I've assessed and treated countless people’s chakras using the SPECTRA Chakra Balancing® System. Certain similarities and patterns have emerged amongst them and I’d like to share some of my findings. Let me start by saying, although each individual is different, there are definitely a number of common, almost predictable, patterns that I see over and over. So, let’s dive in!
The first and most common chakra to be off balance is one that I have already written about in detail in my previous posts “Why this chakra gives me so much trouble" and “Energy medicine techniques for dealing with anxiousness, nervousness, or just feeling unsettled”. And this chakra is the Black Chakra, often referred to as “the Foot Chakra” or “Earth Star”. It's probably the most well-know additional chakra outside of the widely recognized 7 chakras.
Without a doubt this is the most common chakra that I see people having issues with.
And, the reason is: in our modern day and age we are extremely overstimulated making it very hard to stay grounded, which is the Black Chakra’s most major role. Factors adding to a Black Chakra imbalance are caffeine and sugar addiction; excessive mental and intellectual engagement as we process the constant stream of information and advertising being directed at us; and a general bombardment of the senses from electronic devices, harsh artificial lighting, distracting noises and more.
My clinical observation suggests a nutritional deficiency of minerals may also be at play. Minerals are desperately needed to keep the Black Chakra chakra strong, support our nervous system, and keep our energy properly grounded. Sadly, minerals are severely lacking in our diets due to modern agricultural practices.
Even further compounding the imbalance in the Black Chakra, most people are depriving themselves from an adequate amount of what acupuncturists refer to as “yin activities”. These are activities that allow us to rest, recover, and rejuvenate from the wear and tear of our active lives.
These include practices such as meditation, tai chi, various forms of relaxation including massage, enjoying nature, vacation, and just simple rest. These types of activities are imperative for a balanced life. As we settle ourselves and embrace these nurturing experiences, energy will naturally fill into the Black Chakra.
The second chakra that I wish to discuss is also, let’s say “offbeat” from the traditional 7 chakras that you may be familiar with.
It is the Green Chakra. You may be thinking, oh the Green Chakra, that is the Heart Chakra. This is the common belief, but I disagree. There are actually two energy centers located in the chest, one is green and the other is a light pink. I believe that the light pink energy center is the chakra that relates to the heart, and that the green energy center actually relates to the liver.
Before we go into the specifics of why this chakra is often challenged, let’s look at the liver’s role and functions from a couple of different perspectives. From the traditional western approach, we all understand one of the primary functions of the liver is to metabolize and remove toxins and pollutants that enter the body.
But, what most people probably don’t know is that Oriental Medicine’s perspective of the liver’s functions is quite different. Oriental Medicine views the primary role of the liver as being in charge of circulating the qi in the body. That’s right, “qi,” or "chi" -- the primordial life-force energy of all living beings.
If you are unfamiliar with Oriental Medicine, you may not be aware how vital it is that this life-force energy circulates properly throughout the body. A few telltale signs that the flow is less than optimal include an elevated stress level, irritability or anger, difficulty sleeping, digestive difficulties, and even pain.
Let’s get back to the reasons that this chakra is often found in a less than optimal state.
First and probably most obvious: we are being bombarded with toxins in modern society. The most direct route of exposure is the food and drink we consume daily (unless you are one of the few who enjoys a predominantly organic diet). Many people drink water that is far from pure. Most use household and personal care products that are full of harmful chemicals.
Even with our best efforts, a certain level of chemical exposure is guaranteed with the air we breathe, the surfaces we touch, and even the modern “medicines” that many individuals rely on. Factor in addictions such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and is it any wonder why the Green Chakra might be a little challenged?
Now from a Chinese Medicine standpoint, the issue is that the liver is unable to circulate the qi, and it becomes stagnant. Can an excess of toxins in the body hinder the liver from carrying out this critical function? Absolutely!
Some other causes of stagnant qi include: a lack of adequate physical activity; sitting in front of a computer or in traffic; having a job or relationship that displeases you; any personal emotional difficulties; even eating rich, greasy, or heavy foods can impede the free flow of qi. Basically, anything that makes you feel constrained, upset, or negative can lead to qi stagnation.
Over time, a person may end up just feeling increasingly stuck in more and different ways. This is a Green Chakra issue. It is the liver that is in charge of getting that qi unstuck and moving again. We can assist it by addressing and rebalancing the Green Chakra. It’s no wonder this chakra is associated with natural healing and rejuvenation!
So, those are the top two chakras I find myself working with in my practice. Could your black or green chakras use some rebalancing?
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