This is part 2 of a series on Discipline. To read the other parts, please visit our Discipline Page. We have also have a series on Awareness and one on Stillness, so please check those out as well if you are interested.
This series on discipline is the third series in our Tao Te Ching Exploration Project. Throughout this project, we will be discussing some of the basic principles brought up throughout the Tao Te Ching. The principles we will cover are Awareness, Stillness, Discipline, Humility, Flexibility, Consistency, Connection, Service and Leadership. I am sure that there are many other principles that have been discussed throughout the text, but these are the nine topics that I am choosing to focus on over the next several months.
I relate to each principle by focusing our attention on each of the nine chakras, based on the Q’ero Shamans’ chakra system that is explained in depth in Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s book, Shaman, Healer, Sage. In this system, the chakras extend outside of our human form, which allow us to recognize our greater aspects of being. With nine chakras and nine disciplines, we will end up with 81 essays on living with the Tao in mind throughout every aspect of our being. (Since there are 81 chapters in the Tao Te Ching and nine is a completion number, I felt this was a fitting tribute.)
I hope that you are enjoying the series and will continue to explore with us throughout the rest of the project.
The Second Chakra: Creativity, Sex and Money
How does discipline relate to our creativity?
It’s an interesting question! Practice makes perfect, right? Discipline is like an art form. Playing the piano well is a discipline. You have to study it, you have to spend a fair amount of energy on it consistently to be a good pianist. Any art form gets better with time and practice.
You really have to spend time with your creativity in order for it to grow.
You can’t just throw a painting together and think that you are going to be a good painter. It’s fun… the second chakra has that element of spontaneity, that flamboyant quick flash in the pan feel to it. But with relationship to discipline, how do we take all of that passion and creativity and channel it into something? How do we channel our passion into art and make it amazing?
What about sex?
We need to practice it to be good at it, right? lol… What makes it excellent? How can I do it better over time and let it develop? How can I make my sexual experiences have a higher quality? I am not sure if people would say that they need a lot of discipline to practice sex, thank goodness, but we can improve it through awareness and working on making it better. Reading books about techniques and practices are good. (No, not just Fifty Shades…there are many excellent books out there besides that one!) Are you trying to learn new things in the bedroom?
Finances are part of the second chakra as well.
How do we do this? How do we incorporate a sense of discipline without feeling limited and constrained, but instead having it mean a deeper appreciation of that quality? With finances, we might practice different ways of being with money. We might look at what is working in our lives financially and see if we can learn something from it. If your financial life is a mess, perhaps we can study someone who understands money and begin to develop that quality and discipline around it. Where are you not disciplined with money?
What do you think of all of this? Let us know in the comments and tell us what your ideas are. What do you think of when you put discipline together with these concepts? We would love to hear your opinions!