Following on from my blog, Introduction to the Chakras, this and following blogs will focus on each individual chakra. This includes the chakra’s: characteristics, what it represents and how we can recognise issues and restore its optimum frequency and natural balance.
When most people talk about unhealthy chakras, they’re referring to “blocked” or deficient chakras that restrict energy flow. If they get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra.
Each of the Chakras resonates at an optimum frequency and specific gongs can help to maintain this, for example the Pluto gong can help to restore the Base Chakra frequency of . 396 Hz
The word ‘chakra’ is derived from the sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’. Literally translated from the Hindi it means ‘Wheel of spinning Energy’. A chakra is like a whirling, vortex like, powerhouse of energy. Within our bodies there are seven of these major energy centres (correlating to our glands and endocrine system) and many more minor ones.
First Chakra – Root Chakra – Red (Muladhara)
The first chakra,(Base Chakra, or Root Chakra), in Sanskrit called muladhara, meaning root support, is located at the base of the spine at the perineum. It is our body’s most primal and fundamental energy centre, being located at the base of our spine, or groin area.
· It deals with trust and fear. The energy starts here. It is found in the adrenal glands and is associated with survival instincts, sexuality, and basic physical needs.
· Associated with the colour red, the root chakra regulates the energy associated with instinct, survival, and safety. and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement ie. being able to listen to, feel and be aware of the various parts of the body. The root chakra connects with the earth, with vital earth energy. It all starts here.
· It is the foundation of physical energy and spiritual energy for the body. Being out of balance at the root chakra often results in fearfulness, unresolved anger, being flighty, disconnected from reality, and distant.
· We can directly feel it through our pelvic floor and the skin and nerve endings around our tailbone, anus and perineum. From coccyx to our heels all includes our first chakra. Our instincts and our intellect are developed within this chakra. It’s also our family patterns and our fight, flight or freeze response.
· Emotionally and mentally we can see blockages in our thoughts and behaviours of survival mode, lack of trust, lack of boundaries or being in a constant state of fear. Often our blocked energy centres can lead to constant personal, existential and relationship issues. Emotional imbalance includes any feeling affecting our basic survival needs such as food, shelter, money and ability to provide for ourselves.
· The root has control over sexual function and our excretory, or waste system. When we are stressed our body releases the steroid hormone cortisol and our anal sphincter is one of the first places to contract.
· Infight or flight mode, the blood flow to our intestines and excretory system is diverted to our extremities so we can run. Calming down our nervous systems to feel, to dilate and to relax can be incredibly healing and when done consciously and with regularity, can begin to reverse long term stress effects.
· Physical imbalances in this chakra include problems in legs, feet, tailbone, rectum, immune system and reproductive parts.
Element: The root chakra is associated with earth, so walking barefoot in the sand, grass, or dirt can be beneficial. Anytime spent in nature is helpful for this chakra.
Nutrition: Eat healthy red foods like tomatoes, beetroot, berries, and apples.
Wear and Decorate: Use accents of red and wear red jewellry, clothing, or shoes.
Treat yourself to a day of mindful presence where you are invited to relax, tune into nature, the full moon and yourself. Enjoy being part of a small group of like-minded folk as you surrender into Autumn with healing sound. Give yourself some valuable 'time out'. And what more perfect place than overlooking the sea and Exmoor National Park.
Discover the magic of the Autumn Equinox. Experience a sense of renewal and rebalance as you tune into these natural energies. Let this wave of soothing and nourishing energy support your growth and transformation
Each of us holds a light and power of our own. When we are in harmony with the Earth and our inner world - love, joy and an infinite sense of peace flows through us. Our power is not lost. We have forgotten who and what we are and it is up to each one of us to wake up and to re-member.