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.
Key phrase: You will never see your full potential until you seek your full potential.
Lesson: You have to allow yourself the chance to go after your goals. If you don’t make it clear to the universe what it is that you’re seeking, you will never see it manifest before you. Your basic needs of stability and security sit at the root chakra. Your potential starts here. What are you allowing yourself to be held back by?
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. This chakra also governs our ability to adapt and move with the winds of change.
Remember: The root of all suffering is attachment. – Buddha
Lesson: Attachment is the thief of joy. Holding onto anything, whether it be positive or negative, will take away from the beauty of the present moment. You will forever be indebted to the “what could’ve been” mindset if you allow yourself to attach to the past or future. This can range from anything as simple as a hurtful comment your partner made or something as serious as past trauma.
One of Buddha’s most renowned practices was the art of non-attachment. You truly cannot reach peace within if you are holding onto what no longer serves your greater purpose. Being able to let go of all attachments will open this chakra and allow the creative, fluid, emotional energy to flow onwards and upwards.
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 release judgement of others and myself. I allow my authenticity to be fully present.
Lesson: Your authentic self is what the world needs. Authenticity is what your truest self needs. The modern term “staying in your own lane” relates to this – focusing on what your higher self needs and not on what others are doing.
The weight that judgement has in your life manifests into shame, anger, resentment, and jealousy – towards yourself and others. It steals your inner peace and takes away from a beautiful human experience. Start today by checking your inner dialogue. What judgements are you making about yourself and those around you?
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.
Remember: Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.
Lesson: When you connect with the Divine, the most powerful energy you have to offer the world is love. Don’t let the voice in your head tell you any different. Let your heart guide you with compassion and empathy as your mind is put at ease. Love transcends the ego’s limitations. You are infinite when you let your heart shine its light.
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: I am an important voice to the world. I speak my truth and I am heard.
Lesson: Have you felt unheard or silenced recently? Do you feel like you are put on the back-burner? The openness of your throat chakra is vital for self-expression, growth, and maturation. Your fifth chakra is the mediator between thought and feeling. Push past the internal resistance you may be feeling from external factors and allow your voice to be heard. Your voice matters. It demands to be heard.
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: Are you committed to your dreams or your comfort zone?
Lesson: Ah, the good ole comfort zone. You will never see your blessings tenfold if you are stuck in your debilitating comfort zone. In order to achieve your dreams, you have to take off and chase them with every ounce of your being – allowing your intuition to guide you along the way. Your third eye center will never fail you once you’ve reached the point of total surrender.
Everything you have been manifesting is right in front of you. Will you step out of your comfort zone and trust the wisdom instilled in you?
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.
Remember: If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. The greatest gift you can give is that of your own self-transformation.
Lesson: The lesson is very clear. The crown chakra connects your finite consciousness with infinite consciousness, knowing no separation. When you reach the point of awakening the seventh chakra, you can truly change the world. Here you will find that you are soul-connected to the Divine. What are you doing today to transform into the highest version of yourself?