Anahata ~ inviting love and compassion into your life

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The Sanskrit name for the Heart Chakra is Anahata, which translates to “unhurt”.

Anahata connects us to love, joy, happiness and compassion, and allows us to feel sorrow, sadness and anger.

Located in the centre of your chest, Anahata is the bridge connecting the lower and higher chakras.

When in balance Anahata enables you to understand others and accept them for who they are; you will not judge or be critical of their actions. You are comfortable with your own company, and would rather wait for the “right” one to come to you – because you know it will come to you when the time is right.

If it is unbalanced you are ruled by your emotions; sadness, anger, grief, despair, greediness and happiness will come over you with no or little control. You may be manipulative, over critical, and judgemental of yourself and others.

This card is a lesson of the Heart; it is time to forgive and accept yourself, and invite love and compassion to flow through you, allowing it to heal you and others.

To balance Anahata practice compassion and self-love. Reconnect with your heart by connecting with the element of air; sit outside and feel the breeze upon your skin or practice breath work. Psychotherapy can help to deal with relationship issues, grief, and self-acceptance.

When it is open fully, the Heart Chakra becomes what the Buddhists call Mahakaruna, a channel for universal compassion – your true self.

© Michelle Chant 2014 — with Michelle Chant.

Manipura ~ the masculine energy of the Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura

The Sanskrit name for the Solar Plexus Chakra is Manipura, which translates to “lustrous gem”.

Manipura connects us to the Divine Masculine who is within us all, both men and women. He connects us to our yang energy; our inner warrior.

Located between the base of the sternum and the bellybutton, Manipura radiates vital life energy ~ or prana ~ throughout your entire body, it is where your will power and self-discipline resides.

It is from this chakra that you draw on your ability to achieve, connect with your self-esteem and raw emotions; and where that ‘gut feeling’ resides.

When in balance Manipura allows you to be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts; you have a healthy self-love and respect for yourself.

If it is unbalanced you may be judgmental or critical of yourself, have doubt and mistrust towards others, and worry bout what other people might think about you.

It is time to step into your inner-warrior and take up your place in the world!

To balance your Solar Plexus Chakra let go of self-doubt and fear. Reconnect with your inner-warrior by doing physical exercise, going for a walking the sun, deep relaxation or simply meditate on the colour yellow.

Allow warmth and joy to radiate throughout your entire being; all those who come in contact with you will be drawn to it.

Muladhara ~ the grounding and instinctual energy of the Root Chakra

Muladhara

Located at the base of the spine, the Sanskrit name for the Root Chakra is Muladhara, which translates to “root support”.

Rooted in the element of earth, Muladhara influences our survival instincts; the human need for safety, shelter and sustenance. It also influences our physical connection to the world.

Blockages in Muladhara often manifest as fears about money, safety or stability at home. However, when in balance it holds your connection to safety and security; keeping grounded, helping you to get your work done on a physical level and to take care of your material needs.

If you have drawn this card it is time to bring your focus into your body, and find yourself feeling more secure in the here and now.

Practice ways of grounding your energy; connecting with the earth, spending time in nature, engaging in physical activity and eating fresh nutritious foods.

With the help of energetic healing, meditation and movement, you may be able to unblock your Root Chakra to move beyond personal stumbling blocks and into greater health and happiness.

Frequently Asked Questions ~ Chakradance™

Do I need to commit to a whole cycle or series?

Most Facilitators offer introductory classes so that participants can experience a class before committing to a cycle or series. The healing effect is greater if all seven chakras are explored, and we therefore recommend dancing through a whole cycle or series. The alternative would be to join a Celebratory workshop and dance through all seven chakas in one workshop.

I don’t know anything about the chakras, can I still come?

It really doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about the chakras. Although we do provide information about the chakras throughout the classes and workshops, Chakradance is all about experiencing your chakras. The classes will provide you with an embodied understanding of the chakra system and you will learn to work with your chakras in practical ways.

Can I do Chakradance when I don’t have any dance training or experience?

You don’t need any dance experience or training to participate in a Chakradance class or workshop. The dance is your own free-form spontaneous expression of the energy of each chakra. Anyone and everyone can Chakradance.

What age group is Chakradance for?

Chakradance is for everyone from young adults through to old-age. As each participant finds their own dance, you can move as softly or energetically as you like. Each person can take it at their own pace and fitness level.

What do I wear?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. We dance in bare feet.

What do I need to bring?

Always remember to bring a bottle of water.

 

Find out more about Chakradance.

Chakradance … My Journey ~ by guest blogger Jennine Hubber

Jennine Hubber of Avalon Essences Wellness

Knowing my love of movement and passion of dance Michelle invited me to her Chakradance workshop. Her invitation was quite intriguing …

“Come JJ we are in a darkened room, lit only by candle-light, we move with our eyes closed, and our attention turned inwards, Chakradance is about making a connection with our inner world – the world of our imagination, feelings, intuition and senses”.

WOW OK when and where I will be there. … I didn’t think it about for a little while and then Michelle reminded me the week of the first workshop so my curiosity started to build, although I love to dance I was a little nervous and quite excited as to what the experience might bring.

It was Magikal –

Truly Mystical and Magikal !!

Yes it was a ‘moving’ experience BUT it also became MY time to completely let go of all my fears and be free.

For me each week was very different and over the weeks I felt like I started to grow from the deep tribal feeling of the Base Chakra dance right through to the Spiritual almost trance like state of the Crown Chakra.  It became a journey, My Journey, I felt like I had wings and that a huge weight had been lifted.

Michelle is very supportive and extremely caring; her passion for this system beams from her and with her energy and Love I am sure you will also find Chakradance a most rewarding journey.

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About Jennine

Jennine is a modern day alchemist. She is the creatrix of Avalon Essences, a range of hand-blended aromatherapy skin care products and perfumes. All of her products are derived from plants, antioxidants, herbs, fragranced oils and essential oils for their therapeutic values; and do not contain harmful ingredients, animal derivatives, harsh detergents or petroleum by-products.

Her own healing journey has also inspired Jennine to help others. Now an UltraLite detox and weight loss practitioner, Jennine works with her clients to assist them in their journey to become healthy.

This modern-day goddess really walks her talk.

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Higher healing with the chakras

With the help of energetic healing, meditation and movement, you may be able to unblock your chakras to move beyond personal stumbling blocks and into greater health and happiness.

Did you know working with your chakras can improve not only your physical health, but also your emotional wellbeing?

First described in the Vedas, India’s ancient books of wisdom, more than 4000 years ago, understanding of chakras and their role in spiritual and physical development has now travelled widely through the Western world.

Meaning ‘wheel’ or ‘disc’, a chakra is an energy centre, often depicted as a spinning ball of energy.

There are seven primary chakras in the body, running from the base of your spine through to the top of your head. It’s possible that each energy centre is reflective of one of the original seven planets and that each chakra ‘s purpose is influenced by its planetary patron. While there are other minor chakras, it’s the main seven that are most discussed and highlighted in terms of balancing energy and emotion, and improving health.

Your chakras open and activate at different stages through childhood and adult life. As an adult, you may have some well-functioning chakras and others that are closed down.

If you experienced a major event or trauma as a child, you may note the chakra corresponding to that age as of particular significance for you. Depending on the issues and concerns of your life today, different chakra profiles will resonate more or less strongly.

Each chakra connects to individual emotions, feelings, processes and parts of the body.

The base chakra, for example, correlates to basic survival needs, while the crown chakra holds your connection to divinity and spirit, as if energy rises from the practical or mundane at the base of the chakra system to the intuitive and highly perceptive at the top of the chakra system. The chakras reflect a growth process, bringing you from unconscious to conscious.

As with physical organs, the function of each of your chakras can become blocked. Energy work, crystals and meditation can be powerful ways to get your wheels spinning again and balance your chakras.

You can work with the chakras purely energetically, or you can include them as one facet on your healing journey.

Dancing through the ancient chakra system awakens the body, expands the mind, and calls out to the soul. Dancing the seven chakras is like dancing into seven different inner landscapes, each with its own lessons, meanings and stories.

Chakradance classes are all held in a darkened room, lit only by candle-light. In this ‘sacred space’ we begin to transition from our outer, every-day life, into our rich inner, imaginative world. To find out more about Chakradance click here. To find out when the next Chakradance workshops are coming up, click here.

The spiritual power of dance

Chakradance is a dynamic, moving meditation which balances the chakras and awakens the Soul.

Article by Keti Sharif.

Dance can be a ritual, a means of celebration, and a form of entertainment, but it can also be something more. In fact, dance is a mode of human expression that harnesses the secrets of the universe.

Dance is an ancient art form that has the power to express deep human truth. It is a form of self expression that can connect you to the deeper patterns of the universe, and allow you to transcend your daily limitations.

Moving to rhythms

In primitive cultures, the links between heaven and earth, spirit and matter, or human and god nature were understood and celebrated through ritual, song and movement. Movement was created in response to rhythms, which in turn mimicked the rhythms of life. Dances would celebrate the cyclic nature of birth, planetary regeneration, the lunar phases, the female menstrual cycle, and the seasons.

Dance, in its primal state, bypasses mental analysis and translates a type of elemental knowledge universal knowledge directly through the body. The same could be said about music, which in its essence is almost unconsciously drawn from the musician with guidance that cannot be explained in terms of literal study or dissemination of learnt material. It’s sometimes called inspired, but where does it really come from?

In dance, one of history’s oldest modes of communicating with divinity and nature, the body becomes a vehicle for universal knowledge through music. The two are inextricably linked. When the two parts become one, the expression is complete.

When music is expressed as a dance, whether performed for others or just for self, a message is transposed from the divine inspiration to the vibrational mode of music to physical understanding through the body. As simple as it seems, this process of dancing to music harnesses various cosmological elements within its process. There is a clarity or awareness realised through the act of dancing itself. Inspiration and instinct often guide both music and dance.

The impact of dance

Dance, and the music that inspires it, creates both physical and psychological effects. According to sound engineer David Gibson in his book The Art of Mixing, drums are primal and instant in their effect, with a core range of tempos from 60 to 180 beats per minute (bpm) that affects your physiology. Your entire endocrine system noticeably speeds up simply by listening to 130bpm, whereas 60bpm is pacifying and often used in hypnosis.

When you dance, you are creating a music-melody-movement response to the various instruments played. You are tuning your body movement with sound wavelength and frequencies. According to Gibson, instruments tend to be played at the body area that harnesses these frequencies. Drums operate at a frequency of approximately 50MHz, which resonates with the pelvic area in humans. Flutes are pitched at almost 4000MHz and resonate with the head area in humans.

This explains why African warriors dance in low, grounded, aggressive movements to earthy drums, while the Sufi dervishes spin to flutes for enlightenment. Fiery guitars sit in the mid-body area, with qualities matching the solar plexus’ characteristics of pride and courage, apparent in Spanish flamenco. The emotive heart area tunes into higher frequency again, so instruments such as accordion and violins create music that engages feeling and ‘pulls the heartstrings’.

In dance, you are tuning into cosmological principles. As you dance, the tempo of the rhythm, the emotive frequency of the music and melody are demonstrated through the organic body-mechanics of dance. Dance becomes the art of representing music. You fall into fractal patterning and ‘know’ instinctivelytht when a drum pattern emerges you step and rock into it.

Bellydancing is particularly responsive to these energies. So are many other Eastern styles: the zaar dancers, for example, instinctively ‘swing’ and shake their bodies into a moving meditation based on the rhythm of the music. Then there are Sufi dervishes who step and whirl in response to music that takes them to psychological nirvana.

Moving wisdom

When you discover the power and the energy that resides within you, it is like coming home. Chakradance is a form of nourishment for your true self; for your soul.

Blending free-flowing movements with particular frequencies of sound, Chakradance will free the energy in your body and open you to a deeper experience of life. A healing dance/movement practice that draws on a fusion of philosophies and musical styles, Chakradance aims to restore health to our chakras – the energy centres that, in Eastern tradition, are the gateways to integrating mind, body and spirit.

My invitation is for you to find what thousands of others have found – the unravelling of blocked energy, a deepened connection to your true, authentic self, and the feeling of coming home.

In a darkened room, lit only by candle-light, we move with our eyes closed, and our attention turned inwards, for unlike most other dance practices, Chakradance is about making a connection with our inner world – the world of our imagination, feelings, intuition and senses.

The experience is like a waking dream – we dance up forgotten parts of ourselves, and release the memories stored in our muscles. Our aches and pains reveal their stories and our hidden fears unmask themselves. The experiences are deeply personal and reflect our own nature and history, yet at the same time we tap into the collective heights and depths of human experience.

Drawing on the wisdom of Jungian Psychology, Chakradance is a dance for healing and self-discovery. Each dance gives rise to different insights and feelings… and we use the creation of personal ‘mandala art’ as a way of anchoring our experiences back into our conscious world. Each dance leads us closer to the person we are truly meant to be.

Join me at my next Chakradance workshop, or if you’re not in Canberra, find a Chakradance practitioner in your area.

Magic happens on a full moon

My angels and guardians surround me
with loving guidance and protection.
Their elixirs of healing energy embrace me
and I am at peace knowing how very loved
and adored I am by the precious helpers
from above and beyond.
I ground the cosmic beauty of angelic wisdom
into the roots of my earthly life.

Isha Lerner

We danced the Third Eye chakra under the full moon last night – it was magical.

The moon was majestic in her beauty. She called to us.

Twelve of us circled and held hands as I invoked the goddess archetypes for each chakra. You could feel the electricity move around the circle.

The magic had begun. We started with an active dreaming meditation to visualise the life we desired, to bring it closer to manifestation.

And then we danced. We danced with goddesses, angels and guides. We danced with our ancestors and loved ones that had passed.

We allowed the music to transport us to where-ever we needed to go. Some found themselves flying over the earth. Others received messages from their guides and angels.

I felt the loving energy of my angels and guides around me, and was transported to a place of clarity where I could here the messages from my guides and my inner-wise self.

I was told that I was on the right path, and to continue on my journey towards bliss and fulfillment.

As I said, it was a magical night.

What is Chakradance™?

Chakradance™ is a dance practice for body and soul. It’s a powerful experience that will free and energise you. It combines spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music to promote that wonderful state of calm vitality known as “well-being”.

The music is the key, as it resonates deeply with each in turn of the seven major chakras – the energy centres that integrate and regulate our physical, mental and emotional energies. Many who have experienced it claim it has transformed their lives for the better; others, simply that they enjoyed it hugely.

What makes it more than your normal belly-dancing or salsa class?

It’s not about steps or performance; you do it with your eyes closed in a darkened room. It’s more like a dynamic, moving meditation. It’s completely about freedom of expression; there is no right way to Chakradance™ as everyone has his or her own rhythm and movement. With its roots in Jungian psychology, Chakradance™ encourages people to dance for self-discovery and self-healing.

What do you feel is the main attraction?

The best thing about Chakradance™ is you don’t have to follow a set routine to feel the benefits; you just let the music take control. People from all ages (16 – 90) can participate. Some people are attracted by the fact that it’s a fun and energetic workout to great music. Other people say it leads to a spiritual awakening. Most people love it because it provides a haven away from their stressed and repressed everyday lives, and a rare opportunity to shed their inhibitions in a healthy and appropriate way.

What are the benefits (both physical and mental) of Chakradance™?

The most obvious physical benefit is that it boosts your fitness. It’s a cardio workout that gets everything moving from your face to your feet. It really gets your heart pumping; releasing endorphins to make you feel great. For those who are looking for a more spiritual workout, each workshop is designed to work a different chakra. There are seven main chakras in total. These centres of energy may be under or over active. Balancing them leads to many benefits, including better relationships, improved confidence and self esteem, emotional health and more creativity, heightened inspiration and clarity. But the biggest benefit of all – which comes about by being released from your ordinary day and given a playground and a map to discover how you really feel – is the absolute freedom to be yourself.

So it can be seen as a tool to improve overall health and wellbeing?

Yes, absolutely. Chakradance™ is unique because it’s a cross between dynamic meditation and dance. It requires you to participate physically, emotionally, intellectually AND spiritually. It is extremely therapeutic, although not in a rational or analytical way. The key to its healing power is the experience itself. Not only is it a new physical activity, Chakradance™ truly integrates body and soul.

How would you describe the Chakradance™ experience?

Chakradance™ is almost like entering into a waking dream. Specifically selected music and tailored visualisations help you tap into your inner world. You close your eyes and surrender to the music. From here the process involves letting the movements emerge spontaneously. As the music’s vibrations affect you, you may see images in your mind’s-eye, recall memories or gain insights related to each chakra. You may also feel emotions or physical sensations.

Can the music really help balance a person’s charkas?

Each of the seven chakras vibrates at its own frequency. Music is able to balance the chakras by using the sound vibrations to tune each energy centre. The music selected is modern dance music and world music with specific musical tones that resonate with the chakras. Interwoven with the music are the pure tones of crystal bowls sourced from across the globe, that release a vibrational sound field that is an essential ingredient of each dance. Chakradance™ music has a lasting effect. The vibrations continue to pulse outward into our energy field long after the sounds have stopped playing. The more we experience these healing sounds, the greater and the more permanent the effect. When the music is combined with spontaneous dance, the healing effect is magnified.

How often would someone need to Chakradance™ for and for how long, to achieve the full benefits?

It’s possible to Chakradance™ for between one-three hours to achieve results. Most people get hooked after their first time. Our teachers run monthly two-hour workshops that works on a different chakra each month. We also run special one-hour and three-hour workshops that are just as effective. The more regularly you do it the better. Each time you Chakradance™ the experience is quite different. You can even practice at home – there’s a Chakradance™ CD out now.

And out of the ether

Behold, a sacred voice
is calling you.

All over the sky,
a sacred voice is calling you.

Black Elk

A small group of six danced the Throat Chakra on Friday evening. What a powerful night!

We chanted with Monks, and then we danced into the ether.

 As we danced, something magical began to happen. We felt our bodies dissolving away as we became the ether. Each of us were transported to a magical place where we connected with our angels and guides. We danced with them, and communicated to learn of messages from our Souls.

Then a beautiful white unicorn pegasus appeared. Once of the dancers had manifested him. He was beautiful and majestic – a brilliant white, with massive wings and a horn that shimmered as if it was made from thousands of tiny crystals.

The unicorn pegasus joined in the dance. He ran around the room, whipping up the energy. The temperature became noticably warmer, as the energy swirled and expanded.

A few of us saw him, others felt him. It was incredible.

A truly magical night!