How To Use A Crystal Pendulum For Balancing Chakras

Crystal pendulums significantly reduced the time I use to spend in balancing my Chakras. In this blog I share the technique that anyone can adopt to keep their subtle energy centers in balance without spending too much time.

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In recent years, Chakra balancing as a healing modality has gained significant popularity among the new age group. With its origins in Tantric traditions, Chakra balancing is considered as a very powerful method to remove spiritual and physical blockages. In my blog “Imbalances of Chakras: My Experience” I have narrated my life changing personal experience with Chakra healing.

Until few months back I use to spend more than an hour a day for balancing my Chakra system through meditation or Reiki. After a couple of weeks of doing this, I started to wonder if there was a more efficient method of energy healing. It was during my classes for Angel Therapy that I came across pendulum as an efficient tool for my healing regimes. Now, it has been three months since I first started using pendulum and I feel blessed to have come across such a friendly tool of divination. In this blog I am sharing my own methodology for using Crystal Pendulum as healing tool.

What is a Pendulum?

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A pendulum is a symmetrically conical object that hangs from a cord or a chain. Pendulums have been a common tool of divination due to its inherent nature of easily being able to pick energy fluctuations around places or people. Its ability to instantly connect to subtle energy makes it a favorite tool within the intuitive sciences. Its quick reactions towards human intuition makes it a tool best suited for people who wish to practice energy healing without spending too much time in the processes.

I use this method on weekly basis for tackling minor energy blockages. However, I take help of Angels for resolving major energy constrictions.

Why “Crystal” Pendulum?

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Although one can use a pendulum made up of any heavy material, however I prefer the ones made of crystals. My preference for Crystal Pendulum is based on the strong healing powers of crystals. Part of the mineral kingdom since 4.6 billion years, Crystals have been used for spiritual healing since hundreds of years.

These seemingly inert pieces of rock have surprising ability to form a quick bond to connect to human intuition to offer healing and guidance. Used as a pendulum, they become a highly effective tool for healing.

Type of Crystal Pendulum

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There are a number of crystal pendulums available online and in the market. While I ordered my 7 Chakra Healing Pendulum from amazon.com, you may choose to buy any kind of crystal from a retailer of your choice.

It is important that while buying a crystal pendulum the chain connected to the base of the pendulum is attached to its center. I once came across a pendulum which had the chain connected a bit off from the centre and as a result the pendulum swung lopsided. This can affect the movement of energy during the healing process. So take care.

Working Principle

Crystal pendulums work through the strength of your intuition. Any kind of unresolved emotion or bias will negatively impact the natural flow of your intuition. This will be quickly picked upon by your crystal pendulum in the form of wrong movement. Therefore, it is pertinent that while using a pendulum one must balance their emotional state in order to get an accurate reading. This can be done by using any relaxing or grounding method.

Ground Yourself

In order to clear my mind, I practice a Pranayama based breathing exercise called the 4-7-8 technique. Here you take a deep inhale lasting for 4 seconds, then you hold your breath for 7 seconds, and finally release your breath on a count of 8. You may do this for 5 to 7 rounds to achieve a state of complete equanimity.

Charging your Crystal Pendulum

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Once you have bought your crystal pendulum, you need to first charge it and then connect with it. Crystals being sensitive to even subtlest of energy can end up depleting their strength if not reinvigorated regularly. Like Superman, negative thoughts act like kryptonite on crystals and positive thoughts act like the Sun.

A simple method to charge your crystal is to dip it in a glass with salted water for 10-15 minutes. You may choose to place the glass in the sun or under the full moon to further amplify its energy.

Another method is to keep it under the fumes of camphor or sage leaves.

Programming your Crystal Pendulum

Programming of your pendulum is pertinent in order to synchronize your vibes with that of your pendulum. There are a number of programming techniques one can easily find over the internet; however I have outlined the method I use with every pendulum and crystal that I use.

  1. Hold your crystal pendulum between the palms of your hands and bring it near your heart. Look at it with an eye of admiration, respect and love and then set an intention that you will use this pendulum for betterment of self and humanity. At this moment some people intuitively get a name for their crystal pendulum. Like my intuition decided to call my pendulum as “Gyaneshwar” i.e. the knowledgeable one.

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    My Pendulum, Gyaneshwar
  2. Hold the chain of the pendulum around 3 inches above the base with your thumb and index finger. For better stability, one should rest the elbow either on other hand or an armrest.
  3. Traditionally forward swing represents “Yes” and sideways as “No”. However, intuition works relatively, therefore one should rather find out their intuitive Yes and No. I do this by simply asking, “Please give me my Yes” and it will respond to you by moving either sideways or back and forth. You should do the same with “No”. Note! You may not get an immediate response, so don’t feel disheartened and keep focusing on the pendulum, repetitively asking it for communication.
  4. Once you have identified your “yes” and “no”, you can move ahead to instruct it to move “clockwise” or “counter-clockwise”. Here you can play with it by quickly changing your instructions. This can be quiet fun for starters.

Pendulum for Balancing Chakras

Chakras are basically subtle energy centres moving in circular motion that are present across our entire body. There are primarily 7 such main Chakras, running from the base of the spine, up towards the centre of the skull. Each has its own set of colour, physical, emotional and spiritual association. A healthy Chakra flow is usually in clock-wise direction and unhealthy one is recognized by anti-clockwise flow.

Steps to Balance your Chakras

  1. Sit on a chair or on the ground. Keep your pendulum in front of your Root Chakra and ask the pendulum “Is my root chakra blocked?” If it says “yes” then instruct the pendulum to move in counter-clockwise direction for releasing the blockages. After doing it for 2-4 minutes instruct it to “stop”. And then tell the pendulum to move in clockwise direction for restoring back the healthy flow for another 2-4 minutes.
  2. Progressively move upwards till you reach crown chakra.
  3. In areas of deep blockage, the Pendulum will start moving anti-clockwise without any instructions. Allow it to happen.
  4. Incase of balanced Chakras , you may choose to simply energize the Chakra by having the pendulum swing in Clockwise direction or skip the step entirely.
  5. Once you have finished balancing all your Chakras, keep the pendulum next to your heart and thank it for the service it has provided you and safely keep it in a box or a case.

Have Fun!

For beginners in the field of holistic healing, Crystal pendulum are great eye-openers to the realm of energy healing. Their sensitivity to human intuition makes them a great tool of divination and healing. I would love to hear from all those who make use of the information presented here.

Love and light to all!

Sisyphus & Love

Hopes broken, hopes rebuilt.

It pushed it, pushed it.

Fight not, why not?

Angered at, angered with.

Silenced silence, life lived.

 

Sun taned, hammerred man.

Sisyphus up, sisyphus down.

Breathng in, breathing deep.

Leaping high, crossing creek.

 

Aspired dreams, falling sleep.

Drowing below, floating free.

Illusioned dreams, break free.

Saviour who? Love true.

Hand held, pulled through.

Knowing love, knowing you.

Cried at, loved with.

Smiled at, die with.
~ Pallavi 

My Favorite 10 Yoga Poses

My new blog is up!

This blog talks about how a general a hectic work life led me improve my health through Yoga. In this post I have enlisted my 10 favorite yoga poses.

In 2013 I got hired for my first job and thus began my life as a busy working professional. A standard 9 hours work day, with not-so-standard 3 hours commute, things had become physically demanding a little too quickly for me. Within a month of my new job, I had developed lower back pain and a stiff neck. My already injured knee too had started to take toll from all the jerky bus rides and long walks.

One fine day during the lunch break; all my colleagues started sharing their “weight gain” journey since they first started working. Under the guise of over exhaustion and time constraint, they blamed their work life as a culprit for their inappropriate BMI number.

Intently listening to my senior collegues, I felt that it was not the unfortunate weight gain but the premature onset of joint pains at 23 which was a far more troubling prospect. Most of my former colleagues complained of posture related body pains in areas like lower back, neck, shoulder and wrists. A swimmer who once trained 6 hours a day was now complaining of joint pains like a menopausal lady. I was very very concerned.

On my way back from work that day, I started getting anxious as I visualized myself with a depreciating physical health like that of my colleagues. Being a former sportsperson, I could not come to terms with this fact.

As soon as I reached home, I quickly opened my laptop and started doing research on building my body’s strength. My aim was not to lose weight but to develop my body in such a way that I could endure physical demands of my work life.

Most of my teenage years, I had received some kind of strength training from my coaches. However, this time I was looking for a form of exercise that would relax me and simultaneously build me. After a fortnight of trials with kickboxing-cardio workouts, HIIT, Tabata and other strength training exercises, I remained unsatisfied with my workout regime. There seemed a slight improvement in my muscular strength, however I continued to experience fatigue and aggravation in joint pains. Then one day it hit me that by doing intense strength training after a 12 hours long day, I was torturing my body. It was like running the engine without any oil.

It was then that I decided to include stretches as part of my daily training regime. And nothing could better imbibe joint strengthening and muscular stretches than Yoga.

I started practicing Vinayasa flows, that were fast, relaxing, and 15-20 minutes long. Even if I came back home late, I was still able to adjust a short exercise regime during the day.

Today, it has been 4 years since I began practicising Yoga. With minor ups and downs in my physical health, I continue to grow stronger than what I was 4 years ago. My once severely weak knee joint, is now able to comfortably hold a Veer Bhadra Asana for more than 1 minute.

In this blog I would like to share information on self-taught yogic poses for people with a hectic lifestyle. I hope this list of my 10 favorite go-to Asanas, will assist you in pain relief and body strengthening.

All these Asanas should be preferably practiced after Suryanamaskar (Sun Salutation) or any other cardio vascular exercise.

 1. Urdhvahastotatan Asana 

  • The posture helps in mobilizing fat on side handles and side arms
  • Improves postures
  • The Asana should be maintained for 1 minute on each side

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2.   Ardhacakrasna

  • Increase flexibility of spine
  • Strengthens lower back and reduces pain
  • Stretches abdominal muscles

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3.  Pad Hastasna

  • Beneficial for increasing flexibility of legs and lower back
  • Tones buttocks and thighs
  • Helps in reducing abdominal fat

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4. Katichakrasana

  • Relieves neck and back pains
  • Improves spine flexibility
  • Helps in removing constipation

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5. Bhadrasana

  • Relieves women of menstrual cramps
  • Strengthens pelvic area including buttocks, thighs and lower back
  • Good posture for meditation

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6. Ushtrasna

  • Personal favorite for strengthening of lower back region
  • Improves upper body functions by expansion of chest and abdomen area
  • Tones and strengthens thighs

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7. Ardha Matsyendrasana

  • Tones and strengthens abdominal muscles
  • Stretches and energizes the spine
  • Open the shoulders, neck, and hips.
  • Improves digestion and elimination of wastes

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8. Paschimottanasana

  • Highly recommended if you are going through a stressful time. Relieves stress and calms the mind
  • Improves leg and spine’s flexibility
  • Improves digestion and provides relieve from digestive disorders

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9. Bhujangasan

  • Opens the chest and helps in relieving any emotional blockage
  • Eases lower back stiffness
  • Strengthens arms and shoulders

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10. Shashankasana

  • Tones muscles of pelvic area
  • Provides relief from menstrual cramps
  • Provides good stretch for upper body

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I am a martyr right!

A poem dedicated to the dark knights of our society. The ones who die so others may live even if it is at cost of being termed as traitors.

To Thee my lord to Thee. I shan’t kneel to Thee.

Broken beyond thy mending hands, carrying out these fledgling souls;

Poets, writers, thinkers & fighters.

 

Thou my saviour, sayeth my breathren blind.

Struck I am with pebbles, struck down the very middle.

 

Pealed & scathed, bruised & bashed; headed towards the scaffold.

Yonder is thy black man tall, holding thy blade; Hail my brethren all!

 

My forsaken God pushes me fore, as ripped souls I carry along.

Oh how grievous hath been this fault.

Killed I did a risen Sun, quelled I did my prey.

These souls of peerage long condemned, who hid for me to play.

Play I did a harbinger sweet, digging an unnamed grave deep.

 

Lost souls found me lost, huddled they did in my baffled thoughts.

Common interest & common pain, dwell they did in my limitless plane.

Pinched & peaked, soured they did as my heart creaked.

Shaken till my wrath brewed & stifled me till I grew blue.

 

They killed to breed thoughts so lethal, Thee shook with fear on this ominous birth.

Ruckus did fall on Thy wretched feet! Thy wretched freaks!

Thee hath condoned me to devils doom; but didn’t you just see?

I won my reign! in the form of a legacy.

 

The blackman tall, thumbs me low & swiftly strikes a devious blow.

I end my peerage of dreamers bright & with one last breath I say,

“I am a martyr right.”

26 years old…. #WOW: Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone #blogadda #writebravely #writetribe

What age you decide to get married at is no one’s business!!!

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The day I turned 26, All of sudden I became the hot topic of discussion among my neighbors, relatives, and few family friends too.

“I heard you are going back to the USA? Well, you should stay back here and get married. This will make your parents happier rather than you going abroad alone.” said one of the old auntie from the neighbor.

“See, your mom’s sugar level is so high because of, you not getting married.” Another Auntie scolded me.

“Because of you Uncle and Auntie are not keeping well with their health. You should stay back in India. Whats with the career?” my cousin tried to explain me my parents’ health condition.

“It’s high time now, you should get married and for God’s sake don’t throw any tantrums about guys’ qualities. You are a girl that too in your late twenties and above all foreign return, you need…

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Conversations with a Young Widow

My recent experience with a young widow on the streets of Delhi, left me with much to think about fragility of life.

Life is a continuous stream of experiences. Like a string of beads it holds all our defining moments firmly on the thread of faith. More the number of experiences, the longer and lovelier is the necklace. The universe has been generous in stringing my life with some of the most striking colors of happiness and sadness, depression and hope, mistakes and learning; and all of them I revere.

Here, I would like to share one such pearl of wisdom which I received recently on the eve of Karva Chauth. I hope this simple yet thought-provoking story widens your perspective towards your own life.

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Source: NDTV. Married women performing rituals on Karva Chauth.

Karva Chauth is a widely practiced festivity in northern India wherein the married women fast from sunrise to moon-rise for longevity of their husbands. Women usually adorn themselves in bright clothing and jewelry and decorate their hands with henna. The festival is one of the most awaited time of the year for most married women in northern India.

 

Recently, on the eve of Karva Chauth, I was heading to the market to get henna tattooed on my hands. Quickly glancing through designs being adorned on hands of other women, I went from one Henna Artists (1) to other in search of the one bidding the lowest price.

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Henna Artists 

It was already 10.30 PM and the once bustling Khanna Market of Delhi, was now inhabiting a tired lot of Henna Artists and married women; both eager to head back home. On the dimly lit street of the market, the Henna Artists silently sat on their small stools, exhausted and empty stomach, getting rid of their last few clients of the day.

 

Without giving any preference to the craftsmanship, I choose an artist demanding the least amount. These three young girls sat next to a covered drainage with their supplies lying cautiously next to one of the girl, who seemed to control the show. As my turn came, I went to the boss lady and sat on her tiny stool. Positioning myself in angle of the street light, we both exchanged a meaningless smile. A flash of innocence twinkled in our eyes as her lips stretched across her weathered face.

I started making small talks in order to entice her into doing a good job on my hands. As she impatiently moved her henna cone, I could see from her work that she was in a hurry to leave. Teasingly I told her to not ruin my henna design on my first Karva Chauth, or my mother in law would have her head on a plate. She grinned and with a thoughtful pause said, “Didi (2), I have a 5 month old daughter at home. She hasn’t had my milk since afternoon. That’s why I’m in a hurry to go home.”

I asked, “If you are here doing working at 11 PM, then who is taking care of her?”

Sadly she said, “My mother is. My husband is no more and my in-laws have disowned me. So my widowed mother takes care of me and my daughter. This is the first time she agreed for me to leave home for work. Otherwise I have to stay with my child, all alone till she returns.”

Saddened at her plight, I continued my conversations, “How far have you studied?”

Proudly she said, “Till 10th class, Didi. I can write well in English and I also know how to do bank related work.” I appreciated her for having completed her studies, a great feat of accomplishment for females with her background.

I suggested her to pursue a Beautician’s course, as she already had experience as a Henna Artists. Enthusiastically she replied, “Yes Didi. I already know the work of a beautician! I learnt it before my marriage.”

“Very good! Why don’t you pick 4-5 people in your nearby locality and provide them with home-service? You can do it on a Saturday or Sunday for 3-4 hours. It will be your mother’s off and you would also get the entire week to be with your little one.” I suggested.

To which she said, “Didi, my mother doesn’t allow. She says when she retires only then will she permit me to work. Since I am just 20, I don’t know much about outside world, so she fears that I might end up harming myself.”

“Hmm, But do you wish to work?”, I questioned one last time.

“Yes Didi. But then . . .”, dejectedly she ended her sentence midway.

With her head bowed down, she continued decorating my hands. Controlling my tears, I sat contemplating over the contrast in my situation and that of the young widow. The few silent moments that remained, I forgot about the hurried work she had done on my hands. Overwhelmed and humbled, I gave her her money and left her in the lowly lit street.

Life is one of the greatest teachers of all time. Our reason to be here on earth is to experience the learning of this great teacher. Every moment it is offering us a perennial supply of wisdom. And some of its greatest teachings are in form of bitter medicine; bad to swallow but good for self.

My conversation with this young widow has been one such bitter reminder of life. Often we get attached to the superficial glory of festivals and turn a blind eye towards the underlying intention behind them. Dressing and decorating ourselves and our houses, we forget to enrich our souls. While we superstitiously follow rituals, we forget that these rituals are a means to stirring our spirits and warming our hearts towards self and others. Building a sense of acceptance and connection towards each other, by sacrificing our ego’s at the altar of love, festivals drive us towards a life of togetherness.

Let us remember that life can take a dangerous turn any moment. And each festival should be a gentle reminder of the fragility of our life and relations. So let’s not shape festivals around limited view of rituals and decorations but an expansive view of love and togetherness.

May love and light fill your days!

Until next time.


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Note 1: In India, Mehendi waalas or Henna Artists are usually an uneducated and economically poor lot, that takes benefit of the time around festivals to earn a living by making henna tattoos.

Note 2: A Hindi word for elder sister.

How to handle people effectively, according to Yogic philosophy

The blog talks about ancient Yoga Sage Patanjali and discusses about his wisdom on effectively managing our interpersonal relationships, while maintaining mental equanimity and emotional balance.

The foundation stone of Yoga was first set around 400 CE by Sage Patanjali. He compiled and summarized 196 sutras (aphorism) from older Yogic literature and gave birth to one of the most comprehensive text in Hindusim, Yoga Sutras of Patanajali. In last couple of decades, we have seen a widespread emergence of various other Yogic schools. One must remember that they are but a limited adaptation of what Patanjali enlisted in his Sutras centuries ago.

With growing trend in favor of healthy lifestyle and mindfulness practices, yoga has become a popular regime among the youth today. However, I personally feel that Yoga has lost its essence as a spiritual endevour and has predominantly become a ritualized practice. With an exception of few Yoga schools and Gurus, yogic sadhana has digressed from its primary aim of “Chitta Vritti Nirodha”, meaning stilling of the mind for experiencing the Ultimate reality.

In this blog, with a purview of introducing people to the not-so-popular practices of Yoga, I am motivated to write a series talking about Yoga for the common man.

The first blog in this series will be about management of interpersonal relations, a topic of great relevance in today’s time.

Relationships: The meat of our existence

I personally feel that large parts of our daily life is influenced by the interpersonal relationships we share with the world. In his Yoga Sutras, Guru Patanajali has shared his wisdom on how to effectively manage everyday human interactions without being overwhelmed by them.

If one ponders deeply enough, we realise that relationships are the meat of our human existence and evolution. Large part of our daily emotional state is determined by the state of our relationships with people we interact with. Effectively managing our responses during such interactions can greatly affect our emotional well-being in the long run.

In this regard, Patanjali has summarized his wisdom in a Sanskrit sloka as,

Maitrikaruna muditopekshanam sukhadukhapunyapunyavishayanam bhavanataschitta prasadanam

This translates to

“By cultivating an attitude of friendship towards those who are happy, compassion toward those in distress, joy toward those who are virtuous, and equanimity towards those who are non-virtuous, lucidity arises in the mind.”

Interpretation

Guru Patanjali categorized people among four basic characteristics:

  • Happy people
  • Unhappy people
  • Virtuous people, who are engaged in good acts
  • Sinful people, who are engaged in harmful and evil acts

How do you deal with these four groups of people?

1. Happy People: Patanjali advises to be friendly with such people. Quite simple, isn’t it? Well, in reality, a lot of us feel jealous when we witness someone else being happier. It hits a cord of discomfort and insecurity within us. However, keeping a loving perspective towards other’s success will not only remove any sense of inadequacy within self, but also reduce our ego’s tendency to endorse unnecessary competitiveness within relationships. Choosing company of people who exuberate happiness, will naturally keep you too cheerfull in life.

2. Unhappy people: I suppose most of you will directly scrawl down to this section. Believe me, there is no dearth of unhappy souls in this world. With modern day media leaving no stone unturned to feed us with what we want than what we need, unhappiness has become a serious pandemic. Patanjali advises that we should deal with such people with compassion. Being friendly with them can be highly toxic, as it will only drag your emotional state to their level. Therefore the morally correct and balanced thing to do is to express compassion with such people.

Note! Compassion not pity: Here, an important point to keep in mind is to not confuse pity with compassion. While pitying someone else you are reinforcing their belief in their misfortunes, which might end up making them more miserable. Meanwhile, compassion is expressing mercy, concern and acceptance for the person and their misfortunes. So remember to not obscure Pity with compassion.

3. Virtuous People: Virtuous people perform acts of generosity and benefit for people around them. These people hold a goldmine of sacred knowledge and wisdom. Fortunately for us, they readily share their wisdom with everyone they come across. In regards to such pious souls, Guru Patanjali says that one should enjoy their company, for their demeanor too is enough to bring in a positive change within you. Such a thought is widely practiced in Hinduism by way of pravachan (verbal discourse). A pravachan is a practice wherein a religiously and spiritually wise person gives spiritual verbal discourses to a gathering. The quintessence of such discourses is to have the general masses sit in company of pious Guru for their spiritual upliftment. So, enjoy company of such people and try to embody them in your words and actions!

4. Sinful People: We live in times of great unrest. From rape of young children to mass murders by Governments, our news channels are filled with such heinous crimes. What is worst is that the causality with which such acts are being discussed has greatly overwhelmed our minds. Patanjali advices that one should adopt a non-challant approach towards sinful people. However, in reality our reactions are opposite to that of non-challans. Broadly, we deal with such people in two ways:

  • We ignore them or their acts to the extent of empowering them to continue with their sinister deeds, or
  • We fervently condemn them and their sins.

It is important that we don’t ignore acts of injustice, but it is also essential to not have such acts overwhelm us. Consistently focusing our energies on such people, will only make us miserable, but also give them the much needed attention to occupy our minds. Instead one should educate the sinner and the world about inhumanity of their acts, while simultaneously not obsessing about them.

In truth, we ourselves have become party to the moral degradation in the society we inhabit; and therefore have become partners in the crimes we condemn. It is pertinent that we as a society change are mindset by reducing our focus on condemning the Sinner and increasing our focus on popularizing the Virtuous. This simple approach can be used as a vital instrument in putting an end to the atrocities in the world.

While, these strategies may seem oversimplified to some of you, however if you can adopt them on a trial basis, i guarantee you that you will witness a significant improvement in state of you mind and relations. I sincerely hope, that whoever reads this blog, implements one or the other approach I have mentioned above. I pray you all benefit from it.

Untill next time.

Love and light to all.