In this ever-changing and fast moving world, it is hardly surprising that so many of us sometimes feel lost or out of place and simply wonder “why?”, “what is all this?”, “where am I?”, “who am I?” and so on. While I may not be able to answer all of these questions for you, as every individual in reality needs a different answer (and that answer should come from “within”), what I would like to suggest is a short exercise that if done daily, will not only help you relax and prepare for the day but should also awaken your intuition and in this way open yourself to the answers to these questions in a way that is relevant to you.
By way of background and to get started let’s just review some basic ideas and concepts. First and foremost many of us will be aware of the importance of being in the “now” ie present here and now, not reliving old stories in our memory bank or worrying about future events, most of which will never occur anyway! One way of feeling the “now” is to ground yourself ie feeling the contact and connection with the ground and the earth in which we live ie “Mother Earth”. Many of us have may religious or spiritual beliefs that suggest that we are not just “physical beings” of flesh and blood walking around on the earth but also somehow connected to “God”, or the “Divine”, the “Universe” or however you might like to describe it. This may make us feel torn between the two when in reality there is no conflict between these realities and what we need to do is feel “centred” between these them rather than torn in two.
So how can be start to experiment and feel this dual reality of being here and now in this fast moving world while at the same time understanding the bigger picture, and realising that we are also an integral part of “everything” that exists, something that Eastern Cultures have taught for centuries and which modern science (Quantum Physics) is now “proving”!
You need to find about 10 minutes in the day when you know you won’t be disturbed, turn the phone off and relax (if you can do this first thing in the morning it provides a great start to the day and a reference point for the challenges the day might bring!!)
Find a comfortable, but upright seat that supports and keeps your back straight. Gently close your eyes, take a few deep breaths in through your nose and breathing out through your mouth. If you can try to empty your mind of “chatter” then great but if thoughts come in don’t worry, just say “thank you” and release them. Don’t fight the thoughts or judge them, or indeed yourself!
Take your mind down to your feet (if possible you should be bare foot or at least without any shoes). Feel them in contact with the ground and feel anything else (tingling, energy etc). Now work your way up to your ankles and calves and up to your knees, again just taking consciousness of “feeling” that area of your body, whatever that may be for you (you may feel very little but the simple intention of focusing on that body part is sufficient).
Keep repeating this process for about 10 or 15 seconds per body part, in the following sequence – thighs / upper legs; pelvis / hips; abdominal / lower back area; chest and upper back; shoulders (keep them relaxed but feel them strong); your arms running down to your hands and fingers; and finally your neck and head. There is no right and wrong way of doing this, just use the intention of “feeling” / “being conscious” of each body part that follows a sequence from the bottom to the top!
With your intention on your head sweep that “feeling” / “consciousness” down through your body, this time from top down but in one sweep rather than stopping for each area, until you get to your feet. When you get to your feet rather than stopping there, imagine you are sweeping this sensation down into the ground via a network of roots that have magically grown out of your feet and deep down into the earth helping you to feel strong and secure. Repeat this a few times, sweeping from your head down to your feet and out through your roots (remember here we are not repeating the exercise of feeling the body parts on the way down we are just sweeping down and then returning to the top and sweeping down again.
Now imagine a line running down through the centre of your body, from the crown of your head down to between your legs (this is your Hara Line along which are strung your 7 main chakras or “energy centres” as per Indian philosophy). Move your attention to the centre of this line to where your heart lies and specifically your heart chakra. This is like a ball (imagine it as approximately the size of a tennis ball) that you need to imagine spinning effortlessly and harmoniously with the wider body and in perfect synchrony with the other chakras (again you may try to “feel” this or visualise it but above all it is the “intention” that matters!). Move down now to your solar plexus and your 3rd chakra and repeat the process, and then again to your 2nd chakra (just below the navel) and then root / 1st chakra between your legs. Each time spin the chakra and imagine this is effortless and that the energy is spinning out into every cell of your body and that each and every chakra is in perfect synchrony one with the other and with the body as a whole.
Now we move up from the centre of the body (heart) to the 5th chakra in the throat, the 6th in the centre of your forehead and finally to the 7th on the crown of your head simply repeating what I describe for the other chakras.
With all 7 chakras spinning use your consciousness to feel “centred” in your heart and with this line of chakras all spinning in perfect harmony from the top of your head down to your “root”, between your legs. Just take a few moments to feel that “centering” feeling.
Now imagine that this line running through your body, the Hara line, extends down from between your legs down into the ground and into the “Mother Earth” into which you “grounded” yourself and placed your “roots”. At the same time extend the Hara Line up out of the top of your head it let it rise higher and higher up into the sky, through the earths atmosphere, into outer space and finally into the centre of the Universe, the point of “creation” or the source of “Divine Energy”, of “Life Force Energy” or however you like to see it. You are now perfectly linked and centred between “Mother Earth” and “Divinity” / the “Life Force Energy” (as I say feel free to use your own words that fit with your beliefs).
We are now going to take our consciousness into the etheric level or 4th dimension chakras (please note that the number and exact location of these will depend on who you speak to / what you read but I will be referring to the “13 chakra system” and with the 8th Chakra below the 1st some some 30cm below the feet)
Take your mind now to this 8th chakra, and again repeat what we were doing above – focusing attention and spinning the chakra with emphasis on peace harmony and synchrony between the chakras, the body and now, also, our “Aura” or “Energy Body” into which all our chakras are now spinning their energy. Repeat this for chakras 9 to 13 which are strung out, one above the other, approximately 30cm apart, above your head. When you have done this take a few seconds to feel and take consciousness of all your spinning chakras and the Life Force Energy that is filling both your physical body and “aura”. If it helps imagine this energy as a bright white light.
Energising and Clearing
Now take your attention to the “Divine Source” / the source of “Life Force Energy” I referred to above. Imagine / visualise this energy as bright light running down the Hara Line through your body and Aura and out via your feet and roots into the ground. As you do this do so with the intention that this bright light Life Force Energy is washing out any negative energies and blockages from the physical and “energy bodies”, leaving you perfectly clean, centered and grounded. Keep letting this cleaning energy flow through.
When you feel cleared take a moment to return to that space in the centre of your chest where the heart and heart chakra lies and just take a few moments to be in silence and very very quiet before repeating under your breath, three times, the words “I am”, “I am”, “I am”!
You may feel simply relaxed, or a sense of peace but whatever you feel is “right”!
Just to finish and to be able to “hold” onto this state of inner peace and harmony, imagine a fine silvery net enveloping you and surrounding the outer part of your Aura so you are cocooned inside a protective shell. Feel or see the white bright “Life Force Energy” that was coming down your Hara Line filling this cocoon and have the intention that this shield (net combined with Life Force Energy) will fully protect you from all forms of negative energy, known or unknown, and that this shield is permanent. For comfort add the intention that while negative energies will not, and can not, penetrate this shield, the interchange of positive energy and particularly “universal love” will always be possible!
And that it is! Sounds longer than it actually is but in 10 minutes or even less you can do it all and, as I say, it is a perfect way to start the day!
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