often the experiences are quite subtle. Subtle enough that you doubt afterward that anything odd happened at all – and therein lays their power. In this illustration, the Elf or ET would have been the keys, not the human – hiding in plain sight, only having slid into a slightly different dimension as easily as slipping through the opening of a curtain.

Because of these similarities and more, Elves and ETs can easily see each other (and even have a bit of a thriving trade between them, according to the guidance I received) although we have not been able to easily see either in quite a while (or at least the majority of humans have not.) This was a necessary period so we could exercise our mental potential by “crippling” our other senses and being forced to use logic and intellect to survive. Now, however, is the time to merge this skill with the reawakening of our multidimensional and instinctual senses that has lain dormant for so long.

The reemergence of a newly developed human is occurring before our very eyes. This is one of the happenings of 2012, and we are here to see it and live it all at once. The communication with other similar races is simply a part of a greater shift that is now changing human awareness on a daily basis. Our position can be likened to sitting at the very top of a roller coaster, just as the car begins to move downward, increasing in speed and thrilling passengers with adrenaline and some aspect of imaginary danger, while at the same time being quite safe and highly entertaining. The best advice I have ever received is to breathe deeply and enjoy the ride.

Charis Melina Brown serves as an ambassador to realms of existence that our modern Western culture has denied the existence of in recent centuries.“ She carries an MA in Transpersonal Psychology, and is the author of two books, Journal of a Starseed: Discovering the Real World, and Instruction of a Starseed. She is a regular contributor at Chakra Center.

Awakening with Ayahuasca: An Interview with Taylor Marie

Interviews, Spirituality, The Crown Chakra

Ayahuasca.

It’s an ancient, medicinal healing plant. Or as the Amazonian shamans   call it, “a window to the soul.” Many claim this sacred sacrament can cure any illness, while others say it is the Spirit teacher — the doorway to awakening. It is said that to partake of Ayahuasca, is to face your demons and remove the veil between illusions and spiritual reality.

Taylor Marie’s journey with Ayahuasca changed the entire course of her life. She is  now pioneering Ayahuasca retreats in Peru to help open up the experience of this “Wisdom Plant” to the masses. She stopped by Chakra Center today to share her story:

Tell us a bit about yourself? Who were you before your first experience with Ayahuasca, and who are you now?

I’ve always been the kind of person to question this reality and I’ve always had quite a different perspective on life than most of my friends and family, but I was also very lost for many years. I suffered from depression starting at a young age. I always saw myself as separate from everyone else, and looked at humanity as a disease plaguing the Earth.

Before Ayahuasca, I was dead set on the path to become a successful actress in film and television, but there was always something in the back of my mind asking if it was what I truly wanted. I ignored it, thinking it was a part of me out to destroy myself.

After my first Ayahuasca experience, that feeling grew stronger to the point where I finally realized that acting was truly not what I wanted to do…and then I recorded my first YouTube video.

The person I am today no longer suffers from depression, feels separate from everyone, or sees humanity as a disease.

Ayahuasca taught me to love everything/everyone – including myself – unconditionally, whole-heartedly. I have left the acting world and am now working to help others awaken with the sacred medicine of the Amazon.

What is Ayahuasca and how is it different from other psychedelic plants?

Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic plant medicine brew used traditionally in ceremonies by the native tribes of the Amazon. It contains the compound DMT (dimethyltryptamine), which is a naturally occurring psychedelic found in the human brain as well as in many plants and animals. Ayahuasca is used for healing (mentally, physically, emotionally) and to gain spiritual enlightenment.

I have not had much experience with other psychedelic plants, but from my few experiences I can say it is different in the way that it brings you fully inside yourself and forces you to face your demons. When I consume Ayahuasca, I feel like I am not only consuming the liquid, but the spirit of the brew itself. It also has a very unique vibe…ancient and wise in a way, and I can feel that it is very much part of the jungle. It’s not that easy to explain, but I hope you can grasp a little bit of what I’m trying to say.

What advice would you give to people who are interested in trying Ayahuasca?

Do not hold any expectations because everyone experiences it in their own unique way. Also, please seek out a proper shaman. There are a lot of ayahuasqueros in South America who do not know how to heal or work with the energies of the medicine – and a lot of them just want your money. You have to be weary of that. Do your research before going. Make sure the shaman is reputable! And always respect the medicine.

What role do you think Ayahuasca is playing in the current awakening happening on this planet right now?

For me, Ayahuasca was the tipping point to my awakening. It connected me with a part of myself that was hidden beneath ego and dark emotional baggage, and has led me to a path to help awaken others.

With it becoming a lot more well-known in the western world, there are more and more people journeying out to experience it for themselves, thus potentially leading to their awakening, which is creating a ripple effect across the world.

Rumor has it you will be hosting Ayahuasca retreats. What can you tell us about this new endeavor?

I am actually hosting them in South America, just outside of Iquitos, Peru! It honestly hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m actually doing this. Only 7 months ago I was doing everything I could to make it in the acting world…and now I’m organizing and hosting Ayahuasca retreats?! It’s bizarre in the best way. I am just so thankful that the universe is providing me with everything I need to do this. It’s a brand new dream come true!

As for the retreats: The retreats will be 14 days long with a maximum of 6 Ayahuasca ceremonies. There will be plant/flower baths, mud baths, hikes through the jungle, lots of time to relax and focus on healing intentions…it’s going to be fantastic! You can find more information about costs and activities on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AyawakeningRetreats

How can people get involved with what you’re doing?

I encourage everyone to start making their own YouTube channel or Facebook page to post thoughts and ideas to share with the world. It is such a great way to get a message out to the masses…and even if you just inspire one single person, you’re still doing your part to help change the world! Or if you don’t want to make your own videos, share the ones that inspire you.

Anything else you’d like to share?

It is so important in this time of our lives to stop living in fear and to start living your dreams. Follow your heart & the universe will help you along the way!

Taylor Marie describes herself as a “psychonaut”: A person who uses altered states of consciousness in order to gain deeper insights and spiritual experiences.

Find out more about her work, retreats, and life mission at the following links: 

YouTube channel

http://www.youtube.com/bombshellspacefriend

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylormarie.ayawakening

Tumblr!: http://taylormarieayawakening.tumblr.com/