All of life is made up of frequencies. Everything is made of light. We as human beings, are made of light: we are atomic and molecular, which are the building blocks of life and which are made of light.
Ever wonder why all people are so enthralled with, mesmerized by, and love rainbows? It is because the human body is, in effect, designed as one. In the deepest stratum of our beings, we somehow know that. That is why seeing a rainbow resonates so deeply within us, producing feelings of awe and joy. It reminds us of our Divine Nature. The rainbow of light spectrum found within the human body is known as the chakra system.
The light spectrum has different frequencies which create different wavelengths, or patterns of energy, which we see as colors. These colors, or patterns of energy vary, depending upon the speed of their vibration, red being the slowest, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. We too have different wavelengths in our bodies that: a) vibrate at varying frequencies and b) correlate to the light spectrum. We are, energetically, a spectrum of light with different frequencies vibrating within us.
The word chakra means wheel, and it refers to the many vortices of energy that penetrate not only the aura but the physical body as well. They are, in effect, openings where the Divine pours into and manifests as the human body The chakras are so sensitive that they are affected not only by the energy of other people but also by the energy found around a place. When healthy, chakras spin in a clockwise direction drawing in energy from the universal energy field to continually revitalize our entire being. Since they spin at different speeds, they emit a different light frequency, which is seen as a different color. The light spectrum of the chakras found in the human body is located along the spinal column and begin with red, at the coccyx region. This chakra, the root chakra, or first chakra, deals with our roots, our family, our tribe of origin. The chakras end at the crown of the head, at the seventh chakra, which is the violet ray or aspect dealing with higher spiritual thought, awareness, and communion with the Divine.
The chakra system is an archetypal depiction of individual maturation through 7 distinct stages. The chakras are vertically aligned, running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, suggesting that we ascend to the divine by gradually mastering the seductive pull of the physical world. At each stage we gain a more refined understanding of personal and spiritual power, since each chakra represents a spiritual life lesson or challenge common to all human beings. As a person masters each chakra, he/she gains power and self knowledge that becomes integrated into hir spirit, advancing hir along the path to spiritual consciousness in the classic hero's journey.
In the chakra system, each energy center contains a particular power. These powers ascend from the densest physical power to the most etheric or spiritual power. Remarkably, the challenges we face in our lives tend to follow this alignment as well. They are a map for the development of our physical power, how to use that power appropriately, as well as a spiritual map for healing and a map of the inevitable challenges we will face on our life's journey. By mastering the lessons inherent in each chakra, we reach our fullest potential as beings made in the image of God. The chakras represent the blueprint, as it were, or the qualities of the Divine aspects of God. Perfecting God's energy is a very refined process - like going through the eye of a needle - or like silk thread ripping if it catches on the slightest snag - they are the strongest and yet most sensitive and refined energy there is.
We all use various energetic tactics to protect ourselves from the energy we pick up around us, to manipulate others, and to hide our vulnerability, and when we do so, usually on an unconscious level, the chakra can be distorted or damaged. When we are conscious of how a chakra operates and what the lesson involved is, we can keep our chakras and our energy functioning in a healthy way.
Symbolically, the chakras are depicted as lotuses. The spirals indicate the contrasting energies of the psyche and spirit, and the ever re-cycling energy of God, keeping your energy in present time, recycling within your own system.
The energy of the chakras flows in both directions. The root chakra takes in energy from the earth and also allows us to ground spiritual energy much as a lightning rod grounds electricity. It gives us stability. Meanwhile, the crown chakra brings in energy from above and forms our direct access point for absorbing higher spiritual energy ( soft spot on a baby's head). The channel for the flow of energy between the crown and the root is sometimes referred to as the vertical or central power current, or shushumna. When we have mastered and can generate energy at the highest level, we awaken what is called the sleeping serpent or dragon, known as Kundalini energy, an energy which can rush from the root chakra to the crown in a huge surge of power, and we become enlightened beings. The intimate connection and interdependence of the chakras can be seen as one lesson weaves into the next: a lesson is first introduced on one level and refined and deepened in the next, and this means that it is impossible to think of them in isolation when discussing their effect upon us as total human beings. They are interconnected and actually look like a DNA strand. I think they are God's spiritual DNA - and maybe this is as close as we get to looking at the body of God.
Chakras 1, 2, and 3 are calibrated to the issues that engage us with physical or external power. Chakras 4, 5, 6 and 7 are calibrated to non-physical or internal power. Since all the chakras are intimately linked, a block at one will affect the functioning of the others, causing physical, emotional, mental, and or spiritual damage and distress. If you look closely at people's body language, or even listen to the tones of a person's voice, you can see where they are protecting themselves and what chakra is probably involved.
In summation: Each of these centers relates to a particular gland or organ. Each light frequency, or chakra, corresponds to a different level of conscious evolution, and each chakra offers us a specific, universal life lesson to master. As mentioned, each chakra center is also associated with one of the colors of the rainbow and they are also associated with a characteristic musical tone. When you are exposed to the pure color and tone of one of the body centers, the glands or organs will be stimulated to vibrate in their purest resonance. It is only when all the body centers are in harmony and balanced with one another that you can function at optimum capacity and deal appropriately with the life lesson you are to learn that corresponds to that chakra. The mythological gold (God) at the end of the rainbow that everyone seeks is actually the treasure of your own Enlightenment!
In developing your psychic awareness, it is important to understand and balance the energies of your body centers.
How each note affects the chakras:
|Color||Note||Area of the body|
|glands and organs
solar plexus-pancreas, adrenals, digestive
More about the First Chakra: Muladhara
Have you ever wondered why some people have charisma, presence, why some people can be optimistic no matter what the circumstances? Do you wonder that they are able to manifest what they need after a setback? Underlying it all is the fact that they are well grounded, have a good foundation, they bonded well with their mothers and other primary caretakers the need to bond is within 12-15 hours after birth - birthing methods are also important!) and have a good sense of their physical bodies. A child is psychically bonded to the mother by an energetic umbilical cord until 7 - the 1st stage of life is from birth to 7 - during which time the focus is on physical development and being in the body/ learning to master the physical - that is why children need to be outside during this stage and being physical - not academic.
These charismatic people demonstrate a healthy, well balanced, fast spinning, unobstructed base chakra. Stability, security, and a sense of belonging are all root chakra. Contact with the earth and time to nurture ourselves are all part of having a healthy root chakra qualities - taking care of our roots, which also includes the very crucial 1st chakra issue of honoring and being a part of a tribe, or family. If the root chakra is weak or closed, we feel lost, insecure, ungrounded, alienated. This chakra is about matter, substance, the earth and all that comes from it, including our bodies. It is the foundation and support for the rest of the chakra system and constantly maintains a flow of solid, grounding energy. It is also ready to send a surge of power up through all of the other chakras whenever necessary, as long as they're able to respond. It Revitalizes everything.
Work on any chakra brings improvements in every area of your life, but if you're not truly grounded, the improvements can't be sustained. The root chakra has the potential to shift all the other blocks that may be present in the system, and to make work at the higher centers much easier. Being able to ground yourself at will is of the utmost importance. Let's check our percentage of how grounded we all are right now...
The root chakra is well named, as it roots us to the planet. Like a lightning rod, it grounds the energy. The Sefirot of Shekinah calls it the doorway into the Divine. "One who enters must enter through this gate" (Zohar 1:7b) - it is the place of birth. It gives us the opportunity to draw up the stimulating, dynamic energy of the earth and to discharge anything negative which otherwise could cause stress and psychic overload. This is one of the root chakra's great gifts: to allow us to regularly let go (look where it's located: where we shit also - same thing) and return to the earth whatever is no longer needed, knowing it will be safely handled. The root chakra spins to form a funnel of energy and light pointing toward the earth from the base of the spine or, more accurately, the perineum. Polarity work teaches us to relax the perineum - where we hold our energy in; if we're up tight there due to trauma, we can't absorb the energy from the earth or feel grounded.
We also need to feel that we belong to the earth and are bonded to her as the greater Mother. Like a hologram of many levels, we must be grounded to and belong to the smallest level up to the greatest - from tribe to universe. It is the slowest of all the chakras spinning at the frequency of red light. Rubies emit the same frequency. The root chakra governs survival: eating and eating patterns, sleeping and sleeping patterns ( both security issues), conservation of the species, self preservation. It governs our basic instincts - it's associated with the adrenal glands - the fight or flight response that comes into play instinctively to protect us if we're under threat. It deals with physical energy and the will to live, the ability to receive joy from life, to have vitality.
If the root chakra is closed, we have a totally different quality of sexual pleasure that's only available when the root chakra can give us the stability to let go with complete abandon. An open base chakra gives us the ability to soar to the heavens in ecstasy (supports 7th chakra spiritual visions and energy, astral traveling, in this way as well) but remain whole and safe to return here when we are ready. It is symbolic of a parent to a 2 year old child who goes off to explore but comes racing back to see that it's still safe.
The root chakra can be seen in this way as the Divine Mother energy, which is how the Tree of Life sees it. Shekinah (10th Sefirot) means Divine presence and represents the feminine spirit of the earth akin to Gaia - the grounding life force, feeding all that is alive. The first chakra deals with lessons related to the physical world. The sacrament of Baptism is to receive or bestow an expression of grace representing gratitude for one's life in the physical world.
The energy content of this chakra is tribal power. Archetypally, the word tribe connotates group identity, group force, group will power, and group belief patterns. It is our connection to traditional family beliefs that support the formation of identity and a sense of belonging to a group of people in a geological location. To be part of a tribe is a primal need - to be completely dependent for one's basic needs is as physical as it gets. Being part of a tribal energy, the root chakra sets us up to experience outer authority. We are connected to mass consciousness, and we experience an outer, not an internal, center of gravity. The first chakra is the family we are born into; ancestral patterns; DNA. Because of this, the root chakra is the foundation of mental and emotional health, and due to this the tribe and or family has a need for logic, order, and structure . The root chakra lesson is all about how we handle being in a group identity. As part of a tribe, we experience the power of sharing a belief system and a moral code with other people.
Love has its roots here and manifests as learning loyalty, a code of honor, justice, and tribal support - loving our own kind. We learn how to live honorably with one another, and how to bond. The Sefirot of Shekinah teaches that we must first honor our families and all human communities to ascend in spiritual truth.
In the Tree of Life, Shekinah is The Divine consciousness that creates and protects the mystical community of Israel. In the symbolic perspective, it is the Divine consciousness that creates and protects all tribes of the human race. The sacrament of Baptism to "do unto others as we would have them do unto us" is about respecting all of life on this earth and to live honorably as a member of the human tribe.
In The 1st Sacrament: Baptism represents a family accepting physical and spiritual responsibility for a child they have brought into the world. This sacrament symbolically alerts us to honor one's biological family as sacred and tells us that our family was divinely chosen as the appropriate tribe from which to begin one's life journey. By fulfilling these 2 commitments: (1) accepting that our family is divinely chosen for teaching us the lessons we need to learn in this life and (2) we commit ourselves to living honorably as a member of the human tribe, we baptize ourselves and honor our own lives.
Our challenge as spiritual adults is to accept symbolically, fully, and gratefully, the family into which we were born. It also represents honoring your family and yourself by forgiving the family members for any pain they caused you during your childhood. The power contained in such forgiveness is precisely the power that heals the body. We learn the truth of the 1st chakra's universal life lesson that "All is One" through experiences connected to group dynamics. We are connected to all of life and we learn through the energy of this chakra that every choice we make and every belief we hold exerts influence on the whole of life.
Accepting and acting accordingly to the spiritual truth that All is One is the challenge of this chakra. Your bond to your physical family is symbolic of your connection to everyone and all that is life. Violating this energy bond, such as considering those who are different from us as being less than us, creates conflict in our spirit and therefore within our physical body. So, although we begin life and have our roots in the 1st chakra to family and tribe, we only begin our life journey here - but this lesson holds the seeds for the entire journey, and that is why some consider the root chakra to be the most complex of all the chakras: we cycle back, we come full circle , like the infinity symbol that has no beginning and no end, because when we arrive and deal with the truth of the 7th chakra, we once again learn that all is One, only this time we have chosen to arrive there in full consciousness in our own individuality. It's all about remembering who we really are, and this begins at our tribal beginnings.
One of the ultimate lesson of the first chakra is that we must shift our faith in order to see that the only real justice is Divinely ordered, to see God's reasoning and what happens as Divine plan, not as human punishment or tribal law - seeing our tribal circumstances as "arranged by God" to promote spiritual advancement.
In order to move from human to Divine authority we must evolve beyond misperceptions that contradict the truth "All Is One". And, ultimately, although many people in a tribe or family forget this, the whole purpose of a tribe or parents is to give you roots so that you can fly to the freedom of developing your personal power - ultimately - enlightenment. It urges us to become all that we are capable of being, governing our drive to care for and nourish ourselves and to keep ourselves fit. In this way we are able to deal with whatever life sends our way and to prosper. It is our motivation to earn a living in order to live well, and our ability to manifest what we need. It assures us of the gift of good judgment, a tool necessary for survival to avoid danger, while still allowing us to be adventurous and to take risks.
The root chakra reminds us of who we truly are (All is One) - that we are essential to the overall plan, that we are part of the universe: amazing, magnificent beings with a physical body, a body that we must value and for which we are responsible.
The body houses the spirit, emotion, and intellect - it is visible evidence of our incarnation, from spirit into form, and we occupy it in order to work through whatever we came to learn. It interprets the physical world through a complex nervous system and our 5 physical senses. This chakra orients us in time and space and to our 5 senses. Trouble with a sense of direction can be a root chakra difficulty. Being sense oriented, it gives us literal, not symbolic interpretations of the world. It prompts us to acknowledge our innate beauty and our unique worth. It gives us focus, discipline, and a sturdy base from which to explore ourselves and our world. If parents are too protective, which indicates that their root chakra is damaged giving them little sense of security, it can cause damage to their child's root chakra. The root chakra prevents us from scattering our energies to the wind. We are part of nature and fit into it as perfectly as the sunset, a waterfall, or the deer in the forest. Being out of touch with this 1st chakra truth creates environmental disasters, waste, abuse, separatism and and an arrogance that we as a species have more right to the planet than anything else.
If we use symbolic understanding, we recognize that the immune system is equivalent to the protection and love of the family. It protects us from harmful influences. When we dishonor our family, speak badly or abusively of them, we are in fact actually attacking our own immune system. We are our family, as All is One. To attack them, or even the larger family of humanity, or any part of life, is to destroy our own immune system. Most immune disorders are the immune system attacking itself. Members of a family attacking itself. Anyone know anyone with an immune disorder? What's their relationship to their family or society at large?
You know, we all collude through woundology, the non productive habit of sharing our wounds with one another, of sharing our tough childhoods, either blaming our families, or making fun of them - but we're really only damaging ourselves when we do. It's become an accepted mode of conversation to make fun of our parents - but looking symbolically and energetically at what it does, it violates the truth of the 1st chakra. The spinal cord which is the channel for life force energy, and what supports us in life (our tribal energy/ family) rests in the pelvic basin, in our root. The base of the spine is where we connect to ancestral energy. If we dishonor that, what do you think happens to the spine, or our backs? Anybody here have back trouble?
Rape, sexual abuse , incest, are all distortions that begin in the 1st chakra. When one has a belief that we are not all one and that you can't trust your tribe, or that you must compromise yourself, prostitute yourself in some way, or give away your power to gain security, you will be operating from a damaged 1st chakra. These beliefs will damage and distort the energy of this chakra as it goes against the first life lesson: All is One. Think about Global warming - the ozone which protects us is the planet's immune system - and it is being attacked due to all the misuse of the planet, the harm to her body and the attack of life going on on the planet. Irrespective of the way we contribute to the earth, we become aware that our contribution is essential and unique. We affect the delicate balance of all life. This chakra. gives us the energy to do what we do well.
Methods and exercises to heal the First Chakra:
Raising the Kundalini
Over the centuries, mystics have described the immense power of the root chakra by likening it to a snake or a dragon, the kundalini, which lies coiled, asleep within the pelvis. It waits to be awakened only when spiritual development is sufficiently advanced to allow us to cope with its power. When the kundalini begins to rise, its energy can travel quite rapidly within the central energy channel, the shushumna, up the whole length of the spine, passing through every other chakra on its way. It emerges, when raised appropriately, at the level of the 7th chakra, having cleared and revitalized the whole system, bringing enlightenment and spiritual freedom. The crown center and all those in between can be open and functioning without the raising of the kundalini having occurred.
However, in practical terms, a sign that the first chakra is open and the kundalini has risen is that the person has true charisma, not to be confused with charm. Light power. It's a quality which encompasses a strong sense of self with good esteem and self worth, but without conceit or arrogance. Pure prana. Charismatic individuals attract others with their power and light, while healing energy flows from and around them. This individual has perfect balance in the other chakras too and is blessed with humility since the power is spiritual and does not come from ego.
Much has been written about the dangers of attempting to raise the kundalini prematurely, and there is a need to respect the extraordinary power of this base center. Premature raising of the kundalini has accounted for some episodes of disturbed behavior which are often mistaken for psychosis. Admittedly, the shock of a rapid and sometimes explosive opening of all the chakras without the right support and expertise can result in distressing behavior and physical harm. If the spiritual nature of the experience is missed (and if a person is strongly medicated the chances of this are greatly increased) the healing, recovery, and further development can be obstructed or delayed. Some powerful healing and grounding usually can help in these situations.