Saturday, May 19, 2018

Chakra Care ~ Is It Truly Necessary?


Is it really necessary to routinely check in to see if our chakras are cleared, energized and balanced? Absolutely!
Chakra hygiene is a necessary practice to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. If any one of these energy centers is out of balance, we will feel the effects and may experience the symptoms that are listed below.  

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means spinning wheel. We have 7 main chakras in our body and many minor chakras in between. For now, we'll focus mainly on the main 7. Each chakra has an area within the body that it corresponds with as well as the emotions, thoughts and spiritual connections associated with that chakra. After identifying the chakra or chakras that are out of balance, we can then see which physical and non-physical areas of our lives that are requiring some TLC. Often I find that when one chakra is out of whack, the others that are next to it also become overloaded and begin to wobble and fall out of their rhythm. 

Here's a brief rundown on where each chakra is and what its correspondences are:
Root ~ hips down to the feet, associated with family, foundation and social relationships
Sacral ~ hips, reproductive area, sexuality, creativity, fertility, passion
Solar plexus ~ stomach area, emotions, gut feelings, willpower, empathy
Heart ~ heart, lungs, chest, unconditional love for self and others
Throat ~ throat area, neck, communication, creative expression, truth
Third eye ~ center of the forehead, intuition, clairvoyance
Crown ~ above the head, divine knowing, higher realms of communication



It might be time to balance your chakras if:


  • You're frequently under the weather
  • Feeling restlessness day and night
  • Experiencing emotional outbursts
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Short-tempered
  • Headaches
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Your relationships are a bit rocky
  • Feeling stagnant

Chakra Healing ~ Clearing ~ Balancing ~ Give these suggestions a try ~


  • Schedule a Reiki Session
  • Toning the Sanskrit words/names for each chakra 
  • LAM ~ 1 (Root)
  • VAM ~ 2 (Sacral)
  • RAM ~ 3 (Solar plexus)
  • YAM ~  4 (Heart)
  • HAM ~  5 (Throat)
  • OM ~ 6 (Third eye)
  • OM ~ 7 (Crown)
  • Aromatherapy ~ use a chakra spray or put a few drops of oil in a diffuser
  • Sage/smudge ~ get rid of the ick ~ a spiritual cleansing
  • Spend time out in nature
  • Balance your chakras with a pendulum by holding your pendulum in front of each chakra until it spins in a smooth rotation
  • Meditation ~ any meditation
  • Increase water intake 
  • Crystal layout ~ place a crystal on the corresponding chakra 
  • Epson/sea salt bath
  • Take some deep, cleansing breaths and really expand the lungs as you do so
  • Crystal Bowl meditation/sound therapy ~ drumming, rattling, tuning forks
As you can see, there are many things to do to balance out your energy centers and now you are well aware how to recognize the signs and symptoms that are a result of your chakras being out of alignment. Some people prefer to have a regular routine to ensure they don't fall out of alignment and other prefer to wait until their bodies begin to speak to them that's it's time to balance and clear. The choice is yours, but once you start and keep to a regular routine, you'll know right away when to tend to your chakras. 

Here's to happy and healthy chakras!

Blessings and Light,
Laurie 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Get Ready To Release Those Fears With The March 31st Full Blue Moon

If you are sensitive to your environment, then you are probably already feeling the emotional and mental affects of the upcoming Full Blue Moon that will take place on March 31st, 2018. If you are an empath, then you really want to educate yourself on the lunar influences of this 2nd Full Moon in March. Sometimes it helps to break down the information into sections so that we can comprehend what is going on energetically especially when we have significant events happening simultaneously. 

The Full Moon will be in the sign of Libra. Libra governs thoughts, fears, hopes, wishes and relationships. Libra's agenda is to bring balance into our lives helping to keep us hopefully centered in all areas of our lives. What can we expect from the Full Moon in Libra? Well, our fears will probably try to take center stage and control a few different areas of our lives. There is a blessing here, trust me. The blessing is that you are able to identify, embrace and dissolve the fears that you have had for years that have held you back from stepping into and embracing your truth authentic self. Libra, being the element of Air, (mental clarity and thinking) will provide you some of the solutions as to how you can put these sabotaging thoughts (fears) to rest finally. Libras love partnership and are most comfortable when they are paired up with someone whether it's in a romantic, friendship or business setting. Since the theme of this moon is fear, you might be uncharacteristically worried about being alone or abandoned. Again, use the positive influence of Air to provide you deeper insight as to where the worry is coming from and ask your Higher Self to help you resolve this once and for all.

A Blue Moon is the 2nd Full Moon in a calendar month. Blue Moons will heighten intuition, emotions, sensitivity and the sign that the Full Moon is in and in this case it's Libra. I am sure that a few lightbulbs are going off for those who are empaths and who are sensitive to their environment. It makes sense as to why you may have had a few emotional meldowns and may have witnessed a few yourself. 

Wait, there's more... Let's not forget the fact that the planet Mercury went retrograde on March 23rd. We have now just added a little bit of micommunication, misunderstanding, electronic challenges, and running late to name just a few of the energetic affects when Mercury goes Retrograde to the mix. By the way, there is a positive side or two when Mercury goes Retrograde. You have the opportunity to redo things such as; repairing your car, finances, health issues, and having closure with relationships.

Tips On How To Embrace and Come Out Wiser and Stronger During The Full Blue Moon 

  • Meditate and journal as often as possible.
  • Pay attention to the repetitive events and why they keep coming up.
  • Let go of what spirit is trying to shift out of your life.
  • Don't take things personally.
  • Give yourself extra time for travel.
  • Get grounded with exercise, work on the root chakra, carry hematite, tiger's eye with you, drink tons of water.
  • Protect the solar plexus by covering this center when you feel emotionally overwhelmed.
  • Schedule a Reiki or energy healing sooner rather than later.
  • Work on your listening skills with others ~ listening to listen not to reply.
  • Be gentle with yourself as these fears rise up from the subconscious. It simply means they are ready to be dealt with and released.
  • Take a moon bath with epson salt, sea salt, and pink himalayan salt. If you have access to the crystal selenite, then by all means add a little to your bath water. It will dissolve, but it will bring in the light and will repair your auric field.
It's best to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to energetic influences. We can turn these possible challenges into opportunities for significant soul growth.


Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Celestial Influences Can We Expect From The Full Moon On March 1st, 2018?


The 1st Full Moon in March will take place on March 1st. In the month of March 2018, we will have 2 Full Moons. The 2nd Full Moon will be on March 31st. The first Full Moon in March is called the Worm Moon or Sap Moon by the Native Americans because the ground begins to thaw during this month. As the ground thaws, the worms start to break through the soil and the ground is getting itself prepared to provide healthy and nutrient rich soil for crops. It is also known as the Sap Moon because trees begin to produce sap as the weather warms up. The significance as these events is that we are able to prepare for the physical manifestation of our goals as we think about which seeds we would like to plant in our own lives and hopefully those seeds will bear fruit for us in the future. 

The Full Moon will be in the sign of Virgo at 11 degrees. The 11 has a significant meaning for us because numerically we are in an 11 year. 2018 - 2+8+1 =11. 11's project us forward as we move through the limitations of the human experience. 11's help us balance the dark and light within ourselves. 11's connect us with the light our soul and grounds that light into our Earthly existence helping us to remember how magnificent we truly are. Our intuitive abilities are heightened and will open up communication with the higher, higher self. Alignment with the higher, higher self brings forth enlightenment and deeper understanding of the hidden mysteries of spirit. The possibilities for us this year are huge! If the possibilities are ginormous, be prepared to grow at a rapid pace on a personal level. What does this mean? It means that there is no hiding behind self-imposed limitations. Be ready to have all of your self-sabotage brought front and center to be dealt with and healed. Trust me, it will be worth being uncomfortable in the end.

Virgo is an Earth sign which is reminding us to take care of our bodies at this time. Taking care of your body by eating healthier and visiting the Dr. when necessary is a must! Virgo's message about our health during this Full Moon is strong and clear. Is telling us to take care of our bodies and that we must make sure our health is a high priority in our lives.

The goals for this Full Moon will be; detoxifying ourselves of unhealthy habits, thoughts and behaviors and to listen to the guidance that is available via the higher, higher self.  The Full Moon will be opposite Neptune which may cause quite a bit of chaos in the way of misunderstanding others and vice versa. During this time of Pisces (March), we can expect psychic downloads, crazy - amazing dreams, our psychic abilities will be on point and we must not brush these intuitive nudges aside. We must also be aware that some of the negative aspects of Neptune may pop up in the form of; depression, illusion and our addictions may flare up on us. 

As you can see there is a lot happening during this Full Moon. Let's recap and break it down to the do's and don't during this time.

Don't
  • Ignore your intution
  • Jump to conclusions with others
  • Give into those unhealthy addictive tendencies
  • Take things personally
  • Allow yourself to be placed in a vulnerable position
  • Ignore the signs for help and assistance that your body is sending you
  • Participate in gossip


Do's
  • Meditate
  • Purge and let go of clutter - both in your inner and outer worlds
  • Allow flexibility in your schedule for creativity
  • Pay attention to your dreams
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Allow your imagination to explore 
  • Make sure you keep yourself grounded - spend time outside, carry hematite with you etc. 
  • Take responsibility for your actions and be proactive about making necessary changes
  • Be honest with yourself and others

When we are consciously aware of the celestial influences of the lunar cycles, we have the upper hand and are able to embrace these energies to the benefit of our soul's journey. Don't forget that we are in an 11 year, therefore, the potential to manifest the dreams we have been gestating for years is finally right at our fingertips. Onward and upwards spiritual warriors!

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

7 Crystals That Will Help Empower and Improve Your Love Life


With Valentine's Day approaching this week, many people are taking inventory on their love life, whether it's healthy, lacking or could use a bit of oomph. For some, they would like to bring in a new significant other, otherm may want help improving their relationships and many would rather spend their energy and time working on self love and acceptance. By wearing or carrying crystals you can shift the energetic dynamic of your love life.

Here is a list of crystals that can help:
  1. Rose Quartz - Unconditional love for self.
  2. Prehnite - Gentle healing of the physical and emotional heart. Brings in Archangel Raphael
  3. Garnet - Brings on the passion! 
  4. Fire Agate - Gives you energy and the stamina to get the ball rolling. It activates change.
  5. Mangano Calcite - Soothes past disappointments and wounding. Opens the heart chakra.
  6. Moonstone - Brings in a softer, romantic influence to any relationship. It also helps one embrace self-love.
  7. Rhodocrosite - Lifts depression and brings in a peaceful outlook on life. Rhodocrosite stimulates the heart chakra.

After selecting the crystals you would like to work with, be sure to cleanse them with sage or a crystal cleanse. Next, program them with your desired intention.

Some suggestions on how to work with them are:
  • Wear as jewelry by your heart
  • Place on the heart chakra
  • Hold in your left hand
  • Place by your bedside
  • Put the crystal (s) on top of your intention to bring unconditional love into your life -Recite the intention - I am opening my heart with ease and trust.

I always journal my experiences as I work any intention so that I am able to see what has shifted in my life as I align myself with my intention. I highly suggest everyone do so as well :-)

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! 

Blessings and Light,
Laurie


Monday, January 29, 2018

Are You Ready For The Super Blue Blood Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse?

If you have intuitively been feeling that something really "big" energetically is going on these days causing buttons to be pushed, emotions to be a bit out of whack and feeling a huge push to get your act together, then you are absolutely correct! There are a few celestial events that will be taking place on January 31st and as a collective we all have been feeling their effects. Just turn on the news and you can most certainly see how this cosmic influence is playing out. 

On January 31st, 2018, we will experience a Super Blue Blood Full Moon as well as a Lunar Eclipse. What on Earth does all of this mean? Well, you could say it's a potpourri of several different cosmic events taking place all at once. Just the name - Super Blue Blood Full Moon Lunar Eclipse sounds like it is a big deal. Well, it most certainly is! Don't worry, we'll break this down so that you can understand what all of this means for you and at the same time, you can ultilize this Full Moon to set some intentions into motion. What occurs cosmically, most certainly has an effect on us here on this Earth plane physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

There is a theme here with this Full Moon and that theme is all about honesty, integrity and morality. If we want to soar, thrive and embrace life, we must be willing to be transparent not only with ourselves, but also with what is taking place within our relations with others.

Breaking It Down

Blue Moon - When there are 2 Full Moons in the same month. The 2nd Full Moon is called a Blue Moon. January 2018 has 2 Full Moons, therefore the Full Moon on January 31st is a Blue Moon. Blue Moon energy is very powerful. I suggest creating a ceremony around this event. It's the perfect time to set your goals into motion. Some of the areas that you can work on are; attracting more money, a new job, a raise, promotion, new home, romantic partner or move. 

Super Moon - A Super Moon occurs when the moon's perigee is at its closest when obiting the Earth. Translated - During its orbit, the Moon is very close to the Earth causing it to appear larger than normal. Super Moons heighten our emotional sensitivity. Don't be surprised if you and those around you are a bit touchy. The benefit to this phenomenon is that hidden or unexpressed emotions will come to the surface. What has been hidden emotionally will have the opportunity to be acknowledged, dealt with, and hopefully addressed and shifted.  

Lunar Eclipse - A Lunar Eclipse is when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow. The Earth is equally between the Sun and the Moon. This event has a very strong impact on our shadow side, our unpleasant patterns, belief systems, and behaviors. Not only will our shadows be highlighted, but the unfavorable behavior of others will come to light and be placed front and center stage as well. The blessing during this time is that what is not favorable, desirable, or ethical behavior will be brought out into the open for all to work on healing and correcting.  

Blood Moon  - When a Lunar Eclipse takes place, the Moon appears to darken in color as it moves into Earth’s shadow. When this happens, the Moon isn't completely dark, it takes on a reddish color. What you are seeing at this time are sunbeams peeking out from the edge of the Moon, hence the name Blood Moon. The Blood Moon emphasizes the influence of being completely honest and truthful with yourself. When we are transparent, there is nothing to hide or cover up. Often there is a sigh of relief as we clear out the muck within our minds and negative ego. Let's face it, there isn't anywhere that is safe to hide. Everywhere we go, there we are.

Full Moon in Leo - Last but not least, the Full Moon is in the sign of Leo. The spotlight will be on relationships - with self and others. First, it is best if we got really clear with our motives and on the processes of how we go about pursuing the goals we have for ourselves. Since everything is being brought out into the open, it provides us with the opportunity to face what is revealed and proceed ahead with the courage of Leo. You can bet there is nowhere to hide because Leo loves attention and knows exactly how to get your attention, as well as the attention of others. Also, the Moon is conjunct Ceres. Ceres is the goddess of grain who rules independent women and working mothers. Ceres' influence will benefit all mothers who need extra strength and courage to speak up about creating equality in the workplace and in society. 

Suggestions For This Full Moon Event

Take A Full Moon Bath - Taking an herbal bath with epsom, sea, and himalayan salts are an excellent way to embrace the lunar energies and help to clear and wash away what you are ready to let go of. A few herbs that work well in a Moon Bath are; lavender, sage, rose, and rosemary.
 
Releasing Ceremony - Take some time and reflect on all of the things that you know aren't serving you. Be extremely honest with yourself and dig deep. Write everything down that comes to mind down as well as your reason as to why you are releasing them. Next, you want to ceremoniously dispose of your list. You can burn it, bury it or put it in a source of running water such as a stream or in the ocean. What's most important is that you alchemically transmute your list, turning it into alchemical gold by letting go everything that you have written down.

Energy Work/Reiki - It is a good idea to nurture yourself, Ceres would agree! With all of this revealing and releasing, you would benefit from some energy work. If at all possible, schedule a Reiki or energy healing session sooner rather than later. As you let go, it's important to fill the void with light and love.

Crystal Energy - Crystals are powerful energy transmitters and transmuters. There are a few crystals that beautifully harness the energy of the Moon such as; Moonstone, Selenite, Labradorite, Amethyst and Rose Quartz. You can carry, hold or wear your crystals as jewelry. They can and will help you navigate any changes during a lunar event.

Clearing and Cleansing Your and Your Space - It would be very helpful to keep your sage and or palo santo handy to keep you and your space at a high vibration. Remember, we are processing quite a bit as we recognize and identify behavior that we are ready to shift and release. Saging will not only help move things along, but it will also bring in the light and lots of good vibrations at the same time.

Now that we've covered what this rare Super Blue Blood Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is all about, hopefully you will embrace the true meaning behind this event. If we are to look at the bigger picture, we are receiving assistance from the Universe to help us to be our truest and most authentic selves. How exciting and empowering this truly is! Onward and upward my fellow travellers.

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco 


Friday, January 26, 2018

Become More Clairvoyant with These 5 Easy and Simple Tips

After teaching Psychic Development for almost 20 years, I can tell you from experience that the most popular psychic sense that students seek to develop is the gift of clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is the ability to see psychic energy in the form of; colors, shapes, people and visions of the past, present and future. For some, the ability to see psychic energy comes more easily than others. Don't worry if clairvoyance isn't your strongest gift. There are many tips on how to help develop the psychic sense of clairvoyance. FYI - Psychic "seeing" looks a lot different than how we view the world with our physical eyes. Sometimes clairvoyance appears to us as daydreaming. Be sure to keep this in mind as develop your clairvoyant abilities.

5 Tips To Become More Clairvoyant

1. Rub Your Third Eye - Try rubbing the area on your forehead, the area  between and just above your eyes. By doing so, you are stimulating and awakening your third eye, which is the physical area where clairvoyance comes from. 

2. Crystals - Crystals can help enhance your intuition by wearing them as jewelry, placing them around the space you are in or simply by carrying them wherever you go. Some of the crystals that will help you open up to psychic visions are; amethyst, labradorite, lapis lazuli and clear quartz.

3. Ohm - Your third eye chakra and crown chakra vibrate when you chant the word OHM. Give it a try! They do vibrate, don't they? By toning this word, the vibration of the word activates the third eye. I recommend toning OHM for at least 5 minutes a day. After a week or so, you will notice not only your clairvoyance abilities will increase but so will your other psychic senses as well. 

4. Guided Meditation - Listening to guided meditations will help you trust the visions you receive as you follow along with the guided journey. When following along during your guided meditation, you are less likely to overthink the pictures as you receive them. Trusting what you "see" is a huge part of developing clairvoyant abilities.

5. Aromatherapy - There are several oils that help to develop clairvoyant abilities such as; frankincense, blue yarrow, patchouli, honeysuckle and peppermint. You can wear these oils, burn them in their herb/resin form as incense or place a few drops of oil in your oil diffuser. 

Take your time and be patient with your progress as you work on developing your clairvoyant skills. It definately takes time, practice and trust and unfortunately there aren't any shortcuts to becoming more psychic.

Enjoy the journey!

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco 


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Are You Ready To Bring More Love In Your Life? Try These Easy Love Spells

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many people have love on their mind. For some, they are thinking about how they would like to express to their significant other how much they care and others are wondering how they can find the partner of their dreams. Putting together a love spell by using candles, herbs and working with an intention can help you align yourself with the partner that is for your highest and best good. It can also help you spice up your current romantic relationship.
A love spell is not only used to bring your love into your life, but it can help you in the romance department. I know this may sound far-fetched, but love spells do work. How and why they work may surprise you. 

First and foremost we must go over the do's and don’ts.

Don’t

  • Try to control or influence another against their free will.
  • Put another person’s name on the spell. This is a big no no, and it will only create negative relationship karma for you.
  • Do not work any magic while you are on drugs, alcohol or synthetic substance – this can affect your good judgment.
  • Use the same spell over and over. Sometimes the results are not immediate and we often have some personal obstacles to move through to be in alignment with our intention.

Do:

  • Take personal responsibility for your actions.
  • Take your time with your wording and be clear with your intentions.
  • Work your magic when you are in a calm and relaxed state of mind.
  • Be open and trust the process.
  • Keep a journal to document what is happening in your inner and outer worlds as a result of the intention you set in motion. 

The How and Why of Love Spells

By putting your intentions on paper and projecting those intentions out into the Universe,   you are able to set clear intentions that can help you manifest and be in alignment for the partner that is for your highest and best good. Sometimes writing your thoughts down on paper helps you to be more in touch with what it is you truly do want in your life.
By writing down our goals, we are sending out a petition. Spirit responds by aligning us with situations and people that are for our highest and best good. Sometimes, there are necessary steps that we must take before that soul mate comes in. This is where many become frustrated. As a society, we are used to instant gratification and because we did not have our desired result manifest right away, we think the spell did not work. The spell is actually another way of asking the Universe to help us overcome our challenges and obstacles so that we can be in alignment with our goals. This is where we must trust the process. Attention is then brought to our views on love, our healthy or unhealthy boundaries and if we are emotionally available at this time for a loving relationship.
After you have set your spell/intention in motion, be sure to observe what happens in your life. You can be assured there will be changes and shifts that happen in your life courtesy of your spell. There are times when life can be a little uncomfortable before things improve, and sometimes the change is a smooth transition.

A Word or Two of Caution

If you are wanting your significant other to be more loving or dedicated to your relationship and you use a spell to improve your relationship, be ready for some possible conflict. You may have stirred the pot or awakened the elephant or elephants in the room. You may have crossed a fine line by including your partner in the equation by not having their permission to include them in your love spell. All of the reasons why your relationship is out of balance probably will be magnified and brought out into the open. There are more harmonious ways of working on your relationship, like having a good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation.
A wiser approach to improving your relationship would be for you to use a love spell that will help you be a more loving, giving, compassionate, and dedicated partner. This may mean a little self-love spell is needed at this time.
Spells are another way of directing your energy and thoughts through the elements of earth (herbs), water (water,) air (oils, aromatherapy), and fire (candles).  They can also be viewed as a living vision board.
Below are are a few love spells that you may like to try:
 Self-Love Spell
Supplies:
  • Black tourmaline crystal (to remove self-sabotage)
  • Rose quartz crystal (to bring in unconditional love of self)
  • Pink candle
  • Lavender oil
  • Toothpick
  • Piece of parchment paper
  • A safe container for your candle
Begin by using the toothpick to write on your candle the following – I, (your name) am open to healthy, balanced and nurturing relationships. I love and approve of myself. It is safe for me to open my heart. So be it, so it is.
Write the same intention on your parchment paper and place the candle on top of the paper.
Next, rub the lavender oil around the outside of the candle.
Place the black tourmaline to the right of your candle and the rose quartz to the left of your candle for the duration of the burning of this candle.
As you light the candle repeat the intention above 7 times. After your candle has completely burned keep your crystals with you to remind you to love yourself first.
Journal your experiences and trust the process.

Love Spell

Supplies:
Mystical Moon Magic Aphrodite Candle
Mystical Moon Magic Aphrodite Soap
Sardonyx crystal (relationship stone of commitment)
Paper and pen
The first step is to write down the characteristics of your ideal mate. Be careful not to limit yourself by adding a name or being too narrow. You can add “or better” to the end of it if you are not sure. Take this paper and place it under the Aphrodite candle. Place the crystal in front of the candle. Call upon Aphrodite as you light your candle and say, “Aphrodite, I ask of you to bring me in a love that’s true.”
Now you are going to take a bath and bathe with the Aphrodite soap while focusing on cleansing your auric field and preparing your mind, body, and spirit for a healthy loving relationship while focusing on how that feels. What activities are you doing together, talking about together, and how does the emotional connection between you feel?
When the candle is not lit, or after it burns out, carry the crystal around with you.
Remember, nothing takes the place of honesty, clear communication and excellent listening skills when it comes to happy and healthy relationships.
Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco