Sixth Chakra – Third Eye Chakra – Mind Power

Yesterday, I wrote about the Throat Chakra and how it relates to our surrendering to a higher power of some sort, whether it be God, angels, Universe, our own inner strength, or a personal higher form of knowing, which comes from our higher selves, and how it bridges the gap between our heart and our mind.

Today, I’m writing about the Sixth, or Third Eye Chakra, which is located in the lower forehead, just above and between the eyes. This is where our intuition comes from. We oftentimes think of our intuition as a gut-level response, but in reality, our intuitive inclinations are generated here, in the Third Eye Chakra, then travel to our Personal Power Chakra to be carried out in the form of some kind of action. The Third Eye Chakra gives us all the wisdom we need to move ourselves to express our higher nature.

One way to know that our Third Eye Chakra is open and flowing is when we can make decisions for ourselves without feeling the need to check in with others for advice or validation.

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

 

Sixth Chakra – Third Eye ChakraIndigo Sphere1

Location
Lower forehead, just above and between the eyes

Primary strengths
Intellectual abilities and skills, receiving inspiration, intuition, psychic abilities, emotional intelligence, integration of conscious and unconscious insights

Primary fears
One’s shadow side, looking within to discover ones truth, sound judgment based on the reality of a situation, relying on discipline

Positive manifestations
Mental flexibility, which allows for the acquisition of physical and spiritual knowledge that can be translated into understanding, strong connection to inner voice and trust in intuition to make decisions

Negative manifestations: Unwillingness to see and purge one’s fears

Lesson
Discerning the difference between truth and illusion

Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Intellectual abilities and skills, intuition and psychic abilities, fears around one’s shadow side and purging one’s fears


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Meditation
Close your eyes and do a short visualization of the Third Eye Chakra: An indigo, pulsating orb in your throat, in the hollow of the collarbone. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to the sides of your head and around the back. Sit with this pulsating, intuitive and all-knowing 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
Use the same two characters you’ve been working with, or create two new ones. Add a third character. Create a situation for these three characters in which they are interacting over an issue wherein the two initial characters have a goal that’s being thwarted by the third character. Think about whether or not all the characters are vocal throughout the exchange. If there is dialogue, is it direct or indirect? Work on using interior monologue – or thoughts – of one or more of the characters. Let your potential reader in on more than the characters are disclosing to each other. Consider the following: How easily do these characters make decisions? How intuitive are these characters? Is one or more of them able to discern a reality that isn’t being openly expressed? Does one character have the upper hand in the situation? See if you can get their individual levels of awareness to play against each other.

Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Think about your decision making process.

How intuitive are you? How do you engage your imagination?
Can you make decisions?
Are you wise, fearless, practical? How do these qualities show up (or not) in your life?
Are you able to view your life in impersonal terms? That is, when people behave in ways that you find hurtful or disrespectful, are you able to disconnect and let it “roll off your back?” If not, what would it mean, for your life, to be able to do this?
Are you living a conscious life? If so, how does this show up? If not, are you frightened of changes that may come from doing so?

 

Sending you mad writing mojo…

Johnnie
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Fifth Chakra – Throat Chakra – Will Power

Yesterday, I wrote about the Heart Chakra and how it serves as a negotiator, of sorts, between our body and our spirit and how understanding it can

Today, I’m writing about the Fifth Chakra – the Throat Chakra, which is located in the lower throat, in the hollow of the collarbone. In essence, this chakra is about surrendering to our higher power, which means different things to different people: God, angels, Universe, inner strength, or a personal higher form of knowing, which comes from our higher selves. This chakra bridges the gap between our heart and our mind.

Caroline Myss says that ALL illness has a connection to the fifth chakra, because choice is involved in every detail of our lives and therefore in every illness. This is HUGE. This chakra relates to the struggles – on both mental and emotional levels – involved with learning about our immense power of choice.

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


Fifth Chakra – Throat Chakra Blue Sphere1

Location
Lower throat, in the hollow of the collarbone

Primary strengths
Faith, self-knowledge, and personal authority.

Primary fears
Having no authority or power of choice or control with tribe, relationships, ourselves, substances, money, power, and another’s emotions

Positive manifestations
Ability to speak one’s truth with clarity, to believe in love and courage

Negative manifestations
Fear of death and making fear-based decisions based on attachment to outcomes

Lesson
Recognizing free will and self-expression in ourselves and others and accepting it with love and compassion

Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Faith and self-knowledge, ability to speak one’s truth, fears around money, power, and the emotions of others

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Meditation

Close your eyes and do a short visualization of the Throat Chakra: A blue, pulsating orb in your throat, in the hollow of the collarbone. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to the sides of your neck and around the back. Sit with this pulsating, benevolent and calm 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
Feel free to use the same two characters you’ve been working with, or create two new ones. Assess your characters, then put them in dialogue with each other about a topic that matters to them, or at least to the protagonist. What are their voices like? What do they sound like? How talkative are they? How loud or quiet are they? Is their word choice similar or vastly different? Do either or both of them have a voice in society? Are they people others look up to and/or follow because they speak the truth? Does either of them sing? Do they speak up for themselves, express their feelings? With each other? With other people?

Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Think about your voice. Your speaking voice.

What does your voice sound like both within and outside of your tribe? Write about the actual sound of your voice. Be as descriptive as possible.

How do you use your voice, both in life and in your tribe? Write about what kinds of issues and subjects you get vocal about.

What makes you lose control of your voice or willpower within and outside of your tribe?

 

Sending you mad writing mojo…

 

Johnnie
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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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Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra – Partnership Power

Yesterday, I wrote about the Root Chakra and how it can inform our writing in terms of our own or our characters’ identities in relation to the concept of tribe. Today, I’m writing about the second chakra, the Sacral Chakra, which is about partnership power and our power to create.

The Sacral Chakra relates to our ability to go with the flow, so while all the chakras are important, this one is especially important when it comes to creative flow. Creative flow can mean a lot of things. It can mean artistic flow and creating in that way, or it can mean actually creating life. This chakra is about self-expression in a very deep sense, and it also aligns with partnership, sexuality, pleasure, and relationships. So, while the Root Chakra was about our relationship to our tribe and our place in it, the Sacral Chakra is about our relationship with another.

I’ve observed that, oftentimes, creative people have a difficult time finding that balance between honoring their creative impulses and their relationships, and all too often, their writing practice takes a back seat. While the Sacral Chakra is about creating, as mentioned above, it’s also about creating ourselves, and if we’re to successfully create ourselves, it means we means we have to find balance in our relationships so we don’t get lost in them.

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

Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra Orange Sphere1

Location
Lower abdomen, slightly below the navel

Primary strengths
Ability to take risks, to protect oneself and survive financially and physically, to recover from loss, and to recreate oneself

Primary fears
Loss of control at the hands of another (rape, impotence, abandonment, betrayal, addiction, financial) and loss of physical body due to death or illness

Positive manifestations
Creativity, confident self-expression, adaptability, flexibility, bringing forth new life (literally and figuratively), setting healthy psychological boundaries and creating a sense of personal identity

Negative manifestations
Anger, jealousy, killing of creativity due to fear

Lesson
Accepting that we cannot be in control

Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Ability to protect oneself, creativity and self-expression, fears around loss of control, anger and jealousy

As with yesterday, below you’ll find a meditation specific to the Sacral Chakra, and some prompts to help you think about how to use the Sacral Chakra to deepen your writing and your understanding of yourself.

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 Sacral Chakra: An orange, pulsating orb in your abdomen, just below your navel. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to each hip. Sit with this pulsating, enthusiastic and creative 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 a character you’ve created, maybe one you’ve been working with recently. It can be a new one, or it can be the one you used yesterday. Imagine a relationship for your character with one other person. This can be any sort of relationship (intimate, familial, platonic, work-related). The characters can be any gender or age. Feel free to build on the exercise from yesterday, if you like. Is this other person a family member your character is on her way to visit and you’ll just continue on with the story you set up yesterday, or is this other person a stranger on the train? What is the overarching tone of the relationship? How do these two characters relate to each other? Do they speak, or is their entire interaction internal for them both, or for only your initial character? What do they think about or say to each other? What happens between them?

Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Pick a relationship from your life. This can be any sort of relationship (intimate, familial, platonic, work-related).
What’s the overarching tone of this relationship?
How do creativity, sexuality, and/or abundance (or lack of) figure in to this relationship? Are you generally on the same energetic plane with each other? If so, how? If not, does the energy of one of you overshadow the other and drive the relationship somehow?

Sending you mad writing mojo…

Johnnie
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