For so long, the chakra system of the body has been viewed either androgynously, or, as I believe, more androcentricly, that is, from the viewpoint of men. I believe it is time to view the chakras from the perspectives of both sacred male energies and sacred feminine energies.
There are two primary energies that I sense with the root chakra: birth, creation, projection (male energies of extension or projection); as well as embracing, connecting, celebrating, nurturing (female energies of relation).
As a baby is born, the root chakra is the first chakra that becomes fully energized. Subsequently, our development of our chakras and the full energizing of each chakra in turn occurs more-or-less synchronously with our emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development.
At birth, a baby comes into the world and cries, as if to say, “I AM and I matter!” This is a delightful pun on the spiritual aspect of birth in that the Divine, as one aspect of the Great I AM is born as the child’s soul into the world of matter through the baby’s body. God also is saying with the child: “I AM and I matter.” This is also the male energy of creation by extension into the world of matter, and the male energy of assertion and empowerment.
At birth, a baby is also, at least usually, born into a community who will care for the child. Another aspect of spiritual truth associated with the root chakra is therefore “I AM because we are.” This is the beautiful concept of Ubuntu, as expressed in cultures in southern Africa. “Humanity for others” is created when we realize that we create ourselves in relation to one another, and there is no fully separate “I.” This is the feminine energy of connection and relation.
Balancing the two energies becomes important, and indeed, this is what the sexual practices of Tantra seem to do: to balance the extension of the “I” into the other with the energies of connection and celebration, leading together to the energy of creation/procreation.
In day-to-day life, the energies of “I AM and I Matter” need to be balanced with “I AM because we are” in the sense that we exist not just for ourselves, but also for the benefit of others. We exist to relate, to learn and grow together, to live together, to love, and to bless.
There are temptations to get out of balance in the root chakra. The first is by esteeming oneself and one’s own importance over against the importance of others, and thus creating competition rather than cooperation among our communities. The second is by losing ourselves in group identity without fully developing our own identity. The third temptation is to see our community as “us” and other people’s communities as “them,” and to create competition, antipathy, or even war against the other communities. The fourth temptation would be to serve the other communities to the detriment of one’s own community, rather than keeping balance for each community.
May we honor the sacred masculine as well as the sacred feminine energies within our root chakras, and so honor self and other, family, tribe, and nation, as well as all people around the globe. May we celebrate our common humanity as well as the uniqueness of each individual. May we honor all of “us” for there is no “them.” And we are One.
Love and Light,
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