Are you’re struggling with writer's block? Or performance anxiety? Or simply feeling stuck? Let Emily Tamaho Maher, founder of The Meaning Method, give you some tools to understanding your chakras in order to unlock your powers of creativity.
So, what are chakras? Just as the universe is made of energy, so is your body. This same energy or life force (prana as it’s called in old Sanskrit), spins and rotates through your body. The chakras are the centers of this energy. There are seven of them starting at the ‘root’ at the base of your spine and running up to the ‘crown’ at the top of your head.
Simply put, when they’re healthy your life flows easily. But when they're blocked, you get blocked too. Yet in terms of music and art, each chakra also represents a stage of your creative process.
7. Crown Chakra: Get Inspired
Traditionally, spiritual programs teach from the first chakra at the root up to the crown. If you’re looking at creativity, we need to start the other way around – up at the seventh chakra, the crown. We receive inspiration through the crown chakra, but frequently it’s shut down by doubt. To get through this stage I suggest saying, “Trust the crown, write it down.” As you follow inspiration it gets more specific, so as you move forward some of the doubts take care of themselves.
6. Third Eye: Use Your Imagination
As inspiration becomes more specific, we get greater clarity. This brings us to the Third Eye, our big vision. The symbol of the third eye means “to perceive and command.” According to the third eye, the reason we have dreams is to make them come true. Once the crown chakra gives us inspiration about what’s possible, the third eye breaks it down into strategies in order to make it reality.
5. Throat Chakra: Find Your Voice
If you want to make something of your dreams, you have to communicate them, test them, scribble them down or play them out aloud. You’ll find your voice when you start playing those melodies or singing those riffs. There’s a unique contribution that only you can make, and you find out what that is by repeatedly trying things out.
4. Heart Chakra: Love the Creative Process
In the heart chakra the upper ideological chakras are combined with the lower material chakras. This is how manifestation works: ideas become reality. Sinking into the heart chakra is about loving the process. Most things worth manifesting don’t happen over night because they require big changes in the world around us. The sustained commitment and profound dedication comes from the heart chakra. You musicians know that better than most.
3. Solar Plexus: Going Pro
I call this stage “going pro” because it requires the willpower to finish, polish and meet deadlines. Where there’s more of a free flow in those upper chakras, the lower chakras can get dense and it’s easier to get stuck. At the same time, it’s important not to complicate things. For instance, when writing music, the upper chakras are where most of the work happens. “Going pro” is just about making that final tweak. Sure it requires a push, but after all the inspiration, imagination, style and love that’s gone into the project, it’s totally worth it.
2. Sacral Chakra: Put Yourself Out There
It’s time to give birth to your creation. This happens in the sacral chakra. It’s important to stay flexible here, just like with any birthing process. Water is the element associated with this chakra. When performing or composing, indeed when launching anything, there are a lot of moving pieces so its important to keep flowing and learning.
1. Root Chakra: Grow Your Audience
This is where you grow your audience just like roots reaching out into the earth. Anchoring your work in an ever-expanding community is what gives it life. I often tell people, “Your music is meant for more than just you.” When you create something significant, don’t keep it to yourself, allow it to spread.
So by envisioning the roles of the chakras as part of your creative process, you can add another tool to your toolbox. Use these visualizations to be aware of and bust through those initial blocks, in a way that can be both enlightening and magical.
Stay tuned for my top tips to clear blocked chakras.