My Dearest Lion-hearted Power-Houses,
Today is the day…and that’s one day away from our LIVE Webinar on Healing the Solar Plexus (1.5 LIVE CE’s); the seat of your personal power!
But before you enroll in this amazingly empowering course, I thought we’d give you a little taste of what’s in store.
At the inner core of each of us spin wheel-like energy centers or vortices. These energy centers are referred to as “chakras” and each one reflects an aspect of our inner and outer experience, as well as the degree of consciousness we have around those experiences.
When these chakras are in balance they are able to integrate mind, body, and spirit. They help us organize our life force energy, and provide a powerful tool for mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical growth.
But when they are out of balance, we may find ourselves continually stuck in old patterns, unable to evolve or break free.
If we cannot create spaciousness around our more physical experiences, we cannot reflect, change, grow or expand. Similarly, without the embodiment of intention, we remain scattered dreamers unable to make commitments or put our thoughts into action.
The Root chakra establishes our basic sense of security as well as body integrity. And this is associated with the element of earth.
From this ground we move into the second chakra (the Sacral) and experience difference, change, and movement, like the fluidity of water. We learned about embrace polarities and dualities and discover the passion that emerges from desire.
We expand beyond survival mode and move towards pleasurable interactions.
When matter and movement combine, they create a new kind of energy; if we rub two sticks together, they create a spark. And fire is the element of the Solar Plexus.
Now, fire moves upward, it facilitates chemical transformation and takes the energy of matter to a new dimension; that of heat and light.
The fire of our will propels us to transform, to take action. The Solar Plexus puts us in touch with our sense of competence and ego integrity. It allows us to set a goal and take action steps towards that goal. And the first step is breaking old patterns. Particularly those that keep you disempowered or victimized.
Thus, in discussing the shadow of the solar plexus, we might begin by asking yourself:
What is my relationship to power?
And by extension, we must ask ourselves the following questions as well:
- What is power?
- Where do we get it?
- How do we use it?
- Why do we need it?
- Where do we find our own empowerment without diminishing that of others?
- How do we avoid the duality of victimization and abuse, aggression and passivity, dominance and submission?
- How do we reclaim, with full responsibility, enthusiasm, and pride, our innate right to act, (which is the basic right of the solar plexus), free from Shame?
And this is the shadow aspect of the Solar Plexus… Shame.
You may recall the shadow aspect of the Sacral, which is the chakra that develops before the Solar Plexus, is guilt. And while guilt and shame are close cousins, there are some notable differences that are worth taking note of, in understanding not only our own underlying dynamics, but also those that we may treat as healers.
Guilt involves an internal sense of malevolent power, a feeling of deep personal destructiveness and evil. When we feel guilty it is the experience of breaking an internal moral code.
Shame, by contrast, involves a sense of powerless vulnerability, the chronic risk of exposure to the criticisms in contempt of others. Shame is rather the concern of being looked down upon by others.
For the shame-driven person, The message is “I am an imposter; Someone else could do this better than me. One day, they’ll all find out, and they’ll be so disappointed. Nobody would ever accept me. I just don’t fit.”
For the guilt-driven person, The message is, “I am fundamentally bad. I don’t have a right to be here. If I had any balls at all I would just take myself out of the game. It’s not necessarily that I don’t fit; I don’t deserve to.”
And so, in the Solar Plexus, shame blocks the liberating, feminine energy and prevents it from rising up from the lower chakras to meet the masculine, manifesting current of consciousness, which brings impulse and motivation to heel through effective and consciously willed action.
As a result, you feel afraid of following your own gut instinct, or completely out of touch with it altogether. Feeling ashamed of our basic instincts hands disproportionate control over to the mind, often leading to limiting beliefs. Additionally, shameful personalities tend to feel stuck in patterns of compulsion and/or addiction.
In Wednesday’s LIVE Webinar on Healing the Solar Plexus, my good friend and Shamanatrix, Kristen Boyer MPS, HC and myself, Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT, will discuss how shameful blockages manifest in three common and damaging myths.
“If I just had more_______, then I could…” Whatever you have isn’t good enough.
“I’m not the expert, I’ll let someone else take charge.” Someone else always knows better than you.
“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Being strong means you have to do everything on my own.
These myths and their concordant “truths” will be examined in the context of psychodynamic theory, as well as shamanistic approaches to energy healing.
Healing the Solar Plexus
Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies
(1.5 Live event, continuing education contact hours for LCATs in New York State.)
In this course, we will explore mindfulness-based practices in treatment, using the Solar Plexus as a frame for understanding the impact of energetic imbalances in the body.
Presenters: Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT, and Kristen Boyer MPS, HC
Date/Time: April 5th, 2017 @ 8pm
Fee: $35 Due upon registration
If you are interested but want to catch up first…
FREE Course Includes:
A Brief Audio Lecture and Introduction
30-Minute Lecture and Guided Meditation on all 7 Chakras
20- Guided Shamanic Journey
Handouts to help you process the experience
We hope to see you there!
Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT
Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist
Author, Educator and Reiki Practitioner
If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at Briana@CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com.
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