Root Chakra ~ The Basics

Studying the Chakras can be simple and can be technical.  There is so much to learn and understand.  Sometimes I’ll pick up a book by a guru on the subject and get lost in the technical terms.  When this happens, I have to re-read it a few times, out loud to myself, or as a bedtime story for the kids.  I’ve done it before…it bored them, they went to sleep.

Today we are going to learn about the Root Chakra.  The Chakra that houses the great Kundalini ( ooooh! we’ll get to that some other time).  The foundation of our life begins at the Root Chakra.  Literally…the foundation of our lives begins at the Root Chakra and I’m not trying to be mysterious, but we’ll get to the foundation in a moment.  The most common knowledge of the Chakras come from the Hindu culture and that’s what we’ll be learning today.  I’m not trying to be confusing, I would just love to give you the most accurate information to my knowledge, by doing this, it opens a whole new world of healing into your mind if you are not familiar with the chakras. Hence the name the basics.

The Root Chakra, known in Sanskrit as The Muladhara Chakra is the foundational stepping stone of our Super 7 Chakra system.  I call it Super 7, because they are the main Chakras and I guess that would make them super!  When we sit in meditation pose, we are connecting our Root Chakra to the earth directly, for the reason the root chakra is located at the base of the spine and in between our genitals.  I think it would be cool, if you sat in meditation pose, tilted your pelvis upwards, close your eyes and in the area of  where your pelvis is tilted upward, imagine a  swirling vortex. This is just at the tip of your coccyx bone…this is the home of your Root/Muladhara Chakra.

The main purpose of our Root Chakra is our sense of security.  This is described as the flight or fight mechanism inside our body. When we live in spaces of fear or insecurity you may notice that you curl up like a ball and hide from the world or be on the defensive.  These are common signs of a blocked root chakra.

I like to describe a root chakra like this:   Picture a house like the ones in Hawaii on the stilts.  Those are the foundation of the house.  Now let’s say that the stilts on this house are  not up to par.  They have termites, warped due to weather or simply not strong enough, do you think that house is going to stay secure or do you think it’s going to fall down?  If the owners of the house had taken care of them properly and checked them regularly would they be worried?

The answer is most likely not, if they reinforce these stilts and take care of them with regular maintenance, these stilts are going to be balanced and able to support and secure the home.  A balanced Root Chakra is the chakra that balances our feelings of security and balance our inner home base. They make us feel safe.  What do you think is regular maintenance to have a positive reinforced base?  Now remember, the Root Chakra is a survival chakra, what do you need to survive?  Shelter, food and clothing, am I right?

Here is a personal example of a messed up Root Chakra…tell me what is my chakra doing, how am I handling this situation?  There was a time in my life where I lost everything. I lost my husband (temporarily), my home and my sense of direction.  I didn’t know what to do and everyday I was falling into a deeper state of depression.  My whole sense of security was shaken.  It was summer in California and the social worker had told me she would give me hotel vouchers, my mother in law was willing to help us out, but my mind was thinking of nothing but finding a safe place away from all the drama for my children.

Long story short, I took off to Montana to follow my dreams as a healer.  I had a friend who fed me pipe dreams of how we would have a business next to our house and everything was going to just be great.  It wasn’t, but it was.

Leaving California, it changed my life.  I learned how to become independent.  I cried a lot. I ended up in a homeless shelter for women.  After a week and a half, I was moving into a home and after 3 weeks, I had a job.  I had no drama, I was setting a new foundation and ever since then I’ve had a more balanced Chakra.  Somehow, the kids dad came out to visit and things just worked out better for us also,  So, what did I do with my imbalanced chakra?  I set off my survival mechanism,  I couldn’t stay where I was, it was bringing me down and I took flight.

Getting back to the basics, things could have ended up worse.  Our Root Chakra is connected to our bones, coccyx, the whole skeletal system, lower back and lower body. When we are imbalanced, we are open to creating dis-ease in these areas of our body, for example let’s say you suddenly are having lower back issues,  I can almost guarantee you that when your lower body starts aching, you are having some kind of insecurity, causing your root chakra to call out and let you know…”hey! it’s time to do something!” It doesn’t mean that you jump in your car and bounce out of the world, but you do something that can help balance you.

The Root Chakra is an Earth based chakra.  Each Chakra is related to the elements btw.  Some of things that can help you balance your root chakra is nature related.  When life seems to be going out of control, it’s a good idea to take some time out in nature.  If you can’t get out into nature visualize nature.  Picture yourself sitting on a stump in the middle of the forest,  take a few deep breaths.  With both feet on the ground, root yourself into the earth.  You can do this for real also.  I love to walk barefoot in the grass, this always makes me feel good.

Other than job security and a roof over your head, other ways to have a balanced Root Chakra, is Yoga.  Yoga is actually an optimal form of bringing balance and you can find books on Chakra Yoga, where they detail which yoga positions are best for each chakra. I really enjoy the book by Anodea Judith titled Chakra Yoga.  I also like the video by Sean Corn and she discusses the chakras separately as well as leading you in a dynamic chakra flow session.

There are three things that can be going on with our Chakras, a blockage, balance, or an over active chakra.  An over active chakra is a chakra that is spinning out of control.  You are so wrapped up in creating security, you work day and night, you take no time for yourself to root.  You work, and work and work, until you are drained.  You are still causing yourself dis-ease.  There is a healthy moderation in everything.   To help calm your over active chakra, an epsom salt bath, crystals such as uncut gemstones or emeralds are a wonderful tool for calming your root chakra and of course quietly meditating and bringing yourself back into a relaxed state.  Focus on the things that you find important to you, but not at the cost of your sanity.

We are living in a time that we all may feel a little shaken, and I suggest asking for help if you need it.  Don’t take the weight of the world on your shoulders.  Life is to short, focus on the necessities and let everything come as it may.

Do you remember when I said I’d get back to the Root Chakra literally being the foundation of our lives?  Our Super 7 chakra system, develops in different stages of our lives.  A root chakras, begins to develop when we are age 1-7.  If the first 7 years of your life were traumatized, this is setting up your foundation for life.  Many of us who have had troubling childhoods, tend to need a lot of healing.  Reflect back to as far as you can remember about your child.  Can these memories answer some possible imbalances or balances for you.  Were you even aware that this was possible?

Lastly, some Root Chakra Facts

  • Location, the base of the spine
  • Color:  Red
  • Element: Earth
  • Balanced:  Grounded, a feeling of not being blocked or stagnant
  • Unbalanced:  Inertia, Self-destructive, dis-ease in the lower body
  • Herbal Scents:  Patchouli, Cedarwood & Myrhh
  • Crystals:  Emerald, Carnelian, Bloodstone, Jasper & Tourmaline

I do hope you enjoyed this and please if you have any questions, please drop me a line.

In Love & Light,

Elena, The Chakra Faery

Basic Intro to the Chakras Pt. 1

In 2005 I had a dream that I was going to learn about the Chakras from a man in India, the next day I discovered a book by Deepak Chopra.  I thought it was a sign.  I had studied the Chakras with another teacher who is fantastic and I learned a lot of tools to help with my healing modalities.  In 2011, I met my Reiki teacher from India.  It wasn’t Deepak, but I learned how to balance the Chakras, use Crystals and do past life healing. Now I feel ready to move forward as a Reiki Master Teacher and teach.

Let’s start with the basics.  Chakras, they are the fascinating vortexes that reside inside of  you, that help a Reiki Master like me, diagnose what’s going on in your body. There are 7 major Chakras and thousands of small Chakras through out our bodies, and there are other minor chakras that we can get into once we have more understanding of the Super 7.

When you see the classic pictures of Chakras they are symbolized by  circles or a lotus like symbol, but a Chakra in our body actually works as a vorteChakra Imagex. It’s a funneled energy that runs along our spleen and works with our endocrine system.  Although they can not be seen with the naked eye they are there etherally.

In Sanskrit, Chakra means spinning wheel.  The Chakras work as vital energy centers that spin and funnel their energy through out our bodies. When the energy of one of these funnels is blocked we become stagnant or have a dis-ease in that area of the body which ultimately can become a disease that affects us and causes illnes.  Each Chakra is associated with its own color.  The colors of the chakras carry their own healing  vibrations as well.  These colors can assist in keeping and maintaing our Chakras.

Join me for the next 7 days to learn more about your vital energy centers starting with our Root Chakra.  See you tomorrow and please post or comment any questions that you may have.

Brightest Blessings,

Elena, the Chakra Faery

I’m Just Your Mom, And I love you!

I remember once when I was teaching a Pilates Class and my older girls were sitting in the reception area and they were listening to me teach this class.  In my classes I talked calmly about breathing it in and letting it go.  I did Chakra meditations at the end of each class and hoped that my clients left feeling stretched, calmed and balanced.  After the class my oldest daughter told me that, when I was talking it didn’t even sound like me.

I was so calm.   I was so doing and talking how I always do when teaching a class or doing a healing session.  I realized that I have many sides, I have different personalities.  Well here is a technique I still have yet to answer and please comment below if you have any suggestions.  How do you balance your parenting self and your spiritual self.  I suppose this blog is in response to my own inquiry and writing about it, may will help me figure it out since I had an outburst of frustration towards my fifteen year old daughter the other day.

My spiritual self would like to see me calm and collected with a clean house, healthy organic snacks at the table always,  and happy harmony when the children run in the door from school.  I have 3 children in elementary school, a teenage daughter in high school that is home schooled and a college student who lives with her dad in California.  I feel like a tornado runs through my house every day around 4pm, they are hungry and fighting and they throw their jackets and backpacks all over the floor.  I picture it like being Joy from Inside Out…and then BOOM anger just explodes after telling them multiple times to pick up their stuff.  Well there goes that balanced feeling I had after meditation today.  I feel like crap after my son says, “Why are mad Mommy?”  I’m automatically the bad guy.  I try breathing, I try talking and when I do these things they look at me like I’m bothering them.

Now back to my frustration with my fifteen year old daughter, who I feel is very wise for her age.  I was very angry for her not checking in, because I worry about my children when they are not home.  She’s always either working, or bike riding or hanging out with her friends.  Her friends are normal teenagers and do normal teenage things which isn’t always the greatest things in my mind.  I expressed how I don’t see her, she’s always busy, because one of the most admirable things about this girl is she is a go getter.  She makes things happen and she reminds me a lot of myself, but super ambitious for a girl her age.  Well, I’m pretty upset with her and she looks at me and says “Mom, it’s hard to balance being a friend and being a parent.”

Then it hit me, so is this the answer I’m looking for?  I’m not your friend, I’ve heard this before, I’m your parent.  I’m a spiritual warrior, and I wish to the universe that I could have been on more of a spiritual path when my kids were brought into this world and no matter what mistakes I’ve made, I have always loved them unconditionally, but I’m your parent and not your friend and my frustration comes from trying to appease them constantly, even when it’s difficult, which makes me feel like a terrible mother.

The most favorite thing I hear from my older children is ‘why are you making this all about you?’  Well, honestly I’m not making it about me, it’s all about you and how guilty I feel for not being the mom I feel you deserve, because I made mistakes and I want the best for all my children.  Spiritually, emotionally, and even financially I let you down and I let guilt bring me down to that level, where I couldn’t function.

Which brings me to this conclusion, finding balance is about forgiveness and doing my best until my best is good enough.  If I can’t forgive myself, I can’t move forward, I will stay stuck. Forgiving myself isn’t only about me, but for my kids.  So, sorry kids…I can’t be your friend anymore, I can only be your mother that loves you with all her heart and right now that will have to do!!  For now your snacks will be as organic as I can get them and the house will be as clean as time allows, but I will love you with every breath in my soul and I will be there for you the best way I can.

I’m sure I’m not alone, and if any moms read this and can relate, know that you are not alone.  We are who we are and we learn from our mistakes and being in a place of balance and a place of inner peace is accepting who were are now and rolling with it.

In Love & Light,

Elena, The Chakra Faery

 

 

Compassion People, Please!

Facebook…a wonderful place to keep track of how your family is doing.  I see family more now than I did before Facebook.  I know how my cousins families doing, I can keep an eye on and stalk my daughters page to see how she’s doing.  I can sell my wares and send out positive energy.  But, as I’m scrollin’, I see things that I don’t want to see.  I will scroll back up and be like…”WTF”.

So, here is where Facebook is ugly, and it’s not Facebook itself…it’s the people.  I’m not going to get into politics or point fingers and jump on the my side is better than yours, because that would diminish my light as a healer.  Like I said yesterday,  we need more prayer and meditation.

I literally just finished posting yesterdays blog and I go to post it on Facebook…I was greatly disturbed. I literally heard in my head Darth Vadars voice. “Your lack of compassion is disturbing!”  We as a human species (as a whole) in the USA, are greatly lacking compassion.  People you wouldn’t think could say things or are excited about certain things going on in the world makes me sad.  I’m sure you are reading in between the lines and probably are aware of what I’m referring to, but again to not make this a political or judgmental blog, what are we to do when we have these full hearts and want world and inner peace?  I don’t know…do I unfriend them or do I ignore them.  I know the answer to that, but why does it affect me so much?  Am I alone here? I suppose it’s because of being an empath, I feel  resentments in their posts.  I could stay away from Facebook, but I’m a stay at home mom, I write blogs, sell products and run my business.  Facebook is my marketing tool.

I pondered my dilemma, because you never know when a positive message will help heal someone, or someone may reach out.  I don’t like the idea of blocking someone with different ideals than mine.  That’s kinda hypocritical, don’t you think? The only thing to do is disconnect from the drama…breathe it in and breathe out.  As my brother says “Not my Monkeys, Not my circus.”  I just have to be more compassionate.

Now here is the part where we talk about a Chakra.  Todays Chakra is none other than the heart Chakra.  Compassion comes from having an open and free-flowing heart Chakra, radiating bright green loving energy.  This energy radiates to those less fortunate than ourselves, those suffering in other countries all around the world.  Being compassionate doesn’t mean getting walked all over, it just means we feel for people.  We think before we talk, we care about people.  We want all people to thrive in the most positive way possible.  What we need more of in this day in age is compassion.

Why do you think Darth Vadar finally realizes what’s important to him?  COMPASSION for his son and daughter, and for peace! (Star Wars Nerd right here!)

Live a compassionate life, what you put out comes back to you!

May the Force Be With You,

Elena, The Chakra Faery

A Call for Prayer & Meditation

For the first 10 years of my life, I was a practicing Catholic.  I was baptized by the two of the most Happy People and I did my First Holy Communion and was studying for my Confirmation.  Then that was it…we didn’t go anymore.  My parents didn’t like something about the church trying to take so much of your money and we just stopped going.  It wasn’t until after 9-11 that I went looking for a faith I can understand.

What I’m trying to get at here, is that I am a Spiritualist.  I married a Catholic man, who I strongly support his faith and I strongly support anyone’s faith that makes them good people.  I’m talking about the people who pray with you without judgement.  The people at the Food Banks and the Women & Men trying their hardest to create peace in the world.  We are in a time that has no room for judgement or superiority.  We are in a stand still of humans spiritual evolution.

Three paragraphs in, are you wondering what I’m getting at?  Ok, so I strongly feel that more than ever we need to become Warriors of the Light! I don’t care if you follow Jesus, Buddha, Allah or the Goddess with a million names, we must fight for this world, our world and our children’s world (all the same world).  We don’t have to grab brooms and pitchforks, we just need to join forces and pray to those that we follow for guidance, meditate and be still so we can hear what they are trying to tell us, what’s our next move for peace?

Prayer & Meditation is a powerful tool that helps connect us to the divine.  When we take our time to connect with the divine, we are opening up our Crown Chakra.  I worked on a client once, who was blocked spiritually.  I was doing a 21 minute Chakra Clearing when I got to the Crown Chakra, there was a giant pop, I flew back and she began crying.  I wasn’t really sure what happened, but she thanked me.  She said she hadn’t felt that in years, she hadn’t felt like she was open to spirit.  I feel like the majority of the world is spiritually blocked and with the rest of the spiritually open-minded praying and meditating in this troubling time that together we can slowly but surely work on bringing peace.

Stay Positive People, we need to! We have a lot of work ahead!!

In Love & Light,

Elena, The Chakra Faery

The Wait is Over?? Today is the day I…

How many times have you said… Today is the day I….and tomorrow I’m sidetracked by kids on vacation, unexpected visits etc.  And three weeks go by and Today is the day I…okay, I got this day 2, day 3 and….I had to take the kids to the dentist, clean the house, work on this or that.  Oh Man! So close!!

This blog is dedicated to the busy moms or dads, that have dreams and ambitions and health goals, but are major procrastinators.  We are not alone.  All last week I did not blog because my kids were on Easter Break…here is my excuse, “I can not concentrate with them.”  That sounds awful, doesn’t it?  I could have sent them outside, bargained with them, called a friend and asked, “Can you watch my kids for an hour or 10?”. You get the idea.

Procrastination, a dreamers worst enemy.  It took me over a year to revamp my work and my blog page and figure out my healing technique.  I’m so excited to do this but oh! the What Ifs.  My husband, he is an amazingly funny guy.  He’s super supportive, and one of his favorite things to tell me when I say “Well, What If?”  and his reply will be “If, If was a fifth we would all be drunk.”  Because it’s that damn “IF” that smacks us back down to our fear of rejection like some who drank to much and stumbles around like a blundering idiot and has to be smacked back into sobriety.

Something, I think I’ve known, but didn’t fully realize until yesterday, after a sweet friend of mine posted an awful (to me) picture on social media (to be fair she thought it was cute, I thought I had an Easter Egg under my shirt) I was devastated.  I’m a Chakra Healer, a Reiki Master…I love Yoga, but OMG! I am my worst critic.  I want to take care of everyone, but I procrastinate on myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shaming myself, but I procrastinate on my health.  On my goals and eating habits.  I’m sitting on the bed crying and my husband got so irritated with me.  “Your beautiful, stop saying mean things to yourself or nothing is going to change.”

Nothing will change if you doubt yourself.  If you make excuses for yourself. The universe hears you.  It doesn’t matter, who you are, what you’re doing if you have a million kids and animals and a horny husband…Do it! Do it! Do it! Make time, get up earlier.  Don’t wash the dishes, read a book that inspires you!  Just do it!  You are going to feel great about yourself.  And after you have started that work out routine, or the book you’re dying to start because these characters are about to give birth to themselves, or write a blog…the mess will still be there, but you will feel so good for doing you first.  You change the way you think and how you talk to yourself.

In conclusion, take some time to focus on that lower 3rd Chakra…our Solar Plexus.  The energy of our inner power, our self-esteem and our positive nature comes from the Solar Plexus, so by procrastinating on our life goals, we are creating blockages in this area.  Do what makes you feel great.  Whatever makes you do the happy dance!

TTFN!  I have characters to give birth to and dishes to wash (exercise has been done)!

With Love and Bright Yellow Sunshine,

Elena, the Chakra Faery

*Image from the book ‘You are a Badass, HOw to stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life’ by Jen Sincero  Great Freaking Book!!

 

 

Why Reiki?

Let’s go back to my first experience with Reiki.  I was studying fitness coaching at Santa Barbara Business college in Santa Maria, CA.  I’m pretty sure I was a having a bad day.

I went to school with a woman who worked at the bookstore in the mall, and I took a liking to her immediately.  We were talking about what ever was bothering me and she hugged me.  I don’t remember the reason I was upset, but I will always remember that hug.

It was like an un-explainable energy for me at the time.  It was comforting and sincere and I remember her hands just on my back and I could feel this energy just making me feel better, but wanting to cry at the same time.   She explained to me that she had given me Reiki and I wanted to know more about it.

This was 10 years ago.  She took me to my first Reiki healing session taught by a Franciscan Nun, who administered Reiki at the local hospital.  I was just fascinated by the calming energy that this woman possessed.

Calming, loving and magical that is why.  Reiki is a non-denomational tool that can be used to manifest a higher viberation into your life.  To help bring peace into your household and stillness to your soul.  When my kids were babies, I used to do Reiki to calm them down.  Reiki also aided me into a more mellow state were I could easily deal with stressful situations.

The further you study Reiki, you can benefit from managing anxiety, aiding in depression and it is said it can even assist in weight loss.  Something I have yet to try.  More importantly, if you are just beginning it can start with inner peace.

I am currently offering 3 people to study with me 1st Degree Reiki for FREE!  I believe in it, and I believe it can help with any of your self-healing needs.  So, if you are interested please visit my Facebook page or leave me a message below.

Many Blessings,

Elena, The Chakra Faery

Choose, Commit & Create

Most of the time, I find myself writing about the Root Chakra.  The reason for this is that I’m always focused on the security and safety of myself and my family.  This can be truly frustrating and put me in control freak mode.  It drives my loved ones crazy.

Then it dawned on me…that I do put a lot of focus there and I need to care for the healing of my other Chakras.  So today let’s focus on our Sacral Chakra.  When I first started working with the Chakras I felt awkward with this one.  All I picked up on at first was sexuality and being passionate and finding pleasure in life.  I couldn’t wrap my head around the “Taboo” of it all.  Need less to say, there is way more about this Chakra than Sexual energy.

Today I want to focus on the releasing of negative patterns associated with this Chakra. Here are a a list of the ones I feel everyone can relate to:

  • Addictions ~ food, drugs, alcohol and sex to name a few
  • insecurity
  • depression
  • fear
  • low self esteem

So, let’s be honest here.  Addiction is usually caused by the latter four negative patterns we face with a blockage in our Sacral Chakra, but how do we release these things to the universe? How do we feed these issues with new ideas and positives thoughts?  Look at your life, what type of energy surrounds you? Who are you surrounding yourself with, what type of people?  Are you doing what you love, are you doing something with your life that makes you feel passionate?  What are you afraid of? Stepping out of your box? What would it feel like to step out of those negative patterns?  Close your eyes and imagine your life, passionate life, positive life, happy life! How do you feel?

Making things happen in your life takes three “c’s”; I know you’ve heard that before.  Choose the life you want, commit to the life you want and create the life you want! These three C’s can help you.  It’s a simple but it’s hard to begin your practice. Once you do, I promise it gets easier.

Here is a Mantra to help you get started and feel free to change it to what would better serve your energy.

Today I choose to commit myself to create the life I’ve always wanted.  I choose to love myself and take pleasure in who I am and who I want to be. Today, I honor the sacred vessel that is me. (Sending you loving Reiki energy)selfloveforsacral

Blessings my Faery Friends!  Don’t forget to to drop me a line!

Elena, Your Chakra Faery

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Jumping In…I am Great Enough!

For years, maybe up until I hit my head the other day on the cupboard door, I thought I wasn’t good enough.  I wasn’t smart enough to be a writer, I wasn’t as knowledgeable as all the healers out there and all this other crap that blocked my mind from awesomeness.   Do you ever feel that way?  Do you hold yourself back from all your possibilities ?  Well, I have for years…even when I had my own business, something always made me feel out of place.  Well, that something was me.  I questioned my actions, and let me tell you about my actions.  Let’s be perfectly honest here.  There was a time I drank like a fish, smoked like a train, carried self doubt about my appearance, I fought with my husband and I constantly felt like a victim.

These things didn’t stop me from being a good healer, I helped quite a few people.  What it did do was hold me back from being my true self and growing into a great healer.  Now, by no means am I suddenly a pristine overly meditated healer that only sees rainbows and unicorns (even though, I wish I could) I do enjoy a glass or two of wine and I still have the mouth only a sailor could love, but I finally realized I had to stop judging myself.

I jumped and planted my feet firmly to the ground and realized “YES!” This is me, this is who I am, I’m Fantastic and I’m Flawed and I’m F&$kin’ Fabulous!!  I love to spread healing and positive energy and I love to do it my way(for each individual, it should be the only way)!! I am a busy Mom, my kids are my most precious things to me. For years, I didn’t think I could be a good mom and try to do what I loved, taking time and energy for one or the other.  I was wrong!  Don’t do that to yourself or your children!  Be the most peaceful, loving and honest to yourself you, you can be! I promise, it will be less confusing for your family and you won’t be so cranky.

The moment I grounded myself to MY reality and I raised my hands in prayer to the Universe, it hit me.  My root chakra, it glowed a radiant red.  It started to harmonize with my Sacral Chakra, I became excited and passionate again.  Every day I feel it moving up and up through my Chakra system and every day since, I’ve become confident in my plans for my life!

Feet planted firmly on the ground, hands raised overhead and down to my chest in prayer position and I’m going to tell you; I AM GREAT Enough!  And you know what? So are YOU!!

Finding balance will always start at your root.  Don’t be afraid to grow!!

Brightest of Blessings!!

The Chakra Faery

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