This is part 2 of a series on Stillness. To read the other parts, please visit our Stillness Page.
This series on stillness is the second 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 number two represents duality. If you look at computers, they are built on a series of zeroes and ones. That is all they use to program computers is various combinations of zeroes and ones. On and off. Yin and yang. Up and down. Light and day. We come from what is prior to that reality of zeroes and ones. The stillness of that is the stillness of space. If you can imagine space and the stillness in that quality. It is about having stillness be something that takes you right to your core.
The Second Chakra: Sex. Money. Creativity. Addictions.
The second chakra is about sex, money, creativity and addictions. How can we access stillness in those parts of our lives? Sex and money are American pastimes. So are addictions, come to think of it. (No pun intended.) These areas of our lives seem far from still, and yet accessing stillness would greatly benefit us.
Let’s look at stillness around sexuality. Having sex vs making love, right? There is a stillness that can be acknowledged when you are with your partner. It doesn’t have to be wild and crazy. Not that wild and crazy are bad, but it doesn’t have to be that. It can be smooth and still. In some tantric practices, you don’t move at all. There’s a depth that can be there with that. It is certainly worth exploring. Now I am not sure if Lao Tzu would have discussed sex in the Tao Te Ching, but certainly the topic of being still applies here.
How can you be still with money? Keep it simple and don’t spend it. Let your wallet be still and get a little rest. You don’t have to be using it all the time. Let it be. Maybe go on a spending fast.
Addicted to Chaos
Perhaps the most fascinating discovery to me in thinking about this topic was the contrast (think, duality) of addictions to stillness. They seem to be diametrically opposed. If you look at concepts as a vibration, chaos (addictions) would be like scribbling a crayon across a page really fast. Very jaggy. Stillness would be like a straight line. We are afraid of that straight line. That line is like death, like the line that we see at the hospital on the equipment when someone dies.
Addictions are really a fear of death.
A fear of the Void. A fear of really living. Addictions with money and sex are common, probably because they are sitting right in the second chakra along with addictions. We just have to have it, whatever it is. That is the quality of addiction and when the second chakra is out of balance.
The Fuel of Creativity
Creativity is another piece of this second chakra. If you take art, for example, you need some level of stillness in your life in order to access the creativity to do art. Who doesn’t do art? People who are too busy. The fuel for creativity is stillness in the mind. Do you ever get great thoughts in the shower or while you are driving? That is because this may be the only place that your mind has become still enough to create.
A Balanced Second Chakra
When our second chakra is in balance, you can just allow things to be still with a passion that is very much alive. When your money is in balance, you can just leave it be. You don’t want to spend it chaotically. When your lovemaking is in balance, there is a level of stillness that you are able to access with your partner.
Food Addictions are Also Common
With food addictions, you are constantly doing things with food – controlling it in some way. You are anything but still. Practicing stillness around food is like fasting. Just let it become normal and not obsessive. I have been reading The Four Hour Body (HIGHLY recommended – life changer!) and he suggests eating the same meals over and over again. To me, this is a way of being still with your food. I am also (simultaneously) reading The Four Hour Chef and in there, he talks about the flavors of simple foods. To me, this is about stepping into a quieter level with our daily habit of eating. It is a mindfulness that can only be accessed through some level of stillness.
I meet a lot of small business owners. Most of them are workaholics. In issues of workaholism, there is a constant need for movement. What are you running from? I know that I am guilty of this. That is part of what brought me to this work.
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I just found this great post by a blogger friend of mine that might interest you. It is called 21 Ways to Care for Your Sacral (Second) Chakra. Enjoy!