Get Down! (With your lower chakras . . .)
Did you know chakras can create a lot of harmony or chaos in your life, depending on how you take care of them?
So let's start from the bottom and work our way up!
Are you patient? Are you all over the place with your thoughts? Or pulled in a million directions? The Root Chakra can affect all of these things! This lowest chakra you kind of "sit" on and it likes to be worked with first so it can provide you with a good base. Do you like red? Because that represents the Root!
The Root Chakra is the basic essence of who you are and what you stand for. It’s your survival center. It’s instincts, primal urges, going back to when people lived in caves. If you feel weak (physically or lack integrity), or you are afraid of things, you may want to work on this chakra. One at a time is all you need to focus on.
This chakra is formed between the ages of birth and 7 years old. It’s the basis of your being!
If you're looking for essential oils to support your Root Chakra, try these! Carrot seed (what’s more connected to the Earth than carrots?), cedarwood (calms anger and tension, and has purifying properties), frankincense (increases spiritual awareness and meditation), ginger (the aroma may help influence physical energy, sex, love, money, and courage), Harmony (can bring balance to all chakras), Vetiver (grounding, calming and stabilizing), and Valor (courage!) You can apply these to your feet or lower back for the best chakra benefit.
If you have a lot of unexpressed aggression in your life, your Root Chakra can be affected by lashing out with anger or violence. It calls to our primitive instincts, and our emotions are right in the center of that. But you can release that anger and aggression. Yoga is a great way to strengthen this chakra, and so is meditation and essential oils.
Root Chakra Affirmation:
I trust in the goodness of life to carry me through. I belong wherever I am. I choose life. I affirm my right to the life I know I want. I cultivate constancy, stability, and a wholesome structure to support me through life’s changes. I accept myself as I am. I am grateful for the experiences of my life.
Next up . . . Sacral Chakra
Do you relax when your body is yelling at your to take it easy? Can you see joy in little things? Do you appreciate what you have? The Sacral Chakra can affect all of these things! This 2nd chakra is located inside your pelvis and is represented by the color orange. It promotes our ability to enjoy life in physical ways and develops our sense of abundance.
The Sacral Chakra is where you learn to give and receive pleasure, not just sexually. So many of us have a hard time accepting that we deserve pleasure of all kinds. It helps us to move forward in life, gives us something to look forward to. Many of us are also influenced by our ideas regarding pleasure and our sense of sexuality. Wholesome attitudes about sexuality offer us joy and a deep connection with another. This can be in the form of a friend, an intimate partner, or anyone we want a deeper connection with. If we feel we are deserving of the good things around us, this chakra opens to receive pleasure and abundance.
This chakra is typically formed between the ages of 7-14, so it’s still fairly young.
If you're looking for an essential oil to strengthen and help balance your Sacral Chakra, try these ideas: Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Cypress, Geranium, Pine, Rose, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Acceptance, Peace and Calming, and Harmony. All of these as you can see are grounding (because it’s a lower chakra) and sensual (because it’s a feeling chakra). Simply breathing these scents in will help, especially during meditation, but applying them below your belly button in a clockwise motion is also beneficial. Feel free to dilute if you want a gentler approach to opening your Sacral Chakra.
If you worry or stress about issues concerning your body, such as your weight, your health, or your overall appearance, your Sacral Chakra might be clogged up or underactive.
If this chakra is overactive, you will have an obsession with your body, including cravings and addictions to drugs, alcohol, food, and/or sex. Again, extremes in either direction are unhealthy. Balance is the key!
Sacral Chakra Affirmation:
I allow pleasure and goodness into my life. I know that I deserve goodness and joy. I accept that good health is my natural state. I allow abundance into my experience. I open myself to simple, healing pleasures. I cultivate health, wholeness, and ease. I deserve to feel peace in my life.
Finally . . . Solar Plexus Chakra
How strongly do you value yourself? What are you most proud of in your life? Are you willing to express yourself when you feel wronged? All great questions to ask when thinking about your Solar Plexus Chakra!
The Solar Plexus Chakra is the third chakra, located over the stomach and under the diaphragm, kind of above your belly button a few inches. It is connected with the element of fire, so this one chakra will fire you up in many ways! It in your center of personal power, ambition, intellect, astral force, desire, and all emotions based on intellect and touch.
This chakra is typically formed between the ages of 14-21, which makes sense as this is the age we’re trying to find our place in the world for the first time, find our self-value and our personal identity. The Solar Plexus Chakra deals with self-esteem, confidence, and freedom of choice. It governs our emotional issues (teenage angst anyone?), personal power, self-respect, courage, humility, and learning by the power of grace. These are difficult things to learn at any age, but they’re especially important in the 14-21 year age range.
There are lots of essential oils that can support this chakra! Lemon, grapefruit, juniper, ginger, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, pepper, En-R-Gee, and Harmony. You can drop an oil onto your Solar Plexus area and massage it in a clockwise motion. Dilute if you need. You can breathe in an oil, or even diffuse it. Some of these oils will seem to open you up too much, which could be tough if your Solar Plexus if very closed. It might seem overwhelming for a bit. If so, just take it slowly and start by breathing in an oil, then move onto diffusing, then finally to massaging in your chakra area.
If your Solar Plexus is in balance, you will have self-esteem, respect for others, calmness. You will feel friendly and confident, ready to be social with the world. Leaders, explorers and charismatic people typically have a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra.
If unbalanced, your Solar Plexus will invite concerns about what others think of you. It can show up as lack of energy, depression, and confusion about small things in your life.
Solar Plexus Affirmation:
I know that who I am is love, intelligence, and goodness. I am worthy of a good life. I am confident that life will support me through all its changes. I use my power wisely. I choose life, love, and goodness. I am in touch with the source of my power. I am a radiant and whole being, able to find my path in life.
I hope that helps clear up some confusion about the lower three chakras of your amazing body - if you still have issues or need to work through chakra healing, please let me know!