Chakras Part Two: Tools To Un-kink Your Energy System by Sharon Myrah
Step 1 – Awareness
As promised at the end of Part One, I am going to give you tools that you can start to use today that will un-kink the blockages you became aware of during your energy assessment. If you haven’t done the energy assessment, please go back to Part 1 and take the time to print the form and honestly and thoroughly fill it out. This is your personal navigational tool, your own GPS system. Awareness of where a problem resides in your physical body is the first step. The thing to remember is that this is eventually going to be fun. It feels good to have tools to use that bring understanding that can then lead to feelings of peace and joy.
Step 2 – Information Gathering
Next, you need information. What do your findings mean?
When I looked at my energy assessment, I saw that my throat chakra area had been heavily impacted. In each 10-year segment, I had something marked in that area. This led me to the second step: information gathering. I needed to gather information as to why my throat was so heavily impacted. What did this mean?
I gathered books on the chakras. I looked up information on the internet. I went to a local bookstore and read some more. I learned how the throat chakra is the center of communication. It is creative self expression and governs the throat, mouth, teeth, jaw and the thyroid gland. I learned that the health of our chakras is directly related to our thoughts and feelings and the environment in which we live. Since the chakras are our power stations, I had to ask myself what I was doing to my communication power station that it had so many issues. How could I change it?
I became ruthless in my quest for understanding. I looked at patterns of communication in my family. Did I speak up or “bite my tongue” or “swallow my words?” Why didn’t I speak up? What had I been taught about speaking up? Did my parents speak up for themselves? Who were my role models? Was I encouraged to speak my truth? How old was I when I was first told to “be quiet” or “settle down” or “you can’t sing” or “sit still?” What happened when I went to school? How have I let what I learned as a child, continue to affect me as an adult? Do I really believe what I was taught about speaking up for myself or is it just a habit? I learned so much about myself. I started to recognize patterns of behavior that were not helpful or good for me. Patterns that kinked my energy flow.
Step 3 – Intention and Visualization
With this knowledge in hand, I was ready for step 3: intention and visualization. Since this energy center is closed or compromised because of repressed words, I decided to visualize speaking up. I set my intention to become aware of when I was holding back and to consciously choose to speak my truth. I picked out inspirational writings to read out loud. I imagined myself in situations where I would normally not voice an opinion, and imagined myself speaking up. I pictured myself singing and people who heard me smiling or singing along. I imagined sitting down to write and having the ideas come flowing out.
Step 4 – Meditation
I was introduced to meditation as a way to quiet the mind. It is finding that sweet spot in which you can hear directly from your Creator and also hear your own true voice. It is a time when the mind is quiet so the body can relax. A relaxed body and a quiet mind reduce stress, which in turn helps the energy centers open and balance.
There are many different thoughts on meditation. I personally like sitting in a quiet space with my eyes closed for five minutes a day. This helps me block out distractions but keeps me from falling asleep. I have found that focusing on my breath helps me stop the mind chatter. Sometimes I say a silent mantra such as “I breathe in peace” on the in breath and “I breathe out anxiety” on the out breath. It is in this inner silence that our minds become still enough to hear the wisdom of our bodies and start finding inner peace. Once you have quieted your mind, focus again on the area of your body that speaks to you the loudest. What is it trying to tell you?
During my second meditation of the day, I focus on my throat chakra. Once I have calmed my mind, I tune into the throat chakra. How does it feel? Where are the constrictions? How does it feel when I visualize myself speaking up? What soothes it? What happens if I send it loving thoughts? I end with positive visualization and affirmations. I see my throat chakra open and balanced. An affirmation could be “It is safe to speak up.”
Spending a few minutes several times a day in meditation is a wonderful way to un-kink your chakras and change behaviors. Spending even five minutes a day will make a difference in your health and wellness. I would like to invite you to make a promise to yourself to be important enough to take at least five minutes every day for one week to do this practice. Re-evaluate at the end of the week. Did it help? Do you feel calmer? In that calm space, can you see what you are learning from your Chakra Assessment? Has it heightened your awareness of being blocked or out of balance? Has it helped you feel more open and receptive?
Be patient. Learning to quiet your mind and listen to your body takes patience and practice. For days when it just doesn’t work to do this on your own, I have other methods and tools that work really well. I will address these in Part 3 of Simple Tools to Un-Kink Your Chakras.
About The Author: Sharon Myrah is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor. She is on the faculty at Front Range Community College as a part-time instructor in the Holistic Health Practitioner Certificate Program. She is co-owner of Twin Flames Production, a business that promotes original relaxation music by Steve Skudler.