What on earth is a chakra? And why do I need to know what they are?

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Do you ever feel ‘out of sorts’ and can’t quite work out what the problem is?  It could be that your chakras are out of alignment. A what? What on earth is a chakra? Why didn’t I learn about these at school? Good question! Chakras are an essential part of us.

I tend to talk about chakras a lot when I discuss crystals, energy and reiki so thought I would explain what they are and what you might need to know.

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. There are seven of these running through your body. They are centres in which energy flows through. Everybody has them, they aren’t just for those in the know or people who have become spiritually aware. However by becoming aware of your chakras or even just knowing they are there can really help you to become in tune with your body and your emotions. The diagram below shows where the chakras can be found

Each wheel, or chakra, governs a part of your physical body, your emotional body and your spiritual body. In the same way that the body has organs, the chakras are the organs of the energy field around us.

Chakras transmit information from the energy field and represent a ‘blueprint’ of the body, they also hold information of past pain and trauma. These can affect our emotional and physical health.
The best way I can think to describe them is when you see someone spinning plates on a stick in the air. When they are balanced they spin round beautifully. When the person holding them tilts slightly the plates become unbalanced and stop spinning.  When energy is flowing freely through the chakras we are well; balanced mentally, emotionally and physically
When our chakras are imbalanced we feel ‘out of sorts’ whether this is emotionally, or physically. I use crystals to rebalance my chakras. It is so simple, it can take as little or as much time as you have.
The names of the seven chakras and the colours associated with them starting at the bottom are:

  • The Root Chakra- Red
  • The Sacral Chakra – Orange
  • The Solar Plexus Chakra-Yellow
  • The Heart Chakra- Pink/Green
  •  The Throat Chakra- Blue
  • The Third Eye Chakra- Indigo
  • The Crown Chakra- Violet/Clear

So how can it help you to know about your chakras?
The root chakra is red in colour. This chakra is all about security and safety. If you don’t have anywhere to live or feeling unsafe this can throw this chakra out of balance. A red crystal such as red jasper can help bring this into alignment.
The sacral chakra is orange in colour and governs the reproductive organs. If there are imbalances in this chakra you could be suffering from any of the following: Dependency, co-dependency with other people, being ruled by your emotions. The opposite: Feeling numb, out of touch with yourself and how you feel, Overindulgence in fantasies, sexual obsessions or the opposite: Lack of sexual desire or satisfaction, Feeling stuck in a particular feeling or mood. I would use a piece of carnelian and place it on the sacral chakra to help bring this into balance
Another example is stress. I am sure at some point in most people’s lives they have said how stressed they feel. Where do you feel it? Sometimes it’s the shoulders and neck muscles which tense up taking the strain, a nice massage will help work the knots out. But what about your emotions when you are stressed? Which chakras hold stress?
Say you go to work and have a boss who is bullying you. You daren’t say anything to them so you hold your stress inside, most people hold it in their stomach areas. As you hold on to this stress you find you stop eating or start to maybe struggle with your digestion. Which chakra resonates with your stomach? Your solar plexus, THE power house, the main source of all your energy is held in this chakra. By being aware of this means you can be proactive around your stress levels. So you start to feel stressed, what do I need to do to balance my solar plexus chakra? Wear yellow clothes, carry a piece of yellow crystal around with you, such as citrine.
The heart chakra is typically pink in colour but the higher heart chakra is associated with the colour green. The heart chakra is all to do with love. It is to do with not only the relationship with yourself but also your relationship with others. So if you have issues around loving yourself, or loving others this is the chakra that needs attention. It can be brought into balance with a piece of rose quartz, which is a lovely gentle hugging stone. If you need something a bit more malachite is the sledge hammer to the heart chakra and helps break down any issues.
The throat chakra is all about communication. Either you struggle to express your feelings or you express yourself too much! A blue crystal such as lapis lazuli or sodalite can help balance the throat chakra.
Say you start suffering from headaches. Which chakras are closest to your head?
The crown chakra is above your head and your third eye chakra is on your forehead. The colours of these chakras are indigo and violet. Maybe the chakras are out of balance. The easiest way to bring a chakra into balance is to place a crystal of the corresponding colour onto it so a piece of amethyst, purple, and clear quartz/selenite for the crown. There are other ways to balance your chakras and whatever you feels appeals the most to you is the best thing to go with. Reiki can help and yoga. My personal choice is crystals.
This is a basic overview of your chakras. Having an understanding of them can really help you to understand your emotions and how your body is reacting to those. I am not suggesting by any means that by using crystals all of a sudden you are emotionally and physically balanced. Rather that they are an aid to help you achieve this.
I have been using crystals for the last 7 years and continue to do so. As well as using my crystals I try to meditate, do some yoga, and do various activities that I enjoy. I also reiki myself fairly regularly. There isn’t a quick fix for balancing your chakras, as sometimes once you have worked out how to balance one, another one becomes unbalanced. It is a work in progress, but it is definitely something worth knowing.
Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a doctor and obviously if you are in pain you should seek medical attention


How can crystals help me?

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I bought my first crystal back in 2008 at a psychic fellowship evening. The couple selling them were aptly named HeHiSheLo, he was 7ft tall, she was 5ft tall. It was a rough piece of rose quartz. I had no idea what it actually was at this time, to me it was just a pretty pink crystal which had caught my eye. I sat down. I was actually at this psychic evening on a third date. My date hadn’t seen my crystal and had gone to pick one for himself.

He came back with a rose quartz Buddha, seriously!

I didn’t really have a clue about crystals then. That was my first purchase. I googled it and found that rose quartz is a crystal for love. Not only love with another person, but self-love. I put it on my bedside cabinet and would hold it for a few minutes at night before I went to sleep, or a few minutes in the morning when I woke up. It sounds odd, but it was comforting. Rose quartz is like a gentle hug for the soul.

I bought a book on crystals and started purchasing a few more when I saw them out and about. One of them was a small piece of amethyst, said to help with headaches. I was working at a major supermarket at the time and would often suffer with headaches. I hated taking paracetamol so thought I would try using crystals. I carried it in my pocket and would lie with it on my third eye chakra, as it was supposed to help. My headaches didn’t disappear but they did become less frequent.

My crystal collection grew and as my knowledge of them did too, people started asking me if I could get them a piece of citrine, or carnelian, rose quartz or amethyst. This is how I started selling crystals-I realised there was a demand, people love the beauty of crystals and if they can help with an aspect of their lives, be it physical, emotional or spiritual then even better!

Crystals come from the earth. They harness the earth’s energies. It is these energies that then resonate with a person’s energy. The crystals work with our physical, emotional and spiritual energies. Going back to my chakra blog you can use crystals to help balance your chakras. (LINK) Starting in reverse order. If you tend to be ‘floaty’ to live in your head, have lots of ideas and struggle to bring yourself back down to earth then red and black crystals can help you to feel more grounded. Red crystals are associated with the root chakra, and black crystals to the lower root chakra, which is found between the feet.

Orange crystals help to balance the sacral chakra. Physically they resonate with the reproductive organs. They can also help you to embrace creativity, be it writing, art or dancing for example.

If you need a bit of energy it’s all about yellow crystals. Yellow crystals are the same colour as your solar plexus chakra. Picking up a piece of citrine or amber can really help your energies lift. The added bonus of citrine, is that if you pop a piece in your purse apparently you will always have money flowing in!

I mentioned earlier how rose quartz is a crystal for the heart chakra. Well whilst that gives you a gentle hug which is nice, there is also something called the higher heart chakra. A crystal which resonates with this is malachite. Whilst rose quartz is gentle, I describe malachite as a sledgehammer to the heart. If something needs attention whether love for yourself or another, malachite breaks through anything and starts to heal your heart and relationships.

If you are struggling to communicate, be it talking too much and not really listening to what someone has to say. Or not feeling that you can actually say what’s on your mind then a blue crystal such as lapis lazuli, or sodalite can really help to balance your throat chakra and help you to communicate more effectively.
My favourite story about crystals that I have read over the years is the fact that the Greeks used to drink out of amethyst goblets to stop them getting drunk. Now whether this happened or not I obviously have no idea, but I think this is a great story to show that people have believed in the uses of crystals for years.

If you have a lot on your mind ( don’t we all?) and are struggling to fall asleep at night then a piece of clear quartz on the crown chakra and amethyst on the third eye may help with this.

There is a crystal for nearly everything. If you need a crystal for stress, tiredness, luck, communication, love there is a crystal to help you. I pick one every day. I look at my collection and just think in my head, right what do I need most today? My hand or eye is always drawn to one which I then pick up and carry with me throughout the day. If you are in a shop or at a fair, and see someone selling crystals, do the same. If the person selling them believes in their properties, they will have no qualms at all about you touching them, or picking out a handful and choosing one. I really encourage it.

As well as individual crystals you can also carry sets. I make up sets for chakra balancing, psychic development, anxiety, driving lessons, kidney problems. You name it and I will be happy to find the right crystals for you. Feel free to drop me an email nrgreikihealing@gmail.com to discuss what you are looking for.

One of my favourite ways to use crystals is to do a chakra balance. You basically lie down and place the crystals, in line with your chakras from your feet to your head and relax. I tend to use hematite, red jasper, carnelian, citrine, rose quartz, sodalite, amethyst and clear quartz. Lie down for 20-30 mins and enjoy J . Sometimes you feel the crystals wobble on the chakra, sometimes you may feel a warmth, a coldness, a surge of energy and sometimes nothing. Because everyone’s physical and emotional make up is different, everyone’s experience of a crystal chakra balance is different.
Thank you for reading and any questions feel free to ask 🙂
Lindsay xx


Setting up a business with children

When I set up my blog on my website I wanted it to be all about Reiki, crystals, Himalayan salt products and how we use them in our daily lives. My business is fairly new and in order for it to grow I need to meet people. How do I meet those people? Well I use Twitter to connect with local businesses, Facebook to meet other mums and in the six hours I have child free I try to do some networking.

Having children and setting up a new business is tough, like really tough. A friend of mine sells products at school fairs. I don’t know how she did it but she made it look easy. I sell products at fairs. I took my children to a school fair in Leeds with me, I had been there before so knew the layout, thought yes I can do this. We got there, unloaded some stuff from the car. My 2.5yo fell over on the way into the school, she cried, wanted picking up, whilst I was pulling a trolley and carrying bags. Another mum walked past, thankfully took pity on me and asked if I needed a hand, yes thank you. She carried half of my stuff into the school. We unloaded the first lot, headed back to the car, got the next lot of stuff and then 5.5 yo falls over. Seriously? You couldn’t make this up. Cue tears and lots of kisses on knees. Right lets just get us in and set up. I set up whilst the kids eat all of the food I had prepared for the day in an hour. The café runs out of cakes after an hour. They want to go outside, 5 mins later another dad is carrying my crying 2.5yo out of the mud. She is covered in mud and twigs, by cuddling her I am now too. The day got better, I sold a lot, made some lovely friends and we did enjoy ourselves, eventually.

Fast forward two weeks and I have set up a meeting with a blogger. She would like to try out my products and write about them. Woop woop is what I think. However I hadn’t planned the logisitics properly. We are to meet in her building of work in the centre of York. OK. My OH is supposed to be looking after the kids. The meeting is at 4pm. At 3:35 pm my kids are still naked in the garden playing water fights and OH not home. I have two choices, I stay at home and cancel or just go. I threw clothes on the kids, have no idea what I look like and head out the door. On the way I tell kids to please be good and behave.

We enter the building. There is something of huge interest in the building. Me and the blogger start chatting in the café. My kids run around and around the item of interest, until the receptionist comes over and asks us to maybe find a spare room as there are meetings going on. There are no spare rooms. Seriously? The building is huge. I end up conducting my meeting outside with a ramped area and bars that the kids can run down and hang off. My eldest keeps counting the number of words the other lady has written on her page, strangely proud and annoyed at the same time lol!

I wanted to share this with you because as a mum its tough, as a mum trying to build her business its tougher. If we are having meetings in your building a little compassion goes a long way. Don’t be put off or feel like you have done something wrong. The reason women work is generally for their family. Stay strong, and carry on regardless. Note there is no mention of crystals or himalayan salt products, I just wanted to share my day to day stuff 🙂 Love  and light xx
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Gratitude

“Gratitude is the best attitude”

Have you ever noticed that people who are happy rarely have anything to grumble about? The more thankful you are for things you currently have in your daily life, the more things that come into your life to be grateful for. Even if it is simple, little things that you are thankful for it is worth saying a silent thanks for what you have.

Recently I have come to realise how important my family is to me. Since finishing university my priority was to have a good job, to strive to the top of where I wanted to be. I didn’t realise at the time that having spent five years of my life with the same company I had probably spent a lot more time there than I had with my family. I have been trying to make it up to them since :).

I am thankful for simple things too. I was out walking a few weeks ago in the village where I live. In my village people are very trusting. I have over the last few weeks paid 80p for a bagful of home grown tomatoes which were beautiful, made a small donation to Oxfam for several bramley apples, which I made into a tart, picked up some free apples where a family have too many and rather than waste them leave them in a box for people to help themselves and also helped myself to numerous free blackberries from a field. For all of this I am thankful, and it would be lovely if more people shared what excess food/ produce they grew rather than waste it.

The more thankful you are in your life for simple pleasures, the more you will attract into your life. So if you have taken the time to read this then just take a minute longer to offer a silent thanks for the things you appreciate most in your life. If you need help I have written a small list of things I am thankful for.

1  My family 2 My friends 3 Having a lovely home4 my newly established veg garden which has given me carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and plenty of lettuce 5 Chocolate ? 6 My health 7 good food 8 having Reiki in my life

This is just a sample, your list may be different but just give thanks for one thing a day and you’ll soon find you attract more of the same. As the unknown author said below:

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get”

Looking after you whilst setting up a new business

 

Hi, I’m Lindsay. Although I have been doing this a while I set up my business officially in April 2017. I am planning to blog about crystals/reiki/wellness/spiritual stuff, anything I come across where I think, yep that’s great, love it! My first blog is about looking after yourself when setting up a business. Setting up a business is intense. Let me know your thoughts 🙂

So you have your business idea, you have gone to the bank and got a loan, set up your bank account, you have a Facebook page and have signed up to every single social media account that you can think of.

You may have children, you may not, but at the moment every spare second is dedicated to your business. There’s just one thing that you have forgotten… YOU! You may be working a full time job and setting up your business in your spare time, you may be a full time mum and doing the same, the house is a tip but you know what you’re doing something. This is your life, your passion, you are choosing to do something you love. The only problem is it is constant, addictive, you love seeing people comment on your products, lifestyle, photos. How do we step away from this and make time for ourselves?

Some people schedule time in their diary, honestly! It is tough to schedule time for yourself, if its in your diary you are more likely to commit to it. I have a 5.5yo and a 2.5yo. My 2.5yo only started nursery in January. I’m a full time mum and she goes for 6 hours per week. Those 6 hours are so precious to me. I don’t go home, as if I did I would do housework. Instead I go for a walk, a coffee, networking or do a treatment swap with a friend. Something that makes me feel like me again. I listen to meditations in the car pre pick up. It might only be 15 minutes but it helps me recentre and balance for the day. I do Angel cards, or tarot cards with the kids in the morning. They help me pick out crystals for the day.

Having a bath is a luxury. Once a week, when the kids are finally asleep, I have a Himalayan Salt bath. This always helps to soothe my aching muscles, my annoying leg cramps and just chills me out. My salt lamp is switched on a couple of hours before I go to bed, and if my leg cramps have been particularly bad I also spray some Magnesium spray with lavender on my legs before bed.

Eating the right food is also crucial when starting a business. We need the right fuel. I have recently been eating a ton of spinach and kale! I have recently found an amazing recipe consisting of avocado, kale and edamame beans, who knew that by massaging kale it makes it green again and actually smell really fragrant! Spinach smoothies also sound rank, but are surprisingly tasty. Whizz a handful of spinach and a banana with nuts and seeds of your choice, plus a splash of almond milk makes an amazing tasty smoothie. Some days I chuck in blueberries or whatever other fruit the kids are refusing to eat.

I have learnt so much over these last few months, not only about registering with HMRC, dealing with accountants and how bloody Instagram works, although I am still a newbie to this, but also about how important it is to say you know what, enough, I need something for me now, whether it be a bath, a meditation, a run whatever, remember to look after you and you will be able to give more to your business, your family and friends.
Lindsay xx