From the Energetic Body to the Page: Discovering the Self ~ Part 2

continued from 12/4/2009 . . .

Once you are grounded in who you are, you may find that you have the flexibility to move with change, and may in fact, have a hand in guiding it. You may realize that change is actually a constant, and may even come to embrace it.

So how do we become grounded in our true selves when we are being pulled in a thousand directions? What if we explored coping with change, healing, and taking responsibility for our selves (and the planet), through creativity and the creative process?

I have found that journaling is a great way to go deep with answers to these questions. Writing is a powerful act. When we write on a regular basis, we begin to observe our selves and our place in the world with non-attachment. Journaling is a form of unfolding—we may benefit from a deeper sense of self-awareness, relaxation and compassion. We begin to notice what is colorful in our lives. We may notice recurring themes or interests. We may uncover long-forgotten yearnings and talents. We may begin to formulate questions and find the answers on the page. “Are their changes I’d like to make? What ideas would I like to explore more thoroughly? What are my gifts and how can I share them? Who is supportive of my ideas and me?”

Writing is physical. If we can take our words beyond intellect, and tap into our bodies, we may go even deeper with understanding our life experience. Our bodies give us messages all the time — we may feel a stomach ache on the way to a job we dislike, or flushed and giddy when we anticipate seeing someone we love, or energized after seeing an inspiring movie or play — whatever the sensation, our bodies do not lie. We perceive the world through our bodies, our job is to open up and pay attention.

The chakra system directly links to our bodies—physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. There are over 88,000 chakras, or energy systems, in the body. We can begin by focusing on the seven major chakras. By using the major chakra system as a “backbone” for self-exploration through journal writing, we have the ability to open ourselves to immense consciousness.

to be continued . . .

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