Sacral chakra play date: a how to guide

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I know you may be thinking it can’t be much fun if I have to schedule it but hear me out. Play in the right conditions can really hit the mark and help rejuvenate the energy of our sacral chakra. Yes opportunities can and do arise spontaneously so always being on the look out for opportunities to play is a great strategy. However in our often left brain dominated day-to-day lives waiting for the opportunity to arise can mean we go a long time between plays and miss out on having fun.

So what are the idea conditions that create opportunities for play? Luckily I live with a play expert, my toddler, and here is what I’ve observed:

  • The really deep and soul nurturing play is completely self-directed. Devoid of of anyone making suggestions, giving instructions or even encouraging. Rather its that experience of being buried deep in your own imagination follow your intuition that’s best.
  • Its effortless. Whatever the activity may be the actions required come naturally, easily and require minimal thought.
  • There is no end point, goal or outcome in mind. There is no one to be accountable to when you stop, not even yourself.

With all this in mind it becomes clearer to see why the opportunities for deep soul nurturing play may not arise all to often and why planning a regular playdate may just be the ticket you need for energising your sacral chakra.

How does play relate to your sacral chakra? Without diving in too deep; our sacral chakra is connected to the energy of our divine feminine and feminine energy is deeply nurtured by playing. If we consider the energy of nature as a metaphor for the feminine we can cast our mind to how plant and animals create works of art, patterns and objects of great beauty simply by following their instinctual knowing and being present in the moment. Simply by ‘being’; this is the way of the feminine and each all of us have the quality of the feminine within in us that requires nurturing from time to time.

So how do we go about planning the ultimate sacral chakra playdate?

  1. Block out a least 2 hours. No phone, no interruptions and nothing that needs to be done during that time.
  2. Choose a location that is private and inspirational. Use scent, visuals and sounds to enliven the senses and inspire your spirit.
  3. Chose something you love doing. The list here is endless from the conventional painting (one of my favourites) and playing an instrument to absolutely anything that brings you joy just for the sake of doing it. Here are a few of my other favourites; playing with water in the bath, writing poetry, playing with different looks in my wardrobe. Think about what your loved doing as a child and you’ll be on the right track.

Yes scheduling a time to play can seem like a strange juxtaposition but taking the time to simply following your enjoyment can be deeply nurturing for your sacral chakra and well worth the organising.         

Back to basics: Base Chakra 

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When I think of base chakra my mind comes back to basics. Spending some time reflecting on the habits and beliefs that influence your day-to-day life is a great way to tune into the energy of your base chakra.

Some points of reflection could include:

  • Are you getting adequate sleep and how relaxing is your evening routine?
  • How varied is your diet; are you getting a good variety of fruit and vegetables?
  • What are your beliefs around the way you earn your livelihood and does it still feel right for you?
  • Are there any physical aches, pains or niggles that your’ve been overlooking and how could you best take care of your body?
  • Who are the people in your life that you love and value most; are there ways that you can make spending more time with them a priority?
  • How often do you take timeout to listen to your body, exercise or be in nature; are you overdue for some timeout and self-care?
  • How regularly have you been grounding your energy and connecting to the earth barefoot? When is the last time you dug around the the dirt?

All these questions may support you in tuning into the energy of your base chakra for reflection. Our chakras are multidimensional in nature; each governing a broad range of facets in our lives. It can be overwhelming to reflect on multiple facets at once so consider pondering just one area at a time.

Cycling through the chakras, from base to crown, repeatedly is a great way to tap into the multiple facets of each chakra without becoming overwhelmed by providing bite sized chunks for refection on a regular basis. Over on our Brisbane Chakradance Tribe Facebook group we go LIVE each Wednesday morning at 7am AEST to meditate on one chakra per week; come over and join us if you’d like to tap into the power and support of the collective.

TOP 3 WAYS TO MAKE TIME FOR CREATING: AND CHAKRA BALANCING

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Each of us can engage in the act of creating in a way that expresses our Soul and nurtures our Spirit. When we choose to engage in creating with persistent effort and a lighthearted detachment from how our creations will be perceived by ourselves and others we give ourselves the golden ticket – permission.

We create because the process of creating makes life more interesting and because deep down we know we owe it to that unique expression within us asking to be voiced. No one will see or understand the world quite like you do ever again, your voice is unique, and that makes you interesting to the rest of us.

I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert and her conceptualisation of creating outlined in her book Big Magic. She has helped me embrace the idea that creating is an act of building a relationship with a creative force within us and like all relationships consistently showing up is how something beautiful is made.

Like any relationship there needs to be some reward for putting in the effort. Here are my top three ways creating helps balance your chakras:

  • Creating is a act of projecting out; a way to spend your time expresses yourself from the inside out. Large portions of our time in the modern world can be spent in a loop of passively receiving the world; scrolling through social media, listen to the radio, watching TV and following the instructions often require to function successfully in our highly regulated environments. When you create you switch up the flow and actively express what is within you. Be it dance, drawing, writing, making music or creating pottery when you create you decrease the amount of time you spend absorbing energetic input from the world around you and increase the amount of time you spend expressing your unique energy out into the world. In doing so you bring greater balance to the flow energy in each of your chakras.

 

  • Creating helps us build up the muscles of our intuition. While you may use books and You Tube videos to help improve your creative skills you ultimately have to journey within and rely on your gut instincts to lead the actions you take in creating. It is possible to ask other people’s opinions but when it comes down to it – its your call. You are calling the shots in your creative process and you need to go with your creative instinct. Using your instincts in the act of creating builds the muscles of your intuition; your ability to feel into what is the next right move for you. The more you work with your intuition the stronger it becomes and creating is a great way to ‘work out’ your intuition. When you can flow with your intuition more in your everyday life energy can move more freely between your chakras, less inhibited by self doubt and worry, making it easier for your chakras to maintain equilibrium.

 

  • Your inner child loves creating, freely and for the fun of it. In short life can be stressful, especially when we have long periods of taking life very seriously. Allowing your inner child to play while creating is a great way to lighten up and reduce stress. Much like with your physical body letting go of the stresses of life has a positive impact on the health of your chakras.

 

We know creating is good for us mind, body and chakras on multiple levels by we often come back to that same road block that stops many of us before we even get started; how do I make space for creating in my life? I come back to the wisdom of Elizabeth Gilbert to help unpack the truth that while creating is a free flowing and spontaneous act making space for it in your life is deeply pragmatic – you simply keep showing up. Here are my top three helpful ways to keep showing up to persistently build a relationship with the creative force both within you.

Support and accountability
Find a group, class or online community that holds space for you to create freely. It could be a spontaneous dance class, writers group or pottering community. Once you have found your regular space to create introduce yourself to the facilitator and others in the group. Explain that you want to be disciplined about your attendance and ask others to help you be accountable as much as they can. You’ll be surprised that if you give facilitators and group members permission you may receive follow up emails when you are missed in the space or words of encouragement when you are on a good run of attendance. State your intention to others, ask for help and with permission reciprocate in supporting and holding others accountable so that you create a community of discipline around your creative outlet.

Time and resources
Carve out a space at home; it could be a draw, a desk or a room and have all your materials required for creating at the ready. When you start out don’t be precious about materials; buy what you can afford and make sure your materials are well stocked so that you don’t have the excuse of not ‘having the right stuff’ available to you. On that note try and make a dent in the amour of the ‘ I don’t have time’ excuse. We are all busy and its a legitimate excuse but there are always small windows of time available to us if we search them out. One way to do this is to create a time audit; much like you might track your spending for a week by recording everything you spend money on do the same by recording what you spend your time on. Over the course of a week you are bound to find some windows of  time that you know you could be spending in a better way. Block that time out in you diary, set multiple alerts, and spend that time creating. Start small and over time you may continue auditing and find that you are willing to devote more and more pockets of time to creating. Thirty or forty minutes here and there each day adds up to a significant chunk of time over a week; don’t wait for the uninterrupted half a day to appear before you start creating because if that day does finally arrive you will have missed out on a heap of precious time waiting.

I’m just not creative – PRETEND
I’m not even going to argue with you if you say you are just not creative; I’m going to say just pretend. If you don’t think you can engage in the act of creating, so be it, but everyone is capable of pretending that they are creating. Sit and write in a journal for twenty minutes each day, you may write gibberish and bin it, but just pretend and keep scribbling words on a page for the entire twenty minutes. Come back tomorrow and do the same eventually you may like something you write and enjoy reading it back to yourself; but thats not the aim. The aim is to give what is within you, your unique voice, a turn to be heard and an opportunity to be expressed. The same goes for drawing or painting or whichever act of creating you choose to engage with – have the discipline to keep pretending. Even though you know you’re not ‘creative’ the benefits that come from the act of creating will be the same no matter what the outcome of your creative efforts. The discipline of practice will pay off in strengthening the muscles of your intuition and in my experience as your intuition becomes stronger creating becomes easier.

Focus less on what you are going to produce while creating and more on maintaining the discipline to engage in the act of creating regularly. When you spend time creating you will reap the benefits of helping to balance your chakras amongst many others. Keep creating because creating makes life more interesting, you never know what your next unique expression of you will be, and because its fun.

Chakra Exploration: Archetypes

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At present I am obsessed with archetypes; you know when a concept keeps popping up in your mind like a stop sign asking you to pause and ponder it more deeply. The concept of archetypes is it for me at the moment; and I know better that to ignore my “stop signs”. Im not an expert in the area of Jungian psychology however the practice of Chakradance draws heavily from Jung’s theories and so my knowledge and experience of working with archetypes is strongly influenced by Jungian thinking.

Carl Jung understood archetypes as universal patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious. They are inherited potentials which are actualised when they enter our consciousness as images or manifest in behaviour in our interaction with the outside world.

Exploring archetypes on the dance floor, and in life, builds our ability to be aware of the stories, myths, symbols and unconscious beliefs inherent in our society. Greater awareness of archetypes allows us to catch ourselves mid dance, or mid sentence, and realise when we are playing out a “character” or a “story”. The simple process of brining greater awareness to the archetypes playing out in our lives can assist us in two major ways. It can allow us to harness the power of the archetype for strength, inspiration and guidance. It can also support us to stop the car get our of the passenger seat and take the wheel back from a “story” that may be unconsciously steering our life in a unhelpful direction. Below is a table of some of the most commonly associated archetypes with each of the major chakras.
Table 3Lets explore the example archetypes provided for each chakra a little further, there are a multitude of archetypes that can be worked with in each chakra, the examples below are just a starting point.

BASE CHAKRA: Security and self-preservation.

THE MOTHER
The archetype of mother has the ability to nourish and take care of life. This archetype is able to be sensitivity and live in harmony and balance with vigilance.

THE VICTIM
The archetype of Victim is reliant on the external world. This archetype perceives a constant state of helpless, fear and disempowered in the world.

SACRAL CHAKRA: Creativity, sexuality and pleasure.

THE EMPRESS
The Empress archetype has worldly power through enjoying earthly pleasure and delighting in the abundance of life. This archetype has a strong emotional sense of life that brings greater pleasure, creativity and fun to the everyday.

THE MARTYR
The archetype of Martyr is full of suffering and is unable to make changes to relieve their suffering. The perception of this archetype is that it is vital to stay enmeshed in their suffering and therefore relinquishes their happiness to survive.

SOLAR PLEXUS: Power, discipline and will.

THE WARRIOR
The Warrior can be the hero or heroine for themselves and others when required. This archetype knows when to take control and how to harness the quality of willpower to empowered themselves and others.

THE SERVANT
The Servant archetype undervalues themselves and is unable to honour their basic worth and self dignity. They often allow themselves to be neglected and therefore receive little acknowledgement or appreciation from others.

HEARTH CHAKRA: Compassion and unconditional love.

THE LOVER OF LIFE
This archetype shows us how to love ourselves. The Lover of Life has a free and generous spirit that touches others deeply. This archetype knows deep seeded happiness and contentment in their heart that comes from being in touch with their feelings. Their feelings flow freely and this gives them a sense of movement and excitement about life.

THE PRETENDER
The Pretender hides their darker feelings and has undercurrents of wanting to gain power and dominance over others in their interactions. This archetype is incapable of experiencing real intimacy.

THROAT CHAKRA: Communication and creative expression.

THE COMMUNICATOR
The Communicator is able to speak with honest and sincere communication in all situations. This archetype teaches us how to speaking up and be heard. This archetypes shows us how to expressing our feelings and thoughts with purpose.

THE SILENT CHILD
The archetype of The Silent Child suppresses and holds on to their feelings. This archetype does not communicate openly with others when they are hurt, in pain or feel anger. They are unable to talk about their pain and shame openly and hide it within.


THIRD EYE CHAKRA: Intuition and clarity.

THE INTUITIVE
The archetype of The Intuitive can harness the power of their intuition to interpret symbols and derive deeper meaning in life. This archetype is able to use the power of their imagination to manifest their dreams and can use their intuitive skills to guide others when required.
THE OVER INTELLECTUAL
The archetype of The Over Intellectual is opinionated about all aspects of life while residing in a state of doubt and confusion. This archetype tries in vain to attempt to master the chaos of life through suppression of feelings and over rationalisation.

CROWN CHAKRA: Unity and bliss.

THE SPIRITUAL SELF
The archetype of The Spiritual Self shows us how to acknowledge and appreciate all the many faces and manifestations of the Divine Source. This archetype demonstrates the ability to act with grace in every moment through the mastery of self. This archetype has a deep and personal connection to The Divine Source.

EGOTIST
The Egoist archetype demonstrates narcissistic tendencies of deeply held self-interest and vain admiration of self. This archetype is boastful of their possessions and status and ungrateful for their blessings. The arrogant of this archetype makes it difficult to connect to The Divine Source.
As archetypes are often operating in our lives from the place of our unconscious; they can be difficult to recognise in ourselves. Dance is a powerful way to tap into our unconscious world and embody the movements, emotions and sensations of different archetypes. This allows us to build our awareness of the qualities of the archetype we are engaged with on a more conscious level so that we can gain greater insight around opportunities for changing our ways of being.

Equally when we identify an archetype that we need to embody more at a particular point in our lives consciously dancing the energy of that archetype can help us connect on a deeper level in order to transform our beliefs, release emotions and transform our ways of being in every day life.

Dance and art are two of our most powerful ways of engaging the archetypes of our collective unconscious in order to more deeply understand ourselves and those around us. Chakradance practice melds the two forms of exploration in a safe and contained environment that allows us to engage in the dance of life through exploring archetypes in a profound and personal way.

What is a Spiritual Practice: the 3 best perks of cultivating one

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At present I’m traversing through a period of grief and loss; it hurts and its not easy. Its familiar territory and I have my usual ways of coping; crying, talking, TV comas, chocolate and long walks. They are all part of the process of getting through the day-to-day of life during this time. What is helping me navigate through the complexity of emotions and thoughts I’m experiencing on a deeper level is my ‘spiritual practice’.

Thanks to some particularly dark nights of the Soul that occurred a handful of times over the last decade of my life I found the ‘practice’ that is right for me out of sheer necessity. Actually it was a beautiful friend who dragged me out of the house with his encouragement and into my first spontaneous dance experience; a 5Rhythms class. He has hardly ever gone to another class, its just not for him, I’ve been dancing regularly for over ten years now. Dance has become my spiritual practice.

I’m weary about using the word ‘spiritual’ practice because it can narrow down our consideration of what constitutes a practice to conventional spiritual practices like yoga, meditation or participating in a religion. While those spiritual practices are all genuinely powerful and may be perfect for you there are a multitude of other options too. Like rock climbing, mountain biking, ice skating or painting. Whatever feels good to you, comes easily and is not too much of a effort to remain disciplined in doing regularly can become a spiritual practice; even if it is a little outside of the spiritual box.

I invite you to consider that whatever you choose has these three elements inherent in it:

  • It is something that is accessible, that you can do regularly without too much effort. If you love hand-gliding but only manage to get out into the hills once or twice a year to experience it then that may be something you do for fun but it doesn’t quite tick the regular box. Notice I didn’t say daily, daily is great, regularly works too in my experience.
  • It needs to be something that helps you go within; allowing you to connect with your inner world. Something that helps you navigate through your emotions, thoughts and sensations on a deeper level than the usual day-to-day experience of life.
  • It needs to create within you a sense of connecting to a force far greater that yourself that helps you to build strength and courage. It may be nature, god, your higher-self, your ancestors, family, philosophy, angels or the cosmos. Whatever feels right for you. Part of a spiritual practice is having faith that there is a force far greater than your own will conspiring to help you. When life goes off the rails and our own will falters the faith cultivated through your spiritual practice is the strength that you can lean on for a while.

Dance is it for me; when I dance I am able to burrow deep within and stretch up to the heavens simultaneously. I can move with my emotions and express my thoughts so that I can remember who I am. When I dance I know I am not alone; I can feel the flow of the cosmos moving through me and I can feel she loves me.

I am grateful to the darkest times in my life for making it a necessity for me to develop a spiritual practice so that I could usher the light back in again. I am grateful for the way those times continue to motivate me to show up and dance when the living is easy because I know that my practice will be the way I get through to the other side when life sends heartache my way.

So here are my top three ways I believe cultivating a regular spiritual practice can help us journey through the most difficult times in our lives a little more gently.

  • When it is difficult to simply get through the day-to-day actions life requires your practice is already there; you don’t need to think about what you can do to support yourself because you already know. When your whole world is caving in having a tried and true practice that you enjoy and you know works for you to fall into is a huge help.
  • Similarly if you know what your practice is then you can tell those that care about you what it is. We can’t always see clearly through the fog of heartbreak but if those that care about you know to encourage you to engage in your spiritual practice that may be all the help you need.
  • Finally its the whole muscle memory, body memory, cellular memory thing that I believe extends to our energetic body too. You’ll know the ritual of it if you’ve practiced it many times before; and in the ritual lies the refuge. What are the rituals of your spiritual practice? How is your regular practice creating a refuge in your life that you know you can retreat to when the storms come?

My refuge is bare feet and a beat. I am blessed that my Spirit knows the road to refuge that regular practice has created in my life like a well worn path traversed many times.