It takes some time, I know, but you can do it. You may need to re-adjust your stance, back up, inch forward, bend your antenna, slide the exposure a little, twirl the focus, even change the camera, but you will get there, eventually and at last, and finally see it. Continue reading →
Not long ago, I found myself standing in line behind a woman at the pharmacy who was speaking very loud. Not many people were in the store at that time, so it was impossible not to eavesdrop on her conversation. Attractive and dressed in impeccable corporate attire, she was leaning in toward the pharmacist with excitement.
“I’m amazed at how grounded I am,” she said. “I just don’t know why today is so different.”
I did a very quick inventory of the jewelry she was wearing and immediately discovered why she felt so good. Dangling from each ear was a Hematite earring. Hematite is a dark gray stone with a shiny finish and is known for its grounding of our energy to the reality of our daily routine. In fact, every piece of jewelry you wear carries a vibration. That vibration is enhanced by the energetic properties of the stone, the color, and the setting. A diamond ring set in gold represents innocent power and purity of heart, and it will ground us to being powerful on a more practical level. However, when set in silver it works with that the energy of silver and will allow more power in communication. By learning the general meanings of the colors and gemstones of the jewelry you choose, you will be able to direct your energy to choose gemstones that embrace positive intention.
Here is a list of Birthstones and their meaning. This list of will help you choose gemstone combinations that can be applied by month, by birthstone energy, or by color. Nothing is etched in “stone” here. Have fun and experiment.
January/Garnet: Promotes friendship and trust.
February/Amethyst: Connects you to the intuitive energy within you
March/Aquamarine: Eases our travels for a safe voyage.
April/Diamond: Helps with clarity of vision and clear thinking.
May/Emerald: Embraces new beginnings and helps us start over.
June/Pearl: Allows you to be in tune with emotion.
July/Ruby: Offers us love and a boost to our physical energy.
August/Peridot: Assists in mending relationships and moving forward.
September/Sapphire: Inspires spirituality and devotion.
October/Opal: Creates spontaneity and helps with emotional states.
November/Yellow Topaz: Instills confidence and good health.
December/Blue Topaz: Offers creative expression and help inspire compassion.
Before you put your next piece of jewelry on, give yourself a moment to reflect on how it makes you feel. Sit quietly for a few moments and let the energy speak to you. Then choose gemstones and colors that embrace feelings that are positive, happy and protective. With experience, you will learn to enhance and embrace a personal vibration that makes you feel complete and at peace.
Linda Lauren is a fourth-generation psychic medium, Color & Energy Consultant, Author and Reiki Practitioner, who connects with people who come to her for guidance through the color and energy she senses around them. Linda, known as the ‘Travel Psychic™’, also uses that energy to guide her clients with their travel plans.
Take responsibility. The full moon is historically a time of harvest. A time to reap what you sow. Take responsibility for what has happened in your life and what is happening. Good or bad, own your part. This empowers you to move forward courageously and clearly.
Review and rejuvinate your relationships. Your relationship to yourself and your relationships with others. The full moon is a time of illumination. The clarity that comes from introspection can reveal uncomfortable truths. Let them be a catalyst for change.
You may be surprised to hear that for many years Deepak Chopra did not believe in astrology. He has written so much on the wisdom and power of the Universe, but nonetheless saw little validity in the analyzing of horoscopes and the influences of planetary alignments. That all changed, though, when Deepak started researching Vedic astrology, a “profound and mathematically sophisticated form of astrology that originated in the ancient Vedic tradition of India.” (You can learn more about Vedic astrology, or Jyotish, on the Chopra Center website.)
The aspect of Vedic astrology that first inspired Deepak to change his views was the microcosm-macrocosm relationship. Vedic teachings, he says in the “Ask Deepak” episode on Astrology, start from the premise that the micro mirrors the macro, and vice versa. Essentially, the entire cosmos is a magnified version of the immediate and observable realities we witness. By that assumption, Deepak continues, it is possible to derive compelling insights about our lives from by analyzing planetary patterns, using mathematical principles.
“One can calculate the statistical likelihood of future space-time events based on the probabilities and the probability amplitudes that are dictated by the specific location and time of your birth.”
Because Universal consciousness is non-local, and we are all expressions of this consciousness, “life is a story of probability events” played out both in the microcosm and the macrocosm.
What do you think? Have you ever had an astrological reading? Let us know in the comments section below!
January is full of change, as you’ve probably been noticing. More change than perhaps you anticipated.
We are entering the Year of the Snake, and a Capricorn New Moon peaks today at 11:45 PST.
As the moon completely fades to black, we leave the watery Scorpio moon and enter a Capricorn Moon. Capricorn is a sign of patience and deliberate action.
Capricorn is an “earth sign,” and as such carries earthy qualities, such as grounding, stability, planting seeds, and growth.
As we transition from a Water sign into an Earth sign, it will be interesting to contemplate our communities, connections, and how our plans and goals start taking root. Just like the earth can literally guide and give shape to water, so the less tangible earth energy can transform watery energy, such as formless ideas, dreams, and plans, into shaped, functional currents with a set direction and purpose.
Allowing and observing these natural transitions tunes us into nature as a teacher, a mother, and a powerful source of energy.
The Year of the Snake is from the Chinese Zodiac, which consist of 12 animal signs. The characteristics of a snake are interesting to contemplate. They are both keen and cunning, as well as intelligent and wise. As with the Capricorn moon, the Year of the Snake is an invitation to look to the traits in nature, find correlations in our human nature, and decide what is serving us and what we can let go of.
A New Moon is always a time of darkness, literally, with the moon completely out of sight. It can be a powerful time for reflection, intention setting, and trusting our innate wisdom to guide us when there is no external light. As the moon begins to reappear, sliver by sliver, all the growth and internalizing we’ve seeded can begin to sprout, little by little, until it becomes as full and bright as the full moon, lighting not only our way, but others as well.
All of the reflection, renewal, resolutions, and reconnecting that happen at the beginning of a new year can serve as a great boost as we step into new patterns, endeavors, and life changes.
The full moon for November peaks tomorrow at 6:46 a.m. PST.
Native Americans kept track of seasons by giving names to the moons. November’s moon is called the Beaver Moon because it was the time when the beavers were preparing for winter and a time for farmers to set traps before the water froze over. It’s also called the Full Frost Moon.
There is some speculation that people act a little more “crazy” during a full moon. This idea stems from the gravitational pull of the moon on the ocean’s tides. The tidal change during a full moon can shift as much as 7 feet within a few hours. Since humans are made up of mostly water, it seems plausible that the moon could have an affect on us also.
Some researchers at Université Laval’s School of Psychology in Quebec, Canada set out to investigate this theory. They concluded that the full moon phases did not affect mental health and suggest that such beliefs might be maintained by self-fulfilling prophecies.
Tomorrow also marks the last eclipse of the year. It will be a deep penumbral eclipse, and you’ll have the best chances of seeing it if you’re in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, or East Asia.
Full moons are a great time to reconnect with ourselves and for introspection. They light up the world magnificently, and it’s hard to not reflect on the power and poise of nature with a full moon on display.
Guess what?! After months, years even, of predictions, found tablets and scrolls and mucho pontifications all leading up to the ominous 2012 – I heard from a very reliable source- that in fact the world doesn’t end. Whew! That was close. I have often wondered about this fascination with the end of days. All the focus on the end of the world. I sometimes find myself thinking – it’s as if some people want it to end, just so they can be right about it. But then who’d be around for them to be “right” to? I mean if we “create our own reality” then why are we creating one in which the world ends?
I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with renowned storyteller and author Michael Meade. He inspired me with a beautiful story of renewal, of possibilities and reminded me that if I am willing to be resilient and patient during these tough times, something wonderful will emerge. After our lovely chat I had the added bonus of checking out some of the chapters for his new book, “Why The World Doesn’t End.”
I was there for a while, caught up in the frenzy of “the days to come”, the doom and gloom, watching the news every night, scanning the internet for the next “date” the sky would suddenly fall, or California would plummet into the ocean, but after having kids I decided I didn’t want to play in that reality anymore, so I moved. When I did, the world of possibility opened up, I began to be more creative and alive. I started to dream again. Letting go of the fear of the unknown about what will happen next opened up the space for me to see so much more of what could happen if I was willing to let it in.
I’m not blind to the world changing around me. Its true things are breaking down, shifting, but what do we expect? Can things change and not fall completely apart? And if they fall completely apart isn’t that usually when something great comes along.
Have you ever said “yea – no”. It’s funny how often I utter those two words together. I get teased about it often. Well, it seems that’s the time we’re in. Just ask the Kalahari Bushmen “ja-ni”, or yes-no. Betwixt and between – the end of one and the beginning of another. The “Apocalypsis” NOT necessarily the Apocalypse, as Michael Meade describes it.
To me, a wonderful time to be alive.
I was asked the other day in an interview what I thought about all the people so focused on their beliefs about religion and the changes coming. Did I see any hope in our future?
I thought — wait, am I the only one around here who sees it? The hope that is.
I see hope everywhere I look. I see hope in the changes we are making in our own lives – I mean it’s cool to be green- even Walmart is advertising about being green! I see hope in the way people are working together to fund their projects instead of looking at banks to loan them money – check out all the great projects on kickstarter, indiegogo or crowdfunding-live. I see hope in the conversations had by young people who are thinking more about the communities they live in and how to make them better and learning to connect with people all over the world – sharing pictures with strangers via instagram (that’s the cool place if you’re a teen BTW). It’s actually not hard to see the hope. If you’re willing to look, if you want to see.
Here’s a little excerpt from Michael’s new book that struck me as profoundly optimistic.
“At the mythic level ends and beginnings are essentially connected and one keeps leading to the other as the eternal drama of life continues to unfold. When the end seems near and everything spins faster and faster, something old and lasting, something deep and meaningful is trying to catch up to us. Something subtle and enduring about the world is trying to be remembered and be rediscovered; and, it seems to take some big trouble to awaken it. The overwhelming problems and massive threats are real enough, but they also function as a cosmic wake-up call intended to awaken us from the sleep of so called “reality.”
I guess we humans just need more than a subtle trembler to wake us up these days. We need a biggy to remember the beauty of who we are and what we can create when we open our minds to what’s possible, when we reach deep into our souls and find our creativity, our muses, our delight in life.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I have a nice earthquake preparedness kit and I keep a good amount of food stored, but that’s just being prudent. Its there if I need it, but I’m not living for it. I’m living for the possibilities that surround me. I look for, in every vision of the world I see, the beauty and the hope and I have faith in human kind, that others see it too and that deep down we all want the same thing, and we’ll get there and then that will change too, meanwhile I’ll be here holding onto hope and faith and loving every minute of it.
To find out more about Michael Meade and his new book WHY THE WORLD DOESN’T ENDclick here
What’s your sign? Are you a feisty Leo? Or a stubborn Taurus? Well, it turns out you may need to scrap your old horoscope – or at least make room for a new one.
In this week’s episode of The Chopra Well’s Chopra Centered, Julie Zwillich receives an astrological reading from expert Brent BecVar, M.S. Julie’s birthday is December 20. So she’s a Sagittarius, right? Actually, no. It turns out Mr. BecVar practices Vedic (or Jyotish) astrology, a form of horoscope reading that dates back to ancient Indian wisdom traditions. And it may be a lot more accurate at revealing important trends and characteristics of our lives.
What many think of as the ‘zodiac’ is based on a Western form of astrology. In lay terms, it’s the alignment of the planets at the time of your birth. The Western system uses the tropical, or moveable, zodiac, determined the by the relative, changeable position of the sun. Basically, the planetary alignment is considered in relation to the sun – hence the predominant fixation on ‘sun sign’.
The problem with this system is that the sun signs don’t actually correspond to constellations any more. They haven’t been aligned for about 1,700 years due to a ‘wobble’ in the axial spin of the earth. This is called “precession of equinoxes,” causing the alignment of the Earth with the Sun to shift about one degree every 72 years.
Vedic astrology, on the other hand, uses the sidereal, or visible, zodiac, based on the fixed position of the constellations. As the Earth turns, different constellations arise every one to two hours, so an individual’s Vedic chart is very specific. This can be applied to events, as well. “An event that’s well begun has more chance of continuing in a harmonious way,” BecVar relays. Think of your birth as an event – your entry into this world. Knowing how things started may help you understand the course your life has taken thus far. And much like a map, your chart provides a set of potential paths and qualities to help you navigate life from here on out.
Does Vedic astrology really ‘work’? As BecVar notes, astrology has been a part of every ancient wisdom tradition in human history and only began to be systematically discredited in the Middle Ages. If the fact that people have studied astrology for centuries is not enough to convince you of its efficacy, then consider the minute level of detail that makes each person’s horoscope entirely unique.
Check out this quick Vedic horoscope calculator to see what your chart looks like. To really make the most of the information and integrate your chart into your life and personal growth, you can contact Brent BecVar for a full reading. Who knows how many people share your exact birth information. We begin life under rare and special conditions. Why not make the rest of our lives just as extraordinary?
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There’s a lot of talk swirling about the return of the goddess. It’s all over the astrology blogs, and something tells me it’s also in every yoga class you’ve been going to as well.
Am I the only one that gets totally skeeved out and feels like it’s all just self-aggrandizement? Nothing more than the swagger you see in Kobe Bryant, but in female form?
Let’s dial this conversation down to our brains. We’ve got the “God” within us, our left brain, the logical center, the center that needs control. The “Goddess,” or right brain – creative, trusting, free. Many people in our society are living in a left brain dominant world, figuring out how they can force the next project through, who they can lasso in to be their next woman, what thing they have to say to their mother in order for her to just stop worrying.
Over the last few decades in America, and being that we’re such a hub, worldwide there’s been a resurgence of the right brain. The Beatles, LSD, Yoga, and now a full industry designed around helping people get into a vast and trusting state.
But let’s talk for a second about the value that each part of our brain has towards our spiritual development. When we occupy a right-brain space, we’re feeling trusting open spacious and free. When we’re in the left brain, we have a plan, we discriminate between practices that are good for us, practices that are 5,000 years old and almost totally out-dated (but still contain their seed of truth), and practices that are even potentially dangerous.
My call to you is to occupy your Being. Merge your plans and your discrimination with that spacious trust. This allows you to live free in the world of regular, working, non-yogi people and actually stay more present and connected to your peace. You can have a conversation about Star Trek and not ever use the word Goddess or Cleanse or what-have-you. How liberating is that (especially to your friends!)?
This is about the marriage of Parusha and Prakarti — wedding your essential and infinitely vast nature with the way the world works today. So, you’ve got the right brain thing down. You’re hanging out in flow. But it drops away, or you have to write people off because your flow doesn’t match with the world. What part of your spirituality needs an upgrade for 2012 so that you can stay HERE? What words or beliefs do you need to drop? What scientific research do you need to do to confirm that you’re not just happily on some guru’s river ride that’s going to end up tossing you over the cliff and down the waterfall?
My challenge to you is to use your logical brain to figure out why exactly certain practices work — to find their seed. To ask yourself, “what can I do to bring a real union to this moment, to this conversation?” And then to start to chip away at the scaffolding of spirituality that’s actually binding you just as much as it’s freeing you, until you’re left as You.
There is something really important I want to share with you, because I believe it explains what controls our lives and how we can make better “life choices” for a smoother smarter path.
It’s called the Cosmic Trinity of Chinese Metaphysics and it is divided into three parts; EARTH LUCK, MAN LUCK, and HEAVEN LUCK.
Earth Luck is our Feng Shui and it controls one-third of the equation. This means that the physical place we live and work is important. Either it supports us or it depletes us. Have you ever been to someone’s home or office and it doesn’t feel right? You can’t wait to leave? On the other hand, there are places you love and want to stay forever.
Man Luck is your freewill. These are the choices you make. It is also the magical candles, mystical objects and superstitions you believe in. It’s those coins tied with red strings or the hanging crystal. It is also your education and everything that requires you to take action. Man Luck is powerful because it controls one-third of our lives. Finally, there is
Heaven Luck or your astrology. It can be Western Astrology, or Chinese BaZi Astrology, or Vedic Astrology. All roads lead to Rome. This represents your parents and your destiny. It explains why you have certain talents and traits. Why your parents and siblings constantly get on your case about something you do that bugs them. It’s about your potential.
I want you to see how all three work together. If you live in a place that supports you and you’re proactive in making smart choices because you know your potential, you will be more successful because you have 99 percent of the equation. This insures that you have a greater chance of being happy, healthy, loved, and prosperous.
Have you experienced an imbalance in these three aspects of yourself? Have you focused on only one of these areas and seen success bloom because of it? Please share your experience in the comments.