Step 2 : Loyalty

Step 2 of 12: See #1 Blueprint

Loyalty – What does this mean?

What does this word loyalty first make you think of? What visualizations come to mind? It typically sends us by the droves to the idea of friends, family, God, perhaps a heritage — dare I say country?

Women: We may not be our past but we cannot deny how history is still with us.

Society, may not be innocent. History does have the word “his” built into its structure. Perhaps, we have come a long way but attached to this word Loyalty are codes of behavior defining our role and sexuality as it pertains to a man or our man. Why? Naturally, some cultures reiterate more than others, but bottom line here is that:

Loyalty starts and ends with you.

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Stay true to what it is that your heart sings.

True to the words you have said out loud. The ideas you have committed to and the actions you have planned. Be loyal to yourself and those that are depending on you, no matter how scary it may seem or how much work is staring you in the face, and despite all those that stand in your way. Be the best you can be. You don’t need anyone’s approval. Practice Swadhyaya.

Perseverance: Loyalty’s right hand woman

Sometimes you are going to put your kindness out there. You are going to go the extra mile and say something when someone else does not. You are going to assume the responsibility, the fault, the whatever it is – You’ll throw it on your back, metaphorically, because you’re strong enough to carry it, particularly when you know it needs to be carried and have the sense of the bigger picture: it means everything to just do it.

And- when you do and are met with nothing but resistance.. From friends no less? From family, even?

This is your trying moment.

When you’re backed by humility & morality, all of your good effort and karmic pleasantries:

                 — that you pulled from deep inside yourself, in the way a                        seed pushes through soil, despite the gravity—

And you are met with contrarians, people bent on arguing because they’re uncomfortable. Their upset is beyond even their comprehension but still, it falls in your lap. How will you console them, and pursue greatness even if these two things seem to be in direct competition?

This is the moment you cannot be disgusted by them or their confusion. It is this moment that you have to persevere and say your message one more time with an even greater amount of love — and then peace out.

“… And I knew that as long as I had that disgust, the world would evade me and I would evade myself. I knew that the basic error in living was finding cockroaches disgusting. Finding disgust in the thought of kissing a leper was my missing the primary life inside me… for disgust contradicts me, contradicts the matter in me.”

-Clarice Lispector, “The Passion According to G.H.”

The energy of loyalty helps you remain true to yourself. Once you have learned how to do that, you can be loyal through and through, without forgetting yourself.

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Fasted Cardio

Fasted Cardio It means that you have not eaten before an activity. Whoa…. that is crazy talk! You gotta have your Pops, I know.

Well, it’s not really crazy. I’m a true “For the Love of Breakfast Kind of Person,” and here to tell you that Fasted Cardio is totally possible. 

It’s typically is done in the morning because it’s hard to have a true fasted workout if it’s not first thing upon waking. Once we have our first meal we are in the process of digestion kind of all day long. Don’t we all just love to eat?

Is the goal of Fasted Cardio different from regular cardio? Sort of.

The goals here are to use fat stores for fuel instead of food in the belly. Why is that important? It means more calories from fat are going to be burned than if you had eaten before the activity.riseandshine

Can you burn more total calories with high intensity cardio activities anytime of day and still achieve the same desired end game without committing to a fasted cardio routine?

Yes, most likely. But every road looks different and each body responds differently.

Here’s the information: Do it for 1-2 weeks – See what it does for your composition. (and let’s be clear that is what we are talking about: Nothing about fasted cardio pertains to training your heart. It is about playing with energy sources.)

Let’s talk for a moment about calories so this whole thing makes a bit more sense. If you burn more calories than you take in, your body goes into caloric deficit. 

  • caloric deficit inevitably brings about weight loss as that stored fat and glycogen that you once were saving is getting used faster than you can replenish it.  

IPSO FACTO: Only 2- 3K calories of carbohydrates can be stored as glycogen in the liver and muscle. The liver and muscle glycogen are what you use when you move, particularly high intensity, anaerobically, and/or when moving heavy loads. 

HOWEVER, Even a lean person can store up to 75K cal of fat in triglycerides all over the body. Fat has no home.. she’s more of a squatter but not in the leg exercise squatter  =)

PERSPECTIVE on what calories mean for activity: A ten- minute mile burns around 130-150 calories depending on how much a person weighs.

There are four main factors that contribute to the efficacy of a Fasted Cardio:

  • Diet/Genetics (How much you eat, when you eat,etc)

  • Hormones

  • Intensity

  • Conditioning

Diet:

  • Low Blood Sugar: From the 7-8 hours you were sleeping and not eating, two things were happening. Your blood sugar (glucose) dropped as well as your insulin. Your blood glucose dropped because your body needed that sugar to continue functioning: ie. breathing, organ function, all the basal metabolic needs. An average person can burn 80 calories a minute while they are sleeping. But your individual diet and level of conditioning can take you further from these averages. Some people think low blood sugar impairs cardio performance, however low blood sugar forces the body to use stored fats for energy.        

                                                                                                         

  • Low Insulin Levels: When insulin levels are very low, your body is better able to release and transport fatty acids into the mitochondria. Right about now, we are all seeing our elementary science teacher shout out, “The Powerhouse of the Cell,” but honestly what in the hell does a mitochondria have to do with fat burning? Don’t worry it’s just literally the site in the cell where we convert nutrients into energy- so everything. The Mitochondria is everything.

Hormonal Interaction:

  • Growth Hormone and insulin are antagonistic, meaning they have an inverse relationship. Growth Hormone is secreted while you sleep for muscle repair, memory consolidation and regulating growth and appetite.

Intensity: (The most important : it makes a world of a difference – Duh)

  • Lower Intensity (50 % VO2 Max) = using stored fatty acids to get to that 50%VO2 Max and then the amount decreases. 

  • Mid-Grade intensity or intervals so that your avg is (75%VO2 M) is the sweet spot for a sustained pulling and burning from fat stores.

  • Higher Intensity Exercises inhibits stored fats from being primary energy source. As the body wants to use glycogen. 

Conditioning:

  • A trained person will have increased fat oxidation and decreased carbohydrate oxidation than an untrained individual.

Meaning as a beast who stays in beast mode, you burn more fat, more of the time. You’re also in need of more calories because there’s a good chance you’re more active than the un-trained individual and that your body composition has more muscle. 

 

Asteya

Asteya –अस्तेय- Non-stealing. You can’t take nor should you want to take something from someone else. Typically when and if someone is failing at the art of Asteya they may have an imbalanced Muladhara. Greed is the main characteristic of this Chakra’s weaknesses.

Why is it that some drivers can take turns rather easily on a four way stop sign, giving and taking.

Sure, once in a while there is someone that goes out of turn or doesn’t actually know the system of order. But how can they organize themselves so easily, meanwhile some can’t seem to hold the door for one another as they walk in and out of the same building?

But, what does cooperation have to do with non-stealing? Everything.

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For example, asking people to do things for you that you can do for yourself. Why should someone have to

  • Look up a phone number for you

  • Tell you where or how to vacation

  • Say or write what they thought of some restaurant, school?

Your time is not more or less valuable than anyone else.

Learn for yourself. Do you not think that you deserve discovery? Are you such an insecure person with sad thoughts of your decision making and credibility that you have little faith you can handle something on your own?

Or worse do you think you are better than others and see them as busy bodies for your disposal?

  • Do you cut to the front of the line?

  • Impress only to take over someone else’s friend or family member?

  • Taking someone’s pride, debilitating their voice, humor, wit, courage, or god-forbid their sex.

Believe it or not there are some that justify this cruel behavior:

“I can’t stand weakness,” you say. As if this unfortunate event was somehow inevitable for the victim and not you the actor.

Whatever it is that you have taken isn’t yours.                   It will never be yours.

It will always be something that you took from someone else. And a reminder that your actions have inconvenienced someone else for selfish and personal gain.

This behavior is something can only lead to feeling badly and more specifically badly about yourself.

Greatness comes from respecting other people in the way you wish to be respected. If you think not, try it.

Namaste

If this sounds like you – you may also benefit from reading about Ahimsa.

Sahasrara: Crown Chakra 

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

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Sahasrara Chakra:The Seventh Chakra: The Crown Chakra. The Sanskrit word SAHASRARA translates to “A Thousand Petals.”

It is located at the crown of the head: the meeting place between the spirit and body. The convergence of all Nadis.

It is associated with Violet or White.

Ishvara is the element of the SAHASRARA Chakra. It is not like any other element, like Earth or water. It is Divine Consciousness. Its light contains all color vibrations and its brilliance is as powerful as a thousand suns, in the the way a thousand rivers can gather and create a sea. Read more on practicing Ishvara.

The lotus flower is commonly associated with:

  • purity

  • renewal

  • beauty

The CROWN Chakra is known as the door to Brahma.

Who is Brahma? He is the God of Creation and can be interpreted as the source of light and our pathway to Samadhi.

What is Samadhi? This is a meditative trance that is experienced as spiritual ecstasy.

The 7-Chakra System’s two ends: Chakra 1: Muladhara and Chakra 7: Sahasrara are energetically tied to each other in the way a coin has two sides.

  • Shakti resides in MULADHARA (Our ROOT Chakra). She holds the essence of Prakriti: How our creative energy flows through and infuses all the natural aspects of life – the meaning we draw from experience.

  • Shiva resides in SAHASRARA (Our CROWN Chakra.) He holds Purusha: Pure consciousness. The pure spirit, where there is no you separate from being.

We may see each wave as individual. We can witness its peak and feel the splendor, even taste the salt as it crashes on the surf- This is PRAKRITI.

But what about the space between, the ocean drawing back into itself to persist crashing yet another wave on the sand ad infinitum? This rhythm that binds them in a current is the source you cannot see, hear, taste. This inner peace of constant joy and contentment and is also known as PURUSHA, the absolute dimension of being.

MEDHA SHAKTI is the inexhaustible stream of energy that radiates from SAHASRARA. It is an uninterrupted weaving of Prakriti and Purusha. Our mental power and divinity depends on balancing this great MEDHA SHAKTI.



If your CROWN Chakra is blocked:



You may feel like isolated and alone, as if there is no guidance or light in your life. Your Medha Shakti may be depleted and in need of strengthening if you experience any of the following: 

  • Boredom; Pointlessness
  • Depression
  • Lacking Presence – Unable to settle into the now
  • Lack of direction
  • Closed-mindedness
  • Cynicism regarding spiritual or sacred aspects of life
  • Fatigue: never-ending need to sleep for restoration
  • Isolation and loneliness; inability to connect with others
  • Inability to set or maintain goals


If your CROWN Chakra is Over active:




When the CROWN chakra has too much Medha Shakti you may feel superior to others, aggressive as you think you know more than most and because of this acquire condescending tendencies and become overly- critical of others. It is also a common theme that those with Over-Active SAHASRARA tend to disregard the importance of human interaction and will subsequently feel alienated. 

Symptoms may Include:

  • Recurring headaches or even migraines
  • Schizophrenia or other delusional disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Disconnected from your body or human experience
  • Living in your head and apart from earthly matters
  • Obsessive attachment to spiritual matters
  • Manipulation
  • Seeking to guide or control others around you
  • Persistent in getting your way


Balancing a CROWN Chakra:



MEDHA SHAKTI is the energy of SAHASRARA.

Common disruptions to this inner source include:

  • Stressful environments or relationships
  • Conflicts
  • Worry
  • Resentment
  • Crying
  • Anger
  • Hate
  • Jealousy
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Revenge

So how do we build MEDHA SHAKTI up?

Relaxation of the Mind & Body is what strengthens our Medha Shakti. SANTOSHA or Trusting the process is helpful in restoring our MEDHA SHAKTI reserves.

Relaxation of the Mind:

– A valuable technique to quiet thoughts and strengthen the Medha Shakti is Mauna (silence.) Mauna helps us discern between our feelings and the expression of what we feel.

Meditation strengthens Medha Shakti

Between two musical notes there exists another note, between two facts there exists another fact, between two facts there exists another fact, between two grains of sand, no matter how close together they are, there exists an interval of space, there exists a sensing between sensing – in the interstices of primordial matter there is the mysterious, fiery line that is the world’s breathing, and the world’s continual breathing is what we hear and call silence.                       -excerpt from Clarice Lispector’s, ‘The Passion According to G.H.’

Visualize your entire being as a lotus flower, unfurling with a glowing white or violet light. Let your physical desires, needs, wants, and emotions fall into the pure void. Focus on this space between things: The bliss of just being, where there is no individual self every piece of you dissolves into light.

Side Note: Meditation is easier when you are behaving consciously. Remember to practice yamas, niyamas, reciting mantras, mudras, etc.

Relaxation of the Body:

-Asana exerts a positive influence on MEDHA SHAKTI and naturally balances our mind body spirit connection.

Spending time in Savasana is especially important when working on the crown chakra.

Shirshāsana (headstand),

Sarvāngāsana (shoulderstand)

Viparītkaranī Mudrā (Energy Regeneration Pose),

Yoga Mudrā (Forward Bend sitting on heels) and Shashankāsana (Hare) are particularly beneficial. Agnisāra Kriyā ,

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Working with Stones and Crystals:

-Diamond, quartz, amethyst and other white or purple stones are ideal for healing the crown chakra. These can be worn as jewelry or held during meditation and energy healing.

 

 

Third Eye Chakra : Ajna

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

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Ajna: The 3rd Eye Chakra: The 6th Chakra: The Sanskrit word AJNA translates to        “Command or Authority.”  It is located in the center of the eyebrows. The THIRD Chakra is enriched by the color violet or a glowing iridescent blue.

Appropriately, the AJNA is associated with all elements particularly that of Space, as this tattva is a portal for intuition.

  • In the THIRD EYE wisdom and humanity are matured and we’re able to bridge the gap between our grounded human experience and that of the elevated Divine Consciousness. AJNA is is a powerful conduit for visualizations as it is closely tied to the optical nerves. It is also one of the final points of the Ida and Pingala Nadis, where our lunar-masculine and solar-feminine energies converge.
  • The THIRD EYE Chakra is represented by a two-petaled lotus. One petal stands for GU (darkness/ignorance) and the other RU (light/knowledge.) Together these syllables bring Paravidya, “complete” knowledge forward as opposed to Aparavidyā, “incomplete” knowledge, ruled by the intellect and limited. This complete knowledge engages with the Higher Self in a constant way and reminds us of the duality that exists in nature.

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  • The animal for AJNA is the Ardhamatra. This is an incredibly elusive Sanskrit word that doesn’t have a ton of information out there, however my interpretation is that it is best expressed as birds of prey. Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Owls, etc.
    These birds are nurturing and intuitive, historical and have a reptilian element to them. They bring keen observation, and great responsibility. They rarely miss the mark as they are the epitome of integrity.  Because the element celebrated here is space, it is said that the THIRD EYE Chakra is where the wings of the soul can finally unfold and take flight. Find a way to connect to the powerful grace of Birds of Prey.

    Ground yourself to better soar: Counter-intuitive but critical:     The thin line between inspiration and insanity. 

“What is the difference between a comedian and a homeless person screaming in the subway?”

A paying audience. 

The awakening of AJNA is critical for personal evolution. Until our THIRD EYE is awakened, we are often incapable of understanding ourselves. The abilities that lie in AJNA are of great assistance for those suffering from psychic problems. (ALL OF US)

The GuRu Principle provides us with Viveka: the ability to discern reality from unreality. A balanced THIRD EYE is the antidote to:

  • depression
  • personality disorders
  • anti-social disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • any time you feel out of control or overwhelmed by emotions

AJNA penetrates the subtle world, all that we experience yet cannot put into words. Yogic philosophy has coined these experiences as our ‘inner cause’ or more completely stated, the origin of thought, as Antahkaranaand this one concept is comprised of the cooperation of four functionalities.

  1. Manas: The low-level mind; Sensory perceptions. All of our physical attributes.

  2. Chitta: The subconscious; Impressions we use to navigate experience.

  3. Ahamkara: The ego. Our constructed identity                                                                 ( Unconscious + Subconscious + Consciousness)

  4. Buddhi: Inner wisdom; Higher Self; Divine Consciousness.


 If your THIRD EYE Chakra is blocked:


The nature of society is a judgmental one, and the pitfall of being part of a community is that we sometimes borrow other people’s logic and language to discredit who and what we are in order to fit in. We feel nuts for the things we think and see behind closed eyes. We do not trust the process of life. We often compare ourselves to other people.

“I shall never be able to understand it, but there must be someone who can. And I shall have to create that someone who can inside myself.”  

– Excerpt from ‘The Passion according to G.H.’

We condemn ourselves for our own beautiful and natural sixth sense because this sensitivity makes us vulnerable and who wants that? So, we reject it. We kick and scream.

Symptoms may include:

  • You’re lacking the big picture of life and feel constricted by circumstance
  • Feel as though you cannot progress towards your goals
  • Reject spiritual aspects or connections in life 
  • Narrow-minded thinking and behavior
  • Lack of clarity or focus


If AJNA is Over-Active:



There is regular mind stuff, but there’s other stuff that rises to the surface of our cognitive experience. All of that strange chemical stirring is energy. That’s all it is. You can hardly believe it, right? But energy can sometimes be too much. It can control our every move, charging us to act on things that are not rooted in reality. They can distract and disconnect us from the human experience.  When your visions go beyond inspiration or meditative trance and instead lessen the power of your Antahkarana (functionality), you know its time to get grounded. 

  • You are often lost in fantasy
  • Over-indulgent in thoughts and visions
  • Talk a lot about things that you want to do but are not actually working towards
  • Have dreams every night or very frequently
  • Thoughts of Grandeur – Self Important
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • vertigo
  • nausea


Balancing your THIRD EYE Chakra:



Meditation: The third eye is the center of higher wisdom. We have already stated how this chakra is guided by Viveka, clarity, and the GURU Principle of bringing oneself out of darkness and into the light. Silence the mental chatter, the to-do’s lists, all of your worrying that comes between you and your Higher Self. 

  • Visually: See your THIRD EYE in the center of your eyebrows. It is no mistake that the eyes are called a window into the soul. Envision blue, purple, and iridescent hues coming together in the magnificent texture and depth we often see in the universe of someone’s eye. 

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  • Musically: Repeat “AUM.” This is the phonetic spelling of the Sansksrit word and concept of OM. The sound “A” starts way back in the back of the throat with a wide open smiling mouth, continuing to the “AU” (O-sound) with lips pursed in a circular shape, to the final closed lips vibrating an “M,” and continuing audible vibrations until all breath has left the lungs. 

The mantra associated with AJNA’s energetic shift :

ASATO MĀ SAT GAMAYA –

Lead us from unreality to reality

TAMASO MĀ JYOTIR GAMAYA –

Lead us from darkness to light

Watch me sing it here. 😉

Acknowledge Your Surrounding: You are not alone. Everything is a message or symbol. Remember you are connected to everything, which means everything is also connected to you. 

Bugs – The eternal darkness of the underworld, the primordial, the behind the scenes, literally OM: the deep vibration or pulse at the center of the earth. The sight of them can sometimes be uncomfortable but their rituals bear the true essence of survival and cooperation. If anything their presence gives us a better understanding of the word “busy.” Nature never rushes, yet everything gets done. 

Animals – Do you randomly have cameos in your life? Like that time you saw an owl in the middle of the day, or a mountain lion, a fox that no one else caught a glimpse of. Something rare and unexpected that was specially created for you alone. Since the beginning of time, animals have taken on a variety of  significance across cultures. Everything has a purpose, and a sighting should be regarded as the blessing that it is. 

Words – Have you ever seen a billboard at the perfect moment, a random sticker when you least expect it, some message that is left there for you even though it didn’t have your name written with it? It could be a full sentence or just a phrase that somehow taps into the inside joke that only you and someone else may know of? How is this happening and why at this particular moment when it matters so much? The Universe has an amazing sense of humor and irony is never lost on her. 

Scents – Do you smell things at times that are not actually there? Is this your brain triggering a memory or chemicals playing tricks on you. Why does someone bring a smell into your world at that particular moment, and why did your olfactory gland commit that smell to memory in such a critical way that you feel the emotionally connected to a scent?

Songs – Ever notice how your iPod or radio plays songs you were thinking of, perhaps a song you wanted to hear? Is this coincidence, or not?

Random Vehicles – What about directly introducing symbols and messages into your daily life. Do you write down your dreams and reflect upon them? Do you read your horoscope or play with tarot cards with friends or a lover? 

Consider yourself an Artist. And art as a way of living:

Creativity is a very efficient way to let go of what is taking up space in your logical mind. It is also really helpful to think of your habits and the way you interpret the events of your life as an art form. This world is beautiful, enjoy it! The sound of the ocean, the bloom of a flower, the song of a bird, and the sweet smell of rain – all ask nothing from you. Do your part and put some beauty back in while you can. 

  • For those who are blocked : Use the senses to drift into a dream-like state.
  • Be curious about symbolic meanings, from different cultures and time periods
  • Surround yourself in nature, meditative walks in the forest.
  • Find something or some event as your GURU. Use this to initiate new behavior that goes away from darkness and into the light. 
  • For those that are over-active : Limit yourself to one vision, do your best to stay with it, reduce it to a form, a shape, a color, a texture – something concrete and manifest that into reality using your hands and focused energy. 

 Asana:

Naturally, movement is one of the greatest ways to move energy throughout the Chakra system. Almost all poses – simply because a quiet mind and setting intentions for a practice helps stabilize the THIRD EYE Chakra, but there are some poses in particular that should help to create a free flow of energy in AJNA.
  • Child’s Pose (Balasana)
  • Belly down Savasana with head resting on top of stacked closed fists.
  • Up-Dog / Cobra / Locust – focusing on opening the THIRD EYE Chakra
  • Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
  • Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  • Wild Thing (Flipped Dog)
  • Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

 



If your THIRD EYE Chakra is balanced:



Only wisdom and clarity of consciousness liberate us from Samskara. This is the Sanskrit word to describe the impressions we have recorded from very early in our development. It is the stories we repeat and react to in the life we think we are having instead of manifesting a life we love. It is the unhealthy cycles that we are liable to repeat and have mistakenly attached to our identity. The THIRD EYE is the only way to see the wisdom already residing deep within. To be centered in the AJNA means to be perfectly conscious holding ourselves as the GURU of every experience and to behave with Viveka.

 

Throat Chakra : Vishuddhi

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

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Vishuddhi Chakra: The Fifth Chakra: The Throat Chakra. The Sanksrit words VISHU translates to “impurity” or “poison” and SHUDDHI means “purification.”

VISHUDDI is located at the throat and related to expression and communication. The THROAT Chakra is associated with aqua or teal blue.

Space is the element of VISHUDDI but the THROAT CHAKRA is also related to sound. Space opens the possibility for expansion and distribution and sound is propagated into the air by vibration, both are felt with our whole body.

VISHUDDI is the Chakra of Awakening!

In the THROAT Chakra, we have the ability to purify any and all toxic disturbances from the external world.

VISHUDDI is the activation point where the 7 Chakra system is granted the full potential and wisdom to elevate consciousness as this is where energy from the lower chakras connect with the head.

  • The THROAT Chakra Lotus blossom has 16 petals representing the 16 Siddhis or supernatural powers that one can attain through Yoga.

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  • 16 also refers to the days between half-moon and full moon in the lunar cycle symbolizing the connection and transition from :

The Subconsciousemotionally charged language to                                       The Conscious‘whole’ communication. 

  • The inverted triangle of the THROAT chakra symbol is symbolic of spiritual growth. The downward position is affiliated with the gathering of information from lower chakras to make this evolution possible, while the widening upward signifies enlightenment through purification.gaja

    VISSHUDI’s animal is Gaja, an elephant. Elephants carry past knowledge of earth, herbs and plants. Through this deep history, Gaja is revered as a teacher of patience, memory, self- confidence, and the unity with nature. 

    The transcendence of human consciousness is itself an act of purification. VISHUDDI employs you to practice purification for communication and expression. When words come to the THROAT CHAKRA they are infused with all of our emotional junk of MANIPURA our unconscious and subconscious. If the origin of speech is is fire, it is in the THROAT CHAKRA that the burning finally ceases to reveal pure and whole communication.



    In VISHUDDI, we become conscious and take on the beautiful experience of self- discovery.

  • Practice swadhyaya

  • Do not shy away from the discomfort that accompanies your penetrating questions.

  • Sit with your answers. Question them again. Do not be fooled.

  • Purify your history: challenge the impressions bestowed to you from your heritage, change the perception you hold inside of yourself and the nature of your self-talk.



The THROAT Chakra emphasizes authenticity in expression and the distribution of your creativity into the world according to Satya.

VISHUDDI is associated with the expression of yourself: Your truth, purpose in life, and creativity. In order to understand the spectrum of your creative process, it is critical that your MULADHARA is open. link.

A Balanced VISHUDDI has the greatest gift and that is the Power of Persuasion. When the THROAT Chakra is open and balanced, you are able to express yourself clearly and honestly regardless of the situation or company you’re in.

An imbalance in the THROAT chakra can adversely affect many aspects of your personal and professional life.  Perhaps, you long for realizing your dreams and living with a strong and clear purpose, but seem to not be able to quite get there. You may find you avoid social situations and are more comfortable alone. You may become distrustful of your inner voice, or conversely alienate others with an uncontrollable mouth and venom-like words.

The awakening attributes of the THROAT Chakra give you the power and freedom to recognize the painful damage that language can cause to you and others.

  • Your speech is filled with your history and emotional pain.
  • You can literally swallow negativity and hatred from others.
  • Your consciousness and subconscious comes in direct contact with poison.

VISHUDDI is a purifying machine with an INPUT & OUTPUT.

  •  INPUT (Rendering): all unspoken, unarticulated and uncontrolled thoughts, emotions, desiresperceptions, and words. Meaning you must actively purify the thoughts that birth words BEFORE they arrive to the mouth.

Like any machine, it can can go into overdrive and the likelihood of blockages and/or descending into lower chakras, namely the MANIPURA, the SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra will increase IF you do not do this. Put your perceptions through hell.

  • OUTPUT (Clarity) : energy that flows freely through the throat chakra promotes effective, truthful communication. You are able to find yourself. You are confident, responsible, and easily find words to express your thoughts.

Finding the root cause of the problem :

We undergo our most complex relationship lessons from childhood, and ironically this is the time when we are most unable to express ourselves and/or understand what we are experiencing — but that does not mean we are unaffected.

Many of these traumatic experiences stay with us and become complexes that we carry into adulthood. They are irrational and right there under the surface ready to explode.

Why would we have negativity or hatred in our speech. Here are 3 ways to cope with insults and disappointment from the past, particularly childhood?

  1. Feel deeply connected to every experience as an opportunity for you to grow from.

  2. Have objectivity when you reflect on the past, and empathy for those involved. It is critical that you do not repeat the emotions you had when you were at the center of the experience.

  3. Empower yourself. Rise to the present. Build a mantra that establishes the truth: you are not bound by the past or any of those circumstances that brought you pain and hardship. No one is.



If your THROAT Chakra is blocked:



A blocked VISHUDDI often blinds people from their own mistakes and will give them the false sense that their misfortune and unhappiness is to blame on someone else. You could become stoic, quiet, and fearful. You may feel as though there is something very strong, almost stronger than you, interrupting your ability to communicate. It could be a fear of what others may think of you. The worst detail of a blocked THROAT Chakra is that, the condition of not being able to communicate inevitably increases the insecurity and isolation that hindered your communication in the first place.



Symptoms of a blocked VISHUDDI may include:



  • Not being able to listen to others
  • Shyness: Excessive fear of speaking, secrecy
  • Small, imperceptible voice
  • Confused about how to express needs/desires
  • Unable to keep your word
  • Explosive outbursts of rage/ tears
  • Social anxiety
  • Inhibited creativity
  • Stubbornness
  • Detachment
  • Inconsistency between speech and actions

Physical Symptoms may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Sore throat
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dental issues
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Hoarseness
  • Thyroid problems
  • Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (commonly known as TMJ)


If your VISHUDDI is over-active:



An overactive THROAT Chakra can seem as though the thread between what is in your mind and what comes out of your mouth is missing. This can significantly impact your relationships and ability to function overall. You may not know when your THROAT Chakra is overactive, as society, particularly in matters of business, often rewards those who are the most vocal. 



Symptoms of an overactive THROAT Chakra may include:



  • Speaking rudely or out of turn
  • Looking down on others you
  • Speaking maliciously
  • Highly critical of details that have no appreciable impact on your life.
  • You are committed to the stories you’ve crafted about others.
  • You may even speak negatively about yourself and others to the point it borders on verbal abuse.
  • Telling lies, unable to keep a secret
  • Lack of connection with a vocation or purpose in life
  • Gossiping
  • Non-stop talking
  • Arrogance
  • Condescension
  • Ear aches


Balancing VISHUDDI:

Before you begin working with the THROAT Chakra: be certain you are ready to look in the mirror. Work with ANAHATA to master Self-Love.



MEDITATE: We gain access to the different levels of consciousness with Self-Inquiry meditation. Meditate on what and how you have projected your perceptions onto situations and people. Video. Some guiding questions:

  1. “What do I want to realize?”
  2. “What obstacles need to be overcome to realize this?”
  3. “What problems are confronting me and how can I resolve them?”
  4. “Do I have a repeating narrative about myself that comes between me saying what I truly feel?”

In this process of self-investigation we lift the veil that blinds us. We accept responsibility and stop blaming others for events.

  • No one is taken advantage of
  • Nothing happens by accident
  • Nothing can plague you that is not already found in your Karma.
  • Nothing “bad” exists except that you have called it that. 
  • It is precisely the qualities we condemn in others that we have in ourselves.

You can also use the sound “HANG” to assist in meditation for the THROAT Chakra.

  • Make an oval shape with the lips and push the sound out using as much breath as possible from the base of the tongue, using all the space up until the palate. 

A few basic steps to clear this chakras include:

In most cases, positive lifestyle changes help immensely.

  1. A healthy diet
  2. Drink enough water: Cleansing the throat
  3. Regular Sleeping Hours
  4. Regular exercise
  5. Asana: see poses below that will help open the THROAT Chakra.
  6. Sound therapy: such as singing or humming, or listening to great singers

Learning to let go: Letting go is difficult, but holding onto things over which you have no control is deadly. You do not have to be your greatest torturer!       Releasing negative emotions can help restore balance in the throat chakra.

Consulting and trusting your inner voice: Practice MAUNA. This is simply practicing the art of silence, or when silence is not possible, using fewer words than more. With friends it is easy to be pleasant and use beautiful words, but to treat strangers or adversaries with kindness and compassion is a great virtue.

Practicing being open with close friends and family: Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. It’s perfectly fine to start small, but do not avoid vulnerability. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the THROAT chakra.

Prānāyāma: Through the power of the breath, you enhances the purification power of the VISHUDDI Chakra. Your Shakti grows and your consciousness and subconscious are harmonized. You are one step closer to enlightenment.

Aromatherapy: Clearing the air around you in your space can restore balance to the chakras. Consider introducing one or a combination of these scents to heal and activate your THROAT Chakra:

  1. jasmine
  2. rosemary
  3. sandalwood
  4. calendula
  5. ylang ylang

Write down your thoughts: Learning how to freely express yourself without interrupting your stream of consciousness can be helpful in restoring balance to your THROAT chakra. You can let it sit on the page instead of festering in your heart and manifesting in repressed communication. You don’t even need to re-read that which you have written, but it will be there if you wish to do so. 

Work with a professional: Begin psychotherapy and/or seeing an energy healer. 

Asana for VISHUDDI:

You can begin with simple neck movements, such as moving you head from side to side, up and down, forward and back. These movements expose the THROAT, stretch the skin, increase blood flow to the area and can ease tensions blocking the THROAT Chakra.

  • Camel (Ustrasana)
  • Plow (Halasana)
  • Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
  • Fish (Matsyasana)
  • Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)


If your THROAT Chakra balanced:



  • Expression, in particular ability to express your truth, is effortless
  • Communication, verbal or non-verbal, external or internal are unified
  • Mastery of Intuition and Clairvoyance
  • Master the transition of ideas and blueprints into reality
  • Defining and realizing one’s life purpose

When the THROAT CHAKRA is awakened and balanced, the mind and body work collectively. You have the pristine combination of confidence and humility. You learn to communicate about emotional details patiently without “explosions.” When balanced, the throat chakra produces reality from imagination. 

Solar Plexus Chakra : Manipura

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

solarplexus

Manipura Chakra: Third Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra. The Sanksrit name MANIPURA translates to “City of Gems.

It is located at the naval or belly-button, the center of our gravity. It is associated with a golden yellow and fire. The SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is like a burning furnace. 

  • The MANIPURA has 10 Petals for the 10 nerve endings that are a source of energy for the SOLAR PLEXUS. The petals are blue like the base of any flame. The inverted triangle within the circle represents the transformative power of this fiery energy center.
  • This SOLAR PLEXUS holds the body’s energy and willpower, determination, and ego. It is considered to be the center of our Shakti (our divine female energy) and the only chakra that radiates prana up and down.
  • The animal associated with MANIPURA is the ram. This proud animal charges with head down blocking their awareness and concern for the consequences of their actions. They’re only preoccupied by their pursuits. 

In the MANIPURA Chakra we pick right up from where we left off in SWADHISTHANA, accepting our dualistic nature: the sorting through our good and bad, BUT now we have the unique opportunity to free ourselves once and for all from undesirable qualities and habits through our will. MANIPURA gives the power to create and to destroy.

Some examples of the subconscious behaviors interrupting harmony: Why we talk too much, say too little, blame others, cower, manipulate, deceive, demand and/or carelessly disregard and disrespect the energy of others.

The only caveat to activating the transformative fire of the SOLAR PLEXUS is that, it does not discriminate. She burns all.

Confidence is necessary to align your will with your life. Trust in who you are and the process of becoming. There are no dialog boxes in MANIPURA, such as:

Doing away with your neediness may increase the direct nature of                         your speech and language and consequently give you ample                             opportunity to spend time alone.   Do you wish to continue?                               

Transformational energy calls on the best you to participate in the change.

A person with a balanced SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is as self-reliant as they are self-confident. They understand what they need, and what their life needs from them.



If your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is blocked:



There may be an interruption to your psyche, how you relate to your self and others, as this is where the sense of self originates. You may feel like you lack the confidence or motivation to move forward and progress on personal projects, that the ideas you have are laughable or pointless. The SOLAR PLEXUS gives one the ability to take action on their goals. Symptoms may include:

  • Social Complications
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Lack of self-control
  • Codependency or an inability to set & maintain personal boundaries
  • Addiction
  • Making plans or having a lot of ideas without finding efficient ways to realize them
  • Being obsessed with minute details, seeing life through a filter of plus and minuses while losing sight of the whole picture.
  • Lack of direction, purpose, or ambition

The SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is closely tied to digestive health and the metabolism. Literally the breaking down of one thing and turning it into another. Complications with MANIPURA can have physical manifestations as well.

  • Poor digestion, gas, nausea
  • Ulcers
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes
  • Organ problems, especially in the liver and kidneys
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Difficulty gaining or losing weight


If your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is overactive:



Solar Plexus Chakra may result in an aggravated existence internally and externally. Symptoms may include:

  • Perfectionism

  • Being overly critical

  • Anger issues

  • Excessive stubbornness

  • Desire for control

Balancing your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra:

MANIPURA’s seed sound is RAM. The lips should press towards each other into the center of the face and tongue against the palate as you let the vibration of the ‘R’ warm the muscles of the face and throat. Concentrate visually as well as pranically on the naval. As you breathe in, imagine a golden flame ready to dissolve any complications that are resting here to come between you and your highest self-esteem. Meditation in this Chakra is restorative and helps you pursue your goals selflessly. Your personal power should not come from a place of egotism. Understanding and connecting to this power will bring you closer to others in a stable and clear manner, so that you can remain true to yourself with the awareness of your actions. 

  • Yellow: Wear it. Eat it. Look and hold yellow objects, gemstones, and flowers. 



If your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is balanced you hold your personal power evenly with the power of everything around you.



When the Solar Plexus chakra is balanced, you may experience pristine metabolism, but not just the breaking down of food, but all that we process (take in) in a day and using that energy to fortify and enhance (give back) our life. When you can balance direct communication with the world without being rude or condescending, you have harmonized the energy flow of your SOLAR PLEXUS.

  • Lucky encounters : As if you are creating your reality.

  • Serendipitous experiences

  • Harmony with your surrounding