Chakra, sound healing

We Are Made From Sound

We are made from sound. I repeat this like a mantra to integrate this statement into my moment to moment awareness. And as the sound emerges from my lips, I feel the truth vibrating against my upper palette, sending ripples of ancient knowledge up my spine.

We are made from sound. Go Ahead, Say it Out Loud.

In many creation stories, if you listen with your heart, you understand that the ancient onces knew this and passed the knowledge down in soliloquy, poetry, & story. They passed this knowledge down in forests, in caves, & in sacred mountains, through lineages & councils. The wisdom keepers literally sing the knowledge in mantric tones to let the truth be heard in the deep marrow of thier bones.

Have you ever stepped into a Buddhist temple & felt the vibration of chants rolling forth from the lips of the holy men? This is higher truth. Sound carries the consciousness of truth.

From sages, to song writers, many have harnessed the power of sound. This practice isn’t restricted to any one culture, belief, or heritage. We are have a voice, so we all can make sounds. And if we bring intention into these sounds, we can begin to manifest great things into our lives. There’s a secret that I want to reveal to you. Sound is Sacred! Can you believe it?

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In the beginning there was the Word… and the Word was God. This is the message from one of the most famous sacred books in the world. THE HOLY BIBLE.

In the ancient texts of the Yoga tradition, it is written that OM is the primordial sound which created the universe. The original big bang theory!

Even the word Universe can actually be broken down to mean one verse – one song! We are all unique expressions of that song. We are like notes on the symphony of life.

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Are you catching a theme here?

Science likes sound too, and has theorized that all of this reality which we see before us, our inner and outer world exists because of a big bang; a sound so powerful, that it created matter from seemingly no matter existed before.

Science does a great job of studying and putting to modern words what the ancient Yogi’s, mystics, and indigenous wisdom keepers have known as sacred truth.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, its the practice of chanting, toning & singing that has given me a sense of freedom & happiness that I have never really felt before.

Who needs coffee when you can simply sing your favorite song to get those happiness hormones pumping through your system?

I still love coffee, & plant medicines like Cacao to uplift my spirits, but the magic power of the voice is with you wherever, & whenever you are.

Sure, maybe singing show tunes during your lunch break in the office might not win you the best of friends, but a self practice needs no validation from your co-workers or anyone else for that matter. Its not about the performance, pitch, timbre or tone. It’s about understanding the greater existence & connection, and using your sound to show up in the world fully connected, vibrant, & living your truth.

I’m dedicating my life to helping people create a practice using the sound of their own sweet voice to activate and balance the deep layers of their human-ness. The whole of you exists in a rhythm. I work with ancient practices that tune the body, mind, & spirit to its natural rhythm, your natural song.

Would you like to uncover your truth &  feel confident enough to sing it out loud, to tell your story, & to let your voice be heard?

Book a FREE 30 minute call with me to start sounding your way to your most vibrant, connected, & creative life.

Chakra, Uncategorized

How Powerful are You? 3 Practices for Personal Power & Self Confidence

Do you ever find yourself on a certain path, or stepping into something new and you just know in your gut that it’s either totally the right thing for you, or that you’re going the complete wrong way?

It’s your gut that guides you in these moments, hence the phrase, “go with your gut”. This is no surprise to me, since the guts are the geographical location of the Manipura chakra. Also known as the solar plexus chakra, this is where we hold our personal power.

There are times in a yoga class where I am holding a pose and my legs are shaking, my mind is begging me to stop & yet I stay, I hold, I persevere. Every time we persevere we are tapping into the energy of the Manipura chakra.

When we are able to get through the tough times, power through, so to speak, we foster a sense of personal self confidence.

When you know that you are able to handle all that comes your way, you build on your personal self confidence and when you are confident, you can take on whatever comes your way. It’s a lovely cycle of confidence. It’s a circle.

The confidence builds & builds until you are bursting with inner strength, hot with the passion to commit, and breaking through any obstacles that stand in your way.

Perservering through the small things, like a tough yoga pose, a long hike to the top of a summit, or a difficult conversation, builds up the confidence to get through life’s tougher times.

If you’re anything like me, you don’t always feel self confident. There are times when I’m on top of the world, singing on a stage, expressing my deepest emotions through song. And there have been many times I’ve desired to give up music all together, days where the obstacles become too much, and I want to sit in a heap on the floor and cry.

I’ve actually done this. And its totally ok, but eventually, even in our darkest times, we have to get up off the floor, we have to find our truth and sing it out loud.

There are 3 practices that I engage in to help me increase my inner fire for self confidence and perseverance.

1. Kapalabati or breath of fire:

This is a warming breath that can stoke your inner fire. Practice with me in this video.

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2. Boat Pose or Navasana:

Stagnant energy can lead to a dull and stagnant life. Asanas help get things moving in both our physical body, & our energy body.

To practice Boat Pose start sitting with knees bent towards your chest with the souls of your feet on the floor. On an in breath, lean back & lift your feet off the mat, so that your body forms the shape of a V. You can extend your feet outwards or keep your knees bent. continue breathing rinse & repeat.

3. Chanting the mantra RAM:

Ram is the seed mantra associated with the Manipura chakra. When we chant the name we clear the mind and call on the energy of fire. I invite you to listen to this guided meditation for self confidence & together well chant the mantra RAM.

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If you would like to learn more about self confidence, and create a life you desire, I’ll be holding a free online 5 day intentional living challenge in Jan. <<Join this event for more details>>

And if you’re curious to see if your manipura chakra is out of balance, you can take this free test I created to see which seed mantra is right for you.

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Chakra, Creativity

How I get in to a Creative Space, & 3 Practices to Connect you to your Creative Energy

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Creative expression is the divine’s way of seeing itself expressed as everything.

What in the fractal do I mean by that?

Please be forwarned we’re about to get all woo woo up in here, but believe me, if you read on and practice, you may break through to a creative piece of yourself that feels a little like divinity.

Albert Einstein once said “Strange is our situation here upon this earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose.” If you haven’t found your purpose yet, my advice is to create one. Through connecting with our own creativity we connect deeper to all things.

There are 3 ways I connect to creative energy
1. Connecting to sexual energy
2. Examining creations stories
3. Chanting the Seed Mantra VAM

Lets first take a look at the mystical, sought after, and often taboo, topic of sexual energy.

My toaist teacher Mantuk Chia described to me how powerful sexual energy can be by reminding me that it’s a force great enough to create another human being; a being who takes conciousness to a whole other level, a being, like you, who is a creative force on this planet.

As a human being, it is your divine right to continue to utilize this sexual energy to create more little humans on the planet. AND this sexual, creative energy, has another magic power.

Did you know, you can harness this energy to create whatever your heart desires? I believe we were put on this planet to create. And not just procreate, but share our depths with the world, so that the universe, which we are apart of, can recognize itself in the individual. Creative expression is how we show up as individuals.

If you’re down with spirituality, as much as I am, then a part of you knows we are all one connected and whole. And yet the paradox of this is there you are reading my words with your own two eyes relating to this message through a perspective built on your own unique experiences and individuality. Your opinions, expression and personality are also your creative expression in the world.

As humans, we have created stories to explain why we are here, and our divine purpose in life.

What better way to connect to creativity than by understanding creation stories themselves. One such creation story, shortened up by me is as follows. The sound of Om, in the Yoga tradition, is the primordial sound that created the universe. Great masters, meditators, and mystics have experienced Om when practicing transcendental meditation. In the Hindu creation story, through the silence, the universe was created by the sound of om, and here we are, millennia later, a ripple effect of that first sound. We are still vibrating with the sound embedded within each of us.

Each person has a vibrancy, a frequency, and a core way they show up in the world. And deeper still, each organ, each atom, each molecular structure is all vibrating. I definitely didn’t make this stuff up, it’s all being studied by quantum physicists right now. Science has yet to discover something that isn’t vibrating.

We know that empty space is an illusion. Space is filled with energy vibrating and humming like sound. We are always connected by this energy. So why then do we sometimes feel so alone? I believe it is because we have energetic blocks that prevent the flow of creative energy.

To release these creative blocks, I chant the Mantra VAM to connect with the vibration of the Swadistana Chakra.

We are all artists, and your life is yours to create. Right now, as I formulate and create these ideas and paint a visual story for your comprehension or maybe uncomprehension, I am connected to my energy body & specifically the Swadistana Chakra.

The Swadistana Chakra or sacral chakra is where the creative energy is located in our energetic system. This chakra is located 3 finger lengths under your belly button (pssst also, if you’re a woman, where your womb is …The part of us that literally creates other humans)

This chakra symbolizes our creative energy. Whenever we create something, a piece of art, a well crafted joke, a good cup of coffee even, we are tapping into this creative energy. Sometimes on a daily basis, we turn vibration into form, turning beans into grounds into freaking COFFEE! baristas are a pure creative force.

When our creative energy is blocked, we may feel shame or lack of true pleasure and we may experience issues related to intimacy. When we are balanced in this creativity, we are able to produce works of art in anything we express, a painting, an essay, a pastry, or a child.

We’re not entirely sure how the universe was created, by an om, by a big bang, or by God himself, but we can be certain in some sense, we were created here. I believe the best way to honor that creative energy is to continue to create. Below is a guided meditation to help you connect to the creative energy within so you can live a life like a masterpiece.

Chakra, inspiration, Relationships, sound healing

The roots of love. How to Find Connection and Call in Your Tribe.

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We as people desire connection. It’s in our DNA. No matter our current life circumstance, at each and every core of a human, we desire to be recognized through the eyes of the community. Since people started doing the people thing, we’ve been gathering in groups, weaving stories, working towards common goals, making love, and sharing song within a community setting.

Cross culturally, people do these things differently, and yet, we do them together. Humans evolved in tribes, and while our current societies don’t resemble the tribes of old, we are still rooted in a tribal connection. Our desire to belong, and our questions of what we are all doing here together remain at the foundation of human experience.

You can tell in the way we so easily segregate ourselves by sports teams, job titles, & political affiliation. We desire to belong so deeply we are often willing to put ourselves in boxes without even knowing what exactly the box contains, just that we are recognized in the eyes of the community. If you begin to start to think outside of the box, as they say, you can come to creatively discover what a tribal connection means to you.

It is your divine right to be here now. Your body is the vehicle to reach depths of physical, spiritual & tribal connection. Just like you cannot separate the droplet from the ocean, you cannot separate your energy body from the physical body. Yoga philosophy defines these aspects of the self more as layers or koshas going from dense to subtle. Going from your physical body to your deep bliss body.

At the energetic level, or pranamaya kosha, lies the chakras. These energetic points along the midline of the body, act as portals for which energy flows.

There are 7 major chakras, and each chakra has characteristics that manifest in your life through thoughts, emotions and behaviors. These 3 expressions form your personality and essentially how you connect with the world around you, & how you relate to your tribe.

Each chakra has the potential to be blocked, over active, or balanced. You can notice when a chakra is out of balance, by how the problems in your life manifest. Our problems act as little arrows pointing back to the self, revealing where in your energy body you may be experiencing disharmony. Paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, behaviors as well as external problems, is like a little road map to healing. When we feel whole and healed, we are more available to connection with the the world around us, and call in a tribe that we vibe with.

When you discover which aspects of yourself feel out of tune, you can practice mantras to bring that chakra, & thier characteristic manifestations back into balance.

Each chakra has a seed mantra or Bija mantra associated with it. We discuss Bija mantras in more detail in my last post here.

The chakra that is most closely related to a tribal connection and our beginning stages of a spiritual practice is the root chakra or muladhara chakra. This chakra’s Bija Mantra is LAM.

The root chakra or Muladhara chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the seat of spiritual energy called Kundalini. This chakra represents our sense of security, connection to others, and our primal, instinctual desires.

When this chakra is out of balance you may experience fear, lack of security and seeking for basic needs in ways that may not serve your highest good. For example, we may use food, alcohol, or other addictive substances to cope with feelings of disconnection. Feeling disconnected, and ungrounded, happens on and off for many people, myself included.

When I first began to travel 4 years ago, I felt a tribe sized hole in my heart. I began to fill this hole with adventure & experience. From the outside it looked as though I were living a happy life, seeing the world, & experiencing new cultures. But that hole continued to grow when each time I found people who lit me up, we soon all parted ways to continue our own adventures. I got really good at saying goodbye.

Then I realized, not all good things need a goodbye. I began to get in touch with the root of myself and my primal needs through yoga, chanting and self discovery. When this piece of my energy body felt balanced, I no longer desired to hoard, keep and cage all the beautiful things I found on my journey, people included.

I let free all that came and went. Through chanting, I connected to myself, my surroundings, and all the peeps I met along the journey from my roots all the way to my heart. Now I’m creating a global tribe for all those who resonate with what’s happening over here to connect and find one another. We’re in this together tribe!

My wish for you is that you vibrate on a frequency that calls in your true tribe. You can join the Leela project’s sound tribe here. And let us know how we can serve you.

To begin to balance your own root chakra and create harmonious, vibrant connection within a community, you can start by chanting the seed mantra LAM.

If you haven’t yet discovered which Chakra could use some extra attention and care, you can take my free quiz here. <<Take Chakra Quiz>>