Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Create the life you love

Create a life you love - young living essential oils - On Woodland Road
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How much do you love the life you've built for yourself and your family? Do you wish it was more? Would you like to have more *choices* in your life?

If you've read my Intention post you'll remember how we talked about running your day instead of letting your day run you - remember? If you want to go back and re-read it go ahead. I'll be right here when you get back. Promise.

What if we added to that... What if YOU ran your LIFE instead of it running you? There is a ton of noise out there in the world about how people aren't happy; they want a larger house, they want a smaller house, they want to travel. They want to stay home with their kids, or their dog, cat, or gerbil. They hate their job and want to get out of the rat race. They just want something different. Maybe this describes you?

People want to have CHOICES. People want to have FREEDOM.

Maybe you don't want to travel for long periods of time, maybe you just would like to go somewhere else a few times a year. Maybe you are happy with your home but you'd love to be able to give abundantly and help support an underserved child, overseas or in your own community, through your favorite charity/church. Maybe you'd like to START an NGO to help others.

What's holding you back? What is holding you back from these amazing choices that you want soooo badly?

Say it with me... I don't have enough money.
Well, why don't you have enough? You might go back to crying about the job you hate that doesn't pay enough. You might say that you were told you'd never make much money without that degree that you never got. Or that you'd always be a "starving artist" because we all know artists don't make any money.

Run your life - don't let it run you. You can change your life. Repeat that again...
You can change your life.

It's not usually JUST a lack of fundage that is squashing the dreams and choices of so many unhappy people. It's just not. So often a major part of the problem is you. So many of us have limiting beliefs. We don't understand, and we don't BELIEVE, that we can give ourselves, and our family, a life of freedom. A life of choices.

Why isn't everyone doing it? They don't know that they can. They are sleeping. They are afraid of hard work. Or someone told them they couldn't.
Most people are living their life in the current situation, in the now - but their current situation, their now, is a result of decisions and actions that they made in the past. We keep looking back - but we aren't goin in that direction!

It takes work, it takes committment, it takes time. But you can do it! I see people doing it all.the.time. I see people living the dream. It's there for the taking.

Step one: Determine how you want to feel with your life. Not what you want to do... but how you want to feel. Keep this in your mind throughout your day - Feel abundance. Feel like you have that life that you truely want. When you add all the feels into the process, your positive thoughts really take flight. Feel the joy! Focus on the things you are grateful for now. Your joy will attract joy.

Step two: Take responsibility for your life and current choices. You got yourself where you are. You accepted that job, bought that house that may have been a little {or a lot} above your means. Own your choices, and then don't let those choices define you. Do some self-development and figure out what your 'victim story' is. Might be abuse, might be a chronic illness... it's your story. If this story is holding you back then it needs to go. If you need professional help to rid yourself of this please put yourself in a place to do that. You are worth it.

Step three: Really get in there and find your limiting beliefs and kick them to the curb. Maybe it's that you've heard it takes money to make money, or you are in a town that's too small to do anything. Through personal development you can shift your beliefs and open your eyes to what is possible in your life. Don't stay stuck in your patterns, don't stay stuck in your past - take some risks. Wake up.
I've got a self-devo book list you might want to look through - remember I have a bit of a lending library if you aren't in a postition to order a book, and your local library is without. Just email me.

Step four: Be the best you. You are a unicorn. You can start this step right away while you are working on your personal development. Be the best you and run with it - Have positive thoughts and feelings. Don't let anything hold you back. Start where you are... and go! A huge detriment to being your best you, you can probably guess what I'm going to say... is social media. Stop comparing and competing with others you see on facebook or Instagram. Just.stop. Comparison is the theif of joy. and a lot of other things. If you have to go dark for a bit to get off that carousel do it! Stop thinking, if only you could do things like so and so, that you should have posted this or that, that so and so has ... whatever. Just stop.
Whatever Sally is posting has nothing, nothing!, to do with you. And stop letting social media be a huge distraction for you - We all have the same amount of hours in our days but some of us use that time more productively than others. In case you were wondering, scrolling through fb isn't productive. Sorry.
Be your best YOU.

Step five: Set up boundaries for yourself. Make time for YOU and that self-development that we all keep preaching. Rid yourself of the toxic people that might be in your life, or on your social media. Surround yourself with positivity and light. The law of attraction isn't a "law" for nothing. Look for the good, focus on the good - even when things are going to hell around you.
Create a world around you of your choosing.

I used to only read fiction, I have some issues that most of you have {fear of public speaking being the number one thing on that list} - these are excuses - I own my excuses and am working on them just like you. I'm grateful that I don't have a tragic 'victim story' and if you do I will hold a space of light for you and encourage you to seek help outside of a blog post if you need to - but we all have something that is holding us hostage where we are - something in our past. Maybe it's a mantra that we heard all our lives... "Little Marcie only does enough to just get by". Something that you've heard your entire life so it MUST be true right?? Wrong. Replace it with "Little Marcie is a hard worker and is awesome". Once you repeat that a million times... and once you feel awesome, your brain will ditch the negative affirmation for the postive one. Go out of your way to put possitive affirmations in your life and you will see a shift in your attitude. A big one right now is "you are enough!" - if that resonates with you please, right now, write that out on a bunch of index cards - put.it.everywhere. In your house, in your car, in your office. Tattoo it on your arm or fingers where you can see it every.damn.day.

Remove your attention from what you do not want and focus your attention on that that you do want.

Recommended reading: You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.
If you'd like to preview this title digitally email me. The above link is an affiliate link, but won't cost you anything extra. You can also get a free audio version with a 30 day trial HERE. 
I'm reading this book right now and will probably read it again. lol.

Life is toooo short for us not to have a life we love. A life we run. A life of choices and freedom!

Please feel free to leave your ideas, and experiences here in the comments. We can be supportive and lift eachother up.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Good Crystals for beginners

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There are a ton of awesome crystals and gems out there, and it can get overwhelming when you are starting out - and you want all the pretties! But let me narrow it down for you and make things easier. Remember, this is intended to be non-stress. :)

Read through to the end, or skip to the end, of this post for pre-info on how you might get a set of 8 Chakra gems gifted to you. Yes, FREE!

My recommendation is to start out with the basic 8 chakra stones.
To review that they would be your grounding stone, Black Tourmaline. Some people use a big chunk of this, but a tumbled stone is great also. You can also get Hematite for this purpose.
Red Jasper is perfect for the Root Chakra, Orange Carnelian for the Sacral, and Citrine for the Solar Plexus.
For the Heart Chakra there are two crystals/gems that are commonly used. For regular affiars of the heart Green Aventurine is great, but for more specialized emotions, like grief or self-love I like the Rose Quartz.
Blue Lace Agate is beautiful for the Throat Chakra, but Sodalite can also be used. Just be aware that Sodalite should not be used in gem-water.
Amethyst is used for the Third Eye Chakra, and often for the Crown Chakra as well. Altho' many like to use Clear Quartz for the Crown Chakra. Quartz is the amplifier of the crystal world and is great for just about any applications.

Other crystals and stones I really like are:
Fluorite - every stone I've seen seems to be different and it's amazingly beautiful! Use it for focus and to clear your mind. It's also a great filter for negativity. And did I tell you that it's lovely???
Smokey Quartz is great for absorbing negative energy. You can use it along with your grounding stone, or hang it around your neck for a bit of protection. Because negative vibes are no bueno.

Raw or Tumbled?
Stones in their raw state often don't showcase the beauty within, but the vibration and goodness are still there. Tumble them and they are divine!

Tumbled stones are lovely, and their smoothness is very comfortable and soothing. AND they are very affordable!
In fact, get a grab bag of tumbled stones to give to your kids* to sort and touch when they are giving off tooooo much energy. It's fun to watch them calm down and start sorting and laying them out on the floor or table. :)
* Please only give these to children who are no longer mouthing all the things! Only use under adult supervision please. Most tumbled stones will pose a choking hazard.

So... in short get 8 tumbled Chakra stones.

Now, where does one get such beauty?  There are countless places online, and Amazon often has them as well. One place that comes highly recommended is Healing Crystals - they ship quickly and their shipping is beyond reasonable. Which I love.  If you need any help with stone selection just let me know. If you plan on using your gems in gem waters please check the oil & gemstone safety list first! It's also located in the top toolbar under the blog header.

ALSO, keep in mind that I'll be starting my Healing Crystals class this fall, if not before, and I'll be gifting each person enrolled with a set of 8 Chakra Stones. That's right, you can get your stones for FREE.

Oh, another great resource is The Crystal Healer book. This book is great for beginners but has stone reference for advanced students also. It isn't a huge everything about every crystal and gemstone book, but a nice reference with stones sorted by color. It includes their properties and pretty pictures. My kind of book! It also has some info on clearing/cleansing your crystals. Some of that info will be on these blog pages and in my Healing Crystals course also.

If you have KindleUnlimited and want to check out a similar book try this one. I don't have this book, but for free it definitely might be worth a look.
Both these books are for beginners for the most part - but have info for more advanced students also.

If you wish to be kept up to date with the goings on here On Woodland Road, and want to be notified when the Healing Crystals course will be starting and how to get in on the fun... just subscribe to our VIP email list.

Disclaimer: This site is for entertainment & informational purposes only, and is not to be used as medical advice, to treat, or diagnose, prevent, or cure any physical/mental condition. Please seek the help of a licensed health care professional if you are in need of such services. None of the info, or products used, on this site has been reviewed by the FDA. All content is based on my own education and experience. On Woodland Road, and affiliates, are not liable for any ill effects caused by use of any products mentioned on this site.

Essential Oils - what they are and how to use them

In this practice, and in my Crystal Healing Course, we'll be using Essential Oils, along with our healing crystals, for chakra balancing, for adding negative ions to your space, and enhancing moods, emotions, and spiritual self-healing.

How to use Essential Oils...
The three main methods normally used when working with Essential Oils are:
Topically - apply to skin. {see my dilution chart at the bottom of this post}
Diffused or breathed from an uncapped bottle.
Internally ingested - some oils are meant for this, others not so much. {I would only internally ingest Young Living Essential Oils personally. You can check out their Seed to Seal guarantee.}

I hear a lot of people talk about how pure oils are - and that because of this purity they are okay to ingest or do this or that with. Friends, the oils I use ARE PURE. They are without added anything. Young Living has a Seed To Seal guarantee. And this is precisely the reason these oils need to be treated with respect. They are quite potent. 
We are using our Essential Oils Topically, and using the Diffusion method, in our practice since we are dealing with the senses. Email me if you have specific questions about ingesting oils and I can give you more info and recommend some resources for you. For our purposes in Crystal Healing, and working with energy, topical and diffusion application is perfect.

Now you might be asking, where do I get these wonderful oils? Well, I'm sure we all know someone who has hooked up with an Essential Oil company. I see you all nodding yes. :)
There is only one thing I want you to really look at when choosing an essential oil, and that is the PURITY & GRADE of the oil. Ok, that's two things. But seriously, all oils are not created equal. I exclusively use Young Living Therapeutic Essential Oils and I talk about why I chose Young Living oils a bit more in depth - and where you can get them on a page accessed on the top menu bar. {Let me just add right off the bat, that you don't have to join, or sell them. That's not what this site is about.}

I believe these little bottles are the best tool we have for self-healing, mood management, and most importantly... stress relief! {did you know that stress is a huge component in most all ailments and dis-eases out there? huge!}

Essential OIls to balance chakras - Young Living Essential Oils On Woodland Road

How the Chakras and Essential Oils work together...
{click here for another look at the chakra chart - feel free to print it out}
First we are going to want to clear the negativity/neg energy from our chakras, and our surroundings.
{You can use Essential Oils only, or combine them with your healing crystals.}

To keep it simple, you'll want to chose an oil, or blend, that resonates with the chakra you are working on first. I've matched Oils, from the Premium Starter Kit, and Chakras in the chart above.

You'll then want to choose your application method. If you are topically applying your oils, you can use them neat/straight, or pre-dilute  them so they are ready for use, and apply to the chakra area. {refer to the dilution chart below} Please be mindful and keep oils away from eyes and other sensitive areas of the body such as the genitals. I have some general safety info on the main menu of this site, and if you have questions regarding a specific oil you would like to apply topically, but aren't sure if it's appropriate, please email me and I can help you decide. But really, feel free to play with them a bit.
IMPORTANT: If you accidentally get oils in your eyes, don't even think about asking me how many times I've done this!, please add some plain coconut oil, or some other oil, to ease the discomfort. DO NOT USE WATER. Water won't hurt but it won't help nearly as fast.

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You may choose to diffuse your oils into the air, or breathe the aroma from your hands, or an uncapped bottle.
I love to diffuse essential oils with a diffuser - this disperses the aroma into the air continuously.
Tip: Sometimes I don't like the scent of oil blends right out of the bottle, but after it's diffused, or on my hands, I am able to recognize the different oils easily and I usually change my opinion.

A diffuser comes with a Young Living Premium Essential Oils Starter kit - which is a great deal.  

If you are applying oils topically {feel free to use both topical & diffusion methods together also} here are the placements.
Root Chakra & Grounding: Apply to the bottoms of your feet.
Sacral Chakra: Apply slightly below navel.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Apply between navel & ribcage.
Heart Chakra: Apply over chest area over the heart.
Throat Chakra: Apply over the throat area.
Third Eye Chakra: Apply between the eyebrows.
Crown Chakra: Apply to the top of the head.

You can also position your chakra balancing healing crystal on your chakra area for a more focused experience.

The procedure is basically the same as using your crystals on the previous page, and as there, Intention is vitally important here. As you are breathing in your chosen aroma, center your intention on the chakra you are working on. You want to release any excess and negative energy. Picture that area spinning, like a pinwheel, in a clockwise fashion releasing the unwanted negativity and stress. You may want to practice this for 10 minutes, you may choose a shorter or longer time period; do whatever feels right to you. There is really no right or wrong way to do this. Just focus on the chakra, or part of your life, that needs your extra attention - with intention. Intention that you are open to self-healing and self-love. Release the stress of the day, or moment. Steady your breathing. All of this opens space for self-development and overall opportunity for positivity to take the place of whatever is negative in that area of your life.
Tip: You can also say prayers, or a mantra/meditation, during this time. In the Crystal Healing course I am putting together we'll talk about mantras and other fun things! So be sure to be on the VIP email list for info on upcoming courses.

Dilution chart for Essential Oils - On Woodland Road Young Living Essential Oils
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Using crystals to balance chakra

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Ok friends, now for some time with our pretty crystals and gems!
There are several ways to use our healing crystals, and we are going to focus on the simpler methods. You can learn more advanced techniques in the Healing Crystals class I'm working on - be sure to sign up with the VIP email list to get updates.
Our goal is going to bring your chakras into a healthy, positive, energetic balance.

Select a stone that resonates well with the chakra you are going to work on balancing. You can use the chart below, or you can choose one that calls to you. {learn how to get a free set of healing crystals/gemstones here}

Once you have chosen your chakra and the corresponding stone, lay down near your Sacred Space, or just a comfortable and quiet place in your home, or outside, and place your grounding stone at your feet, in between your ankles. {Black Tourmaline is a great grounding stone.} This will ground you energetically to the earth, and allow you to visualize the negative energy being captured in the stone and released back into the earth where it can be recharged into something positive in nature.

Next place the chosen chakra crystal on the area of the chakra you are balancing. The crystal does not have to touch your skin to be effective.

Grounding: On floor between your ankles.
Root Chakra: Groin area.
Sacral Chakra: Slightly below navel.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Between navel & ribcage.
Heart Chakra: Chest area over the heart.
Throat Chakra: Throat area.
Third Eye Chakra: Forehead or between eyebrows.
Crown Chakra: Top of the head.

Close your eyes, slow your breathing, relax your body. Visualize the chakra filling with light and spinning in a clockwise fashion... your intention should be for all blockages in this chakra to release, leave your energy body by moving down your body making it's way out through the soles of your feet, where the negative energy will be drawn by your grounding stone. You are sending the negative energy deep into the earth and, as mentioned above, recharging it into something positive.

Once the negative feelings, emotions, stress, and energy has been released, continue seeing this brightly lit chakra spinning and begin to save space for positive, loving intentions to yourself in the areas of your life that this chakra represents. You might save this space for prayers, or other intentions, such as those listed further below. Your particular intentions, prayers, affirmations, may be specific to the chakra you are working on balancing. For instance if I was working on the Heart Chakra my affirmation/intention might be something like, I am loved and loving. Or, I will create abundance for the people I love.  I am enough. 

You can stay in this lying down position for as long as you wish, feel led to, or is comfortable. It can be as little as 5 minutes, or it may take longer, of course, if you are working on more than one chakra at a time.
When you feel you have finished, and are feeling recharged, remove the chakra stone first, then remove your grounding stone. Now would be a great time to write down your feelings in a journal if you are using that tool.

As with any energy session, you'll want to drink lots of water afterward. Water is so important to our bodies in countless ways - including detoxing from energy work.
You may wish to recharge your crystals and gemstones after each chakra session, and you can learn more about that here.

NEXT: Essential Oils - what they are and how to use them.

Crystals and how they work for us

If you are new to alternative healing modalities, you are possibly skeptic to crystals, oils, etc... and that is perfectly okay. In fact that is awesome! No one should ever totally blindly believe everything - do some research and see what fits with you.
If your particular situation resonates with at least some of what we talk about, and learn, here... then carry on. :) I appreciate that you are with me in this journey. Remember, this is totally non-denominational; everyone is welcome here.
Take what resonates with you and leave the rest.

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Crystals are used for healing and focus based on the fact that they are energy - as is all organic matter. We all know that crystals have been used for their energy properties - and due to their unique vibrations, crystals are great allies to us. {calculators, clocks, tvs, fiber optics, lazers... and more, use crystals}

Since this area falls into the beyond science category {metaphysical} I encourage you to seek out your own experiences and honor your own thoughts and boundaries in regard to crystals and your health, both in your physical body and your spiritual body.

Remember the Chakra systems we went through a few pages back? Vibrational Crystal Healing is all about the chakras. The vibrations of the crystals work to create a 'vortex,' if you will, to let the negative pass through and make room for the positive, thereby bringing the chakras, and your body, into balance and harmony. {remember, when I talk of the 'body' we are taking about more than just your physical body. We are also referencing your mental, emotional, and spiritual body}
In order for harmony to ensue, each of us must develop a practice, unique to each of us, that we use consistently as a way to check in with ourselves. Check in with our own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. We all notice when we just feel "off" right? Like something just isn't right but we can't quite figure out what's going on?  Using our sacred space, tools, and knowlege of our energy body we can bring health back to the area that is "off" in a gentle and effective way.

We feed the physical body energy through food and water, now we need to feed our emotional, spiritual, and mental body with positive energy, and self-care, as well.

Crystals can help with some or all of the following:
Relieve tension and stress
Stimulate harmonous brain activity
Restore energy to your body and mind
Connect you to your emotions and well-being
Stimulate the energy flow through your meridians
Ground you and connect you to mother earth, or other spiritualities

In Crystal Healing, crystals and gemstones are assigned various properties based on their color, and vibrational and geometric pattern - and because the properties of a crystal, or gemstone, never change - their structure and energy stays constant.
In direct contrast to this, we are always changing - sometimes hourly! By bringing a green {or pink} healing crystal into the area of your heart chakra, the vibration of the crystal is open to interaction with the energic spin of the chakra - thus, correcting it's flow of energy {for instance, sometimes slowing the spin, sometimes making it go faster}, bringing balance and harmony. We can use the chart below to pair our always changing chakras with a crystal that has a similar constant vibration and bring balance back to our body - This helps us to recharge, and be ready to face whatever our day has for us to process. We've created harmony, balance, and protection within ourselves using wonderful, natural, tools.
We've filled our cup before filling the cups of others.  

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Note: There are often 2 gems for each chakra - or more. The Root chakra is often paired with Red Jasper, the Heart chakra often includes the green Aventurine gemstone, and Blue Lace Agate is often used for the Throat Chakra.

These are the common matches, based on vibrational aspects of the crystals and gems, but also based on tradition. Use what feels right to you. There is nothing that says you can't take a crystal from one chakra and use it on another.
** There is also an 8th Chakra: Grounding. The stone for this is Black Tourmaline and it should be placed about 6 inches below your feet, if you are lying down.

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Remember, when placing crystals on the different Chakra points you want to work on, do so with intention. Intention to strengthen, improve, balance, understand,... energize. Whatever your intention is, let your intention be your guide. YOU are the main important part to this puzzle.

When you bring a crystal to your chosen chakra area, you are bringing focus to that area of your life that needs balancing - so you may want to balance one chakra at a time, especially when you are first starting out.  You connect with this area physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally - Just taking this step is half the battle! Some areas of your life that need work might be hard, or painful - if the need to be perfect, or to make others feel a certain way about you, is holding space within you, you may choose to work on those areas and to replace these feelings of not being enough with more positive affirmations. Affirmations that bring YOU more in control and fill that space with something more joyful for you. The affirmation I AM ENOUGH is great in this area. In fact this is a fantastic affirmation that could change the world. Make signs and hang them all over. :)
Journaling about your reactions can be very helpful as you progress, and as you get into a rhythm of practicing, and spending time in your sacred space with your holistic tools, you will chip away at the areas that are causing you trouble. As you be still and listen, you will learn what you need on a daily basis to feel energetic and whole. You will start making conscious choices in your daily life that will bring more abundance, and less stress. You will feel more in control. Give stress a kick to the curb!

NEXT: Using Crystals to balance your chakra

Disclaimer: This site is for entertainment & informational purposes only, and is not to be used as medical advice, to treat, or diagnose, prevent, or cure any physical/mental condition. Please seek the help of a licensed health care professional if you are in need of such services. None of the info, or products used, on this site has been reviewed by the FDA. All content is based on my own education and experience. On Woodland Road, and affiliates, are not liable for any ill effects caused by use of any products mentioned on this site.

I'm imbalanced - What now??

Now that we've determined we are, indeed, unbalanced lets learn how to heal these imbalances. Because, friends, you have to tools and resources - you just might not realize it. yet.

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No matter how imbalanced we are, no matter how many of our chakras fell into the imbalanced category... we need to take a deep breath and understand that everyone is going to be imbalanced.  We all have work to do.  {yes, even those seemingly perfectly amazing people you see on social media have work to do} Also realize that the work will be ongoing; there will always be something that life is throwing our way .. and that is perfectly okay because we have the tools and resources to heal. 
Our goal here is to keep things under control. 
Our goal is to work on our emotions and feelings early on and bring them in line with what we desire for ourselves. To be our true selves - not who someone else says we should be.  
And to fill our cup before filling the cups of others.

We grow and develop our best self when we take a closer look within ourselves, and by using the 7 Chakra categories to become more empowered, and open, to opportunities that support our goals as we begin to make healthier decisions for our lives. No one can do this for us. *We* have to make ourselves better. It sounds easy and, perhaps, simple. And it can be and it won't be. But you can do this! YOU deserve this!
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First we need to embrace and to schedule the time for ourselves out of our, perhaps, hectic days... to make working on ourselves a priority, to set our goals for what we want for ourselves and those whose cups we routinely fill; those people we love hard.
The chakra path can help us to keep our goals in focus, our balances, and our imbalances in focus, and realize what we need to shift in our lives, to help us reach our goals - and be firmly on the path of better health and wellness by making space for ourselves and our self-development.

Remember, this is scheduling *daily* self-care. It doesn't have to take a lot of time, but it will take some dedication. You might choose to get up before the kids and journal, read, assess your chakra situation, pull an affirmation/oracle card, meditate, pray... and plan your day {probably not all at once or on the same day lol}. Or you may choose another time where you are free from distraction. If needed have a family meeting and let them know that this is your space for 30 minutes and when you are done you will be a more joyful person - ready to fill their cups because you have just filled yours.

In order to have freedom we need to be disciplined, and organized - in all parts of our lives {This is soooo hard for a random person like me. I work on this constantly!}. We feel better when we have an organized and joyful space to work in, so if you've not set up a Sacred Space please do so.

Be disciplined, BUT give yourself grace - Small, and daily, habits will build you in the direction you want to go.

Please please please do not think that all your chakras have to be balanced and/or open at any given time in order to be truely happy and complete. This is not something that is judged, nor does it have to be perfect or perfected. Many feel totally balanced in just dealing with the lower chakras, ad not everyone believes in a higher power of any kind {higher chakras}. Everyone's journey is different. Do your truth.  Do what you need personally.

Beginning new habits takes time and this is probably especially true if this is new to you. Next we are going to start using our tools and pretty things! Self-development and improvement can definitely be fun, and it doesn't have to be expensive.

If you would like to take another look at the book list I'm compiled for self-devo look here.
Are you ready??

Disclaimer: This site is for entertainment & informational purposes only, and is not to be used as medical advice, to treat, or diagnose, prevent, or cure any physical/mental condition. Please seek the help of a licensed health care professional if you are in need of such services. None of the info, or products used, on this site has been reviewed by the FDA. All content is based on my own education and experience. On Woodland Road, and affiliates, are not liable for any ill effects caused by use of any products mentioned on this site.

How do I know if I'm imbalanced

As we mentioned previously, Imbalances can manifest in many different ways; you might feel "off" or just know something isn't really right. You may have emotional outbursts or internalize your emotions, you may actually have physical illness. Stress is an example of a huge inbalance that can affect your whole body - when we are stressed our body reacts by inflamming areas... that stiff neck you have from stress at work? Yeh, that. The headache you get? That unmotivated feeling you present when you are feeling undervalued or unappreciated? Stress can actually make you physically ill. Working with the chakras, and setting aside time for self-care and personal-development, can really help us deal with the stress and imbalances of every day life that we all get. 

Remember, it's not what is coming at us that is the real problem - it's how we RECEIVE what is coming at us.  

Once we realize this, and step up our game, we can greatly minimize most, if not all, negative stress reactions in our lives. At worst we can manage it before it overtakes us.

I prefer to keep things simple... and we can look into more of the ways that we can present when we are imbalanced later, but I think all of us will recognize some of the imbalances listed in the graphic below. I'm not sure the graphic will be easily read on all devices so below the graphic I'll write out what the graphic says.

Root Balanced: I am confident. I am full of energy.
Root Imbalanced: Low self-esteem. Low energy.

Sacral Balanced: I constantly have new ideas to create the life I want.
Sacral Imbalanced: I have lost my creativity. No solutions to everyday problems. Despair.

Solar Plexus Balanced: I am organized. I can accomplish my dreams.
Solar Plexus Imbalanced: Angry and helpless. I can't finish tasks.

Heart Balanced: I am loved. I am loving.
Heart Imbalanced: I feel heartbroken and unloved. My relationships are broken.

Throat Balanced: I express myself freely.
Throat Imbalanced: I cannot express, or explain myself.

Third Eye Balanced: I am calm and can solve my problems.
Third Eye Imbalanced: Indecisiveness, confusion. Nightmares, poor insight.

Crown Balanced: I am at peace.
Crown Imbalanced: Lonliness, depression, axiety, confusion, apathy.

I don't know about you, but I sure can check a few of these off in the imbalanced section every now and then! 
Now lets figure out how to help heal ourselves, free ourselves from negative stress reactions, and attract abundance! Instead of feeding off our imbalances - I want you TO THRIVE!

NEXT: I'm imbalanced. What now?

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