Planning a Whole Life with the Chakras

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Words by Phoebe White

How can everyday life bring you your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? As we enter the final months before winter solstice, our attention naturally turns to resolutions.  Phoebe explores how we can use chakras and NLP to set resolutions and routines which lead us to a golden pot of wholeness.

How can everyday life bring you your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? What does that even mean?!

For me, my pot of gold isn’t a lottery win, but about living a full and rounded life: being the most whole version of me. If you’re reading this site, I’m sure you already know that your pot isn’t about actual coin either (however much it may help, it’s not the path to balance).

Attempting to achieve wholeness and balance across all facets of life can sometimes feel like wholeness is forever lost at the end of the rainbow. Life pulls us in all sorts of directions, and most of us have had - or will have - a time in our life where we question if we’re on the right path; A time when we feel far away from our rainbow and unable to even step up, let alone get to the pot at the end.  

We could be entirely stuck in one area of life – maybe we’re so concerned with having the money to pay for our home, we forget to ever have fun. Or we’re stuck in pleasure seeking and never get around to that new project which we know would set up a golden future. Or we’re so focused on our studies, we put our relationships on the back burner.  

Sometimes, we question a decision that had unforeseen consequences and can’t live in the present as a result. Or are just plain grumpy with others, seemingly at odds with the point of it all.

So how can planning with chakras help us?  

There are many models for life and/or work goal-setting in the NLP coaching world. Like the Balance Wheel (or life pie if you read my article in March).

These models work well to hone into one area and get a general sense of proportionate balance across all life’s commitments and obligations. But if you’re looking for that pot of golden wholeness, they might not help answer the ‘am I on the right path?’ question. It’s a big question so it needs a strategic approach. The chakras can offer this strategy in a deep and whole way, meaning we can plan little steps that will lead to wholeness.

Now, further than my own experience and studies, I am no chakra expert. But I trust in this time-honoured way of contemplating the human experience. And I’ve spent 2018 resolving to follow daily, weekly, and monthly routines that keep me on track in each chakra so that by simply living day to day, I’m working toward my golden pot of balance and wholeness.

And I may just have placed a foot on the end of my rainbow.

So, sharing the love, I’ve formed the following reflective exercise structured into the chakra system. I hope they help you plan for and build the rainbow road to your pot of gold.  

In some areas you may feel you need to achieve something big and new (like moving house). In others, it’ll be more about starting a new routine (like a daily yoga practice).  Make it work for you.

Caveat: planning is a thought-led and surface activity, so this approach is purely a tool for looking at life in a holistic way and making sure you’re covering all bases.  We should all add to these by practicing yoga poses and daily routines to help deepen our understanding of and balance in each chakra.

Ok, let’s get started.

First, a short reflective exercise:   

As we enter the final months before winter solstice, turn your attention to what 2018 has brought.

In a quiet space, track through each month from the last winter solstice until now:

  • What were you doing?

  • What was the season like?

  • How easy or hard did you find it?    

  • Were things working out for you?

  • Who were you with?

  • What were you talking about?

  • What else was happening?

  • How whole were you feeling?

And now for some chakra strategising...

For each:

  • Take a moment to reflect on how you nurtured this facet of your being this year. Give 2018 a score from 1-10 - 1 meaning ‘no wonder I feel un-whole’ and 10 meaning ‘this is totally working for me’.  Make a note of these for later.

  • Set a resolution - maybe you’ll continue with what you’re doing, or maybe you want to shift some time and energy to something new. A resolution might be achieving one thing once, taking on new monthly or weekly commitment, or starting a daily routine. Imagine you’ve already achieved it, what do you see, hear and feel that’s different? Get these down on paper, either in notes or drawings.

If no resolution comes to mind, hold the question – some things take a little time to reveal themselves.  I collect my thoughts and doodles in a journal and plot my goals into a calendar. I check back on it every month or two to reflect on my rainbow and clear the path – a bit like a strategy review.

Root chakra, muladhara

Element: Earth. This chakra is physical, about belonging and survival. I attribute all things health, home and financial in here. Like making sure I have the health and energy to work and therefore afford a comfortable place to live. A daily yoga practice, going to work, staying on top of the bills, keeping the house clean and eating well are all essential elements to providing a foundation for wholeness.

Ask yourself:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how did you nurture this facet of your life this year?

  • What one resolution will you set for yourself in 2019?

  • How will achieving this resolution help you feel more grounded and safer in the world? What will you see, hear and feel?

Sacral chakra, svadistana

Element: water. This chakra is emotional, moving, accepting and giving of pleasure. I attribute all things travel, friends and fun to this chakra, making sure I have time and space to flow and experience the pleasures of life.

Ask yourself:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how did you nurture this facet of your life this year?

  • What one resolution will you set for yourself in 2019?

  • How will achieving this resolution help you enjoy life?

Solar plexus chakra, manipura

Element: fire. All about transformation, drive and confidence.  I attribute all things to do with developing work and challenging myself here, whether that’s developing myself personally or taking on a new project.

Ask yourself:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how did you nurture this facet of your life this year?

  • What one resolution will you set for yourself in 2019?

  • How will achieving this resolution help you move forward?

Heart chakra, anahata

Element: air. All about love (not the romantic kind necessarily). I attribute all things that bring me greater connection to myself, others and the planet here – for example showing kindness, volunteering, looking after nature and animals.  

Ask yourself:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how did you nurture this facet of your life this year?

  • What one resolution will you set for yourself in 2019?

  • How will achieving this resolution help you accept love and spread the good vibes?

Throat chakra, vishuddha

Element: ether, or space. All about expression and communication.  I attribute this area of my life to creativity, which is my way of speaking my truth (I write, teach and sing). This isn’t the same for everyone, what does speaking your truth mean to you?

Ask yourself:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how did you nurture this facet of your life this year?

  • What one resolution will you set for yourself in 2019?

  • How will achieving this resolution help you express your true nature?

Third eye, ajna

Element: light. All about intuition and wisdom. I attribute this area to learning - paying attention to myself and the world I live in, as well as seeking out new knowledge. I make sure I have regular and quiet ‘me time’ to let new ideas and reflections come up (also known as a self-care day)

Ask yourself:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how did you nurture this facet of your life this year?

  • What one resolution will you set for yourself in 2019?

  • How will achieving this resolution help you develop greater insight?  

Crown chakra, sahasrara

Element: consciousness;. All about purpose. I attribute this area of my life to deepening and widening understanding by regularly connecting to nature and developing my meditation practice.  For some, this will be about religious practices and others, about seeking out life experiences that connect them to a bigger picture, a sense of euphoria even.

Ask yourself:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how did you nurture this facet of your life this year?

  • What one resolution will you set for yourself in 2019?

  • How will achieving this resolution help you connect to a sense a greater purpose?

Now you’ve reflected on your year and set resolutions for each chakra, use your 2018 scores to put your resolutions into priority order.

Once done, plot your resolutions into daily, weekly or monthly actions. I’d suggest putting your higher priority resolutions into more regular time slots. But make it work for you.

And remember, small steps taken regularly will get you far. I’ll be back next month with some tips on how to set and plan for big change goals.

If you’d like 1-1 support to find your pot of gold, either in person or online, get in touch!  

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A long serving Londoner, Phoebe is a qualified practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming, life coach and yoga teacher, and experienced singer songwriter. She’s been leading workshops in a range of personal development topics and supporting people to achieve their goals for over 15 years. She teaches and sings regularly in North London and all around the world. You can find her over on instagram, facebook