When something or someone triggers you in your life that feels uncomfortable, (disagreement, harsh words, pain, etc.) do you react or do you respond?
A reaction is an act of loss of control. It is immediate without regard to consequences or impact. When you react, you come from a place of powerlessness (unless your reaction is a life saving occurrence).
A response is an act of grace and poise. You give space between whatever is uncomfortable for you and you are able to consciously decide how you are going to act. You give thought to what the consequences or impact will be. When you respond, you come from a place of authentic power and authentic control.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Victor Frankl
A pretty powerful thought to ponder, eh?
Did you also notice that I keep repeating the words ‘authentic?’
What does that mean? Authentic means real. It means true. It means balanced.
Authentic power allows you to act from a place of worthiness and confidence. You set healthy boundaries and use your power for good. It isn’t abusive, belittling or demeaning. Authentic control is knowing that you can only control your actions, thoughts and your response to others. Letting go of the need to control other people and the outcome of everything in life is indicative that you are living from a place of authentic control. The interesting thing is that most reactive people feel powerless and a lack of control. They don’t give themselves the space to make a choice about how they want to respond. Have you ever been screamed at by someone? They react by raising their voice, thinking that is going to have power over the person they are yelling at. In fact, what’s really going on is they feel powerless and out of control.
Control becomes a substitute for a sense of power. Reactivity is the vehicle in which a lack of feeling powerful manifests.
The Solar Plexus chakra is the energetic center of power and control. It also is the place of worthiness, confidence and self-esteem.
In today’s Energy Healing Toolkit, I share with you a technique to clear a common imbalance in your Solar Plexus Chakra- anger.
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Solar Plexus Chakra Balancing Exercise: The Woodchopper
The associated tone of the third chakra is a loud “ah” sound. This should accompany the motions in this exercise. This is an excellent anger release, which very often is the cause of control imbalance in the Solar Plexus chakra.
1. Stand with feet planted firmly on the ground, with heels about two feet apart. Raise arms together, over the head, with hands joined. Arch your back slightly.
2. Making the ‘ah’ sound as you descend, swing the whole upper portion of the body downward, bringing your hands between your legs and through. The motion should be smooth and rapid, and emit as much force as possible.
3. Repeat five to ten times in a session and feel the energy break through into your upper body.
*I have done this in yoga class many times. There is a lot of power in this exercise. If you can do it with someone else, it is fun shouting the “ah” as loud as you can!