Chakra Travel Takes You to the Most Healing Places On the Planet

Just as the seven chakras relate to areas on the human body and earth's elements, they also have corollaries for earth destinations. Travel with us—and the many travelers now making pilgrimages these energetic spots—to the seven chakras of the body and of Mother Earth.

Root Chakra: Mount Shasta (USA)

The first chakra also called the root chakra, or Muladhara, is located at the base of the spine. The root chakra is responsible for feelings of safety, security, and groundedness and is associated with our basic needs for food, water, and safety, as well as our emotional needs to feel rooted and secure. Its energy is based on the element of the earth. The root chakra is like the foundation of a house and forms the bedrock to our lives.

The earth's root chakra is Mount Shasta in California's snow-capped Cascades Range. This gorgeous peak has a long history of sacred observation and mythology about lost civilizations. The Native Americans considered the mountain the center of the spiritual universe. Perfect home for the Muladhara, a word based on the Sanskrit for "root" and "base."

After visiting the peak, "Lonely as God, and white as a winter moon,' as poet Joaquin Miller wrote, see the three charming towns at its base, each with first-rate amenities: Dunsmuir, Mt Shasta City, and McCloud.

Sacral Chakra: Lake Titicaca (Peru)

The second chakra or sacral chakra is the seat of creativity and sexuality. Located above the pubic bone and beneath the navel, Svadhisthana translates to "the dwelling place of the self" in Sanskrit and is associated with the element water. When the second chakra is in balance, we feel an abundant and expansive sense of wellness, pleasure, and joy. Nice, right?

Travel to Lake Titicaca, between the border of Bolivia and Peru, to recognize the earth's second chakra. This large, deep lake is central to many myths; in Incan mythology, the god Viracocha emerged from the lake to create the sun, the stars, and the first civilization. Lake Titicaca is also the birthplace of the first Incan king, Manco Capac. The areas surrounding the lake, including Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Iquitos, are also recognized as having powerful energetic forces. Because it's a popular tourist destination, you can reach the lake from either Bolivia or Peru. Bolivia's capital city La Paz glimmers on the eastern shore, and from Peru, the lake is easily accessible from Lima or Cuzco.

Solar Plexus Chakra: Uluru and Kata Tjuta (Australia)

The third chakra is your warrior chakra. This is the chakra that gives a baller presentation at work and then asks for a raise—and gets it. Located between the navel and the breastbone, the solar plexus chakra governs self-esteem, motivation, confidence, and a sense of purpose. Its associated element is fire, and in Sanskrit, Manipura translates as "lustrous gem."

Sacred to Australia's indigenous Anangu Aboriginal people, Uluru is a huge sandstone monolith 2.2 miles long and 1.2 miles wide. Together with Kata Tjuta, a collection of rock domes sixteen miles to the west, these astounding natural formations play an important part of the traditional belief system of one of the oldest human societies on earth. They are also recognized as the earth's third chakra.

You can fly directly to the spiritual center from Sidney on a three-hour flight, or opt to explore the outback in a more leisurely way by driving on the Northern Territory's Centre Way.

Heart Chakra: Glastonbury (UK)

Located in the center of the chest, the fourth chakra forms the nexus between the physical and spiritual realms. The element associated with the heart chakra is air, and the Sanskrit name, Anahata, translates to "unstruck" or "unhurt." When the heart chakra is in balance, we feel love for ourselves and others, reservoirs of compassion and empathy, and a deep connection with the life that surrounds us.

In England's Somerset, Glastonbury is seen as the site of the earth's heart chakra. Here, the flat green landscape is presided over by Glastonbury Tor (from the Old English for a high rock or hill) atop which St Michael's Tower seems to rise from the mist. The site has been associated with many spiritual and mythological traditions dating from pre-Christian times, and include Celtic mythology, King Arthur, and the Holy Grail. The area also hosts to a very muddy annual music festival.

To really see the spectacular countryside, hop in a car in London for the three-hour drive west to Glastonbury stopping in every charming village along the way.

Throat Chakra: Great Pyramid (Egypt)

At the fifth chakra or throat chakra, we move into the spiritual realms. Located at the center of the neck, the throat chakra governs expression and communication. In Sanskrit, the word Vishuddha means "pure" or "purification." When the throat chakra is in balance, we have an ability to express our truth, both verbally and nonverbally, live our purpose, and translate our plans and dreams into reality. This chakra has a natural association with the second or sacral chakra, the seat of emotions and creativity.

On earth, the throat chakra is associated with the Pyramids of Giza. The voice of the earth is calling to us with a message, writes WanderLuxe: "many believe that the constant wars and tragedies in the middle east are a physical manifestation of the mother Earth calling us to come to consciousness and follow the light."

Nine miles from Cairo, it's simple to reach the pyramids by private driver and guide; public bus; cab; or with an organized tour sold at hotels.

Third Eye Chakra: Mount Fuji (Japan)

The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra, located on the forehead between the eyebrows. This chakra goes by several names in Sanskrit; the most common, Ajna, is translated as "command," "perceiving," and "beyond wisdom." The third eye is the center of our intuition, that sixth sense that perceives beyond sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. When the sixth chakra is in balance, we can experience a sense of clairvoyance as well as an increased sense of access to wisdom, insight, and illumination.

On earth, the sixth chakra can be hard to pin down. Some say the sixth chakra has no fixed point on earth and moves with the earth's rotation. Those who subscribe to this theory pinpoint the sixth chakra as currently aligned with the heart chakra in Glastonbury and whose next destination will be Brazil.

But others say the sixth chakra's home can be found on volcanic Mount Fuji. The holiest of the country's Three Holy Mountains, Japan's tallest peak is an active volcano named for the Buddhist fire goddess Fuchi. At its 12,000-foot summit, find a shrine to the Shinto goddess Sengen-Sama.

A two to two-and-a-half hour express bus from Tokyo is the simplest way to reach Mt Fuji, which drops you off at Kawaguchiko 5th Station at the mountain's base.

Crown Chakra: Mount Kailash (Tibet)

The seventh chakra or crown chakra is located at the top of the head. In Sanskrit, Sahaswara is the thousand-petal lotus chakra and our portal to enlightenment and spiritual connection to all that is. An open crown chakra connects us not only to our higher selves but to all beings. This chakra's energy is transcendent, connecting us to the divine, universal energy.

"True opening of Sahaswara means the realization that you are pure awareness," writes Michelle Fondin at the Chopra Center. "You are pure consciousness, undivided, and all expansive. Like a drop in the ocean, you are a part of that ocean that contains and encompasses every aspect of it." This is the apex of the chakra journey.

The earth's crown chakra is found among the Himalayas of Tibet on Mount Kailash. A sacred site for several religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, it's not hard to understand why the magnificence of this 22,000-foot peak would inspire thousands of pilgrims and signify transcendence here on earth.

The best time to do a Kailash tour is from April to mid-June and September to mid-October. Fittingly, though, it's not simple to reach pure consciousness. A trip to Tibet requires four permits, and the mountain itself is not easily accessible. Your best bet is to work with a local travel agency who can help arrange the logistics for you. Search travel forums to make sure you're going with a reputable agency.

The Takeaway

"The human body resonates at the same frequency as Mother Earth," writes Suzy Kassem. "If you really want to remedy the earth, we have to mend mankind. And to unite mankind, we heal the Earth. That is the only way. Mother Earth will exist with or without us. Yet if she is sick, it is because mankind is sick and separated. And if our vibrations are bad, she reacts to it, as do all living creatures."

Heal ourselves, open our chakras; heal the earth. Namaste.

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Best Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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Translator

A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.

Pilot

A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.


What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!

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Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.