This week I was feeling restless and was looking to find focus and wisdom. I spent some time getting into a deep meditative state, and during meditation these words came to me, repeating over and over like a mantra: “You are the light of the world.”
These words are familiar to me, but I hadn’t been thinking about them until this meditation. They come from the following verse: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-15
The feeling and meaning of this repeating mantra ran deep within me. I felt a current of energy like I had been plugged into the Divine light that surrounds and lives within each of us. I felt completely at peace, and at the same time, energized.
Whenever I have a profound experience in spiritual practice, the more it feels like coming home. I realize yet again that I am just uncovering what’s always been there. I feel natural and whole. It’s how I felt as a little girl: joyful, loving and free.
The message I received had a light and joyful feeling. It wasn’t telling me to “get my act together” or to “be perfect” or to “try harder.” Instead, I felt filled with light and energy.
After the meditation, I had energy and motivation to do things I had been putting off, like writing my book. While initially excited to write, in recent months, I had been procrastinating. I was avoiding this writing, feeling that I had nothing new to add to the millions of books already published. I had been feeling inadequate. After this flow of energy, I immediately started writing and the words just flowed out of me. I realized that I did have a unique and valid perspective, and I wanted to share what I have learned in order to assist others on their healing journeys.
My entire perspective had shifted by opening up and allowing the light to flow.
Cultures around the world see that we are connected to Diving/Universal light and are actually made of light energy. Mind, body and spirit are one. There is no separation. One affects the others. In Eastern Medicine, the Chakra system describes energy centers throughout the body. Chakra means “wheel of light.”
The solar plexus or manipura chakra, the energy center located at the base of the rib cage, deals with power, energy, self-worth, self-confidence, will, ego/sense of self, autonomy, taking action, proactivity, responsibility/reliability, and appropriate self-discipline. Fire is the element associated with manipura chakra. When this center is in balance, our inner fire burns brightly, allowing us to take action, to live passionately and intentionally.
We also process anger, frustration, irritations and anxieties here, and imbalance in the solar plexus is a major source of physical, emotional and spiritual discomfort.
If the fire burns too brightly, such as when we overwork or push too hard, or it is stifled, such as when we are not dealing with anger or frustration in a healthy way, or we have a low sense of self-worth, we either rage out of control or burn out. Some physical issues associated with manipura imbalance are inflammation, digestive issues, muscle spasms and chronic fatigue. When we are in balance, our bodies function optimally, and our ability to relate to others is also improved. Feeling a sense of self-worth, having the ability to express feelings in an appropriate way, and taking appropriate action steps are all important components in supporting physical and emotional health, sustaining healthy relationships and helping us achieve our goals.
Meditation, Reiki and Yoga are wonderful tools to facilitate improved energy flow and balance. Diaphragmatic belly breathing is another highly effective practice to create better flow of energy in the solar plexus (among many other benefits). Follow the instructions below or click here for guided practice with Shelley.
Diaphragmatic breathing: (Lying on your back with legs supported on 1-2 pillows)
Begin to notice the flow of the breath, in and out through your nose. Gradually slow the breath down, lengthening both the inhale and the exhale.
Place your hands on your abdomen.
As you inhale, feel your belly rising.
As you exhale, feel your belly dropping down toward the floor.
Gently lengthen both the inhale and the exhale (without straining).
Keep breath relaxed and soft, but deep.
As you continue breathing, begin to exhale more fully, while still continuing full inhales.
Repeat several cycles.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Let your light shine brightly!
Blessings, love and light
August 2020 Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, RM/ is a practitioner at Ommani. Shelley is currently seeing Reiki, Individual yoga and Physical Therapy clients at The Ommani Center. (Following CDC guidelines) on Tuesday and Wednesday. She is also offering distant Reiki sessions. Online yoga class subscription is available through (https://www.pureenergyyoga.com/monthly-subscription-channel). Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.
“If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” – Chinese Proverb