The energy in your body talks to you daily, are you listening?

The interface between mind and body is energy. It is energy that enlivens both mind and body, allowing them to connect. The body runs that energy through its cells, its muscles, and converts it into action. The mind, both conscious and unconscious, holds the programs that tell the body how to channel that energy – when to hold it in, when to let it out, how to coordinate a task, and how to heal oneself.

The memories we hold in our minds – such as feelings when we where unsafe, unworthy, or compelled to accomplish Herculean tasks – all run energy through the body in particular ways, creating either repression or overload. Bringing this into balance requires understanding the programs that are running us, and simultaneously getting down into the deeper structures in the tissues that have been hardwired for these programs.stone-balance.png

Pulling together, the seven chakras, form a systematic link between the earthly orientation of physical survival, through the egoic realms of interpersonal relationships, and into the spiritual realms of transcendent consciousness – seeing them all as integrated steps along a continuum. To work through the chakras is to also work through that vital interface of mind and body, and spirit. Chakra_System2.gif

There are many systems for working the interface between mind and body with use of the the chakra system.  Dance, movement, yoga, and martial arts, are all forms of somatic therapy. All can be used as healing modalities to enrich our experience in the world, and help to “get us out of our heads,” and more into the body. All provide a simultaneous spiritual experience – but one that is grounded in the body rather than intellectual abstractions.

Now trauma can be a strong word, so I should clarify this isn’t just a book about dealing with the energy system of people who have been abused (for an example of trauma), but traumas include various disruptive events that all of us have experienced some of. Premature birth, physical injury, emotionally dominating or absent parents, continual criticism,

Table 1 illustrates a snap shot of the Charka system with associated: colors, location, bodily glands, and evidence in the form of body malfunction that we have our chakra is not at optimal state.    (Adapted from: Anodea Judith Ph.D.’s Eastern Body, Western Mind (2004) and Wheels of Life (2009); Rudolph Ballentine M.D.’s Radical Healing (1999) )

Name
Color
Location
Associated Endocrine gland(s)
Evidence of  malfunction
Emotional Traumas
Muladhara
Red
Perineum
Adrenal
Obesity, anorexia, sciatica, constipation
Abandonment, rejection, safety
Svadhisthana
Orange
Sacrum
Gonads
Sexual problems, urinary trouble
Sexual abuse, relationship pain, body shame
Manipura
Yellow
Solar Plex
Pancreas
Digestive troubles, chronic fatigue, hypertension
Boundary violation, symbiosis, Engulfment, Disempowerment
Anahata
Green
Heart
Thymus
Asthma, coronary disease, lung disease
Shame, Self-hatred, Unresolved Grief/ Loss
Vissudha
Blue
Throat
Thyroid
Sore throats, neck and shoulder pain, thyroid troubles
Silenced, Ignored, Secrets necessary for Safety
Ajna
Indigo
Brow
Pineal
Vision problems, headaches, nightmares
Intellect strongly encouraged while inner knowledge discouraged
Sahasrara
Violet
Top of head
pituitary
Depression, alienation, confusion
Concepts of a judgmental or punishing God

 

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