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The Three Doshas: Understanding the Real Cause Of Your Health Problems

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According to Ayurveda, not only our emotional state, but also our physical state depends on our state of mind, and as a result, our life as a whole. Our mind is closely related to our сonstitution, the prevailing dosha, and the state of this dosha. In this article, we will share with you how to understand the real cause of your health problems based on the knowledge of the three doshas.

What is Prakriti?

Prakriti is genetically determined physical and mental constitution of an individual. Every person has his/her own unique constitution which determines the biological functions, response to environmental factors, drugs, and also susceptibility to diseases.

The knowledge of prakriti not only helps to understand the mental and physical nature of a person but also to know the susceptibility to diseases which assists in promotion of health, prevention and cure of diseases.

In simple words, prakriti is our original nature given to us from birth. When the Prakriti is balanced, you are healthy and satisfied with your life. However, for many different reasons (education, the influence of society, external environment, bad habits, etc.), most modern people violate the harmony of their inner nature, changing it for the worse.

This distracted human nature (imbalance) is called Vikriti and leads to diseases (both physical and mental), premature old age, and death. One of the main tasks of Ayurvedic treatment is to restore and maintain the balance of doshas corresponding to Prakriti.

Ayurveda teaches us that there are several ways to bring Vikriti closer to Prakriti: proper nutrition, meditation, pranayama, yoga, and panchakarma.

The main and final goal of Ayurveda is the perfect balance of the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The balance of the three doshas is a guarantee of good health and long life.

Focusing on the prevailing dosha, Ayurveda prescribes treatment with herbs and therapeutic effects, the nature of which is the opposite of the properties of this Dosha. For example, for Kapha, which tends to cold and humidity, drying and warming treatments are used, and so on.

To find your dosha take our Ayurvedic body type quiz!

Diseases Of The Three Doshas

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The disease shows the characteristic properties of the dosha that caused it. We can determine the nature of a disease by its characteristic properties, just as we can determine the type of body constitution. The disease can be cured by means that balance the dosha that caused it.

Kapha Diseases (water or mucus):

  • most respiratory diseases;
  • colds;
  • flu;
  • asthma;
  • bronchitis;
  • swollen glands;
  • edema;
  • benign tumors.

The main signs of Kapha disorders: excess moisture, excessive tissue growth, and cold.

Kapha diseases are characterized primarily by the presence of mucus or sputum.

Pitta Diseases (fire or bile):

  • most infectious diseases;
  • febrile conditions; liver disorders;
  • high acidity;
  • ulcers;
  • boils;
  • skin rashes.

The main signs of Pitta disorders: fever, redness, and oiliness.

Pitta diseases are characterized primarily by feverish states or burning sensation.

Diseases of Vata (air or wind):

  • most nervous disorders;
  • insomnia;
  • tremor;
  • epilepsy;
  • paralysis;
  • arthritis.

The main signs of Vata disorders: dryness, cold, motor disorders, and tissue depletion.

Vata diseases are characterized primarily by pain.

In general, all diseases can be divided into three groups: diseases of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha according to the prevailing signs of particular doshas. However, the same disease can be caused by different doshas or their combinations.

The common cold in most cases is the nature of Kapha, and its main symptoms are mucus and congestion. Sometimes the cold may be of the nature of Pitta dosha, then it has the accompanying symptoms such as fever and sore throat which make it more severe.

Any disease can occur in different ways, but treatment should always follow the same principles, that is, based on the increase in which of the doshas caused the disease.

The Three Doshas And Diseases’ Localizations

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Most diseases can occur as a result of an imbalance in any of the three doshas. For example, arthritis can be caused by an increase in Vata, Pitta, or Kapha dosha. However, the nature of any disease is usually more characteristic of one of the doshas than the other — and arthritis is mainly caused by an imbalance of the Vata dosha.

To better understand this point, keep in mind that any doshas that reach too high a level tend to cause imbalances of other doshas. Being the forces that underlie the existence and functioning of the body, doshas are not only the factors that cause diseases but also the places where these diseases are localized. As such, they relate to the tissues, organs, and systems they control.

For example, diseases affecting the nervous system indicate that the localization of the disorder is Vata dosha, which controls the nervous system. These diseases most often belong to the type of Vata. However, they may also be of the nature of Pitta or Kapha doshas, since both can cause Vata disorders when they are overactive.

Usually, dosha aggravates the factors that are under its control. For example, overactive Kapha (mucus) tends to affect the lungs — the Kapha organ. But when a certain level of redundancy is reached, the dosha can affect another dosha, causing its imbalance. This is usually a sign of a more severe condition when this dosha has already caused disturbances in its “own” localities.

For example, too much Kapha, causing lung disease, can then affect the nervous system, as is the case with asthmatic shortness of breath or epilepsy resulting from mucus blockage of the thin channels, and thus affect the Vata dosha. Doshas interact with each other, so in severe diseases such as cancer, the balance of all three doshas can be disturbed simultaneously, which complicates treatment.

According to Ayurveda, it is not necessary to know the names of diseases and their forms. It is more important to know the properties of doshas and symptoms of their imbalance, which allows you to find out the causes of various diseases.

As soon as the excited dosha and the place of its manifestation are established, Ayurvedic doctor can prescribe a treatment regimen that reduces the level of this dosha.

The Excess Doshas

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The symptoms of excess Vata:

  • sudden breakdown;
  • spasms;
  • numbness;
  • depression;
  • piercing, stabbing and beating pain;
  • aches;
  • constipation;
  • cracking joints
  • contraction, delay in the body of waste materials;
  • thirst;
  • trembling;
  • skin roughness;
  • dehydration;
  • stiffness;
  • astringent taste in the mouth.

In these manifestations, the desiccating and destructive effects of the wind can be seen.

The symptoms of excess Pitta:

  • burning sensation;
  • redness;
  • fever;
  • boils;
  • sweating;
  • pus formation;
  • bleeding;
  • exhaustion;
  • fainting;
  • intoxication;
  • sharp or sour taste in the mouth.

These symptoms show the searing and splitting effects of fire.

The symptoms of excess Kapha:

  • mucus;
  • the hardness of the tissue;
  • itching;
  • a feeling of cold on the skin;
  • heaviness;
  • congestion;
  • obesity;
  • edema;
  • indigestion;
  • excessive sleep;
  • white spots; a sweet or salty taste in the mouth.

All this reflects the weight of the water and its tendency to stagnate.

Decreased Doshas

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The symptoms of decreased Vata dosha:

  • a weakness of the limbs;
  • lack of speech and enthusiasm;
  • confusion of perception;
  • an increase of mucus;
  • formation of toxins.

The symptoms of decreased Pitta dosha:

  • weak digestion;
  • cold.

The symptoms of decreased Kapha dosha:

  • a feeling of emptiness in the stomach;
  • fast palpitations;
  • weak joints.

Ayurveda treats diseases as conditions caused by elevated or excited doshas. A low level of a particular dosha is not considered a force that can cause disease.

Symptoms Of the Three Doshas Imbalance

Below is a detailed list of symptoms that are characteristic of the imbalance of each of the three doshas.

Pain

Vata dosha: strong, pulsating, drilling, stabbing, pounding, tearing, changing, moving.

Pitta dosha: moderate, burning, causing sweating.

Kapha dosha: weak, dull, constant.

Fever

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Vata dosha: variable or fickle; moderate temperature; thirst, restlessness, anxiety.

Pitta dosha: burning sensation, thirst, sweating, irritability, delirium, high temperature.

Kapha dosha: lethargy, feeling of heaviness; temperature is constantly elevating.

Oral cavity

Vata dosha: astringent taste, dryness.

Pitta dosha: bitter or pungent taste, increased salivation.

Kapha dosha: sweet or salty taste, profuse salivation, viscous and thick saliva.

Throat

Vata dosha: dryness, roughness; pain in the esophagus, and its narrowing.

Pitta dosha: pain, inflammation, burning sensation.

Kapha dosha: swelling, expansion.

Stomach

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Vata dosha: low secretion, fickle appetite, burping, hiccups, feeling of compression.

Pitta dosha: excessive appetite, acidic or acute belching, burning sensation; ulcers, cancer.

Kapha dosha: slow digestion, sweet or mucus belching

Liver and gallbladder

Vata dosha: dry, hard; poor secretion, irregular activity.

Pitta dosha: soft; excessive bile production, gallstones, inflammation, abscesses, increased activity.

Kapha dosha: increased, heavy, dense; scanty bile, decreased activity.

Intestines

Vata dosha: dry, disorders of peristalsis.
Pitta dosha: abundant secretion, accelerated peristalsis, inflammation, ulceration, abscesses, tumors, cancer, bleeding, perforation.
Kapha dosha: mucus, delayed peristalsis, congestion, bloating, edema, tumors.

Urine

Vata dosha: scanty, colorless; frequent, or absent urination.
Pitta dosha: plentiful, cloudy, yellow, brown or red; increased frequency of urination, burning sensation.
Kapha dosha: abundant, pale or whitish, with mucus; infrequent urination.

Sweating

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Vata dosha: the sparse, irregular.

Pitta dosha: plentiful; sweat is hot.

Kapha dosha: moderate, permanent.

Mind and emotions

Vata dosha: delusions, fears, apathy, sadness, fainting, insomnia, craving for warmth, and aversion to cold.

Pitta dosha: weakness of the senses, intoxication, anxiety, short temper, delirium, dizziness, fainting, craving for cold.

Kapha dosha: slow perception, lack of desire, apathy, stupor, excessive sleep, craving for warmth.

Onset of illness

Vata dosha: sudden, changeable, intermittent.

Pitta dosha: moderate, with a feverish condition.

Kapha dosha: slow, continuous.

External stimulating factors

Vata dosha: wind, cold, dryness.

Pitta dosha: heat, sun, fire, humidity.

Kapha dosha: humidity, cold

Treatment Methods For The Three Doshas

Now let us share with you the treatment methods Ayurveda uses for balancing each of the three doshas.

Vata dosha treatment

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  • a moderate application of oils;
  • gentle sweatshop and cleansing methods;
  • sweet, sour, salty, and warm food;
  • oil massage;
  • staying indoors;
  • eye lubrication;
  • a wine made from grain or sugar;
  • warm oil enemas, moderate cleansing enemas;
  • life in favorable conditions;
  • natural medicines that stimulate the digestive fire;
  • all kinds of oils.

Pitta dosha treatment

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  • laxative therapy with sweet and cold herbs;
  • sweet, bitter, and astringent foods and herbs;
  • application of cold aromatic essential oils;
  • wearing gemstones around the neck;
  • relaxation in the moonlight;
  • beautiful chants;
  • cool wind;
  • unrestrained enjoyment;
  • communication with friends, spouse, family members;
  • reservoirs with cool water;
  • houses with extensive gardens.

Kapha dosha treatment

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  • strong emetics and laxatives, following the instructions;
  • dry food that is also hot and spicy, bitter and astringent in moderate amounts;
  • old wine;
  • sexual pleasure;
  • staying awake at night;
  • all kinds of exercises;
  • mental work;
  • dry and vigorous massage;
  • burning herbal incense.

Conclusion

As you can see that the Ayurvedic methods that are traditionally used to bring the doshas into balance are whole sets of measures. This is not how western medicine treats a disease: “Take this pill and come back in a week.” In Ayurveda, all aspects of life are taken into account.

In addition, we must remember that it is important not only what we do, but also how we do it. We can use the right methods, but if our attitude to them is wrong, we cannot expect that these methods will give a good result.

For example, representatives of Vata tend to do everything hastily, chaotically, randomly. The Pitta type has a tendency to fanaticism and violence, to a rigid and authoritarian way of acting. People belonging to the Kapha type may be too slow or conservative.

Therefore, taking into account your dosha type, also try to balance the way you practice Ayurvedic knowledge.

Disclaimer:

This article is not intended for use as medical advice. If you suffer from any health problems, ensure that you seek help from an Ayurvedic doctor.

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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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