Many people have begun to discover the reality of the 7 chakras – the core energy centers within us. As you delve deeper into realizing about this…you may come to a realization…
Within each one of our chakras exists a unique part of life experience – and a unique worldview. Our root chakra is about success, physical power, strength, and vitality. In the world of the root chakra, we tap into our animalistic nature. We size up others for their ability to out-compete us. We identify physical space where we feel is our territory…and all of this corresponds to our most basic nature : survival and dominance.
Every time we go into the gym and have a great workout – we enter the world of the root. That root chakra world is raw and powerful.
In that world of the root chakra, our working life doesn’t matter.
Family doesn’t matter.
Big ideas don’t matter.
When we leave the gym…we literally leave the world of our root….and go into a new world.
Most of us prefer to avoid this hard hitting level of reality in favor of more mental centers.
In modern society, we spend most of our time on the level of third chakra. In this world, we think. We think about what we are going to do, about who we are. We constantly strive to be better and more productive. We mentally compare ourselves and our ego to how we stack up against others. We strive for significance and we think about the future.
We feel trapped in the cycle of overthinking, of comparing, or worrying, because too much energy in the solar plexus chakra will cause this neurosis!
A lot of people feel confined in life – but that is your own choice.
Let’s consider a person who is highly emotional – a person used to the world of the sacral chakra. This is someone who values fun and joy, someone who obsesses over relationships and who likes who…over feelings and emotions. To them, their life is based out of that sacral world.
The experiences of the 4th chakra…of truly living in the heart and being connected to everything scares this person…. so they stay out of that world and in the sacral.
Or for many people who are big thinkers….
They are scared to enter into the world of root, where blood, sweat, and hard work are what matters.
The question is…what world are you used to living in…and what worlds scare you?
Each chakra is it’s own world. When you are ready to explore that world, you will be initiated.
Experiences will begin to happen that acquaint you to that chakra’s world. When you begin to enter the world of the Third eye for the first time, you may experience strange symptoms of being alive. You may begin to have waking dreams, wild imaginations, or your psychic gifts may come out. You will start to notice coincidences more and become attuned to your intuition.
The more we grow, the more we become adept in different aspects of life. Being human means having the joy of a full life experience. You deserve to experience, joy, love, pain, sadness, success, power, AND insight. You deserve the full buffet line of what life has to offer. The chakras are a gateway for understanding these worlds and mastering them!
If you want to go deeper into this philosophy and explore the worlds you are afraid of… check out the 7 Chakras Master Class!
“It is related of certain savage tribes that it is unwise to issue them several days’ rations when starting on a journey, because they will sit down and eat the entire ration at one meal, being unable to resist the inclination, and being unable to control the appetite of the moment in the interest of the certain hunger of tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after. We smile at this, but how many of us are quite as foolish when we sacrifice the success of tomorrow and the next day upon the altar of the satisfaction of the desires of the present moment.”
In this world, we are not encouraged to become spiritual adults. In fact, we are bribed not to ever fully grow up to realize what we are doing, or who we might be. We are encouraged to pursue our immediate pleasures and desires; to forsake greater dreams and visions of who we might be, in favor of short term hits of dopamine that become habitual. Just go eat that junk food. Go watch that porn. Go turn that TV on. Thoughts and desires in a ceaseless stream in the mind of the masses, people reflexively responding to them. The master mind is a different level of individual. What if there were many such people?
Can you imagine a human population full of mature, confident, and intelligent beings?
Inspired by the above Entrepreneur Article, I believe it is more effective to build SYSTEMS for mastery rather than fixating EXTERNAL GOALS. People set big goals and burn out in a mad dash to reach them. You are not in control of how long something takes, you just have to take one step at a time to get there.
1. Goals reduce your current happiness.
When you’re working toward a goal, you are essentially saying, “I’m not good enough yet, but I will be when I reach my goal.”
The problem with this mindset is that you’re teaching yourself to always put happiness and success off until the next milestone is achieved. “Once I reach my goal, then I’ll be happy. Once I achieve my goal, then I’ll be successful.”
SOLUTION: Commit to a process, not a goal.
Choosing a goal puts a huge burden on your shoulders. Can you imagine if I had made it my goal to write two books this year? Just writing that sentence stresses me out.
But we do this to ourselves all the time. We place unnecessary stress on ourselves to lose weight or to succeed in business or to write a best-selling novel. Instead, you can keep things simple and reduce stress by focusing on the daily process and sticking to your schedule, rather than worrying about the big, life-changing goals.
When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.
2. Goals are strangely at odds with long-term progress.
You might think your goal will keep you motivated over the long-term, but that’s not always true.
Consider someone training for a half-marathon. Many people will work hard for months, but as soon as they finish the race, they stop training. Their goal was to finish the half-marathon and now that they have completed it, that goal is no longer there to motivate them. When all of your hard work is focused on a particular goal, what is left to push you forward after you achieve it?
This can create a type of “yo-yo effect” where people go back and forth from working on a goal to not working on one. This type of cycle makes it difficult to build upon your progress for the long-term.
SOLUTION: Release the need for immediate results.
I was training at the gym last week and I was doing my second-to-last set of clean and jerks. When I hit that rep, I felt a small twinge in my leg. It wasn’t painful or an injury, just a sign of fatigue near the end of my workout. For a minute or two, I thought about doing my final set. Then, I reminded myself that I plan to do this for the rest of my life and decided to call it a day.
In a situation like the one above, a goal-based mentality will tell you to finish the workout and reach your goal. After all, if you set a goal and you don’t reach it, then you feel like a failure.
But with a systems-based mentality, I had no trouble moving on. Systems-based thinking is never about hitting a particular number, it’s about sticking to the process and not missing workouts.
Of course, I know that if I never miss a workout, then I will lift bigger weights in the long-run. And that’s why systems are more valuable than goals. Goals are about the short-term result. Systems are about the long-term process. In the end, process always wins.
3. Goals suggest that you can control things that you have no control over.
You can’t predict the future. (I know, shocking.)
But every time we set a goal, we try to do it. We try to plan out where we will be and when we will make it there. We try to predict how quickly we can make progress, even though we have no idea what circumstances or situations will arise along the way.
SOLUTION: Build feedback loops.
Each Friday, I spend 15 minutes filling out a small spreadsheet with the most critical metrics for my business. For example, in one column I calculate the conversion rate (the percentage of website visitors that join my free email newsletter each week). I rarely think about this number, but checking that column each week provides a feedback loop that tells me if I’m doing things right. When that number drops, I know that I need to send high quality traffic to my site.
Feedback loops are important for building good systems because they allow you to keep track of many different pieces without feeling the pressure to predict what is going to happen with everything. Forget about predicting the future and build a system that can signal when you need to make adjustments.