My body is the body of the goddess—witches and shamans and other magical beings (including humans) chant this in spring ritual …and other times of the year as well.
But as we prepare for spring equinox, I thought I would use my blog this March to give the Feminism and Religion community a chakra mediation for spring ritual and renewal. Spring is here. Your body is the body of the goddess. If desired, please say the following aloud or silently, participate in the suggested breathing exercise and allow yourself to sink deeply into the body that is yours and is part of the season– the awakening of spring.
Breathe deeply: in and out; in and out; and in and out.
Imagine your breath coming from the deep core of the earth: red and molten and hot and warm. This is your first chakra, the root chakra at the base of your spine. Imagine the red warm heat of the earth’s core, the deeply grounded root energy of the earth filling and balancing your root chakra at the base of the spine. Breathe in and out of the root and feel yourself grounded and solidly connected to the earth and to your intentions for spring. Make those now. What are you growing this spring?
Breathe deeply in and out and in and out and in and out. Imagine the bright warm healing color of orange traveling up your spine to your second chakra, the solar plexus chakra –-below your belly button– your “chi” center. Imagine your creativity being birthed inside of you—now as your intentions manifest and your body connects to your energy centers and glows orange as the setting sun; the flames of fire heating your intentions to be birthed — now. Breathe in the orange energy of creativity and life.
Breathe in and out and in and out and in and out. Imagine the bright yellow energy of the sun moving to the third chakra, the chakra of your stomach area. You digest easily and whole your nutrients; your energy becomes newly accessible and available and present. You are the full sun in your body allowing you access to all of the energy that you need to create the life you want. Visualize what you need to do to help make your intentions real today. This could be a small or big change. What can you ingest in the way of food or ideas that will move from your stomach chakra as energy throughout your entire system? Breathe in the yellow of sun and energy. Deeply relax knowing your body is taking charge and allowing itself the deeply healing energy of sustenance and renewal.
Breathe in and out and in and out and in and out. Imagine the sweet life giving energy of green leaves and growth of Mother Earth traveling up your spin to your heart center chakra, your fourth chakra. As you breathe in and out here, imagine deeply into your body and be one with the beating of your heart in all its magnificence. In this moment feel the love your body has for you as your heart beats and beats and beats; your heart pumping blood to all of your organs—life giving sweet green energy, the energy of your whole system. Imagine the love you have your body and inside your mind’s eye tell your body, “I love you.” “I love you. “ “I love you.” Softly hug yourself as you feel the fourth chakra energy flood your chest and heart area as your heart pumps and the energy grows. Breathe deeply the love you have for yourself at this moment.
Breathe in and out and in and out and in and out. Imagine the energy traveling up your spinal column to your fifth chakra, your throat chakra area. This is your chance to breathe in the truth of your existence, of your intention to live your life with truth and the clear blue of sky and ocean and you meeting in the middle with your true intention—a being on this planet like no other, but so much how each of us is like one other…! Breathe in and feel your breath cooling and soothing the throat area as your throat fills with the blue sky energy of your ability to speak and manifest your inner body’s wisdom. Relax into the healing ability to always stand up for yourself; speak your truth and be in service to your own greatest good and the good of all.
Breathe in and out and in and out and in and out. Let the healing energy of your chakras travel to your sixth chakra, the area of your third eye. Imagine the color of violet, deep and rich and royal coloring the area of your third eye with wisdom and the ability to know and trust your intuition. Breathe deeply this inner knowing and trust you will make the right decisions for you at this time…that there are no mistakes. That you will make the right decisions for you at this time and if in your future you make a different decision, know that you could not have made that decision, without the decisions you make right know. You have your best intentions. You have access to your highest wisdom. You are deeply in touch with the violet, rich knowing of your inherited wisdom of your ancestors and your body deeply knows itself as a being connected to all life and the universal library of our connected knowing. Trust yourself. Trust yourself. Listen. Trust yourself. Breathe deeply into the third eye and see your future already happening– trust your intuition. Breathe deeply this violet purple sage of knowing.
Breathe in and out and in and out and in and out. Allow the energy to travel to the crown of your head, to your seventh chakra. Here the light is a prism of energy. You are connected to the rainbow of the heavens. Breathe in the energy of the cosmos and the elements of the energies of whatever you hold to be sacred—elemental energies, goddesses and gods, your higher self and your own authentic truest being. Allow yourself access to the energy of the universe as you breathe in the prism of light connecting you to the heavens, your intuition and your cosmic knowing of who you are—a being of energy, light and deeply connected to your life and your reasons for being. Breathe in this rainbow of shimmering prism energy and feel it flood your crown as you access your highest good.
Finally breathe in and out and in and out and in and out– breathing from earth to heaven…and heaven to earth. Feeling the energy travel through your chakras – crown to third eye to throat to heart to stomach to solar plexus to root and to ground to earth and back to root to solar plexus to stomach to throat to third eye to crown to heaven and back breathing from heaven through the chakras to earth and back from earth through the chakras to heaven. And back through the chakras to earth and back through the chakras to heaven. You are that conduit of energy moving through the rainbow of colors. You are this connected being. Relax deeply into this breathing. Relax deeply and let your body’s energy manifest your intention. Relax deeply into your body.
Deeply breathe and relax. Breathe heaven and earth. Relax. Breathe heaven and earth. Relax. Breathe heaven and earth. Relax.
God, Goddess, Higher Power, Truest Self …insert whatever word or words here make the best sense for you if desired
…give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
The courage to change the things I can.
And the wisdom to know the difference.
My mind bows to my heart. Let me live in the wisdom of my heart this day (this evening) with love for myself and all beings.
Many blessings feminism and religion and sending much magic your way this spring.
Marie Cartier is a teacher, poet, writer, healer, artist, and scholar. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of New Hampshire; an MA in English/Poetry from Colorado State University; an MFA in Theatre Arts (Playwriting) from UCLA; an MFA in Film and TV (Screenwriting) from UCLA; and an MFA in Visual Art (Painting/Sculpture) from Claremont Graduate University. She is also a first degree black belt in karate, Shorin-Ryu Shi-Do-Kan Kobayashi style. Ms. Cartier has a Ph.D. in Religion with an emphasis on Women and Religion from Claremont Graduate University.