Our body is the home of our Soul & Spirit; the first, or Root chakra, is the foundation of the body and of the entire chakra system.
‘Chakra’ is an ancient Sanskrit word that means “wheel”. A chakra is an invisible spinning portal into the body’s complex energy system. Chakras act as focal points for reception and transmission of life force energies. Each chakra has its own set of specific attributes with the overall purpose of the system being to vitalize the physical body and facilitate development of the self: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Keeping your chakras balanced is key to leading a vibrant, healthy, and fulfilling life. Chakras work together as a team—an imbalance in one will impact the functioning of the others.
Within the human body we have seven main chakras. These chakras carry information about who we are and determine how we express ourselves. When any of our chakras are blocked they affect how we show up in the world.
we all have both Yang/masculine and Yin/feminine energies, I think it’s fair to say that in duality the majority of men carry more masculine energy, and the majority of women carry more feminine energy. One is receptive, while the other is active. So too, is this the case with the chakras of the human body.
Almost all the chakras in the human body are dominated by either Yang/masculine or Yin/feminine energies. The Yang chakra energies are active whilst the Yin chakra energies are receptive.
The root chakra is associated with survival and financial stability. It presides over our basic material needs. This chakra is dominated by Yang /active energy, which is the reason why (usually) men have naturally been the gender responsible for ensuring the material survival of the family. (In modern times there are obvious exceptions to this).
The sacral chakra is associated with nurturing, caring and sexual arousal and is predominantly Yin and receptive. This is why (usually) women are naturally the caregivers of the family, nurturing both their male counterparts and their children.
The solar plexus is associated with personal power, strength and action. It creates your sense of self-esteem and determines your will power to get things done in the world. Because it is an active chakra it is predominantly Yang energy.
The heart chakra, like the sacral, is also a receptive chakra. It determines our ability to express love. It connects the lower chakras which preside in the physical world, with the more spiritual chakras which reside above the heart chakra. Because it is a connective chakra the energy is predominantly Yin.
The throat chakra is predominantly Yang and it’s from this chakra that we outwardly express ourselves through our voice. It is where our emotions are expressed and given shape so to speak.
The third eye chakra is the seat of our intuition and so is associated predominantly with Yin, receptive qualities. It is here that we receive extra-sensory perceptions that transcend the physical. From here we transcend the ego and connect with those things outside of ourselves that dwell in the unseen.
Finally, the crown chakra is the exception. It is neither Yang nor Yin, or one might say it is both. This chakra transcends duality and reaches up towards Oneness consciousness. From here we search for the deeper meaning of Self. It is both active and receptive, trusting in the higher Spiritual flow of life.
Whilst each chakra is not entirely Yang or Yin we can see that all but our crown chakra is dominated by one or the other. In order to find balance within ourselves, we need to ensure that each chakra is able to express itself as nature/universal law intended. We need to seek balance between the Yang and Yin energies within to experience complete well-being holistically.
Anodea Judith (2004) informs us that, The Root chakra is about our right to exist, to be here and have what we need to survive. Our root chakra connects us to the earth, the womb, our ancestors and family and our personal history. When we live in environments of deprivation, abandonment, neglect, abuse and danger, the foundation upon which we build our lives is obviously weak. If our foundation is unstable, there is an instability within our other chakras. When our first chakra is damaged it reflects in all of our other chakras and therefore in our life experiences. Our root chakra is about maintaining our physical existence, if we are raised amid violence/war and or poverty then our consciousness becomes fixated at this level and we are plagued with issues of survival including health, money, housing or job problems.
When we live in inhospitable environments that threaten our survival (real or imagined) then driven by fear we become disembodied and disconnected from our environment; our spirit energy leaves the lower chakras so that our attention is directed away from our unpleasant experiences; the downward grounding current of the soul is inhibited as much as possible, which cuts off bodily sensations. We may well have all heard that well-known saying: ‘I don’t feel comfortable in my skin’ this occurs when the polarity of soul/spirit energy and body are ‘out of sync’. Even short, periodic negative experiences can cause us to become disembodied.
From this we can see why it is so important to have or develop a strong foundation within the first/root chakra – because all else is built upon it. Our roots need to be nourished. Anodea Judith (ibid) goes on to say:
“Where the ground was inhospitable, we need to transplant our psyche to more fertile ground. This involves paying attention to the environments we live in and the ground we create around us [….] The healthy establishment of one’s ground is the essential work of the first chakra, and the foundation of any further growth”.
Let’s take this a little further and look at the 2nd chakra, the center of our feelings, sexuality and pleasure. The center of energy where we build our boundaries. If our boundaries are compromised by others by for example, sexual abuse, we may become unable to build or maintain our boundaries throughout the rest of our life and have difficulties saying ‘no’ to others.
Sexual abuse is an extreme example that is at the very core of our second chakra and that can damage all our other chakras, and therefore, our life experiences; for example; sexual abuse creates much fear (1st chakra demon), and also usually creates ‘Guilt’ within us (2nd chakra demon); as well as ‘Shame’ (3rd chakra demon), in the belief the abuse was our own fault, that perhaps we could have prevented it in some way it can make us feel unloved and we grieve (4th chakra demon) for what has been stolen from us for example – our innocence or sacred space; victims of sexual abuse are forced by further threats of violence to keep quiet about the abuse – blocking communication, or the perpetrator of the abuse may also make the victim tell lies about what occurred and then the victim fears ever telling anyone the truth in case others do not believe them and accuse them of telling lies (5th chakra demon); the victim may escape intense feelings by living in an imaginary world, an illusion (6th chakra demon) that provides the victim with the perception of being in a safe and better place; the victim may also develop an attachment (7th chakra demon) to the intellect in order to avoid ‘feeling’.
Sexual abuse and/or sexual intimidation effects our sense of trust (1st chakra), as well as our emotional confidence and ability to ‘go with the flow’ (2nd chakra); it effects our experience of power (or lack of it – 3rd chakra), our future relationships (4th chakra), and often, because of the secrecy involved, our ability to communicate our truth (5th chakra), our 6th and 7th chakras often compensate by an excess of dreaming/intuition and thinking.
The foundation of our first chakra, along with the 2nd chakra emotions, passion, and pleasure, our third chakra of will-power, 4th chakra of love and compassion, our 5th chakra of communication, and our 6th & 7th chakras of insight and spirituality are intricately interconnected by the energy currents of our Soul and Spirit ‘one for all and all for one’. Negative, low vibrational experiences effect our chakras negatively whilst positive high vibrational experiences do the same resulting in positive effects.
This is why it is vitally important to keep the energy flow of our chakras healthy, our physical bodies, health and livelihood depend on it.