Find the Right Key

You know, I’m beginning to feel a little more of this tug-of-war, if you will, going on between my body and spirit these days. It’s always been there to some degree, though maybe because I’ve become a bit more measured, for lack of a better term… it seems more pronounced… who knows?

I recall as a child my spirit soaring like an eagle as my body did everything in its power just to keep up. I was fearless, my energy level was off the charts, and my limitations, as far as I was concerned, were nonexistent.

Yes, life was a song, I was the composer, and the hook had no end in sight. No rules, no holding back… and believe me, there was no doubt in my mind that I was gonna sing it forever!

That my friend is the way it is when the spirit’s in charge… footloose and fancy frickin’ free.

But as time progressed, I began to sense the gravity of life slowly amassing within, trying its best to weigh me down. Yes, the vessel… i.e. my body, which houses this free flowing spirit of mine, was slowly awakening to the fact that unlike its occupant, it had a whole different set of circumstances to deal with. In a word… REALITY!

You know, this reality thing has a tendency of putting the reins on footloose and fancy frickin’ free. That is, if you allow it.

As I sit here at my computer with my mind wandering, trying to make sense of this polarity between body and spirit, I can almost hear God’s self-talk as He’s breathing life into the spirit of mankind for the first time.

“Let’s see… I want to keep this simple, but not easy. I want you free yet grounded. You must fear, to persevere… seek, to find… cry, to heal. But there’s no way you’re going to find the time to gain such wisdom constantly running amuck on earth solely as a free spirit.

So here’s the deal. I’m going to house you in a body to slow you down just a bit, in order to give you time to figure things out. But I’ll leave you a key… a key which will disconnect you for instant rejuvenation, motivation, and dream chasing… and believe me you’re going to need it.

You need plenty of time to run wild and be free, so make sure you disconnect often. Warning! If for any reason you choose to hunker down inside too long between outings, you will run the risk of losing or worse yet, breaking yourself. If that happens, well… just don’t let it happen. So whatever you do, don’t lose this key.”

So what’s the key?… Music!

Reality grounds the body… music lifts the spirit.

Sure… there’s a litany of things which lifts the spirit… but music is in a class of its own. It has the power, in any given moment, to not only lift the spirit but to completely disengage and release it.

Just one melody from a forgotten song can instantly whisk you away, back to your childhood, or maybe to a precise moment when you met someone special or experienced something wonderful for the first time, complete with all the trimmings in vivid detail.

A cry from a cello can disconnect you from reality faster than quick. Yes, it can have your spirit peacefully floating away on a cloud of contentment before your body even has a clue you’ve checked out.

And if a driving drum beat, perfectly in sync with an unpredictable yet somehow anticipated rhythm, exploding within a whirlwind of electrical harmonies can’t awaken that dormant “footloose and fancy frickin’ free” of yours… nothing can.

Here’s the thing… we all are made up of both body and spirit. The degree to which we keep them both fully engaged and properly balanced determines the quality of our reality.

It’s when the spirit is the highest that our emotions are the deepest and dreams seem most vivid.

As I mentioned earlier… as a child, my spirit soared because my body wasn’t yet aware of the reality it was supposed to embrace. So reaching dreams didn’t only seem possible, they were absolutely expected.

Note to self for when life is weighing you down:

Don’t ever, no matter how old you get, think you’re too sophisticated to let go and be a little childlike, for there is where your spirit lives and thrives. You see, those dreams and desires don’t change… you do.

It’s never too late. Everything that motivates, inspires, turns you on and gets you fired up is forever smoldering in your spirit just waiting to be rekindled. All it takes is a single spark of emotion to once again ignite it. Turn the key, and turn it up! And do it your way!

The Shat Chakras in the Human Body and Their Significance

The meaning of the word chakra is spinning wheel. When considered from a yogic point of view, the chakras are a convergence of the human energy, feelings thoughts and physical body. These chakras are the defining factor of how we react to different situations, how we deal with reality, our emotional reactions, our aversions or desires, the amount of confidence we carry and the things we fear.

It is very important to keep the energy flow freely through these chakras at all times for maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul. When this energy gets blocked in a chakra it may lead to mental, physical and emotional imbalance resulting in symptoms such as anxiety, poor digestion and lethargy. The idea is to keep these energies flow freely and that can be done by practicing asana and pranayama and other yogic practices regularly.

There are Six major chakras in the body mentioned as below:

1. Muladhara- The “root chakra” is situated at the base of the spine almost at the tailbone. It is responsible for the instinctual urges related to food, survival, sleep and sex. It also controls our fears and things we try to avoid.
2. Svadhishthana- The “pelvic chakra” is connected with the reproductive organs, adrenals and genitourinary system.
3. Manipura- The “navel chakra” or the “jewel city” is represented by the color yellow. This chakra is associated with the digestive system as well as personal power, anxiety, fear, introversion and opinion formation.
4. Anahata-TheAnahata or the “heart chakra is associated with the colors pink and green. The main issues associated with this chakra are complex emotions, kindness, compassion, love, rejection and well-being.
5. Vishuddha- The “throat chakra” is represented by the color blue or red. This chakra is associated with speech, hearing and the endocrine glands which take care of the metabolism.
6. Ajna- The “third eye” or the “command” chakra symbolizes the convergence of two crucial energetic streams in the human body. Ajna corresponds to the colors indigo, violet or deep blue but is officially described as white. This chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, development and growth.

Sahasrara- Also called the “crown chakra” or the “thousand petaled” chakra symbolizes the state of pure consciousness. This chakra is located on the crown area and is signified by the color violet or white. Sahasrara comprises matter of highest wisdom.

The concept of energetic anatomy and physiology of the ancient sages gives comprehensive approach for the understanding of the holistic health and wellness of the human spectrum from its gross to subtle nature. The element, pranas and the organs of working in the location of each chakra have significant effect on the homeostasis development.

The knowledge of chakras and the practices relevant for their activation will play significant role for the health concepts in Kundalini Yoga. Also, they will be valuable to reach the higher dimensions of Yogic experiences. The classical text on Hatha Yoga curriculum will provide broad base in this journey.

Before You Dis My Thoughts and Prayers

I’ve been watching with interest the recent trend on social media of devaluing thoughts and prayers. I recognize the frustration and even cynicism behind it, but we need to take a look at thoughts and prayers from a grown-up perspective before offhandedly throwing them under the bus.

I’m a spiritualist, metaphysician and student of consciousness. Lots of us are these days, and we know powerful change agents that thoughts and prayers are. Literally. And this isn’t about religion. It’s about consciousness, and the power of it.

Everything that is unfolding in our culture and in our world started as thought. Thought is causal. Thought is how things – beliefs, ways of showing up in the world, situations, and circumstances – begin. Thoughts – beliefs, agreements (conscious and unconscious), fears, wounds, desires, hopes, and dreams – are the blueprints that become the patterns within which we live our lives, both individually and collectively. They are powerful, and a literal creative force.

Prayer – new prayer, affirmative prayer – is thought intentionally applied. It’s not beseeching some outside entity for favors. Prayer is a conscious choice and decision, impelled by our hearts and souls, to engage and co-operate with the creative, powerful, causal realm of embodied Divinity, via both thought and prayer, inviting a new blueprint to eclipse the old.

Metaphysics 101 tells us that where we place our attention expands into our experience of life. It’s massively subjective. We see what we are looking from – based on the mental, emotional and spiritual blueprint in our minds and hearts. Because of that we find what we are looking for, regardless of what we are looking for. If our focus is on lack, we will see and feel and experience lack, and because the focus of our attention – our thought – is causal, literally creative, and becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

If on the other hand we wish to co-create something new, something vital and fabulous and peaceful and loving and good, that becomes our focus. We find what we are looking for, regardless of what we are looking for. If our focus is on good, we will see and feel and experience good, and because the focus of our attention – our thought – is causal, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

What isn’t working in our culture and in our world has become self-evident. Inequity, lack of stewardship, isms and schisms in their many iterations have brought to our attention fractures that have existed in plain sight or just below the surface for a long time. What isn’t working is in our faces, and while that is valuable information, its greatest value is one of creating a contrast for a new blueprint based on wellness, equity, and stewardship, a collective emerging thought impelled by a thousand, a hundred-thousand, maybe millions of individual prayers that collectively have the power to create it.

We are in the midst of perhaps the greatest season of change in our history as a species – call it a shift of consciousness, call it an awakening, call it what you will. Whatever you call it, and whatever is becoming, it will become as a result first of thought, impelled by prayer, which in this case I’ll define as a creative and powerful heart and soul desire for something better. That’s the only way it’s going to happen.

It’s going to take a lot of that, a lot of us, a lot of new thoughts, and powerful, creative, causal prayers to collectively craft this emerging new blueprint for the coming season of humanity. We just might want to shift our attention, at some point, from what isn’t working to what we do want to create.

In the meantime, please don’t dis my thoughts and prayers. Despite what you may or may not think about me and my methods, I am hard at work – drafting the new blueprint that is welling up from within our individual hearts and souls and coming together in and as our collective consciousness.