Peace, Wisdom, and Enlightenment
The thousand-petaled lotus residing at the top of our chakra system, the crown chakra is our center for inner wisdom, spirituality, and conscious. This chakra is our connection to the heavens and continues to be developed over the lifetime. Intelligence and thoughtfulness are very closely tied to this chakra, though once we engage with this chakra, we learn that the knowledge is not something we read in a textbook, but rather the knowledge and wisdom of the universe, or the collective conscious, that is within us.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Those who may not believe to have this inner wisdom or a sense of spirituality are often blinded by an attachment or by attachments from the lower chakras. Some people find themselves obsessed and attached to their bodies, others may be attached to their money or possessions; this list is endless. Other individuals may simply dismiss the ideas of divinity and spirituality out of ignorance (i.e. the lack of understanding about our spiritual nature) or fear. If you feel that you have lost connection with your crown chakra or with your inner light, I recommend cleansing your lower chakras as well.
When we work with our crown chakra, we continue on our path of liberation towards enlightenment. As we awaken or reawaken our inner wisdom, we reconnect with our inner light and divinity, which is the same light and divinity that resides within all of us.
If you are looking for ways to let your thousand-petal lotus bloom, here are some techniques you should try:
Intuition, Seeing, and KNowing
We all know that our two eyes help us to see, but what about our third eye? Residing between the two eyes, governing our pineal gland (largely involved in many physiological and hormonal functions and sensitive to light), our third eye helps us to see through a different form of vision. Our third eye helps us to connect with our intuition.
Intuition is the ability to understand/know (i.e. "see") without explanation. We all have the inborn capability of intuition and have more than likely experienced examples of this intuition. Unfortunately, for many individuals, the third eye is blocked, clogged, or closed. When our sixth chakra is deficient, we are more susceptible to illusions, delusions, and lies. This may be due to an abundance of distractions from the material world, such as an abundance of light pollution or disturbances from our technology (so many screens!) For many children, the third eye and sense of intuition can become a source of shame if the parent(s) tell him/her that what they are seeing is not real (how many of us had "imaginary friends," after all?)
Ajna: Opening Our Wisdom
Express and Be Heard
Our throat chakra is our center for speaking, creativity, and sound. Our voice is our personalized, completely unique instrument that allows for us to express ourselves and our truth. When our throat chakra is balanced and cleared, our truth can be heard clearly and without strain. This creates vibrations and frequencies that are harmonious and understood. Conversely, if our throat chakra is blocked or if we are disconnected from the center of communication, we can be misunderstood by others or even from ourselves; a blocked throat chakra often leads to confusion and hurt.
We can all probably recognize some damage caused to the throat chakra. As children, perhaps you were often told to be quiet, or worst, heard that children "are to be seen and not heard." Perhaps you have experienced rejection after expressing yourself or were told not to say certain things. Over time, this type of restriction can continue to manifest and create a weak throat chakra; individuals who struggle with this tend to have soft or weak voices, stiffness in the shoulders and neck, and tend to be very shy. Acknowledges these traits and experiences within yourself is the first step to begin to remove the restraints from the throat chakra and begin to express your truth.
Other individuals may find that they are constantly activating their throat chakra; they may have a loud voice and seem to always make themselves the center of attention. Just as we saw with those who are deficient in the fifth chakra, individuals who have an excess throat chakra often feel misunderstood and conflicted. Similarly from what we saw in the heart chakra, an excess throat chakra may actually be from a deficiency in the lower chakras; for instance, an individual who seems to dominate conversation may be compensating from low self-esteem (chakra three).
Vishuddha: Speaking Your Truth
What's Love Got To Do with It?
In our society as we know it today, we are obsessed with the idea of love. Think of the endless list of movies, television shows, books, songs (pull up America's Top 40 and see how many of them are talking about love), and so many more examples.
While love rests in our fourth chakra, this "love," an overly sensationalized and confusing emotion, is not what we are talking about. The love that we are reconnecting with is not a love that is earned or sought after, but rather the love that we are rightfully born with and entitled to. It is unconditional and everlasting.
Unfortunately, many individuals have been damaged by a convoluted love, be it from a family member, friend, romantic partner, etc. Today, we are talking about what it is that are heart chakra deserves as well as methods, exercises, and tips to reclaim that dazzling green gem residing within ourselves.
Anahata: reclaiming our right to love and be loved
On the other hand, individuals may have an excess heart chakra. These are individuals who never say no (who may even fear to say no), give recklessly, or who needs to be friends with everyone. People with these traits often do not understand rejection and take rejection very personally. Individuals with an excess heart chakra have the tendency to manifest these behavior due to poor grounding and self-acceptance. The mentality is often times, "If I do x, y, and z for this person/these people, I will be loved." If you feel that you exhibit these traits, I recommend you read my blog on the root chakra as well.
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Climbing the Centers OF eNERGY
Yesterday we shared with you our tips to reclaim our roots and allow for nourishment for the season of growth. With the weeds being tamed and our roots firmly planted, we have set the foundation for our next two chakras, svadhisthana and manipura.
Svadhisthana: Finding feeling
Rather than shaming ourselves or suppressing our energy, we should embrace our second chakra in order to create a healthy channel of energy for the rest of our system.
Here are some exercises you can do to reconnect with or even heal your second chakra:
Manipura: Our Fire
How do you connect with your second and third chakra? Do you have any tips or exercises? Let us know in the comment section below!
With that said, we welcome you to spring! The days begin to stretch longer, and Mother Nature sheds her frost, allowing for color and vitality to dazzle us as she reveals her gardens. Energy moves around us and through us, but in order to take full advantage of the new season, it is important to clear out any sticky cobwebs that may still be clogging our system.
Spring reset for your chakras
The chakras, put simply, are our energy centers. Lined up our spine, we have seven main chakras, beginning at our tailbone (our root), stacking all the way up to the crown of our head. Over the next few days, we will be be exploring some basic insight into the chakra systems as well as some tips as to how we can begin to clear each chakra for a happy, healthy, and empowering spring!
The Root: Muladhara