When I started writing about the Chakras, my goal was to help my readers to manage their energy by moving from chakra to chakra, but it really is not that random. I really don’t know that any body can tell you HOW to manage your energy systems or your chakras, but someone can guide you through their own experiences WHILE keeping in mind that our experiences will still be our own.
So still with this goal in mind, the biggest thing you can learn is to be AWARE of your energy and how it moves through awareness of your own body. Don Petacchi used to call this Intentional Sensation, and really this is a good name for it. Once I took a class on Sensory Awareness and this was what it was – Sensation practiced intentionally for a purpose. Eventually you can become aware of which chakras are gaining energy or losing energy and then mindfully manage your experiences.
An awareness exercise that I share frequently, often, and many times with other people (at the risk of redundancy which is my weird humor) is the Tree Meditation. Other folks have shared this Tree Meditation with me also. No two people will teach it in exactly the same way, so a little quietude on my part can open me up to new variations on a common theme. It is really fun to actually experience this with a real tree, and if you have a tree handy to seek out and merge awareness with: Wonderful! But if you don’t, then imagination will have to do.
Standing straight, stretch as tall as you can. Reach your arms up over your head, stretch your feet into the earth and experience that delightful sensation of loosening up your own body. Put your arms down, then stretch up again, and down, inhaling and exhaling consciously and just feeling your way into your own body as much as possible. When you feel limber to become lumber, stretch upward again and downward and then “root.” Do you remember when we did the grounding exercise and we breathed our way into roots and branches? Well, that is what we do here. Grow your roots deep into earth and branches way up into sky. Become aware as much as possible of the exchange of energy between the earth and your feet and your “branches” – your arms, hands, fingers, and crown of your head – and the sky.
You can actually feel the difference in these energies. That heavier dense energy of earth is what the Peruvian Paqos call hucha, and that light as air energy of sky and wind is what the Peruvian Paqos call sami.
We can shed denser energies into earth, because this is food for the earth.
Likewise we can call in sami when we need to lighten up. Try laughing. Imagine the leaves on your branches rustling in the wind like laughter. Try it out. Now don’t you feel better?
If you have a chance to practice this simple awareness exercise with a real tree, so much the better. You can go to a park or a forest or wherever you find a tree that seems to call you. Remember that we each have energy fields and that often our energy fields overlap without conscious awareness? Today you will use that awareness of energy fields consciously. Ground and center yourself, and then ask the tree if you may enter its energy field. You may sense a yes or a no as a feeling of welcome or of rejection. Don’t be discouraged. I have met grumpy trees who looked beautiful, but wanted nothing to do with me. Find another. When you find one that welcomes you, you simply merge energy fields and allow your sense of awareness to inform you. Trees have given me real gifts and no two are ever quite the same, even within the same species! This may be a tree you visit once, or one you may even develop a long term relationship with, which opens the door for you to learn a lot from each other.
But I digress. We have been talking about meditation today, while this post is under the guise of 365 days of prayer.
There is a point at which – WE BECOME THE PRAYER. I emphasized this as well as I could. When we are fully alive, living fully in our body, with full emotional awareness and conscious being, fully engaged with our own energy body – how many ways should I try to say this? We become the prayer. Our vibrational field becomes the force for the manifestation of the prayer. But just because, here goes:
Creator, guide the development of my energy body so that I may be of service to other forms of life beyond my own being. Guide the development of my mind in its becoming further aware of other beings. Guide my emotional state – its wellness and its clearing so that I may be the best and clearest channel I may be for the higher good of all. Amen.