Yesterday I bought a red car. Red makes me think of roses, rebels and the root chakra. Understanding chakras was a big part of my Reiki training, and it’s also something I’ve done extensive self-study in (for fun). Don’t know what a chakra is? Allow me.
***I have gathered much my information from the following sources: Complete Book of Charkas by Cyndi Dale, Julia Albain (Reiki Master), a decade of yoga studies, acting teachers, energy healers, and the world wide web.***
There are worlds within worlds, living within the cells of our body, creating a humming universe of atoms and subatomic particles. We cannot perceive these vibrant energy bodies with the naked eye, but like the stars in the sky, they are apart of us. They make us shine, and are essential to our spiritual evolution, health, and happiness.
There are major aspects of our body that are unidentifiable, as they are separate from the conglomeration of tissues most doctors and scientists understand. They are not able to be measured by modern technology, which I find very refreshing! This is because it’s a subtle energy, and a cosmic force known as the CHAKRA!
Chakra is a Sanskrit word. Sanskrit is considered the oldest written language in the world (6,000 years +), composed of primordial sounds developed systematically to track the natural progressions of the sounds made by the human mouth. Chakras are the most powerful energetic force within and around the body, useful for: performing healing, attracting what we need, obtaining guidance, and expanding and elevating our consciousness.
There are seven chakra systems, and each one manages the energy of the body in a specific way, just as the heart manages the circulatory system. It looks like a rapidly spinning wheel of swirling light. Each chakra focuses a unique physical, psychological, and spiritual energy in the body to direct and serve your well-being.
Many charkas have a bodily location, including an attachment to a nerve plexus and / or an endocrine gland, and all of them manage a certain part of the body. They can also be described as colors, and sounds, which are related to vibratory bands they both operate within and emanate, so they relate to our physical senses as well
Each chakra interacts with and creates psychological constructs that affect our well-being. This processing takes place in the realm of beliefs and feelings.
Each charka contributes to our spiritual well-being and development, adding a layer of consciousness to our maturing sense of self. Every chakra also serves as a channel for specific psychic ability.
So this week’s post is focused on the first of the chakras, THE ROOT CHAKRA!
SANSKRIT WORD: Muladhara
Located at the base of the spine and nerve plexus in the hips, muscles, bones, immune system, the bladder, rectum, lower extremities (hips and related bones and muscles), the eliminatory system, the large intestine, and parts of the genitals. Shares responsibility with other chakras for prostate and kidneys.
Adrenals, blood pressure, metabolism, and immune system.
Red is the color of beauty, prosperity, the longest wavelength of light, and the highest arc of the rainbow. It’s also the only color bees cannot see, so red flowers are the only flowers not pollinated by bees; red flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds.
RULING PLANET: Saturn
Saturn is an earthly force that teaches us about our limits.
HINDU SOUND: Lam
PHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS: Earth element
Physical issues related to hip area, eliminations of the body, part of genital system, the coccygeal vertebrae, life energy; it's also associated with smell and the nose in Hindu system.
PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS: Safety and security
Worthiness to exist; primal issues and feelings
SPIRITUAL FUNCTIONS: Self-identity
Physically oriented intuitive abilities such as psychometry, and sensing others’ bodily sensations.
Sense of spaciness and disconnection, being underweight, fear and anxiety, lack of focus or follow-through, self-destructiveness, the sense of being unlovable, masochistic or suicidal tendencies, passivity, financial lack, and poor boundaries.
Overeating, overweight, greed, hoarding, excessive materiality, hypochondria, paranoia, excessive spending, laziness and fatigue, fear of change, obsession with security and rigid boundaries.
Physical ease, security, and prosperity. Grounded in reality and common sense, energetic, in control of bodily drives, reliable, motivated, adventurous, able to manifest what is needed, and able to be calm and in the moment.
YOGA POSE: Child's pose
The first step to healing is slowing down, and connecting to breath.
FOOD: Sweet potatoes, beets, radishes, other root vegetables, Ashwagandha
SPICES / HERBS: ginger, cloves, cedar, black pepper, sandalwood
GEM STONES: Black tourmaline, smokey quartz, jasper, ruby
MANTRA: I am safe and secure. I am strong, stable and at peace.
Mantras reprogram unconscious thinking patterns! So try this if you feel your first chakra is off-balance.
A fun, little side note: take a bath with Pink Himalayan Salts.
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HAPPY FRIDAY! I LOVE YOU.
xx, Alli Caudle