For the last few weeks, we've been working with our lower chakras in my private meditation membership The Healing Sanctuary.
We began working with these energies as a way to engage with the energy of fall. Fall is all about earthy, grounding, and rooted experiences. It's about feeling our connection to the earth and the natural rhythms of the seasons. It's a visceral time when we can smell the pumpkins as we carve them, see the leaves falling, and taste the delicious foods and drinks of this season.
This deep connection to our senses helps us to return our scattered energy to our own body. It helps us to come home to ourselves, and to root back into ourself as a vibrant, dynamic being alive in this world. It also helps us to come back home in a literal sense, as we prepare for the internal and introspective season of winter.
All of this rooting, returning to ourselves, and returning to our home, which is our sense of safety and stability in this world, brings us deep into our lower chakras. The energy of the fall season is very conducive to working with and healing these energy centers, which are all about rooting, grounding, stability, and our physical presence in this world.
At this time, we aren't even half way through fall, so there's still plenty of time for you to embrace this energy as well! Winter officially begins December 21st.
Before I dive into discussing the lower chakras, what they represent, and what healing and balancing them can do for us, I'm first going to briefly discuss what chakras are. If you're already familiar with chakras, feel free to skip to the Root Chakra portion.
What are Chakras?
Chakras are energy centers that reside within our body (except for the crown, which sits a few inches above your heard). They are not visible to our physical eyes, but rather, they are something we see with our intuitive and internal vision. They are also something we feel and sense within ourselves. If you've ever felt a sensation in your stomach, such as a flutter or electricity when you were excited, that was you feeling your sacral chakra.
You have seven main energy centers, or chakras, in your body. Each of these energy centers corresponds to feelings, emotions, and experiences. Each of your chakras are circular and spin in one direction. Some spin clockwise and some counterclockwise, depending on which way they pass the current of energy within you. Each chakra has its own color, vibration, and purpose. Think of them like swirling spheres of light colored energy, going from your root to your crown.
Although a non-physical energy center, each chakra is intertwined with the physical processes of your body. What each chakra represents and what energy is associated with it is based on how it connects with your body. Your body's nervous system runs throughout you, from your brain all the way to the bottom of your feet.
Based on what you are thinking and feeling, your body sends electrical pulses throughout your nervous system. This causes your body to react, either positively or negatively. Positive messages sent to your body induce healing and balance in your energy centers. An over abundance of negative messaging overwhelms your nervous system and causes your energy centers to come out of balance.
You also have a series of glands that process hormones that reside in your body. Each chakra is near one of these glands, i.e. the thymus gland is by the heart chakra and the thyroid gland is within the throat chakra. When our glands are over or under active, there is most likely stuck energy in that energy center. Stuck or blocked energy is essentially an emotion that never completed (i.e. an overwhelming sense of grief that never processed through to a full healing).
In order to have a healthy body, one most have a healthy energetic system, and vice versa. Your energetic body works with your physical body, and by healing one, you help to heal the other. This is part of why yoga is so powerful for many people - it moves stuck energy in the physical body, which allows the energetic body to come back into balance.
If you'd like to dive deeper into chakras and what they mean, I highly recommend the book Eastern Body / Western Mind by Anodea Judith. I also have a series of donation based packages that will take you through an introduction and healing to each chakra.
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