How Spirituality Can Help with Anxiety

I don’t know about you, but I have certainly had my fair share of anxiety-provoking situations.
These situations are never easy and they tend to manifest in the lower chakras – the survival and Earth-bound chakras!

Over time, I have developed ways to deal with anxiety thanks to my spiritual practice, mindful breathing and a daily grounding meditation.

Spirituality allows you to attain a more philosophical mindset and you begin to see that everything tends to work out. You come to understand that, while you can’t control forces outside of yourself, you can control how you feel about yourself. This allows you to stay healthy and positive.

You realize that your energy is most effective at manifesting your goals when you are in the present moment.

For me, one way to alleviate anxiety is by focusing on my breathing. It’s not hard.

Breathing & Grounding Exercise

Relax your shoulders and tilt your head back slightly.

Breathe in through your nose – be sure to inhale slowly and send air down to fill up your belly and not just your lungs. Sometimes it helps to put your hands on your belly to feel it expand.

Exhale slowly out through your mouth. Keep your jaw relaxed and extend your breath for as long as you can.

Try making a gentle audible sound when you exhale so that you can focus on and extend the breathing cycle.

Repeat this at least three times or until you start to calm down. This should calm your nervous system and slow your heart rate.

Once your breathing is under control, your next step will be to create a grounding cord to help continue to release anxiety from your physical, emotional and mental being.

Once grounded, you will notice your mind quieting and your body relaxing. This will make space for you to access your spiritual information and break free of the cycle of fear and anxiety!

If you truly want to overcome anxiety, I recommend finding a spiritual practice that will help you change the way you think about yourself and the world around you.

The next time you are confronted with a situation that induces anxiety, rather than convince yourself that the worst is about to happen, apply your enlightened mindset to the situation and notice if you feel stronger and more optimistic. Allow these feelings to inspire you into action!

A Chakra Rebalancing Meditation

This exercise can be done anytime you feel tired, stressed or stuck.

Make yourself comfortable. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and exhale out.

Allow your breathing to become more and more relaxed.

Rub your hands together. Feel the energy.

Now take your hands and lightly place them at the base of your spine – the root chakra. This chakra is red.  Your root chakra keeps you grounded and helps you navigate everyday life. Now picture a ball of red light glowing in this area. This is actual energy, not just a picture in your mind’s eye. With each breath start to feel more anchored and secure. Breathe in red light and let this energy rebalance your first chakra.

Now place your hands about two inches below your belly button – the sacral chakra. This chakra is orange. Breathe in healing orange light and direct it to this area. As you continue to flood the sacral chakra with orange energy - let go of any emotional energy, stress or discomfort.  Be here a moment and let the orange energy rebalance your second chakra.

Gently move your hands and rest them on your upper abdomen– the solar plexus chakra. This chakra is yellow. Deeply inhale yellow light into this area and let go of any negative thoughts, emotions and past experiences. Spend some time allowing the solar plexus chakra to rebalance itself.

Next, put your hands on your chest - the heart chakra. This chakra is green and symbolizes self–love and love for others. With each breath, allow more and more love into your heart. Feel at peace as harmony flows through your chest and rebalances your heart chakra.

Now move your hands to your neck – the throat chakra. This chakra is a vibrant blue color. Here is where you communicate your truth to the world and where you express to others the beauty you see. Feel this blue energy soaking into your throat chakra and restoring balance.

Next place your hands on your forehead - the third eye chakra. This chakra is an indigo color. This is your intuition and wisdom center - where you see and align to knowledge. Breathe in indigo and let this energy rebalance your third eye chakra.

Now gently touch the top of your head - the crown chakra. This chakra is purple. This is your connection to Universal Energy – U.E is everywhere and in everyone. Deeply breathe in purple and allow a feeling of oneness and connectedness to rebalance your crown charka and spread down throughout your body.

Now spend a few minutes tuning in to your 7 chakras and experience them healthy, balanced and open.

Continue to breathe. When you are ready gently open your eyes.

What are Chakras?

Chakras are subtle energy centers found in the body that communicate energetic information between your body and your soul. 

There are seven major chakras in your body. Each chakra has a different vibrational quality and function to keep you aligned and healthy.

Chakras regulate the flow of subtle energy throughout the body. When a chakra is balanced you feel happy and harmonious. When a chakra is blocked or imbalanced it will affect your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

An Introduction to The Chakra System

First chakra (Root Chakra). Color Red. Location: Base of your spine.

The first chakra relates to life and survival in the physical world, including where you live, where you work and how you navigate day-to-day life.
The first chakra facilitates grounding and stability. Grounding acts as an anchor for the body and helps you deal with stress and problems in a calm and balanced way. Grounding also protects your body from being overwhelmed by the higher frequencies in the upper chakras.
 
Second Chakra (Sacral Chakra). Color Orange. Location: Belly button.

The second chakra relates to your feelings, sexual energy and emotions. By tapping into and not blocking your emotions, you allow a more harmonious flow of energy to move throughout your body. 

Third Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra). Color Yellow. Location: Solar Plexus.

The third chakra is in the solar plexus and relates to your personal power and how you run your energy. It deals with issues of willpower, purpose and action. 

Fourth Chakra (Heart Chakra). Color green. Location: Chest.

The fourth chakra relates to love, compassion, self-acceptance and relationships.  The heart chakra is your spiritual center and is the gateway between the lower (body) chakras and the higher (spirit) chakras.

Fifth Chakra (Throat Chakra). Color bright blue. Location: Throat. 

The fifth chakra relates to creativity, communication and the ability to speak your truth. It allows you to become aware of your inner voice so you always know what is best for you.

Sixth Chakra (Third Eye Chakra). Color indigo. Location: Center of your head.

The sixth chakra is the link between your inner world and your outer world. The sixth chakra is also known as the third eye, a subtle energy center that deals with psychic abilities, intuition and wisdom. 

Seventh Chakra (Crown Chakra). Color Violet. Location: Top of your head. 

The crown chakra connects you to your spiritual energy. This chakra is associated with knowledge, understanding, awareness and your relationship to the divine.  It allows you to be at one with the Universe and experience the interconnectedness of life.

The more you know about your chakras, the more you can stay connected to your life force energy! When your chakras are clear and unblocked, your energy will flow more smoothly and you will notice more energy and vibrancy in your life. You will start to feel more empowered, calm and peaceful in any situation and at any time.

Check back next time - the focus will be on how to clear and re-balance your chakras.

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Loving Deeply

I have many people who come to me and say they have trouble finding a deep, meaningful relationship.

When I look at the energy, I often find that they've put up barriers and there is fear around being vulnerable.

It's natural to want to protect yourself from being hurt, rejected or getting involved with the wrong person. Because of this, you tend to keep feelings at a surface level and keep your true self protected behind defensive mechanisms and personal narratives.

To reveal your true self to someone is an act of deep, spiritual love and trust. It's the act of loving deeply!

While loving deeply can lead to grief and despair – particularly around loss, it makes you more empathetic, compassionate and above all – human.

Loving someone deeply means that you recognize that you are the same at the core. Only surface things are different. You share a common bond and celebrate your differences.

Loving deeply is a way of being in the world and as long as you are aligned and connected with your higher self, you will attract someone on a complementary path.

Meditation - The Joy of Going Within

When you hear the word meditation what comes to mind? Is it an image of a yogi sitting cross-legged under a tree? Do you believe that you need to sit for an hour or more to get any kind of benefit from meditation?

Meditation is simply the process of quieting the mind so you can feel more connected and peaceful.

There are many techniques you can use to do this and there is no right or wrong way. It really comes down to what works best for you.

For example, after experimenting with different times of the day, I found morning meditations work the best for me. Beginning my day this way allows me to get grounded and in alignment and I notice my day goes much more smoothly.

Some days the path to getting into a mindful state can be different than the previous day. I alternate between guided meditations, focused breath work or just sitting and letting my thoughts flow. It’s important when you are developing a regular meditation practice to stay open and be present to your ever changing needs.

All it takes is 10 - 15 minutes a day! Over time, you will notice that it’s much easier to respond to situations in a calm fashion. You will find yourself more centered, balanced and able to flow and navigate anything that comes your way.

Still a skeptic? Science is validating the benefits of meditation! Harvard conducted an 8-week study and found participants were more relaxed, more peaceful and their brain chemistry had altered.

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/11/meditations-positive-residual-effects/

I could rave on and on about how meditation has changed my life, but I encourage you to try it for yourself: here’s a short guided meditation I made. Enjoy!

Being Authentic

Being authentic means putting yourself out into the world and allowing other people to see you exactly as you are.

When you're authentic, you embrace all the unique things that make you who you are. You don't hide behind perfect pictures and you are not afraid to speak your mind or take chances and do the "wrong" thing.

On my journey, looking within has given me the clarity to present more of my authentic self and my deep love and connection to animals.

I always let clients know about my love of animals and I routinely incorporate this love into my practice (Yes, animals share universal energy just like we do). I offer pet communication readings and assist clients with pet behavorial issues.

My love for animals organically evolved into volunteering with local rescue organizations. I do everything from finding homes for specific pets, to raising money and spreading the word about animals in need.

I am so passionate about animals that the thought of hurting one is unconscionable to me. For the past 6 years I have been a vegan and I am committed to reducing cruelty of any kind in the world.

While I was always passionate and dedicated to the cause of animal welfare, initially I was uncomfortable about putting my beliefs out there. I didn't want people to judge me or think I was over-the-top.

Over time, I found my voice and I no longer worry about how I'm perceived. Caring for animals is a huge part of who I am and it is inseparable from Tiffany the intuitive reader. Also, by sharing my experiences I am able to encourage people to adopt or foster pets, try veganism or get involved in protecting animals.

Being your true self will energize you and lead you down a more fulfilling path. There will still be challenges, however you will attract the people and resources you need to navigate the road ahead.

Getting Reconnected

There may be times in your life when you feel blocked and things aren’t going well.

You feel disconnected. You feel overwhelmed by things happening around you - politics, environmental issues, disasters, suffering - and also things happening directly to you like health, family, relationship and financial issues.

When these things happen, you become fearful and old habits and defense mechanisms kick in.

These situations often leave you feeling powerless and shut off from your energy - you feel the Universe is not available to you in that moment.

The opposite is true. You have infinite Universal energy that can empower you to face any situation and create new solutions.

Getting reconnected to your energy is the key. When you do, you will begin to notice your energy flowing again and your mind and heart begin to open. You will feel light, alive and in the moment. From this place, you gain a new perspective, a new sense of calm and will often come up with a creative solution.

Getting reconnected is easy! The fastest and simplest way is through breath. Here's a simple breath technique that I use when things start to go awry:

Breath Technique

  1. Sit in a comfortable chair
  2. Close your eyes (this helps you to focus inward).
  3. Gently breathe in through your nose and send oxygen down into your belly. Exhale out through your mouth.
  4. Continue to inhale deeply through your nose and out through your mouth - this will slow your heart rate
  5. With each exhalation, feel your mental chatter and stress being released
  6. Focus on your breath so that you can continue to let go of your blocks, fears and distractions.
  7. Allow yourself to sink deeper into total stillness.
  8. When you find that place of stillness, give yourself some time to experience it.
  9. If you do not immediately find this place, don't worry. Try focusing on gold light to help calm your mind. Visualize the gold light entering your body with each breath.
  10. When you feel yourself restored, take a moment to enjoy this new feeling.

Healing Your Feelings

Everyone experiences emotional pain. It is part of learning and growing. Pain brings attention to parts of yourself that need a healing.

Perhaps as a child you had an alcoholic parent who wasn’t able to create emotional space for you. Since you never learned how to feel safe with your feelings, you tend to hold back in relationships. 

Maybe you had your heart broken and the fear of getting hurt again stops you from putting yourself out there. Your head is constantly telling you it’s much better to fly solo than to put your trust in someone else again.

When you give in to these fears you create energetic blocks in your chakras. Over time these blocks manifest as anxiety, sadness, avoidance, fear of the future as well as physical symptoms.

It’s not uncommon to engage in obsessive or addictive behavior to distract yourself from these painful feelings.

Rather than empower negative and difficult emotions, try to embrace them and make space for them.  

By bringing your emotions into the light and tuning into the underlying patterns, your higher self is free to start healing the wounds.

Breath, meditation, grounding and energy work are all great ways to assist with this process and get you more connected!

Here’s a grounding exercise to help. Use your breath and release down your grounding cord anything that is keeping you feeling disconnected from your feelings.

Ready...Set...Create!

I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone say, "I enjoy making things, but I don't think I'm a very creative person."

Or, they might say: "I have a lot of great ideas but nothing ever comes of them."

While they are similar, creativity is a dream, an idea or inspiration. It is an internal state of being in which your ideas are flowing freely.

Creation is creativity plus action – so you can bring your idea into the world.

Each of us expresses our creativity differently when we align with: 
• Inspiration – Being open and finding beauty in the world
• Passion – Finding that thing that you want to do all the time
• A dream - Seeing a picture in your mind and bringing it to life

Here are common blocks to creativity and ways to overcome them so that you can manifest your creation:

• Over Control – Nothing kills creativity like being too controlling. Relax and go with the flow.

• Perfect Pictures – Let go of something having to be perfect the first time. Ease up on yourself and know that over time you will refine things.

• Comparing yourself to others – This is no-win situation!  Fear not, you will bring your own talent and unique point of view to any endeavor.

• Worrying about finding the perfect medium of expression – Try different things and experiment. Try baking several different flavors of cake, or do different versions of the same picture with pencil, crayons and watercolors.

• Invalidation – Don't be to hard on yourself. Instead -take this an opportunity to  learn something new or look at something from a different perspective.

• Blocked 5th Chakra, otherwise known as the throat chakra. This charka relates to your ability to be vulnerable and express your inner self through creativity.

Let 2017 be the year to take action and let your creative voice be heard!

How an Intuitive Reading Works

I get asked all the time about what I do and what happens during a reading.

Presenting TJC’s guide to getting an intuitive reading:

Everything in the Universe is alive with energy. While you can’t see it, you can feel it. 

You have an energy field that surrounds you called an aura as well as energy centers within you known as chakras.

Your aura has 7 layers. The lower layers, the layers closest to your body reveal survival and emotional information while the upper layers are related to unconditional love and your connection with the divine.

When I read your Aura I see pictures, colors and symbols that reflect your current physical, mental and spiritual state.  

On the other hand, chakras are spinning wheels of spiritual energy that are associated with energy centers in your body. Chakras connect us to the soul and reveal information about your life-purpose, relationships, love, emotions, struggles, creativity, the past and opportunities for growth.

How I Read:
Every reading is different depending on what is going on for you. I see clients in person or on the phone. Before the reading I spend between 20-30 minutes preparing for a session. I clear my mind and adjust my energy so I can effortlessly go beyond what the normal senses perceive. 

In my mind’s eye (6th chakra) I see images of you, other people, places or things that I am able to describe to you. It is my job to interpret symbols as well as other metaphors to help you gain clarity with any issue and to see what is happening on an energy level. 

By using other abilities, I can feel what you feel and hear your thoughts. Some of what I pick up is connected to your beliefs, past experiences and family programming.

During a reading, a deeper truth is revealed so you no longer have to keep creating the same patterns in life and you can avoid situations keeping you from walking your path