creativity

What are Chakras?

Chakras are subtle energy centers found in the body that communicate energetic information between your body and your soul. 

There are seven major chakras in your body. Each chakra has a different vibrational quality and function to keep you aligned and healthy.

Chakras regulate the flow of subtle energy throughout the body. When a chakra is balanced you feel happy and harmonious. When a chakra is blocked or imbalanced it will affect your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

An Introduction to The Chakra System

First chakra (Root Chakra). Color Red. Location: Base of your spine.

The first chakra relates to life and survival in the physical world, including where you live, where you work and how you navigate day-to-day life.
The first chakra facilitates grounding and stability. Grounding acts as an anchor for the body and helps you deal with stress and problems in a calm and balanced way. Grounding also protects your body from being overwhelmed by the higher frequencies in the upper chakras.
 
Second Chakra (Sacral Chakra). Color Orange. Location: Belly button.

The second chakra relates to your feelings, sexual energy and emotions. By tapping into and not blocking your emotions, you allow a more harmonious flow of energy to move throughout your body. 

Third Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra). Color Yellow. Location: Solar Plexus.

The third chakra is in the solar plexus and relates to your personal power and how you run your energy. It deals with issues of willpower, purpose and action. 

Fourth Chakra (Heart Chakra). Color green. Location: Chest.

The fourth chakra relates to love, compassion, self-acceptance and relationships.  The heart chakra is your spiritual center and is the gateway between the lower (body) chakras and the higher (spirit) chakras.

Fifth Chakra (Throat Chakra). Color bright blue. Location: Throat. 

The fifth chakra relates to creativity, communication and the ability to speak your truth. It allows you to become aware of your inner voice so you always know what is best for you.

Sixth Chakra (Third Eye Chakra). Color indigo. Location: Center of your head.

The sixth chakra is the link between your inner world and your outer world. The sixth chakra is also known as the third eye, a subtle energy center that deals with psychic abilities, intuition and wisdom. 

Seventh Chakra (Crown Chakra). Color Violet. Location: Top of your head. 

The crown chakra connects you to your spiritual energy. This chakra is associated with knowledge, understanding, awareness and your relationship to the divine.  It allows you to be at one with the Universe and experience the interconnectedness of life.

The more you know about your chakras, the more you can stay connected to your life force energy! When your chakras are clear and unblocked, your energy will flow more smoothly and you will notice more energy and vibrancy in your life. You will start to feel more empowered, calm and peaceful in any situation and at any time.

Check back next time - the focus will be on how to clear and re-balance your chakras.

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Ready...Set...Create!

I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone say, "I enjoy making things, but I don't think I'm a very creative person."

Or, they might say: "I have a lot of great ideas but nothing ever comes of them."

While they are similar, creativity is a dream, an idea or inspiration. It is an internal state of being in which your ideas are flowing freely.

Creation is creativity plus action – so you can bring your idea into the world.

Each of us expresses our creativity differently when we align with: 
• Inspiration – Being open and finding beauty in the world
• Passion – Finding that thing that you want to do all the time
• A dream - Seeing a picture in your mind and bringing it to life

Here are common blocks to creativity and ways to overcome them so that you can manifest your creation:

• Over Control – Nothing kills creativity like being too controlling. Relax and go with the flow.

• Perfect Pictures – Let go of something having to be perfect the first time. Ease up on yourself and know that over time you will refine things.

• Comparing yourself to others – This is no-win situation!  Fear not, you will bring your own talent and unique point of view to any endeavor.

• Worrying about finding the perfect medium of expression – Try different things and experiment. Try baking several different flavors of cake, or do different versions of the same picture with pencil, crayons and watercolors.

• Invalidation – Don't be to hard on yourself. Instead -take this an opportunity to  learn something new or look at something from a different perspective.

• Blocked 5th Chakra, otherwise known as the throat chakra. This charka relates to your ability to be vulnerable and express your inner self through creativity.

Let 2017 be the year to take action and let your creative voice be heard!