A Tarot Diva’s Guide to the Ultimate Sleepover

Pyjama partyby Sasha Graham

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

My book Tarot Diva teaches you to ignite your intuition, glamorize your life, and unleash your fabulosity using the tarot. Nothing helps a girl glow with happiness and contentment more than a deep connection with her soul sisters and female friends.

In Tarot Diva I help you embody the ecstasy of the Three of Cups tarot card by explaining how to create a secret society with your closest girlfriends. Secret societies, while subversively fun and super powerful, require long-term commitment. For a quick jolt of gal power, return to the glory of your younger days with a sleepover.

Nothing beats the good fun of a pajama party. Remember how great they were? Donning your coziest jammies with a night of fun stretching ahead of you? Staying up until all hours giggling with girlfriends? The euphoria and excitement of whispering and sharing your deepest secrets with your best pals? The gentle midnight knocking on the window when the neighborhood boys caught wind of your sleepover…

Who says you can’t relive the old days? Just because you have a family, full time job, or other very grown-up responsibilities doesn’t mean you couldn’t or shouldn’t relive the good times. Treat yourself to a girlicious evening and empower yourself and your friends with a night you’ll never forget.

Remember, the power of a great sleepover stems from gathering a group and collectively focusing your energy on a desired goal. Your goal may be to have a rockin’ good time. You and your ladies might like to achieve some magical goals for yourselves. Whatever your ultimate vision, my Tarot Diva’s Guide to the Ultimate Girl’s Sleepover will send you heading in the right direction. Adjust my suggestions to meet your specific needs.

  • Send non-invitees packing.

Plan your sleepover on a night where you can send the husbands, boyfriends, and significant others away and the kids packing. The fewer interruptions for you and your gals the better.



  • Sleeping Beauty’s Chamber.

Where will everyone sleep? Extra guest rooms are great for the in-laws, but it’s more fun for the girls when everyone crashes together. Do you have a groovy finished basement? Throw a couple of mattresses on the floor and cover with sleeping bags. String up some fairy lights, put out some glossy fashion and gossip magazines, and be sure to have plenty of candles on hand.




  • Fabulous Foodstuffs.

Plan your menu out ahead of time. You want to join in the fun, not be stuck in the kitchen. Ask each guest to contribute their favorite dish. Feel free to theme the dishes and ask guests to provide copies of the recipes for everyone to take home. Maybe you have an appetizer-only meal. Perhaps you just order pizza and while everyone ogles the delivery boy.


Whatever you choose to dine on, be extra indulgent with at least one course. This may mean extravagant cheeses or devious dark chocolate desserts.

To create fabulous favors à la a candy shop, request each guest to bring a bag of their favorite of candy. Set the candy out in cute bowls and provide colored Chinese take-out containers. Each friend can create a custom take home candy box. Sweet!



  • Drinks.

Have plenty of tasty beverages on hand. Top off your evening with a signature theme drink.


Offer your guests a Pomegranate Mango Goddess Cocktail. Pomegranates are sacred to the goddess Aphrodite and the High Priestess of Tarot. Mango leaves denote a vibrant life and are used in Hindu divine blessing rituals. Mix one part pomegranate juice to 3 parts mango nectar.

Caution. Be sure to hold off on consuming booze and alcohol until any magical, divinatory, or ritual work is finished.



  • Evening Activities.

There are any number of fun and exciting activities you can plan for your sleepover. . .


    • Get Crafty. Spend the evening crafting vision boards. Your vision board may contain a specific lifestyle. It may represent your dreams and goals. Your vision board may refer specifically to love and romance. To freshen up your wardrobe, create a fashionista style vision board.

      Ask each guest to bring old magazines, a pair of scissors, a poster board, and glue stick. Spread the materials out and begin selecting images. Choose images with qualities of what you’d like to attract into your life. Secure these images to your vision board. Don’t reject the abstract. You may also choose appealing words, colors, or textures. Remember your subconscious always follows the dominant suggestion.


  • Get Cinematic. Kick-start your evening with a screening of your favorite film. Watch a law of attraction movie like What The Bleep Do We Know or The Secret. Host a discussion afterward about how these attraction and manifestation themes have applied to your life. How does it work for you? How does it challenge you?

Perhaps you watch an old school witchy fave like The Craft or Practical Magic. Maybe you find a documentary based on the life of your favorite occult figure, such as Aleister Crowley or Harry Houdini. Become scream queens by opting for your favorite cheesy, scary flick with the lights out. Be sure to have plenty of popcorn on hand!



  • Get Divinely Witchy. Ask guests to bring along their favorite deck of angel or tarot cards. Pair off and offer readings for each other. Read each other’s palms. Cast some runes for a friend. Try your hand at tealeaf reading. This is a great time to experiment. Don’t feel you must be an expert in any one form of divination. Use whatever tools you have at hand. Let love and your intuition be your guide. Be sure to offer only uplifting and helpful advice.




  • Get Your Game On. Dust off that Oujia® board to discover if any passing spirits have a message for you.
    Rekindle your inner twelve-year-old with the classic game Light as A Feather. Historians find reference to the game of Light as a Feather as far back as the Seventeenth Century.


To play Light as a Feather, you must have at least five people present. One person lies down with their back on the floor. Two people sit on each side. The four “lifters” place their index and middle fingers underneath the back of the person lying down. Everyone closes their eyes and begin to whisper “Light as a feather, stiff as a board,” together. Repeat and repeat, louder and louder as you slowly raise your friend up and of the floor.



  • Get Victorian—Hold a Séance. Select one guest to act as head medium. Spread fabric over a table with guests seated round and have everyone join hands. Raise the energy and invite spirits to join you. Ask aloud if there are messages for anyone. Listen for raps and knocks. Feel for rushes of cold air. Allow any guest at the table to pass a message along from the departed.


Attempt table tipping. To table tip, sit the group around a lightweight wooden table. Dim the lights or plunge the entire room into darkness. Have each guest place their hands on the top of the table. At once and together have the entire group attempt to raise the table with the power of their thoughts and intention. Be aware of raps or knocks.



  • Get Beautified. Indulge everyone in mashed avocado facemasks. Avocado is a food sacred to Venus and its rich oils are used in hundreds of beauty products.


Magical manicures and pedicures match the polish color to your guest’s desired intention. Red polish for passion, sensuality, and excitement. Pink for healing and peace. Black for protection and shapeshifting. Blue for good fortune and wisdom. Silver for telepathy, clairvoyance, and intuition. Purple for psychic ability and hidden knowledge. White for spirituality, peace, and purity.


  • Delicious Daytime Outing/Activities.

In addition to your sleepover, plan a daytime outing and make it a weekend to remember.
Your activity may take place the day of the sleepover or the morning after. Adventures tend to be the most rewarding experiences. Find a local haunted house, abandoned castle, or beautiful graveyard, or plan a hike to a breathtaking vista. Be sure to receive any required permission before venturing onto private property.


Give your adventure a magical metaphor. Select your magical metaphor by deciding collectively what the metaphor of your trip is. By doing this you shower your adventure with magical intention. If you are exploring a haunted castle, is this act a metaphor for venturing into the deeper parts of your subconscious? If you are hiking up a mountain, does it represent the elevation of your consciousness? Ascending to new spiritual heights or simply moving onward and upwards in your life?

As you begin your adventure, offer a gift to the spirits of the property or the guardians of the mountain. Ask for permission to enter and assistance for your journey. Offer sweet cookies or nuts as a gift to said spirits.

Upon arrival to your destination, pull a few tarot cards, cast some runes, or open sacred space and hold a group meditation or ritual. Punctuate your adventure with your choice of magical activity to make it that much more special.

When you leave, offer another tasty gift of thanks to the spirits of the place you have visited.

Good luck and have a fabulous time!

Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal. Copyright Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011. All rights reserved.


Lettuce Develops the Virgo Vibe

virgo-and-lettuceby Dominique Jones

One of the most reliable methods to align ourselves with a high spiritual vibration is through the energy of appreciation. Nature’s treasures sustain us and surround us daily, providing a spark of crucial energy, and if we meditate on their beauty, we find our hearts and spirits developing in valuable and interesting ways.

One of the ways to grow during our journeys is to recognize the relationship between astrology and nourishment. You will find a correlation between a sign and a food in this article and methods you can use to attune your energy.

Virgo is the mutable earth sign in the zodiac, ruled by the planet Mercury. Virgo rules the hands, and in Virgo, Mercury expresses itself as the alchemist and as the archetype of the Egyptian god Thoth, the mentor of Isis, who taught her healing arts. Virgo energy seeks to balance body, mind and spirit. With Virgo, get ready to DEVELOP.

In Egyptian mythology, the god Thoth was the author of The Book of the Dead and the keeper of knowledge and wisdom, both human and divine. In Greek mythology, he was the same as the god Hermes. He was depicted as a man with the head if an ibis, or, if he had entered the unconscious and shadow world with helpful knowledge, he was depicted with the head of an ape/baboon.

The ability to author one’s spiritual development on a divine level and access our deepest wisdom is the high calling of those with strong Virgo influence. Learning from the legend of Thoth, we learn that it’s wisdom that allows us access into the flexibility we need to enjoy the virtuous cycles of ever-improving spiritual improvement during our lives. The many choices we can make from moment to moment that allow us to tap into our highest potential bring joy to the Virgo sensibility, and provide a model for us all to live better human experiences.

Astroplasticity, a term I believe I am creating here for the first time, is the ability of an individual to use astrology to form new patterns and connections, create new responses, and adjust their actions based on changes to their environments or new situations. Just as the brain can grow new pathways over time with neuroplasticity, a person’s spirit and routines can find new pathways with Astroplasticity. Astroplasticity refers especially to the utilization of astrological energies and wisdom in one’s growth and developing one’s highest purpose, level of functioning, and expression in life.

If you were to utilize the information in these articles, for example, to enhance your life on a daily basis through nourishment and meditation—based upon the information in your particular astrological chart—you’d be practicing Astroplasticity. Over time, you could learn more and more about the astrological energies that you can call upon to support your personal development. Eventually, you’d have a very personal experience of an internal model that would support your daily meditation.

Virgo is the model for Astroplasticity. As mutable earth, Virgo has the ability to actually implement and actualize chosen changes in their energy patterns in life. One by one, on a daily basis, Virgos adapt new insights into wisdom and teach their insights to others. They turn living life into an art and a craft with such beauty that it’s astounding to witness. There is no artifice about it either—they do it for the sheer joy they experience. They are humble and authentic. For that reason we are all attracted to the way that Virgos use what they learn about the energy fields around them to better the planet and to help others thrive.

Virgos can, of course, encounter challenges. They may run up across perfectionism, stubbornness, depression, and health issues that point them to their own states of unhappiness or boredom. These are learning opportunities and it’s important to be patient and continue to learn and grow into maturity. Virgos are often late bloomers—but hang in there because it is OH SO WORTH IT! Not only for the Virgo, but for every single one of us, because those with strong Virgo energy in their charts are a gift to those around them as well as themselves!

If you are interested in bringing forth more Virgo energy in your life, you can use two methods. The first method is through nourishment and the second method is through a guided meditation. If you combine the two, you have even more manifestation energy.

You can manifest Virgo energy if you want to increase your ability in any or all of the following areas of your life:

  • Hands
  • Digestion, duodenum, bowels, intestines
  • Craftsmanship, dexterity
  • Reliability and industriousness
  • Analytical ability, technical ability, and systems thinking
  • Service or service-oriented activities
  • Medicine, chemistry, pharmacy, first-aid
  • Consideration, inquiry, memory, order, harmony
  • Teaching, photography, assistantship
  • Equality, humbleness, authenticity
  • Personal Development

Method 1: Nourishment

Virgos rule the lettuce plants. Lettuce grows quickly in cool weather, and is a member of the Asteraceae, or sunflower, family of plants. Lettuce plants grow on stalks and then bolt to create a flower and reproduce. According to what we know, lettuce was first cultivated by ancient Egyptians.

Lettuce provides Vitamin A / beta-carotene, which is excellent for mucous membranes and the skin, as well as for vision. Notably, lettuce contains Vitamin K, thought to increase bone mass and known to limit neuronal damage in the brain and help in Alzheimer’s disease. Lettuce also provides a dietary carotenoid named zea-xanthin, which is believed to aid in the protection against age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). There are many other details of lettuce’s nutritional virtues, but it comes down to the fact that daily lettuce intake provides prevention and support for iron-deficiency anemia, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and obesity.

For me, lettuce is a mainstay cure for my chemical addictions such as soda and sugar. I had years where I experienced malnutrition when I was working in corporate America, just trying to get through the day by picking up whatever was already prepared—vending machine food, restaurant food, fast food, etc. My personal revolution has been to find healthy local sources for (primarily) vegetables and fruit, understand what I should be eating, and actually implement the plans I make to eat healthy foods each day. At the forefront of these plans is eating a salad a day.

According to nutritrarian eating, “the salad is the meal.” What I found after daily consumption of salads and vegetables was a restoration of my body’s ability to tell me when my nutrition needs were being met. Now, if I miss a salad, within 48 hours, I CRAVE lettuce. It is an interesting phenomenon.

Where I used to crave sugar or carbohydrates, over time, my body adjusted to crave spinach and spring greens and arugula. It was a wonderful transformation. During my switchover period (especially), the salads I made needed to be hearty and delicious. Often I made Taco salads with black beans or chicken and salsa with chiles/peppers, tomatoes, fresh avocados and a few corn chips—topped with plain yogurt in place of sour cream. Sometimes I made salads using fruit combinations like pears, goat cheese, and pecans. I often mix hot ingredients like stir-fried vegetables with spinach or kale for a dinner. Whatever your palate likes, make sure you please yourself when making the salad changeover. There is sure to be a set of tastes just for you. Get creative, as that is half the fun!

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who bases his advice on nutritional research, recommends aiming to eat about a whole head of lettuce per day—seriously! At first I thought this recommendation was wild, but then the majority of my evening meals became salads, and the burst of biting into lettuce has become one of the most comforting feelings in my life.

Avoid eating lettuce leaves that are discolored or have spots. Also please avoid any slimy lettuce. You can soak lettuce in salt water to remove pesticides and parasitic eggs / worms in case you are worried about these problems. Organic lettuces are believed to be free from pesticides. You can grow lettuce in your own kitchen/patio garden to be assured of your source.

Method 2: Guided Meditation

This guided meditation is full of images and thoughts that are very grounding. You can use the following guided meditation in a few ways. The first is to read it silently, slowly to yourself, letting the images wash over your imagination. The second is to visit IntuitiveMoon.com and listen to the audio recordings. Allow a few minutes during the day for yourself, close your eyes, and be led in a meditation that is nourishing and deeply refreshing.

Virgo Lettuce Guided Meditation

You are a lettuce plant. As a lettuce plant, you sit softly at the edge of everything. Your roots do not delve too deeply into the ground. Your leaves do not stretch too tall, but instead wrap like the arms of friends around one another.

Your compact form is perfect to express swimming in the middle of the heart of ourselves. Taking lazy backstrokes in the middle of our lives and destinies. We can breathe and enjoy the space we are in, the place we are at, the present moment of time.

It’s as if your essence is to translate messages from the hearth and soul of the universe from heaven to earth. Life provides unexpected portals into wisdom and knowledge that you find and trace like the veins of your leaves within the waters that are encapsulated there. How expansive you become as your leaves plump up in response to environmental support.

Through all kinds of early Spring weather, you relish the cool air. You listen to the late snows and early rain fall. You can even outlast a freeze if it occurs. The seasonal change helps you learn about how to adjust your attitude. You learn how the heart thaws itself out of stagnant things like anger, frustration, worry and fear.

By simply recognizing them and waiting for them to break up like chunks of ice in a pond in the spring time, you know you can quietly manage your state of being. As worry turns to water and leaks out of you onto the land, the world rights itself and you can direct your life more efficiently once again.

You teach us to swim easily in the center of the flow of our beings. We are free now to listen to our hearts. Our spirit will provide insight through our hearts to the true nature of our highest selves. We live on the edge of becoming, where the roots meet the leaves of the lettuce plant. Our balance is easy and light and flexible.

Our heartbeat is easy, flexible, effortless, and joyful.

What does your heart tell you to do?

We are free to obey the insight from our heart, to do what our heart tells us to do.

You build new capability in these waters—the heart-flow you have found as you examine yourself inside the veins of a lettuce leaf. At the edge of the ground, without grasping too tightly to land or air, you are filled with water.

You are now able to actualize your innermost dreams and your heart has provided you direction. Life provides everything you need each moment. You trust the earth and the heavens, and allow your dreams to unfold brilliantly.

Wholeheartedly listening is now followed by wholehearted action.

Dominique Jones is an internationally known astrologer, psychic, and writer. She is the author of the upcoming book “Nourishing Astrology,” a compendium of correlations between astrological elements and foods, along with recipes for manifesting astrological energies. She is also a professional metaphysical consultant at Kajama. Visit her at www.intuitivemoon.com to schedule a reading or sign up for her FREE monthly newsletter, featuring a comprehensive monthly astrological overview, healthy recipes and more!


Leo Rules The Chile Pepper

leo-and-chileby Dominique Jones

One of the most reliable methods to align ourselves with a high spiritual vibration is through the energy of appreciation. Nature’s treasures sustain us and surround us daily, providing a spark of awakening energy, and if we meditate on their beauty, we find our hearts and spirits expanding in expressive and fulfilling ways.

One of the ways to grow during our journeys is to recognize the relationship between astrology and nourishment. You will find a correlation between a sign and a food in this article and methods you can use to attune your energy.

Leo is fixed fire, and the planet ruled by Leo is the sun. Solar archetypes include the Egyptian Sun god Ra (who gave us our present astrological symbols for Leo), the Greek god Helios Apollo, and western astrology’s lion—which according to Kathleen Burt, comes from the ancient story Gilgamesh, when the lion’s appearance brought the needed floods during the agricultural era. Ancient people felt the sun to be a steady force; something to count on—fixed fire in the sky. It is the center of what we know to be life on earth. Only recently are we widening our perspective to imagine life beyond our central star. While we can’t physically stare directly at the sun, we are free to stare right into the heart of Leo energy—it will hold us steady and gaze into our souls with grace and love. Get ready to FOCUS.

Leo energy at its fixed fire zenith understands and makes space for nurturing the creative fire within everyone in their sphere. Like the sun, they can draw people around them into a stable orbit that allows for those people to express the best of themselves. However, that requires the Leo to have embarked on quite an internal journey to discover the spark within that allows for the steadiness to inspire others and be that kind of leader. Often, the leadership the Leo offers is not positional leadership. It is TRUE leadership—the authentic kind that has nothing to do with desiring power or influence but the kind that shows the path forward without the need for glory. It’s leading by example. When you see Leo leadership, you say to yourself, “that’s the kind of person I want to be…”

A Leo can’t help but love being loved, too. You can never love a Leo enough. They have an endless capacity for love, because I believe that’s the element from which they are made. Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and LOVE! Once you figure out how a Leo appreciates their appreciation, give them an endless amount and feel good about giving it to them. They need to be recognized for their efforts, because they work very hard to love you and the rest of the world. They deserve as much back as we can give them.

Of course, it’s possible for a person with strong Leo influence to have a blind spot or an ego as large as the Pacific ocean, but that would be a Leo that fell into a lower vibration arena. Hopefully, they will grow out of it and emerge into the giving side of their nature soon. In general, I have found Leo folks to have the best of intentions when their motivations were probed, although they may not yet be skilled in expressing them.

Sometimes, the Leo energy manifests as creativity and storytelling. In that case, it’s important for a Leo to delve into the space behind all the stories, and to resist identifying too strongly with any one of the stories they are so expert at weaving. They’re strongest when they rest in the space and the place that all our stories emerge from, closer to our true beings than any of the tales we tell. Staying close to the creative source is important so we don’t get swirled up into a tornado of drama.

The Leo energy is one of the most vital and the happiest energies of the entire zodiac, and I invite everyone to meditate on it. Find out where you have Leo in your chart and utilize that area to sustain your own happiness and vitality. For example, in my chart, I have Leo in the house of creativity, and I use creative projects to pick myself up any time I feel a little blue or life gets me down. (If you need an astrology chart or consultation to find out where Leo is in your chart, a Kajama astrologer can help you.)

If you are interested in bringing forth more Leo energy in your life, you can use two methods. The first method is through nourishment and the second method is through a guided meditation. If you combine the two, you have even more manifestation energy.

You can manifest Leo energy if you want to increase your ability in any or all of the following areas of your life:

  • Heart, back, spine
  • Optimism, persistence, enthusiasm
  • Vitality
  • Creativity, drama (storytelling)
  • Leadership (ambition that is never ruthless)
  • Masculinity
  • Happiness & happy environments, celebrations
  • Sports
  • Organizing events & people
  • Body heating / cooling system
  • Faith

Method 1: Nourishment

Leo rules the chile pepper. Many varieties of chile pepper plants grow with their red, yellow, orange, or brown fruit pods shaped to look like little sunbursts, and Leo’s planetary ruler is the sun. The capsaicin in the plant causes the strong, spicy flavor and there even exists a measure of the heat in chiles—the Scoville heat unit—to measure where on the Scoville scale a chile pepper falls. It reminds you of the measures of the luminosity and magnitude of a star.

A sweet bell pepper scores 0 on the Scoville scale while a cayenne pepper (which is very good for the heart) scores 30,000 – 50,000 units. Our New Mexico red chiles score 500 – 750 so we can generally eat them fresh whenever we like, unlike many of the chiles that score very high on the Scoville scale.

Wilbur Scoville was a chemist who developed the Scoville heat unit in the early 20th century. It measures the amount of capsaicin present in a particular pepper. Capsaicin stimulates chemical receptors nerve endings in the skin, and the Scoville scale measures the number of times a pepper extract had to be diluted before the capsaicin no longer could be detected. A hundred years later, we are using high performance liquid chromatography and something called ASTA pungency units in an effort to update the science, but the Scoville scale remains much more widely used and the updated science doesn’t appear to be much more exact.

We do know, however, that capsaicin has some very nice effects in pain relief, and in our family we eat a meal of hot chiles when our feet and/or joints ache. In fact, we don’t need an excuse to enjoy the effects of capsaicin almost daily. We include chiles in almost everything.

Chile peppers originated in South America and quickly became popular throughout the rest of the world after the 16th and 17th centuries when Spanish and Portuguese explorers took plants back to other countries. Chiles are now widely grown commercially and in gardens throughout the world.

When eaten fresh (or raw—straight from the vine), chiles contain more Vitamin C than citrus. In case you don’t know what Vitamin C does for the body, it is the antioxidant that allows collagen to be synthesized. Collagen is a protein that provides for the strength of our blood vessels, our skin, our bones and our organs. Humans are one of a few species that cannot produce our own Vitamin C, and we must ingest it via our diets.

After growing chile plants in the garden, we’ve developed a taste for fresh chiles, alongside frozen and canned chiles. Dicing them and including them in our morning eggs, or including them in our bean dishes, and adding them into our wraps and sandwiches—we make plentiful use of these friends.

Method 2: Guided Meditation

This guided meditation is full of images and thoughts that are very grounding. You can use the following guided meditation in a few ways. The first is to read it silently, slowly to yourself, letting the images wash over your imagination. The second is to visit http://intuitivemoon.com/?post_type=product and listen to the audio recordings. Take a few minutes during your day for yourself, close your eyes, and be led in a meditation that is nourishing and deeply refreshing.

Leo Chile Guided Meditation: The Eternal Fire

There is a fire that doesn’t go out once it is lit. It stays burning deep in your heart with dedication and soul. It is the eternal fire.

When it reaches your heart, you know you are home. It often approaches you as if you are a dry wick and it is a candle flame that has already been lit. All it needs to do is align itself close to you. You find yourself aflame so gently and naturally that you might not notice your core purpose being ignited. You may pass by the moment entirely. Yet, your entire world finds itself enlightened and awakened.

Over time, the small flicker of eternity becomes the portal into the center of a star that leads to a pathway into all light and energy. It is the same light and energy that enlivens the chile plant. That calls it forth from the dry soil it loves and asks it to sing the essence of the eternal flame with its fireworks display of fruits.

When you sync with the chile plant, you realize you want to propagate into the high desert places on this earth. You desire the high and dry places that others may not be able to survive. You know you can thrive in them.

In the language of flowers, you say, give me heat—the full heat of the higher atmosphere. You rise toward the sky in mighty declaration.

The sky receives you as you grow. Side-by-side with your brother plants, you are able to support one another in the winds and rains of monsoon season. Your delicate white flowers emerge as you mature. You prepare yourself to dance with the flying and buzzing creatures who will visit the garden to pollinate your fruits.

A symphony of activity occurs as your flowers open. One by one, each receives the help it needs from a passing bee or insect or moth or butterfly. How strong you feel to be able to gain all you need for pollination. You realize you are also receiving nourishment from the soil, the sun, the air, and the rain to aid in your stability and fortitude. Your spirit is powerful and you feel joyful.

You glow with a happiness that suffuses your entire being as your flowers close and transform into peppers. Every component helps you shine each day as the sun radiates in the sky. You feel as if you are a reflection of the steady sun, thriving and growing each day.

The high heat of the long, late summer days infuses its very spirit into your peppers as they mature. Slowly, they even turn red to let life know they are ready to go. Ready to be enjoyed. You have made seeds in those red chile peppers. You’ve made another example of the eternal flame ready to be passed along to the next hand and the next heart to continue to light the world.

Dominique Jones is an internationally known astrologer, psychic, and writer. She is the author of the upcoming book “Nourishing Astrology,” a compendium of correlations between astrological elements and foods, along with recipes for manifesting astrological energies. She is also a professional metaphysical consultant at Kajama. Visit her at www.intuitivemoon.com to schedule a reading or sign up for her FREE monthly newsletter, featuring a comprehensive monthly astrological overview, healthy recipes and more!


Cancer and the Mushroom Underground

cancer-and-mushroomby Dominique Jones

One of the most reliable methods to align ourselves with a high spiritual vibration is through the energy of appreciation. Nature’s treasures sustain us and surround us daily, providing a deep and moving energy, and if we meditate on their beauty, we find our hearts and spirits expanding in expressive and fulfilling ways.

One of the ways to grow during our journeys is to recognize the relationship between astrology and nourishment. You will find a correlation between a sign and a food in this article and methods you can use to attune your energy.

Cancer is the cardinal sign in the zodiac that introduces the season of summer, attached to the archetype of the Moon and the mother. The moon is a planet-sized body that orbits the earth without atmosphere and light of its own. Its temperature when facing the sun is extremely hot and when enveloped in the darkness of space is extremely cold. Cancers likewise experience the full gamut of sensitivity to emotional experience, and run hot and cold according to the energy they encounter, so they should get ready to REFLECT.

Imagine time is not limited to its linear trajectory—that there is a dimension where all points in time happen simultaneously. In a divine state of being, you could reach into any moment and have access to past, present, and future—being unlimited by the perceptions that have constrained humans through living a linear history. All our concepts of time would be uprooted as the connections between centuries would be pliable and circular.

Now imagine the same thing applying to emotions. Imagine all emotions happening at once. Imagine the ability to access the connections between emotional states-of-being and the causal effects of thoughts and actions rippling through the world long before the ripples occur.

As they measure our brain activity, neuroscientists say that we make decisions unconsciously prior to our conscious thought leading to an action. That’s why it’s so difficult to change our habits—we have to access the unconscious decision-making from which our habitual ritual actions and subsequent emotional reactions result. The Cancer perceptions work at that unconscious moment of vibration and so can see the results approaching and can feel the probable emotions emerging. Imagine that level of emotional consciousness and you can begin to imagine the perceptions while a person with strong Cancer energy simply sips a cup of tea.

Every time there is a change in the energy around them, a Cancer will feel it. The Cancer person may not even be conscious of their empathic abilities or able to elucidate their experience. They may not be able to put it into any language that can be spoken, and it’s an enormous energetic capability. To perceive energy changes, and on the emotional level, which is the level of vibrational evaluation, makes one feel as if one is the judge of something.

Until a person has gone through their spiritual maturation into a full sense that they are included in the family of life and they know without a shadow of a doubt that they are loved by life, they will likely make the mistake of thinking they are supposed to go about discerning things. Society will not help them out here, as there are plenty of messages to support thoughts of being critical and superior/inferior. The problem for all of us with any of these thoughts is that eventually judgments turn on us and make us unhappy and lonely. They are a lower vibration and lead to emotions that are unsustainable.

Perhaps that is why in astrology it has been said that Cancers run hot and cold, or can be explosive. But the underlying mechanism is the management of perceiving all emotions. When the Cancer person can see behind the veil of situations into their true potential for emotional insight, they begin to awaken their empathic and psychic abilities. Then it gets fun instead of confusing and judgmental or reactive.

Empathic life becomes a dialogue with reality where a Cancer can begin to bless themselves and those around them with their insights, their ability to integrate the molecules in the air into a positive and warm glow through their intentional heart energy and their water sign depth of transformation that is like none other. When you see the changes throughout the life of a Cancer, you will be inspired beyond belief.

The reason is that the Cancer energy is also known as the birth energy, and it is not only vibrating at the unconscious point of decision-making in our minds, but at the point of many creative processes in our lives. Observing the sacred joy of creation is a high calling for Cancers.

It’s so important for Cancer folks to give themselves as much room as they would like to take good care of themselves. Often, this means permission for solitude and time with nature and beauty. This permission for self-care is a theme I’ve seen repeatedly in clients with strong Cancer influence. Somehow, this seems a shadow theme in the Cancer life—get out of balance via over-responsibility or focusing too much on others and then, via a trauma such as illness or divorce, get back into balance through a time of retreat and intensive self-care. I get the feeling if Cancers had this permission from a young age, it might help them avoid this shadow cycle in the future.

Cancer energy is perhaps the most nurturing energy you will ever encounter when you reach it at its spiritual zenith. The soul of Cancer is the seat of motherhood, and that is the ticket for the seat we all would like to purchase. Nothing is warmer or more inspiring and beautiful. It’s where we want to be—the creative center—and the result for which we all have been working so very hard—to be at home and at peace. Cancers already have it right in the center of their heart-space, and it is a gift for all of us.

(To note, all of us have the sign of Cancer in our chart, and wherever we have it in our chart, we can always be at home there. A Kajama astrologer can tell you what part of life can give you infinite peace.)

If you are interested in bringing forth more Cancer energy in your life, you can use two methods. The first method is through nourishment and the second method is through a guided meditation. If you combine the two, you have even more manifestation energy.

You can manifest Cancer energy if you want to increase your ability in any or all of the following areas of your life:

  • Uterus, breast, and pregnancy
  • Nutrition, digestion, and stomach issues (including ulcers)
  • Family and home
  • Sympathy, emotions, and emotional balance
  • Sensitivity (increasing)
  • Femininity
  • Baking/catering, interior decorating, real estate, social work, doctors, hotels, commerce, supplying domestic needs of all kinds
  • Boats and lakes
  • Plumbing and buildings
  • Empathic abilities / psychic abilities

Method 1: Nourishment

Mushrooms are associated with the sign of Cancer. Medicinal mushrooms are a rich pharmaceutical that support healing and/or protection from cancer, inflammation, immunity problems, liver problems, fibroids, cholesterol issues, diabetes, viral infections, and other chronic illnesses. Basically, mushrooms are amazing allies for both humans and the earth, and we humans have eaten them with gusto throughout the ages.

You can cook mushrooms and they will retain their nutritional support for your body. One of the great things about them is that you don’t need to be concerned about cooking the nutrients out of them. To prepare them, simply wipe them off with a damp cloth or paper towel instead of trying to wash them under water. You can cook them dry or in an oil or butter, or whatever preparation you prefer.

The earliest record of mushroom use was found in a cave in Algeria from about 5000 BCE where they were pictured with a dancing shaman outlined with a glowing aura. The Greeks and Romans wrote extensively on how they feasted upon their boletus and cultivated mushrooms on poplar trees. The Chinese and Indian cultures widely used many species of mushrooms. Russians have a rich history of mushroom gathering and feasting. Fungi appear on eighteen European coats of arms. Mushrooms have been part of the human family’s diet throughout our history, and have been on earth for what we know to be about 500 million years (according to fossil data).

There are at least 1.4 million species of mushrooms, but we’ve only identified about 800,000. Mushrooms that are available for us to eat are often cultivated, but many of them are still gathered in forests. It’s important—extremely important—to be educated and meticulous when gathering mushrooms because many mushrooms are poisonous and even deadly.

There are many varieties of mushrooms beyond the button and portabella mushrooms we often see in grocery stores. The king bolete mushroom used in the meditation created below was often thought to be the finest mushroom for eating and was hunted down during mushroom season and placed on the table of royalty.

In addition to food, mushrooms are used in fuel cells and in mycoremediation. Mycoremediation is a process that uses fungi to help dispose of toxic materials, decontaminate and reduce road and farm runoff, reduce forest fire potential, clean up contaminated bacterium like E. coli, and create buffer zones around polluted areas.

It has been said that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. I would like to see the DNA of mushrooms. Fungi move—they lift heavy rocks and break through concrete. They come in all sizes and live to be hundreds of years old. The Fruiting bodies we eat are small parts of the whole fungi. The whole creatures consist of mycelium that spread out on the ground and absorb the water and nutrients from the surrounding area, and each of the fruiting bodies is connected to everything that mycelium touches.

Mushrooms, then, are like little friends to us—in the majority of cases. As long as we are wise in our consumption, choosing safe mushroom varieties, it is wise to consume them on a daily basis to keep ourselves very healthy, indeed!

Method 2: Guided Meditation

This guided meditation is full of images and thoughts that are very grounding. You can use the following guided meditation in a few ways. The first is to read it silently, slowly to yourself, letting the images wash over your imagination. The second is to visit IntuitiveMoon.com and listen to the audio recordings. Take a few minutes during your day for yourself, close your eyes, and be led in a meditation that is nourishing and deeply refreshing.

Cancer and the Orb of the Mushroom Guided Meditation

As you settle into a comfortable position, focus your awareness on your breath. Breathe slowly and relax. Gently move your mind’s eye to the area of your body surrounding your heart. Imagine in the center of your heart area, there is a golden circle of light, like a small star that lives inside you and can contract and expand at any time. This golden orb is extremely flexible.

It can expand to encompass and protect your entire body. It can contract down to the size of a penny. You feel at home in this golden glow. It is a sensation you can always return to, like you can always retreat to the quiet of your home after being out in the world for a time.

You feel peace, serenity, and the sense that you can open the door to your true nature. As you enjoy these feelings, you focus your breathing through your heart.

The golden orb of light changes to a size that is ideal for you to feel comfortable. It honors and protects your heart.

Imagine your consciousness moving into the center of the golden orb energy. As you move into the center of the circle of light, you find that you are safe and anchored in a way that allows you to travel into your imagination deeper.

Move even more into the center of the light. As you experience the illumination of light moving toward you, you will also discover a scene opening up before you. You will find yourself in a forest at night.

You are floating in your orb of light just above the ground, flying smoothly along, just above the ground like a tiny fairy. You enjoy being able to see at night. You enjoy being able to fly and move effortlessly at any speed you desire, even pop in and out anywhere your curiosity directs.

Air for you is like water that you swim within. Every movement is effortless and you observe how things grow in this forest full of life and loveliness. For a little while, you may move around looking at night creatures and their habits. You watch various plants and trees.

Then you move under one particular tree and see the fruiting bodies of a patch of king bolete mushrooms growing amid the bark and pinecones sprinkled at the feet of this tree and its neighbors.

You become curious to explore what it would be like to merge your energy with a mushroom being. A wild growing fungus. Something in between a plant and an animal. For a few moments, you simply sit atop one of the tall mushroom caps, feeling the smooth surface against your fingertips and palm.

Then you lift off and effortlessly fly underneath. You see the bottom of the mushroom cap up close.

You decide to explore the inside of a mushroom. You slowly approach the pores underneath the mushroom’s top and enter into the space between them like a little spaceship traveling into the unknown.

As you travel down into the stem of the fruiting portion of the mushroom, you arrive at its base and realize this one fruit that humans know to be a singular mushroom is actually connected via its stem to its mycelium. This mother mycelium is a singular entity to the whole family of mushroom stems that you saw underneath the tree. The mushroom is one complex organism, with mushroom stems emerging into the air time and time again to spread its spores.

You can feel how sensitive the mushroom is, and how each stem is connected to the others through the ground. The sense of connectedness is so strong in the mushroom consciousness that it’s a transformative force. The mycelium reaches out like a tongue to taste new territory and digests wastes into nutrients.

As it cleans the ground around it, it picks up any water it can find and transports it through the mycelium, up the stems, and up into the caps. No part of the mushroom family is alone and nothing it touches is left unnourished. The mother mycelium is a bed of unseen activity low to the ground that surrounds and changes everything.

What a profound example of divine nurturing, you think, as you thank the mushroom spirit for sharing its wisdom. You wrap your arms around yourself as if to convey you are giving the mushroom a hug and then fly back up through the mycelium and out the mushroom’s pores the same way the mushroom spores would when they are ready to travel into the air.

You promise the mother mycelium you will be back for another visit, and you slowly return through the cool air of the forest over the ground and the night-time flowers and birds and when you are ready, up into the golden light at the center of your heart.

Breathe, and enjoy feeling at home in your heart. Now notice your body, and notice how you are connected to the earth. Feel your toes and feet. Make a vow to take inspiration from the mushroom and transform something for the better today, however large or small it may be. Breathe through your heart and allow the golden orb to rest at a size and place that you will be comfortable with during normal consciousness. It is a protective energy that you can carry within you always. When you’re ready, open your eyes, give yourself time to adjust gently, and slowly ease into activity.

Dominique Jones is an internationally known astrologer, psychic, and writer. She is the author of the upcoming book “Nourishing Astrology,” a compendium of correlations between astrological elements and foods, along with recipes for manifesting astrological energies. She is also a professional metaphysical consultant at Kajama. Visit her at www.intuitivemoon.com to schedule a reading or sign up for her FREE monthly newsletter, featuring a comprehensive monthly astrological overview, healthy recipes and more!


Time to Breathe

yoga-art-3by Maggie Anderson

Create space with breath. As you focus only on your breath, your attention to thoughts goes away and you are in the present moment, allowing space and stillness to be there. Breathing, in and of itself, holds the key to our divine connection. For without breathing we would not survive. Become aware of your breath in every moment. Your breath is always in the present. Breath awareness is most powerful and transformational.

Breath is the key to relaxation. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means lengthening of the prana or breath. Prana is life force or vital energy. Pranayama yoga is a practice of control of breath. Prana itself is the essence and energy of God/Divine itself. It is everywhere. It is in the trees, the flowers, the sun and it is vital to our very survival. That is why we are so linked with Mother Nature.

Ancient yogi’s believed that we are each born with a certain amount of breaths. So as we work towards elongating our breaths or controlling our breathing we elongate our lifespan. Whether the number of breaths per individual life is true or not, conscious breathing is beneficial for our mind, body and soul. Practicing pranayama/breathing technique reduces stress, cleans and clears toxins from the body and so much more.

Time to Breathe… I’ve seen profound results in just breathing through your intention and feeling it. Breathe very deeply in and very slowly out. Use the full capacity of your lungs. Be with the sound and rhythm of your breath. Become aware of your breath and most especially at the tail end of your out-breath. There is a stillness and energy here. Focus on your breath for a time. Feel the energy body within you expand. Breathe and then your focus is on the intention while allowing the energy to flow to you and through you. You are focusing only on the present moment. In this present moment your power resides. When in this present state of mind you can pinpoint and focus on your desired goal. Be focused and enjoy the divine energy flowing to you always. Remember what you focus upon expands. So focus on the positive elements of love, peace and joy as you intend! Enjoy breathing in the present moment!

As stated in Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar, “An emphasis on long inhalation and holding the breath after inhalation intensified the effects of a yoga posture in the chest area and supports the elimination process and has a cleansing affect on the body by enlivening the organs, especially abdominal region. An emphasis on long exhalation and holding the breath after exhalation intensifies the effects of the posture in the abdominal region (energized and heats the body).”

There are a variety of powerful ways that you can practice pranayama yoga to benefit your entire body. The use of pranayama techniques are very beneficial for smoothing out Kundalini symptoms that are too intense. Some forms I have come across are: Quiet breathing, Deep breathing, fast breathing, spinal breathing and many others. When practicing these versions of breathing it is imperative to your health that you do these with proper guidance and follow the instructions given.

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Breath awareness is a beautiful meditation to practice wherever you are. Just breathe and be aware of the breath. Watch your breath. Come into the present moment. As you breathe in, be with the inhale. As you breathe out, be with the exhale. You will find your inner calm a comforting place to be that is strangely familiar. Energy is our life force. It has been called Prana, Chi, Ki, etc. When we breathe we take in oxygen and life force energy to survive. As you breathe in, you are taking in Light and Energy. Let’s call it Light Breathing! Simply be aware that your breath is powerful and causes subtle but noticeable shifts from within. Below you will find several Breathing Techniques.


Long Deep Belly Breaths

Breathe FULLY! Breathe DEEPLY. Breathe long deep belly breaths. Breathe deeply using the full capacity of your lungs and then take time to really feel your stomach filling with air. Feel the rhythm of your breath. Fall into this rhythm and allow it to soothe you. When we were babies we knew how to breathe correctly and fully. Watch a baby breathing. Their belly goes out and in. Stop focusing on how you look and breathe. Feel most comfortable from within. Most of us move into breathing through our chests and lungs still never taking a full breath. So when you become conscious of the power of breath awareness, take those moments to breathe deeply and fully. Even watch your lungs and belly inflate and then deflate. Deep, slow, full breaths are key to really bringing in the energy to your body in beautiful most healthy ways. You will truly feel the difference immediately. This is a process to condition yourself back to breathing healthily and also uplifts the energy. Some yogi’s out there have a goal to have less numbers of breaths per minute. So instead of 20 breaths per minute you can reduce it to four long deep full healing breaths per minute. And you can work your way towards this goal over a long period of time. But don’t worry about the number just breathe fully and deeply. Disease is carried away with the breath and also very good for any lung-related problems. So allow your body to come back to its natural innate breathing rhythm. Do this full breath process and also simply practice breath awareness of natural rhythm breathing without force. Both bring profound results.

Full-Wave Breathing

I’ve been lucky enough to have attended a workshop to learn a Full-Wave® Breathing technique with Linda Jaros at the Life Breath Wellness Center in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. The Full-Wave® Breathing technique was created by Dr. Tom Goode. This is much like I just explained with breathing naturally like a baby but with a new awareness. Breathe in deep through your nose into your lower belly, then your middle belly or diaphragm and then fill your lungs. Then immediately exhale it all out naturally through the mouth. It doesn’t have to be a long slow exhale, just release it out. Let it all go. And without holding your breath at the top or bottom of breaths, keep the flow going. Inhale low in belly to chest, filling your lungs and exhale even with a sigh if you like. Try this technique daily for at least 10 breathe or even for 20-45 minutes (if you have the time) for 30 days. You will be amazed at the results in your body, mind and spirit. Upon the first time trying this technique, my body began to tremble with shakes or tremors. These weren’t like tingles from extra oxygen (that I was receiving also). These were real Kundalini activated trembles and shakes. It was fun to witness. As you do this technique you are, also, working with and rising up the Kundalini energy within you.

Breath of Fire

There is also a yogic Breath of Fire (Agni-Prasana), a cleansing & energizing breath, powered by abdominal contractions. This is a technique to achieve higher states while shedding energy blockages. It’s a fast paced breath that is known for assisting in releasing a lot of negative energies. In this technique you take in fast balanced inhales through your nose and fast balanced exhales out of your nose. This technique of fast sharp breaths removes heavy, stagnant energy from our bodies. A way to assist you in practicing this is to first have your mouth open and stick your tongue kind of like a dog and breathe very fast in and out. Then when you are ready, close your mouth and do this fast breathing through your nostrils. There is no pushing or pulling. You’ll simply feel a pull in your solar plexus area and possibly a root lock feeling at the root chakra level. Remember this is fast breathing in and out of your nose in equal time. Keep the breath equal. Don’t actually try for the Breath of Fire. There is no trying. With Breath of Fire you are natural, easy, fluid and powerful. No pushing or pulling of stomach or diaphragm or chest. Just quick, fast, easy breathing. Find a good rhythm and fall into it. The key to the breath of fire is to let the upper abdomen, the diaphragm truly relax and let the breath breathe you. Breath of fire will speed up the benefit of your yogic exercises.

You can also do this technique standing. Stand, arms easily at sides. Shake your body, really let it all out. Then jump body up and down fast and short in rhythm with your breathing through the nose. This aids in movement and breath while visualizing Kundalini rising if you like. You can also do the Breath of Fire while sitting comfortably and with legs crossed. Hold your arms up, thumbs out, and all other fingers facing in at the first joint. Close your eyes and do the Breathe of Fire for as long as you can, then hold it for longer. Breathing with movement is very powerful. And in movements, such as Yoga, breath is a key factor in keeping rhythm and to, also, achieve what goals you are setting up for the yogic practice. Yoga is has great balancing benefits for incorporating the combination of breath and movement.

Breath of Fire will entirely charge the nervous system, causing the glands to secrete and purify the blood. When it is done with certain postures and movements in yoga, which are meant to put contracting (drawing in) or expanding (releasing) pressure in nerve plexuses and glandular centers, those areas are made to fire and become completely charged.
As an area becomes charged, the sexual (seminal) fluids are released into the bloodstream and flow to those charged areas, so that gradually those areas will maintain that charge and pranic pressure builds throughout the body converting Bindu (Tamasic and Rajasic energy) to Ojas (Satvic energy), which fills and permeates the entire body and mind.

Kapalabati Breathing

Now, the Breath of Fire is not same as Kapalabati (Kah-pa-la-bhati) breathing, also called the “Cleansing Breath” or “Skull Shining Breath”. It’s easy to get these confused since they both are very powerful and focus on the core with a fire breathing technique. Kapalabati breathing is a forceful breath, where we contract the abdomen, diaphragm and rib cage (pulling on the root lock with each contracting breath), where the simple relaxing of the rib cage brings the air back into the lungs, without inhaling and you force the air out again (also in a rhythmic manner). It has powerful exhales and passive inhales.

Kapalabhati clears the body from the constant intake of toxins, thus detoxifying it. This technique helps to replace any toxic air with fresh air. Practicing this filters out negative and unnatural things held in the frontal lobe. The breathing mainly takes place from the abdomen, as opposed to the chest, and this specifically is what helps to remove the toxic air. Kapala means “the skull” and bhati means “brings lightness.” Kapalabhati helps to make the motions of your diaphragm very easy and controlled. This helps it to discard the muscle cramps present in bronchial tubes. A lot of force is used to do this pranayama. While exhaling, the process is very strong and while inhaling, the process is very calming.

It is also a cleansing technique that places emphasis on cleaning the air passages and blockages in the chest as well as the nasal passage. It helps deter asthma, diabetes, bronchitis and allergies. The breathing exercise purifies the lungs and nasal passages. Breathing in this way lightens your skull by extracting problems like sinusitis. This is an invigorating and energizing practice as it fills your stuffy skull with fresh air. The practice also improves bowel movements which rids the body of the many diseases. Excellent for Respiratory Problems – It is also one of the best exercises for asthma patients and people suffering from respiratory problems. This stimulating breath can do wonders for every single tissue in your body.

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Another breathing technique assists you in holding your breath in for a few moments. While you hold your breath you are sustaining the life force within just a little bit longer. This is very healing. One such technique that uses the option of holding the breath is called Alternate Nostril Breathing. Also known as the purifying breath or Nadi Shodhana.

Alternate nostril breathing technique is a yogic technique that I highly recommend to assist you through Kundalini symptoms. Alternate nostril breathing is said to relieve heat and cold symptoms. Practicing this cleanses and rejuvenates vital channels of energy as well as brings a soothing calm. This is also beneficial as a preface to Kundalini symptoms (or side effects) you may experience and will assist in balancing out what would have been a harsh symptom. This breathing technique cleanses the nervous system, clears nasal passage, strengthens the heart and releases mental anxiety.

It is much easier to do this while watching another guiding you. Your hand is held in front of your nose, you will alternate your thumb and pinky finger to block one nostril at a time. Each inhale and exhale is done slowly to the count of four. If desiring a cooling effect, block your right nostril first and breathe in through your left nostril (to the count of 1, 2, 3, 4). Then block your left nostril and breathe out through your right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Then block the left nostril and breathe out through the right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Leaving your left nostril blocked, breathe in through the right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Block the right nostril and breathe out through the left nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Repeat the cycle of alternate-nostril breathing a few times and end the cycle with an exhale through the left nostril. For a warming effect, begin your first inhale through the right nostril and finish the cycle by exhaling through your right nostril.

Ujjayi Breath (Ocean Breath)
Ujjayi (pronounced – oo-ji-ya)

Pranayama is an important part of a Vinyasa yoga practice. Also known as the Ocean Breath, Hissing Breath and Victorious Breath. This pranayama is most often used in association with the practice of yoga poses, especially, my favorite, the Vinyasa style. Vinyasa yoga is breath-synchronized movement, and the breath used most often is Ujjayi breath. Learn this breath while seated in a comfortable cross-legged position. Once you feel confident, begin to use it during asana practice.

Ujjayi breath is breathing only through the nose, while constricting the throat. To begin you can do this with your mount open and hear the hissing sound your breath makes when your throat is tightened. Then close your mouth and that hiss or ocean sound goes more within. Some people like to say it sounds a little like Darth Vador. That might help you understand what it sounds like.

What you are doing is bringing more oxygen into your lungs than a normal breath. The air that comes in through your constricted throat is a powerful, directed breath that you can send into the parts of your body that need it during yoga.

Benefits include: Mind, body and spirit relaxation and calm, lowers blood pressure and treats insomnia.

Cooling Breath

Choose a meditative posture. Stick out tongue. Roll the sides upward and breathe in through the opening, pulling in as much air as possible. Hold that breath and close mouth. Begin breathing slowly out of your nose.

Benefits include: Good for liver and spleen, treats fever, cools the nervous system and reduces high blood pressure.

Happiness Breath – Sukha Pranayama

Choose a meditating position and begin breathing. Be aware of how the air flows in and releases. As you breathe in, think of happy things, as you breathe out, rid yourself of any worries or tension which is restricting the ability to be happy. Breathe in positive light happy energy. Breathe out and release all that no longer serves you. Breathe in light and exhale dark. Breathe in love and exhale it out to the world.

Your benefits from practicing this breath technique are: Your concentration improves, relieves stress and hypertension and nervous system becomes stronger. There have been studies done of positive people and negative people when they are up against a challenging situation. Those that are negative have a tougher time getting through the challenge and feel miserable during it. Those that are positive not only feel better, but they attract to them the solution to their issue much faster and easier.

Lion’s Breath

Lion’s Breath relieves tension in the face by stretching the jaw and tongue. It can be done in almost any pose. I’ve commonly seen it during Cat/Cow poses or as I like to call it, Moving Cats flow. As another option, you may come to kneel with your seat resting in your feet. Place your hands on your knees. Inhale through the nose. Exhale through the mouth, making a “ha” sound. As you exhale, open your mouth wide and stick your tongue as far out as possible towards your chin. Option: You can also bring your drishti (gaze) towards your third eye as you exhale. Inhale, returning to a neutral face. Repeat 3-5 times.

Breath of Joy

This is a great pose to practice if you find yourself in need of a quick 
pick-me-up or is great as a part of any yoga practice.

To practice Breath of Joy, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and parallel, knees may be slightly bent. Inhale one-third of your lung capacity and swing your arms up in front of your body, bringing them parallel to each other at shoulder level or a little higher, with palms facing the ceiling. Continue inhaling to two-thirds capacity and stretch your arms out to the side like wings to shoulder level. Inhale to full capacity and swing your arms parallel and over your head, palms facing each other. Open your mouth and exhale completely with an audible ha, bending the knees more deeply as you sink into a standing squat and swing your arms down and back behind you like a diver. Never forcing or straining the body or breath; simply be absorbed by the peacefully stimulating rhythm. Repeat 5-10 times.
Close your eyes and feel the vibration or hum in your body. Notice the effects. Feel how quickly your heart beats; feel the sensations in your face and arms; and the tingling in the palms of your hands.

Practicing Breath of Joy awakens your whole system. It increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana, and gently stoking agni. Through strong inhalations and synchronized arm movements, the practice awakens your whole system—increasing oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana, and gently stoking agni. A forceful exhalation lightly detoxifies the body and helps release pent-up tension.After completing several rounds, the parasympathetic system (which sustains the body at rest) kicks in, leaving the mind calm and focused. The result is a state of homeostatic balance that the yogis call sattva. These qualities make Breath of Joy especially effective in managing mood. The practice counters the shallow upper chest breathing of anxiety by inviting the breath to fill every milliliter of the lungs. Like a strong bright wind, it also sweeps away the sluggishness of depression and infuses the mind with a serene sense of clarity.

Contraindications/Modifications: If you have knee injuries or cannot stand, you may practice this in a modified way while seated in a chair. Also, this practice may not be appropriate for everyone. Skip it if you have high blood pressure or if you suffer from any kind of head or eye injury, like migraines or glaucoma. If you start to feel light-headed, instead of light-hearted, stop for a minute and just breathe normally.

There are many other various breathing techniques through yoga that you can explore. Enjoy the process!

As you take a few minutes a day to consciously breathe, you build a beautiful reserve of life force energy within. I’m finding it’s most beneficial to focus on the spaces between breaths. The space between is most sacred. A blissful stillness is here. For me it seems highly beneficial to focus on the breathing out (exhale) for bringing in beautiful energy to self and others. There is a space between that occurs on the in-breath (inhale) as well as the out-breath (exhale). This space seems quite pivotal in building the energy.

So I invite you to breathe deeply, consciously and be here now.

Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

“Follow Your Bliss. It’s Your Spiritual Compass.”


8 Limbs of Yoga

yoga-art-2by Maggie Anderson

So much activity and anxiety exists in the world. So much can be relieved from practicing all forms of yoga. Yoga is not just the physical asana practice but encompasses many elements for a mind, body and soul connection. In ancient Yoga traditions they were aware of the transformation of the body as inevitable and set up a beautiful complete practice of yoga called the 8 limbs of yoga.

I’ll explain in brief the 8 limbs of yoga. By following these 8 limbs of yoga you are consciously preparing your body for the Kundalini awakening process that follows. This builds up your physical body, your mental body and spiritual body’s with prana and the necessary energy to withstand and go through the inevitable changes that will occur once Kundalini awakens. Yoga provides mental, physical and spiritual benefits. It’s an all-around balanced practice (sadhana).

The eight limbs of yoga are described as follows:

1. Yama: Universal morality or restraint (outside ourselves with others). Both the Yama’s and Niyama’s have five characteristics, rules or laws that are considered the ten disciplines of yoga. Yama’s five characteristics of moral behaviors towards others are as follows: 
• Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things 
• Satya – Commitment to Truthfulness 
• Asteya – Non-stealing 
• Brahmacharya – Sense control 
• Aparigraha – Neutralizing the desire to acquire and hoard wealth

2. Niyama: Personal observances or discipline (inside ourselves). Nyama’s five inner moral guidelines for oneself are: 
• Sauca – Purity 
• Santosa – Contentment 
• Tapas – Disciplines use of our energy 
• Svadhayaya – Self study 
• Isvarapranidhana – Celebration of the Spiritual

3. Asanas: Body postures

4. Pranayama: Practice of breathing exercises and control of prana

5. Pratyahara: Control of the senses or withdrawal. A non-attachment so that the world is not a distraction to the inner self.

6. Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness. The ability to focus on something uninterrupted by external or internal distractions.

7. Dhyana: Devotion, Meditation on the Divine. Building upon Dharana so that the focus is no longer on one thing but all-encompassing.

8. Samadhi: Ecstasy, bliss, Union with the Divine. This builds upon Dhyana to transcendence or enlightenment.

I am happy to recognize that what I have included in my books How I Found My True Inner Peace, and Divine Embrace as guidelines that have worked for me and as my offering to assist us in a smooth transition to awakening to full self-realization, is very much in line and similar with the 8 limbs of yoga.

Of course I frame it in a more modern way with funny quirks of my own self. It is after all my expression that I offer. I am rather happy to have found this out after having written this book series. It is a true testament that we are One with the Divine and connections are happening at deep levels. When you start to connect within yourself, and may have already, you will see and feel the deep connection deep inside. You will receive those synchronicities and signs to help you along
The 8 limbs of yoga truly are wise. This ancient wisdom offers us the knowledge that may have seemed hidden but has been here all along. The ancient yogi’s came to this knowledge. As have I, you too will come to this wisdom from within even if you don’t have the guidance of the 8 limbs themselves. Suddenly, it all makes sense and you are there. They help you through and allow you to realize it does balance out and you will naturally evolve as we all will.

Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

“Follow Your Bliss. It’s Your Spiritual Compass.”


Yoga Is

yoga-art-1by Maggie Anderson

Yoga is not just my passion, but my life. It’s a big part of my calling. Yoga is hard to explain in one word and yet so simple. Most people who know me know that I live yoga as much as I can! I teach yoga four times a week and practice even more than that (not just the physical asana practice but all forms – 8 limbs – of yoga). And even right now I have been guided to begin creating my very own 200-hr. Vinyasa Yoga Flow Teacher Training – my area of expertise.

I started practicing yoga when I began my weight loss journey over 9 years ago. The more I practiced the more yoga I desired. I couldn’t and still can’t get enough.

Yoga is Namaste. Yoga is sublime.

Through my dedicated yoga practice, I am able to handle life with more grace, flow and ease. Through yoga we can heal ourselves physically, but also just as important mentally, emotionally and spiritual. As I practice yoga I get deeper into my true self; ripping away the layers that no longer serve me – obtaining a deeper connection to Source/God.

Yoga’s natural side effects are alleviating stress and anxiety while providing unlimited physical benefits to the body including shedding those unwanted pounds. Yoga’s goal is to assist you in aligning with the true essence that you are. Along the way you will notice more peace and a calm that comes from within in any situation. You realize you are living yoga every moment of your life.

For many who begin yoga, it starts as a physical attraction to become more limber and feel more calm. The other “side effects” of yoga may slowly creep in on a person and before you know it they are not just obtaining their initial reason for practicing but they are BEING more connected; FEELING more free, kind, loving and loved. Life becomes more manageable. It can come at you in subtle ways or it might take ahold of you the very first time you practice. Yoga to me is magical and so very natural.

Yoga is connection.

Connection to the Earth and the Self, as well as the divine connection to the cosmic consciousness. Yoga Asana is the physical practice of yoga; the movement portion of yoga that many of us are well aware of. Asana yoga is the doorway into a deeper connection. Through the practice of all forms of yoga it is possible to awaken your Kundalini and eventually achieve enlightenment. (If you aren’t aware of Kundalini, which is our divine essence, you can learn more by reading this artcle and by purchasing my book Divine Embrace.)

As we flow through life accumulating toxins, Yoga provides the detox our bodies need. Yoga removes these from our bodies naturally. Yoga also removes the toxicity of the mind. Our mind thoughts, if left unchecked, can become a disease. Stress, anxiety, depression and a general sense of unease rests within us as we allow our mind thoughts to take hold of our very existence. Yoga brings space and freedom back where there seemed to be no room for before.

As I said, many people begin yoga to assist them with physical issues but then as they practice, there is an opening – an awakening. Amazing. This is not just exercise. You will see if you choose to practice. Doing yoga provides freedom. Space is created in yoga to BE. Magic occurs as you focus, breathe consciously, gaze deeply, go inward, create space and ultimate freedom.

All stress comes from a disconnection from Self; from Source. You may start out doing the physical practice of yoga and even meditation for your health, to relieve stress or shed a few pounds, but it’s ultimately a disconnected feeling that draws you to yoga even subconsciously – to reconnect once again to your Soul; your Source and/or God.

Life can feel like such a rollercoaster and practicing yoga can bring you down from always feeling like you are in that whirlwind! Life becomes balanced and manageable. Karendayal Bliss Life Yoga has a saying I love:

“Life happens. Life in the flow.”

We learn over time that nobody can solve our problems, but someone can guide you how to solve the problem. You may receive guidance through a teacher, a guru or even strangers that you run into every day. As we practice yoga we learn that the more we know, the less we truly know. Every day I am reminded how much I truly do not know; a very humbling experience.
Yoga teaches me to be present. To just live for being and enjoying life as it is right NOW. Not ten minutes from now, no five days ago, but right now. We are taught to get out of our heads, to release worries and fears of the past or the future and to only live for this very moment. Presence.

“Lead me from untruth to truth, lead me from darkness to light.” ~ Buddha

Through yoga we are reminded that we do have a dark side as well as a light side. We are not to repress the dark side, but embrace that side of our Self. We are the yin and the yang. We ultimately cleanse the dark stuff we hold inside. We shine the light on this. We must make friends with dark side. Both positive and negative balance out the whole. Daily practice refines and improves our inner vision to see our Self more clearly. We no longer need to run from fears. Face them and say I’m not running from you anymore. So much is in our heads, so much dark is only in our heads, self-doubt judgment betrayal. Yoga grounds the body so that the light and dark sides of ourselves become clear. So much is truly untrue. But as we diligently practice we are able to find the middle ground and walk our centered balanced line in life. We gain balance in centered lightheartedness. We can have harmony in both light and dark.

“Yoga tells us that the world is actually a projection of our own thoughts and we can modify our inner world to manifest into our outer world. When our inside realm is at peace and in harmony, our outer world shines this projection back at us.”
~ David, Jiva Mukti Yoga co-founder

Yoga is observation.

We can observe our world and see what part that is in us is begin reflected back to us. We can then see what part of us needs modification or adjustment in order to have our outer reality reflect back to us the peace, happiness and love we so greatly desire and deserve.

Yoga is already inside of you. Happiness is there. Yoga helps you peel away the onion layers to get to the core. To freedom. The deepest Divine connection to the Ultimate Light Source.

Come out of wanting and back into acceptance and Joy. A yogi or yogini can turn any situation into bliss. That is a yogi. Yoga is being now. Ultimate yoga is meditation. Just BE.

Yoga is love.

“Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls.” 
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Through a dedicated practice of all forms of yoga we can participate in the world with a sense of freedom, unaffected from trauma, depression, anger, etc. The freedom is balance in both.

Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

“Follow Your Bliss. It’s Your Spiritual Compass.”


What Intuition Is and What It Isn’t

intuition-article-3An Excerpt from First Intelligence by Simone Wright

Following are several understandings about what intuition is and isn’t. These distinctions will assist you in further demystifying the process and will enable you to discern the subtle yet powerful differences between the tone and style of true intuitive perception and those of past emotional programming, learned behavior, and misguided understandings of the intuitive process. These clarifications will allow you to amplify and fine-tune your precision so that your accuracy and outcomes will become more and more reliable.

Intuition Is Not Based in Emotion

Intuition communicates in a neutral, unemotional fashion. The most common misconception about intuition, and why it tends to get a bad rap, especially in environments dominated by logical, rational, and, dare I say, masculine thinking, is the greatly erroneous contention that intuition is not to be trusted because it is based in emotion.

Since intuition is emotionally neutral, there is no “charge” of opposites (right/wrong, fear/love, good/bad). This is because it stems from the highest level of mind, which is unchangeable, im-movable, indestructible, and beyond emotion. The emotion tends to come the moment after you receive the information, or the “hit.” As quick as thought, you become emotional because the information you perceive triggers fear, worry, or anxiety, because it requires you to do something that you may not feel comfortable doing. Or, conversely, it triggers emotions of ease, anticipation, or joy, because the direction is in alignment with your highest good. The emotion comes from your response to the intuitive wisdom, not from the wisdom itself.

Intuition Is Inner Knowing; It Is Not External Learning

“How do you know what you know when you know it?” This was the question I asked a room full of detectives in the first moments of a two-day workshop designed to amplify intuitive intelligence in police officers. I wanted to get a feel for the room and to see what they thought was going on when they got a hunch or an intuitive certainty about something.
Every one of the detectives admitted to having many intuitive experiences on and off the job. Some of them were willing to say they didn’t really know what was involved in the process, but the majority of them said they believed their intuitive experiences were a result of their massive amount of training and their large number of years spent in law enforcement.

It is true that while on the job the officers take action based on impressions they perceive in the brain and body. But these “knowings” should be attributed to the automatic function of a brain that has studied, practiced, and experienced something so many times that the knowledge has been moved from the conscious part of the brain to the subconscious, or unconscious, part so the organ can conserve its energy to continue to store more information.
It is the brain on autopilot, where operations take place without conscious intervention. These unconscious states, while beneath awareness, are still experienced by our body as feelings, emotions, and mental impressions, and they significantly affect routine actions such as brushing our teeth and driving to work.

Modern computers and other forms of technology are designed to operate more intuitively — that is, to operate with greater creative ease and higher performance. But like the police detectives, these pieces of equipment are deeply coded and programmed so that their performance seems to appear intuitive. The “mind” of the computer has been taught what to do, and so it does everything it is supposed to do with seemingly magical skill. This ability, while interesting or inspiring, is not intuition. True intuitive intelligence is an inner knowing, a direct perception of and processing of information within the inner dimensions of mind, without access to previous study, knowledge, or experience. It is knowing without having to go through the process of learning.

Intuition Is Life Affirming

Intuition supports life at its highest levels of evolution and well-being and guides us so we can grow and thrive despite obstacles, regardless of how severe they may appear to our limited perceptions. This truth is reflected in the power of water to break down a mountain, a single acorn to produce an entire forest after a wildfire, or a tiny weed to crack a slab of concrete wide open so it can reach for greater light and potential.
Intuitive intelligence is highly energy efficient, and it guides us to our destiny via the path of least resistance, right action, and highest good. It guides us to solutions that are elegant and natural, that unfold without force, and that are advantageous to everyone involved. Intuitive intelligence understands that life supports life, and that to benefit one is to benefit the whole.

Intuition operates strictly in the present moment. It does not respond to past resentments or worries about the future. Its creative power lies in the eternal moment of “now,” and it uses that point of stillness to propel itself forward, toward greater evolution.
You will know you are not connected to the wisdom of your intuition if

• you are upset about the past or worried about the future;
• you hear the words can’t, won’t, shouldn’t, don’t, or what if;
• you find yourself needing to control the details or outcome of a situation; or
• you find yourself being critical of yourself, those around you, or the situation you are in.

These descriptions of what intuition is or is not illustrate the positive markers of intuition at its best. As you further develop your intuitive practice, I encourage you to continually check in with yourself to see if the information you are receiving aligns with these principles. If it does not, then you may have more work to do to ensure that your energetic foundation is what it needs to be, so that you can properly engage with the field. If the information you receive is aligned, then you can go ahead and take the appropriate action to move toward your goal.

About the Author

SIMONE WRIGHT, “the Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders,” is the author of First Intelligence. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and uses her intuitive skills to assist in police investigations, missing children cases, and corporate business strategies. Visit her online at www.simonewright.com.

Excerpted from the book First Intelligence ©2014 by Simone Wright. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com


Evolving into the Intuition Age

intuition-art-3An Excerpt from First Intelligence by Simone Wright

Intuition is a survival tool. I invite you to let go of the warm, fuzzy, New Age, hippie idea of what you may have thought it was in the past, and to consider a broader, more grounded and practical approach to what it really is and how you might use it in your life. Intuition is not an ethereal, magical skill. It is an intelligence.

I have come to call this intelligence “First Intelligence” because it develops long before we possess the ability to reason or learn anything the external world has to teach us, and it is in operation before we even know that we can know. It is the intelligence of life. Intuition is specific and precisely tuned to each one of us as individuals, and it guides each of us to our highest potential.

Intuition does not rely on previous knowledge; it does not find its information in studies, research, analysis, graphs, or statistics. True intuition (which is not the same thing as instinct) seeks the routes, solutions, and innovations that align with the potential of our evolution and guides us beyond the tired, worn, unproductive patterns of our past.

Intuition works hand in hand with imagination, innovation, inspiration, and intent, gently leading us to see from a different perspective all the things that we experience. Whether this means a crisis in our health or a relationship, a fork in a career or life path, or an opportunity to create success and great abundance, our intuition is ready to guide us to the attitudes, actions, and alliances that will make the most of each of those situations. All the while, it ensures that we maintain our highest level of survival and most powerful evolutionary potential.

Held within every cell of our body and guided by an innate desire to thrive, intuition is a multifaceted and multidimensional guidance system. It uses not one particular sense, one particular part of the body, or one level of the mind to cultivate its outcomes but rather the entire structure of the human being — mind, body, and spirit — to provide direction and inspiration.

In order to fathom the power of our intuition, we must understand that it is a completely normal human function that works both within and outside our physical body. It uses all our energetic and biological equipment in the exact same way that every other biological function does, to support our survival and provide us with the best outcomes for life.
Many people connect with that inner voice of wisdom for the first time, only to run from it afterward, never to return, convinced that what they were doing was dangerous or abnormal. Others seek medical or psychiatric assistance, certain they are mentally ill, and are prescribed drugs to quiet that inner voice and lock the door of that intelligence. The initial surprise when First Intelligence reveals itself often blocks a person’s desire to continue to engage in the intuitive relationship.

There is a solid middle ground between science and spirit, between the visible and the invisible, and the finite and the infinite, and it holds answers to questions about both sides of the discussion. Intuition falls evenly and elegantly onto both sides and, as a result, proves that it can serve both the material and the spiritual aspects of who we are as human beings.

As I noted earlier, first intelligence is a normal human function. There are many attributes and levels of communication — chemical, emotional, physical, and energetic — and they are all happening at the same time. These functions of intelligence are not supernatural. They are natural. They are not paranormal. They are normal. We simply need to remember how to use them.

Evolving into the Intuition Age

We are exposed to more types of media and more information than any generation before us. According to a study done at the University of Southern California, the average person processes the equivalent of 174 newspapers’ worth of data per day. Add to that the rise in email and social media, and the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and we are being inundated with over five times the amount of data people were receiving less than twenty years ago.1 Today when we have a question about anything, from money and health to relationships, success, and family, we can, with the click of a button, find countless pages and innumerable voices full of information on it. But this overload of information can shift us into analysis paralysis and downgrade our intelligence by amplifying our worry and anxiety.

So how do we survive this tsunami of data to discover if any of it is based even slightly in real intelligence? How do we learn how much of it is true and how it applies to us, or whether any of it serves our best interests?

In order to survive the acceleration in external technology, we are going to have to accelerate the development of our internal technology. The good news is that it is already happening. We already possess the technology we need, and the power of life is already guiding us in how to use it. It’s up to us to learn to listen to this guidance and follow the directions.

About the Author

SIMONE WRIGHT, “the Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders,” is the author of First Intelligence. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and uses her intuitive skills to assist in police investigations, missing children cases, and corporate business strategies. Visit her online at www.simonewright.com.

Excerpted from the book First Intelligence ©2014 by Simone Wright. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com


Q & A with Simone Wright

intuition-art-2Q & A with Simone Wright, Author of First Intelligence

The following is an interview with Simone Wright, who outlines the premise of her new book and shares her thoughts on intuition.

Two excerpts from her new book First Intelligence are also featured in this edition of Kajama’s Weekly Journal.


Why is learning how to use our intuition important?

Learning how to use our intuition is more important now than it ever has been before because we are exposed to more information, more opinion and more distraction than ever before. A recent UCLA study revealed that we are exposed to about 175 newspapers worth of data each day. Which is 5 times more information than we were exposed to just 20 years ago. If we want our lives to be ones filled with happiness, health and prosperity we need to learn how to surf that tsunami of information instead of being drowned by it. Developing our intuition is crucial in order to know what is truly in our deepest and most powerful best interest, if we want to make empowered decisions that will guide us to our highest good without needing to follow the crowd or rely on popular opinion,

Developing our intuitive intelligence empowers us to make wise and beneficial choices that please and inspire us and allows us to navigate through life with an expanded sense of ease and well being.

What are common misconceptions that people hold about intuition?  

There are many misconceptions about intuitive intelligence. The first misconception is that intuition is a supernatural or paranormal phenomenon. The fact of the matter is that intuition is an intelligence that we are all born with that operates as a tool to guide us towards our highest good and most beneficial level of survival. It is a natural skill that is functioning in very powerful ways before we ever learn or are taught anything. You do not need to be special or spiritual or gifted in order to use it, you only need to be human.

The second misconception is that intuition is based in emotion. For most people emotions are considered uncontrollable and irrational and because of this lack of dependability, intuition is considered completely unreliable.  The truth is that the information contained within intuitive intelligence is emotionally neutral – it is only our response to the intuitive information that triggers our emotions. As you become more aware of your intuitive intelligence you learn to tell the difference between a true intuitive hit and an emotional thought, habit or belief. With that level of heightened precision you can learn to guide and direct your intuition to assist you in whatever area of life you desire. You can do it at will and with an expectation of dependability and certainty.

How did you discover this process and how have you used it in your life? Has it always been successful or did you make mistakes along the way?

I have been intuitively sensitive since I was a child, it has always been a part of me, but it was only in my adult years that I learned how to manage and ultimately direct it for my benefit. I have used it in my business and as a tool in deciding what paths to take in regards to my career. I have used it profoundly in situations with my health and in locating a place to live.

When I didn’t completely understand it or know the intricacies of the process I now teach in First Intelligence, I was just like everyone else and made many errors along the way; both in following directions that were not my intuition and ignoring directions that were my intuition. Some of those stumbles were pretty big ones. I don’t call those detours mistakes though, because they have made me very proficient and far more precise in recognizing when I am not in alignment with what I now know to be my authentic intuitive voice.

But even now, I still get opportunities to practice, fine tune, refine and become more precise. I look forward to those challenges because it makes me better at what I do and I find great joy in having those moments of recognition where I can spot the misalignment and make a more aligned choice because of that recognition. It has become a very fun and rewarding adventure – made all the more delicious because of the hiccups along the way.

Your work on a police case helped you shape your book’s extremely practical approach to intuition. Will you tell us that story? 

I was up in Canada teaching a weekend intuition workshop and a police detective friend of mine who knew I was in town for a layover called me to see if I would be able to ‘go to a scene’ with him. He didn’t provide me any details or information but simply dropped me off at a Vietnamese restaurant and told me he would pick me up in 10 minutes.

Those 10 minutes were plenty of time to do some intuitive detective work and when my friend came back to get me I was able to give him some pretty profound information about what had happened there. The restaurant had been the scene of a triple homicide, gang hit and I was able to provide my detective friend with plenty of details, including what the police call ‘hold back’, which are the tiny details that can break a case that only the police and the people at the crime scene would know.

He was impressed and asked if I would be interested in doing this sort of work for the police full time – I said ‘Hell no! But what if I could teach the cops how to do what I do? To develop their intuitive intelligence so they could be more effective and less stressed on the job?’

He liked the idea, ran it past his superiors and got approval for me to teach a program that amplified intuitive intelligence in police officers. Nine months later I had a room full of 22 seasoned police detectives from all departments learning how to access the power of their intuitive intelligence to serve and benefit them in all aspects of life both professionally and personally.

Developing the program for the cops forced me to get really practical and to knock all of the woo woo, new agey stuff off of the intuitive process and make it as grounded and simple as possible. I knew that what I was doing naturally worked in very profound ways and I was already teaching it to regular people around North America, but making it something that the police would listen to, apply and appreciate was something that took the understanding of my work to another level.

This required me to break down the process step by step and get really specific about what was going on biologically and energetically throughout. I could take the positive results and the good outcomes of the work I did with the cops (and others) and use that as validation that what I was doing physically and energetically was in fact working. It was sort of a reverse engineering process that led me to ask the questions ‘What is going on biologically? What is happening energetically? And what am I doing with my mind that allows me access to this information?’ – then it was a matter of researching the science and putting it all together.

It was a great to have that sort of success and validation from an environment as pragmatic and logical as police service. I know it was a benefit to the officers who attended and it has made my practice even stronger, made my teaching even more fun and powerful and resulted in even greater results for the students and clients I teach.

How should I expect intuition to show up for me? Is it really an inner voice?

Intuitive intelligence shows up differently for every one. Each one of us will perceive and receive information based on our own unique intuitive style.

Intuition uses all of our five senses to connect and communicate. So, yes, it can be an inner voice, where we perceive sound in our awareness – which is known as clairaudience or ‘clear hearing.’ We might perceive certain visions or see certain things either externally or in our minds eye, which is known as clairvoyance or ‘clear seeing’.

We might perceive certain tastes or smells that hold specific information that is in alignment with our intuitive request – these are known as clairgustiance or ‘clear tasting’ and clairalience or ‘clear smelling’.

Clairsentience or ‘clear feeling’ is the ability to perceive information through the sense of touch, vibration or feeling. This is a strong physical intuition that links people directly to things in the environment – the ability to gather information from a piece of jewelry, clothing or even a photo is called Psychometry and is an expanded form of this skill.

A sixth sensory ability that is not linked to any particular physical sense is known as claircognizance or ‘clear knowing’ This reveals itself as as a complete inner knowing, sort of like a total informational download or knowing that something is true or accurate without having any supporting rational explanation.  This form of intuitive intelligence provides us with knowing without having to go through the process of learning.

If you tend to learn best through a particular sense; that is you need to see something to learn it, or hear it or do it, this might tend to lead you to your particular intuitive style.

What is the difference between intuition and instinct?

Instinct is a survival tool possessed by every living organism on the planet. It is a form of intelligence that according to the dictionary means – a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason. It is basically the intelligence that guides our ability to survive.

Intuition is also a survival tool, however it is a multi faceted, multi dimensional, wisdom that guides us to our highest level of evolutionary possibility. It is a guidance system linked to universal intelligence that works specifically with the conscious awareness of the person who possesses it. It can be used at will and through the focus of choice to provide information and inspiration that will lead to any destination we desire. Intuition is the voice of our highest wisdom and we are constantly and continuously directed by it. We just have to learn how to listen.

You write about our ability to receive being a crucial part of using our intuition. How so? 

In order for us to gain the greatest benefit from our intuitive intelligence we must be open to receiving ideas and inspirations, support, both physically and energetically, and guidance to lead us forward on our journey. It is only when we are open to receiving the benefits that can improve our lives that we can be in a position to then shift into the giving that we so long to do.

Many of us, especially those who may have a focused spiritual practice have distorted beliefs about giving and receiving. Many have been trained to believe that it is ‘better to give than it is to receive’ – this erroneous belief often makes it difficult for us to be open enough to receive the gift of intuitive information because we may believe that we have to earn it, or we don’t deserve it, or that if it is simply given to us that it isn’t spiritual enough.

Intuition is a two way street of giving and receiving – they are simply opposites on the scale of energetic exchange. Once cannot exist without the other. Learning to amplify our ability to receive without judgment about what it means literally unlocks the door to the limitless possibilities that our intuition holds for us.

Is there a specific protocol to activating and using our intuitive intelligence?

Yes and it is an important one. There is a foundation on which all intuitive inquiry should be built. I call it the Intuition Triad – it is the foundation of Peace, Precision and Perception. All three elements are crucial to your intuitive success.

The Peace element requires that we engage our intuitive enquiry from a platform of coherent and peaceful heart based energy. This action calms the thinking mind, eliminates the static from our intuitive line and prepares us for clear communication.

The second element, Precision, operates like the tuner on our GPS or radio station and aligns us appropriately with the information we seek to find. Precision is the key element in linking us with the information held within the unified field. Knowing the right way and the wrong way to ask a question is crucial to receiving the answers we require to guide us to our ultimate goal.

The third and final element, Perception teaches us how to begin to ‘notice what we notice.’ The language of intuition is a subtle one and its messages are often easy to miss. As we fine tune our coherence and our alignment with our goal, our perception becomes more refined and the ideas, information, people, situations and solutions start to gradually appear to lead us towards success.

Where is intuition housed in the body?

Every single cell in our body is intuitively intelligent; the entire body could be considered an intuitive transmitter, receiver and antennae. But the three major areas in the body are located in what I call the Trilateral Intelligence system. Those points are the brain, the gut and the heart.

Each of these systems has their own intuitive skill set and performs their functions in specific ways and in specific situations. But all combine to create an integrated powerhouse of intuitive intelligence that is unsurpassed by any technology out there.

How can I tell if the information I am sensing is in fact my intuition and not my fear, influences or past conditioning?

With practice, you will learn to tell the difference based on how it feels. Any information based in fear or past conditioning will feel completely different that information that is sourced from you higher wisdom. Information that comes from your lower mind, that is not aligned with your highest good will feel ‘off’ to a certain degree. Guidance from your higher wisdom will feel calm, clear, solid and peaceful. Your practice is to become proficient in telling the difference.

What about those times when we get an intuitive impression and we follow the guidance only to have things not work out for us? Isn’t this all a crap shoot?

We have all experienced times when what we thought was a correct intuitive hit that was going to lead us to a certain outcome didn’t work out as we expected. Conversely we have all had the experiences when our intuition guided us and it WAS correct. If we all took a moment to reflect on the way each of those situations felt, and where we were situated energetically, we would recognize very clearly, they both felt different. This is an important difference to be aware of and it is a major key to intuitive success.

Very few people have actually been taught how to speak the language of intuitive intelligence and so they haven’t known how to properly and consistently engage with it. Nor have they been aware of the energetic foundation that is necessary to send and receive information correctly. So if you are entering into the intuitive conversation without knowing how to do it appropriately, yes, it can be a crap-shoot. No doubt about it.

Just like any other language you need to know the foundation and the rules, and you need to go out into the world and practice them. Part of becoming fluent is learning what works and what doesn’t work. Part of the mastery comes from becoming really good at recognizing what a true intuitive directive feels like and sounds like  – you develop this mastery by becoming good at recognizing what it doesn’t feel like.

Our intuitive success depends on our energetic level of peace or coherence, the level of precision with which we ask our questions and align our energy and our ability to properly perceive or interpret the information that is being noticed. There are many moving parts to the process and the more we practice, the better and better we get at it.

The beauty of having ‘failed’ in the past is now we have another recognition set point that we can use to compare future intuitive hits with. We get to use our past failures and successes to compare the feelings held within the current intuitive information to guide us into intuitive alignment.

About the Author

SIMONE WRIGHT, “the Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders,” is the author of First Intelligence. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and uses her intuitive skills to assist in police investigations, missing children cases, and corporate business strategies. Visit her online at www.simonewright.com.