In the process of self-growth and enlightenment, the seven chakras of the energy body play a pivotal role. They are the centres of our beliefs and emotions, and their flow decides who we are, what we attract and how our life opens or remains blocked. While there is a wealth of information and understanding available on each of the seven chakras and methods to balance them, there is a critical gap between this information and the real time workings of our mind. This gap is the understanding of chakra blocks in relation to life patterns, and in relation to our deepest desires and yearnings.
A lot of who we are fundamentally, gets formed during the first 7-8 years of our lives, our beliefs, fears, behaviours and personality. There is some fantastic work by Lise Borbeau on the 5 wounds that form during the early years, and that shape our adult persona. Of these, the 2 original wounds are rejection and abandonment, which in turn create secondary wounds of betrayal, humiliation and injustice.
The understanding of these wounds in relation to the chakras that tend to be blocked is pivotal to any long term, permanent healing and growth. Let’s first illustrate the emotions that relate to the lower chakras. A blocked root chakra causes physical fears and patterns about the basics, the roots – finances, food, home, survival, physical health etc. The emotional belief that manifests all of these is ‘I don’t deserve to be on this earth’; and therefore, a tendency to energetically manifest difficulty with the basics of living. A blocked sacral chakra involves fears and patterns around sexuality, guilt, joylessness and a seriousness of being. All of these stem from a core belief that ‘I have to prove my right to exist, to receive’ making everything tougher and harder.
Both these harmful self-beliefs start with the wound of abandonment. In infancy, or even in the womb if a child is made to feel unwanted by its mother, or if the mother is unable to care for the child, the soul’s introduction to this world is one of fear, anxiety and abandonment. And that forever becomes how the person views and deals with the world. Depending on the degree of the wound, and other family dynamics, this pattern would either create a weak, fearful and clingy person; or an indifferent, aloof escapist. In either scenario, however, the soul’s deepest yearning is to feel a sense of belonging. The belonging that it never received, from the moment of birth. Tracing the patterns of anyone with a core root or sacral block will inevitably lead to a yearning for, and a life lesson of belonging. To forgive people, to courageously allow them to love you and be a part of you, emotional intimacy and building a family. People with a root and/or sacral chakra block will most often find these aspects the most difficult and untenable, either by circumstance or within their own psyche. Their inner most dreams and fantasies will be around making their mark in the world, proving in some indelible way that they deserve to belong here.
If the core blocked chakra is one of the higher ones, either the heart or the throat chakra, the soul’s deepest yearning will always be freedom. The core wound received during the formative years is rejection, either from one or both parents. This usually occurs with critical, over focused and strict parenting. As a child develops and learns about life, when there are too many dos and donts’ imposed, the child grows up constantly feeling wrong in its behavior and therefore, rejected for who he is. The emotional belief that forms is ‘I am not loved as I am. I have to, need to be a certain way, achieve certain things in order to receive love’. And so the heart chakra gets blocked, because the flow of love is conditional to performance and behavior. Sometimes this also causes a throat chakra block, because freedom of expression is so rigidly curtailed and thought through, for fear of rejection and whiplash. This belief creates an adult who struggles with giving and receiving love, is either a martyr or dictatorial and often has patterns of betrayal and disloyalty. At their core, they are yearning for complete and utter acceptance from those around them, almost permission to be themselves. For they fear that if they allow themselves freedom to be, they will be neither loved nor accepted. Their inner most dreams and fantasies are about running away, starting afresh, even suicide in extreme cases – the ultimate freedom.
As you navigate the energy body, either for yourself or as healers, and arrive at the core chakra block, healing can be achieved beautifully by correlating the blocks to either the yearning for belonging or for freedom. Both are inner beliefs and restrictions and true growth will occur as soon as you gift these to yourself. For the lower chakra blocked, the journey is about opening yourself up to connections, to belonging, to stop holding yourself apart for fear of abandonment. And for the higher chakra blocked, the healing process is to grant yourself the freedom to do as you please, to say what you want and to release yourself from the need for external approval and permission.
The middle chakra of the solar plexus is the chakra of control, of power and of faith. This chakra is rarely a core block, but rather symptomatic. It is the action chakra, so will be blocked if rigid control is being applied to protect oneself, or if there is excessive dependence on others. Both these traits are super imposed on the lower or upper chakra wounds. Similarly, the third eye and crown chakras are also connect chakras, blocked as a result of the original flawed belief. A complete denial of your inner self, or a complete denial of a higher power will often block a crown chakra, whereas a conflict in the outer and inner image will result in a third eye chakra block. All three of these chakras are defensive chakras, to protect you from the core wound and from emotional vulnerability.
A great exercise to discover for yourself the truth of these wounds and yearnings, is to observe someone close to you, who has some of the fears opposite to yours, or receives easily what you most struggle with. For eg, if you resonate most with the yearning to be free, and recognize that you have a blocked heart chakra; observe keenly the behavior of someone in your life who feels completely free and loved. You will find that they receive because they never did feel rejected, and so there is no wound to protect. But you will also find that they likely struggle with money, or anxiety about money and the future and have several fears about death, mortality, the supernatural or intimacy. Which you likely don’t.
These are the two yearnings of the human soul, to dream of belonging and to dream of freedom. Heal the chakras to fulfill your soul, or heal your wounds to balance your energies…either way, find the road to your joy!