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my Sunday morning sofa syndrome


Every Sunday morning, I have a choice of two inspiring groups from which I can attend. They are both at ten o’clock. I often start struggling on Saturday trying to decide which one to attend the next morning. Then Sunday morning hits, and I find myself sitting next to my sweetheart Chloe (see picture of Chloe below), and I have a tall mug of hot coffee, about 6:00 a.m., and suddenly I feel there is a third choice for Sunday morning. Stay here with Chloe and my coffee.

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But I’m not in charge of planning every detail of my life. I have a Higher Power that knows a lot more about the big picture than I do. My Higher Power knows that if I don’t get my ass off this sofa, and contribute to the mainstream of life, I will soon find myself out of rhythm with the Universe.

I hear people talk about getting active as a physical fitness affirmation. For me, I have to get active as a mental fitness exercise. Whether I go to my Sunday Morning twelve-step group, or the Unity Church, it doesn’t really matter, AS LONG AS I GET MY ASS OFF THIS COUCH. I need that reminder that I am part of the mainstream of life.

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No doubt we have all hit spells when we didn’t feel the urge to get the day going. Pulling the covers up around us seemed far more inviting. There’s nothing wrong with occasionally resisting the next twenty-four hours. We do need variety in our lives. Even a healthy, fun routine is still a routine. Shaking it up is good for us. But if we make a habit of avoiding whatever plans we’ve made, we need to take an inventory of our feelings. Depression isn’t foreign to most of us. Chronic depression needs to be addressed, however.

If we begin to feel blue about our lives, let’s make sure we are expressing our feelings to a friend. Generally, there is a simple solution. Maybe we have forgotten to pray and meditate regularly. Perhaps we have become self-absorbed. Being appreciative of others generally changes how we see every aspect of our lives. Recounting with a confidant or in a journal all the blessings and achievements we’ve accumulated over these many decades often pushes us out of the doldrums.

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Let’s remember that most days surprised us with their outcomes. We never got exactly what we expected. This is one certainty about life that we can always count on. And the other thing I can always count on is that Chloe will be home waiting for me, and VERY excited to see me.

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Auric Meanings


Even plants have an energy field, so why all the skepticism about the human aura?

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The Meaning of Auric Colors

Color can be constructive or destructive. It can stimulate or depress, repel or attract. It can even be male or female in its character. It can reflect positive or negative, and when perceived within the aura it provides a key to the personality, moods, maturity and health of the individual. It reflects physical and spiritual aspects.
It takes a great deal of practice to interpret the color shades seen within the aura. Each color has its general characteristic, but each shade of that color changes that characteristic a little. The location of the color, the intensity and even the from the color takes in the auric field must be considered.

This text provides all of the subtle nuances of color interpretation within the auric field. You will examine basic colors and the energies they commonly indicate on physical and other levels. This gives you a starting point to begin to understand what is revealed by the colors of the aura.

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The colors closest to the body reflect aspects of the individual’s physical condition. They also indicate those energies manifesting and energies further away often indicate the energy that the person will be able to determine time elements of certain energy patterns by the color and the location of the color with respect to the physical body.
There are many different colors of the human aura.

The list of colors below gives a brief description of each main color.

AQUA – The person is a healer.
BLACK – This color aura shows up in abused children, divorcees, people addicted to drugs and victims of torture.
PALE BLUE – A sensitive person will display a pale blue aura.
SKY BLUE – A person with strong natural instincts.
COBALT BLUE – This person has intuition coming from a higher source.
PRUSSIAN BLUE – This aura color represents harmony.
ROYAL BLUE – This aura color appears when people have found their path in life.
DELFT BLUE – This person has a strong ethical foundation.
ULTRAMARINE – This aura color is seen in people who spend a lot of time around the ocean.
NAVY BLUE – Moving in a methodical, safe way.
INDIGO – This person will have well adapted psychic abilities.
AMBER – Represents a person with personal courage and strength.
CARAMEL – This aura color is seen when a person is making positive career moves.
COPPER – This aura color only shows up in people who are in the mining business.
RAW SIENNA – When people have problems thinking clearly.
FAWN – One is experiencing are ending with a problem.
DOESKIN – People who are very organized show this aura color.
MUSHROOM – You are fulfilling you destiny, but slowly.
CHOCOLATE BROWN – People who work with the earth.
RUSSET–BROWN – A person who works very hard.
TERRA–COTTA – People who go against the grain.
DARK BROWN – Someone who has common sense.
GOLD – The person exist higher level of consciousness.
PALE GREEN – A person who is advancing spiritually has a pale green aura.
LEMON GREEN – Found in people who are liars and cheats
APPLE GREEN – People with this color aura are healers.
IRIDESCENT GREEN – This color aura shows up in friendly people.
EMERALD GREEN – The solution to a problem is coming.
JADE – A person with this color aura is charitable.
VIRIDIAN – A person suffering from mental or emotional stress.
OLIVE GREEN – This color aura indicates a scrooge.
DARK GREEN – A dark green aura shows someone is suffering from mental stress.
TURQUOISE – This color aura are in people who have gone from rags to riches.
GRAY – A gray aura means people feel trapped.
CHARCOAL GRAY – When someone is suffering from depression.
APRICOT – Communication in a caring manner.
ORANGE – A person with this aura has strong motivation.
PUMPKIN – A pumpkin aura represents self control.
PALE PINK – True love is represented with a pale pink aura.
PINK MADDER – A person who has strong loyalty and commitment.
SALMON PINK – This color aura is from people who love what they do for work.
IRIDESCENT PINK – Someone who has a strong sexual desire.
DUSTY PINK – Foolish people display this color aura.
LAVENDER – People who have had an out of body experience display this color aura.
LILAC – A person who is spiritual balanced.
MAGENTA – The entrepreneur’s aura color.
MAUVE – Displayed in humble people.
IMPERIAL PURPLE – This aura color shows up in people with a very active dream life.
GRAPE – A grape aura is the color of laziness.
VIOLET – Humble people show the violet aura color.
CARMINE – You see this aura color when people are trying to change something in their life.
VERMILLION – Creative people.
RUSTIC RED – A person with a short temper shows this aura color.
SCARLET RED – Big ego.
CRIMSON – A person with this aura color is naturally creative.
MAROON – A person who is self empowered.
CLARET – A person who is determined has a claret aura.
SILVER – A silver aura represents the link between earth and the spirit world.
CREAM – A person who is going the right way in life.
PEARL – A true psychic will show a pearl aura.
PALE YELLOW – A shy person.
PRIMROSE – A person who is optimistic will show this color aura.
LEMON YELLOW – This aura color indicates a person knows where they are going in life.
BUTTERCUP YELLOW – Someone who is focused on doing something.
GOLDEN YELLOW – A person who is inspired.
MUSTARD – Mustard aura’s come from manipulative people.
STRAW YELLOW – People who like to day dream.

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Aura Color Meanings

RED AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the Root chakra, physical body, or circulation. The densest color, it creates the most friction. Friction attracts or repels; money worries or obsessions; anger or unforgiveness; anxiety or nervousness
Deep Red: Grounded, realistic, active, strong will-power, survival-oriented.
Muddied red: Anger (repelling)
Clear red: Powerful, energetic, competitive, sexual, and passionate
Pink-bright and light: Loving, tender, sensitive, sensual, artistic, affection, purity, compassion; new or revived romantic relationship. Can indicate clairaudience.
Dark and murky pink: Immature and/or dishonest nature
Orange Red: Confidence, creative power
In a good, bright and pure state, red energy can serve as a healthy ego.
ORANGE AURA COLOR: Relates to sacral chakra, reproductive organs and emotions. The color of vitality, vigor, good health and excitement. Lots of energy and stamina, creative, productive, adventurous, courageous, outgoing social nature; currently experiencing stress related to appetites and addictions;
Orange-Yellow: Creative, intelligent, detail oriented, perfectionist, scientific.
YELLOW AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the solar plexus chakra, spleen and life energy. It is the color of joy, happiness, free from worries, inspiration, intelligence and action shared, creative, playful, optimistic, and easy-going.
Light or pale yellow: Emerging psychic and spiritual awareness; optimism and hopefulness; positive excitement about new ideas.
Bright lemon-yellow: Struggling to maintain power and control in a personal or business relationship; fear of losing control, prestige, respect, and/or power.
Clear gold metallic, shiny and bright: Spiritual energy and power activated and awakened; an inspired person.
Dark brownish yellow or gold: A student, or one who is straining at studying; overly analytical to the point of feeling fatigued or stressed; trying to make up for “lost time” by learning everything all at once.
GREEN AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to heart chakra and lungs. It is a very comfortable, healthy color of nature. When seen in the aura this usually represents growth and balance, and most of all, something that leads to change. Love of people, animals, nature; teacher; social
Bright emerald green: A healer, also a love-centered person
Yellow-Green: Creative with heart, communicative
Dark or muddy forest green: Jealousy, resentment, feeling like a victim of the world; blaming self or others; insecurity and low self-esteem; lack of understanding personal responsibility; sensitive to perceived criticism
Turquoise: Relates to the immune system. Sensitive, compassionate, healer, therapist.
BLU AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the throat chakra, thyroid. Cool, calm, and collected. Caring, loving, love to help others, sensitive, intuitive.
Soft blue: Peacefulness, clarity and communication; truthful; intuitive
Bright royal blue: Clairvoyant; highly spiritual nature; generous; on the right path; new opportunities are coming
Dark or muddy blue: Fear of the future; fear of self-expression; fear of facing or speaking the truth
INDIGO AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to the third eye chakra, visual and pituitary gland. Intuitive, sensitive, deep feeling.
VIOLET AURA COLOR MEANING: Relates to crown chakra, pineal gland and nervous system. The most sensitive and wisest of colors. This is the intuitive color in the aura, and reveals psychic power of attunement with self. Intuitive, visionary, futuristic, idealistic, artistic, magical.
LAVENDER AURA COLOR MEANING: Imagination, visionary, daydreamer, etheric.
SILVER AURA COLOR MEANING: This is the color of abundance, both spiritual and physical. Lots of bright silver can reflect to plenty of money, and/or awakening of the cosmic mind.
Bright metallic silver: Receptive to new ideas; intuitive; nurturing
Dark and muddy gray: Residue of fear is accumulating in the body, with a potential for health problems, especially if gray clusters seen in specific areas of the body
GOLD AURA COLOR MEANING: The color of enlightenment and divine protection. When seen within the aura, it says that the person is being guided by their highest good. It is divine guidance. Protection, wisdom, inner knowledge, spiritual mind, intuitive thinker.
BLACK AURA COLOR MEANING: Draws or pulls energy to it and in so doing, transforms it. It captures light and consumes it. Usually indicates long-term unforgiveness (toward others or another) collected in a specific area of the body, which can lead to health problems; also, entitities within a person’s aura, chakras, or body; past life hurts; unreleased grief from abortions if it appears in the ovaries
WHITE AURA COLOR MEANING: Reflects other energy. A pure state of light. Often represents a new, not yet designated energy in the aura. Spiritual, etheric and non-physical qualities, transcendent, higher dimensions. Purity and truth; angelic qualities.
White sparkles or flashes of white light: angels are nearby; can indicate that the person is pregnant or will be soon
EARTH AURA COLORS: Soil, wood, mineral, plant. These colors display a love of the Earth, of being grounded and is seen in those who live and work on the outdoors….construction, farming, etc. These colors are important and are a good sign.
RAINBOWS: Rainbow-colored stripes, sticking out like sunbeams from the hand, head or body: A Reiki healer, or a star person (someone who is in the first incarnation on Earth)
PASTELS: A sensitive blend of light and color, more so than basic colors. Shows sensitivity and a need for serenity.
DIRTY BROWN OVERLAY: Holding on to energies. Insecurity.
DIRTY GRAY OVERLY: Blocking energies. Guardedness.

*the above information was taken directly from a reputable aura website: http://reikisadhna.com/ABOUT%20AURA.html

Heart Chakra


Open the Heart Chakra (green). This chakra is all about love, caring, and endearment. When open, you seem to be compassionate and friendly, always working in amicable relationships. If it’s under-active: you tend to be cold and unfriendly. If it’s over-active: you tend to be so “loving” towards people that you suffocate them, and you could be seen as selfish for it.
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Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “YAM.” (Pronounced yahm).
All this time, continue to relax your body, and think of the chakra, it’s meaning, and how it does or should affect your life.
Keep doing this until you are completely relaxed, and the “clean” feeling returns and/or intensifies within your body.

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10 affirmations to help you love yourself and bring more love into your life.

I choose to see clearly with eyes of love.
I love what I see.
Love happens!
I release the desperate need for love, and instead, allow it to find me in the perfect time.
Love is around every corner, and joy fills my entire world.
Today, I remember that Life loves me and will reward me.
Life is very simple. What I give out comes back to me.
Today I chose to give love.
I rejoice in the love I encounter every day.
I am surrounded by love.
All is well.
I am comfortable looking in the mirror and saying, “I love you. I really love you.”
I draw love and acceptance into my life, and I accept it now.
Love is all there is!
~Louise Hay~

how I rediscovered and reclaimed my spirituality


I would like to quote a story from the book called “Alcoholics Anonymous”. I want to share it, not because I wish to talk about alcohol, or addiction, but because I believe it beautifully illustrates how each one of us can find our own spiritual path, one which does not depend on any religion or the acceptance of anyone else’s creed.

There was a time when I did not know the difference between religion and spirituality, and when I felt I no longer fit with the religion I was raised with, I rejected all of it. For over ten years I considered myself an atheist. Those were ten very dark years. In 2011, I had a spiritual experience. I consider it a miracle. My mind opened up to the fact that I could believe in a spiritual purpose that did not need to agree with any preacher, holy book, or dusty baggage buried deep within my subconscious.

This whole blog, Chakra Toaster, is sort of my own personal journey of spiritual discovery. It represents the fact that my spiritual life is a living, evolving reality.

I have gone from religious, to atheist, to spiritual. I believe in Spirit guides, and we all have a unique journey. But are we really so unique?

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Here is the story that taught me the difference between religious and spiritual:

“I had always believed in a Power greater than myself. I had often pondered these things. I was not an atheist. Few people really are, for that means blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere. My intellectual heroes, the chemists, the astronomers, even the evolutionists, suggested vast laws and forces at work. Despite contrary indications, I had little doubt that a mighty purpose and rhythm underlay all. How could there be so much of precise and immutable law, and no intelligence? I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation. But that was as far as I had gone.

“With ministers, and the world’s religions, I parted right there. When they talked of a God personal to me, who was love, superhuman strength and direction, I became irritated and my mind snapped shut against such a theory.

“Despite the living example of my friend there remained in me the vestiges of my old prejudice. The word God still aroused a certain antipathy. When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personal to me this feeling was intensified. I didn’t like the idea. I could go for such conceptions as Creative Intelligence, Universal Mind or Spirit of Nature but I resisted the thought of a Czar of the Heavens, however loving His sway might be. I have since talked with scores of men who felt the same way.

My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?”

(From the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” Chapter 1)

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Joyce Meyer?! Really?!


It is amazing how often my Higher Power opens a window and lets me notice a new scent in the air outside. I will admit, I am not a Christian. At least not in the fundamentalist sense. I love the teachings of Christ, but I respect them as much as the teachings of all enlightened teachers. My list of gurus is wide and varied. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, K.E., L.P., Buddha, Charles Fillmore, Bill Wilson, Marianne Williamson, and many others. But up until now, I have had a serious aversion to teachers who I consider fundamentalist Christian. Yesterday, that changed. For the first time in over ten years I watched a video of Joyce Meyer. It’s amazing how, in desperation and depression, we seem to soften just enough to let God mold our minds. I wish I could say that happens more often, but at least I can say it happened last night. Joyce Meyer joined my personal list of gurus through which I feel God speaks to me. It is a major development in my spiritual evolution, and I had to share that with you.

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This is a sign that my fourth chakra is charging up enough to power through some of my old baggage that has been holding me back. I am convinced that once I get my heart chakra spinning properly, things will change for me in amazing ways. I am ready for a breakthrough. I am finished feeling like a victim. Who would have thought Joyce Meyer would be the catalyst. My Higher Power works in mysterious ways. Today, I am extremely grateful for that.When-you-are-tempted

What exactly are chakras and what do they look like?


What exactly are chakras and what do they look like?

Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. They are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions.
Chakras have been depicted as a funnel of sorts with smaller funnels within the funnel. They are also often referred to as looking like lotus flowers. I have intuitively viewed the intake of individual chakras as appearing similar to the blades of a fan or windmill in circular motion. (taken from about.com)

The Earth Chakra System and How We Can Tune into It


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Try putting pictures (or postcards, or computer backgrounds) of places in the world that correspond to the chakra you are working on. For example, I am currently working on my root chakra, so I will set my computer background with a picture of Mount Shasta.a2c3c049dbee11ea19d85a0e9a454ece
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