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Choice as the Center of Personal Will: The Fifth Chakra

by Kelly Lydick

chakrasIts color is blue. It’s the fifth of the seven chakras, located at the throat, just over the adam’s apple. Its balance determines personal empowerment, appropriate communication, and empowered action. Its imbalance can provide a feeling of being suppressed and stifled, and a lack of growth can occur.

The throat chakra is unique unto the others as “…it holds information from all the chakras. Energies from the sixth and seventh chakras move down through the throat on their way to the trunk of the body; energies from the root, womb, solar plexus, and heart chakras move up through the throat on their way to the head. Within the sacred container of the throat chakra, all of this energy and information is ‘metabolized’—broken down and put back together into a form that becomes your unique expression in the world.” (Eden, 156)

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Similar to the heart chakra, the throat chakra is positioned between the head and the heart. As such, its balance is dependent on balancing thought with emotion, and personal will and divine will. Sacred ancient teachings draw a parallel between the enslavement of the Hebrews in Egypt to the neck and throat chakra, as Pharoah in Hebrew is “the neck” (ha araf) when reversed. The ancient teaching says that the neck is the place of narrowness that severs the head from the heart. In order to be free, the neck must not be narrow—it must be open and flowing. In order to balance the head and heart, the throat chakra, too, must be balanced.

But how is balance created? “The fifth chakra resonates to the numerous emotional and mental struggles involved in learning the nature of the power of choice.” (Myss, 219) In order to execute empowered choices, there must be awareness. It’s easy to make choices from the ego—these are primarily based in immediate desires, and sometimes seek tangible goals rooted in the physical world, such as a large home, or additional vehicle. But, Spirit always has a higher plan. Choice in relation to the throat chakra involves discerning between personal will and spiritual will; sometimes the two are not congruent. Many personal challenges arise when this is the case. In order to remain balanced, thought and emotion must be given proper attention, and personal will aligned to spiritual will.

“The fifth chakra is the center of choice and consequence, of spiritual karma. Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal, and global consequences.” (Myss, 220). With awareness comes the empowerment to choose consciously, and recognize the greater impact that choices can have.

Tips to Keep the Fifth Chakra Balanced:

  • Speak Your Truth. That’s not to say that harm to others is a worthwhile expense for your truth—in fact it’s just the opposite. Telling the truth in a gingerly, heart-felt and heart-centered way is usually productive conversation for both parties involved. The truth is an opportunity for growth and awareness—when used properly.
  • Be clear about your desires. When you know what you want out of life, it’s much easier to become clear about how to make those goals and dreams a reality. When your personal will is aligned to action, energy will flow in a balanced way.
  • Bite Your Tongue. This may seem to contradict speaking your truth, but knowing when to hold back communication is also key to keeping the fifth chakra balanced. Refrain from gossip and excessive emotional “venting.” Don’t spend time and energy on words that serve none. Keep in mind the cliché: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
  • Practice self-awareness. The key to personal awareness is honesty, followed by humility. The exciting thing is that awareness begets awareness. The more you know, the greater the capacity you have to know even more.
  • Take responsibility. Being responsible and accountable for your words, thoughts, and actions, inevitably creates balance because personal responsibility precedes both self-correction and empowerment.

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. In 2016, she was awarded a Juno fellowship from the world-renowned Omega Institute for achievements in healing and women’s leadership. You can learn more about her work at www.kellylydick.com.

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The Bridge between Ego and Spirit: The Fourth Chakra

By Kelly Lydick

chakrasIts color is Green. It’s the middle of the seven chakras, nestled between three upper and three lower centers. It bridges the gap between ego (the lower chakras) and spirit (the upper chakras), and connects each one of us to universal life force. The heart chakra creates a filed called a “torus” and it looks like a donut. This allows energy to flow in an ever-renewing fashion through the center of the body and out across the layers of the aura that emanate from the body.

The fourth chakra is also a conduit between personal power and the intellect. The three lower chakras ground our energy on the physical plane, while the three upper chakras provide a channel from the divine and the higher self into the physical—with the heart as an instrument of divine expression amongst them. The heart chakra is the wellspring for feelings of joy, oneness with all (unity), love, compassion, forgiveness, trust, excitement, and the ability to heal.

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One of the most interesting facts about the heart is that is has a nervous system just like the brain and can make decisions independent of the brain (Eden, 156). It’s no surprise, then, that we are each capable of thinking with the heart just as we can think with the brain. The language of the heart is the language of divine expressed through human form: emotions. When emotions ebb and flow, the heart chakra can open and close depending on whether the emotion is positive or negative; whether there are feelings of fear or feelings of safety.

“One of the problems in modern cultures,” Donna Eden suggests, “is that the heart chakra is underdeveloped in too many individuals and its principles are underrepresented in too many of our institutions” (155). Balance here, though, is key, as a person whose heart chakra is too open “…may overidentify with other people’s pain, suffering so much for the other that they become emotionally disabled, codependent, and ultimately no more capable of a successful relationship than a person whose heat chakra is shriveled” (155).

When we experience a loss of energy in the fourth chakra, Caroline Myss states that jealousy, bitterness, anger, hatred, and an inability to forgive can occur. When fear is present in this chakra, emotional weakness and betrayal can occur (198). Often the internal struggle is whether to let the ego and intellect control, or allow the emotions to flow; with each experience there is a choice point that occurs if self-awareness is present.

The challenge is that emotions are often triggered by events of the past that are held by memories of how these past events played out. The brain’s basal ganglia, the part of the brain that stores emotions, habits and pattern recognition, expects the same outcome in the present moment that occurred at another moment in the past—and the looping that occurs here interferes with the heart’s intelligence. This is where self-awareness plays a crucial role and must be used to override the looping of the ego and intellect to allow the heart’s intelligence to lead.

Learning to work with the energy of the heart, and keep the heart chakra’s energy balanced is paramount to staying in a space of love, compassion, trust and joy.

Tips to Keep the Fourth Chakra Balanced:

  • Lead with the heart. Sometimes this is easier said than done because the ego wants to engage in control. But leading with the heart is possible and can come easily with practice.
  • Practice self-care. The heart chakra is the center of self. When we let self care go by the wayside, it demonstrates a lack of self love. And self love keeps us in our personal integrity.
  • Raise your emotional IQ. Becoming self-aware is not an easy task. But as your awareness increases, so too can you balance the intellect with emotions. Remember that emotions as just energy in motion, and it’s the associations and attachments we create that color this experience.
  • Practice forgiveness. When we forgive, we release energy from the heart space. Lacking forgiveness, for the self or others keeps energy stuck. Learning to forgive is the best way to free yourself and others from disappointment, expectation, and attachment.
  • Love yourself. It’s true what has been said that you can only love another as much as you love yourself. If there are areas in your life in which you would like to heal or grow, make these a priority each day. When self-love is the foundation upon which you stand, other areas can more easily come into balance and flow.

 References

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

“Habits: How They Form and How to Break Them” www.npr.org/2012/03/05/147192599/habits-how-they-form-and-how-to-break-them

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. In 2016, she was awarded a Juno fellowship from the world-renowned Omega Institute for achievements in healing and women’s leadership. You can learn more about her work at www.kellylydick.com.

 

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