Next week marks the beginning of my 7 week series on chakra meditation and practice using Swami Saradananda's beautiful and very comprehensive book "Chakra Meditation" and Liz Simpson's "Healing with the Chakras." I think this will be a great way for me to learn more about the chakra system!
I begin the meditations already knowing a bit about my own personal chakra issues which include constriction of the first and third chakra and what sometimes feels like congestion at my crown chakra. This is information, I've realized intuitively, through previous chakra meditation and visualization and via self diagnostic pendulum work.
I don't expect to complete this process in 7 weeks. In my estimation, it is an ongoing perhaps lifelong pursuit. I do however expect to gain a better energetic flow and understanding of the subtle energy system as I progress.
One of the things I love about Saradananda's book (please see my review, "Chakra Meditation," for more info) is her balanced and highly comprehensive approach which includes suggested chakra specific meditations, yantras, crystals, incense, essential oils and targeted yoga poses. You will much of this Simpson's book as well plus some beautiful images. Of the two I would recommend Simpson's "Book of Chakra Healing" as an invaluable first read and ongoing reference and Saradananda's work for a more traditional and detailed approach.
Today I visited a wonderful local crystal shop, The Crystal Connection, at the 6th Street Flea Market in Wyoming PA (pictured left) to stock up on crystals recommended by both authors - but not already contained within my collection.
I came home with a beautiful piece of citrine, some hematite, smoky quartz and carnelian as these are all stones suggested for the first and second chakras. Also a nice big hunk of fluorite because you cannot have too much fluorite during Mercury Retrograde :)
This is going to be fun! Later this week: The Root Chakra.
Full Series Links:
- Root Chakra Week 1 & Summing Up the Root Chakra (Root Chakra 2)
- Radiating Orange (Sacral Chakra)
- Finding My Center: Self-Confidence and the Solar Plexus Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra)
- The Fourth Chakra and the Energy of Nature (Heart Chakra)
- The Chakras as a System (Synergy / Throat Chakra)
- A Wall Of Azure Blue: Meditating on the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra)
- The Crown Chakra and the Capriciousness of Spirit (Crown Chakra)