INTRODUCTION to Fully Human, Fully Alive: Embodying the Wisdom of the Chakras
You wander from room to room
hunting for the diamond necklace
that is already around your neck
~ Jellaludin Rumi
The world is meant to be free in
You are not beyond love
Give up all else other than the place
of true belonging
Anyone or anything that does not
bring you alive is too small for you
~ David Whyte
These two verses are among my favorites and capture what befriending ourselves through our chakra system can help us realize.
Rumi’s words describe the external search for all that is valuable when it is so close that we miss seeing the reality of our power and worth.
David Whyte speaks to the emotions of our deepest desires. He shines the light for us on the root of human searching and longing and the vain goals we wrestle with while we truly seek love, freedom and belonging. In the last line of his verse, Whyte points to the truth of our innate worth and value. He speaks not only about our sacred entitlement, but also about how we can know what is good or right for us. What expands our energy in a wholesome way is right and good for us. What contracts our energy or makes us feel small, unworthy, numbed, or stifled is not good for us.
The words and concepts pointed to in these verses are wonderful, but we need a way to bring them to the reality of our lives. A map helps to guide any journey. The chakra system offers a map that brings clarity to both who we truly are and where we stand presently on our life path. Without a map we are too close to things to see their reality, as Rumi’s words remind us. A map brings clarity and definition, and provides a well thought out path toward our aspirations.
A map is a great beginning but we also need effective means to travel the territory laid out by the map. All beautiful thoughts, goals, dreams and desires simply hang in the air until we have the means to bring them to life. Techniques that use energy and consciousness provide the most effective means of bringing concepts from the realm of thought into the reality of experience.
This book, combined with the recordings described throughout, has been set up to give you a map, a means and support on your journey from concept to reality.
You may choose to use the information and techniques in these pages from beginning to end, or settle into a specific section that calls to you at this time. Obviously your commitment, attention, and intention will affect your outcome with the information and techniques. As you use even some of the methods available to you here, you will notice a shifting of stress; your perceptions of life; people, places, and events; and most importantly, yourself.
The greater your involvement with developing a conscious connection to and management of your energy the more benefit you will see in your personal growth, relationship to core power, capacity to flow more easily with change, connection to inner peace, and freedom of expression of your uniqueness and creativity.
May the information and methods contained in this book and the accompanying recordings bring you ease, peace, and a deep wellspring of strength and support as you travel on your path.