Breath Chakra… Solutions For Shame
Breath Chakra. What is that? What’s it for? The short version is our identity. It’s difficult to live and move around on this planet and accomplish anything if you don’t know who you are. It’s especially difficult with the media and corporate lords doing their level best to turn you into a clone that is replaceable at any moment. The tool that is used is shame and shame is insidious, but curable.
The Breath Chakra
The Solar Plexus or Breath Chakra, located between the navel and solar plexus, is the core of our personality, our identity and of our ego. The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are. The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable.
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality. The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and move forward in your life. The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner.
Active or Inactive
This means that consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra lends to being proactive rather than reactive or inactive. Beings with excessive third chakra energy react to life circumstances, they have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out.
Beings with blocked or deficient third chakra are passive and inactive – allowing life to pass by while they do nothing. Strong third chakra reflects the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. It reflects the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act. The message of the third chakra is: You have the power to choose.
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem. Every time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower. Self-love, self-acceptance, and acknowledgment of your own worth are the building blocks of the third chakra. (source: chakra-anatomy.com)
Solutions For Shame
If you carry around thoughts of shame about what you’ve done in the past, you’re weakening yourself both physically and emotionally. (Wayne Dyer, 2001)
Where does shame come from? It’s generally handed to us by well-intended authority disguised as our parents, teachers, and clergy. These authority figures were handed the same series of beliefs and values that they accepted (or were forced) and now it is their duty to make you feel as crappy about you as they do about themselves. A little harsh, but accurate.
You will notice that I said well-intended. They don’t necessarily want you to feel bad as they do want you to follow the same rules that they believe in. The problem here is what happens if your belief system doesn’t support their beliefs? This could be a problem if you know what I mean.
There is a whole “you think I’m wrong so I must wrong”, mindest in here. This type of conditioning leads to lifelong feelings of unworthiness and humiliation. Shame fails to inhibit future acts of wrongdoing and may even make matters worse. It is associated with defensively motivated anger, future substance use, risk-taking, and externalization of blame. (source: http://www.kappanonline.org/goodman-the-shame-of-shaming/)
The Trance Exercise
As in the other two examples fear and guilt, create a neutral space. and chat with the part of your that stores or holds on to or hides all you shame and shaming events. My personal favorite shaming event is the one where my Dad used to sit me on the right side of him at the dinner table; so he could more easily hit me on the head with the back of a table knife. Wasn’t much fun. It also explains why when people touch my head or try to I do all things possible to prevent that touch or impact.
I understand this exercise may not be any fun nor will I act like your historical events were NOT BIG DEAL, they were and they helped shape you into who you are. Whether or not you turn those events into resources is my primary intention.
Take as much time as you need or that you can stand. Know that you may have to do this exercise more than once. particularly if this is the first time you’ve ever considered looking at those events. Physical responses to emotional events are going to be normal for you.
Stay in the Moment
Let those memories out. Some may be uncomfortable, some just plain awful. Remember to stay in the moment and breathe. These things aren’t real, they are remembered events that can’t hurt you anymore. Forgive anyone who needs forgiving for whatever they may have done… even if it’s you that needs to be forgiven.
Once you feel like you’ve spent enough time with the events, it’s time to bring in the rain clouds. Let the rain begin to melt those memories down into puddles. The puddles begin to join and flow away from you. Just continue to let the puddles of the melted memories flow away and downstream. It doesn’t matter where they go as long as they go.
Repeat this process until you have difficulty recalling any events. Once this is cleared its time for the grounding part of this exercise.
Allow the rain to stop and sun to come back out. It’s warm and peaceful. sit down in you neutral space and allow yourself to become aware of your Base Chakra. Feel your base chakra connect to the center of the earth and draw the energy up into the Sacral/Sex Chakra. Then allow the energy to flow upwards to the Breath Chakra. Feel and remember who you are or who you were before some “well-intended” person decided you needed to stand in line and follow their path, instead of your’s. Remember you now have the power to choose your path, your life, and your direction.
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