magical hygiene recommendations, it's a variation on the theme.)
Begin by creating a soothing atmosphere: perhaps light a candle and play some soft, ambient music. Consider lighting some incense or diffusing some essential oil - frankincense, cedarwood, lavender, or patchouli would all be good choices.
Sit comfortably, with your spine straight. Close your eyes, relax and breathe deeply.
Allow your belly to relax and your breath to deepen. Continue to take deep, relaxed, rhythmic breaths. Become conscious of the earth as a giant sphere beneath you, holding you up. As you do so, feel the earth as a receptive, supportive mother. Ask the Earth Mother if you can send roots down into her core. When you intuitively feel her say "yes," consciously send roots down toward the center of the earth. Feel them grounding you and connecting you.
Eventually, see your roots enter a glowing core of golden light that is brighter than the sun. Drink this light up through your roots. As you breathe in deeply, see it rise up your roots. As you breathe out, see it brighten and expand. Continue to breathe deeply until the light approaches your tailbone. Then, as you inhale, see the golden earth light enter the center of your root chakra (a red wheel of light, spinning horizontally like a ceiling fan). As you exhale, see the light expand and activate this chakra, causing it to spin more quickly and to shake off any darkness or debris. Continue to breathe light into the chakra, seeing it heal and balance itself as you exhale. Continue until this chakra feels balanced. Then inhale the light upwards into your sacral chakra, an orange wheel of light spinning vertically (like a standing fan) just below your belly button. Again, as you inhale, see the light fill the chakra, and as you exhale, see it spin faster and throw off any darkness or debris. Continue to breathe into the chakra until it feels balanced. Then move up to the solar plexus chakra, a yellow wheel of light spinning vertically above your belly button and below your heart. Repeat the breathing/cleansing action with the light, continuing until you intuitively feel it's time to move on. Feel the muscles relax in your entire belly as you do so. Then, move up to your heart chakra (emerald green, vertically spinning, in the center of your sternum). Next, your throat chakra (robin's egg blue, vertically spinning, center of your neck). Then, your third eye chakra (indigo, vertically spinning, in the middle of your forehead just above the center of your eyebrows). Finally, your crown chakra (crown of your head, horizontally spinning, white/violet light).
When you've breathed into each chakra until the area feels relaxed and balanced, connect with the cosmic light of the Universe. See it as a sparkling rainbow light above the atmosphere of the Earth. As you send branches up into this light, become as conscious of the vastness of infinity as you possibly can. Then, draw this light down your branches and toward your body until it's like a waterfall of light moving down through all your chakras, further balancing and activating them.
Next, call on Archangel Michael (or a helper of your choice) to vacuum ways all remaining areas of darkness or heaviness, and all cords of fear or attachment that might have been present in your aura. See him doing this. Then ask him to surround you in a bright, protective sphere of blinding white light. You might finish by visualizing yourself in a sphere of protective colored light. Choose a color that feels powerful for you - I like to choose indigo for protection or pink for positivity.
Finally, to empower yourself with gratitude and to get into an even more positive momentum, consider all your blessings. Marvel at them and say thank you. See yourself and your energy as perfectly healed, balanced, and shielded. Inwardly thank the Divine, the Earth Mother, the Universal Love/Light Energy, Archangel Michael, and all your angels and helpers. Think, "Thank you, thank you, thank you. Blessed be. And so it is."
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