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Through my window I can hear the soothing sound of the constant flow of the river Ganga… or ”mother Ganga”, as they say here. The unfamiliar things, customs and people passing my eyes are merely reflections of my mind’s eye. A whirling river of colors, fragrances, people that dwell inside of me as well as in the external world. Everything is everywhere and I am everything. Something that has risen to the surface during my journey so far is the power of choice, expression and of surrendering, and how spiritually crucial it is that we acknowledge these things. All of these are connected to the fifth chakra, biologically connected to the throat and the thyroid.

To me, people could take away everything from me but the last thing I would give up nowadays would be my freedom of choice. In fact, I’m constantly amazed over how lightly some people take on this and how few actually take advantage of it. You always have a choice. Even the choice of not making a choice is in itself a choice! We must guard this and use it at all times, to grow spiritually. So many people give away (no wonder there are so many people suffering from under-functioning thyroid) their power of choice to someone else; to society, religion, cultural customs, spouse, family, co-worker… the list could go on and on! As someone wise said; life isn’t about finding oneself but about creating oneself and to define who you are you need to make choices. All the time. Choices are like the hands of a skilled potter, shaping the moist clay between his hands into something beautiful and useful.

Our choices define us, every day and as we evolve, we (hopefully!) move up through the chakras and our choices will have less and less to do with plain survival and more and more with spiritual development. But we can also excercise the ability to make higher choices. The first three chakras, situated at the navel and below, is concerned with our physical ability to survive and reproduce in a hard world. Choices made from these chakras will not be spritual or intellectual.

The fourth chakra is the gate keeper through which choices benefiting the higher centres will be made once the are approved by the heart. We need to ask ourselves whether the choice we are about to make belongs to the lower or the higher chakras? Am I making this choice because of fear of not surviving? Of not reproducing? Of not making money? Of not being accepted by my tribe? Or does my choice qualify for spiritual development? None is better than the other, so don’t judge yourself – simply develop an awareness! If you are homeless, you will naturally make a choice of getting food and roof above your head than some spiritually developing choice.

Then there’s the importance of expressing our choices and our will to the world. If we don’t, the prana/energy in the 5th chakra area becomes thick and sluggish with unexpressed feelings and opinions. We are born to communicate, born to express ourselves. Children (and old people who have lost their wits) constantly express themselves, until they are taught that it is bad mannered and they are forced into normalization (and out goes their natural psychic abilities).

Another spiritual quality connected to the 5th chakra is (and this is a bit contradictive indeed) is the ability to surrender to divine guidance, to divine will. This is extremely difficult for most of us, because it often creates a conflict with our ego, who likes to be in charge. For me this is probably the most challenging in my spiritual practice. The ability to let go, surrender and trust that all is well. I simply cannot trust that things will work out to my benefit, unless I am actively getting involved in it. Getting involved is of course good; if you’re uninvolved in your own life, you’re in serious trouble! But you have to be able to let go sometimes, have a little faith and trust that there is a higher purpose, an intelligent force whose intentions are good and that there’s always a bigger picture –  a master plan of which you only see a small, small part of.

 

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Every time we find ourselves in a conflict, we have the opportunity of growth.

Most of us don’t have a relaxed or even adult attitude to conflicts. The very word conflict is gray, square and hard with a heavyness to it. When a conflict arises, our energy is pulled down to the 1st chakra almost by the force of gravity. The primitive side of our being rises to the surface and all of a sudden we become aware of tribe and territory, of standing our ground and defending ourselves – whether there is a real threat or not. Isn’t it remarkable how different opinions can be perceived as a threat still?

Our adrenal glands starts producing, adrenalin, our heart rate increases and the blood vessels are contracting, so that we won’t bleed to death in the case of injury. The animal comes to the surface and all of a sudden we are cavemen . It doesn’t matter what kind of conflict it is; our bodies cannot differentiate a real, physical threat from a mental or emotional one and so we react the same way physically.

If we are mature and wise, we can observe our body’s reaction with a calm mind and detachment, make curious notes on what is going on – where is my energy accumulating? This is the moment, a slight gap in time, when we have the opportunity of growth, before pride and ego kicks in.  This is when we can chose to make the conflict a lesson and direct our energy towards the higher chakras instead, by the power of the mind. Yes, we are that powerful. Intentions rule the universe. Energy is not a tsunami, breaking on the shores of our consciousness and sweeping away everything in its way… no… it is an intelligent power that is asking for direction to help you fulfill your higher purpose. It is there for you to access and for you to master in a loving and intelligent way.

The other day I had a conflict with someone dear to me. Maybe he is still in conflict, I don’t know. But I am not and that is what matters. I made a choice, during our conflict and afterwards, to honor my choice of being. I have chosen to live according to certain principles and I will not be pushed off my path by my own ego, his ego or our limited understandings.

I choose to see further than my ego, further than his ego and just acknowledge that it is not a matter of right and wrong but of different levels of understanding; different energetic frequencies. In the moment of a conflict between two people, they are on different energetic frequencies. We have all heard the annoying buzzling sound between two radio channels. That is the sound of conflict, because conflict is merely absence of communication. With good communication understanding follows and when there is understanding… there’s no space for conflict.

The mind is like a shadowy forest, where you have to create paths that leads to the sunlit clearing… the more times you walk those paths, the easier they become to find and the less obstacles lie on them, and so by every time it gets easier to reach that clearing and lay down in the sunlight. The behavioral patterns in our brains work the same way; the more often we make higher choicer, the easier it becomes and the more natural it feels and before you know it your mind has actually transformed to a higher frequency. Like the hit rate on Google – the more often a site is googled the higher up on the search engine it appears.

Because we are humans and not animals, we always have the privilege of making a higher choice and thereby a chance of spiritual development. Take that chance!

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