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    This photo is of the music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow.

    With the Easter weekend just behind us I’m reflecting on a special four days I’ve just spent in Glasgow with my husband, Russell, and some close friends.
     
    We’ve had a wonderful ‘arty’ time, visiting Glasgow’s galleries with special focus on the work of renowned Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his artist wife Margaret MacDonald.  What I have seen has prompted me to think about which Chakras are affected by different types of visual stimuli.  You may think it would be Third Eye and Heart Chakras that are most responsive to this - the Third Eye being concerned with visions and the Heart with emotional responses to beauty and form (or its opposite).  However, I’ve been realizing more and more just how the Chakra system works as a whole
     
    For example how does a painting or building or actual landscape (rural or urban) affect our Root chakras?  Does what we are looking at make us feel more connected to the planet, more excited about being in our physical bodies?  And our gut feelings at the Sacral - does what we are seeing turn us on, so to speak?  Does it give us pleasure?  At the Solar Plexus we may experience ourselves thinking ‘could I ever achieve that?’  So easy to compare ourselves less favourably to the achievements of others.  At the Throat we might ask ourselves “How do I talk about my experience of seeing something new, or what is it that the artist, architect or gardener etc. is communicating to me.  Of course, for me, at the Crown chakra I experience the wonder of what I have seen; an awe - especially if what has been created has a definite spiritual purpose, such as a religious building or a place where light has been used consciously to lift the spirit.
     
    These were my personal responses to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery, Pollok House, and House for an Art Lover.  How about giving a few moments to think about where you have been this weekend and how your chakra system has been in action? Even if you have spent it at home your energies will have been processing - perhaps re-balancing through rest or meditation, perhaps stimulated by your own creative endeavors.   If you have been feeling down or unhappy think about which chakras were struggling and what internal dialogue you may have been having that has kept you feeling this way.
     
    Easter, in the Christian tradition, is as we know about death - sacrifice - and rebirth.  Jesus was said to have spent Easter Saturday, or rather the time between his death and his resurrection, in a dark place, possibly hell itself, before returning to the light reborn.  Whatever any of us are facing in our lives right now being mindful of our chakras helps us keep focused on transformation.  If we’ve been in a negative place within ourselves, connecting with, clearing and balancing our chakras helps us return to the light over and over again.  And external visual beauty is one way of helping us feel good on the inside.
     

    delcia.mcneil@gmail.comFor more details and booking contact me at 
     
    Family Constellations & the Chakras,  Saturday July 28th  10am-4.30pm   £75
    Cumbria
     
    Chakras & Food, Saturday July 7th, 3-6pm  £50
    Family Constellations & the Chakras, Sunday 10th June 10am-4.30pm £85
    Trees & the Chakras, Saturday April 14th  3-6pm  £50
    London
     
    Venues:  Muswell Hill, London N10 3NU and Storth, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7JH
     
    Here’s some information about Chakra related events coming up to help you feel good on the inside

     
     All good wishes for a colourful and invigorating springtime!


    Delcia

    http://www.chakrapsychology.co.uk
    http://www.delciamcneilgallery.artweb.com
     

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    Food & nutrition for healing & energising the Chakra system

    Here is some information to help you choose good things to eat for your chakras:  

     ROOT

         Any red or dark brown coloured food or drink; foods that are good for bones, teeth, and blood

         Any foods that have an earthy taste or a 'grounding' quality 

         Root vegetables: carrots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic.  Also red peppers, beets, tomatoes, strawberries, apples, cranberries, raspberries and cherries

         Protein-rich foods: eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy products, almond or peanut butter 

         Herbs & Spices:   burdock, cloves/clover, dandelion, rosemary, horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper

         Cell Salt:  Calcium phospate

         Vitamin:  D

         If underactive (eg. depressed): eat spinach, lean meat and avoid heavy foods.

         If over active ((eg. aggression): eat root vegetables, fruit and avoid alcohol & stimulates


    SACRAL

         Any orange coloured foods. 

         Any foods related to water or with a high water content, and those that benefit the reproductive system or that nourish the sexual/creativity centre. 

         Fats and oils, Fish (especially wild salmon). 

         Nuts & Seeds: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, sunflower and pumpkin seeds 

         Vegetables: carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato.

         Sweet & Tropical fruits: melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, tangerines, coconut, papaya, apricots, peaches.  Honey is also beneficial. 

         Herbs & Spices:  coriander, calendula, fennel, gardenia, liquorice, cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds 

         Cell Salt:  Calcium Fluoride

         Vitamin: B 

         If underactive (eg. repressed feelings):  eat melons, cucumbers, seaweed and avoid carrots, cabbage, asparagus

         If overactive (eg. addictions): eat cabbage, carrots, asparagus and avoid alcohol, dairy, salty foods


    SOLAR PLEXUS

         Any yellow or gold coloured foods. 

         Any foods that benefit the liver and aid digestion, and those that boosts energy or self esteem. 

         Foods rich in complex carbohydrates - fibre, whole grains, legumes 

         Granola and Grains: pasta, breads, cereal, rice, oats, rice, flax or hemp seed, millet, spelt, sunflower seeds

         Dairy products: milk, yogurt, cheese 

         Herbs & Spices:  anise, celery, cinnamon, lily of the valley, marshmallow, mints, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, turmeric, cumin, fennel 

         Cell Salt:  Potassium Phosphate 

         Vitamin: K

         If underactive(eg. passivity):  eat lemon, kale, ginger and avoid meat & dairy products

         If overactive (eg. bossy):  eat root vegetables, chilled fruit and avoid alcohol & spicy foods


    HEART

         Any green coloured herb, spice or food 

         Any foods that benefit the cardiovascular system and lumbar region, and any warming or comforting foods that one particularly enjoys or loves:  Leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, chard, salad greens 

         Raw foods and foods rich in chlorophyll; plant compounds like phytoestrogens and phytosterols 

         Herbs & Spices: cayenne, hawthorn berries, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, rose, basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley 

         Airy vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash                                              Green Tea is also beneficial

         Cell Salt:  Magnesium Phosphate  (Kali Phos)

         Vitamin: D 

         If underactive (eg. cold hearted): eat ginger, leafy vegetables and avoid spicy or fatty foods

         If overactive (eg. people pleaser): eat cruciferous vegetables, green foods and avoid fatty foods & red meat

     

     

    THROAT

         Any blue coloured foods

         Any foods that benefit the lungs or that sooth the throat or voice, helps shoulders & arms 

         Variety of foods;  ethnic or exotic foods; also asparagus, green beans, spinach 

         Tart or tangy fruits/tree growing fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, kiwi, apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, oranges

         Herbs & Spicescoltsfoot, peppermint, red clover blossoms, sage, salt, lemon grass, eucalyptus, anise 

         Liquids in general:  water, fruit juices, herbal teas (especially chamomile and red clover); sea plants, foods with high water content, soups and sauces

         Cell Salt: Potassium Chloride   (Kali Mur)

         Vitamin: C

         if underactive (eg. dishonest): eat vegetable juices, raw foods, ginger, lemon and avoid stimulants & dairy foods 

         if overactive (eg. distracted): eat fruit, soups, sea plants, any blue food and avoid alcohol, sugar, coffee


    BROW

         Any Indigo or dark bluish coloured foods 

         Any herb, spice or food that benefit the mind, nervous system, and eyes/vision, and those that strongly enhance or awaken the senses.  Also green peppers, turnip greens, almonds, grains, pine nuts, dark chocolate 

         Liquids: red wines and grape juice, and herbal teas: mint, star anise, eyebright, gotu kola, lavender

         Herbs/Spices: eyebright, juniper, mugwort, poppy, rosemary, lavender, poppy seed

         Cell Salt:  Silica

         Vitamin: E

         if underactive (eg. insensitivity): eat lemon, garlic, greens and avoid meat dairy products & alcohol

         if overactive (eg. spacey): eat cucumbers, root vegetables and avoid alcohol & salt
     


    CROWN

    Any violet, purple or white coloured foods. 

    Any foods that are considered holistically healing or sacred;  those that have spiritual cleansing or energizing benefit and that support the circulatory system, and the human energy field (aura)

    Spirit or Prana:  sunlight, clean water, fresh air 

    Fasting / Detoxing

    Herbs & Spices:  gotu kola, lavender, lotus, sage, chamomile, valerian root, catnip                                                               

    Cell Salt:  N/A

    Vitamin:  B12  

    Incense and Smudging Herbs: sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper (only to be consumed in raw, natural form in small quantities, otherwise used for ritual, ceremony or cleansing purposes especially during a fast)

    if underactive (eg. disconnected): breathwork, mantras, chanting, visualization, water

    if overactive (eg. over analytical):  meditation, fresh air, water 

    Sources:

    www.naturalchakrahealing.com

    www.totalwellness.club

    www.robinvinge.wordpress.com

    Additional information:

    The following is summarised from Anodea Judith’s description of Food & the Chakras in Wheels of Life pp80-82:

    Root/Chakra One:  Meats & proteins:  good foods for grounding, but too much leaves the body sluggish.  For vegetarians grounding foods are tofu. beans, nuts, eggs & dairy products.

    Sacral/Chakra Two:  Liquids, especially water:  These pass through the body more quickly and help cleanse the body.  Juices & herbal teas aid this process.

    Solar Plexus/Chakra Three:  Starches:   Easily converted energy food – eg. whole grains for slow assimilation.  Simple sugars and stimulants also provide energy but in the long term deplete the general health.  Addiction to ‘energy foods’ indicates an imbalance in this chakra.  Sugar addiction indicates third chakra imbalance, as well as causing it.

    Heart/Chakra FourVegetables:  they trap the vital energy of the sunlight and contain a good balance of the elements from the earth, air, fire (sun) and water.  The product of cosmic and earth processes – naturally balanced (the nature of this chakra).

    Throat/Chakra FiveFruits:  Rich in Vitamin C and high in natural sugars they are the quickest natural foods to pass through the system, leaving energy to flow to the upper chakras.  No animals or plants have to be killed to harvest fruits.

    Brow & Crown/Chakras Six & Seven:  Not linked to bodily processes, but with mental states; certain mind-altering substances affect these centres (for good and bad).  Fasting is relevant for the Crown chakra.

    NB.  The most important thing is to have a balance among the chakras, and with the diet generally.  The foods listed may help with imbalances, eg. a person who lacks protein may feel ungrounded. She states;  “The body runs on energy, not food.  While much of that energy is obtained from food, we will find that energy from other chakras, such as love, power, or higher states of consciousness, often decreases our need for food.”

    And the Chakra menu created last year:  each chakra receives appropriate nutrition with this menu:  

    "A Complete Rainbow Chakra Menu"                                                     

    devised by Fran, Georgina, Jane and Helen following the inspiration of Delcia

     

     Hot beetroot with horseradish and butter

                            Or

    Vegetable Melange with herb crust                                                      

    (potato, onion, carrot, parsnip, mushroom)

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    Salmon Mousse with green and white asparagus                                      

    on a bed of mixed leaves with lemon oil and pomegranate dressing                                                         

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    Herb Frittata with spinach, red /yellow peppers, courgettes and peas                  

    accompanied by lightly steamed broccoli and French beans

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    Fruit salad with apple, cherries, pears, plums, blueberries, strawberries,  persimmon and pineapple accompanied by banana and mango yoghurt ice cream with apricot jam swirl

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    French cheese with cherry jam, Sheep/goat’s cheeses, Stilton, Lancashire accompanied by multi seed Ryvita thins, Oat cakes, Red, White and Sable Grapes

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    A selection of dark chocolates (70% +)

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    A Glass Jug (tied with a heart crystal )of Filtered Tap water

     

    ENJOY!