Charkas are energy centers located along the axis of the spine. We all know the formula e=mc2, where the mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. As people we have both mass (weight) and energy (the body’s systems in motion). I chose to believe that my energy is a direct connection to spirit, or Mother Earth. I even imagine roots growing down from my feet and into the ground. You do not need to think like I do, or even to believe in anything, for this visualization to work. The only requirement is to know that energy in the body ( e=em2) can be affected by negative thoughts, difficult decisions, unhealthy life style. This manifests as high stress/cortisol levels, high blood pressure, migraines, insomnia/sleep deprivation etc., which then leads to disease. The Chakra Clearing Exercise is meant for anyone who wishes to unwind, slow down, let go…..
So here we go.
Imagine that the spine is the flow of energy that runs up and down the body and the chakra (area of the body) the pit stop the energy makes along the way. Chakras are like pumps and valves regulating this energy, and experiences or decisions made in life may impede or block this energy. This can lead to a variety of aches and pains, both emotional and physical. This exercise can help. It is most powerful when done repeatedly, every day, although even one time can make a huge difference.
Begin by sitting upright, with your legs folded, or in whatever manner leaves you comfortable. Sitting upright will help with the imagery. Take deep, slow breathes in and out the nose. Imagine that with every in breath your heart opens from the back, drawing energy in, and with every outbreath your heart opens from the front, drawing energy out. I like to say words to myself as I breathe in and out; love (in breathe), peace (out breathe), love, peace, love, peace…
I. Root Chakra, First Chakra
The Root Charka is located at the base of the spine, near the tailbone. It represents feeling grounded and stable in life. Issues with this charka are very primal, as this area symbolizes basic feelings of survival, such as having food, money, shelter, safety.
Now imagine that every inch of your bottom that touches its sitting surface is actually a ceiling, and that on this ceiling exists a trap door, one that opens like French doors. Now open them and release. You can imagine specific things releasing if they come to mind, water and light is nice to start, or as I do sometimes, a general blob. It’s important not to think too much, just to open and release. Don’t analyze; just let it happen. Your spirit/higher self will know why those things were released.
II. . Sacral Chakra, Second Chakra
Now imagine there is another ceiling above this, about 2 inches below the naval, directly above the Root Charka. This is the Sacral Chakra. Issues with this chakra often include female health issues, difficulties with relationships, friendships, and intimacy. Open the doors and release like before.
III. Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Chakra
The next ceiling is located in the upper abdomen. This is the Solar Plexus Chakra. This represents feeling confident and in control of life. Issues with this chakra involve poor breath, poor posture, and low self- image/lack of confidence/low self-esteem. Open the doors and release.
IV. Heart Chakra, Fourth Chakra
The next ceiling is located in the center of the chest, just above the heart. This is the Heart Chakra. This represents our ability to love, feel peace, have joy. Issues with this chakra can be an obstacle to achieving these things. Open the doors and release.
V. Throat Chakra, Fifth Chakra
The next ceiling is located in the throat, and is called the Throat Chakra. This chakra represents communication, self-expression of feeling, and speaking ones truth. Issues with the chakra can lead to unhealthy communication patterns, an inability to speak one’s mind/stand up for one self/trust one’s own thoughts. Open the doors and release.
VI. Third Eye/Brow Chakra, Sixth Chakra
The next ceiling is located on the forehead, between the eyes. This is the Third Eye/ Brow Chakra. This chakra represents our ability to focus and see the big picture in life. How we think and make decisions, our access to intuition, imagination and wisdom resides here. Issues with this chakra can make it difficult to make good decisions, feel inspired, and follow your path. Open the doors and release.
VII. Crown Chakra, Seventh Chakra
The last ceiling is located at the very top of the head. This is the Crown Chakra. This represents our ability to be fully connected with our higher self/spirit/god/goddess, etc., our inner and outer beauty, and our connection to bliss. Discontent, jadedness and an overall lack of meaning in life can result when this chakra is blocked. Open and release.
It is important to focus on the Root Chakra first and foremost. If this one is closed it won’t matter if the others are open. The energy line starts here (if you choose to think this way).
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Photography by Diana Ray
*Some of this information was obtained from The 7 Chakras for Beginners, by MINDBODYGREEN, 10/28/09.