The last few years I have noticed that I have had significant transformations occur in my life every time I facilitate a Chakra Workshop. It seems as though everything in our lives can be looked at through this chakra system to guide us in this earthly experience we are having as spiritual beings. Once we have the knowledge and the tools of the system and how to use it, its amazing on we can heal, grow, let go and bring our dreams into existence. The chakras represent aspects of who we are, how and what we think and feel, and our ability to change, grow and transform. Through each charka we gain a deeper understanding about how we experience life, and why we experience it the way we do; how we perceive reality and why; and how we relate to ourselves, others and society.
I am so grateful to be able to share what I have learned about the chakras and my own life, with those who take our classes. I recently have had some huge personal transformations, realizations about myself and my chakras while doing some landscaping and gardening that I would like to share with you. I will make this journal entry simple as I can, without getting into much detail about the chakras and giving away what is learned in the workshops we teach. If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message.
I never really enjoyed gardening/landscaping, and always found myself putting it off or letting it go and get out of control. Once I started seeing the metaphors of gardening in my own life and started to see things about myself from these actions I began to let go of some of the things that were being buried in my chakras that were creating imbalances, illness or suffering.
Most of the landscaping around my yard was put there from the previous owner and didn’t know what a weed was, or what was intentionally planted to grow. Perhaps this is a metaphor for my past life karma, that was there before I moved into this house or body.
For years, in the back yard I didn’t want to know what the plants were and just cut down everything that was between the obvious rose bushes. I was afraid to look within myself to my deep rooted issues. I didn’t pull those plants out, so they came up the following year and I cut them down, without giving it a chance to see what it was.
Years later after coming back from Yoga Teacher Training at the Ashram, I was feeling the energy of all life forms so intensely that I just wanted to let all the plant life grow in my yard, and not be forced by society to keep my yard looking nice, so that’s what I did in the back yard. I even wrote a poem about it, called “The Weed” After allowing them to grow I saw that some of the plants in between the roses were beautiful wild flowers and there were also a lot of weeds or little cottonwoods trees trying to grow. Two houses over there is a cottonwood tree that tries to reproduce with cottonwood seeds flying all over the neighborhood for a couple of weeks in June. I literally looks like its snowing in June which kept me from doing things outside.
The cottonwood tree and not wanting to hurt the plants symbolizes my limiting beliefs or fears of whats preventing me from gardening or looking more within to these deep rooted issues now that they have shown themselves not to be so scary. Some of the issues were a blessing in disguise and some were just unwanted, just like the weeds or plants growing in the back yard. I became overwhelmed and let the back yard grow, just trimming the grass or weeds that have taken over the grass and the concrete when it was really long.
Back yard, may symbolize whats behind me or in the past and front yard whats is in front of me or right in front of my face. My back yard wasn’t really a priority until recently and the front yard was kept up and would have moments of creativity over the years but for the most part just I felt yard work as something that kept me from doing what I wanted to be doing in the now. It makes sense, looking in the future and in the past keeps us from living in the Present moment.
Just recently I found the joy of gardening and landscaping and have much gratitude for the many lessons I have learned about myself in doing so. Gardening in itself is very healing and grounding. When we have our hands and feet in the soil we are connecting to our root chakra, earth energy and grounding ourselves into our earthy existence and connection to all beings. The downward movement or manifesting flow of energy through the chakras is very important to not only create what we envision in our lives, but also to live in this earthy experience in the present moment as spiritual beings. Buddha had moved the energy up the chakras to liberate himself but it wasn’t until he moved the energy downward to the earth that he was at home enlightened to the Love and Light that he was.
The goal is to have my landscaping be clean and easy to maintain in the future. In the front yard I moved the Hosta plants that were on either side of the walkway going to the porch. I moved them because it was really hard to cut the grass where they were. So I expanded the garden in the front yard, digging up the grass in front of the burning bushes to put them there. Almost like expanding my view of possibilities for the future.
In the back yard I start to pull the weeds and the unwanted plants that the previous owner may have planted in between the rose bushes, to make way for easy to maintain plants and garden. As I started pulling up these weeds I started to also pull up some deep rooted issues within myself and within my chakras. My deeply rooted fears of abandonment, fears of not being good enough, attachments, and how I have beaten myself up with my thoughts in the past.
As I pull on these weeds I noticed the roots are spread out and seeds or bulbs starting to grow roots of unknown plants are visible in the soil. I wondered if some of this plant material were not weeds at all, but ground cover purposely planted their. That’s the only thing that I could think of that would spread around like that. Too late though, I already started removing it. As I dug deeper I found more seeds and bulbs growing roots. I realized if I didn’t want this to take over the garden that I would have to dig up most of the soil that these seeds or bulbs were in and create new soil for what I really want to grow to thrive and survive. Very symbolic for letting go of the old to make room for what I want to grow and create in my life. Sometimes you just have to dig deep and remove the ground that supported the old stuff and sometimes you can just pull it out.
The process of getting rid of this old soil with the seeds and soil has not been easy. I don’t want to put it in my compost, then have those roots grow again. I had put some of it in my trash can, and the can was so heavy that the collectors didn’t empty it. So I need to find another solution to get it disposed of. This is very symbolic of what is going on with these issues. There is something to still be learned before I can remove them and the foundation in which holds them within me.
One of the things that I learned from this process was about attachment. Attachments in the spirituality scriptures and books have always been talked about as to create suffering and we need to practice non-attachment. This in itself creates so much duality, illusion and ego. Its natural to have attachments to things here on earth, we are part of the earth and we are connected to all the beings on this earth. However we do have a choice if we suffer from those attachments or not. When we accept that thing we have attachment to for what they are realizing at any moment that thing can change we can avoid suffering and the fear that causes the imbalance in the root and crown chakras.
It seems as though as long as we are on this earth plane we are going to have attachments to things, because it grounds us, it keeps us connected to the earth plane and the root chakra, when fear is not involved with the attachment. Its also something that imbalances the crown chakra which is the center where we cultivate bliss and surrender to what is, and accept, respect, knowing everything is happening the way its suppose too.
It seems as though when we hold on to things too tightly or loosely, that’s when we suffer. It seems as though when we hold on to what we are attached to, too tightly we are grasping in fear based energy. We are holding on for dear life, to it like we are going to loose something if we don’t hold on tight. Perhaps we fear loosing a part of ourselves, our livelihood, our comfort, our safety, or dreams etc. Sometimes when we hold to loosely we may loose the gratitude for that thing and take if for granted, and when its gone or changed then we suffer. If we hold to loosely we could be also be bringing fear based energy of not letting it come in our lives, maybe we have a fear of it taking over or engulfment of loosing the self(which can be never lost) or fear of loosing freedom etc. When we hold too tightly or too loosely it can also bring anxiety which is just projections of fear into the past or the future and not accepting of the now.
I realized that I was holding on to some things, some people, some ideas, desires and plans too tightly because it felt really good to have them in my life. I wanted to keep feeling that amazing, blissful, Love, happiness when these things are in my life or in my thoughts. So I held on to those things too tightly in fear that if I let go a little those feelings would as well. Now I see that all of those feelings were always within me and those outside things, were just mirrors for me to see it within me. When we seek for the bliss and happiness outside of ourselves we tend to suffer because we become attached to that outside object instead of realizing its all within us.
I am still working on this landscaping project so will write a part two when it is finished with even more lessons learned. And photos.
I will leave you with these quotes.
“Most people are searching for happiness. They’re looking for it. They’re trying to find it in someone or something outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way you think.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
“To want something from another is to utterly misunderstand their role in our happiness. Other people are our opportunity to extend what we are.” Hugh Prather
“The purpose of all relationships is to dissolve the barriers that keep us
from recognizing the love that already is, and expressing the love we
ultimately are.” The Breakthrough experience.
“It is impossible to fall out of love. Love is such a powerful emotion,
that once it envelops you it does not depart. True love is eternal. If
you think that you were once in love, but fell out of it, then it wasn’t
love you were in. There are no ‘exit’ signs in love, there is only an
…’on’ ramp.” ~ Anonymous ~♥~
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. …Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” ~ Marianne Williamson
“When you’re in the illusion of one-sided positive or negative experiences, you automatically attract the opposite side to balance you. When you acknowledge lifes perfection by embracing both of its sides you experience unconditional love.” Dr J Demartini
10 thoughts on “Weeding out issues within Chakras”
Thanks Nicole! Indeed! Lovely quotes 2!
Awesome document, well crafted I have to admit.
I never thought of it that way, well put!
Pulitzer prize material there.
You my good friend are a genius
Really good information. Keep up the very superb work.
Enjoy gardening on so many levels, amazing insights Nicole thanks for sharing with us!
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