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Tame Your Inner Critic – Book Review and Author Interview


Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 2.24.09 PMIf you want to start 2016 with the goal of loving yourself, loving others and loving life, I recommend picking up a copy of Tame Your Inner Critic: Find Peace & Contentment to Live Your Life on Purpose by Della Temple.

We all spend too much time in our lives criticizing ourselves, what we’ve done, and what choices we’ve made. I wanted to learn more about how to differentiate between my authentic self and the judgmental voice in my head. All the tools necessary to do that and more are found in Della Temple’s book.

This isn’t a quick read – rather, it provides a process of peeling away voices in your head that were placed there by others, and getting in touch with the voice of your own inner guidance, your own intuition, your own higher knowing.

As a writer about the chakras, I was very interested in Della’s chapter on “Chakras and Your Life Force,” and her experience with releasing foreign energy from the chakras through a grounding cord or blowing up this unwanted energy in the visualization of a rose.

The result of using the many exercises in Tame Your Inner Critic is a feeling of greater peace, and the ability to create your reality following your life’s intention, not the wishes of others.

There is also a companion workbook that makes it very easy to follow the recommended exercises. You can use it make notes, or you can use the journal of your choice.

I wanted to know more about Della Temple’s personal process, so I interviewed her and share her answers with you here:

1) As we’re entering into the New Year, can you explain how you re-create your statement of being instead of making resolutions?

Most people believe that action is the most important part of creating the world they desire. In forming a New Year’s Resolution most people come from the negative and figure out a way to attack the “problem,” believing that by physically doing something, they will fill the void in their lives. They have it backward; it’s better to think and feel it into being.

So, I don’t think in terms of lack or resolutions. Instead, I choose terms more reflective of my feelings and my best qualities.

If I think and feel love, kindness, and joy every day, then even if unexpected things happen in the coming year, I will view them through the lens of these top-of-mind conscious thoughts. Everything that is coming to us is a direct result of the vibration of our thoughts, feelings, and internal dialogue. As we think and feel, so it is. Changing our thoughts and feelings really does change our reality.

2) What made you decide to delve into studying psychic healing?

My inner critic used to be very loud and annoying. It held me back from doing many of the things I wanted to do. It told me I was too unprepared, too opinionated, and just not good enough. In fact, I had grown so used to the incessant negativity that I believed I was deficient in some way.

I had read about the body’s energy system and had a hunch that greater understanding of auras, chakras, and the interplay between thoughts, feelings, and bodily reactions would lead to the peace and contentment I craved. So I enrolled in a beginner’s program at Boulder Psychic Institute. As I did the work, my inner critic stopped nagging me. I wanted to write about my experience to help others find their own inner peace and contentment.

3) How would you say we allow others’ voices to turn into our own inner critics and how do those voices stop us from living a life of purpose and meaning?

Thoughts and feelings are energy and through our energetic body (our aura and chakras), we exchange energy with the people in our lives. As an example, when we think of someone, we transmit some of energy from our aura into theirs.

When a parent worries about a child, they may be sending a mixture of love, concern, and judgment energy into their child’s aura. A boss or a co-worker may send us a little bit of criticism energy mixed in with their morning hello. These outside energies combine with our internal truths. Soon we are unable to tell one from the other, so we accept it all, as a right, accurate and exact portrayal of who we truly are. This I believe is the genesis of the inner critic. The judgments, criticisms and displeasure we feel about ourselves are energies we’ve unconsciously absorbed from the people in our lives. It’s difficult to live a life full of purpose and meaning – our own purpose and meaning – when we are surrounded by the stories of who others think we should be.

4) How can we tell foreign energy from our own?

Foreign energy makes your body feel tight, tense, and uncomfortable. An old Chinese proverb states, “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Our natural state of being is relaxation, joy, and peace. Our body is relaxed because our energy is flowing, not static.

The book is full of tools and techniques to keep your energy flowing. One of the most effective tools and a tool that I use in my personal life every single day is called a grounding cord. A grounding cord is an energy cord that connects your body to the center of the earth. It acts like a vacuum cleaner, helping you efficiently release all those thoughts and feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. Attaching your aura, as well as your body, to this grounding cord allows your full energetic system to be connected to the earth.

5) Can you explain how the chakras play a part in manifesting what one wants?

Chakras are wheels of energy that connect our physical body to our energetic body. The chakras act as waystations, transmitting information back and forth between one’s body and Spirit. If the chakras are clogged with foreign energy (other people’s thoughts and feelings), then we might be manifesting a life that’s in tune with our neighbor’s idea of the good life, not ours.

Using the energy tools described in the book (grounding, blowing up a rose, tapping), you learn to release energies that are not your own, bringing balance and harmony to your energy system. When the chakras work in harmony with each other, they send out strong vibrational signals to the universe. These signals call back to you energies of the same vibrational family. So the trick is to align all seven of your major chakras into a harmonic – a symphony of vibrations resonating with the energy of what you want to manifest.

6) How should one best follow your exercises and meditations when the first step is always to close your eyes? I found your accompanying Workbook helpful in this regard, but is it necessary?

One way is to read through the meditations first, and then record and play them back as you sit in meditation. One of my beliefs is that we can heal ourselves; we don’t want to give our power away to others. With that in mind, I think it’s helpful to hear your own voice on the tape as you sit in meditation. But I also know that people need a starting point, so I’ve recorded a few meditations for readers to download free.

I believe that taming your inner critic and uncovering your life’s purpose is both a left-brain and a right-brain activity. It’s truly a journey of discovery, a process that takes time and patience. I designed a companion workbook (Tame Your Inner Critic: The Workbook) with space to do the exercises, record your thoughts, doodle and answer some deeper questions not found in the book. I’m glad you found it helpful.

7) In doing this work you recommend, what did you find to be your unique gift and how are you sharing it with the world?

The clues to solving the riddle of who-you-really-are and what your unique gift is, reside in the quiet space of joy. Teaching is one of my joys. When the light bulb goes on for those that I am teaching, and I see their faces light up as new horizons of learning become apparent, that is joy to me. That is who I am and why I am here. I hope that I’ve done this with my book.

Find Tame Your Inner Critic on Amazon.com, or learn more about Della Temple and her work at www.DellaTemple.com.

Namaste and Happy New Year!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras-Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet
www.theChakras.org

 

 

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Eat Right with THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET – Free Download


The Chakra Energy Diet coverAre you eating right? Do you understand that it’s not your fault if you’re not? Learn what may be sabotaging your best efforts to be as healthy and energetic as possible… Get over the mid-summer blues with a fresh approach to choosing the right foods for your particular needs, based on the rainbow chakra system…

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Why did I write The Chakra Energy Diet? So many of my friends and students have told me that they’ve tried every diet, but in the end, NO amount of willpower can stop them from gaining back the weight and more. Looking for answers took me right to the Chakras, and how we need to feed them with food that’s full of energy instead of processed, addictive, chemical-laden ingredients.

Ann Doherty, RN, CDE, a Diabetes Educator, and Serge Kahili King, PhD, a Huna healer, added their extensive knowledge on how we’re sabotaged by our own bodies’ stress responses and by the food industry to have cravings and overeat. Even better – they offer stress-busting solutions. Look with me at which of your chakras have been stressed, and follow my easy suggestions to quickly move into balance.

Here’s what one reviewer, Mary Jo Shaffer, Co-Owner of Heart Projects and author of Rainbow Eyes: Chakramid Reflections, said about The Chakra Energy Diet:

A Balanced Recipe for Vibrant Health and Well-Being

There are so many things that I love about this book; first and foremost is that Becca Chopra shares her extensive wisdom to help you optimally feed not only your physical body, but your subtle, or nonphysical body, as well. And she does this in a very balanced way, providing a virtual treasure chest of tools that include real, health-giving foods; meditations and breath work; affirmations and healing activities, and specific yoga poses.

Becca begins by pointing out the breakdown in the conventional American diet, which is loaded with sugar, processed foods, GMOs and soda. Then she points the way to a better way of eating that actually nourishes body, mind and spirit. She also speaks at length about how stress and your own insecurities about your body can stand in the way of you reaching your health and weight goals and how you can lift those blocks.

Next, taking you on a systematic journey through your chakras, Becca introduces each of these seven major energy centers to you and helps you to pinpoint your own weaknesses and imbalances. She then offers a wealth of information for you to use in nourishing your physical body and revitalizing your chakra system.

The book ends with appendixes that include a “Chakra Yoga Flow” sequence to balance your seven chakras and also “The Circle of Joy Breath” that integrates Body, Mind and Spirit. The instructions are clear and detailed enough so that even a beginner can complete the sequences.

All in all, this delightful, easy-to-read guidebook is a feast for the senses served up in Becca’s expressive writing style, complemented by beautiful photography of food recipes and yoga poses.
~ Mary Jo Shaffer

Learn how to increase your energy, reach your optimal weight, and nurture yourself with the right foods, stress-busting techniques, yoga and exercise… start The Chakra Energy Diet today. For ongoing support, download my FREE MEAL PLANS also.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet

www.theChakras.org

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CHAKRA HEALING SECRETS – Free Today on Kindle


Chakra Secrets Twitter coverMy life story, interwoven with the healing and balancing techniques that have kept me uplifted – emotionally, physically and spiritually, Chakra Secrets, is FREE today and tomorrow, Oct 9-10, on Amazon Kindle. I invite you to download it, give it a read, and please take a moment to say what you found interesting or helpful on Amazon reviews. Here’s what a few other readers/writers have said about it.

An Inspirational Memoir ~ R. R. Harris, editor and author of Double Take

Chakra Secrets by Becca Chopra is part memoir, part fun, part romance, part drama and pure inspiration. It’s timeless, offering a look at one woman’s path through tragedy, guilt, unhappiness and chakra imbalance, into a state of grace – happy, healthy and loved. And even better, it’s free today, October 9th through October 10th, for Kindle download to any reading device. Just go to http://amzn.to/15S76wr.

Love, sex and chakras. A great read! ~ Tom Rapsas, author of Life Tweets: Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life:

“I thought Chakra Secrets was a blast, an easy read that’s both educational and entertaining. For starters, it appears to be loosely based on the author’s (adult) life story as she moves from one relationship to another while developing an interest and prowess in the chakras. There’s love, sex, loss (the death of her wandering husband), and a foray into reincarnation–even a side story on a notorious Hollywood star and couple that are part of her life (thinly veiled, see if you can figure out who they are). While she touches on the chakras throughout, there’s also a very helpful “Part 2″ at the end of the book. It details the 7 chakras and how to tap into them, including instructions on how to cure what ails you. Highly recommended!”

Reads like a novel with a BONUS! ~ Harriette Knight, author of CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life

“Becca Chopra’s CHAKRA SECRETS is both a prequel and sequel to her wonderful CHAKRA DIARIES. What I love most about these books is that they read like a novel, and that the stories overlap. They are totally engaging and engrossing and difficult to put down. Becca’s honesty is searing. She bares her soul for all of us to see, and relate to. There is a human-ness that is shared that goes beyond author and reader. The exercises in the back of the book are a BONUS and one I have referred to over and over. I love how Becca intertwines her own journey with the teachings of yoga and the chakras. She is a gift to all of us and a voice that needs to be heard.”

I Loved This Book! ~ Marla Martenson, author of Amateur Night

“What a great read. I am a fan of memoir and I just love a true story. Becca is brutally honest in this tale of finding herself. I am also an author of memoirs and her story reminded me of myself. She went through heartbreak, confusion, adventures, and learned valuable lessons. I love her writing style, and found the book hard to put down. Becca also teaches us about chakras in the book and gives a great exercise to open them up. I am eager to try it. I have also ordered her other books. She has a new fan!”

A Mainstream Fan ~ Wendy Naarup, author of Piece by Piece

“This honest, candid story about the author’s journey to happiness introduced me to the world of yoga and chakras. I didn’t need a drop of holistic background to fall in love with the characters and empathize with their struggles, the struggles so many of us have trying to find authenticity and balance a midst the confusion and unfairness of life. The author doesn’t just share her life, she offers a path. I’m intrigued. I never thought I’d say this, but I feel like taking yoga.”

Happy reading!

Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets

www.thechakras.org

Win at Life with a Happy Mood, Positive Attitude and Good Relationships


Win No Matter WhatWin No Matter What: A Guide to Hyping Up Your Life by Nihar Suthar is a gem of wisdom compiled by a college student! Nihar Suthar offers sound advice for happiness and joy in life in this short, entertaining read. He wrote this book to demonstrate how awesome every day can be for each one of us, regardless of what he calls the terrible trio (mood, attitude and other people).

Suthar provides quotes and anecdotes showing how to adjust your mood, attitude and perception of others so that nothing can bring you down. For instance, he recommends “faking” a good mood – smiling and maintaining a strong posture until it becomes a habit. A fan of Paulo Coelho, I love this quote he includes from him: “You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”

He also suggests greeting and talking to as many people as you can each day… creating a better mood for you and the people you talk to. Other tried and true measures he suggests are thinking about what you are grateful for as you wake up each morning, and actively choosing to focus on what will brighten your mood.

Once you’ve made it a habit of being in a good mood, Suthar recommends changing your attitude to change your life… He recommends figuring out “why” you are doing something before you act, because it will help you achieve your goals. He writes that attitude can also be improved by actively seeking fun – making your day into a game, thinking positively, and living it up – taking advantage of all opportunities offered. He also recommends visualizing your perfect future and adjusting your attitude to get you there.

The third concept Suthar covers is changing your perception of others to change your future. For instance, focus on others’ positive qualities, put others before yourself, stay united with your family, and respect others.

Following Suthar’s advice, you can choose a more limitless path for your life, following your dreams. None of what he suggests is new, but age-old wisdom compiled in a very readable, entertaining way by this young motivator.

NiharNihar Suthar, in addition to his college work, is the founder of Hype Up Your Day, a company that designs packages for business motivation and productivity, and simultaneously provides inspiration to people around the world. He is also donating most book sale profits to Acumen, a charity investing in solutions to global poverty.

Here he answers my questions about his writing:

Q. What is the underlying message of your book?

A: My book is made up of several powerful inspirational stories with tips on how to improve your daily mood, attitude, and the perception of others. It is straight to the point, and meant to be like a guide on everyday living.

Q. What inspired you to write the book?

A. As a freshman college student in New York City last year, I often rode the subways in order to get around Manhattan. Usually, I thought nothing of the subway system. One day though, I was in such a good mood that I had to socialize with someone. I tried talking to lady on my subway car, but she just stared at me blankly. She looked like she was bored and also pretty stressed out with her day. That moment got me thinking about humans, and how we often do not live to the fullest or notice all the bright life around us because we think we have insufficient time, are preoccupied, or even tired. I wanted to help as many people as possible, so I decided to write a book from there!

Q. What do you hope readers will take away from your book? What changes do you hope they’ll make?

A. I hope readers will simply implement a few of the important strategies in my book into their everyday lives to be happier and live better. The biggest changes I hope they make are: Finding the reason behind why they are doing something first, finding 1 or 2 positive things out of every event that occurs, and putting others before themselves.

Q. Where do you find your inspiration to write?

A. I find the inspiration to write from my family and friends – they know that I enjoy writing and always support me. I also get inspiration from the people I interview for the motivational anecdotes in my book. Their stories are often so amazing that it really makes you think. I just love writing inspirational books!

Q. Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share?

A. Definitely share your inspiration with as many people as possible and follow your dreams! We all give inspiration to one another, and we can all accomplish whatever we dream.
🙂
Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, and Balance Your Chakra – Balance Your Life

Energy Healing with Dynamind


“I read this book and another of Becca’s, checked out her website, viewed her video that follows this book. For the first time in 2 years, I am pain free. I am more at peace. THANKS!” ~ Amazon reviewer

“Do you know which of your chakras are out of balance? Becca Chopra’s new book starts with a very easy-to-understand explanation of the chakra energy centers in our bodies and how each one affects us differently – physically and emotionally. Then, she shares the “secret” healing technique described in her book, Chakra Secrets, and details how to use “Dynamind” to balance each of the seven chakras, removing any pain or dis-ease associated with each one…. As busy as I am, I know I can fit in a Toner for one of my chakras in just a few minutes each morning… setting myself up for a much better day ahead.” ~ Amazon reviewer

Thank you to these two reviewers who recognized the healing power offered by the Dynamind Process which I share in this book. I learned this technique from Serge Kahili King, Ph.D., a kupua healer and founder of Aloha International, during a Hawaii Health Getaway. With his help, I’ve applied the process to Chakra Healing.

Whether you experience pain, illness or stress, or just want to enhance your energy, you’ll want to learn and practice this simple, yet profound, technique.

According to the ancient Hawaiian Huna philosophy, stress plays a part in all illness. More and more, modern medical research links stress and illness to a wide range of maladies from high blood pressure and heart disease to chronic pain and obesity.

Of course, modern everyday life carries with it a grab bag of stress, but we just don’t want it to be chronic and as familiar as our favorite shoes. Personally, I use a variety of ways, including yoga and meditation, on a daily basis to relax my body and mind. But when I feel pain or illness or uncomfortable emotions such as fear or anger, I immediately use the “instant healing” Dynamind technique to release tension, restore my body’s innate self-healing abilities and allow my chakra energy to once again whirl strongly.

Just like regular exercise can keep one’s body and mind toned, using Dynamind Toners every day can keep your chakras and your body in balance. I’ve even produced a Balance & Tone Your Chakras DVD where you can follow along with me and strengthen your chakras so that your life can be the best it can be.

Anyone who purchases my books which explain the Dynamind process, Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life or Chakra Secrets can get a free link to the streaming video, now through the end of October, when the DVD will be available for sale.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra

www.thechakras.org

Finding New Meaning in Life


How do you find meaning and purpose in your life? Especially if you have lost a partner or friend or job and find a “whole” in your existence?

The answer is to focus on what you want to create and experience next to find meaning and satisfaction. Recognize your gifts and use them to make the world a better place for yourself and others.

Love all, be grateful for what you have, help others and have fun while doing it. Either find meaning in your work itself, or if not that, meaning in working for the love and betterment of our families and all people, and the world itself.

“If you are feeling bored or disconnected from life, then you have lost touch with your spirit and awareness of the many blessings and gifts God has given you. To cure boredom stop holding yourself back from life and take a risk. Take a chance and get involved in something bigger than you. Goodness knows the world has ample opportunities to choose from,” said Sonia Choquette in her recent “Heal Your Life” posting.

There are many opportunities to “connect,” which is the way to overcome spiritual malaise. Volunteering at a shelter or community garden, taking a class to learn a new skill, use your creativity in a new way or find balance in your life (perhaps yoga, meditation or chakra work), or joining a group whose purpose resonates with your heart and soul.

For example, The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers came into being in 2004 to help spread peace and promote healing.

Together, the Grandmothers unite ancient indigenous prayer lineages from around the world to create a sacred circle for blessing and healing. You can enter into a virtual circle with them for 3 nights the first week of October, 2011, in a circle that will call us into a spirit of reverence and personal and planetary healing.

Find out more and register here (including how you can help them with their upcoming Brazil trip): http://theshiftnetwork.com/Wisdom

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

http://www.thechakras.org

A UNIQUE CHAKRA TEACHING TOOL


Just finished reading Rainbow Eyes: Chakramid Reflections.

Rainbow Eyes starts with a unique new way to look at and understand the chakras – with an introduction to the Chakramid, a pyramid of chakra energy with the Root Chakra forming a strong foundation, ascending up to the higher energy self in the Crown Chakra. It’s a wonderful way to quickly understand the properties and functions of our body’s energy centers.

The heart of the book is one woman’s self discovery as she journeys through the chakras, balances them and, in the process, recognizes her true path in life. She is able to remove the blocks that her unbalanced energy centers had previously placed in her way.

The book ends with more info on the 7 chakras and Chakramid Journal pages for you to record your own personal reflections. What a wonderful tool for self-discovery and growth! I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to find their life’s purpose, or simply to manifest their dreams more easily. As Mary Jo Shaffer writes, “How quickly something manifests depends upon the alignment of all of the Chakras.”

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

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