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Making Life Worth Living Again

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Original Concepts: Kaizen Opportunity, and Post-Interaction Kaizen Appraisal

One famous quote attributed to Socrates is: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  I think it is possible to attribute differing meanings to this quote; as a matter of fact, what I “get out of it” might be far afield from its original meaning. However, to me Socrate’s purported statement implies the idea that it is only through actively making decisions regarding our own fate, that we can achieve some semblance of freedom.

Another concept that has made a big impact on my life is the Japanese management philosophy of Kaizen, which in essence means “continual improvement.”

Combining these two concepts together, I have created a new guiding principle that I utilize in my day-to-day life. I call this concept a “Kaizen Opportunity”, which I am defining as an opportunity to improve some aspect of our daily life, or a better way to perform some routine action.

Framing my experience in terms of Kaizen Opportunities has changed how I interpret my life experience. It does this because it causes me to become focused on continual improvement, while also freeing me from “beating myself up” for not being perfect; instead, it allows me to see everything as part of a process of getting better and more refined.

I have noticed that I tend to second guess myself a lot; I think this has to do with an over-active inner dialog, which causes a tendency to ruminate on things. (As a consequence of my recent attempts to raise my day-to-day consciousness quotient, I have started to become more aware of my own inner dialog.) So one strategy I have started to use to deal with my over-active inner critic is to re-frame my thinking in terms of Kaizen Opportunities — always looking for ways to do things better the next time. This is a subtle, but important shift.

Another related concept is a “Post-Interaction Kaizen Appraisal“, which is what I do immediately after interacting with someone. In the immediate aftermath of an interaction — when the whole thing is fresh in my mind — I always ask myself: “What could I have done to make that interaction better?”

Taking the time to reflect on each interaction in this manor is helping me to become less of an automaton engaging in stereotypical and repetitive behavioral patterns. Instead, it is helping to me “actively reprogram myself” by performing continual self-tuning. Additionally, I feel reflecting in this way helps us to own our role in our interactions with others, and to understand the fact our reactions to things is ultimately the only thing that we are able to control.

In conclusion, I have found that examining our life by continually reflecting on ways to improve our own behaviors and interactions is a vital first step towards making life worth living again.

Notes on Experiences with High CQ States, expressed using Powerful Lightning Path Concepts

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In this short essay, I am going to document some of my recent experiences with highly-Connected, and even Transcendent states of being.  I am going to describe these experiences using Lightning Path (LP) terminology, illustrating the power and clarity of LP concepts to allow us to meaningfully communicate what to many would seem indescribable and ‘ineffable.’

As I write these words, I have ‘dropped back’ into Normal Consciousness, but I will attempt to provide some thoughts on what I remember of the high Consciousness Quotient (CQ) states.

Further, in addition to “just” high CQ states, I also briefly experienced for the first time what I would consider to be an almost “God-level” state of consciousness, or using the language of the Lighting Path, what is called a transcendent state.

But before I talk about transcendence, I would like to talk first about some characteristics of highly-connected states in general.

When connected to The Fabric, I think we more identify with our Resident Monadic Consciousness (RMC) than just our body. For me, one specific example that always sticks out is when I was play the piano.

At the edge of Creation

While playing in a connected state, my experience always tends to be in terms of intending to hit the right notes, and then “magically” watching as my hands hit those notes. It feels completely different than my “normal” way of playing: it doesn’t so much feel like “just playing with my brain” at all! Instead, it is more like I just am my higher consciousness, intending things to happen, and then having my body execute them with a degree of accuracy and competence that is always surprising.

Sometimes you hear people talk about the “witness” perspective. It is somewhat like that, except I’m not just a ‘witness’ to events; it is more like I am actively participating in the unfolding of what will happen next. For me, the take away is always a sense of wonder at the virtuosity by which our Consciousness ‘drives’ the Physical Unit while aligned in such a manor. I would describe it as feeling like being on the very cutting edge of creation (Sharp), where there is nothing in front of you except for what you create next. Subjectively it is very unlike our normal perspective; actually, it is more like a complete reversal of perspective, where you are completely identified with the underlying consciousness that is giving rise to events.

Another characteristic of high CQ states that is very noticeable is how insightful you become. I think this has to do with the idea that the 3rd eye energies are all about perceiving the TRUTH of things. Really all it takes is to focus on a person or situation, and you can effortlessly see to the very heart of it.

A final example of a phenomena I’ve experienced while highly connected is the somewhat strange experience of interacting with other people, and feeling like I was interacting with them on two levels at once. It is like our two higher Consciousness (i.e. RMCs) are interacting, and are bodies are more-or-less following along. But in a lot of ways, our bodies are not really 100% doing what our higher Consciousness are intending them to do. It is a weird experience, and I think reflects the fact that for the most part our bodies exist in various states of disjuncture.

Transcendence

In the rest of this essay, I am going to talk about experience of the specific transcendent state that I am referring to as “God-Level” consciousness. During the experience itself, I think I briefly experienced reality from a perspective of outside the Space-Time Tube. Subjectively, it felt like reality “shifted left” a few inches, and I saw things in terms of malleable atoms instead of actual things. Additionally, I remember the thought coming into my awareness that the “man behind the curtain” was being exposed, and the entire experience had a very playful aspect to it.

The poem I wrote in the immediate aftermath captures the experience:

Forgetting all that I thought of myself,

I finally arrived at a place
where nothing was left-
except for me,
staring openly at the face of god.

 Though my mind collapsed,
and my body fell down…
I soon stood up,dared to look,
and proudly held my own.

I felt god smiling then,
and I did too…
as I boldly proclaimed:
you are me, and I am you.”

 

Because of my exposure to the Lighting Path, I believe my body/mind (my physical unit, in LP nomenclature) was/is more-or-less equipped to deal with very high levels of consciousness. I think without the LP I would have been “blown away” by the power and the glory of Consciousness, something  hippies in the sixties and even now say still happens to them. Specifically the theory and concepts of the LP, and in particular its Right Thinking aspects, help us to have a conceptual framework in our minds that is able to “cope with” (and meaningfully ground) even the highest levels of consciousness.

Despite my background with the LP, and despite LP warnings to “watch out” for these “gotchas,” I still noticed four main pitfalls of high level connections to the Fabric:

  • My tendency was to start thinking more along the lines of “I am God” instead of “We are God.”
  • The “vibe” I was putting off in such a state seemed to bring about a strong reaction from people, which was not always positive.
  • While ‘tapping into’ (i.e. being connected to) very high levels of Consciousness, it feels like everything you are experiencing is happening NOW. However, the reality of things is that while ideas and archetypes may exist in consciousness, it is not necessarily the case that actual manifest reality (yet) reflects the desires of source consciousness. As explained in The Book of Life, the intent of Consciousness at the highest levels takes time to emanate down into physical creation.
  • Finally, “falling” back to normal consciousness afterword was somewhat traumatic on my psyche. I think the reason for this is that the contrast between the amazing experience of briefly “tasting” the bliss of a highly connected state and our normal day-to-day existence (while disconnected) is very striking, and serves to bring to our awareness our vast untapped potential.

 

In subsequent dialog with Michael Sharp, Michael has stressed the idea that connecting to high levels of consciousness is taxing on the body, and is something that happens in iterations. Further, with each connection, one gets better at grounding the event. I believe my experiences are an example of that, and I look forward to continued explorations, and more permanent connections, to the bliss of higher consciousness.

References

Sharp, Michael. The Book of Life: Ascension and the Divine World Order. St. Albert, AB: Lightning Path Press/Avatar Publications, 2003.

Grounding

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There is a famous quote that goes “the way that you do one thing, is the way that you do everything.”

I think that quote is a good way for me to start this post because it illustrates the idea that there is sometimes an underling commonality to many seemingly disparate aspects of our own life and behavior.

Reflecting back over my life and spiritual journey, I can pretty clearly see that one underlying commonality in myself tends to be a lack of grounding.

Interestingly, I think “ungroundedness” is related to self-delusion in the sense that being ungrounded tends to make the gulf between our ideas & aspirations about ourselves, and our actual lived reality, increasingly wide.

Therefore, I think the process of spiritual awakening that is espoused on the LP has to do with learning to be honest with ourselves, thus ‘bridging the gap’ between the facade of ourselves and our actual life.

I would like to give an example from my own life that I am dealing with now. Most of my professional career was involved with software development; I worked as a software engineer from my early twenties until my late thirties.

As my career progressed, eventually I found myself working for an engineering firm writing software to control specialized testing equipment that was being sold all over the world. Additionally, while working there, I ‘inherited’ a whole lot of projects and code from a more senior engineer who had recently quit.

The code written by the senior engineer was way “over my head” in the sense that it was very low-level and sophisticated, and demanded a level of educational background that I didn’t even remotely possess. However, I was bright in my own right, and managed to “cope with” the job of adapting the existing code to each subsequent project that I was given.

Additionally, the projects themselves took months or sometimes even years to unfold, so on a day-to-day basis, I didn’t have too much to do.  Over the course of time, I found myself to mostly only pretending to work.

Even worse, as the complexity and novelty of the projects I was involved in over the years continued to increase, my own lack of foundational knowledge regarding the machines I was controlling caused increasing problems. Over the course of time, this caused me to become increasingly fraudulent and inauthentic in the work I was doing, and in retrospect, most of my energy was spent on maintaining the fascade of the ‘version’ of myself I was trying to portray to my employer and our customers. In short, I was pretending to be something that I was not.

Despite all these facts, my situation persisted (and became increasingly worse) over the course of many years. The reason it lasted so long was because despite all the drawbacks I mentioned above, I was still for the most part, managing to “pull off” the projects at hand, and the company I worked for was such that as long as they were getting paid, they just moved onto the next project. Additionally, I was also getting highly compensated, so I just muddled along.

However, my situation with work caused me considerable guilt, anxiety, and other negative emotions. (In retrospect, I think these types of feelings may be examples of Steering emotions

(Note: one thing I wanted to bring up, is that despite all the shortcomings and blunt self-critical honesty I used to paint the above picture of my career, there were of course some good things about it. I met a lot of amazing people, travelled to many interesting places world-wide, and definitely made positive contributions to many projects. However, overall, the reality of the picture I painted above was certainty true — even if I managed to keep continually push it out of own awareness at the time.)

As a final note, I would also like to comment on the schedule that I kept while I worked at the job I described above. I tended to work a “flexible” schedule, which in practice meant I never came into work before the afternoon. While this afforded me a lot of flexibility in life [to spend time in the mornings with my daughter when she was young, for example], it also caused a lot of other problems for me because during the times when I was depressed, I tended to just sleep all morning.  This caused my entire lifestyle to be unstructured and undisciplined, and further eroded my own self respect.

Because my work situation was unsustainable, eventually it fell apart, and I was fired from my job. This was a very traumatic event for me.

During my time on unemployment, I grew increasingly unhealthy mentally.  Largely this was because while I wasn’t working, what little semblance of a routine I’d had at my previous job became lost. My life began to become filled with various addictions, and at my worst,  my days were filled mostly with watching television. Additionally, my behaviors were characterized by addiction, including such things as nicotine usage, prescription drugs abuse, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive sleeping, excessive sugar consumption, and pornography. All this both led to, and was caused by, the severe depressive episode I was immersed in.

In the interest of brevity, I will skip ahead a few months here. To start, let me mention another good quote: “Things are always darkest before the dawn.”

Unexpectedly, and despite all my hardships, one very positive thing happened: by an amazing series of coincidences, I met a woman during this time who would change my life. I met her in NYC while I was visiting there, and after a 6 month courtship, we eventually got married!

Soon thereafter,  my unemployment money ran out, and I found myself without a job at all.  However, things were starting to get better for me, and despite some chaotic initial experiences, my wife and I eventually managed to settle down together and begin to build a healthy lifestyle.

I had been married before in the past, and had experienced a very toxic and unhealthy relationship. However, my second marriage was completely different. For whatever reason, my wife and I brought out the best in each other, and I suddenly found myself ‘on the right path’ in life.

On the job front, I took the first job I could find, which was a manual labor type job only making 10 bucks and hour. By some miracle (and with financial help from my family), we managed to survive on my meager income until I found a slightly better manual labor type job, making 50% more, which I am still working.

During my tenor at this current job, my life has been completely different. I am working very hard for relatively little money, but I am forced into a life of discipline and structure that I’ve never had before. Even though my entire adult life was characterized by an inability to get up in the morning, I have managed for the past 4 months to be up every day at 6:30am to get to work. Additionally, the work I am doing is more physical in nature [not so ethereal as computer software], and causes me to ‘be present’ in my body. Further, it isn’t the kind of work you can ‘fake’. My days are long and difficult, but at the end of each one, I actually find myself feeling good and proud of myself for authentically earning my living for that day. After years of feeling bad about my work life, I now find myself doing something real, and feeling good about it.

Additionally, my various addictions seemed to just drop off the map as if by magic. A lot of this was because of my own efforts, but in retrospect, the whole thing had sort of a magical (effortless) quality to it. I think this had to do with the idea of coming into alignment; in an aligned state, our natural proclivity is to strive for health and healthy behaviors.

I also think that being in a loving, and mutually supportive relationship has been a big part of my recovery and healing process. The LP emphasizes the idea that authentic spirituality is dependent on need fulfillment, and the idea that we can’t fulfill all of our own needs. Therefore, relationships are very important, and maybe even a prerequisite for a healthy and fulfilling life.

As a final note, I have also settled into a sustainable diet that seems to be good for my body and mind that I have stuck to for the past four months, which is in essence a paleo-style [grain free] style of eating. Further, I have also completely abstained from literally all addictive-type substances, including even sugar and caffine — neither of which I am very proud of myself for being able to report, I have ingested for going on several months now.

So for sure I can say the my day-to-day routine, sleep architecture, and diet are the healthiest they have ever been, and my married life an entirely positive and uplifting experience.

Looking back, I have cycled through periods of extreme UPs followed by extreme DOWNs my entire life. This has persisted for so long, that by now I have mostly accepted my bipolar illness as an inevitable fact of life for me.

However, I am cautiously moving forward with an increasing optimism that perhaps authentic healing might in fact be possible. And for sure, it is my ambition to exemplify that healing.  (I will consider myself healed from this disease when I am able to go an entire year without any episodes.)

Therefore, I am working to continue my healthy lifestyle, and of course I am continuing my engagement with the authentic spirituality of the lighting path.

Eventually, I would like to eventually return to software development in an authentic capacity. But in the meantime, I will continue my efforts to ground and therefore authentically become the healthiest version of myself that I can.

To me, that is what authentic spirituality is all about.

Waking Up to the Present Moment

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The biggest change I have noticed in myself recently is a meta-awareness of my own thought processes, most distressingly (!) the dawning awareness that my brain tends to keep an internal narrative going 24×7!

The first major breakthrough that occurred regarding this was that – all at once – I started to realize that the internal chatter is constantly occurring.

I believe this breakthrough came about for three reasons.

First, the nature of my job is such that I am “alone with my thoughts” (without much human interaction per se), for 8 hours a day for going on six months now. Additionally, the nature of the work is such that while it is pretty simple and repetitive, it is just difficult enough to require your full attention — otherwise, you will make mistakes with what you are doing. Therefore, it started to come to my awareness when my mind was wandering during my work process – which in essence was constantly! So in this sense, necessity was the mother of invention, and I started to learn to be more present to my work and my surroundings simply because I need to do so for economic survival. (We get fired for making too many mistakes!)

Secondly, my engagement with the Lightning Path – specifically the major healing work I’d accomplished, and my establishment right environment – was causing a major increase in my daily consciousness quotient (CQ) and level of function. An increase in CQ causes by definition an increase in one’s subjective level of awareness, which in this case was me becoming aware of the fact that I have been almost entirely disassociated from my body and the present moment for my entire life!! The other major component of my LP healing work I believe had to do with this was that a major “shock point” was breached, whereby I went from a mostly blocked / dysfunctional root chakra, to an almost completely functioning one. (I used the words “shock point” to try to convey the idea that the level of function of my root chakra made a dramatic leap from “not working” to “working” in one major step at some point recently.) Bringing the root chakra “online” like this had the very noticeable and dramatic effect of grounding my consciousness into my body, and into the present moment.

The final impetus for my mindfulness breakthrough came about because of a series of audio lectures on mindfulness that I was listening to. I am a great lover of The Great Courses, and I listen to them in audio format on my way to and from work.

Around this time, I was listening to the course on “The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being, which obviously is about mindfulness. While all of the Great Courses are of world-class quality, in my opinion the particular audio lectures that I mentioned reached the level of being fantastic! And even more important, they are an example of where something that you encounter in life is exactly the right thing at the right time.

That particular course is all about how mindfulness fundamentally neurologically changes your brain, while also emphasizing the fact that mindfulness changes your day-to-day experience of the world in profound, surprising, and life-enhancing ways.

The whole thing hit my like the proverbial ton of bricks, and I suddenly realized that mindfulness has been a missing ingredient in me for most of my life. (As an aside, it should be noted that the emerging scientific understanding that various levels of “mindfulness” are possible, is approximately synonymous with the Lighting Path concept of a variable consciousness quotient, in the sense that increasing one’s level mindfulness is equivalent to increasing one’s CQ.)

Over the last weeks and months, I have continued to work on mindfulness while I am at work, and I have come to think of my work day as my “mindfulness training regimen.”

I have gone about increasing my day-to-day levels of mindfulness in several ways.

First, I use the concept of “gently bringing awareness back to the present” that I learned in meditation. Meditation is in essence a concentrated state of awareness, where one learns to specifically hold one’s awareness on something other than the internal chatter of one’s mind. Additionally, it should also be noted that meditation is difficult, and by practicing it, one comes to realize just how often our mind “wanders off” into rumination or fantasy. Therefore, a common admonition of meditation practice techniques is the advice to simply “gently bring your awareness back to the present moment” whenever you find your lost in the thought stream. The operative word in this instruction is “gently”, in the sense that one shouldn’t “beat oneself up” for wandering off, but instead, one should rejoice in the fact that one was able to realize they’d become lost, and were able to successfully bring their awareness back!

So I applied this strategy at work, and started keeping track of how often I could catch myself in the act of wandering off using a little lap-counter.

Secondly, I started to “self-program” in the sense that I say specific phrases whenever I catch myself wandering off. For example, one thing I have a tendency to do is to conduct long imaginary conversations in my mind. When I realize I am doing this, I simply “gently bring myself back” to the present, but then say to myself – or even out loud – “no imaginary conversations!”I find that doing this allows me to “reprogram” myself, such that I can start to become to consciously choose my own mental habits, instead of being subjected and imprisoned by them!

Next, I also use the strategy of visualizing a small “volume knob” that I can turn, which as I crank it down, causes the intensity of my thought processes to turn down. I find this visualization very useful, and when I find my mind racing, I try to remember to “turn down the volume” — which helps to do exactly that!

The final way I’ll mention that I work on my level of mindfulness at work is to ask myself periodically “where am I?” I call this process “making periodic check-ins with Reality”, where Reality is defined as the world as it is actually transpiring around me, instead of my own internal mental representation thereof.

The particular practice of asking myself occasionally “Where am I?” definitely helps with bringing me back to the present moment, because each time I ask it, I take a moment to really and deeply look at the world around me, and it is causing me to really start to SEE and notice the world in a way that I never have before.

I think of the first time I started to notice the direction that the wind was blowing by looking at an outdoor flag, for example, or the first time I heard the birds chirping one morning, or the long moment I took recently to watch the beautiful flight patterns of a flock of birds in the sky, and I am happy to report that I feel alert and awake to the world around me in a way I never have before.

The foundational prayer of the yoga tradition is the petition to higher consciousness to lead us “from the unreal to the real.” I think this prayer works on many levels, ultimately with the full-blown realization of our true nature as pure consciousness. But on a more mundane level, I think the first step on this journey is to distance oneself from one’s thoughts, to learn to both quiet them, and to accept that they are not real in any substantial sense; they do not constitute reality, but are instead a self-reinforcing – and potentially never-ending – stream of linguistic output that takes shape based on our sensory input and emotional state.

This realization, when put into consistent practice, changes one’s life, and represents a first step on the long journey from the unreal to the Real.

I will end this essay by relating a poem I wrote today:

The Invocation of The Present

I am calm, and centered: always.

I am alert to, aware of, and interested in, the world around.

I am present and merged with my actions.

My mind is quite, and at peace.

And if I stray, I trust the breath to bring me back,

because in truth, it is always so, that

I am here,

Now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to Breathe

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Original Aphorism #1:

“Just as the loving father doesn’t allow his child to stray far from his side, neither does the wise student of mindfulness allow his breath to stray far from his awareness.”

Explanation

One good way to think of our minds is like an ocean full of waves. Just like the ocean, sometimes our minds are calm, and other times they are full of turbulence.  During such times of turbulence, the power and intensity of our thoughts can become so intense that our consciousness awareness is swept away with them, and we lose awareness of the present moment transpiring around us.

A simple way to counteract this tendency is to strive to maintain awareness of our own breathing, even during periods of intense mental activity.

Doing so can help us balance our awareness of our outer and inner realities, which is the goal of mindfulness.

Self Affirmative Triples

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A self affirmative triple is a series of three easily-remembered (and sometimes alliterated) words used as an Affirmation of Self.

Examples include such statements as: “I am whole, complete, and enough“,  “I am awake, empowered, and connected“, or for a more whimsical (and alliterated) example: “I am magical, magnificent, and marvelous!

Self affirmative triples are useful because they can be easily remembered, and used throughout the day to help heal our self esteem. Frequent use of them is recommended to counteract the many less than messages that we are bombarded with as part of daily living under extant toxic conditions.

New Energy Relationships

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New Energy Relationships are about voluntary co-creation, cooperation to jointly achieve creative objectives, and mutual need fulfillment. Old Energy relationships were about manipulation, domination, and subterfuge. Exist in the new energies!!

Lower Chakra Strengthening Meditation

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Fundamental to the The Lightning Path is the Great Invocation meditation. It is a chakra activation meditation that emphasizes balanced chakra development and activation. It does this by directing intentional visualization towards each chakra in turn.

However, the Dossier of the Ascension also provides visualizations for each individual chakra.  This is because it is also sometimes advisable to direct “extra” effort towards certain chakras that could benefit from extra focus or emphasis.

Like everybody else, I have always had a weak and dysfunctional chakra system. However, because I know myself and my personal life history, I can also intuit the particular “flavor” of my chakra dysfunction. Specifically, I think my chakra system has traditionally been stronger in the upper chakra energies than in the lower chakra energies.

In this article, I am going to share a technique that I developed for my own use, tailored to my own specific type of chakra imbalance. This technique focuses only on the lower three chakras, and is a visualization method to strengthen them.  Again the idea is not to develop some chakras at the expense of others, but simply to strengthen my particular areas of weakness and to bring about a more balanced system overall.

The first question is: how have I determined that my bottom three chakras needed specialized attention? I think the answer to that is that it is just a “knowing” that has came to me as I have moved along the spiritual path. Additionally, I’ve found that by examining my own life and behavioral tendencies through the lens provided by this intuitive knowing, that I can see things more clearly.

First, consider my solar chakra. Historically my solar chakra has been weak, as can be seen most clearly in my tendency toward depression. In depressive states, the lack of the solar energies lead to a very noticeable and visceral generalized lack of energy in both my psyche and physical body.

Next, energetic flow through my sacral chakra has also tended to be very restricted. Examples of this are most clearly seen in my inability to really harness my own creativity. For example, I make my living as a computer programmer, but actually computer programming is something that I have been involved with and proficient at since I was a very young child. Looking back at my early attempts at programming, one thing that sticks out at me was just how prolific I was! Even though I was just doing it as a hobby, I was extremely passionate and driven, and effortlessly wrote 100’s of programs for no real reason other than that the process of creating programs was interesting to me. However, as an adult — where my entire livelihood depends on my ability to write programs — I struggle daily because of an intense “writer’s block” which has descended upon my creative output. I think there are other chakras implicated in this, but the primary cause I believe to be with my sacral chakra: because of energetic restriction through the sacral, my drive to create itself has been severely impacted.

Finally, consider my root chakra.  It is the energies of the root chakra that support our grounding into the physical world. But as a child and young adult, I tended to live predominantly in the world of imagination… completely neglecting the actual physical reality of my life circumstances. I had a rich inner life, and always had easy access to boundless ideas. But unfortunately, I had almost a complete inability to actually ground those ideas into my actual life! For me, the foundational aspects of my existence were always the most problematic. Such simple things as establishing a daily routine, maintaining a consistent work and sleep schedule, eating properly, and having a stable living arrangement were always missing. At my worst, I was almost “living by accident”.

Over the course of time I’ve spent on the LP, I have worked to heal and balance my own chakras. (As an aside, It has been my experience that this is a long-term, gradual process that requires continual effort and persistence.) My latest push to move forward with this is what I want to share here.

So back to the point of this blog post. Recently, I had the intuitive and spontaneous initiative to begin to systematically strengthen my lower three chakras. This occurred when I unexpectedly had the desire to spend some time coloring a mandala. I picked one out totally at random, and then realized that I had purchased a new set of colored pencils earlier that day on a whim. I used the pencils to color the image, and then had the thought to text my friend a picture of it.

As I composed the text to her explaining “what it meant”, I realized that up to that point, I had no idea myself! It all just sort of “happened.” However, while explaining it to my friend, the entire thing seemed to make perfect sense, and I realized that I’d inadvertently created a tool to help myself balance my own chakras.

I took a picture of the mandala, and am including it here:

lower chakra mandala

lower chakra mandala

The mandala is designed to facilitate efficient willful movement of the energies through the lower three chakras. To use it, simply focus either on the image itself, or a version of it in your own mind. Once you have the image as the focus of your attention, begin intending an outward rush of energy originating in your solar chakra, which is symbolized by the bright yellow in the center of the mandala.

This outward rush of solar energy emanates via your willful intention. As it proceeds outwards, the energetic outpouring serves to energize and galvanize your own creative impulses, which originate in your sacral chakra, and are symbolized by the orange sparks in the mandala.

Thus energized, the sparks of sacral energy spiral outwards and find concrete expression in the 3D world around you. They do this by drawing on the foundational energies of your root chakra, which is represented as the red in the mandala.

Unblocking our chakra energies and achieving a grounded expression of our creative goals is an ostensible goal of spiritual practice. It is my hope that this mandala and visualization provides an example of a tool to help get us there.

References

Sharp, Michael (2005). The Dossier of the Ascension: A Practical Guide to Chakra Activation and Kundalini Awakening

 

 

 

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