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A Prayer of Wholeness
The nameless Glory, forever undefined,
resolute in Its perfection, appears on the outside,
yet exists wholly within, remains fresh and vibrant as my life.
Ecstatically entwined as the same miracle,
I live in the freedom of eternity.
Pondering myself as part of the Whole,
I realize the Whole of this universe breathes within me.
In the caprice of my understanding that reason cannot claim,
every direction I turn is a road to knowing God’s Presence.
Any dis-cord, dis-ease, dis-harmony
that appears to my mortal awareness,
dissipates as the undisturbed omnipotence
dispels everything unlike Itself.
With Divine determination, I escape Selfhood’s vicious tyranny.
Divine Sovereignty reigns supreme in my kingdom for God,
which is the everlasting state of perfection
and it naturally turns winter into the dazzling hues of spring.
Stepping free from my pain,
the unending spiritual healing force eradicates
all grievous and unwanted irritations from my body and affairs.
This re-emergence of the God-awareness rising free,
engulfs the innumerable ploys of the seducer’s sickness.
Yanking the thorns of existence from my heart,
I bravely traverse the valley’s depths.
Coming to realize how all the pieces of my life
are linked to the wholeness of who I am.
Burdens are relieved, concerns comforted, struggles alleviated,
as the ignorance of this world is annihilated by God-Consciousness.
Understanding this life’s journey is going on within me,
the Eternal Divine manifestation lifts me
above the world of form to one of creation.
Just as the eagle soars when freed from its cage,
I too, naturally return to the origin of my wholeness.
And so it is!
Solar Plexus (3nd) Chakra at a Glance
Sanskrit name: Manipura (jeweled city) Element: Fire Color: Yellow Shape: Triangle (downward-pointing) Petals of the lotus: Ten Seed sound: Ram Vowel sound: Ah Rights: To act Endocrine gland: Adrenals, pancreas Physical association: Digestive system, liver, gall bladder Psychological function: Will Identity: Ego identity Developmental stage: 18 - 42 months Challenge: Shame Plane: Celestial plane Planets: Sun and Mars Deity: Rudra, Lakini Mythological Animal: Ram Incense: Saffron, musk, sandalwood Herb: Cinnamon, ginger Sephira: Hod, Netzach Tarot Suit: Wands
The Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the navel and solar plexus, is the core of our personality, our identity, of our ego.
The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are.
The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable.
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality.
The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life.
The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner.
What does that mean? It means consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra. It means being proactive rather then reactive or inactive.
Beings with excessive third chakra energy react to life circumstances, they have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out.
Beings with blocked or deficient third chakra are passive and inactive - allowing life to pass by while they do nothing.
Strong third chakra reflects the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. It reflects the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act.
The message of the third chakra is: You have the power to choose.
You can choose to achieve your life purpose or you can live out your karma or past experiences.
What do you choose?
Do you choose love, light and healing?
Do you accept that you have the power to choose?
Do you feel a sense of freedom when you make a choice?
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem.
Every time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower.
Self love, self acceptance, and acknowledgement of your own worth are the building blocks of the third chakra.
A woman with an open and balanced Manipura Chakra values herself and her work, is confident in her ability to do something well, loves and accepts herself, is willing to express herself in a powerful way, knows that she has the freedom to choose to be herself and direct her own life.
Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and departed.
As the monks continued on their way, the one was brooding and preoccupied. Unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women, but you picked that one up on your shoulders and carried her!”
“Brother,” the second monk replied, “I set her down on the other side, while you are still carrying her.”
Going with the Flow
A Taoist story tells of an old man who accidentally fell into the river rapids leading to a high and dangerous waterfall. Onlookers feared for his life. Miraculously, he came out alive and unharmed downstream at the bottom of the falls. People asked him how he managed to survive
. "I accommodated myself to the water, not the water to me. Without thinking, I allowed myself to be shaped by it. Plunging into the swirl, I came out with the swirl. This is how I survived