HJ: Building your self esteem is critical for so many different facets of life it is hard to comprehend. It is one of the fundamental attributes of what creates a happy, fulfilled life, rich with meaning and nourishing relationships. If we do not believe in or value ourselves, we will inherently doubt and sabotage all of our efforts in any direction in life whether we are conscious of doing so or not. The truth is, we can do no wrong. Life is not bound to dualistic principles of right or wrong, but is simply a giant learning experience — each specific situation called into our lives to help us learn a lesson and better understand ourselves and the world around us. Therefore, no mistakes can be made and self-doubt is meaningless, doing nothing but keeping us from evolving mentally and spiritually by hindering the necessary courage we need to face the challenges we are presented with in life.
What’s more, is that being able to tune into our intuition, which is the most powerful guiding force in our life always showing us the most beneficial path for us at any given moment, is completely dependent on deep self trust, which is a major component of self esteem. Accessing our intuition requires us to fully trust ourselves and the messages we are receiving. Without self esteem, it will be a battle against our own self doubt and we will be left confused and directionless.
Lack of self esteem afflicts more people than perhaps any other issue that we may potentially face in our lives. It is incredibly common and equally treatable. The first steps to take are acknowledging and accepting that you may be holding self doubt or having self esteem issues. This frees you to begin learning from them and ultimately changing these beliefs to more expansive, self affirming possibilities. Then one can go about beginning to change their limiting beliefs (whatever they may specifically be) to those which are more in line with ones true nature.
Carolyn White offers her sage advice as a master healer with years of experience treating self esteem issues with energy medicine.
The Key to Unlocking Your Energy Blueprint of Self-Worth
“It shames the average man to be valued below his own estimate of his worth."
~Mark Twain – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
The root of many modern emotional problems arises from a less than magnificent opinion of yourself – Low Self-Esteem. Low Self Esteem resides as a core issue for self-destructive habits that run the gamut from shyness, relationship issues, overeating, and drug abuse.
To overcome low self-esteem, you may work with various methods to bolster the estimate of your worth. Affirmations and general positive self-talk all contribute to building a positive self-image. This work may or may not hold when you encounter a blunt comment or an incident that you perceive is 1) directed towards you and 2) values you below the estimate of your own worth. Shame emerges, with its emotional baggage to lower your opinion of self down a few notches.
So, how do you arrest this tendency and armor yourself against these assaults that impugn your value? You can affirm the brilliance your self worth in the privacy of your own domain. What can you do to lock this work, to “diamond coat" your self-esteem?
Everything in the Universe is energy – the frequency of the vibratory rate determines the “form" the energy assumes. You are “coalesced" energy, appearing in the form of a human body that creates thoughts and feelings. The 7 major Chakras are the energetic “blueprint" for your body. Essentially, you are spiritualized matter, prisms for the divine living light.
Since you are “energy manifest," it makes sense to work with your energetic blueprint to 1) promote a healthy, dynamic image of yourself; 2) provide a method to maintain this healthy sense of self; and 3) be centered in your own personal power.
When working with the human energy system, the Chakras, and aura, I have found that a healthy self-esteem results from a process that empowers you to have a “feel good” opinion of yourself. Hypnosis is a key to this practice, as it promotes the physiological slowing down of the brainwaves to the alpha, theta, or delta frequencies. Any affirmations or positive self-talk made in this state of mind becomes more effective in re-wiring your neurology to accept the “new" self-image.
Understanding your energetic blueprint is another key component to the journey of embracing one’s self-worth. The point of power for self-esteem is the Solar Plexus Chakra. This 3rd Chakra embodies the archetype of who you are in the universe – your uniqueness as well as your interconnectedness. This Chakra, which influences the area on your body between the navel and solar plexus, was the attachment point to your birth mother via the umbilical chord. Contained within the 3rd Chakra energy are the dynamics of your relationship with self, your identity and power, your personal value and thoughts, confidence, and your image of self. Shame suppresses this Chakra’s ability to function in a balanced and supportive manner.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is a mental Chakra and its healthy functioning is directly linked to your emotional life. Your mind, with your thoughts, regulates your emotional life. How you think of your emotions frames them in a way that defines your reality and experiences. The mind, then, is really the originator of your emotions. Yet, sometimes, it takes an emotional experience to change a thought and imprint it.
Often, you look outside of yourself for validation of “self.” You might look to other relationships – family, friends, and lovers – to affirm your “right to be here.” Through an emotional imprint, you might perceive that these relationships serve as your “correctness" compass. The Sacral Chakra, or 2nd Chakra, expresses this energy of how you relate to others on an emotional level. As well, the energetic blueprint of this 2nd Chakra contains the dynamics of your creativity, sexuality, and the giving and receiving of spiritual, mental, and physical pleasure.
Energetically, a lack of self-esteem can occur when the “wires” are crossed between the Solar Plexus Chakra and the Sacral Chakra. In this scenario, you do not differentiate between your relationships with others vs. your relationship with self. You look to others to validate self, and, in the process, give away your personal power. This leads to an unhealthy relationship with “self" and an eroded self-worth. When this energetic condition occurs behaviors manifest that range from self-destructive conduct to wanting to over-control all aspects of your life, including the actions of others.
I’ve simplified this, as there can be other dynamics involved as well. So, how can you tap into your innate energy blueprint to access your inner and universal wisdom? Here are a few techniques that I’ve used that have had a demonstrable effect on the human energy field and the Chakras.
Basically, I use a light trance state and directed hand movements over the area of the Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakras, paired with positive affirmations, which address the leading issues with the person’s self-esteem (or lack thereof). For example, “I am a powerful and creative goddess, I create positive thoughts about my life, and others listen to what I have to say.” I instruct the individual to rotate their right hand in a clockwise manner, about 2" to 3" above their body, over an area centered on their navel. This activates the primary energies of both the Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakras and assists in balancing them. Using the Aura/Chakra imaging system, I have seen some dramatic and positive shifts occur using this method.
I instruct the person to use these hand movements & affirmation throughout their day, especially when that self-doubting pit returns to their gut! Repetition of this movement, paired with affirmations, build and reinforce the positive, resourceful, attributes of these two Chakras.
To the Western mind, a mudra is regarded as a specific hand and finger position, often coupled with the practice of various forms of yoga.
In ancient Hindu writings, a mudra is considered a “seal" – in other words, it confirms and completes, such as a seal is affixed to the back of an envelop when the contents are inserted and the flap is closed down. When you “seal" a deal, the cycle, or circuit, is complete.
Gertrud Hirschi, in her book Mudras-Yoga in Your Hands, uses the metaphor of a lock to explain mudras as something that conceals that which is unknown. The paradox is that this lock also contains the key to unlock those mysteries.
The hands play an important role in communicating our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. Compared to other parts of the body, the human hand has a relatively large representation in both the sensory (~ 25%) and motor (~30%) sections of the brain’s cerebral cortex. Your hands can perceive and process volumes of information to and from the brain, as well as the myriad of thoughts and feelings emanating from the brain’s activities. The sages of Eastern thought were probably aware of this connection, i.e. how specific hand postures could regulate your thoughts and feelings. Just as a healthy body laugh produces “feel good" endorphins, so a mudra stimulates “feel good" energy.
So, how do specific hand and finger positions affect your Chakras? There are three major aspects of your body’s energy system:
1) Biofield: Traditionally referred to as the aura, which is generated by ->
2) Centers: The Chakras, which regulate the flow of chi, or energy through the ->
3) Pathways: the Meridians
All of the energy meridians that flow throughout your body also run through your hands and fingers. According to the principles of Hand Reflexology, your hands and fingers are microcosms of your body. When you form a specific mudra with your hands and fingers, you, in essence, are activating circuitry that connects you with the wisdom of that Chakra. You are holding your hands in a posture that expresses confidence, balance, and other positive emotions associated with a Chakra.
A mudra can also be thought of as an “anchor" that captures a desired state. When presenting positive affirmations, and the individual is in the desired state, I instruct them in how to position their fingers for the Solar Plexus Chakra Mudra: With each hand, place the tip of the thumb on the tip of the index and the ring fingers. Depending on the situation, I often demonstrate how to do this at the beginning of the session. They are instructed that, every time they want to have “this feeling of inner power and wisdom", “this experience of self-worth", “this image of personal power", “listening to personal wisdom", etc. they form the mudra associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra. Not only is this a great anchor, it also reconnects their inner wisdom with their energetic blueprint!
Carolyn White, PhD, DCH, CSC, ChI, metaphysical educator and energy therapist, is also a published author and entertainer. She has a passion to help others discover their innate beauty and wisdom. Her “gift” to humanity is sharing the tools to access “Your Inner Wisdom.” She is a regular presenter at the International Hypnosis Federation conference and travels with her husband to various venues helping people better understand their Human Energy System via their aura and chakras. For additional information and resources, please visit her website at www.chakracoach.com.