First Chakra Say . . .

I went dancing tonight. Feeling rhythm, shaking my ass, feeling my feet on the ground – that’s first chakra stuff (that leads to second chakra, etc.) Sometimes dancing is what you need to survive – to wanna keep on going . . .

Chakra 1: Muladhara ~ Root • Survival • Tribal Power • The Right to Have, To Be • Earth

IMG_0959The 1st chakra is our energetic body foundation. Without a strong sense of grounding, we have a difficult time in the physical world. This is where our most basic needs get met, and development of this chakra begins at birth (some say before birth, when we choose to manifest on the earth plane), with the most rapid development happening in the first few years of our lives. If we felt safe and nurtured growing up, we have a good chance of having a balanced first chakra. If we had dysfunctional families, we might need to do a little work (or allow ourselves a little play) to feel safe, grounded and balanced.

The first chakra is also about our connection to our “tribe”. The first tribe being our families, then perhaps school, friends, work, country.  The tribe helps us to build our foundation.  The tribe should eventually help us to create relationships with others and to build a strong sense of self.

First Chakra Quotes:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn

“Welcome to the world—I’ve been waiting for you!” — John Bradshaw

“Happy Birthday!”

“I CELEBRATE myself,
And what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me
as good belongs to you.” — Walt Whitman

“When I was five years old my mother told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

“Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.” ~Charles Chaplin

“STAY IN SHAPE! SOMETIMES A MUSICIAN WAITS FOR A GIG, & WHEN IT COMES, HE’S OUT OF SHAPE & CAN’T MAKE IT.” – Thelonious Monk

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”  ― Charles BukowskiWomen

“Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.” ~ Alice Walker

hoodoo you love? what’s your magic together?

How do the people in your life influence you? What is your role in your relationships? How do you influence the people in your life?

holy hand chakra - Shiva

holy hand chakra – Shiva

Below is an excerpt from a post on Writing the Energetic Body called now that you’re all grown up, who is in your tribe?

Think about the five people (human or animal or vegetable) with whom you spend the most time with right now. Who are they? Do you deliberately spend time with them? Are they your loved ones? What about the people you work with? Do you have children? Basically, what is your relationship with these people? Are your relationships satisfying, inspiring, and vibrant? What is your choice in having these relationships – do you feel you have one?

Check out the rest of the post here.

First Chakra – The Right to Exist

“Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.” ~Charles Chaplin

seeing beauty

Invitation to Write Past the Mind and into the Chakras

I’ve been dreaming chakras! Must be because my next online workshop is coming up in a little less than two weeks—they’re trickling into my subconscious.

Often, to write powerfully, even if only for ourselves, we have to move past what we “think” we should write. Have you ever asked yourself what your fears are about writing?

Energy (c) holly troyYou don’t have to share your work with anyone, but if you are “dying” to tell a story and are afraid, chances are there is a part of you that is suffering for not letting it out.

  • Are you ready to let go of your intellectual understanding of what is “socially acceptable writing” and allow yourself to really say what you need to say?
  • Are you ready to let writing move through your body, into your energetic being, and trust what it’s saying to you?
  • Are you ready to release memories (or make up new ones), blocks, and sticky spots?
  • Are you ready for non-judgmental feedback, compassionate communication, and encouragement?

If you said “yes” to any of the questions above, then you are ready to participate in Writing the Energetic Body.

The cost for the 28 Day Workshop is $72.00

Register for Writing the Energetic Body here.

Invitation to Write Past the Mind and into the Chakras

I’ve been dreaming chakras! Must be because my next online workshop is coming up in a little less than two weeks—they’re trickling into my subconscious.

Often, to write powerfully, even if only for ourselves, we have to move past what we “think” we should write. Have you ever asked yourself what your fears are about writing?

Energy (c) holly troyYou don’t have to share your work with anyone, but if you are “dying” to tell a story and are afraid, chances are there is a part of you that is suffering for not letting it out.

  • Are you ready to let go of your intellectual understanding of what is “socially acceptable writing” and allow yourself to really say what you need to say?
  • Are you ready to let writing move through your body, into your energetic being, and trust what it’s saying to you?
  • Are you ready to release memories (or make up new ones), blocks, and sticky spots?
  • Are you ready for non-judgmental feedback, compassionate communication, and encouragement?

If you said “yes” to any of the questions above, then you are ready to participate in Writing the Energetic Body.

The cost for the 28 Day Workshop is $72.00

Register for Writing the Energetic Body here.

“The Art of Receiving” ~ Heart Chakra Love

Often when we become stressed, we put an extra burden on our bodies by cutting ourselves off from what we are feeling so that we can just “get through” the stress. Financial problems, work issues, and disharmonious relationships can really shut us down, not to mention reading or watching way too much news.

I received the article The Art Of Receiving in my inbox from Marie Manuchehri yesterday. In the message she talks about the heart or fourth chakra. She says:

The fourth chakra receives the highest amount of energy, in the form of abundance, for the human body. Reception occurs at the back mate of the chakra, right in-between your shoulder blades.  When this chakra is open—its normal state—and allows energy in, it receives health, love, joy, and wealth. Many people refuse to receive, and energetically block this chakra, withholding deserved abundance and healing.

Considering that the heart chakra receives the highest amount of energy in the human body, it’s a good idea to keep it open and flowing. Check out Marie’s website for exercises for helping the heart chakra receive energy and to keep it from leaking energy.

pebble form roman's altar - the amazonI went to a talk by Marie a few months ago after reading her book, Intuitive Self-Healing: Achieve Balance and Wellness Through the Body’s Energy Centers. I found that just by reading her experiences with energetic healing that my reiki practice deepened — her story (she was an oncology nurse before she became an energetic healer, and her story is fascinating) helped me let go and listen just a notch more deeply to my intuition, especially while working with clients. And her chakra exercises and meditations are really effective; the results are profound.

In person, Marie’s vibe is very down-to-earth and caring, plus, her presence just made me smile. I couldn’t help it! She is from Seattle, and I’m going to take a workshop with her when she comes through Phoenix next month. I can’t wait!

Check out Marie’s article on the heart chakra, and check out her site to see if she is coming to a city near you. She is worth seeing in person if you can swing it. 

If you want a heart chakra meditation, here’s mine: Sending Love to the Universe and Back

One Must Forget Much to Live Here – recommended reading

My friend Bradley Olson and I used to have conversations about place and memory and earth and healing and life in the ghetto and life in the mountains and mythology and Joseph Campbell—during the moments before and after yoga classes and in between his appointments while we both worked at Mountain Waves Healing Arts Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. I miss our chats, some of which were astonishingly profound.

Recently he wrote a brilliant essay called One Must Forget Much to Live Here that brought me back to our conversations. Dr. Olson is a Depth Psychologist, and his ideas regarding emotional healing (and haunting), extend beyond homo sapiens and to the world around us. Indeed, he argues, place itself holds memory and energy, which, shape the very landscape of our lives.

A small piece of his essay below, which basically says when a traumatic event happens, there must be healing among the people as well as the place (Earth, the Mother), lest the trauma get passed on to the next generation(s).

One of the most salient lessons of the 20th Century has been the growing awareness that where atrocity has happened, acknowledgment of the terrible events through an act of contrition must be undertaken in order to facilitate healing among people. Less salient is the awareness that just such atonement must occur in relationship to the land as well. I have come to believe that if events are not properly memorialized, if they are repressed or suppressed or dismissed, the sufferings of all those involved (especially the wounded landscape which has literally absorbed the blood, and spiritually taken in the trauma) continue to live on in that geographical space—in the earth, herself—and subtly, unconsciously, influence those who currently occupy that land. The wounded landscape itself reaches out to those of us who occupy it by making its own memories, emotions, and traumas seem to be our own. It whispers to us its story, a story we notice first in the form of vague feelings, disturbing dreams, uncanny sensations, and dimly perceived shadows; feelings, sensations, and shadows we are obliged to recognize and honor if we are to understand and heal ourselves and our land.

This is a very thought-provoking piece – I recommend you take the time to read it.

Then, “Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.” (Shakespeare)