So who doesn’t love the look (and the taste) of Rainbow cake? Mmmm. And who doesn’t love the cooking (and the chaos) of baking it? Mmmm…me.
I’m pretty sure I won’t be baking this particular cake any time soon, even though I do love rainbows, and finding the rainbow inside us too.
And I like having my cake and eating it.
So if I can’t cook a rainbow, and I won’t try singing a rainbow, I’ll try to explain our rainbow of chakras (energy centres in our body), and how understanding them can help you cook up a delicious life.
Let’s start by saying that the Rainbow Cake, as good as it looks, actually has things upside down when it comes to our chakras. So right way up, here goes:
Red is for our root chakra – sounds a little naughty I know, and it sits at the base of the sacrum in the nether region. Known as Muladhara in Sanskrit, like all chakras it’s a centre of energy, rather than an actual physical point, although superficial activation is at the perineum.
When we think about chakras we want them to be balanced (surprise, surprise) and not blocked, so that our Kundalini energy (also known as prana, chi, ki) can flow in a swirling circle up our spine and eventually to the crown of our head, and to communion with God.
Our root or base chakra grounds us to the earth with a sense of security and stability. Excessive fear and leg problems are both signs that we need to strengthen and balance Muladhara. A strong root chakra provides a firm foundation for moving forward (and literally upward) in life, while always appreciating our roots.
Orange is for our second, or sexual chakra – who knew orange could be sexy! But seriously, orange represents creativity and flow. Known as Swadisthana, this chakra circles around our pelvic region and represents reproduction and the rhythms of nature. Associated with water, it helps create a strong flow of energy up the body, but when weak can show up in emotional and intimacy issues, reproductive problems and creative blocks.
Yellow is for our solar plexus, our third chakra and centre of power– the colour of self-esteem, like a big sun in our belly – you have confident to wear yellow. Manipura chakra sits at our naval centre to radiate out like a sun. An imbalance/blockage can show in troubles relating to others and a general lack of confidence as well as digestive issues. Balance and strengthen this chakra and you’re set to shine bright.
Green is the colour of the heart chakra, and also happens to be my favourite colour – known as Anahata, our fourth chakra is of course located at our physical heart and we usually talk of opening our heart (including our chest and shoulder region) to give and receive love. A closed or blocked heart chakra means we may be too judgmental and have trouble giving ourselves or others compassion and unconditional love. Depression is a sign of a weak or blocked heart chakra.
Blue is the colour of our throat chakra –clear like a blue sky and like the clarity we convey when we speak our truth. Vishuddha, our fifth chakra, represents communication and intuition, and health problems may manifest in our thyroid and speech.
Indigo is the colour of our third eye, or sixth chakra – this deep purple is often associated with wisdom. Anja is located between our eyebrows and also corresponds with the pineal gland in our brain behind our forehead. It is associated with balance and spirituality – following the path of truth.
Violet or white is the colour of our crown chakra (Sahasrara) – transforming into violet or becoming a clear white light, the kundalini energy becomes like a shining halo around us when we truly get close to God. This is the goal of yogic meditation and other meditation practices.
Through focus in meditation and through yoga postures that activate different chakras, as well as through different healing modalities, we can strengthen, open and balance our chakras – basically looking after our energetic/spiritual body.
Now if all this sounds a bit deep, or a bit ‘yogi cuckoo’, then just simplify the idea like you would to sing a rainbow.
Red – stay grounded
Orange – create
Yellow – be confident
Green – just love
Blue – speak your truth
Indigo – seek wisdom
Violet – know God
Now for the icing on the cake – a rainbow cake recipe.
Have you eaten/made/made a disaster of rainbow cake? Do you believe in chakras?