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Practicing Self-Observation by Margaret Ann Lembo



Are we generally a culture that lacks self-awareness? Self-observation is one of the best means to achieve self-knowledge—that is, the knowledge of one’s own philosophies and beliefs. Most philosophies and beliefs are established from birth to age ten and become part of our subconscious. Through the practice of self-observation, we can uncover these unconscious beliefs and determine if those beliefs are in alignment with our personal truth.

Self-observation is the intentional act of observing one’s own behaviors, reactions and actions as an interested, objective observer—that is, without judgment. Once the observation is made, a shift generally occurs without much action. The observation is often accompanied by a realization that one’s beliefs and thought-forms (manifestations of mental energy) were imposed or established by others, and a conscious decision can be made to discard what is no longer appropriate and retain that which has a positive influence.

Through self-observation, one’s level of self-importance is also revealed. Self-importance removes one’s ability to stay blank focused on love, kindness and tolerance. In order to become a better person, the shift of awareness from self-importance to love actualizes inner peace, health and well-being. Once achieved individually, this self-actualization can be transmitted by example to others. Inner peace brings awareness. Awareness brings love. Love brings awareness.

Many of the enlightened masters lived human lives on this planet with a focus on love. Throughout time, masters like Buddha, Christ, Sai Baba, Babaji, Mother Theresa and others focused their teachings and attention on love, kindness, compassion, tolerance and self-knowledge or self-awareness. (Throughout this book you will find the terms Christ consciousness and Buddha consciousness. These terms are not being used in a religious sense, but are spiritual terms that synoptically refer to the human ability to transform and heal while living within the consciousness of love and tolerance, thereby achieving inner peace.)

To begin a simple practice of self-observation, start now as you read this book. Observe how you hold the book. Become aware of your hands holding the book. How are you sitting? What are you sitting on, what is it made of, and where did the materials come from? Are you eating or drinking while you read? Do you smell a scent in the air? Is there sufficient lighting as you read? Through these basic observations, you will begin a journey toward a conscious awareness of yourself and your surroundings, thereby heightening your perceptions of self and the space around you. These observations are a small stepping stone to a larger sense of self-awareness, including an awareness of your thoughts, where they are coming from, what provoked them, and how to transition yourself out of unhealthy or challenging situations, all of which we will discuss further.

Excerpted from Chakra Awakening: Transform Your Reality Using Crystals, Color, Aromatherapy and the Power of Positive Thought by Margaret Ann Lembo


Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing; Angels & Gemstone Guardians Cards, and many more. Margaret Ann is an evolutionary aromatherapist, the creator of Smudge in Spray, and the owner of The Crystal Garden — the conscious living store of the Palm Beaches established 1988.

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Yellow Energy and the Solar Plexus Chakra


The solar plexus is the center for your ability to take in, absorb and integrate life and all it offers—the good as well as what you may perceive as the bad. The solar plexus manages the vibration of experiencing and digesting all you see and experience around you and in your life. It can be compared to the powerful and amazing sun shining brightly in the sky. The brilliance of light at this center brings mental clarity and the ability to see life from a greater perspective. It’s a great visual to imagine the sun shining at your solar plexus to warm you up and integrate all that life has to offer.

Marianne Williamson‘s quote below sums up the importance of shining your light and encouraging others to do the same.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. You are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within you. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Gemstones for the solar plexus chakra:


Amber Affirmation: I easily set boundaries with others. I surround myself with people who respect my sacred space. I am protected from the thoughts and feelings of others. I feel nurtured and cared for. I am able to recall past lives when I need a deeper understanding of life and life’s circumstances.




Citrine Affirmation: I am courageous and shine my light brightly. I am very good at setting boundaries. I am confident and realize that people honor and respect me. I am a valued person in society. My digestive system works well and is very healthy. I am mentally clear.



Golden CalciteGolden Calcite Affirmation: I am so full of joy! I sparkle and shine my light brightly. I have the courage to be all that I can be.



blankRed Goldstone Affirmation: I shine my light brightly and sparkle for all to see. I shine my light as I live fully and passionately. I am a shining star! I am focused and aligned with balanced emotions.



blankMalachite Affirmation: I easily digest all I take in and receive all the benefits. My heart is focused on love, light and well-being. Even when things appear to be swirling around me, I am able to stay focused. I am able to process and digest all the sweetness life offers me on all levels.


Portions of this post are from Chakra Awakening: Transform Your Reality Using Crystals, Color, Aromatherapy & the Power of Positive Thought


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Vital Energy: Red and the Root Chakra



Vital Energy: Red and the Root Chakra

The energy vibrating at the root chakra, or lack thereof, regulates your health and your passion for life. Do you have a lot of get-up-and-go or are you always tired? You may need more rest or better nutrition to restore your vital life force. Are you a mover and a shaker or are you a procrastinator? If you find that you are a procrastinator and you aren’t able to conjure up the energy to get things done, then it’s time to light a fire under your root chakra and get things moving.

The lack of motivation, laziness or procrastination could stem from depression or a lack of the proper nutrition. blankThis creates an out-of-balance root chakra because it doesn’t have enough red energy and circulating vitality. Consciously look at your diet and add more red foods. In addition, add red clothes to your life with the intention of activating energy and vitality. Use red stones, wearing them in jewelry or placing a tumbled stone in your pocket. Keep the stones nearby you at home or in your office as a reminder of your intention to make a shift. Make the decision to overcome lethargy, and make it your intention that every day in every way you are more and more motivated. Thinking these thoughts will help you actualize your goal.

blankTo activate the root chakra, carry red stones like garnet, ruby, red jasper and red calcite in your purse, pocket, and briefcase or wear them as jewelry. Institute regular exercise, observe what you are eating and make the necessary changes to bring more live food into your diet. Get more sunshine to integrate vital life energy. Notice and look at the color red in your world with conscious intention. Conscious intention means to simply project the thought—as you carry a red stone, wear that red shirt or look at a red flower—that you are doing so to increase your vital life force and the ability to get things done.



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Activating red energy takes focus. Your ability to stay focused and not flitter from one thing to another without accomplishing anything is controlled by your ability to stay grounded and in the present moment.

~Excerpt from Chakra Awakening by Margaret Ann Lembo