The last post was not even 2 weeks ago and it feels like a year has elapsed since then. The COVID crisis has honestly affected me much less than most people, as I have been isolating at home for the last 14 years and since I moved to Denver, I’m even less social, so hanging out here, going on walks in the neighborhood or local parks, is just kind of a normal thing for me. I have been babysitting more these last couple of weeks, as my granddaughter’s school and daycare are closed and up until this week, my daughter was still working pretty much full time at her large orthopedics practice, where she is a scheduler, back office person, etc.
However, since most of the surgeries they do are elective (knee and hip replacements, etc.) her office is basically shutting down and now she will mostly be at home. Her husband is still working, but they shifted his hours as well. Hopefully, she will be able to file for unemployment and the ridiculous “stimulus package” will go into effect and she will get a little money to help her get by. Twelve hundred dollars. Seriously? That’s barely even a month’s rent…about half of most places in Denver. It’s incredibly stupid that we can give literally billions away to people who’ve never done an honest day’s work in their entire worthless lives and yet the people who struggle and struggle and struggle just to keep their heads above the drowning waters of debt and job insecurity and the risk of one serious illness wiping everything out can’t get a month’s rent. I am really trying to maintain my equilibrium during this whole thing but that just makes me want to drive to Washington DC and slap some politicians.
And speaking of equilibrium, let’s talk about chakras. You probably know what they are, or at least have heard people talk about them. In a nutshell, chakras are energy centers in your body. You have seven of them, from the base of your spine to the crown of your head, and they also correspond with the colors of the spectrum, Roy G. Biv: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
I personally have worked with my chakras for over twenty years. I’ve reached a point where I can tell if there’s some kind of emotional or physical blockage in a particular area of my body. I’ve learned how to focus and meditate on the chakra and what it represents to try to discover the underlying energetic cause of whatever it is that’s bothering me. For me, it’s helped me grow in understanding of how I process things that are stressful to me, how I meet the challenges of this ever more complex world we live in, how I protect myself from emotional and physical situations that could potentially overwhelm me.
When I talk about a “chakra shield” I’m not talking about some kind of magical thing that’s going to stop a virus or a bacteria like Captain America’s shield. No. Let’s be clear. I believe in science. I am doing my best to follow the rules of self-isolation, washing my hands and clothing, disinfecting my house as needed, going out only for necessities, etc. This is what’s going to stop the spread of this thing and I fully believe we will start to see progress in another couple of weeks. If anyone with any kind of influence in DC can stop the idiot in chief from opening things back up on Easter and declaring himself in charge of the “resurrection of America” and we can stay on basic lockdown till the end of April, we might be in decent shape from all this.
What I’m talking about is a tool for your mental/spiritual well-being, your energetic self, if you will. I’ve been using this shield technique for over twenty years, and I honestly can’t remember where I learned it or read it. But it works. I started when I was in a rather toxic work environment and I had pretty much given up trying to change anything and I only wanted to protect myself from the negativity and nastiness that was flying around the office. I did this for about a week and was so surprised at how much better I felt at the end of each day. Then, I didn’t do it and boy, what a difference. These days, I don’t do it every day, but I have this boss that really gets to me, so if I know I’m going to have to interact with her, I most definitely put up a shield.
To start, sit quietly, either cross-legged on the floor or a cushion or in a firm chair that supports your back. Hands in your lap or on your thighs. You can play soft music if you like but a quiet room is good the first couple of times to minimize distractions. Close your eyes and breathe easy, just deep regular breaths. Imagine the base of your spine and the crown of your head opening up, little trap doors or blooming flowers or whatever image works for you. You want to think of a hollow tube running along your spine from your butt to the top of your head, an energy conduit.
Once you can feel or imagine this conduit, starting at the bottom, see the colors of each chakra start to bloom in your body: Red at the base of your spine, orange in your belly/womb area, yellow at the solar plexus, green at your heart, blue at your throat, indigo at your third eye on your forehead and finally, violet at the crown of your head. As you see each color, think about sending it out as a layer over you, wrapping you in a warm colorful bubble, each layer encompassing the last. The image at the bottom is a good one but the bubble will be multi-colored, not just purple.
Once you have done that with all the chakras and you’re inside your lovely bubble, just allow the energy from all the chakras to flow up and down the conduit you opened first. You might feel some warmth or even tingling at the various chakra points (and yes, it’s possible that your feet might fall asleep if you’re not used to sitting cross-legged). Think about a potentially stressful situation you might find yourself in and see any negative energy either bouncing off your shield or being absorbed and transformed by it. Either way, it’s not going to reach you. You are safe inside your glowing energy bubble.
After you have sat for a bit, just feeling the energy move around, you can begin to retract the flows. Working from top down, imagine letting each color sink back into the chakra site, but still flowing in the conduit. Once each color is back at its site, allow the flower or the trap door or whatever image you used to open up the crown and root chakras to close, keeping the shield intact. It has retreated inside, but it is still strong around you.
As you move through your day, take note of how you respond to the various situations you find yourself in. See if you feel a difference. It may take a time or two to get the hang of it, but I can promise if you practice this, you will notice a big difference in your stress levels after a couple of weeks.
Good luck and happy shielding!