The Brow Chakra

If I were to have a favourite chakra, this would be it.  And yet I know that none of them work in isolation and this chakra could not be as active without the others also functioning.  Sometimes called the third eye, this chakra, when activated gives us the ability to use both right and left brain.  As a result, our perspective creates a vision of our world that intertwines both the logical and the intuitive.  When I talk about the power of the mind or the power of thought, it is through this chakra.  This is definitely an area I personally find both inspiring and fulfilling.

When we fully activate this chakra, we are able to examine and change our limiting beliefs.  Here we can access our wisdom.  Here we can strengthen our spirit.  Here we learn to aim for our highest good as well as the highest good for all.

While this chakra is connected with the mind, do not confuse it will being an intellectual or analytical thinker who trusts only what is conventional making them narrow thinkers, even though they may not see this in themselves.

You may ask “how do I use this part of me more often?  I aspire to wisdom and balance.”

It requires growing in self awareness while at the same time accepting others, seeing the good in each person.  Seek out people who think as you do and allow yourself to express your own uniqueness in ways that serve you best.

Personally I love spending time with friends who share this perspective.  I feel I am at my best when I have spent some time each day reading some inspirational material, or meditating or doing self Reiki.  I wish I could say I do this daily.  I get sidetracked.  My humanness kicks in and I forget.  But I notice the difference and when I return to this practice, my day flows much better.

From my learning and experience, I sense that we cannot function from this chakra alone.  It is by working with all the chakras that we are at our best.

Are you interested in a retreat?

I have been giving serious thought to offering another retreat.  If this interests you at all, let me know.  Would November be a good month?  Would you prefer an overnight or just two full days?  I am looking forward to hearing your response.

Till next time,

Marie

 

Reiki Dance: — finding all parts of yourself through guided dance and Reiki: May 10th

Reiki Dance

Reiki Dance Photo

 

Imagine a spring day at Rhythmwood. 

  •       Picture yourself in a small group of people who have also been attuned to Reiki energy.  They too love to move with music, and feel the energy flow from earth and spirit through them.
  •        See yourself being guided through movement and music to replenish your spirit and to share it with those around you — finding all parts of yourself through guided dance so you can be whole and connected to the flow of energy that unites us all
  •        No dance experience is needed, just a willingness to move and be moved.
  •       As long as you have been attuned to Reiki 1, no matter how long ago, you qualify.

Facilitators:             Wendy Roman and Marie Knapp

When:                       Saturday May 10th,  10:00 to 4:30

Where:                     Rhythmwood (near Lion’s head) 

http://www.rhythmwood.ca

Cost:                          $125  includes a delicious vegetarian lunch

Group:       Space is limited so we will only take 12 participants. 

                                    Register soon and avoid disappointment.

To Register: contact Marie Knapp                 marieknapp@rogers.com  

                        or Wendy Roman                          wendy@rhythmwood.ca

Please share this message with other Reiki people who may be interested in attending.  You may also wish to share the poster.  Link to poster:  click here

Personal Power Resides in the Solar Plexus

Hello again,

I hope you are all enjoying the ups and downs of winter.  It is easy to feel the low ebb of winter months with fewer sunlight hours, cold weather and more limitations on our time outdoors.  However, there are still ample opportunities to find joy in what surrounds us. Looking out the window at the beauty of nature in winter is one thing I delight in.  Some people have bird feeders close to a window and enjoy watching the dynamics of the different types of birds as they arrive for their food.

Nature is a wonderful way of lifting up our spirits.  Respecting and honouring nature is really honouring and respecting ourselves.  We have such a close connection.

We have been reflecting on the third chakra, the solar plexus. This chakra is vital to our being able to move forward in the world, to being leaders and to being able to love unconditionally.  When our third chakra is functioning well, we know our personal power comes from within.

Truly knowing it is evident when we are not always asking for validation from those around us.  When we do not give away our power to others by blaming them for our misfortunes or our successes.  We all do this at some point and in some situations.  It is in our best interest to pay attention to that. In Cognitive Behavioural Work,  we can change those core beliefs to not assume it is another person who is in charge of our lives.  At the same time, it is an opportunity to reflect on times when we can choose to give another person responsibility for an aspect of our life we need help with.  In this sense, the issues of the third chakra are connected with the strength of the second chakra and our ability to trust others.

The third chakra is where we can connect with our true self.  “Our true self is that part of us that is always whole and intact.  It is where truth, beauty, and freedom abide.  It is not affected by pain, loss or trauma.  Though life appears difficult at times, we are made whole when we connect to the self.  It is an awareness of invaluable worth, esteem, and true power.  The self is more radiant than the sun.”

How beautiful we are when we ponder and acknowledge the above quote from Wauters’ book The Book of Chakras.  Many people diminish the value of the ego as if we could manage even greater things without it, yet it is only those who have developed the ego that have the inner strength to be resilient under life’s challenges.  It is the developed ego and solar plexus that enables us to make wise choices with respect and integrity.

Sometimes we describe a person as egotistical.  Perhaps that is why the term ego has been given a bad rap. When the self of the solar plexus extends into the heart, our confidence and inner strength is neither manipulative, nor exploitive.  Being strong is not being egotistical.  While many object to the word power, it is when we develop our inner strength and feel empowered and connect to our heart centre that we have the ability to heal ourselves and to heal others. This gives us the incentive to allow ourselves to be all we can be.

It is a pleasure to be with people who know who they are.  These beautiful people generate peace and harmony.  They know their boundaries and do not tolerate being used or abused.  Knowing this we can focus our personal healing and growth on knowing our worth, on making positive choices for our lives and on developing a resilient ego.

May you take some time to be connected with who you are, to respect and love what you find, accepting the strengths and the less strong parts of yourself.   May you feel your inner strength while at the same time being aware of and respecting the inner strength of others.  May your heart be open and acknowledging of your own self-worth.

Namaste,

Till next time,

Marie

Self Worth and the Third (Solar Plexus) Chakra

Happy New Year,

You likely wonder if I have given up my blog. “Where are those Chakra blogs she promised?”, you may be saying to yourself.  or not…

Well life does sometimes get in the way of my doing the things I get enthusiastic about.  Only proof that I am not by any means perfect and really want to be able to share what I learn with others but… sometimes other things take over. 

This is a good day to get back on track.  We are truly “snowed-in” in Owen Sound.  It seems all the roads out of town are closed, which is rather disconcerting for those heading to the airport.  And the airport is also temporarily shut down, I hear. 

But even here in our home, the radio tells us “all roads in Georgian Bluffs are closed”.  So that means they aren’t plowing them.  And here we sit and here I write for the blog.

Well it took Bob and I an hour for us together to shovel out the drive way.  We shoveled out a foot of snow yesterday and another foot today.  That is around 30cm each day.  Beautiful out there.  But glad I like our warm cozy home.

I have more plans for the new year related to workshops.  I will send out more information about that next week.  I have just read a book by Dr Janet Lapp that is a possible workshop or retreat theme.  More on that later.

I still find Reiki a really positive influence on my life and would be happy to share it with you.  I do offer Reiki sessions to clients but also love teaching it.  Please let me know if you are interested in taking classes in Usui Reiki in Levels 1, 2 or the advanced and masters levels.

Back to the Chakras

We have given attention to the first and second chakras, the root and sacral chakras.  The third chakra is the solar plexus.  It is located right over the stomach just below your sternum.  It is where you feel unpleasant sensations when someone hurts your ego badly,  when you feel like you were “kicked in the stomach” or “punched in the gut”.  You know the location when you know it has been negatively punched so to speak.  You actually feel it when you are feeling good about yourself too but it is more of a pleasant feeling.

The solar plexus chakra is said to be the place related to who we are.   In adolescence we develop a sense of personal identity.  It is connected with our sense of self-worth and is where we feel our sense of personal empowerment.

Caroline Myss, renowned author, speaker and workshop leader, says in one of her CDs that the thing we need to help people with most, the most important area to help the world be a better place, is not the heart chakra but rather the solar plexus and the sense of self-worth.

I often have given my own personal interpretation of the biblical reference to “Love your neighbour as yourself”.  Really we can only love others to the degree that we love ourselves.  

You may wish to give some thought to this.  In my mind, when we truly love others, we do so unconditionally.  And what that means is without expectations in return.  Loving others in an attempt to receive love in return is a message that the third chakra needs work.  In other words that aspect of ourselves feels unloved.  Which means that we do not love that aspect of ourselves.  When we don’t love an aspect of ourselves, we look for others to love it as if that is how we will learn to love ourselves.  however, it has to come from within.   It is only in learning to love that aspect of ourselves, in spite of perhaps not liking it, we are free to be more loving and accepting of others.

I have to check this one in myself regularly.  I know it is true in my head but living it is not easy.   We can pretend we get it by being able to talk about it knowledgeably but that doesn’t cut it unfortunately. 

This is an excellent area to work on as we begin the new year.   One of my intentions for 2014.

Hope to be back more regularly.  More about the Solar Plexus then.

Till next time,

Marie

The Upper Four Chakras

Sometimes we tend to work with the chakras as though the upper ones are more important than the lower ones.  Last week I gave an overview of the three lower chakras.   We do ourselves a disfavour when we pay more attention to one area that the other. But we have a tendency to do just that. Just noticing what we are inclined to do is the first step to paying attention to all seven.

The heart is the middle or the fourth chakra. It plays a vital role in connecting the upper and lower chakras because it holds emotions. Living only in the upper chakras distances us for the real life we are meant to live and the heart helps us take our learning, both cognitive and spiritual from the upper chakras to the doing part of our lives in the lower ones. We can think about things constantly and nothing happens because it is just all in our heads. Likewise we can be spiritual, meditating and prayerful, without connecting it to the life we are intended to live through our lower chakras.

The 5th chakra is the throat chakra and it is very much a place for self-expression. Speaking our truth is important. We express ourselves through our voice, our smile and frown and through our hands in music, art, writing and more.  Of course this chakra cannot function independently. Who we are is lived through all the chakras so the throat chakra gives us the opportunity to share that outwardly. The second chakra is connected to our creativity. These two areas of our lives, related to the second and the fifth chakras, connect in our creative expression.

The sixth chakra is the Brow Chakra or the Third Eye. It is related to our thinking and visioning. We spend a lot of time here in our culture. On its own, it would be simply continual thinking and visioning and little action. It is when we bring our vision to the heart level, linking it to our emotions, that we are capable of taking it to the action level.

The seventh chakra is our crown chakra which is our connection to the divine and to our higher self … to our wisdom. One of the resources I use when talking about the chakras is “The Book of Chakras” by Ambika Wauters. Some of you will be familiar with this book because I have used it as a resource for some retreats and workshops you may have attended. Wauters writes,

“The Crown Chakra is the most elevated chakra in the system. It provides the means to deepen our indelible connection with the source of our being. Whether we wish to make this connection conscious is up to us. The link is there; we must only acknowledge it to experience it. There is nothing to be done to make this connection other than recognize it.”

Metaphorically, the different chakras represent different parts of ourselves which, when integrated represent a holistic model of who we are. Because there seems to be different life stages in which these chakras mature, it could be viewed as a developmental model or even another hierarchy of needs much like that described by Maslow.

Energetically, it seems that the wholeness of who you are functions at its best when the energy is flowing in a balanced way and the chakras are all working equally well. They all need our attention. When the body is in that balanced state, it is at its best for healing.
I would love to hear comments or questions from you.

The next two or three blogs will focus specifically on the Root Chakra but also include applications, what happens when it is not functioning well or is blocked and connections with other chakras.  Please feel free to invite others to sign up to receive the blogs in their email.

Reminder:   I still have room for 3 more participants in the Reiki 1 class that starts Sept 12th at 6:30 for 2 Thursday evenings.

I will also be offering the second level when that one is completed.  If you are interested in Level 2, please check my web site and contact me.

Till next time,

Marie

What a great response! Chakras are in!

Thanks to so many of you who took the time to send me a response.  I am delighted with your enthusiasm about the topic.  I also love the diversity of responses.

To those of you who are well versed in the chakras and yet still expressed an interest in a review, a different perspective and continuing interest in the topic, I am honoured.  I hope you will consider responding to what I write, adding your own experiences and perspectives to share what you know too.

To those of you who are relatively new to the idea, I thank you for your inspiring enthusiasm.  I think you will find it rather fascinating.  In particular I hope it will give you the opportunity to explore the topic more.  Please feel free to ask questions.  There will be others besides me who will be able to answer.

To those who are particularly interested in the metaphor of the chakras, thank you.  There is so much we don’t know yet.  Metaphors help us explore our humanness and wholeness in more depth.  Besides, I can no more show you a chakra that I can show you what a feeling or an emotion looks like.  We only know feelings by expressions and words of another.  But they are not spots in the body.  You can not touch an emotion just as you cannot touch a chakra.  However, you can subjectively feel emotions and some can also feel energy and flow.  More metaphors.  There is so much to learn.

To those particularly interested in self-care, this is great.  Learning about the chakras, even metaphorically, gives us the opportunity to be more self-aware.  It can give us a personal self assessment, giving us information for self-care.  Oh and there is so much more….

I am going to work out a regular schedule for sending out information re the Chakras.  Possibly Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.  I will know soon.  I will also send out other information re events, like Reiki classes. But those will not be as frequent.

On that note, I have three people registered for the Reiki Level 1 Thursday evening class in September.  My maximum is 6.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Enjoy the rest of August that feels like September.

Till next time,

Marie

I need your response, please

Hi folks,

I have had a few quiet moments over the last week.  Hiking in the woods, and kayaking on Georgian Bay give me stillness to tap into my creative spirit.  I would really like to hear your input on my thoughts for future blogs.  Your response to the following is going to be very helpful to me in making the blogs I write most meaningful to you.

Chakras: a framework for self discovery and self care

There is value in learning more about the Chakras.  I see them as a possible framework for looking at different aspects of all that we are.   I believe that this perspective serves not only those who work with energy, and believe in the concepts of the energy field and universal energy, but also those who can approach the concept of the chakras as a metaphor, and thus a framework for learning more about ourselves in a holistic way.

So my proposal is to begin with an overview of the chakras.  I could follow this with writing about each chakra individually beginning with the root chakra.  I expect that I could write 3 or 4 blogs on each.  They could include the different aspects of each chakra, the possible shadow side of each, and in some cases relationships with the other chakras.  I would include practical examples that would draw your attention to their effect on daily life and for self-care.  I would like to make it usable and not simply theoretical.  You could send me personal emails about each one if you wish, or ask questions that could be answered either personally and confidentially or anonymously in the next blog.

I am feeling excited about this approach.   It offers many opportunities to bring in a variety of different authors too.  What are your thoughts?  Would this appeal to you?

You can reply below or send me a personal email at marieknapp@rogers.com

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Short or long replies are welcome.

Other suggestions are welcome also.

Till next time,

Marie