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"The Seed of the Areois" Paul Gaugin

"The Seed of the Areois" Paul Gaugin

This post is a continuation of my previous article on the energy systems in our bodies, known as chakras. 

You may recognize the areas in which you're stuck or imbalanced as you read. Or you can pay attention to the physical pain and symptoms in your body to help steer you. 

If chakras aren't your thing, you can think of each of these seven centers as necessary stages of growth and self-reflection that you go through on your path of inner illumination. 

My Chakra Resource Center will also help guide you. 

Thank you to Jill Willard for the amazing retreat I just attended and for many of these ideas. Also to Marie Manuchehri and Caroline Myss

1ST CHAKRA  ๐ŸŽ  RED  ๐ŸŽ  BASE OF YOUR SPINE THROUGH LEGS AND FEET

What it covers:

- Your first years of life. Your basic needs. Safety. Security. Being seen, loved.
- Emotions pertaining to your childhood or family of origin. 
- How did you feel about the homes and neighborhoods you lived in, or the schools you attended?
- The patterning you were taught by tribal / societal / familial conditioning. 

How to strengthen it now: 

- Grounding tools to stay connected to your self, soul, nature: 

  • So much energy absorbs through the bottom of your feet. Touch your bare feet to the ground - dirt, earth, grass. 
  • Walk in silence. Hear your footsteps, feel them. 
  • Put your feet in a tub of organic sea salt water. 
  • Hold stones in your hands. Hold copper. Hold wood. 
  • Hug a tree. Press your chest against the tree, wrap your arms around it. 
  • Hug someone who's grounded.
  • Drum circles. Deep rhythmic music. 
  • Diatomaceous Earth

- Let go of old patterning. What rules are you plugged into? Rules such as "Save your money. Be cautious, be safe. By this age, I should be (fill in the blank). Things should happen how I expect them to. If I do xyz, I will be happy." What rules are you believing, operating under, that you're not even aware of? 

MEDITATION: I AM SECURE. I AM SAFE. I AM GROUNDED. I AM ROOTED. 

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2ND CHAKRA  ๐Ÿ”ฅ  ORANGE  ๐Ÿ”ฅ  PELVIC FLOOR - PUBIC BONE AREA - LOWER ABDOMEN

What it covers (it's a big one):

- Pleasure in relationships. Creativity. Joy. Sexuality. Passion. Your need to control. Comparison. Judgment. Addiction. 
- Learning the value of relationship/partnership (and of the relationship with yourself too - both are important). That it's not just me, me, me - we grow, share, create pleasure with others ~ friends, family, partners, neighbors, community. 
- Intimacy and trust. 
- Your need to control others, to control events, to control the way things happen. Can you think of one person you are vitally interested and invested in controlling? 
- Your attitudes about sexual attractiveness, about money, about the relationship between sexual attractiveness and money. 
- Your capacity to nurture and be nurtured.
- Your creativity, the part of you that longs to give birth to ideas. 

How to strengthen it now: 

- Center yourself. Close your eyes and inhale and exhale slow, deep breaths for several minutes until you notice that your mental chatter has quieted. 
- Rate your joy concerning your home, job, money, friends, family, partner, and creativity using 1 - 5 scale. In the areas that you're low, focus on a time in your life when you were happy. Use that memory as a tool. In the future, when making a choice, choose only those things that remind you of the happy time in your life. Do your best to walk away when the feeling is not there. 
- Get to know your desires. Ask yourself: what food, music, or activity is my favorite? You're trying to identify and develop your own happiness, independent of others. 
- Take responsibility for your thoughts and emotions. 
- Give more, expect less.
- Less black & white thinking.
- Pay attention to how many times you wonder, "What will they say if I do this?" How much of your life does this thinking control? 
- Release guilt. Lie on your back and place your hand on your belly. Close your eyes and repeat either out loud or in your mind, "I have always done the very best I could, in every situation of my life, with what I knew at the time." 

MEDITATION: I AM HEALTHY. I AM CREATIVE. I AM ABUNDANT. I AM CALM. 

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3RD CHAKRA  โ˜€๏ธ  YELLOW  โ˜€๏ธ  STOMACH - GUT

What it covers:

- Self-esteem. Self-worth. Fear. Power. Confidence. 
- Boundaries. 

How to strengthen it now: 

- Clearing, activating breath techniques, such as Lion's Breath.
- Slow, long extended breathing with one hand on belly, one hand on heart. 
- What are my thoughts of worth? What have I been taught, mirrored?
- Whose approval have I sought? What criticism has stuck with me? What have I decided makes me attractive? 
- What is my personal honor code, my center of integrity? What will I do or give up in order to keep another person in my life? Even if I know that person doesn't belong there. 
- Where am I invested in fear? Of being rejected, alone, criticized, abandoned, of disappointing others?
- My self-esteem has to be based on my capacity to follow my own self, not based on my capacity to please other people. 

MEDITATION: I AM POWER. I AM CONFIDENT. I AM STRONG. I AM WORTHY. 

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4TH CHAKRA  ๐ŸŒฟ  GREEN  ๐ŸŒฟ  HEART

What it covers:

- Love. Forgiveness. Kindness. Compassion. Giving and Receiving. 
- Appreciation. Gratitude. Humility. Unconditional love. Vulnerability. 
- Your relationship with how things are.
- Your relationship to feelings of envy, desire, jealousy, contentment, self-love, love of others.
- Your capacity to love without an agenda.

How to strengthen it now:

- Clear out expectations of others. Take people for who they are. 
- "I am" instead of "I want." 
- LET GO. Of expectation of your life or another's life. 
- What am I grateful for? 
- Expand the heart. Lovingkindness meditation.
- Maturity in intellectual intelligence, emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence.
- Less words, less numbers, less counting.
- Flow, rhythm, stretch, move.
- Being in water is clearing.
- Stretch and open your shoulders, arms, hands.
- Tap on your collarbone and chest with your fingers. 
- Walking meditation.
- Connection to all living things. Understanding we are all one.
- Learn to not judge others. Find something you appreciate about them and genuinely feel it. 
- Forgive self. Forgive others. Love for self. Love for others. 

MEDITATION: I AM LOVE. I AM JOY. I AM OPEN. I AM PEACEFUL. 

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5TH CHAKRA  ๐ŸŒŠ  BLUE  ๐ŸŒŠ  THROAT

What it covers:

- Discovering your voice. Speaking your truth. Acting bravely. 
- Your capacity to control yourself. To maintain yourself while being in a group of people and not compromise yourself in order to stay within that group of people. 
- Staying strong enough to know what you need to do no matter what the outside world tells you. 

How to strengthen it now:

- Write down everything you do that you know you shouldn't do and everything that you don't do that you know you should. See where the wires are crossed. 
- Pay attention to how you excuse yourself to break your own rules (including the belief patterns you really shouldn't believe but do). 
- Express yourself honestly. 
- Jaw release
- Listen. Listen to hear the voice within. Listening wakes you up. But the voice is quiet. 
- Sing. Make sounds. OM. Chant. Music. Drumming. Vibration. Rhythm.
- The eyes are the truth. Look people in the eye. 

MEDITATION: I AM FREE. I AM BALANCED. I AM TRUTHFUL. I AM LIBERATED.

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6TH CHAKRA  ๐Ÿ”ฎ  INDIGO - PURPLE  ๐Ÿ”ฎ  THIRD EYE

What it covers:

- Wisdom. Knowing. Intuition. Becoming a multisensory being. 
- Higher sight. Higher creativity. 
- Your capacity to use wisdom, to not judge. 

How to strengthen it:

- While keeping your head still, make large circles with your eyes in one direction and then the other for 15 seconds each. Look up at the ceiling and down to the floor. Look as far left as you can and as far right. 
- Pay attention to chills, visions, signs, synchronicities, a "knowing." (Write these down in journal). 
- Peace and calm are important in order to hear, notice.
- Yoga, meditation.
- Immerse in water.
- Trying to make a decision? Hold a symbol of the decision at your gut. Does your belly feel warm? cool? nothing?
- Practice becoming aware of your physical body in the moment multiple times a day. For example, feel your socks on your feet. What is my skin feeling? Are the socks tight, loose, heavy? Is the fabric cotton, synthetic?
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MEDITATION: I AM GUIDED. I AM CENTERED. I AM CLEAR. I AM INTUITIVE. 

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7TH CHAKRA  ๐Ÿ’Ž  WHITE  ๐Ÿ’Ž  CROWN OF HEAD

What it covers:

- Higher guidance. Spirituality. Consciousness. Unity. 
- Your need for spiritual contact.

How to strengthen it:

- Meditation.
- Rituals. 
- Call in energies - who do you want to talk to? 
- Gratitude.
- Your job while you are on Earth is to discover your beautiful, unusual self and live your life out loud - not only to bring lasting joy into your life but to share the energy of feeling whole with the rest of the universe. 
- The thing that keeps us from moving forward in our lives is fear. From there, we create defense mechanisms, which are behaviors that distance us from being fully aware of unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and actions. What are yours? 

MEDITATION: I AM PRESENT. I AM WISE. I AM CONNECTED. I AM BEING. 

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Also see: Chakra Resource Center