Positive affirmations have become synonymous with pseudo-science. Often times associated with the “law of attraction” popularized by Oprah and other celebrities, affirmations are rooted in the law of manifestation. Manifestation, in a scientific sense, refers to when a theory or abstract concept becomes a very real, material thing that is tangible, graspable, and observable. Think global warming and climate change, the recently first -documented black hole in space, etc.
Science, yes. Psuedo, no.
The practice of positive affirmations also sits on well-established, widely-accepted psychological theory, with neuroscientific research to back it. There is actually MRI evidence suggesting that certain neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks daily.
When one thinks positively about themselves and their actions, these become manifest in daily life, e.g. the short term, or in terms of long term goals. In other words, the things you say matter. Whether it’s starting your own business, earning your college degree, or getting married, you announce to the world your intentions and, hopefully, work towards achieving those goals every single day.
Think it. Say It. Be it.”
Mix that with chakral alignment practice dating back to ancient Hinduism, often used in mystic mind, body, and spirit work such as yoga, and you have the recipe for powerful transformation in your life. The chakras, of course, refer to the seven energy centers of the body.
- Root (bottom of spine)
- Sacral (genitals)
- Solar plexus (stomach)
- Heart (heart)
- Throat (throat)
- Third Eye (forehead)
- Crown (top of head)
Thus, CE is proud to present our brand new written series, Tools For Living, which brings seven affirmations, for seven chakras, said over seven days. Hopefully, our readers will be able to use these to reflect upon which of their chakras are out of alignment, which are not spinning altogether, which are overactive, etc. That way, one can seek alignment and attract more abundance into their life.
Root Chakra (Sanskrit: Muladhara)
The root chakra represents our foundation. On the human body, it sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. When the root chakra is open, we feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges and stand on our own two feet. When it’s blocked, we feel threatened, as if we’re standing on unstable ground.
Say the following: I am patient with the process while staying focused on my desired outcome.
Lesson: The key to achieving your goals is being patient with the process. Focus on the small steps that get you to your larger goal. This keeps you grounded and helps you remember where you’ve been in order to get where you’re going.
Sacral Chakra (Sanskrit: Swadhisthana)
The sacral chakra helps inform how we relate to our emotions and the emotions of others. It also governs creativity and sexual energy. Those with a blocked sacral chakra could feel a lack of control in their lives.
Ask yourself: Do I rule my emotions or do my emotions rule me?
Lesson: Emotions exist in frequencies, like sound and light waves, which is why they are “energy in motion.” Taking control of your emotions does not mean denying when you’re feeling sad or angry or some other lower-level emotion rooted in fear, but accepting it and letting it pass through you. That way, you can get back to higher frequencies that trickle down from love. Emotionally intelligent people are attuned to their emotions, no matter how bad they feel, but they do not let those emotions guide their thoughts, words, and actions.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Sanskrit: Manipura)
The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, speaks to your ability to be confident and in control of your life. Think back to the last time you had butterflies or felt a pit in the stomach: That’s the Manipura chakra at work. If your solar plexus chakra is blocked, you might feel overwhelming amounts of shame and self-doubt. When this chakra is open, you are free of self-doubt and outside judgment and replace those with clarity of purpose.
Say to yourself: I will use my power wisely. The ability to be able to choose is one of my powers and for that I am grateful.
Lesson: There is truth to the old adage, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Your solar plexus chakra is the point of energy that harnesses your personal power and fosters a sense of responsibility. Take the right to choose, for instance. Others may not enjoy this as a right, maybe because they reside in an authoritarian country, are part of an oppressive culture, or are simply in an abusive family or romantic relationship. For some, choice is seen as a privilege. So how will you use your choice to benefit others who may not have this power?
Heart Chakra (Sanskrit: Anahata)
The heart chakra is the bridge between the lower chakras (associated with materiality) and the upper chakras (associated with spirituality). As the name suggests, this chakra can influence our ability to give and receive love—from others and ourselves. Someone with a blocked heart chakra will have difficulty fully opening up to the people in their life. If someone’s heart is open, they can experience deep compassion and empathy.
Say the following: My heart is open to receive the energy of love. I radiate this essence. I walk my path with ease and grace.
Lesson: You are love. Love is the source of all creation and humans are born creators. It is our life’s purpose to create. When you exude love — for yourself, for others, for the earth — people will be drawn to your radiate energy because it feels truthful. Speak your truth, even in the face of hate and fear tactics.
Throat Chakra (Sanskrit: Vishuddha)
The throat chakra gives voice to the heart chakra and controls our ability to communicate our personal power. When it’s functioning at full capacity, it allows us to express ourselves truly and clearly. Someone with a blocked throat chakra will feel like they have trouble finding the words to say how they truly feel.
As yourself: Do my words reflect my intentions? Am I communicating and living in alignment with my highest self?
Lesson: The vishudda (throat) chakra is all about tapping into your authenticity. When you are truthful with yourself, you will attract people who not only see the real you, but love the real you. On the flip side, it’s important to mean what you say and say what you mean. Being honest means voicing yourself to others on a loving frequency, even if it isn’t the easiest thing to hear.
Third-Eye Chakra (Sanskrit: Ajna)
As we move up the body, we’re getting closer to communion with the divine. The third-eye chakra controls our ability to see the big picture and connect to intuition. Think of it as the eye of the soul: It registers information beyond the surface level. Visions and intuitive hits are not uncommon for someone with an open third-eye chakra.
Say to yourself: My vision is clear because it comes from the heart.
Lesson: The third eye chakra is where manifestation can begin to occur. This is where your foresight exists and allow you to manifest good and bad things into your life. If you’re always thinking negatively or seeing yourself in a negative light, then negative things will come to exist. Sometimes, though, that negative foresight is a survival instinct that tells you what things or people you need to get out of your life.
When you channel your intuitive sensibility, you are tapping into your inner perception. Going within can be scary, but it’s necessary to seeing which roadblocks are in your way. If you have a dream of opening you’re own business, for instance, it’s necessary to look inside to access what it keeping you from manifesting that dream into reality. Is it a fear of failure? Attachment to a “stable” 9-5 lifestyle? Turn inward, tune out the outside noise, and awaken. If your heart is in it, it will be.
Crown Chakra (Sanskrit: Sahasrara)
The crown chakra, the highest chakra, sits at the crown of the head and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. When you fully open your crown chakra — something very few people ever do — you’re able to access a higher consciousness.
Say the following: I am connected to the Divine source of the Universe. I am light. I trust.
Lesson: The crown chakra is the pathway to the feeling the divine source. For some, that is the Christian god. For others, it is the Muslim god. For you, it is most likely music. It is the ultimate source of light and trust. It’s a feeling that cannot be put into words. However, it starts at the bottom by learning to ground and open our root chakra, then ignite the kundalini within as we open all the chakras, and rise to our highest potential. This is held in our Sahasrara chakra.