I Am She

For years I tried to hide. Mostly out of fear of repercussions of disappointing my family on a collosial scale. It was around age 47, or yesterday, when I realized that no longer mattered. I am who I am. I am no longer who I was or who others needed or expected me to be. I. Just. Am. – for the very first time in my life, and it feels good. You see, each new now, as I am learning, is a new opportunity for failure, flaws, repercussions, disagreements, disappointments and pain. In between and beyond those moments are growth, strength, imperfection, positive reinforcement, reinvention of the self, honesty, unexpected opportunities, healing, vulnerability and most importantly, truth and authenticity. If you’re reading this, you survived 100% of your worst days. You also only truly experienced about 75% of your best days, maybe less. Largely because being anything other than authentically you is a vast waste of resources. We miss out on opportunities for success, love, joy and more, by spending far too much time online or sulking, complaining, being self-deprecating, and so on, to accept the goodness within and around. There is an abundance of it, if we choose to look up and let it in. That is part of living authentically. Be who you are. But also choose to be kind and compassionate.

Last August, I had the opportunity to speak my truth and live authentically, while at Hypnothoughts Live in Las Vegas. It was the first time I had ever traveled alone without really knowing anyone at my destination. I had an opportunity to be scared or to embrace the situation as if I’d traveled for work all my life and was comfortable in my skin. I was not and did not. However, no one would know the difference except me. So I did. I played the part; there in that now, of the successful business woman in Las Vegas on business. And so, I was.

While on this trip, I had the privilege to attend a class with my friend and colleague, Mercedes Herman. We just met in person for the first time in this class. The class was Hypnosis & the LGBTQ Community by Greg Beckett. Great class! I had no idea within this class, nor did anyone attending, that THIS class would begin to shape my journey of living more authentically than I was at that time. Up to this point I still wore masks. Instead of these masks being necessary to hide and avoid familial repercussions, they were out of my sense of self-imposed shame and shame put upon me by generations before me. As class discussions unfolded, each person who chose to speak stated their connection, if any, to the LGBTQ community. In my moment there was zero hesitation. I just spoke, as if the words were matter of fact and always my truth. And they were!

“I am Nora. I am a hypnotist in Ohio. I have four daughters, one straight, one bisexual, one gay and one still finding her way in the world and hasn’t had a significant relationship yet. I’m in this class to really learn how to speak to and connect all my kids. But I guess I’ve always known how. I, myself am bisexual. I am in a monogamous relationship with my husband and he is aware. He might be the only one, besides you all, now.” I spoke, for the first time professionally, my truth. “I am she – a bisexual, happily married mother and grandmother – hypnotist, artist and author.”

The tears gentle left my eyes and traveled down my cheeks, carrying 47 years of anguish and shame. Once outside the conference room though, I wept. I called my kids. I just needed them to know I loved them and was proud of them. Proud as they were, as they are and as they’ll be. And to know that none of that matters if they are proud of themselves.

I learned more than how to talk to myself or others. I learned we can recover from ourselves and our lives if we want it. We are often worse on ourselves than others. It is true. Want your do-over? Start with living authentically and accepting this now, and each now, as they come. Exercise necessary change when you’re able, let go of what you can’t and hold onto the stillness, life and laughter. Those are the moments we miss out on when we hide from the truth and cower away in the shadows. There is only suffocating in the darkness of the shadows.

Ready to start living the life you deserve?

Take a big breath in, exhale and blow the cobwebs away. Allow the light in. Your light. The one that creeps under the locked doors of your subconscious and shines a spotlight on your authenticity. Remember: You are NOT a bad person. That is the shame taking. Shame lies to you. You are a PERSON. Remember that. You define you. No one else. Everyone gets another opportunity to make life right for them, until they don’t.

You are not your mistakes, your sins or your illnesses. Who you are at the core is not a mistake or a sin or an illness. Mistakes are opportunities for growth. Sin comes from syntax error, just missing the mark. Whose mark? If God created us all in His likeness, then isn’t living authentically Godly? I believe so. Stop saying, “My RA or My fibromyalgia or My cancer. You do not posses it nor it posses you. Posses only identities within your organic authenticity. You only get this go around once. Make it count.

So, ladies, gentlemen and anyone identifying otherwise, I am Nora. I am she and all she is. What she was is in the past. What she will be remains to be seen. Stay tuned. <3

You Don’t Have to Be a Brain Surgeon 

Growing up, I felt I needed to do better than I had as a kid. We did ok for ourselves on the surface, but I never wanted to struggle like my parents appeared to. I hoped one day I could take care of them. Alas, I struggled. Eventually, I did care for them, just not in the capacity I hoped.

Fast forward, I didn’t want my kids to struggle, but they did. Struggling doesn’t mean we’re not making it or you’re failing. It means we are still evolving on our purposeful paths, making changes and experiencing growth. My kids do pretty well for themselves, now, aa adults, some with their own kids. I’m certain they are still evolving and not wanting things from their childhoods to mimic into their children’s lives. However, I hope I instilled enough good qualities to make the struggle worth it and bearable.

One thing I instilled in my kids was to just do your best, no matter the task or job. The world is full of tasks and jobs. If you strive to do yours well, you will benefit well in life. I tried to empower and encourage them, that if they wanted to be a brain surgeon, do it, and they were thusly informed of the commitment it would take to achieve such a goal. In being supportive, my husband and I worked to encourage and educate them the best we could. I think we all fared well. Alas, not everyone can be a brain surgeon. Even with the best of intentions, the strongest drive and determination, there are medical students who do not make the cut. It can be discouraging to do your best and feel you fall short of your own expectations. Even the student who graduates last in his class is still a doctor. Remember that… for what it is worth.

But, not everyone can be a brain surgeon, nor should. Keep in mind though, a brain surgeon is successful in skill, yes. Yet, behind every brain surgeon is a dozen or so people who support them in their success and efforts. They may not get the most credit for the efforts or successes, but without them, the brain surgeon would not be as successful because he or she could not do every task needed during surgery. From the general physician who refers the patient to the surgeon, to the anesthesiologist, hospital administrators, nursing staff, dietitians, cafeteria workers, pharmacists, x-ray technicians, hospital clergy, cleaning crew and more… they must all do their part to ensure success for the task at hand and the patient must be compliant and do their part, and God do His part for ultimate success in the overall outcome, and each of them measures success differently.

So you see, whether you pump gas, change oil, work a drive thru, deliver pizzas, are a chef, a mechanic, a clergy, a parishioner, a teacher, a student, a parent, a child, a factory worker, a supervisor, a police officer, a parking attendant…the list can go on and on… you and your job matters. How you do that job matters. People depend on you to be and do your best, so do it, no matter the task or job. Be proud of yourself and take pride in what you do.

If you choose to be a brain surgeon, be the best damn brain surgeon you can be. If you strive and do not make it, that’s not failure. Look at the thousand ways you can make a difference. Brain surgery may not be for you. Nonetheless, you have every opportunity to grow. You hear stories every day of one person’s struggle and perseverance amongst tremendous strife. If you are open to change, driven to work hard and do your best, you’ll go far. Life can takes us through a series of significant changes. The opportunity to learn strategies for dealing with challenges is an invaluable education. Do not be too quick to write off the struggle. It’s worth it. I promise. Life is not about the destination or the designation. It is about the journey and how you embrace it with every fiber of your being, whether in trial or triumph. You’ll make it. Keep trying.

Epiphany Is Upon Us!

According to Wikipedia, Epiphany, which begins today, January 6, is “A Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. Eastern Christians, on the other hand, commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.” In the literary world an epiphany is, an “A-Ha moment” – or a moment when a character has a life-changing realization that changes the course of events. Those understanding the Christian faith can connect the similarities, as accepting Christ and honoring his life and teachings is a life-changing experience.

Throughout our lives, we can probably point to numerous events, subtle or enormous (though not likely as enormous as the second coming of Christ), which have transformed us. Maybe you are on that path now. Maybe with the dawn of a new year and it’s moniker for a new, clear vision, you see your path taking you in a different direction. Veering off the well-worn, familiar path can be scary. However, if you listen to your body, it will help guide you precisely. These steps may help:

1. Stop.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Breathe in and out slowly 3 times.

4. Ask your feet to ground you and guide you on your path. Visualize what steps you need to take to change course. Once that vision is clear, even if it is just the first step you see, proceed.

5. Ask your gut to signal your inner instinct. Your gut is the center to balance your emotions so you act justly, instead of emotionally. Once you feel your decision is grounded in the first step(s) and your gut signals it is the right move, proceed.

6. Ask your heart, what are my reasons for making this decision, are they for the betterment of all involved? Likely, the answer will be yes, or else your gut would not have signaled you to move forward. Remember: You are only responsible for your feelings. If you lead with compassion as you take those first steps, all will be well.

7. Ask your mind to align to the heart, gut and feet, in order to make decisions along the path which are rational and just. Once you do, the rest will fall into place.

If you get to step 4 and your epiphany waivers or you lose focus, it may just be poor timing or could be a sign you need to clear other obstacles before proceeding on this path. Stop again and start over, should the epiphany return. If the epiphany keeps appearing, it is a signal you need to pay more attention to it. So go back through the steps, working to clear the mind and focus specifically on that epiphany, idea or A-HA you experienced. If you can follow through, do so. If not, let it go until you can. It really is that simple.

It is important to practice the pause before leaping blindly down the path. Even those with the best instincts can become misguided. If you practice the pause and it aligns with your epiphany, then you can be certain the course is right. Allow your Divine intervention and intuition help you gain a clearer vision and perspective. With the Divine shining the light on your path, perhaps today can be a baptism of sorts for you and the next leg of the journey of your life.


The Face of Happiness 

People might be surprised to learn I would not describe myself as ‘a happy person.’ I am a surviving person. For years I battled the results of a traumatic childhood, then a traumatic relationship and other trauma-laced events plagued my life. In spite of it all, I pushed through barriers from self and others to achieve my goals and dreams. I wanted so badly to be a writer when I was a kid. One neighbor man said to me once, “you’ll never be good at it and you’ll never make any money, kid.” He was wrong. I went on to be a published author and a selling artist. Today, I write scripts for my Hypnosis practice and am successful there, as well. But happy… well, no. Not happy. Surviving.

From the outside and from the keyboard, my cheerful persona rises above all that aches inside me. Even on my worst days I try to find the rainbow through the clouds. This is how I survived 100% of my days, thus far. Choosing to put on the happy face ESPECIALLY when I feel like sulking. I choose to portray happiness, especially on days when I have trouble feeling it.

One day, I will be on a stage telling the details of this story called my life. People will be amazed at how I survived, let alone still smile. Hell, I am amazed.

I am not perfect, by any means. I work to right wrongs whenever possible or warranted, largely because I never, ever want to intentionally make a person feel as I grew up feeling.

Some of my past is foggy, at best. So there are days I am uncertain if something I recall happened the way I perceive it. Largely because my subconscious, I believe, is still trying to protect me from the horrors I faced. Because the stuff I do recall in vivid detail which I know to be true, are horrific. Still, I survive, so I smile.

Smile. It might not be the face of happiness you are portraying. Perhaps it’s the face of survival.

Our Vain Existence 

Our vain existence mocks us and others who conflict and confront the pompous realities. Despite the mocking, I persevered.

I have always been unapologetically outspoken and passionate. For as long as I realized I had a voice, I have used it. Sometimes my tone is perceived as harsh. Anyone who truly knows me knows empathy is practiced, as is being straightforward, blended with asking poignant questions to guide people to figure out their paths. Years ago, I began practicing forgiveness and peace through meditation Those characteristics are a foundation for my core values. Occasionally, I am required to speak with appropriate restraint, and do so within boundaries of those values. In a few instances, when speaking from that core, some question my intentions, integrity and ability to emote empathy. In case you are one of those people who question if my values are in line with actions of putting toxic people curbside, this is for you. In striving all my life towards a peaceful existence, I have, in the historic and recent past, purposefully removed myself from parents, family, friends, an ex-husband, former co-workers and siblings, all of whom exuded toxicity and of which I take my share of responsibility for not understanding how to be my best self while presiding within mutual company. I post about my personal and professional lives, which brings opinions of my life that I am somehow held to an unrealistic standard of perfection because I work as a healer. News flash: True healing is often necessarily uncomfortable for true growth to emerge. This lack of comfort is why there are people such as me to guide people through their fiery baptisms. If life was comfortable no one would need healers because their would be zero pain. Some people have suggested in the past and recently that my sometimes lack of tact is less than professional or empathetic. Another news flash: business is fine and I have plenty of friends. So if my light shines too bright or, if in your process of life you advise me to tune down, back down or stand down and masquerade through life in the masks you wear in order to continue to prevent looking at your true self in the mirror, I have a response: Nah, I’m good. Unfriend me, as my friend Dan Lorinitis would say. I am grateful for the opportunities presented me to speak the truth, have a voice and unmask injustices. I am beyond grateful to be entrusted with confidences, life stories and will continue to lead my family, friends and clients with the integrity, compassion and lack of tact they’ve come to expect of me. Self included, none of us are perfect. I forgive those who have belittled, betrayed and begrudged me. I apologize when appropriate. When I feel you are misguided, I will tell you so. I take very seriously the responsibility of a public platform, especially the social media age, where court of public opinion holds much weight. I take very seriously the responsibility bestowed upon me as a healer, mom, wife, friend and confidant- in no particular order. It was from this code of integrity that I once surrendered to have the backs of others, vowing to have my own back, first, so I can carry the torch and lead the way to help others find their lights. I have not always walked in the light. Having told my own suicide story, many know for many years I was blinded in the darkness intensely curated at the hands of those I was dependent on trusting most. Within that leg of the journey, my fight to fiercely protect a defensive structure that protected me from my own fears, guilt and patterns of self destruction. It was a necessary shield to bare for survival. The war I fought for years was to plant my feet firm in existential existence. What I know now that I didn’t know then is, it was and is a war with the self. War, as we know, can never be won. The end result is self-loathing, pity and mortal destruction of the mind, body and spirit – and sometimes soul. My own fiery baptisms taught me to quickly put out fires before the cinders of the soul perished. Much time spent in self-love and appreciations, meditation and care are the only reason I still exist in this form today. This healing has intensifed through mutual support of family and friends who time and time again, sift through the embers to restore me anew. The connection to my community I continue to nurture, continues to allow me to serve them justly and provides a collective embrace which echoes into my Divine-driven purpose. For the few who my brand coexistence fails to please, I forgive you, too. I am not for everyone. Neither are you, but you are to your people and I am to mine. There is enough love for us all. To appreciate that love you must first love yourself. Love is that light I speak of. We can shine a light and hold a hand and sometimes carry people through the fire. We cannot make them heal. That is on them. If your first aid and assistance is met with disappointment, lack of compliance and distress, these aren’t your people or you’re not theirs. If you are with your people and you EXPECT them to save you, you’ll never make it out alive, until you resuscitate your soul. The trials and tribulations of my life have been plentiful. Some years, it’s like they never end. My ability to focus on the three gratitudes, daily, set the tone for each day to shine with the light I need to see myself through the darkness. Yes, I am human. I still have days which darkness shows in the horizon. I no longer beckon and will it. I work daily to be of light. Fun fact: Nora means light in Greek, Arabic and Aramaic. I was born to be who I am today. Make no mistake, I maintain boundaries amidst transparency. I hide nothing from myself, or from others. I show up real and long for the connection and humanization which exists beyond the fears that leave us stagnant in the comfort zone. When I become defensive it is driven from a place of experience that not everyone is trustworthy. I will always respond with empassioned empathy or raw realism, depending upon what is warranted. I see now, so very clearly, this is the path for me. It is born of love of self, family and community. This capacity for love is and was my vulnerability. I believe that this is ultimately what awakens the soul to its existence, enlightenment and relief from suffering. I understand that there are some of you that feel uncomfortable with who I am and with the choices I make…it is the part of you that seeks to impose your views as THE WAY. I completely relate to this part of you. For years t could not see past my pain and see my oart in it, hence my past suicide attempts. I also have come to understand that I have no way of knowing what is right for anyone else, not for anyone beyond myself. I do my best to constrain my guidance, then, to those who request it, engage in potential life-changing dialogue. Everything feels far more peaceful this way. It’s how it should be. It is precisely why I am successful. Now that you understand my rules, proceed to like, love, laugh, be angry or in aww or unfriend/block, or book an appointment, if so moved. I will never promise you desired results. I will lead and support you as you venture into your own fiery baptism, remove your masks and prove to yourself you are worth the effort. And I will do so with the appropriate real and raw empathy I see fit, despite either’s vain existence.

Do You Have the Time? 

Time exists in courage and in fear. We can feel paralyzed and stuck in time, but time still moves on. We still age. Life progresses, even if we don’t. This paralyzing feeling is fear. This doesn’t mean your courage fails to exist. Fear is the voice that tells you that you will fail no matter what you do. Courage is being scared and doing it anyway. The moment our inner voice says: IF -BUT – WHAT IF- SHOULD OF/COULD OF, that’s fear. Tell that voice: Stuff it! We all have these moments, these voices, these feelings, thoughts, angst. We feel stuck, scared, angry and lose faith and confidence. People will tell you that you will fail.
People will tell you that your dream is impossible. People will tell you that you’re too old or too young to start a new career or live a dream. People may tell you that you are stupid for trying. You may think it’s too late.
You may not always see the vision clearly.
Your heart may not always be in it.
You may stay stagnant and still find happiness. However: You may wake up.
You may realize it’s now or never.
You may feel in your heart, your gut, your head and your feet that no matter how it goes, it will be worth it. You make wake up and realize YOU are worth it. Or you may not. You may not wake up. That’s the thing about time.
Eventually, it runs out.
What will motivate you to move beyond the comfort zone?
How will you aspire to be inspired?
Will you seize the chance to make the most of the time you have? Or will you squander the time you have left? You CAN change.
You CAN stay the same.
Your time starts before you breathe your first solo breath.
When you realize time is running out, you have until you take your final solo breath to make a change.
You’ve heard it said: “I have nothing but time.” However, quantity is not guaranteed. Time will pass no matter what you do. Whatever you decide to do with whatever time you have left, do you want to spend it facing fear or facing courage, daily? Remember: Time exists in courage and in fear. You get choices no matter what you face. Time does not stand still. It matches on whether you are stepping with time or off time. You continue to walk the path, no matter how staggered the step, how fast or slow you go. Time does not wait for you. So, what are YOU waiting for? If you’re saying: What if I fail? I ask you: What if you don’t? What. If. You. Don’t? What if you don’t wake up?
What if you don’t make the most of your time?
What if you don’t fail?
What if you don’t succeed? Are you ready for the consequences? What. If. You. Do? What if you wake up?
What if you make the most of your time?
What if you fail?
What if you succeed? Are you ready for the consequences? Start living the life you deserve. Are you ready for the life you deserve?
What are you waiting for?
Now is THE TIME!

My Suicide Story

September is Suicide Prevention Month. I have felt for some time it is important to share my story. Now is a good a time as any. Most people see this confident, outgoing woman who has her life together…

And I am… now. What many of you don’t know is at age 12, I tried to commit suicide, thankfully unsuccessfully. Something inside me wanted to stop the hurt I had endured for the previous three years. I was being abused physically, emotionally and sexually. That hurt did not stop for many years after that. I struggled with confidence issues for years and the stress that came along with it. That hurt child inside me, crying for help would try again at age 26. It was then Hypnosis entered my life.

I sought alternative care because I felt it was a last resort. Nothing else worked. I found a hypnotherapist in the Yellow Pages. I had never been hypnotised before. However, I was willing to give it a chance because I wasn’t exactly living. What did I have to lose? I needed help understanding the hurt child inside me. Rev. Retha Martin was the key to understanding how to heal that hurt child and help me live the life I deserve. Eventually, I would follow her lead and become a hypnotist, helping others life the lives they deserve.

Years later, I would later be diagnosed with several autoimmune ailments, one right after the other, and Hypnosis was there. Hypnosis was there last year, too, when one autoimmune ailment would wreak havoc on my mind, body and spirit. By then, I had a quality clinical counselor who helped keep me stay on course.

A clinical counselor? You’re a hypnotist and you see a counselor? Yes, because I am also not a hypocrite. I work daily to walk my talk. There is NO SHAME in seeking traditional nor non-traditional assistance in living your best life. That is the way it should be. Once I started helping myself, I was better able to understand the role of that hurt child. Hypnosis didn’t make her go away. Neither did counseling. Hypnosis and counseling helped me understand the purpose and showed me how to move beyond the pain.When I did that, I started living for me. I was able to truly live.

Do I still have bad days? Sure. I just refuse to stay in those moments. Today I thrive on learning, loving and living! Living for me not only changed my stinkin’ thinkin’, it changed my body’s reaction to my outside world — it changed EVERYTHING.

Once you permit all parts of you – body, mind and spirit – to living the life you deserve, your light shines brighter! When your light shines brighter you become a beacon. That beacon attracts what you put out. YOU determine what your light attracts; bugs or boats. Maybe both, for different reasons. Only you know. Once I started living for me, my business picked up, my relationships got better, my focus became clearer and my health improved drastically. Where once I was on nine different meds to aid my autoimmune symptoms, I am now on one. I see my doctor only once a year and have not needed to see my rheumatologist in 5 years. I take supplements and eat the best I can, which staves off my symptoms. I AM living the life I deserve!

Hypnosis helped me tremendously, and so did surrounding myself with the RIGHT PEOPLE. From my husband, to my pastor, family, friends, doctor, counselor, rheumatologist, trainer, massage therapist, hypnotist, Reiki master, assistant, colleagues/wellness professionals — and last but never least, my clients… the list is long and each worthy individual fulfills a purpose to helping me live better and be better.

So, if I can overcome, you can too. Believe me, there is HOPE and it DOES get BETTER! I had to distance myself from those who continued to hurt me and gravitate closer to those I had been living for. Each person worthy of living for them, but until I put myself first, I kept treading water in a cesspool of darkness. I couldn’t see the hands reaching to help me up until I removed the hands knocking me down. Only then was I able to live the life I TRULY deserve. So, are you ready to live the life you deserve? If so, let me know how I can help. If I can survive and really live, so can you. Let me help you live the life you so richly deserve.

Thanks for letting me share my story. I hope it helps you understand you are never alone. Haven Hypnosis can help! 419-577-8484 havenhypnosis@gmail.com Calls and emails 100% confidential.

Lunchtime Meditation

Wednesday Lunchtime Meditation

30 minute meditation classes – just $5 per class.

As part of the Wellness Wednesday series, Haven Hypnosis hosts Lunchtime Meditation on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM. Classes are held every Wednesday (except 3rd Wed. each month) at Sheri’s Coffee House, 27 Whittlesey Avenue – Norwalk, in the back conference room, and on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the meditation room at Maple City Health Club – home of Haven Hypnosis, 269 W. Main Street – Norwalk.

Each week the class is lead on a guided imagery meditation. Some weeks the meditation focus is based on The Wednesday Word, a meditation I write each Wednesday on my Facebook page.

Lunchtime Meditation is a nice way to break up the week, take a breather away from your desk, gain clarity and relax. And for just $5, it is a healthier option than driving thru for fast food.

I look forward to warmer weather where we can add meditation classes outdoors, but until then, come and engage your imagination and take a 30 minute break anywhere your mind may take you.

See you at Lunchtime Meditation!

-Nora Knople, BLS, BCH

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Moon Meditation

Moon Meditation

Stop for a moment to stand in the warmth of the healing magnificence of the full moon shining down at you…

The moon seems to be bigger and closer to the earth than you have ever seen it before and its energies are exhilarating…

You can fell the moon is providing healing through the sliver moon light and your system is being balanced through the energies of the moon…

In that balancing energy we can align and elevate our chakra energies.

Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

1. Root Chakra — Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money and food.

2. Sacral Chakra — Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra — Our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra — Our ability to love.
Location: Center of chest just above the heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy and inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra — Our ability to communicate.
Location: Throat.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings and the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra — Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra).
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra — The highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of the head.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality and pure bliss.

Some see the moon as just an object in the sky. But metaphysically, the moon is so much more than that. It offers healing energy.

The full moon is a time for cleansing, releasing negativity and letting go of the physical, emotional, and spiritual baggage which no longer serve your highest self and also setting up best intentions. This opens you up for the new moon’s energy, which fills your soul with new ideas, new beginnings, and a new way of viewing things.

This full moon meditation and visualization exercise can help activate our chakras and help bring forth our best self:

Find an area to stand or sit barefoot upon the earth.

Close your eyes or keep them softly focused and feel the moon beams bathing you in cleansing and purifying energy. If you are in the sunlight then go into your bed room make a clean and comfortable spot imagining the moon beams and soothing properties of the moon light. You can also charge a bath with Epsom salts and calming herbs like sage and lavender.

Breathe deeply. Feeling your lungs and diaphragm expand to it’s maximum capacity. Pause for a few seconds and slowly exhale imagining the diaphragm as “up flying” or pulling the diaphragm (your belly button) towards the spine. Imagine your inhale and exhale creating a figure eight or infinity symbol.

Imagine all areas of the body releasing tension starting from the feet going all the way up to the muscle of the face. Let go of all muscle tension. Surrender.
Inhale, imagine roots from the legs or the base of the spine diving down into the earth. Guide this energy up towards the very top of the head or the crown.

Imagine a white lotus flower on the very top of your head and through this blossoming lotus flower white glowing pure light is pouring into your body. Covering like a blanket of snow all of the body seeping into each pore. Cleansing your inner being.

Feel comfortable bliss. Now dive down in the earth as exhale. Letting go of anything that no longer serves you. Anxiousness-Anger-Sadness.

Imagining the white light again drawing it from the earths core through you, up each energy center through your body and penetrating into the universes and endless stars.

Imagine bliss, peace and love showering again back down on the earth. That energy returning to you as cool, soft, angel white light wings surrounding you.

Placing your hands in prayer, lifting your hands to third eye center and bowing.
We end by letting our hands come back down to heart center.

Now that we are open to receive, we can look at the sky on a clear night, begin to visualize the moon getting closer to you until you can hold it in your hands.

Knowing that the moon is beautiful and healing being… begin to visualize the moon transforming…from the sky, into your hands and through your body.

Further relax your body and clear your mind. Feel the energy coming from the moon and notice a tingling sensation within.

Visualize the energy from each of your seven chakras becoming brighter in color and intensify from the energy of the moon. They light up like a rainbow from your feet right out the top of your head.

Next, beginning with your Root Chakra, visualize a red energy leaving the moon and reconnecting to your spine. You are now experiencing a greater sense of feeling balanced and grounded.

Turn your focus to your Sacral Chakra and visualize a orange energy flowing from the moon and circling around your navel. You are feeling limitless creativity and confidence.

Now, at your Solar Plexus Chakra, begin to visualize the yellow energy flowing from the moon to your stomach, filling you up with empowerment and strength.

As the colors continue to move and transform in the moon, concentrate on your Heart Chakra. Visualize a loving green energy flowing from the moon to your heart. As it penetrates your heart, you begin to feel love, happiness, joy and peace.

Now moving up to your Throat Chakra, begin to visualize a blue energy leaving the moon and directly connecting to your throat. You begin to feel expressive, free, and all of your words flow with ease.

With your attention at your Third Eye chakra, visualize an indigo energy exiting the moon and entering the area of your third eye. You begin to unfold new ideas, new thoughts, and become awakened and in tune to your psychic abilities.

You have now reached your Crown Chakra. Begin to visualize a purple energy flowing from the moon to the crown of your head. As you connect to your higher self or higher power, you are feeling inspired and a newness of endless possibilities.

With the newfound feelings of abundance of excitement, you can now release the moon back to the universe. With your energies intact, the moon energies you absorb stay with you and the moon goes back to the universe, taking any and all negativity, discomfort and stress with it and cleansing it to return as pure healing light for the world.

Take a deep breath in and slowly exhale. Visualize each chakra and thank the moon for the cleansing and releasing and for filling your soul with new beginnings and fresh perspectives.

You take one final glance at the beauty of the moon, thanking it again for the healing you’ve received.