Create the Life You Imagine ~ March 2019
Balancing the Lower Triangle
“Is the universe a friendly place or not?”
This week we will take a look at the first power center that is located in our lower triangle. Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency and color, and as you can see from today’s illustration, the first chakra is associated with the color red. The first chakra is the spark that sets our physical body into motion. It is located at the base of the spine in the area of the tailbone, and is like the root that gets planted in the ground when your soul comes into this human body. This power center is associated with your physical body and your physical vitality, and with your early life caregivers, usually mom and dad.
The first chakra is the power center assigned to safety, security, protection and belonging. Anytime we have an experience that is tied to these issues, the first chakra leaps into action. This power center develops during the first chapter of life when we are completely dependent on the care and protection of our parents, family members and other adults. If we had a circle of supportive adults in our early life that attended to our needs and cared for us with appropriate love and attention, we learned that we matter and that our needs are important. These experiences create positive first chakra energy. The first chakra thrives when it has a firm sense of belonging to a group of safe and supportive people it identifies as its tribe. Our first tribe is our family group, but as we grow our tribe stretches to include our friends, workmates, community allies, and so forth.
The first chakra development is also tied to the time in life when infants discover and master the use of their physical bodies and learn to navigate the physical world. The infant develops a strong sense of physical competence if it experiences physical health and can learn to capably operate its body while learning to crawl, walk, run and so forth. It’s the happy and confident “I can do it” energy of a toddler that is expressing this healthy first chakra power center. A healthy, happy toddler with supportive and encouraging adults learns to crawl and then walk with relative ease. Toddlers learning to walk in these conditions may fall down, but they smile and get right back up and try again. This is the healthy orientation to life we want to develop in our first chakra. We may have experiences in life that knock us down, but we trust the process, get back up and keep moving.
As we explore each of these power centers we can reflect on the experiences we have had in life that may impact these centers, and on the emotions and thoughts that arise from these centers based on our history. The strength of this first power center is that core sense of trust and courage about life that is activated naturally if we have had the right conditions during this developmental stage. It’s that inner sense that whatever life throws us we can handle it. The vulnerability of this center is a core sense of fear or insecurity about life that can develop if our family relationships or early life experiences were less stable or predictable. In this case, that small self voice gets in charge and tells us that we can’t trust life, shouldn’t trust others, or shouldn’t trust ourselves, and we may find we approach life, especially at times of uncertainty, transition or change, with a fair amount of suspicion, trepidation and worry.
We develop a core sense of abundance about life if we believe that life supports us, or a core sense of scarcity if we believe it doesn’t, and the emotional state we choose will drive our choices and actions. It’s hard to feel free, take risks, try new things, follow your dreams or have a grand life adventure if your first chakra doesn’t cooperate. It will keep you feeling unstable, unsure, unsupported and ungrounded. This lack of a core sense of safety and stability might translate into the physical body as high blood pressure, constricted heart vessels, bad ankles, knees, hips, or sciatica. It also is the center that will trigger our “fight or flight” response in response to threat or trauma. All of these physical symptoms are tied to this sense that the ground we walk on is unsteady or unsafe and can’t be trusted. Emotionally this chakra gets attached to those things we believe will keep us safe and alive, including our families, our homes, our jobs, our finances, and our food. When we have physical symptoms or emotional imbalances connected to these issues, we need to take some time to work with our first chakra stories to change our thoughts and restore our sense of trust in the process of life.
The health and balance of our first chakra depends on our inner sense of safety and belonging. It challenges us to answer the question posed by Einstein, “Is the universe a friendly place or not?” If from the ages of 0-5 we were well cared for by safe adults who reliably met our physical and emotional needs and encouraged us to grow and play and learn about our bodies and our world with a sense of safety, security, predictability, protection and care, our first chakra answers that question with a resounding “yes” and moves through life with an implicit sense of trust and courage. If we had more challenging conditions during this first stage in life, our first chakra may operate with a greater sense of caution, insecurity or fear that may keep us feeling off balance, on guard or anxious about life or our ability to handle it.
The key to this exploration is simply to become more conscious of the inner stories that are driving your experiences and your responses to life. Remember that your thoughts create your reality. Every thought has a vibration that attracts experiences to match your thought. Esther Hicks teaches that our thoughts are like pulling up to a fast food drive-up window and placing our order. If you go to a drive through restaurant and order a hamburger, you wouldn’t expect to get chicken at the pick-up window. Your thoughts work the same way. If your first chakra thought says, “life is safe and the universe supports me,” you will drive up to the window and receive experiences that match that order. If your first chakra thought says, “life never works out for me,” you will receive experiences to match that thought.
You can activate your life from the power of each chakra, or from the vulnerability or shadow of each chakra. If you activate life from the high vibration power thoughts of each chakra, you will draw forward experiences that support your highest possibilities. If you activate life from the lower vibration vulnerability or shadow thoughts of your chakra center, you will draw forward experiences that match that lower vibration and may find yourself tripping into more challenging life experiences. As much as possible, you want to activate the power of each chakra center as you navigate life, and heal the stories from your past that trip you into the vulnerability of each chakra center. If you get caught in the lower vibration energy, you simply need to change your thoughts. The hallmarks of healthy and balanced first chakra energy are trust in the process of life and courage and confidence in the face of difficulty. This is the ground you need underneath you if you are going to fully express the light and beauty of your soul. Remember you are never alone in this life and you can trust that your Soul is always there to guide and support you along the way.
Wishing you the blessings and light of the Soul, as you create the life you imagine.
Pay attention this week to the energy of your first chakra. Notice the thoughts about life that emerge from this center. If you often catch yourself getting caught in fear and anxiety, reflect on the early life experiences that may be planted in your first chakra and keeping you off balance. Remember that regardless of what happened in your early life, today you can create the conditions you need to feel safe, supported and well cared for. Here are some healthy first chakra practices:
Surround yourself with a healthy tribe – family, friends, and co-workers who you can depend on to support your highest possibilities;
Take good care of your physical body by getting enough rest, eating nourishing food, and taking time to regularly move your body with stretching, walking, exercise, yoga, dance, or other physical play;
Use a high vibration affirmation to balance your first chakra energy. Here are a few examples of first chakra affirmations. Choose one of these to repeat again and again this week or create your own:
I trust the process of life. I move through changes easily without judgment or resistance. I am open and receptive to the natural flow of my life.
I trust that the Earth is a safe place. The energy of the Earth is strong, gentle, healthy and abundant. I am supported at all times in all that I need and desire.
I trust that love is more powerful than fear. I trust in the good of humanity and in the possibilities of each day. I feel safe in the world.
I trust I can have my needs met. I deserve time, love and attention from those I care about. I attract people and opportunities that make my life feel full and abundant.
Listen to Kate’s song for inspiration to trust your Soul: “I’ll Trust in You.”
Our first chakra is stabilized and balanced by the energy of trust. Listen to Kate's inspiring song, I'll Trust in You by going to the Products Page on my website and just scroll down to the Transcendence CD and click the track to inspire your journey this week. Both of Kate's CD's are available for purchase on that page.