From 2004 to 2009-ish, I had a severe root chakra imbalance. I mean, anxiety, an eating disorder, insomnia, financial problems, you name it! I had all the symptoms of an unhealthy root chakra.
It all started a few months before the USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials. After a brutal fall from the uneven parallel bars, I broke my shinbone. And suddenly, my childhood dream of going to the Olympics was no longer in the cards.
For the next year, I sat immobile in a cast. When one injury healed, another one replaced it. And then, I blacked out.
I was on the uneven parallel bars (again!) in a spotting belt when the ropes got tangled around the bar. As I let go to finish my dismount, the ropes thrust me back into the bar like a tight rubber band.
Wham! I crushed my nose before passing out. The ambulance then came and rushed me to the hospital.
My larger-than-average nose (thanks dad) saved my life that day. And I was blessed with the best trauma plastic surgeon in the state.
With a titanium plate in my cheek, a cracked forehead, a nose job and stitches all over my face, I went back to gymnastics.
Yes, crippling fear — the root of anxiety. But shockingly, I wasn’t afraid of the uneven parallel bars, dangerous gymnastics moves or scary coaches. That was all familiar terr(or)itory.
I was afraid of life without gymnastics. After all, who was I without gymnastics? More so, how would I get into college or earn a living without it?
And so, I continued on the fated path of a gymnast for another three years, ignoring divine messages from the Universe and my Higher Self.
As you can imagine this story got worse before it got better. But thankfully, I eventually listened to my intuition and hopped on a more aligned path.
In hindsight, I learned these four things from that experience. I believe that these tips can help anyone that feels stuck and afraid.
- Listen and act on intuitive hunches. Your intuition is always right.
- Follow the bliss. The thing that lights you up is guiding you towards your higher purpose.
- Don’t escape in dreamworld. Instead, be in your body. It’s the secret to manifesting your dreams.
- Your wounds are the best teachers.
Have you ever felt stuck in your life? How did you shift the energy? Share in the comments.
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