Don’t be afraid to show your light.. if it ends up being too much for people, tell them to wear sunglasses!
It is not enough to suffer. You must touch peace too.
Your work is to go forth into this physical environment looking for things that are a vibrational match to joy, connecting to Source Energy, and then following with the inspired action.
Nic at the Oyster Fest on the Arcata Plaza . Arcata . CA
When I walk around the grocery store, I sometimes wonder about the challenges in peoples’ lives. Everybody’s got ‘em…unexpected illnesses, dysfunctional families, loss of a loved one, miscommunication between friends, job loss, financial pressures, loneliness, just to name a few. Well, the good news is, your life isn’t a one lane highway. There are multiple lanes running parallel to each other all at the same time and many of those lanes feel better than others. As much as possible, jump into a fun lane. Any lane that makes you feel even a little better will do.
As you know, I’m big on hooping in the community. It’s clear to me that hoops make the party. The play energy gets amplified with hoops around and everyone can’t help but feel better. So if you’re gonna go somewhere with your hoops, bring a few more to share. It’s good for you to play. It’s good for you to encourage play around you. It’s good for the people hooping around you. It’s good for the people watching the hooping. And on and on…it’s good for the whole world.
Have fun everybody!
CHAKRA 5 : TRUTH vs. LIES & how hooping can help
Chakra 5 .Visudda . Throat
Communication . Creative expression . Vibration . Rhythm Entrainment . Sound . Truth . Purification
Demon : lies
How do you live your truth?
What does living your truth mean anyway?
What does it feel like to live your truth?
How do you know what your truth is?
Do you feel safe to express yourself?
What does it feel like to lie?
How does it feel to pretend?
Tuning into the chakras is tuning into the emotional guidance system built into your body. One of the reasons I love the chakras so much is that it fosters a reverence for the human body that is seriously needed in our culture so rife with negative body image. So the guidance system is really simple: If it feels good, head in that direction. If it feels bad, make a change. Good vs. bad. Of course life feels more complicated than that. But this is the essence of figuring out what to do.
Going against the truth of who you are restricts your fifth chakra so your energy can’t ascend further towards enlightenment and bliss or descend towards manifestation of your unique expression. This imbalance occurs when you pretend to be something you’re not or when you don’t feel safe expressing yourself. There are so many pressures to be something we are not or do something we don’t want to do. Think about where these pressures come from: society & culture, authority figures like parents, teachers, religious leaders & government, people whose love/attention you don’t want to lose, etc.
There are real risks to consider when you choose to live true to yourself. A good example is a gay teen considering coming out to his family and friends. Honor these and contemplate them carefully. Match them against the risks of living the lie of pretense. If you need to, look to the other chakras for support:
Chakra 1 : Survival : Be realistic about how choosing to live your truth will effect your ability to take care of yourself physically. Consider alternatives if making a change towards a more authentic life will alter your basic survival mechanisms: home, relationships, jobs, etc.
Chakra 2 : Sensation & Pleasure : Get yourself to the feeling place of living your truth. Be aware of what it feels like in comparison to living a lie or being deceitful. This will motivate you.
Chakra 3 : Action : Be brave and do what you need to do to live closer to your truth.
Chakra 4 : Friendship : Take refuge in your “sangha” or community, the people you feel genuine love and acceptance from.
Chakra 6 : Intuition : If you’re feeling pressured to act in a way that feels counter to your truth, tune into your intuition for confirmation of your desired direction and trust yourself.
Chakra 7 : The Big Picture : The Buddha says we suffer because we forget who we are. The Tibetan Book Of The Dead puts it this way: “Oh nobly born, oh you of glorious origins, remember your radiant true nature, the essence of mind. Trust it. Return to it. It’s home.” Remember that you are more than the experience of your individual, egoic self.
Happiness is experienced when our sense of self is expansive, free from the constraints of self-consciousness, resistance and holding on. Be aware of the sensation of freedom that feels like the truth of your being.
HOOPERS: To get through those times when you feel you are living an inauthentic life, pull your energy up to your 7th Chakra by finding FLOW in your hoop. The expansive freedom felt here will help motivate you to choose to live your truth.