“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is all about personal power. Not the kind of power that intimidates or imposes on others, but the confidence, direction and persistence that quietly commands, receives, and gives respect. The yellow chakra, located in the solar plexus, identifies with clarity, self-confidence and optimism.
Chakra work taps into the energy you have as well as the energy surrounding you. Exploring chakras is an intentional way of taking charge of personal health and wellness and a way to discover strengths you had forgotten or never realized were always a part of you.
Passion and belief are at the core of personal power and are elements of fire connecting to the “personal sunshine” that a well-balanced yellow chakra creates. As chakra exploration has evolved at Free Advice Nights this summer; questions, investigations, and “aha” moments have been plentiful.
A topic that generated much discussion this past week was the idea that personal power lies on a spectrum between bullying and victimization. The question of “where do I stand in this spectrum?” can become an easy exercise of self-awareness in gaining personal power.
At style & substance, we have developed a Law of Three – this simple exercise can help you get to the heart of the matter and offers a good way to navigate the personal power spectrum.
The Law of Three: REALIZATION, EXPLORATION & ACTION. For this exercise ask yourself the following questions:
• REALIZATION: When have I been a victim?
• EXPLORATION: Who held power over me? Why did I give away my personal power? What did I fear?
• ACTION: How will I navigate this spectrum to cultivate my inner strength?
Once you have reflected on these questions and your answers, the real action begins. How do you find and maintain that “sweet spot” of personal power?
“At any given moment you have the power to say: this is not how the (my) story is going to end.” -Christine Mason Miller
Visualizations play an important part in the development of your strengths. Personal power can be thought of in one of two ways; both hands on the steering wheel of your life or being a magnet to draw in the qualities, resources and opportunities you desire. In either visual, the need for a strong, clear set of goals is key. Those goals will keep you drawing in that positive, motivating energy and people to make your dreams a reality.
• Develop Clarity through self-awareness: have curiosity about yourself and be extremely aware of how you are being perceived and interpreted.
• Make a plan: be specific, write a mission statement to reflect upon daily, revise and determinedly point in the desired direction
• Have empathy: caring about others and their success ultimately makes you successful
• Lead your own way: be self reliant, placing no blame on others, and be “in the driver’s seat”!
“It’s not what you say that defines your character, it is what you do and how you make others feel.” Andre Agassi
Remember, intimidation should not be a means to getting your desires and falling victim to it will certainly not get you there! True personal power allows you to be and feel strong, sometimes vulnerable, while exploring and interpreting the many stops along this spectrum….finding a place of respect in between.
Playfully collaborating with the Yellow Chakra Theme, were newly opened BLUE COLLAR BISTRO and A BEAUTIFUL MESS, vintage inspired gifts, both on Margaret Street in downtown Plattsburgh. Creative drinks and foods and inspirational bracelets are perfect channels to tap into your personal power!
We encourage you to take some time to surround yourself in YELLOW while considering clarity, courage and self-belief! And please join us on July 16th to explore the GREEN HEART CHAKRA!
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