Bothered by technical terms? We’ve polished the patina off ancient phrases, shined them up to suit contemporary definitions. Consider this a dummies guide to all things esoteric. Why is there a picture of a snoozing kitten here? Because it’s cute. Just like this menu. If we do say so ourselves. 

 

Alchemy /ˈalkɪmi/

The tedious, but oh-so-worth-it, process of transforming life’s lemons into gold. Alchemists spend decades investigating the greatest mystery of the universe—themselves—and stop only when they have mastered their ego. Which is usually when they die. Alchemists take the crap that’s happened in their lives and sift through the muck until they find the gold hidden within. Within every negative episode of life is a gem waiting to be discovered. That is their Holy Grail.

Chakra

Chakras are the batteries that power our energy field. They work exactly like the batteries that run our smartphones, laptops, cars, remote controls and all the stuff we call necessities. So yes, they need to be charged, consciously and constantly. The human energy field is so immensely potent that we require not one, not three, not even seven these days, but twelve chakras to channels our latent powers into the world. Each chakra has a specific function in the human energy field. When a chakra is operating at its optimum level, we effortlessly channel its powers into the material world. It becomes a magnet for attracting whatever we desire from the universe into our lives. The converse is true. When a chakra is blocked, all efforts are thwarted one way or another, and life becomes tedious, if not downright impossible. The best way to energise a chakra or clear out the debris it has accumulated is by meditating. Yes, I said the M word. Not for you? Then try the chakra-centric Kriya Yoga. Other forms of yoga help too. Watching TV will not restore the factory settings.