I began my journey into natural healing and metaphysics nine years ago. My grandfather, who I am very close with, became ill, and conventional medicine wasn’t the answer. I reached out to my friends who were into meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to see if they knew of any alternative means that could help him.
A dear friend, who was going to school for acupuncture, shared some insights with me about the Chakras, movement, and breath. She explained that there are seven main Chakras, wheels of energy, or vortexes that align, that start at the base of the spine, our root, and flow up to the top of our head, our crown. Each Chakra regulates different bodily processes, from organ functions, to the endocrine system, ailments, and mental and emotional states. Keeping the Chakras open and aligned requires a fine balance between the mind and body. If one Chakra is overactive or underactive then it cannot function properly, causing the others to not function at their optimal level, similar to a domino effect. She suggested that maybe this was what was going on with my grandfather. She said there are various ways to open up, clear, and balance our Chakras. The three that captured my attention most are sound, color, and movement. Being an ex-raver and lover of music and dance, finding out about this was right up my alley.
I had to find out more. One discovery led to the next, and much of what I was learning correlated with things I learned in psychology and in my own life; suddenly the unexplainable situations in my life now made sense. This newfound knowledge opened me up to a new perspective towards everything in life.
I took what I learned and went to visit him.
Now, imagine your old school, Italian grandfather, who is hard-of-hearing, stubborn, and impatient. I was about to explain about energy, relaxation, and how the healing happens inside of you through the Chakras. I had no idea if he was even going to begin to be interested.
I got to town, we went for lunch, and he wanted to go to the casino. I convinced him otherwise because I had some information I wanted to share with him – an idea that may heal him with no negative side effects, no doctors, and no hospitals.
I told him about Chakras and how important it is to keep them healthy and in alignment through breath, meditation, yoga, and sound. I wasn’t sure if he was actually paying attention or could even hear me. Perhaps he was just acting interested. Nevertheless, I did my best. The next day, I had to head back home. A couple of days later my mom called and shared that my grandfather had one of the best days he has had in a while.
My grandfather’s health returned, not because of a doctor’s orders or a pill, but through a little self-awareness and self-care. He really listened and applied what we talked about. He even found a yoga teacher to give him individual lessons, which he did consistently for a year. He also gained some patience and opened himself up to spirituality – I was shocked! Never did I think in a million years what I shared with him would have had such a lasting impact.
The spark was officially ignited and I was ready to discover more about how the Chakras work – how color, sound, movement, and meditation can help heal us individually and collectively, inside and out.