Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Experiencing and Healing the Eighth Chakra (the Soul Star Chakra)

The eighth chakra is also known as the 'Seat of the Soul', the 'Halo' chakra or 'Soul Star' chakra. It is the first of the soul chakras and sits about two feet above our crown chakras. It is the centre which connects us to divine love, being also the main conduit between our higher selves (our eternal souls) and our incarnated selves (our personalities and the expression of our souls in this lifetime). It is concerned with the spiritual compassion and selflessness which comes from the appreciation we gain of ourselves as existences beyond time and space. When this chakra starts to open we begin to understand that we are souls within a temporary body, and not bodies with a soul. And we start to see other people in this light and begin to have some glimpses into their soul dimensions, empathisizing more with the particular challenges of their soul's journey.

The Soul Star chakra houses the age-old knowledge of all of the soul contracts we have made in our many incarnations, and it is for this reason that issues relating to our soul's purpose become so important to us when this chakra is activated. The things we have agreed to do on a soul level, whether we have any clear recollection of them or not, come up for attention and nag at us until we give them due care. Often then, as the Eighth chakra opens, we feel a strong need to realign ourselves and to finally start to do what we somehow know we are here to do.

Also housed within this chakra are the residues of all the karmic patterns which we have held onto and have yet to heal. These are the lessons we need to learn in order for our soul to grow. It is from this karmic patterning that we need to free ourselves, if we want to move beyond the perspective of this lifetime and ready ourselves to align with higher energy and work with our own higher spiritual gifts. Our higher soul journey (also called the Ascension Process) is ultimately preparing us to return to the Divine Light or Heaven, all lessons learnt. It also, however, has huge value in itself as a journey, and we have many things to do along the way as part of our soul's purpose here on earth.

As the last of the chakras directly connected with our human existences, it is thus a key site of cleansing and there is often much work to be done to fully heal and open this chakra. The big traumatic karmic patterns of rejection, abandonment, denial, abuse and betrayal (by others and of the self) leave their traces here. Not only does the experience of those things in this lifetime need healing as the Soul Star chakra opens, but also their karmic roots going back through our many incarnations. Some of this we find we can let go of easily (the issues are easily identified as outworn and irrelevant) but often our experiences are tough and painful. It is not always simple to see what we can learn from such events in our life, when we are still stuck in the patterns.

Also located in our Eighth chakra are the roots of our spiritual gifts and abilities. The more we cleanse of our karmic residue, the more we open up to these skills, and the greater the information we start to receive on a psychic level. All of this aids our understanding ultimately, but it is easy to feel rather disconcerted and confused if our Soul Star chakra does not clear and open up smoothly to the magnificent energies available to us. Often people feel rather lacking in grounding at this point as they awaken to abilities, often as yet in fledgling form, which they never imagined would be theirs. As natural as this is, we can feel isolated if those around us have no comprehension of such things. It is hugely helpful at this point on our soul's higher journey to seek out other people who have gone before us on the spiritual pathway and can reassure us we are not loosing our minds and going mad.

As when any other higher chakra is opening, the energies awakened need to be fully integrated within the aura system. A wave-like flowing and balancing upwards and downwards is the ideal. This higher energy can, however, highlight issues in our bodies, emotions and minds that we thought we had resolved. As we grow, these old issues may need to be revisited to make sure they are truly healed on these higher levels. It is worth remembering that issues of mind, body and emotion often require healing on the level of your soul, the level of karmic clearance, to finally resolve them.

It is possible to heal this chakra, thus helping it to open up, by oneself. However, due to the nature of trauma healing, it is extremely inadvisable for people to do this on their own. Equally, one should not work on other people's Eighth chakras unless one's own Eighth is fully functional. As at all times, complete protection should be asked for to ensure unimpeded healing.

Whichever way we choose to deal with such healing and growth, it is very helpful to make sure that we keep ourselves grounded as we seek to align and integrate these unfamiliar energies and gifts. It is thus very often the case that work needs to be done on our Earth Star chakra (sometimes known as Chakra Zero) which sits below our feet in the earth and is our earth-grounding centre. This is the point through which our energies and purpose are brought to earth. If this chakra is functioning well, we will be able to manifest what we are meant to be doing at whatever stage of our soul's journey we find ourselves.

When we drop our fear and start to recognise ourselves as souls on a journey back to the Light with a list of things to do along the way whilst we are here on earth, life becomes so much more simple. Wherever you are on your soul's pathway, I wish you joy, growth and peace.


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Friday, 7 May 2010

Accessing Your Inner Wisdom

Clearing the space in your mind in order to access your own particular inner wisdom, or reaching out to the greater wisdom of the universe (and maybe finding that they are one and the same thing!), is for many of us an ongoing struggle. There are many ways of learning to gain that peace, and some will suit you better than others. Some methods and practices take dedication and repetition, however, until they become second nature, even if they eventually take as much effort as brushing your teeth.

There is, however, a very simple shift you can undertake in your thought processes that will allow you amazing insight into your truth and the highest good.

As a child we constantly asked, "why?" as we sought to understand the world around us. We looked to adults and the world of adults to supply the answer, and sometimes it was not forthcoming.

"Why?", however, can get us stuck in the past or the present. "Why did that happen?", "Why did he say that?", "Why don't I get better opportunities in life?" It is easy to go round in circles, as we seek for certainty and the one final answer we feel is necessary before we can put that old issue to bed. "Why?" can, of course, lead to many great discoveries, such as in the field of science, but in our personal lives, there are so many situations when searching for the answer to "why?" is deeply frustrating and can lead us into self-defeating cycles of thought. "Why doesn't he love me?" "Why is life so hard?" "Why didn't I get that job?"

The thing is that if we ask our brains or our higher selves the question "why?", off they go seeking for detail to answer our question.

How about instead asking ourselves another sort of question altogether in such situations? A question that elicts from our greater knowledge and wisdom a way forward, a way of freeing ourselves from the endless, sometimes pointless, "whys?"

The questions we ask of ourselves and others tend to begin with the words, "when?", "who?", "why?", "what?" and "how?" "When?" and "who?" are very specific and as we have seen "why?" finds us getting stuck in the detail. They all seek finite answers. The answers they find for us are often limited in scope.

Instead of asking, "Why doesn't he love me?", how would it be if we were to ask our greater intelligence something like, "What can I do to find love in my life?" And instead of thinking, "Why is life so hard?" seeking a response to something like, "How can I find ways of making my life easier?" or "What can I do to find help?"

What would it be like for you to ask your higher self or your divine connection, "what do I need to get through this situation?" or "what can I learn from this set of circumstances?" instead of "why is this happening to me?" For me, such open-ended questions are empowering and move us from victimhood into resourcefulness. The beautiful source of guidance and unconditional love offered by spirit or the divine or God (or whatever you call this) does not want to support you in beating yourself up or blaming others for your circumstances. Instead, it wants to gently help you through to greater trust and wisdom. How much more fruitful to ask, "what would have made a difference?" or "what would move things forward?", than seeking to apportion fault ("who is to blame?") or ("why do I always mess this up?")

Here's a little exercise I set my higher self and my lovely, hardworking spirit guides when I am struggling to find answers or a way forward with some apparently intractable problem.

Just before going to sleep, I ask that, immediately upon waking, I have, or am given, the answer to something I am drawing a blank on. "What would best resolve this situation for me?" or "what would be the best way of moving this issue forward for me?" I have been amazed at the ideas that have come to me in my first waking thoughts each time I have done this. Perhaps you will also find this a helpful thing to do. For me it reinforces my connection to a higher, loving source of wisdom and ensures that I do not feel helpless or alone in my struggles.

Of course, you may wish to ask at other times of the day. The trick is to ask and then let it be. You will be surprised at how the answers come to you when you open up to the possibility of your inner wisdom and your greater connection to the source of universal love.

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