For months, possibly years, I have held a lot of tightness and anxiety in my neck and shoulders. I have even noticed that since high school my singing range has slipped from a Soprano to an alto…hitting high notes just doesn’t happen anymore. I assumed it was a natural part of getting older, but after I visited a Shamanic Reiki healer this week I have come to realize it is something I can reverse! I have had a blocked, sometimes closed, fifth chakra, or Throat Chakra.
When she scanned my body and commented about the state of that chakra I was amazed that it hadn’t occurred to me before. In general I don’t have any problem communicating with people. My husband doesn’t often let me forget that I talk too much and could benefit from listening more! So how in the world could my Throat Chakra be closed? Well, as it turns out, the truth/s I have been withholding have been from myself, not others. I have a terrible gift of being able to write off things I don’t want to explore. Lately, I have this burgeoning belief that I’m special somehow. That I have a unique gift to share with the world. The problem is, every time I think about it I push it away because I’m afraid of seeming arrogant or having delusions of grandeur.
Later in our session, I was taught the Native American style of guided meditation called journeying. In my journey I met my spirit animal and experienced a cleansing and opening of my throat chakra. It was amazing the physical reaction I had in the middle of the journey sequence. I suddenly felt an intense tickle in my throat and began coughing as if clearing something out. My guide explained that my spirit animal was helping me release the blockage in the chakra. The next day I wrote a poem! It just flowed out of me and I plan to perform it as spoken word to whoever will listen to me! It’s incredible the inspiration I feel to write and create and my eagerness to share it with others. I have also noticed a difference in how I judge myself and my creative work. I’m learning to embrace my “style” and look at any thing I do, say or create as “art.”
For those of you who think you’re not creative or artistic I beg you to reconsider. I believe it is an innate element of human nature to be “creators”. Art can take any shape, it is simply physical manifestation of creativity. Basically anything you do or make can be considered art. So, take a good look at your life and ask yourself, “what are my talents?” and “what do I enjoy doing?” Chances are the themes that overlap in those two categories are your creative talents. Once you identify your gifts the next step is to have the self-confidence to ACT. Don’t let self-doubt stop you! You’ll know if you’re on the right track immediately because wonderful coincidence will start to occur. As my wonderful Aunt Eleanor once told me, “You know your with it when all the lights are turning green.” Just go with the flow!
Express Yourself. The World needs it. Be the change you want to see.