Sep. 5th, 2009

The experiential task I chose to do for Self-knowledge through the lens of fire is chakra meditations and running energy with an eye to where there might be blockages or excesses and how that relates to personal issues. I have not done this everyday though I had hoped I would as my energies are often chancy at best. However, I have managed at least twice a week so far.

In the first week I thought that there was an excess of energy in the first chakra leading to lack of movement. The root chakra is related to earth with a downward movement of energy and the feel of gravity. This can bring stability and grounding or inertia and difficulty moving.

This last week I began to feel that it wasn't so much the root chakra but instead the solar plexus chakra, the fire chakra. Here is where get-up-and-go is found, will, direction, motivation. These are definitely things I have lacked since the bout with breast cancer. So I have been doing a meditation found in Anodea Judith's book, Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra. The focus is on the heat. Starting with the 3rd chakra and reaching down to the hot molten core of Earth's energy and drawing it up to fill the body from the ground up then reaching up into the sky and bringing down the flaming heat of the life giving energy of the Sun I fill my body with both these energies and hopefully stimulate movement.

During my New Moon meditations two tasks came to mind and I decided to do them before the Full Moon. One was to mail my mother's book back to her -- one that I had for something like 2 years so well past the time it should have been returned. The other was to clean off my altar as it had gotten dusty. It took me 3 days to finish with my altar, taking everything off it, dusting the table, washing the wood, re-oiling it, dusting each of the items that had been on the altar and rearranging them, reorganizing everything on the table shelf and on the floor under the altar. It used to take a few hours of one day but nowadays everything takes more effort than it once did. I recognize that these are small tasks but I am happy that I completed them by the Full Moon as was my goal.

Last week I started walking again and made it to the mailbox (a mile there and back) twice. I also used the exercycle one day. More intimate means of exercise also happened. This seems to me to be good results and I can only hope it continues.

Coincidentally I read a book with a main character called "Firekeeper" by Jane Lindskold, an author I only recently discovered but have been immersed in for a number of weeks. This person has a lot of identity issues and learns about herself and grows through the series.



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