Tools for living: Accepting yourself in the present moment
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.
Say to Yourself: I have enough. I have everything I need.
Lesson: Take one deep breath in, say this mantra to yourself, then exhale. Repeat this seven times. Really take in each word for what they mean. Let them seep into your soul: “Enough.” “Have.” “Everything.” “You are complete.”
You are rooted in all that you need. You are not falling short of anything. You do not need anything more to be fulfilled. Who you are right now and what you have is more than enough. You cannot begin to expand and flourish if you don’t accept where you are in this moment.
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.
Key Phrase: “There is nothing that teaches you more than regrouping after failure and moving on.” – Charles Bukowski
Lesson: Life is simply a rhythm of ebb and flow – this includes success and failure. Nothing is permanent, including your losses. Count your losses and move forward. We’ll spare you having to read the self-help books and tell you the big secret here: Your world will become a whole lot brighter when you detach from your failures and focus on the success that’s calling your name. Those minor setbacks are only a fraction of the bigger picture.
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.
Mantra: I love myself and approve of who I am.
Lesson: You are your greatest critic. Why spend your entire life wishing you were any different? There is only one you in this world. Your light, your energy, your nature is 100% unique to you. Accepting who you are — in all of your glory — will make your life brighter. Loving yourself is easier said than done, but it’s worth giving a try. Your future self will thank 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.
Quote: “Plant seeds of hope in your heart. Give them plenty of love and attention. Then watch as your beautiful dreams bloom.” – Amy Atherton
Lesson: Hope is what keeps you moving forward when it seems like there isn’t much left. In these turbulent times, you have to cling to hope for the future. Find your “why” — what is it that set your heart on fire? Once you find your “why,” having hope and making your dreams a reality becomes second nature. It will all fall into place if you just keep holding on.
Throat Chakra (Sanskrit: Vishuddha)
The throat chakragives 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: “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins
Lesson: Here at Conscious Electronic, gratitude is our attitude. We live and breathe this statement. Gratitude equals power. Vocalizing your appreciation, even the little things, makes life sweeter. It makes your days feel lighter. You stop living in a state of “lack” and allow yourself to catapult into a life of abundance.
Name 3 things you’re grateful for, today and everyday. Write them down, speak them into existence, text a friend. Make it known that TODAY – you are grateful.
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: Every situation is an opportunity for my growth.
Lesson: You can only control your reactions to the situations you are put in. How will you choose to react when times get hard? Will you use them as an opportunity to grow? To expand your current beliefs? To nurture new ideas? There is no “bad” or “good” — just your perception. Make every situation count.
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 am here to make a difference.
Lesson: What is your life purpose? Have you considered the greater impact you have on your close circle and your community at large? Maybe your purpose is simply to be here now. Maybe it is to bring some new dimension to your friend group. Maybe it’s to reshape your work organization. Maybe it’s to mentor someone in your community. Whatever this purpose may be, make it count. Know that the world needs you here because you matter. You are here to leave this world a better place than you entered into it.