3 Spiritual Mindsets that Will Give You Hope For The Future

Coronavirus, depression, forest fires, terrorism and then some. Is there hope for the future? These 3 spiritual insights will help you navigate tough times.

Every year brings us humans (and this planet) a new set of challenges. And they make you wonder, is there any hope left for the future?

In 2019, a physical fire began engulfing one country, Australia. And on the other side, a mental fire was breaking down another, India. I was heartbroken by the statistics that 1 in 6 people from India are fighting depression.

This year, the story has been no different. We’ve had a rough start. As of writing this post, just 3 months into 2020, we are overwhelmed as a planet. An unseizing Coronavirus, growingly violent political protests and unrest, startling repercussions of global warming, and then some. Yikes!

I keep quiet on issues of such nature, for the simple fact that my own energy becomes erratic and chaotic the moment I watch the news. And I’ve heard this from many people – media provokes our anxiety and a LOT of people avoid it after one point.

To some capacity or the other, we are all an emotional sponge, absorbing emotions around us. We are not immune to opinions. And therefore, it makes sense that we become scared and seek protection from all that’s happening around.

But now, I chose to break my silence as an exception.

This post is a dedication to one of my newsletter subscribers. The lovely soul, Abu wanted to know how to keep safe in today’s day and age. So here’s my spiritual outlook on 3 ways in which we can heal ourselves in a bleeding, burning & broken planet.

NOTE : I am no expert, and these are thoughts framed based on my personal experiences and outlook. Feel free to take what resonates and leave out the rest 🙂

#1 – Understand & Reinvent the Karma

It is natural to be scared when death is so close to you.

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We are scared of other people because they want to kill us, or because they carry a virus that may kill us.
We are scared of nature, because it might drown us or engulf us in its flames.
And we are scared, because we have forgotten that there’s more to us. More to this reality.

Everytime things go wrong, as a collective, we are shaken and quickly begin losing ourselves to the external events. Because we’ve been living in our own bubbles, when reality screams for our attention and hits us hard, we lose our minds.

The world in general, is living in one of the lowest mental frequencies possible lately. The frequency of FEAR. What kind of actions do you think we would be able to take in such a mindset? Not very inspired ones, for sure.

Because of this fear, sooner of later, we might (and we will) be adding more fuel to the flames. It’ll make you experience duality at the maximum, behaving in ways that cater to the mindset of “me first”.

There is no “they”, and there is no “me”. We are all a part of one whole. What we do unto others, is done upon us too.

This is called Collective Consciousness.

That can seem overwhelming because now you’ll wonder if I’m asking you to do nothing, or to hold a positive outlook no matter what. But that’s far from the truth.

Everything happening to us is actually very old and repetitive. It’s a human conditioning that sees the surface-level tragedy, but we need to dig deeper and identify the kind of pattern everything carries.

We can break many lifetimes of cycles, simply by becoming conscious of their occurrences and disengaging from old patterns. Start small, start with you. Start with those around you.

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When the time comes to serve humanity, to display your lessons, to make or break a situation, let your display be from the highest end of the spectrum. Let go of that fear. But, how?

Let your display be that of a Karam Yogi.

Remember, we are all a part of one whole. That means healing one soul is healing every soul. So every effort counts. And every is needed now if we want to have any hope for the future.

  • Stop seeking what you can “get”, all the time. Start giving.
    If you want to be spiritual, really spiritual, stop living in the lack mindset.
    Stop hoarding on food, medicines & masks.
    Stop rushing others and creating panic.
    Start spreading hope, NOT fear.
    These are all primal instincts, fear-based instincts.
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  • If you see a stranger or animal that is injured, and have even the slightest urge to help them, don’t watch them bleed or pray for them to get help. BE their help. You might have been the help the Universe sent for them.
  • Don’t take mishaps personally. The universe isn’t against you. When plans fail, it’s the universe protecting you, NOT punishing you. Only when you stop taking things personally, is when you remain detached. Otherwise, you’re busy fulfilling personal agenda and fending for yourself. And in such cases, we cannot be of service.
  • Pay your dues, and don’t cut corners (no matter what space in life). Live out your karma properly and as consciously as you can so you don’t have it coming back for another round.

    That means that even in the most dire of times, don’t lose your integrity.

Read More : 7 Things We Need to Get Straight About Karma

  • Stop ignoring or mocking messages about global warming.
    Start taking plastic-bans seriously.
    Start taking water crisis seriously.
    And, start taking mother nature seriously.

    If you want to have hope for the future, you have to admit that it’s rocky. Not live in denial.
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#2 – Attract More Power to You

Here’s some more hard-hitting truth. Are you ready?

If you really were working to make the world and yourself a better place, you wouldn’t be engulfed in fear. You would be in your power.

And in a time like this, the Universe is giving such lightworkers and torchbearers even MORE strength and power to work on behalf of those that choose to be bystanders.

How else do you think Australian firefighters can serve a country tirelessly day and night? While we struggle to get up an hour earlier from bed to help our own parents at home, because we were up late at night texting and mindlessly scrolling? (I’m guilty too)

How else do you think doctors and nurses are able to be in a place of constant threat to their own lives, whether it was ebola or the new COVID-19?

Don’t you think that other people out there are scared too?

I believe that there is a firefighter, a doctor, an angel in all of us. But we haven’t called them forth to duty, and hence they’re in slumber.

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So what should you do to experience your true power? I’m glad you asked.

Do things that are beyond personal gratification.
Things that are bigger than you.
Things that take courage.
That are bold and unlikely of you to do.

You may have had a flash of inspiration as you read these sentences. And then an immediate counter-thought, “no that’s too big”.

But that’s the very thing that will bring you true power to fight this. Then watch as the Universe unfolds with opportunities for you to serve mankind, in a way that will truly redeem you.

#3 – Do The Inner Work

Sure, you might not have the courage in the immediate moment to serve somebody outside on the streets.

But can you atleast show up for yourself?

You might think this sounds counterintuitive. Selfish even. But, until you aren’t grounded, authentic and self-aware, you will not be of much use to those around you.

Only when you start showing up for yourself, and stop waiting for someone else to come save you, is when you can go save the world.

Most of us are lazy. We procrastinate, complain and then get tired really easily. Aren’t you tired of not being dependable? Of not feeling ‘worth’ much? These aren’t my words, these are the inner dialogues in most of our minds.

If we are that unhappy to be alive, then why are we resisting death? We might as well say thanks because we asked for it, and now it’s here!

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The truth is, we want to live. And we want to live well.

And that’s why, these catastrophes are happening. because the planet, the Universe and the future generations need us to wake up. We’ve been asleep way too long. We’ve been powerless way too long.

It’s time to step into our spiritual selves and truly integrate everything human with everything spiritual.

Concluding Thoughts

Ofcourse there are unpleasant facts about the grim situation around us. And perhaps a gross simplification of the way ‘out’, but the solution starts with some fundamentals that we still haven’t grasped.

We need to take responsibility and claim our part in all of this, because that’s the only way we can make it through the increasing mess. We need to be near the truth, not run away from it. Once you see reality for what it is, it becomes REAL. And thus act-uponable.

And, every single one of us counts.

But if you don’t think you do, you need to ask yourself why you’re still alive. Because as the saying goes, as long as you’re alive, you have a purpose.

So my question to you is, now that you’re here and alive, when are you going to start using this life?

Love, Light & Awareness,
Vasundhra

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Chakras Explained (#7) : Sahasrara – Crown Chakra

A deep-dive into the seventh energy center, the Sahasrara Chakra. A self-assessment on signs of a blocked Crown, and how you can balance this chakra center.

We are finally on the seventh and final Chakra in the Chakras Explained Series, the Sahasrara.

The post about the seventh energy center is divided into these categories:

5 Facts About The Sahasrara Chakra

#1 – Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is located where queens, kings and other royal people would place their crowns! And hence the name. So, this is your connection with the Universe, with the infinite beyond the physical realm.

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#2 – Psychological & Emotional Associations

The Crown Chakra focuses on self-knowledge.

Psychologically, the seventh chakra links to your Right to Know.

#3 – Relationship with Physical Body

The Sahasrara is linked to the central nervous system and the cerebral cortex.

#4 – Relationship with Diet

The Crown Chakra is the energy center of thought and consciousness. Therefore, we associate fasting with the seventh chakra.

#5 – Examples of an Imbalanced Crown Chakra
  • Depression, Confusion & Loneliness
    A blocked crown chakra means our connection with the Universe is blocked, because the highest chakra is about tuning into the most subtle aspect of existence. It often leads to feelings of loneliness and depression.
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  • Feeling Disconnected From or Mad at God
    Building off the previous point, when we are not in alignment in the higher chakras, we feel like the Universe is against us. When I experienced my spiritual awakening, I saw hundreds of purple-pink flowers opening in my mind’s eye.

    At the time I didn’t know what this meant, but a long period of the dark night of the soul finally ended, with immense love and peace, and a sense of calm that all is well in the grand scheme of things.
  • Lack of Desire for New Knowledge
    Knowledge is infinite and when we are willing to learn something new, we shed our ego and evolve. But if your crown is blocked, you’re unwilling to connect with this infinitude of wisdom.
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On the contrary, if your crown chakra is overactive, you may, like me, reach a stage where you’re feverishly reading dozens and dozens of books a year!

Questions To Evaluate Your Crown Chakra Health

This quick self-assessment will help you evaluate the health of your Sahasrara, and determine if you’re in need of balancing this energy center.

  • Do you feel connected to the Universe and feel moments of alignment with the flow of life?
  • Do you learn new things with eagerness and with ease?
  • Are you open-minded and receptive to other people’s opinion?
  • Are you able to experience detachment easily?
  • Do you like to meditate?

5 Ways to Balance Your Crown Chakra

If you have identified that there is a need to balance your Crown Chakra, start with these suggestions.

#1 – Meditate on the Chakra’s color, violet, and its shape.
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#2 – Stimulate your Cerebral & Prefrontal Cortex.

Here are some suggestions to help you :

  • Meditate. If you are struggling to design a meditation practice that works for you, you can get in touch with me for a 90-minute digital workshop. I have also shared a lot of tips and tricks before. You can read them here.
  • Invest time in trying new activities that challenge you to be more present and activate new brain cells, such as taking up a new hobby class, playing brain games or learning a new language.
  • Rewire your brain with positive thinking, a.k.a incorporating gratitude in your daily life.

Read More : 8 Ways to be More Grateful Everyday

#3 – Invest in an Amethyst Crystal.
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Incase you’re looking for a reliable option, I recommend purchasing raw, natural healing crystals from R. R. Sheikh at Amazon. The Amethyst crystals that I purchased from there were genuine and reasonably priced.

#4 – Practice Jnana Yoga

Jnana, or knowledge. You can start by consciously taking out more to time to read or watch spiritually stimulating content.

I have a huge list of resources and recommendations here – 15 Spiritual Authors Worth Reading & Watching.

#5 – Dietary Balance

The Sahasrara is about detox, inner cleanse and fasting. There are many great ways in which you can fast to strengthen your seventh energy center.

  • Plant-based Diet
  • Juice Cleanse
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Interval Eating
  • Absolute Fast (only water)
  • Absolute fast without water

Fasting is actually a big part of many religions, and you can now see why!

Concluding Thoughts

As we come to an end to this series, it is important to start taking all these practices into your daily life and spend a few conscious minutes everyday to heal and realign your seven energy centers.

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This was just the tip of the iceberg, but I believe that it covers Chakras in a way that is holistic and all-rounded for the beginner practitioner. Once you start working on Chakra Balancing, you will automatically start learning by your own experiences.

Good luck to you, in your journey towards alignment, healing and balance.

If you’d like to join my affordable Virtual Masterclass for Chakra Balancing, drop me a note. The 90-minute session is delivered by yours truly, in a special narrative story format, loaded with self-assessment quizzes, a dozen practical healing activities and meditations.

The Masterclass further extends into a 7-day Whatsapp group to motivate and strengthen everyone’s daily practices. So, if you’d like to enquire about the next upcoming online session, you can send me an email here.

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Chakras Explained (#6) : Ajna – Third Eye Chakra

A deep dive into the Ajna Chakra, the Third Eye energy center of the body. Learn how to realign your third eye chakra, after understanding the significance.

Next in Chakras Explained Series is the sixth chakra, the Ajna.

The post is divided into the following categories:

5 Facts About The Ajna Chakra

#1 – Third Eye Chakra

Located between your brows, on your forehead. This is the place where Indian women stick a bindi.

And yes, this is a picture of yours truly, wearing a red colored bindi on her Third Eye, at her wedding! 🙂

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#2 – Psychological & Emotional Associations

The Third Eye Chakra focuses on self-reflection and is psychologically linked to your Right to See.

#3 – Relationship with Physical Body

The Ajna in the physical body corresponds to your eyes, forehead and base of the skull region.

#4 – Relationship with Diet

The Third Eye Chakra is associated to entheogens, when used with the proper intention and for spiritual development.

#5 – Examples of an Imbalanced Third Eye Chakra
  • Nightmares
    Imagination and dreaming are strongly integrated with our third-eye. Therefore, if you are somebody that suffers from bad dreams, this is a telltale sign that the Ajna is out of balance for you.
  • Headaches
    Since the skull forehead are associated with the sixth chakra, a physical manifestation of imbalance is chronic cases of headaches. Wanting to avoid light during headaches is a sign your chakra is blocked.
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  • Lack of clarity or direction in life.
    Not being able to visualize and setup proper goals for the future is a consequence of a blocked Ajna Chakra.

Questions To Evaluate Your Ajna Chakra’s Health

These simple set of questions will help you evaluate the health of your Ajna, and determine if you need to balance the sixth energy center.

  • Are you a vivid dreamer, who remembers their dreams after waking up?
  • Is your visualization strength notable?
  • Do you have a strong sense of imagination?
  • Are you able to foresee and set futuristic goals for yourself?

5 Ways to Balance Your Third Eye Chakra

If you have identified that there is a need to balance your sixth Chakra, start with these suggestions.

#1 – Meditate on the Chakra’s color, indigo, and its shape.

Your third-eye is the most stimulated, when we envision colors with our eyes closed.

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#2 – Physical Eye Muscle Strengthening Exercises

The human mind is a highly, visually-stimulated center, where as much as 80% of our information from the surroundings comes from our eyes. Therefore, it is beneficial to relax and destress our physical eyes, to help improve our ability to see and process information.

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Here are some techniques that help relax our physical eyes, and thus revitalize the third-eye too.

  • Focus your attention on the tip of a pen. Then, without breaking your gaze, slowly continue bringing the pen closer to you, until it is out of focus. Then, you can break the focus, close your eyes and relax for a few seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
  • Close your eyelids and roll your eyeballs clockwise, then anticlockwise, 3-5 times each. This simple exercise can immediately relax tensed eye muscles.
  • Give yourself a gently eye massage, extending to the forehead and temples of your head.
#3 – Practice Visualization

You are probably a day-dreamer mo often than you can admit to be. Dr Joseph Murphy, in his book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, talks about visualization as a powerful tool to recreate a reality of your choice.

Some ideas for visualization can include :

  • Visualizing the perfect future, going into the smallest details of that ideal partner, house or car you want in your life.
  • Envisioning well-being and a body that is energetic, doing everything you dream of doing.
  • Visualizing yourself getting promoted, winning the lottery or abundance in the form of a large bank account number and so forth.
  • Visualization for relaxation, where you see yourself enjoying in a beautiful garden, chilling by the beach or casually walking in the mountains.
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Making use of guided meditations can be great initially, to get an idea of how to visualize. And, if you’d like to learn more personally, you can drop me a query to setup a one-on-one session with me.

#4 – Carry or Meditate on a Clear Quartz Crystal.

The Clear Quartz is a must have on your spiritual journey. Why? Because it brings clarity, helps you manage and manifest your desires properly, and cleanses your chakra system in an overall, gentle yet effective way.

I purchased a Clear Quartz Crystal Wand from a quaint shop at Mcleodganj, and then purchased more crystals online from R. R. Sheikh through Amazon. So, if you’re in India and looking for recommendations, this could be an option for you.

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From personal use, I believe that the crystals from that vendor are genuine and they are reasonably priced.

#5 – Tap the Third-Eye Chakra.

I’ve often taught this technique at my chakra balancing workshops, because it’s a great way for beginners to know where to concentrate when their eyes are closed.

If you want to mediate on the Ajna, you simply need to begin by closing your eyes, and start gently tapping between your brows. As a slight sensation rises in that area, move your attention there, all the while keeping your eyes closed.

It may take getting used to at first. But once you are able to meditate on the third-eye, you might see a variety of experiences unfold for you. Such as a tingling sensation followed by seeing lights, colors, or visuals; having intense feelings and awareness rising, a sense of connection with the Universe, and so on.

Concluding Thoughts

We’re making our way to the finish line of our Chakras, and I hope that are you taking the time to invest in the activities that can help rebalance your energy centers.

If you’d like to join my affordable and personal Virtual Masterclass for Chakra Balancing, drop me a note. The 90-minute session is delivered by yours truly, in a special narrative story format, loaded with self-assessment quizzes, a dozen practical healing activities and meditations. that go beyond the scope of the blog.

The Masterclass further extends into a 7-day Whatsapp group to motivate and strengthen everyone’s daily practices. So, if you’d like to enquire about the next upcoming online session, you can send me an email here.

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