The Key to Actualizing

The Key to Actualizing


Learn multiple ways to achieve the mind-body-spirit connection and experience a crown chakra practice on your own.

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Have you ever met anyone (or might you be someone) who finds it difficult to integrate spirituality with day-to-day practical living?

Want an example? Perhaps the elements of a spiritual practice are held distinctly separate from the rest of life. Or, even more challenging, spirituality so dominates thought and behavior that the practical aspects of living are difficult to achieve. My mother had a fabulous phrase for this, ‘too heavenly minded to be any earthly good.’ Right? Brilliant!

The Key to Actualizing

Let me be clear. This is not a treatise on becoming less spiritual. Rather, it’s an invitation to anchor spirituality within the embodied self. Why? Because then spirit can actualize: live, breathe and move. Life and its experiences become spirit's agent, messenger and vehicle. Life gets easier, even when it’s not easy!

Embodied Spirituality

What does embodied spirituality look like?

People may be in the soup, sitting in difficult questions… to stay in or leave a relationship, to launch or close a business, to move to a new part of the country or world… or a myriad of other gnarly and sticky issues. Yet somehow, these people ground into their spiritual awareness and connection, trusting that the answers and next steps emerge through integrated presence.

Recently a colleague shared a story of having to choose between two different homes that she’d offered to buy. One would support a homey, animal-centric lifestyle and the work it entailed. The other required little maintenance, was not animal-oriented, freeing her to travel and pursue other worldly activities. Both offers were accepted; she had to choose between two disparate options.

As I listened to her, she validated her ability to stand in embodied knowing. She trusted that by connecting to her spiritual awareness, it would inform, guide and collaborate with her emotions and intellect. The answer would reveal itself in a timely and coherent fashion. She lives in her body, and her spiritual practices inform her life.

How to get there? There are multiple ways to achieve the mind-body-spirit connection.

Cultivating Your Energy Field

For some, the chakras and aura are a powerful gateway to aligning and integrating the whole self. The seven primary chakras play a powerful role in generating and supporting embodiment and an integrated connection to spiritual insights, intuition and the lovely art of being. Truthfully, our lives can only emerge from whatever we consciously or unconsciously cultivate in our energy field.

Understanding the Crown Chakra

When someone is too heavenly minded, it means they’re allowing their crown chakra (at the top of the head) to consume all the energy in their system. The crown chakra connects us to divinity, source, spirit, All That Is, God. So, yes, that’s a great connection to have. However, if the connection to spirit dominates, what happens to the rest of the energy centers in the body? How can clarity, volition and authentic self emerge?

A Daily Practice

If you feel as though you need to anchor your spirituality, try this:

  • Imagine your crown chakra, at the top of your head — a ball of energy with a set of petals opening up to the sky, the Cosmos
  • Close the petals down a bit to about 50% open
  • See yourself drawing the inspiration, information, light down through your entire being, from the top of your head to your feet. And beyond, anchored into the Earth
  • Know that you ground your inspiration to the Earth through your body, establishing a flow-state for manifesting your divinely sourced ideas

If you could use more practices for embodied spirituality, check out Energy Healing Institute's free online class, The Present of Presence.

Check In With Yourself

What’s happening in your life? Are you where you want to be, doing what you want to do? Is your spiritual awareness embodied, operating through the authority and fullness of your whole being?

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