In my first article for Contemplative Journal I share about using the eight aspects of God to build resilience. Below is an excerpt from the article.
No matter how hard we try, we cannot avoid stress or prevent suffering; it’s part of being human. But with a few tools and a proactive mindset, we can build resilience toward life’s setbacks—and even grow stronger from adversity.
Building resilience isn’t necessarily about “toughing it out” so much as it is about tapping into your spirit. Spiritual energy runs through our veins; it’s the life force that sustains us during hardship and lights us up on the other side of it.
There exists a powerful structure of spiritual energy centers throughout our bodies called chakras. The word chakra comes from Sanskrit, an ancient language of India, and is commonly referred to in the practices of yoga and meditation.
Paramhansa Yogananda, the great yogi who brought yoga to the west in the 1920s, teaches us that there are eight aspects of God: peace, wisdom, power, love, calmness, sound, light, and joy (or bliss). When we marry these aspects with the seven primary chakras, we have a set of tools, a roadmap, to navigate our lives.
The primary chakras run along the spine, starting at the bottom, at the coccyx, and ending at the crown of head. The sixth chakra has two points: its negative pole is located at the lower back of the skull and its positive counterpoint resides at the point between the eyebrows.
Starting with the first chakra and going all the way up to the seventh, the aspects align like this:
Chakra 1: the root chakra: peace,
Chakra 2: the sacral chakra: wisdom,
Chakra 3: the navel chakra: power,
Chakra 4: the heart chakra: love,
Chakra 5: the throat chakra: calmness,
Chakra 6: the third eye chakra: light (as in seeing the light) and sound, and,
Chakra 7: the crown chakra: bliss.
There are thousands of other chakras, but when we learn to work with the seven primary ones, the rest vibrate to the healthier frequencies of the primary seven through the act of entrainment. In my book, The Eight Aspects of God, A Pathway to Bliss, I share more about each chakra’s location in the body along with what limits its functionality and ideas on how to get the energy flowing again. When our energy is free-flowing, our whole body hums along like a well-tuned car.
Whether you know anything about the chakras or not, working to bring these eight aspects into your life, you’ll experience greater health and happiness because, like maintaining your car by adding necessary fluids to resist wear and tear, tending to your energy centers (by inviting the God aspects into your life) automatically makes you more resistant to stress. When you absorb less stress, you feel good. When you feel good, you’re not only more resilient to adversity, you’re clear-headed and better positioned to make decisions that will propel your life forward.
To read the full article and try the suggested exercise, please go to the Contemplative Journal site.