PLUG INTO YOUR PERSONAL POWER
TO HEAL YOURSELF & YOUR WORLD
By Gwenn Bonnell
We have all been affected by the events of and since September 11th.
Many people report feeling disconnected, fearful and helpless. While
a personal session with a therapist may be needed for those suffering
intense trauma, here are some simple actions we can take on a daily
basis to become more grounded, centered and connected to our power.
Because I work with the mind/body energy system that is how I make
sense of the world and the events in it. Everyone has their unique way
of viewing the world, and your viewpoint may not match mine. No matter
- one or two of these exercises may help you. The trick is to find what
feels good for you and practice it regularly. In my experience, this
may make a huge difference in your life. Remember, as you heal yourself,
you heal your world.
There are seven major energy centers called chakras in the human body,
beginning at the base of the spine and traveling to the crown of the
head. Each center has an individual vibration or energy, is associated
with certain emotions, plays a part in our spiritual development, and
governs certain physical organs and systems. As we mature, we all experience
the energies and emotions of the various chakras. We can't not go through
this process, participating in either the "light" side or the "dark"
side of life. Certain actions help us plug into the power inherent in
each chakra, and that is what I'm sharing here.
1) STAY CONNECTED
The first chakra contains tribal energy, the feelings we have when
we sing the National Anthem, attend religious ceremonies or root for
our sports team. Our choice is either to play victim and suffer or take
responsibility and become empowered. When we fear for our survival,
bonding on a national level by giving blood, making donations, flying
the flag, and supporting the president helps regain our power.
Our daily choices DO affect our physical environment. We are all connected,
and our every thought, word and intention affect each other - whether
it's as a member of a family or as a nation of the world. We can cultivate
this connection by walking outdoors, strolling barefoot on the beach,
swimming, camping or gardening. The nurturing and healing energies of
Mother Nature fills our need for logic, order and structure, keeps us
grounded, and helps us take personal responsibility to consciously create
a new world.
2) HONOR ONE ANOTHER
Second chakra energy places us in a power struggle on a grand scale.
Knowing our options, we struggle with our choices. Does part of us agree
with death and destruction when it is "needed" and part of us ache for
peace? On a personal level, do we use money, sex or power to control
others? Or do we walk a mile in someone's shoes before judging them
and demanding justice? We honor the divinity in one another by cultivating
our relationships, spending more time with people who matter to us,
playing with our children and our pets, giving up the need to control
and letting ourselves enjoy each relationship.
3) HONOR YOURSELF
The energy of the third chakra challenges us to stay centered in our
personal power even when we fear rejection and criticism. Ghandi, Mother
Teresa and Nelson Mandela followed their principles, acted with dignity
and maintained their faith. The courage to take risks and generate action
comes from a high level of self-esteem, self-respect and self-discipline.
This crisis is a perfect opportunity to develop this part of ourselves.
Any kind of sports, weight training, yoga or energy work such as Tai
Chi is empowering. Pamper yourself to a bath or a massage and nourish
yourself with the proper diet. The Louise Hay exercise of looking into
one's eyes in a mirror and repeating affirmations such as "I love myself
exactly the way I am right now" develops self-esteem. When you feel
good about yourself, you are more focused, more energetic and more powerful.
4) LOVE IS DIVINE POWER
The heart chakra is the center of our emotional power and is the connection
between the physical and spiritual worlds. We are both attracted to
and intimidated by the most powerful energy we know: love. Do we feel
heartache, anger or hatred, unable to forgive others as well as ourselves?
Are we afraid of our emotions or can we recognize them as part of being
human? As we practice forgiveness, compassion and trust in a Divine
plan we experience the power of unconditional love.
Living in appreciation and gratitude helps us forgive and let go. Think
of at least three things you are thankful for each day and express that
gratitude in prayer. We vitalize the heart energy by doing something
we really love such as watching a sunset, calling someone we miss, watching
a good romance film or taking a weekend vacation. The more we feel and
share love, the more natural it becomes and the less real fear appears.
The choice of love or fear is in our faces right now on a personal and
global level, and I vote for love!
5) RELEASE YOUR WILL TO DIVINE WILL
We have a choice between fearing the will of God (a real knockout of
a tribal belief) or believing in a Divine purpose in the fifth chakra.
True power comes from aligning ourselves to Divine will. We must be
honest with and forgive ourselves. The courage to release judgement
and stand by our choices along with the wisdom to recognize and accept
what we can't change comes from this energy center.
Communication of any kind activates this chakra. Words, images and
actions have power — we are always sending messages either verbally
or non-verbally. Creative endeavors, singing, humming, chanting, reading
aloud, or telling a story helps us to stand in our integrity, honor
our inner voice and speak from the heart.
6) SEEK ONLY THE TRUTH
The third eye, or sixth chakra, invites us to detach from the physical
world and seek only the truth. Spiritually, we learn to let go of how
we think things should be and embrace the way they are. Connect with
the Divine by reading spiritually uplifting books. Meditate and learn
to quiet any mind chatter to develop intuition. In stressful situations,
step back, take a deep breath, and become aware of the thoughts and
emotions you are experiencing. Look past any drama, quiet fear driven
voices and search for the symbolic meaning.
7) LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
The seventh, or crown chakra is our connection to spiritual energy.
Perhaps lately we've felt depressed or spiritually abandoned. Prayer
and meditation helps us transcend ordinary human fears about past or
future events and allows us to keep our energy in the present moment.
This may be the biggest lesson we can learn and the greatest gift we
can give ourselves and others: keeping our power in the here and now
and sharing it with those we love. This is an opportunity to grow spiritually
on a personal, cultural and planetary level. Express love in every moment,
share the gift of human life, and experience the connection we have
with one another.
PUBLISHED Natural Awakenings, Broward Edition, Dec.