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Discovering Your Inner Wisdom through Pendulums

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Every day we face challenges and uncertainties and more often we wish the answer would come to us. The decision making process can be clouded by well meaning advice from friends family, co-workers and the internet. The best advice you can receive is from your inner
self as only you can sense deep within you, what will work for your greatest good.

Learning how to access this inner guidance can be challenging but the benefits and rewards are fulfilling. The use of a pendulum can be a wonderful tool that links you to the higher sources of information providing the necessary direction and answers you are seeking.

Patience and practice is key to learning to use a pendulum. Through regular use, it will become a valuable and reliable asset for your own personal and spiritual growth. The use of pendulums dates back thousands of years and was used extensively by the ancient Romans and Nostradamus.

A pendulum is a conical sphere hung on a cord that can be made from stone, crystal, metal or wood. It is thought the composition of the pendulum offers unique properties that provide added benefits to the user. A pendulum made from Amethyst for example, is believed to foster attunement to the inner self, balance of the chakras and personal transformation.

When you select a pendulum, carry it with you for a few days. This allows it to adapt and resonate with your energy offering more accurate use.

Before you start, take a few minutes to relax, breathe deeply and clear your mind. You want to be centered, relaxed and free from all expectations. This is the most important step in using a pendulum and probably the most difficult to maintain throughout the process. Be mindful of having no preconceived expectations or allowing the ego to influence your answers.

Before each use, bless the pendulum and ask that your higher inner self, your spirit guides and the universe guide you for only your highest good and the greatest good of others involved. Never use your pendulum for negative purposes. The ego can be a very powerful and negative influence in your life so be sure not to use your pendulum for these reasons.

Set the intention for the use of your pendulum that it will move in a clockwise circle for “yes” answers and all other movement will be a “no” answer which may reflect as counter clockwise, elliptical or back and forth in a straight line either horizontally or vertically.

To begin using the pendulum, lightly hold the cord between your thumb and forefinger using your dominant hand. Rest your elbow comfortably on a table, the arm of a chair, or your knee so it is hanging freely and away from your body. Hold the pendulum until it becomes still.

The pendulum requires that you ask only “yes” or “no” questions. To begin to get a feel for it, start by asking simple questions that you know the answers too such as, am I male or female, and am I married? Watch the pendulum begin to move in a clockwise circle. Next, practice asking some questions that will reflect a “no” answer. Watch the pendulum’s movement. It should reflect movement different from the “yes” answer questions. Pendulums move in accordance with an individual’s unique electromagnetic field energy so it is important to note the nuances of movement when asking yes or no questions.

When you feel comfortable with the movement and validation of the test questions, you may begin asking questions that you are seeking guidance for. The answers are waiting in your subconscious mind, your inner self and the higher universe.

Your questions need to be considered carefully with regard to being very specific and narrow in scope. Avoid vague, open ended questions and direct your questions to a specific person, place or event.

Once you have become familiar with using the pendulum to ask questions, t is also an excellent tool to assess the energy fields in your seven chakras and in others as well. If you are using your pendulum to assess your own chakra fields, do not loan it out to others as the pendulum is synchronized to your own energy
and may influence future readings on yourself.

It is necessary to clear and charge your pendulum after each use. This can be accomplished by setting the intention to clear the pendulum of all residual energy that may be present and to re-energize it with clear energy for the next use.

The use of a pendulum is available to anyone who desires answers to the questions they are seeking. The answer lies within you and with the pendulum’s help, the answers will come from a higher, guiding wisdom that awaits you to simply ask. Trust in your inner wisdom and the answers that are given to you and remember to thank the universe for the gifts you have received.

The Facts about Buckwheat Hull Pillows and Zafu Cushions

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

buckwheat hull pillowLike many retailers selling organic kapok and buckwheat hull cushions, I had a hard time explaining the differences between these two natural fillings.  This has been particularly true for online stores, whose customers are unable to feel the weight and texture of either material.  Rather than taking a wild guess or choosing the one that sounds like it will work, I recommend learning about each of them in this series of articles.  The first article, Kapok Pillows and Zafu Cushions, will give you the download on kapok and this one will fill you in about buckwheat hull pillows.


Kapok Pillows and Zafu Cushions

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

kapok pillowsAs a retailer that sells a variety of organic kapok and buckwheat hull meditation cushions, I am often asked about the pros and cons of each material.  This can be a complicated question to answer in just a sentence or two, so I decided to publish a short article about each.  Like almost everything else, the choice comes down to a matter of personal taste, but I hope these articles will help you make an informed decision.


Give Gifts that Make Scents – Like Exotic Incense

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

If you think it’s too early to be talking about holiday gifts, you may want to check your calendar.  We are less than one week away from Black Friday, the official start of the holiday season.  It may be tempting to run out and get some bargains for everyone on your list, but in my experience it can be difficult to find something for that “person who has everything.” Sure, you could pick up a gift card or a bottle of wine, but not without appearing like you have no imagination.  Why not consider something different like exotic incense and incense holders? (more…)

How to Meditate – Books and CDs for Beginners

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

how to meditateHave you ever wondered how to meditate?  Unless you have actually tried it; you could think it looks easy.  Outside of certain circles, we’re all  conditioned to believe that successful meditation is a simple, that if we just sit in the right position on meditation cushions or “zafus,” the mind will automatically wander into a semi-conscious state.  But beginners soon realize that achieving this focused relaxation is very difficult when the mind is in a heightened state of awareness.  With all the constant messages bombarding our brains all day; it’s no wonder we have a difficult time “emptying the mind.”  Thankfully, there are hundreds of books to help people you hone your meditation techniques and discover which method works best for you.


Tranquility is Easy with Ikebana, Rock Cairns and Fountains

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

rock cairnsTrue inner peace and serenity is hard to come by these days.  With all the distractions from the media, cell phones, job stress and jam-packed schedules; it’s no wonder we have so little time left over to relax.  People need to find quick and satisfying ways to decompress and detach from the outside world, and Zen gardening is a great way to do this.

Unlike traditional American gardens which consist mainly of flowers, a Japanese garden maintains a much lower profile.  Tranquility is the primary goal of a Japanese garden, so it’s just as likely to contain fountains and rock sculptures as it is to be minimalistic.


From Meditation Mats to Mindfulness – How to Achieve “Inner Silence”

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

zafu meditation cushionMany people try to make meditation a part of their daily routine, but they find it more challenging than they expected. Oftentimes, the more stressed one becomes from the endless mental “chatter”; the less likely they are to achieve a state of inner silence.  It’s a vicious circle.  As frustrating as this can be, there are many ways to fix it through a combination of physical and mental props.

As someone who has been practicing meditation regularly for the past 20+ years, I am often asked for advice from people who are just starting out.  “I can’t meditate,” they will say, “and “my mind just won’t shut off, it’s too hard!”


The Only Jewelry You Really Need – The Japa Mala

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

japa mala jewelryThis may sound like a bold assertion, but there are actually hundreds of thousands of Buddhists out there who would wholeheartedly agree – the Japa Mala is the most essential piece of jewelry one can wear. Unlike costume or fine jewelry, these unique and decorative garlands are used by Hindus and Buddhists for counting mantras or the name of a deity.  Known in the Sanskrit language as “japa,” this practice is typically done while wearing a set of 16, 27, 54 or 108 beads.


Finding your Chi – Part Two

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

This month, we explore Chi from ancient times to present day, how to find your chi and exercises to develop its full potential.

Used by the Chinese for centuries, Chi is also closely tied to the Chakra energy system and is the foundation of many health and fitness practices today. By connecting to and channeling Chi, you open the flow of energy within you promoting health, happiness and longevity. Chi is the inner strength to overcome physical, emotional or spiritual challenges in everyday life.

Chi is well known in martial arts, particularly Tai Chi and known as “moving meditation”. Through breathing and defined movement, students learn to focus and invoke the body’s natural use of positive energy. This results in the release of tension and promotes mindfulness. As we age, the cumulative effects of mental and physical stress cause muscles to tighten. When our bodies are tense over prolonged periods of time, the natural flow of chi becomes unbalanced or blocked, which may create physical illness. Tai chi is a wonderful and popular outlet for people who lead stressful lives. In martial arts, there is often a shift from defense maneuvers to softer, internal exercises to channel more chi. The ability to overcome challenges on the mat, as in life is linked to the ability to invoke the internal strength of Chi.

Many ancient therapy modalities are still in use today and centered on the use of chi including acupuncture, Reiki therapy, reflexology, Qi Gong, yoga and Feng Shui.

Finding your chi involves centering and is similar to meditating. Centering brings the mind, body and spirit into harmony and balance while developing your chi. To find your chi, try this simple exercise:

Sit in a comfortable position and allow yourself to completely relax. As you relax each muscle and part of your body, imagine your feet becoming one with the earth – known as grounding. Next, visualize a small hollow tube attached to the base of your spine running up through your body, the top of your head and extending into the universe. With eyes closed, breathe deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Focus on your breathing and allow the energy from the earth and universe to enter you through this hollow tube. Let the energy flow throughout your entire body. With each inspiration, you are allowing the entry of positive energy and with exhalation, cleansing the body’s negative energy. Through practice, you will achieve a greater awareness of chi.

Chi walking and Chi running are also becoming popular to practice aligning your mind and body through focused centered activity. The goal is to keep your body centered in the direction you are moving while maintaining concentrated focus on one object at a distance, much like an animal stalking its prey. Through perfecting this technique, you will begin to sense your body aligning with the energy from your eyes, almost as if you were being pulled toward the object of your focus. The coordinated effort between focused mindfulness and alignment of the body creates a greater sense of balance between your Yin (negative energy) and Yang (positive energy). This creates harmony within mind, body, spirit and heart.

Developing Chi can be practiced within any activity. By focusing your eyes on the object or task at hand and setting your intention (mindfulness), direct your body’s energy to your eyes. You will find that that when your mind becomes focused without distractions, your mind, body and spirit become aligned leaving you feeling refreshed, energized and clear headed upon completion.

In part three, we will discuss how to incorporate Chi into your daily life and home through the art of Feng Shui to create a more harmonized balance in life.

Top Trends in Yoga

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

trends in yogaNot long ago, the practice of yoga in America was limited to a few health clubs and yoga centers where people would gather to learn the most popular postures and poses.  Sure, there have always been some diehard yoga practitioners that would travel to India and study with a yoga master, but the average person stuck with a weekly class at their local yoga studio.

My, how things have changed in the past 20 years!  Today there are yoga retreats, yoga weekends, yoga stores, online yoga classes, and yoga festivals.  People who used to just dabble in the practice are now becoming yoga junkies, and it seems like the trend is growing even faster than anyone anticipated.   Some believe that yoga has grown in popularity because it’s a relaxing way to promote good health.  Others point to a widespread yearning for spiritual growth.  Life has gotten busier and anxiety is a serious problem in America.  People need to develop the ability to remain centered so they focus on the task at hand.  Yoga offers that a type of physical and spiritual refreshment that is not easily duplicated by other forms of exercise.