Navigating the Journey
Author: A Peaceful Hippy Girl Living a Peaceful Hippy Life
My aim in this first blog post is to start where I began when I first started to study the science of yoga and self-transformation, so that I could live a cleaner, healthier and more peaceful life. At the end of this post are some resources and also an affirmation chart that is helpful when beginning to practice with the chakra system.
There is truth in so many traditions of the world and my goal is to document and share my own personal truth and understanding about the life lessons I'm learning and sharing. Although my ultimate goal is to keep an online journal of my own life journal, there's a part of me that has always been a teacher, a sharer, an empower of people. In going through this process of writing down life lessons, there will be times that certain word choices will be made that are easier to digest than others, certain philosophies are less dogmatic than others, and certain expressions are more easily disentangled from centuries of human neurosis than others. So, I will make many discretionary choices in my writing but mostly this will be for me as a way to allow "mind to finger flow."
If and when you decide to follow my blog posts, please keep an open mind. Ask yourself if there is an opportunity to learn and heal and to grow from the information I share? Is there a way that you can change the wording so that the messages I write are more applicable to your own understanding and in line with your own sensibilities, while feeling uplifting and meaningful? And lastly, are you will to be open and continue reading and learning something that you may not have otherwise looked deeper into? With that being shared, let's begin by starting with the chakra system and let life lead us forward from there.
For this post I'll be writing in "second person" because the chakra system is all about you. and me and all of the human beings out living life in this huge world. Please don't feel I've made assumptions about you. When writing in second person I assume that you are like most people. That you enjoy reading. You have a sense of humor. You are able to read and live with an open mind. You enjoy learning new things. I may have assumed wrong and if so, please forgive this ranting writer. However, I often make pointed observations and ask pointed questions because pointy things get to the point, right?
My goal in writing this blog post is to take the mystery out of the chakras and bring them down to the level of everyday life. When you heal your chakras you can heal your life. This blog post can be a reference point, a resource of sorts to help guide you to getting to know yourself a little bit better and live a more balanced and peaceful life.
Spinning Wheels Inside Us? What?
Can you believe it? It's true. Not long ago in history the word chakra wasn't as mainstream as it is today. Now people throw the word around without even knowing the true meaning behind their words. But how many of us really know what the chakras do? By using the information that will be shared here, you will be able to work on healing and balancing your chakras to improve your health and well-being. This is a practice remember, not a perfect so give yourself some time to absorb any new information you may learn and don't judge yourself or others for not having the awareness of the chakra system.
Woo-Woo Hippy Stuff?
I know that some of you are about to stop right here and that's totally okay but remember our promises in the words above, about being open and possibly learning about something new? Well, let's give that a try. So keep the woo-woo hippy stuff in the background if you would like and try and bring a scientific mind into play here.
What are the Chakras?
The Chakras are energy centers that connect to the physical body. There are seven main chakras and these are the ones I will focus on in this post. You can't see the chakras as they are not physical in nature. However, they strongly affect your physical body as well as your emotional, mental and spiritual life and well-being.
What do the Chakras Look Like?
Chakra (pronounced shack-ruh) means wheel because they look like colored wheels of energy spinning around. They are said to be shaped like a funnel. We need to trust here.
What's the Purpose of These Spinning Funnel-like Wheels?
This may come as a surprise but they are here to help humans step down Universal energy so that the right frequency can be utilized here on earth in our physical body. Kind of like when we use an adapter on one of our devices to help step down the flow of energy. You might say that your chakras are your adaptors or transformers. Make sense? Stay with me here.
Where are the Chakras Located?
Good question! They are located all along your spine. Did you know that in your physical body the nervous system runs along the spine and into the brain? Well now you do! Your main energy channel also runs along your spine. There is a lot more information to be shared here about such terms as IDA, PINGALA and SUSHUMNA but I'll hold off on that portion for another time. I'll most likely (eventually) link each one of these to their own post. Until then, feel free to research these amazing energies that live inside you.
So How do the Chakras Affect My Life?
Wow! Another great question. You all are good. Each chakra represents one area of your life. Ready for this because this information is my personal favorite part.
The First Chakra affects your survival instinct. The balancing of this chakra helps us stay grounded and rooted on this earth and in your physical body, bringing a sense of security and ease into daily life. I'm here and I'm rooted into the earth and ready to play this game called life!
The Second Chakra affects how you relate to the world and all the people living in it and around you. This is also where finding pleasures in life come in. Sexuality lives within this chakra.
The Third Chakra affects our motivation and determination. Our drive and the ability to complete the things we start. Willpower is a struggle for many of us, and balancing this chakra helps keep us motivated and determined to keep going with whatever life task is present.
The Fourth Chakra affects our love for others and ourselves. This chakra allows us to feel empathy and compassion. This is the heart of the chakra system and this is where we begin to move from the physical awareness to more of a spiritual awareness and way of being in the world.
The Fifth Chakra affects how we express ourselves and our truth for the benefit of others and of course to the benefit of our own self.
The Sixth Chakra affects our intuition, our sixth sense. This can seem very mystical and woo-woo hippy-ish as well but this is the type of intuition you master by just being more aware of your surroundings. And, it's always fun to intuit who's calling you on the phone and getting it right!
The Seventh Chakra affects our ability to connect with our spirituality and our higher purpose. Why are you here? What is your purpose? Remove job titles and person titles here like, "I am a mom", "I am a teacher", "I am an engineer", etc... Really ask the deep question of what your purpose is of being here on earth at this time and in this space. Many people spend their entire lives searching for this answer and many are born knowing. Lucky them! Lucky us to be given this opportunity to ask and learn and KNOW.
There is so much more but for now I'll leave you with a little cheat sheet of the basics. In future postings I'll share about how chakras get blocked and unblocked, how we can balance our chakras and more about each one and how to work with each in your own way. Until then, do a little research on our own. Have some willpower and determination to learn more about yourself and your purpose for being here.
Heal Your Chakras, Heal Your Life
1. Muladhara Chakra
Our first chakra is the root of who we are, our foundation, our most basic fundamental self. This chakra centers around basic survival needs – like food, shelter, and money, and deals with emotions like belonging, feeling grounded, safe, and accepted.
2. Svadhisthana Chakra
The second chakra is responsible for who we are creatively. It focuses on our sexuality, creativity, playfulness, pleasure, and joy.
3. Manipura Chakra
The third chakra governs our self-esteem, personal power, power of transformation, and warrior like energy.
4. Anahata Chakra
The fourth chakra is center of the seven chakras, it’s the connector or the bridge between our physical body, mind, emotions and our spiritual self. This energy wheel is our source of love, connection, compassion, openness, and joy.
5. Vishuddha Chakra
The fifth chakra is the first of the spiritual chakras and it focuses on speaking our highest truth, practicing vulnerability and conscious vocal expression.
6. Ajna Chakra
The sixth chakra is our center of intuition and it’s centered around our awareness, wisdom, imagination, and realization.
7. Sahaswara Chakra
The seventh chakra is our source of enlightenment, our spiritual connection to something greater, our relationship with our higher selves, and deeper/acutely aware consciousness.
So maybe you are still thinking woo-woo hippy thoughts! That's okay. I get it. Maybe you are also feeling a bit of empowerment because now you know that you have these subtle energies that you can manipulate, work, balance, keep spinning, and take care of.
Please feel free to add some comments are questions here. Most of my research has been on my own and through workshops and classes taught by those who study this as part of their life purpose. Some resources that have helped me are listed below for you to check out. Please share any other resources you know about and let's expand our understanding, our awareness, our consciousness together.
Always remembering that a Peaceful World begins with a Peaceful YOU!
Until next time,
With love and light,
The Chakras Made Easy by Hilary H. Carnter
The Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith