Fourth Chakra – Heart Chakra – Emotional Power

Yesterday, I wrote about the Personal Power Chakra and how it can inform our own or our characters’ willpower and motivation behind their desires and actions.

Today, I’m writing about the Fourth Chakra, the Heart Chakra, which serves as a negotiator, of sorts, between our physical and emotional existence.

Mastery of this chakra allows us to approach life with a things-just-are attitude, and we can let go of trying to analyze and understand WHY things happen. It also allows us to experience and create emotional reciprocity.
Below is a brief explanation of the Personal Power Chakra and some ways we might integrate its attributes into our writing.

 

Fourth Chakra – Heart Chakra Green Sphere1

Location
Chest, between the breasts

Primary strengths
Love, forgiveness, compassion, dedication, inspiration, hope, trust, ability to heal oneself and others

Primary fears
Loneliness, commitment, and letting the heart lead in decision-making; fear of having the resources to protect oneself emotionally, fear of emotional weakness and betrayal

Positive manifestations
Courage to trust, take risks, love and feel loved

Negative manifestations
Jealousy, anger, bitterness, inability to forgive others as well as oneself

Lesson
Forgiveness, compassion, trust, how to act out of love

Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Ability to love and forgive, courage, fears around loneliness and following one’s heart

 

Try the following meditation and exercise, and let me know what you come up with.
Feel free to post it below this post, or email me at:  johnnie@johnniemazzocco.com.

 

Meditation
Close your eyes and do a short visualization of the Heart Chakra: A green, pulsating orb in your chest, just between your breasts. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to the sides of your rib cage and under your arms. Sit with this pulsating, compassionate and loving energy for as long as you can, breathing deeply, for 5-10 breaths. Count to ten slowly on both the inhale and the exhale for each one. When you’re ready, let the energy begin to recede and return to its original size. Maintain its presence in your body as you open your eyes and begin the following writing exercise.

Writing Exercise
Fiction Writers
Think of the two characters you’ve been working with recently. Now that you’ve gotten them talking, think more about the emotional essence of their approach to the conflict. Do they operate from a place of love and compassion, or from anger or fear? Can these characters be close to others without losing themselves, emotionally? That is, can they honor their own emotional needs. Do they have past emotional wounds that need healing? Have they done anything that needs forgiving? How openly do these characters give and receive love? After you’ve considered the above questions, continue with the scene and see what happens to their conversation and behavior toward each other after you’ve determined their emotional needs.

Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Imagine a mirror. See yourself in the mirror. Or sit before a mirror and look at yourself. Consider the following questions and either address them directly, let them inform your writing around a love relationship in your life, or both.

Do you consider yourself emotionally healthy? How do you define this?
What do you like/love? What makes you happy?
Do you feel you exercise self-control? In what ways?
Do you love yourself? How do you know?
 

Sending you mad writing mojo…

Johnnie
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Third Chakra – Personal Power Chakra – Personal Power

Yesterday, I wrote about the Sacral Chakra and how it can inform our writing in terms of our own or our characters’ identities in relation to another person. Today, I’m writing about the third chakra, the Personal Power Chakra.

The Personal Power Chakra relates to a physical form of power, just as the first and second chakras have. The first chakra was about the power of the tribe, and the second chakra was about the power between us and other individuals. The third chakra is about our personal power in relation to the outside world, and it bridges the physical experience and the emotional experience. In essence, it’s about the process of individuation and becoming our own selves.

Having a strong Personal Power chakra allows us to be capable of translating our intentions and desires into manifestation. Sometimes, the only way to individuate is to leave others behind.

Below is a brief explanation of the Personal Power Chakra and some ways we might integrate its attributes into our writing.

Third Chakra – Personal Power ChakraYellow Sphere1

Location
Solar Plexus, between the navel and center breastbone

Primary strengths
Self-esteem, self-respect, self-discipline, ambition, ability to handle crisis and take action, generosity and strength of character, courage to take risks, free will

Primary fears
Rejection, criticism, anything related to body image, that others will discover our secrets

Positive manifestations
Ability to channel powerful emotions such as anger, toward positive means

Negative manifestations
Blind rage and destructive anger

Lesson
Balance between taking control and letting go

Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Level of self-esteem and self-respect, fears around rejection and criticism

 

Try the following meditation and exercise, and let me know what you come up with.
Feel free to post it below this post, or email me at:  johnnie@johnniemazzocco.com.

 

Meditation
Close your eyes and do a short visualization of the Personal Power Chakra: A yellow, pulsating orb in your solar plexus, between your navel and breastbone. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to your sides. Sit with this pulsating, optimistic, confident energy for as long as you can, breathing deeply, for 5-10 breaths. Count to ten slowly on both the inhale and the exhale for each one. When you’re ready, let the energy begin to recede and return to its original size. Maintain its presence in your body as you open your eyes and begin the following writing exercise.

Writing Exercise
Fiction Writers
Think of the two characters you’ve been working with recently, or create two new ones. One is the protagonist. The other is the antagonist. These two characters are at odds with each other in some way. This can be blatant conflict, or it can be subtle. Think about how willful or passive each character is. What is the protagonist’s goal or intention, and how does the antagonist interfere with it? Get them involved in a dialogue about the conflict. Their conversation can be direct (discussing the issue at hand openly) or indirect (beating around the bush / being somewhat passive or manipulative).

Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Pick an action you want to take but have been putting off.
What are your deepest passions/desires? What do you want to accomplish?
Which of the following describes your feelings around your desires?
– Fearful or anxious?
– Confident and self-assured?
– Sarcastic or pessimistic?
– Wise and clear-minded?
– Over-analytical?
– Curious?
– Alert or foggy?
– Good-humored?
How does your tribe or a person figure in to your feelings around achieving your desires?
What are you going to do about it?

 

Sending you mad writing mojo…

Johnnie
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What do the chakras have to do with writing?

When we’re able to achieve flow, as coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, our obstacles (read: writer’s block) disintegrate, and the words come effortlessly.

Csikszentmihalyi believes that when we’re in flow, when we experience complete absorption in a task, we realize happiness.

http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow

http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow

FLOW

=

concentration /complete absorption

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happiness

 

In an interview with Wired magazine, Csikszentmihalyi described flow like this:

Flow is ”…being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
(emphasis mine)

“Your whole being is involved.” Including your body. And when the “ego falls away,” you have greater access to your subconscious mind. And when we access our subconscious mind, it cleans our psychic house.

I know from experience that when I carve out a block of time and write, my perspective about everything changes. Writing is exercise for my psyche and my soul, just the way hiking, running, or biking are exercise for my body. When I exercise my body, I can face the day, no matter what comes. When I write, I can face life, no matter what comes.

If Csikszentmihalyi is correct in his assertion, and I believe he is–that when we’re absorbed in a task and achieve flow, we achieve happiness (and access to our subconscious mind)–why, then, do so many people struggle with achieving flow, and in the case of writers, with overcoming writer’s block?

Some people believe they have to wait for inspiration, but waiting for inspiration is for wusses, in my opinion. If we’re going to be real writers—that is, honor and respond to the multitude of voices and ideas that knock around in our heads, we have to treat it the way we would treat someone we love. We have to give it attention and effort. We have to maintain our relationship with it and to it. And we have to be aware that when we do this, our lives are better.

http://opioids.com/endogenous/candace-pert.html

http://opioids.com/endogenous/candace-pert.html

Pharmacologist, Candace Pert, was doing some fascinating research on our emotions and where they originate when she died way too soon in 2013. In short, she discovered that our emotions are created in the very same locations as the seven main chakras of the body.

She had this to say about her findings in an interview with mind/body guru, Adam “AgniDeva” Helfer:

“I realized in 1987 that areas along the axis, from the top of the forehead to the base of the spine, these classical chakras areas corresponded to what I called ‘nodal points.’ Places where lots of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides were released.”

She went on to posit that because these neurotransmitters and neuropeptides are created in the body and that they create our emotions, “Our bodies are our subconscious mind.”

Learning this was my epiphany. My Eureka! moment. Not only was it fascinating to me, it was also liberating. This means that, as writers, we have no excuse to play the writer’s block card anymore. This means that we can have ready access to our emotions, which we writers need, to render full and round characters and tell stories with depth that resonate with our readers.

 

So in my mind, it looks like this:

WTB_Process_ImageThis is where the chakras come into play.

When we learn how to unblock them, we achieve greater flow. When we learn to decode them and their positive and negative manifestations, we can begin to apply their aspects and lessons to our characters (if we’re writing fiction) and to our own lives (if we’re writing creative non-fiction/memoir).

By focusing on each chakra as a pulsating orb of energy, with specific qualities, we can begin to unblock them, and in turn, remove writer’s block.

The catch is this, though: We have to access our emotions. We have to.

And I believe this is where writers get blocked. I believe far too many writers with profound stories to tell stay quiet because they’re afraid to feel their emotions in great depth.

But it’s the only way. The only way.

So… if you’re a brave soul and you have stories to tell (and I know you do), stay plugged in to the blog for the next seven days, as I’ll be sending you an email each day featuring information about the chakra for the day and how you can use it banish your writer’s block, find your voice, and tell your untold stories.

Be brave!

Sending you mad writing mojo…

Johnnie
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