Chakras are wheels of energy that literally connect our physical body to our aura. There are seven major chakras housed inside our physical body and they each contribute in their own unique way to manifesting the life we want – a life of prosperity and abundance. If any one of the chakras is out of alignment, then the energetic system cannot function at optimum levels. This affects our ability to consciously create a life of abundance and prosperity.
The first chakra located at the base of the spine is all about our survival needs. Do we have enough food, shelter, water to survive? Our adrenal glands are associated with this charka. When our energy is focused on meeting our basic survival needs, adrenaline is sent throughout body to give us that added boost needed to either flee the situation or fight for survival. But in today’s world, we aren’t fighting off dinosaurs or saber toothed tigers. Instead our senses are being bombarded daily with traffic noise, TV news reports of local murders and worldwide catastrophes.
Our bodies react to all this stress, sensory overload and chaos, by producing hormones that keep us in a constant state of anxiety and fear for our personal survival. As our body reacts to the thought of danger, it secretes adrenaline. This hormone shoots through our body and enters our first chakra, the energy center located at the base of our spine associated with survival. Our body tingles in anticipation, our heart races, our blood pumps and the first chakra flares open. We’ve become accustomed to this state of hyper-alert, even though we are not personally in danger.
We wonder why we can’t relax at night, why we are not sleeping and why it sometimes takes a major illness for us to stop, slow down and readjust. We certainly are not in a state of prosperity and abundance when we are surrounded by the energies of emergency, overwhelm, chaos and fear.
I’m not suggesting that we completely unplug from the world. But what I am suggesting is that you might think of what life would be like without some of the outside stimuli. Do you really need to watch that particular brand of TV news? Is there another way to be informed? What about that video game with armies, guns blazing and loud sounds? Is that really relaxing? Finding modes of relaxation that allow you to experience the feelings you get when you are on vacation, in a hammock during a summer afternoon, or in the company of good friends and good food, is a first step toward living in harmony and peace.
Here’s how to recognize when your first chakra is flaring. As you sit in meditation, intend for it to open. Then intend for it to close down. Feel the different sensations in your body. When your first chakra is open, you might feel the region of your lower abdomen more acutely. You might sense the first tingles of adrenaline or a feeling of unease and discomfort, as if you have to move your body in some way.
Now intend for your first chakra to close down to about 25% open. Think of it as an aperture on a camera and visualize it slowly shutting down. Now feel into that same space of your lower abdomen. What sensations do you feel now? Can you sit without fidgeting? Do you sink a little deeper into your chair as your body relaxes? Is your breathing any different?
Learn to differentiate the wide open, flare from the closed down, soft. Then, during the day, check in. Once it’s flared open, you can readjust it just by thinking the thought, “I want to readjust my first chakra”. Visualize your grounding cord carrying all the excess stimuli down to the center of the Earth. Experiment. As you do so, you may start to experience less chaos, overwhelm and fear.
Prosperity and abundance are primarily feeling states. And from those feeling states you manifest the physical parts of your life. Experiment with replacing chaos, fear and overwhelm with thoughts of prosperity and abundance. Visualize being surrounded with all that you need. Allow the feeling-state of ease and comfort to surround you. It takes practice to keep your first chakra out of the “flared open” position, but it is a conscious step toward living a life of prosperity.
In the coming posts we will work with the other chakras in manifesting the life of prosperity and abundance, but bringing our first chakra back from the brink of overload is the first step.