When I enter a room, I feel subtle energies invisible to the naked eye. Antennae up and on, I pick up on judgmental thoughts and toxic emotions. During gymnastics team dinners, I felt the politics brewing under the surface of fake smiles and small talk. And during corporate meetings, I felt the anxiety, fear, and judgmental thoughts of others. Hawk eyes on the exit, I dreamed of running away to a luminescent land of kindred spirits.
My sixth sense has served me well. Homeless and alone in Italy (long story) at 19-years-old, I knew I needed to run away from that sketchy taxi driver. And when I met my now husband in 2013, I knew that he was the one (we got married six months later and are still together).
Still, I know that I’m only scratching the surface of my intuitive abilities. According to Vedic philosophy, we develop the third eye chakra, the ruler of our cognitive and psychic skills, from approximately ages 36 to 42 (I’m 33). Indeed, stepping into the third eye’s supernatural potential requires the maturity, life experience, and wisdom that we gain with age.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been developing a morning practice to heighten my intuitive abilities. Huddled in my urban apartment, my meditative pause has brought cosmic connection, clarity, and healing during these wildly transformational times.
What You Need
- Selenite wand
- Dried sage
- Abalone shell
- Sacred perfume (you can find DIY perfume recipes here)
- Bag of gemstones (here are my favorites for channeling higher wisdom: fluorite, labradorite, azurite, lapis lazuli, lepidolite, iolite, scolecite, moldavite)
To burn sage, light a bundle of sage (tied together with a cotton thread if you prefer) on an abalone shell. After it catches fire, let it burn for up to 30 seconds before blowing it out. Envelope yourself and your space in the smoke, while asking the spirit of the sage to cleanse all negative energy.
Take a moment to root your awareness into the present moment. Breathe deeply from your belly, letting go of racing thoughts with each exhale. Continue to breathe deeply, as you drop deeper and deeper into a state of relaxation.
Inspired by nature-based traditions, protect your sacred space by casting a circle.
To cast a circle, use a selenite wand to trace the line of the sacred space around you. In the northern hemisphere, trace the line clockwise. And in the southern hemisphere, trace the line counter-clockwise.
Welcome in the energetic properties of each element — air, fire, water, and earth. Each element is associated with a direction — air in the east, fire in the south, water in the west, and earth in the north.
First, invoke the guardians of the east (element of air) for a higher perspective, as you watch the smoke rising from your burning sage bundle.
Next, light a candle, and call upon the guardians of the south (element of fire) for passion, courage, perseverance, and playfulness.
Anoint your pulse points with a sacred perfume, as you welcome in the guardians of the west (element of water) for healing and purification.
Next, hold a crystal in your hands, as you call upon the guardians of the north (element of earth) for wisdom and grounding.
Lastly, invoke the guardians of the upper and lower realms of the vertical plane.
In a comfortable seated position, imagine a lotus flower blooming at each chakra, as you say the corresponding mantra and affirmation:
“LAM” Root Chakra: I’m grounded, safe, and whole.
“VAM” Sacral Chakra: I nourish myself with healthy choices and creativity flows through me.
“RAM” Solar Plexus Chakra: I have unique gifts that I share with the world.
“YAM” Heart Chakra: I’m a compassionate being, and I love freely.
“HAM” Throat Chakra: My communication is open, authentic, clear, and kind.
“SHAM” Third Eye Chakra: I’m connected to the wisdom of the Universe, and I follow my intuition.
“OM” Crown Chakra: I’m connected to all that is.
You may also use a sound healing tool, such as a singing bowl or tuning fork, to further open your energetic channel.
Nadi Shodhana is a form of “alternate nostril breathing” from the yoga tradition. This breathing technique helps to synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain, and enhance the flow of energy in the body.
- In a comfortable seated position, place your left hand on your left thigh in chin mudra
- With your right hand, place your middle and index fingers to the third eye
- Place your pinky finger to the left nostril and your thumb to your right nostril
- Close the right nostril with your thumb, inhale through the left nostril, close the left nostril with your pinky and exhale through the right nostril
- Inhale through the right nostril, close the right nostril with your thumb and exhale through the left nostril
- Continue the breathing practice for 2-3 minutes
Intuitively choose two crystals from the bag, and hold one in each hand during meditation. You may follow a guided meditation, or meditate to the sounds of nature or the Solfeggio Frequencies (852 and 963 hz activate the upper chakras).
If you need further guidance, you may look at the astrological transits and complement your findings with an intuitive reading using tarot, oracle cards, and journaling.
Give thanks and dismiss the elemental guardians. Next, close the circle by repeating the “Cast the Circle” step in the opposite direction. So counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern hemisphere.
Of course, make this morning ritual your own. Take whatever resonates and leave what doesn’t.
What’s your favorite morning practice? Share in the comments!
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You Might Also Like…
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