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Inner Child Healing: 4 Surprisingly Effective Practices

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No matter how big or small we are, almost all of us have experienced some kind of trauma as children. These traumas can be different: your favorite toy was thrown in the trash; you were abandoned by your childhood best friend; physical or emotional abuse by parents or adults. Inner child healing is a vital component of soulwork because it reconnects us with the wounded element of ourselves – the inner child. When we reconnect with this fragmented part of ourselves, we begin to discover the root of many of our fears, phobias, insecurities, and self-sabotaging of life.

In this article, I want to share with you different methods of inner child healing. I believe that these powerful methods will help you to rebuild a strong connection with your inner child and heal your past traumas which will surely improve the quality of your life and your relationship to the world.

You will probably be surprised at what you discover when working with your inner child. Instead of just looking at the symptoms of your trauma, you will go straight to the core and identify when a fear, phobia, or certain lifestyle has started to form.

Types Of Childhood Trauma

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First of all, it is important to understand that there are different types of childhood traumas. They can be physical (including sexual), emotional, and mental. In addition, when the childhood trauma was too severe or repeated so many times that the soul got lost behind these wounds. The return of the soul is the process of extracting hidden or inaccessible parts of the soul.

However, not all childhood traumas lead to “loss of soul”, but they may well lead to a vulnerable psyche. This can lead to problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, phobias, destructive behaviors, and even chronic diseases.

For better understanding, let me share with you different examples of the childhood traumas.

The examples of the childhood trauma:

  • An emotionally unavailable parent who hides the affection.
  • Physical punishments by means of slapping, beating, pulling by the hair, pinching, scratching, or washing the mouth with soap, etc.
  • Molestation, showing pornography, or any other sexual activity.
  • Parents’ divorce.
  • Inappropriate or burdensome responsibilities (for example, taking care of your parents).
  • Not having food or a safe place to live.
  • Being left unattended for a long time.
  • Emotional neglect, lack of support.
  • Name-calling and verbal abuse.
  • Humiliating the child’s personality.
  • Damage to the child’s personal belongings.
  • Excessive requirements.
  • Humiliations.
  • Death of people you love.
  • Car accidents, or other traumatic events, etc.

Of course, there are more examples of childhood trauma. These examples are given so that you can get an idea of what the inner child could be dealing with.

It is also important to remember that our parents were not the only ones responsible for provoking childhood trauma – our grandparents, brothers, sisters, other family members, family friends, school teachers, childhood friends, and even strangers may have also played a role.

What Is Inner Child Healing?

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Working on your inner child healing is the process of communicating, understanding, accepting, and healing your inner child. Your inner child represents your first true identity to enter this world. She/he contains your ability to experience surprise, joy, innocence, sensitivity, and playfulness.

Unfortunately, we live in a society that forces us to suppress our inner child. But the truth is that while most adults are physically “grown-up,” they never reach emotional and psychological maturity. In other words, most “adults” are not really adults from a maturity perspective. Most people remain in a state of childish fears, anger, and trauma that has festered in the subconscious for decades.

When we reject and stifle the voice of the inner child, we accumulate heavy psychological baggage. This unexplored and unresolved baggage causes us to face problems such as mental illness, physical ailments, and inability to build healthy relationships.

In fact, we can say that the lack of a conscious attitude to our own inner child is one of the main causes of serious problems that we see in modern society. From environmental abuse to self-abuse, we have completely separated ourselves from our innocence and true nature.

4 Methods of Inner Child Healing

Learning to work with your inner child does not mean becoming a child; it is about reconnecting with the sincere, childlike part inside.

Inner child healing leads us to a state of purity and innocence. We all have the potential to experience true simplicity by reconnecting with and healing a period of our lives when we saw the world with openness and wonder.

In order to eliminate the feelings of guilt, shame, fear, hatred, disgust, and anger that we carry with us throughout our lives, we must heal the child inside. To do this, we need to earn the trust of our inner child through unconditional love and self-nurturing.

Now let me share with you the 4 ways of inner child healing.

#1: Talk to your inner child

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Recognize your inner child and let him/her know that you from now on you promise to treat him/her with love, kindness, and respect.

I like to use a picture of myself in the age of trauma has happened. I’m looking at her and telling her kind words like:

  • I love you!
  • I hear you!
  • I understand you!
  • I’m sorry!
  • Thank you!
  • I forgive you!
  • I respect your choices and desires!
  • I always care about you!
  • You’re allowed to cry and express whatever emotions you feel!
  • You’re allowed to be yourself!
  • Everything is going to be ok! You will be living a life full of blessings and miracles!
  • You’re allowed to be happy even if everyone else doesn’t feel this way!

Make it a habit to talk to your inner child. You can also communicate by keeping a diary, asking your inner child a question, and then writing down the answer.

The more you talk to your inner child the easier it’s going to be to hear his/her voice and the faster you will be healed.

#2: Recreate what you loved to do as a child

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Sit down and think about what you loved to do as a child. Maybe you enjoyed climbing trees, hugging a teddy bear, or dancing? Take the time to remember all the activities that you loved to do as a child.

Through working with the inner child, people find aspects of themselves that they, as adults, did not even know existed. These discoveries are life-changing. Keep your heart open!

#3: Practice Inner Child meditation

One of the most powerful ways to reconnect with your inner child and to heal childhood traumas is a meditation.

In order to make this meditation possible, it is essential that you first gain the trust of your inner child through the methods I already described above. Once you have developed a strong connection with your inner child, you can then ask him/her to reveal what earlier life circumstances created the trauma you are struggling with today.

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Instructions:

Take a deep breath, relax, allow yourself to witness your thoughts, and ask your question. For example, you can ask: “Dear child, when did I first experience trauma in my life?”

Allow yourself to witness thoughts that arise and disappear. Your inner child can help you find answers. Remember that it is important to be patient, to love, and to accept. If your inner child doesn’t want to reveal the answer, accept it. It is important that your inner child feels safe, secure, and ready.

You can repeat your question from time to time if no answer arises inside your mind. This process can take from a couple of minutes to an hour or more.

For performing this practice, you need to have a meditation experience. Learning to be a witness to your thoughts can take a lot of practice, so if you are not used to meditation, you can resist this technique at first.

#4: Meditation-visualization

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A more active way to connect with your inner child and early trauma is through visualization.

To connect with the inner child through visualization, you need to create an “energy space” or a safe place for your inner child. To do this, you need to visualize a beautiful garden or any place where you feel safe, inspired, and whole. That could be a place that you used to love spending time in when you were a child – the one that has good memories and associations with safety. After entering the energy space, you can invite your inner child to talk.

Instructions:

Relax, close your eyes, and take a deep breath.

Imagine that you are walking down the stairs.

At the bottom of the stairs is your safe place. In this place, you feel strong, reliable, and ready to support.

Spend some time in your safe space. Dive into it. What does it look, smell, and sound like?

After you have become familiar with your safe space, imagine that your inner child enters this place, perhaps through the door or waterfall.

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Welcome your inner child. Give him/her a hug. Let him/her feel at home.

When you are ready, ask your inner child your question, for example: “When did you feel sad or scared for the first time?” It is important to formulate the question in children’s terminology.

Wait for his/her answer.

Then visualize how you’re sending your love and healing energy to that traumatic event and your inner child. Tell your inner child that you love him/her and you will always be there for him/her, to protect and comfort him/her.

Pay attention to the inner child’s emotions, facial expressions, reactions. If he/she is crying, let him/her cry. Give him/her a hug, try to comfort him/her. Let your inner child feel safe to express whatever he/she needs to express. Tell him/her how much he/she means to you.

Visualize how a warm green light is coming from your Heart chakra and going to your inner child’s Heart chakra. Focus on that light and let this beautiful energy heal all the traumas. Stay in this state for 5-20 minutes. Let the healing process complete.

Now give another hug to your inner child and say goodbye to him/her. Tell him/her that you’re always there for him/her whenever he/she needs you and all he/she needs to do is to call you and you promise to always attentively listen. Tell him/her how grateful you are!

Return from your safe place by going up the stairs.

Come back to your normal consciousness and open your eyes.

The Bottom Line

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Children perceive the world differently than adults. We assume that some events or phenomena from childhood could not cause us trauma, but they could leave deep scars on a child’s heart. Therefore, it is important never to make assumptions about your inner child.

Through working on your inner child healing, you can learn to grieve, heal, and resolve the traumas that you have unconsciously held for so many years. This can liberate you and allow you to live a life of true maturity, emotional balance, and well-being.

I hope this article has inspired you to reconnect with your inner child and take your self-healing practice to the next level!

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Chakra Affirmations: Powerful Ways To Communicate With Your 7 Chakras

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There are many ways to restore the natural flow of energy through the chakras. Visualization, yoga asanas, breathing exercises, crystal healing, color therapy, sound healing—all of these practices help release blockages and restore balance. Repeating chakra affirmations is another method of chakra balancing. 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.

In this article, you will learn how the practice of chakra affirmations can help you balance your chakras and communicate with your energy field.

What Are Chakras?

Usually, when we speak of the chakras, we mean the seven vital centers in the subtle body.

Chakras are energy nodes in the subtle body, a kind of receiver and transmitter of cosmic energy. These are rapidly rotating whirlpools of subtle energies that arise along the spine from the root to the crown. They are vortex-shaped. Each of the seven main chakras works at a certain level and is “responsible” for a certain aspect of life, health, and various life situations.

Our chakras are like batteries for various levels of vital energy. Their purpose is receiving, storing, and radiating energy through interaction with the universal life force. The freedom with which energy can flow from the universe to you and back directly determines your state of health and well-being.

Any blockages of the vital energy flow lead to a disorder of the body’s systems as a whole and result in illness, discomfort, loss of energy, or emotional instability. By realizing and understanding the chakra system, and the way it works, we are able to remove our own limitations and reach a level where it is easy to solve any problems and overcome any obstacles in life. Meanwhile, a complete blockage can lead to a complete disconnection from the universal life force, that is, to physical death.

There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head:

  1. Muladhara – Root chakra – located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women.
  2. Svadhisthana – Sacral chakra – located above the Muladhara, just above the genitals.
  3. Manipura – Solar Plexus chakra – located behind the navel within the spinal column.
  4. Anahata – Heart chakra – located above Manipura, near the heart.
  5. Vishuddha – Throat chakra – located in the middle of the throat.
  6. Ajna – Third Eye chakra – located at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.
  7. Sahasrara – Crown chakra – located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland.
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These seven chakras (or energy centers) are very important parts of our energy body. The chakras not only control and energize the vital organs of the body but also control and affect our psychological and spiritual conditions. When one of the chakras goes out of balance, it leads to a physical, emotional, or mental impact on your body.

Therefore, it is essential to know what condition your chakras are in. Our Chakra quiz can help you to test your chakras and find out any imbalances. To take the quiz CLICK HERE.

What Are Chakra Affirmations?

Chakra affirmations are short phrases containing a verbal balancing formula that, when repeated many times, activates the healing process in the subconscious of a person, contributing to energy flow restoration, energy block removal, chakra balancing and healing, psycho-emotional state improvement, and positive changes in health and wellbeing.

With the help of chakra affirmations, you can reprogram your mind from lack of energy and illness to vitality and health. If you learn to direct the energy of your thoughts to health and wellbeing you will eventually start feeling better, more energized, and will notice that you’re more healthy than ever.

Chakra affirmations will help you to remove emotional and energetical blocks which will naturally lead to a significant improvement of your overall health and will take the quality of your life to the next level.

Now, let me share with you powerful affirmations for each of the seven chakras.

Root Chakra Affirmations

Sanskrit name: Muladhara

Color frequency: Red

Location: In the perineum of men and in the cervix of women

Responsible for: Stability, safety, financial security, strength

Affirmations

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  • I am centered and grounded.
  • I love being in my body.
  • I am powerful, rooted, and strong.
  • I have everything I need.
  • I am stable and secure.
  • I am connected to nature.
  • I am financially secure. 
  • I am safe.
  • The universe takes care of me.
  • I am peaceful, protected, and secure.
  • I trust in the goodness of life to carry me through.

Sacral Chakra Affirmations

Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana

Color frequency: Orange 

Location: just above the genitals

Responsible for: Sexuality, creativity, joy, playfulness, and versatility

Affirmations

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  • I am creative and joyful.
  • The sweetness of life flows through me.
  • I embrace and celebrate my sexuality.
  • It is safe to express my sexual self in healthy ways.
  • I deserve to enjoy life.
  • I flow with inspiration and creativity.
  • I express my emotions in a healthy manner.
  • I am in harmony with myself.
  • I receive pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
  • I am in touch with my feelings.
  • I allow myself to be intimate.

Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations

Sanskrit name: Manipura 

Color frequency: Yellow

Location: behind the navel within the spinal column

Responsible for: Inner power, self-esteem, and a sense of purpose

Affirmations

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  • I feel my inner power.
  • I make decisions with confidence and conviction.
  • I am powerful.
  • My boundaries are respected and upheld.
  • I have the courage to create positive change in my life.
  • I am confident in all that I do.
  • I feel motivated to pursue my purpose.
  • I honor myself and the power within me.
  • I am responsible for what I create.
  • I am positively empowered and successful.
  • I am enough.

Heart Chakra Affirmations

Sanskrit name: Anahata

Color frequency: Green

Location: In the center of the chest

Responsible for: Love, compassion, and forgiveness for oneself and others

Affirmations

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  • I love myself unconditionally.
  • I welcome love with an open heart. 
  • I am an expression of love.
  • I allow the love to fill me up and guide me in all my actions.
  • I follow my heart.
  • I naturally attract love everywhere I go.
  • I am open to giving and receiving love.
  • I am kind to myself and others.
  • I am grateful for all my blessings.
  • I forgive myself and others.
  • I nurture my inner child.

Throat Chakra Affirmations

Sanskrit name: Vishuddha

Color frequency: Blue

Location: In the middle of the throat

Responsible for: Authentic expression and listening to others

Affirmations

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  • I live an authentic life.
  • I communicate confidently and with ease.
  • I am open and honest in my communication.
  • I feel comfortable speaking my mind.
  • I am expressing myself with clear intent.
  • I am an active listener.
  • My voice matters.
  • I express myself honestly with clear intent.
  • I live in the truth. I communicate my truth. I am the truth.
  • I know when it is time to listen.
  • I express myself creatively through speech, writing, and art.

Third Eye Chakra Affirmations

Sanskrit name: Ajna

Color frequency: Indigo

Location: at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.

Responsible for: Strong intuition and inner wisdom, the release of the ego

Affirmations

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  • I trust my intuition.
  • I always honor and follow my intuition.
  • I think and see clearly.
  • I am connected to my higher self.
  • I feel connected to my spiritual truth.
  • I trust my decisions.
  • I let my inner wisdom guide me.
  • I nurture my spirit.
  • I quiet my mind with ease.
  • I am constantly expanding my awareness.
  • I am tuned into Universal wisdom.

Crown Chakra Affirmations

Sanskrit name: Sahasrara

Color frequency: Violet

Location: The crown of the head

Responsible for: Spiritual connection, bliss, and enlightenment

Affirmations

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  • I am Light.
  • I am an extension of the Universe.
  • I see the divine light in everyone.
  • I am infinite.
  • I listen to the wisdom of the Universe.
  • I accept myself totally.
  • I am raising my level of consciousness every day.
  • I am divinely guided and inspired.
  • Everything is unfolding exactly as it should in my life.
  • I am an extension of the universe.
  • Everything is working out for my highest good.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing in affirmation practice is to transmute negative thoughts and blocks into positive thoughts and attitudes. Stay focused on your healing and choose your thoughts carefully! Remember that even a fleeting negative thought can destroy months of positive affirmation practice! 

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Chakra Quiz: Which of Your Chakras Is Out of Balance?

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The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body, made up of various colors and located from the base of the spine to the top of the head. They are the key to our physical health, emotional stability, and mental clarity. Our seven chakras react to any external stimuli and very clearly indicate an energy imbalance. If you tend to face the same problems over again and over again or have to be treated for the same diseases time after time, then this is a sign that the energy doesn’t circulate in your chakras harmoniously. It is not difficult to analyze the state of your chakras, if you’re willing to watch yourself, your feelings, and your behavior carefully enough. Therefore, taking a chakra quiz can be very beneficial in understanding how energy circulates in your body.

Our chakra quiz will help you find out which one of your chakras is out of balance the most and what you can do to restore the proper energy flow through it. 

Seven Chakras

Before you take the chakra quiz, let me remind you that there are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head:

  1. Muladhara – Root chakra – located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women.
  2. Svadhisthana – Sacral chakra – located above the Muladhara, just above the genitals.
  3. Manipura – Solar Plexus chakra – located behind the navel within the spinal column.
  4. Anahata – Heart chakra – located above Manipura, near the heart.
  5. Vishuddha – Throat chakra – located in the middle of the throat.
  6. Ajna – Third Eye chakra – located at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.
  7. Sahasrara – Crown chakra – located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland.

These seven chakras (or energy centers) are very important parts of our energy body. The chakras not only control and energize the vital organs of the body but also control and affect our psychological and spiritual conditions. When one of the chakras goes out of balance, it leads to a physical, emotional, or mental impact on your body. To find out which chakra is out of balance, take the chakra quiz below!

Chakra Quiz

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Which of these sounds the worst to you?

Which of these shadow qualities do you deal with most?

Which color your wardrobe and/or your home is lacking?

What do you need more of in your life?

Choose one issue you are currently dealing with

Are you satisfied with your body (height, weight, appearance in general)?

What does money mean to you?

What role pleasure and sexuality play in your life?

Do you have a purpose in life?

Do you have trust issues?

How does your voice sound?

Do you have nightmares?

Do you have a fear of death (your own or people you love)?

Which mantra resonates with you the most right now?

Which of these qualities do you feel the least?

Chakra Assessment Quiz
Your Root chakra (Muladhara) is out of balance

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Muladhara is considered the source of vitality and survival instinct. This chakra is located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women. It affects the organs of excretion and reproduction, the gland organ, and hormonal secretions. Muladhara is directly related to the nose and sense of smell, as well as our animal instincts. In the area of Muladhara, human evolution begins. And it is from the Root chakra that Kundalini rises. Muladhara chakra is responsible for the instinct of self-preservation, vitality, and courage. If your Root chakra is imbalanced, it means that your connection with the Earth is broken, the energy is not able to rise through the channels or does it in a wrong way, the balance is lost, the physical body weakens. Such an imbalance can cause diseases of the spine and the entire musculoskeletal system, diseases of kidneys, colon, and blood. An imbalanced Root chakra can cause unexplained stress, anxiety, and fear of the future. Getting out in nature, walking barefoot, journaling on things that make you feel safe, and doing grounding yoga poses like mountain pose or Monkey pose (Hanumanasana) can all help to balance your Root chakra. Reduce to a minimum watching TV, thrillers, horror movies, in other words, everything that excites and frightens. Try to go to sleep before 11 pm and get up early at 5 or 6 am. Start your day with prayers, mantras, and positive affirmations.
Your Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana) is out of balance

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Svadhisthana chakra controls your sense of creativity, expression, and sensuality, and how you relate to other people. It is located between the pelvic bones, in the lower abdomen area. Svadhisthana is responsible for the health of our lymphatic system, kidneys, reproductive system, all organs located in the pelvis, and sexual life. This is the place where our sexual energy is concentrated. Imbalanced Svadhisthana is responsible for infertility, frigidity, and impotence. It is responsible for the choice of sexual partners, sexual desires, and emotions that we experience in the course of intimate life. It is the Sacral chakra that is responsible for the manifestation of our creative potential, self-expression, motivation, and the ability to make life changes. Having an imbalanced sacral chakra can make you feel like you're stuck in a rut or unable to find inspiration. You also might feel unfulfilled in your romantic relationships and friendships. Start to balance this chakra by taking on a new creative hobby or leaning into mindfulness meditation to connect with yourself again. Yoga is another powerful tool for balancing your Sacral chakra. It’s best to practice dynamic Ashtanga yoga, forward bends, asanas that help the hips open. Use crystals for your Sacral chakra healing and balancing. Such crystals as moonstone, carnelian, apricot agate, orange garnet, fire opal, orange sapphire, sardonyx, carnelian, sunstone, aventurine, calcite, fire agate, and orange spinel are perfect for balancing your Svadhisthana. To balance and heal your Sacral chakra, you can meditate with a crystal, holding it in your hands. You can also wear a ring with one of these crystals on your pinky finger.
Your Solar Plexus chakra (Manipura) is out of balance

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The Solar plexus chakra is called “Manipura”, which means “lustrous gem”. It's located in the upper abdomen, near the stomach. This chakra is where our gut instincts come from, and it relates to all things self-confidence. Manipura chakra gives you the opportunity to express yourself, it’s responsible for your Ego, intuition, and emotions. Your willpower, financial success, general success, authority, strength, and power depend on the condition of your Solar plexus chakra. Manipura chakra gives you the power to follow your true path without being distracted by something unnecessary. It’s responsible for creativity, intelligence, and ego, and it also gives you curiosity and clarity of mind. Any imbalance and blocks in Manipura lead to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, increased or decreased appetite, as well as diabetes. Digestive problems, such as bloating, nausea, diabetes, kidney disease occur as a result of weak Manipura chakra. These diseases are usually accompanied by a feeling of fear, increased nervousness, anxiety, reaching a state of psychosis. Those with a blocked Manipura might feel uncomfortable in their own skin and disconnected from their intuition. Journaling on your best qualities, or repeating positive affirmations will help you to balance your Manipura. Crystals can also help you to balance and heal your Solar Plexus chakra. Yellow tourmaline, citrine, amber, golden yellow labradorite, tiger-eye, lemon quartz, and yellow Jasper are perfect for balancing your Manipura. To balance and heal your Manipura chakra, you can meditate with a crystal, holding it in your hands.
Your Heart chakra (Anahata) is out of balance

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The heart chakra is a source of love and compassion. This energy center is responsible for intuitive understanding, healing abilities, cleansing the aura from negative energy, and the ability to give and receive love. It connects your physical and spiritual nature. It is located in the center of your chest and it is responsible not only for the heart function but also for the lungs, thymus gland, and the cardiac plexus. In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called Anahata, which means an unharmed, spiritual place where past resentment and experiences cannot hurt us anymore. If you have an imbalanced Anahata, it can negatively affect your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. On a physical level, you may have poor blood circulation and jumps in blood pressure. Anahata strongly affects the heart, lungs, and upper body. From a spiritual point of view, an imbalanced heart chakra can cause the inability to trust yourself or others, the feeling of insecurity and fear. You might find it difficult to be vulnerable around other people or share your opinion openly. In order to heal and balance your Anahata, you should stop focusing on things you don’t like, and start feeling grateful for what you have in life instead. Heart-opening yoga poses and guided meditations focused on self-love can all help this chakra start to open up. Also, physical touch helps to open and balance your heart chakra. Try to give your partner or family members as many hugs as you can. If you don’t have a partner you can take massage sessions or reiki healing sessions.
Your Throat chakra (Vishuddha) is out of balance

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Vishuddha is responsible for communication with other people and for creative self-expression. This is where inspiration and personal development begin. This chakra gives us the ability to listen and hear – not only other people but also our own inner voice. Vishuddha is connected with the ears and the sense of hearing, with the throat and speech. It awakens acceptance of the vicissitudes of life, mental balance, and sensitivity to the needs of others. This chakra deals with all things expression and governs how you get your message out into the world. If you are someone who has trouble communicating with others or feels like you never have quite the right words, you might have a blocked throat chakra. Moreover, fear of public speaking, profanity, grumbling, lying, criticism, condemnation of yourself and others are also the symptoms of an imbalanced Throat chakra. The element of the Throat chakra is ether. That’s why spending time outside under the open blue sky is already healing itself. Spend more time in nature looking and meditating on the blue sky. Consciousness journaling, writing songs, or singing will help you to open up and balance your Vishuddha. Another powerful tool for opening your throat chakra is crystals. It’s very good for your throat chakra healing to wear a necklace with lapis lazuli, blue calcite, aquamarine, turquoise, sodalite, amazonite, or blue tourmaline.
Your Third Eye chakra (Ajna) is out of balance

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The Third Eye chakra is located at the center of your forehead. It is the center of cosmic consciousness and intuition. This chakra controls and energizes the pineal gland and the nervous system. It also provides you the ability to see things as they really are through inner vision and wisdom. It is responsible for the conscious perception of the surrounding reality, for all mental abilities, learning process, memory, and willpower. Ajna provides an opportunity for telepathic communication, seeing spirits, and even receiving messages directly from the Divine Source. If your Third Eye chakra is blocked or imbalanced, you might feel spiritually stifled or unable to pick up on some of the signs around you. To activate and balance your Ajna, start a dream journal or go on a spiritual excursion using sound or breathwork. Also, you can use aromatherapy for activating your Third Eye. To do this, you need to take eucalyptus essential oil and rub it in the forehead area. Apply the oil from the central part of the forehead to the nose. You can do it before you start your meditations or go to bed.
Your Crown chakra (Sahasrara) is out of balance

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Sahasrara chakra is located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland. Thanks to the crown chakra, we can learn, realize, accept, and connect our consciousness to universal love and infinite knowledge. Having an open crown is pretty rare, and those who manage to do it are considered enlightened and all-knowing. If you can’t find your life purpose, if you can’t find answers to your questions, if you can’t understand the meaning of life, your Crown chakra might be out of balance. The disruption or absence of the connection with the Cosmic Consciousness, eventually leads to a feeling of uncertainty and fear, blocking all other chakras, which prevents the energy flow from free circulation through the body. The inability to think clearly in a stressful situation, dissatisfaction with life, depression, loneliness, unwillingness to communicate with other people, loss of zest for life, fear of death are all the symptoms of imbalanced Crown chakra. You can start to balance your Sahasrara by contemplating life's bigger questions and spending time observing nature. Aromatherapy may help you to open up and balance your Crown chakra. Lotus and Lavander are the best essential oils for Crown chakra healing.

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Emotional Numbness: 10 Signs You’re Struggling With One

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The fact is; we are emotional beings. We go through one or more emotions at different stages in our lives, depending on our environment and those around us. These emotions, coupled with desire and knowledge, determine how we behave. However, not all emotions are pleasant. A painful period may trigger awful negative feelings that can lead to emotional numbness. Here, the body is temporarily blocking any further negative emotions that are harmful to the body and mind. So how can you tell that you are going through emotional numbness? And, what can you do to cope? Read on.

10 Signs of Emotional Numbness

#1: Emptiness

Emotional numbness is a period of emptiness. Typical triggers of emptiness include infidelity, boredom, and bereavement, communication breakdown in families, substance abuse, and mental health issues like depression.

In such a situation, you may lose purpose in life, studies, work, or hobbies. For example, the loss of a partner changes the structure of your life overnight. All of a sudden, you question the validity of your dreams.

#2: Disconnections between Body and Mind

Are you grieving, facing hatred and discrimination at your place of work, or have crushing anxiety about the outcome of your medical tests? Well, all these events can cause your body to disconnect from your mind. You may find yourself absent-minded in most office meetings.

Alternatively, you could be going with the flow, taking medication, and eating a special diet as per your nutritionist’s recommendations. Yet, when you look back, you have no recollection of why or what you just did.

#3: Disconnection with the World

Emotional numbness makes us cold to those we care about. In turn, we lose touch with local events, special days, or even forget our daily routines. For example, a spouse who is grieving the loss of a child may forget their wedding anniversary. Or, a mother who just underwent a painful delivery may find it hard to soothe a child, despite hearing the baby crying for hours.

#4: Withdrawal from Friends and Family

Now, when you do not share emotions with your family and friends, you become detached. Sometimes, you feel numb when listening to your loved ones sharing their challenges and wins. Or, a heart-felt movie feels indifferent.

#5: Autopilot Mode

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Now, emotional numbness switches our brain to autopilot mode. Here, we do things because we know them as per our subconscious mind. However, we have no desire to grow our potential or further this knowledge in any way. You may wake up, shower, take your morning toast and coffee, and hop on the tram to school. A few minutes you remember that electrical fault at the cooker, that can start a fire once you are gone. Or, realize that you picked the wrong clothes from the laundry mat, after getting those weird looks in class.

#6: Loss of Sense of Time

When you are lost in your world due to emotional numbness, time comes to a standstill. You forget significant dates. And, a mention of, say Thanksgiving rings no bell about the season of the year.

#7: Living on the Edge

Severe stress can make you live on the edge. You feel like you no longer have control of the events in your life. Like you are a guest in your own life. In turn, you no longer find pleasure in your hobbies or career. Or, your concentration is almost zero even in the simplest tasks.

#8: Overall Insensitivity

Emotional numbness diminishes your ability to process thoughts or respond to physical signals. You are always in a constant dream-like state.

#9: Dislike of Persons with Strong Emotions

Since you are unable to express strong negative or positive emotions, your numbness makes you detest others who do so.

#10: Panic Attacks

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Finally, as the period of emotional numbness comes to an end, you may start to experience overwhelming and confusing feelings. You start questioning your state of mind, as you have no clue what is happening to you. In turn, you may have severe panic attacks.

Managing this final phase of emotional numbness full of emotional imbalances is critical. You do not want to trigger another stressful event that may prolong the disorder.

Self-Help Tips

Note that, emotional numbness is always due to underlying stress. Your first step to overcoming this disorder is by addressing the stress.

You can achieve this by:

#1: Reorganizing Your Lifestyle

Do you feel you are in the wrong career? Go back to school and study another course. If you are struggling with obesity, enroll in your local gym for regular fitness exercises. Where you struggle with insomnia, use guided audio sleep meditations to get enough deep sleep.

These lifestyle changes will relieve you of the stress, and get control of your life.

Many people try to fill the emptiness in their lives by engaging in unhealthy compulsive behaviors. These include compulsive shopping, alcohol abuse, overeating, or under-eating. Doing so only worsens the situation.

#2: Breathwork (Pranayama)

Breathing exercises are a simple and easy way to help you mindfully move through whatever you’re experiencing. Pranayama is particularly useful when intense feelings such as fear or rage breakthrough. There are many tutorials with breathing techniques you can easily find online. Stick to something simple. The point is to use your breath (in whatever way suits you), to calm your mind and body. Try to breathe slowly, deeply, and softly instead of forcing deep breaths (which can actually increase anxiety). Let your breath be natural.

#3: Journaling

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Get a journal and spend 5-10 minutes a day writing down everything that triggers even the slightest bit of sadness in you. This simple habit will help you to express your emotions, even if in an indirect way at first. Your journal will serve you as a catalyst for feeling and letting out your emotions.

#4: Catharsis

Catharsis may involve screaming into or punching a pillow to stimulate sadness and crying. This intensively emotional exercise may also involve impassioned dancing or dynamic meditation.

Regular catharsis should be a must on your journey. Without regularly ‘letting it all out,’ you may run the risk of experiencing the repercussions of festering emotions.

#5: Inner Child Healing

Practice inner child healing and find ways of comforting and nurturing this vulnerable place within you.

#6: Creative Expression

Write a song, paint a picture, dance, find some way of expressing what emotion you last felt. If you struggle to feel anything at all, express that artistically. Pay attention to how you feel afterward. Notice if there is even the slightest feeling of satisfaction within you.

#7: Ask for Help – Psychotherapy

Often, you may find that you are struggling to maintain a regular self-care routine that can help you snap out of the temporary emotional numbness. That is quite normal. Tap yourself in the back for taking the initiative to deal with this disorder, even when your mind is not into it.

However, if you find your routines are too inconsistent, seek professional help.

Psychotherapy involves working with a counselor or doctor to address your cognitive behavior. It is about checking and correcting how your thought process affects your behavior. By doing so, you reduce bouts of anxiety, depression, fear, or a sense of helplessness.

Conclusion

Note that, emotional numbness is quite common; affecting most people at various stages in their lives. It is the body’s way of overcoming being helpless as you undergo prolonged physical or emotional trauma. If you feel empty, seek help.

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