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Book Review – Ceri Norman: Faerie Stones, An Explanation of the Folklore and Faeries Associated with Stones and Crystals

October, 2018

Book Review

Ceri Norman: Faerie Stones, An Explanation of the Folklore and Faeries Associated with Stones and Crystals

Ceri is a prolific writer, with several books under her belt and numerous magazine articles. This book, Faerie Stones, was mentioned by a friend and I was intrigued by the title and the concept. Faerie Stones takes a wide variety of stones and crystals and gives a great deal of information about each one, including but not limited to the deities and beings or spirits associated with them.

It’s worth noting that in this book the term faerie is used to cover a wide variety of beings including deities and spirits. I understand why Ceri has done this, as it makes it simpler to use one term to cover all the otherworldly beings. Normally I would be quite particular about the use of the term fairy or faerie due to my Celtic heritage, in which the fairies are less than friendly much of the time! However, in this volume Ceri makes it clear who and what she is talking about each time she mentions a specific deity or spirit, so it remains very clear what type of being is being discussed.

I love how each stone is brought to life and given a very organic feel. It’s as if each stone is a living part of the world, which greatly appeals to my druidic leanings. I also loved all the references to different types of ‘little people’, a fascination for me for many years.

Ceri covers stones from the tiniest crystal to huge standing circles, and her introduction and the first part of the book really show her enthusiasm and passion for her subject. Just reading her descriptions of standing stones and other places of power made me want to go out into the world and find these places for myself. You can’t help but be pulled along by the energy within the book, joyful and full of experience and knowledge.

The encyclopaedia section covers 26 stones and their correspondences and uses, and particularly the beings that are drawn to them. There’s a separate section on the different formations of quartz which I found particularly enlightening as it had not occurred to me that the different formations of quartz could have different effects on the world. Ceri also touches on the chakras and stones associated with them, auras, meditating with stones and crystals and a chakra balancing meditation with Morgan Le Fay. I appreciated very much that Ceri notes that beings such as Morgan have both light and dark sides.

This is one of those great books that can be read from cover to cover for sheer joy, and also kept as a point of reference. It will certainly be near the top of my kindle library for the foreseeable future.

Faerie Stones: An Exploration of the Folklore and Faeries Associated with Stones & Crystals

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways

A Moment for Meditation

December, 2015

The 6th Chakra

As I mentioned in the previous columns, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:

**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.**

*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*

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The Sixth Chakra is also called the Third Eye/BrowChakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Ajna, which means *Perception Center*. It is located at the brow point, between the eyebrows and slightly above. This chakra is about perception, knowledge and wisdom. The color of this chakra is indigo; it’s element is Light and it is considered a “feminine” chakra.

The function of the Sixth Chakra is learning to trust your intuition. It is about connecting with the universe and its’ energies to elevate our consciousness. We we can learn how to bring focus and clarity to our thoughts. This is where we really get into the higher realms of spirituality. This chakra connects both sides of the pituitary and the brain; the right side for insight and psychic power, the left for intelligence and how we view our world.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will be calm and peaceful. You will learn to trust and rely on the strength of your intuition when questions arise in your daily life. You will be more sensitive to your surroundings and the energies of those around you, for good or bad. You will feel a sense of oneness and connectiveness to the world and the universe it resides in. You will be as one with Nature.

Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you will be confused and paranoid. You will be unwilling to consider thoughts other than your own, becoming increasingly close-minded. You will be unable to see the reality of the world around you, trusting no one, with a need to “see to believe”. Your ability to trust will be limited.

One of the exercises in Kundalini Yoga to strengthen this chakra and your intuition is called the Bowing Exercise, as follows:

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Sit on your heels in a kneeling position. If this is hard for you, cross-legged is fine, or even sitting on a hard chair. Place your arms on the floor in front of you. Inhale. Exhale as you bend forward as far as you can, preferably touching your forehead to the floor. Inhale as you return to an upright position. Continue this for at least 3 minutes, inhaling up and exhaling down. (Photo Credit: yogalife-online.com)

While sitting cross-legged, you can also bring your hands into prayer pose, but with the thumbs sticking our straight. Bring the thumbs to the third eye point, pressing the tips firmly onto your brow. Close our eyes and being long deep breathing. Continue for three minutes. This will help to develop your intuition and connect you to your higher power.

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The key to strengthening this chakra is to center yourself and breathing long and deep for at least 11 minutes per day.

Additionally, for this chakra, you can do the following breath visualization meditation:

**Lie down on your back. Relax your body completely; quiet your mind. bring all of your focus to your third eye point. Bring your concentration to expanding this chakra. Feel your perception of things around you grow. Everything becomes clear and bright. Trust yourself to know that what you see is truth as your clarity grows. Bring your hand up, and press one finger upon the Ajna. Be conscious of this feeling. Know that your consciousness if there if you only tune into it. Continue to breath slowly and deeply. **

(*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*)

After the meditation, continue to lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes or alternately, sit quietly with a relaxed breath. Stretch your arms up toward to ceiling several times before moving.

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As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com

Until next month, when I will conclude the chakra series with the combined 7th and 8th Chakras , I wish you peace, joy and a happy holiday season, no matter what you celebrate!

Blessings!   )O(

A Moment for Meditation

October, 2015

The 4th Chakra

As I mentioned in the previous columns, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:

**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.** *From my 7-Week Chakra Course*

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The Fourth Chakra is also called the Heart Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Anahata, which means *unhurt or unstuck(. It is located right at your heart. This chakra helps you to tune into your own rhythm. It merges and balances your mind, body and spirit and helps to open your consciousness.

The color of this chakra is green; it’s element is Air and it is considered a “feminine” chakra.

The Fourth Chakra aids in your ability to act with compassion, devotion and love. The love you give and receive will be unconditional. You will act with acceptance and understanding. You will find a balance within yourself.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel a sense of compassion for others. You will be caring, accepting and calm. Your inner balance and serenity will be obvious to those around you. You will adopt an “attitude of gratitude” and be able to move in harmony and unity with those around you, who may comment that you have a glow about you.

Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you will be unable to form attachments and will have difficulty in all relationships. You may feel sad, lonely and resentful; you may feel alienated from those around you. You will have no belief in love and will find it hard to receive love, as you are unable to give it freely.

One of the first and easiest things you can do to open the Heart chakra, is to straighten your posture and get those shoulders back. We spend so much time hunched over our screens with our heads forward, shoulders slumped and our chest collapsed. Bring that head up, straighten your spine and gently move your chest forward and open that heart center – take several deep breaths. Try to do this a few times a day and notice the change!

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A wonderful exercise to open the heart chakra is to sit comfortably, cross-legged on the floor or in a straight chair, with a straight spine. Stretch your arms out in front of you with your palms together.

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As you inhale, stretch those arms open to your sides, parallel to the floor. Feel the stretch, expanding your lungs with the breath, opening up the heart center.

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As you exhale, bring your arms back to the front, bringing the palms back together. Do this for at least three minutes.

You can also do the following “Gratitude Breath Exercise”:

Inhale through the nose

Exhale completely through the mouth

Inhale deeply and smoothly through the mouth

Exhale completely through the nose.

(You can use the mantra “Sat Nam”, mentally vibrating “Sat” on the

inhale and “Nam” on the exhale. Sat Nam = Truth is My Identity

(The above heart chakra exercise and gratitude breath exercise from 3HO/Kundalini Yoga)

Additonally, for this chakra, you can do the following breath visualization meditation:

**Sit in easy pose (or comfortably in a straight chair, feet on floor). Close your eyes. With long deep breathing, bring calm to your heart center. Do this for several minutes. Visualize the verdant green of Spring, when everything is healthy, new and reborn. Let this green radiance enter through your heart center. Feel yourself being reborn and full of vibrant energy. Breathe all of this into your heart center, letting it nourish and cleanse you. Release any emotional pain as you let yourself feel as new and clean as the earth after a spring rain. (*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*)

After the meditation, lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes or alternately, sit quietly with a relaxed breath. Stretch your arms up toward to ceiling several times before moving.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com

Until next month, when we continue with the Fifth Chakra, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

A Moment for Meditation

September, 2015

The 3rd Chakra

As I mentioned previously, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:

**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.**

*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*

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The Third Chakra is also called the Solar Plexus Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Manipura, which means *Lustrous Gem”. It is located at the navel center. This chakra gathers the energy from the lower triangle of first three chakras to the upper chakras, which we will be learning about in future columns.

The color of this chakra is yellow, it’s element is Fire and it is considered a “masculine” chakra.

The Third Chakra is responsible for your ability to act, accomplish and achieve.

It is your source of energy, helps to turn negatives into positives and ignites your power, both internal and external.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel competent, confident and balanced. You are sure of your sense of self, who you are. You will feel connected, open to opinions. You will have good digestion, feeling healthy, energetic, powerful and in complete control of your life.

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Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you will feel a sense of powerlessness. You will feel angry and full of rage. You are withdrawn, cold and indecisive. You feel judgmental toward others with a sense of moral superiority and a need to control and manipulate others.

Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen your solar plexus chakra are spinal twists and alternate leg lifts. I would also suggest Camel Pose and Stretch Pose.

Camel Pose – Photo from yogasphere.net

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Stretch Pose – Photo from libraryofteachings.com

For this chakra, you can do the following breath meditation:

**Sit in easy pose (or comfortably in a straight chair, feet on floor), Focus your eyes on the tip of your nose. Focus on your breath, feel it going in and out, nice and easy. Quiet your mind. As you inhale, visualize a bright yellow light entering your solar plexus area, filling you up and nourishing you with it’s radiant golden healing energy, infusing your entire body, mind and spirit. As you exhale, feel its’ warmth surrounding you.**

After the meditation, lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes or alternately, sit quietly with a relaxed breath. Stretch your arms up toward to ceiling several times before moving.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com

Until next month, when we continue with the Fourth Chakra, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

Blessings

A Moment for Meditation

August, 2015

The 2nd Chakra

After taking a break from the chakras last month to discuss healing meditations, I return to the chakras with the 2nd chakra.

As I mentioned previously, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:

**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.**

*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*

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The Second Chakra is also called the Sacral Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Svadisthana, which means One’s Own Place. It is located at the genitals/womb. Physically, it deals with ovaries, testicles, bladder, genitals, womb.

The color of this chakra is orange, it’s element is Water and it is considered a “feminine” chakra.

The Second Chakra is your dwelling place of self, it is a sweetness of feeling. It is associated with your sexuality, emotions, and intimacy. This chakra is all about your connection to other living beings and your creativity.

This chakra is responsible for how your bond with others; your connection to everyone around you.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel strong, secure and confident within yourself. You are able to love and accept yourself just as you are. You find satisfaction with your life; you are joyful and happy. You interact well with others. You believe in yourself generally; and in your sexual self, specifically. You may have a nurturing and healing effect on others. Your creativity knows no bounds, as this chakra is about ALL creativity, not just the creation of life.

Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you may feel anxious and restless. You feel shame and rejection from yourself, and feel that you also are rejected by others. You may feel anger toward the opposite sex and have some type of compulsive sexual behavior. You may find yourself ashamed of your own body, or feeling that any type of intimacy is wrong or evil.

Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen your sacral chakra are: leg raises and stretches, pelvic circles, pelvic tilts. You can also do abdominal breathing:

Lie down on your back, and place your hands on your abdomen with thumbs and forefingers touching; women should place fingers and palms over the ovaries. Thumbs are below the navel. Breathe long and deep. On the inhale, the breath should push the abdomen up against your hands. On the exhale, the abdomen gently goes down, as do the hands.

This opens up your sexual and creative energy; you will feel both relaxed

and energized.

This is a breathing meditation that you can do for your second chakra:

**Sit in easy pose (cross-legged) or in a straight backed chair, keeping spine straight. Inhale through the nose, for a count of five, focusing your awareness at the sacral area. Visualize an orange light entering through your feet. As you exhale in one breath, for a count of five, visualize that orange light radiating from the feet to the sacral area and then into your aura. As you deepen your concentration, try and “feel” the chakra. Do you feel heat, or vibration?

After the meditation, lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes. Sit up, stretch your arms up to the ceiling with deep inhales and exhales.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com

Until next month, when we continue with the Third Chakra, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

A Moment for Meditation

June, 2015

The 1st Chakra

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In last month’s column, I briefly reviewed the major chakras (energy centers) in our bodies. This month, I will start a more in-depth discussion of each one, starting with the first Chakra.

As I mentioned last month, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:

**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.** *From my 7-Week Chakra Course*

The First Chakra is also called the Root Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Muladhara, which means Root. It is located at the base of the spine. Physically, it deals with elimination and the large intestines.

The color of this chakra is red, it’s element is Earth and it is considered a “masculine” chakra.

The First Chakra is your foundation, literally, your roots, supporting you as a tree’s roots support it. The First Chakra is all about connection — your connection to Mother Earth, your connection to yourself and your connection to others and the physical world that surrounds you.

This chakra is responsible for your survival, your need to feel safe and secure; having your basic physical needs met.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel as if you have a place in the world; you belong. You will feel at home and connected to those around you, able to trust them. You will feel secure and empty of irrational fears. You will be calm, able to relax, to be at peace with you and your body.

Conversely, if you it is unbalanced, you will feel isolated and abandoned. You will feel unable to trust those around you; you will feel alone, insecure and fearful. A feeling of disconnection to everything and everyone around you will be present.

As this is the first of the eight chakras, it is very important that it not be blocked, that it be open and balanced. Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen it, is to do what is called a Root Lock, which is just, simply, locking your root, squeezing the sphincter and releasing it several times. Any squatting exercise , as well as any that flex the spine, as a pelvic tilt, will also help.

This is a breathing exercise that you can do for your first chakra

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**Inhale through the nose, focusing your awareness at the base of your spine. Visualize a bright red light surrounding that area. Exhale in one breath, through the nose, feeling that radiant light filling your body. Inhale that energy; exhale, feeling alive, peaceful and calm.** Do this for several minutes.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com

Until next month, when we continue with the Second Chakra, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

Blessings…

A Moment for Meditation

April, 2015

Visualization

Visualization within meditation is a wonderful tool, used for a specific goal or purpose.

For those of us who also walk the Pagan path, it can also be used in ritual, in deep inner journeys, and in our magick.

Visualizations can be as simple as closing your eyes and imagining yourself on the beach, to a complex guided meditation that takes you deep within yourself.

For example, if you make or use candles for specific purposes in your workings, let’s say for healing, you would visualize a healing energy going into the making of the candle, and again when you charge it for your working.

Another example of visualization is to imagine yourself surrounded with a pure white light of protection as you go into an unsure situation. This also helps to strengthen your aura.

Guided meditations work well for the deep inner work that some of us do on our spiritual paths. An example is one I have used in a workshop that I teach on Kali. After the participants close their eyes and have begun to focus on their breath, I take them deeper and deeper and have them visualize themselves walking a path, down into a cave, where they meet Kali. The details can be as simple or as intricate as you wish. While it is not mandatory, I would recommend making a recording of your voice so that you are able to focus on your breath and on following your own instructions. There are CD’s available with guided meditations for almost any purpose imaginable.

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One of my favorite visualizations within kundalini yoga is called “Cup of Compassion”. After you situate yourself and begin your long,deep breathing, bring your hands up in front of your heart center, with the sides near your smallest fingers touching, so that your palms make a cup. While you are focusing on the breath, you visualize opening yourself up to the Universe and accepting, in your cupped hands, whatever flows your way. Do this for at least 11 minutes.

Another visualization uses the chakras; as you focus on each chakra, you visualize yourself wrapped in the specific color that symbolizes that chakra

1st – Root – Red

2nd – Sacral – Orange

3rd – Solar Plexus – Yellow

4th – Heart – Green

5th – Throat – Blue

6th – Third Eye – Indigo

7th – Crown – Purple

8th – Aura – White

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As always, please feel free to email me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Namaste and Blessings

Meditation Moment

February, 2013

A Moment For Self-Love

When was the last time you did something romantic…for yourself?

 

Have you ever bought yourself a love gift – chocolate, flowers, jewelry, or something so special only someone who knew you intimately would think to surprise you with it?

 

How intimate are you with yourself?  Do you ever engage yourself in long conversations, perhaps in a journal, or take yourself out on dates?

 

Whether you are single or married to the best partner in the world, you need to nurture your relationship with yourself.  Acting and speaking in a loving manner to yourself heals you, rejuvenates you, and helps you to grow as a spiritual being.

 

This month’s meditation will help you to nourish yourself from the inside out, and figure out what the self-lover inside you needs to thrive.

 

Begin by taking three cleansing, focusing breaths.

 

Imagine you are inside a vibrant red bubble.  Take in three slow deep breaths, pulling that vibrant red energy into your body, all the way down to the apex of your thighs to nourish your root chakra.  Feel your root chakra accept that nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your root chakra’s gratitude as the red bubble shifts into a bubble of fiery orange.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that fiery orange energy into your body, all the way down to the area behind your belly button to nourish your sacral chakra.  Feel your sacral chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your sacral chakra’s gratitude as the orange bubble shifts into a bubble of sunny yellow.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that sunny yellow energy into your body, all the way down to the area just beneath your rib cage to nourish your solar plexus chakra.  Feel your solar plexus chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your solar plexus chakra’s gratitude as the yellow bubble shifts into a bubble of verdant green.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that verdant green energy into your body, all the way down to the center of your chest to nourish your heart chakra.  Feel your heart chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your heart chakra’s gratitude as the green bubble shifts into a bubble of sky blue.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that sky blue energy into your body, into your throat to nourish your throat chakra.  Feel your throat chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your throat chakra’s gratitude as the blue bubble shifts into a bubble of deep indigo.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that deep indigo energy into your body, up to the area behind your eyes to nourish your third eye chakra.  Feel your third eye chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your third eye chakra’s gratitude as the indigo bubble shifts into a bubble of golden white.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that golden white energy into your body, all the way up to the crown of your head to nourish your crown chakra.  Feel your crown chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your crown chakra’s gratitude as the golden bubble expands to fill the entire room and then shifts into a huge bubble of pretty pink.

 

The pink bubble is your self-love chakra, which lives inside the green chakra of your heart.  Here in this bubble of pink, you are breathing in unconditional love and acceptance.  With every breath you nourish your entire being, every molecule of your soul with pure Divine love.  Bask in this love for as long as you choose.

 

When you are ready, think about your deepest, most cherished desires.  What can you do for yourself today to nourish the Divine spark within you?  What can you give to yourself this month to celebrate YOU?

 

When you are ready, allow the pink bubble to shrink slowly until it once again fits inside your green heart chakra, safe inside your center.  Go to sleep now if you can, or if you must get up, take three grounding, revitalizing breaths.  Stretch your limbs and move your body.  Open your eyes, and give yourself a hug.

 

Welcome home.