Chakra Journal Challenge – Week 6 – Throat Chakra

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”
― Barbara De Angelis

 

Hello, and welcome to Week Six of our Chakra Journal Challenge!

Every Tuesday in March and April I will post a Journal Challenge for you, based upon a journey through the main chakras. You don’t need to know anything about journalling, chakras, crystals, oracle cards or energy work. I’ll explain everything that you need to do each week. Then you’ll have a week to complete the simple activities I share.

If you’re only just joining us please go back and read my Orientation Post first.

About the Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra governs communication, your personal intentions and personal truth and voicing those things. Its colour is a beautiful sky blue.

Physically this Chakra governs your throat, your gums, your mouth, your teeth, your thyroid gland, all of your neck and shoulders and even your arms and hands. We hold a lot of tension here in these areas when we don’t speak our truth.

If you’re someone who suffers from stress headaches, throat problems, mouth problems, grinding your teeth, tension in your neck and shoulders, your Throat Chakra may not be in flow. Our words and emotions get ‘stuck in our throat’ or jammed deeper down inside of us. Tune in to your Throat Chakra and you’ll feel what I mean!

How do we know when we are in flow? When we are in flow with our Throat Chakra we have excellent communication skills. We can communicate our thoughts, feelings and ideas to others, as well as to ourselves. We own our truth and speak it. We also listen well to people and we really hear what they have to say. We honor the other person who’s speaking by giving them our attention.

We find that we can say things that need to be said, even when that is difficult. We’ll be aware of non-verbal communication. This awareness is not just what being said but how it’s being said; the body language of the person and also the higher energies of the person.

When our Throat Chakra’s in flow it gives us a much stronger connection to intuition and to telepathic and channeling abilities.

We connect in to our inner voice and we’re able to speak that truth to honor our own needs and to ask clearly for what we need without getting stressed about it.

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead.
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will give ourselves healing energy at least once this week.
  5. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Guided Meditation:

This meditation is based upon a yoga practice called “Bhramari”. It is a meditation where you hum like a bee!

It is a stunningly simple practice, which can have very powerful results. This meditation reduces stress and stress response within the body. It also cleanses, opens and heals the throat chakra.

Over time, this meditation will help to clear mucous in the throat and widen any constrictions, balance and lower blood pressure, normalize the endocrine system, and settle insulin and cortisol spikes that are our body’s fight or flight response. It is a terrific practice for anyone with thyroid issues, and can be done by anyone, regardless of their age or health.  It’s also great for hesitant speakers.

Bee Breath creates a healing vibration within the body, aids sleep, promotes blood flow to the brain, and calms anger and anxiety. It also boosts your energy without making you ‘hyper’ because it is a grounding practice.

Kids love it too, and you can do it on your own, or as part of a group. In a group meditation the group will create sounds that are truly grounding and uplifting, and which can facilitate great healing and release.

To do the meditation:

  1. Sit comfortably with a straight spine. It doesn’t matter if this is cross-legged, on a chair, or even on your bed! Put your hands on your knees, palms down.
  2. Relax and bring your focus to your breath. Just be aware of the natural rhythm of your breath, don’t force it. Let your breath bring you to a place of greater calm within your body.
  3. Now that you feel a little more relaxed, take a breath in. On the outbreath, keep your mouth shut and your teeth together and make a humming sound. You can be as loud or as quiet as you want. In fact it’s fun to vary the loudness.
  4. Keep breathing in, in silence, and breathing out with humming until you really build up a vibration in your skull. Eventually you can fill your whole body up with vibration. It feels weird at first but stick with it.
  5. Sit quietly when you are finished, and let your Power Colour and Power Word come to you.

Build up from a minute or two to start with. If you feel dizzy, stop! Start again tomorrow. Over time, doing ten minutes a day of this meditation will bring about great results.

Journal Prompts

Now answer the following questions, writing as little or as much as you need:

  • What does your Power Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. Then use that colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.
  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.

Want to go deeper with your journalling? Try these additional prompts. Write the beginning of the sentence and then keep going, using stream of consciousness. Do one or all of them. You’ll be amazed what you might discover about yourself!

  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me strong to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me scared to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me curious to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Throat Chakra it makes me excited to think that…

Your Chakra Card For The Week:

Take your chosen oracle or tarot cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question ‘What wisdom does my Throat Chakra have for me this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

Here’s an example of my first journal pages for the Throat Chakra.

 

Hands On Healing:

This week our hands-on healing is simple, easy and powerful. It’s a great healing to do last thing at night, in bed, just before we go to sleep.

  1. Lie in bed, on your back, comfortable and with a straight spine.
  2. Shake out your hands and activate your hand chakras. (Can’t remember how? Go back and review our Orientation Post)
  3. Place one hand on your throat and one hand on your heart. Let white light flow from your hands into your body.
  4. When your body is filled with light, run blue light from one hand to the other, in a  gigantic healing loop. Feel the blue light cleansing your throat, your blood, your cells and organs, your energy field.
  5. Let the colour of the energy change as you do this, if any other colours come to you and feel right.
  6. Finish with white or golden light into your body.
  7. Fall asleep, knowing that you will still be healing as you sleep.

You can also do this healing  when you first wake up. Enjoy!

Practicing Gratitude

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone say to yourself: I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance.Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Win a Prize!

Last week’s journal prize winner is Ashley Bogacz. Ashley, please contact my wonderful PA, Dana, at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com so she can send your crystals out to you!

Come visit us over at facebook. If you like us and post a pic of your journal, crystal and cards this week on our facebook page or if you like and tag us in on your pic over at Instagram you’ll be in the running to win a cool crystal prize!

Week Six’s prize is a Blue Obsdian and a Selenite, hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Delicious! ❤ Entries close on Monday 24 April at 6pm Brisbane, Australia time. I’ll announce this week’s winner on next week’s Challenge post.

See you next week, ready to explore the seventh chakra in the Chakra Journal Challenge!

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

Chakra Journal Challenge – Week 5 – Heart Chakra

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

 

Hello, and welcome to Week Five of our Chakra Journal Challenge!

Every Tuesday in March and April I will post a Journal Challenge for you, based upon a journey through the main chakras. You don’t need to know anything about journalling, chakras, crystals, oracle cards or energy work. I’ll explain everything that you need to do each week. Then you’ll have a week to complete the simple activities I share.

If you’re only just joining us please go back and read my Orientation Post first.

About the Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is located right where our heart is, in the centre of our chests. The colour of the Heart Chakra is green.

The Heart Chakra is an open doorway, the anchor for our soul into our body, and the seat of our emotions. When our heart chakra is open and balanced we are in a space of self-love, self-nurture, generosity, kindness, humour, empathy, non-judgement, happiness, compassion, expansion, optimism and FLOW. We’ll see beauty everywhere!

When the Heart Chakra is out of balance we can experience too much empathy, and hypersensitivity to the moods and emotions of others, where we will process these emotions as our own or feel responsible for them in other people. This is draining emotionally, physically and spiritually.

When the Heart Chakra has low energy flow we can experience loneliness, a sense of not belonging, we’ll shy away from intimacy and commitment, be overtly critical of self and others, be defensive and even paranoid. It is also an energy that creates addiction, including workaholism (see this week’s energy forecast for more on this!) because addictions mask and numb PAIN.

In all instances what the heart chakra needs is LOVE. Treat yourself and others with kindness, and spend time listening to your heart. Your heart holds all the wisdom of your soul, it truly knows what is best for you and what direction best serves you. All you ever need to do is tune in to that wisdom.

 

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead.
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will give ourselves healing energy at least once this week.
  5. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Guided Meditation:

You’ll need ten minutes to listen to this short guided meditation. Feel free to hold your crystal while you meditate.

 

 

Journal Prompts

Now answer the following questions, writing as little or as much as you need:

  • What does your Power Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. Then use that colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.
  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.

Want to go deeper with your journalling? Try these additional prompts. Write the beginning of the sentence and then keep going, using stream of consciousness. Do one or all of them. You’ll be amazed what you might discover about yourself!

  • When I connect into the energy of my Heart Chakra it makes me strong to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Heart Chakra it makes me scared to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Heart Chakra it makes me curious to think that…
  • When I connect into the energy of my Heart Chakra it makes me excited to think that…

Your Chakra Card For The Week:

Take your chosen oracle or tarot cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question ‘What wisdom does my Heart Chakra have for me this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

Here’s an example of my first journal pages for the Heart Chakra.

 

Hands On Healing:

This week our hands-on healing is simple, easy and powerful. It’s a great healing to do last thing at night, in bed, just before we go to sleep.

  1. Lie in bed, on your back, comfortable and with a straight spine.
  2. Shake out your hands and activate your hand chakras. (Can’t remember how? Go back and review our Orientation Post)
  3. Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly. Let white light flow from your hands into your body.
  4. When your body is filled with light, run green light from one hand to the other, in a  gigantic healing loop. Feel the green light cleansing your heart, your blood, your cells and organs, your energy field.
  5. Let the colour of the energy change as you do this, if any other colours come to you and feel right.
  6. Finish with white or golden light into your body.
  7. Fall asleep, knowing that you will still be healing as you sleep.

You can also do this healing  when you first wake up. Enjoy!

Practicing Gratitude

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone say to yourself: I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance.Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Win a Prize!

Last week’s journal prize winner is Donna Abel Donnabella. Donna, please contact my wonderful PA, Dana, at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com so she can send your crystals out to you!

Come visit us over at facebook. If you like us and post a pic of your journal, crystal and cards this week on our facebook page or if you like and tag us in on your pic over at Instagram you’ll be in the running to win a cool crystal prize!

Week Five’s prize is a rose quartz and a green aventurine, hand-chosen by me, and all juiced up from being in that recent big crystal grid on my farm. Delicious! ❤ Entries close on Monday 17 April at 6pm Brisbane, Australia time. I’ll announce this week’s winner on next week’s Challenge post.

See you next week, ready to explore the sixth chakra in the Chakra Journal Challenge!

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo

Chakra Journal Challenge: Orientation

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Hello, and welcome to Week One of our Chakra Journal Challenge!

This week is an orientation week. Today I’ll be taking you through each of the steps that we’ll be using during the Challenge.

Every Tuesday in March and April I will post a Journal Challenge for you, based upon a journey through the main chakras. You don’t need to know anything about journalling, chakras, crystals, oracle cards or energy work. I’ll explain everything that you need to do each week. Then you’ll have a week to complete the simple activities I share.

If you’re only just joining us you’ll need to source the following:

  • A new journal. Choose one that feels right for you. Make sure there are enough pages to get you through nine activities.
  • Some pens and pencils.
  • A crystal or stone to use as a gratitude and focus stone. (If you’re doing my Year of ME program feel free to use your 2017 stone for this challenge!)
  • A deck of oracle or tarot cards.
  • A sense of adventure and a readiness to explore your inner world.

NB: A note on choosing oracle or tarot cards – choose cards whose pictures and messages are meaningful to you. Avoid cards such as tarot decks that show only coins or cups etc. Instead choose a deck whose imagery really speaks to you. It’s the pictures that matter. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use them. I’ll be showing you.

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead.
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will give ourselves healing energy at least once.
  5. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

Guided Meditation:

Each week listen to the short guided meditation. When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase in your journal.

  • How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.
  • What does your Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. Then use that colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.

Using Oracle Cards:

Take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question ‘What do I most need to focus on this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.

Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.

Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.

Here’s an example of one of my journal pages from a previous challenge, just to give you an idea of what we’ll be doing:

Journal Prompts:

Every Tuesday I will give you a number of questions to explore. Write as much or as little as you need. Know that you can come back to your answers during the week and add to them if other thoughts or ideas come to you.

Hands On Healing:

Giving yourself healing and energy is a great act of self-care. This week I encourage you to practice this simple skill in readiness for the coming activities.

Activating your Hand Chakra

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“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is”
~ Gary Zukav

Throughout history there are references to hands-on healing, and the laying on of the hands. But what exactly does that mean?

We are all energetic beings, and we are all capable of feeling energy, and giving energy to ourselves or others. Today I’m going to show you how to activate your own hand chakras, so that you can begin to feel energy in the world around you, and so that you can also begin to explore the concept of hands-on healing.

It’s a very simple process, but don’t be disappointed by the simplicity. Simple techniques are often the most powerful, and if all of us are energetic beings by nature, why shouldn’t this be simple?

Step One:

Take a few relaxing breaths, and centre yourself. Stand or sit with a straight spine.

Hold your hands out in front of you and shake them as if you’re flicking water off them. Then put the palms of your hands together and rub them vigorously.

Rub hands together, moving them quickly backwards and forwards

Step Two:

Now gently separate your hands by about an inch or two. You should feel an energy like warmth, or a golden ball of light, between the palms of your hands.

Step Three:

Play with this energy. Stretch your hands apart a little more and see if you can still feel that energy between your palms. Experiment with drawing your hands apart and bringing them back close together, as if you had something sticky or elastic between your hands. See if you can increase and decrease the size of the golden ball of light between your hands.

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If you lose the sensation, repeat Step One, and then try again.

Don’t worry if it takes a little while to fully open the chakras in your hands, or if you lose the sensation of that energy between them fairly quickly. It takes practice to strengthen your awareness of this energy.

This week, keep playing with this simple technique. As you get better at feeling the energy, practice activating your hand chakras, and then holding your hands over your own body, directing that beautiful energy back into you.

Place your hands gently on or just above your body and allow that healing energy to flow from your hands into you

Place your hands gently on or just above your body and allow that healing energy to flow from your hands into you

Can you feel heat or any form of energetic sensation as you do this? This is the beginning of being able to direct healing energy.

Next week we’ll begin to explore how we can use our hands to send energy to our chakras. Until then, keep practicing!

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Practicing Gratitude:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

gratitude-rock

As you hold the stone say to yourself: I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

See you next week, ready to begin with our first port of call in the Chakra journal Challenge!

Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo