About eight years ago, I was at a Reiki share event where practitioners and students give and receive Reiki healing. The person who was sharing Reiki with me pulled out her pendulum, using it on each of my main 7 chakras to determine where I might be experiencing imbalances.
For the most part, her pendulum responded with a gentle swirling motion over each of my energy centers. I was assured this indicated I was in balance -- that is, until she came to my sacral chakra.
I looked down toward my pelvis and could see her hand was perfectly still, but the pendulum was swinging rapidly in a counterclockwise circular motion, like a ceiling fan on high speed.
"Whoa!" she said. "What is going on in your creative life that is out of balance, Dawn?"
To be honest, it kind of freaked me out.
I have always appreciated the arts and creativity in general, but I realized with that question that I had been stifling my creative urges and that moment was a catalyst that launched me into a deeper exploration of personal creativity.
During this journey, I've had some interesting discoveries -- for one, (and this is kind of a "duh moment") creativity is not limited to "art."
Personal creativity is the way we approach and create anything. It could be the way you speak, the way you think, the way you pro-create or choose to direct those energies into other "babies," like a passion project or personal life mission.
Creativity is expressed in how you approach the world, in what you choose to focus your attention on, in the people you choose to surround yourself with.
It is a hallmark of the personal routines you keep, the way you meet your personal needs and self-care.
Creativity is your personal mark on the environment around you -- an expression of your inner light!
So, how do we cultivate our personal creativity? How can we authentically contribute to the world at large?
Focusing on Sacral Chakra work can pay off, big time.
The Sacral Chakra (Svadhistana), located just beneath the belly button, is the body's energetic center of creativity. It is associated with the moon, instinct and, of course, the urge to create.
When this chakra is out of balance, it means we are out of touch with our authentic creative expression. To be balanced, we enjoy the sweetness of life (which, by the way, the word Svadhistana means "sweetness.")
There are numerous ways to balance this chakra, first and foremost, by contemplating how to manifest YOUR personal desires. From there, we can engage in regular play-like activities (art, writing, feeling joy and beautifying the world with your shine.)
And, when we have a regular yoni care practice, this chakra (along with the root chakra, or Muladhara) gets toned and primed. I recommend carnelian specifically for awakening creativity.
Here are some other things you can do to activate/ heal/ tone your Sacral Chakra:
Daily Svadhistana Balancing Contemplation
1) Sit in a comfy position
2) Take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale gently out your mouth
3) Using your hand, touch your navel. Use a soft, circular clockwise motion as if you are winding in the energy of the affirmations while saying aloud:
Today, I want to express my CORE desired feeling of (fill in the blank with the way you wish to feel...)
Today, I shine from my CENTER and share my creative gifts with all whom I come into contact.
Today, I am passionate, healthy and vibrant.
Today, I am a Goddess who manifests the life She desires.
Today, I am safe to enjoy my sexuality as a creative and sacred expression of all that I am.