How Pain and Emotions are Linked

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In this series, I have been talking about low back pain and hip pain, and alternative approaches to reducing chronic pain issues. We are exploring how you can http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-woman-back-pain-bends-over-flinches-her-fitness-concept-image35129812alleviate and, perhaps identify the root cause of the pain with other means besides or in conjunction with, traditional medicine. Earlier in the series, we looked at the physical aspect of pain, and I offered you a breathing exercise to help ease pain and discomfort.

Today, I want to discuss the emotional aspect of pain. We have emotions that we store in our bodies, from past experiences we have held onto. These stored emotions are hanging around within our bodies because they have never been expressed or released. If we continue to ignore them, these stored emotions will find ways to get our attention. Usually, it will show up in pain and illness, frustration or explosive emotions. When these unexpected emotions are triggered, it is a signal; a sign that it is time for us to address something we have not addressed. Our body is telling us to pay attention; to acknowledge an experience that we never did.

Emotions are actually healthy when we give them the attention they require. The challenge is that most of us have been taught that it is not okay to feel or express our emotions. So, each time an emotion comes up, we learn to ignore it, stuff it down, and do not validate it. We try to pretend it does not exist and tell ourselves why we should not feel anything. We are taught that we should be happy and positive at all times and it is not okay to feel negative feelings and have negative thoughts. Well, research is telling us, as well as my own experience with my clients, that it is imperative that we acknowledge our emotions. I have discovered, in my work, that it is so important to have an awareness of all our feelings and honor even those we were taught to tamp down. We have the right to choose how we want to show up, think, and feel; yet ignoring our true feelings actually interferes with our choosing a better state of mind.

A small percentage of our cognitive mind is actually creating our experiences. If there is misalignment in our emotions with our conscious mind, it is feeding into our thought processes, unconsciously affecting our thinking. We cannot possibly be creating and manifesting, or, showing up in our lives the way we want to be, if we are struggling with suppressing these old emotions. By acknowledging and giving validity to the negative emotions, as well as the positive, we are realigning our emotional state. Thus, we realign our ability to consciously manifest and create, powerfully, in our own lives, and showing up in a way that we choose.

Pain is signally that something is wrong, and often our emotions provide clues. They give us the opportunity to look at something we need to look at or, release something that needs to be released. Or, perhaps, there is a perception we have held onto that needs to shift. Oftentimes, we do not know that these emotions are hiding out or, that they need to be addressed until they show up as pain, stiffness in our joints, pain in our hips or a feeling of heaviness within our body.

We can use many different approaches in energy healing to address the issue of pain in the body and release of the emotions that may be the root cause of the pain or stiffness. I did an energy healing session with a female client who was experiencing significant hip pain. I explored the chakras to find where anger and anxiety was stored within her energy centers. By working with her chakras, we discovered that she was holding onto certain experiences in her past causing her to feel anger and anxiety. We also discovered that it was not just her own emotional energy she was feeling. Much of her anxiety and anger was corded into and attached to her as lineage energy. Also, she was feeling the emotions of her daughter. I was able to clear that energy and she immediately felt release in her lower body.

EFT (Tapping) is another of my favorite energy tools. I hold workshops at yoga centers where we combine yoga with EFT to facilitate the release of emotional energy held in the hips. Some of the emotions stored in the hips have a lot to do with mother energy, grandmother energy and female energy in general. When we start to explore and ask questions, we can bring about great relief and release through the hips with tapping on those experiences and feelings, which relieves pain and allows for greater mobility and movement.

So exploring your emotions and finding what they are trying to tell you can create an opportunity the release the impact it may have on pain and stiffness in your body. Conversely using pain to ask what emotions am I holding can also help.

I am going to wrap up the series with a Tapping sequence to tie it together. Stay tuned. I look forward to helping you release pain and emotions that are keeping you stuck. In letting these emotions go, you will be able to move forward and create your life as a pain free, healthy being with plenty of energy to create and bring your visions to life.

Breathing Exercise for Back Pain

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-back-pain-athletic-woman-rubbing-her-back-pink-sportswear-standing-seaside-muscles-lower-cropped-torso-portrait-image31580351Low back pain can be a very chronic issue and it can also be acute. Either way, it is painful. It can take its toll on you and impact how you show up in your life. I know this not only because I hear it all the time but, also, because I have experienced it myself. So, I think if you suffer from low back pain, you will love the tips I share with you on today’s post.

As someone who has battled with her own back pain, I’ve tried many different things. I haven’t found one magic answer, but I’ve discovered some things that worked together very well. Understanding there is a relationship between mind, body and spirit has helped me to take different approaches when other things have offered limited relief. I’d like to explore 3 ways to alleviate and eliminate pain. Today we’re focusing on back pain, but what you learn will help with any pain.

The 3 different approaches that I have explored, and that have worked for me are physical, emotional and energetic. In this post, the focus is on the physical. You can have chiropractic care, practice yoga, work with a physical therapist or have private yoga therapy. All of these options work well together, and have different benefits they offer. Establishing a safe yoga practice has benefited me in many ways. By learning to tune into my own body and listening, I’ve learned when I need to back off certain poses, and adjust. This has helped me tremendously. It not only has helped me on the mat, it has served me well in life and business too.

This morning, I set a private intention for myself in yoga class that I wanted to release the pain and stiffness in my low back. And don’t you know, the teacher offered up lots of hip action today. By the end of the class, my low back felt better. There’s a direct connection from the sacrum, through your joints, down into your hips. And so, working on the hips and bringing some movement to my hips, actually did help take some of the pressure off my low back.

Our body system is a large community, and everyone contributes to the outcome. So while I was doing the poses, I also was very aware of my breath. And in particular, in sending love through my breath to my low back, and to my hips. So today I’d like to offer you a breathing exercise you can use for low back pain, hip stiffness, or any kind of pain you have in your body. It works really well.

Close your eyes and take some slow, deep breaths to ground yourself and get here. Be aware of your breath. Feel the breath move into your belly, filling up your belly, rising up your ribcage, even into your lungs; see if you can feel it in your mid back, your upper back, really bring this breath up into your throat, filling your upper body if you can, on your inhale.
Then, exhale slowly. As you exhale feel the breath in your body, and as you let go of your breath feel your body relaxing.
Breathe in fully. Then, relax and let go, surrendering into stillness and peace and relaxation.
Put your attention on your low back, and as you breathe in, breathe in love. Fill your entire sacrum and low back area with the energy of divine pure love and hold it there.
As you exhale, allow this love to reach and go into your hips. Breathe in love to your lower back. Exhale love and allow the breath and love to fill your hips. Breathe in love, and exhale love. Breathe in, hold it and then exhale, releasing it.
I actually started to do this meditation by breathing love into my heart, and breathing love out into the world. It is really powerful in calming your mind and your body, and it’s working on many levels. Today, because I was focusing on the pain that I was feeling in my low back, I thought I’d try to bring love into the area that needed it, and it was very effective.

I encourage you and invite you to sit with this for a 1 – 5 minutes, or as long as you need. Notice what’s happening. Notice the energy starting to move in your low back. Notice a release in relaxation taking place as you’re breathing into this space, and breathing in love, sending love through your body. Please, leave me a comment and let m

Hip Pain Be Gone

Many things cause hip pain but I bet you hadn’t thought that emotions can be also be a culprit.

 

How to relieve low back pain

If you suffer from low back pain either occasionally or chronically, you are going to love the tips I share in this post.  You are too brilliant to be slowed down with pain and discomfort, so breathe through it and get on with it!

Ancient Practice of Forgiveness – Ho’oponopono

Rainbow Kokee State ParkHo’oponopono  (ho-o-pono-pono) is based on and ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.  Although the practice as I will share with you is a modern version, its roots lie in the belief that all past debts must be forgiven and released. Traditionally healing priests performed ho’oponopono when family members were ill. Many cultures believed that illness was caused by errors, misconduct, and anger within a family or by a person.

In the metaphysical tradition, it is believed that all illness or physical pain is your body’s message or signal that unresolved emotions need to be addressed.  In karmic theory, you experience what you have done to others, including past lives until you make amends.  In the collective theory, you are responsible at some level for everything you see in your life. In Shamanic healing, it is believed that you heal generations backwards and forwards when you clear the energy for yourself.

By practicing Ho’oponopono you are clearing and cleaning the energy of programming at the karmic, generational and unconscious levels. You are connecting to the God, Source, Divine, Higher Power or Self of your beliefs.  It is a very powerful practice of forgiveness.  When you forgive, you set yourself free.

Marci Shimoff, best selling author of Happy for No Reason, Love for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Soul series, first introduced me to this practice indirectly.  I heard her tell a story of a time that she used it when dealing with a difficult situation with her sister and how the communication between them was transformed after Marci had practiced ho’oponopono.

I started to practice it myself after that not really understanding its history or why it worked.  I noticed things shifting with so many people each time I used this process when I was feeling anger towards someone or feeling my guilt towards another.

Since then, I have heard others share their stories of using ho’oponopono and a friend and fellow healer, Bambi Thompson shared an interesting history and explanation of ho’oponopono.  A therapist entered a mental ward in Hawaii where the patients were considered to be hopeless and incurable.  This doctor would sit in a room with a patient’s file in front of him and practice ho’oponopono on each patient.  He had no interaction and did not involve himself in their treatment in any way.  Miraculously, the patients were showing signs of improvement.

So how do you practice ho’oponopono?

  1. You call to mind a person or event that causes you distress or brings up emotions for you.
  2.  Then you repeat the following phrases:  I’m sorry.  Please forgive me.  Thank you.  I love you.
  3. I like to also add tapping through the EFT points as you repeat the phrases.
  4. You continue until you feel peace, calm or a shift in your energy and emotional state.

I have done this while driving, walking, sitting at my desk, and lying in bed.  Whenever I feel the need, I will say these words over and over again, until I feel peace or an energetic shift.  I am always amazed at how my interactions and relationships shift dramatically and also my own energy and healthy improve.

Try it yourself.  I’d love to hear how it helped you.

Your Crown Chakra – Divine Connection to Love and Wisdom

The crown chakra symbolizes purity and spirituality. Its function is to open you to the light of spirit, which is connected to Source.  It is your highest energy center, physically located at the top of your head and has the highest rate of vibration. The crown chakra embodies liberation, sharing great knowledge, deep understanding, inner wisdom, and a connection to the highest state of enlightenment and spiritual connection.  It also represents union with the higher self and the divine.

This is the last chakra we’ve discussed in this series, starting at the base with your root chakra and working through each chakra to the top crown chakra.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-skeleton-chakras-image11959799Your seven energy centers (chakras) are:
Root Chakra – Instinctual Need for Survival
Sacral Chakra – Pleasure Seeker
Solar Chakra – Power Driver
Heart Chakra – Searching for Love
Throat Chakra – Expressing Your Truth
Brow Chakra – Transcending Beyond Ego
Crown Chakra – Spiritual Awakening

The physical location of your crown chakra is just above the top of your head, and its associated body parts are center of the head and the brain. The basic issues of your crown chakra are connection to source or the Divine, Wisdom, intuitive knowing, spiritual development, selflessness, universal higher consciousness, knowledge, understanding, consciousness, meditation, information, paralysis, multisystem disease affecting the muscular or nervous system.

Your attitude, beliefs, faith, values, conscience, courage and humanitarianism have been developed and represented in this chakra. Whether you were raised in a particular faith or none, and how strict the adherence was to that faith will affect this area, and it may take some undoing or searching to embrace the truth of a higher power that lives within and is always accessible to you.

When you experience lack of purpose, loss of meaning in your life, indifference, and depression, your crown chakra may be unbalanced. Your moral and ethical beliefs may be weak and you may have a high attachment to material needs. You may also feel disconnected from nature and the flow of life. You may either have an unquestioning and rigid following of religious dogma or have no spirituality existent in your life or beliefs.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you have any stuck energy in your throat chakra.

1.            Where and when do you experience joy and how often?
2.            Where can you release judgment in your life – toward yourself and others?
3.            When do you feel peaceful?
4.            How often to you take time to be still and quiet or meditate?
5.            Can you see the beauty, sweetness, abundance and joy of your life?
6.            Do you have a clear sense of purpose?
7.            Can you acknowledge that you have the power to create your life while also acknowledging the larger forces of the divine at play?
8.            Do you believe that every experience is an opportunity for growth, development and expansion?
9.            Do you have a ritual or daily practice that helps connect you to your inner wisdom and higher self?

I have created a meditation that reinforces the concepts important in each chakra so that you are also receiving the information while you relax and breathe.  Please accept my free gift to you – a free meditation – A Chakra Clearing, Balancing and Healing Meditation.

If you would like to powerfully shift the thinking and the beliefs that have been contributing to your stuck energy and lack of desired results in your love life, personal life, work life, and your health, you will benefit from participating in this 8 week class, Unlocking the Seven Layers of Your Inner Wisdom. By exploring the wisdom that resides within your chakras, tapping on the imbalance, and examining your beliefs, you will be free to create your life from an empowered and healthier state.  You will enjoy exploration, clearing, tapping, and healing of your chakras and the associated issues of each one.

 

Your Brow Chakra – Trusting Guidance From the Divine

Our lower chakras hold the key to our fear, insecurity, unexpressed emotions and lack of personal power tied to our physical reality as you have learned so far in this series. They are also where programming from our childhood is stored.  Often we are unaware of the memories, issues, and perceptions that are unconsciously locked away in our chakras and their corresponding body parts.  There is so much information to aid you in making choices from clarity and freedom from conditioning when you tap into the wisdom of your body.

Many people who are aspiring to heighten their spiritual side will focus their attention on their brow and crown chakras, ignoring the others.  They seem to be in the clouds or lacking a connection to the physical world.  In order to be balanced and truly connected to your higher realm, it is equally important to be grounded and balanced in your lower chakras.  Remember the energy flows up, so blocked energy from below only allows so much energy above.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-chakras-image10904785Your seven energy centers (chakras) are:

Root Chakra – Instinctual Need for Survival

Sacral Chakra – Pleasure Seeker

Solar Chakra – Power Driver

Heart Chakra – Searching for Love

Throat Chakra – Expressing Your Truth

Brow Chakra – Transcending Beyond Ego

Crown Chakra – Spiritual Awakening

The physical location of your brow chakra is between and above the eyes and its associated body parts are eyes, brain, pituitary and pineal glands, lymphatic and endocrine systems, and sinuses. The basic issues of your brow chakra are intellect, perception, wisdom, insight, clarity, clairvoyance, imagination, dreams, ideas, reasoning, connection to the higher self and telepathy.

The brow chakra combines the clearly focused left-brain, which computes and analyzes with an open right brain, which is where our intuitive, artistic and psychic gifts reside. Concentrating on this center teaches you discernment and wisdom, where you can focus on your inner state of awareness and the outer world at the same time. It helps you to see clearly what is important for your own well-being and happiness, giving you a sense of perspective and insight.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you have any stuck energy in your throat chakra.

1.            Do you use your imagination and your mind to create your life?
2.            What do you do that takes most of your energy?
3.            What do you do that feeds your energy?
4.            Are you doing things that you love and enjoy?  If not, what stops you?
5.            Do you take time each day to breathe, quiet your mind, look within, ask questions, connect to source and your inner guidance?
6.            Can you accumulate knowledge AND allow yourself to be open to what you still need to learn?
7.            Can you trust when something that you hear, see, or learn feels right and like truth to you?
8.            Can you allow yourself to have razor sharp focus at times an also be relaxed and unfocused at other times?
9.            Can you appreciate rational and logical thought from the brain’s left hemisphere AND acknowledge the gifts of the non-rational and non-linear of the right hemisphere?
10.            Are your thought processes rigid, obsessive, and ruminating or do you have flexibility in your thinking?
11.            How do you apply your moral beliefs to yourself and others – Do you tend to be repressed and overly conscientious judging yourself and others to rigid standards or do you allow yourself in some cases, to be more liberal, risk-taking and uninhibited?

Last in our series is the crown chakra – your connection to source and wisdom from above.

Please accept my free gift to you – a free meditation – A Chakra Clearing, Balancing and Healing Meditation. In this meditation I reinforce the concepts important in each chakra so that you are also receiving the information subliminally.

If you would like to delve deeply into the issues of each chakra and clear them with tapping so that you are more empowered in your life, business, and relationships, consider joining me in an 8 week class: Unlocking the Seven Layers of Your Inner Wisdom.

Your Throat Chakra – Sound, Self-Expression and Communication

Our bodies communicate with us daily. The challenge is learning to listen. Aches and pains are actually alerting us to something. Often it can be an unexpressed emotion, or something feeling or memory is being triggered by a current situation. I have been exploring the abundance of information we can gleam from our chakras, in this series – centers that filter your energy and hold meaning for your life issues.
What is so amazing is that can you learn where you may have blocked energy that is keeping you stuck in unhealthy relationships, unsatisfying jobs, limiting money issues, unsatisfactory health, or simply being unhappy.

So far, we’ve looked at your root chakra – center for survival, instinct, safety and foundation.   We also explored the emotional, creative, and pleasure that is hidden in our sacral chakra.  Your solar chakra signifies how we stand in our personal power – your inner strength and resolve. The fourth chakra that we reviewed was your heart chakra – where you integrate the security, emotions and power from your lower chakras to open to giving and receiving love in relationship with others and also to your spiritual side

The fifth chakra is associated with sound, creative self-expression, speech and communication, will and timing. The ability to speak honestly, to receive, process and assimilate information, and to connect and speak to your inner truth are all related to the throat chakra. This is your center of transformation and change, where you harness your energy to express yourself, from your spirit, heart and mind. When you are able to express yourself from your personal truths, you are able to fully develop into whole and balanced individuals who are capable of sustaining deep and intimate relationships.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-seven-chakras-image26636997Your seven energy centers (chakras) are:

The physical location of your throat chakra is in the throat and neck and its associated body parts are throat, neck, ears, jaw, mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, and thyroid gland. The basic issues of your throat chakra are voice, communication, clairaudience, listening, creativity, self-expression, image of self, humility, manifesting ideas, vibration, telepathy, and channeling,

If you have experienced sore throats, strep throats and tonsillitis, it is likely that you have been holding back on expressing your feelings, especially anger. It could  be that you are holding old emotions from childhood that were never acknowledged. It is important to acknowledge and release old stuck emotions so that you can express yourself authentically, clearly and creatively.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you have any stuck energy in your throat chakra.
1. Are you able to express your ideas or thoughts easily?
2. Are you open to listening and comprehending other points of view?
3. In what areas and with whom are you more comfortable expressing your ideas, feelings, truths?
4. Are you always feeling rushed and like there is never enough time?
5. Do you have difficulty speaking up for yourself or holding your own point of view?
6. Do you tend to ignore the messages that your body is sending to you?
7. Do you worry about what people will think if you speak up?
8. Where has your anger been unexpressed or repressed?
9. Did you have to listen as a child but not allowed to speak?
10. Were you allowed to be creative as a child?
11. How would you like to express your creativity – art, writing, song, music, dance, poetry, speaking, etc.? Are you?

Tomorrow we will explore your sixth chakra – the brow chakra or third eye.

I’ve created a free meditation to clear, balance, and heal your chakras, so please accept my free gift to you – A Chakra Clearing, Balancing and Healing Meditation.

Sometimes it is difficult to see our own blocks.  Having a safe space being held for you can often help. If you would like support in seeing where your energy may be stuck or holding you back, please join me in an 8 week class: Unlocking the Seven Layers of Your Inner Wisdom, where we delve deeply into the issues of each chakra and clear them with tapping so that you are more empowered in your life, business, and relationships.

Heart Chakra – Expression of True Partnership and Love

So far in this series, you’ve learned about your lower three chakras – the root, sacral, and solar chakras and what information they hold for you.  Today we will explore the heart chakra, the bridge between the lower three chakras (physical) and higher three chakras (spiritual.)

It is from your heart chakra that you trust in the goodness of life. It represents compassion, selfless love, personal love, universal love, your capacity to feel, express yourself emotionally, and to participate in true partnerships where both partners are equally powerful and vulnerable. Your heart chakra is where you process and store emotional experiences. The heart chakra speaks of “we” instead of “me.” You begin to experience the unity of life rather than the separateness. You see joy and kindness everywhere and therefore experience it.

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image1694460Your seven energy centers (chakras) are:

The physical location of your heart chakra is in the center of your chest and its associated body parts are heart, breast, lungs, diaphragm, ribs, chest, thymus, circulatory system, shoulders, arms, and hands. The basic issues of your heart chakra are love, compassion, kindness, relationships, self-acceptance, forgiveness, hope, sympathy, and empathy.

Women are often conditioned to believe that if you are powerful and successful with money and career (second chakra issue) you will not be loved and lose out on intimacy (heart chakra.)  Also, women have also been taught that to be loved you must care for others needs, usually at your own expense. When a woman neglects her own needs caring for others, proving self-worth at work and at home, and does things from obligation and guilt, she becomes more susceptible to disease.

Women are loved for the care they provide; and men for the financial support they provide. Clearly, this is no longer the norm, and so men and women at are a historic crossroads as you learn how to renegotiate these inherited partnership and intimacy belief and behaviors. Yet many are suffering from closed heart chakras.  For several reasons, many have learned to shut down or close off their hearts to protect themselves, yet in reality this protection costs them so much more.

It is important to examine where you are closing yourself from receiving and giving love fully.  Remember that the energy flows up, so as you clear your lower chakras it allows for more openness in your heart chakra.  The chakras are related, so you may find issues following each of your chakras from different levels.  The more you clear, the more vibrant and healthy you feel.  You also will experience a deep and connecting love to others when you forgive and open your heart.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you have any stuck energy in your heart chakra.

1.            Are you able to be open and honest about your feelings with another person?
2.            How much love do you feel for yourself?
3.            Can you be detached enough to let your loved ones be themselves?
4.            Can you be true to your feelings in a relationship without sacrificing or losing your sense of self?
5.            Are you able to forgive others and yourself?
6.            How do you equate power and money with love?
7.            Are you able to receive gifts, appreciation, and love from others?
8.            Do you have self-respect? Do you have respect for others in your life?

Tomorrow we will explore your throat chakra.

If you have not already downloaded my free meditation to clear, balance, and heal your chakras, please accept my free gift to you now – a free meditation – A Chakra Clearing, Balancing and Healing Meditation.

If you are enjoying learning about your chakras and would like to delve even deeper into the  information to experience more freedom, I invite you to join me in Unlocking the Seven Layers of Your Inner Wisdom. We will explore the wisdom that resides within your chakras, tap on the imbalances, and examine your beliefs.  You will be free to create your life from an empowered and healthier state.  You will be able to powerfully shift the thinking and the beliefs that have been contributing to your stuck energy and lack of desired results in your life, relationships, work and health.

Your Solar Chakra – Confidence, Personal Power, and Personality

In the past two posts we’ve looked at issues of safety, survival, boundaries, emotions, relationships and pleasure as they relate to your first and second chakras or energy centers.  We can gleam so much information about our lives and ourselves by understanding the issues that are represented by our chakras.

chakrasYour seven energy centers are:

We began this series with the root chakra, and then explored the sacral chakra. Today we delve into your third energy center, your Solar Chakra.

The physical location of your solar chakra is at your abdomen. Your stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, adrenal glands, and mid spine are the associated body parts.

Your solar chakra is associated with personality and will power, self- esteem and personal identity. This is the area of assertiveness, intuition, and inner drive. This area controls digestion and the metabolic systems that processes the energy needed to overcome inertia and apathy, and get us moving from our stuck status.  It is from this chakra that we assert our personal power, follow our gut instincts, take risks and make decisions. It is where we feel self-respect, confidence, and decisiveness.

As a speaker, when I explain the wisdom that our bodies hold, I teach the audience how to check in with their bodies for a “yes” or “no.”  Once they have established their responses, I ask them to focus on a goal they want to accomplish.  Then I ask them to ask themselves if they really believe that they can have this, and muscle test as I have shown them.  95% of the audience receives a “no” response.  This indicates that although in their rational cognitive mind they believe it, their unconscious mind does not.  Looking where there are imbalances or stuck energy in your chakras can help move you in the direction of both of your minds agreeing.

Clearing the energy in your lower 3 chakras helps you to feel more grounded and trust your intuition.  I often find with my clients that the lack of trust they have for their gut instincts or intuitive knowing is from blocks in their lower chakras.  Once we clear the energy there, it allows more movement to the higher energy centers so that there is balance between the lower physical chakras and higher spiritual ones.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you have any stuck energy in your sacral chakra.

1.            Where do you feel worthy and adequate in your life – work, relationships?
2.            Where do you feel inferior in your relationships and in your work?
3.            Do you tend to be responsible or give that responsibility away or take on responsibility for others?
4.            When do you find yourself being aggressive and/or defensive?  How does this serve you?
5.            In what areas do you struggle with self-control?  Where do you exercise discipline?
6.            Where do you feel powerless? When did this first begin?
7.            When do you most feel that you are in your power and feeling confident?

Tomorrow we will explore your heart chakra.

If you have not already downloaded my free meditation to clear, balance, and heal your chakras, please accept my free gift to you now – a free meditation – A Chakra Clearing, Balancing and Healing Meditation.

Sometimes it is difficult to see our own blocks.  Having a safe space being held for you can often help. If you would like support in seeing where your energy may be stuck or holding you back, please join me in an 8 week class: Unlocking the Seven Layers of Your Inner Wisdom, where we delve deeply into the issues of each chakra and clear them with tapping so that you are more empowered in your life, business, and relationships.

Your Sacral Chakra – Creativity, Sexuality, Relationships, Pleasure

I love how powerful we are! Our lives as they exist today are reflective of our deep beliefs about how we deserve to be treated, what relationships are like, and our place in the world.  There are many ways to look at our beliefs and perceptions and to change them.  Using the wisdom of your body and in particular your energy system is one powerful way to access this information.   We began this series with the root chakra, and today we’ll explore the second chakra, your sacral chakra.

Each chakra corresponds to specific areas of your physical bodies, related emotional issues, and represents specific archetypes. Eastern cultures have recognized for centuries the importance of balancing your chakras for optimal emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health.  How strongly this energy flows greatly affects you. When the energy is flowing freely you experience greater health, vitality, and harmony in your life and relationships.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-chakras-image10904785Your seven energy centers are:

  • Root Chakra – Instinctual Need for Survival
  • Sacral Chakra – Pleasure Seeker
  • Solar Chakra – Power Driver
  • Heart Chakra – Searching for Love
  • Throat Chakra – Expressing Your Truth
  • Brow Chakra – Transcending Beyond Ego
  • Crown Chakra – Spiritual Awakening

Your sacral chakra is located in the area of your navel, lower abdomen, low back and sexual organs. The basic issues affected are creativity, sexuality, money, relationships, empathy, nurturing, pleasure, emotions, movement, change, warmth, and intimacy. It represents your ability to go with the flow – grace and acceptance and allowing yourself to enjoy your life and achievements.  The associated body parts are your hips, lower back, sexual organs, bladder, kidneys, stomach, large intestine, pelvis, appendix, and bodily fluids.

Our roles are affected by the programming in this area of fear of abandonment, financial security, social status, children, and creativity.  You can be controlled by your fears, level of trust, control, blame, guilt and shame. This area is concerned with daily aspects of living, people to whom we relate, and quality of our relationships.  It also relates to everything we own, money, relationships, and passion.

If you are feeling pain or discomfort in your any of these body locations, it may be an indication that there are some emotional issues that need clearing.  I see this every day with my clients.  Low back pain has a high association with money issues among other things.  If you do not have a habit of safely expressing your emotions, it is likely that your lower body is holding onto these emotions until you are ready to process them.  Unexpressed and unprocessed emotions do not go away, they take up residence in your energetic and physical bodies.

Children experience so many things and do not know how to handle them, express them or process them and they become part of your beliefs.  These beliefs are impacting your relationships and your success as an adult.  Remember that the energy travels up through the chakras, so if your root chakra is still holding onto issues of not feeling safe, your sacral chakra is not flowing freely.  Fortunately, we can address this and get your life moving smoothly with ease and grace.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you have any stuck energy in your sacral chakra.

1.            In what areas do you allow yourself to experience pleasure? Where do you not?
2.            Do you feel creative and sensual?
3.            How often do you do things that you don’t really enjoy?  That you do enjoy?
4.            When you do things for others is it from a genuine desire to be of service or are you really trying to win their approval or love?
5.            Do you have co-dependent relationships? How do you contribute to them?
6.            Do you experience jealousy?
7.            Do you trust that life is abundant and there is always enough? 
8.            Do you allow life to be easy or do you believe you have to struggle and sacrifice and that everything is hard?

Tomorrow we will explore your third chakra, the solar chakra.

If you have not already downloaded my free meditation to clear, balance, and heal your chakras, please accept my free gift to you now – a free meditation – A Chakra Clearing, Balancing and Healing Meditation.

If you would like support in seeing where your energy may be stuck or holding you back, please join me in an 8 week class: Unlocking the Seven Layers of Your Inner Wisdom, where we delve deeply into the issues of each chakra and clear them with tapping so that you are more empowered in your life, business, and relationships.

 

Your Root Chakra – Survival, Trust, Safety, and Family Loyalty

We are more powerful than we ever realized and the wisdom that we have stored is limitless.  I’d like to help you uncover the wisdom that is locked away in your body, mind, and energy system so that you can shine your light and brilliance in all areas of your life!

You have 7 main energy centers that run through your body.  They begin in your sacrum and run up your spine ending just outside the top of your head. Each chakra represents life issues, corresponds to specific areas of your body and each of those body parts have information about you and your life, in particular what you believe and perceive.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-seven-chakras-image26636997Your seven energy centers are:

  • Root Chakra – Instinctual Need for Survival
  • Sacral Chakra – Pleasure Seeker
  • Solar Chakra – Power Driver
  • Heart Chakra – Searching for Love
  • Throat Chakra – Expressing Your Truth
  • Brow Chakra – Transcending Beyond Ego
  • Crown Chakra – Spiritual Awakening

In this series of blog posts, we will explore these energy centers and see what nuggets of gold are stored there waiting for your discovery.  The most beautiful thing about life is that we have choice, and if we do not like how our life is shaping up, we can examine our thoughts and beliefs to see where we can shift and make different choices.

Understanding the information that your chakras have for you allows you to make choices to keep things as they are and do nothing different, or clear, balance and heal your chakras and the issues associated with them and then make empowered choices to support the pursuit of your goals.

The Root Chakra is found at the base of your spine.  This is your foundation. The basic issues associated with the root chakra are instinct, safety, survival, grounding, family, security, boundaries, and new beginnings. The body parts associated with the root chakra are coccyx, anus, large intestine, adrenal glands, back, leg, feet and bones.

You will find family wounds and tribal beliefs are stored in the body in this area. Health of this chakra is associated with your upbringing and early life. Inheritance of tribal programming of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants to the US is prevalent here.

You can change your life by looking at the wisdom in your first chakra and seeing where you may be blocked or held back by beliefs tied to family loyalty or expectations but that are not serving your highest good.  Perhaps your body is showing you that fear is stopping you. Often time, I help my clients discover where they are not feeling safe in their life.

Often we can clear issues associated with the above body areas or help facilitate the healing by tapping on those issues and clearing, balancing, and healing the root chakra.

If you are struggling in your relationships especially with issues of trust this is a first chakra issue.  Some people just never feel safe at some level, in their jobs, or they feel there is never enough money, or no matter what they do they can never get ahead – these are all first chakra issues.

Fortunately this can be cleared, and you can shift your thinking, beliefs and actions so that you are experiencing the safety you deserve.  It begins at the unconscious and energetic level and that is where we are working in the chakras.

Often, I find working with my clients that many people, women in particular never feel supported.  They have this belief that in order for things to get done right, they have to do it themselves.  This is a huge problem and I see it every day and how it insinuates itself into every aspect of your life.

This too can be cleared and changed as so many other challenges and issues that are related to the root chakra can be.

Since your energy flows up, if your energy is blocked in this chakra it is limiting the flow of energy in your body potentially impacting your health, success in relationships or with money or in your career.

Here are some questions to ask yourself, answer them honestly to see if you are blocked in your first chakra.

1.            In what areas do you not feel safe?
2.            In what areas do you feel there is not enough?
3.            In what areas do you feel like you have no control or choice?
4.            Where are you missing healthy boundaries?
5.            Do you trust that life supports you?
6.            Do you trust yourself to make supportive, healthy decisions?
7.            Are you able to easily make decisions?

Tomorrow we will explore the second chakra – your Sacral Chakra

If you would like to begin today to clear, balance, and heal your chakras, please accept my free gift to you – a free meditation – A Chakra Clearing, Balancing and Healing Meditation.  It is only 18 minutes but very powerful and can be done every day.

Sometimes it is difficult to see our own blocks.  Having a safe space being held for you can often help. If you would like support in seeing where your energy may be stuck or holding you back, please join me in an 8 week class: Unlocking the Seven Layers of Your Inner Wisdom, where we delve deeply into the issues of each chakra and clear them with tapping so that you are more empowered in your life, business, and relationships.

Steps to losing struggle, suffering and blocks to success

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-spirit-body-mind-drawing-circles-image18665928In my path to creating the life that feels right to me I have tried many things.  Some of you know this, but many are new to my community.  I was bedridden for years with overwhelming and debilitating pain and fatigue from chronic and second infection of Lyme disease.  I struggled for years with getting my life back.  I had to give up a job that I loved.  I could not care for my children.  I was reliant on my husband for many things.  Like many people, I relied completely on the traditional medical community to help me get well.  After several years of following their protocol of tons of prescription medicine, and only slightly Improving, I began to search in earnest for what would help.  I also went through a divorce during all of this.  I had to build a new life and create a new vision.

If you have suffered like I have – physically, emotionally, mentally or relationally – you have probably scoured the Internet looking for help and solutions.  I have tried just about everything and continue be open to exploring ways to help myself and others step into their personal power, tap into their inner wisdom, and manifest their dreams, goals and desires.

While I don’t believe there is only 1 magic bullet – it takes integration and finding what works for you – I have seen miracles happen using EFT – tapping.  It has been a HUGE piece of my own healing puzzle.  I help people everyday with tapping and I have been able to let go of medication, and allow my nervous system to heal with tapping.  I have also healed relationships, and found a love and a husband that is all I had always believed it could be.

Yes, I have also incorporated many other changes in my life, and explored many healing modalities, but I strongly believe that tapping is one of my magic bullets.  I want you to experience it too to see if it is one of the tools for you to put into your own toolbox.

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EFT delivers such tremendous results and so quickly, that it falls into the “I cannot believe that this works,” category.   So if you haven’t tried it, if you are the least bit curious and if you want to experience different perspectives and uses for tapping, then I highly recommend you review the page below to learn more about The World Tapping Summit.  You will have access to 3 videos learning how and why EFT can help improve our life.

It doesn’t matter what issues you want to address in your life – anxiety, anger, past trauma, emotional blocks, phobias – maybe you want to release physical pain or lose extra inches – perhaps you want to change limiting or negative beliefs,  and you want to attract more of something into your life -  this technique is a gateway to making it happen.  You will have access to different practitioners and learn how to use EFT for what you need.

Yes, I offer weekly tapping classes, and yes I work privately with clients, and yes I offer virtual tapping groups and I will continue to do so and keep you updated on these opportunities too.  But this week is the Tapping World Summit, it is free, and it something I highly recommend!

Please join the 500,000 people who attended last year and saw their lives change and the thousands who have registered and will attend this year – including me.

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If you do attend, PLEASE let me know your results because hearing the powerful stories of transformation and positive change makes my day and keeps me inspired to keep helping others grow and step into their power.

Much love always,

Cheri

Don’t Let Stress Control You

Let’s face it – stress is a part of life.  We all have varying levels of it in our life.  How we manage stress can have a huge impact on our health, career, relationships and our life in general.  One of the factors that can help improve stress is to recognize it, acknowledge it and choose a positive outlet for it.   When you are aware of what is taking place in your mind, your body and your emotions, you can take positive action to minimize your stress levels and the effects it has on you.

There are many ways to reduce stress and I will list some here for you and then I will talk about one of my favorites, EFT or tapping and how you can utilize this life changing tool and join me virtually or in person to experience the benefits for yourself.

Here’s a list of ways for you lessen the impact of stress you are feeling:

  • Go for a walk.
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Exercise – move!
  • Take several slow deep, conscious breaths.
  • Go to a yoga class
  • Meditate
  • Listen to relaxing or uplifting music.
  • Breathe.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Laugh.
  • Learn how to say no and set healthy boundaries.
  • Express your feelings honestly.
  • Breathe.
  • Play with a puppy or a baby.
  • Change your thoughts about the situation.
  • Choose to be present with what you are doing and let everything else go until you can give it attention.
  • Eat healthy whole foods with lots of vegetables.

Ideally selecting one or more of these and making them a regular practice will actually help reduce your overall stress level.  Yet in the moment any of these will work.

Tapping on the endpoints of your meridian system while talking about what is bothering, upsetting, frustrating you is an easy, safe way to let go of the energy building up in your mind, body, and emotions.  When you let go of steam in this manner, it neutralizes the charge that is feeding your stress.  It allows you to voice what you are feeling in a safe and non-invasive manner while it also reinforces that you are choosing to be okay even though you are experiencing all this stress.

Tapping on your own in moments of overwhelm, intense emotions, and heavy stress can make a big difference in the moment and in the future.  Tapping with a professional who can hold space and guide you into deeper realms to release more of the underlying cause of the stress can be life changing.

Whether you stress is related to every day life, your job, chronic pain, an illness, a relationship challenge, or lack of a love life doesn’t matter.  What does matter is what the underlying emotions and energy of the situation(s) are doing to your mind, body and spirit.  What matters is how this is affecting how you handle your life, relationships, and your choices.

When we are tapping, we work with both the conscious mind – that which you are aware AND the unconscious mind – that which you are not aware. The unconscious mind is where so much information lies that can help shift your energy, health, thinking and choices which reduces stress and the toll it takes on you.

I would like to invite you to download a free introductory guide to tapping to help you get started right away to eliminating stress in your life.  Please visit this page, where you will be able to access this guide as well as other resources – http://cherivalentine.com/resources/

I would also love for you to join me for Tappy Hour™ – where we tap as a group.  What is so amazing in a group setting is that no matter what your stressors or circumstances are, you will receive huge, clearing, releasing benefits tapping with a seasoned facilitator and guide.

Whether you choose to explore tapping with us or not,  please choose at least one of the suggestions in this article to begin to lessen your stress so your body and mind can expand into healthy realms.

 

 

 

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

resolutionsHow have you begun 2014? Did you come in with a list of New Year’s resolutions ready to change everything that’s not working in your life? That’s what usually happens and then we feel defeated when we can’t stick to our goals. Every year I have gone through the highs of expectation and hope and the low of defeat and failure.

So this year I took a different approach. I got real. It is hard enough to change one thing never mind several. So I asked myself what was the real goal for me – the big picture goal. For me it was to embrace a healthier lifestyle. There is a lot in that one goal. So then I broke it down into sections. For me, embracing a healthier lifestyle meant: making changes in my diet, finding the right balance of exercise, knowing when I could realistically accomplish the exercise I needed and choosing on home, gym, classes or a combination. I had to get really honest with myself and see what was realistic for me, what would I actually do.

I have been working on the food part for a year, slowly embracing changes. I have tried in the past to make lots of changes and I was not ready. It felt overwhelming. I was holding onto attachments around certain food and beverages. I just did not have the mindset that I was really ready. Then this past fall, I reached the place where I was ready. So, working with Dr. Robyn Giard, ND of Starry Brook Natural Medicine. Dr. Giard has helped me to understand some of my health issue and changes I needed to incorporate in my diet, with my supplements, and with exercise. She is helping me understand what I need to manage my fibromyalgia – in addition to tapping and energy work.

I have also had the support of Erin Holt Health. I have done several of Erin’s cleanses in the past two years. With each cleanse, I embraced a certain aspect of the whole food, delicious, nutritious approach to cleansing my body and making sustainable changes. She has also helped understand how certain foods are wreaking havoc on my body.

Today I begin a winter cleanse offered by Erin Holt Health through 3 Bridges Yoga. I have been gearing up for this, so this time I can embrace the whole program. It is only 12 days, but many of the elements are already in place. I don’t eat gluten, so that won’t a challenge – the first time it was! I have been slowly letting go of coffee and enjoying it occasionally instead of daily, so this time it will be easier to let that go for 12 days. It has been easier for me to drink and enjoy herbal teas and yerba mate or green teas on the days I do need a lift. I have been making healthy green smoothies and juices daily and enjoying them. I am drinking more water and I am eating less.I have cut down my alcohol consumption considerably over the past two weeks. I feel more confident about committing to this cleanse and I am excited to offer this loving gift to my body.

This is not a drastic fast or a crash diet – there are no extreme measures involved. Short-term deprivation does not achieve long-term results. When we start from an extreme place and seek extreme results, we set ourselves up for extreme disappointment. The idea is to support, rather than shock, your system. You will be eating whole foods and creating healthy habits in order to nourish and rejuvenate the body. This cleanse includes a simplified diet of whole, fresh, unprocessed foods that bring the body back into balance.“ ~ Erin Holt ~ from Winter Cleanse 2014.

In the beginning of January, I wrote down my goal of establishing a daily exercise routine. I made a list of potential pitfalls and excuses of why I couldn’t do this. I wrote down why I thought I should have this goal and why I wanted this goal. Then I tapped from the script I created from this exercise. I was so surprised at what unfolded for me and what I released. Since then it has been much easier for me to get on the treadmill, practice yoga daily and incorporate weights, and get to some yoga classes.

So whether your goals this year include eating healthier, exercising, being more organized, establishing a mediation practice, blogging or creating video, use this tapping exercise to help clear what may be making it difficult for you to stick to your goals.

Let’s get started!

Grab a piece a paper, a journal, or blank page on your computer screen.

1. Choose 1 goal ______________________

2. I would like to ______________________

3. I want to this because ______________________ (list as many things as apply)

4. Do I want it as much as I think I SHOULD want it?

5. What is in my way or why do I think I can’t or won’t do this?

6. Tap through your points saying what you have written.

7. Notice what happens. Does a memory surface? Do you feel more empowered? Do you feel worse? Continue to tap on any new thoughts or feelings that you have until you feel calm and centered.

8. Notice how things are shifting for you as the days go on. Do you find it easier to take action toward your goal? Do you feel good about wanting to achieve your goal?

If you are new to tapping, you can download your free guide here.

If you need more support in releasing feelings or moving forward, you can also join me at Tappy Hour, live and virtually. Click here for the schedule.

Check back soon for a video on general tapping around moving forward, New Year’s resolutions, and setting goals.