The Seven Chakras and How to Use Them


The chakras are energy vortexes that run through the body beginning from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, and when they are in balance your body, mind, and spirit function in harmony. Each chakra deals with its own organs, has its own assigned color and mantra, and is linked to its own specific emotional issues.

For the next seven weeks I will tell you about each of the seven main chakras, starting , with the Root Chakra, and we will discuss it in all its aspects and meanings.  So here we go with the first chakra, the Root Chakra.


In Sanskrit the Root Chakra is called Muladhara and its symbol is within a four-petaled lotus. It is located at the base of  the spine, its color is red and its mantra is LAM.  The associated organs are the spine, legs, feet, blood, teeth, and skeleton. Its element is Earth, and it is the security and safety chakra. When it is in balance you feel grounded, safe, at home in your body, and secure within yourself. Crystals and stones used to balance Muladhara are red jasper, smokey quartz, and hematite. One of the best ways to balance this chakra is to visualize a clear, pure red spinning at the base of the spine. Also, the Root Chakra is the seat of Kundalini, which is known as the vital life force. Yoga poses that strengthen this chakra are Shavasana, Tadasana, and Virabhadrasana.




The second chakra, also known as the Sacral Chakra or Svadhisthana is the pleasure and emotional centre, and is also the well-spring of your creativity. Its color is orange and the mantra for this chakra is Vam. It is located in the pelvic area, its element is water and the organs associated with Svidhisthana are the kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs and the genitals. To balance the Sacral Chakra, visualize a clear, vibrant orange spinning in the pelvic region. Yoga poses that strengthen this chakra are Balasana, Natarajasana, and Parivrtta Trikonasana Essential oils that assist this chakra are rose, jasmine, clary sage, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang.




The third chakra also called the Solar Plexus or Manipura is located above the navel where the diaphragm sits. Its mantra is RAM and its color is yellow and sometimes golden. Its element is fire and it is the seat of the ego, your personal power, and your ability to make choices for yourself. Organs in the body that are associated with Manipura are the liver, large intestines and the digestive system, the adrenal glands, stomach, pancreas, and lungs.  Essential oils that assist in balancing the Solar Plexus are Frankincense, Rose, Myrrh, Rosemary, Sandalwood,Rosewood, and Sandalwood. You can inhale the oil, rub directly on the Solar Plexus, or on the bottoms of the feet.



The fourth chakra up from the Root Chakra is Anahata, or the Heart Chakra.  This is the seat of compassion, love, forgiveness, and is located in the center of the chest at the heart level. Its element is Air, and color is  green. The mantra for Anahata is YAM and the organs associated with this chakra are the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. Yoga poses that can assist in balancing Anahata are Uttanasana, Ustrasana, and Bakasana. These will help you in opening your heart center. The Essential Oils that can help you balance the Heart Chakra are Lavender, Frankincense, Angelica, and Rosemary.



The Throat Chakra, called Vishuddha in Sanscrit is located in the neck and shoulders and its color is blue. It is the seat of self-expression, and when it’s out of balance  it means that you are not speaking your truth. The parts of the body associated with Vishuddha are the thyroid, neck, shoulders, mouth, teeth and arms, and its mantra is HAM.  The yoga poses that balance the throat chakra are Matsyasana, Simhasana, Sarvangasana, and Halasana. The Essential Oils most associated with balancing Vishuddha are Sandalwood, Rose, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Frankincensea, and Jasmine. (Note: The beautiful representation of Vishuddha above was painted by the artist Anna Quigley and graces the wall of our Casita.)


third eye

The Third Eye chakra is called the Ajna center and its color is Indigo.  The mantra for this chakra is AUM, and it is located between the eyebrows and behind the forehead. Ajna is most closely associated with the brain, and the glands associated with the Third Eye are the Pituitary, and Pineal glands. The organs connected to Ajna are the ear and eye and the entire nervous system. Essential Oils that help to balance the Third Eye are Frankincense, Angelica, and Vetiver. There are also Yoga poses that help strengthen and balance Ajna and they are Ardha Pincha Mayurasana, and Janusirsasana.  Ajna is a center of insight and inner wisdom.



The last of the primary seven chakras is the Crown Chakra, also called Sahasrara. It is located at the top of the head and its color is violet or white. It is said to be the gateway to higher consciousness, and its mantra is AUM. The associated parts of the body are the nervous system, and the the pituitary and pineal glands, and it is depicted as a lotus flower with a thousand petals. In balancing the Crown Chakra, the Yoga postures that assist are Vriksasana, the Half Lotus, Shavasana, and Sirsasana. These will help strengthen Sahasrara. A regular meditation practice also balances the seventh chakra. The Essential Oils that balances Sahasrara are Frankincense, Vetiver, Lavender, Jasmine, and Sandalwood.



Your Life’s Purpose: To Remember

Most of us who are on the spiritual path, no matter what it is, always ask one single question, ” what is my life’s purpose?”

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Unknown

Now that’s truly a mouthful. I resonate with much of it, not every bit. I believe that our purpose is more common and simplistic than that, yet as complex as any difficult and challenging task can be. And that purpose is to remember.

If you break the word down, ” to re-member” or “put back together” it may sound too simple, too easy to be one’s life’s purpose. But think about it, if we had not collectively forgotten who we really are, and that is star people, souls choosing experiences before we are born, life would be completly different. Most of the challenges we live with would be null and void. If you knew that you were an integral part of the magnificent Universe, you would simply manifest all you desired to experience and avoid all the yucky stuff just to have the fun and luxury we all dream of.

It is really an interesting thought, because many of us are awakening and we have deep down inside, a knowing, that we are more than meets the physical eye. We have been taught that we are Spirits living a human experience and also, I like to add, humans living a human experience, but do we really know for sure, the power we have to shape and reshape our lives?

If we did we would not be struggling with experiences such as lack, hopelessness, war, separation, and segragation. We would be living a life of abundance and peace always and I’m not so sure where that experience would get us. Would we learn and grow, the way we do now, or would what is an Earth school, turn into a playground?

Though we benefit from our self-imposed amnesia, our purpose, among others, is to remember. Remember who we really are so that we can assist in the ascension of this planetary experience. Some of us will remember sooner and more fully than others so that we can help lead the way. Remembering will be traumatic for some and heaven for others. We will all deal with it in our own unique ways.

All the other purposes we have, have to do with our passions, creativities, and various talents, gifts, and interests we have been born with or developed on our journey here. These purposes are important too. I don’t want you to think they aren’t, but so many struggle with their main purpose, and there is no science to prove this and I doubt there will ever be, but I believe that we are on a trek back to remembrance. All of us, in our own way, on our own roads with our own gear in tow.

To re-member ourselves is our sacred purpose and who knows if that can happen in this earth environment, but surely many of us are wiling to find out.


Does Your Dream Need an Upgrade?

Often, we come up with a dream, goals, and ideas that seem monumental at the time, but we know that we require that challenge to get us to success, whatever success is to us. We work hard on those dreams and then realize that we need to work even harder and smarter to get the engine going in the way we desire it to. Our dreams are our lives. They are what motivates us and keeps us going through tough times, knowing that we are working on something we consider worthwhile.

It takes many years, as a blogger/writer/mentor to get your name out there and to get people to trust your brand. And speaking of brand, there needs to be a whole lot of  either time or money spent on creating and marketing your brand and for those of us who are soloprenuers, it is usually time, which doesn’t always get you as far as money and help will. But it’s coming together after four years of changing, shifting ourselves while changing and shifting our brand to fit who we are in the present without confusing people.

Now, I just feel in my heart that something else is needed or needs to be changed. Maybe it’s time to upgrade the dream. For us that doesn’t mean more work on iWonder Sisterhood, it means coming up with something that will work for us. Time is getting more and more precious now and the time we spend with some clients is not necessarily what we want to do with all clients. There is not enough hours in our day. So when you begin to feel that itch about your brand and your business, maybe  it’s time to start thinking bigger and creating in a larger way something that will make you profitable but not take up 24 hours of your day. We don’t believe in the old saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” We want to sleep now but we also want to put something out there that is engaging enough to assist in taking care of our human and spiritual needs. We want to give our potential clients quality for sure, over quantity. For iWonder that may be the act of putting all of our wisdom in a book that we sell ourselves. We are fully aware that there is plenty of initial work involved but we are thinking about the payoff. We will be offering something that is worth plenty to our clients and will also in the long run, keep iWonder profitable.

Your dream upgrade may be something different. It may be starting and creating courses that your client can pay for, and benefit from, while you are able to sustain your dreams and goals. It is difficult to live a totally human life, which we all do, and also give everything away for free, we are still here to assist spiritually, everyone that contacts us on a serious note. If you are ready for change, we can help you do that. If you are not, we recognize it right away and we don’t want your money for something that is not working for you and creating change in your life. We only want money from those whose lives we impacted in a positive way and those who we have given the tools to handle everyday life and its radical changes.

There is still much to think about, but the doing is where we will focus our attention. There will be an iWonder book with all of our iWonder wisdom packed into one place instead of reading 200 posts. We certainly don’t mind if that’s what you want to do, we will always write for our blog as long as we exist as iWonder Sisters. But we want to give you something you can cherish and be inspired by everyday you look at it, and for us, that is a book that will be a post a day with the main reasoning or lesson behind the post. For you, it may be offering the best course possible that people can purchase when they are ready. You can do this instead of offering live classes that take up time and marketing experience to hope that someone shows up.

Upgrading the dream is something that I believe we all go through. It just comes down to whether or not we stick with the new plan. What can it hurt? I can’t see anything it could hurt to shift your ideas around until they shape themselves into something new. And newness is never a bad thing unless you are invested in a very specific outcome instead of allowing the universe to guide you along the way.

The #BacktrackingChallenge for Tarot and Oracle



Hello Cheerios, this Backtracking Challenge is for the entire of month of November. You choose a tarot or oracle card in the morning. You can look at the card, but don’t assess/read the card. Wait until the end of the day and then sit with the card to read and assess how this card fit into your day. Keep a journal if you like or videos of the experience and what you have discovered about the card and your day.

Share on your social media platform of choice. Ours will be shared on Instagram!

The purpose of backtracking a card helps you to learn better how to read the cards and how to free associate the card with every day life no matter what your story was that day. It helps you to be able to read for others, as you may pick the same card for 4 people with 4 different stories. That card will have a different meaning for each person that is relatable to thier specific lives that day, that week, that year, etc. It teaches us how to see the cards in many different ways.

So join us on this #backtrackingchallenge and place this as a hashtag and please put #iwondersisters.

Thanks so much!

Andie and Kimm

The iWonder Sisters


30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 2


Something I am extremely grateful for is my sense of humor and the laughter that Kimmie and I share every day. It has gotten me through an often traumatic life and saved me from slipping down the hole more than once. It clears my head and puts things in perspective in a way no kind of meditation can. Perhaps laughter is a kind of meditation. Yes! I like thinking of it that way!. And it really is a vacation from all the crap that so frequently runs through my crowded and cloudy brain. Yes, a sense of humor is a godsend. #30daysofgratitude @trueseedtemp

7 Ways to Spiritually Rid Yourself of the Blues


The Blues, we all get them at times, and sometimes there is a solid reason and other times it sweeps over us like a cold breeze on a Fall day. We try to think about positive things but that doesn’t always work, now does it. The power of positive thinking is just that, a power that sometimes requires habit and exercise and often even that can’t get us out of the funk we feel. We are talking about sporadic moments of just feeling lethargic, not clinical depression or diagnosed anxiety, but those rare moments when we feel like today, we just can’t get IT done, whatever IT is.

I have learned ways to get out of the Blues, and I am grateful that they don’t get me often, but I too have those moments or I wouldn’t know how to rid myself of the feeling. Now, let’s be straight, you are perfectly allowed to sit in the Blues if you’d like. There is nothing wrong with that, however, this is for those who have grown tired of the feeling and want to move on. Remember that all your feelings and emotions are valid and deserve your attention. So if you are feeling this way often, see a physician, it could be physical and/or mental. But take care of yourself always.

Here are 7 ways to kick the Blues out the door, if you choose to:

  1. Find something creative to do. Creativity offers us a spark that nothing else does in quite the same way. Try something new, or do something that you may feel you’re not that good at, but it’s fun and fulfilling for you.
  2. Start a book or finish a book. Starting projects and finishing projects often have the same results, satisfaction, and again, something to do.
  3. Go outside and hopefully you can soak up the sun. The sun is a healthy thing to help get you out of a funky mood. You may need the sun physically and are just not aware of that fact.
  4. Take a short walk. Walking is a great meditation and if there is really something responsible for your Blues, you may just sort it out during a 20 minute walk.
  5. Create a collage. Collages are easy and forgiving. You don’t need to be some super artist to choose pictures you like and glue them to some paper. Make them tell a story if you wish or just play with color, which also has a healing effect.
  6.  Write a blog post. Blogs are simply journals. If you already have a blog that you’ve been neglecting, write a post about your Blues and lack of inspiration. It may just help others as well to know that they are not alone.
  7. Sleep it off. Sometimes the Blues is a lack of good quality rest. If you can practice taking naps, see if you wake up with a little more vigor. If nothing else, your tired mind and body will get some needed rest.

Do Lazy Days Affect Your Business?

For the past few days, I have felt like Bruno Mars’ song, “today, I’m not doing anything.” Now, If I worked for Walmart, that would either be possible by calling in for a sick day here or there or vacation time, but I don’t work for Walmart, I don’t really work for anyone but Andie and myself, except for our freelance gig with a company in Canada that employs copy writers. So, it’s almost too easy for me to give in to doing nothing, and Andie has her days as well. And we talk about it, because I think with both of us, there is a bit of guilt that surrounds the subject. As entrepreneurs, is a lazy day, or even week, going to hurt our business? Will it affect our business in any way?

Could giving in to lazy days affect your business in a positive way? Common sense will tell us, or should tell us that if you’re taking too many days off, that something is wrong. You either have lost passion or interest in that business or never really had it, however, if you take a day here or there and a couple mini vacations a year, I believe that some time off can give you a fresh perspective and help you to come up with new ideas for old problems, when you feel rested and in balance.

Balance is the key word here. We have seen many moguls crash and businesses go down the drain because of owners who spent every waking hour working, marketing, and worrying. Then again, we have also seen people who never sleep, succeed tremendoulsy. But how do those people feel? Do they have the energy left to explore the joy success can bring? Or are they just rich, successful, burnt out individuals who have lost all of their family and friends.

Balance, once again, comes up for me. We all know that any business, whether large or small, requires a certain amount of work and attention. Sometimes, the business may require more time and energy than you feel you have to give, but then the tide slows down and mellows out and you find that you actually do have time to rest and should rest, when that time comes.

I don’t think a couple of lazy days ruins your business and they just might be an all-around positive way to live and work. We work, we rest, we work, we play. Balance. Now if you are planning on being singer Bruno Mars in that video where he is doing absolutely nothing that day, make it only one or two days, and then get your tushie back to work.

It’s Your Life! Do the Work!

Kimm and i have come across this all too often  and it’s an issue we must speak to. We are healers and guides, not fortune tellers. Yes, we do readings with cards and runes, but these are meant to clear away the fog in your head, and perhaps help you find direction. The hard work is yours alone to do.

Many people want to be told what is going to happen, and basically  hear only what they want to hear. They don’t realize that self actualization – self awareness and self acceptance –  is a solitary process and you are either going to make the investment in yourself or not. “The Work”, as Byron Katie calls it, is what you need to immerse yourself in to get to where you want to go. No one can do this for you.

Kimm and I can usually tell at first meeting whether or not a new client is really ready to be mentored by us. Lots of women are so married to their stories and not willing to step out of their comfort zones. They have a million excuses why they “can’t”. Sometimes we will work with these women even though we know they are not ready for change or to work on and with themselves. But too often it is a waste of time and money.

Let me say this to those of you who want answers. The answers are all there inside you NOW. You just have to clear away the debris and stop playing the same tapes over and over in your head. The past is done and the future is not yet here. Change is the only thing you can be certain of, and that change can be for your growth or for ill. And make no mistake: Stagnation is for ill.

So if you want to know who you are and who you might become, roll up your sleeves and get ready to get dirty. Ask yourself this question: Do I care enough about myself to work on me? And know that any healer worth her salt, will be there with you every step on your journey. But remember that the work belongs to you.


Need a Quick Spiritual Pick-me-up?

It really doesn’t matter what form of spirituality we practice, sometimes we get ourselves into a rut, because rituals are just that, rituals. And often this means doing the same thing over and over again. Though we choose these practices because they bring us joy and peace, things can still get a little stale sometimes.

It’s like being in love, in the beginning it’s all fire, but as time goes by, things calm down. And also, just like romance, just because the fire begins to fade, doesn’t make it any less special. It may just be time for a quick pick-me-up.

We offer you 10 ways to add a little spice to your spiritual practice:

1. Study another form of spirituality, widen your horizons

2. If you meditate, change your meditation music or the amount of time you meditate.

3. Visit a spiritual center, and for you this could be the local art museum. If it is, take in the majesty that is the talent of the human mind.

4. Study the history of your own spiritual practice and see where all of these rituals actually come from.

5. Ask a friend to meditate with you or go to yoga class with you and then head out for a cup of coffee or tea afterwards and discuss how you feel, physically and emotionally.

6. Take a break. It’s ok to not celebrate the full moon this month or the new moon next month. Instead use that night for a date, a movie by yourself, or chill with a glass of wine or sparkling seltzer. Just take an overall break.

7. Start a spiritual book club. You can follow many online book clubs or start your own from scratch. It can be virtual, you can  meet up on Google or Skype, or have an old-fashioned house get-together where everyone brings a dish.

8. Add nature into your practice if you haven’t already. Take a walking meditation, or a swimming meditation. Meditation is simply a practice that enables you to try to “be here now”.

9. Checkout sites like where you can locate like-minded people with whom you can socialize and chat with about your victories and your challenges. Sometimes it’s good to commiserate.

10. Have a once a month ritual with friends and during these meetings listen to other’s rituals and begin to try and combine rituals while you’re together.

Sometimes we all get a bit bored with our own spiritual practices, and it has nothing to do with not loving our rituals, sometimes they just need a little shake-me-up. It is also good to examine and interview yourself to see if it is time to change practices. This could definitely be an option that no one should feel guilty about.

An old Buddhist proverb says, ” when you are in the river, you travel by canoe, but once you hit the mountain, it would be silly to drag the canoe up with you.”

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