When Love Comes to Town

Elvis and I loving ChakraBabe.

Elvis and I loving ChakraBabe.

Three years ago I bought a piece of graphic art. It was during a dark time, the narrowing just before change blows life wide open, and I was looking for a message – a sign.

That is exactly what I found. A sign. Bold white letters painted on a creamy background spelling out a message in all caps, one I was yearning for: “This life is yours to create. Be true to who you are, recognize the beauty that surrounds you, be the architect of your own destiny.”

Every morning and every night for the last three years I have brushed my teeth in front of that sign: be true, be aware, be creative. Somewhere along the line I think I got it – and what I got was do what you love. Trying to live that insight, I started ChakraBabe. It is miraculous what love can do. Not the “oh baby, I can’t live without you” kind – but the discipline of love. Getting up every day orienting your thoughts and actions around doing what you love. And, more critically, loving what you do.

Between them, the rhythm of those two choices has gently rocked my days, raising the level of the engagement one small increment at a time. Eventually distinctions disappear – presence, work, duty, prayer, the lines fade and it all takes on a sheen of love.

Chakrababe is now online and open for business. Go to www.chakrababe.com and see what the artists there have crafted for your chakra balance. Hopefully, you will love what you find, raising the level of the ChakraBabe community higher with every treasured item you call yours.

– The heart chakra is the source of unconditional love and compassion, our humanitarian center and the gateway into higher states of consciousness. In the heart your life purpose becomes clear as you express the energy of love.
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Choice Points – The Third Chakra

Poetry has been my inner witness for years. The instrument that allowed me to experience the challenges and joys of my passage through life without being overrun by emotion or unnecessary drama.

Citrine stone - Third Chakra balancing tool

Citrine stone – Third Chakra balancing tool

The concept is called “sakshi” in Sanskrit, the capacity each of us has to disengage from our thoughts or emotions and observe them. Through poetry, the process of observation – though the event or occurrence might be painful or difficult – has always brought me back around to beauty, an essence I somehow find at the root of most everything.

The choice of transmutation through observation and expression. And the choice to share those writings with the world. This week I published a short collection of poems on my blog – others, hopefully to follow. Please take a moment to witness my witness. Who can say where it will take us?

In the third chakra one finds self esteem and sense of responsibility. It also anchors our feelings of identity.

Here we undertake a journey of personal growth, shifting from the illusions of limited mind and conditioned opinion into true choice and vast creative options.

Here we determine our direction.

Fork in the road

“But the Hebrew word, the word timsel – ‘Thou mayest’ – that gives choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open…” – John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Monument Valley

SecondChakraNecklace

Second Chakra carnelian necklace

Holding, releasing, redeeming energy to a higher use.

I have spent my life steeped in love. It has followed me doggedly, through blessings like the profound relationship with my child I am lucky enough to experience every day, through more questionable ones that caused me to believe my relationship picker was definitely broken. But the capacity to love was always there. Like those weighted toys you punch and they pop back up – I have been the definition of resilience, able to revert to my original size and shape after being stretched, squeezed and twisted. Ready for love again, ready for relationship.

Thankfully, over the last few years I moved into a more discreet phase of my life. Partly due to having little time for imprudent choices, partly due to fostering a stronger connection with the Universe. I wake up every morning and ask for intuitive guidance, in energetic issues in general and particularly through the tangle of relationship possibilities.

This week that guidance took me deep into the ochre heart of southern Utah. Not because I knew where I was going, but because my intuition would have it no other way. As in most spirit journeys, I knew only it was important to set out across the ocean of the desert southwest in my tiny Toyota craft, some faithful companions, a few stores in my larder and all of my dogs in tow. Other than this, I had no clue. A virgin in unexplored territory. Second chakra territory, down to the sorrel earth of the mountains we drove into, surrounding us on all sides.

Mexican Hat, Utah

Mexican Hat, Utah

At an inn on a gooseneck of the San Juan River I met a group of women on retreat. Formidable, accomplished, irreverent women I came to unknown and left feeling restored. And I have to say, reassured. I drove home certain there is more ahead. It is interconnected and it is rich, with inspiration and beauty, with good wine and razor sharp humor.

Home again, a strand of carnelian stones around my neck, my second chakra is spinning in consummate balance, a whole chunk of relationship energy redeemed and returned to the Universe for a higher purpose.

Storm of thoughts and feelings
The Second Chakra is where self worth, creativity, relationships and pleasure lie –
all of which are weakened by self-criticism and guilt.

Are you so busy taking care of others that you neglect yourself?

 

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Getting Grounded

on the roadIn my last post I included an image of a beaded bracelet with a first chakra design. It, like the ChakraBabe project, came into existence on the road between Texas and Colorado. New Mexico is truly God’s country and I have traversed the breadth of it with loving attention.

In Albuquerque I had the fortune of working with an incredibly talented Native American bead and jewelry artist. Together we created the First Chakra bracelet. It was a rewarding process, and part of my grounding in ChakraBabe. I included the bracelet in my earlier post because on the personal front, as I mentioned, I have felt a yearning for a positive connection to my foundation.

I am a terrible meditator, I have to confess. I can quiet my riotous mind only for so long, so, though it is the currency of spiritual awareness, my sessions are brief. Ten minutes of mindfulness in the morning, calibration toward presence during the day and a walk in the evening. For more than that, my Type A personality gets in the way. This is why I try to enhance my elementary meditations by other means – attentive travel, design projects, research, writing.

These interests led to the compendium of balancing tools I recently placed on the blog. Under each Chakra link you will find characteristics of the particular vortex and tools to help you attain the energetic equilibrium you seek. I will continue to share insights with you on this front as I will share designs and objects I find that speak to the Chakras.

If you have found rituals or items to be especially helpful in the pursuit of balance, please share!

The Alchemy of Scrambled Eggs

Root Chakra Bracelet

Reconnect to your root with 1st Chakra bracelet

I have spent these last weeks ripping out the roots of my married life. Irradicating my past all the way down to altering my former identity – dealing with social security, name changes and account modifications. Oh my God, the amendments seem endless and the final effect, when the required changes are commingled with the ongoing details of every day existence, is completely ungrounding.

Though having my feet in the air is really an opportunity to plant them somewhere else. The discipline is leaving the decision as to where up to the Universe. Trusting the unfolding days to take me where I need to be is an exercise in meditation, self love and extreme patience. I have good days and bad. I make beautiful coffee in the morning, get my seventh grader out the door, try to spend time outside. And I want to believe, more than anything else right now, when I look back over my life the dots will connect.

Sometimes in the chaos I have a moment of perfect presence, giving me an idea of what all those connecting dots will look like. I might be in the kitchen, slicing onion, beating eggs, chopping basil and parsley – and the colors will strike me, the marvel of the application of heat and blending of flavors in the creation of something that didn’t exist a moment before. In that instant of grounding in the physical world, a spiritual window opens. Through that window I can see when the time comes to leave the avalanche of detail and sensory input that is this life, I will miss the magic of scrambling eggs.

And other grounding exercises.