Creativity is dependent on a healthy and balanced flow of energy. Energy flows up and down, in and out, and all around us all the time. When we are able to keep energy evenly flowing throughout the entire system, chakras that support creativity get the right amount of "juice". Unfortunately, many people have not yet mastered the a balanced flow.
When we think about creating a balance for ourselves, it helps to think about energy in a hierarchy. By doing this, we are able to better triage where the imbalances are occurring. The energy hierarchy is similar to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, in which the lower level needs should be addressed adequately, which allows energy to flow upward to the higher levels.
Think of your energetic system as a tree. With strongly planted roots (at the bottom), energy can move up a tree's stable trunk. As energy reaches each branch on its way up, it is met with challenges and opportunities. When those have been adequately managed, energy can continue its climb until we finally arrive at the top of the tree and unite with the infinite sky.
All the while, energy continues its current throughout the tree, keeping it whole. If the roots or any part of the tree become weak, the tree must find some way to compensate and rebuild, and the direction of our climb stops or changes; if the tree has lost its resiliency to rebuild, it simply falls and we are no longer able to continue our climb.
Creative people spend a lot of time living in their heads. Imagination, visualization, dreams... they all exist toward the top of the tree in the 3rd eye chakra. But, we get into a lot of trouble when we try to live our lives from the head down. If our energetic focus begins in the head, we begin without a strong foundation. Instead, we need to begin at the beginning. We begin with the root chakra, which lives at the bottom of the energy hierarchy. I often argue that this is the most urgent chakra to find balance in because it is responsible for “holding up” the rest of our tree.
Although I argue that energy should be assessed and balanced from the root upward, I am not suggesting that the energy of all of the other chakras should be ignored while we work to strengthen one. If we did that, it would be counterproductive. We would end up getting the energy spinning rapidly in the chakra that we were working with, and that energy would have no place to go; nowhere to journey “up” to. We would be left with one really over-active energy center and the energies below of above it would be weakened. Over-activity in a particular chakra can be just as damaging to energy flow and balance as under-activity.
Let me give you and example: Let’s say I’ve decided that I am experiencing energy stagnation in my sacral chakra, so I decide to focus on increasing my energy flow in that area. The sacral chakra is my energy center that connects me with everything that makes life sweet: sexuality, sensuality, sensory pleasure, enjoyment of life, and the enjoyment of others. So to balance this energy center, I decide to focus all of my attention on finding pleasure – I eat foods that bring me pleasure (wine, chocolate, cheesecake); I indulge in things I can’t really afford; I disappear from work to spend time visiting art museums; I try to get in touch with my sexuality by watching porn all day; and I make a big mess of art supplies on my dining room table so that I can make collages celebrating my femininity whenever I feel like it. Ok, so now my sacral chakra is really spinning! Spinning like crazy! But, at what cost? I’ve ignored the needs of the root chakra below it – I’ve eliminated the comforting routines that keep me grounded and messed up the cleanliness and order of my home. I’ve threatened my financial stability by missing work to wander around doing fun things and by indulging in things I can’t afford. I’ve failed to eat foods that nourish me because I’m over-eating chocolate. I have also closed the doorway for upward flow into my solar plexus chakra, where I can exercise my willpower and self-confidence and find success. It is difficult to find success or to achieve goals when I’m stuck in a constant state of fun time… and certainly all of that wine drinking and porn watching cannot be good for my self-esteem!
So the answer to this debacle is to work on balancing each energy center while keeping the upward flow of energy in mind; to recognize the balances that are required below and above each chakra that we are working with so that we can actually find a healthy balance.