Seventh Chakra – Crown Chakra – Spiritual Power

Yesterday, I wrote about the Third Eye Chakra and how it is the generator of our intuition and gives us all the wisdom we need to move ourselves to express our higher nature.

Today, I’m writing about the last of the main chakras of the body, the Seventh Chakra, or the Crown Chakra, which connects us to our spiritual essence and our ability to allow spirituality to be an essential part of our lives. It allows us to gain a deep sense of inner awareness through practices like meditation and prayer.

I view the Seventh Chakra as the conduit that connects our bodies to the spiritual world, the portal through which we have mystical experiences. This is the chakra, when open and flowing, prompts us to pursue a relationship with the Divine, which is different from seeking out religion.

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

Seventh Chakra – Crown ChakraPurple Sphere1

Location
Top of the head

Primary strengths
Faith in the existence of the Divine, including inner guidance, insight into healing, and trust that overrides fears

Primary fears
Loss of identity, loss of connection with material world, spiritual crisis

Positive manifestations
Mystical and intuitive connections, practice of a personally chosen spiritual belief system

Negative manifestations
Inability to let go of past regrets, disassociation, ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude, difficulty thinking for oneself

Lesson
To live in Divine union

Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Faith in a Higher Power or inner guidance, mystical connections, fears around loss of identity and an inability to let go of the past


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Meditation
Close your eyes and do a short visualization of the Crown Chakra: A purple, pulsating at the top of your head. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out over the top of your head. Sit with this pulsating, reverent and giving 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 about the characters you’ve been working with. Do they understand the reasons for their motivations, or are they clueless? How much does the reader know compared to what the characters know? How much do the characters know about each other that they don’t know about themselves? Are the characters cut off from or tuned in to reality? How does this show up in their words and/or behaviors? Continue their conversation/situation with each other considering these questions.

Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Are you spiritually aware? Do you experience a union with a higher consciousness in any form? How do you define this? If not, do you desire it but fear it? Why?

Do you put what you believe to be spiritual truths in action in your life? How so? If not, why not?

Do you have an awareness of your lower/higher selves? How and when do they each show up in your life?

Do you understand the reasons and motivations for your behaviors and reactions to life?

 

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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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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First Chakra – The Root Chakra – Tribal Power

Yesterday, I wrote about how, if we follow the flow of ideas that come from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theories on achieving flow and Candace Pert’s findings about how our emotions originate in the exact locations of the seven main chakras and that our bodies are our subconscious minds, we can utilize the chakras to banish writer’s block, achieve flow, and tell our untold stories.

For example, the First Chakra rules our Tribal Power and Tribal Consciousness, which is about our identity in relationship to our Tribe, which could relate to our family of origin or to some other group or community that’s present in our lives. Deep down, the Root Chakra has to do with identity and a feeling of security and connection to others and to the world.

In our writing, by considering our characters’ place within his or her tribe, or by considering our own, we can begin to uncover important information about human behaviors and motivations.

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

First Chakra – Root ChakraRed Sphere1
Location
Deep in the pelvis, between the tip of the tailbone and the genitals

Primary strengths
Tribal/family identity, bonding, support and loyalty that create a feeling of security and connection to the world

Primary fears
Physical survival, abandonment, loss of order

Positive manifestations and qualities
Abundance, good health, connection with body, willpower, determination, leadership, independence

Negative manifestations and qualities
Vanity, self-importance, inability to make decisions

Lesson
Accepting that we cannot be in control

Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Quality of family ties, sense of security and abundance, fears around abandonment and survival

When we take the time to sit quietly, think about the aspects of the Root Chakra, and do a meditation to clear it, imagining its corresponding color in the form of a pulsating orb, we can open ourselves up to not just a deeper examination and understanding of our characters, but ourselves, as well.

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 Root Chakra: A red, pulsating orb just in front of your tailbone. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to each hip. Sit with this pulsating, strong and powerful 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. Now, put that character on a train, heading to see his/her family for the holidays. Think about the character’s relationship with this space: Is this a regular occurrence – to be on a train heading to his/her childhood home? Or is this the first time? Whoh will the character see once she reaches her destination? How long will he be there? Who will this character see, and what feelings does she/he have around each person? Your character can be sitting quietly or moving around in the space. She/he can be contemplating the impending meeting or thinking about something else entirely. Show your character’s experience in the space, what happens in the waiting, and how this reflects in his/her thoughts and behaviors. It’s up to you whether or not you write to the actual arrival and meeting of family members.

Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Pick a tribe. This can be your family of origin, or it can be another community that has a strong presence in your life. Consider the following questions:
What’s your reality within this tribe right now?
Are you in harmony or conflict with this tribal reality?
What, or who, within this tribe, created your reality?
Do you have any unfinished business in relation to this tribe? (If so, what prevents you from healing it, either within yourself or with the person or people involved?)

Sending you mad writing mojo…

Johnnie

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