MATEO SOL: “11 Traps That Sabotage Spiritual Growth”

“No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain.”

~Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

 

Spiritual growth is an experience we all go through once we have experienced the spiritual awakening process. As we begin to awaken to the truth of who we are, we develop a connection to our authentic essence, higher nature or Soul.

As we progressively advance on our paths, our spiritual essence begins to blossom like a luminous flower deep in our heart. And the more we clear away the dead, gnarled and overgrown beliefs, perspectives, and emotional baggage within us, the more clearly we feel our divine essence. When we maintain our inner garden, we feel more and more love, wisdom, peace, and wholeness as our True Nature is revealed slowly to us.

Yet, like any garden, our metaphorical inner landscapes can be consumed by weeds, plagues, and forms of pollution that strangle anything beautiful we have been nurturing. Sometimes, we even sabotage the growth occurring within us ourselves, without knowing it.

What is Spiritual Growth?

 

“This isn’t a journey about becoming something.  This is about unbecoming who we are not.”

~Adyashanti, The End of Your World

 

Spiritual growth is the process of awakening to your true nature, purpose, and potential. When you undergo spiritual growth you experience an expansion in awareness and insight, also known as higher consciousness. All spiritual growth has one objective: to help you embody your Soul, Higher Self or Atman. Once you are able to unite with your Soul, you will experience what is understood as enlightenment, “heaven,” Oneness or moksha.

The problem with the spiritual journey is that it is often laden with traps of many kinds. These traps are not physical, but they are instead mental and are often referred to as anti-awakening forces.

As we process life primarily through the mind, we also tend to approach spirituality with the mind. The issue with this is that spirituality cannot be contained by the limitations of thought. Once spirituality is captured within a thought, it ceases to maintain its true essence and instead becomes a constricting belief or dogma. In other words, spirituality loses its alive, ever-flowing essence once it is compartmentalized within the mind.

Think about it this way: have you ever felt immense awe and wonder in the presence of something beautiful and enchanting like a sunrise? The moment you stop immersing yourself in the feeling of the sunrise, and start taking a photo of it or describing it in a text message, is the moment you are no longer truly present with the sunrise. Instead, you are filtering it through your thoughts or through a lens of some kind. The same can be said with spirituality.

The more we use the mind to approach our Soul, the further our Soul feels. But the moment we drop our thoughts and allow ourselves to purely feel our Soul, suddenly we feel at home once again. Think of it like this: when you chase the sun on the horizon thinking you will reach it, you never will, because it is an illusion. But when you stop and feel the sun’s presence shining on your skin already, you will no longer chase anything.

It is difficult for us, as mind-oriented beings, to become conscious of our thoughts, as we have been conditioned to identify with them since a young age. But once we can observe our thoughts and how they tend to sabotage our happiness, we will experience true spiritual growth.

11 Traps that Sabotage Spiritual Growth

Below I want to share with you eleven of the most common traps that we fall into on the spiritual path. I have personally experienced these pitfalls many times, and they have resulted in a lot of pain and struggle. See how many of these traps you can identify with:

1. The trap of spiritual bypassing

Spiritual bypassing is the practice of using spirituality to avoid, suppress or escape from certain emotions or situations in life. Common types of spiritual bypassing include:

  • numbing one’s emotions through “spiritualized” repression and avoidance
  • unhealthy obsession and attachment to the positive (e.g. positive thinking) and adopting a passive-aggressive “nice” mask
  • debilitating judgment about one’s negativity or shadow self
  • anger-phobia
  • weak personal boundaries
  • blind or excessively tolerant compassion (to the detriment of oneself and the other)
  • forcefully trying to “kill” the ego and condemning it as “bad/evil”
  • exaggerated detachment
  • getting stuck in theoretical spirituality and dogmatic beliefs about “truth”
  • denial of self-responsibility by placing it on another higher being (e.g. spirit guide, angel)
  • delusions of having arrived at a higher level of being
  • using spiritual practices to escape unpleasant emotions; for example,
  • using meditation to dissociate from emotions, rather than transmute them

2. The trap of superiority

This manifests as the tendency to “look down” upon others who are not as “consciously advanced” or “awakened.” The trap of superiority can be seen as a subtle feeling of “being better” than others who aren’t “spiritual.” In more extreme cases, this trap can appear as the tendency to lash out at people who are still “asleep,” “blind” or “sheep” of society. This kind of reactive behavior can often be seen in people who have just “woken up” to the state of the world, yet have undergone minimal spiritual growth. We need to remember that everyone is doing the best they can at their level of consciousness. When the time comes, they will awaken too.

3. The trap of forcefully trying to wake others up

Once we have awoken out of the “matrix” it is common for us to desperately want our loved ones and fellow peers to awaken. We can see how much pain and delusion other people are in, and that riles up in us the intense desire to “show them the truth.” However, often our attempt to forcefully awaken people misfires quickly. Even though we have good intentions, our desire to “save” others causes them to backlash in ways that infuriate both them and us. The less responsive they are to our pushy attempts to “wake them up,” the more frustrated and alienated we become. Eventually, trying to force others to wake up ends up harming both ourselves and others. Not only that, but this trap generates a lot of anger and misunderstanding, which results in further ego ensnarement, sabotaging our spiritual growth. Let people wake up when they are ready.

4. The trap of wanting to help others

This trap is closely entwined with the previous trap except it is more geared towards giving others advice. There is nothing wrong with wanting to help others, as long as you respect their boundaries. But sometimes developing an expanded spiritual perspective gives the ego an opportunity to feel more “knowledgeable” than others still trapped in illusion. When unsolicited advice is given to others, the results can be disastrous (think anger, upset, offense etc.).

Wanting to help others can also be used as a way of escaping our need to help ourselves. Under the guise of being “spiritual” and compassionate, helping others can be just another form of spiritual bypassing.

5. The trap of wanting to revolutionize the world

Once we wake up to the lies and corruption present in our current societal structure, many of us want to desperately change society. We fall into the trap of thinking that freedom, honesty, and justice can be created by changing the external system. As a result, we buy into the “us versus them” and “divide and conquer” mentality that is a product of the ego’s tunnel vision. We don’t realize that we’re actually fuelling the corrupt system which depends on anger and chaos to thrive and survive. Instead of understanding that all true change comes from an internal revolution, we get caught up in the pursuit of external revolution which is fragile and transient.

6. The trap of meaninglessness

Once we experience divine and transcendent states of being in which we become One with all, we can fall into the trap of spiritual nihilism after the experience passes. In other words, once we realize, from the perspective of the Universe, that nothing we do ultimately matters because all is passing, we can fall into a depressive mindset. Using truths such as “All is an illusion,” the person who falls for this trap tends to filter life through the mind. By mentally clinging to these truths, they become beliefs that the ego uses as an excuse to paradoxically feel separate from existence.

7. The trap of avoiding everyday responsibilities

Some people get so infatuated with the spiritual path that they avoid dealing with ordinary, everyday affairs. This form of escapism can lead to leeching off others, not paying bills, evading taxes, obsessing with “living off the grid,” etc. When avoiding everyday responsibilities is worn as a badge of being consciously elevated or “more spiritual” this too is a form of egotism in disguise. Avoiding ordinary responsibilities which are not perceived as being “spiritual enough” can also be a form of distraction that the ego uses to limit spiritual growth. The more concerned and obsessed you are with living an outwardly “spiritual” looking life, the more distanced from your inner work you become. Sometimes we need to feed the sharks to keep the calm and live balanced lives.

Remember the old Zen saying: “Before Enlightenment: chop wood, carry water; after Enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.” We need to be humble and recognize that ordinary daily life is the perfect place to spiritually grow and mature.

8. The trap of self-victimization

Soon after we experience a spiritual awakening and wake up to the insanity of the world, it is common for us to get stuck in self-victimization. We may start to perceive the world as a “prison” and other people as the “captives” or even “capturers.” The shock of awakening may send us spiraling into anxiety and paranoia. Inevitably, we may start feeling like victims resulting in us blaming other people and the higher powers for how we feel. The spiritual trap of self-victimization can be seen a lot on social media which often tends to become a pity party for spiritual fledglings. At the end of the day, we need to see that it is actually our thoughts that cause us to suffer, not other people or situations. Once we can take self-responsibility for our perspectives and beliefs, we can become empowered once again.

9. The trap of the Savior Complex

This trap is related to the previously mentioned trap of wanting to help others. The Savior Complex is adopted by people who feel a sense of superiority to the rest of humanity. Their sense of being “different” and more “spiritually elevated” can make them feel as though they are destined to fix the world. The Savior Complex can most often be seen within the “lightworker/Starseed/healer” circles who tend to put themselves up on pedestals, believing it is their cosmic duty to “save the planet.” This perception aligns with the belief that there is something “wrong” with reality and that other people are “broken” and need to be fixed (which is an ego perspective). This perception also reinforces the ego’s sense of “specialness” and self-importance.

The Savior Complex can go one step further and evolve into a Martyr Complex. Martyrs believe they must “bear the burdens” of others. Obviously, this is an extremely unhealthy way of living which is based on Christian conditioning (think of the story of Jesus). By “carrying” other people’s pain, Martyrs bypass taking responsibility for their own happiness and enable other people’s immature behavior. Read more about the Martyr Complex.

10. The trap of attachment

After experiencing profound and expansive mystical experiences which often come after significant spiritual growth, it is common for us to attach to the experience. It can be painful to come down from these experiences and return back to usual, unenlightened reality. We can also attach to our “stories” and beliefs about spirituality. Because the mind tries to make sense of this transcendent experience, it will often latch onto various ideas as a form of control. But the more we attach to our beliefs, stories, desires, and mental interpretations, the more we suffer. We forget that everything passes, even transcendent experiences. Enlightenment isn’t a destination, it is a complete surrender; a fundamental shift in the way we approach life.

Attachment is perhaps the most common trap that sabotages our spiritual growth. On one hand, attachment to ideas helps us to grow, but ultimately, those ideas that we are unwilling to let go of end up stagnating our growth. When ideas become protection blankets rather than catalysts for our growth, there is a big problem. We need to realize that freedom cannot be experienced through the mind. Freedom is felt when we can be liberated from attachment to our thoughts.

11. The trap of relying on external answers

As we progress through our spiritual paths it is normal, and beneficial, for us to seek out external support. Reading books, attending workshops and seminars, going to retreats, practicing holistic techniques, and getting a personal guru all help us experience spiritual growth. However, after a while, it is common for us to become too dependent on external answers for our freedom and happiness. This pitfall can be seen in many spiritual seeker’s obsession and glorification of their gurus (in other words, projecting and disowning their divinity onto another).

Eventually, as we become accustomed to constantly searching outside of ourselves for answers, we forget the presence of our own Souls. We forget that our ultimate source of guidance and wisdom comes from within us, and instead, we keep chasing things outside of ourselves that we believe will “enlighten” us.

We need to stop, pause, and reflect on our spiritual journeys. Are we seeking out first-hand experience or second-hand experience given to us by others? Don’t forget to look within for your answers as well because it is by connecting with your Soul that you will ultimately experience freedom.

Final Thoughts

In order to see through and extricate ourselves from these traps, we need to be radically honest with ourselves. We need to be willing to see that we have indeed gone astray and have fed into the ego. We will also immensely benefit from exploring our Shadow Selves and exploring our mistaken beliefs.

Don’t worry if you have fallen into any of these traps. We all become ensnared by the ego. It can be particularly difficult for us to see clearly when the ego “spiritualizes” certain beliefs and ideas. The more open, humble, and honest you are, the more you will be able to see through these tricks and liberate yourself.

Finally, don’t be afraid of the dark. Don’t be afraid of being wrong. Everything, no matter how painful, is a learning opportunity. At the end of the day, your Soul is everything you have been searching for.

If you have any extra thoughts or insights about traps that sabotage spiritual growth, please share below. I would also love to hear your own journey.

 

~via WakeUp-World.com

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ALETHEIA LUNA: “How to Channel Your Soul Through Automatic Writing”

Do you want to discover a simple, quick, safe, and powerful way to connect with your Soul?

One of the best techniques out there is automatic writing. Automatic writing can be practiced by anyone, from those who have just begun their spiritual journey, to seasoned travelers.

I want to share with you a concise and detailed way to practice automatic writing based on my own soulwork experience.

What is Automatic Writing?

Automatic writing is the practice of writing words in a trance-like state that originate from a place outside of conscious awareness. Psychologists and spiritualists have varying beliefs about the origin of automatic writing, with some arguing that it is sourced from the unconscious mind, and others claiming that it originates from supernatural forces such as spirit guides and angels.

My personal belief is that automatic writing is sourced from the unconscious mind which is a doorway into the Soul or Higher Self. This makes automatic writing a wonderful way to gain guidance!

The Benefits of Automatic Writing

When you put in the effort to learn, there are many benefits to automatic writing. Here are a few examples:

  • You gain direct guidance from your Soul/Higher Self
  • You’ll have more clarity in your daily life as a result
  • Improved ability to make wise decisions
    Your intuitive abilities are sharpened, honed, and developed
  • You can connect with your Spirit Guides and their perspectives
  • You feel supported and deeply understood
  • Improved ability to trust your instincts and intuition

And there are many other benefits, such as the fact that automatic writing is quite a calming practice that literally and metaphorically opens your mind!

How to Channel Your Soul Through Automatic Writing

Essentially, automatic writing, when broken down is simple. It involves:

  • Getting a pen and paper/opening a notepad or word document
  • Thinking of a question to ask
  • Writing down the question
  • Relaxing your body and mind
  • Allowing the writing to flow spontaneously

However, automatic writing in practice is something that you’ll have to patiently develop (unless you have a natural gift for it).

You also might find, like many people, that the first time you try automatic writing it goes really well. But after that, you struggle a lot. The reason this happens is that when we try something new, our minds are often empty of belief and expectation. However, afterward, we begin to accumulate mental baggage which blocks the process of spontaneous revelation.

Don’t worry if this happens. All you’ll need to learn is how to empty the mind, and I’ll share some tips below about how to do this below:

1. Think of a question that you want guidance about

The whole purpose of automatic writing is to access guidance from your Soul, especially if you struggle to hear it in daily life.

Start each session with a clear question, and write it down in your notebook or word document. Choose a question that has really been pulling at your heart or eating you up inside. The more emotionally-charged the question is, the clearer your response will be.

It’s also important that you address your question to someone or something in particular such as your Soul, a Spirit Guide or your unconscious mind.

For example, your question could be “Dear Soul, why do I keep sabotaging my happiness?”

Try to keep your questions simple. If you have many questions, break them up into different sessions of writing — this will make the process easier for you.

2. Relax your mind

Learning how to relax your mind is the most important part of automatic writing. When your mind is still and empty of thoughts, writing spontaneously becomes much easier.

Examples of possible ways you can relax your mind include:

  • Meditation
  • Deep breathing
  • Mindfulness
  • Visualisation
  • Yoga

Do whatever suits you and relaxes you the most.

3. Enter a gentle trance

As humans, we have the capacity to enter trance-like states very easily. The most popular trance state we enter into is while watching TV!

A trance-like state is a form of altered consciousness in which your normal thinking brain relaxes. For automatic writing, entering a trance is very useful because it facilitates the spontaneous flow of information.

Common ways to enter into a gentle trance include listening to music, yogic/holotropic breathing, mantras, repetitive tasks, guided meditations, self-hypnosis, and many others.

Choose whatever works best for you, and don’t be shy with experimenting. I personally like listening to calming music and blending that with mindfulness or meditation.

4. Allow the flow of information

Once you feel ready you can begin to write. Don’t worry if at first the words are gobbledygook or if you can’t follow the stream of information. In fact, if you’re completely unaware of what you’re writing, that’s actually a very good thing! It means that you’re tapping into something that is far greater than your thinking mind.

It’s also very common during this stage to find yourself judging what you write and analyzing it. This is quite normal. If you find your mind getting involved, gently bring yourself back towards whatever practice you used before to enter a trance-like state. For example, if you were rhythmically breathing, go back to that. You’ll likely have to repeat this step a number of times.

I prefer to look away when I’m writing so that I’m not easily drawn into judging what I’m writing. But other people prefer looking. Experiment and see what suits you.

If you’re not used to writing, you’ll probably carry a bit of inhibition at first, which is natural. With practice, you’ll get into “the flow” of it, meaning that you’ll find automatic writing increasingly easier and easier to do without thought.

Before starting an automatic writing session, it’s important that you give yourself as much time as needed to express what needs to be expressed. One surefire way to hinder the flow of information is time pressure and the expectation that it should take a certain amount of time. In my experience, automatic writing can take a couple of minutes anywhere up to half an hour or more.

Basically, create a space in which you can relax as much as possible mentally. Remember, you can always interpret what is written afterward.

5. Interpret the information

At a certain point, you’ll intuitively sense that your automatic writing session is coming to an end. Other times, you might abruptly stop writing and no more information comes.

Once you’ve stopped, it’s time to review what you’ve written. Try looking firstly for coherent sentences or keywords that may pop out. Sometimes you’ll also find patterns, and in some situations, even words from different languages.

Also, if you’re confused about what has been written, you can always use that as a question to ask in your next automatic writing session. However, when I’m confused, I like to wait and ruminate on what has been written for a while. If I haven’t figured out what the message is after a week (which is rare), I use that as another question.

How to Know Whether You’re Really Channeling Your Soul

The best way to know for sure that you’re receiving guidance from your Soul is how you feel while writing. Do you feel a sense of inner spaciousness, lightness, and other good “vibes”? Or do you feel heavy, emotionally-charged, and frantic?

In my experience, I know for sure that I’m connecting with Soul/Spirit when I enter a state of no-mind in which I am completely present, calm and at peace.

However, when writing becomes frantic and heavy, it is usually coming from the mental or emotional energy “body.”

Another way to tell whether you’re really channeling your Soul is by reviewing what is written. Are the words authoritative, clear, and wise? Or are the words closer to what your mind sounds like (disjointed, critical or vague)? Words from your Soul will always sound and feel crystal clear.

I hope this advice helps you out and inspires you to begin practicing.

What are your experiences with automatic writing? If you have any tips, please share below!

 

~via LonerWolf.com

ALETHEIA LUNA: “80 Easy Forms Of Chakra Balancing For Mind-Body Healing”

Like everything else in life, we are energetic beings.

All minerals, plants, animals, liquids and objects are products of an endless array of cells which emit energy. And what is within each cell? Protons, neutrons and electrons, which are all composed of sub-atomic particles which are pure energy.

Therefore, everything we see in this universe is at its root energy that evolves, changes and flows. That includes us as human beings. For this reason, it is not too far-fetched to think that within our own bodies we have areas that possess more condensed energy than others.

When the energy within our bodies is too imbalanced due to bad habits, stress, unacknowledged feelings and thought patterns, we get sick and we suffer — it’s as simple as that.

This is where the importance of chakra balancing comes into play. In traditional Indian thought our bodies possess seven different energy centers that are subject to blockages according to our lifestyle habits. When our energy centers are blocked or misaligned we feel heavy, ill and emotionally imbalanced.

In fact, if you’ve come to this article chances are that you are unconsciously attracted to “cleaning” or emptying an energy blockage within your body which is preventing you from living a centered life.

The Importance of Chakra Balancing in Everyday Life

I’ve never personally liked the word “chakra” because I’ve been conditioned to associate it with quasi-science and “woo-woo” new age thought. But whether you like using the word “chakra” or perhaps “meridians” or “energy centers,” it is undeniable that we are all electric beings by nature. Simply dragging your feet across a carpet and then touching something metal will show you that.

In recent years however, I’ve come to open myself to chakra balancing, and have managed to look beyond the fog of disparagement it has been shrouded in. It’s a really refreshing feeling being proven wrong about something, and I can definitely say that learning the secrets of chakra balancing has improved the quality of my life immensely.

But don’t worry: learning how to balance your chakras is by no means some kind of “esoteric” or complicated art. It simply requires sensitivity, introspection and a dedication to your well-being; all of which I can help you with in this article.

Simply reading through each energy center below will help you to determine which of the seven chakras within you are the most “stuffy” and imbalanced. You can then read the accompanying forms of chakra balancing techniques specific to each energy center.

1. Root Chakra

Sitting at the very base of your spine (or tailbone), the root chakra is responsible for the following feelings and sensations:

If balanced, you will feel grounded, safe, secure and stable in your life.

If imbalanced, you will feel disconnected from yourself and other people and worried about basic needs (money, food, shelter).

Physically you might be suffering from eating disorders (obesity, anorexia, bulimia), arthritis, cold hands and feet, leg and feet problems, and digestive problems.

What you can do:

  • Connect with the energy of the earth.
  • Go for regular walks, strolls or jogs.
  • Walk with bare feet on a patch of grass.
  • Sit underneath a tree with your back to the trunk.
  • Get enough vitamin D by spending time in the sun each day.
  • Eat root foods that have had direct contact with the earth such as ginger, carrots, potatoes, turnips, radish and beetroot.
  • Consciously spend time with other people. Put down your phone, laptop, book or other distraction and allow yourself to experience the joy of being with another human being.
  • Explore your core wound and the impact this has on your daily life.
  • Wear red colors.
  • Visualize a red stream of light extending from your legs and feet deep into the earth.
  • Dance.
  • Aromatherapy scent: Rosemary, Cedar, Ginger, Sandalwood and Cloves.
  • Power stone: Jasper, Carnelian, Obsidian, Bloodstone, stone Smokey Quartz.

2. Sacral Chakra

Located just below your bellybutton, the sacral chakra is responsible for the following feelings and sensations:

If balanced, you will feel creative, committed, sexually vibrant and energetic.

If imbalanced, you will feel emotionally repressed, sexually suppressed, energetically lethargic, unimaginative and impotent.

Physically you might be suffering from menstrual problems, lower back pain, kidney dysfunction, urinary problems, ovarian cysts or prostrate issues.

What you can do:

  • Sit by a stream of water.
  • Make regular time for sexual activity (weekly).
  • Brain storm.
  • Stretch your lower back through yoga or traditional exercise techniques (i.e. cat stretch, sphinx pose, legs up against the wall, etc.).
  • Belly dance or rotate your hips around in a circle.
  • Wear orange (the vibration of this color is linked with the sacral chakra).
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Eat almonds, melons, strawberries, oranges, coconut and mandarin (said to help sacral chakra issues).
  • Aromatherapy scent: Rose, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang.
  • Power stone: Citrine, Amber, Hematite, Red Jasper, Orange Calcite.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra

Located just below the rib cage and just above the navel, the solar plexus chakra is responsible for the following feelings and sensations:

If balanced, you will feel self-loving, compassionate, confident and assertive.

If imbalanced, you will feel critical, judgmental, self-resenting and fearful.

Physically, you might be suffering from high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, diabetes, stomach ulcers, pancreas and gallbladder issues, and weight problems.

What you can do:

  • Explore your mental traps.
  • Work on breathing properly (i.e. not from your chest, but from your stomach).
  • Sit in the sun (fire is the element of the solar plexus chakra).
  • Discover your core beliefs.
  • Repeat affirmations to yourself daily (e.g. “I radiate love,” “I embrace the person I am”).
  • Practice self-love.
  • Wear yellow (the vibration of this color is linked with the solar plexus).
  • Do something that makes you scared but brings you courage.
  • Eat whole grains, organic yogurt and cheese, and spices such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and fennel.
  • Aromatherapy scent: Rosewood, myrrh, frankincense and sandalwood.
  • Power stone: Tiger’s eye, citrine, rhodochrosite, yellow tourmaline and malachite.

4. Heart Chakra

Located right in the center of the chest (where the heart is), the heart chakra is responsible for the following feelings and sensations:

If balanced, you will feel love, empathy and compassion for all living beings, you will be able to understand others deeply beyond their words and actions, as well as feeling forgiveness and gratitude.

If imbalanced, you will feel anger, resentment, jealousy, hatred, fear and loneliness.

Physically, you might be suffering from upper back problems, asthma, heart problems, allergies and breast issues.

What you can do:

  • Learn to enjoy your solitude.
  • Practice the taken-for-granted virtue of gratitude by being thankful for the small things in your life each day.
  • Learn to breathe deeply.
  • Allow the breeze to sweep through your hair and feel in on your skin (air is the element associated with the heart chakra).
  • Look at people in terms of what you love rather than what you hate.
  • Express your thankfulness by doing something kind or thoughtful for others.
  • Explore different ways of forgiving people who have wronged you (perhaps by learning how to forgive yourself first).
  • Wear green (the vibration of this color is associated with the heart chakra).
  • Practice the affirmations, “I forgive myself and I forgive others,” “I am loving and I am loved,” “Each day I am blessed.”
  • Aromatherapy scent: Lavender, Hyssop,Chamomile, Ylang Ylangand Neroli.
  • Power stone: Jade, malachite, emerald, green tourmaline and rose quartz.

5. Throat Chakra

Located right in the center of the throat, the throat chakra is responsible for the following feelings and sensations:

If balanced, you will be able to freely express yourself clearly both verbally and non-verbally. You will also be a good listener who assertively expresses your own truth without repression. Additionally, you might find people seeking you out for advice and moral support.

If imbalanced, you will feel dishonest with yourself and as though you are not living up to your potential. People might consider you “flaky” or “untrustworthy” as you find it hard to speak for yourself. On the other hand, you might be very opinionated, dogmatic and aggressive.

Physically, you might suffer from earaches, sinus infections, thyroid problems, upper back and neck issues, and teeth problems.

What you can do:

  • Find an appropriate form of catharsis that allows you to express yourself, e.g. painting, running, writing, singing, dancing, creating, building or even screaming.
  • Learn to acknowledge your feelings and experience them without judgement, e.g. if you feel excited, allow yourself to feel 100% excited. If you feel angry, allow yourself to feel 100% angry. No emotion is innately “good” or “bad.”
  • Chant.
  • Sing a song to yourself or hum.
  • Watch a funny movie or stand-up comedy show and laugh.
  • Practice assertiveness, or if you are normally aggressive and vocal, practice silently listening to others.
  • Actively explore what brings you meaning and fills you with passion in life (you might be an artist, an innovator, a gardener, a nurturer, a scientist, etc.).
  • Find ways of bringing your passion into your everyday life.
  • Honestly explore your feelings towards yourself, other people and your current life. What are you holding back and being inauthentic about?
  • Wear the color blue (the vibration of this color is associated with the throat chakra).
  • Look up at the sky and allow your mind to clear.
  • Eat fruits and vegetable with high water content such as watermelon, cucumber, berries and celery.
  • Aromatherapy scent: Jasmine, rose, ylang ylang and frankincense.
  • Power stone: Sodalite, lapis lazuli, blue lace agate, amazonite and turquoise.

6. Third Eye Chakra

Located in the center of the forehead, the third eye chakra is responsible for the following feelings and sensations:

If balanced, you will feel clear, focused, receptive and insightful.

If imbalanced, you will feel mentally foggy, emotionally unstable, daydreamy and unfocused.

Physically, you might suffer from hormone imbalance, eyestrain, headaches and migraines, insomnia, depression, panic and dizziness.

What you can do:

  • Cut out processed food from your diet.
  • Eat raw, unprocessed fruit, vegetables, grain and legumes.
  • Establish a regular sleep routine and get a minimum of 7 hours sleep.
  • Eliminate distractions from your life (e.g. too much television, social commitments, procrastination food, etc.).
  • Explore EFT tapping.
  • Take natural supplements such as damiana, gingko biloba and l-theanine for enhanced brain function and relaxation.
  • Learn to sit silently every day without any form of stimulation (e.g. phone, TV, laptop, book, newspaper). You could formally practice meditation, or simply relax outside in nature.
  • Wear the color indigo (the vibration of this color is associated with the third eye chakra).
  • Work on sharpening and trusting your intuition.
  • Eat nuts, dark chocolate and berries such as blueberries and raspberries.
  • Aromatherapy scent: Cypress, patchouli, vetiver, rosemary and juniper.
  • Power stone: Amethyst, purple fluorite, clear quartz, blue aventurine and merlinite.

7. Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is located right at the top of the head and is responsible for the following feelings and sensations:

If balanced, you will feel grounded in the present moment, spiritually in-tune with the rest of existence, and you will deeply trust your intuitive wisdom.

If imbalanced, you will feel lost, resentful towards “god,” aimless, depressed and you will suffer from black-and-white thinking. You might also possess a “god complex” in which you believe you’re better than everyone else.

Physically, you might suffer from light-sensitivity, fibromyalgia, existential depression and degenerative diseases.

What you can do:

  • Explore spiritual thought from ancient philosophies to modern ideas.
  • Immerse yourself in the natural world.
  • Get out of your brick box and into the vibrancy of life.
  • Explore your shadow self and the way it impacts your life with someone you trust.
  • Read into the lives and experiences of various spiritual teachers you respect.
  • Learn to separate who “you” are from what you experience. This is known as “witnessing” or “observing” what you think and feel and can be done constantly throughout the day or through formal practices like meditation.
  • Wear violet/white (the vibration of these colors are associated with the crown chakra).
  • Drink plenty of purifying water and eat clean, unprocessed, natural foods.
  • Aromatherapy scent: Gurjum, myrrh, rosewood, cedarwood and jasmine.
  • Power stone: Celestite, danburite, blue sapphire, moldavite and peacock ore.

 

Which form of chakra balancing resonated with you the most? Feel free to share below your discoveries as well as any recommendations you can make regarding healing each of the seven chakras.

 

 

~via LonerWolf.com