We all know how it feels to be “out of balance.” We make references, such as, “I’ve been feeling off lately. I’m just not myself. I feel disconnected, foggy, uninspired.”We also know what it’s like to feel “on point, creative, inspired, joyful, and at peace.” All of these feelings and emotions have their place within our experience of living and growing as human beings, but I think most would agree that feelings of harmony and connectivity are the ones for which we strive.
In search of creating a life of predominantly loving, healthy feelings, we have all sorts of options to explore. And when I say “healthy” feelings I’m referring to the very clear energetic response that our bodies produce when we make a connection with others, receive sustenance from the foods we eat, or find nurturing places to spend time.
Imagine the tingle of excitement that you feel as goose bumps when someone shares a story, the surge of warmth when you embrace a loved one, the knotted, sick feeling in the pit of your stomach during an unpleasant conversation or argument. These experiences translate through our being and manifest themselves as a physical response. We may giggle, smile, scream, cry, get a headache, stomachache, or worse if not managed over time. This is an energy exchange that can be healthy or unhealthy depending on how well we release what does not serve us and how deeply we absorb what is offered to heal us.
So, in the spirit of renewal and cleansing of all that doesn’t support your highest purpose, I would like to introduce the concept of detoxifying your energy centers that are known as chakras. Think of your chakras as your personal batteries that correspond to and support all of the systems in your body, physically, emotionally and spiritually. With all of the responsibility that they carry, you can see how immensely important it is to keep them charged, clean and fully functioning!Deepen Your Detox this Season with a Chakra Cleanse
There are seven chakras in the body system. They start at the bottom of the pelvic region, this one is referred to as the “Root Chakra.” It represents foundation, connection to earth, basic survival and stability. If you continue up the spine, past the other five chakras, to the top of your head, you will find the “crown chakra” which represents your ability to be fully connected spiritually. The chakras between support giving and receiving love, verbalizing and speaking our truth, as well as positive self-esteem, utilizing our creative and intuitive gifts, and seeing the divine perfection in all things. When expressed at their full capacity, each chakra center holds ethereal meaning as well as the ability to stimulate, balance, and enhance our corresponding organs and overall health (because one can experience true health only when a true balance of spirit and body are met).CHAKRA CLEANSING RITUAL
This may be done first thing in the morning, or at the end of the day, or both. As with any enriching practice, benefits increase when repeated often until it becomes second nature. Then just enjoy as the creativity ows and you may even conceive your own personal ritual.
This ritual is suggested by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., Psychologist, Medical Anthropologist and author (writing primarily in the eld of neo-shamanism) from his book, Shaman Healer Sage.
“While in the shower. Hold your left hand at the base of your spine, and with your right hand three to four inches above the skin, feel for your first chakra. Spin the chakra counter- clockwise (imagine that your body is the face of a clock) three or four times, rotating your fingertips in a circle. Rinse your fingers in the water and repeat this process for all seven chakras, making sure to rinse your fingers thoroughly in between. Now, go back to your first chakra, spinning it clockwise three or four times. Repeat for all seven chakras. This exercise increases the speed of the chakras, allowing each energy vortex to spin at its optimal frequency. A clean chakra is able to draw in natural energy and to replenish reserves in the Luminous Energy Field and keep us in exceptional health.”
As always, I encourage you to continue to explore this topic if it has resonated with you. The function of the second and third chakras are what lend courage for us to seek out new inspiration and experiences. May they guide you as you live in gratitude for all of life’s gifts and wonder.