Introduction To The Chakras
If you don’t know what the chakras are, it’s time to get enlightened! And if you do know what the chakras are, you might just be able to expand your knowledge with the information provided in this blog post.
This article will focus on Root Chakra Healing, but first let’s answer the following question:
Why is it that only recently has the word “chakra” entered into our dialogue here in the west?
The truth is, for thousands of years the science of Kundalini yoga and the chakras was kept hidden, passed on from master to only a select few students. Teaching Kundalini outside the secret society of the Indian yoga elite was unheard of. It was believed that the public was not prepared to access such powerful knowledge…until now!
There are many types of yoga and they all have the same goal, to establish union between you as an individual and the universe; that’s what yoga means, “union”. Kundalini has its own way of getting you there, to that union. It is the Mother of all yoga. It’s a technology designed to wake up your Kundalini energy, which we all have…we are all born with it. It is our essence, our life force. It lies in our base chakra, at the fourth vertebrae of the spine, and it’s dormant. Why do we want to wake up this energy? So we can feel 100% of our possibilities as human beings. We have a huge potential. When we wake up this energy we recognize and establish the power within us.
Kundalini yoga is specifically designed to strengthen the nervous system to prepare the body for Kundalini awakening. We are now in the Aquarian age where humanity is transitioning back to a heart centred world where people will recognize their divinity, take their power back, and fulfill their purpose in life. In this Age of Enlightenment it makes sense that Kundalini Yoga is now being taught openly, not only in India, but also in North America. It is the nature of this period of our human evolution for things that have been in the dark to come into the light.
The seed of Kundalini Yoga and its respective chakra system was planted when a holy and courageous Sikh man named Yogi Bhajan left his home town of Punjab, India to the city of Toronto, Canada in 1968. He was the first to publicly teach Kundalini Yoga when he announced that he had come to the West “to create teachers, not to gain students”.
Yogi Bhajan was to teach that God is not a personified deity in the sky. In fact, The essence of God is the same essence as us. God is creative consciousness, the energy from which all things flow, including ourselves. We can access this energy because it is already part of us.
In other words, we are each individual expressions of the same collective energy. Kundalini is the method to shake off our false Ego narrative of separation and experience the true nature of our existence. So what does this have to do with the Chakras?
The Chakras are symbolized by seven wheels ascending the spinal column which the Yogi endeavours to initiate into whirling motion, to awaken the subtle energies and vitalize his or her consciousness with their currents of power. This is accomplished by way of awakening the Primary Nerve Current known as the Kundalini or Serpent Power.
According to the yogic scriptures, there are 72,000 nadis, or energy channels. Among them, Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna are the most important.
Ida is the left channel. Ida is white, feminine, cold, and represents the moon. Originating in Muladhara, Ida ends up in the left nostril.
Pingala is the right channel. Pingala is red, masculine, hot, and represents the sun. Originating in Muladhara, Pingala ends up in the right nostril.
Sushumna is the central channel or main channel in which Kundalini moves upwards running up the body from just below Muladhara chakra to Sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head.
The ability to balance Ida and Pingala,
and cause Prana to flow in Sushumna
is the most essential preparation for
Meditation and Kundalini Awakening.
Chakras are energy centres which absorb life force (prana) from the universe and distribute it through the 72,000 Nadis (energy channels), to the nervous system, endocrine glands, the circulatory system, and every cell in our body.
When this system is balanced and flows freely, we are full of energy and healthy. However, when it becomes imbalanced or congested, we struggle with poor mental and physical health. This is why “healing” the chakras and purifying their respective Nadis is so critical.
When the Kundalini ascends, it must pierce through each of the seven chakras.The Serpent rises from the root chakra at the base of the spine and moves through each of the chakras up and out the top of the head, or the seventh chakra. This is why there is so much emphasis on the number seven in many ancient spiritual texts.
What most people don’t know is that “Heaven” is a code word for the seventh chakra. We have all heard the term “Seventh Heaven”. Furthermore, the root chakra is known as “Earth”; heaven and earth merge at the heart chakra, symbolizing that for heaven on earth to exist we must strive to live a heart-centred life based on unconditional love.
The first three chakras are known as the lower triangle and the top three chakras are known as the upper triangle. The 4th chakra, or the heart chakra, is the balance between them, where the shift happens from “Me” to “We”, from individual to universal. This is the process of eliminating the illusion of separation.
The lower triangle chakras focuses on elimination and are balanced by the upper chakra triangle which accumulate, create, and refine. So like a tree, if the root system is functioning properly then the leaves begin to grow and flourish. By opening and balancing the chakras it is possible to connect to a larger source of energy from which we come and to which we return.
The first five chakras are associated with the elements; earth, water, fire, air, and space (ether). Whereas, the 6th and 7th chakra correspond to the subtle realm. Each chakra resonates to a different frequency and a different relationship to the infinite light. This is why each chakra is associated with different colours. Red light has a slower vibration and relates to the first chakra, then comes orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
The Root Chakra
The root chakra (Muladhara) is located at the base of the spine and is a part of our regeneration and creativity. It stores our vital force, stimulating all the cells in every part of the body. It is concerned with basic security, survival, and existence. It represents our image of self, of our presence on earth, and is full of all our experiences, particularly those of early childhood.
The colour of the first chakra is red and the element is earth.
The first chakra functions are very important in our modern life. Surrounded by pollution and chemicals, it is essential for our survival to eliminate those toxins throughout the first chakra.
If the first chakra is unbalanced or blocked, it can manifest as addiction, distrust, fear, insecurity, selfishness, low self-esteem, and constipation.
When this chakra is balanced it can manifest as valuing oneself, being centred, secure, loyal, grounded, stable, and eliminating regularly.
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Root Chakra Healing; Explained By The Pros
Creating in physical reality
Your first chakra channels your information on physical reality. It provides a foundation for you to be in your body and to consciously create your life. While I channel spiritual information for clients and teach students how to access their intuition, the first chakra is the most important energy centre for my work.
The root chakra allows you to actualize your spiritual information on the physical plane. You cannot successfully manifest in physical reality without owning it; as you could not bring enough power into the present moment to create change. As all healing is change, you need to be grounded to heal or work effectively as a healer.
You are high frequency consciousness. Your body is dense physical matter. To be fully embodied consciousness, it is necessary for you to connect these vibrations. Grounding from the first chakra helps you to raise the vibration of your physical body by cleansing your space of foreign energy.
It also makes it safe for your energy to flow through your body. If you were not sufficiently grounded you would be like on an electrical appliance without a grounding wire. You are infinite and all powerful. Your body is finite, so there has to be an outlet for excess energy.
It is essential to ground from your first chakra to access your intuition in a meaningful way. If you are not grounded you will not be in your body and the information you channel will not relate to its’ reality and it will not be of practical use to you.
Grounding also helps you release what arises as you experience your spiritual information through your intuitive senses.
A common complaint from people seeking my help is to want something they don’t have. This could be a relationship, money, job, purpose, intuition or more peace and joy. I teach them about their first chakra and how to ground from it. You can focus your intentions into physical form and release your blocks to creating what you want by owning your first chakra and grounding.
But how do you ground and how can you tell if you are grounded?
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The root chakra is a very important part of our life in today’s world. It creates a base and stability for our existence; including our career, financial freedom, and our ability to be grounded so we can enjoy our time on Earth.
Many spiritual people come to me for healing who have wonderful hearts (heart chakra), connect deeply to the universal consciousness (crown chakra), express their creativity (sacral chakra), or communicate their needs through their inner voice (throat chakra), but still lack abundance and struggle to pay their bills.
Signs of an imbalanced root chakra include cold feet, knee and foot pain, financial difficulties, unstable jobs, problems with settling down, or not feeling connected to their family or culture.
On the other hand, people with strong root chakra functioning usually enjoy their material needs and have jobs such financial advisors, architects, or lawyers.
Why is it important to have your base covered?
We spend a lot of time in our jobs and with our family. We were born to a certain country and to a specific family for a reason. We are meant to grow within this role; to learn something. Therefore, it is crucial to find our gift in life and to follow our life purpose to become great at providing service to this world and it’s people. Part of this is to accept abundance into our life as it is a gift we provide to this planet.
Many spiritual people have difficulty accepting the flow of abundance into their lives. But money is just a currency; a form of exchange for what we provide to the Earth. If you think about money as a way to provide comfort for yourself and your family then you will greatly welcome it into your life. Value the service you provide to this planet and it will reward you back. God wants you to be able to enjoy life’s pleasures, such as nice shelter/accommodation, healthy nutritious organic food, travel, comfort for your children, and so on.
How can we ensure the root chakra is clear?
First of all I always recommend a full chakra balancing as the chakra assessment can uncover areas of blockages or weaknesses. Your low root chakra functioning might be associated with another chakra as well. For example, if you have low self esteem, confidence (solar plexus), a troubled childhood, or issues with your parents (sacral chakra), then a full chakra balancing can ensure that all your chakras are aligned for optimal results and full self-actualization.
I always recommend a full spiritual cleanse which I usually start with a native Indian style smudging. This is then followed by a clearing of the auric field, and energy healing with crystals, sounds, and meditation to re-program the mind with positive affirmations for each chakra.
What specific crystals do I use for the roots?
Any sort of Earthy or ruby red colours such as hematite, blood jasper, garnet, ruby, or red coral are fantastic. They are dynamic in energizing the root.
Picture a beautiful ruby red light coming in from the top of your head and channel it through to your feet and legs, connecting you to the Earth.
The Chinese culture and Feng Shui also symbolizes abundance with a lot of red, so make sure you also wear red in your clothing, or that your wallet is red, to attract abundance.
Also, smelling cedar, clove, and thyme might accelerate these energies.
What type of sound therapy?
Any deep sound resonating with the Earth, such as the RAM mantra, Shamanic music, or African vibes, will stimulate the root chakra. You will feel the deep resonance. I love using and hearing drums. If you can have your own shamanic drums, you can connect with the Earth in the morning, allowing yourself to be grounded for the full day.
Native Indian music, such as hearing wolves, can also make your connection to mother nature stronger. We are fortunate in Canada to have nature so accessible. Going out to nature, camping, and being in the forest allows us to be more grounded. Walk around with bare feet to feel the connection.
What type of yoga moves?
Mountain, tree, and warrior poses are great because they require balance where you feel your feet strongly rooted to the Earth. While you do the poses say a nice affirmation like “I feel grounded, safe, secure. I attract abundance into my life. I feel my roots and my existence. I see the ruby red light bringing dynamic energies into my life.” Or…
“I am here and I matter. I belong here.
I trust in myself and others.
I love and trust in my body’s ability to heal,
And to support me.
I am strong, safe, grounded, and abundant.
I am connected to my body.
I am supported and connected to the earth.
I am safe, secure and grounded.”
Say thank you to Mother Earth for providing us the wonderful gifts of food and nature into our lives. If you are the type of person living in the city and have been bothered by all the noises and busy energies, I recommend you look for a place in the countryside. There are so many beautiful areas in Ontario, British Columbia, or Nova Scotia. Moving towards a self-sustaining economy where villages provide their own food, shelter and economy is most ideal. You can buy a home for a lot less and enjoy a larger space for piece of mind…Something to think about during your meditations.
Each and every essential oil and yoga posture may have a different effect on someone based on their physical, emotional, and mental experiences. Keeping that in mind, let’s explore how aromatherapy and yoga can play a role in root chakra healing.
When I meet with a client for a session at The Blending Bar, my private practice or in a weekly yoga class or workshop, there are a number of indications that may bring my awareness to a possible imbalance in the root chakra. Perhaps someone is experiencing lots of creative ideas but is struggling to make a decision and take action to build those dreams in to reality. Maybe they’ve come to see me because they are experiencing chronic pain around the tailbone, as the root chakra is connected to the base of the spine honouring boundaries and “having a strong backbone”. Perhaps one’s body temperature is imbalanced leaving them with very hot or cold feet because too much or too little energy is pooled in the feet, instead of flowing out of the feet. Sometimes an imbalance in the root chakra can show up in the form of dept, an inability to make, save, or keep money, as there’s a strong connection to security here.
I may start by inviting my client lay down with a pillow or rolled up blanket under their knees, in a classic yoga pose, called “Savasana”, meaning corpse pose. I ensure they’re not too warm and not too cool. I invite them to make adjustments as needed and let them naturally settle into stillness. I hand them a stir stick with a drop of The Blending Bar’s very grounding “British Columbia Blend” that smells just like being in our beautiful B.C. forests.
As they breathe in a few drops, I may hold their feet and quietly guide them to become of aware of the natural rhythm or the breath, without having to deepen it, fix it or change it. I invite them to become aware of the comforting heaviness of their body resting on the table. I gently guide them to notice any areas of the body, thoughts, or emotions that are calling their attention, knowing they’re safe and supported to feel what they’re feeling.
Calming the nervous system is the beginning of the grounding process while bringing the awareness back to the sensations in the body. From this safe and supported space, the energy in the root chakra is free to flow at a calm, natural rhythm instead of on overflow or barely spinning. Inviting my clients to smell a number of grounding oils in this calm, grounded and open state, and noting how they respond is how I create a custom blend. The exploration of the oils used in their blend will remind them of their safe, comfortable and supportive experience at The Blending Bar and their blend will bring them back to that state with every inhalation. One kind and gentle breath at a time… Inhaling, we integrate and exhaling we disintegrate.
The root chakra is related to the anus and the adrenal glands. When poorly grounded, your spatial understanding is impaired. You may stumble around physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Grounding enhances your ability to function effectively on a day-to-day basis. The root chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. The Root Chakra deals with the foundation of our existence.
The ancient lineage, bloodline, and DNA that you inherited from your ancestors affects your roots. The body parts are the spine, limbs, blood, legs, feet, and DNA. When we are healing or clearing this chakra, we have to look within our family dynamics; what kind of emotional signatures or karma we are carrying as a tribe. Ask questions that will open up this field. Journal with the cycles or patterns that your lifetime exhibits. Take this as a door for you to expand and heal what is needed and let go of these stuck energies in your chakra system.
When this foundation is not rooted in love and trust, especially with your immediate family, you are going to deal with self love and self esteem issues. Because of this, there is a wiring in your Central Nervous System that tells you that you are not good enough and that you don’t have the birth right to be here on Earth. Your sense of belonging is lost and you don’t feel that you are capable of being loved. The physical symptoms or dis-ease that you will manifest in your body will be around your spine, limbs, CNS, and Immune System.
To release this blockage, you need awareness of the function of your root chakra and be able to connect your “abuse” or lack of self love. When you know where the root of your issues are, you then can proceed to meditate and ask the Ascended Masters and Archangels to heal you. Meditation will bring your soul in connection to God, whoever God is for you. The healing energy that you create will transcend your understanding why things happen to you in the bigger picture.
Questions to journal with your Root Chakra include:
- How are your relationships with your parents and siblings?
- What are your patterns regarding money?
- Do you have fear with survival?
- What are your ancestors karma? Consider your family’s cultural heritages: what country are your parents or grandparents from? What is the identity with that country or culture? What is the karmic lesson from that culture? If you have a variety of cultures in your family, what are they? Do these cultures blend easily, or are they in conflict?
- If any of the seven shadows are affecting your current family, please write these down, and what your gut tells you. Again, for easy reference, the shadows are: Abuse, Addiction, Violence, Poverty, Illness, Abandonment, and Betrayal.
Root Chakra Healing Meditation:
Use your creative visualization to imagine roots, going down from your body plunging into the depths of the planet and spreading out, just like the roots of a tree. Envision the prominent bulky roots extending downwards below the surface, broadening from the base of your spine. These roots are the essence that will enable you to draw into your body the positive frequency of the mother earth. You are now beginning to feel the awareness of a reaction from the planet deep below the surface coursing into your space. As this occurs, you visualize the bulky roots that are beginning to entwine with the waters inside the planet’s core, these waters represent the unconditional love, healing the rarefied energy of the Earth. As your roots entwine with the Earth energy use your senses to experience the awareness of unconditional love.
Root Chakra Affirmation: My root chakra is deeply rooted.
When incarnating on this planet, Earth, it is essential for us to be rooted well in the physical reality. The unique purpose we all have coming to this plane of existence can only be fulfilled if those roots are stable, healthy, and strong.
We are all part of a bigger system of roots, our family system; the ever-growing family tree of ours. Many recurring patterns, stubborn issues, and illnesses originate from unresolved traumas, stuck issues in our family system. For example, deaths that have not been grieved for, harms committed to other humans that haven’t been acknowledged and apologized for, wars, poverty, and famine have all been part of our history and our ancestors’ lives.
Biologists and scientists working with genetics now know that we carry the imprint of these events in our genes. Fundamental issues, like health, money, and our relationships can all be effected not only by our childhood experiences, our choices, and our behaviour as adults, but also all of these done by our ancestors.
Working with our family system, healing what needs to be healed, released, reintegrated in our ancestry line facilitates incredible healing and changing in sabotaging patterns. Family Constellation work goes deep into the issues, is able to find the root causes of problems we encounter over and over again.
Most of us do not have much conscious knowledge of our family history, the people, and their stories we are related to. That is why a modality like Family Constellation is an invaluable resource to identify these stubborn, deep traumas that effect us strongly in the present.
Thus help us grow strong, beautiful roots to our Mother, Earth.
When we heal our chakras, we heal our life. When we heal our life, we heal our chakras.The root chakra is all about security and feeling safe. It is in charge of how much we need to be in “fight-flight-freeze” response and how much it’s okay to be in the moment and in our bodies. When we embark on a journey to heal our root chakra, the most important question is: “What makes me feel safe?”. I invite you to organize your world and life so that you can optimize how safe and grounded you feel.Here are a few life-realms to focus on if you want to increase your relationship with the Earth:
Nourishment: Creating a good nourishing meal for yourself and your loved ones is a very concrete way to connect with the abundance of the Earth. As you eat and cook, stay present in your body and offer appreciation to your body and to the food.
Home: What makes you feel safe when you come through the door? For me, seeing clean surfaces and a clutter-free environment helps me stay in my body and rooted. For others, having a lot of cozy throws and blankets might help you feel safe and secure. Perhaps you feel safe when you see your loved ones or when you smell certain scents.
Money: It’s easy to get pulled into a spiral of “not enough” when it comes to money. It can take us for a wild ride into “I’m not safe”-land. Changing your relationship with money might be a potent way to call your power back to this energy center. Simply offering appreciation for the money you do have and the choices you do have is a grounding exercise. Try this: every time you spend money, silently remind yourself: “I have enough”, “I am enough”, and bring yourself back to the present moment by feeling your legs.
Finally, I invite you to ask yourself, and answer honestly: “What makes me feel safe?” and “Can I honour myself by calling more of that into my life?”