Chakralicious! Naval Warrior

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Naval Guardian Journey

As I drifted back in to the journey to find my Solar Plexus Chakra Guardian. I started to see lots of green swirls of color. I immediately recognize who the spirit was, she was Cheetah. As the realization washed over me, all of a sudden found myself standing in an African  savannah and she was standing to my right however she was about 10 feet ahead of me and her back was towards me. As I approach she turned her head to acknowledge my presence she then beckoned me to come closer telepathically. Which I did, as soon as I was at her side we both just stared out in to the savannah and took in the beautiful setting. The Sun was hanging low on the horizon washing the savannah in its beautiful golden glow. We saw a sea of yellowish tall grass that was being caressed by a gentle breeze and in the distance we saw some green and mountains. I started to walk and so did she. This spirit I know, I have worked with her before and with her showing up as my guardian of this Chakra, it even makes more sense why she has become an integral part of my life.

She then began telling me that she was here to help me come in to my own power, she says I have come a long way but there is still much to be done. She said that she is here to help me understand and accept my own power. She said that I have to completely accept this fact, which she was quick to point out NOT to understand it, but to ACT and FEEL accordingly to the fact that I am a co-creator of this reality (and as she said this the scenery changed from the African savannah to the dewy emerald forest setting that I always find solace and that I prefer). As it was time for me to return she gave me this beautiful necklace with a glowing green gem like the one she wears on her head. I was happy, thankful and excited to see and share with her yet again. I am so happy that she has taken an interest in helping me be everything that I can be.

One interesting tidbit is that she had always worn a green gem on her forehead and I never thought twice about it. Which I find now interesting since Manipura means Lustrous Gem. I also found interesting that as I was writing this blog she was guiding me to find images to use for it. As I was looking for images I found this picture that an artist named Iza Pug drew which made me feel as if she had posed for this and that it was her portrait!

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The other picture that she liked was this one. She says granted that is not a cheetah but to me it does embody our relationship. When I see her, I see you! Now you can see yourself through my eyes. A warrior woman who is assertive and full of power. She knows what she wants and she makes it happen. She then says very sweetly, I am always by your side. The feeling of love and acceptance that I felt from her were quite overwhelming.

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Basic Information and Insights

The Naval Chakra also known as the Solar Plexus Chakra is ruled by the element of Fire. Its affirmation is “I use my warrior energy to help myself and others in a just manner” and its mantra is OM MANGALAYA NAMAHA. The naval Chakra deals with will, power and assertiveness. For me the Sumerian deities that are connected to this Chakra is Utu, the God of Sun and Justice and Gibil the God of Fire.

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This was an amazing Chakra to delve in. For starters, we do our journeys before any actual Chakra information is studied or discussed in class. I found absolutely fascinating, that she used words that define this Chakra. I am not going to pretend that I had no knowledge of the Chakras prior to this workshop. I did, but I always associated this Chakra with the word confidence and not power (which I found out thanks to this workshop that confidence is more tied to the Sacral Chakra). This was a new perspective that she brought up to me. She made me shift from the word confidence to personal power and assertiveness. As a shaman this is a concept that we work a lot with and I still find myself working hard at it. When doing spiritual work at times, I wonder am I really fulfilling my role as a healer and at times, this self-doubt comes over my mind and brings with it the clouds. I am happy I have Cheetah to help me chase them away!

When I think about it, I still have certain fears that I am still working through. I am just happy that I have such an ally by my side. With us just having that simple conversation about the picture that she liked and why she liked it. It has helped me to shift my mindset when tackling certain situations and thought patterns. It also showed me how much further I must go and the importance of having a Can Do Attitude! She believes in me and therefore I believe in myself that much more. I truly want to be that woman in that picture!

Another thing that I find interesting is the presence of the green color which brings to my attention the aspects ruled by Heart Chakra. In all of my dealings with her I have felt loved and warmth and she has always worn a green gem on her forehead. Her gem, serves me as a reminder that though we become powerful in our own nature, and when we are faced with those times that we must exert that power, we have to do so from a place of love. The love regulates our will and power, it is a great way to keep checks and balances. The fact that it is on her forehead it is difficult to miss that reminder, that above all we need to come from a place of love!

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Chakralicious! Sacral Delight

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Sacral Guardian Journey

This journey was very scattered.  There was a lot of just images popping in and out. It was not like my normal journeys. I think I was a bit tired when I was working on it. As I entered non-ordinary reality the first thing I see if the face of a bull and then it disappears and I notice that I am walking towards a river which is meeting the sea. The sun was shinning however it was not high in the sky. Again an image of tuna just pops in and fades out again. Then as I draw near the beach I see a manatee in the water waiting to greet me. Once I get to the edge of the water my teacher appears next to me and holds me by the hand and we start to walk into the water together. My teacher is Enki, and for those who are not familiar with him he is the God of water along many other things in the Sumerian pantheon. So it was really not surprising at all that he showed up while exploring this Chakra. We all swam together enjoying the freedom and happiness that swimming in the water gives. As you may know if you read my About Me page I grew up in the island of Puerto Rico and I spent much of my life frolicking in the warm Caribbean ocean. So being in the water is like coming home to me. It feels so good to feel the warm water around my body. It makes me feel safe, refreshed and loved.  My connection to nature as well as the element becomes really strong when I am able to be enveloped by it.  As we swam next to each other manatee didn’t miss a beat. He was right there ever-present. I floated on my back and then Manatee just floated right below me making me more buoyant and I came to rest and relax on him. This guardian did not speak to me at all but he was very involved. He made me feel relax and made me know that I can take the time to enjoy life a little and that he would be there to give me support when needed. My call back was heard and before I left he gave me a conch shell that I could use to call on him whenever I needed him.

Sacral Chakra

Basic Information and Insights

The Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana is ruled by the element of water and represented by the color orange. Its affirmation is “I am open to creativity” and its mantra is OM GURAVE NAMAHA. The Scaral Chakra deals with pleasure, feelings, emotions, intimacy, procreation, polarity, sensuality, sexuality, confidence, sociability, freedom and movement. For me the Sumerian deities connected to this Chakra are Nammu the Ancient Primeval Sea Goddess (other Mesopotamian civilizations may know her as Tiamat) and Enki the God of Wisdom. Other lesser gods of the Sumerian pantheon that we could connect with might be Enbilulu, the God of Rivers or Ninki the Goddess of Fresh Water.

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This was a very interesting Chakra for me to work with because before this workshop, this Chakra was always associated with sexuality for me personally. I do consider myself having a pretty well-balanced Chakra so for me it was about exploring, expanding my knowledge and understanding better what the Sacral Chakra was all about. So what I decided to do was choose several of the aspects that are ruled by the Sacral Chakra, center myself, connect to its energy and stay in that place… letting my body and mind be flooded with what it feels and the memories or thoughts it evoked within me and that is what I decided to share with you.

I decided to start with the word Pleasure which evokes in me a wonderful and enjoyable physical reaction. Just closing my eyes and saying the word pleasure, it pleases me. It makes my heart beat a little faster, it makes me feel a little warmer and it makes me feel very sexy and desirable. Now what does my brain think of when I say the word Pleasure… I think of the greatest physical gift you can have, the orgasm. I think of my husband’s body, his eyes and his touch. I think of wonderful and beautiful places in nature that I have visited in the past (which coincidentally all contain in one form or another a body of water). I can taste the sweet delights of wonderful desserts that I have had the pleasure of eating. All these wonderful thoughts, feelings and memories have a backdrop of wonderful music that just make my body vibrate.  Just thinking and remembering it brings me complete pleasure. A pleasure that is my own, one that I do not have to share and that I can totally find total satisfaction in. I am so happy that I am able to experience pleasure in so many different ways and all of them satisfying within me all sorts of unique desires.

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The second word I chose was Intimacy. What was intimacy for me? I must have revised my definition quite a bit but this is what ended up resonating true to me. Intimacy is when I share a deep, private part of myself with another being whether they are family, friend, animal or energetic being. It extends to the sharing of my body, the sharing of personal and deep thoughts and the sharing of inner feelings which I keep close to my heart. In many ways intimacy really does define my relationships with others. There are certain people who I have never met physically but I have shared with them intimate moments and for that they will always be close to my heart. Then there are those people with whom I have regular contact with however I have never been or had intimate moments with, which then it becomes a realization to me, that at the end of the day we are not close at all. So intimacy becomes really a great way for me to measure and evaluate my inter personal relationships. While doing all this soul-searching I saw how my body would react to certain thoughts. At times I felt exhilarated, my heart skipped a beat or two when I thought about when I had been physically intimate with others. When I thought about some of my friends and family members I felt a warmth that was related to the feeling of safety, security and the feel of being loved and understood. When I thought of some other people I felt my stomach churn at the thought of them betraying my trust. This word or concept really evoked in me many thoughts and feelings.

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The last word I chose was Confidence. My body quickly adjusted itself its posture. I noticed the I held my chin just a bit higher. Just saying the word to myself, Confidence, brought me confidence. It made me acknowledge myself that I was an intelligent, wise, beautiful, sexy woman… and then I felt bad because I didn’t want to be judged. That feeling got me thinking… at times when we do have a healthy confidence, others might feel that you are unattainable, self-centered and a know-it-all. As positive as it is to have confidence, it is a slippery slope. If you have it and you assert it, others might feel envious or jealous. To be honest in my experience most people don’t really want you to feel confident because if you do then they have no control over you. Some see it or they take it as a call to competition and to some even war! 🙂 Don’t get me wrong I am a bit competitive myself but there is a healthy line that should not be crossed. Most men when presented with a confident woman they will be likely to remove you from their radar and you are cataloged as unattainable and not worth the effort. Thinking and looking back at it for me having or displaying confidence has brought negative judgements from some of my peers. I do have to say that the confident people who I know don’t have these kind of reactions but I am sad to say that the majority of people don’t fall on that category. If we really want to empower people and we really want them to feel confident we need to start learning to react positively when confronted by it, because unfortunately not many people are ready to encounter such a beautiful and yet so misunderstood trait.

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