28 Days of Love: Decluttering Activity

Greetings beloveds,

We’ve been having some great discussion on the importance of cleansing and taking time to declutter our homes in order to create space for new energy to be cultivated. Today I’ll share a quick decluttering activity to get us moving.

I’m sure you all have heard of the three fold decluttering law. Lol I know you’re thinking no, but believe me you have.

The Three Fold Decluttering Law:

From three piles we create space.

By dividing into keep, trash, and donate.

Pretty easy but that’s your activity for the day. Pick a surface, room, or portion of your home depending on your energy level and what your intuition guides you to tackle. From there you can pick a space or use reusable/trash bags to designate between the items that you will keep, throw away, recycle, or donate.

Now this is an exercise that you want to provide plenty of time to complete because you will want to take a moment with each item that you encounter. For some it literally will be a quick second of regard if it’s an item that you have no attachment to and are sure of where you would like to place that item. Others not so much. Sit with the item and determine if you are thinking of keeping it what is your motivation to do so. Do you have an emotional connection? Nostalgia and sentimental value? Is it an item that you use often? Ask yourself these questions and determine whether you actually need to keep that item. If it’s an emotional response explore what that emotion is that is attached to the item and why. If the item is attached to emotions that you would not like experience then perhaps it’s time to place that item in the donate/trash pile depending on its condition.

As you may have begun to notice, the items that hold space in our homes not only take up physical space but emotional, mental, and especially energetic space. So while you are going through your things keep this in mind that there is more tied to your items then just their physical presence. Clearing, moving, and cleaning gets this energy moving or completely removed from your personal energy so you are able to create room/space.

Go over each item in the designated space you chose. Once that’s complete move all the items you have decided to keep and give the space a thorough cleansing. Repeat this process by moving from space to space and room to room until you have gone through your entire home or living space. Once that’s’ finished using smoke, sound, water, or whatever your preferred from of energetic cleansing may be clear your home.

That’s our decluttering and energy clearing activity for the week. Here’s to cleansing, clearing, and manifesting!

-Rose

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Cleansing the Home: Creating Space for Love

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Greetings beloveds,

I hope you all are having a wonderful day. Spring is coming and I suspect everyone is beginning to feel the need to start clearing up energy in and around your home. This may sound like a story that an adult would try to tell you to get you to tidy up but cleaning is a spiritual act. It is a physical act which literally moves energy. The act of cleaning and redecorating can allow for old energy to be released and new energy to be brought in. We focus a bit of time and energy on clearing our physical and etheric energy attached to our bodies and souls. It is important to take time to focus on clearing the physical space that you inhabit as well.

If you find that you are feeling a bit stagnant, have a large goal you would like to achieve or are wanting to add a little oomph to your manifestations decluttering and cleaning can assist you in all these efforts. As we have discussed, energy is always being transmuted and transformed. When you have a desire that you would like to see come to fruition this requires energy that is currently being put to use in one area to be to be transmuted to another. For example, you may want to change where you are currently living but find it difficult to find a space that meets your needs, desires, or budget. It’s a great idea then to examine what the energy is like in your current location. Do you have a lot of items that you rarely use? Are your belongings ready to be moved or would changing spaces be a cumbersome stressful event? Is the space you are in clean and ready to be vacated? These factors all contribute to the flow of energy in your home and manifesting your goal. So what needs to be done to start the energy flowing towards moving? First, you may want to go over your belongings and see what you may be holding onto in that space which may energetically tying you to that location. Remove those that are not supporting your endeavor. Now it’s time to look at whether your space is ready to be vacated so start cleaning up. Begin behaving as if your manifestation has already occurred. This is the magic of clearing our space. It creates room for new things, energy, dreams to come forth.

This same theory applies in the same way to our relationship to our self, others and the heart centered connection we have with everything. Supporting healthy, nurturing and love inducing connections not only performs the task of maintaining our relationships but either transforming or releasing those that do not serve us. Thus if you feel you are wanting more love either to give to yourself, others, or to receive it may be time to re-evaluate the state of the energy within your home or living space to see if it is putting out the message that you would like to deliver. If not then it’s time to start cleaning up and clearing out so that you create space for what you would like to have in your life.

I hope that you will stop by tomorrow where we’ll be sharing a fun decluttering and energy clearing activity. Have a beautiful day loves!

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Brain Food

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Greetings beloveds,

Oh you thought that we forgot about the food right? Here we are again at my favorite part of the week. Let’s return to our discussion on the brain, health, and spirituality.

There are many foods that contribute to the health of our brain. We want to make sure that we are getting those healthy fats to make sure that the myelin sheeth stays pliable, strong and functioning well so those neural messages are able to be sent from . Then you want all the leafy greens an vegetables because they have all the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. Lastly, of course we should be drinking lots of water to keep ourselves hydrated.

So here’s a list of food to keep your brain happy!

Avocados

Walnuts

Salmon

Broccoli

Beets

Blueberries

Celery

Leafy Greens

Dark Chocolate

Rosemary

Tumeric

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These foods are perfect to throw into a salad or any Mediterranean inspired meal. Let me know what are your favorite recipes that feature these foods.

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Week 4 The Connection between the Heart and Home

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Greetings beloveds,

This month has gone by so quickly! I have to admit though I have been looking forward to this week since I started this project. Week 4 is all about creating a loving heart centered living space. Why do I find this to be the most appealing topic of them all? Because our homes, living, work, cars, and other sacred spaces are the external containers of our energy. They can be the closest (or furthest which we will discuss later) to a safe space that one can encounter. Our homes have such powerful energy associated with them and can affect huge portions of our lives. Yet we are not always called to give them the attention and energy that they can require. When one is trying to stay afloat in a world gone mad maintaining and creating a loving container is one of the most important tasks that we can take upon ourselves to prioritize along with other self-care activities. Perhaps it’s time to check your self-care list and see if there are one or two activities that focus on the care of your home. Perhaps it’s time to start seeing our spaces that we reside in as extensions of ourselves and find balance in those energies.

This week we will explore the heart and the home. The importance of cleansing our living space through clearing and decluttering. Then we will discuss a little bit of the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui so we will know about the relationship between energy, movement, and our homes. After which, we’ll identify the love and relationships portion of the living space in order to see how what we place or don’t place in that area may be affecting our hearts. Lastly, we’ll look at decorating our heart space in order to create the environment that will nurture and feed our souls.

I look forward to continuing to build this loving space with you all.

See you tomorrow,

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Connecting to the Sacral and Root Energy Centers

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Greetings beloveds,

Today we’ll share an exercise to connect to your sacral and root energy centers. Let’s get started!

Find a comfortable spot where you will be able to relax. This could be a chair, on a pillow on the floor, or your favorite place outside. Anywhere where you can relax, focus and not be interrupted is preferred. Settle into your space. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breath. Feel as the oxygen flows into your lungs, filling them with life. Envision all of your worries, all of the drama, all of your responsibilities of the day filling those bits of air. As you completely fill yourself with this deep breath hold it for 5-8 seconds. Really putting your attention towards instilling each other air particle with the stress that you intend to release. When you exhale envision all of those worries releasing to the universe where they are transmuted into refreshing air for the natural world.

Continue these breaths 5-10 times or for however long it takes until you feel completely at ease. Once you have entered that space, center your attention on each chakra starting with your root chakra. Feel it pulse, pull, and draw round your etheric being. There will be a moment when you will feel that connection. It is different for everyone. If you don’t feel anything such as a wave of energy flowing in that area. Repeat this for your sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras. As you move upwards through each chakra pull that energy along as you go. Some areas may feel sluggish, although this isn’t an exercise to clear one’s energy you may want to spend some time doing so. You may feel a slight buzzing around your head from this exercise. Continue to move that energy upwards past the crown for our energy fields extend much further than that. In fact continue to let you energy expand as far out as you desire.

Now bring your attention back to your sacral energy center by picturing your energy flowing down thru your solar plexus down into the center of your pelvis to your sacral energy center. Having felt the flow of energy that exists between your higher-self and source, let that connection flow down to your sacral energy center.  This brings the wisdom those spaces hold from your subconscious to your conscious awareness. Source who is outside of our limited scope of space, time, and physical forms is all knowing. You will want to envision a steady flow of energy between your sacral chakra and your higher-self. This energy flow may be orange, red, yellow or any other color. Does it have a temperature associated with it? Is it warm, cool, or just a color? If you have a question or concern once that flow of energy is consistent feel free to ask your question. Note if there are any changes in the color or how you feel during this time. Does the answer come to you easily? Pay attention to how you feel but if you find yourself becoming too distracted and your mind is wandering then focus back on your breathing and trust that your message will come to you when you are ready. The sacral chakra is one of the areas in which we hold on to trauma so if you find yourself having a very difficult time connecting to this area don’t push it. Come at this exercise gently. Eventually you will find yourself able to explore the truths of this area. What wisdom does your sacral energy center have to share with you? Is it calling for a clearing? If so you can use cleanses through smoke, sound, water, or earth to pull any negative energy from this area. You may also want to seek professional services through therapy or a medical doctor.

We will now use the same meditation to connect to our root chakra. The root chakra may have a more active feeling to it or a very Earthy feeling. The root chakra is the last of our main chakra’s before our energy connects to the Earth. Thus it’s characteristics of grounding is a logical relationship between the root and the Earth. The color associated with the root chakra is red but you may find you feel/see green, brown, gold, black, or any other color. You also may feel a cool, damp, or warm sensation. It really depends on where you are and what your current life experience is. Focusing your attention here may deliver to you messages on your home, your family, your finances, or life purpose. Be open to what these messages may suggest about your current state of energy in relation to these subjects. Breathe into them. Let the knowledge seep into your being. Rest in that connection. Do this exercise for as long as it feels comfortable. Once you feel complete you can picture your energy traveling down into the earth and up into source as a mutual connection builds between your being and the entirety of creation. Take 5 deep breaths and slowly let your consciousness return to this plane. You can always return to this exercise whenever you are desiring connection or guidance.

With love,

Rose

28 Days of Love: Wisdom of the Serpent

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Greetings beloveds,

Today we’re going to take one final look at the physical by speaking about Kundalini energy. Kundalini is one path of Indian practice of yoga where one uses particular movements, sounds, and postures to activate the life energy. That life energy which is located in the base of the spine is known as Kundalini (Shakti). Within all of us lies the energy of creation. This energy flows according to the lies of the universe with both masculine/feminine and giving/receiving. Again, do not let your preconceived notions of masculine/feminine limit your perceptions of the possibilities related to these terms. Masculine energy is not inherently tied to the male body or form just as feminine energy is not automatically held within the female body or form. We hold both energies within us. It is about balance.

Also known as the serpent due to the way that the energy is thought to wind up the spinal column through the main chakras, Kundalini awakening has been associated with longevity, wisdom, spiritual enlightenment, and energetic balancing. An energy of movement and growth, there are several ways in which one may activate the kundalini. These ways include breath work, meditation, and movement. The energy that rises up through the chakra’s integrate not only the chakras but all of the energetic bodies as well allowing for information that may not have been able to be understood before to be accessible. Again, why this awakening is related to the serpent as serpents and snakes are known to symbolize wisdom and sacred knowledge. Eels are also related with the kundalini and masculine energy.

Regardless of your gender or sex, kundalini can be activated. There are those who do not find this activation to be pleasant. It can be shocking to feel all of your energies brought together and to have access to so much more sensory input. Many find themselves feeling physically sick from the amount of energy being transmuted. It is with caution that I bring the topic pf energy activation to this blog, but as it can be so closely tied to the physical it only made sense to discuss kundalini energy. I will not share how to to activate this energy but I will say that this can be done spontaneously through a steady practice, one’s energetic path, or during intense sexual experiences. The building up of energy during an orgasm operates in the same way as building up energy for awakening, manifestation and growth. Although we may equate an orgasm with ejaculation and physical movement that is not always the case. Through the use of meditation and breath work one can move their energy in the same way as a sexual orgasm. Getting in touch with your energy of creation is a powerful tool that can assist you with aligning not only with your own higher being but with your ability to manifest all of your desires.

I hope that if you found this very lite introduction to kundalini to be interesting. If so please seek to learn more about this energy on your own in safe practices from reputable sources.

With love,

Rose

28 Days of Love: The Sacral Energy Center

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Greetings beloveds,

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! Today we will be exploring the second energy center of the human form connected to the physical body and movement; the sacral chakra. The sacral energy center houses the energy of creativity, passion, sexuality, and happiness.

Our sexuality is just as tied with our thoughts as with our body. The largest sensory organ of the human form is the skin. We are aroused not just from touch but from all of our senses including our extrasensory ones such as clairvoyance. Through these avenues we take in information and energy from the world around us.  The sacral energy center is one area through we can transmute energy to create and manifest our desires. It is the void where in new life can come forth. Let us not limit ourselves to a simplistic understanding of new life as the actual birth of a child. Let us look at life through an energetic lens. In that case all that exists or could exists lives. Thus we birth ideas, books, hopes, dreams, homes, businesses, societies, relationships, anything and more than we could ever dream of. This is why it is so important to nurture and balance our sacral energy center. For when our sacral center is out of balance we continue to manifest yet instead of the things we would like to come forth we find ourselves in situations and experiences we would rather avoid. It is in accordance to the 12 Universal Laws which do not see good and bad only the energy that we send out.

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Activating the sacral energy center will not only increase your ability to manifest (hopefully things you desire) but regulates our creativity energy in general. When that energy is clear and flowing we feel inspired, creative, renewed as if we can do anything. When the energy becomes stagnant you may feel yourself becoming stagnant as well. When you find yourself feeling this way it may be in relation to the amount of stress  you are experiencing. Stress is defined as any emotional or mental tension from adverse circumstances that one may not generally encounter. As you can tell from the general definition anything can be stressful depending on one’s perspective. This is why the practice of caring about how you feel is so important. A sure fire way to connect to your feelings and learn to be guided by your intuition is to connect to your sacral energy center.

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow as we look at one last portion of our energy and the physical through kundalini.

With love,

Rose

Full Moon in Virgo: Creative Discernment

Greetings beloveds,

This is another Earth ruled full moon in Virgo in the 5th house. Venus, Saturn, and Pluto are in Capricorn in the 10th house, with Mars in Taurus in the 1st house. The fifth house governs creativity, joy, will, and individuation. Virgo in the 5th house brings order and prioritization to our creative drives. Nothing is accomplished without a plan. You might just be winging it, but the universe knows precisely what is coming. The gift of the 5th house allows us to tap into the COURAGE to use the Virgo energy to align our WILL. This allows for the dreams of the underworld explored during the winter season to begin to take shape in the physical world. We are stabilizing while heading into the depths of the subconscious with Pisces

We are almost at our rebirth. Aries season brings us back to the light but for now we are at the bottom of the ocean trench. So far below our conscious capabilities that we have no clue as to what occurs there EXCEPT through dreams, free association, creative outlets, and other forms of making the unconscious conscious.

YET, our environment shapes so much of our personality. We are deeply connected to each other and as such are impacted by that connection. When the environment is geared towards production, we strive to be productive. Creative to creativity, joyous to joy, you get the picture. Virgo in the 5th house in the season of Pisces directs that creative energy. It gives it form and fashion. Without this piece that energy is chaos without the order.

This full moon, we will work on developing another aspect of Virgo energy, discernment. When you have the world at your feet and the energy of creation bubbling up within you everything that lights that spark within you draws you in like a fire on a cold winter night. It is up to us to learn how to tell what we should and should not give our attention to. This can be done through trail and error, advice from elders, and developing our intuition. Virgo’s are skilled at taking in information and situations through which they can decide what is the best possible option.

This full moon, allow yourself to be in the environments that make you feel alive, confident, and creative. Let the spark of life ignite within you. Write, draw, record, discuss, or express in some way what comes to you. Then using your mirrors (intuition, trusted elders, mentors, guides, and ancestors) to discern where to direct this energy. We are in an important time before spring. Organize the energy and move this from potential energy to manifestation.

Happy Full Moon in Virgo!

Kamilah Rose

28 Days of Love- The Root Energy Center

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Greetings beloveds,

We have been getting into the nitty gritty here at The Bliss Institute examining the many ways that we can show ourselves and each other love through our physical forms. Now we are going to take a look at the energy centers related to our physical being starting with the root.

The root chakra or energy center is our grounding foundation of our being. It is the first energy center located at the base of our forms at the base of our spine. Others have noted the root chakra’s location at the perineum. Neither of these may not be the space where you feel energy moving though so it will be useful to get to know your own energetic form. Thought of as the start of a vortex of spiraling energy, the root energy center is connected with the coccyx or the tailbone. Often associated with the color red, the root chakra is our connection to the earth that nourishes and feeds us. Just as the earth represents our physical home, the root chakra is activated by any type of physical activity that we participate in. Anything that gets our body moving get our root energy center going as well.

Our root chakra houses our basis of stability, security, safety, and survival. If we were to liken this to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs this would be a combination of the physiological and safety levels. We find that our primitive instincts towards ensuring our survival are activated with this chakra. Thus housing or shelter, food and protection are the main concern here. When these areas are not in balance or flowing in harmony with our overall energy then we feel that our lives are at risk. This can mean physically, energetically, emotionally, or mentally there is an attack we are perceiving externally or internally. This activates reactions to these threats through a variety of emotional and physical states. Anger, judgment, inactivity, over activity, scarcity mentality and experiencing a lack of connection to the world around us are all associated with a root chakra that is either over or under active.

When our root energy center is balanced we feel as if our environment is safe and secure. We view the universe as a place of abundance where we are always taken care of. I’m sure these are some appealing characteristics but one of the best ways to determine the state of one’s root is your manifestation of your dreams and desires. On a base level we are always manifesting according to what energy we put out there. If you find that it’s very easy for you to manifest your desires then more than likely your root chakra is well balanced and in tune with your overall energy. As your foundation and direct connection to the Earth as the material realm there can be a correlation between the state of your root chakra and your material manifestations. This is never the whole story so don’t discount the overall energy of the world around you but the way you feel about your ability to affect your physical self/world. Your drive for creating micro and macro change is within the root energy center. As you can tell this is a major energy point. The root doesn’t act alone and tomorrow we will cover another energy center that is closely tied to our physical being/form: the sacral chakra.

-Rose

28 Days of Love: Love Moves

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Greetings beloveds,

Let’s get rolling with loving our physical forms. Our thoughts do affect our physical body as it shapes what we do, but it’s also important to do what we can to stay active. Movement is a foundation of health and there are so many physical activity options. There’s definitely something you can find that resonates with your being.

I know for me a lack of movement makes me feel sluggish, heavy and less mobile. I move slower and am less apt to want to be active. Maintaining a consistent movement schedule can be difficult when life gets busy. You have to prioritize movement when you can. I can tell you though, when I first started graduate school I only had to attend classes Tuesday through Thursday. Being new to the city and not having many friends meant that I had plenty of time to stay active and prepare food. I was in the gym, running, and preparing fresh food every day for multiple hours. I loved it because it gave me something to do and cost me nothing. Then I started working and my whole schedule went down the drain. Between managing a full time job, finishing my degree, and actually having a social life, physical activity and nutrition went out the window. It took me two years to regain some balance in my life which came from having some difficult conversations with myself about priorities and what kind of life I wanted to live.

This experience gave me the inspiration to share information on the many ways that we can continue to participate in physical activity and caring for our bodies even when we have a lot going on in our lives. More importantly, I know that sometimes we just might not be as active as we would like or we may have physical or health conditions that just don’t allow a lot or any physical activity. We have to be gentle with ourselves and do the best that we can. Our thoughts and attitude towards our bodies play such an important role in our physical wellbeing and when you are not being active it is vital for your mind to be in its best shape so please take advantage of any meditation or therapy services that are available. With that being said on to the ways to get active and keep that energy moving.

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   Here are some great ways to get moving:

Walking, running, roller-skating/blading, skateboarding, surfing, cardio or weight lifting at the gym, boxing, physical therapy if appropriate

Yoga, pilates, tai chi, chi gong, martial arts, stretching

Gardening, hiking, walking your pet, cleaning (vacuuming is great for this),

Belly dance, ballet/barre, Zumba, African dance, hip hop, pole dancing, salsa, kizomba, ballroom dancing

Soccer, basketball, football, baseball, hockey, golf, tennis,

               Participating in physical activity not only improves and maintains the health of our physical heart but also our feelings towards our bodies. When we move our bodies it activates the feel good receptors in our mind causing us to feel happier. Physical activity serves as a supplement to our mental health but cannot replace actual mental health interventions such as therapy or medication. Again, do what you can to feel your best. That is the true self love. One of my other favorite things to do while in sacred movement is to send loving thoughts and say positive affirmations to my body. I suggest that the next time you engage in a physical activity that you give it a try! Come back and share your results as I would love to hear if this makes any difference in your perspective towards being active and your body.

With love as always,

-Rose