Ahh Chakras, you wacky ol' things.
I forgive you for thinking these babies are right up there with crop circles and pigs that fly. I'm no expert but a few of you have asked for more info so I thought I might try to explain these mysterious spinning wheels in every day me-speak. (I apologise to the quantum physicists, please feel free to comment with your corrections).
We are all energy. Everything in the universe is energy. Everything from your toaster to your toothbrush is energy. Energy can not be created or destroyed but it is in a constant state of flux. Energy needs to flow.
When we see pure light through a prism, the colour spectrum becomes visible, just like the rainbow song we sang in kindergarten. These seven colours have their own energetic frequency. Red has the slowest frequency (energising) and violet has the fastest frequency (calming). Colours are actually made of energy. It is important to acknowledge that human beings need light to survive physically but also mentally/emotionally. Expanding on that principle, we need the full colour spectrum and its corresponding energy frequencies to be healthy.
In Yoga we correlate these colours with the seven energy centres in the body. These energy centres are perceived rather than substantiated but are widely thought to be like vacuums, drawing energy into the body. We also theorise that the chakras correspond with emotional and developmental issues, as well as corresponding organs. Taking it a step further, yogis talk about energetic blockages or over stimulation that can occur within these energy centres. This conjures up a whole lot of dramatic imagery of swirling tornado like structures or an under-active stagnant pool.
But what if we remove the idea of these ‘points’ in the body and instead focus on the movement of energy?
In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs we move through issues in ascending order. Most psychologists agree that we can’t move onto the next tier without achieving the lower one first.
So we begin with survival, then move on to safety, then connection, then achievement, then creativity, then finally self-actualisation.
The chakra system is very similar. The root chakra correlates with security and survival, then connection, then willpower/action, then love, then truthful communication, then insight, finally arriving at absolute connection with everything. If we have unresolved issues in any of these areas, our energy (mental suffering, physical illness, obsession) can become ‘stuck’ on that event. This denies us the ability to move forward. When we consciously ascend through the chakras (in a chakra balancing meditation) we use awareness and intention to heal and therefore allow energy to flow.
But do we need to make that connection with these spinning wheels of light?
It’s only my opinion but my answer would be no. I actually think it is a better practice to allow your body to direct your intention.
For example instead of tying your basic survival needs with the root chakra, I think it is better to develop a dialogue with your body by asking the question- “Where do I feel safe in my body? “Where do I feel fear?”
Then, use awareness in your body to direct your attention there and use intention to heal that place/issue. The issues are in the tissues, is an old saying in yoga practice, acknowledging the fact that we store things away in our cells that we haven't quite dealt with.
If you are a visual person and you like to use colour, you can by asking which colour will be most healing for you in this moment. This is the frequency that will assist your intention to heal. Use it!
Not a yeti or a unicorn in sight!
If anyone is interested in exploring these concepts with me. I'll be introducing them in this Thursdays Yoga for Healing class. A new way to balance the body! You can book in by texting me on 0430222274 (I've only got a few spots left!)