I have always been a highly sensitive person. Growing up, I was constantly told I was too sensitive and that I would need to grow a thicker skin if I wanted to “make it in the world”. Signs of my lack of energetic control were everywhere and affected almost every single aspect of my life.
I had no control over my energy or my life. I was constantly sick, depressed and angry. And bless my parents’ hearts, but they had no idea what the hell to do with me. Their parents antiquated methods of parenting could never have prepared them for me. I was different.
School felt like a struggle, not because of content, but because of the energy. I spent a lot of time outside of the classroom, either not feeling well in the nurse’s office or in specialized programs where I was in a small group. I had a few friends, but was pretty much an outcast; I was that weird kid.
As a teenager, I came into the awareness that it was more than just being a highly sensitive person, I was an empath. It soon became apparent to me that I didn’t need to grow a thicker skin, I needed to gain control of my energy and energetic boundaries.
I had zero boundaries, soaking up everything around me like a sponge. Violent movies and television made me stressed and anxious, sending my energy reeling when I was forced to watch historical films and documentaries. Whenever I was out in public, I felt constantly exposed to all of the anger, pain and suffering in the world around me.
Eventually, I became so clouded by everyone else’s feelings and emotions around me that I became completely disillusioned. I was literally weighed down by dense, heavy energy; I couldn’t envision a future for myself, I didn’t know how interact with people, I couldn’t feel anything but anger, hurt and fear.
And then, I couldn’t feel anything. I lived in a state of eternal numbness, constantly searching for ways to escape what I was feeling. Drinking, smoking and drugs became a regular occurrence, giving me the emotional release I was so desperately searching for.
Amping up my need for release, I began to cut myself. I was never cutting with the intent of taking my life, I was cutting to remind myself that i could still feel. Taking a single razor blade, I would dig fissures into my legs until I was able to connect with my body again to feel sensation, feel the pain, feel my pain.
A two week hospital stay made it apparent to me just how crucial it was for me to take charge of my own health and happiness. The medications that I was given dulled my personality, squashed my energy and severely limited my brain function, making me feel even worse than I did previously. I was a shell of myself.
I knew that I needed to get to the root of my issues and not just continue treating the symptoms, or it would turn into a never ending cycle. I didn’t want to become the people I saw around me that needed a substance (alcohol, drugs, prescription medication, etc.) to just get through their lives.
I had always been interested in all things mystical, magical and supernatural, and had recently started learning about Reiki, which seemed to be centered in this idea that the energy around you affects your mind, body and spirit. It was the first real life magic I was able to feel, but I still felt like there something was missing.
In continuing my education into energy work, I stumbled onto the concept of chakras. For the first time it was something that made sense and corresponded with my own clairvoyant experiences. Understanding the chakras was my gateway to understanding myself and my energy.
I started to understand that Chakras served as our energetic connections points to rest of the universe. It helped me to realize how interconnected we are and how outside energy affected me, and moreover, what I could do about it. I was able to see connections in each and every chakra, where my emotional “stuff" was manifesting into real physical issues. I finally had discovered a tool I could use to communicate with my body and figure out what was actually going on with me! That was when I started to take my life back.
I finally understood that when I got stomach aches all the time it wasn’t because of what I was eating, it was because I wasn’t in control of my personal power, causing an imbalance in my solar plexus chakra. When I was getting headaches all the time, it was because my third eye chakra wasn’t in balance.
As I kept studying different energetic modalities, I realized the majority of them kept circling back to the chakra system. When I started to fully embrace my gifts and began helping others, I found that most people had heard of, and were interested in learning about the chakras. It seemed that people were curious about different ways of learning to understand their bodies, just like I had been!
My first book, Shift Happens! 21 Days to Better Energy Through the Chakras was inspired by those chakra classes, along with some other gems and tips I’ve picked up along the way. Chakras have been the most important part of my growth because understanding them helped me to maintain my own energy and has allowed me to transform my life!
Working with my chakras I have become more clear, my natural discernment is stronger, and I am able to actually feel my own energy versus the energy of others. I am in tune with my body, and able to listen to it's whispers, instead of waiting to hear it's screams. I have a stronger sense of myself and my purpose and alignment with the Universe.
One of the most important things that I learned was that maintaining your chakra health needs to be done on a consistent basis. One of my favorite ways to clear my chakras is to take a chakra sound bath and immerse myself in cleansing energetic vibration. I invite you to enjoy this unique experience as my free gift to you as a thank you for signing up with my mailing list to keep up to date with my latest blogs and offerings!
Love and Light,
Arielle is a best-selling author, holistic life coach and intuitive energy healer.