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Rebalance and improve confidence with Reiki. What if you could replace all the sad energy you are experiencing with pure, loving energy?
Before we begin with reiki and how it can be used, I want your to take a deep breath and close your eyes….relax and then visualize and tell yourself that
Just for today: I will not be angry
Just for today: I will not fear or worry
Just for today: I will Be grateful and honest to myself.
Just for today: I will Work hard on improving myself
Just for today: I will be kind to others.(respectful of all living beings)
The importance of “today” is highlighted in all five principles. Today defines your present. It teaches you to live each and every moment of the day completely –
Gratitude: Reiki encourages you to be thankful, receiving and giving the gift of the universe. Life has so many reasons to be thankful for- no matter how big or small. Even just the fact that another morning sunrise woke us up is enough reason to be thankful to our creator. You should be thankful about everything in your life- the good, the bad and the ugly. Being thankful breaks the cycle of misery.
No fear or worry : The principles of Reiki encourages you to trust the universe completely. They tell you to let go of yours fears and worries, make the best possible efforts and leave the rest in the hands of the universe(unconditional love). The moment you stop worrying, you demonstrate your faith on the absolute and the moment that demonstration happens, the power of Reiki descend on you and begin to support you.
Angry : This principle encourages you to stay away from anger, anger burns your positive energy. Reiki guides you to live a peaceful and quiet life- it simply means that you act with peace and understanding the situation you are in.
Honesty : Honesty towards your own self is extremely important. When you are not honest with your own self, you disintegrate. Your chakras start to fall out of alignment and you are not able to draw the right amount of power from your soul into your mind. Yoga/Reiki is about alignment and integration of all the chakra into this higher chakra and the first step to do this is by being honest to your own self.
Respectful of all living beings and kindness : Kindness towards others facilitates healing. When you interact with people, you learn some things, you share some good experiences, some bad experience- you need to respect people for all that they are teaching you. The flow of positive energy in all of us is collective. We are collective puzzle pieces of our Divine creator. He is in us. Reiki encourages you to nurture a sense of oneness and love. This respect also empowers you to see everybody as your extended self. So by learning to love oneself we also learn to love others and most especially the one who created us.
Let your mind visualize that the power you have to change your mindset.
The immense power to change/heal or re-program your brain to heal yourself and people around you.
The unlimited power that helps you unlock the secret to eternal happiness and bliss! Reiki heals by changing the disruption to energy flow, and rebalancing our energy fields with positive energy. A healthy human body is like a free-flowing river. When a river is flowing, there’s fish and wildlife in it. When it starts to stagnate and become blocked, fish die because there’s not enough oxygen.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and confidence that also promotes healing. One of the most beautiful things about Reiki is that it is natural and simple method of healing your own body through universal energy transfer.It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki can bring confidence into a person and benefits a person intensely. Reiki involves practical study and implementation, and is user friendly. Before you can start practicing the art of reiki to others, you must first be attuned. Attunement is the special, traditional ceremony that enables aspiring practitioners to connect to the divine source of energy. Reiki attunements can be attained in different levels, 1-3. You can do it at home, workplace and almost everything. It is said that once you become receptive to reiki, the gift of having this energy flow through your hands during your whole lifetime.Reiki is a gentle application and helps in body healing. Reiki energy brings higher frequency of energy, which limits our fears and makes us optimistic towards life.
When we are making use of Reiki in our daily life, the frequency of energy becomes higher. There is a change of state of mind while making use of Reiki energy. There is change in emotional and physical state of person with regular implementation of Reiki.
The three pillars of Reiki are
- Your body is your “Temple of the spirit” and it is your responsibility to treat it with respect and care for it. You should practice yoga/reiki to maintain perfect health and wellness.
- Meditation should be a part of your lifestyle too, because of the stressful lifestyle of today.
- You should focus on caring for the society by giving Reiki to others. The more you care for others and treat others through Reiki, the more you benefit.
Reiki Attunements : The process of Reiki attunement initiates a cleaning process, in fact , a process of purification is recommended prior to an attunement process.
Some steps to follow prior to attunement
- You should refrain from consumption of non-veg. For at least three days prior to attunement and do fasting or eat easily digestible food. (fruit juices)
- Refrain from alcohol for at least three days prior to attunement.
- Reduce consumption of tea and coffee.
- Reduce consumption of sweets.
- No smoking.
- Start meditating
- watch less T.V
- Cleanse your aura before attunement
- Drink more water
- Sleep well
The attunement process will be carried out in a quite setting as this helps in getting the best possible results. The attunement process is unique it cannot be described in words some mantras and symbols are used to connect with the universal life force. A number of different symbols will be used in attunement process. These symbols are used Reiki treatment also.
Many Reiki Masters consider the Reiki symbols holy and persist in the old Reiki tradition that they must be kept secret. The symbols should only be available to those who have been initiated at the Reiki 2 level.
In “traditional” Reiki there are three Reiki symbols given during the Reiki 2 Attunement (initiation). They are: the Power symbol (Choku Rei), the Mental/Emotional symbol (Sei He Ki) and the Distance symbol (Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen).
The Reiki symbols are partly based on the Japanese writing system, Kanji. The symbols should be drawn or visualized as they have been taught during the Reiki 2 Attunement. Attunements with small intervals in between and done on consecutive days are recommended.
In Second and Master level of Reiki you will have access to the Special Sacred Reiki Symbols and words. The Japanese name for the power Reiki symbol is “Cho Ku Rei” implying “ I have the key” or Meaning: “God and Man Coming Together”These are handed down from Master to Master and are used for attuning other initiates into your Reiki Linage. The main use of this symbol is to increase or decrease power. It draws Energy from around you and it focuses it where you want to. It is the all-purpose symbol. It can be used for anything, anywhere; It is used for reinforcement agent for reiki energy. It is used for
- For on the spot treatments.
- To cleans negative energies
- Spiritual protection
- On food, water, medicine herbs
- In sick rooms and hospitals
- To empower other Reiki symbols
- To seal energies after the treatment
- used as protective shield
Reversing the symbol can decrease the power, in which case it will leave the Reiki master and manifest in yourself.
Harmony reiki symbol:
Japanese name for this symbol is “ Sei Hei Ki” implying “ Key to the Universe” It is used primary for calming the mind. It is noted to mean God and man.It represents harmony and is often referred to as the peacemaker symbol. It is very good for Cleansing. It is said that this symbol helps in levelling the playing field when you are going through a tough time in life ( healing past traumas) This symbol of the elements comprises the mind and emotion- two important factors that are vital to reiki. This symbol aims to unite physical and subliminal aspects of the body to help correct and bring back the balance. A balanced right and left hemisphere of the brain provides tranquility and spiritual harmony.
Uses of Sei He ki
- drug and alcohol abuse
- cure memory loss
- reinforce mental capabilities.
Connection Reiki Symbol (The Distance Symbol)
The Japanese name for this symbol is HON SHA ZE SHO NEN This is the Distant Healing Symbol and it is used to send Reiki over distance and time (past, present, future), to anyone and anything. It looks like a tower. It is also drawn when sending a distant attunement. Meaning: The God in Me Greets the God in You to Promote Enlightenment and Peace . All the bad and negative things that a particular patient had in his past, present, future lives will be addressed and replaced with positive ones.
Important functions of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen include.
- It can be sent to the past to correct wrongful experiences
- It can be sent to the present or cure negativeness on a daily basis
- It can be sent to the future to correct negative thoughts and emotions
- send to heal clients through long distances
Balancing Reiki symbol : TAM-A-RA-SHA
This symbol helps in balancing all energy that is produced during a reiki session. It is a balancing/unblocking Symbol. It grounds and balances energy. Helps to unblock the energy centers allowing the energy to flow. If signed over pain helps to reduce it or dissipate it.
Master Reiki Symbol :THE REIKI MASTER SYMBOL DAI KO MYO
This symbol is the heart of Reiki and is used to represent everything that is Reiki. It is the most powerful symbol in the Reiki group. It can be used only by Reiki Masters. The only purpose of this symbol is to reiterate the fact that Reiki is available to anyone who believes in unconditional love. This symbol is used to heal the soul. Since it deals with the soul and our spiritual self it heals disease and illness from the original source in the aura/energy fields. It is a power that works directly with the soul and facilitates healing. It helps to provide enlightenment and peace . It also allows to become more intuitive . With practice this symbol brings life profound changes.
Completion Reiki Symbol :
The Raku (ray-koo) is the final symbol that you will learn when you become a Master in the Usui Reiki system of healing. It is also known as a fire serpent and represents your “Chi” or life force energy. It is drawn downwards from the head of the recipient to the ground, allowing the energy received during this process to remain inside the 7 chakras.
During Reiki initiation session, all the above symbols will need to be activated. It is believed to symbolize a strike of lightening from the heavens, and is representative of the life force energy ( chi) that runs down the spine, through our 7 chakras. Reiki masters can choose various methods to activate the symbols depending on the intent that they are using the symbol for.
The Raku may also be used during healing sessions to ground the practitioner or the patient receiving a treatment. Once the symbol have been activated, they can be applied to specific areas of the body in order to create the desired impact. There are some practitioners that claim to be able to direct negative energy out of the body using the Raku symbol. This is not recommended unless you have properly trained in doing so. Directing energy in this manner can possibly have negative effects.
Once the attunement process is complete, you will begin to find a release from various ties that had bound you to your past behaviors. Testimonials range from tingling sensations to feeling energy waves rushing in their bodies to falling asleep. It is always best to allow the Intelligence of Reiki to remove any negative energy that may be sitting in the body, instead of taking the task on yourself.
You will now be considered at par with the group of individuals who utilize the power of Reiki to heal themselves, each other and the environment. There are many other symbols that can be used to help remove blockages that may be encountered during a healing treatment. You will be able to identify the source of your energy and in case you see this source as negative energy, you will be able to eliminate it.
It is not known where the Raku originated from, as it is not an original symbol that was taught by Usui Once you begin with Reiki, you will also be amazed at the ease with which you are able to make changes to your normal routine. It is speculated that it’s origins are Tibetan, and that Reiki Master Iris Ishikuro (who was a student of Mrs. Takata ) incorporated the symbol into her Reiki Practice, which she named Raku Kei Reiki. It is believed that Raku-Kei is an Ancient Tibetan Healing Art of Self-Mastery, much like Reiki itself. The symbol and practice was brought to the West by Arthur Robertson, who was a student of Ishirkuro
This process (Reiki) opens the 7chakras in your body and establishes an exceptional connection between the reiki source (teacher, guru) and the student. Chakra means “Wheel” in sanskrit. The human body has hundreds of “energy wheels” but the main ones needed for reiki management and therapies are found within the body”s center from the head down to the base of the spinal column.
This process is monitored by the Rei or God- consciousness that helps in making adjustments in the process you may elevate sensitivity and you may experience intuitive awareness, opening of the third eye. After Reiki attunement Reiki stays with you through out your life. You will never lose it and it will never wear off.
The power that provides you with the magical ability to become your own spiritual doctor. The power that ensures ample healing energy runs through your hands and helps you ease your lack of confidence and mental stress. This healing energy typically flows through the practitioner”s body, hands and then in the body where their hands are touching to help eradicate disease and misery using the power of unconditional love.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
This blog will guide you to eternal happiness, success and healing by using one simple thing called love. Reiki is all about healing through compassion and unconditional love. Reiki is not about religion.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing
Reiki is a healing technique that utilizes the power of touch to heal your own self or heal others. Apart from healing reiki is also used as a method that helps you attain mental and physical balance.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Reiki can also be defined as “the higher intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe” It is a subtle wisdom that permeates everything, animate as well as inanimate. This subtle wisdom controls the development of the entire universe- ranging from the development of life on this planet to the unfolding of galaxies in the universe. Its presence guides you whenever you need it.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student by teacher (guru). This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
Ki can be termed as the non-physical energy that is present in all living things. Ki flows in every living thing-including human beings, plants and animals. An individual feels strong and confident when he has a high Ki. A low Ki leads to a feeling of sickness and ill health. You receive this Ki from your food, air, sunshine and even sleep. You also have the potential to elevate the level of Ki in your body through specific breathing(pranayama) and meditation exercises (om). An individual”s Ki leaves his physical body at the time of his death. Ki is also known as “prama” in India “chi” in china the “Ti” or “Ki” in the Hawaiians. It is also referred to as the life force, vital energy force.
Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds
Life force flows through us along pathways called chakras and meridians and surrounds us in a field of energy called our aura. This incredible life force is responsive to our thoughts and feelings and is disrupted when we take on, either unconsciously or consciously, negative feelings and thoughts about ourselves. These thoughts and feelings link to the energy field and disrupt the life force.
Studies have showed that negative thoughts or feelings attach themselves to our auras and energy fields and cause blockages. Reiki heals by changing the disruption to energy flow, and rebalancing our energy fields with positive energy. It raises the vibration level of the field around the physical body and causes the negative energy to fall away. Reiki restores the necessary flow of energy and the balance between our energy pathways.
Reiki works by allowing life energy to flow through the healer to the client. The secret to Reiki healing is that the practitioner transfers this healing energy directly in the patient by connecting him unshakably to the supreme universal energy. This energy moves from the healer into the recipient. The most usual experience is a feeling of peace and relaxation.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, This energy is never depleted and is in fact utilized to heal and energize the healer. Another great thing about this energy is that it travels where it is needed most, implying that this is one of the most intelligent forms of energy that can never be misused or abused and naturally flows in the direction it is required to flow in.
Reiki is very effective for stress, anxiety and depression, it can definitely change your reaction to stress and life events! There’s a general improvement with Reiki so that people go from struggle and stress to living life more easily. In particular, people have found large improvements with self-confidence and self-esteem with Reiki.
Believe : Believe in yourself, believe in Reiki! Even if you are feeling terrible initially, your belief will help you get through. The emotional turmoil that you are going through may simply be necessary to open doors for better well-being.
How to meditate on 7 chakras
To meditate on chakras you need to find a quiet and secluded place. Sit in Sukhasana and close your eyes. Visualize white, cool, peaceful light originating from top of your head and cleansing all seven chakras one by one. Let warmth, peaceful, unconditional love light cleanse all your chakras. Visualize the light healing all your chakras.
After you have completed this meditation, imagine yourself being encircled by white light from head to toe. This pure unconditional love acts as an energy shield that is going to protect you from any negative energy that might block the flow of energy in 7 chakras.
Take a few deep breaths and open your eyes slowly and come out of the meditative state knowing that Reiki energy is flowing through all your chakras and will keep you healthy on all levels.
Hand positions for healing.
A Reiki treatment consists of the practitioner placing his or her hands on the clients body having only the intent for the energy to flow. It is all about transfer of energy from the master to the recipient through use of hands. There is no complicated rituals to perform. It is therefore important to learn the various hand positions used to treat individuals using Reiki energy.
According to Reiki teachings, the Reiki energy is smart for it knows where to go and what to do. The hand positions used in the West are different from the traditional Reiki. The Reiki practitioner is instructed to allow the energy to flow, without directing the energy.
Different hand positions are used to treat your own self and to treat others. Many times the practitioner must place their hands very near (or on) body parts most consider to be private (genitalia) Each practitioner has their own way to handle this. It’s good to inform the client and ask permission before the session so that there’s no surprises. There are a couple ways to work in these areas without directly touching the clients body and without compromising the healing session. (the distance healing symbols can be used.)
Head 1 position
Place hands over the eyes. Be careful to not squeeze the nose. This position is typically used to treat problems related to third eye. All problems related to ear, nose, throat, sinus, stress, harmonal imbalances, etc are treated through this hand position.
Head 2 position
Hands placed around temples, you are required to keep right and left wrists side by side over the temples, this position is typically used to treat headaches, fatigue, immune deficiencies, pituitary gland problems, brain issues and nervous system issues.
Head 3 position
Hands are placed on either side of the head as they lightly cup the ears. This position is extremely effective for nose and throat disorders.
Head 4 position.
Here the hands are cradling the head, with the fingers curled around the occipital ridge. The hands are placed behind the head in order to cover the back of the head. Get into this position by gently rocking the head into one hand, slide the other hand under the head, rock the head into that hand, move the other hand under the head, and then rock the head so it’s centered on both hands. This is easier demonstrated than described. This position is used to treat tension, cold, issues related to head , neck and spinal cord.
Body 1 position
Here the hands are held over the throat and thymus. You should form a tent above your throat by holding your hands and fingers together. You might find clients uncomfortable with the hands over the top of the throat, as it might remind them of choking, and you might find it better to place the hands under the throat rather than above it. This problems heals problems related to worry, communication, the thymus gland, thyroid gland and the throat.
Body 2 position
Cover your collar bone as well as breast bone. This is over the heart and heart chakra. The heart chakra is located between the breasts. Obviously you should choose your hand positions well here. This position will heal problems related to acceptance along with bronchitis, asthma, lungs, throat, etc.
Body 3 position
Place your hands side by side over upper part of your breasts. This position helps in treating problems related to heart, thymus, lungs, emotional disturbance and circulation.
Body 4 position
This position is used to specifically heal the solar plexus(manipura) chakra. Your hands should be under your breast and above the lower ribs. This position helps in treating lungs, spleen and digestive disorders.
Body 5 position
Both of your hands should be together over the stomach region, just above your navel. This position heals spleen, liver, kidney, gall bladder it also heals people suffering from depression.
Body 6 position
Place your hands over your public bone along your groin, This position is extremely helpful in treating reproductive organs, adrenal glands, testicles, ovaries, urinary bladder, kidneys. It is also effective for fatigue and weight loss issues.
Leg 1 position
Do this for both legs. Place your hands on your knee cap- one over it another just below it You might want to do two positions for each leg. One as shown, the other with one hand on knee and the other on the hip bone. This way the entire energy and nerve system circuitry of the legs have energy run through them. This position helps in removing energy block in the lower part of your body along with knee.
Develop your faith and belief in the divine power This divine power is much more wise, loving, intelligent and conscious . You may wish to call it God, Supreme, or anything you choose to. Reiki energy is free; it is god given.
Exercise is an important tool that helps us achieve this physical confidence and empowers us, it make us feel better about ourselves. All you have to do is take a walk a few times a week, and you’ll see benefits. Beyond the postural imbalances, muscle tensions and day-to-day energy demands, the ability to be physically available to your day’s requirements is crucial. Today, we’re looking at some important benefits of exercise with respect to physical confidence and how it can go a much longer way.
sense of Achievement: Whenever you exercise your personal worth increases because it gives you a feeling that you have done something rather than sitting passively and brooding over issues. exercises improves our postures. posture doesn’t just reflect your level of confidence, insecurity, or anything else. Instead, your posture sends messages to your brain that tell you how to feel. If you need to feel confident, you want your posture to send your brain that message. Right postures gives confidence.
Enhanced well-being: When you exercise, the body releases chemical substances known as endorphins which relieve stress and make you feel good psychologically. This boosts your confidence.
On the other hand, high self esteem is also a natural gift. You don’t have to learn it. You got it already but it’s covered by dirt. You mostly have to unlearn what is blocking you, getting the dirt off. Instinctively you know your worth when you are born into this world. confident people are awesome. They give off a warm, magnetic energy that makes people feel really comfortable in their presence.
A baby has no fears about his future skills or what people will think about him. The concept of failure doesn’t exist. It tries, to walk, falls and tries again until the child succeeds. Maybe because it doesn’t think in ways of approval and rejection there’s no problem. It is just driven and focused on getting the job done. When we grow older it is mainly removing a limiting way of thinking that uncovers all our power and unstop us from growing to our unlimited possibilities. Most teenagers, especially after a few years in the public education, not only don”t have confidence in themselves, they actively doubt their own worth.
Appearance: Exercise gives you a good appearance and your body image improves. Feeling attractive and good about the way you look pumps up your self-confidence. Your muscle are toned up. Looking into the mirrors make you feel good and shapely with right curves.
Change of Mindset: There are numerous ways to build your self confidence. Exercise is one of them. On some occasions when you are lost in anxious and negative thoughts, doing physical exercise can shake this mindset and make you feel confident and positive.
Reliable Anchor: Exercise acts as a reliable anchor point in our life and makes you feel in control. Whenever we have something constant to look forward to we feel good and confident. We feel energetic after exercise and all our stress erases.
Socialization: Whether it is joining a gym, walking in the neighborhood park, attending a yoga or dance class, exercise gives us space and opportunity to meet people and form bonds. Socialization adds to the confidence. Gives an opportunities to mingle with people and get involved with the community.
Competition: While exercising you may have a wish to challenge yourself or someone else. Going past your limit makes you feel on the top of the world. You get confidence to participate in any competition and become strong physically to face the challenges of life.
Sexual Performance: Many people feel low due to a bad sex life. Physical exercise improves your sexual stamina and sexual performance and enhances self-reliance and both the partners are happy and live in harmony.
Attention and Concentration: Exercise also increases your attention and concentration, which means that you can focus on your work a lot better and this becomes an important feel good factor your grades improve or get promotion in job.
It helps to sleep better. You get good sleep at night.(insomnia)
It improves blood circulation. Which makes skin shine and look totally healthy.
It boosts the body”s immunity. Saves money no visit to doctors.
It improves the respiratory health. When you exercise you take deep breaths so every cell in your body get oxygen.
Slows down aging process
Improves athletic performance
Yoga and Confidence
Before we start discussing more thoroughly about how yoga can strengthen your self-confidence, let us first talk about just what exactly is yoga, and how it is performed. Yoga originated from ancient India, yoga is a belief that a man”s mind, body and spirit should work in harmony, but the monks didn’t introduce it to the West until the late 18th or 19th century. In Sanskrit, which is the ancient language of India, ‘yoga’ basically means ‘union’. This is due to the fact that yoga aims to unify the mind, spirit and body.
It was discovered 5,000 years ago. It was developed to show the appreciation for the body. Ancient yogis believed that the body should be treated well and respected because it is the main medium for man”s growth and work, yoga has six forms. These are breathing, meditation ,exercise devotion, self control and service.
Most people now a days are more interested in yoga as a form of exercise. Yoga offers a profound sense of physical and psychological well being. On the other hand, there is also another word derived from Sanskrit that perfectly describes yoga, which is ‘asana’. Asana is the execution of different physical poses or postures. Many are practicing yoga because it is proven to help calm the mind, reduce stress, relieve pain and lose weight (which most often translates to an increase in confidence.)
A lot of individuals who haven’t dabbled with yoga think that this discipline is just all about stretching. But yoga is about more than just stretching. Its about creating balance in body and mind, and joining the two together and bringing them into close communication.
Some who are not familiar with yoga think that it is an exercise composed of poses that are also impossible to do. In particular, the popular perception associate yoga with a system of bendy, twisty, physical movements and positions.
In other words yoga is a lot more than that. Yoga is more on creating a way to balance the body by enhancing your strength and flexibility, it is not only the body that gains benefits from this practice, but also the mind.
Oftentimes we find ourselves in a situation where we feel like we just don’t want to stand out from the crowd for fear of being ridiculed. We lack confidence because of it we lose many good opportunities in life. If you’re wondering on how yoga can greatly help you enhance and strengthen your self-confidence, here are some explanations
Recent scientific research into the effects of yoga on the body and mind have shown that these physical practices have enormous benefits for physical and psychological health. They can help you to lose weight, tone muscles, treat a number of medical problems, improve your flexibility and posture, keep your muscles relaxed and supple, regulate your appetite, etc. They also decrease the all too common psychological sufferings and mindfulness and boost your mood and brain power overall. Thanks to the breathing exercises of yoga, more oxygen can enter your muscles, thus providing your muscles with more vigor.
Yoga can help you understand more your mind as well as your body. With yoga, you will become more aware of your limitations, as well as your potentials.
Just the act of going to a yoga class can boost our self-confidence. It sends such a positive message to our hearts and minds that shows we care about ourselves. This alone can elevate our opinion of ourselves.
As we start to build our physical strength and work our way into more challenging poses, we feel stronger on the inside. And balancing yoga poses become easier the more we practice, showing us that we’re capable of changing and growing. Many are hesitant about practicing yoga not just because it appears to be painful and uncomfortable but also it involves a lot of poses.
The warrior pose (Virabhadrasana I, ii, iii )
It has three positions ie, 3 parts . The first part is to strengthen of the middle section of the body. The second is to strengthen the upper part of the body. The third is to strengthen the lower body. The third of which is more challenging. These poses are excellent for toning muscles in the leg, butt, core, back and arms as well as encouraging circulation and restoring a youthful appearance. They also instill a sense of youthful confidence and courage making your awareness sharper and more focused- the attitude of a determined warrior.
This sequence of 3 poses is named for a legendary warrior, virabhadra. The first pose imitates his stance as, summoned by lord Shiva, he rose up from the earth with the sword in his hands piercing the sky.
Warrior pose 1
- Take deep breath, twist your body to the right. Twist as far as possible. Exhale, take another deep breath and return to the basic warrior pose. Exale.
- Take another deep breath and twist your body to the left, Exhale take another deep breath and return to the basic warrior pose.
- While taking deep breath, slide your left foot beside the right foot and assume the warrior pose.
- Repeat the process with your other leg.
Benefits : Warrior pose 1. Strengthens muscles in the legs feet, back shoulder and arms. It also stretches the hips and calves. It increases balance. Warrior pose also improves concentration.
Warrior pose II is accessible for most people, and even though it’s relatively uncomplicated, it can still make you feel really strong, steady, and confident.
Tips: Approach this pose from a place of strength so you can embody the qualities of a warrior and reap confidence. Really hold your space, which starts from the feet. Press them into the earth with intent and purpose, and you’ll feet that flow up through your whole body.
From the same standing position as before, again stretch the legs apart to the same width as before. Stretch your arms to either side, parallel to the ground. Then again rotate the left foot so that it points to the left. Lean into that direction with your left leg, bending the knee. Keep your back straight, your gaze should move along the left arm. Hold the pose for a count of 5
Then return to the stretched, square stance. Repeat the same movements on the right side.
Repeat for 5 to 10 rounds, then return to the original standing position.
Benefits : Increases height . It also relieves the back pains. It tones the butt. It also helps avoiding scoliosis and osteoporosis.
Warrior pose III :
- Slip your left leg to the back.
- Take a deep breath and raise your left leg up while bending your upper body forward. Your upper body and left leg should be parallel to the floor your hands should be on your sides.
- Take at least four deep breaths.
- Slowly lower your leg and raise your upper body. Return to the mountain pose.
- Take a few deep breaths to relax your body.
- Repeat the process on the other leg. Repeat the process at least 4 times for both legs.
Benefits : It improves agility and balance. Just as it imitates an extremely focused sword thrust, this asana improves concentration and focus. It tones the muscles in the leg, as well as strengthening your core.
The chair pose (Utkatasana)
- stand in Tadasana. Inhale and raise your arms perpendicular to the floor. Either keep the arms parallel, palms facing inward, or join the palms.
- Exhale and bend your knees, trying to take the thighs as nearly parallel to the floor as possible. The knees will project out over the feet, and the torso will lean slightly forward over the thighs until the front torso forms approximately a right angle with the tops of the thighs. Keep the inner thighs parallel to each other and press the heads of the thigh bones down toward the heels.
- Firm your shoulder blades against the back. Take your tailbone down toward the floor and in toward your pubis to keep the lower back long.
- Stay for 30 seconds to a minute. To come out of this pose straighten your knees with an inhalation, lifting strongly through the arms. Exhale and release your arms to your sides into Tadasana.
To help you stay in this pose, perform it near a wall. Stand with your back to the wall, a few inches away from the wall. Adjust your position relative to the wall so that when you bend into the position, your tailbone just touches and is supported by the wall.
It helps alleviate gastritis and other stomach pains caused by menstrual pains or menopausal symptoms. It relieve constipation and tones up the hip and butt muscles. It improves the posture. It flatters your belly.
Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
This pose can be challenging for a mind full of self-doubt. But on the flip side, it can quickly help to build self-confidence—and it can also be a lot of fun!
One leg is bent forward while the other is extended behind you. Your fingers touch the floor and your back and neck are arched upward.
The position of the body is mostly the same here. From equestrian pose, lift your hands from the floor and bring your palm together in front of your chest. Then stretch the arm high above your head and arch them backwards. Hold that position briefly, then again bring the fingers down to the floor in equestion pose before proceeding to the next pose.
Many beginning students have difficulty touching the floor with their lower hand, even when resting it on the fingertips. These students should support their hand on a block. Start with the block at its highest height and, if your balance is steady and comfortable, lower it down first to its middle height, then finally if possible to its lowest height
Keeping your front knee aligned, press your front foot down into the floor, and resist it to the right, as though you were trying to turn your front foot out, but can’t because it’s stuck to the floor.
Keep that, and press your back foot against the wall, and resist up, as though someone was trying to push your back thigh down and you were resisting against them (your foot and leg won’t actually move, you’re just resisting).
Maintaining this dual resistance (pressing down and resisting out with the front foot, and pressing back into the wall and resisting up with the back foot), you might even find that you’re so stable that you can not only extend your top arm up, but you might even be able to lift your bottom hand away from the block!
Use uplifting music.
A classic. Use inspiring and motivating music to pump up yourself before leaving for an important day, before a big test or meeting, before anything that might make your confidence unstable. This works pretty well as a temporary state-booster. Music is a fantastic way to boost your self-confidence as you can listen to it whenever you need a quick boost of confidence.
Singing is also a powerful way to boost your self-confidence. It doesn’t matter how good or talented you are, the process of singing has a range of benefits. As well as helping to boost self-confidence, singing has many benefits to other areas of your life. The benefits are enormous and you, too, can use singing to boost your self-confidence.
Excellent music will energize you and helps you to forget your problems and worries, which is important when facing the challenges of your life!
Using musical instruments to establish a foundation of confidence will strengthen a persons music abilities and desire to play, but it also affects many aspects of his/her personal and professional life. This multidimensional effect stems from the ups and downs of acquiring a new skill, learning with peers and recognizing successes. Even if the notes aren’t played properly every time, music can be a big confidence booster for a person.
Just about anyone can sing, all you need is a voice. If you can talk, you can sing, regardless of how well you do it. Most children sing, therefore the physical capability is there. Children don’t worry about how they sound, they just enjoy it. By the time we become adults, many of us are conditioned to be overly critical, and even ashamed of our voices. Many people even fear singing. Why can’t adults be more like children?
We are all born with very high self-confidence, but often it is gradually eroded by emotional trauma of varying degrees. People grow up and get the shine knocked out of them. Have you noticed that most children seem to bounce into this world with a really hefty amount of self-esteem? Really. If you”ve ever chatted to a kid about their crappy crayon drawing or pasta art, you”ll immediately see that there”s no pretend humility, no self effacement. Just pride and confidence. Ask them what they want to be and they”ll tell you “a unicorn trainer”.
How Singing Boosts Self-Confidence
Singing has a range of physical and mental health benefits. Singing is great for your self-confidence because:
- It helps to release your stress inhibitions and it gives you the freedom to be yourself. And happy
- It’s very personal and a way of nurturing yourself as a person and you also will enjoy it
- It lifts your mood and it’s fun to listen and brings people together.
- It distracts your mind from negative thoughts and changes it to positive thoughts and you feel happy.
- It helps with breathing, relaxation and slowing your heart rate and you are motivated
- It helps to relieve stress ,muscle tension .and you are ready for a new challenges
- It helps with focus , concentration and dedicated to your tasks.
- It helps with mindfulness and being in the present moment and enjoy life.
- It can be meditative also.
- It’s challenging and rewarding every time.
- It gives you meaning and purpose for life.
- It takes you out of your comfort zone and it’s empowering and motivates you.
- It gives you a sense of achievement and unifying .
- It’s a way of expressing yourself and your emotions to others
It’s a way of meeting new people, especially when you join a group or a singing band.
Mastering a musical instrument will foster a persons sense of pride, confidence and self-worth. The benefits of music don’t just stay in the music classroom Even if the person experiences a rough start to this musical journey, each new skill he/she acquires or musical piece he/she plays well will be rewarding. As a person learns to read and play music on her/his instrument, not only will she/he be increasing her/his knowledge base and competence level in music, but her/his competence may improve, her/his problem-solving skills will be strengthened and her/his ability to stay on task will improve, With this may come a new sense of purpose that banishes boredom, doubt, negative personal thoughts and feelings of aimlessness. His/her self-esteem will also be strengthened as he/she learns to coordinate his/her fingers and body to play the instrument properly, read the music and executes the notes to create a pleasing sound.
Self efficacy is the strength of your beliefs in your ability to complete tasks successfully.
“It should be noted that the construct of self-efficacy differs from the colloquial term “confidence.” Confidence is a nondescript term that refers to strength of belief but does not necessarily specify what the certainty is about.
Whether you will persist or give up while working on a specific task – How long you will stick to uncomfortable changes designed to bring long term results (quit smoking, weight loss,positive thinking mindset) I can be supremely confident that I will fail at an endeavor. Perceived self-efficacy refers to belief in one’s capabilities, that one can produce given levels of attainment.
What goals you”ll set for yourself and where “extremely difficult” ends and impossible starts. A self -efficacy assessment, therefore, includes both an affirmation of a capability level and the strength of that belief.
The beliefs you have about your abilities shape your entire life. They effect how you think, feel and behave. Self-efficacy refers to subject’s behaviors (i.e.: it’s the subject’s judgment about his own ability to follow a needed or desired course of action); self-confidence has a lesser precise definition, implying a person’s trust on a wider range of own resources or strengths.
If you have little self-efficacy, you will have a tendency to write off things you consider impossible. Self-confidence lead to self-efficacy, or we can say there is a direct correlation between the two factors. On the other hand, self-efficacy is related to other factors too, such as: the difficulty of the task, the subject’s abilities and so on.
If you don”t believe you are able to achieve your dreams you will live a medicare life instead of realizing your full potential. When the word self-efficacy is heard, it is often understood as self-confidence by many people. Self-confidence is not the same as self- efficacy.Its important to note that self-efficacy is task related you can have high self-efficacy in a particular task and low self efficacy when working in another task.
Self-confidence is defined as a trust or assertion in oneself, believing in one’s aptitude, making a choice which maybe referring to a general context or to a specific event or doings. Some people recognize self-confidence as self-assurance.
Self efficacy develops during childhood. The right parent/teacher/family can help to develop a powerful belief in their abilities that will empower them in their adult life.
self-efficacy can be defined as the capability to attain the required outcome. Speaking of perceived self-efficacy generally means that the person has a lot of faith in his or her aptitude that the wanted outcome can be achieved.
Those with self-efficacy tends to have higher level of desire, higher obligation and are also able to restore themselves after facing with failure better than those with poorer height of self-efficacy
Self efficacy v/s low self efficacy
|Consider challenges as something they can over come||Avoid challenges (consequently they rarely grow)|
|Obstacles don”t make them lose confidence in their abilities.||Difficult goals are beyond their capabilities and thus they don”t achieve big goals.|
|Take responsibility for their failure and believe they control the outcome (not believe in getting lucky)||Quickly lose confidence in their abilities and give up on their goals.|
|Put more effort to complete the task||Have narrow view (no big picture)|
|They set goals and develop deeper understanding of it||They don”t believe in their abilities but on external factors like luck.|
People with higher levels of self-efficacy tends to view heavy responsibilities as challenge to be tackled other than viewing it as danger or risk that has to be stayed away from at all times. If you don”t believe in your abilities you are not likely to set big goals that have the highest chance of making a dramatic improvement in your life.
Before we get to understand how to hypnotize yourself to derive all the benefits, it is perhaps important that we learn the basic just to help us build a solid foundation. The word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypos” which means sleep. It is an abbreviation of the term neuro-hypnotism which means sleep of the nervous system. This blog contains proven steps on how to perform self hypnosis, for beginners, Amazing ways to change your mind, change your life and feel great now.
Hypnosis is not exactly a new concept. You are probably not aware of this, but hypnosis has been used since the ancient times to cure people suffering from any mental or physical illness. Self hypnosis is an extremely liberating practice, because it allows you to tap into both the conscious and subconscious areas of your mind and free yourself from almost any barriers imaginable.
Have you ever seen old horror films and television programs that portray hypnosis as a frightening instrument of mind control where unscrupulous villains enslave the will of helpless victims? Many people are scared of hypnosis because of so many scary things that they have heard about hypnosis. Perhaps you have seen stage shows where a hypnotist seems to be able to use their “hypnotic powers” to make people do and say things that they would never do or say under normal conditions. These popular misconceptions have caused fear and apprehension in people”s minds that they would rather avoid the practice regardless of the benefits it holds for them.
If so, it is not surprising that hypnosis may seem just a little bit wacky, not unlike other seemingly mystical and unexplained phenomena. The movie industry and the media have been largely responsible for these misrepresentations. This is unfortunate because hypnosis is, in fact, a serious therapeutic tool that can help people overcome many psychological, emotional and even some physical problems. This is pure fiction and very far from what hypnosis is about, how it is conducted and what it is used for.
People have been entering into hypnotic type trances for several years- we are talking about thousand and thousands of years ago. Hypnosis efficiently calms and puts the mind at a tranquil state. The state of hypnosis can best be described as a state of highly focused attention with heightened suggestibility. In its simplest term, hypnosis is a trans state, which is usually characterized by extreme relaxation, suggestibility, and heightened imagination, which is far different from sleep, Unconsciousness or mind-control because you are actually alert Aware, in control, in a natural and harmless state and able to come out of hypnosis when you wish to.
Hypnosis is done with complete focus and concentration on certain matters. Self-hypnosis is often used to modify behavior, emotions and attitudes. Self-hypnosis is a process of an individual causing hypnotic induction without any assistance. When it comes to self hypnosis, you need to know that it is just like ordinary hypnosis but there is no hypnotizer who hypnotizes you in his premises.
Self Hypnosis is the perfect framework, in which we can trigger change, motivation, and a shift in mindset. For instance, many people use self-hypnosis to help deal with the problems of everyday living. Self-hypnosis can boost confidence and even help people develop new skills. It is something close to daydreaming or a state in which you feel as if you are losing yourself in a movie or book while you are fully conscious but out of tune to much of the external stimuli around you except the subject at hand. A great stress and anxiety reliever, it can also be used to help overcome habits such as smoking and overeating/weight loss.
When you are in this state, you sort of have no other thought going on in your mind. It mostly uses imaginary objects-for instance, your focus spot and repetition (Suggestions). You will be guided into a highly relaxed state. You will not be asleep and you will be aware of what is happening throughout. Once you are in this state, your hypnotherapist (or yourself) will communicate with your unconscious, using questions and positive suggestive statements to challenge your limiting beliefs.
The statements used will depend on your personal circumstances and will relate to any particular confidence issues you feel you have. The premise behind hypnotherapy is that when your unconscious believes you are confident, this translates to your conscious. This therefore changes your thought patterns and actions to improve your confidence. The benefits of self hypnosis are that you can achieve control over your pain and stress without the help of trained specialists. In other words, with hypnosis, you can use your mind to achieve feats that you would n”t be able to tap into the mind”s limitless power to unleash more potential from you.
Who among us is not influenced by, suggestion? Aren”t we all as we have seen, influenced by the suggestion? Of advertisement? Don”t we all have tendency to believe what we read in the paper, hear on the radio or see on television ? Aren”t we all convinced that a name brand article is better than one that is not so well known.
Over the last decade we have found that one of the most common uses for self hypnosis is confidence building, Self-confidence isn’t there just to make you feel good. We need self-confidence to drive our aspirations to make them real; it’s as much a vehicle as a destination in itself. What’s more, when you are self-confident others feel it and can’t help but respond. Confidence is a state of mind. When we feel confident, we accept ourselves and believe in our abilities. When we don’t feel confident, we can become stressed, anxious, unfulfilled and ultimately unhappy.
Self-confidence gives you the freedom to make mistakes and cope with failure without feeling that your world has come to an end or that you are a worthless person. Self -hypnosis or hypnotherapy can be a successful way of reducing stress and opening the mind to new ideas to thought processes, especially when dealing with problem behavior such as certain addictions and self confidence.. We hear a lot about having the confidence to be successful, but it takes self-confidence to fail and manage that failure in ways that don’t damage your self-esteem.
This is important: Self-confidence doesn’t consist of knowing for sure something will go well. It has more to do with relaxing with the certainty that you can handle uncertainty, even if that means some kind of failure. Hypnotherapy is essentially a way of reprogramming how we think. Real self-confidence imbues you with an overriding sense of “whatever happens, I’ll be okay!” It’s bigger than both success and failure.
Have you ever met someone who despite constant reassurance and approval, lacks confidence in their abilities? There are many self-hypnosis resources available for people who lacks confidence. Or perhaps you know someone who thinks they are fantastic at what they do, despite other people telling them otherwise? This happens because of their confidence in their abilities.
The essence of self-confidence is having faith not only in your own abilities but also in your own potential. There exists a lot of skepticism and suspicion around the subject of hypnotism, especially in Western cultures. This skepticism stems partly from hypnosis being used as a form of entertainment and also from some of the original theories on the subject. So if a person lacks confidence his/her mind set can be changed with self hypnosis . This happens because our unconscious holds a set of beliefs about us that stay the same, regardless of external factors. So a singer who believes deep in their unconscious that they have a terrible voice, will likely avoid performing, even if people tell them they have a great voice.
Self-confident people are adventurous experimenters who keep an open mind and don’t assume that something will go badly – or even well. They simply enjoy making a start and finding out later. The more you try in life, the more you build self-confidence through discovering how to manage lots of different situations. Furthermore, hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used to help boost self-esteem and personal confidence as well as to overcome related problems, such as a fear of public speaking.
Hypnotherapy accesses the unconscious mind and uses the power of suggestion to facilitate positive change. The human mind can be split into three distinct areas of consciousness; the conscious, subconscious and unconscious. It can be useful to think of each part of the mind on a scale of depth. The subconscious mind is below consciousness most of the time, a deeper level – it is therefore not so easily accessible and controls how we may feel or react to certain situations or circumstances, based on what we have learn t through experience, in the past. It also controls and regulates our essential bodily functions, such as breathing.
The unconscious mind is the deepest part of our mind and is much more difficult to reach – it can include suppressed memories of traumatic events.
Hypnotism works by reaching a relaxed state whereby it is possible to sink deeper into our minds and rewrite or reprogram our subconscious.
Through physical and mental relaxation, self-hypnosis can allow people to bypass their conscious minds and introduce positive thoughts and ideas into their unconscious. Upon ‘awakening’ from the hypnotic state the new thoughts and ideas in the subconscious will, eventually, affect the conscious mind and can, in turn, lead to changed behaviors.
Hypnotherapy does not claim to be a ‘quick fix’, such methods require perseverance and practice in order for the subconscious mind to pick up and apply the new messages.
These suggestions can be tailored to help improve confidence levels. Generally these suggestions will be positive and made in the present tense. For example the phrase “you feel confident in everything you do” would be used rather than “you no longer doubt yourself”. The theory behind this is that the unconscious can’t differentiate between “you have” and “you no longer have”.
Hypnotherapy has the power to tap into your unconscious to bring out traits you already have. the conscious mind is the top or shallowest part of the mind and is responsible for making sense of the things we are directly aware of – like stress levels. It cannot add personality traits or change your personality. Everyone is born with confidence; it is the false beliefs that for one reason or another end up in our unconscious that deplete our confidence. By unlearning this, our confidence levels return to how they would be naturally.
While self-confidence and self-esteem are usually linked, they are not the same thing. When we talk about self-confidence we are referring to the way we feel about our ability to carry out tasks and roles. Self-esteem refers to the way we feel about ourselves – the way we look, behave and think.
Those with low self-esteem generally have low self-confidence too. Having said this, people with low self-esteem can have confidence in certain areas and those with high self-esteem may lack confidence in certain areas.
Having confidence in your abilities does not mean performing tasks perfectly. In fact, a big part of having self-confidence is knowing how to deal with mistakes when they occur.
Over the last decade we have found that one of the most common uses for self hypnosis is confidence building, so we thought that it would be a good idea to explain just how you might build self confidence using hypnosis.
As our starting point, let’s take a look at how you build self confidence in the real world. How do you get to the point where doing something scary just isn’t scary any more?
Well basically, you do it and do it until it just isn’t scary any more! Hardly a deeply insightful answer, but true. Think of anything you have mastered that was difficult at first, and you’ll see that’s what happened.
Fear, or lack of confidence, is all about uncertainty, and once you have done something enough for the uncertainty to mostly disappear, the fear disappears too.
People who lack confidence, misuse self-hypnosis without even knowing they’re doing it. So many people waste time imagining how awful they’ll feel ‘when’ things go wrong. They worry about how they’ll cope with humiliation, defeat, failure, insult or being thought of as weird or ‘a loser’. No wonder they fear to even try. They have a negative mind set.
This is a destructive, uncontrolled form of self-hypnosis. Misusing the imagination to rehearse feeling bad about yourself is a fast-track route to self-doubt. Get into the habit of doing the opposite.(positive thinking).
Think about when you want to feel confident specifically. Close your eyes and rehearse feeling and acting boldly with decisiveness and focus. When we stop worrying about what might go wrong, we can start focusing on what might go right; and when we do that, things are more likely to go well for us.(positive mindset).
In order for self-hypnosis or prescribed hypnotherapy to work successfully it is important to approach the process with an open mind.
WANT to be hypnotised : To be hypnotized either by yourself or by another individual you need to be motivated. If you believe in it, then it will happen. If you fail to believe, the the results will be unknown.
Not be overly sceptical : If you have no desire to be hypnotized , then it will not be effective . It is similar to religion: If you believe that God exists, you do not need proof of his existence as you have faith.
Relaxation : The subject who wishes to be hypnotized must be relaxed. Relaxation and the clearing of the mind are crucial for a successful hypnosis.
Concentration : You need to be able to concentrate. You need to remove everything out of your head, except for the thoughts associated with your goal and objective.
Direction : You also need to think about why you are going to use self-hypnosis and what messages you want to give yourself – what ideas you wish to plant into your subconscious. Work on some short statements that you are going to use when you reach a hypnotic state. The hypnotic suggestion should be adjusted to the goal of the person and it should be phrased in most effective way to have the best possible influence on the subconscious mind.
Return to reality : You should eventually return from the state of hypnosis to everyday reality. For this purpose count from 5 to 1 and when you reach one say: “Awake” or “Wide Awake”.
Hypnosis statement :Your hypnosis statement should be
- Genuine and honest
Get into comfortable clothing. It’s pretty hard entering any kind of deep, relaxed state when all you can think about is the waistband of your jeans cutting off your circulation. So take this as an excuse to throw on some sweats. You want absolutely nothing distracting you.
To start the process you need to feel physically relaxed and comfortable. Try using a basic relaxation technique .
Go to a quiet room and sit in any comfortable chair, couch, or bed. Although some people prefer to lie down, you are more susceptible to sleep than when sitting up. Whether you sit or lie, ensure that you do not cross your legs or any part of your body. You may be in this position for a while and this could end up being uncomfortable.. The place that you have chosen for your self hypnosis should have no distraction or the possibility of distractions.
No self-hypnosis is effective if it gets interrupted by a phone call, a pet, or a kid. Turn off your phone (and the alerts), lock the door, and sequester yourself. This is your time.
The amount of time you want to dedicate to this is up to you. Most prefer to be in a trance (we try to avoid that phrase as it has certain…err…negative connotations) for about 15 or 20 minutes, but you have to a lot of time to get in and out of it, too.
Figure out your hypnosis goals. Are you doing it just to relax? For self-improvement? To train your brain? If you’re doing it to achieve a greater end (weight loss, quitting smoking, anxiety etc.), prepare a list of affirmations. As I have said before your statement should be Genuine and Honest, positive, simple. Self-hypnosis can be used just for relaxation, sure, but it can be for a number of life-enhancing things, too. Many use it to achieve their goals, change their thinking, or just as general positive reinforcement or motivation.
Find an object that you can focus your vision and attention on – ideally this object will involve you looking slightly upwards on the wall or ceiling in front of you.(a pendulum or a dot on a white paper) Focus on a specific point of object.
Clear your mind of all thoughts and just focus on your object. This is obviously quite hard to achieve but take your time to let thoughts leave you.
Become aware of your eyes, think about your eyelids becoming heavy and slowly closing. Focus on your breathing as your eyes close, breathe deeply and evenly and relax. Focus on the point, concentrating on your eyelids. Repeat to yourself that they’re getting heavier and heavier and let them close when you cannot keep them open anymore.
Tell yourself that you will relax more every time you breathe out. Slow your breathing and let yourself relax deeper and deeper with every breath. Recognize the tension in your body. Beginning with your toes, imagine the tension slowly falling away from your body and vanishing. Imagine it freeing each body part one at a time starting with your toes and working its way up your body. Visualize each part of your body becoming lighter and lighter as the tension is removed. Relax your toes, then your feet. Continue with your calves, thighs, hips, stomach and so on, until you’ve relaxed each portion, including your face and head.
Use your mind’s eye to visualize a gentle up and down or sideways movement of an object. Perhaps the hand of a metronome or a pendulum – anything that has a regular, slow and steady swing. Watch the item sway backwards and forwards or up and down in your mind’s eye. (or the dot )
Softly, slowly and monotonously count down from ten in your head, saying I am relaxing after each number. ’10 I am relaxing’… ‘9 I am relaxing’ etc. . Feel every part of the body as relaxing.
Believe and remind yourself that when you finish counting down you will have reached your hypnotic state.
When you have reached your hypnotic state it is time to focus on the personal statements that you prepared. Focus on each statement – visualize it in your mind’s eye, repeat it in your thoughts. Stay relaxed and focused. Repeat your short statements.
Relax and clear your mind once more before bringing yourself out of your hypnotic state.
Slowly but increasingly energetically count up to 10. Reverse the process you used before when you counted down into your hypnotic state. Use some positive message between each number, as you count. ‘1, when I awake I will feel like I have had a full night’s sleep’ … etc.
When you reach 10 you will feel fully awake and revived! Slowly let your conscious mind catch up with the events of the day and continue feeling refreshed.
Chakras are energy centers connected with certain parts of the body, and a process of connecting to our own inner strength. According to Hindu belief, chakras are vast pools of energy in our bodies which govern our psychological qualities.
In this blog I”ll be focusing on the hindu system of seven chakras. Although their might be known by other names in other cultures like Buddhist Vajrayana to Chinese Taoism, Western escotericism, and even the Kabbalah. There are said to be seven main chakras in all; four in our upper body, which govern our mental properties, and three in the lower body, which govern our instinctual properties. There are seven main energy centers, or chakras, that run vertically up your spine and have the ability to empower you. Take a look at each one and how it can help boost self-reliance and confidence in your abilities.
The colors of the chakras are the exact same colors and in the same order as the colors of a rainbow, from red at the base to violet / white light at the crown Our bodies are walking rainbows! If you hold a crystal up to sunlight it displays beautiful vibrant rainbows that can give you an idea of what a healthy, happy chakra system looks like. Although there is generally a predominant color associated with each chakra, These seven chakras are subjected to imbalances, and can cause disturbances in our physical, emotional, and spiritual level of life.
Different emotions are registered in different places of the body. Falling in love for example is a warm sensation in the chest. For instance, the root chakra relates to our sense of connection with our fellow human beings, as well as survival issues. If a person believes they are unsafe and trust is difficult, this chakra will tend to be pulled in and not joined in harmony with the other chakras. This will affect the organs in the area of the root chakra, such as the sex organs. Each chakra is represented by a lotus flower with a certain number of petals. Which are characterized as the spokes of a wheel (Chakra).Our instincts would join forces with our feelings and thinking. Some of our chakras are usually not open all the way (meaning, they operate just like when you were born), but some are over-active, or even near closed. If the chakras are not balanced, peace with the self cannot be achieved.
The Chakras are arranged vertically, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
The Crown Chakra, (Sahaswara) : which is the 7th Chakra, is at the very top of the head. Complete connection to the higher self. It appears with the color violet and pure white Light. When the crown and third eye are clear, there is no self-hate. It is linked to our awareness of Oneness with Source, integration of the Whole, living in the now, meaning, devotion, inspiration, and conscious alignment with Pure Awareness. . You may feel as though a force outside yourself is guiding you. From this, you begin to understand that, on a universal level, even imperfections are perfect.
The seventh chakra, Sahaswara, is referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra and its pinnacle of the chakra system. This is the top chakra of the seven and located at the crown of the head. Sahaswara is our source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to all that is. It is said to be located either at the crown of the head or the space above it, depending on which tradition you consult. It is a connection to our higher selves, to every being on the planet, and ultimately the divine energy that creates everything in the universe.
As the name suggests, this chakra is represented by a lotus of one thousand-petal. The petals of many colors. True opening of Sahaswara means the realization that you are pure awareness. The crown chakra is the ultimate white light, which refracts as though a prism, into every color of the visible spectrum. You are pure consciousness, undivided, and all expansive. Like a drop in the ocean, you are a part of that ocean that contains and encompasses every aspect of it. There is no element connected with this chakra,nor a seed syllable. The lotus flower is a symbol in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. It is nurtured, grows, and emerges in muddy waters. Everything we say about it is mere metaphor, word and image – a finger pointing to the moon, but not the moon itself, sahasrara is the ultimate light of pure nondual awareness.
The following is a list of asanas useful for working with a blocked The Crown Chakra, (Sahaswara)
While silence is the most powerful and important way to opening the seventh chakra, there are some other practices that support this chakra. Inverted yoga asanas such as headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) and down dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) can help stimulate the seventh chakra, as well as any posture that brings the crown of the head to the floor such as fish pose (Matsyasana).
Crystal and Gemstones for The Crown Chakra,
The color for the crown chakra is violet or white . Gems you can wear or have in your environment to help open and align the seventh chakra are amethyst, selenite, and sugilite, White Calcite, White Topaz.
How to Meditate to open /balance The Crown Chakra,
- All this time, your body should now be totally relaxed, and your mind should be at peace. However, do not stop concentrating on the Crown Chakra.
- This meditation is the longest, and should take no less than ten minutes.
WARNING: don’t use this meditation for the Crown Chakra if your Root Chakra is not strong or open. Before dealing with this last chakra, you need a strong “foundation” first, which the Root exercises will present to you.
The Brow Chakra, or Third Eye, (Ajna) : which is the 6th Chakra, is in the center of the forehead. eye inside It resonates with the color indigo and is linked to inner vision, unity perspective, divine understanding, discernment, wisdom, intuition, and intelligence. This chakra sees beyond sight, giving you a clearer view than your physical eyes ever could. When you follow your third eye and learn the difference between your intuition and your mind, your confidence will surely surely increase.
The Brow Chakra also called the third eye is the center of perception and command. The sixth chakra, called Ajna is located superficially in the middle of the forehead, between and above the eyebrows. It directs our sight and everyday awareness of the world. Internally, it is located at the pineal gland. Our consciousness is located here. “We” are here. It is often called the “third eye” because of its relation to seeing-not physical sight, but the insight of intuition. We relate to ourselves through this chakra.
Ajna is represented by a two-petaled lotus of a deep indigo color. It is associated with mind element and its seed syallable is OM the primordial sound. We see ourselves and the external world, interpret what we see and are aware of ourselves and the world through the brow chakra. When the ajna chakra is imbalanced, it can lead to day dreaming, getting lost in a world of make believe and even delusions and hallucinations. The brow chakra interprets the world – our inner world, and the world that comes into the body, primarily through sight. When the brow chakra is out of balance, the whole organism suffers. Without perspective, nothing makes sense.
The following is a list of asanas useful for working with a blocked The Brow Chakra, or Third Eye, (Ajna) :
Crystal and Gemstones for The Brow Chakra, or Third Eye, (Ajna) :
The dark blue/purple crystals of indigo are used to treat imbalances of the brow chakra. This is the color of an empty sky, of solitude and reflection. It is a quiet color, one of mystery and wisdom and judgment. Indigo crystals should be held during any meditation aimed at assuring the free flow of energy within the brow chakra. Quiet reflection with a small indigo crystal placed on the forehead will help focus the wisdom of the indigo ray on the brow chakra releasing any blockages. Some other stones which can be used are Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Sugilite.
How to Meditate to open /balance The Brow Chakra, or Third Eye, (Ajna) :
Sit in a comfortable position and concentrate on ajna chakra
- Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “OM” or “AUM.”
- All this time, relaxation of the body should come a bit naturally, and continue to think of the chakra, it’s meaning, and how it does or should affect your life.
- Keep doing this until the same “clean” feeling seems to come back or intensify.
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) is the 5th Chakra, at the base of the throat, and is blue in color. The name of this chakra Vishuddha or Vishuddhi, means “very pure”. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. Communication: a tricky thing It is linked to expressing and being our truth, taking responsibility for our own needs, surrendering our will to the Divine, trusting Source, decision making, personal authority, and manifesting creative impulses.
It has to do with the power of speech, understood broadly here to mean the ability to communicate through any linguistic or symbolic means. You may feel as though you’ve communicated your needs and feelings very clearly while the other party involved may not have any concept of your words. That includes not just speaking and writing, but also the arts, which are symbolic forms of self expression. The throat chakra helps you to communicate your desires in a way that will be not only heard but also understood.
The throat chakra is represented by a light blue lotus with sixteen petal. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. The element connected with the throat chakra is space, and the seed syllable of this chakra is the syllable of the space element “HAM”. Faith and understanding combine the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. The element corresponding to the fifth chakra is ether or space, and the sense is hearing.
Ordinarily, when we speak, we do so somewhat thoughtlessly. Authentic expression is not something that comes easily. Sometimes we use speech in a manipulative way-to deceive others, or to sow discord. There’s a delicate dance between saying what you mean and staying tactful or diplomatic or we use words as weapons, to abuse and hurt. We may speak carelessly, not considering the impact our words might have on others. Often it’s easier to say what the other person may want to hear instead of speaking your truth. Thus vicious rumors can begin, simply because we wanted to entertain ourselves with conversation. Fear of not being accepted, or judgment from the other may hinder your truthful verbal expression.
Opening the third chakra helps you to feel your personal power and have the confidence to express yourself. Knowing what’s in your heart comes when you align the fourth chakra. When vishuddha is balanced, your speech comes naturally and easily. Then, when it comes to verbalizing your needs, desires, and opinions you’re better able to determine how to be truthful to yourself and others. It has an easy-flowing, pleasant and persuasive quality. This chakra is based on self-expression and communication. When the chakra is open, expressing yourself is easy,
The following is a list of asanas useful for working with a blocked The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha): or balance it: In your yoga practice, you can do camel pose (Ustrasana), bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), and plow (Halasana). These poses will stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands as well as bring energy to the area of the throat.
Crystal and Gemstones for The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha):
The color corresponding to the fifth chakra is blue, and gems to balance this chakra are sapphire, blue topaz, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise., Sodalite, Blue Calcite, Blue Kyanite, Angelite, Blue Turquoise.
How to Meditate to open /balance The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha):
- Concentrate on the Throat Chakra and what it stands for, at the base of the throat.
- Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “HAM.”
- All this time, keep on relaxing your body, thinking of the chakra, it’s meaning, and how it does or should affect your life.
- Keep doing this for about five minutes, and the “clean” feeling will intensify once again.
The Heart Chakra, (Anahata): which is the 4th Chakra, is in the center of the chest. Although it is located close to the heart, it is actually in the center of the chest. The fourth chakra is at the center of the seven chakras with three below and three above. This is the area where physical and spiritual meet. There is a separate chakra located slightly below and to the left of anahata called hrit literally “heart” But as this is not considered a major chakra in the system we”re presenting we will carry on with the convention of calling anahata the heart.
Love and confidence are intertwined more than you might realize .It displays the colors green and pink. When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself. A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others. If you love and have found peace through your higher self, the thoughts and words of others have much less (if any) impact on your personal confidence scale.
some people choose to live in the place of grievances. They’ve been hurt in the past by parents, siblings, classmates, or loves. Maybe you’ve been there too. It’s impossible to avoid situations where someone may try to hurt you. But you get to choose what to do with that hurt. Some people might try to hurt the other person back. Yet, that is not living from a place of Anahata. The person who inflicts pain on others is coming from a place of fear, ignorance or hatred, all of which represent a closed heart chakra. It is linked to love (as a union of spiritual and human love), compassion, confidence, trust, expansion, acceptance, openness and inspiration. You love yourself, not the roles you play.
The following is a list of asanas useful for working with a blocked The Heart Chakra, (Anahata): or balance it:
Crystal and Gemstones for The Heart Chakra, (Anahata)
- Pink/Rubellite Tourmaline
- Watermelon Tourmaline
- Rose Quartz
How to Meditate to open /balance The Heart Chakra,
- Sit in a comfortable position
- Concentrate on the Heart Chakra and what it stands for, at the spine, level with the heart.
- Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “YAM.”
- All this time, continue to relax your body, and think of the chakra, it’s meaning, and how it does or should affect your life.
- Keep doing this until you are completely relaxed, and the “clean” feeling returns and/or intensifies within your body.
The Solar Plexus (Manipura) : which is the 3rd Chakra, goes from just below the heart down to the navel. Manipura means “City of Jewels”. A balanced solar plexus can provide the power you desire to accomplish anything . Its element is fire. Physically, it is connected to the metabolism and the “fire” of digestion, which transforms food , extracting its nutrients and processing the waste. Yellow in color, it is linked to our self-esteem, reaction to criticism, personal power, and ego . It is the center of will power, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are. Those with a “strong sense of will,” get it from the solar plexus. When you know your destiny, and no one can deter you, that is confidence. The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable.
The naval chakra is represented as yellow ten-petaled lotus. Its syllable is “ RAM” the seed syllable of fire element. Its function is transforming, burning, purposeful. 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
In Indian traditional medicine digestion is likened to the burning of fire, which transforms fuel into heat and light and leaves ashes behind. The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner. 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.
When it is out of balance, it can manifest physically as poor digestion. 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.
The following is a list of asanas useful for working with a blocked The Solar Plexus (Manipura) or balance it:
- Ashtanga namaskara
- Setu asana
Crystal and Gemstones for Solar Plexus (Manipura)
- Yellow Jasper
- Golden Calcite
How to Meditate to open /balance Solar Plexus (Manipura)
- Sit in a comfortable position
- Silently, yet clearly, chant the sound “RAM.“
- All this time, let yourself relax even more, continuing to think about the chakra, it’s meaning, and how it does or should affect your life.
- Keep doing this until you are completely relaxed. You should have a “clean” feeling (for every chakra).
The Sacral Chakra, ( Svdhisthana): which is the 2nd Chakra, is located just below the navel. It is connected to the reproductive system and sexuality. Sexuality is very intimate, even private= hence the name, which suggest a highly personal situation. The negative outcomes of a blocked sacral chakra can be challenging Resonating with the color orange, it is linked to our inner child, creativity, innocence, vulnerability and spontaneity Because it is related to sexuality, it is also related to the creativity and passionate energy of the libido. Problem solving can seem impossible when this chakra needs work. That can be very harmful to an ego. When in balance, however, the sacral can bloom with creativity and charm.
The Sacral chakra is represented by an orange colour lotus of six petals. The Sacral Chakra is your passion and pleasure centre and it is located in the pelvic area. Its seed syllable is VAM. While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. Its element is water, a capricious element, that takes many shapes, can be frozen or liquid, can flow swiftly and with great force or slowly and gentle or gather in one place and be still; it can erode surfaces or sustain life. The gift of this chakra is experiencing our life through feeling and sensations.
Having worked on our basic living situation , we are ready to work on our emotional lives, starting with our passions and desires. The energy of this chakra allows you to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body. It allows you to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness. The idea expressed by sacral chakra is to balance the energy of our passion.
The main challenge for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society. We live in a society where feelings are not valued, where passion, and emotional reactions are being frowned upon. We are being taught not to “loose control”. And we get disconnected from our bodies, our feelings.
There are many reasons that the sacral chakra might be blocked or imbalanced. we also experience the wounds of our collective cultural struggles over many sexual issues of our society. On one hand sexuality is magnified and glorified, and on the other hand it is rejected. This results in either blocked or excessive second chakra issues. The Trauma of sexual abuse is one reason. No wonder we have so many issues with our passion center, the wellspring of feelings, enjoyment, and sensuality.
The following is a list of asanas useful for working with a blocked sacral chakra or balance it:
Crystal and Gemstones for Sacral Chakra.
- Orange Calcite
How to Meditate to open /balance Sacral Chakra
- Sit in a comfortable position.
- Concentrate on the Sacral Chakra and what it stands for, at the sacral bone (lower back).
- Silently, yet clearly, chant the sound “VAM.”
- All this time, let yourself relax, still thinking about the chakra, it’s meaning, and how it does or should affect your life.
- Keep doing this until you are completely relaxed. Again, you may have a “clean” feeling.
The Root Chakra, (Muladhara) the 1st Chakra, is at the base of the spine and is red in color it is a four petaled flower. When in balance, the root chakra provides the feeling of being grounded It is linked to our connection and loyalty to our “tribe,” family, and fellow human beings, our connection with the manifestation of physical earth, survival instincts, pleasure / pain, and sexuality. It is related to the basic physiological and psychological functions of the human organism. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day. Whether or not you feel secure now often has less to do with what you have at your disposal and more to do with how safe you felt as a small child. You may not always be able to trust that the world will give you what you need to survive, but connection to your higher self and trust in a power higher than yourself will give you what you need to feel safe.
This helps you to adapt to whatever life throws at you without the unstable feeling that comes when this chakra is blocked. As such, it has to do with security and survival related activities, such as making money and procuring food. Change no longer evokes anxiety or reluctance; transformation becomes exciting and fun. As infants, if your caregivers readily gave you what you needed to survive with consistency, you felt secure in the world. You felt that the world was a place that could be trusted to provide your basic needs. Yet, if your caregivers withheld or delayed in giving you what you needed, or if that giving was inconsistent, you may find yourself with first chakra blockages.
An imbalance in this chakra might include feelings of insecurity especially around financial matters, food and shelter, which relate directly to physical survival, when the Root chakra is balanced, you feel safe, secure and well established in the solid quality of earth. If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance. Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the chakras above.
The mantra sound that corresponds to the root chakra is LAM. The seed syllable is lam (pronounced lum). Each chakra has an associated mantra or seed syllable. Which is the syllable of the earth element. Chanting or toning sounds can also help bring you back to balance just like music brings people together. Sounds create vibrations in the body, and these vibrations help the cells work together in synchronistic harmony. So each of the chakras has its own sound and by reciting or intoning its seed syllable, you can connect to its energy.
Other ways to open a blocked chakra include using yoga, mantras, colors, and gems. Various positions or asanas of hatha yoga themselves help purify the chakras and bring them into balance. The following is the list of asanas useful for working with chakras Yoga Asanas that help to open and align Muladhara are…
- Marjari asanas
(I will write about yoga asanas in my next blog)
Crystal and Gemstones for Root Chakras (Muladhara)
Finally, colors and gems can help bring a chakra into balance. The ideal is to have all chakra centers clear, balanced, and vitalized for optimal well-being. The chakra system goes back to ancient eastern masters. Each chakra is associated with a particular area of the body and a color of the spectrum. Stones are for clearing, revitalizing, and healing chakras. Crystal wands are utilized to open the chakras. Generally, the selection of stones correspond with the associated color of the chakra. The root chakra’s color is red. Gemstones for the first chakra include GarnetHematite, red jasper, black tourmaline, Red Zincite Smoky Quartz and bloodstone. You can place the gemstone on the area of the chakra while lying down to help open and align it. There are 7 major Chakra centers of the physical body, where vital energy flows and intersects. Through our Chakras, we transmit and receive physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. The chakras are manifested in one’s physical state. Crystal wands are utilized to open the chakras. Generally, the selection of stones correspond with the associated color of the chakra.
How to Meditate to open /balance Root chakra Muladhara)
Sit in a most comfortable position of your choice but best is padmasana then breath, focus full of your attention on breathing when the breathing is normal, Visualize a closed red flower. Imagine a very powerful energy radiating it: it slowly opens showing four red petals full of energy.