Root to Crown and in Between
You’ll find a common theme in my writings—Chakras. That is because I base my life’s existence around them. Chakra in Sanskrit means “wheel” and they refer to the energy centers in your body—Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. The goal is to have each center open and balanced. They reflect our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. If it calls to you, I ask you to connect to this practice.
Connection is vast, but what if we made it simple?
Connect to Earth
Her feet are bare as she walks into her calm. She finds solace in the forest, the dirt beneath her feels like home. With deep breaths and intentional exhales—she connects. “Earthing” is connecting to the Earth’s electrons. It has been proven that going barefoot in nature can not only aid psychologically, but can also boost your immune system amongst other health benefits. Earthing (or grounding) is so exciting to me! It’s confirmation that we’re all connected not only to one another, but most importantly to the Earth!
We’re all guilty of slipping away from simplicity from time to time. We’ve been force-fed electronics and taught that the way to get closer to one another is via apps on our phones. We’re taught to stay inside and watch TV, as opposed to getting outside and enjoying nature. In the days before social media, video games, and the internet, think of how much more connected we actually were. Connected to one another in person or via phone calls rather than through texts. Connected to Earth by being outdoors instead of in front of screens. Connected to ourselves by not needing the reassurance of others to “like” our posts, we simply “liked” ourselves by doing what made us happy and not comparing it to others.
We tend to make things more complicated than they are. How can we get back to our roots and connect with Earth?
We can unplug.
We can keep it simple.
Find yourself some dirt or grass.
Take your shoes and socks off.
Stand (or sit) and let your body soak in the Earth’s gifts through the soles of your feet.
There are many times I find myself anxious and the continuous answer is to “get outside” and “get your feet in some grass”. This practice saves me regularly. Get outside and connect to the rooted love that the Earth has to offer.
Connect to Each Other
“With apps this good, who's got time to make friends?” - Macklemore
There’s something to be said for sharing energetic space with another. Gathering with our friends has certainly been harder during covid. Missing that human connection took its toll, in numerous ways, on all of us. I don’t want to hate on technology and the gifts that it offers. It certainly provides immense support when needed, and I have abundant gratitude for that. I just want to remind you to make it a point to “log off” more often than you might already.
Over the past year and a half, I’ve discovered I’m more of an introvert than I realized. Maybe it was a forced realization, but it’s new to me regardless. I’ve always been one to make new friends easily, whereas now I find myself wanting to retreat more and more. Maybe it’s the way of the world these days. Maybe it’s simply that I’ve found peace in not putting myself out there so much. Either way—it’s affected my joy. I was talking to my therapist about it this week and said, “I miss that part of myself.” She kindly reminded me that not everyone will be “my people” and that I can still have connection without commitment. I loved that advice so much that I’ve posted it to my mirror. Reminding me to stay connected to others because I do love people.
“There is so much peace to be found in people’s faces.” - Kae Tempest
I’ve listened to this on repeat for months. Their way with words wraps me up in a cozy blanket of remembrance. Have a listen?
Kae Tempest - People's Faces (Audio)
We need to connect to people in order to have a well-rounded human experience. Say “hello” to strangers, make eye contact, hug when you’re called to, make someone smile when you can, find your people, and laugh together.
Connect to Source
“I don’t care what you believe in, as long as you believe in something.”
This is a phrase I use regularly with my clients as a Crystal Healing Practitioner. They could worship a chair and that would be fine by me. For me, I find strength in believing that there is magick all around us. As we float along on a big ball in the atmosphere, I want to stay curious. I want to hear what others believe because I certainly don’t have all the answers. What I do know is that there is something much larger than you or I, and I want to give gratitude to that while remaining open to what could be. I’m not here to judge anyone’s beliefs—you are free to believe in what you choose to believe in. We are minuscule in the grandness of the Universe—we must give thanks for our existence. We can do so by connecting to Source (God, Goddess, Great Spirit, Buddha, Allah, etc). You don’t have to be religious to have gratitude for the magick that is surrounding you. You simply need to connect to the energy that created you.
Quiet your mind.
See a white light as it enters the crown of your head.
Breathe it down through your body and exiting out your feet into the Earth.
By doing this, you are connecting to Source and grounding into the Earth. The love that is often sought after in religion is already within you. Please remember this.
Connect to Self
The most important connection of all (in my opinion) is your connection to your own self. Being aware of the impact your existence has on this planet can shift the direction of your life and acknowledging that we’re all here to learn and grow directly gives empathy and compassion a seat at your table.
It’s important to think outside of yourself. Compassion and Empathy are fundamental, but we have to get right on the inside so that we can properly give the love that we want to receive ourselves.
Ask yourself: “Why does this emotion come up when _____ happens?” Then listen, without ego. There is no wrong answer. I’ve spent a lot of time in this space trying to better understand why certain things “trigger” me, and I have to tell you, it’s a beautiful unfolding. Certain moments in our lives leave imprints on our perceptions. Energetic ties in our memory banks. It’s those moments that ultimately create our current realities.
Everyone has something to heal. Connect to yourself so that you can get the most that this world has to offer. Dig deep within and ask yourself “What do I want from this life?” Then make a plan.
When you love yourself, you love your life. Not vice-versa.
In case nobody has told you today, you are worthy of all that is beautiful.
Even if we don’t set intentions to connect—we are all still connected. Intertwined in this beautiful web of life. I to you, and you to me, and each of us to the stars. Let’s make it a blessed party of love, shall we?
About the Author:
Born and raised in West Virginia, you'll find Heather's heart outlined in the Appalachian mountains. She has strong passions for writing, healing, and music. She has spent much of her life spreading the message of ‘loving without conditions', all the while kicking up dirt - barefoot and dancing. While she has been an Energy Worker for over 15 years, a self-published author, and a business owner - Heather's truest love lies in being a mother...her continuous reminder of unconditional love and heartfelt laughter.