Chakras in Real Life
How do our chakras operate in real life? Many in the west tend to think of the energy centers as mere metaphors; however they are very real electromagnetic spaces that exist within our bodies and affect our minds and feelings. The chakras are like mini brains that sit at strategic places along our spine. They occupy the same space as major nerve plexus and endocrine glands. In fact they are in intimate conversation with these structures and together they orchestrate our mind body communication and expression in the world. Each chakra has an area of influence in out physical, psychological and spiritual expression. Through understanding our energy via the chakra system we gain more self awareness as well as more options for real “bottom line” assistance in clearing our stresses and opening to our incredible human potential.
The root chakra is located at the base of your spine and is the first to develop after birth. This energy center is the foundation of your energy system, your physical vitality, and a cornerstone of psychological and spiritual well being.
Physically the root correlates with all bony structures. It provides support and a framework for both the physical and psychological body. We learn to crawl, walk and stand as the root chakra expands and comes online. Physically the root chakra governs the immune, skeletal and lower digestive systems. When root energies are out of balance the physical issues that present are: poor balance, sciatica, chronic fatigue, bowel disorders knee, and leg or foot problems.
Psychologically first chakra energy is about putting down roots in the world, being grounded, feeling autonomous enough to be healthily interdependent , as well as with being able to release stress, feel safe, at ease and like you belong .
Trauma, family stress and a lack of appropriate nurturing during the first few years of life create an imbalance in root chakra energies. The consequence of these early experiences and the resulting imbalance amplify fearful or negative coping and reactions to change. Fear does not always show up as an outright anxiety disorder or phobia. Weak root energies also may appear as shyness, an inner sensation of dread or fear of criticism. Many people feel fear as an absence of security or as difficulty experiencing inner stability, safety and comfort. I think it is safe to say needing to resolve issues on this level is part of the human condition!
The state of your root chakra energy affects how you respond to upsets such as loss of a job, living situation or person in your life. Directly addressing the energy of this layer of your field can heal and shift your energy to manage life and events from a place of centeredness, groundedness and inner strength.
Earth Mother Energy
The positive archetype for the root chakra is the Earth Mother. A person with strong, positive root energy honors and cares for the
body as a sacred vessel that carries them in the material world. Physical needs are well cared for which results in healthy vitality, as well as abundant energy to flow upward to open and expand the chakras above. The health of the lower three chakras determine how you experience and behave in the material world and the higher chakras help to expand your inner world. They open up the
capacity for greater creative manifestation and expanded spiritual experience.
Emotionally a lack of first chakra energy manifests as being too rigid and not being open to options for change. Change can also be difficult if you are overly grounded —-this is evidenced through being stubborn, overly controlling, lacking in imagination or initiative.
If root energy is steady and balanced you can transcend fear—thoughts of loss do not unduly disturb your inner peace, sap your strength or drain your vitality. With strong balanced energy serving as the foundation of your system you are more able to allow yourself to see life clearly, to let life unfold as it will, and accept what is while, knowing where your power, responsibility and boundaries lie. A strong root chakra helps to maintain a calm steady inner experience in spite of what is happening outside or around you.
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