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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pretty In Pink

We've added PINK to our Bronze Bliss collection in honor of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we're donating $5 of every purchase to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Wear one of these pretty pieces in honor of someone you know
who has battled this disease.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Spiritual and Emotional Healing Begins in the Chakras

Do you even know why people say you need to "balance your chakras? If not, you'll be sure to enjoy this guest post by Candace L. Talmadge.

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The word "chakra" is Sanskrit for "wheel."

In the context of energy-healing, the seven charkas are simply larger versions of the thousands of intersections between the four parts of self-awareness, or consciousness. Consciousness is an energy field that surrounds and penetrates the physical body that we see with our physical eyes. Like all energy, consciousness vibrates.

We perceive that energy field, also known as the aura, with our four non-physical senses. We see it with soul vision, or clairvoyance; feel it with soul feeling (clairsentience); understand it with soul understanding, or clairaudience; or simply know that it is there via soul awareness, which often is lumped in with clairsentience but is its own distinct energy-information channel.

The four parts of our self-awareness are the physical body (cellular mind), mental body (conscious mind), emotional body (subconscious mind), and the spiritual body (unconscious mind). Although not yet recognized by western medical science, the chakras are the true mind-body-spirit-heart connections, not the brain or nervous system.

Most chakras are about the size of pinheads. Due to their larger size, the major chakras are useful for retrieving memories that are in the deeper areas of consciousness.

Eastern traditions teach that a special kind of energy (kundalini) is stored in the root chakra, which covers the area between the legs. The kundalini experience happens when this energy is released and moves through the other chakras.

This understanding may not be entirely complete. Chi-love-divine (pick a favorite label) energy enters the human aura through the crown chakra (the top/back part of the head), flows down the back, loops up through the root and other six chakras, and leaves via the brow chakra.

The reason so much of the energy is trapped in the root chakra has to do with self-judgment. Unlike all energy, which vibrates, self-judgment does not. Non-vibrating self-judgment becomes stuck in the magnetic portions of the energy field (the emotional body and physical body to a lesser extent), and gums up the flow of chi-love-divine energy.

The kundalini experience can be so devastating precisely because the chi-love-divine energy is crashing against self-judgments on its way through the chakras. Think of how violent a torrent of water becomes when it rushes over boulders and carries huge debris with it.

It's very easy to unearth memories isolated from our waking awareness by self-judgment and denial. Just start digging into one or more of the major chakras. But it's not so well known what to do when one or more of these memories is brought back to conscious awareness. The issues can be resolved, but that means finding and releasing the associated self-judgment, and that takes courage and determination not to allow fear to get in the way.

Most people have no idea why chakras need balancing in the first place, but it has to do with lifetime upon lifetime of accumulated self-judgments. Only when we start releasing those self-judgments (primarily from the magnetic emotional body) can we begin to heal fully and reach resolution, allowing the pain to go and the power or influence over our thoughts, feelings, actions, and beliefs, to subside.

In other words, we are free, or at least freer, than we were.

Candace L. Talmadge is an inner shift specialist and author. For a free-ebook that covers this topic in more depth, visit and sign up for the occasional newsletter.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cozy Sweaters and Chunky Cuffs

I love this look, pairing a chunky cuff with a nice warm sweater. Check out more of our cuffs here!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Meditation: What's the Difference?

I saw this on Facebook the other day and it made me stop in my tracks. It really is amazing to be offered a window into different cultures. I believe differences are something to celebrate, as they give us so many opportunities to learn. I respect, appreciate, and subscribe to the technological and entertainment advances of the American culture that the picture on the left demonstrates; but oh, how frequently I wish things were slower, simpler, and more pure, just like the picture of the boy on the right demonstrates... 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sushi Anyone?

One of my latest designs for the home - a sushi set! Two small sauce dishes and one sushi tray. What do you think?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Art Glass Show & Sale

Today at my favorite local art event to participate in - The Art Glass Show and Sale at Spanish Village Art Studios in Balboa Park. The weather is perfect, and the setting is always so inspiring! Shiny, happy people were everywhere!

Check out the video that shows what Spanish Village is all about:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday Meditation: Finding Freedom in Difficult Moments

Equanimity is the state of balance and non-reactivity that arises when we are resting in full presence.
This brief video explores the possibility of finding this freedom when things don't go our way.

How many times do you allow a small part of what's not right in a current situation to negatively impact the entire experience? And then, when that yucky part of the situation is no longer there, often do you find that the situation didn't actually improve as much as you assumed they would?

I found this brief excerpt, from a talk Tara Brach gave, to be incredibly eye-opening and 100% relatable. Watch it. What do you take away from the woman's experience that Tara so beautifully recounts?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll

Fun and HOT day at this great event today. The booth looked really nice and there were lots of happy people about, including this adorable couple trying to decide which sun catcher they wanted. They decided on all three.

Next stop is the Art Glass Show & Sale at Spanish Village in Balboa Park next weekend! Come visit me!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall in Cardiff

I'm so thankful that Fall in Southern California allows us to still bare our legs, show off some ankle jewelry, and run around in Tom's. :)