As you sit in the restaurant of your life and an angelic waiter stands before you with his pen poised waiting to take your order, what do you choose? Perhaps you simply play it safe and go for the same dish that you had last time - then no surprises there, but at least your guaranteed an outcome - or maybe you will follow the advice of another and choose something else on the recommendation of it being fabulous.
Alternatively, you may find yourself looking at the menu through the eyes of your family and cultural traditions, selecting something more strongly associated with your upbringing and beliefs. But whatever your response is going to be, why not try something a little different this year and do some "Karmic Ordering".
To do this, you must look within and ask yourself what you most need right now to feel more balanced, nurtured, nourished, encouraged and vibrantly well, then trust that the restaurant will provide it. This might mean changing some of the main ingredients, or going 'off menu' altogether, but who cares? The staff are there to serve you and the cosmic chef simply loves a challenge!
Your not being difficult or causing a fuss, you're embracing your inner-power. You deserve the best and want to leave the place feeling like you've fully experienced everything on offer and given the staff a chance to dazzle you with their expertise.
Given the current vibration of our planet, the waiter may tell you there is most likely going to be slight delay with your order - after all, most of us aren't quite enlightened enough to instantly manifest the things that we want - but that is absolutely fine, it simply gives you more time to imagine how delicious it will all be when it arrives, and all the new and exciting experiences it might lead to.
Now take the time to admire the beautiful environment; engage in enlightening conversations with the waiters and other diners, smell the roses on the table and tell your companions how much you're looking forward to your dish arriving. You are constantly ordering and manifesting in your life, the question is; are you doing it consciously or unconsciously?
Note: Keep in mind that with any topical application, it is best to apply only one drop of any new essential oil to the skin to ensure that you are not allergic. Also, anyone with sensitive skin may also opt for diluting the oil with what is known as a 'carrier oil' such as coconut/virgin olive/jajoba oil etc; before topical application, or better yet chose to diffuse the oil in a burner instead.
Chakras are the energy centres in the human body that facilitate the flow of energy. They are linked to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. By understanding what each chakra represents and what you can do to stimulate the flow of energy through the chakra, you may be able to achieve an optimal quality of life. Below you will find how you can use essential oils and certain spices to stimulate the chakras.
The first chakra is called muladhara and is associated with the color red. It is located at the base of the spine. Muladhara is associated with survival and your comfort in the present moment and in your environment. It governs your sense of stability and security. If you feel insecure, antsy, distracted or insecure, you can diffuse and breathe in essential oils such as basil, cedarwood, cilantro, myrrh, patchouli, or a blend of any of these.
Sacral Chakra (Orange)
The second chakra is called svadhisthana and is associated with the color orange. It is found in the low belly, right below the navel. Svadhisthana governs your sexuality and authentic creativity. It also is associated with abundance and personal power. To activate your sacral chakra, You can diffuse and breathe in essential oils such as cinnamon, tangerine or orange essential oils in an oil burner.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Yellow)
The third chakra, manipura, is located at the solar plexus, which is a cluster of nerves located behind the stomach and below the ribcage. Associated with the colour yellow, this chakra governs your self-confidence and self-esteem. It is the link to your inner-child, the ego and your will, as well as to the fun and joy you find in life. To stimulate your solar plexus chakra, you can diffuse coriander, ginger or grapefruit essential oils in an oil burner, You can also use clove, coriander or ginger in a variety of dishes by using the natural form of these spices. Drinking tea made out of fresh ginger is also a great option.
Heart Chakra ( Green)
The fourth chakra is located at the heart region and is associated with the color green. In Sanskrit it is called anahata. It is said that the heart chakra governs your joy, inner peace and your compassion, for yourself and for others. Love, self-love and acceptance originate in the heart chakra. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, melaleuca, peppermint, and ylang ylang can be used to activate the heart chakra. You can apply one or two drops of any of these oils directly to the heart region, or diffuse and breathe in using an oil burner.
The fifth chakra is located at the throat and is called vishuddha. It is associated with the colour blue. Vishuddha governs your ability to communicate and express your feelings. It also determines your ability to keeps secrets and to speak the truth, and is associated with respiratory health. To stimulate the throat chakra, rub a couple of drops of lavender or birch essential oil on the front of the neck. These oils also benefit vishuddha when diffused or their aroma is inhaled directly. Oregano oil can also stimulate the throat chakra and promote health in the upper respiratory area. Also cooking with oregano oil or spices is a good option.
The sixth chakra, associated with the color indigo, is known as ajna and is located in the middle of the forehead, right above the brow line. Ajna helps harmonize the opposing energies in the body – the yin and the yang – improving your mental focus and your ability to meditate. It is said to govern your intuition, clairvoyance and imagination, and, in general, your higher mental abilities. Essential oils that increase focus, improve memory and relieve anxiety, such as lemongrass, lavender, frankincense, and sandalwood, can help heal any imbalances in the brow chakra. Some link the brow chakra with the pituitary gland, which governs the development and function of other endocrine glands; others link this chakra to the pineal gland, which is said to be our third-eye and the seat of the soul. The best application is to rub a drop of oil on the third eye area, or inhale the aroma of the oil directly. You can also place a drop of lavender or frankincense in an oil burner.
Crown Chakra (Violet or White)
The seventh and final chakra is located at the top of the head, or the crown, and is called sahasrara. This is the accumulation of all of the chakras and is represented by the colors violet or white. It symbolizes the conscious and unconscious belief system. It is said that the crown chakra governs the purpose of your life journey, your connection to spirituality, and your union with the higher self or higher consciousness. To stimulate this chakra, rub a drop of frankincense, Roman chamomile, lavender, rosemary or sandalwood on the crown. You can also inhale the aroma of the oils directly or place a drop of frankincense in an oil burner to diffuse the vapour