Caroline Manrique, 3

Interview with Caroline Manrique

MP:

I think you have described it well with the warmth and the pulling. The pulling sounds "directional" and I wonder if it is synonymous with "attraction"— the law of attraction, and if this is the case do you also feel the opposite when it is something "not right"? I also wonder if you have any explanation for why though you were speaking of the heart that the sensation you describe occurs in the solar plexus.

Caroline:

Good point about the "pulling" I never thought of it that way before...and it makes perfect sense. When I feel that pulling sensation, it is attraction. The sensation feels warm and "right". As the saying goes "follow your gut." And this is what I do. I follow that feeling. Now you ask about the opposing feeling...that has its own unique sensation too. It's almost like the feeling you get when someone bad is following you. You can't see them, but you know that something is wrong. Does that make sense? The feeling is dark and icky.

MP:

I remember living in NYC for several years and getting the distinct feeling now and then of being stalked by those with ill-intent and darker motives. It feels exactly like you are saying. It is interesting that we are talking about paths opening up and attraction– a sense of freedom. What I felt during these episodes in New York was a definite trapped feeling or closing in or restriction.

Caroline:

Now, regarding the heart versus solar plexus... I guess I always thought that when following my heart, I am following my intuition. For me, my heart is not logical. Following my heart is a leap of faith. And it can be downright scary. That's when I need to "hone" in on my intuition and "feel". I am not saying that this works for everyone...but it does for me. I have never regretted any decision I have made with my heart.

MP:

Thank you for that. I have two more questions. One is regarding your last response and you expressing your intention to "hone in on intuition and feel". How do you carry through with this intention? Do you do anything? Turn off anything? Quiet anything? Focus in any particular place bodily or energetically?

Caroline:

I do sometimes try to sit and quiet my thoughts. Practice being still. If I have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head, being still and placing my hands on my solar plexus helps. When I quiet the noise in my head...then I can really feel what I need to know. It's such a personal thing. But it works for me. And the feeling I get in my solar plexus is always warm and good.

MP:

While still discussing a possible meditation interview, you described your meditation practice with– "I do a more laying down style of meditation and intention setting kind of thing before getting out of bed in the morning." I would like to hear a little bit about what this is and in addition anything else that this interview process has brought up for you. It sounds like a grounding technique.

Caroline:

Just before rising out of bed I place one hand in the center of my chest and the other right above my belly button. I take a few very deep breaths. I place an intention out to the universe. It's usually very simple...something like: "help me to be more aware today." Sometimes I just visualize being surrounded by white light and I breathe in peace and love.

Doing this simple exercise helps me to start my day off in a calm state of mind. And on days that I rush out of bed and forget to do this...I feel more scattered. So then I just make sure to find time to sit and ground my energy...I may imagine tree roots coming out of the bottom of my feet and grounding me to the earth. Then I just take a few deep breaths here and re-connect.

MP:

Hands are so powerful for directing and focusing energy. I like hearing how others ground themselves. Thanks for that description. Well, this seems like a natural place to conclude the interview.

Caroline:

This was so enjoyable! I really enjoyed answering your questions and look forward to seeing the post.

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