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Manifesting with the Chakras

Written by Kate • December 13, 2011 •
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The 7 Chakras and the Wheel of Life

As I continue on my own path towards spiritual enlightenment, I have been studying several different methodologies on how to heal ourselves and to move into a different level of living, one free from suffering. One of these methodologies is the chakras system. I didn’t know much about the chakras until the past year or so and there is so much to learn! A system that can explain our intrinsic nature and one that has been around for a millennium or more is definitely complex. So I don’t pretend to fully understand the chakras and all the nuances, effects, and benefits of opening and balancing each chakra. But I’m beginning to understand it.

If you’d like an overview of each chakra, you can check out my previous blogs on the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, and third eye chakra, and the crown chakra.

One of the most compelling aspects of the system is how to open and/or balance each chakra, as I mentioned in each of my blogs on each of the chakras. In addition to beginning to live a life that supports opening each chakra, you can also heal yourself by using a visualization technique.  Follow these steps while sitting comfortably in a chair, with your feet on the ground.

  1. Begin to visualize white light coming in through the crown chakra from either your eighth chakra or from Source or from the Divine -whichever works for you.
  2. On your in breath, bring the white light to each chakra, starting at the crown chakra, one after the next, all the way down to your root chakra.
  3. On your out breath, you can push the white light down through the root chakra, through your legs, into the earth, releasing any blockages into the earth.
  4. Know that all your blockages are being healed or cleared out through the grounding with the earth.
  5. As necessary, do this for as many breaths as you need to feel the clearing.

As a side note: I spent several months unable to do any visualization, which concerned me [as you can imagine]. I couldn’t figure out “what was wrong with me”.  I kept meditating and working on healing myself through prayer, forgiveness and other methods. I can now visualize with the best of them! So if you’re struggling with being able to use the visualization in this post, don’t sweat it.  Try to work around it or through it but be gentle with yourself.

Now you’re clear and able to better manifest your ideas and dreams. To understand how the process of getting the spark of an idea becomes real in this world, I want to take you through how you begin manifesting through the chakras, I will take you from each chakra to the next.

Most important ideas come to you when you’re busy doing other things, a time in which the busy mind/ego is quiet and distracted, like in the shower or while driving on your commute.  This idea comes to you and it must travel between each of the chakras, which may individually decide whether or not it’s a good idea.  Remember that the chakras are each an energy source in your body and each is designed to help you with an aspect of yourself and each is equally important to daily life and your decision making process. And although I’m writing this post like your chakras are separate from you, I’m artificially slowing down an instantaneous internal process that happens often at the subconscious level, to help explain it in more detail.  Your limiting beliefs may be quashing an idea before you’re ever aware you made a decision.

You may get the spark of an idea that comes to you. You can know that this is the spark of an idea is coming from your connection to Source or the Divine because it doesn’t push and it doesn’t keep coming back again and again, insistent, from different angles. [That’s your ego and it is very, very pushy.] So this spark comes to you through the crown chakra and you get enough of the download to think that it’s the start of a very good idea. This idea then descends to the third eye chakra.

The third eye chakra helps us see the idea, to perceive it as an actual concept rather than the spark of an idea. The process of moving from the crown to the third eye chakra actually begins to bring the idea into being, by perceiving the concept in a way the mind can understand.  At this point, the third eye helps to decide if this idea is something that can be made real and that is somewhat understood. If so, it moves to the throat chakra for further evaluation. If not, the idea, like so many of our ideas, floats off as unimportant or as a funny little idea and is gone.

Once it’s passed the sixth chakra, it descends into the throat chakra. As you may know, this chakra is the place of discernment, of decision, of choice. This is where you decide if you want to continue with this idea by making it even more “real”. You may even say aloud, “I just had the best idea” and it’s something that you can begin to explain, even if only to yourself. Through your discernment, your voice, you’re beginning to bring the idea into the world, from the spark to an actual idea to one that you’re using your powers of discernment to continue make real.  Once you’ve agreed on the idea through the throat chakra, it descends into the heart chakra.

The heart chakra is the nexus point in the system, the meeting place between the top three, more spiritual chakras and the bottom three, more body oriented chakras.  This is where you decide, either consciously or subconsciously, about whether this decision is a good idea or not in terms of whether it feels good, whether or not it heals or hurts your heart.  If it feels good, like it’s the right decision for you, it now descends into the third chakra, the solar plexus chakra.

The solar plexus chakra processes the idea in terms of whether or not you both have the will to do it and whether or not it will diminish your standing in the world. Will this idea make you stronger?  Or perhaps even though it may seemingly make you look foolish to others, it is ultimately good for your sense of self?  If it’s a good decision, it continues to the sacral chakra.

The sacral chakra reviews the idea through the lens of creativity and your emotions. Do you have the creative will to bring this idea to life? Are you willing to put your creativity and your emotions behind this idea? If it isn’t vetoed by the sacral chakra, the idea then descends to on to the last chakra, the root chakra.

The root chakra processes each idea in terms of whether or not the idea will affect your basic security and your affiliations with your tribe. If you move forward with this decision, will you still be safe or not? Of course, sometimes the answer to this will be no, it’s not safer, but it’s still the “right” thing to do, when it’s time to move past the ideas that your tribe has inculcated in you.  But sometime the idea is so scary, something just too demanding and the answer, for now, has to be no.

If all of the chakra centers are “go”, then you’ve effectively taken the spark of an idea, made the concept real, decided it was a good decision that positively affected your heart, that you had the power, creativity, and security to do it.  It then gets done. The vague concept of a plot becomes a novel. The spark of a business concept becomes your new business. The new way to tackle your problem becomes your new modus operandi. Or even you realize that you need to hydrate more and you get yourself a large glass of water.

Continue to work on healing and opening each of your chakras, while also working on becoming aware of your limiting beliefs. As you begin to do so, you’ll see new ideas, bigger ideas, manifesting at a faster rate.

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Extraordinary Chakra Meditation CD by Syl Carson of Bodhi Yoga

Written by Kate • June 29, 2011 •
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I was recently introduced to Syl Carson through Carol Tuttle‘s Chakra Resonance home study program.  During the session in which the focus was on the throat chakra, Syl brought in her [then] new Chakra Resonance Theta Healing CD.  She played part of the five-minute seed sound/Chakra Resonance for the throat chakra.  The hair stood on the back of my neck, it was so gorgeous. It was haunting, it was lyrical and I had to have it.

I thought about it and I hesitated because it actually is a CD and it appears there is no downloadable version of it any where. After some additional thought, I realized I can just buy the CD, like it’s 1999!

It arrived over the weekend and I’ve played the Throat Chakra and her Om Nama Shiva 2 again and again. It is just so lovely and so penetrating. The others are quite good as well but these are magnificent.

I wish it was on iTunes so you could sample it but it looks like Syl is still a bit old school. If you don’t mind taking a chance and spending $15, I highly recommend it!

 

 

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Continuing on the First Chakra

Written by Kate • June 23, 2011 •
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Root Chakra- Image thanks to Rodessa4

Clarity Through Action

As I mentioned on Tuesday, as Marie Forleo likes to say, clarity comes from action, not learning. And if you’re anything like me, you read about the chakras but didn’t actually work on any of them the first time around. But getting clear: it’s in the doing, not the reading about doing.

So let’s continue taking another, deeper look at how to heal the root chakra. In Tuesday’s post, I created a 10 minute routine in which you can ground yourself with stillness and some serious self-love, through affirmations and movement. Here’s some additional work that you can use to ground yourself, especially when you’re feeling stressed and ungrounded. It doesn’t take any time at all in one sense but it takes commitment and self-awareness.

Honor Yourself

This may seem like a strange one but by telling the truth, facing what needs to be faced, we become more grounded. Lying, fibbing, and not honoring what we’re feeling lead to subtle but real “kinks” in our energy flow.  This is especially true about lying to ourselves.

So for one day only – try to tell the absolute truth for one day. This may require that you don’t say anything at all, in some situations.

  • Tell the truth in every situation. Are you eating because you’re hungry or because you’re upset? Tell yourself the truth. Do you want to go to that event or would you rather stay home in your jammies? Don’t commit to anything until you can tell yourself the truth.
  • Honor your commitments. If you’ve said you’ll do something, do it. This means eating well, or going to bed on time, or exercising like you said, or meditating like you said. By honoring your commitments, you can learn to trust yourself again.

Do you have any other methods by which you ground yourself? How have you healed your money or food or other basic necessity insecurities?

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The 7 Chakras- Working on the Root Chakra

Written by Kate • June 21, 2011 •
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Image thanks to Rodessa4

Clarity Through Action

As Marie Forleo likes to say, clarity comes from action, not learning. If you’re anything like me, you read about the chakras but didn’t actually work on any of them the first time around. But getting clear, it’s in the doing, not the reading about doing.

So let’s take another, deeper look at how to heal the root chakra. In today’s and Thursday’s post, I’m going to create a 10 minute routine in which you can ground yourself with stillness and some serious self-love, through affirmations and movement. I absolutely know that trying to create another daily ritual for ourselves can be screamingly difficult, but taking care of yourself is a priority.

Creating Your 10 Minute Routine- Action

For the first 10 minute routine, you need to commit to the 10 minutes for just two days. Can you do that? I think you can and here’s how. First, create a game plan that you can really live with. So create 10 minutes for yourself for just Wednesday and Thursday morning, afternoon, or evening, which ever suits you best.

But truly figure out and commit to the 10 minutes you’ll take for yourself on Wednesday and Thursday.  And everyone can find 10 minutes in their day. So visualize it. Is it first thing? Right after you exercise in the morning? Is it just after you shower? Is it at lunch, before you’ve eaten? Is it the final 10 minutes before you go to bed?

On a Personal Note – My Routine

For me, my routine is in the morning. I get up and exercise immediately. No negotiating with myself, I just get up and exercise. Then after my blood is flowing and I’m no longer feeling the least bit sleepy due to the exercise, I meditate for 20 minutes.  Exercise and meditation- every day. It goes hand in hand for me.

But no matter when you do it, commit to your 10 minutes for just two days. Commit to doing imperfectly.

Root Chakra – 10 Minutes of Healing

Find Stillness/Grounding

  • Meditate for 5 minutes each day. Put the timer on your phone for 5 minutes and then release. If you’re new to it or not that good at it, don’t worry. Everyone starts from this place. The monkey mind wants to reign supreme and we all, all of us, get caught thinking rather that meditating. Just release that too. As you may know, there are plenty of ways to meditate. The important thing is to release thoughts as they come and be in stillness for just these 5 minutes.
  • After your 5 minutes of imperfect meditation, say the following loving-kindness affirmations to yourself -three times. This should take less than 1 minute. But put your heart into it and really bless yourself with these loving affirmations.
    • May I be well.
    • May I know peace.
    • May I be free from suffering

Bless Yourself and Your Day

Take the remaining 4 minutes and bless yourself and your day. Don’t worry if you’re not religious, or if you are. I don’t mean it in the traditional way.

I got this from Christie Marie Sheldon‘s, who’s Love or Above– in reference to David Hawkin‘s Power versus Force, I highly recommend.

  1. First, close your eyes and connect to your higher power – whatever that feels like for you. Let this higher power permeate through your entire body.
  2. Hold up your hands, bringing them together and then apart again and again until you can feel a ball of energy between your hands.
  3. Imbue the ball of energy with light and love and then naming it your day.
  4. Call on all the things you want for your day, including abundance, focus, loving feelings, power to complete projects, guidance from your guides, charisma, peace, restfulness – whatever you need to help you have the best day. Seed them into your day.
  5. Then bless this day with love, life, and source energy. Bless it 3 to 4 times, with feeling.
  6. Finally, put the ball of light into your heart chakra and have it suffuse your entire being with elements you seeded your day with.  Breathe it in.

And then enjoy your day, feeling grounded and peaceful!

 

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The Seventh Chakra – The Crown Chakra

Written by Kate • June 16, 2011 •
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The Seventh Chakra- The Crown Chakra

The last of the seven chakras is known as the Crown chakra. It’s located at the top of your head. The symbol for this chakra is a thousand petal lotus, like a beautiful multifaceted crown. Its function is opening to consciousness, enlightenment, spirituality and faith.  It is associated with the color violet.

This is the eighth of 10 posts on the 7 Chakras System. Here is the first post, an Overview of the 7 Chakras, the second post, the Root Chakra,  the third post, the Sacral Chakra, the fourth, the Solar Plexus Chakra,  the fifth post, the Heart Chakra,  the sixth post, the Throat Chakra, and here is the seventh post, the Third Eye Chakra.

The  crown chakra is the seat of consciousness, the location of our sense of connection with divinity, spiritual, or faith. It connects us to our higher purpose, to our sense beyond ourselves. It helps us understand the spiritual realm and helps us heal the false sense of duality between spirit and our body.  It allows us to transcend the constant chatter of the ego, the monkey mind, the internal committee that is our self -in contrast to our Self, the eternal Self that is connected to the eternal, at the essence of each of us.

Open or Closed

Your crown chakra is closed, opening, or open. It isn’t balanced or not. A closed crown chakra is characterized by a lack of faith, spirituality, or belief in a higher power.

An opening crown chakra can be seen in those who have begun or are on their spiritual journey, be it through prayer, meditation, the journey for enlightenment, devoutness. Those who are looking to live their life’s purpose and step away from the materiality that often characterizes the 20s and 30s for those in Western cultures are opening their crown chakras.

An opened crown chakra can be seen in those who rest in the sacred, who have a near total connection to divinity, who are open to Source/God.

Causes

An open or opening seventh chakra can be pursued through a spiritual journey, to connect to the sacred, the divine, and our life’s purpose.

Symptoms of an Open, Partially Open, or Closed Crown Chakra

The following statements are from Sonia Choquette‘s book, True Balance:

  • I have a deep sense of faith.
  • I do not worry often.
  • I sense the God or a divine energy is protecting me.
  • I understand all life experiences have a deep purpose.
  • I know there are no random occurrences, life is not a random event.
  • I follow my internal guidance, even when it doesn’t appear to make sense.

If you answered no to some or many of the above-listed questions, your crown chakra is probably only partially open or is closed.

Ways to Open Your Crown Chakra

Many of the opening methods below are technically simple but can be quite difficult, in practice.

Meditation

Meditation allows us to quiet the self, to distract the inner chatter, while allowing the true Self to transcend and for us to be truly present in the moment. By continuing to do this through a daily practice, you can begin to connect to the divine.

Pray/Connect to Source

  • Pray. This isn’t begging or asking some totally outside source to “fix” you. This is you blessing yourself, your family, friends, or the world. This is you drawing on your own source of divinity and actively praying and creating what you want to occur.
  • Take a quiet moment and connect to the light by visualizing the light of Source or God filling you up and permeating you down to the ground.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Unfamiliar with EFT? Check out this page to show you the basics, for free. There are many other sites that have a more thorough explanation of the technique but they require you to provide your email address. Your choice!

EFT at the highest level: you first state your concerns and that you deeply love and accept yourself. You then release each of the specific ideas, anxieties, and fears that you are feeling. Then you state affirmations or better ideas that should replace your anxieties and fears and that make you feel better, more empowered by thinking them.

Deeply Love and Accept Yourself

You first touch the karate chop point [as shown on the link] while releasing the block through stating, “Even though I feel _______ [like I have no connection to God, like I’m alone in the world, … etc], I deeply love and accept myself.

Release

Then go through each point tapping three or four times at each point; eyebrow, side of eye, under the eye, under the nose, under the chin, the collar bone, under the breast/ribcage, under arm, and crown – while releasing whatever it is you’re experiencing.

You can go around the tapping circuit a few times until you’ve fully release what you need to.

Starting tapping at the eyebrow and going through each point: I release the feelings that I’m cut off from God, lack of spiritual guidance, feeling like I can either have abundance or a spiritual life, lack of stillness, lack of ability to connect…etc [Keep tapping].

I release all of this from my body. [Keep tapping].

I release from my crown chakra, from my whole body:

less able than others to connect, overlooked by God, cut off from spiritual guidance, unable to meditate, praying isn’t for me, ____ … [fill in whatever you’re feeling that is keeping you from your connection, your spirituality, your divinity -as you keep tapping]

Affirmations

Now you begin replacing the feelings and beliefs you’ve just released through saying affirmations that work for you, while tapping through the entire circuit again.

[Start tapping] I am living my purpose. I am connected to Source/God. I can have money, integrity, and spirituality. I am important to God/Source…  [Fill in what works for you….]

Keep Going

Now that we covered the 7 chakras. In the next post, we’ll look at how to integrate each lesson we learned.

Next up: Pulling It All Together

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