Today, I am sharing chapter 3, WISDOM, from my book, The Eight Aspects of God: A Pathway to Bliss. This God aspect correlates to your body’s second major energy center, located in your lower back and lower abdominal area (in yoga this energy center is often called the sacral chakra). As a reminder, you don’t need to know anything about energy medicine, yoga, meditation or have a specific spiritual practice to reap the benefits of tapping into the body’s subtle energy forces. This information is for everyone! No exceptions.
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Chapter 3: Wisdom
The second of the seven major chakras is the sacral chakra, which is located just above the pubic bone, several inches below the navel. The second chakra is directly associated with birthing new life—literally, but also symbolically, as its the center of awakening and creating skills and talents. Creativity is not just about being creative, as in the arts; it also has to do with being creative in your relationships with people and things, like jobs and finances.
To have positive relationships and maximize creative expression, we must follow our inner guidance, our soul’s wisdom. We do that by learning about what governs the second chakra. The sacral chakra is connected to water. Water is fluid, dynamic, and needs to flow; otherwise it becomes stagnant. Similarly, it’s important to keep an open, flowing creative channel in your life to stave off rigidity and atrophy. Creativity is essential for inviting in, and staying connected to your deep inner wisdom. Wisdom is the key quality of the sacral chakra.
Why You Lose Touch With Your Soul’s Wisdom
I recently read a quote by Lao Tzu, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” This is true. Dwelling on the past reminds us of our regrets or abusive situations, which can result in depression. When we think about all the what-ifs in the future, we are filled with fear and worry and become anxious. It’s only when we let go of past regrets and stop anticipating tomorrow’s problems that we can be fully in this moment.
Living in this moment—the here and now—is where we find stillness. Being still is where we get in touch with the essence of our soul, our wisdom.
Have You Lost Touch with Your Inner Wisdom?
A few signs you may be out of touch with your inner wisdom include:
- You’re stuck in a job you hate.
- You’re in relationships that pull you down.
- You have no creative outlet.
- You have feelings of apathy, meaning you’ve given up on having a purpose-filled work life, meaningful relationships, or ever painting that masterpiece or writing that book.
The reason a painter loses all sense of time painting and a musician composes late into the night is because to the soul, every moment is infinite, timeless. And when we create relationships that celebrate our uniqueness, we honor that same deep knowing. We dance to the rhythms of life with abandon. Passions ignite as talents come to life, awakening our soul and shaping our surroundings.
But when we stop doing things that feed our urge to express ourselves creatively, we lose our sense of joy. Joy happens when you lose all track of time while doing something your soul loves, like the painter, writer, or musician. Deep feelings of joy exist in the place where you bliss out. Connecting with your joy, your bliss, through creative action, is a direct path to your higher, wiser, soul self.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Ways to Reconnect with the Wisdom of Your Soul
- Try something new. If you don’t know what your talents or skills are, or have lost touch with your sense of purpose, seek out volunteer opportunities. Pay attention to the activities that leave you feeling alive! Sometimes volunteering opens ideas and opportunities for career changes that you might not otherwise have considered.
- Move your body. Swimming (outside if possible) is one of the best physical actions for the second chakra for two reasons: (1) the water element is associated with the sacral chakra; and (2) swimming allows your hips (the location of the sacral chakra) to move freely from side to side as you reach and pull with each stroke, releasing tension and blocked energy. Some other ideas to open the hips are forward, backward, and side-angle bends in yoga, belly dancing, and hoola hooping!
- Journal each morning, first thing! Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way, offers guidance on writing what she calls “morning pages.” The process works to help discover talents and rejuvenate creativity. After a week or two, read what you’ve written. Notice patterns or hints of secret desires. Have you always wanted to play the guitar or sing? Did you use to paint but stopped? After reviewing your writing, sit in stillness, in meditation, for just a bit. Be quiet and listen.
- Be here now. I like to say, “While peeling potatoes, peel potatoes.” Being mindful of every action within the most basic task helps to develop the habit of being in touch with your feelings. Over time, you naturally rely on your feelings as truth. Truth is the path to your inner knowing.
- Don’t let anybody ever convince you that you are not creative. And if you hold beliefs that you are not worthy of sharing your creative talents, let them go. It’s simply not true. You were born an intuitive, creative, joyful being. Avoid anyone who says otherwise.
- Affirm every day, “I am an important, creative, wise soul.”
How Will You Know You Are Following Your Wisdom?
When guided by your soul’s wisdom, you are deeply connected to the positive aspects associated with the second chakra. You are naturally more creative and playful. Your attitude is more flexible and you are intuitive. You feel great appreciation for the simplest pleasures in life. You are free-flowing and open to change. You know what your purpose is, or you’re on a path to discover it. You are no longer guided by the past but embracing the pull, the potential, found in the here and now.