Chakra Gifts fo the Holiday Season, part 1

Chakra Gifts fo the Holiday Season, part 2
My Husband and My Pelvis

Chakra Gifts fo the Holiday Season — a pair of arti­cles with sugges­tions about new ways of being in 2013 — using the Chakras as your Guide

In This Moment

The next 2 articles provide some ideas for approches you might take in 2013 — approaches designed to free your passion, and to create your masterpiece — one of my favourite clients says, "Her empire!" Same idea.

Also, because a lot of you like my paint­ings and photographs, here is a link to my Studio website. Enjoy!

chakra gifts

Over the next two weeks, I’m going to play around with the "gifts" that the Chakras give us. I’m play­ing fast and loose with this, as, "’Tis the Season!" Anyway, some this week, some next.

The Ground

Not really a Chakra, the ground is the source of Yin energy – the energy of intu­ition, the body, the inside, the left, the vast­ness and open­ness of simply being.

The ground sends us nour­ish­ment, and gives us a place to plant our feet. The rich soil of the ground is the home to nour­ish­ment, the locale for the flow of flex­i­bil­ity, and the spring­board for all that is new.

We come from the ground and to the ground we are wise to return.

The earth is alive, messy, muddy, cool and deep. The ground is our dark and dirty side, in a completely fun way of course! People who are stiff and uptight lack the "down and dirty-ness" of the ground.

In 2013, spend some time really feel­ing your way into a rela­tion­ship with the ground. Take your shoes off and run bare­foot. Feel the cool heat of the summer grass. Imagine that you are send­ing Roots down into the earth, and are open­ing your­self to the ground’s endless source of insight.

The Root Chakra – the gift of stability

root chakra

The Root Chakra includes the legs and the Chakra itself — the perineum. Rootedness and ground­ed­ness describe the same thing — find­ing balance and secu­rity no matter how unsta­ble the world itself is.

bubbling well

Yin energy enters the body through the "Bubbling Well Point" on the sole of the foot. It’s where you can (and should!) imag­ine send­ing your Roots into the ground from. Many people feel heat at this point – a good sign that you want to focus your atten­tion there.

Your feet should make even contact with the ground. Think about how often your legs feel tight and sore — an indi­ca­tor that your feet are trying desper­ately to grip the ground like claws. Have a breath, massage your legs, and let go.

As you do, you likely will begin to feel a flow of energy through your feet and up your legs.

Relax, and breathe, and imag­ine stand­ing tall and straight. Your knees are slightly flexed (no rigid­ity for you!) and your feet firmly planted a foot apart. Keep your thighs relaxed and knees apart.


Feel the energy enter­ing your Root Chakra. Massage this area, and ask others to massage it for you! This is a key acupunc­ture point, and needs to be throb­bing with energy with­out grip­ping or shut­ting down.

Do gentle "kegels," pulling the pelvic floor up and down. Visualize the energy flow­ing upward from the Root Chakra.

In 2013, devote your­self to martial arts like Tai Chi, and energy exer­cises like Qi Gong. Spend time stomp­ing your feet and shak­ing and massag­ing your legs. If parts hurt, get Bodywork on them, and espe­cially on your Root Chakra. Do exer­cises designed to increase your balance.

The Belly Chakra – the gift of passion, relating, eroticism, and sex

belly chakra

The Belly area is busy, busy. It’s the home of the above ener­gies (although the sex drive is located in the Root Chakra for men…)

As we’ve been discussing, the energy of the pelvis can be called "Passion," and it relates to every­thing – passion for living, voca­tion, how we relate to others, and our sexual and erotic expres­sion.

Passion is the burn­ing, inter­nal fire of purpose. Developing passion is a key path of self-development — this fire is what drives us to go deeper — to change our way of being. Passion is all about desire — a desire focused on a goal and in a specific direc­tion.

Passion is what turns our body’s energy into the drive to act.

Now, the passion has to go some­where and do some­thing — thus the rest of the Chakras. The Belly is where the fire starts — sort of like a home with a hearth. The fire is built, stoked, tended, and the rest of the house receives the heat.

"Stuff" (people, places, things) does not create passion in us. No one can make us feel our passion, as passion is an inside job. Passion comes as we metaphor­i­cally press into ourselves, stim­u­lat­ing this Chakra.

Passion feels hot and chargy. Thus, it is a prime mover and moti­va­tor — so long as we do not attach to or get hooked on the feel­ing. If we do, we become passion junkies, and the only goal is "more passion." We get caught in our bellies.

Passion is the prime mover. It urges us toward enlight­en­ment — toward a noble goal or cause. It moti­vates us to find depth in self-awareness and for more vibrancy in rela­tion­ship.

Eroticism and sexuality are branches on Passion’s tree.

Sex becomes a fasci­nat­ing and passion­ate learn­ing energy. That’s the point of Tantra and Kundalini work. The energy (which is "just energy,") can be directed, turn­ing it into a power­ful force for our own awak­en­ing.

In 2013, find some­one to explore your passion­ate / erotic, sexual energy with. Learn how to "make it work for you." Begin by rock­ing, rolling, and moving your pelvis. Breathe into your Belly, breathe your energy "up," and feel the increase of heat and charge. Use touch — massage and Bodywork, to build the charge, and to play with your passion­ate energy.

Dedicate your­self to break­ing open the blocks in your Belly. Find a gentle comfort, an ease, and a flow.

The Solar Plexus Chakra – the gift of self-awareness and self-gentleness

solar plexus chakra

The Solar Plexus is the last of the phys­i­cal Chakras. As the energy rises, we reach the first area of resis­tance. Our tendency, at this point, is to pull in (tighten the diaphragm) and to start judg­ing.

Being charged, balanced, alive and passion­ate is not "the norm." We’ve been taught to be taught – to be tight, shut down, good boys and girls. As a result, most of my clients have tight pelvises and asses, and also tight mid-back muscles.

We do this to "keep still." We freeze our pelvises, lest anyone judge us.

The SP Chakra is about free­dom of under­stand­ing. As the energy arrives, we get to make a choice – will you return to shut­ting down, or will you accept your­self as you really are?


To do so requires gentle­ness, open­ness, and aware­ness. It’s all about seeing your­self as being whole, empow­ered, and able. Think about how you tighten up, hide, and shut your­self down. Massage your Belly, espe­cially along the place where your ribs end. Get some­one to work on the large muscles at the small of your back.

In 2013, set a project to self-explore. Do so phys­i­cally, mentally, and "passion­ately." What drives you? What do you wish to accom­plish? How do you want to be in the world?

Open up. Remind your­self to accept your­self, all of you, and espe­cially the messy parts, which arise from the soil of the yin laden ground. Embrace your­self, and drop the judge­ments!

Experiment with the first three Chakras, using touch, contact with others, dance and move­ment. Wiggle, and accept the real­ity of your "self," with­out fixing your story in stone. Embrace who you are, right now, and ask for what you want.

More next week!

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