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Opening the Throat Chakra


By Amaya, 2011-03-11

Note: This blog entry is part of a series on psychic development. Find the indes for the series here.

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The throat chakra is the energy center related to communication through sound, vibration, self-expression, and creativity. It is the realm of consciousness that controls, creates, transmits, and receives communication, both within ourselves and between each other. It is the center of dynamic creativity, of synthesizing old ideas into something new. Its attributes include listening, speaking, writing, chanting, telepathy, and any of the arts - especially those related to sounds and language. (Judith, p. 236)

Because the throat chakra is so intimately associated with sound, the following video is a great way to clear stuck energy and harmonize the chakra.

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Anyactivity that involves self-expression will help with clearing the throat chakra. Some suggestions (Judith, p. 266) are:

  1. Playing Charades - Spend an hour with someone in total silence, yet engaged in active communication. Pick challenging things to communicate about. Notice what methods you use to communicate, such as gestures, hand symbols, physical manipulation, eye movements. Notice how much easier it gets toward the end of the hour. Notice what points are especially difficult. This exercise can actually help build communication between two or more parties.
  2. Vow of Silence - Listening is an essential and too-often-overlooked component of communication. Yogis often takes vows of silence for extended periods of time to purify their vibrations of audible sound and better tune into subtle sounds. By avoiding verbal communication, one can open up other avenues of communication, namely communication with higher consciousness. Begin with a few hours, then try a whole day or longer.
  3. Voice Recording - Make a recording of your voice during ordinary conversation. See how much you talk and how much you listen, whether you interrupt, or falter in your speech. Notice your tone of voice. If you didn't know this person, what would you intuit about them from the voice?

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I tend to have a lot of blockages in my throat chakra, and for me, the most common cause is a habit of not speaking my mind. I bite my tongue and remain silent for many reasons, some of which are probably beneficial in the long run, and some of which may not be. I have found two very effective ways of dealing with these blockages:

  1. Keeping a journal - There are all kinds of things that come up in the day that remain unsaid and unexplored. Your journal is a safe place to dump all of your unhelpful thoughts so that you can clear space for more helpful ideas. My journal has contained my rants about how angry Iwas at my child that day, how much single parenthood sucks, how much I was wishing for things that were never going to happen, how unloved/unappreciated/fat/ugly/stupid/weak/tiredI felt that day, etc. Getting those thoughts out through words helps to remove the throat chakra blocks, but also it sends a message to your mind that it can stop thinking about those things now because the thoughts are nice and safe in your journal should you ever want to revisit them, and thereby frees up the mind to think more helpful thoughts.
  2. Findingways to speak my mind in a loving way - I grew up in a household that rarely cared about what I thought and what I wanted. I learned early that it's best to simply never express an opinion or desire. I'm still in the process of unlearning that, and learning insteadhow to express my thoughts in ways that honor my intent, but that also honor the essential humanity of the person with whom I want to communicate. Spending time thinking about the way we communicate our ideas, and then practicing that communication, can help to harmonize the throat chakra.
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The heart chakra is the mid-point of the seven-chakra system, the center of balance between the physically-oriented lower three chakrasand the spiritually-oriented upper three chakras. Of course, the heart chakra deals with love, but also with connections in general, with seeing that we are all connected in the "web of life". The heart is also a center of healing, which can be looked at assisting ourselves or another with coming into a state of balance.

Because of its important role of the balance point of the chakra system, imbalances in the heart chakra can throw the entire system off balance. Healing imbalances in the heart chakra can be done in a number of ways. The element that corresponds to the heart chakra is air, so any kind of breathing or breath-oriented exercises will assist in balancing the heart chakra. Physical stretches or exercises that act to open the chest can be done as well.

Here is the singing bowl/solfeggio YouTube video that corresponds to the heart chakra:

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Compassion meditations like those we worked with earlier in this workshop are good ways to work on opening andclearing the heart chakra. Anodea Judith recommends, in addition to compassion and empathy exercises, that any showing of appreciation for others will get theheart energy flowing. She also offersa fun"wishing" meditation, with a disclaimer of "Be careful what you ask for - you just may get it." (page 222-224)

Just below the heart chakra is a tiny lotus of eight petals, the Anandakanda Lotus, within which is the "celestial wishing tree" from the Heaven of Indra, the Kalapataru. This magic tree, in front of which is a jeweled altar, is said to hold the deepest wishes of the heart - not what we think we want, but the deeper longing of the soul within. It is believed that when we truly wish upon this tree, and release those wishes, the Kalpataru bestows even more than is desired, leading to freedom.

Lie down comfortably. Take a few moments to ground yourself, get centered, relax your muscles. Make sure you are in an environment that feels safe and comfortable.

Breathe deeply, in...and out...in...and out...in...and out... Become aware of your heartbeat. Listen to its rhythm. Imagine each pulsation of your heart pumping blood all through your body, through the intricate network of arteries and veins. Imagine each of these pathways above your heart as branches of a tree, below your heart, as roots to the tree, teeming with life. Follow the path of oxygen as it is pumped out through the heart, out through your chest, your shoulders, down your arms, into your hands, and back again. Follow it again down your belly, your legs, knees and feet, and back up again through your body, and home, to the core. Every drop of blood that passes through the heart returns to be refreshed again with breath, air, and life.

Your heart is a sacred tree. Its branches are threads of a web of life extending all through your body, and then out into the world. The trunk of the tree is you - your core, your being, your central self. From this core dig roots, the foundation of the tree. Their pathways find the food and water that support and give us substance. From this core spring branches, their leaves but the wishes of the heart. They collect the sun and wind that make you grow. They flower and fruit and fall upon the ground to grow again. All that is expressed eventually returns.

In front of this tree lies a jeweled altar. Make an offering to this altar, either something you are willing to give up, like a bad habit, or something you are willing to give of yourself, like creativity, loyalty, or healing. Make this offering as a symbol of exchange for granting your wish.

Next, breathe into your heart and feel its pain and joy. Feel the deep longings of the soul within. Do no define this longing specifically, but feel its essence. Let the feelings increase, breathing into them. Feel them through your whole body, pulsing outward, returning, pulsing outward again. Allow this longing to fill the branches of the tree.

When the tree is saturated with the deepest wishes of your heart, imagine that a single bird comes into the tree. The bird flies to the center of the tree, cocks its head to one side, cocks its head to the other, and listens deeply to the longing and wishes that have been expressed. Have a moment of communion with this bird that lives inside your heart. As you do, hold the bird close into your heart and let your heart (not your mind) speak its wishes to the bird. Let it come from the yearning; if specific images come to mind, fine, but don't search for them. When you feel complete, kiss the bird good-bye and gently release it to fly away. Set it free to do your work. Let it go and forget about it. The bird will carry your wishes to the powers that be, so that they may be fulfilled in the best way possible for all concerned.

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The solar plexus chakra is related to personal power, strength of will, and self-esteem. An imbalance in this chakra can result in a reduced ability to maintain appropriate personal boundaries, a common problem for empaths. Imbalances can also affect our ability to turn our desires into reality, and to feel good about ourselves.

I've decided that I quite like the videos that I found while researching options for the sacral chakra, so here's the one for the solar plexus:

I have to admit that as much as I have been and will continue to be a "meditationcures everything!" type of person, I'm not big on meditations for the solar plexus. My feeling is that awakening the solar plexus (which is one of my personal problem areas) is best done through taking action. My favorite method is lifting weights at the gym, but if I were a runner, I'd probably prefer that. Anodea Judith lists many suggestions in her book (page 172-173), and here are the ones I like best:

  1. Breaking inertia -- Do something different. If you are sluggish, get moving. If you are hyperactive, be still. Break boring repetitive patterns, and choose a challenge. Overcoming difficulties increases strength and confidence. Power is seldom developed by clinging to security. Give up being safe and your power chakra will awaken more quickly.
  2. Avoid invalidation -- Criticism from those who do not understand your situation can sometimes be more detrimental than helpful, especially if you are a sensitive person who takes it to heart. Often when we are undertaking something new and uncertain, invalidation can be an instant power-crippler - stopping the sensitive person dead in their tracks. Remember, as Albert Einstein said, "New ideas meet their greatest opposition from those who misunderstand them."
  3. Effort and resistance -- Both effort and resistance are tiring and wear down our energy. They are both a sign that our power is not flowing harmoniously. When you find yourself straining with effort, stop. Think about what you are doing and imagine doing it without effort - smoothly, enjoyably. Ask yourself why you are so attached to this particular thing. Ask yourself why it's taking so much effort - what's missing that would make it flow smoothly? If you are in constant resistance to some force, stop. Ask yourself why this force is manifesting in your life at this time. Resistance is often fear, the opposite of power. What is it you are afraid of? Imagine what would happen if you stopped resisting. How can your will protect you with less effort or resistance?
  4. Breaking attachments -- Energy that is directed toward something that is not manifesting is energy that is "hung up," caught, or otherwise useless. If, after reasonable effort, something is not working, let it go. The energy you feel when the attachment no longer has control over you can be exhilarating. The more you release, the less friction there is on your energy. The lighter you become, the more you move toward spirit and away from matter. Be careful not to go too far, however, for the Earth plane is where the power manifests, and without some solidity, the power may become too diffused.
  5. Anger -- Releasing blocked anger in a safe and effective way can sometimes help to unblock the third chakra. This is best done in conjunction with grounding and is an excellent way of using the energy within you to bring about change - at least in your state of mind, if not your circumstances. Blocked power is very often blocked anger. Anger is a potent and cleansing force, but it is hard earned and should be spent wisely. It's not worth damaging loved ones for things we need to work out within ourselves.
  6. Laughter -- Taking things too seriously can really make us lose touch with our power. If we can laugh at a situation, we have power over it. Whenever things seem at their worst, remember to laugh at yourself.
  7. Take care of yourself -- If you don't, no one else will. You know what you want and need better than anyone else. If you care for yourself, this decreases your need to get it from outside and need is often inversely proportional to power.

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In her book on the chakra system, Anodea Judith writes (page 133-134),

Clairsentience is the psychic sense of the second chakra, the first stirrings of "higher" consciousness and the development of greater sensitivity toward others. Clairsentience is the ability to sense other people's emotions, also called empathy....This "sensing" does not always become information recognized by the cognitive properties of the brain. It is experienced more as a subtle feeling, as if we were experiencing the feeling ourselves. Just as we can ignore some of our own emotions, many clairsentient people do not recognize the emotions they pick up from others, yet their body and ensuing actions still respond. Still others may recognize the emotions while not understanding that the source was outside of themselves....

Most people are clairsentient to some degree. The phenomenon usually occurs more strongly in people who have a proclivity for clairvoyance or telepathy, characteristic of the upper chakras. If the upper chakras are not open enough to be conscious of this psychism, the clairsentient is often unpleasantly influenced. Their attention is constantly whisked outside of their central column, and others' difficulties speak more loudly than their own voices....[In this case,] grounding is of utmost importance for it brings our attention into the central line of our body, helping us sort out "whose energy is whose." Recognition of the phenomenon is the next step. Knowing the difference between your own and another's emotional needs helps to consciously tune out unwanted broadcasts. Many clairsentients feel compelled to respond to the needs they psychically pick up from others and, with recognition, this can become a choice rather than a duty.

If you took the chakra quizand found that your sacral chakra is out of balance, some additional attention to this area in your cleansing and clearing meditations will help. One option is to simply spend more time on that area during the basic meditation. For more focused work, you can try a YouTube video or a specialized meditation. I've provided my favorites of each below. If you find one that you like better, please post it in the comments so that everyone will be able to try it out.

Here is a YouTube video that youcanlisten to and watch to help you with clearing the sacral chakra. It uses the swirling orange color visual cue from the basic clearing meditation, and addsTibetan singing bowls and solfeggio frequencies for a more powerful clearing experience.

The sacral chakra, despite its bright orange color, corresponds to the element of water. Anodea Judith provides the followingwater-based meditational ritual in her book (page 135). Use it as written, or adapt it to fit your own spiritual beliefs and practices.

Step One

Water is cleansing, both internally and externally. Begin with a large glass of water, and sit quietly while you drink it. Feel it pouring down inside you. Feel the coolness of it, the wetness, and feel as it hits your stomach. Imagine it passing all through your body - your veins, muscles, digestive system. Take a wet finger and rub it on your face, feeling the cool, refreshing quality.

Step Two

The next step is to clean yourself. This is a ritual water cleansing and should be both thorough and enjoyable. You can use a shower, a bath, a lake, stream, or even a hot tub. Make sure the area around you is clean; it is hard to feel clean in a dirty environment.

If it is a bath or shower you are choosing, pick your favorite towels, soaps, and lotions and have them nearby. If it is a stream, have a smooth, flat area where you can lie out to dry. If a hot tub, arrange some privacy for yourself afterward.

As you soak yourself in water, go through each part of your body, saying: "Now my hands shall be clean; now my feet shall be clean; now my face shall be clean," etc. Become one with the water. When you are through, visualize the water taking away any negativity you don't want in your life. If you are in a natural environment, you could throw something (non-polluting) in the water to signify that negativity; if you are in an urban environment, some symbolic liquid can be thrown in the toilet, or down the drain.

As you lounge in your bath with the water around you, think of the ebb and flow cycles in your life. Look at yourself as an instrument of movement. If you were to stand back and look at yourself from another dimension, what patters would you notice in your movements through life?

Think of the things you would like to get rid of in your life at this time - habits, tendencies, hurts, or fears. See them flowing out of you, through your grounding cord, like a river flowing out to the sea. Imagine the rain coming down and refilling the river with fresh water, replenishing it.

Then think of the things you would like to have come into your life - new patterns, people, or events. Imagine a waterfall over your head, pouring these blessings upon you. Feel yourself taking them in and letting them flow through your whole body.

Yemaya is the African Goddess of the sea, the great Mother. "She is envisioned as a large and beautiful woman, radiant and dark; nurturing and devouring; crystal clear and mysteriously deep." She is the nurturer, the consoler, the healer, the maternal one whose belly is as big as all life. As you sit in your bath, imagine yourself being rocked and nurtured by this great sea-mother. Feel yourself in the womb of the Goddess, about to be born. Ask Her what purposes She has for you in this birth. Ask Her for help in making your birth smooth and easy. Accept Her nurturing. Take it into yourself, and imagine sharing it with others. Thank Her for your birth.

Dress yourself in clean clothes. Pour yourself another glass of water, and drink it silently, thinking about the cyclic nature of water, and how you fit into those cycles. If possible, visit a large body of water soon.

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In her book, Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System, Anodea Judith, Ph.D. writes (page 365),

Energy flows in two ways in the chakra system - vertically, as it passes up and down connecting all the chakras, and horizontally, as it passes into and out from each chakra, interfacing with the world outside. The vertical channel can be thought of as the basic source, while the horizontal flow is the expression of that source.

The vertical channel is a polaric flow between the earth and the heavens - between matter and consciousness. In order for this flow to be full, each end of the spectrum must be open and connected to the raw energy source particular to it.

If the first chakra is closed, then the upward flow of liberating energy is blocked off. Cosmic energy may still come in through the crown chakra, but it has no pull from the lower body to move toward manifestation. Ideas may proliferate, creativity and awareness may be high - but the person has a hard time finishing projects or directing his life. The consciousness may consist of loosely formed ideas or fantastic but impractical schemes that never come to fruition.

Yikes, right? Clearly our first chakra, the root chakra, is something that we should pay close attention to. EC member Shae Vere wrote a great blog entryabout this topic a long while ago, and she includes a selection of YouTube videos that she found helpful in her process of clearing blockages in her root chakra. I encourage you to try them and see if you like them.

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Anodea Judith's massive bookon the chakra systemincludes a number of exercises for balancing the root chakra. One that I like a lotis this grounding meditation (page 86-87):

Find a comfortable chair, and sit with your back straight and both feet planted firmly on the floor. Take a deep breath. Feel your body expand and contract as you breathe. Feel your legs, your feet, and the floor they are placed on. Feel the solidity of that contact. Feel the chair beneath you. Feel the weight of your body in it, and how the force of gravity naturally pulls you downward, easily, soothingly.

Bring your attention to your feet. Ever so slightl press your feet into the floor and feel your legs engage with the Earth plane. Do not let this pressure become tension so that the muscles in your legs tighten, but feel a subtle current of energy running from your first chakra down into the Earth. Try to keep this current going as we move on to grounding the upper body.

As you tune into the weight of your body, you will gradually become aware of a center of gravity at the base of your spine. Feel how your body is now resting on that point, and focus on it as if it were an anchor, holding you down. When you feel anchored at this spot, you can begin to integrate the rest of your body into your grounding.

Tune into your torso, focusing your attention on the central channel of your body. This is not the spine, which is closer to the back of the body, but that part of our internal core that is aligned over our center of gravity.

Take a moment to align the top of your head, your throat, heart, stomach, and abdomen - all the other chakras - with the base chakra on which they rest. Take a deep breath and allow this alignment to gently settle in and balance over the first chakra.

We have now established a vertical column of energy. Imagine this column as a great cord - preferably of a deep red color - running from far above your head, through the center of your body, and down into the ground, passing directly through the empty space between your seat and the floor. Take special time to make sure this cord runs through your anchor point in the first chakra and continues not only to the ground, but deep down into it. If you can, visualize it going all the way to the center of the Earth - with the Earth's gravitational field pulling it down to its core.

Spend some time at this point checking to keep all the parts going - the feet slightly pressing into the floor, the chakras aligned directly over each other, the red column of energy pulling us downward, the harmonious feel fo gravity rooting us, anchoring our physical and subtle bodies together.

Gradually let your torso sway forward and back, side to side, and then in a circular motion over this first chakra point. Notice how the point at the base of your spine does not move - yet the body moves around it. We want to be able to keep our grounding even in movement, and this allows the body to practice this skill.

Allow excess tension to drain off into the ground, still keeping the feet slightly pressed into the floor. Then return to stillness once again.

I use this exercisein combination with, and every time I dothe basic cleansing/clearing/energizing meditation, which I do almost every day. At the beginning of the meditation, before starting the steps as written, I imagine myself being showered with cosmic energy from the heavens. Then Iimagine the red grounding cord described above, except that I reverse the flow from what's suggested by Anodea Judith, imagining instead that the cord comes from the center of the earth, passes through my core channel, and extends infinitely out into the heavens. Cosmic energy raining down, Earth energy flowing up. After I have the twoideas firmly in my mind, I start swirling. :-)

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Happy grounding!

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Chakra Health Quiz


By Amaya, 2011-03-03

Note: This blog entry is part of a series on psychic development. Find the index for the series here. Everything below is taken from the bookWheels of Lifeby Anodea Judith, Ph.D., pages 360-364.

Directions: Answer each question to the best of your abilities. Scoring is as as follows:

  • 1 point N = Never P = Poor
  • 2 point S = Seldom F = Fair
  • 3 point O = Often G = Good
  • 4 points A = Always E = Excellent

Add up the total points for each chakra and compare.

CHAKRA ONE: Earth, Survival, Grounding

  1. How often do you go for a walk in the woods, park, or otherwise make contact with Nature?
  2. How often do you exercise consciously (work out, do yoga, etc.)?
  3. How would you rate your physical health?
  4. How is your relationship to money and work?
  5. Do you consider yourself well-grounded?
  6. Do you love your body?
  7. Do you feel you have a right to be here?

CHAKRA TWO: Water, Emotions, Sexuality

  1. How would you rate your ability to feel and express emotions?
  2. How would you rate your sex life?
  3. How much time do you create for simple pleasure in your life?
  4. How would you rate your physical flexibility?
  5. How would you rate your emotional flexibility?
  6. Are you able to nurture and be nurtured by others in balance?
  7. Do you struggle with guilt about your feelings or sexuality? (For this question, scoring is reversed: 1 point for answering Always, and 4 points for answering Never.)

CHAKRA THREE: Fire, Power, Will

  1. How would you rate your general energy level?
  2. How would you rate your metabolism/digestion?
  3. Do you accomplish what you set out to do?
  4. Do you feel confident?
  5. Do you feel comfortable being different (if need be) from those around you?
  6. Are you intimidated by others? (For this question, scoring is reversed: 1 point for Always, and 4 points for Never.)
  7. Are you reliable?

CHAKRA FOUR: Air, Love, Relationships

  1. Do you love yourself?
  2. Do you have successful long-term relationships?
  3. Are you able to accept others the way they are?
  4. Do you feel connected with the world around you?
  5. Do you carry a lot of grief in your heart? (For this question, scoring is reversed.)
  6. Do you feel compassion for those with faults and troubles?
  7. Are you able to forgive past hurts from others?

CHAKRA FIVE: Sound, Communications, Creativity

  1. Are you a good listener?
  2. Are you able to express your ideas to others so that they are able to understand them?
  3. Do you speak the truth faithfully, speaking up when you need to?
  4. Are you creative in your life? (This is not limited to doing an art form - it could be creative with anything from setting the table, writing letters to friends, etc.)
  5. Do you engage in an art form (painting, dancing, singing, etc.)?
  6. Do you have a resonant voice?
  7. Do you feel "in synch" with life?

CHAKRA SIX: Light, Intuition, Seeing

  1. Do you notice subtle visual details in your surroundings?
  2. Do you have vivid dreams (and remember them)?
  3. Do you have psychic experiences (intuitive accuracy, seeing auras, sensing future events, etc.)?
  4. Are you able to imagine new possibilities as solutions to problems?
  5. Are you able to see the mythic themes (bigger picture) of your life?
  6. How would you rate your ability to visualize?
  7. Do you have a personal vision that guides you in life?

CHAKRA SEVEN: Though, Awareness, Wisdom, Intelligence

  1. Do you meditate?
  2. Do you feel a strong connection with some kind of higher or greater power, God, Goddess, spirit, etc.?
  3. Are you able to work through and release attachments easily?
  4. Do you enjoy reading and taking in new information?
  5. Do you learn quickly and easily?
  6. Does your life have significant meaning beyond personal gratification?
  7. Are you open-minded in regard to other ways of thinking or being?

Scores of 22-28 indicate a very strong chakra; scores of 6-12 indicate a weak chakra. Scores between 13 and 21 are in the average range, but could use some improvement. However, it is the distribution that is important. Compare your scores between different parts. Aside from the strongest and weakest chakras, is there a distribution pattern, such as higher scores in the lower chakras, or higher scores in the upper or middle chakras? Does this pattern coincide with your own views about yourself?

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Psychic Ethics


By Amaya, 2011-02-18

Note: This blog post is part of a series on psychic development. The index for the series is here.

Fear. The process of embracing one's psychic ability requires facing and conquering two types of fear. The first typewe've talked about some already - this is the fear that you can't do it, that you're not good enough, or smart enough, or worthy enough to call yourself psychic.

After we toss out this fear, though, a second one rears its head - the fear that you CAN do it. This fear starts as questions like, "What if I see something bad?" and"What if I can't control it?", which, atthe foundation, all comes back to one main question, which is, "What if this new ability I have causespainto me orsomeone else?"

Human brains are wired to resist change, to fear things that we don't know and don't understand. One way that we make sense of things that we don't understand is to create rules. These rules help us to feel comfortable with the things in our environment that are desperately important, but that we have no control over. We can't change whether the sun rises or sets, for example, but we can seek to understand why it does.Apollo carried the sun across the sky each day in his golden chariot, not because he actually did, but because we needed him to.

When we are about to embark on a new experience, most people seek to understand as much as they can about what they are likely to experience. They try to find out the rules that govern the new experience. New college students find out when they have to register for classes, they find out how the meal plan works, and how many credits are required for graduation in their chosen field of study. Travelers to foreign countries find out what documents they need to take with them, whether or not their cell phone will work there, and what the currency exchange rate is.

When embarking on the journey that is the psychic experience, understanding the rules, even if those rules must be created from scratch, helps to combat the fear that you really, truly, are powerfully psychic.It is for this reason thathaving apersonal code of ethics is an indispensable part of psychic work. I read this excellent articleon the blog "Psychic but Sane" recently and highly recommend that you read it too.

In addition to the suggestions that the article provides, I would recommend that you add one commandment that you hold dear above all others, which is this: DO NOT OFFER PSYCHIC ASSISTANCE UNLESS ASKED. What I mean by this is that you should not, under any circumstances, tell anyone that you've received any psychic information about them, UNLESS THEY ASK.

Where exactly to draw the line on this question can be tricky sometimes, and can vary on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule, what I recommend is that it's okay to say that you're psychic and that you'd be happy to do a reading on the issue if they'd like, but it's not okay to say that you know what the answer is and you'd be happy to tell them what you know, if they want you to. I hope that the difference there is clear. In the first case, you haven't invaded their privacy by looking at their issue psychically.You don't actually know anything yet, because they haven't given their permission for you to look into their business. In the second case, you've already received some type of information that you're withholding from them for whatever reason, a reason that you're requiring them to guess at, which winds up the fear response and makes them ask you even if they don't really want to.

Requiring people to ask for your help ensures that they actually want your help. It sounds simple, but it's important. It's also difficult, especially for empaths. The first exercise in this segment will ask you to work on this concept.

The second exercise in this segment is practice with keeping information confidential. As a psychic, you have priviledged access to the deep, dark parts of people's souls. You may know things about someone that not even their doctor, priest, therapist, or spouse knows. It's your job to create a safe space for the exploration and eventual healing of the things in life that torment all of us, and the first necessary condition for that is privacy. Confidentiality is just as important with you, apsychic,as it is with a medical doctor, psychologist, banker, or attorney. It's important that you keep confidences, which is why I believethis is the#1 principle in the code of ethics article that I mentioned above.

Having a few simple rules like these in place will help to combat the fear that you really CAN do it, that you truly are psychic. At some point during the next couple of weeks, I want you to create a code of ethics that feels good to you andwrite it down in your journal.

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3.3 Symbolism


By Amaya, 2011-01-27

Note: This blog entry is part of a series on psychic development. Find the index for the series here.

There are lots of different types of psychic communication. Most often, psychic information is transmitted through some combination of flashes of knowing, feeling, hearing, and/or seeing, and even smelling and tasting sometimes too. The trick comes in figuring out how all of these flashes go together, figuring out their meaning.

You've heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words." (Even more so for some of us that read pictures!) To give you an idea of how complicated some things can be to put into words, here are some examples:

What do you think of when you see this picture?

What do you think of when you hear this song?

What do you think of when you smell freshly-bakedchocolate chip cookies?

What do you think of when you taste pizza?

What would the same things mean to someone in an aboriginal culture, that had never seen the picture, heard the song, or tasted cookies or pizza? These items carry meaning for you as a result of your personal experience, your personal knowledge of them. Theyare symbols that represent larger ideas and concepts.

Most of the time, the things we want our intuition to do for us involve large ideas and concepts: What is my purpose in life? Will I mean that special someone? I'm not happy in my work; what should I do? How can I mend a strained relationship with a certain friend or family member?

Symbolism isamajor part oftheway that our intuition communicates with us. Consider symbolism to be your intuitive vocabulary. The more you can learn about symbolism, the more effectively you can communicate with your intuitive ability.

Over the next several weeks, we will explore and learn about symbolism. Find the first week's lesson here.

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