According to Buddhist/Hindu teaching all of the chakras should contribute to a human's well-being. Our instincts would join forces with our feelings and thinking. Some of our chakras are usually not open all the way (meaning, they operate just like when you were born), but some are over-active, or even near closed. If the chakras are not balanced, peace with the self cannot be achieved.
It's my first chakra test, and I'm failing.
I'm lying on my back on a massage table, hands overhead, and Camille Pipolo, an energy healer, is tugging on my arms. No matter that I'm squeezing them as hard as I can, the backs of my hands firmly pressed together, or that my triceps are strong: When Pipolo pulls them gently, they drop like a stone. “See that?” she says. I see it, sure, but I haven't a clue what it means. Pipolo does: Apparently the energy in my root chakra is as mucked up as a clogged drain.
Personal Growth & Fulfillment
I am in what looks like a doctor's office in Agoura Hills, CA, an upscale suburb about an hour's drive north of my home of Los Angeles. The room is drab, dimly lit. A forgettable art poster hangs on a wall. I've come here on a blistering July afternoon to …