40 Day Prosperity Meditation

“Prosperity doesn’t mean that you will have wealth, health and happiness. The best way to explain prosperity is to say it is like when a rosebud flowers and opens up, and it shares its fragrance. That’s the moment, which lasts a few days, when a rose flower is prosperous. When a man or woman is prosperous, it is the fragrance of security, grace, depth, character, and truthfulness that a person can share. Like a candle emits light, a human emits prosperity.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 12/26/97 from Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Prosperity.

To support me during the Venus retrograde transit, I decided to do a 40 day sadhana. I chose a meditation on prosperity because Venus is not only the ruler of love, but also governs money and I felt I could use some support in my financial prosperity.  Tomorrow will be the last of my 40 days. Interestingly, some notable developments in both arenas (love and finances) have come to me during the this 40 day span that I feel are a direct result of my commitment to this daily practice.  First, a new business opportunity has come up for me and second, two nights ago, I experienced the most swift resolution of conflict that I have ever witnessed, in what could have been a major catastrophe with the potential to radically alter my life for the worse depending on how I chose to respond.

I have found myself being called to stretch my comfort zone, to reach and grow to new heights in this business opportunity, and I will discuss that part later in a separate blog. I also found that I handled a difficult personal situation with such wisdom and grace that I even surprised myself. I knew I had a choice in what I wanted to feel in response to some jarring news, and I chose to feel HOPE and focus on what could go RIGHT instead of what could go WRONG.

I attribute this almost magical shift in perception to me showing up for myself in this daily practice for 40 days, and I wanted to share the meditation in case it resonates with you. It is a combination of chanting and specific hand movements and you can find instructions here: https://www.3ho.org/meditation-prosperity-ii-har-har

The following is a link I often use that includes instructions, music to follow along to  and both the Adi Mantra and the Mangala Charan mantras at the start so that you may fisrt tune in to your higher self: https://soundcloud.com/jaidev108/lfa-40-day-prosperity-full-kriya-11-min/s-yoCmn

Lastly, here is my very favorite music to do this meditation to.  I always tune in with at least the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo) before meditating to this.  It is my sincere wish that this helps someone else as much as it has helped me. If so, please leave me a comment and share the love!

Sat Nam,

Mercedi

 

 

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Red Agate as Protection for Excess Materialism During the Holidays

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Yesterday I went to the mall and wanted to buy everything in sight.  A swirl of conflicting thoughts came up, particularly the desire to buy some very lovely things,  juxtaposed against the immediate chatter of my ego attempting to assert it’s belief in lack and deep-rooted poverty consciousness.

Abraham-Hicks teaches that there are only two vibrations when it comes to abundance: more than enough/always enough or not enough/never enough.   In the past, I have left shopping situations feeling very constricted and down on myself as a result of negative self-talk about how I can’t afford this or that and as a result of focusing on the negative aspects of my current financial situation.  I have been working on the belief in “always enough”  however,  this Christmas appears to be a little more financially tight for those close to me (myself included) so it was tempting to fall back into these old patterns of thought.  I said a silent prayer that whatever material items were supposed to be mine would find their way to me, then I mentally leaned into the resulting sense of peace and went along my way.

I left the mall without buying anything and when I came home, a piece of Laguna Agate, a stone I haven’t worked with in a long time, caught my attention.  I had the strong sense to hold onto it and to put it in my pocket.  Immediately I felt very grounded, and secure.  The remaining senseless chatter from my ego dissipated and it was such a pronounced shift  I was compelled to look it up.  I found that Laguna Agate and all red Agates are known to reduce greed and stop the burning desire for things we do not need.

Next time you go shopping and want to prevent impulse-buys or any of the negative feels that may come from the desire from material things, try carrying this stone with you or wearing it as jewelry.  I’d love to hear if it makes a difference for you.

❤ Mercedi

 

You Hold the Dog and I’ll Hold the Pizza

Thor

Thor

This morning I sat down to meditate on a particular question that was troubling me.  It was completely unrelated to my sister Julie or her death, but while meditating I became incredibly emotional as images of her came up in my mind.  I was shown a memory of when I went to visit her in Knoxville, and we had ordered a pizza for dinner.  Her roommate, who was not home at the time, had this beautiful huge Husky named Thor, who weighed about one and half times as much as I do.  We had to keep the dog inside the gate to be able to greet the pizza delivery person, so when he arrived, Julie instructed me to grab the dog by his collar and hold onto him while she paid for the pizza.  As soon as she opened the gate, Thor bolted and blew past the pizza man, tossing me forward and literally leaving me in the dust. He was just too big for me to hold onto.

We loved Thor so we were worried. Plus, we knew her roommate would be furious if she came home and found out we had lost him so we immediately began a search of the neighborhood, on foot.  They lived on this huge hill with a dense wooded area behind the house.  My sister was not a small woman, having been overweight most of her life, so just the trek up and down the hill had her quite winded.  Her weight came in handy, though, when we finally found Thor deep in the thicket behind the house, because she clutched his collar with all her might and dragged him back to the house.  Finally we made it back safely behind the locked gate, all three of us panting and covered in dirt, with twigs sticking out of our hair.  Thor seemed amused, wagging his tail and beaming as if to say, “Now that was a fun adventure! Huh, guys?”

I really wasn’t sure why this memory came up for me so strongly, then I felt the message: as a person who was overweight her whole life, and who struggled with alcoholism for about a third of it, life in this physical system had just overwhelmed Julie, been too much for her to hold onto.  The ordeal with Thor wasn’t funny at the time but now it always  makes me laugh, and I realized there was still so much more adventure for Julie beyond this physical realm.  Life is an adventure for our soul, and this memory coming up was a reminder for me not to take myself so damn seriously.  I had been making things hard on myself regarding that particular issue I sat down to meditate on. I decided to let that go and return to it as part of my adventure, in a spirit of “play” rather than “problem” and I am feeling better about things already.

Don’t explain, don’t complain, just say thank you. Say thank you to existence.

The above is an excerpt from a quote by Mooji, a wise guru from Jamaica. I keep these words as my background on my phone and it’s really cool how many times a day I will find myself going to do something that involves explaining or complaining.

Explaining takes us out of the peace of the present moment, and is usually our attempt to verbally rationalize an action prompted by our ego (likely a fear based action, too) instead of our higher/inner self.

Complaining is just plain negative, and is giving away our attention to those things that we do not want in our lives. Why would we give away our energy to those things when we could use our minds to focus on what is going right in our lives, as opposed to going wrong? It certainly feels better. One of my favorite books is Happy For No Reason by Marci Shimoff. In this book, she notes that complaining and blaming are “happiness robbers.” This could not be more true. Griping about something or someone is not exactly an act of joy. We all know people who like to “bitch and moan” and I think we can all agree they are not the bouncy, smiley personalities that we associate with happy people. In fact, we often try to avoid those people because they bring us down!

Shimoff also suggests that we take note of how our body, especially our heart center, feels when we experience thoughts. She points out that positive thoughts make us feel expansive, light, and happy. Negative thoughts make us feel closed, contracted, tense. The Institute of HeartMath has confirmed that the heart’s electromagnetic field is unquestionably affected in this way, so we want to look for those thoughts that “expand” us and avoid those that “contract” us. Play around with this. Focus on the center of your body, around the solar plexus and your heart center and see how you feel as you experience different emotional reactions to thought.

In my spiritual research and my quest for self-awareness, it is becoming clear that the single most important thing in life is to maintain a positive mindset.  Nothing is going to make us happy–we have to find happiness and then do what it takes to stay there to draw in our highest good. It affects everything from our health, to the amount of money we can make, even to our life-expectancy. One of the easiest ways I have found to do this is through gratitude. Even the seemingly “bad” things that happen to us always come with a blessing if we have eyes to see it. I go through every day now looking for things to appreciate, no matter how small, and i verbalize these every chance I get. It feels fantastic, and I feel good about where I am giving my energy and attention and how that is affecting my body.

Thank you for reading this. May your day be full of things to be grateful for,

Mercedi

Thank you

Raise your vibration with rose petal juice

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Did you know that, at a rate of 320Hz, roses vibrate at the highest frequency of all known plants? I believe this is why they are so nice to be around. They are commonly revered as the “alpha flower” much the same way that lions are regarded as the king of the jungle. When someone gives you roses, you know they are trying to convey a message of deep significance. I am one lucky gal because my boyfriend gives me roses all the time. I’ve seen rose petals in gourmet salads, but until this morning, had never eaten any myself.

Here is a good explanation of how Prana, or life force energy, is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency. The frequency of a healthy body ranges anywhere from 62 to 68Hz with a frequency lower than 50Hz increasing your risk for cancer. So, it makes sense that we would want to do all that we can to keep our vibration rate high. I do this primarily by meditation, keeping my my thoughts positive, and of course by consuming  Prana-rich foods.

After Valentine’s Day, many ladies or couples will probably have leftover roses and rose petals.  Why not consider including them in your green juice or smoothie? Remember to bless them and thank them for their life-giving energy!

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Smiles and good vibes,

Mercedi

3 minute meditation: drop worries and calm the victim mind

I wanted to share something that has been exceptionally helpful for me over the past few days. This meditation WORKS. January has been a tough month for me and left me in a very worried headspace. I was feeling like a victim instead of the creator of my own life and couldn’t seem to shake it or turn it around, until I found this:

The past few days that I have done this, I have felt mentally calm and strong.  I have noticed a complete change in my actions (and plans for action) coming from a place of love instead of fear.  So give your worries over to the Divine and remember that the same loving force that supports the planets and holds them steady in the sky is the same force that supports you!

 

Love and light,

Mercedi

“You only need to believe that your life can be as good as you imagine it to be. “

Last night I had an interesting experience when I went to bed. It began with very strong tingling in the top of my head, followed by some intense and beautiful visions of things I never thought were possible in this life, mostly due to limiting or fear-based beliefs. Then I was aware of all my chakras spinning freely except my throat, which made a slow, forced grinding motion. I worked on clearing it energetically and then had a hard physical coughing fit, as if I released it. I got out of bed in the most blissful state and stayed up late, laughing with Rick. I felt very peaceful having seen my life in a new way, having been shown that nothing is impossible and it’s only our beliefs that force our futures to be limited in anyway. Then I woke up and saw the following post from my favorite numerologist, Kari Samuels: (!!!)

Energy forecast for the week of January 26th – February 1st

THE PAST – 6th chakra 3rd Eye
You’re receiving visions and impressions of what’s possible for you, yet you’re not sure whether these are things you should ACT or if they’re even possible. What you are seeing are probable futures of your potential. They are very real. You only need to believe that your life can be as good as you imagine it to be.

THE PRESENT – 2 of Cups Spiritual Union
The decisions you make must be of the heart. Perhaps you don’t feel like focusing on work now, you’d rather spend time with your loved ones. This is a time of deep emotional connection. Remember it’s your emotions that create your reality, not always effort. The more joyful you are, the more good things will come to you. Focus on your feelings rather than your strategy. Nourish yourself with love.

THE FUTURE – Destiny reversed, also Rest and Rejuvenate
Outer changes might not be happening as quickly as you would like, but things are changing for sure! Take time this week to restore your body, energy and mind. Things will be plenty busy later. The inner work creates the outer results. Remember that!

Cure your seasonal depression with light therapy

I used to suffer from a very debilitating case of seasonal depression. I will spare you the list of medications (both herbal and natural) I have tried and say that what I think has helped the most is light therapy.

I am about to say something controversial. I love tanning beds…but only for 10 minutes, approximately once a week in the winter. It helps TREMENDOUSLY to trick my brain into thinking it’s summertime and makes me feel happy.

I have tried several daylight simulators but until last year, had not found any that helped. I bought a Happy Light and a Verilux Wake up Light. The use of both together have been remarkably effective. I use the Happy Light when I’m sitting at the computer, or when I know I can sit under it for at least 20 minutes. I have read that the photoreceptors in our eyes are positioned in such a way that they receive light best when it comes from above and not straight on, so it does help to position it a little above you.

The Wake up Light mimics the gradual brightness increase of the sun so your room slowly gets brighter. It helps your body’s natural circadian rhythms stay in sync so you wake up more alert instead of groggy. If you’re like me, waking up to darkness just makes the body want to go into hibernation mode and sleep. It was one of the worst parts of winter when I had to get up before the sun and it caused me to be very grumpy, unmotivated and just apathetic. I think this light really did a great job of combating that.

I had a doctor tell me once that tanning in moderation is good for those suffering from SAD. If you are afraid of them though, go with one of the Verilux models which have no chance of causing sunburn. ☀️

Cacti wisdom and the art of aura fluffing

I’ve been reading an incredibly entertaining book called Travels by Michael Crichton.  Not only was he a Harvard-educated physician, award-winning author and film writer/producer/director (including a little film called Jurassic Park) but he has had more fascinating experiences than just anyone else I’ve come across in my studies.  He writes about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, visiting the original Shangri-La and having metaphysical experiences that rival those of Carlos Castaneda.

Last night, the chapter I read was positively life-changing.  It detailed his experiences at a metaphysical retreat where among other things, he heard the audible voice of God, had a vision in the desert where he saw all the stars in the Milky Way rearranged to spell “Hi!” and developed a telepathic relationship with a mentor of sorts who happened to be a cactus. Alone in the desert, after the vision and during a two day fast, he says he was gripped by a rushing sense of overwhelmingenergy.  It kept him up all night and he used this time to journal.  He says,

“What I recorded while in the grip of this energy seems terrifically silly. I was preoccupied with cacti, and I recorded all kinds of giddy foolishness in my notebook. I wrote poetry from the viewpoint of a cactus.  I wrote cactus philosophy. I also drew designer cactus fashions, a history of cactus religion, Cactus Comics, the Sayings of Chairman Cactus. All profusely illustrated. Page after page of silly stuff. Long into the night.”

I should note that the cactus mentor came about after retreat participants were instructed to listen to their other senses and find the rock, tree or plant that seemed to have a special relationship to them, and listen to what this teacher had to say.  His descriptions of what he learned from the cactus struck me a in a profound way. In the same chapter, he talks about the process of aura-fluffing, where junk is “combed” out of one’s aura with the hands and then the energy is “fluffed” to make it nice as one would do a pillow. He went into this process in disbelief but was shocked to find that he noticed a difference, which he likened to taking a bath.

Today I was feeling pretty rotten — depressed, apathetic and just out of sync. I didn’t want to do ANYTHING and was feeling pretty hopeless.  (Not gonna lie, tears had been shed earlier this morning). It dawned on me to try fluffing my own aura and I was astounded to find myself feeling so much better afterwards that I was immediately inspired to begin dancing around my apartment, followed by the urge to create something.  I was given the energy and motivation to work on my blog.

Twice in the past week it has been pointed out to me that I need to meditate on questions such as “If someone were to call me on the phone with the news of my dreams, what would they say?” and “If I were to leave this planet right now, what is the one thing I would have wanted to have accomplished, to make my mark on this world?” I know that I want to bring others joy, and to help others grow, but I wasn’t sure how to answer those questions clearly.  I had actually journaled about this the other day, asking for the answer to be revealed to me so I could begin to draw that into my life.  Crichton has helped me tremendously with his writings on his own experiences. Today it was made clear to me that I want precisely that. I want to opportunity to have these experiences of a lifetime and to write about them, or make a film about them, or otherwise share them in such a way that others’ lives are permanently and progressively changed for the better as a result of my sharing.

Right now, I am really tempted to go out and buy a cactus.

Love and light,

Mercedi