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 throughout daily life, either in 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 what one holds is the keys 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)
CE is proud to present Tools For Living, which spotlights seven affirmations, for aligning seven chakras, said over seven days. Using these affirmations, readers will be able to reflect upon which of their chakras are out of alignment, which are not spinning altogether, which are overactive, etc. Ultimately, the goal is to seek alignment and attract more abundance into your 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 strong. I am powerful. I am a difference maker.
Lesson: When we aren’t conscious of the “I am” statements we are making in the backs of our minds throughout the day, we may be falling into the trapped of repeating negative affirmations to ourselves… without even realizing it! If you are saying to yourself, “I am ugly. I am worthless. I won’t amount to anything,” these imprint on your psyche subconsciously. Thus, you will begin attracting things and people into your life who affirm these negative impressions of yourself. In turn, you will begin to believe that you don’t deserve anything better.
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.
Say to yourself:
Lesson: Try flipping the switch and beginning the morning with positive affirmations by looking in the mirror and telling yourself, “I am worthy. I am important.” Even if you don’t believe these things at first, you will begin to re-train your brain into thinking better of yourself. This isn’t something that just happens and “poof,” you’re better. These things will develop gradually, habitually, and for the betterment of your mind and soul.
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:
Lesson: As humans, we often stand in our own way and become our own worst enemies when we repeatedly tell ourselves, “I can’t. I’m not capable. I’m not driven enough. I don’t deserve success.” The biggest hurdle is convincing ourselves that we must try regardless. Once we believe in our own ability to accomplish our goals, we begin taking small steps towards achieving them. We tell others. We set schedules. We discipline our lifestyles.
It is better to live with failure and learn from our mistakes than to live with the regret of not knowing if we could have, would have, or should have done something. The best thing about failure is that, in the end, at least we can tell ourselves that we tried. And if we fail, we can try, try, and try again. One only fails when they are ready to truly give up. Looking back on life, successful people always say they remembered the lessons of their failures more than the glory of their wins.
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 to yourself:
Lesson: A lot of new-agers nowadays speak about centering in the heart, speaking from the heart, and acting from the heart. But there are some misconceptions about what that looks like. Real love is not sentimental or passive—it is strong and it is soft—and, as the mystics tell us, it is eminently practical. So what does this even look like? If love is a feeling, how does it show up in everyday life? How can we see, touch, and feel it? Namely, in and through one’s actions.
Mother Teresa would agree with this wholeheartedly, for her love displayed an all-consuming service to others. Love, for Mother Teresa, was an essential part of the drama of everyday life. “We do no great things,” she explained. “We do only small things with great love.”
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.
Say to yourself:
Lesson: Our ability to be honest with ourselves is sometimes life’s biggest struggle. Everyone’s personal truth is different, but one’s ability to truly look inside themselves and admit to their own perceptions of themselves, to their perceptions of others, and so on, depends on our strength to never shy away from the hard truths. Focus not just the bright and proud truths, but the deep, the dark and ugly, and the shameful truths.
Whether you have an underactive throat chakra that aids in your own denial, or an overactive throat chakra that over-corrects by telling yourself only the bad things about yourself, take comfort in becoming conscious of these things so you can know which direction to swing your own pendulum. Repeating daily gratitudes has been proven to help you see yourself, and thus speak to yourself, in a more life-affirming light.
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.
Ask yourself: Do I trust my intuition?
Lesson: There come several times in our lives when we gain clues on which direction to move—whether it be in a romantic relationship, a new career path, a souring friendship, a cross-country move, etc. We have two choices in these instances: Listen to our gut or deny/delay the inevitable. Take the leap of faith. Who knows… you may be doing yourself a huge favor in the long term. But how do you know which is the right choice when it’s looking you in the face?
When we become more consciously aware, we open our third-eye chakra to seeing things that reside below the surface, material realm. We begin to trust our feelings, see the bigger picture, make decisions that open up new opportunities, and, in the process, we raise our emotional intelligence. When you truly learn to listen to your gut, you begin to realize it never steers you wrong.
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 higher consciousness.
Say the following:
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.