Melting into divine desire

But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin. Aldous Huxley

Somewhere along the line, I learned the idea that desire was a bad thing. As a child I was told I was being selfish and greedy to express my desire for things. “You’ll get what you’re given. Like it or lump it” was the general philosophy.

Like Oliver Twist asking for some extra gruel, some authorative voice boomed at my requests “More? Who dares to ask for more?”

I do. I dare. Having played the cards of meekness, detachment and acceptance for many years – and although all these qualities have their place – I realise that this desire is what fuels me. Desire, passion, yearning have been instrumental in my evolution. They stretch me beyond my safe zone.

The fear that was instilled in me is that desire and passion makes us reckless, makes us take risks. Yes, it does. And that’s exactly its power.

I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. Carl Jung

When I began my experiential journey into the chakra system through Chakradance, there were three chakras that were obviously underactive. My base or root chakra, which reflected a belief the world was an unsafe place. My solar plexus chakra, which reflected a suppression of my own power, and my throat chakra, which reflected an inability to speak out, and to express myself.

This last year I have held the position of the knight on the druid ceremonial wheel. In the tarot the knight is the somewhat “young, dumb and full of cum” archetypal youthful male energy. He has much passion but sometimes lacks the forethought and planning that comes of experience.

So why would this archetypal energy be something I needed to embody this year? I think because I have generally played it too safe. After a somewhat disastrous rebellous streak that left me burnt out and washed up at 25, since then I have been too afraid of self-destruction to really live passionately. 

Often the wisdom of the body clarifies the despair of the spirit. Marion Woodman

It was time for that to change. Now in my forties I have plenty of insight and experience but I often lacked the conviction in my passion and the ability for wild abandon. There are some aspects of life that just aren’t meant to be played safe.

You’d think I wasn’t someone who played it safe. I spent years walking the razor’s edge of drug and alcohol addiction, last year despite being warned off continuously, even by total strangers, I made a solo trip to India. I do try to live by my heart’s passions, but that doesn’t mean I find it easy. 

Taking even a small risk often involves a great leap over a mountain of anxiety. Like most addicts, and contrary to popular belief, I am not a naturally hedonistic thrill-seeker, but rather someone who found ways to compensate for my fears and insecurity. Now stone cold sober I have to find other means to fuel my courage.

An addiction to anything we do to avoid hearing the message the body and soul are trying to send us. Marion Woodman

In love I see this polarity most obviously. I want to dive into love with an open heart and mind. But as soon as all my emotional baggage, from past hurts and rejection, starts to be triggered, I find myself in a somewhat schizoid state. One day easy-going and open-hearted, the next anxious, needy and suspicious. It’s no fun for my love interest, I’m sure. Even less for me as it’s completely beyond my control.

The trick seems to be allowing this emotional pendulum to swing with a degree of compassionate detachment, and without acting out on the extremes. And I am so not there yet…

I have written much about my first week in India, when I travelled solo to Rishikesh. The time was marked by a sense of being welcomed and supported by the divine, particularly in the form of my beloved Ganesha and the river goddess Ganga Ma.

I can tell you that it takes great strength to surrender. You have to know that you are not going to collapse. Instead, you are going to open to a power that you don’t even know, and it is going to come to meet you. In the process of healing, this is one of the huge things that I have discovered. People recognized the energy coming to meet them. When they opened to another energy, a love, a divine love, came through to meet them. That is what is known as grace. Marion Woodman

Surprisingly writing about the second half of my trip – travelling to Varanasi to connect with a large group of women led by Alana Fairchild in the Grace of the Golden Goddess retreat – has taken longer to percolate into a post.

I had been so excited about this week of moving meditations and rituals devoted to various Hindu deities, so I was surprised when on the first day I felt subsumed by a sense of unworthiness and shame. 

Alana had requested we bring something for the altar and I had brought my wedding ring. I wanted to hand over to the divine my lack of success in love. I also wanted to make some kind of atonement. I had made a solemn vow to God and another person in front of all my family and friends, twice, and twice had been unable to keep that promise. 

Living by principles is not living your own life. It is easier to try to be better than you are than to be who you are. Marion Woodman

It had seemed like such a grand idea to seek this ritual of completion in Varanasi, the sacred Hindu cremation ground. As such I had worn the ring in India as a kind of deterrent to men – which admittedly didn’t work! But it did stir something in me, a desire to experience a committed loving relationship again. 

As I sat in this room preparing to place the symbol of my failure in love on the altar, I felt wretched. I could have happily got on the next train back to Rishikesh. 

Instead I took a big breath and during a short break I faced Alana and told her how I was feeling. I didn’t know her then, I didn’t know what a deeply caring and compassionate woman she is. I just saw a glamazon in a fabulous silk kaftan. It felt like a risk to admit my vulnerabilities to such a powerhouse.

But she was calm and smiled and told me that of course, as I was preparing to open myself to divine grace and blessings of abundance, that all my doubts and insecurities would bubble up. She said “That’s good. The work has begun.” It was all part of the process.

At the very point of vulnerability is where the surrender takes place – that is where the god enters. The God comes through the wound. Marion Woodman

As she said this I knew she was right, although the the feelings were still overwhelming, I was able to stay and participate in the ritual. Later something dropped for me, one of those head-to-heart moments, something I had known but not really understood the profound implications of. That whatever I open myself up to in life, love, success, joy, the very blocks inside of me to all those things will instantly rise up. That booming voice “who are you to ask for more!”

Dance is a powerful way to move and shift our energy, allowing blocks to surface and be healed. Moving meditations combines the power of the shamanic dance journey with guided meditation to create a space for our subtle energy to move, for blocks to release, for spontaneous soul healing to occur. Like with Chakradance, in a sacred space with intention and resonant sound, the soul will find its healing, it’s equilibrium.

The drop excavates the stone, not by force but by falling often. Ovid

In the moving meditation that followed, I made my offering to the altar and was ritually blessed by Shiva’s trident. The ritual involved offering and opening ourselves upon Shiva’s sacred ground, in readiness to be purified to receive the grace of the golden goddess, Lakshmi.

There were many tears, so much grief, as I released my flawed attempts at love. In the dance I saw all my failures in love, my first boyfriend, my marriages, my last – still deeply held – love, at first with sadness, shame, grief, but then as I moved, it shifted to compassion for them and for myself. 

I began to see that in the face of many obstacles, youth, immaturity, inexperience, addictions, dysfunctional and abusive childhoods, the valiant attempts we had all made to love each other as best we could in spite of our respective wounds. I saw the lessons we had learned, the healing that had happened in amongst the pain. 

The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings. Carl Jung

When I reached the review of my last love, the tears were pouring down my face. I saw the immensity of our love, the sheer capacity of my heart for love and passion. It was exquisitely beautiful.

The feeling of shame and failure left me, replaced by a sense that everything had happened as it needed to, for me and for them. It was time to let go and create space for the beautiful energies Alana was calling in for us.

This emptying out was necessary to receive the divine gifts that Lakshmi, and the other deities would offer across our week of dancing rituals. Lakshmi brought the golden light of choice, receptivity and grace. Letting go of what has completed knowing there is new energy waiting to come in.

For many of us being dragged towards wholeness happens precisely through the mysterious process of wishing: through the gaps it exposes, the new edges it drives us towards, the deeper layers of longing it reveals. Marion Woodman 

After many years of profound religious experiences in Chakradance, in nature, and in sacred ritual, I know better than to try to capture the experience in words. During the week working with Alana, I felt direct and powerful connections with the deities we invoked. I had profound realisations, releases, and shifts. And yet like many other experiences I have had, I know there is a long period of integration. A time where these shifts that happen at the spiritual and energetic level slowly manifest into my physical reality. This work of the soul is not magic. Although it certainly feels like magic at the time. 

The journey I had with Lakshmi and Vishnu where I offered myself for a marriage, a true partnership with the divine, was as elaborate, joyful and decadent as a Bollywood grand finale. But the grand vision is not the point. The point is that in this sacred space I made a vow to live in divine partnership, to make my life out of a constant prayer to the divine of “show me.”

What I have come to understand, or think I understand, is that these shifts, these experiences are real and profound but subtle. That is, they occur at the level of our subtle energy. In order for real change, over the weeks and months that followed, I was repeatedly tested. Would I fall back into old ways, or deepen these new subtle energies into lasting change.

What this often means is that when faced with a choice, I have one foot in either crossroad, and I have to ask myself which is my true, courageous choice, my true heart’s desire. Not always easy when old neural pathways of fear and unworthiness run so deep. But oh how I long to embody this fearlessness of heart.

There’s a point at which one must start caring where one fixes one’s vision on high. Don a mantle of vision and daring. Tis where the water meets the sky. David Whalen

Longing, ah, that’s what drives me. A desire, a yearning for some deeper and more satisfying experience of life. 

I used to think this tendency for yearning was, at best, a quirk of my Irish DNA, and at worst, a serious design flaw, that never allowed for true contentment or satisfaction.

“You’re never happy.” My mother would say to me as a child, and now I realise she recognised that because it mirrored her own stifled yearnings, she felt it too.

In one of Alana’s sessions, we went around the room and gave a word to describe how we were feeling, I said “longing, yearning.” It was true, the work thus far had shifted much grief and sadness, but left me with a great hunger for something to fill the gap. It was a deep desire from my heart. We were about to embark on a ritual to call in the divine masculine, and as much as I quake at times in the presence of the masculine, I longed for it.

Alana validated this yearning of mine for the first time. She said the divine is drawn to our longing for it. Like a person who greets you with open arms and great excitement, the divine is drawn to those who truly desire it. 

In the dance I tapped into this great yearning, this desire to be truly seen in all my passion with the multitude of love I have inside me, that I have held back because it always seemed like too much for people. I was never happy because I was never truly seen, valued, held. How could I be loved when I was invisible? Or just a blank screen for others to project their shadow or desires onto?

When I show my desire to the divine, it matches it with love, grace and power. 

In your body is the garden of flowers. Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the infinite beauty. Kabir

During this somewhat magical week in Varanasi, where we alternated between deeply profound rituals and raucous bus trips to explore the city, I really connected with shakti, the power or energy that is the attribute of the goddess. Shakti is the strong life force that animates all action, or as Diane Eck describes it the “can-do capacity for any activity.” 

Primarily through Lakshmi, but also the myriad of other expressions of divine shakti – Radha, Kali, Saraswati, Parvati, Durga, Ganga – I finally tapped into the full expression of my power. 

Shakti is what we harness in Chakradance, and even prior to going to India, I had increasingly had visions of Hindu goddesses, especially around the energy of my throat chakra, Vissudha, or purification. 

Now I am not talking here of boundless passion so unchecked that it bypasses all reason and respect for real limitations. Instead this is the desire that produces creativity. This is the spark and the subsequent electricity that propels thought into movement and action. 

Even the gods are powerless without the kinetic energy of shakti. Diane Eck

Shakti begins as the kundalini energy coiled up at the base chakra, once she is activated she moves up the energetic column along the spine, connecting with the shiva energy at the crown chakra. Shiva represents consciousness and shakti the activating force that brings consciousness into action. Once activated these energies continue to flow up and down the spine, activating and enlivening our chakras and our subtle energy body.

Fear is the great block of the base chakra, feeling unsafe, insecure in the world. For me, this fear had very much stifled my shakti. By continuing to work with my base chakra, through yoga, chanting, grounding practices and moving meditations like Chakradance, gradually this energy has begun to move and become vital once more.

A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, burns away what is no longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, until, at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth. Marion Woodman

When I danced in the energies of my past loves in Varanasi last year, I felt a deep sorrow when I reconnected with the depth and intensity of the love I felt for the man I have loved for the last seven years. Having gone our separate ways for a year I truly believed our time together had gone, and I mourned it deeply. 

But spirit had other ideas. As the power of the rituals and my time in India percolated within me, as my intense longing grew, so within him a great healing began. And in the New Year, tentatively, we reunited.

I would like to say it has a fairytale ending, but we all know fairy tales never ended that way until Disney got a hold on them. And like a traditional folk tale, our union is one that challenges us both. For me, this has been a true test of my ability to let desire guide me, to melt into it. Becoming vulnerable to this love has raised all my demons, my insecurity, my fear of betrayal and abandonment. And yet we stumble on, blinded by the light of this great electric pull of our desire.

Given our story, and the ways in which we have reconnected after our many times apart. I cannot help but believe this is a divine desire. 

So I let myself melt.

This is the point where love becomes possible. We see the other with the eye of the heart, an eye not clouded by fear manifesting as need, jealousy, possessiveness, or manipulation. With the unclouded eye of the heart, we can see the other as other. We can rejoice in the other, challenge the other, and embrace the other without losing our own center or taking anything away from the other. We are always other to each other — soul meeting soul, the body awakened with joy. To love unconditionally requires no contracts, bargains, or agreements. Love exists in the moment-to-moment flux of life. Marion Woodman

Hari om tat sat. Namaste. Blessings.

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Over-amped and insecure? Get into your body

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You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Mary Oliver

I love this quote. Reading Mary Oliver feels like lying down on lush, damp grass, taking a deep breath and sinking in. But how often do we take the time to sink in and really inhabit our body?

The modern lifestyle creates a disconnect with the body, we become like a head with hands, thinking, thinking, doing, doing. Unless we habitually stop and practice meditation, dance or yoga, or spend time in nature, we may never really arrive in our body all day.

The wisdom of the body – with its endless and varied cacophony of signals and mechanisms – is our projection of spirit. This is our vehicle for incarnation. And like any vehicle, our body provides a stream of signals to guide and inform us. It provides the physicality, the flesh, the medium though which we interact with our physical, emotional and spiritual world.

From the soft lub-dub of our heart beat, to our churning guts, our racing pulse, our cold feet, the body conveys a series of messages, if we would only listen. 

From the cold knife-to-the-heart sensation of heartbreak and shame, to the butterflies of excitement, the soft animal of our body knows what it loves. It feels our pleasure and our pain.

The body contains truths unique to our being. Just as one person may enjoy eating peanut butter by the spoonful, another may fall into analphylactic shock at the smallest trace of nuts. We are similar, but not the same and neither are our bodies. As you embrace this, you can settle into a beautiful relationship with the unique body, the exquisite system of flesh and senses, that is you.

The yogis have always known this, that the stresses of the body must be smoothed out and soothed with yoga poses before the mind can be still and spirit can be heard. The yoga tradition is all about purifying the vessel to achieve union of body and spirit.

The spirit likes to dress up like this: ten fingers, ten toes, shoulders and all the rest… It could float, of course, but would rather plumb through matter. Airy and shapeless thing, it needs the metaphor of the body… To be understood, to be more than pure light that burns where no one is. Mary Oliver

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The first chakra, located at the base of our spine, is called Muladhara in Sanskrit, meaning root support. Like the root system of a tree, our root or base chakra energetically grounds us in the physical world.

Linking the chakras are a series of energy channels that, in their purest and unimpeded form, constantly flow and spiral up and down the spinal column, keeping our energetic system in connectivity to both the earth and ethereal energy above, with the chakras like little hubs in between.

Caroline Myss describes these channels and the chakras as our ‘energy anatomy’ and a ‘blueprint for managing spiritual power’ and that the purpose of most spiritual teachings – though often misunderstood – is to teach us how to manage this system of power.

Anodea Judith calls the chakras the ‘architecture of the soul.’ She says a chakra is a centre of organisation for the reception, the assimilation and the expression of life force energy. The chakras are the portals, the mediators, between the inner world and the outer world. 

Chakras can be described as processing centres of energy and information, as well as gateways for this energy and information to flow into, out of, and through. Note that when I refer to ‘energy’ I use the term to describe the concept used in many esoteric traditions of the vital life force energy, or spiritual energy, also known as prana or qi.

Many of us have sustained emotional and physical traumas in life which may have affected the formation and flow of our chakras. This biography of experience is energetically recorded in our chakra system (as well as the cells in our bodies.) This can cause our chakras to compensate by either restricting energy flow, becoming deficient or under active, or by becoming over active and excessive. Or even a combination of both. 

‘So what?’ You ask, ‘it’s only energy,’ read on, and I’ll tell you why this kind of imbalance can have deep and far reaching effects on your life.

Your biography becomes your biology. Caroline Myss

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Linked to physical realities of life – security, shelter, sustenance, family, tribe – Deedre Diemer writes that the first chakra is associated with primordial trust. It is the chakra associated with our basic instincts for food, shelter, sex and survival.

Developmentally this chakra emerges between conception and eighteen months, and is informed by our environment during that time. If we felt safe and nurtured and our needs were taken care of, if we were held lovingly by our mothers, and picked up when we cried, chances are this chakra is embedded with a core sense of security.

However up to 50% of people report that they either suffered birth trauma or there were significant stressors in their family of origin or community – war or poverty, for example – to inhibit this secure bonding from occurring. Not mention subsequent life trauma that can affect our sense of security. As such, we may have an overreactive first chakra, that is out of balance and causes us to compensate in a variety of ways.

If we are imbalanced in this chakra it can manifest as a lack of physicality, being underweight, spacey and anxious. Or it may manifest as an excessive physicality in being overweight and overly attached to the physical by hoarding, over eating and indulgence in pleasure, or over-accumulation of stuff.

I often wondered how I could be both spaced out and have a tendency to over-indulge. Anodea Judith points out that as these extremes are both compensatory behaviours to address an issue in this chakra we may experience symptoms of both.

This very body that we have, that’s sitting here right now… With its aches and pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive. Pema Chodron

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If you imagine the root chakra like a plant in a pot, it needs a degree of support to keep the soil and moisture in, but too tight a restraint will not allow it to grow.

In the same way a deficient base chakra contracts too tightly into its core, not allowing enough room for energy to come in, to have, to hold, to manifest. In this scenario we are literally strangling our energy flow, the earth energy that needs to flow up and through our base chakra is restricted and bottlenecked, creating blockages that may literally prevent us from manifesting or maintaining physical things, including our own healthy robust body, as there is no room to receive. This kind of person can be literally disembodied, spacey, anxious, ungrounded.

The person who compensates for an unbalanced base chakra though physical over-indulgence, allows excessive earth energy into their system. They may feel heavy, lethargic, they may be overweight, overeat, hoard and covet possessions, money and power. It is as if they use physical things, including their own body weight to compensate for deficiencies in this chakra, perhaps to literally compensate for a lack of maternal holding in their formative years.

Again this results in a blockage. Too much energy, when it is held and hoarded in this way impedes the flow just as much as constricted energy. It’s akin to the Buddhist concept of attachment, it is the attachment to our desires that causes suffering. It causes us to get stuck in a unmanageable mess of our own making.

As Albert Einstein once said, the most fundamental decision we make in life, is whether to see this world as inherently good and beneficent or not. This worldview informs everything we think, feel, and do. How we perceive and thus operate in the world. The base chakra question, is this world safe for me to embody?

Erik Erickson wrote that this first stage of psychosocial development – from birth to eighteen months – is a time when either trust or mistrust of the world around us is established. This informs our behaviour at the most fundamental level. If I can trust the world, I can allow myself to have it. I’m not suspicious. I am accepting.

If something is not safe, we won’t allow ourselves to have it, you wouldn’t drink poison, in the same way if your inherent world view is of an unsafe place, you won’t fully allow yourself to engage in it. You may stay detached, non-committal, risk-avoidant, and fearful.

We either master the fundamentals of survival or we become one of life’s victims. Ambika Wauters

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So much of our sense of our body and our self comes from the initial holding experience provided by our parents. Anodea Judith says that this initial holding wires up our brain body interface, it literally teaches us awareness that we have a body, we are in a body. This all comes through touch. Here we get imprinted with a cellular message of safety and security. Our instincts are quietened, not alarmed. This is a good grounding in the first chakra.

But what if you didn’t get this. What if you grew up in fear uncertainty, violence, instability? What did you have to do to yourself in order to survive this fundamental stage? If our needs are not met, our survival instincts start freaking out, our central nervous system is wired in a permanent state of anxiety, our body gets over-amped. We become over-vigilant, fearful, unable to settle, insecure. This kind of person doesn’t know how to calm down.

This may explain why so many people depend on alcohol, drugs, sex, food and shopping to self-soothe. They simply have no mechanism to return to a state of calm without external stimulus. Hence researchers into addiction like Gabor Mate suggest there are significant and demonstrable links between unresolved childhood trauma and addiction. His TEDX talk is a fascinating insight in the causes of addiction.

Nothing records the effect of a sad life as graphically as the human body. Naguib Mahvouz

The lesson of Muladhara chakra is grounding, a full inhabiting of our physical bodies as the embodiment of our connection to the element of earth. To cease existing primarily in our heads and inhabit our bodies. To cease grasping onto people, places and things as the source of our security.

Here we can experience pleasure and pain, connect with our feelings, and release these accumulated emotional energies through our connection with the physical.

Movement through our bodies allows energy to flow, it can trigger blockages to shift and cause accumulated energies to be released or redistributed and balanced.

Movement brings us into our physicality, brings our energy down from our heads into our roots, allowing a real connection with not only our physical selves, but the physicality of the world around us.

For those who, like myself, have a lifetime’s accumulated negative body issues, this takes patience and self-compassion. Making peace with the body I have despised, abandoned and abused for many years is a process that does not come overnight.

After two years of Chakradance practice, alongside many years of yoga and mindful meditation, I have found a degree of peace and comfort in my own skin that I have never before known. At times my body even brings me immeasurable joy. 

Here in this body are the sacred rivers, here are the sun and the moon, as well as all the pilgrimage places. I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body. Saraha Doha 

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To encourage our vital energy to flow freely we must let go of our attachments and defences. The chakras can be blocked by our learned defences, either something we want to keep out or something we don’t want to let out. What kinds of things would cause these defences? Toxic energy, fear and violence are all things we may shut down to avoid. Similarly we may repress our own ‘negative’ emotions – anger, sorrow, exuberance – having learned it was unsafe to express these. 

Sometimes the residue from trauma gets stored in our body and our energy system. While traditional psychotherapy may assist at a mental and behavioural level, we also need to release these wounds energetically, in order to release the attachments and defences they cause us to act out – often unconsciously – in our lives.

As in all things balance is the key. An over-amped base chakra may cause us to be frozen in fear or rushing about in a heightened state of anxiety. What we ideally want is movement that is grounded and purposeful. We need to reconnect with the nurturing aspects of Mother Earth.

To ground we invite this energy back down through our body and reconnect ourselves energetically with the earth.

Traditionally humans spent most of their lives in direct contact with the earth, walking, living and sleeping on the ground. In the modern world we are so disconnected from the earth in layers of buildings, shoes, vehicles. 

I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. Mary Oliver

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In Chakradance we reconnect our base chakra to the earth by dancing to earthy tribal beats, moving powerfully through our legs and feet. We may visualise ourself as a seed planted in the earth, provided with all the sustenance, support, and security it needs to grow. We see ourselves setting down strong roots as we grow into the world, like a giant majestic tree firmly rooted in the soil, so our branches can safely reach up and out into the sunshine.

Anodea Judith says that the best way to restore balance to the base chakra, is to open the leg channels. The legs connect us to the earth and the energy flows up through our feet and legs and into the base chakra. Our legs are like two prongs of an electric plug – we need to plug in to the earth energy to ground, receive and release.

Grounding exercise by Anodea Judith

This exercise will work whether your base chakra is deficient excessive or both, even if you feel your base chakra is balanced, grounding is always energising and restorative.

1. Stance

Stamp your feet a little to get the energy moving, then stand with your feet shoulder width or even a little further apart.

Make sure your feet are pointing straight or even slightly pigeon-toed, bend your knees slightly so your knee sits directly above your second toe.

Press down and out with your feet, as if you are trying to push apart two floorboards with your feet. So you want your feet firm and active.

2. Exercise

As you inhale gently bend your knees deeper, keeping your upper body upright, shoulders above hips.

As you exhale, slowly push down and out through your feet to straighten your knees, ensuring you do not lock your knees at the top. Do this very slowly.

Remember to keep the tension and engagement, the pushing sensation through your legs and feet.

3. Visualisation

As you exhale and push down, visualise energy from the base chakra in your pelvic floor pushing down through the core of your legs and feet and down into the earth.

(if your legs begin to tremble this is a good sign – you are shifting blockages and allowing energy to flow. If there’s any pain, stop)

If you feel you have deficient energy visualise drawing energy up through your legs and into your base chakra. 

If you feel you have excessive energy, visualise pushing that excess down into the earth.

If you’re not sure, just visualise both. Releasing in the exhale, receiving on the inhale.

4. Affirmation

As you exhale say ‘I am in here’ then ‘I am in here, and this is mine’ – really feeling yourself in your body.

You can do this up to 10 times. Trust your body, stop when you’ve had enough. You will build up your strength over time.

Practise this exercise daily and notice the difference after a week. Ideally this exercise will clear your channels, allow you to ground, release and receive energy through your base chakra.

I am one with the source, in so far as I act as a source, by making everything I have received flow again. Raimon Panikkar

Blessings!

Taking it out into the world

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All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien

There’s been a lot on inner work going on for me lately: chakra healing, shamanic soul retrieval, and of course, chakradancing. Now it seems it’s time to take this inner journey out to the world, to share this gift with others. And I have to say, I am feeling a little scared. It’s all very well to dance around my loungeroom, but now I’m going to put myself out there and guide others through the journey of Chakradance. Am I up for this? Am I ready? Will I do it ‘right’?

Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. Thomas Aquinas

Last week I went and danced with a dear friend. She’s been having some health problems and so we focused on the solar plexus chakra: the seat of personal power. I know that sounds a little Tony Robbins, but the power here is akin to the flow of electricity. If our solar plexus is compromised, for example, by us giving away our power through dynamics of low self-esteem and approval seeking, we can become very depleted in this area. As a result our whole system suffers as this inner ‘fire’ of digestion, metabolism and empowerment dwindles.

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One of the greatest losses of energy in this chakra comes from ignoring our intuition. We all have intuition, it is an innate gift, the issue is when we don’t listen to it. We suppress it, deny it, argue with it, throw fearful thoughts at it, and this all takes a lot of energy.

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey. John O’Donohue

Caroline Myss talks about how we have misunderstood and mis-used the notion of creating our own reality, applying this force at the level of the material and the personality (romance, power, prestige) but that is not really the truth. The reality we create is at an energetic level, in our thoughts, and where we, consciously or unconsciously, direct our energy. This concept needs to be applied it to the management of our spiritual energy, and of our energy output.

Where does your energy go? Have you ever considered this? Not just physically but emotionally, via your thoughts. Do you harbour resentments, fears, old hurts? This is the great responsibility of the human life – conscious management of our power. The chakra system is a blueprint of the management of our spiritual energy, according to Myss.

Last week my lover gave me a rune reading. It was a beautiful process, and as with tarot, can be used as a form of divination alongside therapeutic counselling, to uncover blocks and issues in the querent’s life.

The runes are the traditional writing, magical and divination symbols of the ancient Germanic peoples, which effectively covers most of Northern Europe. Specific symbols carved in wood, or representations of these symbols on cards similar to tarot, are used in a traditional formation representing the realms in Norse mythology. There is an apparent correlation between these realms and the essence of the seven chakras as explored in this article by Magin Rose.wood-runes2

The reading was in response to a query I had about Chakradance. I had felt that just as I was beginning to bring my business into the ‘real’ material world of people, there was a major block occurring. People get very excited by ideas, but when it comes down to actually committing to a physical place and time, would they do it? Would anyone actually come to my classes?

The runes selected were highly favourable, suggesting I have the favour of the gods as what I am offering is of value, and with a recurring theme of sea-faring. I saw the analogy that my business, my chakradance craft, is like a boat, a beautiful boat, but one that has never been on the sea, is it actually sea worthy?

The only solution was some good old-fashioned business planning. Planning is something I often see as boring and restrictive, yet seeing the creativity as I write my business plan, the ideas flowing of how to launch my business, how I want my space to look, are actually really exciting. And it’s real.

We all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Come to think of it, it’s not that planning is boring, it’s actually scary. My usual modus operandi is ‘fly by the seat of my pants’.

Yes, that is a kind of intuitive living, but I think you can be intuitive and conscious of your decision-making and the direction it’s taking you. I traditionally make what seems like a great decision at the time, with no real thought as to how to measure if it actually is a good decision, and if so, how I will know that going forward. And when fear and doubt creep in, as they always do, I’m lost at sea with no compass, asking myself plaintively, ‘are you sure this is what you want?”

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour. Henry David Thoreau

This week several synchronous articles have crossed my path, as I started to realise I needed more of a plan around my business, a friend’s new business was launched, with this wonderful article on why planning really helps calm the anxiety of launching a business – read it here at Confetti Design, and I received an email from Doreen Virtue about planning a spiritual business.

Johannah Chilcott, from Confetti Design, writes that there are three steps to keeping your head when starting a new business: building a solid foundation through research and planning, reducing objectives into micro-tasks to get things done without stress, and creating strategies for support, mentorship, and stress management techniques. It’s a very sensible approach, far less angst-ridden than my ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ no-planning-plan.

After the rune reading, and these gems of wisdom that have arrived in my inbox this week, the recurring message is that I need to plan, not because anything will necessarily go wrong, but because I will go into self-doubt, and a solid plan will remind me that I have prepared my boat for the ocean, I am sea-worthy. It will remind me of the reasons I embarked on this journey, and the solid ground behind and in front of me.2-seaworthy-jc-findley

Probably the most important part of manifesting my intentions is right here, this giving birth to them in the physical world, not shying away from physical limitations and obstacles, seeing this as part of the richness of what I am doing, breaking through old barriers of self-doubt and self-sabotage.

Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self. Ralph Marsten

I previously wrote about the book Creating on Purpose: The Spiritual Technology of Manifesting Through the Chakras by Lion Goodman and Anodea Judith in an old post here.

The jist of Creating on Purpose is that all creation is co-creation between energy forces which are always at work, and through awareness and energetic healing we can become a clear ‘bridge’ for these forces to flow through, and we can quite literally use our consciousness to change the world.

 You have the ability to draw down your own vision of what you want to create in your life and to manifest it here in the physical world. Your soul has a purpose for being here. Lion Goodman and Anodea Judith

The ancient vedic texts called the upward journey of energy throughout the chakras mukti, or freedom; Anodea calls it the ‘current of liberation’. This current enables you to liberate yourself from limitations and attachments. It is the commonly conceptualised path of enlightenment by ascending from the lower chakras through to the crown chakra.

Less understood is the downward path, which the ancient masters called bhukti meaning “enjoyment”. The descending current of bhukti is the process by which consciousness densifies into physical form. In its simplest form this can be thought of as the process used in any body movement. When you walk your consciousness tells your brain to instruct your body to walk, this thought travels via energy signals to the nerves in your legs, where it manifests physically as you walking.

This downward path of energy through the chakras is the process of manifestation, where ideas and intentions catalyse and are transformed into physical reality. This process begins at the seventh chakra at the crown and moves down to the base or first chakra.

But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. Paulo Coelho

In Creating on Purpose, Anodea and Lion outline seven manifestation principles, which describe how the seven chakras are involved in various stages of manifestation. Lion is very clear that this is not about sitting still and manifesting abundance, this is co-creation between our energetic and physical forms which requires action.

blog-post-9-1-original-lmFor an intention to manifest there has to be an idea in your consciousness (7th chakra) you visualise it, including looking at all kind of related things and letting your imagination play with the idea (6th chakra), you communicate with people who can be helpful and talk about it (5th chakra), you ensure right relationships around this intention (4th chakra), you create action plans (3rd chakra), you infuse your intention with passion (2nd chakra) and you actualise the intention in the physical world (1st chakra).

The other process is dealing with resistance. Like my aforementioned reaction to putting myself out there, it is natural to experience resistance to any new intention or action. You need to identify and remove these obstacles and unblock your chakras to allow the current to flow freely.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein 

Creating and holding a vision for our endeavours does not mean being attached to perfect outcomes, more it is a compass to hold and refer to when the sun clouds over and the seas get rocky. It is a vision of the direction we saw from the high vantage point on the coast before we set sail, and once we found ourselves out at sea, we can refer to that vision for guidance, inspiration, direction and courage.

Affirmations for starting your own business by Che Garman:

What I offer through my company has tremendous value.

My work is a labour of love.

I effortlessly channel my energy into working on my business.

I easily get the funds I need to help grow my business.

I believe in myself and in my company.

I build my business with understanding and dedication.

I contribute to the lives of others through the services I provide.

People are extremely eager to engage my services.

My chosen lifework is fulfilling and lucrative.

My company makes a positive difference in the world.

My business instincts are well-tuned.

My business is constantly growing and prospering.

My business is flourishing!

 

Bless!

 

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Stuck in the middle with you

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you. Stealers Wheel

It may have appeared in my last post that I am a mirror-gazing, Louise Hay enthusiast. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Except it’s not really true. So I would like to clarify a few things. One, I don’t do affirmations into the mirror, it doesn’t work for me, so I don’t do it. Two, I admire Louise Hay immensely for her tireless healing work, and I use many of her affirmations, but mostly reading her book “Heal your Life” just propelled me off into my own self-discovery around being comfortable in my own skin. I don’t pretend to be a Louise Hay expert, so please don’t expect me to be one.

Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. Mark Twain

Many years ago a wise woman told me that in examining all of the many approaches to living life, I should take what I like and leave the rest. It’s another way of saying live and let live. It also encourages me to keep an open mind, try new things for myself and make my own decisions about what works for me – as I encourage you, dear reader, to do. Don’t take my word for it, find your own medicine.

Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. Randall Munroe

The first quote is from a song I used to listen to in my days of monopolising the jukebox at my local pub. I still love this song, with it’s classic ‘how did I get here?’ and ‘now what?’ sentiment. It also makes me think of my journey into self-acceptance. As I said it didn’t come from mirror gazing – although if yours does, bless you and no judgement here – mine was more from a rude awakening that “holy shit, I’m stuck here in the middle of this body for a whole lifetime, now what?”

Sometimes – actually most of the time – the human race just baffles me. I have to actively entice myself to engage with the world en masse, my personality and preference is to withdraw. Living in a cave sounds really appealing sometimes.

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself. Alan Wilson Watts

Connecting with others is very much related to the second chakra, which is the chakra I am exploring in Chakradance this week. The second chakra governs our senses, our emotions, giving and receiving nurture, as well as our creativity, sexuality, and relationship to money.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African Proverb

My introspective personality tends to rumination. Introspection is helpful at times. I guess, for me, it comes down to thinking versus intuition – but how do you tell the difference? To me, intuition is never indecisive, it may be quiet, it may get drowned out by wordly clamours, or it may be the answer is ‘I don’t know yet’. In which case stillness is required, being, not more thinking. Intuition is an effortless decision-making process. Well, apart from the effort of letting go of my thinking, that is!

Know your awareness, by feeling your experience. Jeddah Mali

As I dance through the weeks of the Chakradance training, I feel as if I am revisiting my seven intentions and seven chakras. Last week was the base chakra and my intention of home. I did a massive spring clean of my home space, clearing out the old to make space in my life. Then I experienced a journey of self-love into my body, grounding through the root chakra, through visualisation and earthing practices.

Not only do self-love and love of others go hand in hand but ultimately they are indistinguishable. M. Scott Peck

This week is the second chakra and my second intention, community. The dance of the second or sacral chakra, was just beautiful. The energy of the sacral chakra is very flowing, like water. The dance began with the hips – which I love, I have always been a hippy dancer, love to belly-dance. The visualisations were first of being in water, then of dancing under the full moon. I had a fabulous time, I was transported first to an underwater world, then to an Arabian desert under the full moon, where I belly-danced my heart out. Jung believed the second chakra was the gateway to the unconscious, a mysterious, watery netherworld of unlimited possibilities.

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’ Kurt Vonnegut

Svadhisthana – the sanskrit name for the second chakra, meaning sweetness – is where self-discovery, or individuation, begins. Jung believed that the second chakra was the beginning of the symbolic journey into the unconscious, a journey manifested through the remaining chakras. Chakradance draws on Jungian archetypes, and his concept of the shadow. The term ‘shadow’ is not intended as dark or negative in meaning, but as in ‘invisible’, it is literally the parts of ourselves we deny or refuse to accept.

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. Julie Cameron

The archetype associated with the sacral chakra is the Empress/Martyr. It is an archetype of feminine receptive power, the energy of water and the moon is strongly associated with this energy centre. The chakra resonates to the colour orange and is centred around the area of the reproductive organs. This chakra allows feelings to flow, encourages nurture, allows the setting of loving boundaries, creativity, and sensual expression.

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.’ Hugh MacLeod

Christianne Northrup writes that the key to balancing the spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the second chakra is addressing your drives toward sex, money, and relationships; co-creating with others; defining boundaries; including when to be assertive and when to be passive.

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven. The Byrds

Caroline Myss believes that while the base chakra is the tribal chakra, the sacral chakra is about how you relate one-to-one, it is your need to control other people, places and things. It is the place where you feel the heat of competition, the sting of jealousy, and the pang of measuring yourself against others. Wanting to control others, to feel needed, is the martyr shadow side of this chakra. When unconsciously seeking to be needed, it costs you energy, transmitting a part of your spirit to infiltrate that other person’s energy, plus you are also the recipient of other people doing this to you.

The second chakra connects you to everyone and everything you have ever wanted to control. Caroline Myss

According to Caroline Myss, trauma comes from investing your energy into perceptions you know are not true. Competition, vengeance, unforgiveness. These are tribal beliefs about justice. The second chakra requires that you shift to divine justice, trust in the divine karmic accounting system. This includes your beliefs about money. And your occupation, in the sense that what you do with your time can either be expressing your creative flow or stifling your creative flow.

I work extremely hard doing what I love, mainly to ensure that I don’t have to work extremely hard doing what I hate. Hugh MacLeod

Monetary affluence is influenced by this energy centre, as money is an energetic flow. According to Rev. Dr. Susan Corso, there are two modes of money flow: circulation and congestion. Circulation is paying your bills, giving to charity, practising trust and generousity. Congestion is hoarding, being fearful, and stingy.

Money is meant to keep moving from hand to hand, which is why it is called currency. Greed and hoarding undermine, even destroy, the purpose of money and cause the current to stagnate. The more that money flows in a society, the richer the society is, because the flow supports the unfolding of human potential in all of its citizens. Mayuri Onerheim

So money is a current, a currency. It should flow in the now. Rev. Dr. Susan Corso provides some techniques for getting in the flow with money yourself. She suggests you ‘pray your bills,’ that is, you give thanks for what the bills represent, shelter, water, heat, clothing, food, and for the money to pay them.

For me, it’s helpful to remember that humans survived for centuries without money. Animals today survive without it. Chris Cade

She also suggests you ‘bless your money,’ so whatever money comes through you, you bless and send on its way. These practices recognise money as an energy in motion, and resist the need to grasp or attach to it, which actually stops its flow and decreases your chance of abundance and affluence. I will certainly be giving these tips a go!

This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. Douglas Adams

Money is a resource, not a need. Money is conceptual; those bits of paper have no value except though our consensus. Old forms of currency had inherent value, salt, that has value, gold has value. Money has no inherent value. So what I want is not money, but freedom, choice, and security, these attributes we have have given to the concept of money.

The economic system is a human invention. The idea of capitalism, free enterprise, corporations – these are not forces of nature. There are some things in nature we have to live with – physics, chemistry, biology… Why do we bow before human-created ideas? We can change those things! We can’t change our dependence on the biosphere for our survival. David Suzuki

It’s a pretty ludicrous concept really. However it is the current paradigm, so the lesson for me is that my attachment to outcomes, whether about money or anything in life, stops the flow. So my job is to remain unattached. Money or no money, I am okay with either for my highest good.

If you do what you need, you’re surviving. If you do what you want, you’re living. Unknown

The healing aspect of this chakra, according to Carline Myss, is in shared spiritual experience, the need to experience the sacred in connection with others. Ritual is a fundamental human need: for us to have daily rapport with the sacred. To share this experience is to honour one another. Vitality in this chakra comes from divine connections with others, this can be meeting with a beloved group of friends for coffee and deep and meaningful talks, dancing, choirs, group meditation, yoga, bushwalking in a group – anything that connects you with others and the divinity of life in a sacred way.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

Today’s affirmations on the sacral chakra by Natalie Southgate:

Pleasure is a good and valuable part of my life.

I give myself permission to fully enjoy my sexuality.

I allow abundance and prosperity into my life.

I allow my emotions to flow through me in a healthy way.

I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.

The universe is full of sweetness and beauty.

I easily express my emotions – they feel free and flowing.

have an abundance of healthy, sensual pleasures in my life.

I ensure that I am always hydrated and I enjoy drinking water.

I can identify what I need, and ask for it.

I enjoy stimulating and healthy sexual relationships.

I love to dance, moving with music feels good to me.

I am in touch with my sensitive side.

Bless!

 

Further Reading

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/03/escape-the-shoulda-woulda-coulda-by-energizing-your-second-chakra/

http://www.wellbeing.com.au/blog/the-sacral-chakra-your-emotional-centre/

http://carljungdepthpsychology.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/symbolism-of-chakra-system-of-kundalini.html

http://www.logosofmoney.com/conscious-money/sex-and-money/

http://www.susancorso.com/PDFs/Prayer/Omnifaith_Financial_Surplus_Practices.pdf

 

Title image: Toni Carmine Salerno Angels, Goddesses, and Gods oracle cards

Making dreams come true

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Finally, I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. Thomas Merton

If you have been with me from the start of this blog, you may remember that in the new year, when it felt like the time was ripe to make resolutions, I decided to try really putting it all out there, not just one or two things, but everything. All my heart’s desires.

It was a resolution to take charge of my life, to be my own fairy godmother, to make all my wishes, all my dreams come true. Inspired by Noelle Oxenhandler’s book The Wishing Year, I decided to devote a year of my life to investigating every method of manifesting intentions I could find.

Nothing would be off the table, I would keep an open mind and look into all possibilities for creating the life I wished for. If a middle-aged woman channeling a guide called Abraham had some helpful advice, well, dammit, I’d even try that!

You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight. Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s not easy to settle on a finite number of your heart’s desires. I started with three; a home, a spiritual community, and love. I added writing; my true heart’s passion for a career and revenue earner. Health. More money would be nice, friends and family, travel… It was quickly getting out of control, I settled on the number seven.

But I didn’t want to be restrictive, so I made these intentions broad and roomy, you know, so the universe gets to play with my desires, so they can be bigger than my limited mind.

My intention was to blog my way through the experience of manifesting my seven intentions. So this post is dedicated to the inner treasure trove I have found – so far – and how the process of writing this blog, of focusing on my intentions, has revealed this treasure to me.

(So this is somewhat of a progress report for those of you who have been following, if you’re new to the blog – welcome! – and there’s links all the way through this post so you can catch up on all the fun you’ve missed.)

Now where was I? Ah yes. Treasure…

I think I deserve something beautiful. Elizabeth Gilbert

I was an ‘overly sensitive child’, a ‘hyperactive child’, a ‘gifted child’ – so many labels. In the modern Western society sensitivity is seen as a liability, and that’s absolutely how I regarded it. A guilty secret to be hidden away, locked in an inner closet and berated.

Here’s the secret prize. It turns out in the field of universal energy and manifesting intentions, sensitivity is a gift.

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. Allen Ginsberg

The truth is, whatever you are is a gift: sensitive, introspective, feisty, resilient, whatever your natural traits might be, they are YOUR traits, for you to discover the inner treasure of. I spent my whole life trying to be different to what I am, only to discover that what I am is exactly what I am meant to be.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

And so my seven intentions are beginning to manifest in most spectacular and surprising ways. Let’s review what they were:

7 Intentions: home, community, purpose, vibrant health, abundance, joy, love

I began by reading every book I could find on manifesting intentions – see my reading list here – and one of the first lessons I learned was to be grateful for what is, if like attracts like, gratitude attracts more of what we are grateful for.

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. A.A. Milne

I expressed gratitude for my home as perfect, I even have a garage I intend to clean out to use as a space for writing, meditating and teaching Chakradance. For now anyway, that doesn’t mean I have given up on my lovely dream house and garden by the water.

I discovered the importance of using feelings to connect with my intentions, I began to imagine what it would feel like to be surrounded by a community of people who supported and enhanced my intentions. I updated all my social media to reflect that I am a writer and wellbeing enthusiast, and this has attracted people to me in new ways.

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Thích Nhất Hạnh

My community has also grown out of people reading my blog and my intention to teach Chakradance, but more on that in a minute. I also discovered many online communities including Healing with the Masters, The Intention Experiment and Intent.com, and The Global Love Project, but more on that in my next post.

My purpose of writing and helping people has resulted in three blogs – seven intentions, dad’s travel diaries and one hundred percent raw. Through this intention, I allowed my passion for writing to surface and be visible to others. It became apparent that writing came from my spirit and was inextricably connected to my spiritual practice, as I have discovered, is everything, the more I developed my chakra work and meditation, the more the writing flowed, and the people who could assist me came into my life. My blogs have had thousands of views from people in 23 countries, how cool is that?

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. Rumi

I created vision boards to assist me to visualise and stay focussed on what I intended to manifest into my life. Every morning I meditated and did chakra energy work to maintain a state of flow in my energy, which I read would maximise my manifesting abilities. Somewhere along the line I got so inspired by the seven chakras that I aligned them to my seven intentions and had a fabulous time experimenting and discovering those connections. The by-product was it felt amazing, and the more I encouraged my energy flow, the more health, vitality, and inspiration seemed to flow through me.

Find out who you are and do it on purpose. Dolly Parton

Chakradance is a wonderful way for me to get my energy flowing, and I kept having the impulse to train as a facilitator so I could run groups in my area. There seemed no way I could afford to do the course, but this idea kept niggling at my mind. Keeping an open mind, I remembered a few friends had done crowd sourcing to fund their projects and I thought why not? Check out my pozible ‘Chakradance this city’ project here.

My supporters had contributed 50% of the funds in 24 hours. How’s that for putting it out there?

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings

My vibrant health continues to improve as does my vitality, evidenced by the fact I can write three blogs, study Chakradance, work and raise my son, as well as having a rich life of family, friends, and interests. I learned the power of the heart chakra and of wishing from the heart.

Interestingly, when I had my health crash last year, one of the culprits was my adrenals glands. The adrenals produce adrenaline and tend to be the way many of us keep go, go, going in this fast-paced world. Read here how Christiane Northrup talks about low self-esteem affecting our adrenals. The lesson for me was to cease the incessant drive to be more, do more, have more.

Don’t power walk. Saunter slowly in the sun, eating chocolate, and carry a blanket so you can take a nap. S.A.R.K.

It was so liberating to allow myself to go to bed when I was tired, in the middle of the day. To not exercise if I didn’t have the energy. My self-will had driven me into the ground, and the only way to reset was to allow my body, not my mind, to run the show. I finally learned to live from my heart, and love myself no matter what. Only because I had no choice, my body had finally said ‘no!’ and I have not been able to have any energy since then unless I come from a place of calm, love and self-acceptance.

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Your really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball

After tiring of spending money each week on getting my back treated, I just stated the intention of trying to heal it myself. Why not? These are the wacky things you try when you are testing the process of manifesting intentions. My back practitioners have been telling me to do this for a while – to heal myself – but I still had that dependence on them. Now structurally my back is pretty okay, my problems are exacerbated by stress, both emotional and physiological, due to lifestyle and diet.

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. Janis Joplin

Rediscovering yoga, focusing on opening my heart and chest, and allowing more energy to flow has done wonders for my back and overall flexibility. (If you are interested try these yoga asanas. These twists are also good.) By eating well, yoga, meditation and energy work, well, I think I healed my back.

If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The biggest shift in my yoga practice, and my life, is an absence of force. I used to force myself into yoga poses, often hurting myself in the process. Now I have learned to breathe into the pose and listen to my body’s wisdom. This allows me to work with my body and not against it. The change is spectacular! This manifests in my life as complete trust and surrender to whatever is occurring in my body. Pain, discomfort, uncomfortable feelings, and fatigue are merely messages, not ‘symptoms’ to be afraid of.

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. Brene Brown

See above, and below: my life is positively bursting with abundance now!

My last post was on joy, and my discovery of the power of joy to create a shift of perception from despair into hope. It is my new way to tap into the creative energy of the universal consciousness. Joy is expansive in energy, it opens the heart, it attracts to it light and love, it radiates these qualities too, it seeks to transmit itself through connection with others and with all that is.

I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever only rejoices me, and the heart appoints. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It seems unbelievably self-indulgent, to me, to live out of  a state of joy, and yet, it appears that is the only state from which I can create and manifest intentions. And therefore the only state from which I can live my purpose and give my gifts to the world. This is something I keep coming back to. It is not my default setting, and yet, it may be my natural state, for when I meditate, when I quieten my ego mind, joy shines through.

And love. Well, there’s plenty more time to talk about that!

Look at me manifesting intentions all over the place. Although not in the way I’d imagined!

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach. Maya Angelou

The truth is, when I dreamed of being a writer, it was bestselling literary novels I imagined writing. Award-winning novels. To be the next Margaret Atwood. Praise and accolades would flow. Actually I have had fantasies of being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. I used to be embarrassed by such daydreams, but now I just accept they are a part and parcel of having an over-active imagination. Besides, the beauty of the imagination is even if it never really happens, I will have enjoyed the experience nonetheless.

There’s no alternative to being yourself. Accept it, honour it, value it – and get on with it. Rasheed Ogunlaru

Now here I am writing three rather humble wellbeing and travel blogs and becoming a Chakradance instructor – I didn’t see that one coming. And mostly, I’m okay with that. Mostly.

You are Perfection and Imperfection’s Love Child. Sera Beak

When I caught up with a friend from my uni days this week, I noticed I played down my spirituality and it’s predominance in my writing, I didn’t encourage him to read my blogs. I saw a disconnect between who I used to think I wanted to be, and who I am.

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. Kurt Cobain

Maybe I will write novels one day, I continue to jot my story ideas down in a notebook. For now, I just keep taking the next intuitive step. Manifesting intentions seems to be less about forcing particular outcomes and more of a living dream: creating a vision, and a letting go of how it looks in reality.

The more I surrender to this process, the more I see the results manifest.

Today’s affirmations by Che Garman from affirmyourlife.blogspot.com

As I follow my heart, I discover my destiny.

As I grow more connected to my soul, my life’s purpose becomes clearer and clearer.

As I live my true purpose, joy and contentment fill my life.

Each day my life unfolds with absolute purpose.

Every action I take moves me towards my greater purpose.

Every day I find more ways to contribute to the greater good.

Every day I follow my bliss.

Having a clear purpose energizes my life.

I always follow my heart’s path.

I am deeply fulfilled by all that I do.

Bless!

 

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Give me a sign, like, right now

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Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to what is known in nature. Saint Augustine

This post wasn’t supposed to be about miracles, it was meant to be about receiving a sign that I am on the right track with all this intentions stuff. I went looking for quotes about signs but they just weren’t right, and then I read a quote about miracles, and realised, ah yes, that’s what I’m really asking for.

Marianne Williamson says miracles come in all shapes and sizes, large and small, and that there is no order of importance in miracles. All prayers are answered. All that is required is love – a belief in love as a unifying, connective force between all that is.

Where there is great love, there are always miracles. Willa Cather 

It’s easy to think of miracles as something only saints and religious types can do, providing food from nothing, parting the seas. Yet when we open our hearts and minds, it is possible to tap into this same energy in our own lives. There is no rule that says I can’t ask for a miracle parking spot, as much as I ask for world peace. I have some problems accepting that idea. Probably because my ego, unlike cosmic power, has a hierarchy of importance in regards to the way the world is. In spirit, if we are all one, any good that comes to me, comes to all. And any good I give to the world, comes to me.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

So where has this burning desire for a miraculous sign come from? Where else does the thirst for hope come from, but the emptiness of despair.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts. Buddha

This week has been… where are the words when I need them? Look up ‘the most gut-wrenching heartbreak’ in the thesaurus. Still inadequate. Grief. Sadness. Loss. Confusion. More sadness. Feeling depleted, emptied out, with a sense of hopelessness and futility – like someone set off a bomb inside me and then scraped out the mess of my innards with a rake. Raw, painful. How could I possibly write a post on manifesting intentions this week, when everything seemed so bleak?

In any given moment when the world is too much with us, we can take a deep breath and travel home to the inner room inside our minds. Marianne Williamson

For the first time since starting this blog, I understood how much my emotional resilience has been supported by frequent meditation and energy work. Each time I went into my inner space, I didn’t believe it would work. I didn’t think it could relieve the feelings of grief and despair. Yet I kept coming back to meditation, and to chakra work, to be honest because I desperately needed some respite, some relief. After half an hour or an hour, I would be immensely soothed and comforted, my hope would return and my energy levels were replenished and I felt again that I had something to give. Even if I hadn’t felt that it was a ‘good’ meditation session, even if I had been unfocused, distracted, and filled with competing thoughts. It STILL worked.

Let me recognize my problems have been solved. A Course in Miracles

It would not be an overstatement to say I have been blown away by the power of this ability to heal, to rejuvenate myself energetically on demand. I would not have wished the circumstances, but I am grateful that I have this practice in place, that I have been able to rise to life on life’s terms with strength and the ability to tap into an never-ending, inner supply of love and compassion for others.

Either you take in believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird. Henry Miller

And suddenly, I am not hopeless. Instead, I am open, curious, and determined. I want a sign. I mean I REALLY want a sign. Of what? Something to tell me I’m not loopy, that I all I am experiencing has depth and meaning.

I picked up the book E-squared by Pam Grout – E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your RealityI ordered this book months ago, started reading, did the first exercise, and then promptly forgot all about it.

This time, I mean business. Pam’s book is a very down-to-Earth, “piss or get off the pot” approach to manifesting intentions.

I am realistic – I expect miracles. Wayne W. Dyer

The premise is that you take 21 days to practise 9 simple experiments – and by simple, I mean, like watching out for green cars or yellow butterflies for a day. Yes. Really simple. And by the end of that time, she claims you will have evidence that your thoughts create your reality.

These are the spiritual experiments you can test in E-Squared:

1. There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.

2. You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.

3. You, too, are a field of energy.

4. Whatever you focus on expands.

5. Your connection to the field provides accurate and unlimited guidance.

6. Your thoughts and consciousness impact matter.

7. Your thoughts and consciousness provide the scaffolding for your physical body.

8. You are connected to everything and everyone else in the universe.

9. The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.

And if that doesn’t tantalise you, Pam adds, “Among other things, it teaches people how to drop poundage by doing nothing but changing the focus of their thoughts.” Okay. You’ve got me there.

I’m doing my part now (even as we speak) to get up every day, pronounce that something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today and to spend my day in unadulterated wonderment at all the world’s blessings and miracles. Pam Grout

I have to admit, I have always felt it was a little rude for me, lil old me, to demand things of the great cosmos. I felt I should just be grateful for my blessings, there’s so many less fortunate people, who am I, cup in hand like a Dickens-esque street urchin, to ask for more.

Life is a miracle. We, all of us are creator beings. We are the joyful choice makers. Sakshi Chetana

However a few weeks ago, someone said to me, “Just ask for signs. Make it a really clear request.” At the time I was grappling with cutting contact with someone, so I said to the cosmos “When the time is right to block him on Facebook, show me three black cars in a row.”

And then I thought, either this won’t work, or if it does I should be using my powers to end world hunger and global warming…

Nearly 24 hours later I was driving my mother and my son, and I saw three black cars parked. “Hmmm” I thought. But you see they weren’t in a row, there was six cars, and the black ones were interspersed by other colours. “I don’t know if that was the sign, I mean shouldn’t it be three black cars in a row?”

And then three black cars drove past in a row. No, it wasn’t a wedding procession, just three random, various model cars, at that moment coming my way, in a perfect row.

“Okay, universe,” I said,  “I’ll block him.”

I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don’t even know it. Sue Monk Kidd

You may ask, what qualifications does Pam Grout have to be writing about thoughts creating reality? She’s a freelance writer. She writes and travels. My DREAM job, so I for one am all ears!

A few weeks ago, I decided to put my writing out there, as well as my other professional skills, via the professional network LinkedIn. I found a freelance writer that I knew through work, and we are meeting for coffee to talk shop. It’s easy to understand how a network like this works, but if you think about it, the energetic network is like a cosmic LinkedIn, we are all connected, it’s just a matter of putting our intentions out there, so the appropriate contacts can be linked into our intentions.

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. C.S. Lewis

So 48 hours after I did the first experiment in Pam’s book, where you effectively ask the universe to show themselves. I went to the bank not expecting to have enough money to last the weekend and surprisingly I did. I had so many unexpected people praise my blog and encourage me to keep writing, at a time when I felt all the guts punched out of me.

I have admit, I was hoping for something more, something absolutely definitive, like the black cars. Then I remember my doubt at the black cars. Would I know a sign if I saw it? Would it convince me? So the next experiment from the book was actually asking to see particular things, in this instance, green cars and yellow butterflies.

To witness miracles unfold in your experience, count your blessings and be thankful. Perceived small blessings accumulate to be the most powerful. T.F. Hodge

Sometimes the vague sense of cosmic love is enough for me, but what I wanted now was a clear sign that I’m not completely loopy in this quest.

Waiting…

In the meantime I keep writing, it’s the only thing that fills me with that sense of purpose. I may not be the greatest writer, but it feels right.

To walk quietly until the miracle in everything speaks is poetry, whether we write it down or not. Mark Nepo

And I kept on with Pam’s experiments, even though to be honest, I felt I had more success with my own little experiment. I hadn’t felt the results of anything in days, I knew part of the problem was a lack of attention. I forgot to keep looking, and apparently that’s a large part of this intention thing. My mind distracts me. I keep forgetting to do the intention thing before I go to sleep…

You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle. Shannon L. Alder

In the midst of this topsy-turvy week, my dad asked me to write a blog about his travel experiences. It was so lovely to read his writing of sixty years ago. If nothing else, it inspired the hope that my children and grandchildren will have the pleasure of knowing me through my writing, seeing into that window of a faded version of self. One by then, like my dad, I may have only tenuous links to. (By the way, this new blog is Dad’s travel Diaries.)

Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never even have imagined. The coincidences or little miracles that happen every day of your life are hints that the universe has much bigger plans for you than you ever dreamed of for yourself. Deepak Chopra

The inspiration for Seven Intentions was to create intentions around my heart’s deepest desires and allow them to appear. This week has given me a certain – albeit brutal – clarity. I love writing, hell, I live to write. I am a writer. It’s my deepest heart’s desire. I know that now with certainty.

I may not be the writer I wish to be – yet – but it’s my purpose. And I see that I came into this project, this experiment, with very hazy intentions, and through this process these intentions are becoming crystalline. It is then, and only then, that my intentions present a coherent vision for the universe to act upon.

In my despair of this week I felt nothing was working, what did I have to show for all this ‘putting it out there’? I realise the answer is that I have everything, I have purpose, I have a reason to be.

And the beauty is that this purpose is all inside of me, it’s all mine – not dependent on any external things. It’s the only thing that doesn’t revolve around what I do for others, what I have. This is what I am. I could be locked in a dark cell and my imagination would still write stories with an invisible pen on the inside walls of my brain. This essence of my being cannot be stripped away. I can doubt it, and I do every day, but it’s always there, and nobody, nothing can take it away from me. It’s my spirit.

My wish for you, dear readers, is that if you haven’t already, you find a passion that burns in your soul, in this way.

Recently I read in a couple of different places, that depressed people tend to only use certain parts of their brain. Like a person who walks the same route very day and never sees the amazing scenery a block from their house, depression causes a person to rethink the same old (depressed) thoughts over and over. Cheryl Lee Harnish talks about purposely trying to think new thoughts, any thoughts, to force her mind out of its ruts. To create new neural pathways. And I think it’s the same leap to make between neuro-typical thinking and miraculous thinking. It’s just a matter of looking with fresh eyes.

Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them you find more than you ever dreamed you’d see. Lemony Snicket

And what do you know? Since I wrote that and made that intention to open my mind to new ways of thinking, all I have seen is green cars and yellow butterflies. Mindfulness, awareness, and gratitude seem to be the ingredients of miracles. Oh, and joy. Joy is a miracle-magnet. This week I have learned from my brave friend, the ability to experience joy in the darkest corners of life.

There is within each of us the possibility of magnificence. Every moment is an opportunity to make it manifest. Marianne Williamson

Today’s affirmations (from bmindful.com):

I am a miracle magnet.

I see big and small miracles everywhere because I expect them to happen.

I am fully open and receptive to miracles in every wonderful way.

I am now experiencing miracles of love, abundance, creative fulfilment, and prosperity.

Mindful creativity is the key to blessing and miracles.

I realise that my life is a miracle and I am grateful for my blessings.

Miracles are a natural part of giving and living.

Bless!

 

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For you, Blue

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all. Emily Dickinson

Such a beautiful sentiment. Can you picture that sublime bird perched in your soul, moving you along with its silent music? This is the whispered hope of all humans with a creative fire in their soul. You may doubt your talents or your ability to express yourself, but the hope, the drive to express yourself drives you on anyway.

Now in month four of this blog, so far I have written about four – out of my seven intentions – and created a link between my intentions and the chakras:

1. Home – Base chakra – Muladhara

2. Community – Sacral chakra – Svadisthana

3. Purpose – Solar Plexus chakra – Manipura

4. Vibrant health – Heart chakra – Anahata

It is time to move onto my fifth intention and the fifth chakra: abundance and the throat chakra.The Sanskrit name for the throat chakra, Vissudha, means purification.

The throat chakra carries the energies of truth, integrity, honesty, and communication. It also governs the ability to listen, both to the words of others and your own internal dialogue within your body.

This chakra governs your relationship with vibrations and resonance. It is from the throat centre that you produce sound through vibration. As such it is incredibly susceptible to vibrational energy, and responsive to resonance of all kinds. Music and sound can be used extremely effectively to balance this chakra.

“Sound is basic element of all creation,” says Johnathan Goldman, director of the Sound Healers Association.

In the ancient Egypt, Athens and Rome, for example, sound was understood to be the fundamental creative force of the universe. You find knowledge of this in the sacred texts of different traditions. For example, in the book of Genesis, it is written “And the Lord said ‘Let there be light’” and in the Gospel according to St. John, is the statement “In the Beginning was the word”- the creation of the universe occurring through sound.

Johnathan Goldman was influenced in his sound healing work by Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, a French ear, nose, and throat doctor who used sound therapy to treat physical and psychological disorders. He treated people suffering from auditory processing problems, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, and learning disorders, improving their communication and social behaviour through auditory stimulation.

His theory was that the symptoms of these disorders are not caused by the disorder itself, but by a sensory regulation problem that began in, what he considered, our most primordial sensory instrument, the inner ear.

Tomatis said that the inner ear, which receives sound vibrations, is fundamental to human development in the foetal stage. He believed that auditory stimulus triggers neurological development in the womb. Jonathan Goldman asserts that sound can stimulate the neural synapses and create new neural pathways.

Sound is a nutrient for the nervous system. Joshua Leeds

The fifth chakra is where your ideas and intentions, formed in your sixth and seventh chakra, are finally put out there into the world. Up until this point, and if it goes no further, your ideas are just fantasy. To bring intention into reality involves communication, the realm of the throat chakra.

Our throat chakra is a bridge between our inner and outer selves – who we feel we truly are, and how we represent ourselves in the world. Lisa Erickson

By the time you reach this chakra, you are operating at a mostly vibrational level. Although the chakra is based in the physical throat and affects physiological areas of the throat, the ears and the thyroid gland, the energy of this centre is large and subtle, and very, very blue.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. Muriel Rukeyser

Blue has always been my favourite colour. As I child I may have chosen blue to distance myself from pink and all things girly, but it resonates strongly with me as my true colour. Blue is the colour of the ocean, and of deep calm. Imagine your throat area bathed in blue light, right now.

The throat chakra governs creative expression, it is intricately connected with expression of all kinds and its free flow allows creativity to flow also.

An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public. Maurice Chevalier

As I have said before, I have wondered if my connection between my seven intentions and the seven chakras was a bit tenuous. It was rather a spontaneous idea at the time I wrote it. However, as I investigate further, I realize they are anything but tenuous connections. Call it intuition, divine inspiration or sheer dumb luck, but the throat chakra – which I married up to the intention of abundance – is apparently known as the “cornucopia centre”. Oh yeah baby!

There’s a treasure trove to be discovered and it’s inside you. Built into your DNA is humanity’s 10,000-plus years of telling and listening to oral stories. Peter Guber

For those of you not au fait with the mythology of the ancient Greeks, the cornu copiae – literally ‘horn of plenty’ – is an ancient symbol of nourishment and abundance, symbolized by a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers, wealth and well, anything you fancy really. The story goes that baby Zeus (the Greek god) had to be hidden from his angry father Cronus – who had a tendency to devour everything in sight. He was stashed in a cave and attended to by some divine nursemaids, one of whom, Amalthea, happened to be a goat. While playing with her, Zeus accidently broke off one of her horns, which turned out to have divine power to provide unlimited nourishment and sustenance. Hence the horn of plenty.

Because we are storytelling creatures, the stories we take in become the basis for how we view ourselves and the world.  Anodea Judith & Lion Goodman

As an interesting side note, the coat of arms from Victoria, Australia (where I was born) contains the image of a cornucopia symbolizing prosperity.

Usually, when we think of power, we think of external power. And we think of powerful people as those who have made it in the world. A powerful woman isn’t necessarily someone who has money, but we think of her as someone with a boldness or a spark that makes her manifest in a dramatic way. Marianne Williamson

Abundance, ask yourself what does it mean to you? For some people it represents money, success, and the trappings that go along with that, houses, cars, parties, travel. While that all sounds appealing in a way, my concept of abundance is more of an inside job. We have all heard of people who are miserable and lonely despite having material wealth, we know it doesn’t bring happiness and love.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. Marianne Williamson

Abundance to me is freedom from restriction, being in pure flow, allowing my gifts to be expressed in the world, and allowing the results of those gifts to flow freely to me and others. Yes, I know, it all sounds very vague. Let me break it down for y’all.

One definition of abundance is ‘overflowing fullness.’ You know the feeling, you are relaxing at a table surrounded by great people, great food, you’ve eaten, laughed, and then you sit back and just soak up that feeling, life is good. Imagine that feeling in ALL areas of your life, what would that look like to you?

The true sound of healing is Love. Sarah Benson

Abundance for me, would be a flow of money, love, support and resources that allowed me to do all the things I wish to. To pursue my writing, meditation, to learn ways of expressing myself freely and lovingly, to travel, to take care of my family, to be able to say ‘yes’ to things without fear of where the money is coming from. To have my own home and comfortable surrounds. To be able to share my bounty with people I love and the community locally and globally. It would mean loving without fear, expressing myself without fear, being creative without fear.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

Creating intentions, at its core, is really about articulating our innermost truth. Instead of functioning day-to-day in survival mode, in jobs, relationships and living conditions we barely tolerate, it is the courage to say, out loud, “I wish for this.”

When a woman rises up in glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious. Marianne Williamson

It is easy to dismiss this as wishful thinking, but the darker side is that when we don’t speak our truth, when we don’t vibrate at our true level, our body suffers from the discordance. Learning to speak your truth and then to live your truth is quite simply, a most profound act of self-love and healing.

So what are you waiting for? As John Lennon once said, this is NOT a dress rehearsal.

Now that you have created your intention and brought it through consciousness in the seventh chakra and vitalized your intention into a vision in the sixth chakra, it’s time to communicate your dream to others. The manifestation principle in the fifth chakra is conversation catalyzes. Although it is important to be clear about your vision and excited about its possibilities, now you must move it into the social world and speak about your vision effectively. The process of communication ignites sparks in others, who may get excited about your vision and offer help or advice. With feedback from others, your own clarity will be sharpened. Every time you communicate about your purpose and your dream, you get better at expressing what’s most important to you. Whether you are writing advertising copy or a business plan, creating a proposal, giving a talk, or holding a meeting, good communication skills will amplify your ability to create on purpose. Creating on Purpose, Anodea Judith & Lion Goodman

According to Anodea Judith & Lion Goodman, in Creating on Purpose, there are five steps to manifesting through this chakra:

  1. Telling your story
  2. Refining your mission through feedback
  3. Broadcasting your vision to others
  4. Setting goals to chart your course
  5. Turning inner voices into allies

The time is now to speak your truth and bring your truth into reality through expressing it. It is time to speak your truth to those around you, and to allow the flow of the universe to assist you in your intentions by gathering to you the people who can assist you in manifesting them.

As the throat chakra is concerned with authenticity and purification, it is helpful to remember the Buddhist precept of right speech. Ask yourself before you speak “Is it true, is it kind, is it necessary, is it the right time?”

The Humming breathing exercise is great to cleanse your thought and beliefs about spoken and written communication. Are you afraid of speaking up and stating your truth? Do you censor yourself to avoid hurting other people’s feelings? Do you speak harshly or judgementally to yourself or others?

The Humming Breath (courtesy of Natalie Southgate here)

Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine. Begin by exhaling as much air as possible from your lungs before taking in a deep, slow breath through your nose, refilling your lungs. On your next exhalation, make a soft humming sound like a bee. When you run out of breath, take another deep inhalation, continuing the humming sound as you exhale. Begin with a few minutes practice, working up to 10-15 minutes at a time. When you have finished your humming breath practice, lie down and relax for a few minutes.

Or try this throat chakra meditation by Lisa Erickson.

Everything is about resonance, and about how one vibration sets another vibration into motion. We are resonant beings. We are all made up of vibration, whether it’s animal, mineral, plant. It doesn’t matter. We are all moved by vibration, and the auditory vibration is one that is close enough to our nervous system. Joshua Leeds

Today’s affirmations on the throat chakra are from the CD Chakra Healing by Doreen Virtue:

I willingly release any blocks to perfect communication now.

I release all that would prevent me from lovingly speaking my truth today.

I allow my higher self to speak through me today in all my communications, and trust that all of my communications are perfectly ordered and guided. Today everyone with whom I come into contact benefits from listening to my words.

I allow my truth to be spoken and I am always heard.

I am able to speak to others clearly and eloquently.

I express my creativity and it flows effortlessly from me.

I speak my truth now.

Hope is the thing with feathers. Now is the time to sing the song of your soul.

Bless!

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Getting creative: Vision boards, God boxes, and crafty things

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You are what your deepest desire is.
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny. Upanishads

As I got myself deeper into contemplation about the science of intention in my last post, almost convincing myself to become a physicist – just to prove my own theories – the thought occurred to me that, perhaps, I had got a little off track. Just a little.

Maybe, I thought to myself, it’s time to revisit my intentions for this blog.

You see, I had these seven intentions for these things I desired in my life, and I wondered what would happen if I tested out various ways of manifesting intentions. And I thought I might write a blog to chronicle the experiences I had along the way. That’s it. Nice and simple. No PhD in physics, chemistry, or even philosophy, required.

This post is all about making stuff: vision boards, God boxes, and the idea of creating visual representations of my intentions – which seems to be a popular practice in manifesting intentions. Maybe I should have called this post ‘Manifesting Intentions 101’.

So arts’n’crafty stuff, that should be easy, right? Especially after attempting to wrap my head around algebra in the last post.

Surprisingly, no. Being somewhat of an pseudo-intellectual, I have some resistance to the use of craft activities as a medium for manifesting. Well, I do publicly anyway. I mean there’s creating beautiful, worthy things, and then there’s making collages to attract a new car. Okay, so maybe I’m a bit of a craft snob. I think it goes back to art class in school. I never got to do the stuff I wanted, as such there was a lot of teenage girl eye-rolling at the crafts we were forced to do.

I’m afraid I haven’t improved much with the eye-rolling.

This week, at home with my hideous sore throat for two days, I set myself up in bed with a bunch of old magazines, scissors, glue, and a scrapbook. The very same scrapbook I bought at the beginning of this adventure ten weeks ago. Thus far it had remained untouched as I read, researched, and grappled with the various esoteric concepts I thought I should get clear about before I, you know, made stuff out of paper and glue.

altar vision boardsFortunately the head cold rendered me docile enough to quite enjoy a task that captured my hands without requiring too much mental exertion. Without any theoretical framework whatsoever, I happily spent several hours making my vision boards, representing my intentions of home and purpose. Then I made one entirely of picturesque scenes of Eastern temples. An intention to travel, perhaps? I think yes!

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Here’s my guilty secret. I LOVED making the vision boards – it was fun. When my son came home from school, he was elated to see me surrounded by cut-outs and glue, and apart from a break to make dinner, I continued with them until bedtime. I was hooked. And apparently having fun, generating joy around your intentions is a REALLY good thing. It sure felt good.

And the funny part is, I realised, those vision boards, they look an awful like my fridge-door. My fridge is plastered with quotes and postcards and my son’s bits from school. You see, I have been vision-boarding the heck out of my fridge door and I didn’t even realise it.

The concept of making a visual or physical object to represent a connection with the creative energy of the universe is not new to me. Many, many, many years ago when I was at a women’s rehab, we made God boxes. A God box is an actual box that you put little handwritten notes of problems, desires, or people that you want an certain outcome for. You write it down, put it in your God box as a visual representation of petitional prayer, or of letting go of something that is worrying you.

I can tell you, there was A LOT of eye rolling in that room of twenty odd women, some of whom had just got out of jail, and most of whom were crack addicts from the streets of South Minneapolis (not quite LA, but a long way from Melbourne). Yet as we sat with our plain white boxes, decorating them with feathers, sequins, and paint, something quite magical transpired. The room became light, not as in ‘let there be light’, but a lightness, a levity overtook those women. There was laughter, and banter, as our hands placed the decorations just so. There was the good-natured teasing of the heavily tattooed ex-jailbird who proudly displayed her finished box, which would have put Mardi-Gras to shame with its collision of rainbow-hued feathers and gold sequins.

I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time. Lady Gaga

Most of those women, myself included, would not have prayed if you put a gun to their heads, and yet we used those God boxes. I’m sure most of the petitions involved someone eating that last cookie or not cleaning out the ring in the tub after they took a bath. But we learned the power of letting go by writing those silly little notes and putting them in our multicoloured postboxes to God.

I kept that box until it fell apart about ten years ago. Then a few years later, after I left my marriage, and felt that every day I needed to let go of so many impossible things, I found this beautiful box at Ishka and the tradition was reborn.

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Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr Seuss

As I did a Google search on vision boards, to try to find some theory behind the practice, I was somewhat put off by the plethora of commercialism accompanying the concept. I had finally watched The Secret DVD this week – I mean how can you write a blog like this and NOT watch it? I have to admit I had avoided it in the past and had it written off as a kind of twee New Age informercial – think Dan Brown meets Tony Robbins. Well, what can I say? Now I have watched it, tick, let’s leave it at that.

The reality is, people have been visually portraying their intentions since early humans mixed up a bit of dirt and berries and painted that giant buffalo, the one they intended to catch and eat for dinner, on the cave wall. Its obviously a very primal instinct to put our thoughts into a more concrete form to assist the manifesting process along. Isn’t that the whole idea of churches and temples, to create a physical space that attracts God?

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

I am coming to the realisation that some serious discernment is required in the quest for understanding the power of intention. There is the ancient wisdom from the Vedic texts, buddhism, mysticism, philosophy, and more recently quantum physics, and then there is the revamped interpretations of all that knowledge by a spectrum of ‘experts’ ranging from the highly educated and pragmatic, to the downright shonky.

That said, I continue to read widely, watch all sorts of things online, and basically take what I like and leave the rest.

This article on The God Box did appeal to me. Mary Lou Quinlan – women’s marketing expert and author – was inspired to write a book after finding her mother’s God box when she died. These boxes revealed her mother’s innermost thoughts, fears, and desires, through her little notes to God.

She inhaled a worry. She exhaled a prayer. Mary Lou Quinlan

This has evolved into The God Box Project which aims to empower women and girls to fulfil their dreams. She is currently performing a play, based on her book, The God Box: A Daughter’s Story and donating all the proceeds of tickets and book sales to not-for-profit organizations dedicated to women, family and educational causes. All from her mother’s quiet intentions. Pretty amazing.

Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it. Pema Chödrön

So, vision boards, God boxes, and overcoming my aversion to craftiness. It all seems so hokey. This is a real exercise in humility – I feel embarrassed to publish a post admitting that I am actually doing this stuff. It all feels very teenage girl, as if  any minute now I’ll be sticking pictures of Johnny Depp to my wall again. Actually…

Anyway, I had a serendipitous moment as I cleaned out my God box from last year in order to take some photos. It was a pretty crappy year, so I used it a lot – and I read my many petitions to God.

I asked that my brother and sister-in-law have a baby (they’re pregnant) – tick.

I asked for travel (and in spite of having very little money I went to the UK last year thanks to my lovely friends in Birmingham) – tick.

I asked to find the perfect school for my son to love and thrive in – tick.

I asked for help with my dad’s health and my mum’s difficulty caring for him – tick.

I asked for the strength to let go of a relationship that despite my best hopes and efforts, just didn’t work – tick.

There was some other ones too, but these really struck me. It may not seem much, but when I put these things in my God box, I did so because based on the circumstances at that time, a solution to these problems seemed impossible.

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. Martin Luther King Jr.

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So I wrote out my seven intentions for 2014 and put them in my God box. I’m a big believer in the multi-faceted approach.

This discovery has renewed my faith in intentions – realising the idea is neither new nor unsubstantiated to me. Surely with this demonstrated success of my past intentions, I can suffer the taunts of my friends and colleagues for making and sticking up magazine collages to my wall. Especially if in a year’s time I can say, “ooh, look, I’m a paid writer and published author with a fabulous home and traveling the world as part of my work.” Who looks silly now?

And yes, I am embarrassed to put that out there too. But as my dad always says “in for a penny, in for a pound.”

To be honest, I think I would be looking pretty silly if I did expect all that to happen from a few vision boards. Obviously I realise the vision boards are only part of the process. I have to actually put in some footwork too. As such I am compiling a list of magazines I’d like to write for and I’m sending them submissions. I’m networking with other writers – in fact pretty much everywhere I go at the moment, I am meeting new writers. And as a result of stating my intention to write so publicly, people I have known for a while who never knew I wrote are offering support to me.

Maybe intentions are cosmic navigational aids, they ensure you are pointed in the right direction, for a significant amount of time, thereby increasingly the likelihood of you following through with actions, and being aware of the opportunities that lie in the direction of your dreams.

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. Barbara Kingsolver

And on the home front, I bought some lavender seeds so I can grow lavender in my hanging baskets. I’m decluttering and rearranging my living space. My vision board showed a peaceful, uncluttered living space, so I can make that a reality right now.

In this way, I can see how vision boards help. They are very right brain, so they use your creative side to harness your imagination, intuition, and holistic way of thinking. This allows you to play with your purpose, plan, and vision, in a way that a list of goals does not. Creating a vision board requires that you focus on only a few things at a time, and really decide what resonates with you. Do I really need to live in a mansion or just somewhere with a sense of space? The use of images creates emotional connections, which according to experts on manifesting intention, such as Wayne Dyer, is fundamental to making them real. 

Vision boards are also hard to avoid – unless you hide them away – I see my mine about 100 times a day. That’s a lot of reinforcement. Unlike my God box where I write something down and then forget about it, I mean, ‘let it go’, I am constantly revisiting my intentions every time I look at my vision board. And in doing so, I see the parallels between my intentions and what I already have.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

In addition to that, it is also about realising that all the materials for creating yourself are already here. You already are everything you need to be, you are not broken or damaged or sick. All the materials of the universe exist within you. Intent is not about being more, having more, doing more. It’s just about embracing being. Fully, wholly being.

And in the spirit of being all you need, today’s affirmations are from Farnoosh Brock, of Prolific Living

All that I need will come to me at the right time and place in this life.

I am deeply fulfilled with who I am.

I am a unique child of this world.

I am too big a gift to this world to feel self-pity and sadness.

I love and approve of myself. I embrace the rhythm and the flowing of my own heart.

I have every bit as much brightness to offer the world as the next person.

I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters.

I may be one in 7 billion but I am also one in 7 billion!

Bless!

Finding your invincible summer

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In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. – Albert Camus

I’ve heard it said before that the effect of fear on motivation is analogous to a speeding bullet hitting a large body of water. When you fire a bullet it comes out of the barrel at a speed of one thousand feet per second – having never even seen a real gun I can’t testify to this, but it looks pretty fast in the movies. Upon hitting the water, the bullet slows dramatically and then stops within a few feet and is left to drift harmlessly to the bottom. There are two points to this story, one, if someone is ever shooting at you, jump in the nearest body of water, and two, that fear takes all the power out of your inspirational ‘bullets’.

This is absolutely the usual trajectory of my motivation. I experience the jubilant high and rush of energy when thinking about a new plan or idea, and then I hit a wall (or a body of water) when I realize I can’t just think about it, I have to actually do something. That’s when the fear arises. Fear for me is at the root of all my resistance to fully living life as I intend to. Usually the fear that I’m not good enough.

Remind yourself, in whatever way is personally meaningful, that it is not in your best interest to reinforce thoughts and feelings of unworthiness. Even if you’ve already taken the bait and feel the familiar pull of self-denigration, marshal your intelligence, courage, and humour in order to turn the tide. Ask yourself: Do I want to strengthen what I’m feeling now? Do I want to cut myself off from my basic goodness? Remind yourself that your fundamental nature is unconditionally open and free. Pema Chodron

Operation Self-Esteem–Day Fucking One. Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

After I wrote about the Creating On Purpose principles in my last post, I went from feeling incredibly inspired to feeling completely overwhelmed. It took about ten minutes after I pressed the ‘publish’ button. I tend to be an ideas person – very top three chakras: inspiration, imagination, insights, and communication. Any personality test I have ever done confirms that I am an idealistic dreamer.

Inspiration and ideas energize me. Action energises me when it’s new and inspired, but I can rapidly become demotivated at the thought of too much (repetitive) action. Or maybe it’s commitment phobia, I’m not so sure. It all seems like a hard slog, all work and no play. I feel an instant aversion to this idea.

Dreamers dream, but visionaries translate a dream into actions which can manifest potent realities. Robert Levithan

This is all completely consistent with my energy blocks in my lower chakras, which are all about will and action. If you want to get an idea of your chakras and how well they are flowing try this test, I wouldn’t rely on it solely as a diagnostic tool, but I found it was an accurate reflection for me, and it’s a good place to begin. Once you have been ‘working’ with your energy for a while you will learn to feel what is flowing and what isn’t. Or to see, some people see their chakras as colour rays, I am more sentient than visual and so I feel them.

To overcome this resistance I felt to doing the work outlined in Creating on Purpose, I made a deal with myself that I would read one chapter a week and do the exercises until I lost motivation. This takes the element of force out – put that whip away! – and gives me a definite goal. I have learned to do this over the years with any self-development work. There is always a lot of resistance and it can feel like pushing the proverbial uphill. Baby steps, just a little each day, ‘chip away’ as my friend always says. It’s amazing what you can achieve over time this way without it being onerous. I believe it’s commonly known as self-discipline, delayed gratification, or growing up…

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

The Creating On Purpose process is taking me from the crown chakra down and my chakra meditation takes me from my base chakra up. Whereas in the past this would have seemed contradictory to me, now I feel that I am honouring the dual energy flows that are the natural ebb and flow of the chakra system. As much as I intend to follow the Creating on Purpose guidelines, I also intend to keep reading widely and following my intuition. So, if it seems at times as if I’m jumping all over the place, that’s because I am! I’m doing this experiment jazz improv style, baby!

(Wo)Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. (S)he will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences (s)he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process. Sai Baba

The truth is you know your own energy better than anyone. There are no rules here. It’s about learning to tap into your inner wisdom. Most of the time all that requires is sitting still and listening to or feeling what arises. A simple way to tap into your intuition is to ask the question “What is important for me to do (notice, feel, share, see, say) today?”

The word intention shares a root with the word attention: tendere, which is Latin for ‘to stretch.’ Creating on Purpose

Intention means to stretch inward and attention means to stretch toward. So it is easy to see how these two ideas work so well together. Your intention comes from within, but until you put your attention on it, it doesn’t move out of you and toward its goal.

Set an intention at the beginning of each day. Write it down and tape it to your computer, refrigerator, or wall—wherever you will be certain to see it. At the end of each day, note whether you fulfilled your intention and, if so, how it occurred. Creating on Purpose

This practice could a simple shopping list to start. Set an intention, write it down and see if it happens. That’s easy, who can’t write a shopping list? Although writing it is one thing, remembering to actually look at it when you get to the supermarket is another. That’s the attention part!

In addition to this I completed the following questions from the book. Then I had to look at what they call crosscurrents,  which are areas where there were conflicts of intentions, resistance, or obstacles.

What is your intention for how you want to live your life?

What do you intend to create, accomplish, or change in the 
coming year? In the coming decade?

Name three things outside yourself that support your intention. 
(Example: “I’ve received great support from my friends and family. 
I have the education I need and the motivation to succeed.”)

What is your intention in reading this book?

What is your intention for the upcoming conversation you’re 
going to have with someone who is important to you?

What is your intention in your choice of food you eat? In 
your planned activities?

As you can see, it’s not rocket science. And yet resistance may arise to the questions themselves or even to the process of self-enquiry. If you are not used to asking yourself these kind of questions, it can bring up old emotions and ideas which can be quite confronting and painful. I learned long ago that the only time I ever want to wash the kitchen floor is in preference to this kind of self-enquiry or to helping the kids with their math homework.

Obstacles are natural, normal, and predictable. They are the world’s natural response to your creation. Whenever you decide to create something new in your life, whenever you declare a new intention or belief into existence, this act automatically stimulates all previous conflicting intentions and beliefs to reassert themselves. Creating on Purpose

Even gone on a diet? Remember how almost instantaneously every restricted food loomed large in your mind, in excruciating detail, dripping with tempting yumminess? Then, all the thoughts about how this hasn’t worked in the past flood your mind. About ten seconds after making the intention, it’s all over red rover.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford

Anodea Judith reminds the reader that obstacles are not appearing to stop you, but rather to hone you and your intentions. They are not your enemy. You just need to learn how to work with them.

Successful people have ways of handling obstacles so that those obstacles don’t stop forward progress. Creating on Purpose

Usually what happens when you state an intention, is that it is designed to address some area of your life where you feel change is needed. As such your old intentions and beliefs will surface and seem like obstacles.

When you declare an intention and put the full weight of your commitment behind it, you initiate a magical process that works invisibly in the background of your life. But when you have conflicting intentions or beliefs, the process gets muddled. The universe doesn’t know what you want, so it gives you a little of this and a little of that. When you clear away the conflicts and hold only one clear intention with no resistance, that invisible force can work in the background to help you create what you intend. Creating on Purpose.

Writing down your intentions is a good way to draw out your mental obstructions. One suggestion is to write down seemingly conflicting intentions, for example:

I want to lose weight and I want eat whatever I like.

I want to make more money and I want have more leisure time.

I want to relax at home and I want a clean house.

I want lots of people to read my blog and I want to write authentically for myself with no concern for who’s reading.

Writing down your intentions is a good way to acknowledge that you have many competing commitments, needs, desires, and beliefs. Notice any criticism that may arise as you write down your intention. For example with wanting to lose weight, your inner critic may pipe up with “lose weight? That never works, you always end up starving and then you eat twice as much as gain more weight than when you started.”

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. Henry David Thoreau

In Creating on Purpose the authors suggest the exaggeration technique to deal with these old beliefs that are blocking your intention.

Assert your intention. Observe the critical thoughts. Act them out, aloud, in a silly voice, exaggerate it. Imitate Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck or Cruella DeVille. Imitate your parents or a old teacher or boss who criticised you. Really ham it up until it sounds and feels completely silly. Then assert your intention with your voice. Try it, it really works! You may have to keep doing the practice for some stubborn ideas, you may have to experiment with different voices for different thoughts, but it is incredibly empowering to make fun of your inner critic!

There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them. Ralph Marston

So for today’s affirmations, let’s focus on manifesting joy, power, and the release of obstacles. Let your inner invincible Summer sun shine! These affirmations are from The Book Of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ashian.

I am filled with the vital energies of life, and I take action with confidence and power.

I am moving through all of life’s joys and sorrows, triumphs and traumas, with serenity and grace.

I am open to the full experience of joy, releasing anything that might hold me back.

I am magnifying my passions and creative powers, directing them to fulfil my heart’s desire.

Bless!

References:

The Creating on Purpose book by Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman is available here as well as many free resources and information:

http://creatingonpurpose.net

Seven intentions for seven chakras

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After publishing my last post I was absolutely wracked with self-doubt. Where was I going with all this? I love a tangent as much as the next person but I had started a blog on intentions, not chakra healing – for crying out loud!

I have learned to allow these emotional waves – tsunamis at times – to just ebb and flow. Or in the case of the emotional tsunami, to flood the whole dang place and render me a clean slate. These waves seem to be a reaction to “putting myself out there.” Being an introvert at heart, I keep a lot of my beliefs private, so publishing them for anyone to read can be a little confronting. I also can be a prey to great self-doubt, something which has stopped me in the past from doing the things I love and believe in. So I let this reaction ride and do what I have learned to do, just be still. Allow the feelings to pass, and stay true to my intentions. What’s the alternative, a life run by self-limiting doubt and fear?

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark —Michelangelo Buonarroti

As such, I spent a blessed and blissed day of sanctuary spent resting and reading. A practice my lovely friend calls ‘extreme self-care.’

I am learning to allow myself such days, once an impossibility with three young children, work, study, and a rather demanding (now ex-) husband. Now life has changed and I make the time and have a degree of solitude built into my life to ensure I can recharge and rejuvenate.

Speaking of recharging, I read somewhere that the chakras are like batteries for our bodies – sorry that I can’t source that quote, I read so much online on my phone while I was watching my son play cricket, I’m not sure what I read where – but I really liked the analogy. I have been doing a chakra meditation every morning and I love it so much that I go to sleep early just to get to my favourite part of the day again. This from a reformed night owl!

Here is the closing of that meditation and a completely accurate reflection of how blissed out and connected I feel at that time.

Your body is full of energy, your emotions are harmonious and warm, your thoughts are bright and clear, your heart is open and loving, you are kind compassionate and understanding, you communicate clearly and cleanly, you are able to see your inner being, and you are able to know the truth of who you really are. Simply use intention to allow the maximum flow possible. Jeddah Mali

I thought I might have been a bit whacko with my seemingly tenuous link between chakras and manifesting intentions. However in yet another lesson called ‘trust your intuition’ I discovered that the correlation between healthy chakras and manifesting is well documented. 

A quick google search on ‘chakras and manifesting’ put the idea to bed that I was alone in this kookiness. There’s a huge body of work, with super-qualified chakra expert Anodea Judith having written a book all about it called Creating on Purpose: The Spiritual Technology of Manifesting Through the Chakras – and if you go to this site and register your email you get two free audio meditation downloads. They also have some wonderful interviews with their authors. I’m a big fan of free stuff.

It seems my intuition about the importance of balancing the root chakra as a key to manifesting and flow was pretty spot on. Anodea Judith believes that is the greatest block to manifesting, as the base chakra is key in converting our energetic intentions into action in the physical world. She says it is possible to clear the blocks and misalignment in our chakras though, and that’s what her book is all about. As Thoreau (again, sigh) so eloquently puts it:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them —Henry David Thoreau

Here’s some highlights of an interview with Anodea and co-author Lion Goodman, if you are interested the interview is available online here.

The jist of Creating on Purpose is that all creation is co-creation between energy forces which are always at work, and through awareness and energetic healing we can become a clear ‘bridge’ for these forces to flow through, and we can quite literally use our consciousness to change the world:

You are an active agent in the creation of reality. Two powerful evolutionary forces are at work simultaneously— one from the top down, and the other from the bottom up. Spirit, or the light of consciousness, is evolving downward into embodiment, infusing matter with Spirit. At the same time, matter is evolving upward into Spirit, into conscious awareness. You are a rainbow bridge that ties these two forces together. You stand between heaven and earth as both a co-creation of these two forces and a co-creator with these two forces. You are being trained to become a more capable co-creator with the Universe. You have the ability to draw down your own vision of what you want to create in your life and to manifest it here in the physical world. Your soul has a purpose for being here.

The ancient vedic texts called this upward journey mukti, or freedom; Anodea calls it the ‘current of liberation’. This current enables you to liberate yourself from limitations and attachments. It is the commonly conceptualised path of enlightenment by ascending from the lower chakras through to the crown chakra.

Less understood is the downward path, which the ancient masters called bhukti meaning “enjoyment”. The descending current of bhukti is the process by which consciousness densifies into physical form. In its simplest form this can be thought of as the process used in any body movement. When you walk your consciousness tells your brain to instruct your body to walk, this thought travels via energy signals to the nerves in your legs, where it manifests physically as you walking. 

This downward path of energy is the process of manifestation, where ideas and intentions catalyse and are transformed into physical reality. This process begins at the seventh chakra at the crown and moves down to the base or first chakra.

In Creating on Purpose, Anodea and Lion outline seven manifestation principles, which describe how the seven chakras are involved in various stages of manifestation. Lion is very clear that this is not about sitting still and manifesting abundance, this is co-creation between our energetic and physical forms which requires action.

For an intention to manifest there has to be an idea in your consciousness (7th chakra) you visualise it, including looking at all kind of related things and letting your imagination play with the idea (6th chakra), you communicate with people who can be helpful and talk about it (5th chakra), you ensure right relationships around this intention (4th chakra), you create action plans (3rd chakra), you infuse your intention with passion (2nd chakra) and you actualise the intention in the physical world (1st chakra).

The other process is dealing with resistance. Like my aforementioned reaction to putting myself out there, it is natural to experience resistance to any new intention or action. You need to identify and remove these obstacles and unblock your chakras to allow the current to flow freely.

Here’s the seven manifestation principles and some of the potential blocks you may experience in relation to each chakra/stage:

Chakra Seven: Consciousness Creates is the idea or intention which can be blocked by the limiting beliefs you have about yourself.

Chakra Six: Vision Vitalises is the process of insight and using imagination to think outside box which requires your imagination to be flowing and unblocked, and your use of visualisation. 

Chakra Five: Conversation Catalyses is the use of communication, either in your own thoughts or in conversation with others, to further your intention and can be blocked by the inner critic and self-defeating thoughts.

Chakra Four: Love Enlivens is the way you relate to other people as part of the co-creation process. Blockages occur in your old relationships patterns with people, such as being unable to ask for what you need or fear of rejection.

Chakra Three: Power Produces is harnessing your will power to create action plans, which can be blocked if you have stifled your will power in any way, or by a lack of focus in your will in the face of distractions or conflicting choices.

Chakra Two: Pleasure Pleases is about engaging your passion, pleasurable feelings, and your positive emotions in this process, and can be blocked by suppressed feelings, sense of unworthiness, and guilt.

Chakra One: Matter Matters is the final stage where intention become reality in the physical form and can be blocked by a feeling of not being grounded in your body, or not being physically present in acting out your plans, such as not honouring your appointments and commitments.

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do —Epictetus

Whereas Anodea believes blocks in the 1st chakra are the main obstacle, her co-author Lion Goodman believes the main obstacle is our limiting beliefs, and these can affect and ultimately block all the chakras.

Where do these blocks come from? You created them! That’s right. You created them either to protect yourself from pain or as an expression of a belief you were taught. So to use the analogy of Lion Goodman, it’s time to clean out the belief closet!

Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are usually right —Henry Ford

There are some great visualisations available online for clearing blocks and drawing energy down the chakras. Like this meditation.

Even if you don’t believe in this theory of chakras affecting energy flow, one of the key factors in the reading I have done on manifesting intentions is the ability to maintain a clear, unwavering focus. When I’m feeling anxious and emotionally unbalanced, I’m unable to focus on anything, much less manifest anything. Like attracts like, so balanced and harmonious flow is more likely to attract abundance. And having experienced my energy flow, as well as the opposite, it makes sense to me that being in a state of disharmony would affect manifesting intentions into reality. I am more than willing to believe I need internal balance and harmony to manifest abundance. I also like the combination of energy work and pragmatism that Lion and Anodea recommend.

This has got me to thinking more and more about the connection between my seven intentions and the seven chakras, and the way they align is so amazing! Here’s how I see them now…

  1. Home – base
 chakra
  2. Community – sacral chakra
  3. 
Purpose – solar plexus chakra
  4. Health – heart chakra
  5. Abundance – throat chakra (relates to thoughts and communicating ‘I am’ affirmations)
  6. Joy – third eye chakra (the insight that joy is your natural state of being)
  7. Love – crown chakra (the deep wisdom that love is truth of who you really are)

So cool. Here’s seven affirmations for seven chakras, I am on a roll (actually these are from Louise Hay, bless her cotton socks!)

By the way, if you have a hard time with affirmations, thinking they are perhaps self-centred and self-indulgent as I used to, remember what the Course in Miracles says “When I am healed I am not healed alone.” When you heal yourself, you heal all of creation. So come on, once more with feeling!

I love myself therefore I provide myself a comfortable home.

I love myself therefore I take loving care of my body.

I love myself therefore I work at a job that I truly enjoy doing.

I love myself therefore I think and behave in a loving way toward all people.

I love myself therefore I forgive and release the past.

I love myself therefore I live in the now, experience each moment as good and knowing that my future is bright and joyous and secure.

I love myself therefore I trust that I am our spirit and that divine wisdom guides me.

Bless!