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Doing these 3 things will help you to free yourself from clutter and get the most out of life

25 Aug, 2018
Doing these 3 things will help you to free yourself from clutter and get the most out of life
Don’t let clutter be the killer of your dreams 
By Sonia Rao

Ever felt the frustration of a slow-speed laptop and then realized that you had 3,471 tabs open that were causing the lag?

Or, do you remember the time you could not focus on just one thing because your head was filled with thoughts of all your other to-dos?

Or, when Google notified you of your swiftly-depleting online storage and asked you to pay for more space and you saw that more than three-fourths of your emails and photographs were junk and you had to spend your entire weekend deleting them?

These are e-versions of what can happen when you allow your living space to get overrun with stuff.

It’s not surprising when it results in one lagging behind in work, losing mental clarity and focus and incurring an unnecessary wastage of time and money.

So, are you often:

Unable to find an important paper because it is inside that pile you never got around to sorting.

Complaining about ‘having no clothes to wear’ because your wardrobe is full of clothes that you “will fit into, one day”?

Overeating because it’s easier to do that than to organize the amount of stuff you own?

If you’ve answered yes to even one of the three questions, then it’s important for you to declutter your living space to feel vital and re-energized.

Studies have shown that clutter can adversely impact one’s mental health.

It makes sense, then, to let go of things that have fulfilled their purpose to make space for the new to enter.

Follow these 3 steps to help you declutter and move towards a lighter, brighter YOU:

“Does this spark joy?” Marie Kondo suggests you ask your body and emotions this question while holding the item you’re not sure you want to keep or give away. She asks you more of such questions that will not only make you rethink your possessions but even your entire way of life. Read about the KonMari ‘once-cleaned, never-messy-again’ method of simplifying, organizing and storing.

Don’t let the stagnant energy of clutter stop you from reaching your #lifegoals. These podcasts give you both instructions and inspirations to tackle your physical, emotional and mental clutter.

You don’t have to go it alone. An e-course, with daily inputs of insights and motivation, can be a great hand-holding guide in your journey of letting go. We’ve got a stack of them for you to choose from according to your requirements.

Sonia Rao is the Editor-in-Chief at Thriive Art & Soul

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“Be An Angel” Today: Find Out Which One You Are!

22 Aug, 2018
Be An Angel Today: Find Out Which One You Are!
Today is “Be An Angel” Day. Choose a number and click on the pic to know which Angel energy resonates with you.

Angels are beings of light made of pure energy. They live in higher dimensions and are not bound by time, space and matter. Angels are pure love and are always ready to help and guide us, if we ask them for it. Each of the Angels has different roles and energies.

Suggestion: Meditate on the Angel that’s revealed and imbibe their qualities.

Archangel Ariel is the angel of abundance as well as that of the Natural World. Her name means “Lioness of God”. She epitomizes the energy of abundance and unconditional love that is seen in Nature. Often depicted as a beautiful presence poised on top of the World, she spreads her healing light over the entire Plant, Animal & the Mineral Kingdom. True abundance, prosperity and success come from going out of the comfort zone and taking a leap of faith. Meditate on this card to reach your full potential through assistance with setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what’s best for you.

Archangel Azrael is known as the Angel of Death. His name means “Whom God Helps”. He stands for the energy of comforting the dying and the grieving. He is the source of quiet strength and comfort and helps to overcome the fear of death. He also provides a bigger spiritual and emotional perspective to those going through grievous loss and helps to find the lessons they provide. Meditate on this card to find the strength and the courage to move on from loss and believe in the beauty of life.

Archangel Gabriel is the Divine Messenger. His name means “God is my strength.” Archangel Gabriel is the patron angel of creativity and children. He stands for the energy of communication, knowledge and wisdom. Ask for his divine help if you are an artist or a writer/creator who is feeling blocked and seeking inspiration or is putting out a new creation before the public. Dreams and intuitive impressions are his desired mode of sharing visions from the future. Meditate on this card to reunite with the full truth of who you are and to cut the chords of self-limiting beliefs, doubts and attachments.

Archangel Michael is the most powerful of all angels. His name means ‘He who is as God’. He is the patron angel of righteousness, mercy and justice. Often depicted as a Warrior, he stands for energy that can help one cut the chords of attachment to toxic people, things and situations. He also helps to release negativity, fear and doubt. If you are feeling sad or low on energy, focus on Archangel Michael. He is the source of courage we need to make positive life changes, helps us to remember our life purpose and lead our lives more fully and vibrantly by aligning it with our passions.

Archangel Raphael is the healing angel. His name means “God Heals”. He is the patron angel of healthcare and travel and can help with all physical, mental and emotional issues. He stands for energy to manifest health in our lives including curing addictions and cravings and, in certain cases, triggering instant and miraculous healing. Archangel Raphael works to heal animals and the environment too. He is also the protector of travellers so when you are embarking on a journey, an appeal to Archangel Raphael for his protection can help you overcome the obstacles and hindrances in your path.

Archangel Jophiel is the angel of art and beauty. Her name means “Beauty of God”. She helps one to see inner beauty in others as well as in oneself. As the patron saint of artists, she illuminates the creative spark. She stands for the energy of manifestation. Her healing light spreads over those with self-esteem issues. When one feels blocked, Archangel Jophiel shows the way to decluttering stale energies and provides the strength to implement positive action. Meditate on this card if you are feeling unfocused or overwhelmed with life.

Archangel Chamuel is the angel of peaceful relationships. His name means “He who seeks God”. He epitomizes the energy of balance in life in terms of emotions and mental health. Archangel Chamuel spreads bestows his healing light on those who are seeking: be it small items of daily use, a job, a loving relationship or then their own life purpose or even peace within themselves. He is happy when people learn to love themselves because this is mirrored in their lives and helps them resolve conflicts both within themselves and with others.




Archangel Raguel is the angel of justice and harmony. His name means “Friend of God”. He is a champion to underdogs, and he can help those who feel slighted or mistreated become more empowered and respected. He mediates in arguments and disputes to which he brings his high standards of fairplay and justice. Be it a legal or an emotional fight, Archangel Raguel settles it with finality. His way is the path of harmony and goodwill. His energy is that of the whistleblower who brings to attention the injustices happening in the world. Meditate on this card to help you find closure to painful, past issues and guide you towards healthier relationships.

Archangel Sandalphon is the angel of grounding and being connected to Earth. His name means “Soul Brother”. His chief role is to deliver prayers to the Divine so they are clearly heard and answered. Sandalphon’s divine duties also include inspiring humanity to take good care of Planet Earth. He can help turn sound vibrations into sound healing by raising their vibrations. Artists and writes invoke him to infuse divine music into their creations. Meditate on this card for answers to your prayers which Archangel Sandalphon sends subtly through music and words you can hear inside yourself.

Archangel Raziel is the angel of mysteries and the revelation of sacred secrets. His name means “Secret of God”. He is depicted as an older masculine energy that is kind and loving. He stands for the energy of developing psychic abilities and spirituality and the deepening of faith. If understanding abstract concepts or synthesizing modalities is a challenge, invoking Archangel Raziel can help. Meditate on this card to understand the mysteries of life through the interpretation of your dreams and past life.

Archangel Zadkiel is the angel of mercy. His name means “Righteousness of God.” He stands for the energy of showing compassion to self as well as to others. If relationships have gone bad or one seeks redemption for one’s mistakes, Archangel Zadkiel is invoked to spread his healing light and sweep away unforgiveness from your mind, body and heart. He is of special relevance to students or those seeking to remember important information. Meditate on this card to strengthen your memory-enhancing capabilities.

Lady Gaia is the 9th dimensional Angel in charge of this planet. She works in association with the intergalactic council and invites souls to this planet- these souls could be animals, healers, agents of change and Angels. Any soul who resides on Earth has to be welcomed by Gaia. She also reminds certain souls of their purpose on this planet and helps them pursue their divine destiny.

Special thanks to Thriive-verified Angel Card Reader Somedutta Ray, for providing the right guidance while writing this article. For personal readings, you can contact her here:

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Give Your Home An Energy-Cleanse

18 Aug, 2018
Give Your Home An Energy-Cleanse
When stagnant energy fills up the home, it’s time to give it a makeover
By Sonia Rao

Ever entered a room and felt something was ‘off’? We are ‘energy’ beings. When this energy, also known as ‘chi’, flows unobstructed through us, we feel a sense of ease. When it is blocked, we experience dis-ease. This is true also for the physical space we live in. When energy does not get free space to flow through, it results in accumulation of stagnant energies. This can be a result of energies brought in by guests and also by the weather. Today, one of the biggest culprits of energy dump are the electromagnetic vibrations that emerge from the innumerable e-devices that surround us. When you start being irritable, lethargic and things are not going as well as they should be, perhaps it is time to give your home an energy-cleanse.

The New Moon is especially a good time for a cleanse as the moon readies itself for a new inning. Do one at Eclipse time. And in any case, do it when you instinctively know it’s time for one.

Here are 3 awesome ways to do it:

1) Chi-Organiser
We love the Wifi that powers our cell phones and our laptops but it can be a huge energy-vampire. Fight off the harmful electromagnetic frequencies and radiation emitted by e-devices and give your home a rejuvenating, energy-balancing armour with the Chi-O.

In fact, Chi-O even enhances the energy levels of the body when it registers it to be drooping. It works as a neutralizer, bringing the body to a state of balance that has been unaffected by EMF radiations. Chi-O is popularly worn as a piece of jewellery but it can also be used as a protection shield in homes, cars and offices.

Find out more about the device here:

2) Smudge With Sage
Take an energetic shower by doing what the native Americans did to cleanse the air around them: burn a few herbs and drive away the stale energies that are making you lethargic and dull. Your house gets an aromatic facelift too. Most popular herbs are sage, cedar and rosemary. Making sure these herbs are dry, light them inside a smudging bowl. Once they start smoking, fan the smoke towards your body to purify yourself. Then move all around the house, filling it with smoke, with special attention to corners. This exercise is best performed mindfully and with full awareness.

Smudge-sticks are easily available in case you can’t make your own:

3) Soothing Chants

The world was born to the sound of OM, they say. Words have power. Sound of certain wavelengths are known to rewire the brainwaves. This works well with the energy of a place, too, by playing soothing chants. Fill your home with these soulful renditions by Kaya and Kasara and feel your own spirits lift:

Sonia Rao is the Editor-in-Chief at Thriive Art & Soul.

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We’ve got 7 immunity building blocks for kids that are way cooler than Lego!

13 Aug, 2018
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We’ve got 7 immunity building blocks for kids that are way cooler than Lego!
Pssst, it involves a lot of eating and sleeping

Children can be fussy when it comes to food, often resulting in low nutrition levels. Unless food is jazzy enough for their eyes, they refuse to touch it. Not that there is a guarantee that they will still like it! And with the changing environment, immunity takes a hit.

I have this vague memory of Dina Pathak dishing out dadima ke nuskhe—household remedies for preventing from commonplace illnesses—on a popular entertainment channel.

Come winters and we always have jars of honey filled with almonds, 5-6 of which should be consumed as soon as we wake up.

There is no denying the profound truth that these remedies work well even today and are the foundation you need to build your child’s immunity.

Let’s build the Tower of Immunity

Let’s take a look at some ‘bricks’ that will help build your child’s Tower of Immunity.

Ghee is the gut’s best friend and works phenomenally well for your child’s gut health. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties work wonders in making your child’s body immune to disease. This source of good fat also helps in brain development.
Colloidal silver
Colloidal silver is antibacterial and antimicrobial. This enables it to fight bugs that are resistant to antibiotics. It is anti-inflammatory and also helps fight diseases like bronchitis and pneumonia.
Vegetables and fruits
Do I even need to expound on the virtues of these? You will find 100s and 1000s of recipes online for no-fuss smoothies and innovative ways of serving veggies. 
Elderberry juice
Elderberries are known to help in brain and immunity development. The anthocyanins (flavonoids with antioxidant properties) in elderberries help the body fight illness and disease. They are also rich in Vitamin C and really effective against flu. Make some elderberry gummies and watch your kids gobble them up in minutes! (The internet’s got a lot many recipes for elderberry gummies and other foods you can make using elderberries.)
Immunity boosting spices
Culinary spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon are superpowers that help strengthen digestion and thereby boost immunity. What works is that these will add to the flavor of the food and yet stay hidden. So, win-win!
Yoga mudras
Expounding on the virtues of practicing yoga is like telling you how important it is to drink water. Yoga mudras are hand gestures that, combined with a guided breathing pattern, help to improve the energy flow in the body. A popular yoga mudra known to boost immunity is the Prana Mudra (the Mudra of Life).

For the prana mudra:
1. Sit in the padmasana.
2. Bend the ring finger and the little finger towards the thumb.
3. Touch the thumb to the tips of the ring finger and the little finger.

Alternative therapies
The following alternative therapies are also very effective in boosting immunity:
1. Homeopathy
2. Bach Flower remedies
3. Energy Healing (Pranic/Reiki can be administered at home by the parent because it requires only basic chakra cleansing knowledge)

Now, let’s smash some myths that can weaken the Tower of Immunity:

· A child of normal weight and height does not need immunity boosters. 
I was at home all day yesterday so I don’t need to bathe today. Did you laugh at this? Then you know why you need to laugh at the first sentence too. True that underweight children are less immune but height and weight aren’t the only barometers of immunity.

· Those colorful vitamin drinks are perfect immunity boosters. 
The only thing good about these drinks: they are pleasing to the eye. The food we eat—a natural source—gives all the nutrients that these drinks promise to give. Also, remember, excess of anything isn’t really   great.

· Meditation is only for adults.
It isn’t. Children, these days more so, are as stressed as adults, if not more. And we all know that mental stress can manifest into a physical illness alright. Introduce children to meditation to help them inculcate a healthy mind and a healthy body.

· Hail antibiotics!
Ummm…not really. Antibiotics are not the only way to cure illnesses. Besides, they are also known to weaken the body’s immune system’s capacity to fight diseases on its own.

· Immunity depends only on nutrition.
While eating the right type and quantity of food is important, fresh air, sunshine, and adequate sleep are as important. Inculcating in kids the habit of waking up early and building a healthy routine will go a long way in making sure the foundation of immunity always stays strong.

Constant bouts of cough and flu in kids may sound common, but it doesn’t have to be. Consistent alternative practices can build long-lasting immunity for growing kids. Let Thriive help filter out the myths and boil it down to what works and how. Learn more:

Nikita Jhanglani is a technical and creative content writer, editor and book blogger. Currently, she is into world domination, one checklist at a time.

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Do you know the real symbolism of today’s solar eclipse? Donald Trump should be interested, too!

11 Aug, 2018
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Do you know the real symbolism of today’s solar eclipse? Donald Trump should be interested, too!
Thriive Global Ambassador and world-renowned Dream Interpreter & Symbology expert Prof. Kaya reveals the real meaning of a solar eclipse and also what last year’s total solar eclipse signified for the United States, in a tête-à-tête with Sonia Rao

A solar eclipse (as seen from the planet Earth) occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks (“occults”) the Sun. While today’s partial solar eclipse will not be visible in India, there are a few aspects of this eclipse one must know.

Positive and Negative

In symbolic language each situation contains both its positive and negative aspects.

The positive aspect of an eclipse is very powerful because it creates a reflection of ourselves in the Universe as well as the notion where we feel a connection with our inner self.

The Sun is related to our day to day manifestation. So, when we talk about the solar energy, we talk about the masculine energy; the energy of manifestation.

On the other hand, the moon is a symbol of the night. Its energy relates to the feminine energy. And feminine is related to interiorization or going within.

Because of the involvement of the moon, the night becomes very important as it is related also to the unconscious aspects of life, to the metaphysical dimensions of who we are.

At that precise moment of the total eclipse, people are profoundly in connection with their sensitivity. There also arises a realisation of the importance of our emotions, our thoughts, and the energy that we have within ourselves, though not everyone is conscious of it. But it does create a form of meditation and a form of connection with something that is bigger than them.

Since this is the last eclipse of 2018, it is a good time to revisit the total solar eclipse that took place in the United States at this time last year.

This eclipse brought forth some realisations for the country:

Rediscover its essence
It was a time for the US to open up from within. Events were pointing to the fact that it was time for the US to go to the past to rediscover its essence.

Overconfidence of the US:
The sun was obscured due to the eclipse which gives rise to the symbolism that the real Sun is lost and has been replaced by a fake Sun. The overconfidence we find in the US is a manifestation of this energy: The go-getter notions, the always-pushing-for-success syndrome, money and the need to always shine. It’s as if one wants to be the ‘Sun’ all the time.

Time to go within

The US has turned its face away from interiorization. Every country has a personality and that of the US gives it a lot confidence and a leadership role in world affairs. But it is also a society based on materialism.

Now, because of the leadership of Donald Trump as the President, who is very focused on his own ego and his own success, the country too has seen this philosophy being followed. But because the total eclipse involved the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon, it reflects the profound realisation that the country needs to go more within and not just look at things on the surface.

Exposing the dark side

This also exposes the dark side of the US. One of the facets is the racism which we are beginning to see on the streets. This is a sign that people will need to develop more of their spirituality. It begins with questioning the notions of success, the meaning of money and also the people in power.

Every eclipse touches our perception of being and so it is always very good for a reflection about our lives and about who we are in the world and where we are going.

About Professor Kaya:
Professor Kaya is a best-selling author and international speaker. His notable work includes Dictionary Dreams-Signs-Symbols and The Source Code. A global expert on Dreams, Signs & Symbolic Language, he co-founded with his wife Christiane, the University / City Mikaël (UCM) that is established in several countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia. UCM is recognized by the Government of Quebec, Canada and Switzerland. It also holds a scholarship from Google. 
Prof. Kaya & Christiane Muller will be presenting at the 11th Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences which is being held in Pyramid Valley, Bengaluru, from 29th Sept – 2nd Oct, 2018. For more details and to avail the Special Early Bird Offer on donor passes, click here:
Sonia Rao is the Editor-in-Chief at Thriive Art & Soul.

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  1. A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you ought to write
    more about this topic, it may not be a taboo matter
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    To the next! Cheers!!

Ladan Ratcliffe is an internationally respected teacher of Metaphysics, a Life Coach, Healer and Speaker. She was always drawn to the mysteries of life, the universe, the mind, the soul and the presence of a Higher Intelligence behind creation. A shift in her personal life, almost 30 years ago, enabled her to pursue her interests by becoming a member of many spiritual schools and associations. This revealed to her the truth that we co-create the reality we live in. She has extensively researched the role and functioning of the chakra system within the human body. This led her to uncover the link between the chakra system of all life and how one is influenced by the energies of another.

Ladan Ratcliffe will be presenting CHAKRAS OF THE  5TH DIMENSIONAL LIVING at India’s one and only ‘soul’ festival, the Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences, at Pyramid Valley, Bengaluru from 29th September – 2nd October, 2018.

Here’s an email conversation we had with Ladan Ratcliffe in which she talks about her life purpose and her journey as a life coach and healer.

THRIIVE: Hello, Ladan. Thank you for sharing your story with us. At the outset, I’m sure our readers will be very keen to know when and how did you know for sure what your life purpose is?
LADAN RATCLIFFE: Fulfilling my life path has been a journey in itself. It feels like I have been climbing a set of stairs and each time I climbed up a step, I needed to stop, experience and fulfill an aspect of my life path to obtain some tools which would help me reach and fulfill the next step of my life path. So, knowing about my life purpose did not happen in one instance but as a continuous sequence of events. My life purpose over the last 25 years has led me to know that I am here to Serve the Divine by sharing the Universal Truth.

THRIIVE: How has this transformed you?
LADAN RATCLIFFE: Knowing my life purpose has provided the platform for me to be the person I have come to be and to have the life I have come to experience. The transformation has given me the sense of freedom, the sense of self-love and the sense of rediscovering the Truth.

THRIIVE: Could you share any incident from your journey that stands out for you?
LADAN RATCLIFFE: At one time, I was undergoing treatment in two hospitals as my health was so poor. I took charge of my suspected illnesses and worked with the energies of my body through breath, through allowing myself to be the channel for Prana and by releasing and letting go of negative beliefs that were related to fear. I became determined that I had all the tools I needed to heal myself and as a result of that, after three months of various medical investigations, I was discharged by both the hospitals.

THRIIVE: Could you suggest an empowering practice our readers could carry out in their daily life? And, how?
LADAN RATCLIFFE: I have recorded positive affirmation meditation on a CD which I am gifting to all the participants of the 11th Global Festival of Spiritual Sciences where I am one of the Presenters. By listening to these positive affirmations, if you are ready, you can transform all negative beliefs that may have been stored in the subconscious mind to positive beliefs which through daily practice for 21 days, can become your normal attributes.

THRIIVE: What message would you like to give our readers?
LADAN RATCLIFFE: Love yourself so much that the love then pours out of you onto others.


The Cosmic Shift of the 21/12/12 catapulted a shift within our energy systems which changed our operating system forever. This was to prepare us for the forthcoming ascension and the increased amount of cosmic light that our four- body system was to receive. Some found it incredibly illuminating; others found it was the start of one of the most testing periods of preparation that their bodies had ever experienced. In only six years, we have jumped from the limited space that we have occupied since the fall of Atlantis and are now landing onto an all-singing, all-dancing 4/5D energy body. Through the ascension process our energy system evolved from the 7-chakra system, where it enabled us to operate in a 3D world, into a more expanded and complex chakra system giving us the tools to become more compassionate beings as we step into our multidimensional selves. The alchemical process that is continuing to take place in our operating system is changing our cellular and the sub-cellular structure. Our chakras are merging, changing position and new ones are activating in order for us to open up to our higher consciousness and to experience joy. What needs to happen is the process of the full integration of the 5D reality into our conscious selves.

To find out more about her presentation at GFSS this year you can watch this video

To know more about GFSS 2018 & to get the Early Bird Offer on the donor passes, visit or call 7506424584 / email [email protected]

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