Letting go of negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs can be life changing, and The Sedona Method® has been recognized worldwide as one of the simplest and fastest ways to do so. My good friend, Nicole Lawrence, recently introduced me to its methods of actually letting the feelings come up, and verbally agreeing to let them go, in the present moment, NOW. Instructing your body to release the stress and tension associated with a "feeling" works much more quickly than mentally trying to deal with your emotions - you'll just keep rationalizing your anger or fear.
To watch a great introduction to the method, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpoTppJFULU&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Link to see the movie online or purchase the DVD:http://www.lettinggo.tv/
I find this method works well with balancing the heart chakra, letting go of negative emotions and beliefs, and opening to love and compassion. Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries http://www.thechakras.org
I just finished reading "My Stroke of Insight," by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD. What makes this book special is the spiritual insight it offers. When the author's left hemisphere of her brain was incapacitated by a hemorrhagic stroke, she experienced the spiritual feeling of "oneness" with the universe, feeling no distinction from her body and the rest of the energy molecules around her. In the absense of the judgment of her left mind, she experienced deep internal peace and joy, the "Nirvana" that exists in the consciousness of our right brain. She explained how, at any moment, we can choose to hook into that part of our brain. Meditation is one way, and definitely, a less traumatic way than suffering a stroke.
Taylor learns to reign in the judgment and ego center of her left brain and retain the compassionate feeling of oneness that was her only sensation when the left hemisphere of her brain was impaired. Today, she says, "I choose to observe my environment through the nonjudgmental eyes of my right mind, allowing me to retain my inner joy.... it's really easy to be kind to others when I remember that none of us came into this world with a manual about how to get it all right."|
A fascinating read, added to this site "Recommended Reading" page. Namaste! Becca
To be physically strong, capable of giving and receiving love and to be poised to develop spiritually, our Heart Chakras must be nourished and stroked – literally paid attention to like the plaintive cry of your child or the insistent mewing of your cat.
So, just as Barry, one of the characters in The Chakra Diaries did, we can start by surrounding that person in the mirror with green light, color therapy for the Heart Chakra. Like a rags-to-riches infomercial, results may vary, but just give it a try.
Another technique to boost your feelings of self-love is to re-visit those times in your childhood when you felt most loved, appreciated and supported and transport those feelings to the present, to right now! You CAN revel in those feelings again and carry them with you regardless of which purse you are packing. Feel them pump you up when you are down. Tweak and tune them, brand them as your own.
Now that we have you started on your merry way, how about some loving first aid for the other people in your life…
When someone else in your life is sad, try this warm and fuzzy exercise. Sit next to them and caress the tips of their hands. Notice the feelings that pop into your head. Stroke the back of their hand and then the palm. Which touch does your friend or lover respond most to?
When you have reached an end, shake off any unhappy energy toward the ground and ask your friend to repeat the process with you as the recipient.
Tomorrow, we will learn about ways to feed our heart when we are alone – sorry, no chocolate involved in this one. Namaste! Becca
In my chakra balancing workshop profiled in The Chakra Diaries, one student’s fourth chakra was profoundly closed. He was as suspicious of others as a stray cat, resentful at life for handing him not that bowl of cherries that he felt he so richly deserved, but a crate of sour grapes and buckets of ill will filled with woe-is-me. No wonder that despite his rugged good looks and stable income he was having such a “hard time” finding a lover and soul mate. His inner peace was pockmarked and fragmented, it resembled a battlefield of negative feelings littered with remnants of squandered life force. He was in every sense of the unspoken word, a mess.
I suggested that he passively meditate at every opportunity, allowing his memories of love and relationships to surface so that they could be examined and balanced. He taped ten affirmations of self acceptance on his bathroom mirror and car dashboard to guide him in becoming more grounded and open to love and compassion.
Over the course of the workshop, I saw this delightful, yet challenging man grow into a balance of his internal and external worlds. He became more open and accepting of life and less apt to sling blame, point fingers and retreat into a fortress of self-pity. He led the group in a practice of saturation blessings and appreciations of abundance, reminding the group that blessings flow where attention goes and that all power comes from within. In the final tally, he gave to the group far more than he took and I am forever thankful that he crossed my life. And I know he is sharing love wherever he goes now. Namaste! Becca
Ironically, amid all the festivities, it’s estimated that a large percentage of us get the “holiday blues”– sadness and stress that can be hard to shake. Showing love and compassion toward ourselves and others can help beat the inevitable disappointments caused by social expectations, family dynamics and economic concerns.
The heart chakra is the seat of love and compassion. 'Tis the season of forgiveness, the greatest gift you can give yourself, your family and friends... use this HEART CHAKRA MEDITATION to move you toward this goal...
Breathe in and out a beautiful emerald green into the center of your chest, the home of the heart chakra, with love, joy and compassion for other people and yourself. Feel any tension blocking the flow here, shutting off or shutting out love. Any anger or fear is past, it can be healed. When you let it go, you’ll feel your true essence of love and joy. To send forgiveness, wrap those people who have caused you pain in the bright green light, cleansing and healing the situation. Release yourself and them from any negative connections, only keeping the good. Let go of anger to have space for love to grow. Now, with love and compassion, wrap yourself and your whole life experience in healing green light.
Spread the Love. Don’t expect a duplicate of an ideal holiday from years gone by. Changes such as divorce, death of a loved one, or distance from family and friends can all cause depression. So create new traditions, fill your calendar with fun events and meet new people. Don’t wait for others to include you in their holiday parties – invite those who are without family to a potluck in your home instead.
Strengthen Your Mood through Movement and Music. Get exercise - yoga, walking, running - to beat depression, moving to music that uplifts you. Try getting at least 20 minutes of sunlight a day to fight any chemical causes for holiday funk. Exercise your mind too – read inspiring stories about those who have overcome adversity and succeeded. May I suggest The Chakra Diaries?
Express your Gratitude. Count your blessings, taking stock of all of the positives in your life. It will quickly cheer your mood. Ask yourself what you are most grateful for and to whom you are most grateful. Then tell them if you can.
Give of Yourself. Helping others is the best antidote to seasonal sadness and self-pity. Volunteer at a local charity.
The Dalai Lama recently wrote, “In my own experience, the highest level of inner calm comes from the development of love and compassion. The more concerned we are with the happiness of others, the more we increase our own well-being. Friendliness and warmth towards others allow us to relax and help us to dispel any sense of fear or insecurity so we can overcome whatever obstacles we face.”
Namaste and happy holidays! Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries
Heart chakra balancing can help you release your anger to let love and compassion live there. First, you have to realize that forgiveness, even of something unspeakable, is necessary for you to live a healthy, loving life. You don't have to forget or condone an action or behavior, you just have to let go of its importance in your life. As the Buddha said, "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."
Most of the characters in The Chakra Diaries had to deal with forgiveness, of themselves and others, to release the tension in their bodies and allow the healing power of love to flow. Put your present happiness first, and forgive past transgressions - drop the hot coal. Namaste! Becca Chopra
As Rumi said, seek now love but the barriers to love. Forgiveness may seem hard to do in some circumstances, but I find this meditation helps... Feel the yellow sacral chakra light travel up the spine to the center of your chest, the home of the heart chakra. Breathe in and out a beautiful emerald green, with love, joy and compassion for other people and yourself. Feel any tension blocking the flow here, shutting off or shutting out love. Any anger or fear is past, it can be healed. When you let it go, you’ll feel your true essence of love and joy. To send forgiveness, wrap those people who have caused you pain in the bright green light, cleansing and healing the situation. Release yourself and them from any negative connections, only keeping the good. Let go of anger to have space for love to grow. Now, with love and compassion, wrap yourself and your whole life experience in healing green light. Namaste! Becca Chopra
The fourth or Heart Chakra deals with love and compassion and is the bridge between the three lower and three upper chakras. The Chakra Diaries' character, Julie, was able to let go of the unrelenting tension caused by long-held anger specifically toward her father, and generally toward the military, which exposed her to environmental poisons, through Chakra Balancing meditations such as this....
HEART CHAKRA MEDITATION Feel the yellow sacral chakra light travel up the spine to the center of your chest, the home of the heart chakra. Breathe in and out a beautiful emerald green, with love, joy and compassion for other people and yourself.Feel any tension blocking the flow here, shutting off or shutting out love. Any anger or fear is past, it can be healed. If you let it go, you’ll feel your true essence of love and joy. To send forgiveness, wrap those people who caused you pain in the bright green light, cleansing and healing the situation. If you can, see that the persons and situations that hurt you were in fact teaching you something you needed to learn. Or what they did was because of their own pain and fear.Release yourself and them from any negative connection now, keeping only the good. Let go of anger to have space for love to grow. Now, with love and compassion, wrap yourself and your whole life experience in healing green light.
The number seven is considered “lucky” in many games of chance while some numerologists say the number has a spiritual vibration linked with psychic abilities, introspection and heightened intuitive powers. More than 3,000 years ago, Hindu seers noted seven chakras, while some modern practitioners say that human experiences are defined within seven year cycles from birth to age 49, with years 50-98 being a repeat of the cycles at a higher frequency of energy.
During Ages: 0-7 and 50-56, the Base Chakra predominates, calling for stability, grounding and new beginnings.
From Ages: 8-14 and 57-63, the Sacral Chakra brings to light understanding of creativity, enthusiasm and an exploration of our boundaries.
The Teenage and Retirement years, 15-21 and 64-70, are colored by the Solar Plexus Chakra -- personality and wisdom are developed and the universe’s limitless possibilities are broached.
Twenty-somethings and Septuagenarians, 22-28 and 71-77, will best understand affairs of the Heart Chakra such as how to heal the earth, in addition to enhancing and sharing their love and compassion.
The Throat Chakra is best understood during ages 29-35 and 78-84 when openness to higher development, better communication and self-expression are key issues.
Ages 36-42 and 85-91 line up under the banner of the Brow Chakra and gain an understanding of clairvoyance, responsibility and deepening their life experiences.
From ages 43-49 and 92-98 the Crown Chakra may be further developed for spiritual enlightenment, meditation and contemplation.
Please note that this is only one interpretation of dozens or maybe even hundreds of explanations of the general workings of the Chakras in human lives, modern and ancient.. Adapted from The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier.
A holistic healer and writer. New to fiction, but inspired by life stories that have haunted me until printed on the pages of The Chakra Diaries and Chakra Secrets. Now also editing other inspirational novels and self-help books at IndieAuthorCounsel.com.
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