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    What is the Art of Allowing? (A Complete Guide)

    In this post, discover the meaning of the Art of Allowing, plus get tips and journal prompts to help you surrender your worries and trust the Universe to guide you in the direction of your dreams and desires.

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    What is the Art of Allowing?

    The Art of Allowing is a key component in manifestation, which is the practice of visualizing your dreams and desires and vibrating at the frequency of your desires as if they’ve already come true. By becoming the embodiment of all your deepest desires, you attract more of this positive energy to you. (For instance, when you allow yourself to feel truly loved and cherished right now, you attract even more love into your life.)

    Generally, when you read or listen to someone speak about manifestation, it’s in a very active sense. The word “manifest” itself is an action word. It seems to require continually doing. You visualize your desires, set an intention, listen to your intuition, take inspired action, and continually cultivate more and more self-belief.

    But this only tells half the story. Manifestation isn’t only about doing; it’s also about being.

    Or, rather, allowing.

    According to Abraham Hicks, the Art of Allowing is “the conscious, gentle guiding of your thoughts in the general direction of the things that you desire.”

    To demonstrate this, imagine that you’re on a boat floating down a river. When you’re effortlessly floating downstream, you’re moving in the flow of all your dreams and desires. You might set aside your paddles, lay down, and let the Universe carry you, trusting that it’s taking you exactly where you want to go.

    It seems simple enough, but often, we do the exact opposite: we pick up the oars and start furiously trying to paddle upstream, convinced we know the right path. Not only does this take us in the opposite direction of our desires, but it causes us to exert a lot more energy (and most of it isn’t positive).

    The Art of Allowing is the practice of moving in flow with the Universe. It’s understanding that manifestation and the Law of Attraction isn’t 100% doing all the time. When you’re in alignment with the universal flow, you realize that your most important work of all is to feel good. You’re able to let go of control and surrender your path to the Universe. You focus on cultivating such a beautiful world within, your positive energy spreads outside of you.

    This is the Art of Allowing: to let the positive energy of all your dreams and desires become the center of your world. You leave the when, what, where, and how to the Universe and focus solely on cultivating positive thoughts and positive emotions that support your entire well-being.

    When you’re able to do this consistently each day, something kind of magical will begin to unfold in your outer world.

    Want to learn how to practice the Art of Allowing? Keep reading to learn how to know if you’re moving with the flow of the Universe and how to cultivate a mindset of allowing.

    How to Know If You’re Allowing

    Have you ever had a moment where you feel really good about the path you’re on but then inner worries start to kick in? Maybe you think it’s too good to be true. Or maybe you start to think that you’re not truly worthy of your dreams. Many of us unintentionally self-sabotage, believing that it’s just not possible for good things to happen to us.

    Something has to go wrong, right?

    I’ve experienced this many times in my own journey. I’ll experience success and feel really good about my success . . . and then soon after, my inner worries and insecurities start to kick in. Here are some common thoughts I’ve had when this happens:

    • Am I really worthy of all these good things?
    • Something bad has to happen, right?
    • I shouldn’t be so confident. As soon as I’m too confident, the Universe will knock me back down again.

    Have you ever had these types of thoughts? These negative thoughts are essentially our way of sabotaging ourselves from allowing more good things to flow in.

    It’s not just our own internal fears and limiting beliefs that stop us from allowing, though. When we let external situations influence our internal worlds, we also block ourselves from receiving what we desire.

    For instance, someone cuts you off in traffic. Or someone is rude to you at the grocery store. Maybe your boss was a jerk today or your partner’s bad mood has started to affect your own.

    When you let these external situations stir up negative feelings such as anger and frustration within, you’re only causing yourself to suffer in the long run. Your power lies in your ability to experience a range of negative external situations but to not let them influence your own emotional state.

    How to Practice the Art of Allowing

    In theory, it seems like practicing the Art of Allowing should be really easy. It simply requires you to allow in the things you really want in your life. And to do that, the first step is to feel all of the things you already want to feel in your life: joyful, peaceful, free, abundant, loved.

    All of it sounds simple enough.

    But the truth is, this practice isn’t always easy. Especially not at first. There’s a good chance that you have decades of lived experience that directly counteracts the Art of Allowing.

    So that’s why I want to start with this:

    If you notice yourself having trouble releasing your worries and simply allowing, don’t criticize yourself. Don’t judge or condemn yourself.

    One affirmation that I really like in these moments is, “I’m doing the best I can, and my best is enough.”

    To help make the Art of Allowing a little easier, here are some practices you can utilize in your daily life:

    Connect With Your Inner Self

    The first step to practicing the Art of Allowing is to understand your own relationship with allowing in your daily life. Do you easily allow things in, or do you always have to be in control of every situation? Do you trust the Universe to support you? How much time do you spend doing versus time spent being?

    Once you understand your own relationship with allowing, you’re better able to begin surrendering control. While you can internally reflect upon the questions I posed above, I always find journaling to be a profound practice when I need to connect with my deepest self. To start, find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted. See if you can dedicate at least 15 to 20 minutes to this practice. As you journal, enact a “no self-criticism” rule. This means that even if uncomfortable truths arise, you don’t judge yourself for what you uncover.

    Rather, acknowledge your truths with love and compassion. Remember that this journey of personal growth isn’t easy, and give yourself some credit for the courage it takes to go on this journey. If you’re not happy with the way you’ve reacted to situations in the past, you can recognize this while also asserting that you’re ready to start telling a new story now.

    Below, you’ll find some journal prompts to help you uncover your own relationship with the Art of Allowing.

    Journal Prompts for the Art of Allowing

    • Do I trust my path or do I have a hard time releasing control? What makes this hard or easy for me?
    • What does it mean to me to surrender to a higher power? Is this easy or hard for me?
    • What are three ways I can practice surrendering in my daily life?
    • What evidence do I see in my life that the Universe is always looking out for me? What are some visible and non-visible signs of the Universe’s love?
    • How can I use this evidence to cultivate more trust and allowing?
    • When it comes to my big goals and dreams, how much time do I spend doing? How much do I practice simply allowing?
    • What does allowing mean to me?
    • How does allowing feel to me?
    • Describe a day as your highest, most authentic self walking through life simply allowing. What does this day look like?

    Use Positive Affirmations

    Positive affirmations are present-tense statements that are designed to uplift and encourage while boosting self-belief and supporting your overall well-being. Most positive affirmations support the practice of allowing, as they help to align you with the feel-good state of your dreams and desires. Depending on the situation, you can use specific affirmations that will help you in the moment. For instance, if you’re experiencing anxiety, you can repeat some gentle affirmations for anxiety.

    To learn more about how to use positive affirmations to get the most out of them, I encourage you to read my blog post, How to Use Affirmations (So They Actually Work).

    Below, I’ve linked to a few blog posts that will help to lift your vibrations and align you with the feelings of faith, joy, and inner peace:

    Meditate

    Whenever you feel misaligned, meditation is a powerful practice for gently guiding you back home to yourself. It allows you to let go, surrender control, and open yourself up to receive whatever is for your highest good. Meditation is truly the ultimate practice for being and allowing.

    Consider this quote from Abraham Hicks:

    • “By deliberately focusing upon good-feeling thoughts, you allow your physical cells to return to their natural balance. Breathing deeply is the key, softly hearing our words and allowing gentle alignment with the Energy of your Source.”

    And this one:

    • “There is no better way of stopping the momentum of something unwanted, and to allow the momentum of something wanted, than to meditate – other than getting a full night’s sleep.”

    If you’re new to meditating, Mindful has a great meditation guide for beginners. I also encourage you to check out the InsightTimer app, which is my personal go-to app for meditation.

    Align With Your Highest Self

    Your highest self is your essential self; it’s the eternal part of you that’s untouched by human experiences. This is the truest, most authentic part of you.

    When you think about the Art of Allowing, consider how your highest self would respond to various situations. How does your highest self approach your goals and dreams? Does your highest self trust your path? How does your highest self respond in the face of not knowing what’s going to happen next?

    It takes practice, but intentionally choosing to align with your highest self is one of the most powerful practices you can do to allow your deepest desires to manifest in your life. (And if you stray from your highest self? That’s okay. Don’t criticize or judge yourself. Respond with love and compassion, and remember that in every moment, you have the opportunity to realign with the true you.)

    Below are some questions to consider when thinking about your highest self. You can answer these questions internally or reflect upon them in your journal.

    • Who is my highest self? How do I align with my highest self in my daily life?
    • Is my highest self able to trust, allow, and just be?
    • How does my highest self approach each day? How does my highest self react to negative energy? How does my highest self walk through life?
    • Do I regularly consult with my highest self when responding to situations and making decisions? If not, how can I begin to include my highest self in my life’s journey?
    • When I’m aligned with my highest self, how do I feel?

    Abraham Hicks Quotes on the Art of Allowing

    • “The Art of Allowing, is wanting so much to feel good, that whether you are perusing the past or the present, or the future, you’re deliberately looking for the best-feeling thought that you can find.”
    • “The Art of Allowing says, ‘I’ve created it. It’s coming to me. It wants me. I want it. I will find a path to allow it. And the path of allowing what I want is the path of happiness, and joy, and feeling good.'”
    • “No matter what it is, if you really want it, and if you get out of the way of it, it will happen. It must be. It is Law. It can be no other way. It’s the way this Universe is established. If you want it and you relax, it will happen.”
    • “The Art of Allowing is caring so much about how I feel that I am unwilling to go to those uncomfortable places like: defending, justifying, rationalizing or trying to figure out why.”

    One Final Note

    One last aspect about the Art of Allowing that’s important to mention is that this practice also means allowing others to live their lives without trying to control them. You may think you know the best path for them, but you can’t force anything on another person. They must discover their own path, which may be drastically different from what you want for them.

    You can be a beacon of love and compassion. You can be a guiding light when they ask for advice. You can be a positive example of what it means to walk your own path in love and faith.

    But you can’t push them in a certain direction.

    The Art of Allowing means giving others the freedom to follow their own inner knowing, learn from their own experiences, and grow at their own pace.

    And truly, when you’re aligned with the flow of the Universe, you won’t want this anyway. Once you fully allow, there is no need to control. You’ll be able to let go and trust that the Universe is taking care of the highest good for yourself and others.


    For uplifting affirmations and inspiring messages, be sure to connect with me on Instagram, where I post daily affirmation stories every morning. And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, where I’m pinning positive affirmations and empowering quotes every single day.

    And if you’re looking for more manifestation resources, be sure to check out the Dreams, Goals & Manifestation Printables and The Ultimate Manifestation Workbook, available now in my online shop.

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    How to Protect Your Energy (7 Essential Practices)

    In this post, learn how to protect your energy in 7 simple yet profound practices. Plus, get positive affirmations for protecting your energy and images you can save for later!

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    Protecting Your Energy

    One of the greatest self-care practices you can do on a daily basis is to protect your energy.

    But what exactly does this mean?

    Protecting your energy means choosing how you think and feel rather than letting external forces influence your thoughts and emotions. It means that no matter what’s happening in the outer world, you’re able to cultivate a beautiful inner world for yourself. And it means being true to your authentic self and not hiding or denying a single part of yourself for anyone or anything.

    It also means holding yourself accountable. For instance, if you’re in a group that’s gossiping about someone you know, you have the choice to engage in the gossip or step away. At all times, you can ask yourself, what action best serves my positive energy?

    Another question I like to ask is, what path feels most like love to me?

    For the example above, if love feels like walking away from gossip, then that’s the best thing you can do in that moment to protect your energy. Because ultimately, the best energy protector is love itself.

    Love might feel like morning meditations. It might feel like a walk in nature. It may feel like spending every Wednesday night alone, practicing self-care.

    In all instances, you can choose the path that feels like love to support and protect your divine energy.

    Below, I’ve listed seven more powerful practices you can incorporate into your daily world to protect your energy. These practices range from using crystals and water to taking social media breaks and setting loving boundaries. I encourage you to find the practices that resonate the most and begin to incorporate them into your daily routine.

    And again, because it can’t be emphasized enough:

    The greatest way to protect your energy is to follow the path that feels like love.

    Love will always protect you. Love will always heal you. Love is your superpower.

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    How to Protect Your Energy

    Affirmations

    Protecting your energy from external toxicity all starts with your mindset.

    While all of the practices on this list are powerful in helping you to protect your energy, nothing is as powerful as knowing that you are in control of your thoughts and that you’re the only one who gets to choose how you feel.

    That’s why I’m putting affirmations at the top of this list. Incorporating meaningful affirmations into your daily life is a powerful way to own your energy and decide how you want to feel in any given moment.

    When I first started using affirmations, I used them all the time: when I woke up, as I got ready in the morning, while I worked out, as I was driving, while I cooked, as I got ready for bed, and anytime the opportunity presented itself to incorporate positive affirmations into my mindset.

    Eventually, though, this practice lessened: not because I suddenly forgot about affirmations but because the powerful words had become a part of me. I no longer had to affirm that I was worthy because I knew in every cell of my being that I was.

    That’s why affirmations can be so powerful when it comes to protecting your energy. In the beginning, you may need to remind yourself to repeat them, but in time, the powerful, protective words will become a part of you.

    I won’t go into too much detail on affirmations here, but to learn more about what affirmations are and how to use them to get the most out of them, you can check out my blog post here.

    Below, you’ll find a list of affirmations for protecting your energy. I’ve also created an image that you can save to your phone, print and hang around your workspace, or simply come back to anytime you want to protect your energy.

    Affirmations for Protecting Your Energy
    • I am in charge of my own energy. I choose how I feel in every moment.
    • I am the only one who gets to choose how I feel.
    • I am choosing to feel grounded, calm, peaceful, and secure.
    • I am safe and supported, rooted in this present moment.
    • I have the power to rise above negative emotions that do not serve me.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I allow myself space to pause and breathe.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I am always supported and protected.
    • I deeply appreciate my ability to remain calm and peaceful in all situations.
    • I am grateful for the abundance of strength that radiates throughout my entire body.
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    Crystals

    Crystals and gemstones are a powerful way to protect your energy and help you to remain grounded, stable, and secure.

    My personal favorite way to use crystals for energy protection is to wear them as jewelry, as this allows me to remain protected throughout the day, no matter where I go. I also like to keep protective stones in spaces where I know I might encounter some negative external energy, such as in my workspace and in the car. And if you’re doing an energy protection meditation, holding protective gemstones in your hands while meditating can be a powerful way to amplify your intentions.

    To learn more about how to cleanse, program, and use crystals, you can check out my blog post on how to use crystals here.

    Here’s a list of crystals and stones you can wear, carry, or keep in your space to protect you from toxic energy:

    • Hematite
    • Obsidian
    • Onyx
    • Black Tourmaline
    • Shungite

    For more insight into these stones and others, check out my post, 7 Grounding Crystals and Stones for Stability and Protection.

    Water

    For centuries, various cultures and religions have used water as a way to cleanse, purify, heal, and help one reach spiritual enlightenment. Don’t underestimate the power of water to cleanse your aura from toxic energy. Just like water can cleanse the energy of a crystal, water can cleanse your own energy within and outside of you in a profound way.

    Ideally, you’d be able to spend time in or around the ocean, a lake or river, or any other form of clean, natural water. But if that isn’t possible, that’s okay! A shower or a bath works just as well in cleansing your energy.

    One of my favorite practices is to meditate in the shower by imagining the water washing away any negativity within or around me. This practice only takes a minute or two but can positively affect your energy throughout your day.

    First, close your eyes. Take a deep, soulful inhale and a rejuvenating exhale. Concentrate on how the water feels on your skin. As the water falls around you, imagine it washing away any negative thoughts and emotions you’re holding onto. The water takes your tension and carries it to the drain. Anything that doesn’t serve your highest good is washed away from your body.

    Feel your body becoming lighter. Your mind is clear. Your heart is open. Anything that doesn’t serve or support your total well-being has been washed away, swirling down the drain, where it will be cleansed by the earth.

    When you’re done, smile and express gratitude. Feel the strength of your body, mind, and spirit.

    You are worthy, powerful, whole, and more than enough. Carry those feelings with you throughout your day.

    For more information on how water can heal and purify, I encourage you to check out this article from Sonima: The Radical Healing Effects of Water. You can also click on the image below to read more about shower meditations, one of my favorite go-to self-care practices.

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    Visualization

    When you feel like you’re surrounded by negative energy, visualization can be a profound way to replace any negativity in your auric field with positivy, protection, and love.

    While you may associate visualization exercises with meditation, you can actually take a moment to practice visualization almost anytime during the day.

    For instance, let’s say that you’re at work, and the energy of your coworkers, employees, and/or customers feels especially negative today. People are stressed and blaming each other for mistakes. The air around you feels tense, and that tension is starting to seep into your body, mind, and spirit.

    Take a moment to step back from the outer world. Close your eyes. Imagine a beautiful light is surrounding your entire body. This light might be white, gold, purple, or any other color that resonates with you. See that light protecting your body from any negative external energy that tries to seep in. Visualize yourself walking through your day, being protected by this light at all times.

    Know that you are always, always being divinely guided and protected. No amount of toxic energy can break through the loving protection of the Universe.

    Breathing Exercises

    A breathing exercise is conscious, purposeful breathing with the intention of calming the mind, relieving stress, improving your lung function, and grounding yourself to the present moment.

    What I love about breathing exercises is that it feels like a mini-meditation that you can do practically anytime and anywhere.

    Breathing exercises can be powerful practices to protect your energy because they allow you to step back from the external world and return to your inner self. And when you return to your inner self, you can release the stress and overwhelm of the outer world and cultivate a sense of calmness, peace, and groundedness within.

    My personal favorite breathing exercise is alternate nostril breathing, which you can read more about here.

    Another simple yet powerful practice is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. In this practice, you inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, pause at the top of your inhale for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat this 4 to 8 times in a session.

    Often, at the end of a breathing exercise, I’ll recite a few grounding affirmations to affirm that I’m in control of my thoughts and emotions. You don’t have to do this, but if you want, you can give it a try and see if this practice resonates with you.

    For more examples of breathing exercises, you can check out this article from Healthline here.

    Social Media Breaks

    I don’t believe social media is universally good or bad; I think it’s all in how we use it and what kind of people/accounts we surround ourselves with.

    In my experience, social media can be a beautiful platform for connecting with incredible souls, receiving positive messages, and creating a community based in love, kindness, compassion, and support. I think the use of social media has served my growth in many ways, especially in the past year.

    But there have also been many, many times when I’ve needed to step back and take a break from it all.

    I won’t go too in depth on the dangers of social media, because I think it’s likely you’ve heard most of the arguments against: it can be a highlight reel of people’s best moments, causing you to somehow think your life is “less than” because you don’t have everything another person has.

    It’s also easy to get trapped in the belief that likes and follows somehow have any kind of impact on your worthiness (which is 100% not true).

    And even if you only follow positive accounts, you might start to think that you’re supposed to be a positive, upbeat person 100% of the time, which also isn’t true.

    Taking regular social media breaks is necessary for protecting your energy in the long-term. Like I said, I believe there are a lot of really great aspects of social media, and I don’t think it’s necessary to delete it entirely (unless your inner knowing is telling you it’s time to get rid of it.)

    But I do recommend scheduling social media breaks into your calendar. Also take non-scheduled breaks when you start to feel like social media is becoming an energy depleter instead of an energy restorer.

    And if there’s an account that makes you feel less than or causes you to feel negative or toxic energy within?

    Unfollow.

    Choose to consciously curate your social media feed to best support your mind, body, and spirit.

    Set Boundaries

    Boundaries.

    For most of us, this is likely the hardest practice on this list.

    Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, setting boundaries can be a difficult practice because it often requires having uncomfortable conversations. What helps me in this situation is to ask myself, what’s more uncomfortable? Having a conversation about boundaries, or not setting boundaries and continuing to live in a state of frustration, anger, and/or overwhelm? If you’re feeling hurt or resentful about something in your external world, then ten times out of ten, the best thing you can do to heal your energy is to set boundaries.

    However hard it may feel, it is possible to make the practice of setting boundaries a little easier. How do you do this? By stepping forward in the energy of love.

    Often, when we think about what that conversation of setting boundaries looks like, we imagine it being hard, serious, and even negative. However, it is possible to approach this act with love and compassion for everyone involved. You can actually use all of the practices on this list to protect your energy as you consider what it means to you to set boundaries.

    Boundaries can also be a profound form of self-care. For instance, if it helps your mind, body, and spirit to have some alone time in the middle of the week, then prioritize giving yourself that time. This may mean setting the boundary that your free time isn’t free for all, and even though you may not look “busy” to the outside world, you deserve to reserve that time to yourself.

    Protect your energy by protecting your time, space, and the practices that best serve your well-being.


    Recap: How to Protect Your Energy

    • Recite empowering, grounding affirmations to affirm that you are in control of your thoughts and the only one who gets to decide how you feel.
    • Use protective crystals and gemstones such as Obsidian, Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Hematite, and Shungite.
    • Let the power of cleansing water purify your mind, body, and spirit.
    • Visualize a healing light surrounding you and protecting your auric field.
    • Do breathing exercises to calm your mind, let go of stress, and ground yourself to the present moment.
    • Take social media breaks whenever it feels as though social media is depleting or negatively affecting your energy.
    • Set loving boundaries that serve your total well-being.

    In what situations do you feel most in need of energy protection? And what practices have you used to protect your energy? Share your favorite practices in the comment box below!

    And for more empowering self-love tips, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest!


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    How to Ask the Universe for a Sign (A Complete Guide)

    Are you looking for loving guidance from the Universe? In this post, learn how to ask the Universe for a sign, plus get examples of common signs and synchronicities you might experience in your external world.

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    Speaking to the Universe

    How often do you pause in the middle of the day to simply talk to the Universe?

    For a long time, the idea of speaking to the Universe felt like a strange, foreign idea to me. Even as I grew deeper in my spiritual journey, I had learned how to accept and receive love from the Universe, and I had found a way to communicate with a higher power through visualization, but rarely did I actually speak out loud to the Universe.

    When I did finally start speaking to the Universe, it was usually when I was at my lowest and was looking for some kind of guidance. But in time, I started talking to the Universe more often throughout my day, and now, it’s rare that I don’t speak aloud to a higher power at least once a day.

    Sometimes, I pause to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all that I have.

    Other times, I might ask for guidance when I’m in the midst of uncertainty.

    And often, I just speak without needing or expecting an immediate answer. For instance, a couple months ago, I was experiencing a period in which I was feeling lost and uninspired. I felt like I didn’t have the words to share to help people; I wasn’t sure if I had anything meaningful or of value to offer the world.

    So I laid down on the couch and started talking to the Universe:

    “I feel like something has been missing this week. I feel like I don’t have the right words to help people right now. I’ve been feeling off. And I realize that’s okay. I don’t have to label that as good or bad. It just is. Maybe if I stop labeling it as bad, I’ll see that in some ways, this experience is a gift.”

    I paused after I finished speaking and almost laughed at the irony of it all; in 20 seconds of slowing down and speaking to the Universe, I’d found words more profound and meaningful than in a week of struggling to find inspiration outside myself.

    In any moment, you can choose to slow down, step back, and communicate with the Universe. Below, I’ll discuss the ways you can ask the Universe for a sign as well as some of the ways you know the Universe is speaking back to you.

    How to Ask the Universe for a Sign

    How to Ask the Universe for a Sign

    Speaking to the Universe and asking for a sign is a deeply personal experience. Ultimately, the best way to ask for a sign is to do what feels best to you, regardless of what someone else does or doesn’t do.

    Below, I discuss two ways to ask the Universe for a sign. The first way is to ask for a specific sign. For instance, you might ask to see a butterfly sometime during the day to show you that you’re on the right path. The second way is to ask for any sign and trust your intuition to recognize the sign when it comes.

    Neither way is better or worse than the other; it’s simply about what feels best for you.

    No matter which way you choose to ask for a sign, remember that this practice isn’t about getting the answer you want; it’s about getting the answer you need. As Gabrielle Bernstein writes, “Asking for a sign means that you’re willing to collaborate with the Universe. It means that you’re committed to releasing structure and control to instead be led by a power greater than you. “

    That means accepting that the sign you receive may not be what you were hoping for. This can be difficult at first, especially when you’re in the thick of your emotions, but I can tell you this from my experience: every single time I haven’t gotten what I wanted, it’s because the Universe was leading me somewhere better.

    Every. Single. Time.

    So the best thing you can do for yourself is to release your attachment to the outcome and simply trust the Universe to guide you exactly where you’re meant to be.

    How to Ask for a Sign: Asking for a Specific Sign

    The first way to ask for a sign is to ask for a specific sign. As I mentioned above, this might mean asking to see a butterfly or another animal or creature during the day. You can ask to see something completely random that you don’t normally see, like an origami swan or a white feather.

    It doesn’t matter what you ask for as long as it feels right to you.

    The key to this practice is to not manipulate the outcome. For instance, don’t ask to see the numbers “111” and then stare at the clock until it’s 1:11. Or if you know there’s going to be rain, don’t ask to see a rainbow and then stand outside, staring at the sky the entire evening. Because chances are, even if you do see it, it won’t feel as meaningful as if the sign had come naturally.

    So how exactly do you start the process of asking for a specific sign?

    Choose a time and place when you feel safe, comfortable, and undistracted. If it feels right, you can close your eyes. Take a deep breath. You might choose to put your hand on your heart or to extend your hands in front of you with your palms facing the sky. Again, this is all about what feels best for you.

    Then, speak out loud your request:

    “Dear Universe, if I’m on the right path, please send me a white feather sometime in the next 24 hours.”

    You can also ask about a more specific situation:

    “Dear Universe, if I’m meant to take the job, please send me a seashell in the next 24 hours.”

    After you’ve asked, the key is to let go. Don’t obsess over whether you’ll see your sign, and as I said above, don’t manipulate the outcome.

    Trust your path, and trust your inner knowing to guide you.

    How to Ask for a Sign: Asking for a General Sign

    Whenever I ask for a sign, I usually take the path of asking for a more general sign and trusting my intuition to recognize the sign when it comes.

    The steps I wrote above are the same, except in this instance, I might say something like, “Dear Universe, please send me a clear, loving sign of alignment that I’m on the right path.” Or, “Dear Universe, please send a gentle, clear, loving sign in the next 24 hours that I’m meant to accept the job offer.”

    You can phrase this however you’d like. I always like to use adjectives like clear, loving, and gentle, and I might also add in a request that the sign brings harm to no one. You can play around with this and do what feels best for you.

    What to Do After You’ve Asked for a Sign

    So after you’ve asked for a sign from the Universe, what do you do?

    First, open your heart and your mind. Allow whatever comes forth to be, exactly as it is. Trust that whether or not you get your sign, it’ll be okay. The Universe is supporting you in every way possible.

    As you walk through your day, let go of any obsession over seeing the sign and simply walk forward in faith and trust. If I’ve asked for a sign and want to let go of my preoccupation with seeing the sign, I’ll choose to find things in my world to be grateful for. Gratitude becomes my anchor that keeps me grounded, centered, and at peace.

    And no matter what, whether or not the sign comes, I always say a little thank you to the Universe after. This is how I recognize that the Universe has my back – always.

    Common Signs and Synchronicities

    If you’ve asked for a more general sign from the Universe, you might wonder how exactly you’ll know when your sign comes. Below, you can find some common signs and synchronicities you might experience. For more, be sure to check out my blog post on signs and synchronicities here.

    Numbers

    Is there a certain number that has a special meaning to you? Seeing that number somewhere in your external world could be the sign you’ve been waiting for. You might also see a certain number sequence over and over again. If you see a specific number sequence that doesn’t have a particular meaning to you, I encourage you to look up the spiritual meaning of that number. For instance, “222” is often associated with sitting in faith and trusting that everything is working out for you. A number sequence could be the Universe’s way of communicating with you.

    Objects

    An object might be a toy, letter, article of clothing, picture, piece of jewelry, or anything that holds meaning to you. Did you have a favorite childhood book that you haven’t seen in years, and suddenly it’s in front of you in the used bookstore? This might be your sign. Or, if a book literally falls off a shelf in front of you (I’ve actually heard of this happening to someone, and the book completely changed her life), take this as your sign and receive the guidance the Universe is offering you.

    Symbols

    Feathers, trees, flowers, shapes, and mountains are just a few of symbols that might show up for you. For instance, if yellow tulips have a special meaning for you, seeing or receiving a yellow tulip could be the sign you’ve been waiting for.

    Songs

    A song title appears on your Spotify playlist that seems to be written just for you. An old song that reminds you of a certain friend comes on the radio. You hear a lyric of a song that speaks straight to your heart. Don’t write these moments off. Let them speak to you.

    Animals

    Does a certain animal show up for you in different places and times? It doesn’t have to be the actual physical presence of the animal. It could be a picture or a wood carving of the animal, or the image of the animal could randomly appear in your mind. (This has happened to me with eagles.)

    What to Do After You’ve Received Your Sign

    Did you receive the sign you were looking for?

    If you asked about a specific situation, such as whether you should accept a job offer, and you received a sign that indicates you should, then this is the time to take inspired action and accept the job.

    If you asked about a more general situation, such as whether you’re on the right path, and you’ve received a sign that you are, then keep going with what you’re doing. Walk forward in faith, trusting that everything is working out for you, just as it’s meant to.

    And if you didn’t receive the sign you were looking for? Know that it’s okay. This does not mean the Universe is ignoring you. Truthfully, every single time I haven’t received the answer I wanted, my inner knowing already knew the answer. And there lies your greatest power: your intuition.

    Because it’s very likely that your intuition already knows the right next step. Your intuition may have already known whether or not you’d receive the sign before you even asked.

    Your intuition is one of the ways the Universe speaks to you.

    Trust it to guide you forward.


    Have you ever asked for a sign from the Universe? What practices feel best to you when it comes to asking for a sign? And what signs and synchronicities have shown up in your life? Share your story in the comment box below!

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    Chakra Affirmations: 70 Affirmations for Your 7 Chakras

    In this post, discover 70 powerful chakra affirmations for your 7 main chakras. You’ll get 10 of my go-to affirmations for each of the body’s main energy centers, plus you can download images to your phone or device to save for later!

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    Your 7 Main Chakras

    Before we dive into chakra affirmations, let’s first break down what exactly a chakra is and why it’s important.

    Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disk.” A commonly accepted definition for the word chakra is a wheel of energy in your body. This wheel of energy isn’t something you physically see, but rather you experience it through feelings, sensations, and your own inner knowing.

    When talking about chakras, we typically focus on the seven main ones in your body: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. However, your body actually has 114 energy centers in your body, and some people believe there to be more.

    So what exactly do these energy centers do? Through your body, your life force, or prana, flows. Ideally, your life force is always flowing freely throughout your energy system, but sometimes, it might get stuck, causing one or more of your chakras to become underactive or overactive.

    One of the most profound ways to heal an imbalanced chakra is to incorporate powerful affirmations into your daily routine. Chakra affirmations allow you to realign with your highest and truest self: the person you are when you strip away external stresses, experiences, and circumstances. This is the real you: the part of you that is eternal, limitless, and infinite.

    Below, you’ll find 70 total affirmations for your 7 main chakras (10 for each of your energy centers). You’ll also find images that you can save to any of your devices if you want to come back to these affirmations again and again. I also provide you with some suggestions for how to use chakra affirmations to get the most out of them.

    And if you’re interested in exploring more about chakras and want to begin your own powerful journey of chakra healing, you can check out my Chakra Healing Bundle, which contains a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. These healing resources are designed to help you begin a profound journey into aligning with your highest self, healing your soul, and cultivating unconditional self-love.

    How to Use Chakra Affirmations

    • Meditation: You can choose to connect with one or all of your chakras during a single meditation. For instance, if you’re connecting with the root chakra, envision it as a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. As you do this, recite grounding root chakra affirmations. To connect with each of your chakras in a single meditation, start at the root chakra and recite one or two affirmations. Then, move to the sacral chakra and continue to work upwards along your spine.
    • Mirror Work: Stand in front of the mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Take a deep breath and focus on one chakra at a time. You can look at the physical location of the chakra in the mirror, but also try to connect to it within. Recite the chakra affirmations that your soul needs most in this moment.
    • Post-Its: Leave post-it notes in visible places that you’ll see throughout the day. On each post-it note, write a chakra affirmation that resonates with you. Whenever you see the post-it note, recite the affirmation either silently or out loud, feeling the positive words in every cell of your being. For an added bonus, you can use post-its that correlate with the color of each chakra.
    • Color Therapy: Color therapy is the act of immersing yourself in the color associated with that chakra. One way to use color therapy and affirmations in conjunction is to make it a game. For instance, if you’re working with your heart chakra, as you go about your day, pay attention to the world around you. Whenever you see something green in your external world, recite a heart chakra affirmation either silently or aloud. You can do this with one or multiple chakras at a time.

    Chakra Affirmations

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    Root Chakra Affirmations

    • I am safe and secure.
    • I am rooted in this present moment.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I have access to all the resources I need to survive and thrive.
    • I am equipped with all the tools I need to succeed.
    • Everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • Deep inner peace is my natural state.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • All my needs are always met.

    For more affirmations, check out my post, 35 Root Chakra Affirmations to Remain Strong, Steady, and Grounded.

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    Sacral Chakra Affirmations

    • I am creative, passionate, and inspired. 
    • I feel joyful, energetic, and alive.
    • My emotions flow freely in a balanced and healthy way.
    • Endless prosperity flows to and through me.
    • I find new ways to express my creativity.
    • It is right for me to choose joy, fun, and play in my daily life.
    • I deeply respect and honor my sacred body.
    • My body is a masterpiece.
    • I listen to my sacred body and give it what it needs.
    • I am worthy and deserving of respect from myself and others.

    For more sacral chakra affirmations, check out my post, 35 Sacral Chakra Affirmations to Live a Passionate, Fun, Create Life.

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    Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations

    • I am strong, powerful, and confident.
    • I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
    • I am motivated, persistent, and successful.
    • I am aligned with my purpose.
    • I have the confidence and power to take big leaps.
    • I hold the key to my own happiness.
    • My soul is radiant, my body is strong, and my mind is brilliant.
    • I am fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.
    • I have the courage and confidence to accept my dreams as reality.
    • I am enough. I have always been enough. I will always be enough.

    For more empowering affirmations, check out my post, 35 Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations for Confidence, Motivation, and Positivity.

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    Heart Chakra Affirmations

    • I am loved, loving, and lovable.
    • I am patient, peaceful, and calm.
    • I choose to be kind to myself and love myself unconditionally.
    • I am aligned with the highest frequency of love.
    • I am a beacon of love and compassion.
    • I am kind, generous, and compassionate.
    • I lovingly nurture my mind, body, and spirit.
    • I am a loving and powerful force in the world.
    • I honor my heart. I honor my loving energy. I honor who I am.
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    For more heart chakra affirmations, check out 40 Heart Chakra Affirmations for Serenity, Compassion, and Unconditional Love.

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    Throat Chakra Affirmations

    • I am able to calmly and effectively speak my truth.
    • I live an honest, authentic, wholehearted life. 
    • I express myself clearly and openly.
    • I speak with calm, clarity, and confidence.
    • I add value to every conversation I participate in.
    • My insight is welcome, needed, and valuable.
    • I am empowered to speak my truth.
    • I am a good listener and give others my undivided attention when they speak.
    • I value the words of others.
    • I remain true to myself in all that I say and do.

    For more affirmations, check out 35 Throat Chakra Affirmations for Speaking Your Truth.

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    Third Eye Chakra Affirmations

    • I see and think clearly. 
    • My mind is strong, open, and clear. 
    • I trust my intuition to guide me in making good decisions.
    • My inner knowing always knows the way.
    • I follow my intuition and know that nothing is put before me that I can’t handle.
    • All that I seek I can find within me.
    • I am insightful, intuitive, and imaginative.
    • My imagination is vast, expansive, and endless.
    • I trust the signs and synchronicities that show up in my daily life.
    • I honor my inner knowing and trust my path.

    For more third eye chakra affirmations, check out my post, 40 Third Eye Chakra Affirmations for Wisdom, Clarity, and Insight.

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    Crown Chakra Affirmations

    • I am a spiritual being in a human body.
    • I honor the sacred divinity that exists within me.
    • My body is a beautiful home for my radiant soul.
    • I am divinely protected, inspired, and guided by the Universe.
    • I surrender to the loving will of the Universe.
    • I am aligned with my soul’s purpose and truth
    • Eternal peace flows to and through me.
    • I release the need to control my life and surrender to a higher power.
    • Even when the world is immersed in darkness, I walk forward in faith, love, and light.
    • I am love. I am light. I am connected to all.

    For more affirmations, check out 35 Crown Chakra Affirmations for Connecting to Your Highest Self.


    What are your favorite ways to use chakra affirmations? Are there any chakra affirmations that especially resonate with you? Leave your comments in the box below!

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    30 Gabby Bernstein Quotes for Faith, Trust & Love

    In this post, discover 30 beautiful Gabby Bernstein quotes to uplift your spirit, connect you to your highest self, and help you to surrender to the loving guidance of the Universe. Plus, download quote images to your phone or device to save or share!

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    Who is Gabby Bernstein?

    Gabrielle Bernstein is a motivational speaker, spiritual leader, podcast host, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of multiple books, including The Universe Has Your Back, Spirit Junkie, and Super Attractor. Her books primarily focus on topics such as spirituality, manifestation, and cultivating unconditional self-love, and her work is often inspired by the text, A Course in Miracles, which she also teaches from.

    One aspect of her work that makes it so appealing is her ability to write in such a way that it feels as though she’s speaking directly to the reader. She’s developed a close relationship with her fans and community, so much so that it feels odd to refer to her formally here as “Bernstein” or even “Gabrielle.” To most of her audience, she’s just Gabby, a name she uses in her hour-long Instagram Live shows as well as her Dear Gabby podcast, which was launched in Spring 2021.

    One aspect of Gabby’s work that first drew me to her is her focus on the concept of surrender. One of her most well-known affirmations is, “When I think I’ve surrendered, I surrender more.” I find myself coming back to these words often throughout each day as I’ve learned how to let go of how I think my life should look and trust that the Universe gives me exactly what I need.

    Below, you’ll find 30 of my favorite Gabby Bernstein quotes for faith, trust, and love. I originally was going to title this post, “30 Gabby Bernstein Quotes to Uplift and Inspire,” but something didn’t feel right about that title. It isn’t that her words don’t uplift and inspire; they do. It’s simply that some of these quotes feel more like a calming, soulful sigh of relief. They uplift, but they also ground you to the present moment and connect you to your true self.

    So I hope these Gabby Bernstein quotes uplift and inspire, but I hope they also connect you to the vibration of love, faith, peace, and self-compassion as you surrender your worries and trust the Universe to deliver exactly what you need in this moment.

    And if you want to learn more about Gabby Bernstein, you can find more about her courses and writings at gabbybernstein.com.

    Gabby Bernstein Quotes

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    1. “I am love. Everything in me and outside of me is love. Today I choose to repeat this, believe this, and commit to this. I am love. Anything else I have chosen to believe is false evidence appearing real. What I choose to see as real today is love and only love. I am love.”
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    2. “The key to serenity is trusting that the universe has your back.”

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    3. “Faith it til you make it.”

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    4. “I’m beginning to accept that the less I do, the more I will succeed – because the less I do, the better I feel.”

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    5. “The more time I devote to feeling good, the easier my life becomes.”

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    6. “True abundance is an inside job.”

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    7. “True abundance isn’t based on our net worth, it’s based on our self-worth.”

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    8. “I let go of my need to control and allow the Universe to do her thing.”

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    9. “If we want to live a miraculous life, we must raise the volume on the loving voice within us and turn down the volume of our fear.”

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    10. “When you loosen your grip and let Spirit lead the way, your life will become a happy dream.”

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    11. “The simple intention to surrender control is all you need to experience miracles.”

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    12. “I learned that real happiness doesn’t come from getting but from giving.”

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    13. “Praying is the time to ask and meditating is the time to listen.”

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    14. “Get naked with your truth, offering the world your greatest gift: your authentic self.”

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    15. “Much of our anxiety and stress comes when we’re focused on fear and disconnected from the voice of our inner guide.”

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    16. “Allow your passion to become your purpose and it will one day become your profession.”

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    17. “Trust that your wounds are exactly as the Universe planned. They were divinely placed in your life in the perfect order so that you could show up for them with love and remember the light within.”

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    18. “Whenever you notice your thoughts detour into attack mode, say out loud or to yourself: Happiness is a choice I make.”

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    19. “When you begin to dance with the energy of the Universe, your life flows naturally, incredible synchronicity presents itself, creative solutions abound, and you experience freedom.”

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    20. “When you see others who have what you want, celebrate it! Let their success mirror back to you what you’re ready to receive.”

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    21. “I recognize that I have chosen wrongly. I forgive this thought, and I choose again. I choose love.”

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    22. “Rejection is often the universe leading us in a different direction. See rejection as guidance rather than loss.”

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    23. “When I think I’ve surrendered, I surrender more.”

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    24. “Being in union with the Universe is like an awesome dance where you trust your partner so much that you just surrender to the beat of the music.”

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    25. “Be kind and loving toward others while creating clear boundaries that protect your good-feeling emotions. You can choose how you perceive your world. You are the dreamer of your dream.”

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    26. “Say out loud or silently, ‘I forgive this thought, and I choose to believe in love instead.'”

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    27. “How will you know when you’re ready to share your visions with the world? You will develop a strong sense of connection and certainty around your desire, and that’s when you know it’s time to share.”

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    28. “Today I no longer need to change the world around me. I just need to change the way I see it.”

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    29. “Each day when you wake up, say: ‘What miracles would you have me perform today?’ Then listen.”

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    30. “My definition of God is: the ever-present essence of love.”


    What are some of your favorite Gabby Bernstein quotes? Let me know your favorites in the comment box below!

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    The Law of Polarity: What It Is and Why It Matters

    In this post, learn about the Law of Polarity, one of the 12 Laws of the Universe. Plus, get journaling questions to help you understand how the Law of Polarity can offer a deeper perspective into your own life.

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    The Beauty of Contrast

    When I lived in Hawaii for eight months in my early twenties, one of my greatest surprises was that I actually began to miss the cold.

    Now, if you know me, you know this is a pretty huge deal. I’m someone who has always lived for warm weather and sunshine. I’m the weird person at the summer barbecue who would rather sit in the sun than in the shade, and I’d keep my house temperature at 75 degrees Fahrenheit (~24 degrees celsius) all the time if I could. I’d love to live in flip flops, summer dresses, and easy breezy clothing all year if the weather allowed it, and the fact that people willingly subject themselves to ice baths still blows my mind.

    To say I don’t like the cold is an understatement. I have truly always despised it. I was born for sunshine and summer heat, and I’ve always dreaded the coldness of winter.

    At least, until it was gone.

    During the months of continuous hot days, I missed those cold days when I’d get to stay in my jammies all day and snuggle up on the couch with a mug of something warm. I missed the grey, rainy days when I’d feel completely justified doing absolutely nothing at all. And I especially missed having a white, snowy Christmas, even though I’ve always claimed to hate the snow.

    To this day, if you asked me what I prefer, I’ll absolutely tell you I’d take bright, sunny days 95% of the time. But you know what? The cold days aren’t so bad, and I know I’d be sad if they didn’t exist at all.

    For many reasons, the contrast of hot days and cold ones (and everything in-between) is needed, even when we don’t consciously realize it.

    This is the Law of Polarity.

    What is the Law of Polarity?

    The Law of Polarity states that everything has an opposite, and the existence of these opposites is vital in helping us to gain a deeper perspective of our own lives.

    The example I used above shows you this law plays out in its most basic form. While I’m clearly on Team Sun, I don’t think I’d want it to be bright and sunny all the time. There’s purpose to the cold, and rainy days are good for both the earth and for my soul. On top of that, the existence of the cold makes me appreciate the sun even more. If all I ever knew was sun, I’d probably take it for granted and eventually get sick of it.

    One way to think about the Law of Polarity is to think of two sides of the same coin, which we typically call Heads and Tails. These two sides are forever inextricably linked. As long as you’re holding this coin, there will always be a Heads and a Tails; one cannot exist without the other. And when you make a decision and decide to flip a coin, Heads represents one possible outcome and Tails represents its opposite.

    Now, you can take pretty much anything that’s considered an opposite and view it as though they’re opposing sides of the same coin: hot vs. cold, light vs. darkness, good vs. evil. All of these things are forever linked together. They’re two sides of the same coin, or opposite sides of the same pole. Because there’s duality in everything, you can’t have one without the other.

    This is the Law of Polarity at its foundation: everything in the world has an opposite. Duality exists in everything.

    And the existence of these opposites is critical to how we understand our lives and the world we live in.

    Below, you’ll learn more about the lessons the Law of Polarity teaches you, plus get journal prompts to help you recognize the way the Law of Polarity can offer a deeper perspective into your own life.

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    Lessons from the Law of Polarity

    If you had to break the Law of Polarity into its core parts, you might use words like opposites, contrast, and duality. Every positive has a negative; every up has a down; and every day has a night.

    It seems like a simple enough concept, but what can it teach you? Below are some of the greatest lessons the Law of Polarity can offer for your own life.

    Love the Good When You Have It

    Every time I get a stomach ache, I think, “I am never going to take for granted the days my body feels healthy again.” Actually, I think about this with all the pain I’ve experienced, especially the really big, painful experiences, like when I crashed mountain biking a couple years ago or when my body broke out in hives for two weeks after a bad reaction to laundry detergent.

    “I just want my body back,” I remember thinking during both of these instances. “I’ll never take my body for granted again. I promise.”

    Moments of pain and sickness have helped me to truly appreciate my body and all that it does for me.

    And this is one of the greatest miracles of the Law of Polarity; it helps us to value and appreciate all the aspects of our lives we’d likely take for granted if we didn’t experience some kind of contrast.

    A not-so-great relationship often helps you to appreciate when a truly good one comes along. Scholastic or career rejection can help you love and feel grateful for your successes even more. Having less money often helps you appreciate having more. There is purpose to all of it. There is a gift in all of it.

    But still, it’s up to you to find the gift and embrace it for what it is. You get to choose your mindset. You can say, “The Universe is always out to get me,” or you can say, “Every experience I’m given is an opportunity for gratitude and growth.” These two perspectives are available to you at all times; it’s up to you which one you choose.

    The “Negative” Has Value & Purpose, Too

    For me, this is most clearly shown in my relationship with cold weather. I despised the cold weather until I didn’t have it anymore. Then, I realized that there were things about the cold that I actually liked.

    My favorite way to think about this, though, is in terms of darkness and light.

    Symbolically, light is often used to represent a universal good, while darkness is used to represent a universal bad.

    But “good” and “bad” are just labels we bestow upon ideas and things; there is no moral good or bad when it comes to darkness and light.

    And darkness has value and purpose, just as the light does.

    Darkness is beneficial for the health of the planet as well as our own biological health. (And I like to think that some darkness is good for the soul, too.)

    But it’s not just the darkness of the night that has its benefits. We all carry shadows within us, and often, we try to suppress these shadows or pretend they don’t exist. But if you look deeper, you’ll see that your shadows are kind of beautiful, too. Your grief, sadness, pain, and even the moments you get angry at the Universe are all evidence of a life fully lived. I think my inner shadows and darkness are often my greatest teacher. When I step into my darkness, I uncover my innermost thoughts and feelings; this, in turn, helps me to grow and transform.

    When you really dig into the Law of Polarity, you see that often, it isn’t a situation of one side of the coin being “good” while the other is “bad.” Rather, both sides have meaningful value to offer the world.

    You Have to Know What You Don’t Want to Know What You Do Want

    This is one of the greatest lessons a lot of us learn in our early romantic relationships. When you first start exploring serious romantic relationships, it’s likely you don’t have a long list of must haves and deal-breakers. This is good. Keeping your mind and heart open to various possibilities allows you to discover more about yourself and what you want; you may even have some unexpected realizations along the way.

    It may be easy to write off the bad relationships as mistakes, but nothing is truly a mistake. Every experience offers an opportunity to learn. Maybe you had never thought a lot about political views in a relationship, but after dating someone with polar opposite political views, you’ve realized that you need someone who holds similar views and attitudes. This doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything all the time, but there may be some social and political issues that are especially important to you.

    Or maybe travelling is a priority for you, and you’ve dated someone who isn’t big on travelling. You may not have known just how important this was to you until you dated this person, and now it’s something you know moving forward.

    In many situations, we have to experience what we don’t want in order to truly know what we do want.

    The first time you buy or rent a home, you’ll likely begin to notice an assortment of random “little things” that might bother you, like having only one sink in the master bathroom instead of two. And maybe this isn’t a deal-breaker, but then you start to notice that there isn’t enough storage space to keep all your things. Storage space, you realize, is a non-negotiable. So now you know that when you rent or buy your next home, you’ll absolutely be making sure that there’s plenty of storage wherever you go.

    Contrast illuminates what’s really important to you. It sheds light on what matters.

    Let the negative situations be teaching experiences to show you what you do and don’t want in your life.

    Going Deeper With the Law of Polarity

    How can you use knowledge of the Law of Polarity to gain a deeper understanding of your own life? And how can it help you in your current hardships and experiences?

    To truly understand how the Law of Polarity is currently playing out in your life, you have to be able to take a step back and get a wider perspective. It might help to get out a pen and paper and write about your experiences.

    Think about the various aspects of your life right now: your relationships, your career, your home, your health, your free time. What’s working? What’s not working? For anything that’s not working, can you pinpoint what exactly it is? What is this experience showing you? What are you learning about yourself and your preferences?

    For anything that you feel isn’t working, don’t judge yourself. In fact, have the perspective that this is a good thing – that it’s an opportunity to learn and grow and evolve.

    Below are some questions to help you gain an understanding of how the Law of Polarity plays a role in your life. You can journal your answers or simply think about your responses.

    • In what ways have I experienced contrast in romantic relationships? (What I do want vs. What I don’t want)
    • In what ways have I experienced contrast in my career? (What I do want vs. What I don’t want)
    • What other examples of contrast in my life have I experienced?
    • Write about a time when experiencing something you didn’t want helped you to learn what you did want.
    • Write about a time when something went wrong, and this helped you to have more appreciation for when the same thing is going right. (For example, when sickness allowed you to appreciate your healthy body more.)
    • Write about something that you’ve always labelled as bad (i.e. cold weather), but you’ve discovered there’s value and meaning to the existence of this thing.
    • What’s one aspect of my life right now I wish I could change? What is this teaching me? How can I grow through this experience?
    • What’s one aspect of my life right now that’s going really well? Has this aspect of my life always gone well? What did past experiences teach me, and how did they lead to this thing going well right now? (For instance, if you’re in a really great relationship or career right now, did you have a past relationship or job that helped you to see what you didn’t want, leading you to this relationship or career?)

    Want to learn more about the Law of Polarity? Here are some articles that may interest you:


    How has the Law of Polarity played a role in your life? How does the Law of Polarity help you gain a deeper understanding of your personal experiences? Leave your comments and questions in the comment box below!

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    18 New Moon Journal Prompts for New Beginnings

    In this post, get 18 powerful new moon journal prompts to embrace the magic of the new moon as you set intentions, release what no longer serves you, and create the beautiful life of your dreams. Plus be sure to download your free printable new moon journal prompts and affirmations at the bottom of this post!

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    New Moon Magic

    The new moon is a beautiful time for setting intentions, connecting to your deepest dreams and desires, and releasing what no longer serves you to make space for new beginnings. If you’ve been holding onto old, heavy energy within, this is the time to release what’s weighing you down to embrace new, fresh energy.

    This is also the time to embrace your ability to create anything you want in this life. You are a powerful creator, and while you may sometimes forget this in your day-to-day life, the new moon offers an opportunity to step back into your power and claim the life that’s been waiting for you.

    But it isn’t simply about creating anything; it’s about creating the truest, most beautiful life you can imagine for yourself. You have specific dreams and desires that have been placed in your heart. If you’ve been living out of alignment with your dreams, this is the time to connect back to your dreams and trust that they’ve been given to you for a reason.

    Your dreams are meant for you and you alone.

    So during this time, make space to truly connect with your inner self. You might have a sacred space in your home, or maybe you prefer to go outside beneath the stars. Wherever you go, just make sure you have some uninterrupted time to truly get in touch with your inner voice. What does the life you want to create for yourself look like? What fears are holding you back? Over the next month, what do you want to release and what do you want to embrace?

    Honor your dreams. Honor your heart. And honor the fact that the love and light of the Universe flows within you. You can create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

    Let this be the first step.

    Below are 18 new moon journal prompts to get you started. For more new moon practices, plus powerful new moon affirmations, check out my post, 35 New Moon Affirmations to Embrace New Beginnings. And be sure to download your free new moon affirmations and journal prompts below!

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    New Moon Journal Prompts

    • What are three goals I want to accomplish this month?
    • What emotions and thought patterns do I want to release?
    • What limiting beliefs do I want to let go of?
    • What new, reframed beliefs am I embracing?
    • Finish this sentence: “I am setting the intention to . . .”
    • What am I manifesting in my life right now?
    • What does my heart truly desire?
    • What does my soul need to move forward?
    • What practices can I do to cultivate and create a beautiful inner world for myself?
    • What boundaries am I setting to support my growth and well-being?
    • What is the truest, most beautiful life I can imagine for myself?
    • What dreams and desires have been placed in my heart?
    • When I imagine my dreams and desires coming true, what emotions do I feel?
    • How will I live each day as though all my dreams and desires are already mine? How can I bring the positive feelings of having everything I want into the present moment?
    • Write a welcome letter to all of your beautiful dreams, desires, and manifestations.
    • Write a goodbye letter to anything that no longer serves or supports your well-being.
    • Imagine that you are planting three seeds that will grow and bloom in the next month. What are you planting?
    • Describe the dream life you want to create for yourself as if you already have it. Express true joy, awe, and gratitude for how everything worked out perfectly for you.
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    Sacral Chakra Healing: Open & Balance the Sacral Chakra

    In this post, discover 14 powerful sacral chakra healing practices that will help you to open and balance your sacral chakra, your body’s energy center for creativity, passion, prosperity, joy, and sensuality. Plus, download 35 affirmations and 30 journal prompts for the sacral chakra below!

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    What is the Sacral Chakra?

    Located in your lower abdomen, your sacral chakra is your energy center for creativity, joy, prosperity, passion, openness, and playfulness. An open and balanced sacral chakra means you embrace your creativity, have high self-esteem, and are able to relax and have fun, releasing work to engage in play. Pleasure is a word often associated with the sacral chakra, as having an open sacral chakra means you find delight in all of life’s pleasures.

    This is also the energy center for sensuality and sexuality. When energy is flowing freely through this chakra, you’re more likely to have a strong, positive relationship with your body. You honor your desires and have healthy intimate relationships with others.

    The sacral chakra is about more than creativity and high self-esteem, though. When this energy center is balanced, you feel more open, adaptable, compassionate, and forgiving. You’re honest with yourself and others, and you’re able to let go of grudges that don’t serve your well-being. Because you have a strong and healthy relationship with yourself, you know that holding onto negative emotions such as anger, resentment, and bitterness only harms you in the long run, so you’re able to let these things go in order to take care of your mind, body, and spirit.

    In this post, we’ll look deeper into the sacral chakra and discuss 14 powerful practices for opening, balancing, and healing your second energy center. First, here are some of the key attributes of the sacral chakra:

    • Sanskrit Name: Svadhishthana (Sva = “self”; shthana = “place”)
    • Location: Lower abdomen (below your navel)
    • Color: Orange
    • Body Parts: Womb, Bladder, Lower Back, Reproductive Organs
    • Symbol: Six-petaled lotus with a moon crescent in the center
    • Element: Water
    • Mantra: VAM
    • Affirmation: I feel
    • Balanced Attributes: Creative, Joyful, Playful, Prosperous, Stable, Sexual, Sensual, Passionate, Open, Energetic, Honest, Forgiving
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Creativity, Unstable, Insecure, Anxious, Scattered, Lazy, Fearful, Disconnected, Depressed, Unmotivated, Negative, Lack of Sensuality
    • Fundamental Need: Emotional flow, desire, sexuality

    Sacral Chakra Healing

    If you live in a culture that prioritizes work over play, sacral chakra healing can be an especially important and profound self-care practice. It’s also important if you grew up with a negative relationship your own body, or if you’re not fully comfortable in your sensuality and sexuality.

    So how does sacral chakra healing really work? First, it’s important to understand your chakra system and the energy within your body. While you often only hear about the seven main chakras, there are actually 114 chakras throughout your body. (And some believe there to be more!) These chakras are connected by energy channels called nadis. You can think of nadis kind of like roads that vehicles travel upon. Energy travels through these energy channels to get to each of your chakras.

    In a perfect system, your energy is flowing freely all the time. Unfortunately, energy often becomes stuck inside this system, causing your chakras to become either overactive or underactive. Ignoring these blockages won’t make them go away. To get energy moving again, you need to engage in healing practices to help stimulate your life force (prana).

    The type of healing you need will depend on the level of blockage you’re experiencing. For instance, if you’re experiencing some writer’s block or feeling excess negativity within, but this isn’t normal for you, meditation and gentle movement through yoga may help to get the energy flowing again. But if your blockage goes deeper, you may need to engage in profound inner child healing practices in order to get to the source of the blockage so that you can work with it, release it, and stimulate the free flow of energy within.

    Below, you’ll find 14 powerful healing practices to open, balance, and activate your sacral chakra. You can use any of these practices as part of your daily routine, or you can choose a few when you feel like your sacral chakra is blocked and imbalanced. I’ve also linked to several other posts that provide further understanding into the healing practices on this list.

    And for deeper insight into chakras as well as guidance on profound chakra healing, check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. You can also discover more in my online shop.

    Get Creative

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity?

    Actually, let me rephrase that.

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity that has absolutely no end goal? It’s not meant to be productive. It’s not meant to be good. And it’s definitely not meant to be perfect. It’s just pure, unrestricted, joyful creativity.

    This is the type of creativity you feel when you’re in a total flow state. And there’s a good chance it’s not the type of creative outlet you’re best at. For instance, I’m a writer. I’m writing blog posts and articles every single day, and I also often work on fiction stories in my spare time. But even then, I have a very hard time letting go of my inner perfectionist. So when I’m working with my sacral chakra, I never turn to writing to stimulate my creativity. Rather, I often do something that I’m not very objectively good at, like painting. I embrace the fun and play of it all, and I let go and allow my inner creative to guide me wherever she wants to go.

    Embracing your creative flow is one of the most beneficial practices you can do when working with your sacral chakra. Do something you feel good about that isn’t related to your job and that you don’t feel the need to be perfect when doing. Let it be both messy and beautiful!

    Spend Time In Water

    The sacral chakra’s associated element is water, and there are several powerful ways you can use water to connect with this energy center. My personal favorite practice is to take a luxurious bubble bath. When your sacral chakra is open and balanced, you have a positive relationship with your body and embrace your own divine sensuality. A warm bubble bath is the perfect way to honor your body. I also love to pair this practice with aromatherapy and crystal healing, which you’ll read more about below. Turn off the lights, place your sacral chakra healing crystals around the tub, and use cinnamon-scented candles or essential oils to set the mood for profound sacral chakra healing.

    (Not a bath person? Get some ideas for shower meditations here.)

    Of course, you can also find water all over nature, which is one of our greatest teachers and healers of all. Oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams all offer opportunities to connect with your sacral chakra. If you’re not too keen on getting in the water, that’s okay! Even sitting near the water while meditating, journaling, or simply sitting in silence can offer meaningful healing.

    Mirror Work

    Mirror work can be a beneficial practice for your entire chakra system as a whole, but I especially like it for sacral chakra healing because it can help build self-esteem and connect you to your body, which are all important aspects of the sacral chakra. What does mirror work entail exactly? First, stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. If possible, try to use a mirror that shows at least half your body. Bring a gentle smile to your lips. As you’re looking yourself in the eyes, start complimenting yourself. Affirm all the things you love about yourself, both inside and out. If you’re complimenting your arms, you can gently brush your fingertips against your arms in loving reverence. The same goes for your face, chest, legs, and all the rest of your divine being. If you’re feeling super confident, you can even start dancing in front of the mirror. Your dancing can be fun and joyful or sultry and sensual; do what feels most comfortable to you! When you’re about done, look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself I love you. Repeat this practice as often as you want.

    Uplifting Affirmations

    Positive affirmations are a powerful way to lift your vibrations and align yourself with the energy you want to attract. For sacral chakra healing, focus on words that affirm your joy, creativity, passion, prosperity, openness, sensuality, and sexuality. Use these affirmations throughout your day.

    Below, you can find some sacral chakra affirmations to get you started. For more, check out my post, 35 Sacral Chakra Affirmations to Live a Passionate Life.

    • I am open to the flow of creativity.
    • I am creative, passionate, and inspired. 
    • I feel joyful, energetic, and alive.
    • I am pure, positive energy.
    • My emotions flow freely in a balanced and healthy way. 
    • I allow the flow of positive energy to effortlessly move through me.
    • I live a creative, vibrant, passionate life.
    • I am vibrating pure joy, abundance, and prosperity.
    • Endless prosperity flows to and through me.
    • I am cultivating a beautiful life free of stress, worries, or fear.
    • I deserve absolute and unconditional bliss.
    • Unconditional joy is my birthright.
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    Dance

    When your sacral chakra is blocked, you may feel withdrawn, tense, negative, and/or fearful. Dancing is one of the best ways to allow energy to flow freely throughout your body as you release any tension you may be holding onto within. Does the idea of dancing in front of people feel too overwhelming? That’s okay! This practice can often be most beneficial when you’re completely alone. If you’re at home or somewhere safe, play some music that resonates with you. It can be fast and upbeat or slow and sensual. You can set the mood by turning off lights, lighting candles, and/or changing into clothes that make you feel your best. Then, all you have to do is simply dance. Let loose, knowing you are completely safe. You can move in any way that feels right to you, but I do recommend connecting to your hips and lower abdomen from time to time in order to stimulate the energy in and around your sacral chakra.

    Meditation

    There are several ways you can use meditation to connect with your sacral chakra and guide you toward profound healing. One sacral chakra healing practice is to envision a bright orange glowing orb in your lower abdomen. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. You can also recite some uplifting affirmations as you do this.

    You might also choose to envision living a day in the life as your truest, most authentic self with an open and balanced sacral chakra. How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? What do you do during the day? How do you speak to yourself and others? How do you incorporate play, fun, creativity, and joy into your day? How do you feel about your body? See all the details play out in your visualization, and feel the positive feelings of having an open sacral chakra.

    Write a Letter to Your Inner Child

    When you were a child, was using your imagination encouraged or discouraged? Did you engage in creative activities? Did you find creativity to be fun, or were you often preoccupied with being perfect? Did anyone ever say anything to discourage your creativity? Were you forced to grow up too fast? Take some time to sit and write a letter to your inner child. Affirm to this part of you that it’s safe to be creative. Encourage them to play more and to do things that bring them joy. Tell your inner child everything he or she needs to hear regarding play, fun, creativity, and joy. Build up their self-esteem. Was there something you always wished an adult would tell you? Tell it to yourself now.

    Journaling

    Journaling is one of my personal favorite practices for connecting with all of my chakras. If you can, I recommend making journaling a sacred time in which you’re not interrupted. If you have a quiet spot in your home, set some time aside to go there so you can connect with your inner self. You might even choose to surround yourself with crystals, essential oils, and other healing tools.

    To work with the sacral chakra, you can use journal prompts that are dedicated to connecting with the sacral chakra. To get started, you can check out my post, 30 Journal Prompts to Open and Heal the Sacral Chakra. Another powerful journaling practice is to write down sacral chakra affirmations, feeling the uplifting and positive emotions of the words as you write them. You can even make your journaling a time to get creative. Do you have an awesome idea for a movie, book, or TV show? Write down the story in your journal! (Just make sure to release your inner perfectionist during this time.)

    Visualization

    Visualization can be a powerful tool in connecting to your inner self, healing your energy, and manifesting the life you desire. One reason it can be especially powerful for sacral chakra healing is that it allows you to engage with your imagination. If you haven’t used your imagination much since you were a child, this can be an especially profound healing method for you. There are several ways you can use visualization to connect with the sacral chakra. You can use any of the exercises outlined in the Meditation section above, or you can simply allow your imagination to take over your visualization and see where it leads. Since water is the element connected to the sacral chakra, you might also visualize yourself playing beneath a waterfall or floating in a river. Imagine that the water is rinsing away all negative and blocked energy and healing your life force within.

    Yoga

    Yoga is a profound healing practice for all of your chakras, but I especially love it for working with the sacral chakra because it allows you to connect with your body in a personal and powerful way. For sacral chakra healing, make sure to incorporate hip-opening poses into your practice. During your practice, breathe into your lower abdomen and focus on connecting with your sacral chakra. Let this practice be a sacred time in which you honor your body and treat it with respect and reverence.

    Here are some poses (asanas) you can incorporate into your practice when working with the sacral chakra:

    • Pigeon
    • Butterly
    • Cobra
    • Frog
    • Goddess squat

    Aromatherapy

    Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural plant extracts for therapeutic healing. This is one of my favorite underutilized healing practices, and it’s super easy to incorporate into your daily routine. For sacral chakra healing, use citrusy and/or spicy scents such as Orange, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Bergamot, Neroli, Cypress, Cardamom. For more information on how to use essential oils to heal the chakras, check out my post, A Guide to Essential Oils for Chakra Healing.

    Color Therapy

    In chakra healing, color therapy is the practice of surrounding yourself with the corresponding color of the chakra you want to open, activate, and/or heal. For sacral chakra healing, that means immersing yourself in all things orange. You can eat orange food, write in orange pen, wear orange clothing, and surround yourself in orange items. One of my favorite color therapy practices is to write empowering affirmations on colored post-it notes. So for sacral chakra healing, you might write uplifting sacral chakra affirmations on orange post-its.

    One of the most important things to remember here is to be intentional with this practice. Choose your items with the intention of healing your sacral chakra. You might find it helpful to play an affirmation game with your color therapy practice. For instance, if you decide to wear a piece of jewelry that has an orange gemstone, say an uplifting sacral chakra affirmation every time you touch or see this item. You can also decide that anytime you see an orange item while you’re out and about during the day, you’ll internally say a sacral chakra affirmation or express gratitude for an aspect of yourself related to the sacral chakra.

    Food

    Food can have a profound influence on your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self. While we often think of food as primarily affecting the body, it also affects the mind and spirit as well. For sacral chakra healing, add your favorite spices (such as cinnamon) to drinks and meals. Add orange produce such as carrots, mangoes, and oranges to your snacks or meals. You can also add sweet, antioxidant-filled honey to your tea, yogurt, or toast. (Or however you best like to savor it.)

    Crystals & Gemstones

    Each chakra is linked to powerful crystals that help you to connect to your energy centers and stimulate the effortless flow within. For sacral chakra healing, you can use crystals that stimulate creativity and passion, such as Orange Calcite, Jasper, Carnelian, Red Tiger’s Eye, Coral, and Fire Opal. Use these crystals in meditation, as jewelry, in crystal grids, in a sacred space, or keep them with you throughout the day. For more on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals, you can read my post on all things crystal related here. And for more on chakra healing crystals, click here.


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    Root Chakra Healing: Open & Balance the Root Chakra

    In this post, discover 14 powerful root chakra healing practices that will help you to open and balance your root chakra, allowing you to feel stable and secure, no matter what’s going on in your external world. Plus, download 35 affirmations and 30 journal prompts for the root chakra below!

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    What is the Root Chakra?

    Located at the base of your spine, the root chakra is your body’s energy center for stability, safety, strength, security, groundedness, and inner peace. Your root chakra acts as your foundation. This is where you build your strength, power, and steadiness so that the flow of energy can easily move freely throughout your entire body.

    A good metaphor is to think of your root chakra like the roots of a tree. With strong roots, you’ll remain stable, firm, and supported, no matter which way the wind blows. And that’s truly what your root chakra does for you; with an open and balanced root chakra, you’ll remain grounded, centered, and calm, no matter what’s going on in your external world.

    Does this mean everything’s perfect all the time? Absolutely not. A balanced root chakra signifies that you feel firm in your place in life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have hopes and dreams for something more. However, because you feel so solid and steady, you’re not desperate or distressed as you wait for your dreams to manifest. Rather, you’re able to let go, trust, and ground yourself to the present moment, knowing that all is truly going to be okay.

    In this post, we’ll dive deep into root chakra healing and discuss 14 powerful practices for opening, balancing, and healing the root chakra. First, here are some of the key attributes of the root chakra:

    • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (Mula: “root”; Adhara: “support” or “base”)
    • Location: Base of spine
    • Color: Red
    • Body Parts: Legs, Colon, Kidneys, Prostate, Bladder, Tailbone
    • Symbol: Four-petaled lotus with a square in the middle
    • Element: Earth
    • Mantra: LAM
    • Affirmation: I am
    • Balanced Attributes: Secure, Grounded, Strong, Centered, Stable, Steady, Safe, Peaceful, Supported, All Basic Needs Are Met
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Insecure, Anxious, Depressed, Scattered, Disconnected, Restless, Fearful, Cynical, Neglected, Worried
    • Fundamental Need: Survival

    Root Chakra Healing

    Even though each of your body’s energy centers has its own distinct role, it’s important to remember that all of your chakras, along with your life force (prana) and energy channels (nadis) act as one whole system. When one is blocked, it affects the rest of your chakra system, causing other energy centers to become underactive or overactive.

    That’s why root chakra healing is one of the most profound self-care practices you can do for your mind, body, and spirit. As your foundation, it’s important to maintain an open and balanced root chakra in order to keep your entire chakra system in balance. I like to think of it like this: your root chakra represents your basic needs, like warmth, rest, and security. If one of these basic needs isn’t being met, it would be hard to to cultivate a deeper relationship with your other chakras and feelings of creativity, passion, love, and intuition.

    But when you take the time to create a solid and stable foundation, you give these other aspects of your being a chance to thrive.

    Below, you’ll find 14 powerful root chakra healing practices to open, balance, and activate this important energy center. You can use these practices as part of your daily routine, or pick some to do when you’re feeling imbalanced and misaligned. I’ve also linked to several other posts that provide further understanding into the healing practices on this list.

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    Ensure Basic Needs Are Being Met

    The root chakra acts as your foundation, and at your most basic level, before anything else, you have physiological and safety needs that need to be met in order to have a solid and stable foundation. These needs include food, water, warmth, rest, security, and safety. While the rest of the practices on this list are powerful on their own, nothing can bring you long-term healing if your basic needs aren’t being met.

    Unfortunately, depending on your life situation, this isn’t always easy. What do you do if food isn’t always readily available? What if you don’t feel safe and secure in your environment? What if your busy schedule doesn’t allow for rest? There’s no easy, one-size-fits-all answer here. So this is the best advice I can give you: don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help from others.

    And also don’t be afraid to ask for help from the Universe. For most of my life, I wasn’t someone who would talk to a higher power. It wasn’t until recent years that I began sitting down and handing over my worries to the Universe. I don’t say this to make you feel good; I say this because it’s my authentic truth: every single time I’ve actually paused and spoken to the Universe, my requests have always been answered. Sometimes, in minutes. Sometimes, hours. Sometimes, days. But never, ever am I ignored.

    Meditation

    Meditation is a powerful practice for healing all of your chakras, but there’s something especially powerful when it comes to root chakra healing. Meditating in the morning can be especially profound because it allows you to get grounded, centered, and stable as you start your day. Use meditation to connect with your foundation and to breathe calm, strength, and peace into every cell of your body.

    A simple breathing meditation can be effective in root chakra healing. You might also choose to connect with your root chakra by envisioning it as a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. You can also recite some grounding affirmations as you do this (see below).

    Grounding Affirmations

    The use of positive affirmations can be a powerful healing practice that supports your total well-being: mind, body, and spirit. For root chakra healing, focus on affirmations specifically dedicated to helping you feel grounded, stable, secure, calm, strong, peaceful, and centered. You can recite affirmations as you wake up in the morning, during meditation, as you commute to work, in your journal, as you wind down for the evening, and any time you need to take a step back and allow a wave of calm to wash over you.

    I’ve written some of my favorite root chakra affirmations below. Also be sure to check out my post, 35 Root Chakra Affirmations to Remain Strong, Steady, and Grounded.

    • I am safe and secure.
    • I am rooted in this present moment.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I have access to all the resources I need to survive and thrive.
    • I am equipped with all the tools I need to succeed.
    • Everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • Deep inner peace is my natural state.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • All my needs are always met.
    • I have everything I need.
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    Connect to the Earth

    The root chakra is associated with the earth, and one of the most powerful healing activities you can perform is to immerse yourself in nature and let your bare feet touch the ground. You might also find a quiet spot to sit outside where you can journal, meditate, or just simply be. If you’re a gardener, you might choose to go outside and work in your garden, allowing your bare hands to dig into the earth. Nature is one of the greatest healers in the universe. When you take the time to connect with the earth, you connect with your roots, your foundation, and the truest, most authentic part of you.

    Breathing Exercises

    It isn’t always possible to stop what you’re doing to meditate in the middle of the day, but a breathing exercise is a more than suitable replacement that can help you to regain your feelings of calm, balance, and inner peace. Alternative nostril breathing is one of my favorite breathing practices, as this simple yet profound practice is known to calm the mind, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote overall well-being.

    Here’s another simple breathing exercise to help you feel centered and grounded:

    Inhale deeply to a count of four. Pause for a brief moment when you reach the end of your breath. Then exhale for a count of five. Pause at the end of your exhale. Then repeat the cycle. Do this as many times as needed to calm your mind and ground you to the present moment.

    Gratitude

    As you go about your day, notice all the things that contribute to your open and balanced root chakra. These things might include the locks on your doors that keep you safe; the money in your bank account; the food in your kitchen; the blankets that keep you warm; your strong, healthy body; access to clean water; and more. As you notice everything in your life that allows you to have a solid foundation, say a little thank you for each thing. These can often be the things we take for granted, so acknowledging all the positive aspects of your life with sincere appreciation can be a powerful reminder of your abundance.

    And don’t forget to express gratitude for your own inner qualities and talents. For instance, you might express gratitude for your ability to stay grounded and calm in all situations. You can also express gratitude for your inner strength and resilience. All of these things contribute to a balanced, open, and healed root chakra.

    Journaling

    Journaling is a profound practice to get in touch with your inner self, gently probe your thoughts and beliefs, explore your feelings, and connect with your body’s energy centers. For journaling specifically focused on root chakra healing, you can take a variety of approaches. You can center your practice on writing root chakra affirmations, do the gratitude practice in the section above in written form, or answer journal prompts that pertain to the root chakra. For root chakra journal prompts, check out my post, 30 Journal Prompts to Open and Heal the Root Chakra.

    When you sit down to journal, first set the intention to connect with your root chakra. Seal this intention with a few deep, grounding breaths. Choose to write with honesty and authenticity, and release any judgment or self-criticism that may come up. It’s important that you make this time a judgment-free zone. The path to healing is paved in radical honesty and acceptance.

    Visualization

    Visualization exercises can be beneficial for root chakra healing in a number of ways. One way to visualize is to follow the practice outlined in the Meditation section: connect with your root chakra by visualizing a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter.

    You can also practice visualization by envisioning your highest self with an open and balanced root chakra. What does a day in your life look like when your root chakra is completely balanced? How do you feel? How do you carry yourself? Visualize some unexpected obstacles appearing during your day, and see yourself reacting to these obstacles with a sense of calm, stability, and steadiness. After your visualization, see if you can align with that balanced and centered version of yourself as you continue through your day.

    Yoga

    Almost any well-rounded yoga practice will support total body chakra healing, as yoga supports the free flow of energy (prana) throughout your body and can clear any blockages that may exist in your energy channels (nadis). Approach your yoga practice with an open and authentic heart.

    For root chakra healing poses (asanas), check out the list below. During your practice, focus on connecting with your root chakra. Breathe into that spot at the base of your spine, and when your feet are on the floor, focus on setting up a strong and stable foundation for your body (as well as connecting to the earth).

    • Mountain Pose
    • Downward Dog
    • Tree Pose
    • Lunge Pose
    • Warrior II

    Aromatherapy

    Sense of smell can be one of the most underutilized senses for restoring balance to your internal energy, as scent has the ability to both soothe and revitalize. For root chakra healing, use earth-scented essential oils, such as Cedarwood, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Basil, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Geranium. For more information on how to use essential oils to heal the chakras, check out my post, A Guide to Essential Oils for Chakra Healing.

    Color Therapy

    Color therapy is the act of immersing yourself in the color associated with that chakra. For root chakra healing, this means immersing yourself in all things red. For instance, you can eat red food, wear red clothes, light red candles, write with red pen, and surround your space with red items. I often hear the question, “Does color therapy really work?” I wholeheartedly believe your success with color therapy is entirely tied to your intentions and belief. When you approach this practice, first set the intention to connect with your root chakra. You might decide that every time you see a certain red item, you’ll recite a grounding root chakra affirmation. You might also spend some time visualizing a bright red orb at the base of your spine. At the heart of it, don’t simply surround yourself with the color red just for the sake of it; do so with intention. Decide that you are going to cultivate a sense of groundedness, stability, and strength throughout your day.

    I also like to combine color therapy with other root chakra healing practices, such as aromatherapy and journaling.

    Food

    While we often think of food as affecting our physical selves, it also profoundly affects our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves as well. Just as eating too much junk food can be linked to anxiety, stress, and negative overall well-being, eating the right types of food can help you to feel calm, stable, and secure.

    For root chakra healing foods, focus on root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots. You might also choose red fruits such as apples, cherries, and strawberries. Finally, as your root chakra is associated with strength, make sure you get in enough protein, which you can find in beans and nut butters.

    Crystals & Gemstones

    Each chakra has powerful crystals associated with it, and these crystals can be used in various ways to balance and heal the energy within. For root chakra healing, use grounding crystals such as Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, and Red Jasper. (You can find a list of grounding crystals and stones here.)

    So how exactly do you use crystals for root chakra healing? After cleansing and programming your crystals, you can meditate with them, wear crystals as jewelry, keep them in your pocket throughout the day, create crystal grids, or keep them in a prominent spot nearby where you can easily see them. Whenever you see or hold your chosen crystal, set the intention to ground yourself to the present moment and feel a sense of security and stability, no matter what’s happening in your external world. You might also choose to recite a root chakra affirmation, such as “I am grounded,” or “All my needs are always met.”

    Here’s a few more posts to help you get started with using crystals and gemstones to heal the chakras:

    Connect to Your Highest Self

    What does this mean? Who is your highest self?

    Your highest self is your truest, most authentic self. This part of you is untouched by external circumstances, appearances, and experiences. It is eternal and unchanging. This essence exists beyond your body and physical appearances.

    If you stripped everything else away, this part of you would remain: the real and true you.

    Your highest self is also the person you are when all of your chakras are open and balanced and energy is flowing freely throughout your body. And this all starts with your foundation: your root chakra.

    One of the most powerful chakra healing practices you can do is to spend a day walking in the shoes of your highest, most authentic self. For root chakra healing, set the intention to walk through a day as your highest self with an open, healed, and balanced root chakra. Start the day feeling grounded, secure, stable, strong, and supported. Keep this version of you in mind as you interact with others and also in the way you talk to yourself. Anytime you find yourself straying from your highest self, simply choose to realign.

    It may help to first journal about your highest self so you have a clear picture of who that person is before you start your day. No matter what, remember to refrain from self-criticism and judgment, and have compassion and love for all parts of you. Let this experience serve your highest good and support your growth.


    What practices have served you in opening, balancing, and healing your root chakra? Leave your questions and tips in the comment box below! And for more more chakra resources, plus uplifting affirmations and self-love encouragement, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram!

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    What is Inspired Action? (A Manifestation Guide)

    In this post, learn what inspired action really is, how to tell the difference between action vs. inspired action, and how inspired action will aid you in manifesting your dreams. Plus, get journal prompts to guide you to listen to your inner knowing and take inspired action with faith and trust (even when it doesn’t always make sense).

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    The Law of Attraction and Manifestation

    Inspired action.

    If you follow the Law of Attraction, you’ve likely heard the phrase inspired action throughout your manifestation journey. One of the key components of manifesting your dreams is to take inspired action towards your dreams and desires.

    But what exactly does this mean? What is inspired action? And how is it different than any other kind of action you might take?

    Inspired action is often the missing link when it comes to manifesting your dream life. Popular media will sometimes make fun of the Law of Attraction, depicting it as simply staring at a vision board and hoping really hard that your dreams will come true. And when someone tries to manifest their dreams and claims that manifestation doesn’t work for them, it’s often because they’re missing one of the most important steps in manifestation: taking inspired action.

    Manifestation is so much more than simply looking at a vision board and wishing that everything you’ve put on that board will come true. Manifestation takes believing in yourself, setting intentions, vibrating at the frequency of your desires, following your intuition, taking inspired action when your inner knowing calls, and trusting the Universe to guide you.

    Today, we’re going to focus specifically on the “inspired action” part of the manifestation journey. What is inspired action, and how do you know if your actions are inspired or not?

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    What is Inspired Action?

    Inspired action is a phrase often used in the Law of Attraction space, but what many don’t know is that “inspired action” is actually a law itself. The Law of Inspired Action is one of the 12 Laws of the Universe, and it’s inextricably intertwined with the Law of Attraction, as well as the other universal laws.

    So what exactly is it?

    The Law of Inspired Action states that you must take real, actionable, inspired steps in order to achieve your goals and allow your dreams to manifest in your life.

    So let’s break that down:

    First, it says that you must take “real, actionable, inspired steps.” “Real” and “actionable” aren’t too complicated. A real step means you take action instead of simply imagining it in your head. Actionable means it’s something that can be acted upon. All of this simply means you are doing something, not sitting around waiting for things to happen.

    It’s the “inspired” part that makes it a little more complicated.

    Have you ever felt a deep inner knowing about something? An inspired step is action derived from your inner knowing. It’s when something deep within calls you to take action, even when it doesn’t make sense. Inspired action is based on surrendering to the guidance of the Universe and listening to the call of your inner knowing.

    By not taking that inspired step, you may be blocking your manifestations from fully forming in your reality. That’s what the second half of the bolded definition above means: “in order to achieve your goals and allow your dreams to manifest in your life.”

    When you follow your intuition and take inspired action, you allow your dreams to manifest, often in unexpected ways. It may not look exactly as you had thought it would, but if you trust the Universe’s guidance, there’s a good chance it’ll turn out even better than you believed.

    At the heart of it, inspired action comes down to this: trust. Even when something doesn’t make logical sense, you trust the Universe to carry you to the place where all of your dreams and desires are waiting for you.

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    Action vs. Inspired Action

    So how do you know if you’re taking inspired action vs. simply taking action toward your dreams?

    This isn’t truly something that can be quantified or put in a spreadsheet. It’s also not for anyone else to tell you whether your actions are inspired or not. Only you know whether it’s inspired action from the way it feels.

    I like to use dating as an example of action vs. inspired action.

    Let’s say you’ve decided you want to manifest a really great, loving relationship. You know that it’s unlikely the love of your life will come knocking on your door, so you must take action to meet someone. Actions might include going out to a bar or coffee shop, asking one of your friends to play matchmaker, or joining an interleague soccer club where you might meet other singles.

    You’re taking action, which is a good thing, but you still haven’t met someone special.

    And to make it worse, something deep inside is telling you to make an online dating profile.

    OkCupid, specifically.

    But here’s the problem: you are completely resistant to meeting someone this way.

    Your mind is set on meeting someone the “old-fashioned” way, and you refuse to budge. Even when you start seeing external signs (like articles about online dating success stories and random strangers talking about OkCupid behind you in the coffee line) you ignore the signs and insist that your path is the best way.

    By going to bars and joining a soccer club, you’re taking action, but it isn’t inspired action.

    Inspired action is when you finally sign up for that online dating service and create a profile, putting yourself out there in a way that feels both scary and exciting. You’ve released resistance and have finally allowed the Universe to take you exactly where you want to go. Finally, after months of lackluster results, you go on the best date of your life.

    Inspired action isn’t always easy. It often requires going outside your comfort zone and even doing things that don’t always make sense. You may need to release stubborn resistance and admit that your way isn’t always the best way. However, just because it may not feel easy doesn’t mean it should feel bad.

    In fact, it’s just the opposite.

    Inspired action should feel good. It should feel right. It should feel like your entire body is breathing a sigh of relief as it quietly whispers, “Finally. This is where I’m meant to be.” Inspired action should feel like coming home.

    I speak from personal experience when I say that when you finally let go of resistance and take inspired action, you’ll laugh at yourself for taking so long. And with each successful step, it’ll become easier and easier to trust the Universe’s plan for you.

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    Examples of Inspired Action

    I’m lucky to say that inspired action has never been something I’ve resisted in my life. Even before I knew what manifestation and the Law of Attraction were, I was constantly making decisions and taking action based on what I felt in my heart. The hardest part was trying to explain my decisions to family and friends. From their perspective, my actions might’ve seemed to come from nowhere.

    But I always knew deep down that I was doing the right thing.

    One of these moments came in my final months of high school, when I decided against going to some bigger universities in California and opted for a smaller college in rural Oregon. Here, I met my best friends, got one-on-one time with professors, had intimate classes with as little as five people, learned and grew in ways I never could’ve imagined, and graduated with almost no financial debt. Would one of those bigger universities worked out for me? Maybe, but I knew in my heart that the smaller college was what I needed.

    And since I’m here, doing what I love in the career of my dreams, I’d say it worked out pretty well.

    Big, Life-Changing Examples of Inspired Action

    Two of the biggest examples of taking inspired action in my life both involved quitting well-paying jobs. The first time, I worked in a small office in rural Oregon. I was paid well, loved the people I worked with, and had a home I loved. But deep down, I knew there was something more out there for me. I decided to move to a new state that I had never lived in, but it felt like the next right place for me. I had no job or housing situation lined up, but I gave my notice at my job anyway. Every action I took was based simply on a feeling deep within that I was doing the right thing.

    And you know what happened?

    Within two weeks, I was offered the very first job I applied for, and my application for an apartment just minutes away from that job was accepted. I had taken inspired action, and the Universe did the rest, paving the way to my new life in this new state.

    A few years later, my inner knowing called to me again. I was working another well-paying job with people I loved, but I wasn’t doing what I loved. I knew it was time to finally follow my passions and build a life for myself that I’d be excited to wake up to every morning. This time, I resisted for a few months. It sounded crazy. Was I really supposed to leave a secure income to follow my dreams, even though I had zero prospects and no guarantees of success?

    And how was I supposed to pay the rent?

    I was terrified to tell my family and friends. I just knew they’d think I was crazy.

    But each day, my inner knowing called to me more and more. I couldn’t stay where I was much longer. Finally, I told my partner what I was thinking, and then my family, and then my best friend.

    And you know what happened this time?

    Everyone supported me. Without hesitation. Without blinking an eye. Unequivocally.

    So I took the leap, and I can say now that it was absolutely the best decision of my life. Was it scary? Absolutely. But I let go, surrendered to the Universe’s guidance, and walked forward in faith and trust. And it felt exactly like inspired action should feel: it felt like coming home.

    Smaller Examples of Inspired Action

    One of my favorite personal examples of inspired action is the path that led me to learning about manifestation itself.

    It started with a nudge to buy the book The Secret.

    I hadn’t seen or read about the book recently. No one I knew was reading it. In fact, my only memory of it was back in high school, when a friend’s mom had been reading it. But even then, I didn’t even know what it was about.

    But ten years later, I suddenly couldn’t get it out of my head.

    It was a thought that kept coming back to me over and over again: I knew I needed to buy that book.

    So I did. I can say now that The Secret didn’t teach me everything I needed to know about the Law of Attraction, and I learned some of my greatest lessons far after reading it. But it was the first step that led me on the path toward my dreams.

    And in the end, that’s what inspired action is: a first step that leads you to something far greater than you can ever imagine.

    Journal Prompts for Taking Inspired Action

    Below are some journal prompts for connecting with your intuition and taking inspired action. As you answer these questions, be honest with yourself, and refrain from self-criticism and self-judgment. Even if there were times in your past when you didn’t follow your intuition or take inspired action, know that these experiences served and supported your growth.

    • Do I consider myself intuitive? Why or why not?
    • What are some past experiences in which I followed my intuition, and this led me to making the right choice?
    • Have I ever not followed my intuition and wished I had? What can I learn from these experiences?
    • Do I trust myself to make good decisions? Do I make decisions based on what’s logical or what feels right? 
    • Describe what your inner knowing is telling you about your life right now. Are there any next steps you feel you should take? How does it feel when you think about taking these steps?
    • If I could take a single step this week that leads me closer to my dreams, what does that step look like? What is my intuition telling me? Am I able to take that step?
    • Fear is a normal experience when you take a leap and follow your inner knowing. Write at least ten affirmations about your strength, power, and courage to feel the fear and move forward anyway. Repeat each affirmation twice.
    • What does inspired action mean to me?
    • Is it worth it to me to take inspired action, even if it doesn’t always make sense? Why or why not?

    What does inspired action mean to you? In what ways has taking inspired action supported your manifestation journey? Leave your comments and questions in the comment box below!

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