Larabeth Guthrie

December 16, 2019

Today’s topic: Journeying Through The Garden Of The Chakras (Part 4 of 4)

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This is the last podcast in this series. One of the main things that I do as we are working through these different chakras is to discuss which of these chakras feels a little more open, which ones are a little more closed off. If you actually focus in on your chakra set, then you will begin to realize what’s working for you and what’s not working. A lot of the times, your intuition about your energy is going to be right. If you have an intuition about something going on in your energy fields, most of the time it is there. That’s why I like for people to work through it on their own and come to the conclusion of what chakras they need to balance at this time. If you haven’t taken the time listen to the last three podcasts, I encourage you to go back and do that so you can kind of get an idea of which of the chakras you need to be focused on.

I. Guided Meditation. Once you know what you need to be focused on, the rest is really kind of a “plug-and-play” formula. So there are obviously meditations that can be done. I talk about this in the class. It’s not something I can get into in any depth here on this podcast. There are all kinds of meditations on YouTube that are guided meditations. They can be kind of helpful. There’s also sound. So even if you don’t have a direct guided meditation that you like, one of the things that you can do is listen to music that is specifically in the frequencies that resonate best with that chakra. It can help to break up any dense areas in the chakra and can help to create flow between the different chakras to create better communication for the chakras. There are all kinds of reasons that I like using sound. I have a friend, Eileen McKusick, and she has a book called Tuning the Human Biofield and it has kind of revolutionized how people view energy work and sound. She works mostly with tuning forks. To me was hilarious when I first heard of it because I’m a violinist and I’ve use the 440 A tuning fork to be able to tune my violin up until digital tuners became more used, but it never occurred to me to try to stick one in somebody’s energy field and find different sections that were off. When I started realizing that was an option–along with putting them on meridian points–it’s a whole nother world that opened up. Eileen is a physicist and it’s becoming more and more clear to people that there is something to all that. So getting into music is a very important piece to that puzzle and getting somewhere further than where you are right now as far as the balance in the chakras. In the class, I work you through some guided meditations that help you come up with some personalized planning as far as your individual chakra needs. But the “plug-and-play” formula is enough to begin seeing some benefit.

II. Nutrition. The next thing is nutrition and you’ll find that there are different foods–different vegetables specifically, we’re looking at a few fruits but mostly vegetables–that will directly correlate with the different chakras. This is mostly done by color. So, red fruits and veggies are going to be your root chakra. Your sacral chakra is orange. Your solar plexus is yellow. Your heart is green. Your throat is blue. The top two are a little tricky. A lot of people will say the third eye is going to be kind of an indigo color– which is kind of a blue purple–and then of course your crown is also purple or violet depending on who you talk to, because it’s kind of the rainbow thing. You’ll have other people that use clear. So when you get into stones and things you’ll see clear associated with either the crown or the third eye chakra. So when it comes to the more ethereal chakras, there’s a little wiggle room there. I’ve talked about it before with the endocrine system and whether the pineal, the hypothalamus, or the pituitary associate with which one of these other chakras. Its little bit more subjective and I think that makes sense since these higher chakras tend to be a little more connected to that ethereal realm. Don’t get hung up on the little details, especially when it comes to the higher chakras. Eating vegetables in general is very good for you. If you up your veggie intake, you’re going to feel better anyway. Doing it in a mindful manner that focuses on which of the chakras we need to balance allows our body to get extra benefits from it.

III. Herbs and Essential Oils. Another thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that the herbs that we intake, the essential oils that we utilize, can all be used in a very beneficial manner for the chakras. For instance, if you have a crown chakra imbalance, then you’re going to be looking at things like the floral scents and the floral herbs—rose, chamomile, etc. If you have a lower chakra imbalance–maybe your root chakra–you’re going to be looking at the root herbs such as chicory, dandelion root, astragalus, etc. A lot of the times when you find an herb coffee, you’ll find that a lot of that stuff is going to be root based which helps with the lower chakras. Especially that root chakra. Easy to remember: root and root herbs. No matter what you have going on, it’s kind of going back to the same thing with the vegetables. If you’re not a hundred percent certain which one is going to be best for you, a lot of the times just drinking herbal tea is good in general. Things like alfalfa, chickweed, etc. Spirulina is one that you would take in a capsule or in a smoothie. There are several different plant-based substances that are high in minerals that our body might not otherwise get. A lot of the times, it can be very helpful to have those kinds of things and to utilize them on a regular basis.

IV. Journaling. One of the things that I encourage people to do is to keep a journal. Start noticing on each day what you have going on. For instance, if every Monday goes bad for you–and a lot of people say that’s just because Mondays suck–most people don’t have such terrible Mondays that they hate Mondays all the time. We may joke about it. We probably shouldn’t because of the mindset stuff. But when you have something go wrong every week on the same day, there is a good reason to start checking that chakra. So start taking notes–this day went really well; this is what I was doing; this is what I ate. Sometimes you’ll begin to realize for instance, that if you’re eating a lot more of the root or heavier foods, then it may be interfering with the higher chakra systems. It may cause you to have an imbalance that causes those days to be particularly frustrating to you. You may be able to adjust accordingly and get yourself back on track pretty simply. The journal thing is very important to me. Sometimes I encourage people to create what I learned from one of my mentors, Andrea Nakayama, is called a “food, mood, poop” journal. You write what you eat, how you feel, and what your bowel movements look like. I know it sounds super gross but just think about it. If your bowel movements change–if they are lighter color, darker color, smell worse, smell better, float, sink, look like rabbit pellets, are almost diarrhea–all these different things can kind of tell us how our body is reacting to the things we eat. Something else that I have found while doing this is, if we think about what day it is, sometimes there will be a correlation on the day and not just the food options. And when that is the case, I start looking at whether there is something going on that day that’s causing a person to have a harder time. Are they going through a lot of stress? For instance, maybe Thursday is presentation day at work and so their bowel movements tend to be more runny. But if there’s not a correlation like that, the next thing we look at is whether or not there is a chakra imbalance. I don’t necessarily jump to the chakra first thing because a lot of stuff is environmental in nature. But sometimes if you just can’t figure it out, that is the next step. The energy, the underlying imbalances can create something where you’ll need to get into some more ethereal realms than what you would normally suggest for something like that.

So we’ve talked about music and meditation. We’ve talked about nutrition, little bit about herbs, and aromatherapy. I’ve discussed different types of journals–kind of a general mood journal and what’s happened throughout the day, and of course the food-mood-poop option that gets a little more detailed. It can also help you figure out some of the food stuff you may have going on.

V. Crystals. The other big category that I like to discuss, especially in the garden of the chakras series, is crystals. Some people think of gardens as plants, outdoor space and taking time to yourself. But there are stones in a lot of gardens. At least, my garden’s got stones in it. That’s why I like to say that the crystals have their place in the garden of the chakras as well. Obviously, the most common chakra-related stone set is going to be the set that matches the rainbow colors. Red–starting with the base chakra like we talked about earlier–going the whole way up to either purple or clear for the upper chakras, depending on how you define it. But there is another layer of crystal that you can consider that associates more with the aspects of the chakras. So you have the color basis–which is a very good system and it can be very helpful–but then you also have other stones that match up with certain chakras based on aspects.

For instance, you’ll see a lot of the darker stones and the heavier stones, like onyx or hematite, associated with the root chakra. They have a very heavy feel and a very grounding effect. It’s something that just kind of roots you to the ground, which of course can be helpful if you’re trying to activate the lower chakra. But then you have things like rose quartz, which is with the heart chakra. Rose quartz is not green. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of the opposite. It’s pink. But the love that is associated with rose quartz–that kind of almost agape feel–is also found as an association with the heart chakra. So, whereas I like to grab my malachite and love on my heart chakra with the malachite, there is also a place for rose quartz at the heart chakra.

It’s the same way with the third eye. I tend to associate amethyst or some of the bluer stones with the third eye. But you don’t necessarily have to associate it with color. The clear quartz is used a lot because then you have clarity in that intuition center. There are all kinds of different ways to associate different crystals to the chakras. We don’t necessarily have the current capacity to be able to say oh this stone is 100% this chakra set or this stone is this particular issue. So when somebody has a stone that works for them, I’m never going to poo-poo the idea. It’s just not appropriate. It’s not our place to tell somebody that a stone is not working for them. Because clearly is, if they are continuing to utilize it. Now that’s not to say that we can’t add another stone to it to amplify the effect. But we definitely don’t want to try to tell somebody that something isn’t working, especially if they clearly think that it’s working for them. It may not have worked for you, but you may not have the same energetic pattern than that they have.

VI. Muscle Testing. I did have a student one time that we didn’t really have a good grasp of what exactly was going on and where. There were so many imbalances in so many of the different chakra systems that we couldn’t just pinpoint one. At the time I was keeping little pendants with different stones in them, and I was trying to figure out which one to send this student home with and so I used muscle testing. Some of you probably know a little bit about muscle testing. For those of you who aren’t aware, muscle testing is something that is that utilizes an isolated muscle to determine whether or not something will make the body stronger or weaker. Now there’s a lot of debate as to whether or not this works well, but I have a mentor who has been doing this for over 30 years and most of what she does is based in this applied kinesiology. And so I do see it work. I see it give people results that you wouldn’t expect as long as you’re doing it correctly. So if you have someone that understands muscle testing well enough to help you test some of these crystals, the muscle testing will work on crystals. And that’s what I did with this person.

I’m not going to sit here and try to in the next 4 minutes discuss too much of muscle testing. But one of the things that you can do if you were on your own is to stand perfectly still, perfectly straight, and you can have several the crystals in front of you–you have to be standing up to do this–and you can pick up a crystal and hold it to your chest. You don’t want to bend for it if you’re picking it up. You want it to be where you can just take your arm to pick it up and hold it to your chest. If you lean in towards the crystal, you need it right now. If you lean away from the crystal, you don’t need that frequency right now. If you don’t really move much, then it’s neutral. At that point, you just need to focus on the positive based ones and not the neutral ones.

The first few times you do this exercise, you’re going to feel like you’re just wobbling no matter what. But you will get to a point where, if every morning you wake up and you have four different stones, you will start to see a pattern. You will naturally, subconsciously, pick the stone that’s going to help you most throughout the day. I do this sometimes with herbs on my own. If I have a head cold and I’ve got to pick something, I will set four or five of my herbs out in front of me and I will do that system. Now the difference is, I’ve been doing that system for several years and so I trust my herb-based knowledge with that system. I wouldn’t necessarily encourage you to go tomorrow and start trying to put herbs to your chest and assume that every herb that you lean into works for you. There’s a lot more nuance to it than just that. My point is that I see this work and with the right practice you can use it on other things. But for now, maybe just focus on your crystals. If you’ve got a crystal chakra stone set–kind of the worry stone, little flat things–put each one of those to your chest every day and then whichever one you lean into, or you lean into the most, you put in your pocket and you have it is your worry stone for the day. There are all kinds of neat little things that you can be doing to incorporate this stuff.

Hopefully, that gives you a good idea about what you can be doing as far as the chakras and gives you a little bit of a hint as to the kinds of things that we’re going to be doing in class. I know that there are at least two other places that I’m kind of talking with as to whether or not we should do this class or something else. I would love to hear from anybody who’s interested in having it come to their town. If we schedule it right, then that will be a blast for everybody involved.

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