I tend to overcomplicate things. So lately, I’ve been getting a lot of joy out of simplifying. Today, at the risk of over-simplifying, I’m going to talk about two two general types of chakra categories that folks fall into — upper chakra dominant and lower chakra dominant.
Your chakras (energy centers) are lined up along your spine on an energy channel called the sushumna. So energy moves up and down your chakras on a vertical axis. The upward energy is called the Liberating Current, and the downward energy is called the Manifesting Current.
Most of us unconsciously (and sometimes consciously) favor one of these directions.
And when we do, an imbalance happens. This imbalance can result in one of two opposite issues – anxiety or depression.
A person who overly favors The Liberating Current tends to have some degree of anxiety, and a person who overly favors the Manifesting Current, tends to have some degree of depression.
Now, our pharmaceutically-saturated culture uses words like “anxiety” and “depression” to mean many different things, so I want to be clear that I’m not trying to use clinical terms, so:
Anxiety for our purposes here refers to the tendency to feel scared, anxious and overwhelmed (usually due to too many options, activities, etc), and depression relates to the tendency to feel chronically sad, unmotivated and/or stuck (lacking inspiration).
In chakra terms, anxiety comes from too much upward energy without sufficient grounding. It is based in fear and worry – and rightly so. Think about it. If you construct a tall building with no foundation (or a super shallow foundation), it is extremely unstable – and that’s scary.
Upper chakra dominant people feel like a skyscraper with no foundation. Or, to use another analogy, they feel like an untethered helium balloon. They’re flying upward – they typically adore freedom — but they have no way to land, no security, no ability to really guide the direction they’re going. This makes them feel like they’re blowing in the wind, and they’re justifiably frightened.
Depression comes from too much downward energy without sufficient inspiration (spiritual/upward connection). It’s based in feeling constrained, and stuck. Picture a tree with deep roots that has no ability to grow upward beyond stump stage. It’s depressing to even imagine, isn’t it?
Lower chakra dominant people feel this way. Their life can take on a “quicksand quality” where they feel like they’re getting continually pulled downward with no relief. Their life lacks a sense of freedom, lightness or inspiration.
Sometimes people will say they are both depressed and anxious. This can happen to a certain degree if a person is cut off from both their spiritual source and their earthly grounding, but then, the symptoms of each will be lessened, because they aren’t deeply in the polarity of either one.
The point here is typically, you can identify which side of the spectrum you are on and bring some degree of healing and relief simply by emphasizing the opposite.
If you are feeling depressed, you can focus on inspirational and spiritual things, stretch upward, breath more and visualize upward metaphors, like big, oak trees, volcanos, and skypscrapers.
And if you’re feeling anxious, you can focus on grounding and relaxing into gravity and your body. Good metaphors for you are deep roots and foundations, tethering anything – seeing something that is flying away getting drawn down to the ground.
I know, this sounds too simple to be true, but life isn’t as complicated as we make it. In our fast-paced technological age, where we seem to have a zillion choices, the foundation of our digital world is still built on zeros and ones – yes and no, the pulsation of polarity. That’s all there really is. Tap into that polarity – and navigate it – and you’ll find that balance, wellness and joy are all within reach.