Food & Wine Travel Writing: How to Travel the World, Drink Wine, and Get Paid for it

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Who doesn’t want to eat and drink their way through Europe and get paid for it?!

As a sommelier and freelance writer who has worked in Florence3the wine industry for nearly 10 years, I developed a lot of wine contacts around the world. After college I decided to put my two skills to the test and spend a year living eating/drinking my way around Europe as a writer.

People always ask me how I was able to live in Italy, tour the best wineries and restaurants, and get paid for it! Trying to answer this question in a 10 min video proved to be difficult – I was only scratching the surface of the details that come along with the “how-tos”  of travel writing.

In order to effectively help all you aspiring travel/wine Florence winewriters get your foot in the door (and avoid all the mistakes I made along the way), I’ve developed a two week crash course on how to live in Europe, tour the wineries and restaurants, and get paid doing it!

This is a dynamic, face paced, class where you will receive in-depth info and stellar insider tips on:

*How to obtain a press release to major wine events (like Vino 100).

*How to acquire freelance writing gigs with newspapers and magazines. 

*How to write a compelling query letter.

*How to sell your story, properly invoice, and tips on scheduling writing gigs to manage cash-flow.

*Wine 101 basics (how to read wine labels in Europe, basic tasting tips and techniques, and an overview of all major grape varietals/wineries in Western Europe).

*Travel writing basics (top 10 mistakes to avoid, how to be current, edgy, and develop a niche for yourself).

*And many more travel writing details!

*As a special bonus, I will give my personal European wine contact list to the first 5 people who register!

This is a crash course on all things to know about travel writing with a wine emphasis, and I am confident you will leave the class feeling ready to conquer the world of wine and traveling!

All for only $33!

Space is limited. I’ve had a lot of requests for this class but have to cap it at 40 people to make sure everyone gets enough of my time/attention.  Register early to ensure a seat. This may be the only time I offer this!

Dates  May 13th – May 26th 

The entirety of the class will be held in a private Facebook forum. I will post daily info/videos/wine quizzes, etc., as well as be available to answer any questions you may have.

Click here to register.

Amanda Flaker is a freelance writer, teacher/tutor, editor, and creator of Chakra Center. She carries a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing, and heads-up the website’s online writing classes (Writing to Connect with the Elves and Discover your Bliss, Writing to Heal, and Writing to Develop your Intuitive Gifts). She lived and worked in Florence, Italy for a year as a freelance writer and has traveled extensively around Western Europe. In Portland, OR., she worked as a wine sommelier and wine buyer, dabbling in wines from all over the world.

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Discover Your Extrasensory World!

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“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” 

-Albert Einstein

Have you ever had a dream that came true? Do you ever just “know” what somebody is going to say before they say it? Have you ever been thinking of a friend right before they call you? These are all examples of how your extrasensory abilities function on a daily basis. We experience these types of perceptions all of the time, but usually write them off as coincidence.

After the so-called “Age of Enlightenment” the Church and Science split off in two different directions. In attempt to keep-up the reign of “rationalism” promoted  by Science (and therefore, the focus exclusively on only the material world), the Church decided to abandon all “superstition.” Though there were undoubtedly good reasons for this overhaul, serious shifts in Consciousness occurred as a result. Not only did the Church throw-out all things deemed “superstitious,” — they abandoned Conscious all together.

No longer were people taught to use their instincts, their intuition, or their inner knowing. The only acceptable form of knowledge was that which the Church supplied. Only their translation of truth was considered reality. If you didn’t like what the Church had to say, turn to Science for answers. The concept of any truth existing “within” was lost.

Fortunately, we are now in the “information age” (or the “New Age” as many call it). One of the beautiful repercussions about having access to alternative forms of knowledge is three-fold:

*We realized there is MUCH MORE out there than we’ve ever been told

*We begin seeking

*We discover (often through being overwhelmed by the amount of information available) that the only genuine option we have is to go within. We start trusting our own inner-knowing again.

Writing to Connect to Your Multidimensional Self 
is just that. It is an opportunity to turn-off all the external noise and chatter of the world’s opinions, path, religion, and “way” and discover your own internal guidance system. It’s an opportunity to explore the rich and unending Universe within you. It’s a time to give your extrasensory perceptions a chance to function the way they were designed to. We have them for a reason!

This online class begins Monday, Feb. 4th!

Here’s a lil’ taste of the magic:

Week One: What are Extrasensory Abilities?

In week one we explore the plethora of extrasensory ways to perceive, see, and navigate the world around and within us. We explore the function and purpose of each of these abilities, and discuss how they can be helpful in expanding our spiritual journey.

We also explore the downside of relying too heavily on extrasensory perceptions, the manipulation of psychic abilities, and clarify their purpose and their danger (having psychic abilities does not equate spirituality or even “power.”)

One of the most important topics we cover in week one is intuition. Using intuition as the foundation for all other extrasensory perceptions, we will explore:

  • Why our intuition and emotions are the MOST IMPORTANT and powerful extrasensory gift we have
  • How not trusting intuition can make us vulnerable to psychic/emotional/and mental manipulation
  • What our emotions/intuition are, and how they they function as our compass

We also address the misconception of trusting our feelings vs. understanding the message of our emotions.Though we can easily be led astray by not understanding what our emotions are trying to tell us, they are ALWAYS there to guide us, not to mislead us.Emotions are our most precious gift in this physical realm.

Week Two: Discovering Your Extrasensory Strengths

We all have unique ways we see and take-in information. Some people are more “visual” than others; some take-in and process information audibly, some need facts, logic, numbers, and most of use a little bit of everything. These are all foundational  forms of understanding our extrasensory abilities and each point to our individual strengths.

In week two we will use writing and other techniques/tools to:

  • Discover our individual extrasensory strengths 
  • Practice dream incubation
  • Increase our sensitivities to subtle energies and our own internal guidance system
  • Practice using our extrasensory perceptions to expand our Consciousness and Awareness.
  • Connect to our Higher Self and Guides
  • Explore OBEs and Astral Projection

Week Three: Grounding Energies and Releasing the Kingdom Within

The last week of class will be devoted to grounding the energies of our expanded awareness and using meditation/writing techniques to:

  • Connect our heart/mind/soul to the Kingdom of God within us, our Higher Selves, and Highest Intentions for this life
  • Allow the Kingdom within us to come forth — to bring our inner world to our external realities
  • Explore how our gifts can be used to help others

There’s still time to sign-up! Click here to register! It’s going to be epic!

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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!

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.

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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.

Connect to Your Extrasensory Self!

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Writing to Connect to Your Multidimensional Self

It’s finally here! The highly anticipated, unique, and intricate online writing class, packed with tools and exercises to help you expand the awareness and use of your extrasensory abilities.

The purpose of tapping into these gifts is not to feel “superhuman;” We do it to open-up to who and what we truly are.

By expanding our consciousness, we widen the possibilities of new and heightened states of awareness and growth.

Ultimately, the goal is always to connect to your inner kingdom – the Kingdom of God that exists within you at all times, always waiting for your active participation. Tuning-in to your inner world is your key to true and everlasting peace.

I am so glad to finally be able to offer this course and share with you how writing can open-up the channels to deeper awareness of your inner-world!

February 4th – 24th Feb. 24th 

Use writing  techniques to: 

*Tap into your extrasensory abilities

*Create a dialogue with your intuition

*Discover your own, unique problem solving, self management, and healing abilities

*Connect with your Higher Self and your Guides

*Release blocking energy in your mental, physical, and spiritual bodies

*Dive deeply into an intimate relationship with the Source of Love

*Explore the Kingdom of God within you

This three week online workshop is only $22!

Space is limited so sign-up today!

You will receive daily feedback/interaction with Amanda on our online private Facebook forum. Make sure the email you register with is connected to your Facebook account so we can add you to the class.

**All workshops are conducted online, giving you the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.**

To register for Writing to Heal and Connect with Your Multidimensional Self, click here.

Testimonials from previous students in Amanda’s 
“Writing to Connect with the Elves” course: 

It’s been such a pleasure participating in this “experimental” course with you and those of the Elven realm. Thank YOU for offering such an enriching experience to connect with the elemental realm and of course, our hearts! I am especially grateful for the complimentary intuitive reading you provided. Your insights were genuine, heart-centered, and thorough enough for me to delve deeper within and understand myself better. It was just what I needed for my own healing and growth. So, many, many thanks! That being said, the writing meditations themselves were most enriching. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve explored my own subconscious in this way so at first, it was difficult for me to accept what was coming through as beneficial and authentic…I also felt like I really got to know and feel the Elven realm. It became “real” to me. I think I’ve found a lifelong friend/guide through these meditations and I feel much more comfortable interacting with this realm. Since beginning these meditations and talking with you, so much has been coming to the surface to be healed…barriers that I had no idea were there. In short, I feel that the whole experience has been enriching, valuable, and just awesome. You are lovely, thank you! Jackie W.

This last writing meditation was intense! My body was actually shaking a little. After the meditation I was on cloud nine. I felt really heady and spacey. The walk home was grounding thank goodness. It’s funny how a lot of things in my life seem to be put into perspective now. I feel so much a better about the “problems” I had before. This feels AMAZING!” Justin L.

“…I was shocked at how quickly and clearly words went down on paper. I was surprised at how many things I could write about a tree… I was truly blown away by my #2 meditation, and very pleased with myself and appreciative for Amanda’s guidance.” Laurie M.

“Through the ‘Writing to Connect with the Elves’ class I have been able to get a lot of healing. Amanda has a keen sensitivity to energies and knows how to bring them out through the writing process via her ‘writing meditations.’ The meditations are a great way to empower and awaken humanity through our own healing process. It’s truly remarkable how this class has helped me in healing deep wounds that I wasn’t aware of until they were brought back up by the meditations. Being able to heal them has been a true gift for my life. Sometimes we act according to beliefs that are based on things from our past, once these beliefs are challenged we are able to emerge into who we really are, our past does not determine our future and we can change the patters of thought and behaviour if we are willing to open up the doors by stepping into the pain and healing it once and for all. I am very greatfull for the effort that Amanda has put into the class and how she’s helping to bring conscious awareness to humanity.” Joanna S.

 ”I have taken several classes with the goddess Amanda Flaker and it is a transformative experience! I highly recommend taking a class with her if you can, and this one is EPIC!!!!!” Poly P.

Meditation Monday: 20 Practical Tips for Quieting the Mind

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Guest Blog:  Tips from Todd Goldfarb at the We The Change blog.

Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness.

Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in Jesus Meditatingtheir lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. This is unfortunate, and a possible reason is that many beginners do not begin with a mindset needed to make the practice sustainable.

The purpose of this article is to provide 20 practical recommendations to help beginners get past the initial hurdles and integrate meditation over the long term:

1) Make it a formal practice. You will only get to the next level in meditation by setting aside specific time (preferably two times a day) to be still.

2) Start with the breath. Breathing deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice.

3) Stretch first. Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the body.

4) Meditate with Purpose. Beginners must understand that meditation is an ACTIVE process. The art of focusing your attention to a single point is hard work, and you have to be purposefully engaged!

5) Notice frustration creep up on you. This is very common for beginners as we think “hey, what am I doing here” or “why can’t I just quiet my damn mind already”. When this happens, really focus in on your breath and let the frustrated feelings go.

6) Experiment. Although many of us think of effective meditation Meditation energyas a Yogi sitting cross-legged beneath a Bonzi tree, beginners should be more experimental and try different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.

7) Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginning meditators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body (include your internal organs). This is very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.

8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual paraphernalia in the room to help you feel at ease.

9) Read a book (or two) on meditation. Preferably an instructional guide AND one that describes the benefits of deep meditative states. This will get you motivated. John Kabat-Zinn’sWherever You Go, There You Are is terrific for beginners.

10) Commit for the long haul. Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by NOT examining the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go!

11) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs.

12) Generate moments of awareness during the day. Finding your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation habits.

13) Make sure you will not be disturbed. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is not insuring peaceful practice conditions. If you have it in the back of your mind that the phone might ring, your kids might wake, or your coffee pot might whistle than you will not be able to attain a state of deep relaxation.

14) Notice small adjustments. For beginning meditators, the slightest physical movements can transform a meditative practice from one of frustration to one of renewal. These adjustments may be barely noticeable to an observer, but they can mean everything for your practice.

15) Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging Meditation with candlesfor a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.

16) Do NOT Stress. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. No matter what happens during your meditation practice, do not stress about it. This includes being nervous before meditating and angry afterwards. Meditation is what it is, and just do the best you can at the time.

17) Do it together. Meditating with a partner or loved one can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin!

18) Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal
time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.

19) Be Grateful at the end. Once your practice is through, spend 2-3 minutes feeling appreciative of the opportunity to practice and your mind’s ability to focus.

20) Notice when your interest in meditation begins to wane. Meditation is hard work, and you will inevitably come to a point where it seemingly does not fit into the picture anymore. THIS is when you need your practice the most and I recommend you go back to the book(s) or the CD’s you listened to and become re-invigorated with the practice. Chances are that losing the ability to focus on meditation is parallel with your inability to focus in other areas of your life!

Meditation is an absolutely wonderful practice, but can be very difficult in the beginning. Use the tips described in this article to get your practice to the next level!

Read more about personal development from Todd Goldfarb on his blog, We The Change.

What is an Intuitive Reading?

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Because I’ve received many questions about what an intuitive empathsreading 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 blocked 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.

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 psychic surgery. It all depends on what the client and intuitive reader intend for the session.

Most intuitive readings provide in-depth information about a vetruvian-mans-energyperson’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 psychic 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 a man-and-earthreader 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.

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 testimonials 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.

*For more about Amanda Flaker, click here.

*Interested in connecting with other empaths? Join our “Empowering Empaths” online community!

Meditation Monday: Accessing Inner Beauty

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For today’s meditation, I thought I’d offer another excerpt from the “Writing to Connect with the Elves” online class.

Access beauty, restore balance of the masculine and feminine energies within you, and release your deepest desires from resistance.

“To see this realm – the realm of thought forms, is to see resistance to your desires. It is to see yourself in a mirror; it is to see wounds, to see joy, and forgotten bliss.

It takes courage to enter this realm. But what you will need most of Beautyall is creativity, and this comes from directly connecting to your feminine energy. To master this realm, your feminine/creative side must be employed. Everyone has feminine and masculine energy within, but most people use their masculine energy to go after what they desire. What you desire, however, is not something to conquer, it is something to receive, because it’s already available for you. That is why it is the feminine energy, not the masculine, that will most serve you here.

In your dimension, there is an imbalance of masculine and feminine energy (within each individual, and as a whole), that if not restored, will prevent you from fully entering our realm.

To “Pursue and conquer” is in the masculine agenda. It has a direct course of action, and the energy moves in straight lines. It is a beautiful energy that serves a very specific purpose, but when applied in the wrong context (or without its equal, feminine counterpart), it can produce devastating results.

Ironically, the Elvin realm can actually be more difficult for woman to enter, (if they have a lot of barriers around their heart) as your world has taught women  some very harsh lessons about femininity.

Femininity is not honored or respected in your world. It is usually seen as weakness. Woman, in your dimensions, are taught they are too much, and not enough, and the feminine energy is confused and remains hidden within most hearts. To be poised, creative, and graceful, is to be vulnerable, used, and misunderstood.

True beauty, in our realm, reflects as a direct result from energetic beauty through our physical forms. The beauty we posses is an exact mirror of our hearts.

Here there is no understanding of hiding beauty. The concept does not make sense to us. Beauty is not something to be feared or  envied, it just simply exists within all Beings, and should be allowed to flourish. Beauty is highly respected and honored. It is not the material, external, object you’ve come to understand it as. No, beauty is inspiration, it’s hope, it’s comfort. It is the vibrant spiraling energy of creation, passion, and love.

Sometimes only beauty speaks, which is why you often go into nature when you are lonely, or why you give flowers at funerals. You have an understanding how beauty heals, but most of you have not yet translated this concept to your own bodies, you own soul, your own heart. Most of you hide.

The subject of beauty is of much importance. And  it must be understood if you are to continue further on your quest. Indeed, to find your own heart is to discover and reveal your own beauty to the world. This is the feminine counterpart of your energy (we will discuss the male counterpart in our next journey – which is of tremendous value).

Balance

You each have both feminine and masculine energy within you and Masculine and Feminie balance2these energies need to be balanced. Our realm can help you accomplish this task. For balance between these two energies is what we all carry within us. When one gets unbalanced, they slowly tip out of this realm. So to enter our realm, is to fill the perfect balance of male and feminine  energy. Do you feel it?

Notice how you feel within our realm. Which part of you feels most at home and at rest? Which part of you is most uncomfortable?

In this writing meditation, you will focus on discovering beauty. This beauty is all around you. You will enter into the realm and ask your Elven guide to reveal your beauty. This region of the Elvin realm that your guide takes you will be a direct reflection of YOU.

Allow the vision to come.

Allow the message to come, the symbols, the words. Don’t judge or think.  Simply observe. Ask any questions you feel led to ask. Look deeply into beauty – what it truly is, what it represents, and where you carry it within you. Each of you has a rare and exquisite beauty to be revealed – and it is a beauty the world desperately needs. Today you will look further into the Elvin realm to discover the essence of your feminine energy – your true beauty. It may be hidden deep, but it is there. It always has been. You carry an Essence of the Divine within you. And it is this Essence that heals and restores balance to the World, and to your own life. Allow it to come forth. Allow it to shine.

Your beauty is needed.”

Bonus:

As an added bonus, enjoy one of our guided audio meditations in the Elven realm:

Meditation Monday: It’s all about The Shift

Meditation, Meditation Monday, The Third Eye Chakra

The results are in.

Meditation is not simply a way to relax; science now confirms that those who meditate shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex.  This shift activity decreases the negative effects of stress, anxiety, and mild depression. Aside from psychological soothing, many seasoned meditators claim meditation opens them up to the multi-dimensional aspects of their nature. It helps them see beyond the 3D illusion and into a space of limitless possibility.

Meditation is a great tool for manifesting. When you relax the mind and open up to All that Is, you realize the perfection of the moment. You begin to understand that all things and all possibilities exist simultaneously and therefore shifting the psychical reality is merely a matter of shifting focus.

The Shift, indeed.

Most importantly, meditation gives you the opportunity to tune-into your Spirit. There is much to learn from observing your thoughts and emotions and truly listen to the Voice of Source within you. Source (or God) does not exist somewhere “out there.” There is no “out there,” because, even as science is confirming, everything is connected. There is no separation. The external world around you is merely a reflection of your own heart.

When you meditate, you give yourself the experience of tuning your conscious mind to Source perspective and when you connect to Source, your perception changes.

For those would-be meditators who simply have a hard time finding the silence between thoughts, there are MANY tools to help you along your meditation journey. In my experience I’ve found guided meditation to be the single most effective tool in helping shift my focus and calm the “monkey mind.” Having something to focus on (especially a vision that brings me peace or beauty, or even activation for my creativity) puts me into a visionary state that always seems to shift my manifestation energy and help me tune-into the Divine presence of God within me.

The second most useful meditation tool to assit me in my meditation journey is binaural beats.

The internet literally has thousands of tools and resources to help assist you in your meditation. Here are some I have found incredibly useful:

Guided Meditation for fulfilling your heart’s desire:

Guided Meditation for Healing:

Guided Meditation for Relaxation (short) with Deepak Chopra:

Here is a taste of Binaural Beats:

If humanity could learn to look within and shift our focus from the problems to the solutions, from blame to personal responsibility, and from the illusion around us to the Truth within, the world we have each individually (and collectively) created through our thoughts would begin to dramatically Shift.

For as Jesus said, the Kingdom of God is within us. You will not find it by looking outside of yourself. Only through connecting to the Source within will you ever truly find Paradise.

Happy Meditating, everyone!

Written by: Amanda Flaker

Meditation Monday: Manifesting with the Elves

Meditation, Meditation Monday, The Third Eye Chakra

Welcome to Meditation Mondays!

Because I do some so much with meditation in my online classes, I thought I’d start offering my writing (and/or audio) meditations on Chakra Center once a week. This gives you a sneak peak of what the online writing classes are like, and allows you to try out different meditation techniques and explore new realms of your imagination. It’s a win/win.

In my Writing to Connect with the Elves class, we do a lot of meditating. Most of our writing exercises are actually what I call “Writing Meditations.”

In honor of the end of my second round of guiding the Writing to Connect with the Elves class (and the start of Meditation Monday), I thought I’d share one of our class meditations. All you need is a journal, a writing utensil, and a quiet place in nature.

For those of you who aren’t really into the metaphysical stuff (or the elemental realm), this will probably be a new experience for you. Don’t worry if you think some of this is weird. It doesn’t matter if you actually believe in any of it; the important thing is to allow your imagination to take over and have fun!

If you don’t know any mythology about the Elven realm, don’t worry. The idea is for you to discover the Elemental realm through the writing meditations — really, through your own heart. Feel free to do research, but in my experience it’s much more magical and mysterious to learn by what comes forth through you.

Be sure to save everything you write down from this writing meditation. Visuals typically come first, meaning comes later.

Simply follow the instructions and allow your imagination to do the rest!

Seeing Thought Forms: (From Writing to Connect with the Elves, Meditation #2):

Many don’t know this, but Elves are masters of manifesting. All things that exist in our physical world came into form through a process of creation, focus, and emotional fueling on the etheric realm before beginning their journey in our 3D existence.

The Elves exist primarily in the etheric realm, and therefore all pre-manifested  thought forms and potentials already exist around them. The realm of thought forms could be considered our “future,” as they are the creation realm for things to manifest on the physical plane.

Some thought forms are stronger than others, as the more focus we (in the third dimension ), put on things in the etheric dimensions (or thought forms), the faster they vibrate and the more energy is generated around them to move into physical reality.

Elves know how to maneuver and manipulate these energy fields, and because of this perspective, they have invaluable insight for us on the art of manifesting.  They don’t, however, like to involve themselves with this aspect of our existence unless it directly involves or affects them. And in our case, it does.

Jarin (the Elf who gave me the idea for this class), explained to me that as humans learn to give focus and emotional energy to their bliss (rather than their fears, sadness, or pain) it changes the way the energy moves on their dimensional plane (naturally) and creates specific geometric energy patterns that generates more harmony in their realm. Helping us connect to our bliss directly benefits their dimension.

Here is the message I received for today’s meditation:

“You humans have much to learn on the art of manifestation. It is something you do without thinking, every moment you breathe, but you do this unconsciously, often without applying the craft of intention – the gift of your imagination.

Much has been said about what you call ‘the law of attraction,’ but we Elves like to call it the ‘Art of Creation.’

All that you think and feel exist on a dimension you cannot see, taste, or smell. The only access most of you have to this realm is through your emotions – you feel your way through it. Developing your emotional intelligence through employing your intuition is the most important aspect of manifesting, and it is an art that most humans leave out of the equation.

You believe logic to be the answer. Logic can serve you, indeed. But logic does not move the dimension of ideas with the same power of emotion. Logic energetically vibrates slower, and therefore takes more time and energy to move fully from pre-manifestation energy waves, into your 3D experience.

When you tap your intuition – moving into the world of “feeling” – you can enter into the realm of pre-manifestation, and begin to perceive all possible potentials and your relationship to them. You will see the position of all thoughts, all ideals, all potentials. It is important to learn to perceive this realm if you are to be a master of intentionally creating your world. This is a very real realm you can enter and move around in; you will feel where things are, and move them to new places with the power of your focus, changing the shape and pattern of all energy forms.

Many have become Masters of this realm, using this understanding both for good and for ‘evil’ (misalignment with the Higher Self). It is not in the nature of us Elves to readily share this information. In fact, many of our people are against it, as much harm has been caused from humans using the mastery of our realm to control others and manipulate our world. But most of us have come to understand that helping those of who carry strong movements of Light in your realm, would benefit greatly from this understanding, and therefore, from our Wisdom.

Understand that we do not take this lightly. It is for the transforming energy your focus brings to our dimension, that some of us choose to offer ourselves as guides to you. It is a mutually beneficial exchange, as all things are, and must be honored and respected if it is to move forward.

Before you move further into our world, there are many things you must understand about it, and this is perhaps the most vital.

The key to moving and manipulating energy forms and pre-manifested potentials is to use your focus through intuition and emotion. Your intuition is a gift, a guidance system, a tool given to you by the Creator to move and navigate your way through worlds. It is not only your world where this tool is beneficial; it is most especially useful in all other dimensions. Indeed, intuition is the only safe way to inter-dimenionally travel.

Emotions work with intuition, but they are not the same. Emotions  are like signals for your intuition; they will tell you how your relationship is in relation to any energy form that exists on this realm. But your intuition will tell you which direction to move those forms; to the right or left, up or down, or in a vibrating circle. We understand that this idea sounds foreign to you, as you are not use to talking about thought forms as if they are actual things – but indeed, they are. In fact, they are more “real” than those things in your world that you see, taste, and touch.

When I speak of moving these energy forms, I am not offering you a metaphor. Depending on the direction of your focus, things in this realm will move, and your relationship to them in your realm will change. These forms are fueled most powerfully through your emotional focus. Your emotions move thought forms faster, and with more force, than any other form of energy (other than Light). To master the use and focus of your emotions is to master your relationship to all energy forms in this realm.

The Art of moving energy is the practice of painting a picture through focus — the first draft, so to speak.

Those who understand this realm spend most of their focus here, rather than in the realm of “what is” already existing in the 3D realm, because they understand that “what is” is past tense – past tense that you, in your physical bodies, are experiencing as your “present.”

Those who understand the past tense nature of your existence, realize that to change anything in the physical reality, is to change the position of potentials and thought forms in our realm. Changing pre-manifestation position changes your relationship to all things. You no longer have to stand in opposition to the things you want, when you correctly understand your relationship and distance to all things.

If there is an area in your life you would like to improve, simply visiting this realm will show you where you are, the position of the thing you want, the quickest route to moving it to you, and the shape and frequency of its form. Learning to see this realm is perhaps the most powerful skill one can learn.

Don’t be concerned if much of this does not make sense to you. If will, in time, if you allow. Practice Seeing. Your entrance into our world is just that.”

Writing Meditation #2 – Seeing thought Forms

Find a place in nature and get into a relaxed, comfortable position. Take several deep, cleansing breaths.

Take out your notebook and write down the deepest desires of your heart.

Notice how you feel when you write them down. Does it fill you with joy and excitement as you think of your passions and dreams? Do you feel inspired? Or do you feel sad? Hopeless? Discouraged? Do you feel like you have failed yourself? Or that you are undeserving? Noticing your emotional reaction to your desires will give you an idea of how close they are to you.

If you feel any negative emotion as you think about your desires (things like “I don’t deserve this,”  “I’m not worthy,” “It will never happen,” etc), this is your indication that you have a barrier built around you in relation to your desires. Don’t judge yourself for this, just notice and write down what you feel.

Feel where these emotions are in your body. Do you feel it most in your lower abdominal area? Or around you heart? Perhaps you feel the emotions in your head or around your face. Simply notice where the emotion is coming from (positive or negative, depending on your relationship to your desires) and write down the position.

Now take a few more deep breaths, close your eyes, and try to find the space between your thoughts.

Feel your way into the Elemental realm. Are you at the entrance to a tree? What does it feel like this time? Is it night or day? Look around and try to take-in every detail. Notice the colors, the hues, the light, the shadows. Notice how you feel. Observe your breath. Does it flow deep and smooth, or is it quickening? Slow it down as much as possible.

Invite your elf to meet with you, or any other Elemental friend that may have interest in taking you on this journey.

When you feel their presence, take-in everything about them.  Imagine you are breathing in their energy, and they are breathing in yours – this is a true exchange. Ask them for a symbolic token that allows your entrance into their realm.

Take as much time as you need, and allow yourself to fully move into this experience. Allow the vision to unfold, without judging anything you think or see or hear. Simply observe, and allow the Elemental to reveal this world to you.

Now ask your Elven guide to take you to the place of your dreams — the cavern where the deepest and most ardent desires of your heart reside. As you watch the vision unfold, pay special attention to where you stand in relation to that desire.

Where are you? Does anything look familiar? Are you deep in the forests of the earth? Or high in the vast and wondrous sky? Are you outside or in? What does it feel like? Are you cold or warm? What emotions arise for you? Take in as many details about your environment as you can.

Now ask your guide to show you a visual representation of your deepest desire.

Can you see it, or is it hidden? Are you close or far away? How do you feel when you see (or search) for your desire? Where do you feel this emotion in your body?

Allow the feelings to come without judgment, and try to notice every detail of your emotions and surroundings. Remember to continue to breath deeply and simply observe. Stay in the vision as long as you need. Try to get a “feel” for where you stand in relation to your desire. If you feel any resistance, notice where the energy is moving in your body. Where do you feel the resistance?

Don’t be surprised if this exercise brings-up a lot of emotion. For some it may be a blissful, amazing adventure, for others it might be dark and painful. For many, it will probably be a mixture of both.

Most of us have many blockages to our deepest desires, and the elemental realm will show you, symbolically, where those blockages are. You are the only one who will understand the meaning of your vision, though you may not be able to interpret it all initially.

For this meditation, don’t try to rescue or move anything around in your vision. Simply observe it, memorize where things are and how they feel. Try to notice as many details as you can. Write down as much sensory information as you can absorb.

If you prefer to simply be in the vision, and write after you’ve come out, that’s fine. Just make sure you write down as much as you can, as it is easy to forget small details in these visits, but every detail means something. It’s all symbolic of your energetic vibration.

Everything you see, hear, taste, smell, touch, all represents something significant about your Story, your Consciousness, and your relationship to all things in this realm. Everything you See is valuable. Often you won’t understand the meaning of things until months later, which is why it is important to keep your journal of your visits.

When you feel you have taken in enough information, thank your Elf (or whatever Being that joined you), and offer them a gift. Then allow the vision to fade.

Before you leave your comfortable spot in nature, jot down a couple paragraphs describing how you feel. What was the experience like for you? Where is the emotion in your body? Do you feel lighter, or heavier?

Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” answers. Don’t judge anything you feel. Simply allow yourself to feel. Be in the moment.

Namaste.

 

Writing to Connect with the Elves “Official” Class Registration Now Open!

Online Classes/Retreats, The Third Eye Chakra

We recently completed the first, “experimental” run with our online

version of Writing to Connect with Elves class, and are now offering the fully implemented, live and multi-formatted workshop beginning Monday, September 24th!

In this class you will learn to play with your inner-child, dream big, open your creative chakra, and use your imagination to discover your unique and essential role on this planet.

Pure imagination, fun, bliss, and creativity — this two week-long adventure will be unlike any other.

You will enter a world where fairies and elves are real, magic is essential, and you have a unique and valuable role to play! We will attempt to connect to our Greater Myth through a personal journey/quest in the Elemental realm.

Each participant will embark on a personal Quest – the quest to find the treasure hidden within their hearts.

In this world, Elves can see thought forms that exist on the etheric realms, so you will be bumping up against many potentials and possibilities. Therefore, each person’s quest will be unique and individual.

You will receive “writing meditation”  that pertain to your quest (like going out in nature and talking to the trees), but in these assignments you must allow your imagination to fully immerse you into another realm – this dimension is where your treasure is buried – the calling of your life’s purpose.

The class will contain both written and audio meditations, instructional healing videos, and a class forum where participants will be able to communicate and connect, and share their experiences.

A magical, imaginative, “bliss-out” way of connecting to your Higher Self and greater purpose, this class will certainly wake-up your sleeping child, and provide food for your under-worked imagination.

If you love to play, write, create, and dream (and discover more of who you are in the process) this workshop is for you!

Registration begins Today!

Complete the form below to register. All classes are offered on a donation basis! No registration fee!

What you get:

*Access to our online forum, where you will be able to connect and share experiences with others in the class.

*Six Elvin Writing Meditations, designed to help you learn to enter into other dimensions to heal/restore your heart and discover your bliss!

*Three private audio meditations designed specifically for the class (you will receive these via YouTube video).

*One personalized energetic healing elixir from Amanda (in written form). This will be given at the end of class, and directly related to the openings you created/implemented in your own energetic field, as well as her feedback/intuitive reading.

*Daily feedback/interaction with Amanda as you embark on your unique, restorative journey through the Elvin realm.

All workshops are conducted online, giving you the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.

*Note: All students who participated in the “trial run” class are invited to join this fully-implemented class free of charge! Although most of the writing meditations are the same, you will be receiving new audio meditations, as well as the newly implemented “healing elixir.” Just fill out the registration form below so I know you’re in!

Here is some feedback from our trial run class:

It’s been such a pleasure participating in this “experimental” course with you and those of the Elven realm. Thank YOU for offering such an enriching experience to connect with the elemental realm and of course, our hearts! I am especially grateful for the complimentary intuitive reading you provided. Your insights were genuine, heart-centered, and thorough enough for me to delve deeper within and understand myself better. It was just what I needed for my own healing and growth. So, many, many thanks! That being said, the writing meditations themselves were most enriching. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve explored my own subconscious in this way so at first, it was difficult for me to accept what was coming through as beneficial and authentic…I also felt like I really got to know and feel the Elven realm. It became “real” to me. I think I’ve found a lifelong friend/guide through these meditations and I feel much more comfortable interacting with this realm. Since beginning these meditations and talking with you, so much has been coming to the surface to be healed…barriers that I had no idea were there. In short, I feel that the whole experience has been enriching, valuable, and just awesome. You are lovely, thank you! Jackie W.

This last writing meditation was intense! My body was actually shaking a little. After the meditation I was on cloud nine. I felt really heady and spacey. The walk home was grounding thank goodness. It’s funny how a lot of things in my life seem to be put into perspective now. I feel so much a better about the “problems” I had before. This feels AMAZING!” Justin L.

“…I was shocked at how quickly and clearly words went down on paper. I was surprised at how many things I could write about a tree… I was truly blown away by my #2 meditation, and very pleased with myself and appreciative for Amanda’s guidance.” Laurie M.

“Through the creative writting class I have been able to get a lot of healing. Amanda has a keen sensitivity to energies and knows how to bring them out through the writting process via her “writting meditations.” The meditations are a great way to empower and awaken humanity through our own healing process. It’s truely remarkable how this class has helped me in healing deep wounds that I wasn’t aware of until they were brought back up by the meditations. Being able to heal them has been a true gift for my life. Sometimes we act according to beliefs that are based on things from our past, once these beliefs are challenged we are able to emerge into who we really are, our past does not determine our future and we can change the patters of thought and behaviour if we are willing to open up the doors by stepping into the pain and healing it once and for all. I am very greatful for the effort that Amanda has put into the class and how she’s helping to bring conscious awareness to humanity. “ Joanna S.

Imagination is Freedom: Use it to Soar!

The Third Eye Chakra

Today my writing class began its imaginative journey into the Elemental realm.

The power of imagination lies within its limitless potential. When you use your imagination in writing (without judgment), you aren’t restricted by any form of reality. You are free.

And that’s how life should be; A glorious, creative, liberating adventure. Why limit yourself? Why? 

The “Writing to Connect with the Elves (and Discover your Bliss)” class came entirely through meditation — through imagination — through freedom. It’s unlike any class I’ve ever taught before. An adventure, indeed!

Each writing assignment involves connecting with nature, listening to trees, and using our imaginations to enter into “Elvin territory” to creatively observe, learn, and write down anything and everything that comes through.

Today I share part of a writing meditation in hopes that you feel inspired to write without the inner critic — free from “reality’s” limitations. Allow your inner child to play. Release your imagination’s wisdom. Breath, write, and enjoy your creation:

(This is what I received after connecting with the Elves)

“You are composed from the elements of the earth, and we are the spirit of those elements. All that is wild and untamed about you is the Spirit of your nature – the spirit of us.  We are inextricably connected. It is through the spirit that you communicate with us – through the inner eye that you see us. It is your spirit which we most understand. Allow yourself to see this.

To connect with us is to connect to the heart of the trees and the rivers – 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 you. This is why it feels unnatural to contain all that is within, inside 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. The way of the Elves. To know the Creator’s heart you must allow yourself to move with it – always in its direction. Always with the flow of your 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.

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.

You are free.

We Elves are here to assist you on the journey within your own heart. But be warned: The quest into the deepest caverns of Your heart is a scandalous, beautiful, and dangerous affair.  There are many dark places – wounds, fears, and loss. The darkness is an illusion, yet it feels real because of years of practice in your dimension. Years of memorizing your “reality.”

But once you begin the journey within– once you enter into our dimension (the dimension of Spirit) – you must bring back the treasure hidden therein. ‘For, if you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. But if you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.’  

This is the way of the Spirit – the way of the Heart. They must be free.

Prepare yourself for the most important quest of your life – the journey into the release and restoration of your true heart.

Bring only what is need. Leave everything else behind. Trust the unseen forces of Nature. Listen to the Silence. Breathe…and write.”

Don’t be afraid to explore realities outside of your current illusions. You may just discover the beginning of your endless potential.

Writing to Connect with the Elves (and Discover Your Bliss) Updates!

Online Classes/Retreats, The Third Eye Chakra

Okay, peeps. When technology gets me down, I roll with it.

Due to a few programming difficulties, I am going to post-pone the “Writing to Connect with the Elves (and Discover Your Bliss), until next Wednesday (August, 22nd).

In the meantime, because of the amount of interest I’ve received for this class, I’ve decided to do things a bit different.

Rather than offer two intuitive readings for each person (and therefore having to charge for the class), I have decided to do one initial reading for each person, and leave class open to donation basis only.

Since this class is a new experiment for me, I thought it would be better to have it free of charge. If it turns out as fun, blissful, and transformative as I hope, participants can feel free to donate for my time if they feel inspired. Having fun and learning together is my top concern, and this gives me more space to let others join the party.

For those of you who have already registered and paid, you will receive a full refund on your Pay Pal account, but I’ll still keep you signed-up for the class (unless you tell me otherwise).

I should be able to handle up to 15 people in this capacity, so the change opens it up for those of you who have expressed interest, but are in a bit of a financial bind, to join us!

Let’s have fun together! I seriously can’t wait!

Space is still limited, so sign-up today!

*For details and registration information about the class, click here: https://chakracenter.org/2012/08/13/registration-now-open-for-our-writing-to-connect-to-with-the-elves-online-classes/

Registration Now Open for our Writing to Connect to with the Elves Online Classes!

The Third Eye Chakra, Workshops/Retreats

***Registration is now full*** We will be offering this class again next month. Dates/details to follow.

Writing to Connect with the Elves (and discover Your Life’s Calling) 

Wednesday, August 22nd – Tuesday, August 28th

Description:

In Writing to Connect with the Elves, you will learn to play with your inner-child, dream big, open your creative chakra, and use your imagination to discover your unique and essential role on this planet.

Pure imagination, fun, bliss, and creativity — this week-long adventure will be unlike any other.

In this workshop you will enter a world where fairies and elves are real, magic is essential, and you have an unique and important role to play!

We will attempt to connect to our Greater Myth through a personal journey/quest in the Elemental realm.

Each participant will embark on a personal Quest – the quest to find the treasure hidden within their hearts. The hunt will commence after I’ve felt around in your energy fields and done some intuitive work (with the help of the Elves — hee hee) to pull-forth some possible potentials to your greatest Self. You will be given an Elven name, a particular brand of magic (unique to you), and the charge of going deep within your heart.

In this world, Elves can see thought forms that exist on the etheric realms, so you will be bumping up against many potentials and possibilities. Therefore, each person’s quest will be unique and individual.

Each day you will receive “writing assignments”  that pertain to your quest (like going out in nature and talking to the trees), but in these assignments you must allow your imagination to fully immerse you into another realm – this dimension is where your treasure is buried – the calling of your life’s purpose.

Amanda will take the journey with you, available online and through the forum for feedback on “assignments,” encouragement, and to answer any questions.

A magical, imaginative, “bliss-out” way of connecting to your Higher-Self and greater purpose, this class will certainly wake-up your sleeping child, and provide food for your under-worked imagination.

Unlike most writing classes, you will receive one intuitive readings from Amanda (at the end of the workshop), and encouragement/help from the other participants. It’s an intuitive heart-session/life coaching class, with an Elven twist!

If you love to play, write, create, and dream (and discover more of who you are in the process) this workshop is for you!

What you get:

*A written/intuitive “channeled” reading.

*Online forum to connect/interact with other participants.

*An “Elven” name, special brand of magic, and a personal quest for your writing (inner-child creativity work).

*An opportunity to discover your personal strengths/”calling” through connecting with your BLISS and obtaining the encouragement to make it happen!

*Personal feedback/recommendations/suggestions from Amanda and other participants.

*Your story published on Chakra Center (optional).

***All classes are offered on a donation basis. If you like what you get, you can feel free to donate — if not — not problem! We hope you have fun!

Fill-out registration form below to secure your spot.

Registration for our Writing to Heal class (September 3rd – September 9th) will be available soon!

All workshops are conducted online, giving you the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.

*If you are interested in personal, one-on-one sessions with Amanda, contact her via her website at www.amandaleighflaker.weebly.com  She is available as a writing coach, individual mentor, and for editing services. She will occasionally take-on writing gigs, as her schedule permits.

Amanda Flaker is a freelance writer, teacher/tutor, editor, newscorrespondent, intuitive mentor, and creator of Chakra Center. She loves to travel (especially to other dimensions), talk to trees, and bliss-out.