The shakti energy (also called prana or qi) represents the holy spirit; the anima or sacred feminine which exemplifies the creative life force that is required to awaken the soul to its true potential. In China, qi is pronounced as “chi,” while in Japan, qi is pronounced as “ki,” and in ancient Egypt, this life force of empowerment was known as “ka.”
In hieroglyphs, the “k” sound was illustrated as a snake. Even the word “snake” contains both the “s” and “k” sounds–just as in the words sacred, sanctity, and sacrament. Because shakti energy coils itself like a snake poising before it rises, it can also be referred to as “the serpent fire.” The snake or serpent symbol was revered in all ancient cultures because the snake has the unique ability to shed its skin and become “born again.” It is a sacred archetype of transformation.
The root chakra is where the soul slumbers. It represents our evolutionary stage of survival. For the last 5,000 years or so, this is precisely what most of humanity has been experiencing; survival. Most of the energy that the average person spends from day to day is for “making ends meet.” As the saying goes, “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.” Like in the movie The Matrix, Morpheus reveals to Neo, “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” This description of “the matrix” illustrates the survival role of the root chakra.
The root chakra is illustrated by four red petals exemplifying the four experiences of joy, pleasure, passion, and bliss, or alternatively; psycho-spiritual longing, psycho-sensual longing, physical longing, and spiritual liberation. It acts as a portal to the earthly, material, or physical realm. This is where we become victims to our id such as its instinctual pleasures, impulses, lust, passions, and primal urges. The root chakra is associated with our basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and security.
When the root chakra is in need of healing, the native may end up overdoing the sensual pleasures such as food, drink, sex, or drugs. Material excesses, such as in hedonism are also associated with the root chakra. It is where the ego reigns supreme. When the root chakra is healed, however, any fears of insecurity, survival, and “not having enough” dissolve, and the evolutionary journey of the soul treks upward toward the sacral center.
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