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7 Effective Tips On How To Heal Your Most Debilitating Core Wounds

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Core wounds can be thought of as your deepest traumas and experiences in childhood or adulthood. When severe trauma occurs, the wound is stored in our cellular memory and stays with us until we are willing and able to face the pain and clear the trauma.

Obviously, nothing can undo the original trauma but we can heal from the wounds and get to a place where the trauma and pain actually serve our highest purpose. We can re-write new, more loving experiences into our reality.

Our core wounds tend to have a great affect on our entire existence and how we receive others, how we think, act, love, relate and how we see the world.

They can literally affect our entire lives and every single relationship that we have, personal and professional, so you can see how vital it is to begin the inner work of healing and creating brand new beautiful experiences that help you on your way to healing.

By transmuting the trauma through facing it, we can get to a place where we are able to look at the pain as a blessing that came to strengthen and reveal our true power. We can go from depressed and anxious to grateful and humble. It is possible to achieve a true sense of peace and resolve.

When your pain no longer causes your voice to tremble and your light to be dimmed you know you are on the path of healing. Your brightest days are ahead and you can use your experiences to now serve the higher good of all by empowering others to know that they too can heal.

So let’s talk about how we can get there and where to start.

Tip 1: Acceptance & Acknowledgement

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It is vital that we face and accept the trauma that caused our wounds.

We have to be willing to be brave and take small steps towards acknowledging our pain and experiences and how they made us feel at the time and how we feel in the present. We cannot heal what we are not willing to see.

A lot of times just acknowledging the trauma will begin to diminish the fears we have around the experience. Anytime we are able to face our fears and sadness the power it has over us is greatly lessened.

Denial and avoidance only fuels strengthens and lengthens the severity of our pain. Anything we run from eventually catches us. All pain kept in secrecy develops into dis-ease.

To begin to peel back the layers, acknowledge the pain and accept that you can not change what happened to you but that you do indeed have power over how you show up and respond to your core wounds.

Tip 2: Forgiveness

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This is one of the most important parts of our healing journey. We must truly, from our heart, release hatred, blame, resentment, anger, and vindictiveness. This part can be tricky because most often times these are the natural feelings that arise within us when we’ve been hurt and victimized.

It’s completely fine to honor these feelings, but then we must move into a space of compassion towards ourselves and yes those who hurt us. This may seem so foreign and difficult at the beginning but the forgiveness is not only for those who hurt us, it’s for us. For us to heal our hearts so that we can create a harmonious life and take back our power.

This is how we stop allowing the trauma and core wounds to control us. This is how you take the power they once had over you and become victorious.

Now we are moving into clearing and releasing.

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful, transmuting expressions that we have. We can not underestimate the beauty of forgiveness. It’s a gift that we can freely offer to ourselves and those who hurt us.

If you find yourself struggling with forgiveness this most likely means that you are attached and still holding onto the core wound and that your ego is blocking your heart from opening to see that all things come to serve our higher good, even though we cannot see or feel it on the front end.

Hurt people tend to hurt others. Most often the ones who do harm to us are in a world of pain themselves and this under no circumstances excuses their behavior, but it does offer an explanation into the psychology of the perpetrator and may offer a glimpse of understanding that will allow you to choose forgiveness over resentment.

Tip 3: Healing Modalities

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We live in a time where there are more healing modalities available than ever before. I recommend researching and getting involved with things that speak to you and resonate with your heart. This could mean support groups with others that have gone through similar traumatic experiences.

There is sound healing with vibratory effects that assist in literally vibrating your cells to clear and transmute painful memories from your aura. There are light therapies available to assist your brain, and body to heal.

Daily affirmations and mantras that reprogram your subconscious mind with high vibrational messages to serve you in your daily life and help you create a healthy mindset.

Tip 4: Daily Prayer And Meditation

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Daily prayer and meditation will allow you to still your mind, listen to your higher wisdom, and receive light energies that also transmute density in your energetic field.

Medicinal ceremonies and gatherings. Cacao and kambo to mention a couple and various other guided medicinal sacred experiences that offer tremendous release and clearing are also available. I highly suggest that you reach out to those who have had success with these types of modalities and only seek those that have been proven to be safe with competent and heart centered practitioners. Use your discernment.

Find a spiritually inclined therapist or mentor that can walk with you on your journey, hold space, support and advise. I say spiritual because although a medically inclined therapist can be very helpful, we are spiritual beings having a human experience and we need someone who understands/innerstands this aspect because most trauma can not be healed by typical western means. We have to address our spiritual bodies for true healing to take place.

The placebo effect is scientific proof that we have the ability to heal ourselves. Our thoughts are powerful enough to bring things into existence.

Tip 5: Detox

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It’s vital that we detox from all things that may hinder our healing. These can include foods, alcohol, drugs, people, places, relationships, unhealthy sex, and even jobs.

When we are embarking on a healing journey the commitment has to be solid and disciplined. Medicating and numbing the pain only suppresses our wounds. Every emotional imbalance we have wants to be healed and loved.

Our physical, mental and spiritual bodies are consistently trying to heal themselves but when we aren’t present to the messages and signals we remain in a state of pain and disillusionment.

Mind, body, and spirit work together and if we are full of junk food, mind-numbing substances and resistances we continue to be clouded, depressed, anxious and discouraged.

Detoxing and creating healthier habits is a life long commitment.

This can be extremely difficult for some and the part that makes most people give up and remain stuck in their wounds.

The initial start of detoxing is the most uncomfortable but if we stick with it even for just 30 days of clean eating, affirmations, sober living, exercise, and support you will literally be stunned at how much lighter and confident you become.

The next 30 days become easier as you gain more inspiration, insight, and encouragement to keep going. What’s 30, 60, 90, even 120 days of committed efforts towards your lifetime of healing and clearing? Once we get past those hard hurdles our spirit begins to soar and we start to become clearer.

We begin feeling like we can actually heal, our physical body starts to feel more energized and our daily attitude becomes hopeful, we feel recharged and ignited.

If you start feeling like it’s too much, remind yourself of the life you have envisioned for yourself, being happy, healed and healthy in contrast to your wounded self. Choose healing. If you fall short, start again!

Tip 6: Boundaries

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Learning how to put healthy boundaries in place will be beneficial and is required in order to fully heal.

Setting boundaries may look like the following:

  • Set a boundary for what you do not want to see, hear or do.
  • Decide limits – what you will and will not tolerate.
  • Don’t allow others to control how you spend your time and energy.
  • Pay attention to people’s reactions, if your boundaries make someone mad, then that person is abusing you.
  • Don’t spend time trying to change others.
  • Do not work harder on someone else’s problems than you do on your own.
  • Don’t allow someone to hurt you over and over.
  • Let people know when you’ve hit your emotional and physical limits.
  • Don’t over-give without have your needs reciprocated.
  • Speaking your truth with grace.
  • Choosing peace over drama.
  • Not participating in gossip.
  • Being clear about what your needs are.

Putting boundaries in place are the essentials for healthy living. When we first learn to put boundaries in place it’s usually uncomfortable and scary, but with practice, like anything else, it becomes second nature and you will wonder how you ever survived without them.

Tip 7: Compassion And Self-Care

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Showing ourselves compassion and giving ourselves the love we are seeking. Our inner children are always looking for acceptance and approval. We can freely give this to ourselves without requiring others to give it to us.

Be gentle and patient with your healing process. Be disciplined but flexible, some days are going be harder than others.

Eat well, sleep well, keep a clean, organized environment. This will help you maintain an energetic field clear of debris which will give you easier access to mental clarity and optimal health.

Empathy does not equate to feeling sorry for yourself, make sure you aren’t practicing martyrdom/self-victimization.

This journey will require every ounce of resilience, conviction, desire, hope, and inspiration you can muster, but it will all be returned tenfold with love, honor, joy, peace, prosperity, and freedom.

You will eventually get to a space that you can hardly remember the pain and trauma. It will no longer have a hold on you.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, I want to encourage you to begin wherever you are. I am a living testimony that you can heal your core wounds and create the life you dream of. You are worthy! Get started living your best life!

Angela is an Empowerment Ambassador, Health and Wellness Advocate. She is a student and an example of holistic, spiritually enhanced and youthful living. Angela empowers people to live the heart's path and to believe that life doesn't require one to age quickly and live a life of illness. Writing articles for SOLANCHA Magazine is one of the ways she expresses her passion for inspiring people to become a happier and healthier version of themselves.

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What Is Transgenerational Trauma? The Signs & Solutions

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What is that one thing you can think of passed down to you or your parents from your ancestors? It could be stories, heirlooms, or genetic traits. Recent studies suggest that even trauma can pass down through the generations. If you have someone in your family history that bears the scars of past trauma like racism, slavery, sex trafficking, or being a survivor of the holocaust, such an experience gets transmitted from one generation to the next. 

What is Transgenerational Trauma?

Transgenerational trauma is the physical and psychological effects of trauma from past generations affecting subsequent generations. This trauma transfers from the first generation of the survivors to the second and further generations of their offspring via a complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanism. Hence, most victims of transgenerational trauma have no direct experience of the original trauma. 

How Transgenerational Trauma Manifests in Families

Transgenerational trauma may manifest itself socially, biologically, emotionally, or mentally as follows: –

  • Hyper-vigilance because you may have a distrust of the world  
  • Isolation, emotional numbing, and depersonalization
  • Impaired parental function, which shows up as overprotectiveness or unclear boundaries
  • Chronic sorrow and separation anxiety
  • Poor communication skills
  • Chronic fear of danger
  • Pressure for educational or career achievements
  • Unresolved or complicated grief triggering anger and self-destructive behaviors

In addition, teens and school-going children undergoing transgenerational trauma may experience low self-esteem, have disciplinary issues at school, drop out or cut classes, and record poor grades.  

Families struggling with transgenerational trauma tend to: –

  • Dismiss any talk of feelings as a weakness
  • Become overprotective of their children and seniors
  • Develop a neutral emotional response to tragic events 
  • Have trust issues and engage in unnecessary conflicts with other families

What Does Science Say?

Most scientific studies on transgenerational trauma agree that any extreme and prolonged stress on a parent could have adverse psychological effects on their children or grandchildren. The parents may be former prisoners of war, combat veterans, victims of colonial suppression, clerical abuse in religious organizations, totalitarian political control, and terrorism. 

Here are four examples of communities affected by transgenerational trauma: –

#1: Holocaust Survivors

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Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Vivian Rakoff was the first person to identify and document transgenerational trauma. In 1966, Vivian and her colleagues were researchers at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Here, they studied the long-lasting consequences of the holocaust on its survivors and descendants. 

They recorded high psychological distress rates amongst the children of the holocaust survivors. Later studies would discover that even grandchildren of holocaust survivors ended up in psychiatric care referrals, with trauma symptoms like PTSD, depression, and clinical anxiety.

#2: The Stolen Generation of the Aboriginal People

Thousands of lighter-skin-toned aboriginal children grew up without knowing their families. The kids were forcefully taken from their families and placed in orphanages run by missionaries. Some of the kids were barely a year old. They spent most of their childhood working while undergoing physical and emotional mistreatment.

Many described it as Australia’s attempt at genocide and the ultimate survival of the indigenous people. Today, the children of the stolen generation of the aboriginal people still carry the scars of transgenerational trauma. Some live in distress and struggle with attachment and disconnection from extended families. 

#3: Rwanda Genocide Survivors

The Rwanda Civil War between April 7th and July 15th, 1994, claimed the lives of up to 800,000 Tutsis, a minority ethnic group. Studies of the Rwanda post-genocide generation indicate that children born to Tutsi mothers during and immediately after the genocide developed depression and traumatic disorders. The lasting imprints of the 1994 genocide are evident in the survivors, former prisoners, and their descendants.

#4: Systematic Racism and Over-policing of the Black Communities

During the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Europeans built the foundations of America by dehumanizing Africans. They used mental, spiritual, and physical warfare to integrate white supremacy into the violence. And they skewed psychology, religion, and science to justify this treatment. 

For example, in 1851, American physician Samuel A. Cartwright came up with Drapetomania. It refers to a supposed mental illness describing enslaved Africans that tried to run away. Eventually, black communities developed trauma responses to maintain survival. 

However, instead of short-term responses, the families have integrated them into their culture and passed them from one generation to the next under the guise of values and traditions. 

Today, there are cries of systematic racism and over-policing amongst the black communities. And more families are struggling with divorce, alcohol and substance abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence. And there’s a high incarceration rate in the black communities. 

Addressing Transgenerational Trauma

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Note that later victims of transgenerational trauma may fail to recognize its effects. Others never acknowledge, discuss, or address it for fear of stigmatization. That way, they may never call it out or seek help. Instead, they struggle with mental health issues and continue passing down the trauma to their offspring.

Anyone undergoing transgenerational trauma should seek help to break the cycle. Otherwise, parents will continue to pass triggers to their children, affecting future generations. 

#1: Community Healing and Reconciliation

Most families undergoing transgenerational trauma stay quiet about the traumatic events for fear of stigmatization. Start by having productive discussions with family members for healing and reconciliation. In the aftermath of the Rwanda Civil War, most survivors rebuilt their lives by joining survivor support groups, creating and preserving memorial sites, and educating the next generation on the dangers of hate and extremism. 

#2: Seeking Help from a Family Therapist

Families undergoing generational trauma should work with a family therapist to identify the trauma patterns existing in the family. Likewise, children struggling with mental health problems associated with this trauma should also work with a mental health specialist for recovery.

#3: Changing Parenting Styles

Often, parents who are victims or survivors of trauma have a protective parenting style that passes the trauma to their children. Here, the parents subconsciously teach their children unhealthy survival behaviors. Or, they may develop unhealthy relationship boundaries with their loved ones. This should change to avoid passing on the damage further. 

Conclusion

Is your family dealing with trauma from your ancestors? Studies now show that parental traumatic experiences can reach subsequent generations. Yet, we can break the cycle of transgenerational trauma by investigating how these events of our shared past affect us today. More so, seeking professional help, changing parenting styles, and encouraging communication around healing and reconciliation can help families deal with the complex issues from the trauma.

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Unblocking Chakras for Beginners: a Detailed Guide

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Different cultures identify seven energy centers of the body, often referred to as chakras. They pinpoint ways to balance or align our chakras for complete energetic harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. For example, you can connect chakras to astrology, crystals, plants, and even colors of the rainbow. Then, what happens when a chakra is off-balance, overactive, or blocked? How can you restore balance to your chakras? Let’s explore the chakras one by one below: 

#1: The Root Chakra

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The Root chakra, located in the pelvis area, is associated with our sense of belonging, grounding, and survival needs. When balanced, we feel safe, secure, grounded, sturdiness, centered, and happy to be alive. A blocked Root chakra gives us a sense of instability (especially financial instability and personal identity), anxiety, and fear. And an overactive Root chakra makes us materialistic, greedy, lust for money and power, and aggressive. Of all the chakras, the Root chakra requires the most work to bring it back in balance. A blocked Root chakra triggers an imbalance in the rest of the chakras as a survival driver. 

#2: The Sacral Chakra

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This chakra is associated with our sexuality, pleasure, and passion. Balanced Sacral chakra exudes joy, amusement, sexuality, sensuality, attachment, optimism, nurturing, procreation, and deep emotions. Yet, low libido, an unsatisfactory sex life, fear or lack of intimacy, loneliness, and isolation suggests a blocked Sacral chakra. An overactive sacral chakra may result in our sexual overdrive. Here, someone becomes a sex addict, manipulative, and overly emotional.

#3: The Solar Plexus Chakra

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The Solar Plexus Chakra, located underneath the rib cage and above the navel, gives us the drive and confidence that keeps us in control of our lives. Anyone with a balanced Solar Plexus chakra has a raised self-image, self-esteem, willpower, and assertiveness. Only an imbalance in our Solar Plexus chakra creates feelings of self-doubt, powerlessness, feeling threatened, low self-esteem, and having an inferiority complex. However, an overactive Solar Plexus chakra manifests itself through our domineering, perfectionist, power-hungry, critical, or judgmental tendencies.

#4: The Heart Chakra

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The Heart chakra, symbolized by the color green, is the chakra of love. When balanced, the Heart chakra sustains our feelings of unconditional love, peace, receptivity, acceptance, compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness. More so, it helps us form and retains meaningful relationships. In contrast, a blocked Heart chakra manifests itself through our bitter or hateful feelings, trust issues, lack of empathy, and intolerant of others. Likewise, an overactive Heart chakra creates feelings of codependence, self-sacrifice, and jealousy. 

#5: The Throat Chakra

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This chakra concerns communication (our speaking and listening abilities). When balanced, we maintain clear communication, behave like a leader with confidence, and use creative expression around our peers. Except, if you have a blocked Throat chakra, you may have issues expressing yourself and listening to others. Often, you find yourself in heated arguments, misunderstandings, and holding on to grudges or secrets. People with overactive Throat chakra often abuse their communication privileges. They tend to be loud, sassy, opinionated, and gossipy.

#6: The Third Eye Chakra

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The Third eye chakra symbolizes our intuition. Its awakening revolves around our ability to manifest psychic abilities, inner wisdom, visualization, and clarity. This opening only happens when the chakra is balanced. The harmony helps us manifest visions beyond the physical realm. We stay in tune with our intuitions and become imaginative and creative.

A blocked Third eye chakra limits our intuition, inner thoughts, creativity, or guidance from spiritual entities. More so, this chakra hardly gets overactive. But when it does, you may have broken the veil into a spiritual realm prematurely through such spiritual work like Kundalini. Hence, you experience vivid hallucinations, nightmares, and delusions. 

#7: The Crown Chakra

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The Crown chakra is associated with consciousness, bliss, oneness, spirituality, and understanding. As a temple, it connects us to the spirit realm, our higher purpose, or God-consciousness.

A balanced Crown chakra exudes feelings of universal love and a deep spiritual understanding of your higher purpose. In contrast, someone with an overactive Crown chakra struggles with dogmatic, judgmental, or ungrounded ideas. And a blocked Crown chakra leaves you feeling depressed. More so, you may battle brain fog or have learning disabilities.

Unblocking the Chakras

Here are some tips to help you unblock and balance your chakras: –

#1: Affirmations

Chakra affirmations are a great way to balance your chakras. Repeating affirmations direct healing energy to restore balance in your body and your life. When we repeat chakra affirmations, we become capable of rewriting the patterns in our subconscious minds and direct healing vibrations to the chakras.

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Affirmations for the Root chakra:
  • I am safe!
  • I am grounded!
  • I am rooted and strong!
Affirmations for the Sacral chakra:
  • I am creative!
  • I am joyful!
  • I embrace and celebrate my sexuality!
Affirmations for the Solar Plexus chakra:
  • I am powerful!
  • I feel motivated to pursue my purpose!
  • I am enough!
Affirmations for the Heart chakra:
  • I love myself unconditionally!
  • I follow my heart!
  • I am open to giving and receiving love!
Affirmations for the Throat chakra:
  • I am open and honest in my communication!
  • I express myself creatively through speech, writing, and art!
  • I am an active listener!
Affirmations for the Third eye chakra:
  • I trust my intuition!
  • I am constantly expanding my awareness!
  • I feel connected to my spiritual truth!
Affirmations for the Crown chakra:
  • I am Light!
  • I am divinely guided and inspired!
  • Everything is working out for my highest good!

#2: Crystals

Crystals send out vibrations that resonate with the seven chakras. That way, they help in unblocking chakras and restoring harmony. Plus, the crystals respond best when they are of a similar color to the out-of-balance chakra.

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Use red, black, and brown crystals and stones to heal and balance your Root chakra:

  • Red Jasper
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Carnelian
  • Lava
  • Black Onyx

For balancing your Sacral chakra,  use orange, peach, and brown crystals and stones:

  • Imperial Topaz
  • Amber
  • Sardonyx
  • Fire Opal
  • Peach Moonstone
  • Orange Calcite
  • Peach Selenite

For healing your Solar Plexus chakra, use yellow and golden stones:

  • Jasper
  • Citrine
  • Yellow Topaz
  • Golden Tiger’s Eye
  • Pineapple Calcite
  • Yellow Sapphire
  • Golden Quartz
  • Pyrite

Use green and pink stones and crystals to heal and balance your Heart chakra:

  • Green Aventurine
  • Rose Quartz
  • Alexandrite
  • Emerald
  • Amazonite
  • Malachite
  • Pink Calcite

For balancing and healing your Throat chakra, use light blue, deep blue, and teal crystals and stones:

  • Larimar
  • Aquamarine
  • Angelite
  • Blue Topaz
  • Turquoise
  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Aqua Aura Quartz
  • Blue Tourmaline
  • Aqua Aura Quartz
  • Blue Quartz

For Third eye chakra healing and balancing, use indigo and violet stones and crystals:

  • Blue Aventurine
  • Indigolite
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Labradorite
  • Azurite
  • Blue Apatite
  • Sapphire

For balancing your Crown chakra, use purple, golden, white, and clear crystals and stones:

  • Clear Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Rhinestone
  • Clear Calcite
  • Selenite
  • Spirit Quartz

#3: Essential Oils

Did you know you can use essential oils to balance your chakras? You can regulate the energy flow and facilitate unblocking chakras by massaging essential oils on the areas where your chakras project the most.

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Use patchouli, nutmeg, vetiver, bergamot, cedar, and clove essential oils for balancing your Root chakra.

For your Sacral chakra, use neroli, cardamom, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood essential oils.

Apply pine, eucalyptus, vetiver, grapefruit, rosemary, bergamot, and lavender essential oils for healing your Solar Plexus chakra.

Rose, lavender, geranium, and jasmine essential oils will help you harmonize your Heart chakra.

For balancing your Throat chakra, use lemon essential oil, vanilla, coriander seed, lavender, sage, and eucalyptus essential oils.

Sandalwood, rosemary, German chamomile, frankincense, jasmine, peppermint, and sandalwood essential oils are great for your Third eye chakra healing.

Use lime, lavender, neroli, vanilla, frankincense, and lotus essential oils for balancing your Crown chakra.

#4: Bija Mantras

A bija mantra or “seed mantra” is a mantra that consists of one or more sounds or syllables. Bija mantras carry the concentrated energy of the Universe. When we practice bija mantras for chakras we create vibration processes in the ether, which, in turn, control the sources of energy within our chakras.

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Bija mantras for chakras include the LAM chant for the Root chakra, VAM chant for the Sacral chakra, RAM chant for the Solar plexus chakra, YAM chant for the Heart chakra, HAM chant for the Throat chakra, and AUM chant for the Third eye and the Crown chakras.

#5: Take Nature Calls

Your chakras correspond to love from Mother Nature. Tap into this universal healing power by spending more time in nature. Think of forest baths, mud baths, or lying down on bare grass during your family picnic.

Conclusion

Now that you know how balanced, imbalanced, blocked, and overactive chakras feel, which of your chakras is out-of-balance? Indeed, by recognizing the signs of blockage or imbalance, you can take active steps to balance your chakras. Practice unblocking chakras through yoga, massaging essential oils, chanting or listening to mantras, staying outdoors, and using healing crystals.

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Meet Your Shadow Archetype: The Dark Side of Your Personality

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Let’s face it. In every story, there is a hero and a villain. In your narration, you are both; the bright and dark aspects orchestrate the melody of your life. It is a melody that many of us opt to listen to on one side only. See, most people opt to focus on their bright aspects and suppress the dark side of their personality. Yet, this dark side often referred to as the shadow, will always be there. Besides, it can look small or big depending on your perspective on life. Are you willing to meet your shadow archetype?

Origin of the Shadow Archetype

Carl Jung, an influential psychologist of the previous century, is one of the few people that tried to bridge the notion of psychology and spirituality. That way, he hoped to discover ways to transcend the human condition. Hence, Jung traveled severally to India and immersed himself in different spiritual practices. His work would constantly evolve to produce a comprehensive analysis of such concepts as the ego, the shadow, the archetypes, and the anima and the animus

Understanding the Shadow Archetype

The shadow archetype is one of the four main categories of the Jungian archetypes that influence human behavior. As popularized by Mark and Pearson, these are inborn personalities emanating from the collective unconscious. The other categories of the Jungian archetypes include the persona, the self or ego, and the animus.

In particular, the shadow archetype consists of life and sex instincts constantly challenging the ego-personality. It takes intentional moral effort to become conscious of your shadow. It is about recognizing the dark side of your personality as present and real. Only then can we begin to understand ourselves and experience a personal awakening and authenticity

Carl Jung and Shadow Symbolism

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The shadow remained an intriguing topic amongst scholars. Carl Jung refers to it as a moral problem that challenges ego-personality. Further, he uses the symbolism of the shadow to portray this complex idea of the shadow archetype seamlessly and visually. Such visual imagery creates anchors with concepts already familiar to human cognition. 

Hence, Jung describes the shadow archetype as dark and elusive, impossible to catch, and alters its size depending on your current life circumstances. It forms darkness and distance from the body, something not many of us are eager to confront. Yet, the shadow becomes invisible when light appears. 

The Fear of Embracing Our Shadow Archetype

Now, most of us acknowledge the shadow archetype as an integral part of our existence. However, we remain willfully blind to it, conceal or camouflage it in a painful attempt to protect our self-image. It is an image that fits the narrative that we decide to expose. 

Further, social conditioning helps us construct a fallacy that we can keep the substrate of our constructed identity stable. We feel safe by ignoring the unknown aspects of our lives, hoping they will disappear. 

Still, how can we feel safe when what we are avoiding can invade our thought process and manifest in our actions without our control? Embracing the shadow archetype is inevitable. 

Implications of Denying Our Shadow Self

Note that we are as free as the mind allows. And when the mind creates barriers between individual reality and the rest of the world, illusions and neurosis may take over. Have you ever met someone operating in enforced ignorance? If so, you’ll notice such a person denying their shadow archetype in an attempt to preserve a certain status quo. But eventually, the enforced ignorance fuels the suppressed shadow to grow bigger. 

The dark side of their personality becomes more evident via projection in more aspects of their lives. Further, since the person is not even aware of the existence of the shadow, its effect can get out of control since we can only control what we understand. 

The Way Forward 

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#1: Shadow Work

The best way to meet our shadow archetype is by undertaking shadow work. Shadow work is a lifelong process that entails intentional activities to discover the dark side of our personalities. Through it, we deal with our shadow elements like animalistic needs, sexual desires, primitive instincts, traumatic experiences, and even some positive aspects of our character that remain hidden for fear of being ridiculed. 

A typical shadow work approach may involve journaling our emotions and dreams to discover triggers of our shadow archetype. It also replaces our sense of guilt and anxiety with self-acceptance.  

#2: Seeking Professional Help

While facing the dark side of your personality can be scary, the ultimate results are rewarding. Still, the shadow has a challenging nature. That’s why shadow work may follow a sequence of assimilation through long hours or psychotherapy and introspection, often guided by a certified professional. Here, the therapist helps clients reevaluate and recalibrate their behaviors and beliefs. 

Ultimately, clients stay disciplined in asking themselves challenging questions about their lives. Like, how often do you question the nature of your reality?

#3: Dealing with Social Conditioning against Shadow Archetypes

Now, whereas shadow work is at an individual level, society has a significant influence in making the practice a success. Ideally, the world should be a platform for dialogue and constant experimentation. The shadow archetype ceases to be a moral problem and becomes a welcome part of our existence. If you find such ideas regrettable, it may mean that there are some shadow aspects of your life yet to be dealt with effectively.  

Conclusion

Anyone who wants full control of their life must be willing to embrace their shadow archetype. It revolves around accepting all aspects of our lives; tolerating what we are afraid of alongside what we want. Here, we face, analyze, and internalize our fears and darkness. Otherwise, denying the existence of the dark side of your personality will make you see it in others even more. 

Likewise, our society is packed with people whose actions are constantly at war with your intentions. That’s why; we should strive to define the moral imperatives that could alleviate our suffering. And, we should view everything beyond that with skepticism. 

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Healing2 weeks ago

What Is Transgenerational Trauma? The Signs & Solutions

What is that one thing you can think of passed down to you or your parents from your ancestors? It...

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Healing3 weeks ago

Unblocking Chakras for Beginners: a Detailed Guide

Different cultures identify seven energy centers of the body, often referred to as chakras. They pinpoint ways to balance or...

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Healing4 weeks ago

Meet Your Shadow Archetype: The Dark Side of Your Personality

Let’s face it. In every story, there is a hero and a villain. In your narration, you are both; the...

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Healing2 months ago

Mother Wound Healing: Breaking The Chains of Generational Trauma 

We all need mother wound healing. See, the mother-daughter bond is one of the most powerful ever. It may be...

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Health2 months ago

Kayakalpa: Investigating the Science of Longevity & Immortality

Kayakalpa is coined from two Sanskrit words, ‘kaya’ and ‘Kalpa.’ ‘Kaya’ means bodies, and ‘Kalpa’ means transformation or transmutation. Therefore,...

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Healing2 months ago

Reiki for Dogs: Energy Healing for Our Furry Friends

Is your furry friend behaving unusually lately? Have they been on meds for any illness or injury? Well, it’s time...

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Healing3 months ago

Inner Child Healing: 4 Surprisingly Effective Practices

The inner child is our original deep essence and the basis of our self-expression, creativity, and spontaneity. Our connection with...

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Yoga5 months ago

Raja Yoga: The 8 Steps to Self-realization and Liberation

There are two types of spiritual teachers. Those that tell you, “I have experienced God and for you to tap...

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Healing6 months ago

Psychoacoustics: A Modern Approach to Ancient Sound Healing

Have you ever sung a song so deeply until you started crying for reasons you couldn’t explain? We also know...

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Yoga6 months ago

Kriya Yoga: The Benefits and Principles of Practice

Are you on a spiritual path to self-realization? If so, what meditation techniques do you practice? In this guide, we...

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Astrology4 days ago

The Most Accurate Horoscope for July 2022

This article will share the most accurate horoscope for July 2022 based on the Feng Shui flying stars chart. The horoscope includes predictions for different spheres of life...

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Astrology5 days ago

Feng Shui Astrology For July 2022: What to Expect This Month?

Feng Shui astrology is based on the Chinese calendar. The dates of the beginning and the end of the months are...

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Abundant Living1 week ago

Abundance Haircuts In July 2022: Good And Bad Days To Cut Your Hair

Abundance Haircuts is a sutra based on the Tibetan calendar. It reveals the negative consequences of cutting your hair on the bad days and the incredible...

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Spirituality1 week ago

Spiritual Alchemy: Transmuting Into a Higher Version of Yourself

Spiritual Alchemy is a mystical practice that seeks to free the soul from its attachment to matter. It is an...

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Meditation2 weeks ago

Pratyahara Practice In The Modern World

Sometimes, when you try to focus or meditate, there are external influences that won’t let you. Modern life has become...

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Personal Development3 weeks ago

Understanding The Law of Mentalism & How It Can Improve Your Life

The law of mentalism implies that everything is mental in nature. And that we are connected to the same consciousness...

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Astrology3 weeks ago

Summer Solstice 2022: Powerful Rituals, Practices & Mantras To Honor Surya

Every year between June 20 and June 21, the Earth tilts its closest to the Sun, marking the first day...

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Astrology3 weeks ago

The Full Moon In Scorpio Occurs On June 14th: Here’s How It Will Affect You

The Full Moon rises on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022. According to Jyotish (Vedic astrology), it occurs in the sign of...

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Astrology4 weeks ago

Saturn Retrograde 2022 Is Here: This Is What The ‘Lord of Karma’ Is Going To Teach Us

On June 4th, Saturn entered its retrograde phase, which will last until October 23rd, 2022. Saturn’s retrograde motion will encourage...

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Personal Development1 month ago

The Law Of Vibration Explained: How To Manifest The Life You Want

Ask anyone to mention the 12 Universal laws, and they will most likely mention the law of attraction. However, not...

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