Be compassionate towards yourself!

January 16th, 2012

Try harder, work smarter, strive to be the best! It’s a dog eat dog world to get to the top! These messages are sent to us regularly in the society that we live in. Most of us are in such a rat race that we never stop to consider whether our goals are possible or that they even are our goals. We follow along blindly with our colleagues at work, not even aware if what we are striving for will give us happiness.

Our society places a huge emphasis on achievement and success. But what is success to you? If you were to win a gold medal at the Olympics or a race like the Boston Marathon, our status as reigning champion would only last a very short time. In addition, our reign as champion would most likely be accompanied by anxiety about losing it in the coming year. Success, it seems, is a precarious position. When we are on top someone is always trying to knock us down and take over our position. It seems we cannot escape suffering to retain our position at the top.

Tying our self-esteem to where we are in our life or to our accomplishments produces much unnecessary and even counterproductive suffering. When our self-esteem is built on the premise of successfully competing against others, we will always be perched on the edge of losing. Even if we were to successful overtake the person at the top, how long would it be before we were replaced by someone else? Being motivated to best someone is a surefire way to unhappiness.

Most of us are taught from an early age, to build our self-esteem by successfully competing against one another. Winning is what is important, and as we are growing up our self-esteem is tied directly to being on top. But it seems that competition is a losing battle. We certainly cannot stay on top forever. Feelings of inadequacy will be the outcome if our self-esteem rests on the premise of competing and being on top.

So how can we move from a competitive environment, to one of loving ourselves even if we are not on top or as successful as society tells us we should be? For starters, learn what compassion is all about. With compassion you value yourself not because you’ve judged yourself positively and others negatively, but because you are intrinsically deserving as much as everyone else. Compassion will leave your heart filled with love and your psyche feeling empowered and full of inner strength.

When you are filled with compassion you see failure as a learning opportunity. When your self-esteem is tied to being on top, failure would leave you highly self-critical and miserable. Competitive self-esteem needs to be replaced by compassion so we can judge each competition positively and favorably. If we see mistakes as failures then we will feel anxious and insecure, with the distinct possibility that we will give up early when faced with a particularly challenging situation. If we approach the challenging situation with compassion in our hearts we won’t be so hard on ourselves and we will be much more open to learning.

Compassion will foster a new attitude of self-nurturing. Most of us judge ourselves much more harshly than we judge others. We are so hard on ourselves. Compassion fosters acceptance and kindness and the critical voice within should begin to quiet down. Keeping that critical voice that is within us quiet is a major challenge. I find a regular meditation practice helps keep my critical voice within me quiet. Even stopping for a minute and reflecting inward on our goodness and self-worth helps quiet the critical voice that is within all of us. Of course nature will help you quiet the inner critic and so will doing hobbies that you love to do. When you do things that you love, compassion seems to permeate throughout your whole body.

Recognizing our essential goodness allows us to be less judgmental about our own personal failings. If we see the good within ourselves we will also be able to see the good in others. If you are highly critical of other people then your heart lacks compassion. Being compassionate entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves and others when failures and feelings of inadequacies’ creeps into our life. If we cannot see the good in ourselves we most certainly will miss the good in others. Compassionate people recognize that being imperfect, failing, and experiencing difficulties in life are inevitable. Rather than getting angry when life falls short, they exhibit gentleness and kindness. People cannot always get what they want and when this reality is accepted with sympathy and kindness, greater emotional calmness is experienced.

We also need to recognize that we are all connected. Frustration at not having things as exactly as we want them often is accompanied by a sense of feeling isolated – as if I am the only one suffering or making mistakes. Everyone mistakes and all humans suffer at some point in their lives. Unfortunately many of us learn what to do by causing suffering in our lives. Face it, the definition of being “human” means that one is imperfect and that we will make mistakes. Our definition of compassion should recognize that suffering and personal inadequacies is not part of something that happens to just “me” alone, but that it is part of the shared human experience. Suffering is something that we all go through and recognizing our essential inter-being allows us to be less judgmental about our personal failings. By recognizing our interdependence and that we all go through many of the same things, failings and life’s difficulties do not have to be taken so personally and can be acknowledged with nonjudgmental compassion and understanding.

Russel Bruhn is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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The heart chakra is the center of love.

January 8th, 2012

The word chakra is Sanskrit, meaning “wheel” or “disk” and refers to the vortices of energy that intersect the physical body with your aura. The chakras denote a point of intersection where body and mind meet. Chakras have also been called lotuses and compared to these flowers. The beautiful lotus flowers are sacred in India and are metaphorically used to describe the opening and closing of the chakras. Keep in mind that everything is energy and our bodies are surrounded by an invisible enteric field.

The fourth chakra or “heart” chakra is located in the center of the chest, just above the breast bone. It is the bridge between your lower three chakras and your upper three chakras. Since the lower three chakras represent the physical and the upper three chakras the nonphysical, the heart chakra forms within us a link between the physical (matter) and nonphysical (spirit). This chakra acts as a bridge between self and others, allowing us to form the bonds of love and relationships. The heart chakra is the center of love.

The primary color of the heart chakra is green but is often displayed as giving off pink energy. The vibration of pink at the heart center is the blended energy of the red from our first chakra and white from our seventh chakra. There is no mixing of the green and pink colors—the colors are simply green and pink. The heart chakra is a vibration of love in alignment with goodness and gratitude.

The heart chakra is the central point of the chakra system in the human body. The heart refers to the center of things, as in “to go to the heart of the matter.” One task of the heart chakra is to integrate and balance the various aspects of our being. Thus the governing principle of this chakra is equilibrium. This chakra is about balance, an interpenetration of both spirit and matter, and a balance within us and with other people. A relationship with ourselves first and with others second, as we cannot love another person if we do not love ourselves. Loving ourselves is important if we are seeking a balanced heart chakra.

The heart chakra is the place where you hold the energy of love, friendship, and romance. The love we experience at the level of the heart chakra is distinctly different from the more sexual and passionate love of the second chakra. Sexual love is object oriented whereas love in the heart chakra is not dependent on outside stimulation, but experienced within a state of being. In a way it radiates outward, bringing love and compassion to whatever comes into our field. Love from the heart chakra is of an enduring quality, constant and eternal.

Giving and receiving love is a major function of the heart chakra. The heart chakra connects us with kindness, love, compassion, tolerance, goodness, patience, and an understanding of who we truly are. Therefore we must keep this heart center balanced so we can be friendly, compassionate, empathetic, and nurturing. To balance your heart center get to know yourself better by spending quality time with just you. Do things for yourself! You will become a better friend and partner if you have a strong sense of who you are. So often people lose the sense of who they are and what they want when in relationships with others. Therefore getting to know yourself helps you in all your relationships.

Relationships are dynamic and it is easy to get hurt when we do not have a balanced heart chakra and strong sense of who we are. Shutting down the heart chakra is a common response when we have been hurt and the pain seems unbearable. But a heart shut down from the feelings we don’t want to feel is also closed off from the love we desperately want to receive. Feelings are part of our human consciousness and the result of our desires and emotions. Our feelings are manifestations of our emotions. It is not easy to learn how to control our emotions but we must keep trying. We must be gentle with ourselves and others. We have no idea what is going on in other people’s lives and why they may talk and act as they do.

The heart chakra rules over the heart, breast, lungs, upper back, arms, and diaphragm. A heart chakra that is unbalanced or closed can become a focal point for illness. The following can be conditions of an unbalanced and distorted heart chakra.
• Problems with the heart and circulatory system, congestive heart failure
• Disorders of the lungs, including lung cancer, bronchial pneumonia, emphysema
• Breast cancer
• Carpal tunnel, shoulder and arm pain
• Tightness and pain in upper back and shoulders
• Asthma and shortness of breath
• Allergies
• Immune system deficiencies

We have all experience loss in our lives that brings up our fears. For in the absence of love, fear often appears. We are not born fluent in love but spend our life learning about it. Love’s energy is pure power. We are as attracted to love as we are intimidated by it. Loss of heart chakra energy can give rise to jealously, anger, hatred, and an inability to forgive others as well as forgiving yourself.

A healthy heart chakra lets love flow from it and into it. There is a healthy balance of energy coming into the heart and flowing out of it. To evaluate the health of your heart chakra ask yourself the following questions:
• Do I have a fear of being abandoned by family or friends? Usually this fear comes from past incidents and experiences. When this fear comes up realize that such occurrences were part of your past, and are not true of the present moment.
• Have you ever been betrayed by a love partner? If so, did this wound heal? A wound, from a betrayal often times causes our heart to close down resulting in love not flowing easily into and out of our heart chakra.
• Do I overly criticize and judge people? If you are like this, bitter energy may have accumulated between your heart and solar plexus.
• Do I surround myself with demanding people or am I overly demanding towards my friends and coworkers? Realize that this behavior is a cry for love and attention. While being demanding is uncomfortable or disconcerting, it is likely the result of learned behavior. Remember that there is plenty of love to go around.
• Have I forgiven myself or others for past mistakes or do I still harbor resentments? Love cannot flow correctly if you harbor resentments. Work on forgiving yourself for past mistakes and on releasing past hurts.

One of the best ways to open up your heart chakra is to be around animals. Animals, such as a dog or cat, love us unconditionally. If you cannot get a pet to love then take a visit to the human shelter near you or visit a friend who has a pet. Nothing will open up a closed down heart faster than unconditional love from an animal. Watch a sunset with a dog and notice your heart beginning to radiate love.

True love and happiness!

You can also explore your past and your consciousness by meditating and journaling. If you do not meditate then head out to nature and spend some time walking. Connect with the birds and the trees and let nature melt away your anger and resentments. Make the intention to purposely open yourself to loving others. Don’t forget to love yourself as you cannot love another person until you first love yourself. Listen within and you will be rewarded with love. Energy will flow freely through your heart and reward you a sense of peace and fulfillment. A balanced heart chakra is demonstrated through compassion, empathy, and a friendly attitude. A person who can see the good in things and is nurturing in a healthy way, has an open heart.

Russel Bruhn is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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Is there a wholeness pattern?

December 27th, 2011

Being an early riser by nature, I often get to see the sunrise. I am amazed at the beauty and perfection of nature. There is a wholeness and completeness to nature in all its glory. Earth is a great balancing act, a constantly self-regulating, intricate system. There is a self-maintenance system built into nature. A sunrise gives way to a busy day and a sunset brings rest to Mother Earth and causes it to become whole and complete. We all know how lunar cycles affect tides and how spring turns into summer and then fall. Finally, it seems when nature needs a rest, winter is upon us. Yes, there is wholeness to nature.

We can also see this wholeness in our bodies. Our immune systems are always busy fighting off infections, cuts and bruises. When we cut our selves all we have to do is make sure the wound is clean and our bodies repair themselves. Our bodies return to a state of wholeness. Our cells are being replaced on some mysterious regular schedule that happens automatically without our making any of it happen. Just like nature, there is a self-maintenance system built into our bodies.

The same could be said for our mind. A natural order is maintained by some mechanism we can’t explain. Carl Jung marveled at how the unconscious mind casts up countervailing images and impulses, thus moving the psyche back towards balance. Is there a Gaia principle of the mind? It does seem that way. In body and mind, there seems to be internal and planetary mechanisms guiding us to wholeness. Conditions in our body and mind are continuously being brought back into alignment and towards wholeness.

This wholeness pattern is probably why our spiritual teachers have emphasized that our actions have an unseen impact on each other and ourselves. Do onto others as you would have them do unto you, was taught to many of us at an early age. Everything and everyone is connected. Everything we do has an impact on others. Because we are all connected, our thoughts and actions have an impact on each other. The earth, our cells, our thoughts, and actions are all connected. Thus what we do to others will affect us! There is a pattern of wholeness at work in our world. Like it or not, we are part of this world.

If our actions truly do affect others and this world then we must become more aware of them. Each day we get countless opportunities to connect with each other in kind ways. We can let loose with an unkind word or a kind word. What would you like to have come back to you? Remember what you put out in the world will come back to you because we are all connected. When, in anger we let loose with harsh words, the impact of it courses through our bodies and infects how we feel for hours afterward.  This harsh energy, not only affects the person it was meant for, but also the person who spoke the words.  We must stop this harsh energy from entering our lives or counteract it with love. Love conquers all and raises the energy around us.

There are no clear dividing lines between body, mind, and spirit. What we do to ourselves and others spills out into the world. We must become more aware of our connections to ourselves and each other. The stakes go up as we progress spiritually. As we fine tune and center the energies in our bodies the side effects are too unpleasant and damaging. It takes far too long to throw off the effects of our anger that we unleashed onto another person. Our bodies suffer as much or more than the person that we are angry at. We must decide if we are going to work with the wholeness pattern or against it.

In everything that we do we must learn to sense if we are working toward greater wholeness. We must learn to bring wholeness to our thoughts. The way we treat ourselves is often indicative in how we treat each other. When we are in tune with ourselves we can breathe easier and we have a feeling of wholeness about us. Our divine birthright is a life of joy, beauty, abundance, contribution, and peace. All of these are within us and we may manifest them into our lives the moment we choose to do so.

Make sure your principles are based on the understanding that wholeness, which is a quality of God, is the eternal and unchangeable divine truth of who and what you are. Wholeness must become a living reality that you seek to demonstrate and express every day of your life through choices of practice and behavior. Put words of goodness into this world; exercise to express power and health; meditate to raise your consciousness; and use acts of love to create wholeness in this world.

Russel Bruhn is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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The third chakra; power center of our body

October 1st, 2011

The word chakra is Sanskrit, meaning “wheel” or “disk” and refers to the vortices of energy that intersect the physical body with your aura. The chakras denote a point of intersection where body and mind meet. Chakras have also been called lotuses and compared to these flowers. The beautiful lotus flowers are sacred in India and are metaphorically used to describe the opening and closing of the chakras.

Keep in mind that everything is energy and our bodies are surrounded by an invisible enteric field. The energy in and around our bodies affect our chakras. Disease first starts in our energy field and then moves into our chakras and body. Eventually this “negative energy” will manifest into physical problems. Thus it is to our benefit to balance and clear our chakras regularly so they can keep us healthy.

Our 7 chakrasThe third chakra, or the solar plexus chakra, is called Manipura in Sanskrit which means “lustrous gem,” because it shines as a radiant, glowing ball — just like the sun. The third chakra is your power center. It is the source of our will and contains our identity. As our passion grows we reach through our emotions and desires to find will, purpose, and action. We grow in strength and feel our power rising up from our solar plexus and into the third chakra. We are firing up our will and causing a transformation of energy into action. One task of the third chakra is to overcome inertia.

The third chakra is the source of our will and personal power. Our will creates action which causes us to expend energy. We need to expend energy to create action and move our bodies. As we activate our power, we direct our actions and activities toward a higher purpose. A transformation takes place in us due to the third chakra. We can grow in strength and ignite the light of consciousness and choose consciousness in all of our actions. This firing up of our will can move us towards our goals, such as, losing weight, finding a new job, increased consciousness, etc. The purpose of our third chakra is transformation and change. We need a healthy third chakra to transform to a higher consciousness.

If our third chakra is out of balance or not working correctly we can experience problems such as these.
• Lack of energy and will to complete our goals.
• We blame other people for our problems.
• We always have to win and cannot be a team player.
• We cannot establish healthy boundaries for ourselves.
• We are not comfortable saying no.
• We are plagued by digestive problems and ulcers.

Many of the above problems stem from a lack of healthy boundaries and low self-esteem. If our third chakra is blocked or distorted we have no personal power and our boundaries and self-esteem will suffer. We must work on mastering and directing our will and energy. If our will and energy is not balanced then it will be hard for us to accomplish our goals. Real third chakra power is ultimately connected to our will and what we do with it.

If you have a blocked, distorted, or unhealthy third chakra there are things you can do to obtain a balanced third chakra. Get outside and connect with the sun, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. The sun is not so bright and hot, in the morning or late afternoon, and you can easily imagine yourself connecting to the sun through your third chakra. Visualize the energy of the sun coming into your solar plexus and clearing out the emotions and old energies stuck in this chakra. Drawing the sun into your solar plexus when you are outside will help clear your third chakra.

To support an increase in personal power and energy engage in physical activity. Remember that this chakra is about will, power, and transforming energy into action. Swimming, jogging, bicycling are just a few things you can do to activate and clear your third chakra. Engaging in any physical activity awakens and recharges your body.

If you want to become acquainted with who you are and what you are feeling then slow down the physical activities and engage in things like yoga, Pilates, gardening, and walking. These physical activities will help you connect with the emotions that are blocking and distorting your third chakra. Any activity that allows you to slow down and cause you to connect with yourself will be good for you.

In our body the solar plexus is the center of our ability to take in, absorb, and integrate all that life has to offer. Life offers us good as well as what you may perceive as bad and we must integrate and transform it all. The third chakra manages all of our energies and helps us transform what we see and experience into action. It is often times compared to the beautiful and amazing sun that shines brightly in the sky. If our third chakra is working correctly it brings will, action, power, and the ability to see life from a greater perspective. Visualize the sun shining on your third chakra as it warms us up and integrates into us all that life has to offer. Above all don’t forget to laugh, as laughter is very healing to this chakra!

Russel Bruhn is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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Bring enthusiasm back into your life!

September 16th, 2011

I was reading an article the other day that said on holidays it is good to reflect back on life. I always have a hard time looking back on my life because I can never seem to recapture the magic that happened. If something great happened in the past I can reflect on it and be grateful for it, but I can never feel the intense happiness that was brought on by that moment in time in a day gone by. What inhibits me from feeling that intense moment of joy and elation?

I believe that life is action, movement, and enthusiasm. We all know that we are born with a desire to love, laugh, move, sing, and create. We are born with a need to express ourselves that can become quite emotional for us at times. If we do not get this emotional expression out of us we can become unhappy and even ill. We all know one or two people that seem totally shut down and unable to exhibit any sort of self-expression and emotion. These people seem zombie-like to me and dead inside.

Unless we keep doing new things we could end up in a zombie-like comatose state. Doing new things is the secret to growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Uninspired and unenthusiastic people always seem to be tired. They do not have their creative juices flowing. Most likely they are not in the present moment and wishing they could either be experiencing the past or somewhere in their future. We shall never recapture yesterday and the future will always elude us; just out of reach so that we are missing the joy of creating in the moment.

Much of the joy and happiness in my life comes from being interested in others. My emotional energy seems to be the greatest when I am exhibiting some action that brings joy and happiness to other people and animals. When I am caught up in only myself and the affairs of my life I can get quite uninspired and emotionally down. My creative forces definitely take a dive when I am doing it only for myself. When I am loving, dancing, and creating for other people I get more joy and happiness than when I am doing it just for myself. It seems I am much less enthusiastic before, during, and after creating something just for myself versus doing it for other people.

Joy and enthusiasm is in our lives, we just have to find it. It is not in yesterday nor in the future. It is in the moment and in expressing ourselves toward our pets, people, and less fortunate ones in our lives. Remember that our emotional energy, the greatest that we have, is designed to go out into this world and express our creativeness for others. There are a million ways for you to express your creative powers. Choose what you are passionate about and life will love you back!

Russel Bruhn is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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Raise your Consciousness by Being a Student

September 4th, 2011

Thinking happy thoughts is easier when you are doing inspirational activities such as praying, meditating, yoga, connecting with nature and other inspirational activities. Anything that gets you out of your mind and into your body will move you towards a higher consciousness. One thing I recommend you do is study. There are many areas in the metaphysical field to study, so pick one that you have some interest in and learn more about it. You never know where is will lead you, but I do know that it will lead you to a higher level of consciousness. It certainly has for me.

You may be really interested in finding out more about yoga. Certainly there are excellent books out on this topic. At some point, if you are not already, you would be attending classes and finding out what type of yoga is best for you and what poses cause you to connect with your body. You may be like me and take a workshop so you can learn from a master about a certain type of yoga. I went down to Costa Rica to study yoga and came back with a wealth of knowledge. While I did lead a few yoga classes I never developed it as a full-time profession; I just did not want to teach yoga. But you may want to and by studying the subject you become the expert and you raise your consciousness in the process.

There are so many subjects in the metaphysical area that I am positive you will find one or two that you like. I am currently studying the quantum physics area and how it relates to energy healing. But you do not need a background in quantum physics to actually learn to heal using energy. This subject is wide open and no one knows “the best” way to use energy to heal. Because of my background in quantum physics the science of this area interests me. I don’t know where it will lead me but I am in the moment, and I am enjoying it.

There are books on most subjects, workshops given in almost every city, and many online events. While I find online events convenient and cheaper they are no substitute for attending a workshop in person. I find the energy at these workshops is so high and strong that by just being there your energetic vibration is raised to a higher level. If money is an issue then many of the online seminars and workshops are relatively inexpensive. You also do not have to travel so you do not have that expense. While I always had clairvoyant skills they were increased by all the workshops and online courses I took in this area. When you are around 25 other clairvoyant people the energy in the room is higher and your level of consciousness is raised. If you keep practicing what you learn at these workshops your consciousness stays at a higher level and your intuition becomes stronger and more reliable. By studying the area of clairvoyance I raised my consciousness and have a practice and am enjoying it immensely. It is gratifying to help people and give them some insights on what direction their spiritual helpers are trying to nudge them. If you study an area in the metaphysical and self-help area it may lead you into your own practice. If you are already set in your life’s path then study can only raise your level of consciousness.


Russel Bruhn is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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Do you need to clear your second chakra?

August 23rd, 2011

 The word chakra is Sanskrit, meaning “wheel” or “disk” and refers to the vortices of energy that intersect the physical body with your aura. The chakras denote a point of intersection where body and mind meet. Chakras have also been called lotuses and compared to these flowers. The beautiful lotus flowers are sacred in India and are metaphorically used to describe the opening and closing of the chakras. Keep in mind that everything is energy and our bodies are surrounded by an invisible enteric field.  

When our basic survival needs have been met, food, clothing, and shelter, we start thinking about satisfying our desires.  The first chakra is about meeting our basic survival needs and the second chakra is about our desires and pleasures. The second chakra is the desire and pleasure center and the home to our creativity.   It is located in the lower abdomen about two to three fingers below the navel.  The second chakra is connected to the ovaries in women and the prostate in men. 

The inner state of the second chakra is our feelings and the outer state liquid.  The element of this chakra is water and thus it corresponds to bodily functions that have to do with liquids.  Circulation of the blood, urinary elimination, sexuality, and processes of the body that flow and have fluidity correspond to this chakra.  Emotions, pleasures, movement and nurturance are all related to this chakra.  The second chakra is also the center of our sexuality and the sweetness of who we are.  It is the place of fertility and abundance. 

The second chakra is the energy center where our creativity resides.  The ability to manifest rests here in the second chakra.  You can be fertile with thoughts and ideas and fertile to bring forth children into this world.  Your fertile energy is connected to your passion that brings it into this world and makes it a reality.  The seat of motivation and manifestation is strongly connected to the second chakra.  The “just do it” slogan relates to the second chakra. 

What do you want to give birth to?  Is it a new job?  Do you want to manifest a new home or a gourmet meal?  Creations of art, such as a sculpture and book start out here. The second chakra is the center where our creative desires flow thru.  We must keep this chakra balanced and working properly to be creative.  When the second chakra is blocked or distorted physical problems can also result.  Some problems that can result from a dysfunctional second chakra are sexual dysfunction, impotence, frigidity or promiscuity issues.  At the very least, sensual pleasure is harder to achieve. 

Since much of the emphasis of this chakra is on flow, flexibility, and movement, blockage in the second chakra could result in stiffness and tightness, especially in the low back and hips.  Everything seems to be clogged up and flow seems to be lost on all levels.  Not only will the flow of your physical body movements be affected, but bladder and urinary problems can occur. 


Emotions can get stuck in the second chakra, especially remnants of mental, physical, and verbal abuse.  Since the main second chakra organs are the large and small intestines, people who have experienced abuse often have digestive problems.

If your second chakra is unbalanced you may exhibit the following behavior.

  • You are an overly needy person.
  • You have a martyr complex, endlessly saying, it’s not fair.
  • You are addicted to food, alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, etc.
  • Your life is about money, sex, and power.  You lack ethics.
  • You do things for other people but not for yourself.

When the second chakra is functioning correctly there is a balance in your life between giving and receiving.  You will not try to control people.  You have a good flow of energy and are able to give and receive pleasure.  You will be in charge of your behavior and can stop the behaviors that are destructive in your life such as overeating and drinking.  Your boundaries will become healthy so you do not extend yourself, financially, sexually, and ethically.  

You understand your motives and the consequences of your actions and choices.  Money and love flow in both directions, that is, to and from you.  A healthy second chakra can also inspire great creativity.  You will be able to manifest things into your life that you desire.  You will have a good internal balance between feminine and masculine qualities.  

The key to healing the second chakra is increased self-awareness.  Any activity or practice that increases your awareness will help clear your second chakra.  We must process the emotions that are blocking our second chakra or any chakra for that matter.  Our wounds always lead us on journeys, consciously or unconsciously, towards healing.  We must do activities that allow us to connect to these emotions blocking our emotional and spiritual growth.  Exercises that use breathing, massage and various yoga postures will help release blocked emotions.    Many people enjoy walking outside in nature so they can connect with their inner self.  Meditation, yoga, Pilates, and pursuing creative projects will cause emotions to come to the surface so you can process them. 

It is important to remember that any emotions that arise because of your activities must be processed.  Journaling or writing down your thoughts after working on a creative project, walking outside, or meditating, will help you process the emotions buried in your second chakra.  Crying, yelling, or asking someone to hold you are great ways of working through emotions that are causing blockage in your second chakra.  It is good to have a trusted friend or therapist who you can work with and can provide the nurturance that you need.

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The Success Principle

August 7th, 2011

One day, quite some years ago, I was wondering why a certain situation was not part of my life. I had wanted this thing to come into my life for quite some time and had been using the law of attraction to get it. I had been meditating on it, using self-guided imagery, and feeling that it was already part of my life. Each morning I would see and feel that what I wanted was already in my life. But after months of trying I still was no closer to achieving my goal. Maybe I need to watch the movie “The Secret”? I had never watched the movie and thought that maybe I could pick up some pointers on manifesting from it.

Instead of watching the movie I decided to take some action towards achieving my goal. I wasn’t being this powerful magnet that you were suppose to become if you used the law of attraction. I was not attracting things into my life that I wanted. The things that I wanted in my life did not materialize with clear, conscious, deliberate, and emotion-evoking thought. Instead of changing my thoughts I decided to change my actions. I had grown up with the belief that if you wanted something you had to put forward some effort to obtain it. This effort included taking some sort of action and not just sitting there and visualizing what I wanted in my mind and thoughts.

Over the years I have come to believe that there is required action and there is inspired action. One of the things I wanted to attract into my life was being a university professor. I had the dream of teaching at the university level. Required actions are the requirements necessary to meet a goal. An example would be that to teach at the university level I needed a Ph.D. This required many years of labor and hard work. I could not just visualize and feel that I had a Ph.D. I had to take required action in order to get my doctorate degree. Yes, I could visualize me getting through a certain class which was extremely difficult, but I also had to pick up the textbook for the course and read it. Using the law of attraction with required action, got me through graduate school.

Once I had my doctorate I used another type of action; inspired action. Those inner spiritual urges that spark your passion such that you want to take action on them, is what I consider to be inspired action. For instance, I really had a deep yearning and passion to work overseas. I wanted to experience another part of the world that I did not know much about. I was inspired to apply for a job at a university in the Middle East. Inspired action got me a position at this university in the Middle East. I knew it was the right decision to go there, even though my colleagues were telling me that I was ruining my career by not working at an American university as my first university position upon graduation. My inspiration was telling me different.

At the moment of inspiration I was infused with God energy. My actions toward getting overseas felt full of “current” or juice. Going overseas was the correct decision and my life was greatly enriched for following my inspiration. Inspiration is always in the moment and not three months or three years down the road. If I had put my inspiration and inspired action on hold for a year or two to get some experience at an American university, I am sure that my inspiration would have lost the power of the original urge. I may not have been inspired by my spirit to go a year later.

DoorwayThe hardest thing for me to do is to follow my inspiration in the moment. I want to play it safe and have reassurances that everything will work out and that I am making the correct decision. But inspiration is only in the moment and at that moment you are infused with God’s energy. Wait six months or a year and the power of the original urge may be gone. Going inside yourself is key to making sure you follow your inspiration. Mediation is one way to feel that inspiration. You know what works for you to connect with your inner guidance, so take the required action to do it.

Once I got a faculty position I wanted to be a great teacher. I didn’t want to be your “average” teacher; I wanted to be one of the best. To become one of the best teachers, I would take the required action and prepare for my lectures so I would know the material inside and out. Another thing I did was to meditate and visualize myself up in front of the class. In my mind and thoughts I would see me going through each and every point I wanted to make during the lecture. I would feel me doing it and the excitement I got from giving an excellent lecture.

I also practiced my lectures so I would become inspired when I was in the classroom. I did everything 100 percent, regardless of how small or insignificant it seemed at the time. When the time came for me to give my lecture I would feel inspired up in front of the classroom because of the steps I took before I got there. This invisible force would come over me. I was inspired and the classroom fed off of my enthusiasm and inspiration. My students loved me as their teacher. When I was in front of the class I was in the moment and not worried about anything but what I needed to do it the next moment, and that magically appeared.

Using the law of attraction with required and inspired action caused many good things to come into my life. When you combine these, your dreams will become reality and you will attract into your life what you want. Try to come from a place of inspiration and always give it your best. Stay present and appreciate the moment. My life is better for it and so will yours.

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How healthy is your first chakra?

July 28th, 2011

The word chakra is Sanskrit, meaning “wheel” or “disk” and refers to the vortices of energy that intersect the physical body with your aura. The chakras denote a point of intersection where body and mind meet. Chakras have also been called lotuses and compared to these flowers. The beautiful lotus flowers are sacred in India and are metaphorically used to describe the opening and closing of the chakras. Keep in mind that everything is energy and our bodies are surrounded by an invisible enteric field.

The seven main chakras start at the base of the spine and move on up to the top of the head. At the base of the spine is the first chakra or the root chakra energy center. At the top of the head is the seventh chakra or your crown chakra. Chakras are spinning wheels of energy and when one or more of your chakras get out of balance or alignment it affects your emotional balance and mental state. It can also affect your mood and eventually your spirituality. Eventually a distorted or blocked chakra can show up on the physical level as some health condition or a sickness. If the distorted or blocked chakra condition stays fixed for years it can worsen and eventually turn into a life-threatening disease.

Summer is a good time to talk about the first chakra as one of the ways to balance the first chakra is to spend some time in the outdoors and connect with nature. The first chakra is all about being grounded and feeling safe. Key first chakra issues are safety, trust, home, family, and material issues. The first chakra grounds us. Another name for the first chakra is the root chakra as roots ground plants to Mother Earth.

The first chakra is our connection to the divine feminine Mother Earth or Gaia. When the first chakra is disconnected from the feminine Earth we can feel motherless and orphaned. We do not have a sense of belonging and we can look for security from material things. Someone that hoards material things or buys excessively, usually has a first chakra that is distorted or blocked.

Besides grounding us to Mother Earth the first chakra is all about belonging to a group or family. The first chakra is our connection to an identity and feeling of belonging to a group. In the past this group was often your family but it can be so much bigger than that. It can be a group that you identify with in a geographical location or connect to with the Internet. Groups that trigger an emotional response in you when you are interacting with them affect the energy of your first chakra. These groups can give you an identity, a sense of belonging, and a sense of safety. Have you ever listened to the national anthem being played and felt an emotional response? You may have been plugging into the pride and joy you felt by belonging to the United States or identifying with the team that the national anthem was being played for.

The first chakra is all about feeling grounded, belonging, and feeling safe. Someone with a weak first chakra will often not be grounded properly. You may feel like you want to escape and that you do not want to be here. Do you ever wonder why so many people in the United States use antidepressants? This is most likely first chakra issues as so many of us have lost touch with the earth, our families, and lack a sense of belonging to a group. Today so many children are not allowed to play outside because of crime and sexual predators. Thus kids now spend an enormous amount of time watching TV and playing video games. We work and live under artificial lights and spend little time in the outdoors. Many of us also don’t know what it is like to live in the present moment. It is no wonder so many of us feel anxiety, depressed, and disconnected.

Can you relate to any of these following statements?

• Do you often have the feeling of not wanting to be here?
• Are you escaping with some major addiction? An unbalanced first chakra can lead to excessive drinking and destructive behaviors.
• Do you have an eating disorder?
• Do you have any phobias or an obsessive-compulsive disorder?
• Do you feel fearful and anxious a lot of the time?
• Were you subjected to any kind of physical and emotional abuse from a group? Various mental dysfunctions and illnesses come out of family and group dysfunction.

If you can relate to any of the above scenarios, you may want to start working on creating a more balanced and vibrant first chakra. One must first work on getting basics like money.  Without your basic survival needs being met, it is hard to focus on balancing the first chakra.  But once you have your basic needs met, a little bit of work to balance the first chakra goes a long way. The more you can get your chakras balanced and aligned, the easier it will become to attract abundance into your life. Spending five to ten minutes a day working on your first chakra can do wonders for grounding and making you feel safe.

Much of the work that needs to be done to balance and create a vibrant first chakra has to do with grounding and destressing yourself. We need to make and take the time to bring balance back into our lives. On your day off try to include some activity in the outdoors that connects you to the earth. A barefoot walk on the beach or a walk on a trail in a forest will do wonders for you. Try to focus and connect with the sand, leaves, pine cones, and flowers in the outdoors. Connecting to earth and the outdoors is one of the best ways to heal your first chakra and keep it functioning properly. The great thing is that for most of us, using the outdoors and connecting to nature is relatively cheap.

Other things you can do to help your first chakra are:

• Meditating and visualizing that you are grounded into the earth. Visualize your feet connecting with the earth and grounding you during your meditation.
• Have an evening at least once a week where you can curl up with a good book.
• Turn the TV off and journal for 15 minutes.
• Join a yoga class or go to the gym.
• Walk barefoot in the house.
• Go out in the backyard and sit with your back against a tree.
• Focus on your breath – even for one minute at a time.
• Get a foot massage as it is especially grounding.

The basis of our belief of who we are, how safe we feel, and the manifestation of our reality, is based on the condition of our first chakra. A balanced and vibrant first chakra gives us the feeling of being supported and belonging to this world. It is important to nurture this chakra by clearing and energizing it regularly.

Russel Bruhn is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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Earth versus Spirit accomplishments

July 17th, 2011

We must find a way to have faith in ourselves and in this amazing and creative universe.  In this life of ours anything can change in an instant.  Yet, often times we feel we cannot trust ourselves or the messages we receive through our intuitive channels.  Because we tried something two years ago and it did not turn out the way we wanted it to, we tend to hesitate or even ignore the urgings we get from inside of us to do something.  The stakes are high as we are playing for our soul’s growth and the realization for a more fulfilling life.  Try not to let fear and the small-minded self run your life.

Most of us have a life that is so full that it is hard to do anymore.  What is on our list of to do things or one of the goals we set for ourselves is more than any one person can handle.  The problem with goals and setting to do lists is that we get frustrated when we don’t have the results that we wanted in this earthly world.  Unfortunately, so many of us are caffeine amped up workaholics that never cannot enjoy the fruits of our labor.  The ego or our earthly minds tell us that if we don’t accomplish this or that, we will fall behind and never catch up with the rest of humanity.  But does life really have to be this way?

I know something in me is shifting.  I am starting to see the difference between earthly accomplishments and Spirit accomplishments.  Being in academia, my life was a series of always trying to get another publication out.  Your research and publications defined who you are.  I would get another thousands words on paper and feel no satisfaction from it.  I could check off the introduction part of the paper and now move into the main body of writing up my research findings.  Why didn’t I feel any satisfaction from this accomplishment?  Maybe when I completed the main body of the paper I would feel a sense of satisfaction.  Eventually I would complete the paper and while I was happy to have it completed I did not feel a deep sense of gratification.  All that went through my mind was that it was time to start the next scientific research paper.  It was no different than an assembly line putting out cars for consumers to buy.

I wasn’t any happier, healthier, or full of zest.  I felt the exact opposite, sad, burned out, and slight depressed.  I was a machine cranking through the annals of time and getting nowhere.  Years had to pass and slowly the path of my life was starting to cause an illumination that sent me off the worldly beaten path.  I’d get frustrated and instead of cranking up my production I slowed down and looked inside of myself.  Since my earthly goals gave me little joy I slowly moved into having spiritual goals.  What I found was that spiritual accomplishments worked on a different time table than earthly goals.

Spiritual goals run deep, broad, and in an all expansive direction.  They are not little isolated goals that one can mark off of a task list.   Spirit doesn’t do just one thing at a time.  I had to develop a new way of defining success.  True success enlivens and supports the spirit; it has nothing to do with isolated attainments, but is all about being successful as a total person and attaining a lifestyle that benefits not only yourself but everyone around you.  Successful people’s lives are empowered throughout by the context of their accomplishments.  It is not about fame and celebrity status and the capacity to document your accomplishments.  It is about truth and developing the belief that the source of success is within us.

What matters is following your truth.  You are either listening to the voice of Spirit or you are listening to the voice of ego.  We have all seen people who decided to not listen to the voice of their Spirit and instead listened to the voice of their ego.  Rich and famous people constantly succumb to failed marriages, addiction, alcoholism, suicide or some other untimely death.  It is not because these people got too much wealth and fame but that it could not give them joy and a sense of fulfillment.  Instead of chasing after the voice of their Spirit they chased after the voice of their ego.  One cannot satisfy the ego, as it always wants more.  Whether success uplifts or destroys us depends not on success itself but upon how we are connected to our bodies and the Spirit inside of us.  We can be egotistical or grateful, proud or humble, happy or sad.  If we deem our talents a gift from Spirit or that they came from us because we are better than everyone else, can determine how we handle wealth and fame. 

I would like to think that I could handle a lot of money and fame coming my way.  Ten years ago I probably could not have, but I have been working hard on myself and do not buy into the world’s definition on what things I need to be okay.  My piece of mind comes not from what I own but from what I do to help other people.  The spiritual life is one in which we realize we have everything that we need right now.  A Course in Miracles teaches, “Infinite patience brings immediate results.”  Everything I need I already have and when we have patience, we are connected to a higher consciousness.  When we are connected to Spirit there is a stream of love and energy that fulfills us and we are content in the moment.  Try to remember that you do not have to be perfect while learning the behaviors that will perfect you or help you connect with your Spirit. 

Practice allowing yourself to do what you can do to the best of your abilities in the present moment.  If you didn’t do something yesterday, do it today.  If you can do it right now great, otherwise do it in an hour.  If you cannot do it all, do part of it.  If you don’t feel that you can do it, remember that confidence comes from the knowledge that the source of success is in each and every one of us.  By believing that the source of power lies outside oneself, you become powerless and vulnerable.  This leads to a person becoming defensive and possessive with the belief that you are, have, and own, all come from external forces.  True success originates within, independent of external circumstances.  Remember that true power comes in the present moment. In the construction of your greatest life you can dream of, you only need a connection to Spirit and the present moment.

Russel Bruhn is the author of the upcoming book “Humpty Dumpty Healing”. He is a clairvoyant, Angel Therapy Practitioner (ATP) and an intuitive healer. He is a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and trained in the area of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET).

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