Today begins a seven week journey into the realm of chakras (energy centers) and what we can do to balance them and their corresponding emotional issues. The chakra system was developed in India as early as 1500 BC, with notations being found in their texts of the Brahma Upanishad and the Yogatattva Upanishad.
There are approximately 114 chakras found throughout the body, though Western philosophy tends to focus on 7 major energy centers that are found on the spine. Chakras are said to spin in a clockwise direction and have various properties and emotions attributed to each one.
Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra, 1st Chakra)
Sanskrit Derivation: Mula (root); adhara (support)
Physical Location: Near the base of the spine/tailbone, opening downwards
Emotion: Security (Food, shelter, money)
Root Chakra Opportunities and Obstacles
- Grounded (Opportunity) / Distracted, flighty (Obstacle)
- Secure, self-sufficient (Opportunity) / Needy, insecure (Obstacle)
- Friendly (Opportunity) / Anxious (Obstacle)
- Sense of self-worth and value (Opportunity) / Low self-esteem (Obstacle)
- Self-determining (Opportunity) / Dependent on others (Obstacle)
- Able to let go when appropriate (Opportunity) / Gasping, hoarding (Obstacle)
- Responsible (Opportunity) / Blames others, irresponsible (Obstacle)
The obstacles listed are tied to feeling insecure whether that is a result of how we were raised and/or our historical/current position in life as it relates to food, shelter and money. The number one place to address this emotion lies within ourselves; for if we can change that to a sense of security, we can possess the right mindset to change those other things that we are unhappy with.
One place to start balancing your root chakra is to go for a walk and find a large tree that resonates with you. Once you find it, take a moment to ask permission to sit with it for a while and learn from its deep rooted wisdom. Sit with your back to the tree and relax. Regardless of what the elements, animals and humans have done or not, to impact the existence of the tree, it continues to grow and also root itself in to the safety and security of the earth.
Close your eyes; breathe in the forest air and calm your mind. Imagine the red light of your root chakra moving down your body and flowing deep into the ground. As you settle into this experience, chose some affirmations that will help you move towards a place of security.
- I am deeply rooted and grounded.
- I am safe and secure
- I trust in myself
Repeat these affirmations aloud. It may be uncomfortable at first, but without discomfort there is no growth or change. Continue to sit for a while and just relax, knowing that you have the undivided attention and support of the tree. When the time is right to depart, thank this silent being for sharing its knowledge and being a witness to your life. Repeat this process as often as you need. If you live in the city and don’t have immediate access to trees, sit next to a house plant as they will gladly do the same for you.
Some days you may need a small boost to your root chakra when you’re note quite feeling 100% secure. Wear the color red on those days in the form of clothing or accessories. Red is a powerful and assertive color and a great reminder to embody our individual power.
Maybe you just want to acknowledge your root chakra. Make a salad and include some red vegetables such as bell peppers, radishes or beets. As you eat them, think of their colorful light supporting and empowering you root energy center.
There those who believe that each energy center has corresponding essential oils that can help balance them. For the root chakra, these would be earthier smelling oils such as ginger, patchouli, sandalwood or clove. If you’d like more information on how to utilize essential oils, head over to Nancy Hausauer’s site for detailed information. If you’d like a readymade blend, I’d recommend Mountain Rose Herb’s Chakra Essential Oil Kit. It’s $52 and includes 8 bottles, which make them only $6.50 each.
These balancing ideas are by no means the limit of what you can do. Check out the your local library and the internet for more examples.
Until next time, stay tuned for the next chapter in our Chakra journey.
Nancy Hausauer - https://www.the-energy-healing-site.com/chakra-essential-oils.html
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