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Trauma Warrior and Mental health advocate
Trauma Warrior and Mental health advocate
Sefirot of Keter
Christian sacrament of Extreme unaction
Sacred truth: Live in the present moment
This final chakra is our crown chakra. There are several references to a divine or metaphysical state throughout this series and is an integral part of healing and self-actualizing. But I want to take a moment to address that many of us have wounds that shroud our perception of ‘the divine’. How to explain this….. grrr…. Well lets use my experience as an example and just know that there are many other ways you can arrive at the end result, this is just one example.
I grew up in an extremely Christian strict environment. In this context they take the idea of the divine and force it through their narrow understanding of how power works and assign the top as the omnipotent authority, God. For me this stripped the divine of its balancing maternal natures and gave a very sour taste to the idea of the divine for me. We lived and died by the final commands of our superior authority.
“And how could you say that a republic is the best form of government if you think that the Universe is a monarchy? Obviously, if God is top on a monarchy, monarchy is the best form of government. But you see, ever so many citizens of this republic think they ought to believe that the Universe is a monarchy, and therefore they are always at odds with the republic.” – Alan Watts
When your reality is warped and then used to manipulate your emotions and behavior, its gives a feeling of helplessness and paralyzing fear. A relatable sensation that is described in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The pit and the pendulum”.
Soooo yeahhh...... my childhood was great guys...... ┬┴┬┴┤ ͜ʖ ͡°) ├┬┴┬┴
This creates fear, and fear is what we are trying to let go of this entire time, so why would we cling to ideologies that perpetuate fear?
(▀̿Ĺ̯▀̿ ̿) Because we need to heal the self-damaging ideas and habits that run amok.
So before we angrily dismiss any idea of a divine, make sure its not coming from a wounded perception created by people who claim to act in a divine interest. It is in this chakra we learn to move beyond religion (based in the root chakra and primary concern is to protect the group) to spirituality which is primarily concerned with the individuals experience and relationship with the unknown.
Alan Watt’s quote from the lecture below, sits with me well so I share it in the hopes that it will help further drive the idea I am trying to present.
“Divine inspiration is, for example, to feel – for reasons that you can’t really understand – that you love people. Divine inspiration is a wisdom which it’s very difficult to put into words. Like mystical experience. That’s divine inspiration. And a person who writes out of that experience could be said to be divinely inspired. Or it might come through dreams. Through archetypal messages from the collective unconscious, through which the Holy Spirit could be said to work. But since inspiration always comes through a Human vehicle it is liable to be distorted by that vehicle. In other words, I’m talking to you through a sound system. And it’s the only one now available. Now if there’s something wrong with this sound system whatever truths I might utter to you will be distorted. My voice will be distorted. And you might mistake the meaning of what I said.”
If you have not noticed by now the ideas we talk about in each chakra are also present in the newish Kabbalah and Christian sacraments. Bringing together western and eastern thoughts of moral and spirituality. We are all more alike and our conclusions to philosophy end in the same ocean if we take a moment to look at them with symbolic sight. In fact, we are all more connected and alike than current culture climates like to preach. All this division over religion, race, or realities is an illusion and is becoming a damaging one at that.
But I am just one person so how can I do anything about such a large issue?
Heal, heal yourself so you might help heal the world.
Take these truths and use them as reference points, mirrors, to better examine and understand your surroundings. I can’t say this journey is easy, clear cut, or that everything will magically be better; but I can say it opens a sublime world of possibility and understanding that makes it all worth it.
So far, idk maybe 10 years from now i'll be the grumpy cat lady that hisses when people get too close ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Guess we’ll find out (._.) ( l: ) ( .-. ) ( :l ) (._.)
With much Love (づ￣ ³￣)づ
Alan Watts lecture i pull quotes from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s42V8BGBvTk
Transcript of the lecture: https://www.alanwatts.org/1-3-2-jesus-his-religion-pt-1/
Third Eye Chakra, Ajna
The sacrament of ordination
Sefirah of Binah and Chokhmah
Seek Only Truth
As we explore this chakra we are challenged to ‘retrieve our energy’ from false truths. Forcing us to distinguish thoughts and actions that are motivated by strength and those that are motivated by fear.
This is personally my favorite 😊 I have always been enamored with wisdom and intuitive sight. Although it is like this Patrick meme, the energy that is so vibrant and wonderful in my third eye tries to flow through my throat chakra and it comes out a scattered mess at first ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
We are all a unique mixture of what we know and what we believe to be true; this is created by the coming together of facts, fears, personal experiences, and memories. This is the fun part where you get to dissect that mixture and identify the recipe (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
As the brain is the physical commander, the mind is where thoughts become actions. As we indulge in this journey, we gain wisdom through both life experiences and acquiring the perpetual ability of detachment. As humans we crave stability but unfortunately nothing in this world is immune to change. The lesson is then to not search for unwavering stability in outside sources, building your house on sand. But to find stability within yourself, building your house on rock. Instead of shifting with time and succumbing to exposure from the elements we cast our anchor internally.
This allows you to ride the current of time and experience without loosing your balance. Think of it as the universe experiencing itself through you.
Trying to make things stay the same is as pointless as spitting into the wind. But that isn’t meant to discourage at all!
On the contrary, it means learning the direction and strength of the wind, then spitting (☞ﾟヮﾟ)☞ ☜(ﾟヮﾟ☜)
In other words our task is to put your best foot forward in every situation and keep in mind we influence but do not control what tomorrow brings. :)
I know we talk about fear being bad a lot when working on our internal strength, but it wouldn’t exist if it was all bad or all good. Its purpose is to alert us to a loss of power in our bodies, physical or mental. Healing requires the unity of mind and heart, honoring our needs AND our feelings. I know a lot of us would love to be Vulcan, but we aren’t LOL. Feelings are apart of us and just as important as thoughts.
One goal of this chakra is become detached but not cold or the absence of care, but rather to posture yourself so that external influences have no authority over your sense of self. The other goal is to become conscious by opening yourself to internal evaluation. Now the real trick is maintaining this state through obstacles. It requires to move past the idea that situations are either win or lose. Death or illness isn’t failure, it’s a natural part of the cycle we call life. and cue circle of life playing in my head now.....
The answer to our struggles and pain that surfaces with this chakra is simple, but probably the hardest thing you will ever do. Ever.
Let it Go.
.... and now cue frozen... ( ﾟヮﾟ)
Releasing what you think reality should be and start observing what is.
So what is the end game goal of all this?
It’s not to suddenly become immortal or immune to change. It’s not to rule and command the physical to your will.
It is the ability to ride change without fear and looking to what we can learn from it. It is to become a master of spirit. This journey is a lifelong task and tends to be more glamorous in theory than in practice, but in my opinion it’s the most rewarding. ಠ‿↼
I wanted to share some of the exercises that Dr Myss shares to help guide working with this chakra on pages 255 and 256.
Sefirah of Chesed and Sefirah of Gevurah
Sacrament of confession
Choice and consequence
In exploring the ideas in the chakra you will face the many emotional and mental struggles involved with the nature of choice.
I will have to admit off the bat that my traumas effects tend to accumulate and manifest themselves here;
in other words its my Achilles heal. ┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ﾉ︵ ┻━┻
Here resides the fear of chaos, the unknown, and also the perception that we can control it. The previous chakras have given a sense of self-empowerment. Now we balance out by flipping the idea on its head by understanding your limits.
Ya know, the Serenity Prayer
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”
We sit/meditate with the fact that our singular perception is very much limited, though it is important it is only a small piece of the larger picture. Because of this there is sometimes a difference between your micro and macro perspectives, your life perspective vs the larger whole perspective. Now stay with me here, we are going to take it one step further. With the micro and macro understanding, picture them as two parts of a whole that interact with each other while also have reactions within themselves.
It is a bit ‘inception-y’ LOL (☞ຈل͜ຈ)☞
This usually produces a sense of absolute wonder and amazing awe as you truly understand the sentiment that “the more you know, the more you know how much you don’t know”
Until you truly grasp the personal power and the humility of this reverent surrender to the fact that in all your efforts to know things, there is an insurmountably amount of things you will never know in one lifetime. We then seek to nullify the need to control it because let’s be honest, nature got along just fine without us intervening. We need to let go of the idea that nature or the natural world is something to dominate. Only then can you speak your truth and have weight to your word.
This forces us to be honest, very honest with ourselves. At a certain point in your healing lying to yourself or others will become out of the question. The inability to be truly honest with yourself will obstruct healing just as strongly as not being able to forgive like we talked about in the heart chakra. Genuine forgiveness and honesty allows us to call back our energy/control from people or places that no longer serve us.
The thing that will diminish your power of choice or be the costliest to your energy, is forming your choices from a place of fear. These kinds of choices are the ones that bite us in the ass over and over again until we get to a point of surrender. Usually at my point I throw my hands up in the air and say “alrightyyyy then, what am I supposed to be learning from this then”
From this we get the very essence of faith. Having faith in something or someone commits a part of our energy to that person or thing. Our energetic commitments become intertwined with every aspect of our lives, and by direct effect so do the consequences ( positive and negative ). We will constantly be shown our personal power is limited through circumstances if we do not hold onto the reverence and surrender discussed above. That is precisely why we must be honest with ourselves and others, the honor and humility that comes with this are so commendable that it shines like a light amongst the dark.
I know, this struggle is absolutely endless…. But again I point you to my example with data and his daughter in the solar plexus chakra post “The effort yields its own rewards.”
Also shown here in Professor Farnsworth's journey ;)
FYI i love futurama as much as i love my star trek ♥‿♥
It is simply the pursuit of being genuinely and unequivocally yourself with the humility to accept and learn from faults. To not see failures or faults as a bad thing, but an opportunity to exercise the power of choice by choosing to learn from these circumstances rather than give them power and control.
When you have the strength to be honest and kind with yourself then also remove judgement, you can see the flaws and all; you are a beautiful piece of the universe experiencing itself and vise versa. It does help to have the outlook that life is a spiritual journey, and I may lose some of you there. But its important to find what it means to you, don’t take it from me I’m just blabbing telling you what I found it to meant to me.
There is a reason on my very first post for this series I posted a picture that states “You are a collection of unique experiences that provides valuable insight and information into the human experience” . because when people become bold enough to accurately report our life experiences regardless of circumstances, we finally have a place to start to do better. When you are not honest with yourself its like not being honest about where you were stabbed, no one can help you stop the bleeding and properly address the wound.
Once I took the honest step of surrendering control of my life circumstances and overall, I signed a contract to myself, to be genuine and unequivocally be my truest self. It was super simple but went something like this
“I take this faith and place it in You and my higher-self, so that my limited understanding and knowledge will not stunt mine or others growth and greater well-being. Please keep guiding me with the same Love and care, with that I cannot go wrong. So, I free fall in and trust You to keep being You so that I may become the best I can be with little old happy me”
Now I don’t want to go into insane detail or impose my views on others, but when I say “You” in that contract. I mean the laws and inevitability of the cosmos, my own picture of god and/or gods of this experience. Please don’t mistake my spirituality for religiosity.
Sefirah of Tif’eret
Sacrament of marriage (as an archetype)
The first three chakras focus mostly on our physical reality. This fourth chakra is our gateway into our emotional and spiritual realities. This energy pool will reflect our emotional perceptions of reality far stronger than our mental perceptions.
We see in this chakra, a mini reflection of the entire chakra system much like a crystal reflecting the light spectrum as a rainbow.
With that being said, this one can get messy and complicated not only because everyone’s reflection is different and personalized; also because as a culture we have only recently adopted the idea of ‘emotional maturity’ and really don’t have the universal vocabulary and support to analyze this subject at the depth we can for most of the physical matter we study. Obviously with time and persistence we have seen an improvement and are starting to have a better understanding in this field of study. Philosophy and its impacts on the sociological and anthropological levels. This can sometimes illuminate things previously seen as completely unrelated to having a path of convergence, effecting each other’s presentation to the greater whole. This is the juicy stuff that lights up my synapses
̿̿ ̿̿ ̿̿ ̿'̿'\̵͇̿̿\з= ( ▀ ͜͞ʖ▀) =ε/̵͇̿̿/’̿’̿ ̿ ̿̿ ̿̿ ̿̿ ( ಠ ͜ʖರೃ) ಠ‿↼
We have all heard at some point the notion that “Love is the most powerful emotion” and honestly, I have to agree. We see it in real life, in movies, shows, lectures, pretty much anything we create lol. Love can have a powerful effect and be and insane driving force or will. I challenge you to take this seriously and understand that your emotions hold more energy than your ‘mental energy’.
The challenge we are most confronted with when examining this part of ourselves, is focusing and balancing our feelings about our emotional self. There is a difference between self-care and self-love. Self-care may come from self-love, but it is generated from the solar plexus chakra and usually comes in the form of a reward or comforting action. Self-love isn’t always comfortable, its loving yourself enough to get uncomfortable for the right reasons.
We relate the Sefirah of Tif’eret to this chakra as well because it is the symbolic strength, beauty, and nurturing compassion within Yahweh. It also emulates the give and take nature of love, further understanding how it operates or flows. With this we can learn to balance the amount of energy we give and take to balance compassion and judgement. In order to house and exchange energy, this also serves as a place for transmutation of energy; where we can take one feeling and transform it to an emotion or thought , ideally to one that better serves us and the greater whole. Balancing self interest with loving kindness to others. (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ ✧ﾟ･: *ヽ(◕ヮ◕ヽ)
We also relate the sacrament of marriage as an archetype to this chakra. What I mean by ‘as an archetype’ is that I use the word in most basic understanding of the sense, no predisposition or culture means to it. Therefor it represents your bond with yourself, the union internally with yourself and soul. You cannot bestow and shower people with love if you do not first generate the love within yourself. “You can’t love anyone until you learn to love yourself.”
I know this can be a hard pill to swallow, and some of us have or still have a long way to go. Its hard to love yourself when most of the time we are frustrated with ourselves and nature. But the first step to heal these types of wounds is to let go. Let go of our emotional pain, and not as in throw it away or suddenly detach all and any emotion from it. I mean letting go of the need to understand why things are as they are or why this or that has happened to you. We release the need for self-determined justice or acting in an overcompensating way to cover or mask pain. Letting the them flow down the river, surrendering to that which you cannot control. Unhealed wounds will act as a slow toxin bubbling to the surface of your mind repeatedly until it is confronted and healed. Unhealed wounds stunt our growth and keep us living in the past. Love yourself enough to heal them.
“Life’s challenges is a lesson in some aspect of love. How we respond to these challenges is recorded within our cell tissues: we live within the biological consequences of our biographical choices” (Dr. Myss 199).
At the end of the day ask yourself, what will I do with all this left-over negative energy and pain? Am I just going to let it sit and season me to that flavor? Or will you use it as an excuse to allow fear more control over you life? Or can you let it go and release its authority over you with an act of forgiveness? Not gonna lie, HARDEST THING EVVVVVVVVERRRRRRRRRR. that’s why you don’t judge yourself for not being what you think you should be, but celebrate the baby steps you take towards what you would like to be.
WHAT ABOUT BOB! LOL I love that movie
(づ￣ ³￣)づ Much Love
So now that we have covered the first two chakras, we lay the foundation for this next chakra;
Manipura, Solar Plexus, Sefirah of Nezah and Hod, Sacrament of Confirmation, Honoring oneself.
The first two chakras place their roots in external soil, but this one shifts the focus to internal soil, acting as the mediator and final judge of energy received from the first two chakras.
This is where our personal power comes from, our ego. Self-esteem, self-respect, self-discipline and ambition
The power AND RESPONSIBILITY is now shifting to your unique self.
Que uncle Ben from spider man (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)
All three of the covered chakras are like rivers that flow into a lake, that lake would metaphorically be your intuition. Your relationship with self , level of self-understanding and acceptance will determine the quality of water in your lake, the level of distortion in your intuition.
You always hear “follow your gut” and similar phrases, but the most important part of that concept is left out. It needs to be “check your gut before you wreck your gut”. ┬─┬ ︵ /(.□. ）
But it's not all bad there is beauty in the struggle of learning to balance (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ ✧ﾟ･: *ヽ(◕ヮ◕ヽ)
We could all learn a thing or two from the android teaching life lessons since the 80’s
The way you handle these challenges or obstacles on the course to obtaining your goals will reflect itself in your external world. I must stress that this is a ongoing constant cycle that will cause you to evaluate your ongoing relationship with your external world. Each time you will be given an option, to enhance your personal energy, or siphon it.
A lot of the times we have this misconception of that having an ego at all is evil. While we do live in a time of rampant, unchecked, destructive, and malignant egos, so naturally we have swung the opposite to compensate. We need to make sure we don’t go too far to the other extreme. Because this too adheres to the law of balance, we must learn to maintain a healthy ego or level of self-confidence.
Remember the question I posed “where do you pull your personal power from?”
When first asked it, I gave the imagery of your internal looking glass and playing with what you might see in the reflection. I want you to do that again and hold onto that image of the reflection as you paint an accurate picture of your internal self. Be honest, but also be kind.
See things as they are, not as you wish them to be, then build your reality from there.
Most of the time we always find something that isn't to our liking, we are after all our own worst critics. When in the process of cleaning or organizing our lives or ‘self’ the decisions or choices we make will either feed into placing your physical limitations on your ‘spirit’ or ‘soul’ or using them to exercise your ‘self’ (much like the fact of actual home cleaning, in that it never fucking ends!)
“The stronger our spirit becomes, the less authority linear time can exercise in our lives” (Myss 175).
When this area is traumatized/misaligned you cannot act on intuitive impulses because when it reaches your conscious thought it is distorted or altered. This is much like placing your faith in something or someone only to be disappointed because you shouldn’t have been doing so in the first place.
Sometimes people can get stuck in the self-pity that can occur during this process. While you need to address yourself with honest love, staying in the self-pity will be far more damaging then anything anyone could ever do to you. Bringing home the point I nodded at earlier, “with great power come great responsibility”. Making the ego self-accountable and have the capacity to be held accountable.
This isn’t something that comes naturally or even easily, self-discovery is one helluva process but its probably the most important 'wright of passage' to reach.
Many like to use the metaphor of weeding the mind garden for this process, each weed representing hard questions we must ask of our internal looking glass and observe the answer that becomes self evident. Questions like “why do I keep secrets? Why do I have addictions? Why do I blame others for my own errors? Why do we find it so difficult to accept compliments? Why does ___ trigger such an emotional response? “ etc..
As you let these things unfold and address them honestly but with love, you will start to discover your personal boundaries and the make up of your character. At which each point you get to ask the question, is this strengthening or siphoning my sense of self?
If it is strengthening it, have faith in yourself and your ability to get through the storm.
If its siphoning then ask, what can you control? and what can’t you control?
What are little ways to impact the things you can control instead of giving up your strength and attention to the things you can’t control. Accept and Acknowledge that which you cannot control, but do not let fear of loosing control drive your decisions.
Absolutely nothing about this is simple, easy, or rigid but like data explained to his daughter Lal,
“The effort yields its own rewards”.
Personally, I had the worst time with this chakra, because from birth I was taught that my personal power was not mine to wield, only existing to surrender to someone who "knows better".
The consequence of this was being ruled by fear in all decisions and/or actions, then having to building a sense of self confidence from the ashes.
While I can definitely say I’m light years from where I was 7 years ago, it still isn’t easy to trust myself. Shit, I will forever be on the journey and you will never hear me say that I've “made it to the top” or “completed” it.
Its much like the pain of a healed over injury, its not bad most of the time, but its still a weak point. Butttttttttttt not to sound like a broken record, (☞ﾟヮﾟ)☞ ☜(ﾟヮﾟ☜)
on the positive side "The effort yields its own rewards."
There is a yoga with Adrienne video on the solar plexus to compliment this nicely at the button below.
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(づ￣ ³￣)づ Much Love
I want to spend some more time on the sacral chakra again because I feel it is that important (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
You are working with natural opposing forces so do NOT take this lightly. Do NOT underestimate the polarity and strength of these forces. Meaning it can be extreme ends creating the conflict in the first place.
Also do not underestimate its ability to be both; two sides of one coin. I am sure everyone has heard the phrase ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. This conveys the concept that there are both intended and unintended consequences for every action. Toxic behaviors do not automatically implicate a terrible core person. Wrong choices do not automatically implicate ignorance. Our legal system even operates on serving justice based on the best interpretation of the ‘original intent’. We understand things can be complicated or just has too many unknown variables to form a theory. We have often look to the unknown with fear, causing our minds to slip into the black and white model of the world.
I like to break things down and simplify so let us break down and simplify
Our actions, moments, people, just everything, has both
yin and yang properties
night and day
negative and positive charges
exhale and inhale
depending on this balance/struggle/ratio, we see the physical manifestation of that balance
OOO! OOO! I just thought of a good example! The PH system in chemistry! We are semi-familiar with this right?
See reality as it is, not as you want it to be, then build from there. Get rid of this ‘good’ or ‘bad’ archaic concept. And start thinking of it like the PH scale and you will start to notice its properties/characteristics more. This will start to chip away at false perceptions you might have made about each side, equipping you with better tools to handle reality.
By the way, these are concepts that are far broader and do not give any definitive direction, it unfolds in your own life, specific to you. That is just how these things work.
As we start to handle larger and larger amounts of data (literally and metaphorically), we are learning to organize it in a more operation and/or computing friendly ways. it is an ongoing process that evolves as we learn more, its messy and is not perfect, get over it. Sometimes this requires us to look at the previous framework and evaluate, then change how things are labeled or what category they fall under to better serve the process as a whole. Change is natural, but there is an art to it. If you exert more force upon it, the more of a reaction you will get from it.
Say the example is this; you are looking to implement new business practices or just procedural changes. If you do not take into consideration that a change in one department will make changes throughout the ENTIRE business; you will have a rocky deployment putting stress on already weak points in the company. Cumulating a larger and more complex problem than when you started.
Ooooooo! Another good example/another metaphor to further this would be planning and thinking in a very strict “cause and effect” mindset.
‘ This change in responsibilities directly takes it off one person’s shoulders and puts it on to another and should fix the problem of the first person not having enough time to do it.’
While logically and ‘on paper’ it seems like a good idea, there is neglect to how it will affect the whole body. When a different person takes on a different responsibility there is an adjustment period while they balance out their new responsibilities. If this includes any interactions outside of their own department, it changes each of those individual interactions for both parties. Having this strict “cause and effect” outlook also neglects the entire process of implementing the change, it only highlights a very specific section of the process. When looking at the data to evaluate if the change was successful or not, they usually pull from a sample of time that does not accurately portray the effects, ie. Not inclusive of an accurate time frame.
I like the expression “nothing happens in a vacuum” because it gives credence to this concept of consequence’s ‘intended AND unintended’.
Once you can fully understand the opposing forces in everything, you understand the 2 most basic natural components to anything, again Literally and metaphorically.
There is a yoga with Adrienne video to compliment another aspect of this chakra nicely at the button below.
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(づ￣ ³￣)づ Much Love
Sacrament of communion, Honor one another (golden rule), Sefirah of Yesod; all apart of the concepts explored in the next chakra, the Sacral Chakra.
Now that we have established our roots, its time to build on the previous knowledge as we travel upward. Think of each step as a filter, always going through one before the next.
The sacral chakra takes our foundation and starts to build our own individuality through duality. We shift from tribe power focus to more independent and personal power. Our personal power of choice/creation/matter. When we start to ask ourselves "Where do we pull our power to make choices?" *(more to explore this question at the end)
Fear is an extremely effective mode of motivation, but its longevity has proven to not stand the test of time. It leaves one feeling hollow, empty, void, and crumbling in on its own skeleton. We have seen so many examples of this in every facet of life.
The fun dualism you learn with this chakra is your internal relationship (that is the internal monologue you got going on up there) reflects onto your relationships with others.
Whether you like it or not; ‘as above, so below’.
The core lesson is to Honor One Another, uniting both ends of the scale to achieve a better understand of your relationship with others, and most importantly yourself!!
It also reflects our need for relationships with other people and our relationship with ourselves.
Most of us have seen a meme or post with a similar message as this “you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat others”. Depending on your understanding of symbolic language and its depth, the knowledge gained can be small or great by just observing these more natural encounters (not consciously controlled and scripted)
I feel Dr Caroline Myss puts it beautifully when she says, “We can more easily see the symbolic value of our relationships when we release our compulsion to judge what and who has value and instead focus on honoring the person and the task with which we are involved” (131 Myss).
While we cannot control others and their actions, but we can control our reactions.
For sake of imagery, newtons third law; we can manipulate and choose where to direct the equal or opposite reaction.
As I have said before, healing is all about balancing. Its good to have personal power, but it can also be toxic if the scale swings too far one way.
In the muddled knowledge of our time it can be difficult to even view a state of healthy personal power and maintaining a healthy ego. At our root chakra we learn to find power in our ‘tribe’ or our social groups, in the sacral chakra we must learn to find our Personal Power within personal balance.
Power can be a dirty word, and no doubt we are not short of examples backing up this belief. But like money, it is only a tool used by people, and each person’s intent determines how it is manifested and used. The time is nigh for everyone to get real with their relationship to power; by simply observing and paying close attention to your thoughts and inner monologue when you bring up the idea of power. Work through the relationship like you were in therapy with it, because once you learn to understand its effects on you; it gives you the power (cause knowledge is power!) to know how and when you are being controlled by an external force.
Judgement is not to be passed on tools, it is to be passed on the people and their intent to use these tools. On their own they are neither malignant or good, simply benign. The challenge for us it not to practice abstinence, but “to achieve sufficient internal strength to interact comfortably with physical power without negotiating away our spirits” (Myss 161).
Within this space your creativity also originates, and your intentions are formed. It is always in a constant state of evolution and self improvement. I am honestly quite surprised more people don’t explore these thoughts and processes naturally…. one of the many things that make me the weird child =P (and proud of it!)
"Where do we pull our power to make choices?"
*When you need to weigh pros and cons, contemplate to exercise your power of choice. Where do you go in your mind? What is the scene around you, the lighting, the feeling, the atmosphere? As you step up to your inner looking glass, what do you feel? Explore it, question it, and most importantly stay curious about it. *
This feels important so i am going to say it again
Explore it, question it, and most importantly stay curious about it.
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(づ￣ ³￣)づ Much Love
So lets start at the Root Chakra
I love using the chakra system as a model because they coincide so nicely with the basic truths described in all religions, just in one form or another. As physics is just a model to understand the laws of nature, all these truths are a model to understand the laws of our emotional and spiritual ‘bodies’. But this can be an entirely different rabbit hole, so for today ill just leave it at that.
This is a core like the earth’s core, the energy of this directly and indirectly moving each layer of the earth, making earth as we know it possible.
See this https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/
Background on the Root Chakra
The root chakra that is, also known as the tribal chakra//the sacrament of baptism// the Sefirah of Shekhinah// Mūlādhāra in sanskrit// your primal nature// also could be compared to the 1st level in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It is the most important Chakra as this is the Fundamental Chakra, the core if you will. If you want to know more about the specifics be my guest, there are several in depth or brief descriptions of this chakra.
The primary fears are that of physical survival, abandonment, and loss of physical order
The primary strengths are tribal/family identity, bonding, the support and loyalty that give one sense of safety and connection
The scared truth associated with this concept is ‘All is One’.
Why am I bringing this up when talking about healing from trauma?
Because every healing (mental, physical, emotional, spiritual) goes through a form of this process and unveiling of truths. It could be easy, or hard, take 1 week, or an entire lifetime. We use it to help guide us and also as a mirror to self-reflect in. This might look ENTIRELY different from person to person.
When we talk about healing, we are also talking about balancing, taking what each chakra represents and sitting with it to see what it stirs up for each person individually. When you’ve been traumatized, you may have felt your safety or survival threatened. Fighting the despair and recovering from traumatic experiences reaches down to your primal instinct for survival and turns on the ‘flight or fight response’.
In sticking with the shank analogy, this would be stabbing your Common Peroneal Nerve, taking away your ability to stand essentially. Taking time to mend these types of wounds may enable you to uncover some of the limiting beliefs that determine how you experience life, as well as some of the false Identities that you've confused with your core self. When you can recognize and observe these coping mechanisms, it is possible to realize that they are not who you are; you created them in response to what you were experiencing.
Here are some examples of such limiting beliefs:
"I'm not safe." "It's not a safe world." "It's not safe to... (see, speak, know... etc.)".
The process of healing challenges us to retain self-beliefs that are for your highest good, and discard those that are not.
None of us are strangers to family issues. The family is where we learn to love and deal with all types of people, thick and thin, at least that is the model given forth. To put it into perspective I want to use it in a more sociological standpoint about the community as a whole. If we step back and examine the body, the last time we had such a shaking of our foundation in the roots would be the great depression. Not just the economic impact, but the aftermath of our collective feelings and views. The last time our collective body turned on its ‘adrenal glands’ to fight for its survival.
While the mindset adopted to survive collectively got us through what we were going through as a nation; there is always pros and cons. Now we are experiencing the downsides to this kind of mindset, living the truths of those who were unable to make it through. Whether its internal roots that have been damaged or the unrest of our collective roots being damaged, healing the wounds properly is a great place to start.
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I want to force myself to talk about this. Because there is a strong and deep pull for me to share my experience and perspective so that others can find comfort or guidance in their healing process. Because it fucking sucks going through it, and half the time it feels like you are completely nuts! Hearing peoples experiences similar to mine gave me light in the darkest of days; the comfort of knowing you’re not alone can sometimes be that last burst of energy you need to carry on another day.
Really if I were to break down my story, it would be a trip to read and probably take 2 years LOL. I’m going to break it down into smaller chunks and do a ‘series’ or ‘collection’ so i don’t sit here and write and entire book. So what I am going to do is provide windows, small examples that highlight my key point in a concise way. With that being said, I am not saying that these instances alone are the cause, nor am I condemning anyone for specific actions. A person is the sum of their actions and intentions and to cut out a scene very specifically, only provides a grain of sand to their beach. Therefor, providing only a ‘window’ into the world/mindset/reality of the person and situation.
(This is my Standard Disclaimer 😉)
Let’s start by building a basis for our understanding of trauma.
What is Trauma?
Psychology today defines Trauma as “The experience of severe psychological distress following any terrible or life-threatening event.” *Reference Link*
When the subject of PTSD is brought up most peoples mind instantly goes to the soldiers returning from war. Which is a very real problem, don’t get me wrong, but it is on the more physical extreme end of the spectrum and includes one event.
CPTSD stands for Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Described by ‘Braden Counseling’ as a; “mental health condition in which a person might experience intense PTSD symptoms that coincide with other mental issues. CPTSD occurs in people who have been subjected to ongoing traumatizing experiences.” *Reference Link*
To give us a physical metaphor, we are going to describe it as a stab wound. Now I know its “graphic” but it gives me the flexibility of different environments and severity. So I’m rolling with it =P
PTSD is like a very deep, quick, stab to a vital area of the body.
CPTSD is like repeated stab wounds to non-vital areas that can allow the person to bleed out over time.
Sometimes the stab is with a clean sharp knife, sometimes it’s a three-pronged blade and the attacker twists it, and sometimes it’s a shallow seemingly nothing prick of a poison dart.
Many have abandoned our ‘emotional bodies’ and tend to forget that these things have very real physical impacts on your brain and neural activity. We need to treat these traumas as an open wound and get serious about caring for it to heal properly. You would not get stabbed and then just pretend like it never happened, it would be ludicrous! Even if you did, that runs the risk of it healing improperly causing lasting and limiting effects, like a broken bone. It could turn septic and kill you.
Exactly, you would treat it as necessary, cleaning and caring for the wound to minimize pain, damage, and scaring.
The same mindset needs to be applied to mental and emotional ‘wounds’. Never underestimate the inter-connectivity of everything, those ripples travel far and wide in your psyche.
When looking at and studying these things, one must remember it is just as much (if not more) complex as life itself, the variables are endless.
Which is why…
You are a collection of unique experiences that provides valuable insight and information to the human experience!!!
This blog came out of my life experiences and personal goals to always be a work in progress, a forever student of wisdom, and a better understanding.