SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA LECTURE

The solar plexus chakra is located at the navel center. It governs the digestive system and is associated with our self-confidence, our sense of personal identity and willpower.

Some signs your solar plexus may be out of alignment:

  • digestive issues

  • poor personal boundaries

  • “people-pleaser” or “doormat” syndrome

  • low self-esteem

  • fatigue

In this video, I’ll be sharing more information about this chakra and how to balance it with yoga and lifestyle practices.

Mentioned in this lecture:

Boundaries Lecture

How to Set Boundaries to Reduce Fatigue

LENGTH: 15 MIN

HOW TO USE CRYSTALS

How do crystals work? Why should I use them? Which crystals are best for the chakras? Does using crystals make me a witch? In this audio lecture, I’ll answer all of these questions and teach you how to use and select crystals for healing.

LECTURE LENGTH: 8 MINUTES

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AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

Before we talk about how we can use crystals to balance the chakras, we need to talk a little bit about quantum physics so that you’ll be able to understand how all of this works. It isn’t magic. It isn’t witchcraft. It isn’t hippy moony woo-woo crap. It’s straight up science.


So everything in this universe is made up of atoms. You might remember this from science class in school. The human body can be broken down into cells but within the cells are even smaller units called atoms. And these atoms can be even further broken down into three kinds of particles called protons, neutrons and electrons. 


Everything in the universe, all physical matter, is made up of these particles. And all of these atoms vibrate, and its this vibration that holds everything together.


So essentially, everything in existence is made up of the same stuff. But its the vibration, the unique frequency that determines how these atoms organize themselves. 


Everything holds a frequency. Including us. So our bodies all vibrate at a unique frequency. Everything in nature. Everything in existence vibrates at its own unique frequency.


Although we each have our own core frequency. Which is kind of like our energetic signature, our vibration can also fluctuate, depending on our thoughts, our environment, the foods we eat, the people we interact with, etc.


Having a low vibration as the result of negative thinking, environmental toxicity, stress, eating foods that aren’t nourishing and so on, can result in poor physical health. 


So our goal is to raise our vibration so that the atoms and cells in our bodies can become organized and our bodies can be healthy and we can live our best lives. 


So you know I talk about changing toxic thinking patterns all the time and it’s because our thoughts are energy. Our thoughts vibrate at their own frequency and they have the power to influence our bodies and our health by influencing our vibration. Like we talked about in the intro to the chakras lecture, the energetic body, the mental body is closely interconnected with the physical body. They communicate back and forth.


Just to illustrate how powerful this is…Scientific research has shown that you can change the vibrational frequency of a glass of water just by thinking positive thoughts toward that glass of water. You might also remember from science class that the adult human body is 60 percent water. Do you see where I’m going with this? If we can change the frequency of water with our minds, and our bodies are made up of water, this really proves that we can consciously use our minds to raise our frequency and improve our physical health. 


But this is a long journey. Our brains are designed to create patterns, neural pathways, and once these patterns are created, the more and more they’re used, the harder it is to change them. Undoing years and years of subconscious programming and rewiring our negative thinking patterns is hard work and it takes time. So while we’re working on this, it can help to introduce other tools to enhance and speed up the process.


So like we talked about, everything in the universe vibrates at a unique frequency. Including crystals. So let’s say you’re working on thinking more self-loving thoughts and you’re practicing affirmations every day during your meditation practice. In order to enhance this practice, you could hold a rose quartz stone while reciting the affirmations. The vibration of rose quartz is going to match the vibration of self love that you’re trying to create. And your body’s frequency is going to adjust to match that frequency your introducing. So you’re thinking the positive, loving thoughts consciously and the rose quartz is basically supercharging that effect. Training your vibration to match the frequency of self-love.


Technically, you could achieve the same result without using crystals. But I find that using the crystals gives us a point of focus and helps to speed up the process.


So the chakras are a part of the energetic body, but they all have their own unique frequency as well, so we can use crystals to bring the chakras into vibrational alignment which will ultimately benefit the physical body right, because everything is connected.


Generally speaking, the crystal that is going to balance a specific chakra is going to match the color of that chakra. 


So starting at the base of the spine, the root chakra would be red.

Sacral would be orange

Solar plexus would be yellow.

The heart chakra is green

The throat chakra is turquoise-blue

Third eye is indigo

Crown chakra is violet or purest crystal white.


If you go online and search crystals for the chakras, you’ll get a lot of images with suggestions, so I’m not going to list out specific crystals for you here right now. 


Also, when you’re choosing crystals to work with, it’s always best to follow your intuition. So you’re not so much choosing with your eyes or your mind. But rather feeling the energy of that crystal. You’ll feel drawn to the one that resonates with you the most. The body is infinitely wise and will always gravitate in the direction of healing. So you should always trust that intuition above everything else.



So you could use the crystals during your meditation practice just by holding the stone or crystal in your dominant hand. You can wear them as jewelry. You can set them throughout your home. You can decorate with them. You can also lie in savasana and place the crystal directly over the chakra you’re working on.


Some people say that it’s important to cleanse your crystals after each use. But crystals are always going to maintain their core frequency. So in my opinion, it’s not totally necessary. I personally don’t cleanse my crystals very often, but I think it can make you feel more connected to the crystals and stones you’re working with and kind of adds a ritual-like aspect to the practice. So you can do this by playing a singing bowl near your crystals. You can let them sit and charge in the sunlight or full moonlight. Or you can bury them in the ground for awhile. And this just helps to purify the energy.


Thanks so much for listening. As always, if you have any questions, head over to the private Facebook group and I will talk to you again soon.

ROOT CHAKRA LECTURE

In this lecture we’ll be talking about the root chakra, Muladhara chakra. 

This chakra is all about physical security. If you’ve ever looked at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, physiological needs are at the base of the pyramid. Having our physical needs met is always going to be the number one priority. We need to feel safe physically before we can think about branching out and pursuing other aspects of life. So the root chakra is really about creating this stable foundation in the physical. When this chakra is balanced, we feel safe and secure in our physical environment and in our physical bodies. We feel connected to the earth and connected to our bodies. And from that feeling of being rooted and connected, we can then feel powerful and confident enough to rise up.

LENGTH: 10 MINUTES

MENTIONED IN THIS LECTURE:

FOUR PART BREATH
REFRESHED EBOOK
EMPATH LECTURE - BOUNDARIES TO REDUCE FATIGUE


INTRO TO THE CHAKRAS LECTURE

 In this lecture, I’m going to give just a brief introduction to the chakras. I’ll be answering questions like what are the chakras? Where are they located in the body? How do they work? Why should you even care? 

The chakras are a part of a really beautiful energetic system that is so multi-faceted  and complex that even after years of studying the chakras, I am still learning. And that’s the beauty of yoga and yogic philosophy…there’s always more to learn, there’s always room to grow. So keep in mind that this lecture is really just scratching the surface, and I hope it will encourage you to keep asking questions and keep diving deeper.

LENGTH: 10 MINUTES

HOW TO SET BOUNDARIES TO REDUCE FATIGUE

In this video, I’m going to share some energy protection techniques that will help you reduce fatigue. Even if you don’t identify as an empath, I’d encourage you to try these techniques to see if they help reduce your fatigue.

Mentioned in this lecture:

Organite Pendant
Using Physical Sensations to Connect with Emotions
Healing Body Betrayal
Awaken the Inner Healer PDF

You can also download this lecture here.

AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

In the last lecture, I gave you a list of signs you might be an empath. In this video, I’m going to give you some tips for reducing empath fatigue. Even if you don’t identify as an empath but you do experience fatigue, I would encourage you to give these techniques a try and see how they work for you.


I personally identify as an empath, and the energy protection techniques I’m going to share with you here are things that I have used myself and have seen good results with.


  1. WEAR ORGANITE

A few months ago, I started wearing an organite pendant. They’re usually made with black tourmaline, which is a protection stone. And let me tell you, this has made a HUGE difference in my energy levels. Organite vibrates at a very organized sort of frequency, so it purifies the energy around you when you wear it. So instead of tuning your frequency to the energy of the people around you, you’ll be better able to stay in your own energy. I will leave an Amazon link in the lecture description so you can check this out. I love this because I don’t have to be consciously thinking about energy protection when I’m going about my day.


2. CREATE A PROTECTIVE BUBBLE

In your meditation practice, you can visualize a protective cocoon of white light surrounding you, or it can be any color you like. You’re essentially creating an energetic forcefield that repels negative energy and only allows in the positive.

Like I mentioned in the last lecture, it’s not necessarily that you’re absorbing the bad energy of others or that their energy is attacking you. But this visualization still works because it’s raising our vibration from the frequency of powerlessness to the frequency of empowerment and self-protection. It firmly anchors you in your own energy. Even just a couple minutes of this visualization can work wonders.


3. LISTEN TO MUSIC

I used to really struggle with feeling overstimulated when I would go to loud, crowded places like the grocery store. So I started putting headphones in and turning up my music loud enough so that I couldn’t hear the other noises. This helped me to focus on the task at hand and made me feel less anxious. I would highly recommend doing this. Music is frequency. I talk about this in more depth in the Awaken Your Inner Healer PDF guide which you can grab on the downloads page. But music is a great way to tune your frequency to a higher vibration. It doesn’t matter what kind of music is as long as its something that makes you feel good.


4. CLEANSE YOUR ENERGY FIELD REGULARLY

Again, this is all about raising your energetic frequency and creating a sense of empowerment. There are so many ways we can achieve this. You could burn sage or frankincense or use sage or frankincense essential oil to purify the energy of yourself and your home. Our thoughts vibrate at their own unique frequencies, so you could use meditation: white light visualization is a good one, so is any sort of chakra meditation, the purple flame meditation I’ll be sharing with you later this week, yoga nidra would also be a good practice for this. Pranayama will also purify your energy - Breath of fire, breath of joy, or even just full, slow deep breaths. Bioenergetic shaking is also a good technique for this because it helps move prana.


5. SET BOUNDARIES 

If you haven’t listened to my boundaries lecture, go do that after you finish this one. As empaths, it is especially important for us to set boundaries. Say no to the things that create unnecessary stress in your life. Be picky about the people you allow to share space with you. 


6. PRACTICE SELF CARE

Take care of your physical body. Take care of your mental and emotional health. Self care needs to become a non-negotiable in your daily life. Self care doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to take a long time. But it can take a long time if you want or need it to. Find a daily routine that works for you, and if you’re looking for ideas, check out the Refreshed ebook on the Tribe downloads page. For me, the first couple of hours of my day are completely devoted to self care, and I give myself time to check in throughout the day too. It’s honestly kind of like I’m mothering myself and taking care of myself the way I would a small child. I’m high maintenance, and I’ve learned to be okay with that. When I make myself a priority, I am better able to serve others. 



7. CREATE SAFETY

Empaths are prone to anxiety and feeling like we’re being attacked and like we need to be on high alert all the time. So we need to start creating an environment of safety for ourselves. So I want you to make a list of all the things and activities that make you feel safe. These can be really simple things, and I’ll give you some of my own examples to help you get started:

sounds that make me feel safe are the sound of the furnace kicking on in the winter, the sound of a train horn, music that resonates with what I’m feeling in the moment, thunder storms

smells that make me feel safe are the smell of burning leaves, the smell of baked goods, cinnamon, lilacs, the scent of rain

I also feel safe with the feeling of soft fabrics against my skin, having my skin caressed by someone I love and trust, being wrapped up in a blanket, wearing clothes that make me feel good

Reading a book that I’ve read before

Holding a cup of hot tea in my hands

Eating warm bowls of my favorite foods


Once you have your list, you can go back to it in times of stress and create that feeling of safety for yourself in the present moment.


It’s important to understand that empaths aren’t the only ones affected by energy. Everyone is. It’s just that empaths are more sensitive to and more aware of that energy. When you work on raising your vibration and protecting your energy, you’re also raising the vibration of the collective. So this is important work you’re doing here, not just for yourself and your own empowerment, but for everyone around you too.


Thank you so much for being here with me today.

I hope these tips and tricks have been helpful. If you have any questions or would like to discuss what I’ve talked about in this lecture, please head over to the private Facebook group. I love getting to dive deep with you.


I’ll talk to you again soon. Namaste.









ARE YOU AN EMPATH?

Today we are going to talk about the extrasensory gift of empathy. And I think a lot of us in this community and in the chronic illness community in general are highly empathic people. We’re highly sensitive, compassionate, and tend to take on the burdens of the people around us. We’re natural-born healers and nurturers. We care about people so deeply. But whenever we are unconscious of this gift, whenever we don’t know how to use it properly, it can become a detriment to us.


You can also download this lecture here.


AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

Today we are going to talk about the extrasensory gift of empathy. And I think a lot of us in this community and in the chronic illness community in general are highly empathic people. We’re highly sensitive, compassionate, and tend to take on the burdens of the people around us. We’re natural-born healers and nurturers. We care about people so deeply. But whenever we are unconscious of this gift, whenever we don’t know how to use it properly, it can become a detriment to us.

So here are some signs you might be an empath:

People have called you “highly sensitive” or “too sensitive”

You experience emotions deeply and intensely, perhaps even more so than others

You cry easily

When you walk into a room, you can feel the energy of the room - you can sense if there’s tension even if no one is saying anything

You can feel the emotions of others as if they were your own happening inside your own body

If someone you love is sick, you might start experiencing the same symptoms

You dislike crowded places and loud noises and are prone to sensory overwhelm

You have sensitive skin and prefer to wear soft fabrics

You’re very particular about your home environment and the feng shui of the room you are in. 

You can’t watch the news or watch violent movies.

You have strong intuition and sometimes just “know” things

You’re good at reading people

You may be a trauma or abuse survivor

Everyone is a little different, so you might not have all of these traits, but if you found yourself nodding to most of them, chances are, you’re an empath.

Many empaths also have poor ego-boundaries, which we talked about in the last lecture. If you haven’t listened to that lecture, please go back and check it out.

When empaths have poor ego-boundaries it becomes a huge drain on our energy because we’re walking around without any protection.

Everything in this universe vibrates at a unique frequency, including humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, food, music, everything. Empaths are highly sensitive to energetic frequencies. A lot of people will describe being an empath as though we’re absorbing the energy of other people like a sponge. But that’s not quite accurate. What’s really happening is that when we have poor boundaries, when we aren’t firmly anchored in who we are, what happens is that we will unconsciously tune our own frequency to match the frequency of what is surrounding us at the moment. And this can be a detriment when those frequencies are lower vibrational frequencies like fear, illness, powerlessness and lack.

Empaths are highly susceptible to fatigue and illness because we’re being constantly bombarded by all of this energy and it can become overwhelming for our bodies. Instead of vibrating firmly in our own frequency, things become disorganized and chaotic. And it feels like we’re taking the weight of the world on our shoulders.

So it’s really important for us to be conscious about the people we’re spending time with. The foods we put in our bodies, the music we listen to and the media we consume.

Our high sensitivity can make us vulnerable, but it can also become a superpower when we learn how to use it consciously. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about a little bit more in the next lecture.

BOUNDARIES FOR BEGINNERS

In this lecture, I’ll be discussing what boundaries are, why it’s so difficult to set them, and how to know if/when you should be setting them. This lecture ties in with the Foundations of Yoga lecture about the Ego, so you might want to watch that video first.

Mentioned in this lecture:
Healing Body Betrayal Program
Foundations of Yoga

You can also download this lecture here.

AUDIO TRANSCRIPT

I can pretty much guarantee than anyone with a chronic illness has a problem with setting personal boundaries.

I talked about this a little bit in the journaling exercises that go along with the Healing Body Betrayal Program. You can find that on the Tribe Downloads page, and I’d highly recommend you working through those journaling prompts if you haven’t already.

So let me tell you why I’m so sure that anyone with a chronic illness will also have boundary problems.

Most of what we experience in our physical daily lives is a manifestation of the subconscious mind. Allow me to repeat that. Most of what we experience in our physical daily lives is a manifestation of the subconscious mind. This includes physical illness. And like I said, it isn’t something consciously manifested. That means it isn’t really our fault, so I hope that you won’t take what I’m about to tell you as a personal accusation or blame. Because that’s not my intention. My intention is to share this information so that it can shine the light of awareness on what’s going on so that ultimately you can feel more empowered to take control of your life. As with everything I share through Sleepy Santosha, keep in mind that we are all unique. So just take what resonates for you and leave what doesn’t.

So what happens is a lot of us grow up in families where we quickly learn that it isn’t okay for us to say no to things. It isn’t okay for us to want the things we want. It isn’t okay for us to feel the way that we feel. We have to adhere to the family narrative. We have to do what pleases our parents even if they’re things we don’t want to do. So we internalize these messages and we grow up believing that doing what everyone else wants us to do, unconditionally serving other people, is what makes us a good person.

We become self-sacrificing adults who can’t ever say no to anyone without feeling guilty. We have no sense of self-preservation. And really we have no sense of self. Because we’ve given all of our power away to other people.

But our bodies always have our backs. That’s really important to understand. So our illnesses become a subconscious manifestation of the part of us that feels like it’s not okay for us to say no to things. But we’re slowly losing ourselves by not saying no. So the body takes over. The body manifests symptoms that give us a legitimate reason to say no to the things we don’t want to do.

But then a lot of times we bulldoze ourselves into doing things we don’t want to do anyway because we still don’t think it’s okay for us to say no even if we’re so exhausted and symptomatic that it feels like we’re dying in slow motion. So the symptoms just keep getting worse and worse and worse.

I’d encourage you to pay attention to your symptoms the next time you’re faced with a commitment that you aren’t excited about committing to. Notice if the symptoms flare up. Notice what the body is trying to communicate with you.

This isn’t to say that our illnesses aren’t real or that they’re purely psychosomatic. But for every physical illness, there are always physical, mental and energetic components contributing to it. We need to address the illness from every possible angle in order to experience healing.

And I can say with complete confidence that if you’re not setting boundaries, it is making your chronic illness worse. Because you’re saying yes to other people and saying no to yourself. You’re not taking care of yourself in the way that you deserve to be taken care of.

And the body is so so wise. So your body is stepping in and taking over and screaming at you to start making yourself a priority. And those screams are going to keep getting louder and louder until you start paying attention.

Setting boundaries can be a difficult thing for us to learn to do, but in reality, it’s really quite simple.

The word no in and of itself can be a boundary.

But it isn’t just about saying no to other people. It isn’t about pushing other people away. It isn’t vindictive or cruel. 

Boundaries are simply the things that define us as separate sovereign individuals. 

This can be as simple as saying “I like rock and roll music” or “I’m really into yoga and spirituality”

That’s a boundary because it clearly defines what you like. And expressing these kinds of boundaries, this kind of authenticity can actually bring you into closer connection with other people who share your common interests and life goals.

It could also be something like “I like getting enough rest so I can feel energized.” 

This boundary is going to dictate your behavior. So you might decide not to go to a work party late at night. You might say no to helping a friend move house. You might not answer the phone when your overbearing relative calls. Because instead you’re saying yes to rest. You’re saying yes to yourself

Boundaries are unique to everyone. And they can be flexible. They can change overtime because we as individuals change over time. 

In our foundations of yoga series, we talked about the ego and how the ego is our separate sense of self. That it’s main concern is survival. 

Boundaries are a tool that defines the ego, or the self. If you remember from that lecture video, we aren’t seeking to eradicate the ego, but rather to purify it. 

And setting boundaries, getting clear on who you are, what you like, what you don’t like is really a first step to purifying the ego and figuring out who you are, what you want in life and what your highest soul’s purpose is.

Without an ego. Without personal boundaries, we die. We literally die. Because we don’t have that healthy sense of self that feels worthy of life. Without that, we lose the ability to protect and defend ourselves. And ultimately, we lose the will to live.

If we wanna make this extreme, we can think about a life or death situation. Or an abusive situation. A person with really weak personal boundaries, with no sense of self or self preservation, someone who feels like their emotions aren’t valid someone who is always prioritizing the needs of other people over themselves, They’re going to develop a sort of learned helplessness. If they get into a situation where someone else is threatening them, threatening their wellbeing, they might just roll over and feel like they have no right to defend themselves. Like they have no power.

Another scenario would be that the person will end up developing a chronic illness that feels like slow torture because the body is still fighting for survival even when they aren’t.

If you’re constantly giving your power away to other people, there won’t be anything left for you.

You came into this life for yourself. Your life belongs to you. And you get to decide what is and isn’t right for your life. You are the captain of this ship. You are the author of your story. 

I want to reiterate that if this is you, it’s not your fault. Whenever we develop patterns like this, it’s always rooted in some kind of trauma, usually trauma that happened in childhood. I know many of you have reached out to me and told me that you’re abuse survivors, trauma survivors. And I want you to know that I’m right here with you. Changing these patterns is hard work, but awareness is the first step. Once we become aware of them, it gives us the power to change them. So it’s not your fault, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay powerless to it.

So you may be wondering how do I know when and if I should be setting a boundary?

And I think the best way for you to learn how to answer this question for yourself is to get really in touch with your emotions. 

Self sacrifice bending over backward for other people at the expense of ourselves requires us to disconnect from our emotions. So as we’re growing up, learning that it isn’t okay to want what we want, it isn’t okay to say no, we have to disassociate from how we feel in order to do that. We learn that how we feel is wrong and maybe even dangerous because expressing how we feel might get us in trouble.

But your emotions are actually your soul’s built in GPS. Your internal guidance system. They’re there to tell you when you are on the right path or when something in your life isn’t right for you. They’re there to help you get aligned with your highest soul’s purpose.

For me, the first indication that I need to reinforce my boundaries is usually the presence of anger. That feeling of indignation that sort of rises up when something in the external environment isn’t right, and it’s that internal feeling of wanting to say no.

So it’s about learning to honor that feeling. Being able to set boundaries gets a whole lot easier when you learn to validate your emotions.  

If you’re looking for a practice that supports this, check out the guided meditation in the Tribe library called Using Physical Sensations to Connect with Emotions. It’s also in the Healing Body Betrayal program.

So I hope this was helpful for you. I’d love to hear how you’re feeling about what I discussed here, even if you hated it. So head over to the private Facebook group now to chat about it.

And I will talk to you again soon.