Rosemary – Healing & Magical Gifts

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Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, beautiful bluish purple flowers and piney aromatic leaves

Rosemary Oil in latin is called the “Dew of the Sea” also called “Rose of Mary”and associated with the Goddesses Isis (Hathor/Het Heru) and Aphrodite. It’s affiliation is so powerfully linked to ancient goddesses of the Mediterranean such as the indigenous roman goddess of the Etruscan era called Menrva equivalent to Athena (Greece) meminisse, meaning “to remember.”

Goddess Folklore

Its folklore is linked to Mary, Mnemosyne (memory) mother of the 9 muses (literature, science, and arts),  and other goddess archetypes of love, remembrance, memory, mother goddess, divinity, sacred feminine, fertility, protectress, scholarship, wisdom, and royalty. It’s used magically to repel negativity, bad omens and bad dreams, hair loss, worry, anxiety, increasing love, centeredness, music, the muses, the arts, motivation, increased intention, healing, medicine, warrioress, commerce, embodiment of the divine trinity, the mysteries of water and prescience, weddings, attraction of faeries, source of knowledge, poetry, myth, song,  and visions.

 

Menrva (also spelled Menerva) was an Etruscan goddess of war, art, wisdom

Menrva (also spelled Menerva) was an Etruscan goddess Goddess of war, art, strategy, wisdom, and health Associations: Athena (Greece) Mnemosyne (Greece) goddess of memory, remembrance Meneswā ( Etruscans) “She who measures” Menerwā (derived from Meneswa) to Menrva Name variations: (above), includes Minerva

Its pine-shaped, silvery leaves are full of the sun’s light energy.   Rosmarinus officinalis is one of my favorite oils that “feels” more eclectic and ancient than a popular choice in modern times. It’s omnipotent scent is a boost of strong woodsy pine aroma with hints of astringent-camphor that awaken the senses. Although many find this too strong to wear, I adorn my bath and body with this goddess-gifted essential oil. It’s as if my body, cells, organs, and auric field know just how invaluable this oil is to the body, mind and spirit!

rosemary_healing_NSG.pngRosemary is powerful stimulator inciting circulation. It’s also a cleanser detoxing the mind, awakening the heart and calming the liver as an all around well-being oil. It acts as an astringent, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, energy booster. It aids immunity function, relieves headaches, muscle pain and joint soreness, congestion and coughs, anxiety and depression. Rosemary stimulates hair growth and beauty, provides gum and teeth health, and improves digestion.

Coming from a Creole background, rosemary is one of my staple herbes-de-provence along with organic thyme and sage, I add to my culinary healing cabinet and a staple I can’t live without!  This sun-loving, perennial shrub is native to the Mediterranean, and sacred to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Mexico used in funerary embalming, memory, and spiritual purification rites.

 

Magical Rites and Properties

  • Protection, purification, and passion
  • Rosemary tied with orange, cloves, holly and mistletoe for New Years offering
  • Rosemary burnt with juniper to purify air
  • Women rule where Rosemary dwells!
  • Male energy of Leo (the Sun/Sol) – Fire element
  • Feminine energy of the Moon (Lunar) – use to increase dreams and memory of dreams
  • Psychic development, psychic protection
  • Increases wisdom and sacred memory
  • Attracts friendships and love
  • Repels negativity, psychic attack, chaos, confusion
  • Repels witches and lower level entities
  • Scholars and students to increase memory, academic excellence
  • Offering to the dead, ancestors, ancient embalming rites
  • Increases meditation and higher vibrations
  • Attracts high frequency beings like faeries, elfs, air elementals
  • Correspondences:
    Chakra: Solar Plexus, “I Do” mantra, characteristics: emotions, memory, discernment, clarity, strength, purpose, will, vitality, right to act, self-control. Tone: E, Planets: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Sense: Sight
  • Floor wash: add rosemary oil, lavender, or rosemary and frankincense oil
  • Burn: sage and rosemary,  juniper to raise spiritual energy vibration
  • Twigs: Carry in pocket for success, attract good luck, opportunity, commerce
  • Bathe: cleansing negative energy, blessings, & purification

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Health Benefits

  • anti cancer, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal
  • improved digestive system
  • circulatory system – hair growth, varicose veins,  and skin ailments
  • aids respiratory systems coughs, asthma, congestion
  • reduces pain, inflammation, muscle soreness
  • adaptogen (adrenal gland function)  – spray as immunity booster and preventative measures for colds
  • detoxes, purifies, and cleans air as air freshener
  • reduces stress lowering cortisol hormones
  • brings calm, stabilizing emotions and fights depression

 

 


 

Herbal Healing Hacks – Thyroid Support Herbs, Everlasting Life, and SunGazing Immunity

Vegan Soul Food at Everlasting Life

Who doesn’t love vegan soul food? The tasty indulgence of childhood Southern favorites with the shedded guilt of pulling heavy meat industry resources from the planet. Ahh, biting into a buffalo-sauced, meat-free wing is as close to extravagance. Although hard-core vegans would argue “why fake a meat dish at all?” I get it and lived that life as well. Today, I’ve embraced the middle road. Less inclined to be dogmatic about my diet but strict enough to stay within the imaginary lines of remaining consistent on the organic, natural path.

“Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial on how to stay fit.” – 30 something guy in white suit, Everlasting Life Restaurant, Maryland  

08-26-18_Everlasting_Life_MD_Store.jpgI have to admit the last time I’ve been to Everlasting Life was probably shortly after their opening on Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC almost two decades ago! The DC restaurant was since bought by Woodland Vegan Bistro in 2013. It was the first time after Queen Afua’s class (2000) near Howard University where Pyramid bookstore was housed so many moons ago, I had the sensual pleasure of tasting (for the first time) mock tuna, mock egg salad and seaweed salad that bursted with so many flavors my taste buds still anticipated its memorable suggestion.  So after hitting BWI Airport and the gym out in Laurel I was famished and in need of some nutritional healing. I remember hearing Brother Red Pill and Professor Griff speak so highly of Everlasting Life this past August during their lecture circuit and since I was within driving distance I had to check them out. The line was long enough for to me figure out what I was going to sample by the time my turn came and I chose cabbage, mock mac and cheese, and various buffalo and barbecue meat-free wings. I admit I was searching for more dark green raw veggies (as I follow a half raw food to cooked food ratio in almost all of my meals). I almost picked up the seaweed salad but thought I haven’t had ‘soul food’ in so long I’d give it a try. After all, I am always eating raw greens and salads so why not?  As I strolled to my car to tear open the container,  before I was approached by a 30-something year old man in a white suit who had been on his phone talking real estate money moves and appointments, “Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial?”

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” A tutorial?” I laughed questioning in amusement exhausted emotionally by the turn of events in my personal life. “Yes, a tutorial on how you keep yourself so fit!” I was shocked at his comment. For one, he had come off to me as — lets say someone I thought uninterested in women, secondly, he was hella young (lol, oh Stella!), thirdly, I hadn’t been to the gym (seriously) in a few weeks and felt super guilty for my lack of motivation and allowing my personal life events to dictate my schedule and energy.

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August 25, 2018 – Ria Sweetraw aka Daria, me at 122.7 lbs (shocked face)

Everlasting Life Food Review

The food was pretty good, although I personally would have incorporated more various green foods – light green, dark green, blue-black, and purple foods with more “alive” energy that activated and nourished the melanin of its predominate customers. Everlasting foods were more mock soul food items that appealed to its demographic community. What struck me, further, was the amount of black people who were in those lines, some looked like your traditional ‘woke’ brothers or sisters while others did not. That struck me as how things have really changed where more blacks had embraced a more healthy lifestyle and seeking being vegan and vegetarian as a very real way of life. This awakening was transparent in the lines and popularity this store has in the community.

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For my years of being vegan and vegetarian, however, I enjoy many different types of eclectic foods from many geographical origins of the world that are vegetarian and vegan based. I prefer raw veggies, greens, bitters and sweet fruits, and cooked beans with fresh, spicy or herbal dense tasting flavors. Overall, I loved the buffalo meatless wings and the cabbage was slamming. I’d frequent this vegan soul food spot in a heart beat!

Restaurant Rating Review

Everlasting Life,  9185 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, (301) 324-6900
Menu: 
Veteran vegan cafe/coffee shop providing cooked & raw soul-food dishes in a casual space.
Rating: ♡♡♡♡ (4 out of 5 hearts) 


Ripley’s Garden, Washington DC – Sun Gazing Copper Immunity Boost 

Ripleys Garden (Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, located  is located at the Smithsonian Museum grounds, Outdoors, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum, has more than 200 plants, hanging plants, borders, raised beds, seasonal annuals and exotics.

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Garden Rating Review

Ripley Garden,  Smithsonian Museum Grounds Outdoor Garden, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum
Attraction: 
Seasonal Annuals, Raised Flower Beds, Exotics, Herbals, Hanging Plants, Bees/Butterflies
Rating: ♡♡♡♡♡(5 out of 5 hearts) 


I truly needed some healing sun! My weeks had been difficult emotionally and spiritually and the pentacle came Sunday morning when I had to cancel my flight to Costa Rica where I had planned on an Ethnobotany conference at Hidden Garden Sanctuary. I felt defeated by the forces and felt burnt out emotionally, physically and even spiritually. I found myself finding free parking near the Smithsonian and walking into a garden.

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In my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice, Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations, there is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system)  receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality,  and longevity.  ~ Ria Sweetraw

The sun was beating down igniting and warming my skin and I embraced this kind of healing I was desperate for it. I roamed through the beautiful garden finding rosemary, varieties of sage, edible flowers, exotic shrubs,  and their sheer beauty adorned and visited by bees and butterflies. I melted into this green space absorbed in the world of plants, water fountain sounds, and beauty looking at all the names and shapes of the trees, shrubs and perennials from around the country and world.

 

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As the sun kissed my caramel skin it soon roasted my flesh into a reddish dark copper complexion which made me feel a natural high (probably from mere mental exhaustion) and lack of sleep. Nevertheless, the sun penetration did its job by the middle of my video I was feeling happiness fill my being and some rejuvenation. I  was reading Jeff T Bowles,The Miraculous Results Of Extremely High Doses Of The Sunshine Hormone Vitamin D3...” and in my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice, Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations. I can assure you the Sun energy is one to be studied with reverence and an open eye and heart. Sun gazing, Sun bathing and Sun meditations have enormous benefits especially for people of darker hues aka melanin. There is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system)  receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality,  and longevity. Perhaps I will share more on this in a later post. 😉 In any case, I was rejuvenated both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!

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Herbal Healing Hacks w Ria Sweetraw | NaturalSelfGoddess™ Blog♥


Quick Herbal Remedies Hack

I was approached a week ago by a coworker who insisted I give her remedies for her thyroid problem. I was shocked because I didn’t remember telling anyone about my years of herbal medicine practice. But for years I studied herbs and healed my children (and myself) with herbal remedies I got from books and healers in the community. I still wouldn’t call myself an herbal healer. I’ve listened to cutting edge researchers who are up on melanin, chemistry, ethno botanical herbs and foods and use scientific terms with skill and expertise. I am a fan of these teachers in the field of natural health, botany, chemistry, and melanin studies.  I’m still learning and expanding to include in my own personal practice. I smile though when I share basic healing remedies I’ve personally used on my self or my children (who are long gone from home).  What I gave her were some rather basic remedies and lifestyle changes (I stressed lifestyle changes) because dis-ease does not happen by chance or over night. Disease or imbalance is really maintained by poor habits; ignorant eating choices, poor exercise habits or lack thereof,  and negative, self-limiting emotions.

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Sample Meals for Meat eater or Transitional Meals 

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Thyroid Support 

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Turmeric, Ginger, Ashwaganda, Gotu Kola, Ginseng, Licorice, Echnacia, Bladderwrack (Seaweeds), Selenium, Vitamin B12

Liver Flush Juice for Liver and Kidneys

Raw Juices, follow eating a healthy diet heavy in green raw vegetables and leaves, avoid caffeine, alcohol, Replace Coffee with Green Teas such as Matcha Tea, Yerba Mate, Sencha Green Tea 

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Im not a fan of carrots as they are a hybrid vegetable so I will omit that from raw juicing but you can add if that is your taste.

I am fond of Beets and use them to also cleanse the kidneys and liver as a raw juice.

Ingredients: //apples, beets, ginger *optional dandelion leaves

  • 1 beet, rinsed, lightly peeled and quartered
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 Tbsp size piece of fresh ginger (skin removed)
  • can add dandelion leaves

Blend and strain.

Kidney Flush 

Ingredients: //celery, cucumber, parsley, limes

  • 1 celery 
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 1/2 bunch of celery
  • 3 limes (or lemons)
  • 1-2 cups of water

 

Water Tonic

Ingredients: //lemons, ginger, turmeric water

 

Fresh Water and Coconut Water (Electrolytes) 

Hydrate your body! Your body (organs, cells, etc) need water and are made up of over 65% water so keep the circulation of water recycling in a healthy way, your kidneys will thank you!

Exercise

3-5 days per week devote to some form of exercise such as yoga, stretching to increase flexibility, weight training such as lifting iron weights in repetitions to increase muscle strength, walking (if choosing this as the ONLY form of exercise is valuable to reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol, and body fat), swimming known to work the whole body (whole-body workout for all sizes and ages, great for people with injuries and asthma), dance

Sleep, Rest, Relaxation from Stress 

Breathing practices, intentional breathing helps to regulate, relax and strengthen the Spirit, practice Pranayama (science of breath) techniques, Sleep (8 hours deep sleep) preferably in a dark room with no electronics such as phones, wifi, tvs or computers to reduce EMFs (Wifi/Radiation) that effect and interfere with brainwaves, nervous system, and depress immunity,  melanin, hormonal health, Meditate – practice mindfulness 10-30 minutes a day, take some time to go into Nature to get grounded, breathe, go bare foot on the earth

Sun Gazing meditation and other meditations for Love (open hear chakra), Healing & Relaxation

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Aromatherapy

Essential Oils used for thyroid (hypothyroidism)
** note: please research carefully to choose the right essential oil for your condition

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  • cloves
  • myrrh
  • cedarwood
  • lavendar
  • sandalwood
  • spearmint
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • frankincense
  • rose geranium
  • pine

Hope this helps! and I hope you injoy my video. It took me all  day as a learning curve getting around Adobe Premiere and working around certain obstacles in the application along with YouTube but my first video! It will only get better!

Peace, Love, Wealth, Wellness and Empowerment!

Ria

 

lavender essential oil – diy mosquito repellent

So I was playing in the woods yesterday! Getting some rest, meditation, and rejuvenation when something didn’t quite feel ‘right.’ I rushed out of the woods only to look on my arm and brush away a mosquito that was fully engaged in my skin. To my surprise I had in a very short time over 6 bites. Just a few days prior, I laughed at my son for escaping getting bitten while he had fallen prey to mosquitos in Washington, DC during dinner.  I had run out of lavender oil the week before and was too lazy to get fresh bottles.  I’m a natural advocate knowing that everything in nature is here for humanity to heal and prosper. I’m also in the midst of getting certified in Aromatherapy for healing (and its magical properties)!  You can make your own natural bug repellents and keep mosquitos, ticks, fleas, and other pesty creatures at bay.  Here’s why and how:

 

 

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia) oil is a carminative, mild sedative, anti-stress, depressant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Not only does it relieve anxiety, and soothe nerves but it heals wounds, burns, cuts, pimples, eczema, even as a hair tonic for hair growth and to relieve sore muscles.

Lavender keeps the bugs (mosquitos) away acting as a natural, safe bug repellent. It also soothes insect bites acting as insecticidal and antiseptic reducing inflammation and itching. Apply the essential oil in a spritzer or drop some in hand to apply to skin prior to entering nature.  You can apply to skin undiluted.

Natural Repellent Oils

Some natural repellent oils include Citronella, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Basil, Catnip, Garlic, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Pennyroyal. I’ve chosen to combine some of these oils with Lavender essential oil. For decades, I was a Cedarwood (and Frankincense and Jasmine) wearing gal until I realized that it just wasnt strong enough alone for mosquitos and wearing Lavender oil (for me and my chemistry) really worked better. I saw and felt better results! Here are a few DIY (Do It Yourself) recipes.

Essential Oil Spritzer Spray

Supplies: 2 oz  spray bottle, a carrier oil (avocado/almond/rosehip seed/olive oil/evening primrose oil), 10-20 drops of Essential Oils, distilled water, organic witch hazel

EOs (Essential Oils)

8 drops Geranium

5 drops Rosemary

5 drops Lavender

Add 1/2 tbspn (table spoon) distilled water, 1 tsp (teaspoon) carrier oil, 1 tsp witch hazel, 15-20 drops essential oils (blend). Shake well.

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Bug Be Gone Cream

  • 8 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 6 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 ounces of (liquid/fractionated) coconut oil

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Bath Water 

5 drops Lavender Oil

More Oils to Blend DIY Recipes

Other oils include; Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Basil, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Spearmint, Peppermint, Thyme, Cloves, Geranium

Cautions: some oils not advised for pregnant women

 

 

Aromatherapy + Essential Oil Healing: Myrrh

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Complimentary Medicines

Aromatherapy and essential oils have numerous potent healing benefits documented in the ancient healing texts of the Ebers Papyrus from the medicinal healing priests of Imhotep (Father of Medicine, Khemet, Egypt) and Bast, goddess of Perfume (aromatherapy). Also throughout Greece, China, ancient India, and the Middle East. Today these healing modalities are packed with healing the senses (smell) and (touch) skin, the largest organ of the body, the integumentary organ. Essential Oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants (Wikipedia). Whereas, Aromatherapy uses aromatic volatile oils like essential oils to vaporize a room or environment to engage the senses (smell) to induce healing effects on the body, mind, and spirit.

Origins

This ancient Near East African resin from the Commiphora myrrha or (Commiphora molmol) thorny-bush tree has been used as aromatherapy, incense, perfume, essential oil and healing medicine since Antiquity. Myrrh is found throughout Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands (Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Soma, et. al), Vietnam, India, and Arabia.

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Wine and Waistbeads

Did you know Myrrh can be mixed with wine? This resin from the wound of the tree “bleeds” sap in the form of a gum. Myrrh gum is sold as incense in hues of amber, deep orange, musky topaz browns, and are worn in West Africa (Mali) by women as waistbeads.

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Myrrh resin Beads from the Danq Tree. Photo credit from the BeadChest.com

 

Uses and Legends

The essential oil of myrrh is extracted from the resin. Both the crystal resin and essential oil can be burned to purify and is a smell of mysterious enlightenment drawing out negative spirits and cleansing auras much like sage in Native American saging ceremonies.  Legend says Myrrh is sacred to the goddess Ast (Isis) deriving from the dark mysteries of the Moon and mastery of the  Underworld.  Myrrh is used to purify, consecrate, and bless as a guardian against lower-level negative entities (energy). It helps to uplift, clear, redirect, enhance, anoint, break black magick, and bring peace and clarity of the body, mind, and spirit.

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Myrrh essential oil Commiphora myrrha,  Commiphora molmol, Somalian myrrh, Origin: Somalia, Size: 2ml, Composition: 100% Myrrh essential oil, certified organic by USDA and EcoCert, to Purchase visit Veriditas

Healing Benefits

Myrrh is an antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anti-catarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory, and an antispasmodic.  The essential oil prohibits bacterial growth,  acts as immune booster, fights against infection, colds, coughs, fever, heals wounds and skin disorders including herpes, measles, eczema, and pox, stimulates blood circulation, the nervous system, the heart, and digestion.

Myrrh oil can be used to strengthen the gums as a mouthwash against periodontal disease,  lowers blood pressure, muscle sprains and spasms, acts as a sedative and carminative, antidepressant and fades scars.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils Blends 

Amber,Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus,  Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Orange, Sandalwood, Rose Oil, Rosemary, Sage, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang.

 

Why Frequency Matters – How to Raise Your Vibration Fast!

Frequency Matters

Raising higher frequencies creates a life that is filled with synchronicity, magic, blessings, abundance and wellness. It is a natural high that is completely organic, non toxic, and empowering for all. As you receive unconditional love and consciously channel that frequency others come to you for healing and subsequently reciprocate love, kindness, joy, optimism, healing, creative abundance right back to you. It is a cyclical, spiral-type of relationship constantly exchanging through give and take, ebb and flow, rhythmic energetic dances.

We are Love!

black-couple-laughing1Attract relationships that Honor your Highest Good and your Highest Self, be fearless in walking away from ‘anything’ that does not feel ‘right’ or resonate with your highest good or higher self. Pay attention to signs, signals, and communication from reactions to events, thoughts, words-if there is hesitation confront that emotion until it reveals its source. If you are unsure continue and wait for the answer. Believe it or not you will see what you are meant to see, at the right time, just pay attention so you properly receive the information or confirmation clearly. If something feels good, its good; if it feels bad, or questionable, its bad for you. What maybe good for someone else may not be good for you and vise versa, so be crystal clear, patient, and confident. Be thankful and give gratitude and love in all directions. What is meant for you will come to you at the right time. Be open to receive Higher vibration, unconditional love, reciprocity, kindness, balance wellness, abundance, all that you affirm into your life.  Know that nurturing your inner relationship to Self brings clarity and empowerment and the eye to receive inner guidance. Remember you are a magnet consistently attracting and repelling. The Universe always lets you know.The Universe always supports you.


How to Raise Your Vibration – Easy Steps!

  • drumacts of kindness
  • singing
  • dancing
  • drumming
  • eating high alkaline foods
  • forgiveness
  • smiling
  • meditation
  • pranayama (breath work)
  • acts of kindness and gratitude
  • cuddling
  •  laughter
  • living (your) truth
  • honoring self
  • doing what you love
  • animal care and companionship
  • self+love affirmations
  • watching a comedy
  • community work
  • sharing gifts
  • giving things away
  • meditation-575nurturing self (candle baths)
  • soft, sweet, clarifying essential oils
  • living a spiritual based life
  • cultivating compassion
  • saying “I LOVE YOU”
  • planting trees
  • smudging and cleaning
  • listening to classical music or classical jazz
  • releasing dogma and judgement
  • letting go of the past
  • growing an organic garden
  • living in the now
  • being thankful
  • following your intuition
  • hugging (your children, family, friends)
  • speaking your truth
  • being natural and organic
  • quality sex
  • using words to heal and empower
  • Sun gazing
  • giving back


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