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 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, you can reflect on which of your chakras are out of alignment, which are not spinning altogether, which are overactive, and so on. 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: Direction is so much more important than speed.
Lesson: Grounding down to the present moment will help you see clearly the direction in which you were meant to go. Have you ever heard of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise was slow and steady, fixed on the direction he needed to go in. He wasn’t phased by the hare’s speed. The tortoise stayed focused on his journey. Your journey in the direction that is right for you will always be more important than the destination or the speed at which you’re moving. This is your journey.
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.
Say to yourself: I embrace peace on earth and goodwill towards others and I commit to practicing it all year long.
Lesson: Your sacral chakra is the center at which empathy sits within you. During these turbulent times in society and our world, how are you choosing to react? We are in control of the reaction we have to the weight of the world around us. Choose peace. Choose love.
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.
Remember: The path isn’t a straight line. It’s a spiral. You continuously come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.
Lesson: The fibonacci spiral, also known as the golden spiral, is found everywhere. It is significant for many reasons, one being it’s symbol for infinity. Our life path is similar to that of the fibonacci spiral – our purpose is never ending, constantly uncovering a deeper meaning.
Your solar plexus chakra harnesses your power to dictate your life. It gives you the confidence you need to experience your greatest potential. The spiral of life allows you to revisit old thought patterns and habits that no longer serve you. It gives you the opportunity to redirect and start again. Don’t miss your chance.
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.
Mantra: Love is my guiding light in life, and I give and receive it effortlessly and unconditionally.
Lesson: The good ‘ole heart chakra mantra here to remind you why you exist on this planet. Love. You are worthy of love in it’s purest, most abundant form. Let love be the language that breaks the chains your subconscious is bound to. Let love be the language that shatters the walls built between you and your greatest oppositions. Nothing can stop you when love is your light.
Repeat this mantra daily. You deserve it!
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.
Key phrase: Without communication, there is no relationship. Without respect, there is no love. Without trust, there is no reason to continue.
Lesson: Now is the time to take a look within to see if your throat chakra is strapped with the armor of communication, respect, and trust. Without these things you cannot have community or love. What is lacking in your relationship with yourself and others? Can you take a deep dive into the unknown parts of yourself to pull out your true power?
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.
Repeat to yourself: I invite sacred transformation. It is safe for me to see the divine truth.
Lesson: Do you trust yourself enough to see your divine truth? Do you trust your intuition enough to guide you to where you need to be? Your third-eye chakra is waiting for you to trust in your higher power. Allow transformation to take place so you can make the most of your time here on earth.
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 are able to access higher consciousness.
Mantra: I understand my purpose as a co-creator of reality. I am divinity in human form.
Lesson: With a clear understanding of your place in this world, your connection with others, your ability to speak truth and guide with love, you are an unstoppable co-creator of your reality. There is no better moment than the one you’re living in right now.