Painting Graces the Pure Wellness Walls

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“Everything is as it should be”
Acrylic paint with gold marker

Artist Statement:

“Everything is as it should be” is a culmination of the images and feelings I experienced during my first ever reiki session with Cathy Podd. During the guided meditation portion listening to Cathy’s soothing voice, I heard her say the words “everything is as it should be”. That sentence will stay with me for the rest of my life, as an anchoring, comforting thought. During the rest of the reiki session I experienced a few different visions and feelings or energies that I tried to capture on this canvas in a unified composition.

One vision I experienced was a violet flower blooming from the crown of my head. An energy I felt was while Cathy had her arms under the pillow and around my head; it was a mothering, loving, calm sense of safety and security. I saw and felt a soft baby-pink glow all around me from Cathy’s warmth and maternal energy. Another vision I saw during my session was mountains rising up from my stomach; I watched them grow from my body. Among other visions, feelings, and colors, towards the end of my session I felt and saw cool, calming colors flowing all around me and flowing away from me.

The energy and experience I gained from our reiki session amazed me. It was an honor creating this painting and trying to depict my experience in a true form. Thank you Cathy Podd for your talents and your magic.

Taylor Rae Paddock

 

 

 

 

The Crown Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 11.24.34 AMThe Crown Chakra means “thousand petaled”. It is our knowledge, wisdom and connection to everything. The crown center of the chakra system is an energetic center found at the crown of the head and above. If its depleted, you may feel a lack of purpose in life, disconnected from your higher power and spiritual life.

You may find that the crown chakra is over functioning when you tend to have an addiction to the spiritual life, have a god complex or feeling “out there”.

Here are a few ideas to balance the crown chakra:

  • Praying
  • Balancing grounding and your spiritual side
  • Meditation
  • Connecting with the Earth and Spirit world
  • Reading and Learning

The Third Eye Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 11.17.07 AMHave you ever had a dream and then it has come true? Ever felt something was going to happen and it does, even without you having proof it would? This is your Third Eye Chakra. The third eye center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the above and between the brow line. If its depleted, you may feel closed off to your intuition, memory problems or disconnected from the mind.

You may find that the third eye chakra is over functioning when you are feeling disconnected from reality, headaches, hallucinations, or a racing mind.
Here are a few ideas to balance the third eye chakra:

  • Guided Visualizations
  • Prayer
  • Reiki
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

The Throat Chakra

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The Throat Chakra represents all that is expressive; your communication center. The Throat center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the throat area. If its depleted, you may find yourself not able to speak your truth or feeling “shut up”.

You may find that the throat chakra is over functioning when you are speaking with aggression or unkindness or forcing your beliefs.
Here are a few ideas to balance the heart chakra:

  • Sing
  • Chanting
  • Write or journal
  • Take a speaking class
  • Practice kind affirmations that guide your speech
  • Do artwork or any way to express yourself besides your voice

The Heart Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 9.35.48 AMKindness, love, no strings attached…. ah, the Heart Chakra. The Heart center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the general heart area. If its depleted, you may feel depressed, angry, judgmental and lacking in love towards yourself and others.
You may find that the heart chakra is over functioning when you are feeling dependent, clingy, and looking for constant acceptance from others.
Here are a few ideas to balance the heart chakra:

  • Cooking nutritious foods for yourself
  • “Pampering” yourself
  • Self-reiki
  • Practicing self-love
  • Loving affirmations
  • Volunteering

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 7.56.46 PMWhen you are moving forward in solid intentions, you are “flexing” your Solar Plexus Chakra. The Solar Plexus center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the area above the navel and below the diaphragm. If its depleted, you may have low self-esteem, weak or indecisive.

If you are finding yourself controlling, stubborn, or angry, you may find that the solar plexus chakra is over functioning.
Here are a few ideas to balance the sacral chakra:

  • Breath work
  • Practicing Beliefs in kind ways
  • Affirmations
  • Core Strengthening
  • Trusting your gut

The Sacral Chakra

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The moments when we take care of ourselves (body, mind and spirit) is the space inside the Sacral Chakra. The Sacral center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the sacrum and lower belly. If its depleted, you may feel stressed or worn down.
If you find yourself clinging to unhealthy habits and addictions, you may find that the sacral chakra is over functioning.
Here are a few ideas to balance the sacral chakra:

  • Get a massage
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals
  • Create art or journal
  • Get in touch with you pleasures

The Root Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 10.22.46 AMDo you sometimes feel “out of body”, fearful, flighty, insecure? That might be your Root chakra needing a little attention. The Root of the chakra system is an energetic center found at the base of the spine.
If you find yourself becoming a little too self-centered or materialistic, you may find that the root is over functioning.
Here are a few ideas to balance the root chakra:

  • Go outside, kick your shoes off and really ground yourself in the grass, dirt or sand.
  • Yoga
  • Grounding guided meditations
  • Eat a plant-based meal with protein
  • Get a massage
  • Dance!