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A Guide to the Chakras

Chakras are centers of spiritual/magickal energy, found along the midline of the body. There are seven major chakras, and hundreds of others located all over and around the body. Here is a quick yet in depth guide to the seven major energy points.

The first chakra is called  the Root Chakra. This particular energy field deals with our survival, and the way we have developed our beliefs about this. These beliefs are primarily issues about food, money, rent, shelter, natural disasters, man-made disasters-anything that affects your personal sense of safety in the world. It is in this chakra that we ‘ground’. A healthy Root Chakra creates and supports a feeling of safety on the planet. You feel grounded and your life flows along easily. Out of balance, this chakra cannot support our feeling safe and secure about many of life’s issues.  RED

The second chakra is called the Sacral Chakra. This particular energy field deals with our stored memories, emotions, and info about how you deal with others. It is a very demanding chakra, often filled with drama when imbalanced. Relationships issues, addictions, violence, deception, emotional upset, hurtful gossip, & creativity are some of the things that operate from this chakra. When this chakra is imbalanced, many of your interpersonal relationships can be filled with drama and negative excitement. When in balance, you maneuver easily through deep and even superficial relationships.  ORANGE

The third Chakra is called the Solar Plexus Chakra. This particular chakra deals with control, power and boundaries. When this chakra is imbalanced feelings of helplessness, anger, resentment or victimization are present. Our personal use of power, or lack of it is highlighted here. The burning, tightening sensation of being ‘kicked in the stomach’ is an indication of actually having been (on an energetic level) kicked in the stomach. Eastern belief places your ‘chi’ here. It is where harmony, balance and grounding are. When this energy is blocked you may experience criticism and judgment. When this center is in balance, you’re in touch with your heart and have great compassion.  YELLOW

The fourth chakra is called the Heart Chakra. This is the center of your being. It is the bridge and support for the lower three and the upper three. This is where Heaven & Earth integrate. As you open and balance this center you begin to open yourself to your Higher Self. You begin to truly love yourself and truly love others. A heart chakra out of balance can display too much love and being to mothering or protective. This is draining and can feel painful. This center is also connected with identity…all healing takes place in this center, so your newly emerging self transforms here. Trouble with emotional expression can indicate imbalance in the Heart Chakra. Bringing this center into balance asks that you explore your self and identity, and learn to love freely with gentle boundaries and awareness of your won needs as well as those of others.  GREEN

The fifth chakra is called the Throat Chakra. This particular energy field deals with communication, personal expression and speaking your truth. This is also where your ‘inner voice’ speaks through to you, enabling you to hear & identify the truth. Indications of imbalance include sore throats, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, and laryngitis. Taking a moment to see if you have any of these symptoms, as a chronic condition will help you notice an imbalance here. Thinking about how easily you speak your truth or how difficult it is can help to shed light here as well. This is the energy center where you speak as well as listen. Being an active listener is a sign that this center is closer to balance.  BLUE

The sixth chakra is called the third eye or brow chakra. This is the energy centered associated with clairvoyance, higher mental wisdoms, personal vision, intuition and visualization, insight and imagination. This area is always in danger of being judged by ourselves & others-when we express our ‘feelings’ or a sense of knowing about something, it may seem hard to trust this. If when we were children, creativity and imagination were not encouraged, then there can be imbalances here. Do you give yourself permission to see things clearly? This is the center of clarity. This chakra can influence how you see yourself in the world, how others perceive you, or how you think they perceive you.  VIOLET

The  seventh chakra is called the crown chakra. This is the center associated with your free will: your Higher Self, Divinity, consciousness and higher consciousness. If this chakra is not open and balanced, the other chakras will not find balance. This is the first chakra to develop in an infant, the first chakra being the last to develop as the baby enters the physical world. Through the seventh chakra we get our Divine inspiration, our Divine creativity. It is our visionary center. This is where everything comes together. This is where pure intention manifests, and where the purity of all things are felt and recognized. When this chakra is balanced you are at peace and you feel connected. When it is out of balance fear and disconnectedness can occur.  WHITE

Information within this article was gathered from various sources.

39 Days of Prayer – Day 30

Day 30 – For the Home

Thank you Goddess/God/Spirit

For supplying me with a peaceful home

and for making my house a sanctuary for all who enter.

Negative feelings are left outside my doorstep for

the love you have for us radiates through the walls

transforming ill will into compassion and peace.

Allow my family to start each day with a optimistic outlook and joy in their hearts,

And may they carry that energy with them throughout their day.

Blessed be.

39 Days of Prayer – Day 24

Day 24 – An Evening Prayer for Insight

Goddess/God

You who are the All and the Void

Thank you for wrapping your essence around me as I sleep, and keeping me from harm.

And as I rest, may the pieces of my energy

that  I have knowingly and unknowingly separated from my body and spirit

come home to me.

In my slumber I am revived, made whole and complete,

ready to accept the wisdom and insight you provide me in dreams.

I embrace and hold you to me, Goddess/God

And I am grateful for your protection and instruction.

Blessed be.

Laying the Past to Rest

In my journey through pagan spirituality, I have experienced many past life regressions – usually as a shaman or medicine woman. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and the karma attached to me. I’ve even uncovered the foundation of some issues I have now, like why I hate apples (one of my previous incarnations choked on one and died) and my fear of bugs (my previous war torn child-self forced to live in roach infested ruins). Whether those visions were real spiritual experiences, or just my subconscious mind concocting pictures to explain trauma doesn’t matter. Either way, they have proved to be invaluable in the understanding of myself, and my purpose in the world.

I’ve had many past life sessions with therapists and readers, and each one taught me something new. But the main lesson taught in any session is how to let go of the pain and negative habits gathered in previous lives. And lately, this knowledge has come to help me in this incarnation, helped me to deal with issues in my youth and recent history.

Sometimes a spiritual journey is not about venturing into past lives, but purging the lives you’ve lived in this existence, in this body. It is amazing how many lives you have within one lifetime.  Every major occurrence in our lives can be viewed as an event unto itself, an experience that shapes who we are – whether its relationships, moments of epiphany, etc. We all know the basic cycles: childhood, puberty, young adulthood, adulthood, menopause, wise woman days, aka maiden, mother, crone, and the cycles in between. Each time we begin a new cycle of life, the old cycle dies. And much like a past life experience, we have to lay it to rest, and take the lessons from it and move forward.

However, we often forget that within each of those cycles is a depth of experiences we don’t honor and mourn appropriately. Instead, we marinate on them, the problems and shame running through our minds over and over again. And suddenly, our decisions in the present are based on our experiences in the past.

I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that how its supposed to be? Well, yes – we are supposed to remember and use the wisdom of our past, but not to the degree we sometimes take it.  We spend so much time worrying about things that have already happened that we often miss what’s happening in the here and now.  Our history should be a point of reference, but not have a hold over the current time.

Each moment of our lives has power, a center of its own, and when an incident ends negatively it is very much a death wound to our spirits and energy. If we were to look at each time we have been hurt, disillusioned, disheartened, wronged, we would see just how many deaths we have experienced in this incarnation. Mourning these experiences is vital, then “consciously forgetting” them can be viewed as a type of reincarnation, a way of rebirth.

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes discusses the process of conscious forgetting:

“To forget means to aver from memory, to refuse to dwell – in other words, to let go, to loosen one’s hold, particularly on memory.

To forget does not mean to make yourself brain-dead. Conscious forgetting means letting go of the event, to not insist it stay in the foreground, but rather allow it to be relegated to the background or move off stage. We practice conscious forgetting by refusing to summon up the fiery material, we refuse to recollect. To forget is an active, not a passive, endeavor. It means to not haul up certain materials, or turn them over and over, to not work oneself up by repetitive thought, picture, or emotion. Conscious forgetting means willfully dropping the practice of obsessing, intentionally outdistancing and losing sight of it, not looking back, thereby living in a new landscape, creating new life and new experiences to think about instead of the old ones. This kind of forgetting does not erase memory, it lays the emotion surrounding the memory to rest.”

Perhaps this is another lesson in the death/rebirth section of Goddess teachings. Cerridwen puts us in the pot, stirs it up; and we melt and boil and scream but emerge cleaner and wiser. Pele tosses us into the fiery volcano and we climb out with inspiration and new understanding. Persephone guides us to the underworld and teaches us how to rule as Queen.  The theology of the Goddess shows us exactly how to overcome the stagnation of the past; but instead of thanking Pele for the creativity and realizations, we bitch about how hot the lava was and tell anyone who will listen about the misery of the whole incident.

By practicing “conscious forgetting”, the power of our rebirths is suddenly visible. We become witnesses to our awakening; we can honor ourselves for all the times we have crawled up from the dirt and started again.

The fact that you are still here, still in an earthly body with a heavenly spirit, means that you have been reborn from a death. Reincarnated. Transfigured. It’s time to focus on the rebirth, not the death. Honor yourself for the strength it took, the courage you had/have to begin again.   Mourn, and then let it go.  It doesn’t mean the experience still doesn’t influence you, but it does rip the power away from the circumstances and the past, and place it back into your hands in the present. There is a difference between learning from your past, and reliving your past. The you from yesterday is gone.  Pay attention to who you’ve been reborn as today.

In short: let it go.

Overcoming the Inferiority Complex

Inferiority is the root to many issues in our lives.  Many of us are defeated by our feelings inadequacy without even realizing that we are suffering from it. Inferiority is a sense of feeling unsure or uncertain about oneself.  It’s constantly comparing yourself to others, and feeling that you fall short or just aren’t good enough.  This feeling can overwhelm us at times, and send us into a reactionary space, making us defensive about our choices and our experiences.

peaceSigns you may be suffering from an inferiority complex:

–         Do you grudgingly admit your shortcomings, while enthusiastically pointing out the shortcomings of others?

–         Do you bully people or talk about others with disdain?

–         Do you feel attacked when someone disagrees with you?

–         Do you feel belittled when you receive correction or confrontation?

–         Do you blame others for your problems?

–         Do you derive your worth and value from your performance or appearance?

–         Are you touchy, fragile, easily hurt, whether you show it or not?

–         Are you critical or defensive?

–         Do you feel as if you have to talk about yourself to get others to like you?

–         Do you have a superior attitude?

–         Do you try to impress people?

Being in an inferior thought process is a self governed prison; it’s the ball and chain you drag behind you wherever you go.  Feelings of inferiority are fear-based emotions; when we come from a place of fear, we cannot achieve greatness or success, for all the foundations we lay down for our lives are shaky and unstable.

In working to overcome inferiority, we must remember that Spirit did not make us from fear.  Our souls, which are the true essence of our being, are made from power, from love, from forgiveness, from confidence; we are made from the light of the Sun and Universal Love.  Nature is completely confident that plants will grow, that the world will evolve; and we are made from Nature, it is our minds and our bodies, so that same sense of assurance is instilled in us.  It is truly not in our nature to be fearful of who we are and what we can accomplish. Fear is something we learn, something we are taught. For many of us, it becomes a habit we do no even realize we are acting upon.

We compare ourselves to others’ achievements, to the success of our family and friends.  We fantasize about how easy it must have been for them, and whine, “Why not me?  When do I get mine?  Why is he/she so special?” In reality, we have no idea what that person had to go through for their success, and we are making ourselves miserable with unfounded feelings of injustice.  The truth is, when you compare yourself to others, you are completely negating everything Spirit had to do to get you where you are. You are belittling the struggles you survived, the people who blessed you, the good works you achieved, and the love and happiness you’ve experienced that made you who you are.

TheBambooPathTake into consideration how much of the path of our lives is a mystery to us.  You go through your experiences for a reason, and there is a purpose to every lesson you learn. If you are preoccupied with someone else’s portion of life, with someone else’s lesson, you miss your own.  Remember that life is a work in progress, and you have not finished yet.  You have no idea what life has in store for you, or what wonderful things you are being prepared for! Enjoy and be satisfied with your own path, instead of desiring the path of others.

To transform inferiority, you must renew your thought process in reference to yourself and the world around you.  One way is to start looking at yourself through the eyes of the Goddess, through the eyes of the Light.  Spirit is already convinced you are worth it, does not find you lacking in any way, and is certain that you have undeniable gifts to offer the world.  Through Spirit, we are perfect, and more than we need to be in order to succeed.  When you open to your Higher Self, you align with Spirit – meaning that your energy and the love of the Universe is constantly moving, constantly growing, and constantly changing your life and the energy around you, every minute of everyday.

Sometimes we make the mistake of trying to validate ourselves by ourselves.  We are so busy ‘looking out for Number One’ we overlook the way we can help others.  The quickest way to move out of inferiority is to become aware of the skills and abilities you can offer the world.  Ask yourself, “What do I have to offer?”  Not only does this question force us to see our worthiness, it helps us realize the power we have to bless, heal, and help those around us.

Building our self image and esteem does not start with selfishness, it begins with gratitude for our own paths, and the love we share with the world.

Grounding and Centering

forestEnergy plays an important role in everything we do. It is the power that animates the physical world, causing the sun to shine, our bodies to move, making trees and plants grow and flourish; and it is the force that flows within us, the primary source of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life. When stress, injury, and negative feelings disrupt our flow of energy, our quality of life is diminished – even if we are not aware of it!

With careful practice and meditation, we can learn to sense the energies within ourselves, and bring them into balance so that we may embrace our highest good.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to balance physical and spiritual energies is a technique known as “grounding and centering.” Grounding links you to the healing energy of the Earth, bringing stability, calm, and awareness of the physical body and the world around you. Centering puts you in touch with your personal power, connecting your mental and spiritual bodies.

To begin, stand in a quiet place with minimal distractions. Your feet should be shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Or, if you prefer, you can be seated with your feet planted firmly on the ground and your back straight.

Start by closing your eyes, and taking long, slow breaths. Inhale deeply, breathing through the nose, filling the stomach and the chest with air. Then, exhale through the nose, slowly releasing and contracting the stomach. Feel your body relax with each breath you take.

Next, bring your consciousness down to the soles of your feet, feeling their strength and firmness. Visualize tree-like roots extending from the soles of your feet. With each breath you take, these roots grow far and wide, sinking deep into the Earth, through the bedrock, and into the healing soils below. Imagine the negativity, illness and/or stress you feel seeping out of your body, draining from your head down to your toes, through your roots and into the Earth where it is harmlessly absorbed and dispersed. Take your time.

Now that the negativity is drained out, let the energies of the Earth replenish you. When you are ready, envision the Earth’s healing energy flowing up your roots and filling your body with light. Feel the loving warmth as the energy sinks into you, allow it to move and flow throughout your body.

Slowly raise your arms to the sky, and visualize the golden energy of the Universe flowing through your fingers, down your arms, and into your body. Feel the energies within you meld together as the healing energy of the Earth, the warmth of universal energy and your own energies mingle and become one. Take a nice, deep breath, allowing yourself to accept these energies into your heart.

When you are ready, lower your arms and feel the roots recede back into your feet. Take a few extra deep breaths, and open your eyes.

Grounding and centering heightens your sensitivity to dis-balanced energies within yourself and the world around you. Performing this meditation on a daily basis is a wonderfully simple way to commune with the Earth, while healing yourself with attentiveness and love.