Recently I watched Caroline Myss’ “Energetics of Healing” DVD. Myss is most known for her book Anatomy of the Spirit, and is renowned as one of the first practitioners to pull the mind, body, and spirit together and reach the masses.
In this DVD, her premise is that we have a set amount of energy coming from the Source to us everyday that is managed through energetic chakra centers. Each chakra manages a specific category of information. Good management of the chakras leads to well-being and equilibrium in your daily functioning, whereas poor management results in energy “leaks” that drain cells of life force and leave us depleted, tired, unhappy, with low self-esteem, and with unbalanced relationships. Taken to an extreme, these “leaks” lead to illness and disease.
Myss spells out “Seven Sacred Truths” for optimum physical health and spiritual integration, and she suggests you ask yourself the following questions daily to determine where your “leakages” are located.
[amazon-product align=”right”]B0001HK0BG[/amazon-product]I highly recommend the DVD, and encourage thinking about the ways in which emotional experience is lodged in the body. However, I also know that it’s easier to read about it than to implement the practice (something about the fifth chakra, I’m sure!). So, take her model as one of the many that exists out there, and stay on your healing path through curiosity and personal experience.
The notes below are credited to Ms. Myss – I am just republishing them here:
Chakra 1 (located just in front of the base of the spine): All is one
Energy leakages at the first chakra tend to involve “us and them” thinking. Recognizing that there are, in truth, no separations between ourselves and others is a powerful step toward healing our inner tribal conflicts. Evaluate your energy at this chakra by asking yourself the following questions:
Am I prejudiced about anyone?
Am I holding on to belief systems – from my family or other social group – that no longer serve me?
Am I fueling negative connections with my family?
Am I living in harmony with the people closest to me?
Am I blaming my family or society for my difficulties?
Chakra 2 (located just in front of the spine, two inches below the navel): Honor one another
This sacred truth challenges us to take back the energy we lose when we try to control others instead of empowering them. Evaluate your energy at this chakra by asking yourself the following questions:
Am I using my energy to “finance” any addictions?
Am I fueling vengeance or envy?
Am I comfortable with my sexuality?
Am I losing energy over financial issues?
Am I able to recognize and appreciate loving energy directed at me?
Chakra 3 (located just in front of the spine, at the bottom center of the ribcage): Honor yourself
Self-confirmation and self-respect can only authentically come from ourselves. When we seek it from outside sources we lose precious energy, perpetuating the cycle of low self-esteem. Evaluate your energy at this chakra by asking yourself the following questions:
Am I feeling confident?
Am I keeping my word?
Am I seeking approval of others?
Am I operating within my honor code?
Chakra 4 (located just in front of the spine, just to the right of the heart): Love is divine power
Self-love is an essential ingredient of the divine power of love. The difference between self-love and self-indulgence can be measured by the amount of energy lost at your heart chakra versus the amount of energy returned to you with interest. Evaluate your energy at this chakra by asking yourself the following questions:
Am I dwelling in my heartaches, or in the strength of my heart?
Is there anyone that I need to forgive? Do I feel they ought to forgive me first?
Does withholding forgiveness give me clout over someone?
Do I know the difference between self0love and self-indulgence?
Chakra 5 (located just in front of the spine, at the center of the neck): Surrender personal will to the divine
It is at the fifth chakra that we find the will to draw our energy back to us – and to keep up the daily practice of taking inventory of our energy. This will power is not ours alone, however, but is available to us through our alignment with the divine. Evaluate your energy at this chakra by asking yourself the following questions:
Chakra 6 (“your third eye” is located just behind the center of your forehead): Seek only truth
The intellect is a powerful and helpful tool, but it can also mislead us into mistaken beliefs and values. Without collaboration from the heart, the mind can close us to new and liberating insights. Evaluate your energy at this chakra by asking yourself the following questions:
Am I making up rationalizations for my behavior, or am I living by the truth of my heart?
Am I judging others?
Am I able to pray for people in a clear, open way, without intellectual judgments?
Am I open to new ideas?
Chakra 7 (“the Crown Chakra” is located at the top of your head): Living in the present moment
The seventh chakra represents a “grace bank account,” where we store the circuits of energy that connect us with the divine. Circuits that are connected to the past or future are useless for this purpose. Living fully in the moment allows us to experience synchronicity and spontaneity, freeing up energy to heal others as well as ourselves. Evaluate your energy at this chakra by asking yourself the following questions:
Am I connected to the divine? What do I think the divine is?
Have I experienced synchronicity today?
What do I want my spiritual life to be like?
What spiritual truths am I living by?