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Cultivate Energy for Success
Cultivate Energy for Success
In a previous article I mentioned how the psychological qualities associated with chakras form an excellent psychological blueprint for success. Before we start looking at how we can improve these traits let’s revisit the concept of chakras and the success qualities associated with them.
It is believed amongst many cultures that all living creatures have a subtle energy body or aura that governs the physical body. The energy body permeates and gives life to the physical body. It interpenetrates the physical body extending some distance outside it. In fact the physical body is just the tangible manifestation of the energy body, and the two are inseparable during the lifetime of the physical body.
The energy body has energy centers situated in various locations functioning as pumps, regulating the flow of energy through a person’s subtle energy system. Known as chakras these energy centers are where energy enters and leaves the body. Chakras distribute the energy through out the energy body via energy channels ultimately controlling and energizing the major and vital organs of the physical body.
The state of a person’s chakras and hence the energy body represents the physical health of a person. The chakras are also centres for psychological functions. They not only represent particular parts of the body but also govern mental and emotional aspects of a person, that is, they are a reflection of a person’s psychological state. If we examine closely the psychological qualities associated with each chakra, we will see that they form an excellent psychological blueprint for success.
Nowadays, while it is generally accepted that there are seven chakras, particularly amongst yoga schools, there are numerous systems that deal with different seven major chakras. For the sake of this discussion we will consider eight different chakras. These include the Basic, Sex, Naval, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Ajna and Crown.
To start with, the Basic chakra, located at the base of the spine, governs the spinal column and adrenal glands. Psychologically it is associated with our ability to survive in the physical world. This means being well grounded and having a practical and realistic approach to life rather than floating off into space. It also means having a good understanding of how the world works, allowing us to exist and operate effectively in today’s environment.
The Sex chakra, located in the pubic area, is responsible for nourishing the reproductive system including the urinary organs. It is linked with high creativity and capacity to generate ideas. Creativity is an impetus for innovation and can assist us in finding solutions to difficult problems by thinking outside the square. The sex chakra is also associated with the desire to maintain control and power over the external environment, including people and money. Having a positive influence over people is vital for effective leadership and management; while financial wealth allows us make the most of our opportunities.
The Navel chakra, located on the naval, energises the small and large intestine. It is connected to our personal power, that is, our level of self-esteem and self-confidence within ourselves. Naturally, the more belief we have in ourselves and our abilities, the more likely we will be in succeeding. Self-confidence enables us to easily silence the negative voices that arise in our heads, replacing negative statements like “no I cannot” with positive affirmations such as “yes I can!”
The Solar Plexus chakra, located in the solar plexus, governs the pancreas, stomach and liver. On a psychological level it is associated with courage, perseverance, motivation, and the desire to win. Courage and perseverance are keys to overcoming the many obstacles inevitably encountered along the way, such as fear and adversity. Motivation and desire to win serve as the necessary fuel to “fight” on, especially during those critical moments when the challenge appears to be just too great.
The Heart chakra, located in the heart, controls the thymus gland, the heart and blood. It is naturally linked to our ability to love, to feel compassion, to be considerate and act in kindness. Such attributes are very important when it comes to relationships and dealing with people on a personal and professional level. The heart chakra is also the center of our passion. The more passionate we are about our goals and beliefs, the higher the chance of success.
The Throat chakra, located on the throat, nourishes the thyroid gland, lungs, bronchial tubes and voice box. It has an obvious association with our ability to express ourselves and communicate with others via words and actions. Naturally, this is central to achieving mutual understanding in relationships and team environments. The throat chakra is also related to being organized and methodical, that is, our ability to manage tasks and people. Such characteristics are fundamental to the successful management of complex tasks and team-based projects.
The Ajna chakra, also known as the Third Eye, is located between the eyebrows. It governs the pituitary gland, nervous system and lower brain. This chakra is related to our intellectual ability, that is, our ability to think logically, comprehend concepts, and solve problems. The benefits of this are obvious. It is also related to our ability to learn from previous experiences, enabling us to make better decisions in the future. Furthermore, it is associated with our level of willpower, stamina, and discipline. Such qualities are typically relied on during the most difficult or tedious parts of a challenge or project.
Finally, the Crown chakra, which is located at the top of the head, controls the pineal gland and upper brain. Spiritually it represents our connection to our soul and creator. It is through this connection that we are able to understand our purpose in life, why we are here. Having a clear vision of the bigger picture means that the goals we will endeavor to achieve will inevitably be far more fulfilling. The crown chakra is also the origin of intuition and inspiration, serving as another useful tool in making decisions and acting quickly on opportunities.
Now if we were to do an honest stock take of ourselves on each these qualities, we would discover, as expected, that we are strong in some areas but not so strong in others. There are some that may be strong in qualities originating from the lower chakras, and hence have the required ability to execute but lacking connection with others or have no sense of purpose and fulfillment. There may be others strong in traits found in the higher chakras, that is have the required intelligence, a strong sense of purpose, and, in some cases, highly intuitive, but lack the capability to execute effectively. And of course there are those who exhibit a mixed combination of the above.
The key to success and happiness is achieving the right balance. We therefore need to develop those qualities that are lacking and continue to enhance further the other traits that come more naturally. So how do we go about doing this? Well there are a number of approaches which are all complementary. You can do a personal self assessment based on the qualities associated with each chakra. You can then elect to systematically focus on each chakra for a period of time and work on improving those qualities. This approach requires you to be quite honest and retrospectively analytical. A lot can be said about this and other similar style approaches, and will be the subject of future articles.
The approach I would like to discuss today however is the practice of Energy Cultivation. Energy cultivation is a form of practice that has been used by many cultures particularly Asian and Indian cultures. Such Eastern cultures recognized the existence of the energy body and devised various techniques to increase energy and keep the energy in the body as well as the chakras balanced. The theory therefore is that if your energy body and chakras are healthy and strong, not only will you enjoy physical health, but the success qualities associated with each chakra will become stronger.
Some common examples of Eastern practices that are particularly good for energy cultivation are yoga, tai chi and many martial arts. On an energy level these arts were designed from the ground up to energise the body. Practitioners of these arts focus on freely available universal energy entering their energy bodies and chakras while moving into and holding specific physical positions employing a range of breathing methods simultaneously.
One of the most effective Eastern arts used for cultivating energy is Chi Kung. This Chinese art is a health exercise based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory focusing on posture, mind and breathing. Chi Kung movements are not physically hard on the body and is less complicated than Tai Chi, making it a relatively easy art to learn.
There are also a range of meditative practices that not only produce a state of relaxation, but are designed to enhance and increase the flow of energy. Such practices have been practiced for thousands of years in India, China and other Asian cultures.
To give you a taste of Energy Cultivation, try the following. Sit down in a comfortable chair, with you back straight and your palms lying on your laps. Close your eyes and connect your tongue to your palette. Inhale air through your nose into the bottom of your lungs. When done correctly, your abdomen expands slightly. Hold for a moment. Then exhale through your mouth. If you exhale through you mouth, your tongue will naturally detach from the palette. As you exhale, your abdomen will contract. Then hold again for another moment. This is one cycle. Repeat this cycle 10 times.
If you just practice this one simple technique regularly, over time your lung capacity will develop thereby increasing your ability to supply oxygen to the blood which is then distributed to all the cells in your body. This breathing technique will also allow your energy body to be naturally cleansed and reenergized. In fact your energy body and chakras will temporarily expand as you do this breathing hence making you feel more energised. The beauty of this type of breathing is that you can do this anywhere anytime and reap the energising benefits. It is a great tool that helps you to become calm, centred and energised which is extremely useful during times when you are feeling stressed, anxious or drained. This is just one simple energy cultivation technique.
If you regularly practice such techniques, I guarantee you will have a lot more energy and your general health will improve. The other key benefit is that with consistent practice the psychological attributes associated with each chakra will become healthier and stronger, that is you will strengthen you psychological blueprint for success. As you become more energetic, your success qualities will naturally follow. You will experience improvement in at least one or more of the following traits:
I wish you all the best in the development of your success traits.
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