Root Chakra

Bean Feast Chilli

Fire up your chakras

A traditional chilli is one of those all time classics that works very well as a wholesome vegan dish. I decided to use adzuki alongside the black beans as they are low in fat, full of protein, soluble fibre and help to lower harmful LDL cholesterol.

The dish works with all the chakras, primarily to warm up and stimulate the root and brow chakras so great to boost a sluggish / cold system during the winter months. 

 Photography by Adrian Lawrence, 2015

Photography by Adrian Lawrence, 2015

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup / 185g Dried Adzuki Beans (soaked overnight in cold water and drained)

1 Cup / 180g Dried Black Turtle Beans (soaked overnight in cold water and drained)

2 tbsp Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil

1 Red Onion, sliced

2 Garlic Clove, sliced

1 Red Chilli, finely chopped

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 ¾ cup / 100g Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

¼ tsp Cayenne

2 x 14 oz / 400g Canned chopped tomatoes

Bunch of Fresh Coriander, chopped

2 Cups / 320g Brown Basmati Rice

Sea Salt and Pepper

Garnish:

1 Lime cut into wedges

4 tsp Chia Seeds

2 Avocados, chopped

METHOD

Rinse the soaked adzuki and black beans separately in fresh cold water. Place in separate pans of water and boil for 15 minutes, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and set the beans aside.  

Warm the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic, and sweat for 5 minutes. Add the chilli to the pan, stir through, and sweat for a further 5 minutes. Add the peppers and mushrooms to the pan with the spices and stir thoroughly for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat. Add the tomatoes, beans, and coriander. Simmer for 30 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. 

Meanwhile, rinse the rice. Place it in a medium-sized pan with 4 cups / 950ml water and a pinch of salt and cover with a lid. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 25 minutes until all the water has absorbed. Serve the rice and chilli on warmed plates. Add lime wedges, scatter with the chia seeds, and serve with the chopped avocado on the side, if using.

Recipe from The Chakra Kitchen: Feed your Body to Nourish your Spirit, CICO Books, 2015

Crystals for Root Chakra Support

As promised in my previous post Capricorn, Saturn and the Root Chakra here are some crystals that can be used to support the Root chakra. These are usually best placed at the base of the spine and/or between the thighs, knees and at the base of the feet during meditation or healing sessions, but feel free to experiment. You should ideally take the time to tune into the stones yourself before purchasing as each will vibrate differently even if they are the same kind! Once purchased cleansing by using incense smoke, running water (if non porous) or burying in brown rice then charging under the full moon, over your heart chakra by sending in light from this area, or in direct sunlight; followed by verbal dedication to the course are recommended before use.

In general the stones listed below for the Root chakra fall into two main categories 1) warming, stimulating and engaging or 2) cooling, distancing and protective. The former work well to counteract constriction, stagnation and the cooler and constricting aspects of the Saturnian influence in this chakra. For instance one who suffers from constipation or poor circulation to the extremities, general melancholy or a "stuck in the mud" attitude might do well to work with a warming red toned stone or hematite to lift the mood and get things going. The latter black stones work more to calm down an overactive, hyper or "angry" system/temperament and earth the excess energy. They also physically protect, acting as good shields often deflecting negative forces or earthing them. This is especially useful when ill or recovering from anything traumatic where the defences might be down. 

Hematite I feel sits somewhere between the two categories mentioned above, both in its colour and temperament. Even though it is stimulating it also seems to ground energy really well in a stabilising way and is also a good protector. Black Tourmaline follows somewhere between Hematite and Onyx in the spectrum of coolness.   

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Garnet - A warming stone that energises and can evoke fortitude and courage (inner strength). It is able to cleanse at a deep level by removing toxins. Garnet is a powerful stone that stimulates and helps to get ideas and projects off the ground so to speak! In other words long lasting foundations can be laid in all areas of life (including relationships) working with this stone as it helps get one into the right state of mind. Garnet is one of those humbling stones that can bring you more into your authenticity with confidence and help you to platform yourself out in the world, bringing both stable material, physical and emotional achievements in its wake. The SWILK Strength Chakra Aroma Roller contains this stone. Like Ruby below the Sun is the associated planet with this stone, but I would say it is the more stimulating of the two.

Red Jasper - This stone grounds both spiritually and emotionally and is a tonic for the whole body thus working well with the immune system. It eases the path to change so very useful for people who are stuck in the mud and fixed in their ways and find it hard to move forward in new directions. When conducting spiritual/psychic work, Red Jasper can act as a safe anchor to Earth and also supports stamina by encouraging the slow release of energy. It is a very practical stone, helping one to reach solutions in a grounded way and a good stone to aid with physical repairs of the body. 

Ruby - Ruby is a gentler and more steadying stone associated with the Sun. It can bring vitality, charisma, and success to those who work with it. The polarity of warmth (Sun ruling the uppermost 6th or 7th chakra depending on the system being used) works particularly well in balancing out a stagnant and cold Root chakra. It is a fantastic stone for providing a sense of security and self-esteem and has the ability ground and steady a person helping them with everyday life. Ruby can help to attract wealth and also eases menstrual cycle issues. I generally work with Ruby in Chakra Sessions for the Root and it forms part of the SWILK set of luxury Chakra Crystals.

Hematite - A very good tonic for the blood and circulatory system, Hematite has an energising yet stabilising effect. It grounds and anchors electrical currents and energy so is very useful to have around when feeling spaced out. Hematite supports all aspects of the mind and body and can help to realise dreams and spiritual concepts on the earth plane. A stone that can help with increasing self-esteem and brings about a general sense of strength and security - very empowering. This stone is high in iron content, which is the metal associated with firey Mars the other so called hotter "malefic" planet or brother to Saturn. In this way they can be used similarly to the stones above ruled by the Sun to counteract elemental imbalances in the Root i.e. excess cold and constriction.  

Black Tourmaline - This stone protects the user from negative forces by deflection, it also grounds and provides a sense of security with its very strong affiliation to the element Earth. It is a powerful healer of mental disorders with the ability to stabilise the emotions. It brings realignment and structure to ones life, strengthening the will to meet change and new challenges. Black Tourmaline can help with elimination as it has a detoxifying effect and supports healthy weight loss. It is also a soothing stone for the skeletal and muscular systems. Black Tourmaline contains some iron, so it isn't as cooling in effect as Onyx, but not quite as energising as Hematite. 

Onyx - An excellent stone to use when trying to let go of the past and releasing karma from the Root chakra. It has a calming effect and can balance out hot tempers, irritability and excitability in people. It grounds and concentrates energy and encourages stillness and introspection. Onyx can have the effect of making one appear invisible to others and become more of a recluse (reflecting the more melancholic, detached and impersonal side of Saturn). So unless you are incredibly "Martian" (excess fire) in constitution and attitude and really need to tone things down and take a step back, then best to work with a second more stimulating stone such as Ruby so that you remain interactive with other people and not completely cool and aloof. 

If you would like to delve into your chakras further and receive more in-depth support and guidance then consider one-to-one Chakra Sessions with me, where I work with crystals alongside other healing methods to suit you.