The Soul Spa @DorsetFest 22/6/24

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Join Saira and a team of amazing local teachers and therapists at DorsetFest!
Saturday 22nd June 2024 – All day!

Dorsetfest has been a long running community festival event in Dorset for many years. Saira and others have teamed together to create a Holistic Zone many times and its been wonderful to meet and connect with so many of you there.

This year we are expanding! Expect day long yoga classes and sound healing as well a tent full of incredible therapists offering you 15 – 30 minute therapies to a backdrop of more sound healing!

Just buy your tickets for Dorsetfest below from £15pp, camping Friday – Sunday is available and then come along and find us on the day!

Saturday starts at 9.30am with a Yoga for Family/Everyone class with Saira, then great classes happening all day, see the flier above.

No need to pre-book we’d love to know you are joining so drop Saira a message here  otherwise just turn up.

Sessions are £5pp or just £15pp for an all day pass, come and see us all day! Therapies are extra and start at £10 a session.

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Summer Solstice Celebration Sound Healing & Gong 27th June 2024

summer solstice sound healing

Join me for a beautiful way to celebrate with a Summer Solstice Sound Healing!

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The midway point of the Wheel of the Year is here, lets come together in our community and share the height of light together

Thursday 27th June 2024 7-9pm £18pp
Moreton Village Hall, Dorset DT2 8RE

Celebrate the Wheel of the Year turning once again to bring us to Summer Solstice. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing and deeply healing Beltane sound healing immersion with 7 Chakra Singing Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls and the Gong.

Meditations, poetry and chants to help us connect to the traditional ways of ritual and ceremony to honour this midway point and to celebrate fertility of mother earth and growth to renewal.

Ending the evening with delicious vegan cakes and chai tea. A beautiful way to come together and share space in our amazing Dorset community.

Join us for a magical evening, we will throw open the lovely big doors here that open onto the field and spend time bare foot outside meditating and setting our energetic intentions and release to the skies.
Schedule for the evening:

6.45pm Arrive at Moreton Village hall
7pm Opening meditation and mantra chanting
7.15pm Tibetan & Crystal Bowls followed by Gong Bath
8.30pm Herbal Chais & teas and cakes
9pm Evening ends

Book This Summer Solstice Sound Healing Now 

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Reiki Share Evening in Dorchester 31/5/24

Join Saira for an evening of Reiki Healing!Friday 31st May 6.30-8.30pm £10 (£5 concessions)

Everyone is welcome if you have learnt at least Reiki Level I, you do not need to have been taught by me everyone is welcome this will be a lovely community evening of reiki healing for all.

SIGN UP FOR THE REIKI SHARE HERE 

We will gather have some circle sharing time then we will move to therapy couches to  share healing together in small groups . Each person will receive 10-15 minutes of healing depending on many of us join on the night.
We’ll then have nice tea and some biscuits to end if you would like to stay after the share.
I’ll also share some sound healing with crystal singing bowls for you all too!
To book please get in touch and then just turn up with £10 cash for the evening.
I am a Reiki Master Teacher and have been working with energy for over 20 years. I teach workshops to 100’s of students each year and offer courses regularly, Reiki, Third Eye Awakening & Akashic Records.
Hope to see you soon!

Are you in a narcissistic relationship? Podcast with Saira

I am passionate about opening up the conversation on narcissistic relationships and toxic abuse.

Last week, Sarah Chave invited me onto her inspiring New Earth Podcast to discuss this topic. Are you in a Narcissistic Relationship?

We talked about the signs that indicate you might be in a narcissistic relationship, how it can affect you, and how the micro of our one-to-one toxic connections reflects the macro of toxic corruption and dark energy in the wider world.

I also shared my insights into how many are awakening to the truth about our world just as many are realising they are in narcissistic or toxic relationships. The two phenomena seem to mirror each other and are part of us all waking up to the trauma we hold, both individually and collectively, in our society.

We then discussed how we can transform this toxicity and darkness into light. I shared my thoughts on how unity consciousness, New Earth vibrations, and building our communities could, I believe, shine light and heal narcissism and controlling bullying in our world. Although we cannot reach the top-down structures of government, industry, and the powerful—and often feel helpless about that—we can reach our friends, neighbours, and colleagues and support them in their healing.

Recognising that “I do not consent”, standing up for ourselves, having strong boundaries, and saying “no” to bullying behaviour, mistreatment, cruelty, and narcissism is vital if we are to heal humanity. The place to start is exactly where we are, in our own direct lives.

I also shared my work with the vagus nerve and how we can use vagus resets to heal from the anxiety and trauma often left after an experience with a narcissist or toxic person.

Watch the video on YouTube here.

In this week’s enthralling episode, Sarah will be speaking with Saira Francis about narcissistic relationships and how to identify bullying or narcissistic traits.

Saira endured a tumultuous 25-year cycle of narcissistic and toxic abuse, resulting in a diagnosis of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Rather than succumbing to this trauma, she has dedicated the past two years to seeking healing. Through a deep dive into the study of the Vagus Nerve, practical methods to support the nervous system, and various other modalities, she’s embarked on a journey of recovery.

Please enjoy and share.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, love Saira x

What is the vagus nerve and why does it need resetting?

 

What is the vagus nerve?

The vagus nerve is a vital part of our nervous system; it connects the brain stem to the digestive system and is key to bringing us out of the fight-flight response into rest and digest, where we can begin to relax, let go, and chill out.

Stress, anxiety, and trauma disorders are something a lot of us have to deal with and heal at some point in our lives. So much is now being discovered to help us find ways to release these issues in our bodies, and looking into how to help reset the vagus nerve is just one of many techniques that can have a powerful effect on how we feel, ultimately bringing us all to a place where we can feel better.

This nerve runs from the brain stem down to the tongue, vocal cords in the back of the throat, through the lungs, diaphragm, liver, spleen, large intestine, small intestine, pancreas, kidneys, ending as a ball of nerve endings in the stomach.

On its way down through the organs, it picks up signals from the body that can help it either encourage rest and digest responses or fight-flight. For example, if we are breathing slow and deep, that will send a signal that we are relaxed and all is well; if the breathing is shallow and quick, the signal will be read very differently.

The vagus nerve regulates the internal organs’ function, digestion, heart and respiratory rate, and more. Stimulating your vagus nerve can send a chemical message to your body that it’s time to de-stress and relax after periods of stress.

The vagus nerve is so important to our health and wellbeing. It sends signals to all our internal organs and if it’s functioning well and balanced, it can be intrinsic and encouraging our fight-flight response to calm and allow us to deeply rest.

Life is stressful for the majority of us, in one way or another; stress triggers are a natural part of life, but it’s about being able to rebalance after an event or situation that caused our levels to increase. The vagal nerve needs to be well-toned and functioning in order for us to be able to return to our balance point each time we are set off into stress.

If you suffer from any kind of anxiety or trauma disorder, it’s very likely your vagus nerve will be struggling. With these types of conditions, such as complex PTSD, PTSD, panic attacks, etc., you cannot get back to your balance point and remain in a ‘survival’, ’emergency’ nervous system stress state most of the time. For you, resetting the vagus nerve could bring powerful healing over time and be a part of your healing, recovery journey.

Watch Saira’s vagus nerve reset video on YouTube here.

 

 

How can we help the vagus nerve reset?

Yoga

Yoga really helps to reset this nerve, just by practising a good, all round yoga class will be helping you to relax and aid the balancing out of the nervous system, so vital to our health.

There are particular ways of practising poses and movements in yoga that can stimulate this more deeply though, these are poses that work particularly around the neck, throat, chest and heart as this is where the nerve runs past on its way from the brain to the gut.

Breathwork

Anything that stimulates the back of the throat, helps the vagus nerve. Slow deep breathing, Ujyayi breath, Brahmari (humming bee) breath are just a couple that can help.

Chanting and Singing

Stimulating the vocal chords brings balance to the vagus, in the same way as deep breathing, chanting OM repeatedly, its super simple to chant on your own or singing along to any tune, joining a choir or Kirtan group could help greatly. Singing loudly is the key!

Cold Therapy

The benefits of cold water are many, but the practice really helps to stimulate the vagus nerve. Check out Wim Hof to be inspired about the cold. Cold showers, sea swimming, ice baths (under supervision) or just splashing your face with cold water, all help to stimulate this nerve and bring greater to balance and wellbeing.

Other practices include, meditation, yoga nidra, yin yoga and restorative yoga, mindfulness and practicing mudra (hand gestures that are often part of a yoga practice)

If you want to dive deeper into the vague nerve, take a look at our brand new Vagus Nerve Reset and Healing residential yoga retreat in Charmouth, Dorset. I’m so excited to bring this new retreat to you.

Learn to reset your nervous system and discover ways to heal yourself through:

  • Yoga and sound healing
  • Breathwork and guided meditation
  • Wild swimming, nature bathing, vegan meals and using the indoor pool.

There are still some spaces available to join us on the summer solstice – Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th June. Learn more here. 

The retreat will be held at: Bonhays Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, DT6 6RF

Book your space.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens – Tranquility Yoga Day Retreats 2024

NEW VENUE FOR 2024!
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset
Tranquility Yoga & Sound Healing Day Retreats
Simply one of the most stunning gardens in the South West

abbotsbury gardens

Join Saira here at this beautiful Subtropical Paradise
Spring/Summer 2024

A special day to reset your nervous system and restore your wellbeing

Wednesday 3rd July go on the waiting list
Wednesday 25th September book now
10-4pm from £88pp

BOOK YOUR ABBOTSBURY RETREAT DAY HERE

A beautiful and extra special yoga retreat day at Abbotsbury Gardens in Dorset, a subtropical paradise for a really blissful day for you!

There are times in life when we need a reset. My retreats have become a haven for those searching for a place to rest and heal. Whether its burn out, overwhelm, nervous system and vagus nerve reset or just a blissful day to relax and recharge, I can guarantee you a day retreat at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset with me, is going to give you just what you need.

We are absolutely delighted to have been able to run some day retreats here this year, Abbotsbury is a stunning place to spend time so to have the opportunity to also add in a blissful spiritual practice whilst there is a dream come true!

A day of yoga, meditation, and sound healing to reset you! 

Our retreat day will include all you need to nourish and restore your nervous system and recharge your soul.

Breathwork for the Vagus Nerve and Nervous System Reset, Vinyasa Flow yoga for all abilities.

Beginners-  Local yogi and teacher Charlotte Bentley will be joining us to support anyone who is a beginner or needs a gentler flow, she will be demonstrating a lighter vinyasa flow and we’ll be arranging the yoga space so anyone needing that slow flow can follow Charlotte and me and feel super comfortable!

A vegan lunch from Feed the Soul Cafe in Dorchester, will nourish our bodies before we set off on a walk, exploring all corners of the garden.

The day will finish with a profound sound healing session, with the resonant frequencies of seven chakra crystal singing bowls and gong, before we end with lovely vegan cake and chai tea – a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Plenty of time to take in this peaceful place, stay locally and enjoy the area, beaches and perhaps visit the Swannery too, or just come along for the day.

BOOK YOUR ABBOTSBURY RETREAT DAY HERE

abbotsbury gardens

Wednesday 3rd July fully booked go on the wait list here

Wednesday 25th September £88

Abbotsbury Gardens Day Retreat Schedule:

10am Arrive at Abbotsbury Gardens and take the gorgeous walk to the marquee on the lawns
10.30am Breathwork, Meditation & Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Mixed Ability
12.30pm Delicious Vegan Lunch inside or on the lawn if weather allows
1.30pm Walk and chats around the Sub-Tropical Garden Paradise
2.15pm Sound Healing with 7 Chakra Crystal Singing Bowls & Gong Bath
3.30pm Vegan Cake & Chai Tea
4pm Day ends!

Wednesday 3rd July go on the waiting list

Book  September Tranquility Yoga Day Retreat Now

Take a look at Abbotsbury Gardens website
Abbotsbury Youtube for some gorgeous videos of the gardens in bloom 

abbotsbury gardens

Beltane Celebration Sound Healing & Gong 3rd May 2024

beltane sound healing

Join me for a beautiful way to celebrate with a Beltane Sound Healing, the Festival of Fire! The midway point between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.
Traditionally a festival of fertility renewal and birthing of new!

Friday 3rd May 2024 7-9pm £18pp
Beltane Celebration Gong Bath with Saira
Moreton Village Hall, Dorset DT2 8RE

 

Celebrate the Wheel of the Year turning once again to bring us to Beltane. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing and deeply healing Beltane sound healing immersion with 7 Chakra Singing Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls and the Gong.

Meditations, poetry and chants to help us connect to the traditional ways of ritual and ceremony to honour this midway point and to celebrate fertility of mother earth and growth to renewal.

Here we stand midpoint between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice!

Ending the evening with delicious vegan cakes and chai tea. A beautiful way to come together and share space in our amazing Dorset community.

Book This Beltane Celebration Now 

Save the date! Thursday 27th June 2024 7-9pm for Summer Solstice Sound Healing with Saira! Bookings open soon X

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Book This Beltane Celebration Now 

Discover Your Starseed Superpower! Online Zoom 25/4/24

Join Saira Francis online via Zoom to Discover Your Starseed Superpower
Thursday 25th April 2024 7-8.30pm £6

Access And Read Your Akashic Records to discover your superpower
Bring Cleansing Healing to your Karmic Energy Field & Soul Plasma Body to fully embrace your Soul Mission here on Earth at this profound transitionary time.

Replay available to watch forever sent to you straight after the live zoom.

BOOK THIS STARSEED SUPERPOWER MEDITATION HERE 

Many souls have come to Earth at this time to support us through what the Hopi’s have called The Great Purification as we move through the 26,000 & 13,000 year cycles of the Precession of the Equinoxes.
We move from the Kingdom of the World/Individual Consciousness to the Kingdom of Heaven/Unity Consciousness, from the Kali Yuga/Age of Darkness to the Satya Yuga/Age of Truth.

As we travel through a part of the cosmos called the ‘Galactic Sheet’ or ‘Photon Belt’ we are being transformed by rays of abundant high frequency Light (photons are high frequency light particles, photons = knowledge) We are being awakened to our true wisdom and many are rapidly gaining great understandings about who we are, why we are here, where we came from and where we might be heading.

Although much of our human existence remains a mystery and will for a long time to come, as we unravel the falsehoods that we’ve been given about our origins and begin the journey to discover our true identity, there is much to explore and if anything is known for sure, it is that until now we have known very little.

Think of us, like toads in a well, as they look up all they see is a small section of the blue sky above, lift them out of the well and our world is a complete wonder to them. We are currently like the toads, stepping out of the well and the very cusp of discovering all of the wonders of our humanness and the cosmos around us.

Starseeds, are souls who have volunteered to come back to the Earth plane to help this great transition into Light.

Each of us has a Starseed Superpower!

What might yours be?

Are you a healer, a herbalist, a speaker or leader, musician or singer? Sound healer or movement teacher? Are you here to write a book, a song, make a film or documentary? Perhaps you are here to grow a garden or a forest, travel or search the Earth for ancient mysteries and lost civilisations? Could you be a prophet, a mystic or an illuminary? Are you an astrologer, photographer, explorer or a psychic? Do you read cards or plant trees or can you do an awesome massage?!

The list of possible Starseed Superpower is endless, we need everybody and every type to help to rebuild our civilisation back the right way, heart centred, honest, community led and in unity consciousness.

How do we find out our Starseed Superpower?

The Akashic Records are a cosmic database, or library of everything that has ever happened to you, in any lifetime right back to your souls first incarnation, in all dimensions and planes of existence. Everyone has the ability to access their own Akashic Records and find out anything they wish to know!

All you need is a sincere heart, a pure intention to explore the records for your healing and for the highest and greatest good of your soul.

During this online meditation I will guide you to access your own Akashic Records and ask your Akashic Masters to show you your Starseed Superpower, you can then bring that sacred knowledge back and begin to work with you Guides and Angels to help manifest this opportunity to be of Service to Light in this dimension here and now.

If you can’t make the day or time, book anyway and you’ll get a replay straight after the live zoom and then a permanent online link to watch on demand forever whenever you like x

We will cleanse and heal anything that is blocking your pathway to truly stepping into your Superpower, clearing in the Goddess Waterfall that we find outside of your Akashic Temple, leaving your Akashic Records intact and not interfering with them in anyway. The gentle flow of the waterfall will purify your Soul Plasma Body of anything within your Karma from past lives that might be holding you back or causing you to feel afraid to truly enter your soul purpose here in this lifetime.

I hope you can join me! Much love Saira

BOOK THIS STARSEED SUPERPOWER MEDITATION HERE 

Join the Facebook Event for this meditation for
more info and to stay in touch 

 

The Lemurian Christ Healing Rays Distant Healing Group on Facebook,

Feel free to join my Healing Group the Lemurian Christ Healing Rays Distant Healing Group where your name is then added to my healing list, I send most days.

Please also listen to some previous meditations where the healing is received whenever you listen here 

Feel free to get in touch to request specific healing or to ask for it to reach friends and family.

Some of what others have said after joining me for a distant healing guided meditation

Here’s what some of those who joined a healing in 2023 straight after the healing came to a close on zoom:

Manjeet –  That was so beautiful. Thank you! 🙏❤️🤗
Pam – Thank you Saira!
Angela – Thanks so much xx
Shivani – That was awesome! thank you so much Saira x
Sammy – thank you xx
Jo – Thank you xxx
Tania – Many thanks, this was so powerful x
Katie – Thank you Saira xx
Debs – Wonderful, thank you so much 💓
Marina -Thank you Saira 🥰
Kelly – Thank you so much, that was beautiful. Lots of love and thanks xxx
Sara -Thank you Saira … much love xx
Sarah – Beautiful! Thank you Saira 🙂
Penny – Thank you, so beautiful x
Patricia – Thank you sooo much, Beautiful!!✨
Jacqueline -Thank you 💕💕💕🌸🌸🌸
Janet’s -Thanks so much, Saira xx
Beccy – Thank you, it was beautiful. The colours of blue I saw were amazing. xxx
Sara – Good night everyone … sleep well.  Yes my dogs enjoyed the healing too. xx

More feedback from my distant healings:

Thank you so much for yesterday’s wonderful session. You created such a beautiful healing space, I am going through quite a lot at the moment and it was exactly the calm that I needed. 🌈 It was lovely to meet you and really looking forward to joining future sessions. Thank you for the beautiful healing 🙏 “Kat

“Many thanks for this healing offering tonight. It was beautiful and full of love! I do hope to meet you soon in person x” Tania

Wow saira-that hit me straight away, I could feel my throat tighten and my tears building. I needed to hear that, I needed to feel that-I felt like I was really stretching out for it. This for me is one of your absolute best and I think it will be the place I keep going back too. Thank you for such amazing words Saira and a place I need to be now showing me faith! I feel so emotional xxx” Emma,

“Wow! So powerful. Can’t remember the last time I sobbed so much. A much needed release indeed.  Thank you for sharing this xx” Rob

“Hi. I just wanted to thank you for your recent angelic meditation recording. I saved it a while ago but only just had some quiet time today to listen to it. It was absolutely beautiful and even though I didn’t realise it before, I needed it so badly. I had tears rolling down my cheeks during it. Thank you so much” Anon 

“I just wanted to thank you for the healing last night. I have been in pain for a few days now. After the meditation, which I actually slept through, my pains have all disappeared! See you again soon! xxxAnt 

Young woman meditating with her eyes closed, practicing Yoga with hands in prayer position.

International Women’s Day 8th March

International Women’s Day 8th March 2024

This women’s day I wanted to highlight two incredible women who are doing incredible work and have a connection to Mellulah.

Firstly, a retreat guest of mine Gowree Hampapur is taking her passion for women’s rights to Mysore in India to support Yoga Stops Traffick with 108 Sun Salutations, please support Gowree by making a donation to her Just Giving page here

Secondly, as Mellulah has had a connection with Morocco and I am about to head out to Morocco to check a yoga retreat venue that I’ll be running in November 2024, I wanted to highlight an award won by an incredible Moroccan mother, Rabha El Mayhar fighting for the rights of her child and recognised by the International Women of Courage Award

My dear friend Amanda McGregor, who will be wit me on the November retreat nr Tagazhout in Morocco edited the film made about Rabha called ‘Bastards’ and available to view via this link  

The charity working with families with children of unmarried mothers, completely unrecognised by Moroccan family laws and ostracised by society, is based just a few miles from our retreat in Agadir, so with all these connections it feels only right to remember the privilege of being a single mother here in the UK and the rights we take for granted.
Supporting other women is dear to my heart as many of you know, so please do take a moment to help raise awareness of Moroccan women and forward this on to others thank you.

 

Rabha El Haymar – Morocco
“Rabha El Haymar is a courageous Moroccan woman who successfully navigated her country’s legal system and fought to obtain, through a recourse provided by Morocco’s family code reform of 2004, recognition of her traditional marriage to spare her daughter a life of marginalization and discrimination as an undocumented child.  Ms. Haymar’s story became more than a personal triumph when she crossed paths with British film-maker Deborah Perkin and agreed for her story to be told in a documentary entitled “Bastards.”  Shown on Moroccan national television and film festivals around the world, “Bastards” raises awareness about the plight of mothers of undocumented children, and the Moroccan family laws allowing women like Ms. Haymar to seek justice.  Despite the heavy reputational cost of publicly sharing her story, Ms. Haymar believes doing so can encourage other women and lead to change. As King Mohammed VI calls for a new review of Morocco’s family code, Ms. Haymar’s case is now more relevant than ever.  She hopes that new reforms “will protect the rights of all women and children and empower them as full and equal citizens.”

Finally, I was grateful to be featured in Dorset Magazine’s yearly round up of Leading Ladies again this year and hope to continue sharing healing and love to you all again throughout 2024

Much love, Saira xx

Healing the Heart Chakra

 

Pebble heart at Mellulah

Centring, Opening and Cleansing the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is an energy centre, the most powerful of all the seven chakras, when we are closed in the heart, we are cutting ourselves off from the rich and everlasting peace, love and harmony that emanates from the universe.

The heart holds Samskaras, from this and previous lives that influence the way we behave, think and react to certain triggers in this life. These Samskaras can be cleared and released to give us more freedom and mental clarity through the practice of yoga.

A Samskara maybe created through a traumatic experience such as a lover betraying you, the death of a parent or child, losing money, health problems, there are many ways that these impressions can be created. There can also be positive Samskaras, from feeling great love, being blessed with a child, a happy marriage, abundance or good health.

What are Samskaras?

Samskaras are impressions left on the heart chakra from past Karmic experiences. We all have them, without them we would not be human, they are natural. Just as a garden always has weeds, the weeds will always come and we will want to uproot them. So we can uproot our Samskras through yoga, a union of body, mind and spirit. It would never be possible to rid ourselves of all Samskaras but we can work with the ones that challenge us most, the ones that keep forming and manifesting into our lives. e.g. if you had a Samskara held from a previous experience where you had been betrayed by a lover, you may keep attracting a similar experience to you so that you can eventually release and heal the blockage in your heart chakra. This can be painful but in the long run it will help you to move more freely through your soul journey.

The memory of why we have a particular Samskara may now be gone, if it has affected us from a past life we would not know the cause. But the impression on our heart is still there.

Samskaras are a part of the cycle of Karma:

> Action (Karma) > Impression (Samskara) > Tendency (Vasana) > Thought pattern ( Vritti) > Action (Karma)>

A Vasana is the effect of a Samskara. These are tendencies, or inclinations that are identifiable as our instinctive and emotional urges,  desires and feelings, whether they be negative or positive.

Vritti are the thought patterns that are created by the Vasana. Our thinking pattens (Vritti) are motivated by our tendencies (Vasana), we think to support our feelings. These Vritti form our patterns, our attitudes and our mental disposition.

Finally our Vritties lead us into action (Karma). We act out Karma because our mind tell us  through our Vritti to act, because that is how we will satisfy our desire (Vasana) which arose from an impression (Samskara) made in the mind from an earlier memory of an action.

So using the example of having a Samskara impression on the heart caused by a previous betrayal:

The wound wound would create a Vasana, an urge or desire to feel jealousy if our partner is close to another in any way, this Vasana would then create Vritti, thought patterns that make us think terrible things, negative thoughts of jealousy, letting the imagination run riot thinking of what could be going on between them, this could then lead to us acting out our Karma by reacting to our partner or the other person negatively. We could have an argument, push them away, get scared and behave badly in some way, end the relationship or seriously damage it, thus creating more Karma with that person and more Samsakara wound in our heart

We have many of the Karmic cycles continuing throughout our lives. According to Patanjali author of the yoga sutras  we must complete 36,000 cycles of creation before we can be released into Moksha, release from the cycle of Karma.

Can we control our Samskaras?

We can not control our past Samskaras because they have been created as a result of our actions, but perhaps we can stop our past Samskaras from controlling us.

The answer is in the practice of yoga which can help us to break the Karmic cycle at the Vritti level, so interrupting the thought patterns that cause us to act in particular ways, thus giving us new Karma and creating new Samskaras or adding to those we already have.

Patanjali defines yoga as this:

*Yoga is the restriction (control) of the fluctuations of consciousness*. So we must try to control our Chittavritti (the monkey mind/mind chatter) the various thoughts of the mind.

Patanjali explains there are 5 types of thoughts in the mind, some painful others painless:

1) thoughts about truth
2) thoughts based on incorrect perception
3) thoughts which have no basis in reality (day dreaming, verbal delusion, talking to oneself in ones mind or vocally and making no sense, having no basis in fact and uncontrolled imagination)
4) dream sleep state of mid
5) memories

By practising the 8 Limbs of Yoga we can attain the highest state of consciousness and be freed from ignorance and egocentricity, which are the cause of ones pain and suffering. One gains complete mastery of the mind and is absolutely no longer controlled by ones Samskaras.

1) Yamas: non violence, truthfulness, non stealing, self restraint, non covetousness
2) Niyamas: cleanliness, contentment, discipline,study, surrender to God
3) Asanas: yoga postures
4) Pranayama: breathing control
5) Pratyahara: sensory withdrawal
6) Dharana: concentration
7) Dhyana: meditation
8) Samdhi: state of ecstasy

By controlling the mind through yoga we can begin to control our Samskaras and release ourselves from cycles of Karma. When we feel the effect of a Samskara we can sit still, meditate and release the energy through our heart centres, this can feel uncomfortable and it is common for us to wish to distract ourselves from this pain. But by allowing it to move through us we can release it once and for all. We need also to refrain from reacting in any way when we are feeling the effects of a Samskara, stay still, sit and move to a place of peace, then decide the best way to deal with a situation or what needs to be said to a person involved, this way we are releasing a Samskara and by staying positive and peaceful we are not creating another.

Forgiveness and Compassion

Firstly, when we begin to understand the cycle of Karma, we can start to forgive ourselves. The cycle of Karma is universal, Divinely guided and destined by God alone. Our Karma is beyond powerful and beyond anything we can control, therefore we can find humility in knowing that our patterns and our behaviours are being caused by blocks in this Karma and not just by our own mistakes and weaknesses in this lifetime.

Forgive yourself and move instead to looking deeply at how to heal your Samskara blocks through the practice of yoga, choose to put time and effort into working at the Vritti level to be more aware and mindful of your thoughts, rather than spending time feeling guilty for your mistakes.

To help us clear the heart chakra further we can bring forgiveness and compassion where it is needed.

A vital part of cleansing the heart chakra is to forgive, this is a beautiful prayer that we will be working with:

Adding the name of the person you wish to work with to the blanks, repeat the first and second part out loud or in your mind for 3 minutes each, then lay down with your hands on your heart and repeat the third for 3 minutes:

1) I forgive ……. for all he/she has done to upset me.
2) I ask and I receive forgiveness for all I have to done to upset ……
3) I forgive myself, I dwell in Light, I dwell in Love.

Repeat daily to instil a sense of peace and compassion in your situation

(Forgiving others is not to allow ourselves to be mistreated. Forgiveness can take time and often there is a process to go through before the point of forgiveness is reached. Acknowledgement of hurt or damage to yourself or others, processing of healthy anger and shadow work, placing of boundaries to ensure we are protecting from others mistreatment of us, work to being self-empowerment to ensure we are acting in healthy ways and surrounding ourselves with kind, empathic people. Forgiveness can not and should not be rushed or forced as it can take away from these vitals stages of healing. Compassion in life is vital, but self compassion comes first)

A chant/mantra of self healing, humility, relaxation, protective grace, ecstatic joy and emotional relief.
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, projects the mind to the Infinite, the source of knowledge and ecstasy.
Guru Ram Das Guru means, the wisdom that comes as a servant of the Infinite this brings us guidance.
Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru

Listen to this beautiful healing chant on youtube xx

First written by Saira in November 2014 

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