Sunday, June 28, 2020

Building the Chakra Spreads for Healing

The simplest way to begin a chakra spread is starting one at a time for each chakra. If you need a brush up on chakras please read this: https://www.ladyofradiantjoy.org/2020/06/what-are-chakras.html

The simplest way to begin a chakra spread is with each chakra one at a time with a simple   

1[] "what do I need to know right now about my root chakra"?
Let's say you get a 5P 
5 of Pentacles

Remember, the root chakra is all about safety and security. You might see this and think, "Oh SNAP! I'm in some hella scarcity thinking!" 

You then have some choices. You can immediately choose to chant a mantra such as Om Mani Padme Hum, or a poem you may have made up, sing a song that reminds you of your blessings or brings you hope, do a meditation. You can choose to enter this card and imagining yourself enter a place of safety, guided by your angels or spirit guides be they animal or human. 

The book Tarot For Yourself by Mary Greer has some good meditation visualizations. I highly recommend it. (I do not recommend that chakra portion, there are some obvious errors like thinking the root and sacral chakras are the same.)

Another option is to look at this and start asking followup questions

One card, 1[] "Now that I know that my root chakra is in a state of scarcity thinking what can I do about it?"

You might draw an 8P


You may see this and think, "Ah I see, I need to focus on what I CAN do. I can work on my craft, diligence in the things that matter to me."

For some people that will be enough, or you might go into a root chakra meditation. There are some good ones on the Insight Timer App (a free app on both Apple and  Android devices!)

Another method is to do a three card spread

1[]  2[]  3[]

1: What is [insert chakra] strength?
2: What is [insert chakra] weakness?
3: What can be done to strengthen [insert chakra]?

Another method is another three cards spread

1[]  2[]  3[]


1: How am I (or querent) showing others  [insert chakra]?
2: How am I (or querent) supporting [insert chakra]?
3: What can be done to help [insert chakra]?

You can include in that third one to heal, open, balance out, whatever feels most appropriate based on the answers in 1 and 2. For example if you get 
1: the Sun Ⓡ 
People may perceive you as all sunshine and sweetness, but also as someone who is easily taken advantage of. A lot of brightness without a lot of power. 

2: 10S
This likely indicates that your beliefs about power is negatively effecting your ability support your own personal power. Probably due to examples you have seen of people abusing their power.

Now, you may be fine with this, some people are, in fact, fine with the way their chakras present themselves, but perhaps you aren't. Perhaps you have been taken advantage one too many times and it has hurt you and yours. So you pull a third card to help you figure out what to do about it. 

3: Justice
This would likely indicate that you need to balance your sense of justice so that you do not overhonor others while under honoring yourself or even under honoring your loved ones. (Sometimes we too easily let other people dictate how we handle our families.)

You might think, well, how do I do that? What I can do to balance that sense of justice?

And you may pull another card for ideas or you may decide to do a chakra meditation or do some journaling to suss out your feelings on the matter. 

Fundamentally, all you need to do in order to do chakra readings and even the spaces between chakras, is an understanding of the chakras, their basic connectivity, and everything you already learned about Tarot. You can always build off the simple one card spreads. You do NOT have to do them all at once. 

When I first taught this as a class I had people do all the chakras all at once, with strengths, weaknesses, and what can be done, and that was just too much the majority of my students. You totally can do that, and there's no wrong way to shuffle on that, but you absolutely do not need to tackle them all at once. You can take it one a day or one a week. Or two at a time with the space between them. Whatever it is that you feel called to do. 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

What Are Chakras

Before we can do anything with reading chakras via the Tarot (oracle cards), we have to know what chakras are. 

The main chakras, energy centers, follow your midline and are associated with different psychological and physiological aspects. They have color associations that typically match the colors of the rainbow, and you remember the order by the old kindergarten mnemonic ROY G BIV, a person who is our friend. ;)




People talk about chakras being wheels, like cogs. Others talk about them being cones with the 2-6 having a back and front cone. I tend to see them as spheres, and I tend to see the spaces between and the full connective column from deep earth to the heavens as a DNA strand. Some people see slightly different colors. I know one person who sees the the Third Eye chakra as magenta, and many people saw the crown chakra as clear or white. 

There are different aspects to each chakra, how you support that chakra and what you project for others to see, or. Some people believe that root and crown don't have these aspects, but I disagree. You can project being spiritually connected and being "high vibe" but are actually a creep taking advantage of people, and you can project being very grounded but really you're falling apart inside. 

In other words, every chakra needs your care and attention, just as every aspect of yourself does. Every chakra may need strengthening, or may simply have the message that need to tell you that you're good because, you know, we get used to thinking we are doing terribly, even if we're not. ;)

One more aspect I feel should be mentioned here, the spaces between these chakras are just as important as the chakras themselves. If you learn that emotions and power don't go together, such as if a parent is always "disciplining" you in anger you learn that to be angry and to be powerful is bad. Then you put a block between those two chakras which interrupt flow and other chakras try to make up for it in other ways. If you find these details on the spaces between them that I provide overwhelming or confusing, just ignore them and focus on good communication between the chakras. 

Okay, lemme give you the quick run down, or well, run up, because we go from the bottom up. 

[_0.5_]  Foundation of Light
    ∞ the space between 
    ∞ connection to Planet Earth

Red (1) - Root (Muladhara)
    ∞ Safety and Security, learned by tribe of birth
    ∞ Trust vs Mistrust*
    ∞ Resiliency, grounding
    ∞ How you experience safety and security
~ Located between anus and genitals where the energies of Du and Ren meet (the Governing and Conception Vessels) meridians.
   
[_1.5_] Support Beam
    the space between 1 and 2

Orange (2) - Sacral (Svadhisthana)
    ∞ Emotions, Sexuality, and Creativity
    ∞ Industry vs Inferiority*
    ∞ Authenticity
    ∞ How you express and experience your emotions, sexuality, and creativity. 
~ Located between navel and genitals, lower abdomen

[_2.5_] Nourishment
    ∞ the space between 2 and 3 
    ∞ Autonomy vs Shame*

Yellow (3) - Solar Plexus (Manipura)
    ∞ Power and will. 
    ∞ Initiative vs Guilt*
    ∞ Healthy boundaries, honoring your boundaries and the boundaries of others.
    ∞ How you express your power and your beliefs about power.
~Located between navel and base of sternum

[_3.5_] Heart Power 
    ∞ the space between 3 and 4
    ∞ Identity vs Role Confusion*

Green (4) - Heart (Anahata)
    ∞ Love and Connection, tribe of choice
    ∞ Intimacy vs Isolation*
    ∞ How you connect with yourself and others
    ∞ The Bridge between Heaven (chakras 5-7) and Earth (chakras 1-3), 
        also called Upper and Lower Dantian.*
~Located at Center of of the chest (NOT exactly over the heart organ since the heart organ is slightly to the left)

[_4.5_] Pattern of Spiritual Safety
    ∞ the space between 4 and 5, sometimes called High Heart
    ∞ Christ consciousness, wholeness, oneness
    ∞ Sacred security, your internal safe room

Blue (5) - Throat (Vishuddha)
    ∞ Communication, Self-expression
    ∞ Generativity vs Stagnation*
    ∞ How you speak your truth and hear the truth of others. 
~Located centrally at the base of the neck, think voice box

[_5.5_] Wellbeing
    ∞ space between 5 and 6
    ∞ Governance and Direction
    ∞ Balance of outward and inward expression
  

Indigo (6) - Third Eye (Ajna)
    ∞ Intuition and Intellect, Wisdom
    ∞ Ego Integrity vs Despair*
    ∞ How you know what you know
~Located Just above and between the eyebrows

[_6.5_] Discernment
    between 6 and 7, also called Fourth Eye or Angel Eye
    ∞ Psychic Protection

Violet (7) - Crown (Sahasrara)
    ∞ Spirituality, Connection to Deity/Divinity
    ∞ Increasing your capacity to handle all things with grace and ease
    ∞ Radical acceptance
    ∞ How you connect to your higher power
~Located at the top of the head, where the soft spot used to be when you were a baby.

[_7.5_] Pillar of Light



As always please feel free to comment with any thoughts or questions. 


*Erik Erikkson's stages of human development. The theory has things happen in a specific order, however, in reality, these things can happen out of order, and in many instances happen concurrently. It is the same with other aspects of energetic, spiritual, and physical development.

**upper and lower is NOT a judgement. One is not better than the other. All are needed to create the rainbow. All are needed to create white light, for unification and oneness. There is Lower Dantian, Middle, and Upper. I sometimes also think of them as Land, Sea, and Sky, but that's my Celtic roots showing.



Sunday, June 21, 2020

Practical Psychic Protection

Psychic protection is more than shielding yourself from spirits and entities with ill intent.. It's not just the spiritual aspects of protection that we need to concern ourselves with. While yes it is important to protect yourself, to guard yourself and be aware of any possible malevolent or wounded spirits in your midst, it is far more important to guard your psyche and personal well being in the here and now.  

This kind of protection, the protection of the Heart and Soul, of body, mind and spirit, of our thoughts and emotions, and our loves, passions and joys. 

This is NOT the kind of protection that walls you off from authentic connection, from being the real you and finding your tribe. If you have to pretend to be someone else in order to feel love and belonging that's maladaptive protection. So what's it about?

Psychic protection is about resiliency, authenticity, and healthy boundaries. 

Part of this is patience, allowing yoruself to grow at your own pace. If you keep "raising your frequency" without doing the soul work needed to increase your capacity you will eventually become undone like this bead of water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKMf7PCkoZQ (video is only 1 minute long) A bowl of water wouldn't come undone so easily, nor a lake nor an ocean of water. 

Practical ways to help with this actually come from some of the hand outs I received in group therapy. I have included the handouts below. Click on the image to get a full sized view. If you have a hard time downloading hte images directly from here you can view them here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rSplcb5cNRviQZhD53xykeYhP-QHCQbN?usp=sharing


Radical Acceptance

One thing that needs to be made clear here is that radical acceptance does NOT mean you continue to allow someone to abuse you, it means accepting that you cannot trust that person to be anything other than what they are toward you. 

Radical acceptance does NOT mean you don't do anything to change the world and make it a better place. It means accepting what is so you can make actually make a difference in changing the world for the better. 

My Reiki Master said that the way to heal the pain is through the pain. 
My Sacred Grief teacher said that you don't need healing from your grief, you need your grief to heal. 

Self-soothing

For me this is more about self-care. I don't like the term self-soothing since it has been misused as a way to neglect the emotional needs of others, particularly infants and children. That said the contents of this handout is good, particularly for practical grounding methods when your imagination is running away with you, catastrophizing everything.  

These methods employ the five basic senses, such as watching candle light, or listening to soothing music, drinking your favorite tea, smelling flowers, or running your hand along smooth wood. Humming a tune incorporates physical sensation as well as hearing. 

On music, what is soothing to you will be different for osmeone else, and what's soothing now may not be soothing later. While writing this to help me focus (since I'm embarrassingly on a time crunch), I'm listening to Sonata Arctica, a power metal band. At other times I'm listening to Celtic music, or the Interstellar movie soundtrack, etc. It all depends on what I'm doing and what's needed in the moment. 
Improving the Moment

Sometimes, things suck, right now, and you might be like Miles Morales in Into the Spider-verse "I am in the moment! It's a terrible moment!" 

We have a habit of saying things that are self-defeating like "I can't take this, I can't stand this" etc. But yes, you can, because you have to, because if you don't the results will be worse. So you talk to yourself in a better way. I can do this. Or you be like Wonder Woman in the Justice League cartoon who would always "Hera! Give me strength!" 

Other ideas you can use: "Goddess! Give me strength!"
"Lord! Help thou my unbelief!" This is one I have used several times. It comes from a story in the New Testament where Jesus healed a man's son but at first didn't believe but just the hope of belief was enough to heal. (I grew up with the King James Version so it has the funky language.)

My Legitimate Rights

This is about setting healthy boundaries, allowing yourself to grow, to change your mind, to not always be beholden to others. You are allowed to say no, you are allowed to change your mind, you are allowed to parent the way you see fit (unless you are abusive then you need some serious help to heal so you can be the kind of parent you really want to be).  

Of course, none of this means you should be a jackass. Of course not, but you can say, "Now is not a good time" without justifying it. I have cancelled things purely because my mental health was bad and I just couldn't deal with people (which is saying a lot since I'm an extrovert). 

All feelings are legitimate. Even if it turns out you were mistaken. You were acting the best you could with the knowledge that you had, and once you know better you can do better. That doesn't make any feelings more or less important. 

You are legit just as you are. Give yourself the growth space you deserve! 

Questions/comments on these practical aspects? Make a comment below. :)

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Burning and Eating of Sage

Smudging has become so popular now, that you can find mini-smudging kits at Sprouts (a sort of holistic grocery store). Smudging is when you burn sage to cleanse the environment, and to cleanse the energy of themselves and others. I have purchased sage for burning and while it smells nice, it's odd that we don't think to eat it to cleanse ourselves. 

Sage is a spice that tastes great on all sorts of foods. I have had it with pork, poultry, fish, etc. I have used it in making vegan chili If you bless the sage and have the intention for it to be used to energetically cleanse you, then the sage we eat is just as effective as the sage that is burned, and bonus, it tastes so good. 

Actually, I believe that sage is better to eat than to burn. After all, sometimes, the best thing we can do for our homes and energy, is to internally cleanse ourselves, and to include our physical bodies in that cleansing. Too often we leave our bodies behind. Your body is your vessel that allows you to be in this very dense physical world, so we can experience things we cannot experience as formless beings. We need to directly include the body in our spiritual practices. Eating sage that you have blessed, and other energetically cleansing foods such as basil, cinnamon, peppermint, etc, actually produces greater results because it includes our atoms, our cells, our bacteria. The nutrients end up feeding our entire body, and with the cleansing blessing added in, it cleanses the tiny energetic "spores" (for lack of a better term) that get in the way of our highest good. 

We are all doing our best. We look outward to help us with our inward selves, such as decluttering our homes (the Kon Marie method anyone?), and we have so many beautiful  external rituals. However, sometimes, it's nice to go from inside out, and what better way to do that than to bless and cleanse all of our food? You can bless everything you consume, but we know that sage is particularly helpful. 

When I bless food I do something like this:


  • Breathe deeply and call on the Elohim, of Light and Truth and Love. (or God/Goddess Source)
  • express gratitude for the food, and to 
  • ask for anything not for my highest good to be cleared, and to 
  • cleanse it of any accidental curses, and 
  • cleanse it of any other unhelpful energies. 
  • I also ask that if there is any oppression somewhere in the process of getting the food onto my table that those beings who are oppressed may find relief; my intention is to include human, plant, animal, soil, etc. 
  • I ask my angels for healing energy to be given to the plant or animal whose lives were ended so that I might live.  
  • I bless the food to nourish and strengthen my body, mind, and spirit. 
  • When I use sage as a spice, and other foods known for their healing properties, I bless it to also energetically cleanse my body.
  • I give thanks and gratitude again. 
  • I often end in the Name of Jesus Christ and Brighid, Amen (Or All That Is Good, Holy, and Sacred.)
Do what works for you. 

Effectively, it's using food to do energy healing. However, ethically, if I am making food for other beings to consume, I just ask for the food to be neutral and make it with my own love involved. It often involves many of the things I already normally would pray for, but without the specifics of any cleansing or healing involved on the part of the person consuming the food. We need to do energy healing only with permission, and to be sure to leave room for the Wisdom of our Heavenly Parents, the Wisdom of that person's soul to do what is in their highest good since we are mortal and don't know the full context of anyone's lives (and sometimes even our own life)

I hope you will try eating sage to cleanse rather than burning it. Lemme know how it goes! Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments. :)

All blessings, great and small,
Ruth ~ Lady of Radiant Joy ^_^ :)

NOTE: for whatever reason the link to this post was misnamed and it bothered me so I am reposting this, with some minor edits. Originally posted in June 2019.