Everything changes. People, places and things. But how and why is change so important in all of our lives? Austin-based Resonance RepatternIng Practitioner, Mary Schneider, shares her insight on the inevitability of change and how we can best respond to it with ancient knowledge of chakras and acupuncture principles for healing.
Just how does change affect you? The only thing that we can count on with respect to change is that it is the one and only absolute. We absolutely know that it will visit us on a regular basis and will be unpredictably when we least expect it or are even remotely ready for it.
For many of us, change presents challenges because of our early familial circumstances. As children, much of the change we experienced was the result of traumatic circumstances. Divorce, death, illness, and injury are all integral to our backgrounds and each one of these brought its own attendant trials and tribulations that affected our attitude toward and our ability to cope with change.
The other side of the coin is that much of the change we experience lends itself to personal growth with unexpected and unpredictable events that lead us to self-discovery and pathways to self-awareness that we would not have otherwise encountered. Thus, change is the only absolute in a perfectly paradoxical reality that makes it essential to our development as human beings.
After studying energetic medicine for almost twenty-five years, I have become familiar with a number of healing systems that effectively deal with and obviate the stress associated with much of the change in our lives. One such system is the Ayurvedic chakra system. Dating back over 2,000 years ago in India, this system gives us a very detailed description of the existence of our energetic bodies and their influence on how we maintain health and well-being in the human experience.
There are seven chakras in our bodies. Each chakra provides the energy necessary to specific body sensations such as hearing, tasting, and seeing. In addition, the chakras regulate such essential systems as digestion, reproduction, elimination and breathing. The chakras act as step-down transformers regulating the divine energy that enters our bodies from the Crown chakra, the seventh chakra at the top of the head. As the Divine energy moves downward through the body each Chakra steps down the energy to a frequency that can manage the functions of the body.
The chakra most important in the management of change is the first chakra, the earth chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine – the coccyx – and has to do with very basic primal needs like home, family, tribe, security, stability, nurturance, transition and completion – all of these fundamental aspects of experience are handled in this chakra. It is the chakra associated with “Mom” and when it is balanced we are able to cope with the changes that present themselves, stay steady and move on to the next phase of our growth with maximum learning and minimal stress. If we have been through massive change throughout our lives and have not had this chakra balanced, then there are a number of negative consequences for our overall well-being that can occur.
Survival issues are most prevalent in this chakra. The inability to earn enough to live on and/or to complete projects and relationships we have initiated may show up. We have a difficult time with endings and transitions – the stress created by these kinds of events can paralyze our decision-making capabilities and cause us to be stuck in seemingly endless change with no end or completion in sight. We cannot take care of ourselves, let alone others.
But, again, the paradoxical aspect of this chakra is that when it’s balanced we are not only able to deal with change easily and effortlessly, we also welcome it.
The knees are the sub-chakra of the earth chakra. I once had a client who had a persistent knee problem. She had gone through all of the traditional westernized practices plus chiropractic, acupuncture and other alternative methodologies to no avail. She came to me and we did an earth chakra repatterning regarding an issue of massive change in her childhood that had to do with her mother and when the session resolved the issue, the pain went away completely.
The other healing modality that deals effectively with change and its problems (and opportunities) is the Chinese Five Element acupuncture system. Again, in this system it is the earth element that governs change and consists of two meridians: the spleen meridian and the stomach meridian. Meridians are pathways of energy that run through the body (as opposed to Chakras which are basically wheels of energy situated down the middle of the body). When these meridians are out of balance, change is very difficult to navigate.
This system gives us some very specific signposts to alert us to the fact that we are not handling the change in our lives well. The stomach meridian is about nurturance. What mitigates too much change and transition is nurturance. One of the most prevalent problems I see in my practice is that people take care of everyone around them except themselves. They have energy for everyone in their lives and that leaves very little left for taking care of themselves. In this scenario, when change is incurred, the system breaks down very quickly as it was generally already out of balance.
One of the surefire ways to ascertain a lack of stomach meridian balance is that we find ourselves endlessly perseverating, that is, churning things over and over in our minds with very little resolution. If we find ourselves in this situation, it is time to create some nurturance for ourselves. Another signpost is a tendency to repeat what we’ve said. When I have someone in my office that repeats a certain phrase or story over and over I know immediately that they are not taking good care of themselves; they have probably been inundated with too much change and have not balanced it with nurturing activities. The earth element is again about “Mother”, the nurturing, caring “Mother Earth” who provides us with all that we need in order to move forward with our lives.
The spleen meridian involves the feeling of being at home in ourselves; in our lives, in our bodies, in our work, in our homes. When this meridian is out of balance, emptiness is experienced. We can feel that God, or our Source, is not there for us. The spleen meridian governs the immune system. When it is inundated with too much change, illness can occur as a way to find homeostasis. Finding ways to nurture ourselves, no matter what else is happening in our lives, helps return our system to balance so that we can go through the inevitable changes in our lives in a happy and enthusiastic state. In this state, change is a welcome and joyful experience.
The common, consistent quality provided by balance in both the earth chakra and the earth element is grounding. Visualize the earth beneath your feet and feel the energy of the earth being pulled into your body. Or, if you can take your shoes off and walk on the ground it gets you in touch with the groundedness of the earth element. When change occurs, remember to nurture yourself (and there are numerous ways accomplish this) so that the one absolute becomes an experience that is healthy and transformational.
For more information on Mary Schneider at The Holographic Repatterning Institute At Austin, visit Repatternit.com