The AUM

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The AUM is a sacred symbol originating in the ancient religions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

It represents the sound, vibration and consciousness that is the Universe.

It is believed that the creation of the Universe began with a vibration which became a sound, the sound was AUM.  It is the beginning of everything.

The AUM is normally used as a mantra during meditation and during yoga practice.  The belief is that by chanting AUM, it has a profound effect on the body and mind.

The AUM symbol represents the four different states of our life :

A = the first is the conscious state of Vaishvanara, the state of our experiences through our five senses;

U = the second is the dream state of Taijasa, neither conscious nor subconscious;

M = the third is our hidden consciousness, the state of Prajna – what is not yet revealed or has not yet  manifested

The AUM symbol also contains Maya (Illusion) – the part that lies between ourself, our states and enlightenment.  Maya is what keeps us from transcending to enlightenment – the ultimate state.

The fourth is the Transcendental state known as Turiya and is the final state represented in the AUM symbol.  It is the ultimate, enlightened self representing purity, clarity and deep consciousness.  This is where the Self merges with Source, the Divine, Creator of all that is or God and there is no longer any separation.  It is represented by the silence after AUM and is the rarest of all states accomplished in the human experience – Infinite Consciousness.

The symbol we are all familiar with is the visualisation of the representation of the meaning of AUM.  It consists of three curves, a semicircle and a dot.

  • The large curve at the bottom is the conscious or waking state “A”;
  • The middle curve is the dream state “U”;
  • The upper curve is the hidden consciousness, the state of deep sleep “M”;
  • The dot is the fourth state of consciousness “Turiya”; and
  • The semi circle at the top represents “Maya” and separates the state of “Turiya” from the other three states signifying that the illusion that is Maya is an obstacle to reaching Infinite Consciousness.

Each part of the AUM symbol relates to a chakra in the body and as you sound each of the parts of the AUM you become aware of the four states of consciousness as you move up through your body:

  • “A” is the root chakra, the energy centre of the material;
  • “U” is the heart chakra, inward focus of the mind;
  • “M” is the third eye chakra, the state of deep meditation;
  • The silence is the crown chakra which connects us to Universal Consciousness and when we sit in silence, the illusions that separate us from the Universe disappear.

The AUM sounded in conjunction with a conscious energetic movement in the body that balances the chakras and moves you through the four states of consciousness is profound.  To sit in the silence and feel the connection with the Universe.  To know true peace is to have reached the state of the ultimate AUM.

Try AUM as a mantra when you practice your meditation.  Feel the energetic release through the body as you travel through the chakras.  Release and connect through your Crown chakra.  Enjoy the Oneness with the Universe.

I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.  Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne

Follow your breath and quiet your mind

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Photo by Le Minh Phuong
  1. Choose a time and place that suits you
  2. Choose somewhere you won’t be disturbed;
  3. Choose to meditate only when you feel ready;
  4. If you can’t follow your breath and quiet your mind, don’t stress. Stop and begin again later.

These are the four basic rules I give to all of my students when they come to me to learn meditation.

In a place of meditation, know that you are safe.

Meditation is your gift to your body, mind and soul – somewhere for it to slow, restore and replenish.

To begin:

  1. Seat yourself comfortably on the floor or in a chair – try not to lie down as you’ll fall asleep! The aim is to try to remain as still as possible resisting the urge to fidget or scratch!
  2. Place your hands in prayer position at your heart centre or gently in your lap with your left hand cradling your right, thumb tips touching gently;
  3. Gently close your eyes so they are relaxed;
  4. Straighten your back so you are evenly balanced on each buttock;
  5. Tuck your chin slightly towards your chest so your neck is straight;
  6. Begin to focus on your breathing – through your nose, breathe in to four count, breathe out to four count – try to ensure that the in breath and the out breath are of equal duration;
  7. Listen to your heart beat and notice that with each in and out breathe, the rate will begin to slow;
  8. Your mind will keep chattering away – thoughts will come into your head – try not to pay them attention, let them come and go without engaging them;
  9. Remain in this position for as long as is comfortable but try for at least five minutes;
  10. Enjoy the sensation of the breath;
  11. When you are ready, slowly bring your awareness back to the room and gently open your eyes.  Notice the relaxation in your body and your mind.

Alternatives to four count breath;

  • Say the mantra ‘AUM’ (pronounced ‘ohm’) each out breath;
  • Count backwards from 100 on each out breath and begin again each time you forget where you are up to; or
  • Open your eyes slightly and focus on the flame of a candle, a mandala or picture, or a spot on the floor in front of you and gently breathe in and out evenly.

Don’t become frustrated and stressed at the mindless chatter that will keep going on in your head – this is your Ego trying to engage you – learning to meditate is a new tool and your Ego just needs to get used to it!  If you can practice this for five minutes each day you will find the chatter will become less and the mind will welcome quiet.

I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.  Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne

The Mind as Healer

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During the Hay House Online Summit on Healing last week, I watched Dr Joe Dispenza’s lecture on “Programming your Mind for remarkable recovery”.  In this he discusses (amongst other things) the impact of meditation on not only our daily lives, but also on the lives of those who have suffered or are suffering, illness.  I have spent the last week thinking about meditation and what an impact it’s had on my life.

I began meditating about 14 years ago.  My yoga teacher at the time, a truly wonderful spiritual woman, always ended our yoga class with a 30minute meditation.  As a new mum, it was bliss and I couldn’t wait to go to class twice each week just to experience the meditation.  From there, I developed my own meditation practice and have made it a large part of my life with daily practice of between 5minutes to 2hours.  Two years ago I felt called to train and became certified as a Meditation Teacher so that I can help others who wish to begin or progress along their journey.

If you’ve watched any of Dr Joe’s videos, you will know that he discusses in depth the science behind meditation and what they have found in people who have incorporated a practice into their lives – they are able to heal their bodies from dis-ease, anxiety and stress.  I am also a believer in the power of the mind and our consciousness to work with Spirit and the Universe to accomplish amazing things.

Through meditation, the physiology of the body changes – each cell is imbued with more energy, the energy helps the body to feel younger and more alive.

Meditation has been proven to :

  1. Lower blood pressure;
  2. Reduce anxiety by reducing the stress hormone;
  3. Improves the immune system primarily through the decrease in stress which puts pressure on the cells of the body; and
  4. Decreases tension pain – headaches and insomnia are two ailments that benefit immensely from meditation.

Meditation aids in the healing of the body by placing the brain into an Alpha State – the mind is relaxed and the neurons are able to establish pathways as well as categorise and store information received.   We access this state naturally while we are asleep or are daydreaming.

This helps you to :

  1. Be more creative;
  2. Be emotionally stable;
  3. Develop your intuition;
  4. Increase clarity;
  5. Be more focussed; and
  6. Increase self awareness.

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By placing the body into a calm state, you are helping it repair itself and preventing new damage from the effects of stress.  By quieting the mind, you are reducing the stress induced thoughts that keep the body’s stress response triggered.  Over time, the long term resilience that is built up allows the body and the mind to recover from stressful situations far quicker and overall, experience less stress in life situations.

Do you practice meditation?

I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.  Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne

Self Image | Self Realisation | Self Love

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Photo by Wang Xi

Society has set parameters around what is deemed to be acceptable and unacceptable insofar as how we, as women, are supposed to look.  As we get older (and a little wiser!) we realise that these ‘rules’ are harsh and unrealistic.

I happened across this article from Uplift this morning and it resonated so much with me that I had to re-post it here.  I hope that it helps many of us, and our children and grandchildren as this applies as much to boys and men as it does to girls and women, to realise that the expectations set down by society are damaging and demeaning.  Learning self love and acceptance goes a long way in loving who we are and our importance in the universe, as does learning to accept those around us in the same way.

I have always been fascinated by other cultures and the lessons that they teach – this is a perfect example of such a lesson from the Japanese culture.  I am not one for cultural appropriation but I do believe that other cultures can teach us so much, as we can teach others lessons from our culture.

So, I hope this article and the concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ helps each of you in accepting who you are – blemishes, love handles and all!  If we can begin by accepting each other in the same way, our small collective consciousness can help influence other collectives and help move this aspect of our society into acceptance.

I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.  Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne

7 ways to Nourish your Empath Soul

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Photo by Fernando Brasil

We live in a fast paced world full of noise.  As an empath that can be confronting and exhausting.  Here are 7 very simple ways in which you can practice self care:

  1. Spend alone time doing what makes you happy;
  2. Nourish you body with foods that you are aligned too;
  3. Honour your body – yoga, meditation, massage, aromatherapy;
  4. Spend time in your sacred space – fill it with crystals, oils and plants;
  5. Get rid of clutter – your wardrobe, your home, your mind – anywhere you spend time;
  6. Set boundaries and shield yourself when you’re outside your safe space – carry smokey quartz, black tourmaline or obsidian crystals in your pocket, as a bracelet or necklace or in your bag;
  7. Hugs from your trusted partner or friends.

Remembering that if we don’t nurture ourselves, we can’t function properly in the world.  Looking after yourself, spending time quieting your mind and practicing self love will give you the strength to be in service to others.

I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.  Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne

 

9 Signs you might be an Empath

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Photo by Larm Rmah
  1. You feel ‘things’ without any plausible explanation – it’s just a knowing;
  2. You confuse the feelings of the immediate collective with you own feelings;
  3. Usually you are an avid daydreamer, visionary or you lucid dream;
  4. Your perception of time is a little ‘off’;
  5. When you speak, people stop and listen – you can be referred to as a ‘wise woman’ and people will come to you for advice;
  6. You really hate being in large spaces with loads of people – public events, concerts, trains – as you find them ’emotionally draining’ and stressful;
  7. Most empaths are really hard on themselves and take criticism to heart;
  8. You have the ability to see alternative outcomes to situations as you are more aware of the energies around you and the other person;
  9. You have a hard time asking for help – didn’t you know we are Wonder Woman incarnate?

Whether you have a few or a lot of these traits, being an empath is a gift, not a hindrance.

Honour the powerful connections you have running through you as these abilities are yours for a reason – now you just need to figure out what that is!

I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.  Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne

Are you an empath?

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Sometimes empaths are confused with highly sensitive people.  They both have a low threshold for stimulation, they both require time alone, have highly attuned senses particularly to sound, smell and light and they both try to avoid large groups of people.  Most highly sensitive people are typically introverts where empaths can be either introverts or extroverts.  Both have a desire to spend time in nature and quiet spaces, have an innate desire to help others and both enjoy spending time alone.  This is where the similarities end.

Empaths have the ability to sense energy and have a tendency to absorb it, particularly the energies from other people.  This means that empaths are subject to the emotions of the environment in which they are in, to the point where sometimes the negative emotions and others pain are internalised until the empath is not sure what pain or emotions are theirs and what is something they’ve brought on board.  All of this can make empaths feel drained, irritable, tired and confused.  If an empath doesn’t spend enough time recharging, it can lead to anxiety, stress, chronic fatigue or other exhaustion based issues in the body.

If you know an empath or are an empath, you will know they have a tendency to ask a lot of questions!  They don’t do this to be annoying, they do it because they are able to sense when, and they know if, something has changed and they need to find out why, what and how this has happened.  Energy shifts will affect them acutely and most empaths shield themselves from energetic changes as best they can – sometimes it’s just not quite enough and they will become anxious.

If you’re looking for a true friend, an empath will always be there.  It may take a long time for them to open up to you and to talk to you about their innermost feelings and secrets, even though you may have already ‘revealed all’ to them.  This is because they want to ensure that when they do expose themselves emotionally to you, you will be able to support their vulnerability.  When they do connect with you, they do so at a very deep level and the friendship you have will endure to the end of time.

Empaths will seek out soul mates, soul friends and trusted tribes for the reason of being able to show their vulnerability in a safe relationship.

Most empaths will identify as being ‘weird’.  It’s part of who they are from a young age and through time will laugh about their weirdness.  They connect deeply to crystals, astrology, nature, energy healing, essential oils, psychics and anything esoteric.  These are all things they innately understand and energies they feel most comfortable with.  Many empaths have strong spiritual experiences and are highly intuitive.

As I used to say to my mother from a very young age, “don’t try to understand me, just love me”!

I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.  Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne