Today most people with an interest in complementary healing or personal development, especially if they also have an interest in Eastern spirituality, Yoga or the martial arts, are aware of the chakra system. The chakras are the energy centres within our subtle body, the principal seven aligning approximately with the spinal column. These centres take in, process, and distribute throughout our system vital life energy (also known as prana, ki or chi) without which we couldn’t live any more than we could without air, water or food.
Similarly most people know we are surrounded by and contained within an egg-shaped electro-magnetic vibratory field, our personal energy signature, which protects us, energises us, affects and reflects our well-being on every level.
We ARE our chakras
Perhaps less well-known is that each of our seven principal chakras is directly connected with a layer of our vibratory energy.
Maybe you also didn’t know the chakras are not only energy processing centres but information centres – data centres, receiving and processing information from our experiences and the world around us from the moment we’re born. They’re like the ‘hard drive’ of our subconscious.
As you know, what we deep down believe is what we get. Similarly, what we project from our personal energy field into the great quantum field surrounding us is what we receive back from the Universe. We are electro-magnetic energy (our physical body is just the densest form) and we resonate with and attract energy of a similar type to what we’re giving out. This is not only the foundation of the Law of Attraction, but also a basic law of physics.
So what happens when our chakras have been downloaded with toxic information harmful to us, to our well-being, goals and success?
Why would that happen?
At our young age when our lowest chakras are forming, we don’t yet have a developed conscious mind and reasoning system. Like sponges we are vulnerable and receptive to everything we see, hear and sense around us, to all we experience from the outside world, which enters unfiltered into our subconscious, our nervous system and our energy system.
For example, the first chakra, the foundation of our whole system and personal identity, is concerned with our safety and security, our most basic survival needs, and our sense of belonging. If we could develop in line with the natural order of things, then imprinted on this chakra would be feelings of safety, being grounded, solid, loved and secure, wanted and valued for who we are in the body we are in; feelings that the world and the universe are positive and healthy places for us; and of confidence, that our most fundamental needs will be met.
But if there was trauma surrounding our birth; if we were born into conditions of lack, emotional or financial problems, if our parents were under stress, or not able to be fully there for us physically; if we sensed hostility to our having been born; then our base chakra will have been imprinted with corresponding information:
I am not safe here
I am not really wanted
I am not valuable
My body is not OK
I can’t expect my needs to be met
My being born was a mistake
I am in the wrong place/time/body
Above all, with a sense of being ‘not OK’ at a very deep, physical, visceral level that will be very hard to shift later on because we will have no conscious memory of where it came from. It will literally feel like ‘second nature’ to us – just ‘the way we are’.
How does this affect other areas of life?
The chakras are stacked on top of each other, like storeys in a block of flats, or CDs in a rack. Energy flows into us from the root chakra upwards, like sap rising up a tree, each chakra drawing energy from the one below it.
In the natural order of things, feeling safe, secure and grounded in our body, as our second chakra opened we would feel free to open with it to life – to joy, pleasure, sensation, feeling, excitement, passion, to our personal power, and to receiving and having our needs met by the universe.
But if our first chakra is telling us the world is not safe, then instinctively we know we daren’t risk having our full range of feelings – even though we never consciously know why not. We can’t risk feeling passionate, joyful and free, or take the chance of exploring our power. We don’t dare be vulnerable. Instinctively, we know our needs won’t be met, so our little body and energy system react accordingly. And as we continue through life, the energy we put out into the quantum field is the energy we get back, and that reinforces the toxic subconscious beliefs we already hold.
According to Carolyn Myss, one of the world’s leading chakra experts, 99% of people have such problems (‘toxic imprints’) wired into their first and second chakras. These may take the form of health, emotional, relationship or financial issues, or just about anything else.
The Higher Chakras
Because the chakras are so inter-dependent, as our higher chakras open we will experience the outcomes of more blind spots, with more problems showing up in our lives because our chakras are not processing energy properly. Rhys Thomas, Founder of the renowned Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine in Boston, compared it to holding down a guitar string with one finger so the note vibrates off-key instead of the way it’s meant to.
So often chakra work neglects the lower chakras while concentrating on the upper ones, focusing on beautiful meditations, spiritual affirmations and prayer. This can be incredibly uplifting, and certainly every chakra is vital. It’s in the balanced functioning of the chakras that we reach our full potential.
But unless we do the healing work on our lower chakras, we can often remain stuck in our head. We have blissful experiences, but when we return to our physical lives we still have financial problems, we are still stuck in a job that doesn’t reward us or a relationship that doesn’t nourish us, we are still unable to break unwanted habits, or feel the passion, joy and enthusiasm for our life in the world that is our birthright.
It’s our lower chakras that fire us up with passion for our goals, with courage and confidence to design the life we want and go for it, with charisma to make an impact on other people and be SEEN, with personal power to stop playing small and live to the full, to fully feel our joy in and love of life.
It’s precisely these areas where the ‘talking’ therapies and ‘conscious mind’ methods like counselling and Life Coaching often struggle to make much headway, and here’s the reason – our resistance was hard-wired deep into our subconscious long before we had words to make sense of what was happening.
A Fantastic Route Map
But the great thing is – the chakra system provides us with a fantastic route map to the inner self! Once we know where and what the blind spots are, we can go straight for them. (Incidentally, this works even if you don’t believe the chakras literally exist – because our subconscious mind behaves and responds as if they do.)
Then the powerful tools and techniques available to us today can clear them quickly and easily and transform our life to get the very results we want. And much more quickly than you would imagine possible!
Several years ago I suffered a major double bereavement which led me to a nervous breakdown. I was offered anti-depressants and counselling so I could function. I refused, since I wanted to do a great deal more with the rest of my life than just ‘function’! But nothing worked for me to restore my energy, joy, passion for living, enthusiasm, empowerment and sheer love of life – or to get me the real physical world changes I so badly wanted and needed – until I discovered and started working on myself with the techniques I now share with my coaching clients.
One of those techniques is deep chakra work. Which is why I’m so passionate about it!
If this article struck a chord, and you’d like to find out more, book a call with me and we can talk it through.