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Last Sunday there was a workshop held at Bondi Beach run by Belinda Davidson, founder of the School of the Modern Mystic, and Rebecca Campbell, author of 'Light Is The New Black'. I enjoyed reading this book late last year, so when I found out the author would be travelling from the UK to Australia and running some workshops, I decided to sign up for one of them.
Although there were a number of issues covered, such as the importance of meditation and intuition, one of the key points of the workshop was: if you change your chakras, you can change your life. If you've already had a chakra reading before, you would be familiar with the idea that if there are areas of your life you are struggling with, then this will be evident from the state of your chakras.
Apparently the chakras aren't just a reflection of what's going on in your life, but can actually affect your life. In other words, or as emphasised at the workshop: if all your chakras are healthy, then everything in your life works too.
Special focus was given to the third chakra, which is said to be located in the area of your solar plexus – i.e. the solar plexus chakra – and is associated with confidence and self-esteem. Belinda identified this chakra as the one that's usually most in need of attention.
This was interesting because I've noticed that while doing chakra readings, the energy around the solar plexus often appears to fluctuate the most out of all the chakras.
If you believe that your level of self-confidence isn't as steady as you'd like it to be, or if it's fine in one context but shifts dramatically in another, then you might be interested in trying some tools that target the solar plexus chakra. This isn't to say that it's not important to work on your self-confidence in other ways, e.g. through assertiveness training, personal development, or exploring activities outside your comfort zone. It's just that if you're feeling a little stuck in the area of self-confidence, then it can't hurt to concentrate on your energy and what's going on especially around the solar plexus.
One technique that's come up several times for people in readings is to visualise a vibrant yellow colour around the solar plexus. Visualisation can affect your energy, and people who have healthy self-esteem tend to have solar plexus chakras that appear yellow and shiny.
Another method is to hold your attention in the solar plexus area as you shift from a place where you feel confident to another place where you tend to doubt yourself more. For example, if you're very self-assured at work but less so around friends or family, it might help to start by feeling the energy around your solar plexus while you're working. When you transition out of your work environment, like if you're driving from your job to go home, hold your focus on the solar plexus and try to consciously allow it to stay big and bright. If you forget to do this and find yourself in a situation where the energy there feels withdrawn and dull, try to remember how it feels at work when you're more confident. The memory itself can help to shift your energy in a healthier way.
At the workshop on the weekend, we were instructed to place our hands on our solar plexus and place our awareness there. This is an additional way of drawing our attention to the solar plexus chakra and making the experience more tangible. It was also emphasised that daily practice and meditation on chakras is worthwhile. There are lots of different types of meditation out there to choose from, and on Belinda's website you can check out her free resources and information about chakras at: belindadavidson.com/free-resources/
As always, I'd love to hear how this goes for you if you're keen to try a couple of these techniques. Until next time, I hope your chakras start to become – or stay – as healthy and shiny as possible :)
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