Saturday, April 28th, 2012
As you may have heard, I’m offering a free and self-guided online Chakra Healing workshop, starting in May. We’re calling it the Seven Chakras. Before we begin, I’d like to share with you a bit of VITAL INFORMATION about the Secondary Chakras. (Capitalizing the words “vital information” made me laugh. We need to laugh as we heal ourselves. Don’t get too caught up in perfection.) Also, I still haven’t looked up whether or not Chakra is supposed to be capitalized. And since I vacillate between wanting to respect something as specific and powerful as a Chakra, and knowing that it’s probably not something you have to capitalize when speaking generally of chakras, sometimes the word “chakra” will be capitalized, and sometimes not. Now, on to the important stuff:
Generally speaking, chakras are points of energy within the body. Places where energy gathers. Some books say there are hundreds of these points within the body. Most books focus on the primary Seven Chakras. Which is what our workshop will do as well. These seven happen to align with the spine, with the first chakra– Root Chakra– at the base of the spine (sort of), and the seventh chakra– Crown Chakra– hovering aura-like on the top of your head. However, the Secondary Chakras– the ones in the palms of your hands, and in the base of your feet– are also important to the work we’ll be doing.
You see, the Secondary Chakras in your feet are used to ground your whole body for doing energy work with the Chakras, and the Secondary Chakras in your palms are used to activate the energy in each of your primary Seven Chakras. Here’s how:
You may find it helpful to read through each exercise before you begin.
Sit down comfortably, on a chair, with your feet flat on the ground. Notice that this gives you a three-point connection to the earth. Each sole of your foot, and your bottom. Since the Root Chakra (the foundational chakra that grounds you to the earth) is located at the base of your spine (sort of), it is your center grounding point. But balancing on a single point isn’t all that stable. Using the Secondary Chakras in the feet gives you a three-point basis. A balanced and sturdy foundation.
Visualize roots growing through your feet and down from your bottom into the earth, rooting you in the Earth. Visualize yourself being solidly supported by the Earth, and connecting to her calm and sturdy energy through your three points of contact– right foot, left foot, bottom. Breathe Earth Energy up into your body through your roots. Breathe YOUR energy back down into Earth. It is a strong energetic connection. A way of releasing negative emotions and overwhelming energy. A way of receiving healing energy in return. The earth recycles energy. For her, it is just energy. And these emotions and fears and your sense of exhaustion… they are not attacks on Mother Earth. You are giving her the energy you cannot use in exchange for receiving recycled Earth Energy from her that you CAN use. Nourishment from the Earth.
This is one way of “Grounding” yourself and your energy effectively. You’ll want to practice this connection, as it supports the energy balancing and healing work we’ll do with each of your Seven Chakras over the next few months.
Now. Hand Chakras. How do you feel the most centered, the most calm? Not comatose– not how do you watch TV comfortably– but rather, to center and calm yourself, do you sit up in a chair, do you do yoga (Tree Pose is GREAT for activating foot chakra and Root Chakra energy, by the way), do you sit cross-legged, lotus-style on a pillow on the floor? Do that. Whatever that position is, find it. Feel how you can still use your three points of contact to ground yourself– your personal root system that solidly joins you to the Earth. Now, hold your hands in front of you, fingers pointing up, palms together. Let your wrists relax, and your fingers droop out away from the body just a bit.
Rub your palms together– around and around in tiny flat circles– to activate the Secondary Chakras in your hands. Gently. Don’t push them together, just maintain contact. Do this until your palms start to feel warm against each other. (Or cool! — it’s a shift in energy that feels a little different for each person. If you don’t feel anything, just circle your palms for about 30 seconds, and then move on to the next step, but start with a 2-inch gap.) Then, slowly, pull your palms apart– straight apart from each other, across your body. Start with pulling your hands apart until there is a gap of about six inches. Can you still feel that warmth connecting your palms? Go further– eight inches. Can you still feel it? The way your two hands are connected by Energy, even though they don’t physically touch each other now. That is chakra energy. Don’t think too hard. This isn’t a mental exercise. This is an energetic exercise. The best thing to do for your mind is to breathe slowly and deeply, and allow the energy to do it’s thing. Just allow.
I usually end this exercise after a couple of times of rubbing my palms together and seeing how far apart my hands can go while still feeling that energetic connection. Hold your hands at that point where the connection still exists, see if you can allow that connection to exist for a few minutes at a time. It’s a way of growing your ability to work intentionally with your personal energy. A way of becoming intentional about where your energy goes and how strong it is. Eventually, you will be able to use this practice with the Secondary Chakra Energy of your hands to activate the flow of energy in your Seven Chakras as well. If you want to understand how this works, activate the chakras in your palms, and pull them far enough apart to slide one hand on each side of your neck, near the base of your throat. One in front, one behind. Keep your hands together enough that the Chakra Energy is still felt strongly between them. And move your hands up to bracket your throat. Your fingers may not face the same direction for this part– the relationship between your palms are what’s important.
Most people have a hard time expressing themselves honestly to the world. That is what the Fifth Chakra– Throat Chakra– is all about. So using your Secondary Chakra Energy– healing energy– to activate your Throat Chakra is a great way of stimulating positive energetic flow in the way you interact with the world. Simply sit there with that chakra energy flowing between your two palms– through your Throat Chakra– for a few minutes, or until you feel that connection begin to fade. I usually end my practice– strengthening my hand chakras or using them to activate other chakras– by bringing my palms back together, fingers flat against each other, pointing straight up. Just for a moment. It intentionally ends the connection between your hand chakras. It’s also a way of gently appreciating all the universe provides. Appreciating all that we are capable of doing to heal ourselves and renew our connection to The Great Something– the energy that fills all life. Then I allow my hands to be just hands again, get up, stretch my knees and ankles a bit, and get on with my day.
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