Introduction Guide – Rebalancing the Chakras
What am I?
The Chakra theories
Yogic traditions believe that the Self consists of different levels (koshas). Different traditions have different names for these levels. All the traditions start with the physical body where we identify ourselves with words such as “I am tall” or “I have red hair”. The energy body is a combination of the other layers that come after the physical body. All yogic traditions talk about pathways of energy (some call these nadis, marma, meridians) that are flowing through our energy body and come together at certain points; the chakras. Chakras are used as focal points for meditation within the energy body and are visualized as centres of energy resembling flowers, wheels or discs. Chakras unlike organs that exist in the physical body, are not fixed facts. Its reality is very fluid and can be experienced in different ways by different persons. All the traditions recognise a few common chakras; the one in the lower belly, the heart and the top of the head.
The Chakra system can be used as a formula for increasing consciousness and reaching wholeness: wholeness for body, mind and soul. The association of the psychological and emotional state of a person is a modern invention and started with Carl Jung. Nevertheless it has been helpful to me and to a handful of people with whom I shared this practice with. Using the chakra theory as a roadmap for our inward journey has given me huge insights on why I might feel scattered, low in energy, sad, why I have difficulty in expressing my truths or why I feel disconnected to the people around me.
Each of these seven chakras reflects a different aspect of consciousness that is crucial to living fully and freely. You can be having too much or too little energy around a theme which could result in a deficiency or excess in the respective chakra. This in turn might lead to physical, mental and spiritual difficulties in your life.
How to work with this
Take a week to dive into the first chakra theme with the suggestions above, start a daily journal and contact me for a personal (online) yoga practice and / or a massage to assist you in connecting with your root chakra.
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