Alligator - Animal Spirit Guide

When walking in nature, I have an active imagination and often see shapes in trees that looks like an animal or a dancing ballerina or maybe even the head of an alligator.  The Alligator has inhabited earth for millions of years and are known as the keepers of ancient wisdom in many myths and legends.  When one of these creatures enters your life, look for an opportunity to touch very primal energies.  This spirit animal guide contains all the unbridled creative forces of the world and the fury and ferocity of Primal Energies. It is the keeper and protector of all knowledge.  Steven D. Farmer, PH.D. shares the following in his book, Animal Spirit Guides:

Alligator - Animal Spirit GuideIf ALLIGATOR shows up, it means:

Take your time to digest what you’re learning.

This is a time for renewal and new beginnings.

You need to be very protective of your personal territory and assertive about setting boundaries.

Gather all the facts and look at the situation from all sides before passing judgment, making any decisions, or taking action.

It is an important time to honor your ancestors.Alligator - Animal Spirit Guide

Call On ALLIGATOR when:

Someone has confided something very personal to you, and you need to keep it hidden and secret.

You are clearly at the end of one cycle or phase of your life and moving into a new era.

You’ve transgressed your own ethical guidelines, and in doing so have hurt someone else and sincerely want to may amends.

You are feeling drawn to a study of ancient wisdom and knowledge, but are not sure where to begin.

 

If ALLIGATOR is your POWER ANIMAL:

You seem a bit cold to others upon a first meeting, yet given enough time, you can warm up to them.

You keep to yourself most of the time, but  when you do reveal yourself, others feel your strong presence.

You move rather slowly and deliberately until someone invades your personal space.

You’re quite shy and a bit of a loner, and when you’re in social situations you go unnoticed.

You assess any troubling situation, taking action when you have all the necessary information.

When you act, you do so swiftly and without hesitation or equivocation.

Alligator - Animal Spirit Guide

(Photo taken at Bellevue Botanical Garden)

Mahasirs Mudra for Headaches

August 13th, 2017 | Posted by Velda in MEDITATIONS & MUDRAS

Mahasirs Mudra for Headaches

Mahasirs mudra is a hand posture practiced for various health benefits. It is also called ‘large head mudra’. One of the important purposes of this mudra is to reduce headaches.   Gertrud Hirschi shares in her book, Mudras Yoga in Your Hands:  Headaches have a great variety of causes and can hardly be made to disappear once and for all with one single mudra.  Frequently, weather influences or tension in the eyes, neck, back or pelvis are at fault; or there are problems with the sinuses or digestion.  The Mahasirs Mudra balances energy, has a tension-relieving effect, and eliminates mucous congestion in the frontal sinuses.

Mahasirs Mudra for HeadachesHow to do the Mahasirs Mudra

1.  Sit or lie down in a comfortable place. Take a few, deep cleansing breaths, exhaling through the mouth. Roll the shoulders, neck, and head to loosen up.

2.  Place your ring finger into the fold of the thumb. Touch the tips of your thumb, index and middle finger.

3.  Keep the baby straight.  Do this with both hands.

4.  Focus on breathing deep into the belly.

5.  When exhaling, imagine that waves of energy are flowing down from head through the body, and leaving through your hands and feet.  Hold mudra as long as necessary.

6.  After a while, imagine that the head is clear, cool, clean, and light. Stay Relaxed.   Do at least 3 to 6 times daily.Mahasirs Mudra for Headaches

Benefits of Mahasirs Mudra 

1.  It balances energy in the head and releases stress & tension.  It quiets the senses and calms the emotions.

2.  It eliminates mucous congestion in the frontal sinuses.

3.  It relaxes weather influences or tension in the eyes.

4.  It improves concentration and meditation.

Additional Measures Against Headaches (found in Gertrud Hirschi’s book):

1.  Dip a washcloth in water that has some added vinegar and place it on your feet.  Wrap around the soles, the bottom of the feet and the toes as well.

2.  Next massage both the frontal eminences on the forehead.   Then massage up and down your neck by vigorously pressing your index and middle fingers into the middle of the nape of the neck. (See diagram to the right).

3.  Finally complete these last three steps by forming the Mahasirs Mudra with your fingers.

 

 

Crown Chakra Meditation Revisited

This post first appeared March 2, 2013.  I find when working with clients that many times their Crown Chakra needs balancing.  The following lovely meditation for balancing the Crown Chakra was introduced by Sue Windred.   This would be an excellent chakra meditation to record in your own voice, reading slowly and allowing for pauses where appropriate.

Crown Chakra Meditation Revisited(The author’s spaces below indicate pauses).

“Sit back comfortably      with your back straight,      take a deep breath      and breathe out all your tension.    Imagine yourself on a grassy patch      on top of a hill. Looking up    you see a beautiful rainbow      in the clear blue sky.     All the colors are clear    yet blending into each other.    As you gaze at the rainbow    you feel it coming towards you.     You watch     as it gets closer     until it is above your head.    Sitting there    you feel the colors absorbing in through your Crown Chakra.

Feel the red going down to your Root Chakra.    The orange going down to your Sacral Center.   The yellow going down to your Solar Plexus.     The green going down to the heart.  The blue going to the throat.   The indigo going to third eye.   And the violet to your crown.  

Feel all the colors     absorbing     into all your chakras.     Sit for awhile     continue to take in all the colors.       When you are ready      open your eyes,      feeling relaxed     but alive.”

This chakra balancing meditation can be used whenever and as often as you like.