Chakras: A Framework for Personal Evolution

Chakras: A Framework for Personal Evolution

So much of my understanding of the chakras came from the work of Caroline Myss. I would highly recommend reading The Anatomy of the Spirit if you have an interest in this topic. To dive even further, I would also recommend her audiobook, Energy Anatomy. Both are excellent resources, and much of this information is sourced from those materials.

Working with the chakras can be a valuable tool for your personal evolution. Chakras are an integral part of our energy body anatomy. These vortexes of light support our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They are also associated with psychosocial characteristics. Allowing us to explore the way we perceive the world. When we understand which chakras are out of alignment, we gain insight into the stories and relationships that keep us stuck.

What are Chakras?

Chakras are spinning wheels of light. They receive universal life force energy from our environment, move it along our Nadis and energize the endocrine organs, nervous system, and blood. These energy centers both generate and inform the overall energy matrix that makes up our energy body. We measure the health or state of the chakras by the size, shape, and direction of its spin and the openness of the center. The spin of the chakras working together creates an electromagnetic field that produces the aura around the body.

Chakras & Our Evolution

Chakras are like blueprints of consciousness that record and document all of our life events. The first three chakras represent our relationship with the outer world. The upper three chakras represent our relationship to our inner world.  The lower chakras match our developmental stages, but as we move into the upper chakras, they are more tied to our experiences.

By understanding which chakras are out of harmony and looking at the associated psychosocial characteristics, we gain insight into our challenges—learning about the patterns and constructs that do not serve our highest potential.

The Root Chakra – Tribal Power
Sacred Truth – All is One

The root chakra is all about our sense of belonging. It includes our sense of safety, security, and survival instincts. The root is also the foundation for our physical health and well-being. This chakra is associated with our early childhood. Much of our sense of identity, worldview, and values were formed from our familial relationships and early group identities.  It takes many years for a child to understand that they are separate from their families. That is why the sacred truth of this chakra is All is One.

This chakra corresponds with the etheric field. This field extends just slightly beyond the body and with a relaxed focus can sometimes be seen as gray or blue.

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The Sacral Chakra – Power of Relationship
Sacred Truth – Honor One Another

The sacral chakra is all about our relationships with other people outside of our family. This area is our center of emotion, sex, pleasure, sensuality, and intimacy. Our relationship to money and creativity is also connected here. It is in this chakra that we start to introduce duality. We learn about ourselves through relationships. If we associate this with human growth and development, this would be when a child begins school and starts to understand themselves relative to someone else.

This chakra corresponds with the emotional field. It shows up as different colors depending on what a person is feeling.

The Solar Plexus Chakra – Personal Power
Sacred Truth – Honor One’s Self

This chakra is about our sense of self-worth and self-esteem. It is about getting to know who we are outside of group dynamics and relationships. Because of this, we deal with fear, anxiety, and our sense of self confidence. It is also associated with the further development of the self, ego, and identity. This time would be represented by puberty when adolescents try to find their way in the world and push back against constraints, norms and expectations.

This chakra corresponds with the mental field. It is also where our gut instinct originates. As we learn to value and trust who we are, this intuition source becomes very powerful.

The Heart Chakra – Emotional Power
Sacred Truth – Love is Divine Power

This chakra is the connector of the lower and upper chakras, the physical and spiritual realms. The bottom three chakras relate to our external world. What we see looking outward. As we shift into the heart and move into the upper three chakras, it is what we experience looking inwards – our inner sight. The heart is our seat of love, acceptance, compassion, and forgiveness. This chakra is about our internal feelings and our emotional response to our thoughts.

Also, the amount of attention we give to our emotional needs determines our emotional maturity. Many of the challenges that arrive in this center are a result of sacral chakra interactions. If we were not shown love as children or in our early relationships, our emotional development and maturity might be stunted as adults.

This chakra corresponds with the astral body. Usually rainbow-colored, this part of the field acts as a bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds.

The Throat Chakra – Power of Will
Sacred Truth – Surrender Personal Will to Divine Will

This chakra is the seat of self-expression, communication, and will. Because it is located between the heart and the mind, it connects our mental/emotional bodies around our power of choice. While often thought of as the seat of self-expression, it is about more than just being able to communicate. It is about the movement of personal will into divine will. So, not just speaking up on behalf of oneself, but speaking from a place that is informed by the heart and the mind. A place that is a blend of the Spirit and the self. It is also the movement from linear time into energetic time. As we begin to see the world through an energetic lens, aka multidimensionally, all things become possible.

This chakra corresponds with the etheric template. A bluish gridwork that supports the physical body. It is the divine blueprint of the physical body.

The Brow Chakra – Power of the Mind
Sacred Truth – Seek Only the Truth

This chakra is about the development of the mind, understanding truth from illusion. Our seat of inner guidance, wisdom, and imagination. It helps us to differentiate between thoughts motivated by fear and those that come from our inner knowing. We also learn to detach from outcomes and expectations i.e.developing our impersonal mind. Meditation and mindfulness practice can be beneficial for working with this chakra. It links our mental and emotional bodies because it contains our thoughts, memories, personal experiences, and our feelings about them.

This chakra corresponds with the celestial body. This can sometimes be seen as shards of rainbow light radiating from the center core of a person.

The Crown Chakra – Divine Power
Sacred Truth – Live in the Present Moment

This chakra is the center of bliss and transcendental consciousness. Here we move into higher consciousness through beingness. It is where inspired thought and mystical experiences originate. Our spiritual self seeks to integrate spirituality into all aspects of our lives. It is in this chakra that we develop and maintain our relationship with the Divine.

This chakra corresponds with the etheric body, a golden shell around the auric field’s outer edges. It is the boundary between the universal energy field and the individual field.

There are many models and frameworks to explore our lives. Many that help us to understand who we are and why we make the choices we make. Working with the chakras is one of the best ways to bring balance and harmony to our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects, but they also give us insight into the places we are stuck. By understanding the chakras and applying their unique qualities and lessons to our lives, we receive essential and actionable wisdom. They also ask us to see from a higher perspective, blending the Spirit and the self.

Which chakra has insight for you today? Take our Chakra quiz.

Want to know more? Consider working one on one with an Energy Practitioner.

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Forgiveness: Seeing a Higher Perspective

Forgiveness: Seeing a Higher Perspective

“Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?” 

 ~ Marcus Aurelius

What is Forgiveness?

One of the best descriptions that I read is that forgiveness is when you can pull your energy out of the situation. What does that mean exactly? It means that you are willing to drop the story you’ve created that allows you to remain justified in your pain. 

We often talk about forgiveness like it is an act done for the other person, but forgiveness is really about our desire to move forward. And it isn’t until we choose to let go of the story that legitimizes our pain that we are able to move on. That is why Caroline Myss describes forgiveness as a self-initiated act of transformation. Because it requires a deliberate and conscious choice to calm our ego’s incessant talk that continually informs us on why we are entitled to our hurt and anger.

How Do We Forgive?

According to Positive Psychology, forgiveness is a process that asks us to cultivate acceptance, see things from multiple perspectives, and re-write the story from those higher perspectives. The first step is accepting what is. Eckart Tolle wrote, “It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept — before they will forgive. As soon as they do, one of the greatest miracles happens….the transmutation of suffering into inner peace.”

(Here’s another animal guide meditation you might enjoy)

This is not about spiritual by-passing and suppressing our pain or hurt. It may take some time until we are ready to move forward. However, once we decide that we no longer want to identify with that story, we begin the path toward peace. 

A Soul-Level Perspective

Taking a bird’s eye view of the situation is one way to shift into acceptance. Can you witness the divinity in yourself and the other person? Do you trust in divine timing? As Myss writes, “From a cosmic perspective, your life is far more complex than you can measure by the influence of one or two relationships. There is a higher law that rules the spirit, a mystical law…”

Humans are messy and complicated. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you condone another’s behavior or will forget that they have wronged you in some way. It just means that you aren’t willing to let it bind your energy any further. Are you ready to invite peace into your life? To be fully present in the here and now?

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Discerning Emotion Meditation

Discerning Emotion Meditation

This guided meditation is part of a weekly Living Light Meditation gathering in the Chaos & Light Community. This meditation takes you through a guided relaxation and then asks you to explore where you hold emotions in your body. It is all about learning to witness and discern how and where different emotions are felt in the body. You will go through both positive and more challenging emotions but ultimately end with love. Through this process we learn that our emotions are nothing to fear and the more we can witness them, the more we can learn and heed their messages for us.
 
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Shadow Work with Crow Guided Meditation

Shadow Work with Crow Guided Meditation

 
 
 
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Cycles of Life Guided Meditation

Cycles of Life Guided Meditation

 
This guided meditation is part of a weekly Living Light Meditation gathering in the Chaos & Light Community. This meditation takes you through the seasons of life and the cycle of creative energy. We explore each cycle through the lens of nature and the elements of air, fire, water and earth. The Chaos & Light Community is an online space for spiritual seekers to collaborate, share, inspire and learn with a community of like-minded people that nurture and foster evolving states of consciousness, and promote personal evolution and well-being.
 

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We Are Stardust Guided Meditation

We Are Stardust Guided Meditation

 

This guided meditation is part of a weekly Living Light Meditation gathering in the Chaos & Light Community. This meditation takes you through a brief grounding technique called earth breathing. Then invites you to travel back to the original spark of creation as you connect with the light and intelligence at the beginning of the universe. You are then guided to embrace the expansiveness of the cosmos.

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Meditation Script

(copyright 2021 Angela Levesque)

 So in a seated position, I want you to begin breathing deeply into your belly. Letting the belly expand and become soft on the in-breath. And letting it gently fall back toward the spine on the out-breath.

Continue this for a few moments until you bring your presence fully into your body.

EARTH BREATHING TECHNIQUE

(do not read this title aloud, can be used separately)

Now I want you to begin just focusing on the out-breath alone. Breathe in naturally at your own rhythm and pace and only focus on the exhalation. On the exhalation, I want you to see if you can move your breath down through the body and out the soles of the feet.

Breathe in and on the out-breath, move the breath down the body and into the earth. Do this for a few moments.

Pause

Continue to focus on the out-breath but now I want you to think of that breath as energy and as you move the breath through the body, on the exhalation, let that breath and energy sweep anything that is ready to be released, let it move down the body and out the soles of the feet.

Letting the earth receive anything that is no longer needed or serving your mind, body or soul. Knowing that earth holds the frequencies to neutralize anything you release to her.

Pause

Okay, now we are going to continue to have awareness of the out-breath, but we are also going to pay attention to our in-breath as well.

As we inhale now we are going to draw the earth’s energy up into the body, bringing with it any light, frequencies and intelligence that the body requires for harmony and balance.

And on the out-breath letting the breath move back out and into the earth.

Drawing the earth’s energy up and into the body on the in-breath and moving the breath and energy back into the earth on the out-breath.

Continue this to a point of equilibrium. That is until the energy you are moving feels in balance between what is coming in and what is going out.

And when this feels complete, having a deep connection with the earth beneath you, I want you to contemplate the idea that you are intimately related to not only the earth but the entire cosmos.

Imagine that you are lying comfortably on a blanket in a field on a warm summer night. You are far away from the lights of the city. It is a beautiful clear sky. As you gaze toward the stars, it is lit up by a million soft twinkling lights.

You can feel a slight breeze on your face, the relaxing sounds of crickets in the background. You feel safe and loved. The night holds a quiet magic. You are filled with a sense of awe and expansion as you breathe it all in.

As you gaze at the stars, you are reminded that in order for you to witness their brilliance they were awakened millions of years ago. And yet they twinkle tonight and share this moment with you.

Breathe in light….breathe in darkness. As the night sky reaches out to you.

We are going to take a trip back in time to the deep history of our universe. As you stay still, time travels all around you. You are taken back to a time, to the moment of the Universe’s birth.

You see a brilliant flash of light that fills your entire being. It is powerful, yet gentle. Immense and yet familiar. You understand that it is the spark of creation that you are witnessing. The very birth of all things in this universe.

Breathe in this beautiful light as it connects you to the very nature of your being. To every cell….. to every molecule….. to every atom in your being. Let this spark of creation rejuvenate, activate, and speak to every part of all that you are.

As you hold that spark of creation in your heart, mind and body, witness the expansion of the cosmos from this moment of light.

See its whirl of magnetizing forces as it brings form out of the formless. Witness the beautiful array of colors – deep and penetrating. As it draws together everything that is needed for life in this universe. Calling forth the color, energy and frequencies required for the magic of creation.

Holding that spark of creation in your heart with a deep knowing that everything that birthed those stars, are the very things that birthed you.

Pause

Return now to the blanket…looking over the whole sky breathing in the beauty of both the darkness and the light. Feel a sense of intimacy that exists between you and the stars.

As you bask in the magic of this moment, let go of the boundaries of your identity, the boundaries of your body, the limitations of your mind. Allow yourself to expand and reach out in the wonder of this moment. 

As you sit here on the surface of the Earth, you realized that outward and inward are the same. Space is in every direction, out there, and inside of us.

Sit for a few minutes in the expanded state. Breathing with the universe – her intelligence, her darkness, her lightness – as she holds both the form and formless within her.

Long pause

Take a moment to call yourself back into your heart center. Drawing your expanded self back into the body. Taking a few deep breaths.

Pause

Feeling your body supported by the chair, floor or bed beneath you. Breathing deeply. Following the moment of breath as it moves in and out of the body. Bringing your full attention and awareness into the room around you. Shrugging the shoulders softly, wiggling the fingers and toes. And when you are ready, opening your eyes – aware and alert.

Take a few moments to just sit there until you feel ready to move on with your day.

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