Introduction Guide – Rebalancing the Chakras

The third eye chakra – Ajna

The sixth chakra represents seeing and can bring all sorts of insights and revelations about yoga, life and the world. You might find yourself saying “I see” or “I understand”. You may be able to see your old patterns, perceive the moment of subtle energy and have more access to your intuition. This chakra is related to the colour indigo blue, and the pituitary gland which is related to our hormones and the thyroid.

Assess your third eye:

A healthy chakra is open towards new ideas and information, you read and learn every day. When it is balanced you could begin to experience the true meaning of yoga, which is union of body, mind and soul.

If this chakra is too excessive your mind is blown open, you take in too much information, you might be constant overthinking and have difficulty in making decisions because you might get stuck in your thoughts. You could be easily distracted and have difficulty in finishing tasks.

A deficient third eye chakra might result you resisting new ideas, information and you could be quickly dismissive of other people’s opinions and ideas and you will be arguing against them instead of researching how and if it might be true. Learning is not part of your life anymore and you think you have everything ‘figured out’. You do not believe or trust your intuition and you do not allow yourself to dream anymore and you have to be realistic all the time.

Patanjali, an (group of) Indian scholar/philosopher who is said to have written the Yoga sutra’s, the classical yoga scriptures, wrote in the first verse:

“Here begins the instruction of yoga. Yoga is a way of life and it needs attention, commitment and energy. The energy you will put into it, you will get it back. Also, once you start doing yoga, you will never be the same. You will grow, change and create a different perspective on life. “

Inspiration

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but to focus on building the new.” – Socrates

Look inwards

This practice is all about focus on changing our perspective. We all have different perspectives on reality and between what you think you see, say and do and what the other person perceives can be so many different shades of reality that we need to practice seeing reality from different angles. This in turn creates understanding and compassion for each other.
There is definitely a time and place to acknowledge when things are wrong and need to be addressed, yogic practices do not ask you to transcend problems by negating their existence. This can lead to ‘spiritual bypassing’ and is potentially very toxic. However, it does ask you to become aware of our habits and if one of your habits is to complain constantly, you might want to work on rebalancing this chakra.

I would recommend to start a Meditation practice. There is an old Zen saying: “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” Although there is truth in such an approach, even if you could only fit in 5 minutes a day and grow from there, it is important to quiet your thoughts so you can increase your awareness, find inner peace and reduce stress. In my experience, mediation has helped me to overcome anxiety, sleeping problems, decrease pain in my body, work through old wounds and accept emotions and situations/people.

There are many different meditation practices and I only name a few. Choose whatever suits your style:

  • mindfulness mediation: you sit still, let your thoughts pass by without judgment. You can focus on your breathing to help you do so;
  • movement meditation. This can include cooking, walking, painting, running, playing music, doing household chores etc. you focus on the task at hand, slow belly breathing and try to find joy in all the things you have to do to perform the task at hand.
  • Mantra mediation. Choose a mantra such as Om, So Ham or Sat Nam and repeat it, sit still, focus on your breath and look inwards.
  • Transcendental meditation. You use your personal mantra that has no meaning and you sit twice a day for 20 minutes.

Become an observer of your thoughts. The Work of Byron Katie can be very helpful here. It is a process to question stressful thoughts in order for them to loosen their power over us.

Ways to move forward:

Become an observer of your thoughts. The Work of Byron Katie can be very helpful here. It is a process to question stressful thoughts in order for them to loosen their power over us.

Pose yourself the four questions:
1. Is it true?
2. Can you be absolutely sure that what you are thinking is true?
3. How do you react when you believe it is true? What happens when you believe that thought? Who would you be without that thought?
4. Then, turn the thought around. Is the opposite also true? Or might it be even truer?

Write them down in a journal and do this practice for a month and observe what happens.

Slow down your life. Stop rushing, relax more, become interested in all little details. Become more mindful of the ‘chores’ you need to do and try to find pleasure in doing them. Investigate your social circle; and asks who and what gives me energy and who of what depletes me of my energy?

Listen to people, become more curious and pose questions and don’t respond immediately. Take a pause, reflect on what it is said and which reaction it brings forth within you.

Power up your chakra with essential oils and the right foods

Essential oils:

Lavender, jasmine

Foods:

Prunes, dates, blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, eggplant, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple carrots, and purple potatoes

How I did it – “I can see clearly now”

The day I discovered the Work by Byron Katie was the day I found my freedom. I used to get so caught up in my own stressful thoughts and my mind was making endless loops of the same thoughts over and over again that I frequently escaped reality by daydreaming. In itself it sounds pretty harmless but off course reality could never match my daydreaming so I ended up in a what at that time seemed like and endless loop of suffering. To numb this suffering I became addicted to external things such as relationships, shopping, alcohol, cigarettes. I often felt disconnected from the world as if I did not belong here and I had my occasional suicidal thoughts.

After I read The Work I started doing The Work. Every damn day and I never stopped. I started a journal and after a while I was able to see and understand my thinking patterns. Although I started my healing journey long before I started yoga, the practice helped me to integrate and re-enforce the skills to become an observer of my thoughts and I became able to increase my self-awareness. When you have good self-awareness the choices you make in your life are clear, you’re calm and grounded and you have insight. When you are more insightful and understanding of yourself, you become more insightful and understanding of the people around you. When you start to fixate less and less on your limiting beliefs, life becomes more of a flow and your quality of life will improve significantly.

If you want to become who you already truly are you have the dust off your soul. To dive within and do the hard work. It is never easy but it is truly worth it to be able to live from your truth. True beauty comes from a soul that is aligned in thoughts, beliefs, actions.
Set yourself free too and come dive deep within with me. Clean the windows of your soul and open up your third eye. Feel more connected to yourself and to the world around you.

Come see for yourself!

How to work with this

How could the person reading take this further? what’s your recommendation for them? For example, to take a week to dive into the first chakra theme with the suggestions above, and if they are in town contact you for a massage that helps them connect with their root?? (Just a thought, obviously)
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