I was introduced to spiritual energy modalities when I worked in South Africa. I was on a ten month assignment to help two non-governmental agencies research and create business opportunities for small and large companies. I remember stepping off the plane and feeling electricity in the air. Although dozens of people speaking at least six different languages (not one of them was English) were rushing past me, I felt calm. I wasn’t sure if I was picked up (I didn’t see my name on a card) so I called my contact who told me to just catch a cab to the hotel they booked me at for a day. Right when I got off the phone a man came up to me and asked if I needed a cab.
He was about 30ish, tall, and had a gentle demeanor coupled with a sense of urgency. While in his cab and without any prompting he started instructing me on how to be safe in Johannesburg. He told me which areas to stay away from, where to carry my money, about the different combie (cab) gangs, and how to tell if a person was from the Zulu, Sotho, Khosa tribes…very important information I was to later learn. He told me how proud he was to be living in a time where there can be wonderful opportunities for him and his people. “This is the new South Africa!” he said with pride and happiness.
For the past three weeks I have been sucked into playing Café World on Facebook. It’s a virtual world of owning a cute little café where you cook wonderful and ordinary dishes for your friends and Facebook community while competing for the highest score. You use your virtual money to expand and or decorate your café with exotic Moroccan, Asian or retro wallpaper, vases, window treatments, lamps and an array of other cool décor. You can change your look everyday – one day your hair can be funky and pink and the next conservative and brown.
The Spiritual Harmony Chakra is the seventh of eight chakras located in the Solar Plexus Region of the body. It represents our ability to achieve spiritual balance. This balance occurs when our full spiritual consciousness and awareness leading us on our life’s journey outweighs the beliefs, judgments, perceptions and illusions we allow to influence our choices. This is the process of living consciously in the present.
The color vibration of this chakra is yellow and gold representing the integration of physical will (yellow) and spiritual purpose (gold). Located in the liver, the Spiritual Harmony Chakra’s spiritual symbol is iodine. Spirit calls iodine the Grain of Life and says it represents the recognition of Spirit as our own consciousness.
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The Security Chakra, located just above the diaphragm, is the fifth of eight chakras located in the Solar Plexus Region of the body. The Security Chakra represents our ability to feel grounded and secured as we become one with Spirit and our life’s purpose. The colors of this chakra are green and gold and its spiritual symbol is the phrase, “At One-ment is the goal.”
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I love the idea of incarnating lifetime after lifetime. It means I get to play around with different ideas and concepts about life. I imagine one of my lifetimes as an atheist strongly believing there is no God or Higher Being in existence. My philosophy would be that I am in control of everything, the universe was created with a big bang, and there is no after life. Just imagine how I’d feel once I died thinking I’m in for the Big Sleep and instead I’m meeting some of my guides who are asking me what I learned from that life. I might say something like “Oh, $@#*! I got that one wrong!”
Next lifetime, thinking I got a handle on what life is about, I am a devout Catholic priest on the road to being a Pope. I would warn the masses about heaven and hell. How Jesus died for our sins. Why we must be obedient and confess our sins every chance we get in order to enter the gates of heaven. I’d be celibate, and abstain from all worldly pleasures. I would make everyone feel guilty for anything they do that isn’t an example of worshipping the Lord. Once I get back to the spiritual realms I’d meet my guides again and I might say something like, “What the %$#@? You mean I could have enjoyed Sister Anne and gone down to the bar and thrown back a few?”
If you knew this was your last incarnation what would you do? What would your life look like? How deeply would you love? How loud would you laugh? Where would you live? What talents would you develop? What kind of car would you drive? Who would be in your life right now? How would you live each day?
I am only a third of the way through my life (that is if I maintain my body’s health and live to be 120) and over the past fifteen years I have learned and am continuing to learn what it means to embrace life as if it were the most precious metal on earth. What have I done so far to live an incredible life? What more do I want to do?
What are some of the things I have done and am doing?
- Traveled to some spiritual vortexes around the world
- Awakened each morning an expectation of adventure
- Helped trauma victims find peace
- Lived in another country for a year
- Really listen to others as if they were the only person in the room
- Marched against injustices
- Sat with my dad and watched old cowboy movies and sports almost every day the last six months of his life
- Learned to play the tuba and Native American flute
- Created classes that make me and other discover more about ourselves
- Climbed a few mountains – each time I was really out of shape but I did it!
- Make my niece and nephew feel as if they are the most loved people in the world
- Learned new and cool healing concepts and techniques
- Write inspirational stories
- Lived in one of the most expensive places in Chicago
- Eat ice cream at midnight, first thing in the morning and in the middle of the day with no guilt
- Swam in three oceans
- I have forgiven and will continue to forgive myself
- Climbed a mountain at sunrise on a New Year’s Day and opened my arms to receive Spirit’s blessings
- Visited three of the seven original wonders of the world
- Play practical jokes
- Helped people find peace
- Been chased by a bull elephant
- Drive across South Africa listening to incredible African music
- Tell my mom I love and appreciate her
- Learned a martial art
- Dreamed and tried to start an online company
- In the most challenging circumstances, helped others find their power
- Have fun
- Take wonderful pictures
- Ate at Le Cirque in New York and Tru in Chicago with wonderful friends
- Express myself fully to the world – what you see is who I am
- Helped others see what’s possible
- Learned to love and accept myself
What more do I want to do?
Keep creating opportunities to continue embracing my life!
Copyright © 2009 by Shirlyn Wright
The Freedom Chakra is the fourth of eight chakras in the Solar Plexus Region. It represents our free will to choose how we want to live every aspect of our life. When we were created by Spirit as Spirit, we were given power, dominion, and free will. Therefore, we are free to live a life of happiness or to live a life of misery. We are free to be abundant or to be impoverished. We are free to be at peace with the world or to be at war with everyone. We give ourselves the choice to be free or to be limited. The colors of this chakra are indigo and gold, two of the highest color vibrations on our planet and, combined, represent Spirit in free expression.
The Freedom Chakra’s spiritual symbol is the Spiritual Realms. According to Robert Detzler, founder of Spiritual Response Theory, “The Spiritual Realms are also called the Garden of Eden and are where all souls had their first level of existence and education.” So the Spiritual Realms represent our knowledge of ourselves and our abilities to create anything and everything we want to experience in the universe.
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The second chakra vibrating in the Sacral Chakra Region is called the Sensuality Chakra. Our physical five senses (touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste) dominate how we perceive life. However, we have a multitude of spiritual senses we do not access until we acknowledge we are Spirit and begin our spiritual journey in the physical. This chakra represents our enhanced sensuality. Once our spiritual senses are accessed, we merge them with our physical senses. We begin to see things differently, hear Spirit more clearly, and feel, smell and taste more intensely. The spiritual symbol for this chakra is the dragon. Mythical dragons have healing powers and represent spiritual awareness. The colors of this chakra are a combination of violet and orange and it is located towards the front of the body just below the navel.
“Stephen” grew up in a very strict religious family environment. He was told to go to church, follow his religious teachings and always be a “good” person. He was taught to believe that anyone who did not attend church and believed in alternative spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, channeling, and hands-on healing were doing the work of the devil. If someone claimed that they had visions or heard voices, there was something very wrong with them and this “illness” had to be corrected. Stephen had a “problem”; he was able to see people’s auras (energy vibrations surrounding their body) and know if they needed immediate help, whether it was directions to a location or some comforting words to help them feel at peace. He could also accurately anticipate the future.
I am in Santa Fe, New Mexico with my friend and colleague Dawn Silver on what I call a working vacation. We’re teaching classes, working on clients and traveling around a bit. It is always interesting and exciting for me to visit other cities. Not only for the obvious enjoyment of seeing and experiencing things that Chicago doesn’t have, but for the richer multidimensional experience that most of us have but cannot explain of “having been here before” and the feeling of being transported back in time.
We are staying behind Canyon Road in Santa Fe, an area where the Spaniards settled 400 years old ago, in a beautiful empty adobe house that has been recently renovated. The floors are rustic, the wood panels are intricate, and outside the front of the house there is dirt, gravel and patches of grass where two more houses can be built. There are rabbits, squirrels and a variety of birds, running, fighting and playing all day long. The back of the house has a nice garden of rose, lavender and sage bushes. It is really quite peaceful and beautiful. In order to get to Canyon Road we have to maneuver our way along a dirt road and up a little hill. Once we get to the top of the hill we are in the hustle and bustle of the road made famous for its diverse art galleries.
The first of the three chakras vibrating in the Sacral Chakra Region is called the Lightheartedness Chakra also known as the Svadhistana Chakra in Sanskrit. The color of this chakra is a bright orange and it is located in the lower back. This chakra represents our ability to learn our life’s lessons in the spirit of love, laughter, enjoyment and acceptance. Each soul chooses challenging lessons lifetime after lifetime.
One soul does not have it easier than another. No one soul is given harder challenges than another. Everything is about perspective, therefore, the difficulty one experiences in learning their lessons is determined by the approach one takes when undergoing life’s challenges. Our journeys can be fraught with pain and disappointment or filled with laughter and wisdom. Will you approach life with a sense of dread, resentment and hate or will you approach life with a sense of wonder, anticipation and love? Will you choose to break your leg or stub your toe in order to reach your life goals?