empowerment + social justice

Chakra 101 + Soul Life Collective

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“And all the knowledge is ourselves to know.” ~ Alexander Pope, Essay On Man.

For many of you who are practitioners of or receive forms of energy work, participate in yoga practice, meditation, or prayer, you may already have a working knowledge of the chakras and their influence on our state of wellness. 

Simply Stated: Chakras are receivers and transmitters of energy. 

Our chakra system is meant to keep us in alignment but when imbalanced, albeit emotional discord, unhealed old wounds, or feelings of unworthiness, these “symptoms” inexplicably cause us to languish from living whole, healthy, expansive lives. 

The role of meditation is one tool that is a crucial key to instate a sense of good health and healing while balancing our subtle energies. Another excellent modality and one I provide is Reiki Energy Therapy. The short of it: silence and solitude is necessary to keep us in attunement and help manage fluctuations of our precious spiritual beings. Over the course of the next month or so I will be discussing chakras and integrating meditation for healing and balance. 

As a visual aid, I’ve included the chakra chart below. To some, it may appear overly simplistic from a visual perspective, but as we get into the complex chakra system, we’ll explore the seven core chakras and how they impact us physically and spiritually; how their functionality radiates as a collective.

 

I’ve also added a page to my site called Soul Life Collective” that you can access via the badge on the right side bar of my website (or here). I invite you to check in periodically for information and upcoming special events that you may find nourishing.  My wish is that this page will offer insight and create awareness, while offering you solutions for healing and wholeness.  By expanding you above and beyond what I share on my weekly blog, my wish is that you have a clear, streamlined understanding of their functionality and how it relates to all realms of your life. 

Let’s begin.

Each chakra governs the physiological and psychological aspects of its placement and is directly correlated to our emotional, physical and spiritual well being. In order to function in synchronicity and flow, each cone shaped chakra must be spinning in a circular, clock-wise fashion. Simply put: when a chakra is deficient it’s, in essence, immobilized. If in excess of energy or overcompensation, it will spin more broadly or even backwards.

First Chakra: “aka” Root Chakra: 

Color: Bright red. 

Location: Base of spine. 

Governs: Tip of your toes to your hips; bones, muscles and tendons, including the colon. 

Represents: Connection to family of origin. Safety and security on a primal level; the basic need of being loved and nurtured. 

Function: To pull up earth energy. 

If Imbalanced: Fear, feelings of not being “rooted”, “tethered” or “grounded”. This chakra is the foundation of our entire energetic system.  

Antidote: Spend time in nature, with family or create, nurture and strengthen familial type friendships. Join a collective that fosters and supports your spiritual growth such as yoga class, a faith based community or a writing group. Spend time journaling and in reflection to help reconcile your past and absorb the root concept that you are a significant being.

Soul life sessions + living your dharma.

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It’s the time of the butterfly; you are coded for destiny…..

You possess the sage wisdom to activate the “I am” of who you are.  Restructuring our spiritual lives and evolving to our utmost human capacity, will shift us forward to our essential selves. This act begins with the knowing, the longing and our capacity for more. Actualize your deeper purpose by avoiding serial monotony and playing small; live larger than life, by responding to your soulful yearnings. 

We are an expression of our past and our future; we have a responsibility not only to ourselves, but to our ancestors and descendants alike. 

Be open to the limitless field of possibility, symbolic wisdom and capacity for more of what life holds for you.  Like Joseph Campbell, an architect in his own mind and a proponent for creating a joyful existence, aim for highly sustained creativity – the gateway to joy.

You are the calligraphy of Spirit + Source: That of Body, Mind + Heart              

Coaches Rx: read and repeat the following -

Mantra: “I’m synergy + pure energy. Enlightenment runs through my veins. I know who I am. I know where I’m going.  I am rife with possibility and have the power to move mountains.” 

This is your time to riff on life…..

Next Week: Chakra 101- Our Transmitters + Receivers.

Surrender Yourself To Nature ::

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Where grounding and certainty is required: go inward to nature.

Turtle Bay North Shore, Oahu

Settling into nature’s lush elements and soul-kissed energy creates a balancing shift and spiritual restructuring on a cellular level.

Air: rejuvenating and energizing.                                                                        

Earth: rooting and grounding.                                        

Water: clarifying, purifying and healing.

Superior wisdom and attunement of the senses; nature’s elemental wisdom invokes spiritual growth and mental clarity. Nature’s ability encourages a state of the art, heart-centered wholeness to simply, be.

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I am to simply be.  ~ Tara Correll

I carried my heart to the forest                                         

Submerged in dark soil.                                                              

Worry and doubt burrow to intoxicating earth                      

Sedating me to slumber                                                                   

Enveloped in sweet, peaceful dreams                                                                   

In mind’s eye, serenity lays beside me. 

Mesmerized, weightless                                                                 

Surrender to liquid ocean                                                             

Washed clean and renewed                                                              

Casting my net, cradled by tide pools.                                  

Rolling waves abound                                                             

They chant; “I am life force".

Yoga: Inner Strength + Inner Stillness.

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It wasn’t so long ago I remember taking my first Hatha yoga class.  It was the 1990’s, I recall thinking, “what is this”? What possibly will I gain from this passive movement, silence and om’ing

It took five years to really understand. I remember the day that I “got” yoga.

I had just returned from visiting my brother who was then incarcerated in Florence, Arizona.  It had been a week; a revolving door of barbwire, concrete and 112 degree heat. I was grateful for our five hour-a-day visits, my roll of quarters for the vending machine “cuisine” and the Casa Grande ruins where I’d stop and sit in stillness, listening to the sound of flutes reverberate through the canyons.  I recall the day of not being in such a state of gratitude for a female prison guard, who announced that I had to find more “acceptable attire”, or I wouldn’t be allowed visitation.  Not allowed, really? To me, those were some fightin’ words. The skirt I wore almost down to my ankles, by the way, was super cute.  I’m certain that my response of not really liking her hair and make-up or her attitude didn’t help solidify any future “red carpet” treatment. But I didn’t care; I drove like hell to Walmart like it was my best friend. I found something highly flammable, yet fashionable that met prison guidelines, not to mention enjoyed the exchange with a cheerful Walmart greeter, who really lifted my spirits. ;)

Back to yoga.

That day back on the mat, I was at a breaking point.  After one week of “stuffing” my emotions and pat downs, I was glad to be back to the unfamiliarity of my “practice”, whatever that was. Lying there in cobbler’s pose after a few rounds of hip openers, it happened; tears came flooding like the Hoover Dam.  That day, I finally got yoga.

Yoga saved me. It kept me from breaking in a place that wasn’t deserving of bearing witness to me or anyone else in a fragile or vulnerable state. It enabled me to sit for hours and days on end and delay the inevitable of once again, leaving my brother behind. Yoga gave me the ability to return to and re-enter my so called “normal” life with family and friends. I was ultimately bolstered into becoming more neutral and composed, so not to fall apart at times when I had to render strength and support for my loved ones. Yoga helped me sustain value and honor for myself and for my family while in a space where dignity is a ghost.  

 

Interested in exploring yoga?  I recommend the following:

Yogalife - I've been a student there for over 10 years.

Deirdre Wilcox: The Happy Yogi - Amazing instructor, offers phenomenal body work. Available for workshops and on location.

Life Amongst Chaos :: Harnessing Soul Flow

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“Wisdom derived through pain is not as much about the experience itself, but rather the capacity in which we allow ourselves to grieve, grow through the event and funnel out the other side untarnished.” ~ Tara

As of late, there are so many feeling lost, uncertain, or alone. We’ve all been there. One thing’s most certain - this all shall pass, it's about finding your way through.

Chaos without clarity allows for no wiggle room or exit strategy. You may not have a friggin’ clue as to where you’ll land, but land you will. Personal evolution is our temporary access point, that window of opportunity for soul flow.

Key words: Surrender : Relinquish : Release : Embrace :  Ascend : Evolve : Faith

  : Think Divine Detachment + Discernment.

Individuate: This is about your life’s lessons. As painful as they are we have the opportunity for expansion – that in itself alone, is a gift.

Compassionate disengagement creates miracles; it ultimately offers us guardianship of our sacred space, the space residing deep within us that is ours alone. There’s an art to creating healthy detachment; it offers us the gift of stepping outside of ourselves, it allows for a non-partisan vantage point. Although life lessons as of late may be muddled in murky, spiritual waters, have faith; the cleansing prepares us for rebirth - the apex of why we’re alive.

the art of unlearning.

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There is an upside to the art of unlearning a lifetime of beliefs. 

* Old antiquated ideas gone  

* Tired belief systems clear   

Truth: {Easier said than done} 

The tipping point where the pendulum swings and illuminates what’s not working, forces a metaphoric shedding, if you will. False prophesies fall away, because we’re clear of that which does not serve us. Energetically this act removes the residual sludge that holds you back from living life to its fullest.

A monolithic existence will not stick, because this life was meant to be lived in .

The mechanics of shedding releases imposed ideas, thoughts and concepts that are devoid of meaning and lusterless in value.  

Think Evolution and Soulful Transformation in its highest form:

The Spiritual : Emotional : Intellectual : Physical.

Find your pulse, be your own unsung hero – rewrite your script.

The unlearning, untruths, the concepts that were never created for our supreme self or our greatest good will consciously fall away: With letting go there may be sorrow and a sense of loss; hold on for dear life as this too shall pass. 

Settle into the circle of wholeness.

            

     Lean into happy endings. 

Reflection: I am and always will be my most whole. I am complete, no matter what. {Read + Repeat}

finding your tribe + soul-full sunday feature

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It’s not too often that you meet people you immediately connect with. Recently, I was fortunate to be introduced to a group of talented female entrepreneur’s. Once a week we’d participate on a call focused on offering support and sharing ideas both personally and professionally.  Our time together proved to be both productive and inspiring.

From that group I happened to hit it off with a sweetheart of a woman named Carrie Hensley - a yoga instructor, speaker and transformative workshop facilitator from Arizona. 

Carrie is a person that moves through life with a zest and passion for helping others move forward. We’ve had many spirited conversations and tend to see the world through a similar lens. I guess you can call her my “soul sister on the planet”!

Recently, Carrie was generous enough to feature me on her Soul-Full Sunday blog!  You can read that article here.

I encourage you, both men and women alike, to take stock of those around you.  Consider someone who may be a great soul partner and beneficiary for the revolving door of support and inspiration that come from finding your tribe. 

For those of us who are entrepreneurs, artists, writers, visionaries, healers + social lightworkers, it can make all the difference in our quest to boldly finesse our collective ideas into fruition. 

Upcoming Event: East West Bookstore + New Offerings!

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Exciting Announcements:

Thursday May 9, 2013:  I’ll be presenting the workshop:               

 "Living Your Life’s Path – Finding your Soul’s Purpose"                  

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.                                                                            

Location: East West Bookstore Seattle, WA. Register here.               

Please join me + bring your journal!

 

New Offerings: 

Intuitive + Transformative Soul Life Sessions:

Two hours of integrative and transformational life path coaching.              

Uncover your life’s purpose, gain clear insight and tools to move you toward your most brilliant future!                     

*Call for more information or complimentary consult.

Reiki Energy Therapy:

Reiki – Meaning “spiritual wisdom and universal energy”.  An effective, healing modality that allows me to move energy through the body to release disruptive or stagnant blockages. Ideal for rebalancing chakras.

Benefit:  Gain greater mental clarity, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. 

Available for in-person or distance healing.   

For more information or to schedule an appointment: 206-851-9627 or tara@taracorrell.com.                                                                                                   

Female Voice :: A Hallmark of a Remarkable Woman

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Do you know a remarkable woman?

She embodies and exemplifies idealism, courage and valor; demands what’s intended for the highest purpose - the greater good.

They rally us to gather and work in communion – they give us hope, unite us and shore us up.

Much more than self-righteous or self- sacrificial, they are Souls that are driven by concepts of fairness and justice; understanding the world may be unjust, but willing to do the work to create the inverse by any means necessary.

Warrior like Spirits: willing to show up and respond to their calling. They shoulder us, they soldier on.

These heroines are writers, activists and change makers.                 

Women who give voice to and stand for the un-just, oppressed and marginalized.

This is a short list of a large collective, who have inspired me. {In no particular order}

Anita Hill

Billy Jean King - loved spending the day with her. 

Crystal Lee Sutton - “aka” Norma Rae

Aung San Suu Kyi 

Veronica Guerin

The Mirabal Sisters

Oprah Winfrey

Gloria Steinem

+ Something extra http://www.makers.com/documentary/ from PBS.

The mark of a Phoenix serves as reminder that in our own unique way we are “the parts in the sum of the whole” with no voice too small.

While you or I may not possess a fraction of their courage, I know like many others I’ll continue to do my part. 

Visit Tara Noelani Correll + See No Color and share your stories about the remarkable woman you know.

For all my sisters that have done the heavy lifting: Thank you for your courage + encouragement.        

 ~ Namaste.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

peace.

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“Let it rain peace, may your dreams reveal themselves”.

Can peace come through chaos? With the recent asteroids striking earth there is a coming shift beckoning us to restructure life in its truest form – a way of approaching it in a manner that will invite openness and clarity. It’s not always about what we need to let go of, it’s about simply letting go.

Trust.

What do you yearn for? 

What do you need to get clear about?

What can you release that is not serving you?

No worry required.

These answers will reveal themselves… and more.

Invite a state of peace and trust that life is about to shift… for the better.

Think non-linear.

View life from a different vantage point.

Approach situations with fresh eyes.   

Simply Let Go.

Get clear about your perceptions vs. your realities, allow life to manage itself.

Be Still. Peace = Presence.

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