If you are familiar with chakras, then you can tell from my logo that I love chakras. The rainbow-colored spheres within my logo are representative of the chakra system within the body. If you are unfamiliar, here’s a quick lesson: There are seven energy centers called chakras (literally “wheels”) that store energy/life force/prana. They are along the spinal column and correlate to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. Each has a different relationship to a gland in the body’s endocrine system. Each stimulates different organs and systems in the body. Hatha Yoga activates these energy centers releasing the energy that flows through the spine. Yoga helps these energy centers/nerve bundles to function correctly clearing blocks that may be there. Each chakra also is associated with a mental/emotional focus. In each newsletter I’ll highlight how you can work with a particular chakra to correspond with the season.
This month I’m resolving a question about the heart chakra that I have dwelled on for a few years. In my May 2011 newsletter, I mentioned that I was told once by Cyndi Dale, a local but internationally known chakra energy expert, that in matters of my heart chakra, if I could figure out how to add pink and gold to the green color there, it would help. She prefaced it with, “I know this may not make sense right now, but..” This was said during a 15-minute break in a presentation at a class she was presenting and I was in a long line of those waiting to ask her a question. So I didn’t push for more. I didn’t want to abuse her time. After all, I’d paid for a class presentation and not a one-on-one! No, I didn’t schedule that one-on-one for various reasons, but I’ve dwelled on what she told me many times. I had been familiar with pink being another color for the heart chakra besides green, but I wasn’t aware of a different interpretation for the meaning of that color in the heart chakra. I also had not heard of gold being a heart chakra color.
I used The Secret Language of your Body, by Inna Segal to uncover the meaning of the colors pink and gold in that newsletter. It wasn’t until I “consulted” an old deck of cards I hadn’t worked with in awhile that I really felt a click that answered, for me, what Cyndi might have been referring to.
See my “Featured Deck” section below. I am a bit of a collector of decks of cards to connect with the messages the Universe might be trying to tell me. This month’s “Featured Deck” is The Harmony Angel Cards deck by Angela McGerr, and has been in my possession since before we moved to Minneapolis over 16 years ago. I own a couple of her books as well. Excellent author! The Breathwork/Visualization chosen below is from the book by her of the same name. What a beautiful book! The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book!
Too bad I hadn’t been consulting that deck more often because one card brought home the message Cyndi Dale gave to me during her presentation. “The Sacred Lotus Flower” (featured in full below) is “The card of innermost healing and love: The Heart Chakra.” It was an “aha” moment when I read with awe the concept of two heart chakras—a green chakra and a “magenta” chakra. I immediately remembered Cyndi Dale referring to adding pink to my heart chakra. Magenta is sometimes referred to as “ultra pink”, “shocking pink”, or “fuchsia pink”. I also found another card in the deck (also highlighted below) referring to the second heart chakra as pink and then “magenta”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variations_of_magenta
“The green chakra represents love of a personal nature, i.e. of partner, friends, and family. Perhaps this has been closed or damaged by rejection or loss. The angels help you resolve pain with forgiveness, reopening and healing the green chakra, enabling you to move to the magenta chakra. This encompasses pure, universal love, which has no self-interest but merely seeks to serve all life. When you can feel universal love, you ignite your heart’s ember into a magenta flame, which soars heavenward to reconnect you with the golden (Maitreya) ray of divine love. This love flows back to your heart, into your innermost consciousness, opening the gateway to Higher self and filling you with joy and bliss beyond imagining.” The Harmony Angel Cards deck by Angela McGerr.
I always personally, perhaps intuitively, interpreted Cyndi Dale’s suggestion to mean exactly the above. I’ve visualized pink and gold in my chakra energy work as I say the affirmation/mantra “People’s lives are made better by my efforts” since it is my goal to do so with the work I do. This was a great confirmation for me.
Further research into magenta came up with equal meaning:
“Magenta is important in Goethe’s colour theory and in the printing trade. Stimulates the flow of energy. This colour is heaven on earth and the need for it. Because magenta has the hidden colours of red (which is the earth colour) and violet (which is the heavenly colour) within, it can convey the same healing qualities of those colours. Magenta uplifts a person emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Inspires creativity to serve another without requiring acceptance of others. Acting for the cause.” http://www.onehealsone.com/13chakras.php?cid=13
“Magenta Ray of energy … which touches your heart chakra. The magenta ray of unconditional love creates a blanket of comforting and nurturing energy within and around your heart chakra, reaffirming to you, your inner child, and adolescent selves that it is completely safe for you to let go of the conditionings that have manifested as limitation, pain or suffering. This magenta ray will continue to affirm that you are truly ready to embrace unconditional love and trust the new system you are creating which represents and reflects all aspects of abundant living.” http://martamachabeli.blogspot.com/2009/01/magenta-phase.html
One site says the magenta chakra is connected to the crown chakra and allows a connection to your personal guides and your Higher self. http://www.eaglespiritministry.com/pd/sdc/sdc3.htm. While yet another says the magenta chakra is the crown chakra—The Magenta chakra is your spiritual connection. This chakra links you to the cosmos so you can reach your higher potential. It is the energy of knowingness and enlightenment. http://www.reiki-healinghands.co.uk/pages/what-do-you-know-about-your-chakra-system.php. It’s interesting that some consider the crown chakra to be gold. There’s that connection between magenta and gold again! I love synchronicity!
This last website suggests ways to incorporate “magenta energy” into your life. I think it’s worth highlighting a couple. Here’s my take on two:
Notice I used the term “at heart”? I believe the magenta heart chakra really is an extension of the crown chakra. The crown chakra is about being one with the world. How better to do that than to serve the world—“to serve all life” as the angel card described the magenta heart chakra? When you have the best interests of others at heart—this is the “pure, universal love, which has no self interest but merely seeks to serve all life”. You can shine as bright as you want when your shining brightens others. The Universe will support your every effort when your goal is to benefit all of life. This is one of the Universal Laws. It can be no other way.
“If you practice yoga once or twice a week you will change your day; three or four times a week, you will change your body; five or more times a week, you will change your life.” ~ Unknown author.
“*Haniel’s pink mirror of love: a technique to protect good listeners
This visualization can be enormously helpful in dealing with either family quarrels or people who regard you as their problem solver.
Often in life we are at the receiving end of negativity; this is particularly relevant to those of us who are good listeners. There are those (often relatives or close friends) who are full of strong emotions, such as anger, bitterness, or sadness, and who therefore need to unload their feelings in order to feel better. There are others who are merely rather unhappy or unfulfilled people, who want to whine about their pessimistic lot in life to someone who will listen, and then there are people who are simply rather pessimistic by nature about anything and everything. There are people who always see half a glass of wine as half-empty rather than half full.
Whichever of the above may apply in your case, the result can be that after you are in the company of such people for a while, they may indeed feel better after talking to you, but you feel dragged down by their negativity. This can be very damaging to your own energy levels if allowed to continue over a long period of time, and if the person is a member of your own family, you may not be able to escape.
This exercise not only will help to prevent such damage to you but also, if practiced over a period of time, will start to engender a more positive attitude on the other party.
When you are the victim of an argument or other negative conversation, imagine a large but invisible circular mirror between yourself and the other person. The mirror faces toward your companion, and because you create it with love, it reflects back pink light representing the power of your love. When the dark, negative energy reaches this mirror, it will not be able to penetrate through to reach you, and at the same time it will be converted by the love you have placed inside the mirror and then reflected back as, positive energy to your companion.
Because the mirror is transforming the energy from negative back to positive, you are actually benefiting the other person, while protecting yourself from being undermined. If the problem is with someone living with you, try to continue the visualization over three seven-day cycles. If you do this, you can actually begin to change his or her attitude permanently, and this is certainly worth striving for.”
(*Haniel is the angel of love, compassion, & beauty.)
Source: A harmony of ANGELS, by Angela McGerr
Sources: The Book of Chakras. Discover the hidden forces within you, by Ambika Wauters
The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne
Julie Lyden, www.movingbeyondyourself.com
The last affirmation: An Illustrated Book of Personal Power by Colista Lich (new, awesome, powerful, whimsical author I just discovered on vacation!)
Diet and the Heart Chakra: Green tea, green leafy vegetables, apples, basil, oregano, parsley, among others.
Aromatherapy and the Heart Chakra: Lavender, Jasmine, and Magnolia.
If aromatherapy interests you, I use Young Living Essential Oils™ which are therapeutic, food-grade oils. Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing a favorite scent and I can add your request to my personal monthly order. Essential oils raise the vibrational frequency of the body. When the vibrational frequency of the body drops, we become more receptive to ill health: http://justalist.blogspot.com/2008/03/vibrational-frequency-list.html. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are great to have in your arsenal of health promoting natural products.
Gem therapy and the Heart Chakra: Gemstones amplify the energy when placed in contact with your chakras. For those of you unsure on this subject, consider that it’s scientifically proven that everything is energy. Nothing is really solid. Why wouldn’t the energy of a stone work effectively with the energy in our bodies just as some research speculates that the energy of computers, cell phones, and microwaves may affect our bodies? At the very least, I find that holding a favorite stone is like a talisman for me, or a “worry stone”. As my favorite author, Wayne Dyer, likes to say, “If it’s a placebo effect, I’ll take two”.
Some Heart Chakra gems are: Malachite, Green Tourmaline, and Jade. Magenta stones would be Quartz Crystal, Ruby, WatermelonTourmaline, Rose Quartz, and Opal.
Other ways to incorporate magenta into your life:
Bathe in the magenta color in your clothing; breathe in color, decor, art, etc.
If gem therapy interests you, you can find a great selection at www.crystallinelight.com or you can also link to her Web site from my links page at www.betterdayyoga.com. I’ve known Jennifer, the owner, for many years and love her products!
Yoga poses for the Heart Chakra:
All yoga poses are essentially grounding and activate the chakras. Some heart chakra-specific poses would be: Bow pose, Camel pose, Hanuman pose, among others.
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