Sunday, 11 April 2010

The Elements of Soul Purpose

You may argue with me on this one, but you are a gifted, gorgeous, unique and perfect human being. Yes, you are! Don't worry, I struggle with that one, too, at times, but I'm getting better at accepting it! You also have a life or soul purpose. And you are the best qualified person to carry out that soul purpose. Your life so far has brought you to this point and you have been born with, and have acquired along the way, everything that you need to do the job in the best possible manner. No-one else could do what you are here to do. They simply haven't got what it takes.

You are here on this planet to be happy and fulfilled, and to learn and to be successful, whatever that means to you. And awakening to your own purpose makes a huge difference. When you feel you are contributing and living a life full of meaning and inspiration, you will nourish the lives of others and your own soul into the bargain.

So how do you go about finding your soul's purpose? The simple answer is to listen to your soul, but that isn't always easy. We have often forgotten how to do that or dismiss its urges and yearnings as unimportant and irritating. "I love my family, I have my health and a job to bring in the money, so why can't I be satisfied with that? What's the matter with me? Perhaps a holiday, some retail therapy, another bar of chocolate, a new lover will help?" But great as some of those are in themselves, they may not aid your soul and, in fact, may just block out the insistent whisperings - until that is, your soul starts to have to turn up the volume, just to get you to hear, and things start to go wrong. You start getting ill to avoid things, you find it difficult to get motivated, you procrastinate and you find yourself moaning more than you would like.

Many people fear that for them to live according to their purpose, they would probably have to change their lives radically, break off relationships, take up navel-gazing or become very selfish. And they just don't want to do that and quite frankly haven't got the time. For some people such massive change is exactly what they need and, indeed, know they want - and that's fine. They just need some support to get through it. For some it is about cutting out the dead wood. For many people, there is only one thing that needs altering, and that is awareness. For them it is about waking up to realise just what they bring to life and other people, and then maybe aligning their every-day decision-making and sense of self more closely to that purpose. For most people it is somewhere on the scale between the two extremes. Where are you on the soul purpose spectrum?

How does soul manifest in your life? It is the essence of you; it is what animates you, what gives you vitality. When you operate with soul, when you tap into that inner resource, how do you feel? I'd like to guess you feel inspired, happy, creative and fulfilled, even if just for a moment. And you access your own truth in those moments, and can see the point of things, even sadness, mourning or loss.

So what feeds your soul? What are its elements and the qualities it brings which qualify you, at this moment, to be the perfect candidate to fulfill your soul's purpose on earth? For me the roots of soul and the key to finding your purpose, lie in the experiences you have gone through in this lifetime (and maybe others); the gifts you have been given or have chosen to have in this lifetime; the things that make your heart sing, about which you feel really passionate and focused; and your trust, faith or inspiration, which keep you going when others would just give up. These are the elements that make you who you are, the ideal person for the job. How could you combine them in your life in a more fulfilling, nourishing (self-nourishing) and successful way? Are you ready to explore them and to take your life and purpose to the next level?

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Friday, 9 April 2010

The Advanced Chakra System

I promised some time ago to write about the advanced 12 chakra system. This then is the first of a series of articles that will appear here on the subject.

This extended chakra system, as you probably realise, is far less well-known than the on-body, 7-chakra system which is often spoken about by practitioners of alternative medicine and religious devotees, amongst others. There is, however, now an increasing awareness that the system of chakras, the points in our auras where we process energy, is far more extensive than had hitherto been believed.

But then we are far more than our bodies. It is when we start to open up to spirit and start upon our higher soul journey, what many call the 'Ascension Process', that the chakras beyond the body start to come into their own. This 12-chakra energy system lies latent in many people until they reach a point in their spiritual growth when they need to go beyond their physical and worldly concerns.

The 7-chakra system includes the key on-body chakras, though anybody who has worked as a healer or with energy in other ways will probably have noticed that there are intermediate chakras between these main body-related points of energy exchange. For the sake of simplicity (because there are many variations), I will refer to the 7 key on-body chakras, as the base or root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye and the crown chakra.

This 7-chakra system governs your development on the Earth, helping you to align with the planet and learn your earthly lessons. Those of you who have received healing will be familiar with the concept of blockages in these chakras and related physical issues which seem to manifest when there are problems in dealing with the energy concerned.

Beyond the 7 chakras related to the body there are, in fact, a further 5 chakras extending above the crown chakra. This extended 12-chakra system assists your growth beyond your earthly self as you reach out to your place in the universe and develop on your spiritual pathway. When your awareness moves beyond issues of yourself and starts to encompass other realities and your experience of spirit and the divine, God or whatever you call it, so these chakras start to open up and become active. You begin to transcend your earthly reality and ready yourself for what comes next on your soul's pathway. Each of these chakras acts almost as a portal or door to another aspect of the universe and, as it starts to become active and affect your perception, it interacts with the chakras beneath it, gradually honing all aspects of your being. This opening and the wave-like shifts in your energy field can be smooth and without problems, but it is just as likely that issues of integration and alignment will surface as you become aware of this greater reality. This is very normal and just part of the learning process integral to your soul's pathway.

The aim then of these articles to follow is to share with you what I know of these higher chakras and what they govern - and to assist you to recognise what is happening as you ascend on your pathway. It is often disconcerting, especially if you have no points of reference, and it can feel as if you are starting all over again.

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If you have any comments, please do feel free to share them here, or if you prefer, please contact me directly at info@soulpathwaycoaching.co.uk or on 0845 834 0294.

Kind regards

Hanna

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