Your root chakra, your mental health

Trigger warning: assault, depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation

Last week was a root chakra week. I cleared some crap, for sure — literally.

Not only was there a sewage issue in my house, resulting in the literal clearage of “crap” from my life, I also cleansed some deep-seeded baggage. (Yes, mopping up sewage counts as energy work!)

As I continue to work on each chakra, a new aspect of my mental health improves. The root chakra assists with grounding through life’s “storms,” so to speak. It literally connects you to the Earth and can cause all kinds of physical issues if imbalanced.

It also connects to your mental health. People with root chakra issues often feel spacey, out of touch, disconnected, and frazzled. They have issues with “clutter,” on the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels. If you (like me), have issues with hoarding, keeping your home clean, and even finding motivation to shower regularly (helloooo depression!) you are probably struggling in your root chakra.

Personally, my root chakra contained energies of struggle and lack, gleaned from the first two years of my life (when the root chakra typically develops).

In particular, I carried lots of beliefs about myself as a small, dis-empowered, useless person, which has left me constantly anxious and depressed since I was very young. This energy applies from the smallest to the biggest details of my life, keeping me a people pleaser in everything I do and leaving me disconnected, powerless, and alone.

After a major disappointment in my career this week, I had an enormous meltdown that felt like the end of the world. In some ways, it was. I wondered why I even existed — what’s the point? If I give people what they want and they’re still mad, why try? Why even live at all?

I was not in a good place, but it’s a common spot for me. It comes around every so often, like clockwork. Mondays are typically the day when I re-think my life purpose. Every Monday, without fail, as a matter of fact.

PTSD, too, goes along with the (lack of) safety and security that a healthy root chakra provides. I haven’t slept well since I was attacked in an alleyway by a stranger several years ago, but root chakra work assists with feeling calm and supported, even in the darkest part of night.

Wintertime, especially, triggers my insomnia, because I was attacked in early winter. Couple that with a breathtaking case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and you get one miserable me. (Not to mention a full moon making it hard to settle in.)

However, after several days of struggling with my usual remedies, I finally went back to my root chakra…and voila! Not perfect, by any means…but I slept. Blissful sleep is a blessing from heaven, when you can get it.

I meditated. I prayed to Source to clear the energies. I listened to root chakra healing frequencies. I got a distance Reiki session from someone I trust. I did some root chakra yin yoga to clear out the excess trauma as I let it go. I even did some root chakra work with my family (resulting in a sewer backup that had us digging up the foundations of our home while the energy cleared on every level).

With each exercise, I sensed an immediate shift. I shed plenty of old tears and emerged happier, stronger, and more stable. I felt lighter, calmer, and clearer than I have in a long time. I started to wake up feeling happier, more ready to tackle my day.

This week, I let go of some limiting beliefs that I didn’t even know I had, resulting in greater confidence and resilience. This combats burn-out, emotional instability, stress overload, and any number of other symptoms when life pushes me off-center.

With a clear(er) root chakra, my path feels clearer. I feel more able to accomplish my tasks, wake up with less brain fog, and sleep better. I also have cleared some leg and foot symptoms that have been plaguing me on and off for years.

As a bonus, clearing my root chakra always results in money blessings. When I clear my root chakra, I always get some unexpected cash. This week I manifested some free stuff and a new client.

Even though I’ve been a healer for years now, I still have plenty of “stuff” to let go of. It’s a lifelong process, and I will work on my root chakra for the rest of my life. Still, I am thankful for the release I’ve gained this week.

Energy work operates on the belief that, while there may not be a “cure” for an illness, there can be healing. Through healing comes growth — growth to a higher place than I have ever been before.

Most of us struggle with mental health at some point in our lives, but for some of us it’s chronic, constant, debilitating. It feels good to know that chakra work can support me when things get especially difficult.

Being able to flush the toilet again after the sewer repair feels pretty good, too ūüėČ

If you are struggling with your mental health, why not try tuning into your chakras? Check out this Trauma Release Meditation on YouTube:

Teach and learn chakras with this lesson guide for the kiddos in your life

When I was a kid, I sure wish someone would have talked about chakras with me!

As an adult, I’m finding that many of my chakras never fully opened. If my caregivers had known about chakras (and taught me their principles) I would have gotten much further, much faster.

Chakras might seem mysterious and arcane, but they’re really very simple. Children know instinctively the truths that most adults have lost.

This workbook teaches chakras in a simple, straightforward format.

It’s designed with 7 lesson plans (one for each chakra) and teaching tips. No need to be an expert — the workbook does it all!

Each lesson includes:

  • A suggested film to watch together. (All are rated G or PG. An alternate list is included for those who do not have access to all films listed).
  • A discussion guide for after the movie. (Includes three levels: 3-6, 7-11, and adolescent and adult).
  • A coloring and/or artwork assignment to do on your own paper or with your own materials. (These are designed to spark more discussion, and also gently open the chakra in question).

There is also a handy chakra quick guide and a kid-friendly chakra introduction to brush up on as needed. Can be used digitally — the guide is meant to lead your usage of your own materials.

Useful for homeschool, daycares, classrooms, teams, family time, vacations, or any other context you can think of. Beneficial for the young and the young at heart ūüíö

Subscribe to access the digital download

Subscribe for $10 and download the workbook. (Your subscription lasts for 1 year and grants you access to with a variety of digital content on my site — more to come!).

Your 7 chakras, as told by Pixar movies

Alright, who is on the staff at Pixar? I would like to shake your hand.

After watching Tangled two evenings in a row, it clicked — it’s a solar plexus movie.

Then I got to thinking about all the other Pixar films. Many of them fit into the chakra schema, as it turns out. This list is up for debate, so tell me in the comments what you think!

Root chakra: Coco

In Coco, Pixar explores the themes of family, belonging, and roots — literally back through generations. Energy work often taps into ancestral patterns, and Coco does the same. It describes a specific cultural perspective that nevertheless rings true no matter what faith or background you come from. It also really jives with my most fundamental understandings of family relationships in the afterlife.

The root chakra, of course, deals with tribes, family groups, and connectedness, especially in contrast to striking out on your own. Miguel believes that to be himself he must leave his family’s traditions, livelihood, and rules, until (spoiler alert) he finds out that he can lovingly accept them even as they lovingly accept him.

Pixar Animation Studios

Deep reds and blacks in the scenery and settings as well as the skeletal Dia do los Muertos decor throughout the movie support the root chakra, too. Coco is an excellent movie for describing (or stimulating) the root chakra! If it makes you cry (as it does me, almost every time) breathe into those feelings and see if you have any ancestral patterns to heal or awaken.

Sacral Chakra: Inside Out

If your root chakra connects you to your “tribe,” your sacral chakra connects you to wider collectives, creativity, and expressing yourself. It’s often known as the chakra of sexuality and emotions, but it goes so much deeper than that.

Pixar Animation Studios

Fundamentally, the sacral chakra is concerned with the energy of exchange. In Inside Out, Riley grows and learns through the flow of energies through emotions, which teach her to understand herself as a part of a broader social group than just her immediate family. Riley has to navigate shifting realities as her family moves halfway across the country, leaving her vulnerable and confused. After developing firm roots in one part of the world, Riley now has to learn the difficult skill of balance in newer, constantly changing environments. From living in a small, relatively stable community with familiar friends and hobbies, she has to adjust to living in a big city alive with opportunity and change.

For the first time, Riley has to view the world as bigger, and her emotions go through an inner uprooting until she learns to tap into that energy of exchange. Inside Out rightly and succinctly reminds us that feelings are complex. As we reach a certain age, we are tasked with the opportunity to express and feel our emotions with understanding and grace. The inner and outer journey of emotions from concrete to fluid sums up the sacral chakra perfectly.

Solar Plexus: Tangled

The sun imagery fromTangled matches the solar plexus chakra, which develops in our teenage years and represents our coming-of-age (which Rapunzle goes through in the film). The solar plexus teaches, “I am a unique individual with an important role to play.” As Rapunzle matures, she realizes who she is as an individual, learns to stand in her own power, and discovers her true identity as royalty (read: divine child of the Universe). And, most importantly, she learns to stand up for herself in the face of abuse. Essentially, she builds healthy boundaries with someone who has interpreted her identity for her her entire life.

Pixar Animation Studios

Of course, from the beginning of the movie she is already pretty strong in her identity: she knows what hobbies she likes to engage in, she states firmly that she is staying in her tower by choice to protect her unique gifts, expresses her opinions freely, and is very clear on her goals and desires. Still, all of us could use improvement in this area, and by the end Rapunzle has become a role model for standing regally in her power. Rapunzle shows us that it’s okay to accept your unique gifts and share them with the world in your own special way, but it’s also okay to show unconditional love while doing so. She found the balance between confident and loving, without turning hard or cruel in the process of overcoming her challenges (read: abuse and trauma). Also, the sun imagery is deeply embedded in the film: the kingdom is named Corona, the sun is their emblem, it’s in the golden flower, Rapunzle’s paintings…it’s a solar plexus movie, through and through!

Heart Chakra: Up

The opening sequence of Up is often described as the most compelling love story of all time, and it’s all of ten minutes long. In Up, widower Carl Fredricksen’s heart chakra is very, very closed…and for good reason. Trauma leads us to close up the heart chakra for safekeeping. However, a closed heart doesn’t get us very far, in the end. Carl has to learn that, however safe it might feel, a closed heart chakra brings us no closer to our dreams.

The movie centers around Carl’s heart chakra, which (spoiler alert) is open by the end. The beautiful animation sequences, the lush green jungles, and the entire premise circle the heart chakra, illustrating how openheartedness is key to connection with others and the world around us. Dug, the golden retriever, epitomizes the heart chakra when he says, “I have just met you, and yet, I love you!” Dogs represent unconditional love, both on the symbolic level and also through their loving behavior. If someone hides under your porch because they love you, they have an enormous heart!

Pixar Animation Studios

If Ellie, Russell, and Dug, (and, toward the end, Carl), represent open heart chakras, whereas the villain, Muntz, epitomizes a closed heart through greed. Carl, growing up as a timid child, was taught to open his heart through his relationship with Ellie, closes it for safekeeping, and then opens it again through the encouragement of Russell and his accomplishment of his dream to go to South America. Interestingly, energy experts are starting to view the heart chakra as an important chakra for manifestation, as your heart chakra energetically brings you what you send your love to — although the outcomes might surprise you, in the end. Carl ended up living his life dream because he had the courage, in other words, the heart, to do so.

Throat Chakra: Frozen

In Frozen, both Anna and Elsa must navigate their own complex identities by speaking their truths, which they learn to do in a variety of ways. Anna, as a more extroverted, vivacious character, initially seems to speak her truth readily but in fact has much to learn about setting healthy boundaries, navigating communication challenges, and knowing when to keep quiet and listen. Elsa, as a more introspective, quiet energy, holds back certain parts of herself that inadvertently burst forth when she can no longer hold it in — as is evidenced by her first big song, “Let it Go!” (a good belting throat chakra song if I ever heard one). Both of them have throat chakra work to do!

Pixar Animation Studios

The subject of truth telling, truth withholding, boundary setting, (mis)communication, hidden pasts, and other throat chakra concerns begins with the first Frozen movie and continue through the sequel, which riffs on the theme. Not only do multiple characters learn to live their personal truths, they also learn to communicate with other characters, share their unique gifts, and transform their community through truth-telling.

Interestingly, characters who are not what they seem serve both protagonist and antagonist roles, illustrating that we all must learn to live our truth, in the end. Hans, Kristoff, the foreign minister, the trolls, Anna and Elsa’s parents…they all could use clearer communication skills. Things could have turned out much differently if everyone had just been more open with each other (although I suppose it wouldn’t have been a very long movie if they had…).

Side note: Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert from Tangled is a throat chakra character. He has the “gift of gab,” hides a secret identity, and clears his throat often. If I were working with him in a session I’d ask him if he had thyroid issues! The connection between the solar plexus and the throat chakra in the movie is interesting, as well.

Third Eye: Monsters, Inc.

James P. “Sully” Sullivan in Monsters, Inc. is a bright blue, introspective character, and his movie explores the “inner knowing” when something’s “off,” or not quite right in the world. Working for what turns out to be a (spoiler alert) corrupt corporation, Sully is the model employee…until he learns that everything is not what it seems.

Pixar Animation Studios

After the big reveal, Sully uses his visioning skills to create a new company from the basic template of the old one, but in a way that nurtures, rather than jeopardizes, the well being of his fellow-creatures. From at first being regularly voted the Top Scarer, a prominent and front line role, he later becomes the brain trust of the organization, operating more in the background (presumably as the CEO). As leader of the new organization, Sully lets others’ talents shine through in the company through a more “behind the scenes” role that nevertheless supports the entire enterprise through his ability to imagine alternate realities. He uses his third eye first to uncover hidden corruption and then to envision a more efficient and nurturing business model.

The third eye chakra asks us to open ourselves to “missing” or “hidden” knowledge just outside the tangible realm but can be accessed by “connecting the dots,” or “putting two and two together” in ways that go beyond the obvious. Intuitive gifts, visioning, intention-setting, and other ways of asking “what if?” are right in line with the third eye chakra. Monsters, Inc., utilizes the color scheme and the power of the third eye chakra to show us how to trust our gut in any situation.

Crown Chakra: Soul

I’ll be honest — before I watched Soul, I knew it was a crown chakra movie. I actually watched it on purpose to finish this post, and I was not disappointed. Not only does the psychedelic guru Moonwind make a passing reference to the crown chakra in the film, the crown chakra is intimately connected with the very concept of, well, soul. The crown chakra represents our innate spirituality, our ability to recognize that we are all part of the Divine. Even the movie’s design is suited for the crown chakra, with deep purples and pearly whites, paired with an ethereal ambient soundtrack (combined with jazz, of course).

Pixar Animation Studios

More importantly, Soul is concerned with universal consciousness, the idea that everyone is part of everyone else. The movie explores the “Great Before,” or where we were before we came to this Earth, which resonates with my beliefs about each soul having a mission and choosing, to some extent, the life path they walk in the physical realm. Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher, thinks his soul purpose is to play jazz piano, but (spoiler alert) he finds out that there is so much more to life than proving your worth by living your dreams. So much of the enjoyment life, in fact, is actually in the so-called “mundane” parts of being alive. Of course, I also resonated with 22’s certain reluctance to experience Earth life! And yet, in the end, I found myself experiencing, with her, that there is much to love about finding the spiritual in the supposedly un-glamorous elements of living. She saw the world through infant eyes, which, almost paradoxically, fits with the crown chakra’s call to Oneness.

Although not all teachings on the crown chakra explicitly tie this last chakra to a person’s “soul purpose,” to me, opening all seven chakras and being really deeply in alignment means that your true self will shine through, and that means being in alignment with your “spark,” to use the film’s terminology. The movie explores the idea of being one with life in every sense — not just “living our dreams,” but being truly, deeply alive. Many of us living in these Ascension times feel the call, deep within, to awaken our soul’s purpose by tapping into that universal Oneness. In the end, we are all just spiritual beings having a physical experience, and Joe Gardner learned that connecting with everyone and everything is the real reason for living.


Movie marathon, anyone?

Watching these movies assists me in assessing my own chakras and teaching others about how to develop good “chakra skills” (like setting good boundaries and developing one’s own unique gifts).

I suppose the real question is, why is Pixar so intent on making me cry? They’re good at it, somehow!

Intuitive Chakra Drawing

On a whim, I decided to draw my sacral chakra. I’m not one of those lucky people that can see energy, but I can sense it in other ways.

I tuned in with my sacral chakra, using its guidance to choose the colors, shapes, and patterns in this drawing:

You might notice that the lines are jagged, the layers are irregular, and it seems to have a large peak on one side.

Of course, chakras adjust for your highest and best good, so an irregular chakra isn’t “right” or “wrong,” per se. It just is.

Still, I sensed that it could use some work. My sacral chakra has been a difficult chakra for me, due to some traumas from my past. I had started the drawing as part of my Chakra Doodles Facebook page, but decided to turn it into an experiment.

After a few days of diligently working on my sacral chakra (more on that below), I intuitively drew it again. The second drawing looked like this:

It’s more regular, organized, and clean. Again, I hesitate to say it’s “better” than the other, but I noticed that my sacral chakra felt more energetically aligned that day, which seemed to fit with the change in the drawing.

So, what did I do to affect this difference?

Chakras work on their own to balance themselves. However, you can make a big difference by focusing on that chakra and finding what it needs to support healing. It helps to focus on the function and lessons of that particular chakra as you do so.

Here’s what I did between those two pictures:

  • Listened to sacral chakra healing music (found on YouTube)
  • Meditated on that chakra and its role in my life
  • Wrote this song (oddly enough, it came to me in a dream, and the lyrics are related to the sacral chakra)
  • Wrote some poetry and posted it online
  • Energetically released trauma through Reiki
  • Recognized and released sacral chakra energies as they popped up (and there were several!)

Certainly, these are only some examples of chakra healing, but they were highly effective. I’d love to hear someone else’s experiences drawing their chakras to see how it compares with mine!

Ikigai 2021? The link between health, wealth, and your soul’s purpose

I woke up in the wee hours of January 1st, 2021 feeling such a strong shift in the global energy. This year is for finding your soul’s purpose.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that…Because what the world really needs is people who have come alive.

Howard W. Thurman

I’ve had dozens of conversations lately with people all over the world who say they’re looking for a purpose, a reason to get out of bed in the morning. In Japanese, they call that ikigai, one’s purpose for living.

In my own journey, healing mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually has involved finding a reason for living, for staying on this big, zany, chaotic, joyous planet. As much as I love Mother Earth, sometimes I wonder who dropped me off and left me here without any indication of when they’d be back to take me home!

Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.

Eliza r. Snow

Clearing stale, inherited beliefs about who and what I should be has had a direct influence on my ability to manifest wealth, safety, security, peace, and all kinds of other good things in my life. Law of Attraction gurus always say, “whatever you give out comes back to you,” but that never really proved true for me…until I started living in my truth.

For me, that has been a soul-searching experience, and I had to wait until I was desperate for help (physically, financially, emotionally, mentally…and more) to realize that I had to make a change.

That shift involved countless hours of meditation, Reiki, soul-searching, forgiveness, self-care, and dozens of other interventions. I have used numerology, personality tests, reflection, experimentation, and all kinds of tools to try and understand the real me.

I believe we are born with certain innate qualities that we are designed to use for the highest and best good of ourselves and others. We had the chance to practice these abilities before we were born, but now is the real test of our skills. The more we learn here, the more we take with us when we die.

For many of us, the push to find our ikigai comes after a trauma, an illness, a loss of a job, or some other earth-shattering event. We are forced to shift our paradigm and emerge an entirely new person.

A few of us are lucky enough to have that drive without being forced. I have always had that drive, but the real impetus and direction came from hardship. I’m still on the path.

That’s why I focus so much of my healing sessions on clearing energetic baggage — to make way for a person’s true self to step in. We carry trauma, ancestral baggage, beliefs, energetic chords, and so many other limitations that prevent us from reaching our full potential. Until we release that, we stay pretty unhappy.

If you are experiencing frustration in work, relationships, health, or anything else, perhaps you have still not found your ikigai.

2021 can be your year, if you set the intention and see it through.

Sometimes, healing means changing integral parts of life that seem familiar, rather than comfortable. Most of the time, it came from an outside source, not your higher self. The true Source of all healing wants us all to be happy and fulfilled. After all, you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139).

When we’re living in our ikigai, we love ourselves, love others, and we always have enough. How will you find yours?

Meditate with me

Schedule a TRM to remove subconscious blocks keeping you from your ikigai. I’m looking forward to healing with you ‚ô°

Let go of 2020: Guided Clearing (free!)

Sending peace and love to you all today on 1/1/2021! In the wee hours I suddenly felt the energy shift — it’s gonna be a BIG year!

I’m sharing a LiveStream video we made at the studio where I practice. Beforehand, we wrote down the baggage and junk we wanted to let go of this year and burned it in front of the building. Then we meditated together and felt that sweet release.

For best results, you might want to burn (or shred) some of your own baggage before doing this meditation. Try listening a few times over the next few days to help get your 2021 started off as a clean slate. Peace and blessings to you all in the New Year ‚ô°

If you want an individualized version of this clearing session crafted just for you, book your distance session here:

A Message From The Heart (Chakra)

Pink and green everything!

I noticed something odd about my Christmas gifts.

They match.

I enjoy pink, certainly, but it’s not, like, my favorite color or anything. No one ever goes out of their way to give me pink stuff. And yet, all my gifts this year were nicely coordinated – pink and green.

I took it as a sign.

To me, the suspicious “coincidence” of pink and green spoke of my heart chakra, which I have been focusing on lately. Incidentally, the heart chakra is at the center of the holiday season.

Pink sweater (pink slippers not shown)

I’ve written before about Reiki and Christianity, which walk through my life hand in hand. Healing is the essence of my faith, and Christmas marks the central event of human history, the one that heals us all.

This Christmas I gave thanks for the unconditional love that connects us all.

In The Median

In the median 
of a two-lane highway and a two-lane river
Death pauses for breath.
Where were you before this?
Did you sit on a cloud, playing a harp?
Maybe you sat a harp playing a cloud.
I, for one, was as busy then
As you are now.

In the eternal pause 
U-turns are required
and the walls are paper thin. 

We skim over coffins of coal to where they bring in the cows at dusk 
Over in the next county, just across the Styx. 
We balk at the water’s edge 
where the blacktop flings itself into the brush

We spin on barstools 
frowning at the median, you and I, 
You can cross over
my time 
is not

Chakra Doodles: Healing With Color

I love color theory. I’m starting a Facebook group specifically to share chakra art. You are invited to join me!

Colors are healing by themselves. Creating art is a form of meditation, no matter your skill level.

As an example, here’s a chakra doodle I did a few months ago of all the chakras. I’ll be posting doodles for one chakra per week over the next 7 weeks, along with the others in the group. The more we post, the more we can heal together.

Click HERE to request access to the group.


  1. Dec 28-Jan 2: root chakra (red, brown, black)
  2. Jan 3-Jan 9: sacral chakra (orange)
  3. Jan 10-Jan 16: solar plexus chakra (yellow)
  4. Jan 17-Jan 23: heart chakra (green and/or pink)
  5. Jan 24-Jan 30: throat chakra (blue)
  6. Jan 31-Feb 6: third eye chakra (indigo)
  7. Feb 7-Feb 13: crown chakra (white and/or purple)

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