Over the summer, I’m planning to dive deep into the chakras – long one of my favourite topics. I even have a Chakra Magic ebook available through Payhip 🙂
To start this off, today’s tapping session is on releasing guilt and fear of confrontation. That might not scream Root Chakra to everyone. However, the Root Chakra is associated with feelings of safety and belonging. And if you have a fight with someone, that can challenge both of those.
To avoid that kind of confrontation, you may find yourself apologising for things that aren’t your fault. A very simple example of this is apologising to someone who barges you on the street. That is just the tip of the iceberg, though.
In one of those bizarre twists that the human brain comes up with, it is possible to take on guilt and responsibility for things that really don’t lie within your hula hoop. It might seem weird to actually feel guilty for something that is someone else’s responsibility, or caused by social mores. And yet it makes sense. If you take on guilt feelings, you will spend your energy on worrying about your role. Instead of challenging or confronting that other person, or taking up a protest placard, you put the emphasis on what you should have done differently. It keeps you safe, but also inactive.
In some ways, staying safe is no bad thing. Yet, taking on guilt that doesn’t correspond to your actions means you are also causing yourself unnecessary stress. That guilt triggers the stress hormone cortisol, just as much as more instant and reactive fear would. Taking on unnecessary guilt damages your body from the inside out, as well as leaving your mind whirring with useless worries. Altogether, not a good price to pay for belonging, when there are other options!
In this tapping video, the suggestions are that instead you could tap on your own emotions – perhaps anger or resentment – in order to return to a sense of calm and forgiveness. You can also prepare yourself for a solution-focused conversation, rather than fearing you’ll just jump feet first into a confrontation.