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The elephant is a first (root) chakra archetype and is a reminder to stay connected with our bodies and the earth. In our bodies our human-self shows up on earth, but it also houses our soul-self. And while the seventh (crown) chakra is typically associated with spirituality, all the chakras have a sacred lesson for us.
The elephant is an amazing earth animal and sacred in some cultures. For instance, Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is one of the Hindus most important deities. Buddhist believe the “White Elephant” carries spiritual significance. And the elephant is gaining popularity as a spiritual icon among many people.
Of course, there’s another less complimentary association with this amazing animal – the proverbial “elephant in the room,” which refers to a topic, conversation or situation nobody wants to talk about. Well guess what? Recently, through one of my professional connections, I found out that I was “the elephant in the room”.
Initially, I was a bit incensed, but not entirely surprised, given the dynamics in this particular group. For me and my colleague, it was a non-issue. We laughed about it, and rolled our eyes. Yet, we still needed to address it. But how?
We agreed, that we wanted to take an approach that would raise the energetic vibration in the situation, rather than lower our energy to match that of the person defaming the elephant. We made plans to bring positive, collaborative actions and words into the situation that, hopefully over time, will shift the energy. Of course, we don’t have control over the other person, only how we respond to the situation – so we’ll see;)
While, my higher-self is still chuckling, the remark sparked some doubt and insecurity in my small-self. Energetically, the root chakra is correlated with safety, securing and belonging. And this situation created a slight imbalance for me. Nothing incapacitating, but just enough to trigger my worry-brain. It sounds like this, “Oh no, I don’t belong after all. Maybe if I just ignore it, it will go away. I’ll have to censure what I’m saying now.” Sound familiar?
This gives me an opportunity to dip into the sacred elephant energy of the root chakra. Generally, elephants are peaceful herd animals. They are wise, social animals, with females that are extremely maternal. Yet, they are also powerful and use their strength when threatened. As a spiritual guide, the elephant helps me use my wisdom, intelligence, sensitivity, and personal power in peaceful ways in this situation. She reminds me to persevere in the face of adversity and be loyal to the larger herd.
As I work through this situation and navigate the pitfalls that are bound to be a part of any group (herd), I will be channeling my inner sacred elephant while sitting in the strong, safe, welcoming energy of my root chakra.
If you are feeling scared, insecure, powerless or threatened, contact me for a free 30 minute consult to balance your root chakra and tap into your Sacred Elephant.
With peace and gratitude.