Last night, following our meditation session, one of the gorgeous women in the circle asked me to give my impression of the healing qualities of certain aspects of nature. For a second I was stumped as to how to respond to such a profound question and then, being the avid seeker and talker I am, I began…
Correction, I took a breath, listened to my inner voice and began.
What was swiftly delivered to me was an understanding I’m pretty sure I’ve never come across before in such simple language. I was shown that the seven primary energy centres in the body (the chakras), each correspond with distinct elements in our natural world and that each element offers specific healing qualities;
The Root or Base Chakra – The earth, rocks, tree roots and trunks, soil, sand and clay. When we need to feel safe, connected to Mother Earth, nurtured and secure, we may benefit from walking with bare feet on the earth, sitting on rocks and boulders, leaning against, hugging or touching large trees or sitting at the base of a tree and resting our spine and head up against the trunk.
The Sacral Chakra – Bodies of water such as, rivers, streams, oceans, ponds, lakes and waterfalls. When we need to replenish our pleasure in our creativity, sensuality and sexuality we could swim in the ocean, bathe in salt water, paddle in a stream or simply sit near flowing water and receive healing from its negative ions and the soothing sound it makes.
The Solar Plexus Chakra – The sun, fire and candle flames. When we are seeking renewed strength of conviction in our personal path, who we are in the world or a boost in the power we have to make our dreams come to fruition, we might gaze peacefully into the focused energy of flames springing from a fire or candle, visualise a golden or violet flame burning strongly at our solar plexus chakra, create a ceremony or say a prayer to connect with the vast power of our sun or write down our dreams and burn the writing in a fire to symbolise creation via destruction of earthly illusions of control.
The Heart Chakra – All the plants and animals. When we need to feel an expanded capacity for loving all, embracing all and knowing true oneness with all, we may benefit from being near animals and the plant kingdom. Being with a beloved animal companion, or taking time to observe the animals around us such as birds, reptiles and insects, acknowledgement equals connection. Nurturing or simply noticing the plants in our garden, touching the leaves and appreciating their miraculous beauty.
The Throat Chakra – The wind. If we are feeling a loss of confidence with expressing ourselves through talking, singing, chanting, crying or laughing and the throat feels restricted or tight we may need a wind cleanse. On a windy day, go to an open field, the beach or a hilltop and walk through the wind. If you are suitably alone and feel the urge to sing, shout, scream or laugh loudly, do it freely into the wind and allow your voice to be carried away and dispersed on the air. Breathe deeply and let the wind cleanse you.
The Third Eye Chakra – The night sky. When we are unsure about where we should be placing our attention, receiving our guidance or focusing our psychic powers, the night sky can give us clarity. Simply go outside in the evening and gaze up at the stars, speak to the moon, the planets that are often visible such as Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter and ask for their guidance, be open, give thanks for the existence of our vast galaxy and galaxies beyond and know that you have access to an immense source of wisdom.
The Crown Chakra – Flowers. Flowers are the crowning glory of the natural world and a symbol of simplicity and complexity bound together in one creative outpouring. Holding a flower or visualising a flower – particularly a rose or lotus blossom – and gazing into its petals, taking in its scent and admiring its perfection is a beautiful exercise in appreciating the ‘world within a world’ reality of our existence and our eternal connection to all living things.
Be fully present in the natural world each day and whatever you need will find you. Enjoy <3