The next new moon will fall on Friday 24th January of 2019. Any intentions, goals or plans will be magnified during the new moon, so it is wise to give them due attention at this auspicious time. Outline your heart’s desires in detail and invite the universe to support you. Imagine, focus, concentrate and meditate on them with devotion and this should help them come to fruition.
Some ideas of actions to take during the new moon include:
1. Create a sacred space for yourself.
It is a very beneficial to prepare for a new moon by clearing any clutter from your living or work spaces. Use Native American Indian or other type of Space Clearing process to clear away any negative energies in your space or aura. A basic clearing would be use of a smudge stick and a feather, wave the feather vigorously to shake up the energy and dispel what you don’t want to make room for more of what you do.
A committed meditation session is always good to clear and still your mind before setting any new intentions. A meditation session can be enhanced by the use of crystals or mandalas as I have described here. Bless your space with kind words and benefit from chi that flows harmoniously.
2. Create a new ritual
Creating a ritual is simply a matter of committing to a new and different set of practices during every new moon. It could be as simple as learning a bit about a subject you are interested in, taking a tai chi class, or writing a SMARTER goal. It could be as elaborate as space clearing your home, setting a large crystal mandala, doing a Taoist breathing mandala meditation or smudging your whole house.
3. Set intentions that will serve your spiritual journey
The energy of the new moon is supercharged to support intention setting, see also the section on SMARTER goals below. If you are direct and clear with the universe it can read what you want and begin to help you and answer your calling. Being bold with yourself and the universe about what you want and having forward thinking is also positive reinforcement to keep you focused and on track.
4. Make fire
The new moon is the darkest night of the lunar cycle so it is heartening to create warmth and light by having a fire if possible or a candle in the least. Send out a prayer to invite more light into your life and soul. The energy of the naked flame can ignite the core of your intentions, ensure you express gratitude and unconditional love to generate warmth in your future.
4. Time it so you start a new project
The new moon is the time of most fertility during the lunar month. Plant seeds. Start a new exercise regime. Change your diet for the better. Communicate with a love interest. Start a savings scheme. Start an affirmations or art journal. The potential for success is at its highest point so utilise the energy and begin something brand new.
5. Cleanse your crystals
Run your crystals under running water on the eve of the new moon then leave them out under the new moon overnight to be completely recharged and resonating at their optimal frequency.
7. Set some SMARTER goals,
You could use this guide:
My goal ‘exactly’ is (including ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘who’, ‘where’ and ‘when’)…………………………………………
I define success as…………………………………………………
I can measure the progress of my goal by measuring how much of………………………………… or how many of……………………………………. I will know I have achieved my goal because the improved result is…………………………………………..
My goal is achievable because I have this support………………………………………………. Or these skills…………………………………. Or these resources…………………………………….. or this experience……………………………………..
My goal is realistic because I have these aspects within my control……………………………………………….. and I am able to take these actions…………………………………………………..
The length of time, exactly, I am giving myself to complete this goal is………………………………………………………… I am also able to set myself milestones if relevant to help me achieve my goal within the overall goal deadline………………………………
This goal is ethical because it does not bring my personal values, morals or standards into question……………………………………………………
Goals must sit comfortably within your moral compass. Most people resist acting unethically. Set goals that meet a high ethical standard.
In order to continue to plan, monitor and review my progress I will keep a record of my goal by writing it in this place (for example notebook, phone or computer)………………………………………………………………
What not to do during a new moon:
1. It is not the correct time to try to stop doing something, like a habit you want to break or ending a relationship, save closing and finishing energy for the full moon.
2. Don’t dismiss new people in your life as the energy of the moon supports positive and beneficial beginnings, so these relationships are more likely to be mutually beneficial.
3. Don’t pass up invitations you weren’t expecting as the potential for favourable pairings is at its highest.
4. Don’t spend time with people who drain you, as always! Instead, either spend the time alone or seek out kindred spirits who appreciate the power of the precious time and will build you up.
It is night but not quite like night with the light of the moon
As bright as a new coin on black velvet space between stars,
Shadow places where I cannot hide.
A light inside spends itself on the fabric of my disguise.
I can’t go far, the chart of the sky
Maps constellations behind my eyes.
I can’t identify the source of the light,
Align with the parallel energy within my sight,
Read with any speed or watch the moons waning side recede.
I am off course, tumbling between nothing,
With no corners and tides of forever tease the moon to swing in
And out of dark sides, not dark enough to help me survive.
© Julie-Ann Booker - November 2019.
This is my art journal page entry for 21.11.2019 which I made following the beautiful guidance of Julie Gibbons in her free 'Five days of mandala magic' drawing course here
Enlightenment is not a destination. It should be a verb, a doing word, a type of existence we consistently aim to wake up to, in every moment with every movement, thought and decision. It is the practice of striving to get closer to effortless competence in many aspects from love and kindness, ethics, health, balance, love, knowledge, creativity and most importantly, practicing these skills in a way which is fundamentally meaningful to you. It is the quest of changing the narratives of your beliefs and values which do not serve this purpose - from childhood, prior experiences, your immediate surroundings, drama, damaging relationships; any patterns which drive you away from what you wish to be priority, this life you are responsible for, your enlightenment and how you want to identify your connection with the cosmos. It is a surrender, the ultimate letting go. It can take decades to perfect, to achieve a consistent sense of true enlightenment.
To support you, there are illimitable alternative practice examples and opportunities to choose from, such as different types of yoga, Reiki, meditation, hypnosis, religion, reflexology, forest bathing, tai chi, art etc and teachers in these fields can be helpful, (but be mindful of those who are not genuine and show no integrity). It is your life and you must seek out what and who can serve you best on your journey, until you get to a place where you have taken flight and then able support others on their journey. Reiki daily meditations and treatments light my path and I have other pursuits, for example I am vegan, I create things and I walk. I paint and use mandalas to meditate with and for me what really cuts through the layers to achieve states of transcendence is playing my didgeridoo for periods of time with circular breathing.
I was asked by a client what makes an enlightened person and so I explored this:
It can take a lot of energy, especially when helping others along their path and part of the journey is about self care - nurture your inner peace and your outer world will take care of itself.
In a nutshell, if your path to enlightenment is paved with desire for self-growth, willingness to go inside for answers and you want to become enlightened for the benefit of the furture of humankind, commitment to this will bring you gifts in time.
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The word 'mandala' means 'circle', 'the centre' or 'Universe'
In Sanskrit, (Sanskrit is the classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) the word 'mandala' means 'circle', 'the centre' or 'Universe'. Mandalas have been connected with many cultures, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Indigenous America Indians. Mandalas are usually created with a concentric design, and any other shapes or geometry are generated from a circular centre point, for example, in Buddhism, it could be a Buddha originating from the center. Mandalas can be very colourful and the colours can hold different meanings, feelings and energies.
Decorative, aesthetic and meaningful visual tools which can depict harmony with the universe
Mandalas are used in meditation to focus the individual's mind, in a similar way a a mantra (a personal word, chant or sound to calm the mind). They are decorative, aesthetic and meaningful visual tools which can depict harmony with the universe. They help create an atmosphere which enables some reflection on our mind, body, soul or spirit and bring us closer to a elevated consciousness. A hypnotic effect can be induced to free your mind from everyday wearisome thoughts for you to develop your spiritual journey. Mandalas allow the right imaginative side of your brain detach from the limitations of your left brain or analytical mind. In colour and sound therapy mandalas can be used as aids to healing. They also have become a valuable support for psychic meditation and raising intuition skills. Last but not least, the alignment of the chakras can be greatly enhanced by mandalas.
Practice using mandalas to gain personal insight and spiritual wisdom
The steps to take to practice using mandalas and gain personal insight and spiritual wisdom would include the following steps:
Choose a mandala that resonates with you. Study its design and the colors, and notice what type of feelings come over you when you look at it. If you feel pleasant emotions, then you have chosen the right one for you.
Before any meditation session, set your intention. Your intention can take any form; a life issue, a misunderstanding, need for guidance. Some mandalas have their specific meanings which could be used as your intention, for example a mandala may balance a certain chakra such as the root chakra.
To start your meditation, use your eyes to take in the mandala and let go of all unwanted thoughts. Be present in the moment and mindful of the mandalas energy and gently guide yourself away from any distractions on your senses. Imagine that you are merging with the mandala and allow yourself to absorb the essence and beauty of the colors and patterns. Follow your breathing, relax and stay focused on the beauty you experience in the mandala. When practiced regularly, most people achieve a sense of clarity and a clearer picture about their intention once their meditations are completed.
Benefits include an increased sense of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, emotional stability, wholeness, creativity and understanding.
Using a mandala is a beautiful way of entering an altered state of consciousness. Benefits include an increased sense of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, emotional stability, wholeness, creativity and understanding. Mandalas are also said to carry their own special kind of vibrational energy. Therefore, they can be used for the enhancement of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
In different spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to enhance meditation and are used as transformative tools to assist with healing.
Circles occur in nature (sunflowers, snowflakes, planets, water drops, etc.), monuments and buildings, and are also meaningful symbols in cultures in world history. In different spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to enhance meditation and are used as transformative tools to assist with healing.
Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Native American Indians all use mandalas as a way of evoking spiritual energy, meditation, and healing. Psychologist Carl Jung used mandalas himself and with his clients for personal growth. Jung's research revealed mandalas allowed a deep healing to take place from within the human psyche.
Why are circles believed to be so important?
If you are new to meditation, watch this space as I will soon be creating some downloadable guided meditations to support you in your use of meditation on mandalas. You can find my hand painted chakra balancing mandalas for sale in my shop link above or on merchandise here.
Love and light to you all
Meditation = healing
Through meditation we can improve our ability to be sensitive to our mind, body and soul. We can identify our aspirations, dreams and drivers and choose a life of wellbeing and contentment. It is also with deep meditation that the body’s natural healing abilities can flourish.
Seven levels: Kundalini, Body tension release, Breathing Focus, Compassion, Mindfulness, Zen and Transcendental:
Kundalini Yoga meditation
This is an active, moving form of meditation that blends deep breathing and mantras. It is possible to teach yourself this meditation, but it is also taught in a class. It can tone various muscles and help with pain. It is supports psychologically by improving anxiety and depression. A 2008 study of veterans with back pain, found that kundalini yoga reduced pain, improved stamina and boosted positive mental health.
Kundalini meditation is part of Kundalini yoga and its purpose is to guide energy through the body. It is thought that energy in the root chakra at the base of the spine needs to be set free by rising through the the seven chakras of the body and released through the crown chakra over the head.
Releasing energy from the body this way is intended to create a system of communication between the mind and body to relieve mental, physical, and spiritual inbalances. This method of bringing focus to the body by connecting with your breath allows you to be aware and present, initiate new rhythm, and connect with the highest version of yourself. Kundalini meditation is a way to cleanse your mind, an energy shower to cleanse your aura. It's a way to rejuvenate and to manage anxiety in the moment. It helps to balance your energy and calm your mind so you become the master of the thoughts that you have.
This meditation technique I use when I have imbalance in my root chakra which I usually focus on on Mondays, which is also the day of the Moon.
Body Tension Release meditation
The first meditation I ever used was progressive relaxation, which encourages people to scan their bodies for areas of tension. During a progressive relaxation session, individuals start at the feet, and work up the whole body. A good method is to focus and tense and then relax muscles, and another method might be to support a person to imagine a wave, washing through their body to wash away tension. Progressive relaxation can help to promote generalized feelings of relaxation and sensuality and because of this I associate with the sacral chakra. I focus on the sacral chakra on Tuesdays and it is associated with the planet Mercury.
Breathing Focus meditation
Breath awareness is a type of mindful meditation that encourages mindful breathing. Practitioners breathe slowly and deeply, counting their breaths. The goal is to focus only on breathing and to ignore other thoughts that enter the mind. As a form of mindfulness meditation, breath awareness offers many of the same benefits as mindfulness. Those include reduced anxiety, improved concentration, and greater emotional flexibility.
This is my preferred method for meditation using circular breathing whilst playing my didgeridoo, with a mandala for additional focus. I have written about the experience of this here in the article Taoist Circular Breathing and Breathing with Chi. The Solar Plexus, which I focus on on Wednesdays, is associated with the planet Venus. This is the day I do the light work of sending out my distant healing at 10am and you can find out more here.
Compassionate, loving-kindness, Metta or Benevolence meditation carries intention to create an attitude of love and kindness towards everything, even a person's enemies and sources of stress.
With deep steady breathing, individualss open their minds to receiving love and kindness. They then send energy of compassion to the world, to specific people, or to friends and family.
In most forms of this meditation, the key is to repeat the message many times, until the practitioner feels an attitude of loving kindness. Compassionate meditation is designed to promote feelings of love and benevolence, both for others and the meditator. Thursday is heart chakra day and in the planetary structure it is associated with the sun.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation where the purpose is to remain focussed on the present moment. The past and future are not considered, rather the method is to use the senses to take in the experience of now, and this can be practiced anywhere. Living mindfully involves savouring experiences like the smell of a flower or sights and sounds around them.
Mindfulness reduces negative emotions, improve focus and memory, reduce impulsive, emotional reactions and improve relationships. There is evidence indicating mindfulness improves health. A study of African-American men with kidney disease found that mindfulness meditation could lower blood pressure. This is the meditation I link to throat chakra as I feel it supports communication in relationships and it is related to Friday and the planet Mars - on Fridays at 10am I send out empowerments to anyone who wants to receive them (document to explain this coming soon).
Zen meditation is a form of meditation that can be included in Buddhist practice. Some people praticing Zen meditation are guided by a teacher because this kind of meditation involves certain steps and postures.
The goal is to make oneself very comfortable, pay attention to breathing, and mindfully regard one's thoughts without judgment. This is similar to mindfulness meditation but requires more practice and control, and iit supports both relaxation and a new spiritual path. Zen is all about the third eye chakra, Saturday and the planet of Jupiter.
Transcendental Meditation is a spiritual form of meditation where practitioners remain seated and breathe slowly. The goal is to transcend or rise above the meditator's current state of being.
During a meditation session, there is a focus on a mantra or a repeated word or series of words. A mantra is worked out based on a set of factors, sometimes including the year the practitioner was born, and the year the teacher was trained, I have had it reported to me this works very well for some but I did not find it effective personally. People who practice Transcendental Meditation report both spiritual experiences and heightened mindfulness. Crown chakra on Sundays, with the sun, transcendence in the light. It is the day I spend time with crystals, because they, like us are also resonating energy and light.
Meditation can have many benefits with commitment. According to NCCIH "Research suggests that practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, and insomnia." It is my firm belief that adding the tools of mandalas and crystals to your practice can further enhance the effectiveness of each session, please take a look at my article "Which Chakra is out of balance and what sort of Mandala do I need?" here. Take each day at a time with your meditation practice and you will find that soon the planets of your cosmos begin to align and your mind finds the secrets of celestial peace.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions as I love to hear from folks.
Love and light 🌺🏵️🌟🍀💠☸️❄️
Reiki Master Teacher, Energy medicine person, Artist, Meditation mandala creator, Chakra balancing crystal jewellery maker, vegan mentor, Wellness Coach, Blogger poetry story writer, Didgeridoo player. I love my dog xx