What is a Chakra?
Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. They are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions.
Simply put, our chakras are responsible for creating and maintaining our existence. They are who we are, our essence.
They run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. They're not in the physical body, but rather are part of the subtle energy body or aura.
The first three (3) chakras affect us personally (root, sacral, solar plexus) while the upper four (4) chakras are universal in their effect (heart, throat, brow, crown).
We have Seven Major Chakras:
We also have other chakras such as the minor chakras in our hands, feet, and knees as well as two that are below our feet --
and another 12 inches above the crown is the chakra that connects us to the Divine.
There is a front and back to the chakras. With the front for what is going on now and what is coming in, while the back is for what is going out or for things we are putting in our past or trying to put behind us.
The main channels of energy surrounding and flowing from the center of each chakra are called "Nadis." They are related to the nervous system and the meridians.
There are three (3) primary Nadis that run parallel to the body's physical axis of the spine:
THE ROOT CHAKRA
Root Chakra is our foundation and is located at the base of the spine or coccyx. A solid foundation is essential for grounding us so that the rest of our life may unfold and blossom. This Chakra is our most physical chakra and is our most primal -- relating to survival instincts which include food and shelter, our body and identity as an individual, and our connection to others.
Our health, constitution and security including material wealth are linked to the root chakra. It is our grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empowers our being. This chakra has to do with survival, money, vitality, strength, security, and karma.
Our root chakra drives our need to create a safe, comfortable home environment; to be financially secure; and to have loving relationships. An open root chakra gives us the ability to plan for the future instead of simply reacting impulsively to circumstances.
The color representing the root chakra is red and the symbol is a SQUARE as it represents strong foundations and solidity. A square symbolizes the four directions and the ability to move in any of them.
Our root energy is channeled through the adrenal glands above the kidneys, which enables us to respond quickly and activates our instinctual ‘fight or flight’ reactions. If we're stressed, financially or otherwise, our adrenals are being taxed. Even if finances are in order, a closed root chakra can manifest in unsatisfactory relationships, a chaotic home environment, or a profound lack of the courage and self-confidence necessary to pursue our dreams.
The main function of the root chakra is embodiment and grounding. It relates with our eliminative system, large intestines, skeletal system, reproductive system, adrenals, weight issues, hips, legs, and feet.
The result of a blocked root chakra can be diminished self-confidence, guilt, hopelessness, feelings of being overwhelmed, resentment and depression.
A Healthy Root Chakra:
DO ANY ACTIVITY THAT BRINGS AWARENESS OF YOUR BODY and AWARENESS OF THE EARTH, being careful not to overdo it! Exhaustion is NOT GOOD.
SO TODAY TAKE ACTION. TAKE TIME TO GROUND YOURSELF.
Take in the beauty of your surroundings. Be grateful for the people in your life. Breathe deeply and often. Thank Mother Earth for Her bounty and connect with Her in any way you can. See and feel abundantly. Be kind to yourself, to the earth, and to others.
Soon that beautiful ball of glowing red energy will flow freely, pulsing passionately throughout your body, healing, enlivening and enriching your being and the world around you!
BASIC GROUNDING EXERCISE - to strengthen your connection to the ground:
Root Chakra Meditation: to connect to Earth & Ground, for physical health.
Daily Exercise: Puppet Stance.
Stand as though you were hanging from the center of your head, body straight, bottom tucked in, knees slightly bent. Breath in, arms up, on your toes, and connect with the stars and sky; Breath out, arms down, connecting the sky to the center of the earth.
Easy Exercise: Stomp your BARE feet on the ground.
Balancing Poses: Do Hatha Yoga - eg: The Tree, The Dancer, The Eagle and sitting meditations such as The Lotus.
Musical note associated with the root chakra: middle C -256 hz
Mantra / Sound: LAM - Tone Oo (Uh) like vowel sound in "loot"/ Sound of Thunder
Aromas/Essential Oils: Patchouli, Cedar, Clove, Cypress, Vetivert, Cedar, Musk, Sandalwood
Gemstones: Agate, Bloodstone, Garnet, Red Coral, Smoky Quartz, Black Star Sapphire, Carnelian, Clear Quartz, Hermatite, Obsidian, Red Jade, Red Jasper, Ruby
Planets: Earth, Saturn
Astrological Signs: Capricorn & Aquarius
Animals: Elephant, Ox, Bull
Passionate about self-healing and empowering others to take healing into their own hands.