Find Your Chakra, Find Your Career
The concept of chakras originates from ancient Hindu texts. The chakra model describes seven reference points in the body, organized around the nervous system, says Teresa Palmer, owner of Wellness Without Boundaries. Each chakra corresponds to a vital organ in the body and has associated emotional characteristics.
The chakras are believed to be energy-generating, working to help keep our body in balance and thereby promoting physical and emotional well-being.
In looking at the emotional characteristics ascribed to each chakra, it's possible to see the personality attributes that employers claim they look for in to fill certain job roles. Is it possible that the better balanced our chakras, the greater the chance we have of landing that next job?
Consider these seven words and phrases frequently found in job postings and how they relate to each of the seven chakras.
The first chakra is located at the base of the spine. It represents our foundation, stability, and grounding. It is our roots. Emotionally it represents trust and security, feeling safe.
2. Works well under pressure
The second chakra is located just below the navel. It is our sexual center and is involved with the female and male sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It represents creativity -- in the reproductive and artistic sense. Emotionally it represents our ability to be playful, free from anxiety and worry.
The third chakra is located just above the kidneys and is associated with digestion and regulation of water, electrolytes and nutrients that the body needs to maintain balance. The associated hormones are produced by the adrenal glands. The term "fire in the belly" is often used to describe the third chakra. Emotionally this "fire" is what we are passionate about, what "gets us going." It is our ability to meet challenges and accept change.
Careers that utilize this strength: singer, actor.
4. Strong relationship builder
The fourth chakra is located in our heart center, the solar plexus. The associated hormone is the thymus gland which provides immunity from infection. The fourth chakra is all about our ability to sustain meaningful relationships, to connect with others and be compassionate.
5. Communicates with integrity
The fifth chakra is located in the throat and is associated with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is one of the master glands in the body and with the pineal and pituitary glands is responsible for the optimum functioning of the body's cells and vital organs. In addition, the fifth chakra is all about our ability to communicate effectively. To speak truthfully and have integrity.
6. Excellent problem solver
The sixth chakra is located between the eyebrows -- often called "the third eye" -- our intuitive sense -- the ability to see past the obvious and explore things further. The associated gland is the pineal gland which helps regulate cell and organ function.
The last chakra is located at the top of the head and is the accumulation of all we learn and experience as we go through life. It is being content and at peace with the person we are and the things we do. It is all about doing our very best in our professional and personal lives. The associated gland is the pituitary gland which is the "glue" that holds the human body together -- the "captain of the ship." Without the pituitary gland, physiologically, we would have no direction -- only chaos.
Careers that utilize this strength: inventor, entrepreneur.
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Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, has over fifteen years of experience in career management, recruiting, executive coaching, and organizational development.
Barbara partners with both Fortune 100 companies and individuals to deliver targeted programs focusing on resume development, job search strategies, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation skills, and online identity management.
She is the author of Happy About My Resume: 50 Tips For Building a Better Document to Secure a Brighter Future and #JOBSEARCHtweet and her award-winning resumes are featured in dozens of career-related publications.