Change

Everything that is projected before me is a result of every word I have spoken, every action I have made. The situations I face have been attracted to me. The moment I make any decision, no matter how mundane, no matter how grandiose, is the moment my karmic destiny begins to unfold, the message that ultimately gravitates towards the question. My energy ripples out and plays with the energies of others. Nothing is unaffected, for better or worse. What I am feeling will be reflected in You. What you feel will be reflected in Me. I strive for Balance in myself, yet every moment is a divine teacher, here to instill that Balance. In this moment I take a gentle look at myself, as if I could hold myself in the palm of my hand, and see all of my resistance, my pain, my judgment reflected back at me. I accept that there is an innate balance to Everything as it Is, and that whatever is working its way through my life is only the vehicle that will deliver me to the destination I have already chosen, consciously or unconsciously. I accept and love the moment, and my Self in the moment, despite my perception of good and bad, right or wrong. I am the Captain of this Vessel, guided by the winds of change, challenged by a stormy sea, sailing on to fairer waters, finding my Way.

Anahata

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The bio-energy blossoms in my Heart Chakra, Anahata. I look to the areas in my life concerning passion, inner-child issues, rejection, and tenderness. I offer myself and others unconditional love, as well as compassion. I devote myself to those and to that which I love. I allow myself to follow my passion by overcoming arrogance, lustfulness, discrimination, and fraudulence. I release any fear I may have, thereby extinguishing any feelings of doubt. I invest my heart into that which I love, instilled with a deep sense of devotion. I nurture my inner-child, healing the wounds instilled by grief. I, too, am deserving of my Love and Affection. By offering myself complete love and acceptance, I harmonize with All that Is.

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Element: Air

Bija Mantra: YAM

Deities Associated with Anahata: Ishvara, Kakini

Crystals and Gemstones for Anahata: Peridot, Malachite, Pink Topaz, Rose Quartz

Essential Oils for Anahata: Neroli, Geranium, Rosemary, Rose

Yoga Asanas for Anahata: Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Janusirsasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend), Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Photography and Prose by Astral Moonbeam

Manipura

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I focus on my solar plexus, where the third chakra, Manipura, is located. Grounding myself through my Root, the Sacral wheel of energy turning, I direct my attention to the issues in my life concerning power, fear, anxiety and introversion. When this chakra is open and freely flowing, I have the strength of will to overcome jealousy, sadness, disgust, foolishness, fear, delusion, shame, treachery, thirst, and spiritual ignorance. I take responsibility for my opinions and actions, the implementation of my personal power, while respecting and accepting the opinions and actions of others. I encourage expansiveness and growth, within myself, as well as others.

Element: Fire

Bija Mantra: RAM

Deities Associated with Manipura: Rudra, Lakini

Gemstones and Crystals for Manipura: Citrine, Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline, Heliodor

Essential Oils for Manipura: Clary Sage, Geranium, Juniper

Yoga Asanas for Manipura: Gomukasana (Cow Pose), Matsyendrasana 1 (Sitting Spinal Twist), Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Photography and Prose by Astral Moonbeam

Svadhisthana

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I draw the energy into Svadhisthana, the Sacral chakra. As the bioenergy extends upwards and begins to circulate, I call my awareness to any issues I may be experiencing with violence or addiction, as well as any difficulties in my personal relationships. I concentrate on my emotions, and release any guilt I may feel regarding the pleasure I derive from life. I reinvigorate my joy and enthusiasm for life by allowing myself the freedom to seek enjoyment wherever I may find it, while remaining balanced and centered in myself, maintaining my connection to my Root as the kundalini energy coils upward. I express my creativity by releasing my emotions in a positive way, being ever present to my feelings while simultaneously respecting the emotions and creative expressions of others.

Element: Water

Bija Mantra: VAM

Deities Associated with Svadhisthana: Vishnu, Rakini

Crystals and Gemstones for Svadhisthana: Fire Opal, Carnelian, Orange Kyanite

Essential Oils for Svadhisthana: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose Oil, Ylang-ylang, Champaca

Yoga Asanas for Svadhisthana: Parivrtta Trikonasana (Twisting Triangle pose), Natarajasana (Pose of Shiva, King of Dancers)

Photography and Prose by Astral Moonbeam

Muladhara

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I am in tune with my Roots. I ground and center myself with the magnetic force of Mother Earth. I direct my energy to my base chakra, Muladhara. I focus on the ways in which I have become unbalanced. Any issues with sexuality, lust, or obsession bubble up, allowing the congestion in my Root to circulate and open to the Divine Flow. I focus on strengthening and harmonizing the aspects of my Being associated with stability, sensuality, and security. I am one with my body. I offer my physical being love and complete acceptance. I immerse myself in silence, respecting my physicality and the sensations of my flesh and bones. I am held, carefully embraced, in this vessel. Let it go. Let it flow.
Kundalini Rising.

Element: Earth

Bija Mantra: LAM

Deities Associated with Muladhara: Brahma, Dakini

Crystals and Gemstones for Muladhara: Red Carnelian, Black Kyanite, Black Tourmaline, Red Jasper

Essential Oils for Muladhara: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Myrrh

Yoga Asanas for Muladhara: Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

Photography and Prose by Astral Moonbeam

The Fool

I am a Fool, a child, an ingenue. I am ignorant of many things, and I am keenly aware of others; I know absolutely nothing with any certainty. I don’t have any answers or advice that is anything of value. I know only what I have known through my experience. I am stumbling through the abysmal Unknown, waiting for the seed of light to be born from the darkness to illuminate the Way. To show me that the precipice extends further than I at once thought. I feel my way through, attuning to the subtlest sensations, sensing the rock in my path and gently feeling my way around it. The edge I anticipated plummeting from wasn’t truly there. All fear is imagined by a mind unable to comprehend what it hasn’t yet Known.

– Astral Moonbeam

The Earth & the Sea

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You are the rock face my waves crash against. You are the Earth that supports my sea. When a raging tempest comes and stirs my waters, you withstand the onslaught, allowing it to shape you, as it shapes me. You are the shore that accepts me lovingly and let’s me go with solemn ease so that I may know my freedom when I feel the pull. My love for you is eternal, as unshakable as your earthiness below me, beside me, offering unconditional support, acceptance and love in this timeless embrace.

– Astral Moonbeam