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Sacred Sacral: The Second Chakra

chakrasBy Kelly Lydick

Its color is orange. It connects us to our personal power. It symbolizes power dynamics and the ability to create. Its balance determines the quality of relationships to others, and to the deepest source of the divine self. It spins counterclock-wise at the second-slowest rate compared with the other chakras. Its conical shape emanates outward from just below the belly button toward the front, and at the base of the lower back facing rearward.

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Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine, mentions the sacral chakra is different than the others because from it we are able to access all seven layers of the aura, and, therefore, all other chakras as well (148). This is where the body meets the soul. Caroline Myss describes the sacral chakra as the “chakra of duality” (131) and through it we are able to understand the paradox of human life—that of mortality and divinity. It’s here that we are constantly faced with choice, and how we learn to co-create with spirit.

Myss also calls this the “partnership” chakra, that which gives us the opportunity to understand ourselves—and others—if we are willing. Keep in mind that partnership doesn’t necessarily mean romantic partnership, simply the space where we meet others to co-create with them. This includes all relationships, familial or romantic, friendships and work colleagues, neighbors and community members at large.

The sacral chakra is often activated by fear, and can be chiefly preoccupied with power dynamics and external influences. It can also be preoccupied with external attachments. When it’s out of balance, fear erupts, and it’s difficult to control racing thoughts. Irrationality kicks in, and it becomes difficult to ground your energy (See “The Power of the Root Chakra”). Choices become a struggle, and it’s challenging to reconcile ideas and feelings about the material and the immaterial. But, balancing it doesn’t have to mean an existential crisis! Tuning in to the sacral chakra is as easy as envisioning it in your third eye and beginning to feel.

To begin working with the sacral chakra, envision it in the mind’s eye during meditation. See its orange, counter-clockwise spin. See the rainbow of colors of your own aura, and feel its outer edges. Embrace the calling of your soul, and tap in to your ability to create.

Tips to Keep the Second Chakra Balanced:

1. Cultivate trust. Feeling balanced in the second chakra means trusting and having faith that the universe is supporting you and all your endeavors. On the days when you feel a bit fearful, challenge yourself to trust even more.

2. Work with fear. Not against it. Not for it. And don’t give in to it either. Explore your fears and their causes, and let them breathe. Then counter anything that comes up with rational thoughts.

3. Feel. Let emotions flow, don’t stuff them down or try to ignore them. Try not to fear emotions either. Feel them and let them go, knowing that emotions are just energy in motion.

4. Keep your boundaries. It is possible to set healthy boundaries with others in a positive, energizing way for all parties. Keeping your boundaries means knowing where you begin and others end, that is—owning what’s yours, and not taking on what’s not yours.

5. Engage in creative projects. The sacral chakra loves all things creative and artistic: music, poetry, painting, creative writing, architecture, or DIY crafts. Make creativity a regular practice—or even a career!

References

Eden, Donna. (1998). Energy Medicine. London, England: Penguin Books, Ltd.

Myss, Caroline. (1996). Anatomy of the Spirit. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.

About the author:

Kelly Lydick received her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky, and True Blue Spirit magazines, as well as on the home page of ElephantJournal.com. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the experimental work, Mastering the Dream.

Kelly holds certifications as a Meditation Facilitator, Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Past Life Healer, and Gateway Dreaming™ Coach. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream. You can learn more about her work at www.kellylydick.com.

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The Power of the Root Chakra

By Kelly Lydick

Its color is red. It symbolizes all things earthly. In dreams it symbolizes all things tangible, all things passionate. Its balance determines our relationship to money, and our relationship to sexuality. It spins counterclock-wise at the slowest rate compared with the other chakras. Its conical shape points downward toward the ground, helping to “ground” energy.

 When it’s out of balance, anxiety occurs. We feel ungrounded. Thoughts can be scattered, and projects go half-finished. We may have fear or shame around sexuality. We may be careless with money. Out of balance, the chakra may spin clockwise, or wobble, its conical shape off-balance like a potter throwing a crooked vase on a potter’s wheel.

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The first chakra is a powerful one, as it connects us with life force and the awareness of survival. It also connects us to animals, the Earth, and our own basic drives and instincts for food. Any time fear is present, the first chakra is charged. Likewise, any time feelings of physical safety are present, it means the first chakra is activated. Caroline Myss calls this the “tribal chakra” responsible for feelings of connectedness, or lack of connectedness to other people, especially family (103).

Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine, refers to this chakra as “psychic heat” (161) as it is so powerful it directs energy up and outward away from the body. Kundalini practitioners know the root as the base of the kundalini opening, its symbol a coiled serpent ready to strike.

It is so powerful, it has a cascading effect upon the other chakras. Meaning, if this chakra is out of balance, the others will be, too. As the lower three chakras connect through the heart to the upper three chakras, the root is established as the base for the entire system. Those who experience imbalances in this chakra will see outer effects manifest emotionally, physically, mentally—and even spiritually.

Keeping the root chakra balanced doesn’t have to be a difficult thing. In fact, when we have a good sense of its magnitude, we can more consciously work with its energy for specific desired results. This includes self-confidence, career achievements, community connection, balanced emotions, and a clear connection to the higher self.

To begin working with the root chakra, envision its red color in the mind’s eye during meditation. See its counter-clockwise spin. Feel its “psychic heat.” And allow its power to naturally manifest.

 Tips to Keep the First Chakra Balanced:

1. Process emotions as they come up. Feel them, and let them go.

2. Maintain a healthy exercise routine. When you devote time to the physical body each week, the energetic body also responds.

3. Keep your energy clear by eating clean. Non-GMO, organic, preservative-free, high-quality foods bring a higher vibration of energy into the system, helping to maintain it.

4. Stay in the body. Avoid escapist tendencies like alcohol or drugs, too much television, or other avoidance behaviors. This easily pulls the energy away from the body, and contributes to a lack of grounding.

5. Commit time to self-understanding. Our most basic drives can appear complex as we try to intellectualize them. But, they are just instincts. Devoting time to self-understanding of how these instincts manifest will bring great self-awareness—and therefore, greater balance and healthy choices.

6. Remain confident in who you are as a person. Everyone experiences feelings of insecurity from time to time—some more than others. Confidence and high self-esteem will also keep you in your body, and in addition, will strengthen your connection to this energy.

References

Eden, Donna. (1998). Energy Medicine. London, England: Penguin Books, Ltd.

Myss, Caroline. (1996). Anatomy of the Spirit. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.

About the author:

Kelly Lydick received her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky, and True Blue Spirit magazines, as well as on the home page of ElephantJournal.com. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the experimental work, Mastering the Dream.

Kelly holds certifications as a Meditation Facilitator, Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Past Life Healer, and Gateway Dreaming™ Coach. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream. You can learn more about her work at www.kellylydick.com.

 

 

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New Online Courses Teach Meditation, Chakra Clearing, More

meditation courseAs the demand for informative, useful and convenient in-home and online education increases, Anahata Ananda ofShamangelic Healing, Sedona Arizona’s Premier Center for Shamanic Healing and Spiritual Awakening, has answered the call with her recently launched five Essential Courses for Empowerment and Awakening on the New Kajabi, a platform for online conscious education courses.

The new online courses include Clear, Balance & Awaken Your Chakras. The chakra course includes 30 video lessons that provide tools and practices to clear, activate and balance the seven chakra energy centers for better physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Meditation Tips for Relaxation & Connection offers simple tips to make meditation easier and more effective. In six videos the meditation course explores how meditation can support greater relaxation, peace, clarity and connection.

Maintaining Healthy Conscious Relationships explores practices and perspectives for attracting and maintaining healthy personal, family, intimate and professional relationships. Through 8 engaging videos shot in the breathtaking landscape of Sedona, Arizona, this course offers valuable tools and concepts for bringing higher levels of awareness to every type of relationship.

Enhance Your Health, Vitality and Spirituality provides easy-to-implement tips, practices and ideas to help people achieve clarity, focus and a greater sense of well-being. Through 12 videos the course explores ways to detoxify, balance and harmonize both body and mind through breathing, meditation, visualization and nutrition.

Balancing the Feminine & Masculine Within helps people reach their fullest potential through awakening and integrating both their feminine and masculine energies. Through eight videos this course teaches and empowers one reestablish a harmonious sacred union between the whole self and the environment.

Those interested in exploring all the course options can visit the MyKajabi online store. All courses include a comprehensive course handout in PDF format, simple exercises for continued practice and the option for phone counseling support.

Private Healing Sessions with Anahata are also available at the Shamangelic Healing Center where Anahata provides personal sessions in a safe and loving space for deep healing and spiritual awakening.

The Center also offers Private Retreats where visitors can choose from retreat packages such as the Relationship Health Retreat that provides participants tools to heal and improve their relationships, or the Vibrant Health Retreat for people wanting to increase their energy or who are experiencing a physical healing crisis.

Shamangelic Healing Center also offers Sacred Land Journeys. Anahata’s Land Journeys help participants explore the powerful frequencies of Sedona’s vortexes that potentiate healing and awakening in the natural beauty of Sedona’s Red Rocks. Because every person experiences vortexes differently, Anahata also offers private sessions. In private sessions, Anahata works with the individual to tailor a Sedona vortex journey that provides a deeper personal understanding of vortexes and how a vortex can shift one’s energy to meet specific healing and spiritual goals.

Shamanic Healer and Spiritual Counselor, Anahata Ananda, has trained extensively with gifted shamans, energy healers and spiritual teachers from around the world in order to artfully integrate the fields of spirituality, energy healing, self-empowerment, and shamanic teachings. Her client-base spans the globe with individuals from all walks of life who are seeking to heal and awaken to their fullest potential.

The Shamangelic Healing Center is based in Sedona, Arizona. It is nestled beneath Thunder Mountain, with 360 degrees of breathtaking views, and within walking distance to a medicine wheel and healing vortexes, making it the perfect setting for healing and expansion. Inside, the retreat center’s calm and relaxed environment helps to engage all of the senses, making it easy to settle into a session.

Clients seeking Spiritual awakening, transformational healing services, counseling, sacred land journeys or training courses may choose from a wide range of options that can be tailored for the ultimate personal experience.

To reserve a place for healing, adventure, renewal and celebration with Anahata Ananda, Shamangelic Healing also now offers convenient online booking through its website.

For detailed descriptions of more upcoming retreats, workshops, courses, and all services offered by Anahata Ananda, visit http://shamangelichealing.com/



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Empowerment and Awakening Intensive Announced for Sedona in June, 2016

The next Sedona Weekend Intensive for Empowerment and Awakening will be held June 16-19 2016. Following the success of the March 2016 retreat, this powerful Weekend Intensive allows participants another chance to immerse themselves in coursework and experiential modules that cover a wide range of topics, from shamanic wisdom and land energies to sacred ceremonies and working with the elements, plus many more advanced courses for facilitators, healers and other wellness services practitioners who may want to expand their services and deepen their understanding of spiritual and energy practices.

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During the retreat participants will explore and learn tools and practices for healthy relationships, chakra balancing, how to achieve a higher and stronger spiritual connection, tuning into and working with spiritual guides, practical tips for achieving and maintaining vibrant health, balancing the inner divine feminine & divine masculine, effective meditation practices and so much more.

The June retreat will be held once again in the spectacular Red Rocks and energy vortexes of Sedona, Arizona and includes 10 essential Courses for Empowerment and Awakening which provide fundamental tools and perspectives for living a balanced and vibrant life. This retreat is specifically designed to support people who are feeling off-balance, lost or frustrated in their lives and ready to make profound, lasting changes. Some of the workshops included are: “Clear, Balance and Awaken Your Chakras,” “Maintaining Healthy Conscious Relationships,” “Meditation Tools for Deeper Spiritual Connection,” “Maintaining Clear Boundaries,” “Balancing the Divine Feminine and Masculine Within” and “Vibrant Spiritual Nutrition.” The weekend intensive is packed with tools, practices and perspectives to provide mainstream audiences with simple applicable concepts for living an empowered, healthy and conscious life. With its healing vortexes and breathtaking beauty, people will find Sedona, Arizona to be the perfect backdrop for their soul-path adventures.

Those who’ve participated in the Sedona Weekend Intensive Retreat say they feel more peace of mind, focus, and even expanded consciousness from their weekend. The Retreat provides participants with tools for staying centered, finding authentic inspiration and experiencing greater clarity in their life. Participants leave with practical methods for integration and receive ongoing counseling support to address any challenges that may arise after the retreat and to mentor them in their process of implementing their newfound awareness into their everyday lives.

For those who are ready to go to the next level, Shamangelic Healing with Anahata Ananda offers a full range of private sessions to complement the group retreat experience. These alternative methods integrate mind, body and spirit in ways that mainstream approaches do not.

Shamanic Healer and Spiritual Counselor, Anahata Ananda, has trained extensively with gifted shamans, energy healers and spiritual teachers from around the world in order to artfully integrate the fields of spirituality, energy healing, self-empowerment, and shamanic teachings. Her client-base spans the globe with individuals from all walks of life who are seeking to heal and awaken to their fullest potential.

The Shamangelic Healing Center is based in Sedona, Arizona. It is nestled beneath Thunder Mountain, with 360 degrees of breathtaking views, and within walking distance to a medicine wheel and healing vortexes, making it the perfect setting for healing and expansion.

Inside, the retreat center’s calm and relaxed environment helps to engage all of the senses, making it easy to settle into a session. Clients seeking Spiritual awakening, transformational healing services, counseling, sacred land journeys or training courses may choose from a wide range of options that can be tailored for the ultimate personal experience.

For those unable to attend or come to Sedona, Shamangelic Healing offers a wide range of online courses for Personal Empowerment and Spiritual Awakening.

For detailed descriptions and a calendar of more upcoming retreats, workshops, courses, and all services offered by Anahata Ananda, visit http://shamangelichealing.com/

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