Getting A Handle On Your Head – The Solar Plexus Chakra

There’s Thinking, then there’s Thought. There’s knowing a thing with your intellect, then there’s knowing something with your soul.

Part of my work is knowing the difference between a thought that is just the prattle or fantasy of my mind, and one that is an impression, a subtle wind whispering, one that is worth heeding.

I’m talking about intuition. I’m talking about awareness. I’m talking about energy and how it works in what we call your mind.

Your mind is capable of so much more than you think. Pun Intended.

Thinking vs Thought

I need to make a subtle distinction between some qualities of human mental life. For the sake of this article, Thinking is unconscious and constant, what Buddhists might call “the monkey mind”. Its a verb. Thought, on the other hand, is intuiting, being, understanding, conceiving, embodying, realizing. Thought is waking up in the morning knowing the answer to an intractable problem. Thought is “Eureka”! Thought is “A ha! I completely get it! Mind = blown”.

Thinking is what our neurons do. It is what our human minds do, it is what our intellect does. This useful part of us is constantly active, helping to manage our relationship to the material world around us. This part of our mind identifies whatever habit has trained it to, e.g., noticing dirty dishes that need doing, knowing which password goes to which website, remembering which road leads to Rome, etc.

Thinking also tries to grab a handle on us personally as well. This part of your mind knows what your name is, what you’re like, what your story is about who you are, how you’re the same and different from others, what makes you special and justifies your self-worth, etc. It also talks crap about you when you’re not looking and remembers every awful thing you’ve done that you should never be forgiven for.

Fortunately, you are more than the contents of your thinking mind. Enter Intuition.

Thinking vs. Intuition

An intuition is a simple communication from the universe at the level of the thinking mind. Its not very complex information, like a tweet. Intuition is baby food for the mind. “I think I remember turning left ahead” is thinking. Feeling a quiet sense of, “Turn left ahead” – especially when you’ve never been this way before – is an intuition.

Intuitions are received thoughts. Intuition is passive thinking, much like vegging out to television, but you’re listening IN instead. By focusing on your personal experience of your mind and awareness you can receive information constantly from the universe, no internet connection necessary.

Chances are you do this already. Common intuitions are things like, “I should call my Uncle today”, “it is time to turn off the crock pot”, “I wonder how so-and-so is doing?”, or “it is time to initiate that corporate acquisition”. Intuition can be about anything.

There are also kinesthetic intuitions that you feel with your body, as well as vast understandings (aka “downloads”) that come into your field through other channels. But when it comes to mental intuitions, incoming intuitive information is processed primarily by an energy center in your Solar Plexus.

What The Solar Plexus Chakra IS

Incoming energy. Your own personal internet.

To the clairvoyant eye a healthy solar plexus chakra is a happily swirling whirlpool of yellow energy and information coursing into the body like water down the bathtub drain. Almost without exception, this is a comfortable chakra to have active in people in the western world. Education works in yellow. Engineering and science, yellow. Conversation, where we exchange nice little verbal information packets in well timed sequence, yellow. Counseling and therapy, yellow.

It is very possible that yellow is just a symbolic color-coding I’ve learned in order to work with the energy. After all, what color is Ultra-violet? If I can’t see it with my eyes I can’t see it. My skills are kinesthetic first, and visual through training, so I personally feel solar plexus energy.

Since you’re in it almost all the time, you may not notice your solar plexus chakra in action until something’s wrong. You may feel it when you are anxious, talking excitedly and quickly, worrying or holding your breath. If you can’t address your tension, it may be passed down the line to your stomach or peripheral nerves, both of which are energized in part by the solar plexus chakra.

What the Solar Plexus Chakra ISN’T

Your brain. Your feelings.

Mistaking your brain for the creator of thought is like mistaking the eye for the creator of light. Your brain is just an organ, an instrument being played. The brain adds color, tone, timbre, duration, volume, etc, but it is not the thinking. That’s why we can influence our neurochemistry with drugs, but we can also rewire the whole thing through our thinking habits.

You can’t think your feelings. You have to feel them. Sounds obvious, but THE number one misuse of solar plexus and mental energies is for feeling. It is common to find our thoughts on a runaway train because deep down there was something we just needed to feel. After the feeling has run its natural course, our mind relaxes and is more spacious.

How To Tend Your Mind & Tap Your Intuition

1. Re-Center

Before bed, or at the end of every work day, or every lunch break – sometime when it feels right – take time to re-center yourself. You’re awesome, you deserve it. Notice your mind and what its on about. Each subject is a charged cord connecting you to some event, person, place or thing. Gently draw each one back to you. Let all your concerns be.

Be here with yourself, right now. You may want to sit, you may want to dance, or anything in between. Your mind is part of your body, so help your body be present in whatever way feels best. Feel how good that is. If it feels bad in any way, just notice, and let yourself feel it so it can pass thru. Given time and compassionate understanding, it will.

2. Intuit

Life is a game, so play with your intuition. Next time you’re in the kitchen, let yourself choose your plate by intuition. Which one feels best? This is even more fun in someone else’s kitchen. See if you can get a picture of the cutlery you’ll be choosing. Then use your intuition to find the drawer and pick out the knife. You can even do it blindfolded! This is fun for kids too.

Or set out on an errand, but instead of going the fastest or your favorite way, choose your direction intersection by intersection according to how each direction feels. See where it might lead you instead. Can you get a mental picture of something you might see along your route? Did you see it? Was it what you were really looking for?

If it doesn’t work, try again some other day. This is fun, so play with it! I’ll be you can come up with your own versions that are even more exciting than my suggestions!

You and your mind deserve the greatest peace, happiness, safety, wellbeing and satisfaction that you can possibly tolerate. I help my clients rebalance their mental energies in a majority of the energy healing sessions I give, in addition to whatever else they need. If I can be of any help, please let me know.

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How Your Life Is Trying To Heal You, Part 2

Let’s continue with Part 2 of a 3-part series on the upside of our hidden and perhaps not-so-hidden wounds.  

In Part 1 of How Your Life is Trying to Heal You I told you essentially, baggage = blocked energy. These same blocks and baggage effect our bodies, thoughts and feelings, and even shape who we are.

 How Baggage Shapes The Bearer

Imagine a baseball glove, or an oven mitt.  Both are perfectly made to take the hit, or take the heat.  So are you.  You are the sum total of the journey to become who you are right this second.  Not one moment has been left out.  If everything’s been peachy then congratulations, you’re happy, well-adjusted and incredibly rare.

If, on the other hand, you’re like most people, you have a block here, some baggage there.  Nobody’s perfect, and there’s something perfect in that.  The day to day stuff tends to slough off after some exercise, a shower and time with good friends or family.

Its the more persistent stuff that we’re here to address in this message and in life.  The deeper, older stuff.  The longer you’ve carried a block, the less you notice.  Its a part of you.  In fact, you might not be you without it.

Let’s begin with five of the most common colors we carry in our palette of deep blocks:

First example: Think back a ways.  Were you taught to sit still and listen?  To line up and wait?  Sometimes these are valuable lessons that help us get along better with others.

Other times we may learn that what really matters is how we act on the surface, not what we truly feel or think.  In dangerous or abusive situations a lot more may depend on toeing the line.

We may learn we have to be perfect.  People who went through this are almost always “fine” when asked. These seemingly balanced and straight-backed people can carry out a task no matter how they feel about it, as long as its the right thing to do.

Really they don’t feel much about it, or anything, at all.  Essentially, they don’t know who they truly are and may be envious of or scornful toward others who do.  The good news is they are highly able to be successful in the world.

Second example: Pay attention to your body.  It is amazing, and more than anything else it’s yours.  You are responsible for taking care of it and anything it does.  Plus you can run, play, draw, sing, dance and enjoy the heck out of it.

But if our bodies and energies are not respected as our own, if we are dominated by those who are supposed to protect us, or shamed too much for what our bodies do, we learn a different lesson.

We may learn to be ashamed of a body and self that are not our own.  Its normal for folks who went through this to feel that anything that smells like a boundary – even their own self-control – feels bad.  Its a tense position to maintain.

They may overeat and gain unhealthy weight.  They may wait for a slight to burst out and reclaim the power they no longer remember they already have.  If this is you you’re not alone.  This is very common in the United States and Australia.

Third example: Ask yourself if you were ever “a little superhero” or “mommy’s perfect angel”?  Its normal for parents, teachers and others to say stuff like this, no big whoop.

The baggage only gets packed if you really can’t keep up with the expectations placed on you and fall hard.  In intense cases, people you count on may seduce you to get what they want, and abuse you if they don’t get it.

We may learn to lie to and manipulate a world we mistrust.  We’re going to puff up as big as we can to uphold unbearable expectations.  Deep down we feel essentially worthless, cuz we’re living a lie.  Each new lie makes this worse, and we learn to control others around us to protect ourselves.

Feeling supported is vital in our unstable state.  If you’re not with us, you’re against us.  Our friends are angels, our enemies are pure evil.  Power is key, winning is the most important thing, and we’re really good in a fight.  You are fortunate if we’re on your side, cuz if we’re not, you’re f’d.

Fourth example: Imagine a child who’s going hungry.  You can see their wide eyes, pleading for food.  Its all about feeling fulfilled.  It doesn’t take much to have enough.

But if for any reason there’s not enough of the food, affection, attention or love you need, you’ll pack your bags full of hunger and heartache.

We may learn that there is never enough for us, and we aren’t enough either.  When your belly or heart is left wanting too often you learn that it is you that is the inadequate, half-empty cup.

Better to fill yourself from the world around you.  Using sex to get attention is one classic ploy, or droning on and on and boring others.  But good feeling never last, cuz you’re more comfortable empty and longing anyway!  Full, what’s that?  But you sure might make a great entertainer.

Last example: Go back to the moment it all began.  If you were safe, held and loved at birth then you’re not carrying this last bag.  This block is for those of us who came in rough, or were met with enough hostility that…

We may learn that life is dangerous and the world hates us.  The only safe place to be now is gone.  These are the slender wisps who find a spiritual reality or daydream more compelling than flesh and bone.  Look in their eyes and this notoriously flaky and disengaged person isn’t quite looking back.

If this is you, fear and anxiety are too easy to come by, aren’t they.  Conflict may cause you to practically leave your body, if you haven’t had an out-of-body experience already.  But when you touch the world with your unique insights, lookout!

Are you painting with any of these colors?  In my experience we all have one or more.  Its heartbreaking to watch happen, and the cycles repeat every day.

Believe it or not, t here is a silver lining and its coming in Part 3: the miraculous nature of how our baggage is constantly resurfacing and showering us with chances to embrace it, be free of it, and be our most whole, healed, beautiful selves.  You might even say we’ve got secret superpowers.

Heal and Learn

If you want to go further and use energy healing to start unpacking your own baggage, contact me for a healing session and let’s begin!

Your health isn’t just about your body and organs.  Everything happens in your field.  The issues above are intertwined with the issues people come to me to address.  I’ll let you know more in upcoming articles or receive them by email by signing up for The Heal Schpeal.

If you know someone who you think would like or benefit from this newsletter, please share it!  I still have open slots on my calendar every week that I want to fill with clients who get it and want more.  I can’t do that without you.  Thank you for helping me share my gift.

New Song Available Now to Benefit Those Grieving a Death

Don’t be afraid to fall, ’cause when you lay down you can really feel yourself lifted.

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Three years ago on Valentines Day, my family lost our newborn son Joseph Phoenix Crockett.  Not long after I wrote a song for him called “Where Are You Now”.  This year I’ve recorded it and made it available through UseMusic.org  to benefit The Dougy Center  and their work supporting children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death.

Get Where Are You Now and support real healing.

Stream Where Are You Now in full at Soundcloud.

Watch Where Are You Now on YouTube

 We felt immeasurably blessed by ‘Angel Joe’ even in his brief visit.  Everyone has or will lose someone they love.  The loss of a baby is very common, and one of the least spoken of.

In the weeks since it was first posted, Where Are You Now has quietly become one of the highest grossing songs at UseMusic.org, yet very few people have heard this song before now.  I know you’ll be touched by this song.  Please keep up with the release On Facebook and Twitter and share the healing.

Thanks, Josephoenix.

Photo courtesy of Brigett Eisele with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

Published in: on February 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

How Your Life Is Trying To Heal You, Part 1

We’re all human and we all carry baggage.  Try as we might, there’s only so perfect we can get!

I know, I know, its not your fault.  You were born this way.  You have to be true to yourself.

Your troubles came out of nowhere.  No matter how much time goes by, you still get a feeling in your body when you drive by where the incident happened.

And maybe you agree with my friend Joseph Estevez, who told me, “After 30 you can’t blame your parents.”

You’re all right.  And you’re alright.

I want to help you out with some “21st Century Human Skills”.  Today begins Part 1 of a 3-part series on our hidden and perhaps not-so-hidden wounds.  They’re real, they’re visible in your energy field, and they matter.

Right now we’re going to lay the foundation with why and how we ‘bury our stuff’ and ‘pack our baggage’.  Eventually we’ll get to the miraculous nature of how our baggage is constantly resurfacing and showering us with healing opportunities!

How and Why

We Bury Our Baggage

Ideally, when we suffer, we take the time to feel it, do what we can to change our situation, and cry away the rest or just let it go.  But when we can’t – we’re too busy, the pain is too much or we’re too young or don’t have the support we need to make it through – we have to stuff it.  Be macho.  Be tough.  Set it aside.  Block it.

This can be good when your kids really need you.  This is good if you’re in danger and just have to get to safety before you can let go.  This is good if you’re too young and the pain is so much that it might tear you apart.

This is bad if you never get back to it.  If it stays stuck.  If you forget.  If you get used to the pain.  If you come to like the pain.  If you prefer its comfort to the discomfort of being free of it.  These things happen.

Baggage = Blocks

When we block our feelings it shows up in our energy field.  This is part of why I have a job.  I’m sensitive and I pick up on unspoken stuff.  So do most sensitive people.  I also have the capacity and skills to address it more directly in a healing session.  If you can call intuitively tapping in to someone’s field from hundreds – or even thousands – of miles away ‘direct’!

You are incredibly complex, and the further down the rabbit hole I go the harder it is to explain.  Different wounds effect different aspects of ourselves differently. Here’s the skinny:

When we block our physical energies we may feel weak in our bones, muscles, tendons and tissues.  Our body may get stiff and our muscles hard.

When we block our feelings it looks to my mind’s eye like a dull fog.  Too much of this and we feel depressed.  We are literally depressing our feelings so they can’t flow naturally from one to the next.  Or we may feel nothing.  People who drink a lot often have this look to me.  When we obsess over things it is our minds working hard to block our feelings.  We may become very educated and successful before this strategy begins to fail us.

When we block our thoughts we cannot think clearly, may feel confused, or have difficulty understanding, learning, or tapping into our intuition.  Our mind may cycle through the same thoughts over and over, trying to deal with daily life in a way that may or may not be working well for us.

When we block our hearts it forms a sticky tar of energy.  So does smoking a lot of pot.  If we block the inevitable pain that is a part of all relationships, we block our love.  We get hard.  We care less.  We may think we don’t care at all.  Beware people who are too cool, because they aren’t warm.

When we block our connection to truth, insight, inspiration, joy, and the divine, we cannot find our place in the world.  Meaning, happiness, abiding satisfaction and peace are hard to come by.

Everyone has an excellent reason for blocking what they block.  If you wore their shoes you might have done the exact same thing.

By the time people come to me for the first time, especially if they’ve never had energy work before, whatever they’ve been doing isn’t working.  Sometimes its something simple, and often its something complex.  We peel it back, layer by layer, until we find the root.  With this process comes understanding.  With this process comes clarity.  And compassion, for yourself and others.  And healing.

And the whole world becomes a better place, all because you were blocked.

All of this begs some background into the energy work I do, but I’m going to save it for down the line.  I’ve got to have something to write about after I finish this series in March!  Next month’s topic: The simple, beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking ways our blocks and baggage shape who we are.

Final Thoughts

Healing your world,

your country, your community,

and your family begins

with healing yourself.

One thing all of my clients have in common is that in ways big and small you’re all trying to make the world a better place.  Healing and music are part of how I do that.  I’m always honored to support you with the notes I play and the hands I lay.  Thank you for having me along on your journey!

In Health and Healing,

Lincoln Crockett

How To Have A Healing Holiday Season

If you are blessed with the burden of a big heart, the holidays can be the best and worst of times.  But all holidays are healing when we pause, gather together and reflect.  In fact, the same powerful healing potential exists now as at any time in your life.

I’ve got a simple tip to help you decrease your pain, increase your joy, and tap you into the best that the season has to offer.  It draws from the same principles that underlie healing sessions.

Step one: on Christmas be Jewish, go out to Chinese food and see a movie, very relaxing.  I’m kidding.

In the Christian-centric Western world, no holiday has survived secularization and commercialism so well to still contain so many overt messages of peace, love, and joy.  These are among the highest experiences we can have in our lives.

Peace, joy and love are a natural part of us, and go hand-in-hand with healing.  When we are able to stay present – really present – with what’s going on in and around us, peace, joy and love can arise fairly effortlessly.

What stops them?  I hope I’m preaching to the choir: When we feel something that’s too much for us – pain OR joy – we block it.  Blocking your energies is not necessarily a bad thing!  Its how we get through all the stuff we need to do, and take care of ourselves and others around us.

When you celebrate holidays – especially by taking time off work with family – more of both pain and joy will be available.  If you want to do more than ‘just get through’, here’s what to do, in simplest terms, only the truth:

Salve pain with forgiveness, love, grief, healing.

Fertilize joy with more joy.

Like this:

First, you have to notice.  What’s going on?  How do I feel?  What started this?  Has this happened before?  Am I caught in a cycle?  You can’t wish it away, Dorothy, but the power of paying attention sets the foundation for everything to come.  It just might blow your mind.

Forgive yourself all that you have done to hurt yourself and others – especially the people you love – as you make your way imperfectly in an imperfect world.

Grieve your losses, family and friends who are gone or won’t change, jobs and living situations that have changed, the aging of your body, or dreams and opportunities that have passed beyond reach.  Grief softens and opens your heart.  Even when we lose something that hurt us, like a painful job or relationship, we will grieve it’s passing on some level.

Love who you are, who they are, accept them both, as is, faults and all.  You’re worthy of love, you really are.

Heal.  All of this is healing, and healing can be in any and everything in your life.  A kind word, a ray of sun, a song on the radio, a great Facebook share, a moment to pause for any reason, all can catalyze you to loosen your burdens and open to greater happiness and health.

Joy is abundant, get some!  Gaze at the night sky.  Do something stupid and goofy for no reason.  Hang out with a small child.  Do what you love, be with who you do and can love.  Include it/them in your holiday plans.  Make sure of it.  If it doesn’t happen, refer to the previous steps.

Sound simple?  You got it! Go for it!

Easier said than done?  I’m here to help.  Healing sessions are a gift to give and receive!  No discounts, no gimmicks, no special packages.  Just all the healing goodness in the universe you can stand, available to you.

You can read more about what the work I do is good for here https://lincolncrockett.wordpress.com/energy-healing/

Final Thoughts

Healing your world,

your country, your community,

and your family begins

with healing yourself.

One thing all of my clients have in common is that in ways big and small you’re all trying to make the world a better place.  Healing and music are part of how I do that.  I’m always honored to support you with the notes I play and the hands I lay.  Thank you for having me along on your journey!

In the new year I’ll share a series on our hidden and perhaps not-so-hidden wounds, how and why we bury them, the simple ways they shape who we are, and how they are constantly trying to resurface for healing.  The whole process is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful gifts you can imagine.  I’ll help you imagine it.  ‘Til then…

In Health and Holiday Healing,

Lincoln Crockett

‘Like’ the New Facebook Page!

There’s a new way for us to stay connected!

I have a new Facebook page that integrates music, songwriting, healing and energy work all in one place:

www.facebook.com/LincolnCrockettMusicEnergy

Lately I’ve been putting out more shared and original content – insights, illuminating pictures, quotes and video clips – than ever before, and I aim to continue.  If you ‘Like’ it that content will show up in your FB feed, and add more goodness to your day.

Have you ‘liked’ it already?  Thank you!  If you haven’t, go there now, it only takes a second!

www.facebook.com/LincolnCrockettMusicEnergy

Speaking of video clips, have you seen the one below?

Published in: on December 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Peaceful Nature Music Meditation – Lincoln Crockett – Abraham’s Lament

The essence of healing is being in a state of nonresistance to what is. Nature is in that state, by its very nature, right?

If you can’t get out, this is the perfect way to reset and find peace when you need a short break: Long shots of simple, beautiful nature scenes set to my acoustic instrumentalal ‘Abraham’s Lament’.

Relax into the song, sounds of nature, and meditate on the scenery slowly passing by to arrive at the end calm and refreshed.

‘Abraham’s Lament’ appears on the album ANGELS & DEVILS ALIKE, available on iTunes and at CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lincolncrockett2.

Hear more music at http://www.lincolncrockett.com

Published in: on December 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Same Healing, New Price

As of May 2013 my price has increased to $120 per one hour session.  This new rate reflects energy healing’s relative rarity, the going rate for similar therapeutic professions, the number of healing sessions I am able to do, the work’s general effectiveness for clients, and the increased strength of the work I offer.

Existing clients can choose to continue at my previous rate of $90.  Remember, healing is for everyone. If you feel unable to pay my full session price there are options we can discuss.

May your suffering be as light as possible on the road to your deepest healing.

Published in: on April 11, 2013 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Its not the recession, its The Progression.

Its not ‘the recession’, its The Progression.

Its a chance to re-focus priorities; for prices to shift more toward what things are actually worth, rather than what uneven market leverage the sale price shows; for folks everywhere to go do what they’d rather be doing, since clearly they can’t just up and make money at a job they don’t really have their heart in. 

I have two friends that have thrown more pottery than ever.  They look happier than ever.  Small, local banks had banner years in 2008, and as an independant musician I find that my audience is as passionate about music as ever.  Maybe more so!

Remember when a family could afford a house that was a year or two’s salary, and a car could be bought for what you made in a few month’s?  Of course not, that was the early 20th century.  Seems that the attractiveness of debt has driven prices (and unnecessary sizes and features and more) up and up and up.  I’m looking forward to just buying a car with crank windows that has interchangeable parts I can work on and sips some alternate fuel.  Hey, I’m not saying we’re there yet…

…cuz its a Progression!

c u there soon enough, link

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 8:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hello world!

Welcome to Lincoln Thinkin’.  This is a series of online, open emails to the world from, musician, songwriter, healer and avid thinker, Lincoln Crockett.  That’s me.

In Lincoln Thinkin’ we’re going to cover anything and everything that keys me up and excites me, and become an online repository for  perspectives modern and timeless on healing, music, politics, the creative process, philosophy, metaphysics, America and the human condition.

I hope to strike a chord with others who perhaps it could be said are building a new world right here at our own feet.  We’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

Take care,

Lincoln

Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment