Having a job outside of the home has the potential to fuel the energetic system in profound and amazing ways. Every single energy center can receive significant support through the work we do. The root chakra is given financial support and has its survival needs met. Sacral chakra needs are satisfied by the relationships and teamwork opportunities that we find at work. The solar plexus finds power and confidence in a job well done. The heart chakra is stimulated by finding passion in the work. The throat chakra finds its fulfillment when we are able to express ourselves at work. The 3rd eye chakra is gratified as we learn new skills and the crown chakra is supported when we achieve a sense of purpose in the work we do.
Now – Before I go any further… I want to clarify that people who work inside the home or people who have chosen to raise children instead of working at a traditional job still receive occupational fuel. I have great respect for people who have chosen a non-traditional path and I especially respect people who are taking care of children full-time. The work you do stimulates each of your energy centers too (just in a different way) and your energy centers are at risk for being attacked by your work in a different way. For today, though, my focus is on people who work outside of the home and on the risks and rewards that working brings to their chakras.
When you work outside the home, it means that you are spending a large chunk of your life in an environment where your energy is co-mingling with the energy of others. In these spaces, energy blends (just as it does in your home) and there is a collective energy that develops. A healthy and supportive work environment can fuel your energy systems; but a negative or unhealthy work environment can make your energy system feel attacked.
Just as our energetic flow is stimulated through the work we do, it can also become damaged in the workplace. If you work in an unsupportive environment, your safety and security may feel threatened; your emotions may become unmanageable; your self-confidence will feel assaulted; you will be unable to enjoy your work environment or the work you do; you will find yourself engaging in unhealthy communication; you will feel “stuck” and unable to grow and learn new things in your work environment; and rather that your job giving you a sense of purpose, it will feel like it is actually taking you away from your purpose and you will begin to resent it.
I work with many professionals in my Chakra Coaching practice who feel like they need to make a major career change. Sometimes they are right. But, more often than not, the real problem is that the energy in their workplaces is toxic. I always ask people why they chose the profession they are in to begin with. Most people feel that (at some point in time) they were “called” to do their profession. I ask them to visualize their first day working in that profession and most of them recall a sense of excitement and vitality. But, over time, that excitement faded into feelings of depression, anxiety, obligation, and resentment.
Many people blame their fading excitement on unreasonable management, poor compensation, or stress. These are very real concerns that can quickly destroy anyone’s ability to enjoy the work they do. However, these frustrations are mitigated when people are working in environments where they feel supported. Ideally, that support would begin with the leadership… but, sometimes leadership isn’t accessible and it is much easier to start with your co-workers and hope that the energetic shift will flow upward to reach management as well.
The key to working in an environment that fuels (rather than assaults) your energy is to develop a support network among your co-workers. Surround yourself with people who understand that they (not the boss) are responsible for the energy that gets brought into the work environment, and who realize that the energy they bring will inevitably affect others.
Leadership has an important job to do in order to maintain the healthy flow of energy in a work environment (learn more about that HERE). But, they cannot create healthy work environments if the workers are not willing to take responsibility for the energy that they bring into it.
Research has found that people who have a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their jobs, but even having a “good friend” in the workplace increases a person’s level of workplace satisfaction. And, quality relationships free up our energy… instead of spending energy dealing with the problems accompanying negative relationships, we can, instead, focus on opportunities.
We are naturally social creatures and our energy craves friendship and positive interactions. If you work in a place where the energy has become so toxic that you could never be friends with anyone, it is time to start looking for a new work environment. But, first, consider the commonalities that you may share with your co-workers. Could those common interests build a friendly foundation?
Supportive or friendly work relationships are sometimes different than the relationships we develop in our personal lives (and that’s ok), but they share a few important characteristics: trust, mutual respect, mindfulness, acceptance, and open communication. When you exchange these things with your co-workers, you are making your contribution to a collective work energy that will fuel everyone in it.
If you are a manager or leader in a dysfunctional work environment, you can learn more about how to shift the energy in your workplace by watching this video: Leadership Secrets.
If you're working in an environment that feels damaging to your energy, you can take some very practical steps to protect yourself from the chakra hazards. Chakra Coaching could help you protect yourself and your work environment from negativity and teach you how to start a positive energy change! Or, you could try one of these recommended resources:
Author: Sara Shields
Sara Shields is board certified as a Holistic Registered Nurse, specializing in expressive arts and energy healing. She holds a Masters Degree in Health Arts & Sciences from Goddard College, and is completing a Doctorate in Creativity Studies. She provides holistic coaching and chakra education in the Detroit area, and virtually with clients throughout the United States.