“To be grounded is to be connected to our emotional-electrical currents, to the waves of our needs and images and the rhythms of actions which comprise our physical-psychic processes: the rhythms of the human and natural ground.”
– Stanley Keleman
Ever hear someone call their body their temple and wonder what they mean by it? The best way to understand is to see our body as a shell or as a home of our spirit. The most rudimentary way we can connect with our spirit, our temple, is to build a solid foundation. All foundations rest upon the earth – the universal ground for all that we do. To connect with the body is to connect with the earth, to be grounded in the biological reality of existence. If our body is home to our spirit, this foundation – or first chakra – situated at the base of the spine is the foundation for the entire chakra system. Without acute awareness and self-inquiry into the first chakra to clear any deficiencies related to survival, nourishment, trust, health, family, home, and prosperity we cannot properly achieve spiritual awakening. Without a strong, rooted foundation, little else can be accomplished.
Without grounding we are unstable. We lose our center, fly off the handle, get swept of our feet, or daydream in the fantasy world. We lose our ability to contain, which is the ability to have and to hold. if we cannot contain, we cannot hold our boundaries and build up inner power: thus we cannot mature. Boundaries allow the hermetic seal necessary for transformation. Without boundaries, natural excitement gets attention and wanders and we appear vague and insubstantial.
The healthy establishment of one’s ground is the essential work of the first chakra, and the foundation for any further growth. Here lies the basic rights of the first chakra: the right to be here and to the right to have what we need in order to survive.
I encourage you to do a little self-inquiry for your self. Grab a pen and your journal to explore the topics related to this first chakra. Where can you name or notice certain deficiencies or excesses in your foundation? Below are a few questions to help you get started with as you journey into the lightness and darkness of your temple.
- What keeps me grounded?
- How do I connect with my physical body?
- How do I feel in my physical body?
- How do I connect with nature?
- What makes me feel secure?
- Where am I safe?
- What gives me sustenance?
- What are my needs?
- Where and how do I find trust within myself and others?
- Do I feel physically nourished and healthy everyday?
Source: Eastern Body Western Mind by: Anodea Judith