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The 7 SACRED SOUL TASKS

Does it feel like something is out of balance in your life?

Maybe you’ve done a ton of healing work, you’ve read all the self-help books, you’ve meditated with the best of them, but still something feels off.

Having difficulties doesn’t mean that you’re failing at being a spiritual person.
Your life is simply showing you where you’ve still got some work to do.

Here’s what you need to know: your seven chakras aren’t just energy centers. They are sacred containers of knowledge which contain an enormous amount of specific information for your growth. Each chakra holds within it a soul task which must be mastered. If any soul task is left incomplete, painful symptoms will show up in your life and your relationships.

These symptoms are signs showing you where you need to do your work.

 

First Chakra Task: Keep Yourself Safe

 

chakra 1If you’re out of balance in this soul task, you might notice that you put others needs before your own – to your detriment. You may allow situations or relationships into your life that hurt you. You may rationalize that you deserve the pain. You might turn on yourself, speak harshly to yourself, you may even hate yourself. To improve your health in this chakra, make a commitment to observe the ways that you devalue yourself and let others devalue you. The truth is – no one is more important than you, and you are no more important than anyone else. Your needs matter as much as anyone else’s. Stay mindful every day. A deep purification process like this takes time, so keep at it until you feel more stabilized. Read books like “Self Compassion” by Kristin Neff, and “Healing the Shame that Binds You” by John Bradshaw.

 

Second Chakra Task: Connect with Others

chakra 2We can’t make healthy connections with others if we believe everyone else is better, smarter, or that they matter more than we do. (See how the health of each chakra has to be solid before we can fully master the next?) If you’re out of balance in this soul task, you might notice that it feels hard to make and keep friends. Connection may feel difficult for you. To improve your health in this chakra, start with a commitment to daily self-inquiry and examination. Observe your own behaviors and feelings around others. Take small steps toward interaction with people. Set goals for joining in with groups. Remember, your commitment is all you need. If you are committed, the healing will come. Read books like “Safe People” By Henry Cloud.

 

Third Chakra Task: Set Boundaries

chakraSymptoms of ill-health in the third chakra show up as either a tendency to be “too nice” and let people walk all over you, or to be “the Big Cheese”, believing you are entitled to more than your fair share.  We must learn healthy boundaries.  If you are out of balance in this chakra, you might have a hard time saying no. You may grieve a lot about other people’s pain. You may worry about how someone will feel if you set down boundaries. Or – you may feel an impulse to run over people to get your needs met. To improve your health in this chakra, first commit to observing your patterns and discover the reasons for them. Then make a solid commitment to boundary setting. Learn to say “Yes” and “No” at appropriate times, both to others and to YOURSELF. You must learn to say NO to toxic people, places and situations, and say YES to beautiful, fair, kind ones. The third chakra soul task balances the ego.

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Written by PaigeBartholomew

Paige Bartholomew is a licensed psychotherapist who holds a Master’s Degree in individual, marriage and family therapy (LMFT) from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas (License number 201969). In addition, Paige specializes in the healing of relational and developmental Trauma through her studies at both the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and the Somatic Psychotherapy Institute. She has been a devoted student of Sufism for 16 years, where she is ordained with the station of Sufi Master Teacher and Counselor by the Shadhuliyya Higher Sufi Council. She is a certified hypnotherapist, long-time spiritual healer, student of A Course In Miracles, shamanic journey guide, energy healer, , intuitive channel and passionate writer about consciousness and existential issues. Paige's gift is in helping Awakening Ones remember who they truly are and what they came here for. It is her highest honor to help you shift from pain and confusion into comfort and peace.

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  1. Hi Hani,

    You are right on point.

    Of course – human learning is not linear. We do bounce around in the levels. Sometimes we have powerful transcendent experiences. Other times, it’s clearly obvious that more healing on a fundamental level is needed.

    We are not BROKEN just because we have wounds in the lower parts of ourselves. ALL HUMANS DO. I don’t care who they say they are. Every one of us had a childhood, and at some point, our trust was broken somewhere. Trauma happens just by living in a body on the planet. Healing work must be undertaken. Usually it’s a lifelong process of continuing to peel back the onion.

    Thank you for your brilliance!
    love, Paige

  2. Thank you i really i enjoyed this article , what i loved the most about this article is that we can’t collapse the levels we must heal from the bottom to reach the top. many people try to achieve non ego state without thinking about the importance of healing their earthy self first, hurting ego will block the light i think.

    • Hi Hani,

      You are right on point.

      Of course – human learning is not linear. We do bounce around in the levels. Sometimes we have powerful transcendent experiences. Other times, it’s clearly obvious that more healing on a fundamental level is needed.

      We are not BROKEN just because we have wounds in the lower parts of ourselves. ALL HUMANS DO. I don’t care who they say they are. Every one of us had a childhood, and at some point, our trust was broken somewhere. Trauma happens just by living in a body on the planet. Healing work must be undertaken. Usually it’s a lifelong process of continuing to peel back the onion.

      Thank you for your brilliance!
      love, Paige

  3. Thank you for this article! It offered me insight into an understanding of the chakras and chakra-work that I haven’t found expressed elsewhere. And, as is usual with articles from Paige Bartholomew, it came to me at the perfect time and gave me the exact guidance I needed.

    • Hi Alena!

      I am so glad that the content was satisfying and that there was “more” there than can be found elsewhere. I’ve spent my life studying this – from the inside out. Not from reading books or learning from a teaching. And this is what I encourage my clients and readers to do! Find the God within! Find the wisdom within! We do need each other’s support. We’re on the planet together – not alone. Your support helps me just as much as mine may help you.

      Love, Paige

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