Let's Get to the 'Root' of the Problem
Welcome back! I am not sure if you had the opportunity to read “Chakra?… What is that?”, but it was the article written just before this one, and it is an introduction to the next seven articles to come. I encourage you to come on this journey towards recognizing all the ways you can release and manifest day to day, year to year, and lifetime to lifetime energetic attachments, but aligning these very interesting energy centers called chakras!!
I want to start things off by telling you a little story about my first introduction to chakras-- what they are and how we have the ability to balance them or get them spinning in the right direction!
In 2010, I was attempting to grow my knowledge of the body, mind, and spirit. I was gifted with the chance to attend further education courses in the field of massage therapy. Not knowing much about this field beside that you massage people’s muscles in hopes to relieve pain, my eyes were soon opened to so much more!
The instructor had said to me "in order to be a successful healer, you must first heal yourself." Not really relating or understanding what he meant by that, I just went into the mindset of ‘he must mean that I needed to get my muscle’s worked out so that I can successfully massage people.’ I was not digging in deep with what message he was trying to communicate. After continual day-to-day training, what he was referring to is healing the ‘mind muscle’. How many of you have heard that expression before? Lately, I have been hearing that expression a lot. And when I say that I needed to heal myself and work on my mind muscle, what was being referred to was my emotional state of mind. OHHHHH NOOOOO. We hear this many of times, and it makes us nervous or uncomfortable because once we hear ‘work on our emotions’ it means that we need to release. That is just it --RELEASE. And that, for many or most of us, is so hard to do!
How does this relate to the rest of this blog? I want you to understand that when you allow yourself to be open to understanding, there is much more about how we can heal ourselves. That’s right! We can! And it doesn’t have to be by pill, alcohol, sex, gambling, food or any other mind-altering substance. And, really all of those other options just bury the feelings versus releasing them!
Let’s dig a bit deeper into these chakras, how they work and can change our mindset on most everything in life!
The Root Chakra or Muladhura (Sanskrit translation) is the first of seven chakras. The Sanskrit name translates to “root support” or “base”.
Location: Base of your spine
Physical: It governs the functioning of the lower part of the body, including the lower back, lower spine, kidneys and bladder. Also, physically, it keeps you connected/grounded to the earth.
Psychologically: The root chakra rules the survival instincts and your sense of confidence. It helps you to choose to fight or step back.
Colors Associated: Usually, the color associated with the root chakra is a rich vermillion red, red representing strength and vitality. It is a color that stimulates instincts. Red is also the color of the life force. It’s the color of blood, and it’s the first color that you come in contact with the moment you are born.
Symbol: red, four-petaled lotus with a yellow square at its center. There are many more details about all of the writing within the symbol also.
All of those details are really just a small portion of what the root chakra represents and what it has to offer us all each day!
Emotionally: The root will be where we store great insecurity, irritability, and obsession towards materialistic aspects. Physical health problems affecting the root chakra are constipation, anemia or bladder dysfunction.
Now those are just some very quick and simple explanations for a root chakra being out of alignment. Take a moment, and I would like you to think about different examples in your own life where you have an” AH HA” moment. I bet before you even read this portion you were already thinking of different times throughout the years that some of what your reading hits home. Do you have a nervous stomach? Do you seem to be attracted to certain colors more than others? Do some colors even scare you?
When you are going to a certain place or are going to be in a certain situation, do anxious thoughts creep in? Where do you feel the emotions from those thoughts move to?
Are you following where I am going with all this? I heard a very staggering statistic recently that stated 95% of our physical ailments stem from emotional trauma or blockage!! Are you on board with that statement? Or do you feel that all of us are destined for some crap in life, it doesn’t matter how we live it?
I have a very convincing story, no different than every one of you reading this, that would validate physical ailments stem from emotional trauma in life. Hell, I have numerous convincing stories, but as I am writing this there are two very specific examples that come to mind. But I think many of us don’t even consider the possibility of emotions having any effect on our physical bodies.
I could go on and on, but I will end it here for today and start to focus on the next energy center or chakra called the Sacral Charka. Lots of connections at this point for all of us. Possibly one of the charkas that is abused the most.
Please post your comments and further the discussion. Blessings and #behappy
Nikki @ Zen Den Therapy