Category Archives: Emotional Components

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Emotional Energy Centers

Our Emotional Energy Centers

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Within your body, there are seven basic energy centers or chakras. Chakra is an Indian (Sanskrit) word literally meaning “wheel.” These wheels have a circular or spiral shape, represent a spectrum of colors, and are located along your spine. Each energy center or chakra has a number of specific qualities and vibrational speeds, from lowest to highest. They vibrate at different levels depending on the individual and their ability to integrate the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of their life. To help balance a chakra, you have to be at the same vibration and frequency as the chakra.

EMOTIONAL ENERGY CENTERS

Each of your chakras is associated with the emotional aspects of being human.

Seventh or Crown Chakra (Violet)

Purpose: Spirituality, bliss, knowingness, wisdom, awareness, and higher self.

Issues: When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you experience lack of purpose, fear, materialism, and lack of trust.

Balanced: When this chakra is balanced, you are open minded and connected to the divine within and around you.

Emotional Lesson: Trust your inner voice.

Sixth or Third Eye Chakra (Indigo)

Purpose: Intuition, imagination, understanding, fearlessness, release, and memory.

Issues: When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you experience confusion, lack of concentration, and being judgmental.

Balanced: When this chakra is balanced, you’re perceptive and sensitive.

Emotional Lesson: Be open to wisdom and truth.

Fifth or Throat Chakra (Blue)

Purpose: Communication, trust, wisdom, and creativity.

Issues: When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you experience addiction, indecisiveness, and become critical of others.

Balanced: When this chakra is balanced, you communicate with integrity and honesty.

Emotional Lesson: Speak your truth.

Fourth or Heart Chakra (Green)

Purpose: Love, balance, giving without conditions, relationships, compassion, forgiveness, peace, and harmony.

Issues: When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you experience problems with love, moodiness, jealousy, and anxiety.

Balanced: When this chakra is balanced, you are loving and compassionate.

Emotional Lesson: Love.

Third or Solar Plexus (Yellow)

Purpose: Learning, comprehension, laughter, humor, ego, will- power, optimism, and curiosity.

Issues: When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you experience lack of self-esteem, depression, and inability to make decisions.

Balanced: When this chakra is balanced, you are ambitious and take action.

Emotional Lesson: Accept yourself.

Second or Sacral Chakra (Orange)

Purpose: Sensitivity, feelings, sensuality, confidence, enthusiasm, happiness, joy, and inner child.

Issues: When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you experience irritability, blame, power hungry, and focus on money.

Balanced: When this chakra is balanced, you nurture yourself, create healthy boundaries, and experience pleasure.

Emotional Lesson: Honor others.

First or Root Chakra (Red)

Purpose: Grounded, endurance, passion, stability, courage, sexuality, and individuality.

Issues: When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you experience feeling ungrounded, rage,  and lack of self-esteem.

Balanced: When this chakra is balanced, you feel safe and secure.

Emotional Lesson: Protecting yourself from harm.

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 ACTIVITY: BALANCING YOUR ENERGY CENTERS

When your emotional centers are blocked or out of balance, you experience the issues I just listed. Keeping your chakras open and in balance can help you to better navigate the emotions associated with grief.

This is a simple activity to help you to balance your physical chakras so you stay healthy. You do this by opening each of your chakras starting from the base of your spine and continuing up to the top of your head.

INSTRUCTIONS

Sit in a comfortable position or chair. Close your eyes.

Breathe in for 5 counts. Breathe out for 5 counts.

Feel your body start to relax.

Starting at the base of your spine (root chakra), visualize a spinning ball of red light directly in front of you.

Move up to your lower abdomen (sacral chakra), and visualize a spinning ball of orange light also in front of you.

Move up to just above your navel (solar plexus), and imagine a spinning ball of yellow light.

Continue up to the center of your chest (heart chakra), and imagine a spinning ball of green light.

Now move to your neck (throat chakra), and add a spinning ball of blue light.

Above your brows, in the center of your forehead (third eye chakra), visualize a spinning ball of indigo light.

Finally, at the top of your head (crown chakra), imagine a spinning ball of violet light.

Breatheinfor5countsandwatcheachoftheballsoflightcontinueto spin with their beautiful colors.

Breathe in for 5 counts. Breathe out for 5 counts.

Slowly open your eyes.

Give thanks.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Forgiveness Ceremony

Conducting A Forgiveness Ceremony

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Forgiveness is one of the most important ways to repair your heart. You know you have to do it but it’s so darn hard. You find all the reasons you can to not forgive. You convince yourself that forgiveness is “crazy talk”. But….he did this to me. But….she said that to me. You convince yourself it would be wrong to forgive. You then place yourself in your own unforgiving universe just because you don’t want to deal with it or worse yet, you don’t want to let go of “being right”. Somehow you think it is easier to stay angry or hold a grudge than it is to forgive. But is it really?

Think of what it does to your body walking around in perpetual state of unforgiving. You are angry and resentful all the time. It’s like always being in a fight or flight mode. Your heart wasn’t meant to operate that way. Your body wasn’t meant to feel that way. Staying on guard against a threat eventually wears down the body’s natural defenses. After a while, you may end up with physical symptoms ranging anywhere from headaches to heart attacks. Why would you choose to do this to yourself?

What we often forget is that forgiveness is about you not the other person. Forgiveness means you are not focused on proving you are right. Forgiveness means you are not condoning someone’s behavior. Forgiveness means you are trying to better understand what the other may have been through. Forgiveness means you are trying to “let go” so your own heart, soul, mind and body can be free.

For some people, just thinking about forgiveness may not be enough. In those instances, doing something more symbolic can be beneficial. Here is a short forgiveness ceremony you can try.

MATERIALS

Any type of household candle.

INSTRUCTIONS

Sit in a comfortable position or chair.

Light the candle.

Close your eyes.

Breathe in for 5 counts. Breathe out for 5 counts.

Feel your body start to relax.

Now visualize the person you want to forgive (living or deceased) standing on the other side of the candle.

Look into the flame of the candle. It represents love and kindness.

Place what you need to forgive in the candle’s flame.

Once a part of the flame, it turns into beautiful white light. Move this white light into the other person.

Now say “I forgive you” as many times as needed.

After forgiving the other person, wrap yourself in the white light to remove any leftover traces of resentment or anger.

Thank yourself for having the courage to forgive.

Breathe in for 5 counts. Breathe out for 5 counts.

Slowly open your eyes.

Give thanks.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!

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Hope

How Grief Can Bring Hope

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Seems like HOPE is the last thing anyone would be feeling if they are grieving. You are probably right. But feelings of hope have tremendous healing powers. Studies have shown that having a sense of hope can help people recover from tragedy. Finding ways to bring hope into your life can help you to heal even while you are grieving.

Hope equates to believing something good can happen. When you are grieving, something good happening is the last thing you expect. Nothing seems good anymore. Your world is forever changed. You just drag yourself through each day lost in sadness. It’s hard to find hope when you are feeling that way.

WAYS TO FIND HOPE

Pay Attention to the Signs. Knowing your loved ones are still around can give you a sense of hope. Look for the butterflies, songs on the radio, or pennies on the ground. Don’t second guess what you are experiencing. Don’t brush it off. Don’t try to find an explanation. Signs cannot be explained. They have to be felt with the heart. They have to be believed with the soul.

Distance Yourself From Negativity. Grieving is tough. Don’t add to it by surrounding yourself with negative people or situations. This will only bring you down further. Seek out positive people who support you and emotionally healthy environments where you feel safe.

Babysit. There is a quote that says, “Sometimes you just need to talk to a two-year-old so you understand life again.” This is so true. Who can teach us more about hope than a small child? Babysitting can be a way of finding hope again.

Set Small Goals. You can’t go from hopeless to hopeful with the snap of your fingers. But you can set small goals to help you move in that direction. Get through one hour, then one day then one week, then one month. Focus on one thing to help get you there. Hope will show up as a result of even your smallest action.

Pray. You don’t have to be religious to pray. In fact, meditation can be a form of prayer. You can pray for yourself. You can pray for others. Either way prayer helps you express gratitude and find hope. Ultimately prayer centers your heart and increases your awareness on what matters most. Isn’t that what life is all about?

For me, once I started receiving signs and messages from my loved ones, things changed. I began to find hope again. I was reminded that my loved ones are really never far away. This feeling of hope helped me to make it through another day. Then another. I finally found comfort. Death seemed less “final”. Less absolute. My pain was diminished. My mind began to open. I began to recognize synchronicities. I began to feel my loved ones next to me. I began to see the signs they were sending to me. I began to believe in a better tomorrow. Then I actually had a better tomorrow. Pretty soon, hope started to heal my heart. I began to see life’s beauty again. The blue sky. The sunsets. I began to take nothing for granted. My family. My friends. Hope helped me to emerge from two powerful tragedies. Maybe it will do the same for you.

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Excerpt from Grief Reiki – An Integrated Approach to the Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Components of Grief and Loss, Chapter 6, Letting Go.

Now Available on AmazonKindle and Barnes and Noble.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!

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