The Saturday Post: Sophie’s Way

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cheese head beerI live in northeastern Wisconsin, not exactly the enlightenment, one love, open minded capital of the United States.  We’re known for cheese heads, factories, and binge drinking.  Lessons come daily, sometimes hourly; and positive focus is hard but it is very possible.

couple-laughingWhat brings on this heavy hearted talk?  Today, yesterday now, I was in a big box store grocery shopping.  I saw many situations that made me smile, couples laughing together, excited grandmothers in the craft isle, two handicapped people racing on their motor carts;  Ok, that one made me laugh.

But the moment that stuck with me, that really struck my heart was in the checkout.  I had searched out my favorite cashier and took my place in line.  As I know about the psychology used in designing junk food packaging, I try to people watch instead of looking at the candy while I wait my turn.  The man with his two daughters in front of me were my subjects, I watched.

My favorite cashier, Sophie, was delightful and bubbly as ever asking the man how his day was after he shoved the two girls along and firmly instructing them to stand there and not to move from that spot.  He proceeded to inform Sophie how the two girls could not behave in the store properly, standing in the middle of the isles, not getting out of the way for other shoppers, and just being general space cases.  He seemed very drained and upset.

At this point, I felt waves of anger rush over me regarding this man for is insensitivity towards his girls whom were still young and standing there, listening to him speak about them.  Resisting the urge to tell him off, I watched Sophie swoop in with her usual calm and cheery demeanor to save the day.  She softly comforted the man making his concerns feel valid also adding a hidden complement to the girls making them smile.  By the time their short transaction was completed, all were smiling and on their merry way.

I was stunned.  Sophie is a light worker and she probably doesn’t even know it, and a hell of a good one I might add!  Had she responded how I felt, rudely and insensitive toward the man, he probably would have become more agitated and scolded the girls further in the car on the way home.  But no, by being kind and understanding before all parties she set forth one of the best examples I have seen of how to diffuse a seemingly negative situation through kindness and active listening.

Well done Sophie!  What a wonderful example she sets for those around her.  No wonder I seek her out every time I’m ready to check out of the store.  It just goes to show you, lessons are everywhere, even at the check out of a big box store.  It’s up to us to find them and see the light in the darkness.

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Oh, and next week Sophie promised to bring me some of her favorite recipes!  What a joy life is!  Namaste!

The Saturday Post: Inspiration in the Uninspired

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Everyday life can be one of the most wonderful experiences known to humanity; the warm feeling of water over your hands while doing the dishes, the intoxicating smell of coffee or tea in the morning, the delightful sound of children laughing while playing.  Or, depending on our focus, these seemingly wonderful experiences can drive us crazy with negative input, past memories replaying and anxiety of the future.

How do we gauge ourselves, our perception of the world as a whole?  The process is actually very simple;  sit somewhere, anywhere you feel like and close your eyes, listen to the world around you as it takes place.  Do not judge any of your thoughts, let them stream in unobstructed by filters and observe what your focus lies on.

Do the sounds annoy you, are you amused, do you not think of anything, are you just observing?  Use your feelings to discern whether the experience is being registered as positive or negative.  The same process can also be used in a walking form, with your eyes open this time.  Take a short walk or bring little fluffy outside and observe where your focus lies.  Observe how feelings can actually direct your actions, deciding which side of the street you walk on, what direction you go and if you enjoy yourself or not.

Once we identify what we are focusing on the next step is to figure out why those particular emotions are aroused.  What has happened in the past to evoke these feelings, good or bad?  Are we living in the past, the future?  It may help to treat this as a writing exercise and record all of your thoughts for later reflection.

I will use myself as an example, as I am all I really know.  At the present moment I am at a coffee shop.  As I observe the room around me, there is a large orb like sculpture set upon a stand.  It has broken pieces of pottery glued all over it in a decorative pattern.  I am reminded of my grandmother’s garden; she is also very crafty and has many items such as this decorating her urban space, some of which we created together when I was a child.

This memory evokes a plethora of emotions in me.  I am happy and filled with wonder while we create pretty things together.  Shame and sadness are peppered in as I broke some of her ornaments on accident years later.  The choice is mine as to which memory takes center stage and which one fades into the background.  My focus on the present as well as the past drives how my experience plays out now.

Free will is the name of the game here.  There are so many in the world, some of which I observe on a daily basis, that allow themselves to be downtrodden by events of the past or the future.  This really is very unnecessary and a bit saddening to witness.  Our focus drives our emotions, there is NO outside force that makes any of us feel the way we do.  If we are uninspired it is because we are not looking for inspiration.  Life itself is an inspiration, every moment in this dense reality is a sheer miracle.  Then odds of anything happening at all are usually against us, until we focus, try and create the moments we desire.

It is my most sincere wish that the rest of the world wakes up to their proverbial prison being created by their minds and takes the opportunity to enjoy life and rejoice in the moment, in every moment.  Go in peace, Namaste.

The Saturday Post: Farewell Sweet Love

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Death.  It moves through the world touching all hearts sooner or later, some both.  It can be swift, flying on wings out of nowhere.  It can creep up in a slow crawl, takes roots and overtake a body right before our very eyes.  Whether we have the chance to say goodbye or not, whether it claims a family member, friend, or beloved pet, the sting still burns and irreversible change is set in motion.

As the veil between worlds grows thinner this time of year, it seems all to appropriate to discuss death, dieing, and what it means to us.  As humans we hold attachments or love for other beings:  parent and child, caretaker and pet, between lovers.  We enter into a co created reality with these other beings, whoever they may be, and we begin to exchange energy with them.

We breathe in their energy, they breathe in ours and slowly we begin to resonate together.  The forming of the bond seems to be much easier and sweeter than the breaking of it, though both create ripples in the fabric of reality.

If anyone has created such a connection with another being and had the opportunity to experience a crossing or journey home, then you know this to be true.  You hold that frail life in your arms, brush back their hair, look them square in the eyes and say, “Thank you, thank you for allowing me to know you.  Thank you for this experience and your love.  I wish you could stay, but if you want to, its ok to go now.”

It has been my immediate experience that the spirit doesn’t really leave.  It’s more of a fading away or a spreading out into the everything that surrounds us all.  The body remains, but the consciousness which once resided there is everywhere.  The still loved being becomes so spread out that we can no longer pin point their location such as in a body.

They still exist, we can still exchange energy with them and feel our mutual bond, it’s just different, more subtle and gentle.  One must quiet the mind and truly listen, as when trying to contact our own hearts or intuition.  With practice, patience, and a keen ear, we can hear our departed ones whisper, “I love you.”  smell a waft of perfume, or feel the caress of warm fur once more.

(This is dedicated to my mother’s beloved cat who traveled on recently.  With her last breath, a long sweet purr thanked all for their love and wish us farewell.  Safe journey to all traveling souls, those of friends, family, pets and even house plants.  We love you and wish you well.)

The Saturday Post: The Experience is Yours to Create

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“I want to go to a festival, to eat great food, to be around like minds, to meditate, to dance, and ultimately to be free! “  Chances are if you have been following this blog or Spirit Science or Mahanomi, this thought or something like it has crossed your mind many times.  The sense of community and to belong is one of the most fundamental desires right after food, shelter and love.

So what’s stopping us from doing all of those things, right now, right where we are?  Who said we can’t start our own communities, be our own festivals?

We did.  We somehow got it stuck in our heads that all of those things are external forces, something to be looked for and to seek out.  This is our duality, our polarization; those things are different from me, they are somewhere out there and I have to go find them in order to experience bliss.  Even though these festivals are out there, ready to be experienced, there is also a constant festival occurring nonstop, free of charge, deep within us all.

Let’s make a deal with ourselves.  Everyone who is going to a festival of enlightenment, GO!  Get out there and live like you’ve never lived before, sing, dance, meditate, laugh and be the freest you’ve ever been.  Eat great food, love everyone you meet and revel in the moment; then tell everyone about it: write a diary, take photos, make films.  Give all those out there who are unable to attend a small piece of your experience.

Everyone else, I challenge you to make your own festival out of life.  Take that weekend off, or any weekend and make that your personal retreat.  Get out there and live like you’ve never lived before, sing, dance, meditate, laugh and be the freest you’ve ever been.  Invite all your friends to share the experience with you, or just be with yourself, or bring your pet!  It doesn’t matter where you are, who you’re with or what you’re doing; treat every moment as a festival and move with sacred movement.

Just take a moment to imagine what life would be like if everyone lived every moment as if it were sacred like we tend to at special events.  What would that place look like?  Who would you see?  What would it smell like, taste like, feel like?  Let this meditation permeate your senses, really put yourself there and be that moment.  Create the experience in your mind, let it filter through your body…….now get out there and create your festival!

We have these thoughts and feelings for a reason, this is the call for you, for us all to create what we’ve been wishing for.  That famous quote floating around the world actually means something.  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  To me, it means creation is our responsibility.  Our dreams and wishes are blueprints to a better world, to a place where every day is a festival.  Every endeavor is a retreat into the sacredness of life and every moment celebrates itself.

Be the change, celebrate life, and go with peace.  Namaste.

The Saturday Post: Who’s Higher Self?

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“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship, their oneness,
with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the universe
dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center is really everywhere,
it is within each of us.”
~ Black Elk – Oglala Sioux ~

The higher self or the soul, the oversoul, the lower self, the middle self, the mental self, the emotional self, the animal self, the sub-self, the light self, the shadow self;  who are all these people and how did they get in our heads?  It seems we are all on the brink of schizophrenia with all the new age, Buddhist, Vedic, religious dogma flying around.  First of all let’s settle on one term for the sake of conversation, the higher self.

The higher self has an elusive quality to it, mostly stemming from the premise of non agreement between spiritual leaders.  If the goal of reaching the higher self seems attainable with on teacher, another may in fact say, “Oh no, THIS is the way to get there!”  Few if any coincide with one another on a fundamental basis.  In every religion or practice there is some concept referring to the higher self;  what it’s purpose is, how to connect to it or if it even exists has been the height of esoteric debate for as long as there has been people running around the planet eating berries, bugs, and bush roots.

We have been arguing about the concept of spirituality and the higher self as a whole for thousands of years, mostly due to the discord between spiritual leaders and thusly a discord within ourselves.  As a people, we have come into the habit of seeking out our political leaders to solve all our problems: financial, emotional and most unfortunate of all, spirituality.

Not that gurus are bad or wrong, they give those that need it guidance and direction.  But they also have a habit of disagreeing with one another, not so much with words as much as with practice.  One must do this, eat this, or wear this to reach spiritual enlightenment.  Very rarely do two true gurus endorse or coincide with each other’s practice, unless they subscribe to the same master teaching such as an organized religion.

The world would be very dry and boring with only one spiritual path even though “all paths lead to enlightenment.”

Sadly there are even those who exploit spiritual vulnerability for a profit.   Even these people have a vital lesson to deliver, all be it a possibly unpleasant one.  The act of being deceived is a wonderful opportunity to learn inner wisdom.  Being shaken by an outside force such a misrepresented vibration really causes someone to turn on their own inner guidance systems and move in the direction they truly wish to go, assuming they do not crumble emotionally from being deceived on such an intimate issue.

As stated in the past, there are as many paths as people.  There are thousands of books, tapes/CD‘s, papers, retreats, videos and pre-guided meditations all waiting to be picked up and explored if an external discovery is desired; something to be thought about and analyzed.  Although it is important to get the brain on-board, all the mental programming in the world cannot compare to the knowledge learned from looking within.

In the beginning, these are all wonderful study aids, a crutch to stand on.  But ultimately these are the reflection of someone else looking within; by using them we receive an insight into someone else’s journey to the higher self, a blueprint so to speak.  We must still take our own steps along our own path to come to true understanding, integration and ideally wisdom.

“And you have a certain archetypical concept of this thing called enlightenment and guru, and it’s very distracting, because you put this as the Standard or the example, the shining light in your path and say, “I have to be like that. I have to be – in order to be my spiritual self – I have to do as the gurus did.” ~Adamus Saint-Germain

The time has come to step back from the religious leaders, spiritual teachers and gurus to become our own saviors.  Their messages can still be listened to, they can still be turned to for guidance if need be.  There is no reason to shut them out for we are all vessels of source, a manifestation of each other.  The second coming is in our hearts, the rapture in our minds and egos.  Heaven is here; all we need do is take notice and create it.

Oddly enough, Bob Ross has one of the most strait forward messages for living heaven on earth there is;  stated more simply and eloquently than any prophet or guru ever could.  Thanks Bob, for teaching us to paint the canvas of our lives.

The Saturday Post: A Voice For The Voiceless

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It has been said that once you reach a certain point in your spiritual awakening, all life is recognized as precious.  There is no mankind, animal kind or plant kind, there is only us.

It is in my personal experience, this could not be more true.  The realization came on so slowly, I was ambushed by an overwhelming love for all.  Mankind became my family, the animals my children and the planet my home.  All deserved my attention, stewardship, appreciation and gratitude.

Even before this occurred, I had quit my job at a dairy farm; I could not stand the treatment of the animals, the fear in their eyes and hearts.  Being empathic, I could bear it no longer.  Even though I loved them very much and still do, I had to leave.

It became impossible for me to any longer consume meat.  I have no quarrel with people who do eat meat, I am in fact the only vegetarian in my household.  The realization of all life being sacred and interconnected is one everyone must come to on their own.  In my opinion there is no need to lecture or fight with one another;  the realization of all unified life will come in due time, when each individual is ready to understand.

Vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodies lead by example with every day they live, by every choice they make and with every delicious meal they prepare that there is no longer any need for violence against our fellow creatures;  that a different lifestyle can be committed to and upheld.  It is time, and has been for a while now, to give a voice to our fellow brothers and sisters whom inhabit this planet with us.

Our beloved ducks that wander around my family’s garden.

It must also be said, for those who choose a different path there are “proper” venues to purchase your animal “products” from.  I suggest organic local farms, places where you can go and visit, get to know the people who run them and meet the animals who are giving the ultimate gift, making the supreme sacrifice of their very lives so you can live on.  Appreciate this gift, me mindful of their sacrifice.

Or better yet, raise your own animals!  Greet them every morning with tenderness, feed them with love and best of all, understand the true joy they can bring you.  There are many who would argue it is not a gift, it is mindless slaughter but I disagree.

In a world filled with possibilities I choose to look on the brighter side.  I choose to notice the love these people have for their animals, the fact that they give them names, the fact that the children go out and talk to them every day, the fact that they get to go outside and all be it a short one, are allowed to have a life.

I too, like many of you, look forward to a world where animals have the right to a life instead of allowed one.  Let’s create this world together, one act at a time.

The Saturday Post: The Naming of Names

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For a long time I have been interested in the meaning of names, where they come from, what they mean from person to person and now what vibration they hold.  There is an entire “science” dedicated just to the meaning of names and what personalities each name possesses.

Being someone without children, I often wondered why up and coming parents put so much weight on the naming of their unborn child.  For a long time it really seemed like no more than a lot of wasted energy but the more I looked into the subject the more I realized there really is something to all of this.  Not so much as the name shapes the person, the person shapes the name.

We will use my name as an example, Jamie Lynn Mortinson.  Jamie, when consulting Hebrew means supplanter, someone who takes the place of another through force or strategy.  The French meaning is to love and as I am French not Hebrew we will go with to love.  Lynn is of old English origin and means near a lake or pond which is interesting because I live near Lake Michigan.  Mortinson is pretty simple, it stands for son of Mort, who son of Mort is I can only guess is me.  So if we put this all together, we are left with ‘To love near a lake or pond the son of Mort.’  Having become aware of my historical name meaning, I can begin to interpret the higher meaning for me, in my personal reality.

Just as many books and websites exist as there are people in the world.  Those resources are meant to be a beginning on the journey of your inner name meaning, not the end.  Once these sources have been explored the real quest is within ourselves.  For example, all my names started out as male oriented throughout history and slowly became feminine.

I can even track this out in my own life, as a young child I was very immersed in male energy as a tom-boy.  Coming into the house covered head to toe in thick black mud leaving foot prints everywhere I went was at the top of my agenda.  Slowly I have come to love the feminine energy that also courses through my existence.  I have now found a balance between the two, an awareness, and with that an immense amount of peace, joy, and even inner power.

Awareness is a whole new element, the beginning to shaping your name and what it means to you.  It allows us to remove ourselves from negative emotions connected to ourselves and our names, usually rooted in the past.  Once we give ourselves permission to notice the good and beauty our names hold, we can begin to truly appreciate them and  to shape our thoughts about them into progressive energy.

In my eyes, my name means to love myself where I am and hence forth, every time I hear my name I am reminded of this.  Through creating this meaning for myself I have thusly turned my name into a mantra of love.  Every time I see my name written, hear it spoken or think it, I am reminded to love myself where I am.

The waters of eternity run deeper than we could ever imagine, the only way to find out how deep is to take the plunge and go within ourselves.  Take a deep breath, hold it, and swim as far into yourself as possible at any given moment in time.  But remember to come back up for air, remember to come back to reality and shape it with your new understandings about your infinite self and the universe that exists in us all.

(I used many books over the years to find the meaning of my names.  This is the website I also used for some of my name meanings: )

The Saturday Post: Fear, Love, Illuminati

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*We apologize for the delayed Saturday post. Chakra Center was out of commission this weekend. We are now back to our regularly scheduled features.* 🙂

Fear has been at the forefront of mass consciousness all week (not to mention the last few thousand years). It seems no matter which virtual alley I turn down, fear is standing at the end smiling and glinting its pointy teeth. Where is all the love in this fabulous shift? Is this not the potential dawning of a new ‘knock you socks off’ reality of kindness, giving, and unity?

In my subjective world I have found if there is a problem on the outside, look inside. So, with that being said let us start our spiraling journey from the outward reaches to the inner sanctum.

Illuminati. It’s the word on the tip of every conspiracy theorist’s tongue. Long known to be an organization of control, greed, and deceit, they are believed to be the ruling elite that the ’light’ works to destroy. (Their also one of my favorite reasons, besides 2012, to dig a bomb shelter, stock it with canned goods and watch ‘I love Lucy’ until all of this madness blows over). But in all reality, is sticking your head down a proverbial ostrich hole going to do humanity any good? I propose a different solution, not to mention a less labor intensive one:

What!? Forgive them!? That’s right, we could forgive them all. We could give one of the most hated organizations out there the option to come home to mamma, the rest of the human race. There comes a point when we to realize that we are them, they are us. At any point in this lifetime you could have just as easily fallen down the path of ‘darkness’ as you could have become a dentist or a ballerina or a chef. At any point in one of your other lifetimes, one of my lifetimes, we could have been part of the Illuminati, a murderer or maybe even a Hitler:

Those are the moments of real growth. Those are the moments when Christ consciousness shines. When you realize that within every person in this larger organism called humanity, the probability exists for ALL possibilities. All cells within the body have the capacity to become cancer but not all do. It is our choices that makes us a Mother Teresa or a Hitler because our choices are stemmed from our thoughts. Our thoughts are stemmed from our emotions, and those come from the heart. Give yourself the ultimate gift of forgiveness, embrace this part of you that is driven by fear, love it, let it know that it no longer has to be fearful:

That is where the love resides in the shift, within us all. Keeping your love humanity pent up in the box so many have created around their hearts will only create more fear. What will happen if we take away the greatest weapon ever created? What if fear is taken out of the equation because it no longer serves a purpose? I invite you, as so many others have done recently, to love yourself, love those around you, and most difficult but rewarding of all, love those you now hate. The only way to change the future is to change the now.


Jamie Mortinson is The Saturday Post girl here at Chakra Center. Visit our staff-and-contributors page to find out more about her.

The Saturday Post: World Peace Day

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There are inevitably two sides to every coin; this may be a dualistic view but I believe one cannot know unity unless the counterpoint of separation exists. Maybe the video I had been watching online convinced me, or the fact that my last baby chicken was eaten by something last night, but this morning put me in a dark place. The very idea of World Peace Day just struck a harsh vibration with me. Why just one day dedicated to world peace, why not be peaceful and filled with love every day?

As I try to do with all things that evoke a negative response in me, I look within. Why does the idea of something seemingly so good feel so bad? What exists within me and possibly within us all that rejects the very idea of world piece?

Fear. Fear repels peace and love like water off a canoe. It flows like a  torrent from above sinking small vessels such as these with no regard for the inhabitants within. Fear is the weapon of the ego, how ego gets what ego wants. Ego dose not want unity, peace, unconditional love, or maybe it does but has been trained otherwise. Either way I decided to hear it out, what would be so upsetting about this whole peace thing, how could it be bad? I asked my ego this question and waited for an answer.

“Well, how can I possibly do that, I’m only one person. I can’t possible do anything about all the suffering in the world, there is too much. Too many starving people, too many wars, so much degradation of nature to be able to save anyone or anything! Save me, I will keep you safe, I will keep you alive!”



This conversation with myself reminded me of a cell. One single cell in the human body crying out for salvation, trying to cure the cancer on its own. I am that cell, the cancer is all those problems is the world we would rather turn away from. Of course I feel helpless in the face of that magnitude, I’m entertaining the notion of one amongst many, separation incarnate.

But once again I looked within, even deeper than before. Past my mind, past my ego and even past my very heart, I looked to the very cells of my body for guidance. None, work alone. None look at the salad I just ate and say “I can’t possibly digest that on my own! Its too big! I am so small and insignificant that anything I do will mean nothing….” It is only with constant synchronicity and beautiful coordination that any task is completed in our complex bodies. Beautiful Synchronicity……

Like if all the people in the world took one day and dedicated it to one cause, World Peace. The realization slapped me in the face as all the awesome ones do, instantly without the input of my brain I understood. All at once I knew what had been bothering me. I was focusing on how people act on all other days besides this day. What a beautiful synchronicity would it be if all the cells on mother earth just stopped and changed their focus, to the possibilities instead of the problems. World peace IS possible, all it takes is noticing how good it feels to change one’s focus on that day and keep doing it every day after that. To practice a small amount of gratitude and look in the eyes of your fellow beings, your eyes, and say “I love you. You’re worth it. We are all worth it.”

The Saturday Post: What Goes Up, Must Come Down

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A lot of talk in the spiritual community is centered around meditation, kundalini, and the chakras. This is pretty elementary stuff in most circles, something people generally learn in the beginning processes of awakening. But, as everything else in life, there are about a million different ways to do anything.

What if you took another path? What if you were born awakened and made yourself forget? Now I’m not talking about being born in alignment, as I believe all babies and young children are, they simply get trained out of it. I’m hinting at another option, the very idea of being born awake. The thought of being totally coherent of all your gifts and using them every day and then, when you’re very young you decide to forget. You decide to see what its like to be a normal child, you decide to forget everything, and then you do it.

This has been my path, early in life I forgot, I became “normal” and I did what most children did. Later in life I found myself in the presence of a certain substance that became the catalyst for my reawakening, cannabis. She was my constant companion and a dictator of friendships. Once something that made me socially acceptable grew to diminish my inherent personality. It wasn’t until after I quit that I realized what had happened, what I had done to myself, and where it took me. It was the beginning of the end, and thusly another new beginning.

A good portion of the time, when someone envelopes themselves in an entheogen such as ayahuasca, cannabis or certain fungi, the love of the higher self can be felt unobstructed by preprogramming or the ego. A beautiful thing such as this can also become a problem if that state of love cannot be obtained without these spiritual crutches. And this is a huge debate in the spiritual community as well as the rest of the world at large. Are entheogens helpful or harmful?

There are a large amount of people out there, myself included, that are in a reversed awaking process. What is this reversed process I speak of? Generally this happens when a person uses or abuses an entheogen, finds source or self, and then the crown chakra is opened before any of the others. One finds themselves running the race backwards and this can be extremely difficult. There is nothing wrong or negative about beginning in this fashion, expansion is still achieved, and the process still continues. An easy way to think about this is from the top down instead of the bottom up, as most chakra meditations suggest.

If this is the case with yourself, as it is with me, you will find bottom up meditations just “fizzle” out near the heart instead of continuing upwards towards the crown. This also tends to occur with the crown down, everything seems to stop at the heart. So, I have found three consecutive meditations to be necessary, one starting from the top down, another from the bottom up and everybody meets in the middle for the finisher, a special heart chakra meditation! By no means do these need to be specific or guided, whatever meditation works best for you is the best direction to go. The very fact that you’re trying is what’s important.

(I am in no way promoting or condemning the use of entheogens in any capacity. I am not here to tell you what to do or not to do. Your spiritual path is special and unique and I wish you the most expansive, blissful and loving journey possible. Namaste.)

Jamie Mortinson is The Saturday Post girl here at Chakra Center. Visit our staff-and-contributors page to find out more about her.

The Saturday Post: Lucid Dreaming 101

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Dreaming is something almost everyone has in common. No matter what your beliefs are or what spiritual background you hail from, there is a special place reserved for you to go every night. With a few tricks up your astral sleeves and a small amount of discipline, you might even remember what happened and what fabulous work can be done there.

Make no mistake, I am no expert at consciously zooming around the astral plane on a throw rug. But I am an avid dreamer and believe dreams are a window into the subconscious. I know they contain messages to be decoded and lessons to be learned. The only difference I have ever found between regular dreaming and lucid dreaming is that when you lucid dream, you know it’s a dream.

Some of the simplest tools for recognizing you’re on the astral plane within a dream consist of: pulling your finger, jumping up in the air and sticking a body part through a solid object (as suggested by Lee While in a presentation filmed by Paradigm Shift London). Lee is part of The Gnostic Association of London and his insights are perfect for those who are new to the waters of lucid dreaming:

One of the most overlooked aspects of any astral adventure is being in proper health. Although a healthy lifestyle is not absolutely necessary, eating nourishing foods and adopting consistent sleep habits have been shown to increase production of melatonin (the “sleep drug”). Low levels of this hormone have been known to cause poor sleep quality, insomnia, and even mood disorders if not eventually corrected. Check-out “Lucid Dreaming-7 Tricks You Didn’t Know” from Social Consciousness for some quick pointers on creating a more vivid lucid dreaming experience:


Melatonin is produced by the Pineal Gland, the little pine cone in the center of your brain. Not only does this gland produce a slew of necessary hormones, its is also considered the psychic hub. This area is almost always neglected when anyone is considering a body detox.

More often than not, the pineal gland is encrusted with toxins and shriveled to the size of a raisin rendering it almost useless in our adulthood. The damage, thankfully, can be reversed with a natural arsenal including, but not limited to, fish oil, spiraling, chlorella, lemons, ginger and raw cocoa. Get out a pen and paper and be prepared to take notes on all the great detox items in this video “How to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland”:

All in all, there may not seem to be a strong link between lucid dreaming on the astral plane and eating a salad, but as they say, “What goes up, must come down,” and the opposite is also true. What happens in this physical reality has a bond with the astral reality that cannot be ignored. Everything is interconnected, and it’s up to us to find that connection and learn from it.

The Saturday Post: Welcome to the Dark Side

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Welcome to the Dark Side! (a selection of spiritual insights compiled by Jamie Mortinson)

I am terrified of being ordinary, even though mentally I know I am an expression of source and therefore I have no choice other than being the utmost form of extraordinary. This is one of my deepest archetypes; this is one of the greatest setbacks in my growth — the fear of being ordinary. I hadn’t even thought about it in almost ten years. The film, Tuning In-Spirit Channelers in America, ripped this thought up from my core. I experienced body tingles, one of my give-a-ways for truth, and I enjoyed the process thoroughly.

From the very first time I drew a pretty picture and gave it to my mother she always exclaimed how beautiful the drawing was and how talented I was. Not to place blame, her love was and is unyielding, but this was the beginning of the end for my childhood. I saw how happy she was, how proud, and I no longer created for the sake of creation. I created for praise and the payback was the excitement of love, thusly one of my deepest shadows took form. In those early years I had no idea what the shadow self was or what intense work she and I would be doing now.

In my early adult years I secretly called this aspect of myself, “The Dark Side,” after Lord Darth Vader, the wielder of the dark side of the force. My hunger was insatiable, any form of art had to be learned. Anything to show how unique and special I wanted to feel was hunted down and assimilated. My persona became the brooding artist, ridiculously talented but never satisfied. This feverish pursuit continued on and on with the full force of any proper addiction until lockdown was put into place. The dark side was shoved deep down into my lower chakras and all hatches were battened assuming this ship would flounder and be lost forever. I gave it all up, I got a job and I got “real.”

Is wasn’t until I took up the pursuit of this enlightenment business that I once again allowed this fraction of myself to reemerge. Not only did I allow it to rear its moody head, but I did something totally radical: I loved it and invited it home to be part of the collective of me.

There are parts of us that go through events in our lives and they just won’t survive. Those portions of this current incarnation can (and do) die. Other aspects hold on for dear life crying out for the chance to transform, to be taken even if they are shoved down in a hole a fed stale bread from time to time. Because those parts of us, those parts of me, knew that there is a chance that I would wake-up and say “Welcome home friend, I’ve been with you all along.”

The Saturday Post: Best of YouTube Weekly Recap What’s Sudevi’s Promblem with Pleiadians?

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Enlightenment: A Dog on a Leash

This week’s feature YouTube video, Q+A: On Pleiadians, Respect for the Beliefs of Others, Moldavite, Religion, Love and Light, is done by a woman named MaNithya Sudevi. This is not someone that I am familiar with before today and I don’t even necessarily agree with a portion of her beliefs. But she is someone that I will continue to follow with great interest.

I will explain myself. After a very long day of reading blogs, watching videos and cramming far too much information into my head, my brain decided it no longer wanted to participate.

Two hummus sandwiches


and countless cups of tea later, with my face firmly planted on the desk and headphones burning my ears, I found what I was looking for.

Sudevi has a self titled YouTube channel with around sixty videos that I found after watching Drunvalo Melchizedek’s latest Q+A video on his channel, Drunvalo Flower of Life:

Drunvalo’s video covers his usual Mer-Ka-Ba Central Sun, Indigo Child, Native American Prophecy, Pleiadian heading; which I find all very fascinating. I agree with almost everything he says. His information, at least for me, just inherently feels true, it doesn’t make me uncomfortable or question myself. But when uncomfortable moments do arise, they make me look at my beliefs — they lead me to deeper understanding.

Sudevi’s view point on the Pleiadians struck me with such discord I became very frustrated to the point where I almost discontinued watching the video. But I had followed a synchronicity there and I would not be stopped. “What was her problem with the Pleiadians?” I kept thinking. These third, forth and fifth dimensional beings had always seemed so helpful.

It wasn’t until much later, I was taking the dog for a walk to clear my head that I collapsed on Sudevi as my chosen possibility. It hit me all at once:

Enlightenment is like a dog on a leash. Its that thing that perpetually pulls you forward, tugging this way and that. You have no idea why its pulling you in such seemingly ridiculous patterns until you just surrender and follow. Once you get there, it all seems so perfectly natural and you feel silly for even questioning it in the first place.

We, being the human race, are third dimensional beings. We have both the capacity for great acts of kindness and great acts of deception. Its is our choices that takes us on a path to enlightenment, our thoughts that create our reality and our emotions that guide us there. The Pleiadians are no better than we are, they are no worse than we are. We are all one.

Horizontal thinking is something that greatly deepens the joy in my life and see’s me through those frustrating moments. “I am not better than, I am not worse than, am not even equal to, We are one.

Teal Scott’s website, The Spiritual Catalyst, has taught so many, so much and I borrow that lesson from her.


We are all one.
Jamie Mortinson