Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chakra Shower

The chakra shower is a wonderful watery way to learn about the chakras. A warm shower is the perfect tool to use to physically visualize the chakra system on the back of the body. The chakra system is a key to physical health. By taking time each day to bring the mind to the chakra system, you will energize your entire body through the energetic centers of your anatomy that is invisible to the naked eye.

Stand in a shower with a strong jet stream. It is helpful if the water pressure is good and that the water is rushing out of the showerhead and not falling in an arc as in a waterfall. With the water spraying down in a comfortable temperature, face away from the water and aim the stream at the area of the sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of the spine. Let the water pour down and into the sacral chakra area. Breathe into the experience, clear your mind and bring your attention to the point on your body that is being contacted by the stream.

The sacral chakra is the area of creativity. Imagine you are drawing the energy of the warmth and the pressure of the water into your sacral chakra to feed your creative life. Imagine the energy of the water feeding your pleasure or passions, hobbies or work. Visualize your goals and bring the waters energy to your goals like a current of electricity.

Let the shower stream move up the spine to the area of the solar plexus. The solar plexus chakra is located just below the ribcage on the front of the body. Locate the corresponding area on the spine by imagining a straight line passing through the body to the back. As you become more connected to your chakra system, you may be able to sense exactly where the chakras are by a difference of sensation in the chakras. It is sometimes a good idea to change the temperature of the water in between chakra areas to help the mind reinvest in the exercise.

The solar plexus chakra is the ego center. It is the chakra that holds our personal information. We learn about ourselves through every relationship. Everyone you know and love and even those you don’t are telling you about you. As the water, hits your solar plexus think of yourself as a sun. The kind of sun I first learned how to draw when I was a kid was a big yellow orb with rays coming out as lines from the center. You can use this image or one of your own, but imagine yourself radiating out through the water from your solar plexus chakra and connecting with all the people in your life, and with all the people on the planet.

Let the water, then, move up toward the heart area on the back body. Again, changing the water temperature will reinvigorate the exercise. The chakra areas on the back body are harder to connect to because most sense organs are on the front of the body. The back side of the body is visually harder to see which makes it harder to feel for some people. The use of the water is a helpful tool to connect to these hard to reach areas through the sense of touch.

The heart chakra, as the energetic source of love in the body, is our center for compassion, empathy and affection. Feel the water fuel your love connections. Also, think about those in your life with whom you have difficulty offering love. Let the water flow in the space between you and these others. Feel the warmth and pleasure of the water and hold it in your body as a feeling of love.

Move the water up to the neck or throat chakra. This chakra area is very sensitive to temperature since the spinal cord and major arteries move closely to the skin. Play with your relationship to the water. Let the throat chakra choose the temperature.

The throat chakra is the communication center. Imagine your words flowing in and out of your body on the stream of water. Imagine that the chakra area is actually pulling the water toward it, that it has the power of attraction. Let this inward flow empower your ability to listen to the communication around you. Next, imagine the stream as coming out of your body as the power of your words chosen wisely.

Place the shower stream to the back of your head. This stimulates the third eye chakra. Feel the water flowing against your head as intuitive information. Imitate the functions of the third eye chakra by imagining the water penetrates the back of your head and helpful intuitive information flowing into your mind. Intuition comes to us when our minds are sensitive and receptive. Open to the water stream and imagine yourself absorbing most of the water before it flows down your body.

On your own time, move so that the water rains directly down on to the top of your head. Adjust the water again so that the temperature is slightly cooler than you are now used to and imagine that the water is coming into the body cascading down the insides of the body, cooling the thoughts and filling the body with energy. You could also imagine that the water is actually lifting the body off the ground and pulling the body against gravity.

Turn and face the stream of water. If you wish, move down the front side of the body and stimulate the chakra system from the other side. Position the jet stream to contact the center of the forehead with a nice gentle warm current. Imagine the earlier visualization ideas or try something new. Perhaps imagine that the water is feeding your brain beautiful ideas that will help solve all your problems. Visualize that the water is alive and communicating with you. Listen to it. Talk to it with your mind. What does it need to tell you?

Move the stream down to your throat chakra. Imagine inhaling the temperature and softness. Move the water down to the center of your chest and imagine the water is melting and opening your heart. Imagine the water is concentrated stream of love reaching inside and holding your heart in the absolute most perfect way possible.

When you are ready, let the water move down to the solar plexus, a few inches below the bottom of the rib cage and equidistant to the navel. Don’t forget to move your mind inside each of these centers. Your thought stimulates these centers which in turn stimulates health and peace within the body, mind and spirit. Let the water then fall to the sacral chakra. The area just above the genitals in the front of the body. Play with the water temperature at any time and within any chakra point.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to stimulate the root chakra in most shower stalls. The root chakra points downward between the legs, and between the genitals and anus. A bidet or hand held shower head would be the perfect tools to use to extend the chakra shower to this final energy center.

You may have noticed one chakra area triggered emotion or discomfort. You may feel like returning to one chakra in particular or each again in turn. The chakra shower is a creative process. Experiment and to listen to what your body has to say. There is no way to do this exercise incorrectly.


Blogger momo said...

Love your description of this intimate and interesting exercise Louis....So innovative and accessible. Cant wait to try. Thank you!

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Blogger Karen said...

Found your site through momo's daily dance. The chakra shower fits so perfectly with healing and spiritual work I'm doing. Thank you from Volcano in Hawaii.

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