Businessmen are paying themselves a below poverty line salary to stay afloat. The great recession has caused many people to cut back, to an extent that it hurts both their spiritual growth and long-term goals. In fact, many businesses fail because they don’t have enough income to support their short-term goals. College students drop out of school because it becomes too exhausting to juggle three jobs and a full load of classes. Many say that people fail at long-term goals because of lack of planning. I believe that people fail because they lack the foundation necessary for growth.
Chango, is an African deity in Yoruba.
He is commonly associated with the root chakra. We cannot thrive, live, or even stay upright without the stable support of our roots. We need to grow roots deep into the ground so our branches can reach the sky. Having strong roots gives us a sense of security, belongingness, and a great sense of physical health. Chango is the deity that allows us to become grounded; everything that happens in our minds, bodies, and spirits finds its source through Chango.
If people have a weak root chakra, or are not in touch with the Orisha Chango, they may have major insecurity issues.
These are the people who are incredibly needy and are constantly looking for external validation. These are the people who can’t take criticism, or just crumble when one little thing deters them from their goals. Their foundation is not rooted and strong, rather it is weak, and works more like quicksand, sucking them into a bottomless pit.
This concept is called degradation.
Degradation is the main reason why people fall off their path, or fail to develop good character. This is because our lower desires will always find a way to pull us down, like quicksand. The first thing that we have to understand is that we cannot ignore or suppress our lower desires. We cannot drive our cars without fuel, and we cannot run marathons without water. We need to ensure that we have a strong foundation, and that means knowing where we came from, having a strong sense of self-confidence, strength, and security. This means taking care of our physical and immediate needs. The concept of degradation is further explored in the fiction book When The Shadows Began To Dance.
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