I've recently started work on a new project, and I'm using the root chakra for inspiration. A while back, I took the 'Process Pledge' on Rossie's blog and so I wanted to write a little more on the process of this quilt.
This quilt symbolizes a path to heath and healing to me.
I've been having health issues - nothing new, or that dire... but I have a lot of old spinal injuries that have developed layers of scar tissue causing pain and other problems. On top of that, I found out I'm inuslin-resistant (body is making too much insulin, but the cells are not using it) and very close to being diabetic. I also have a fatty liver and need to lose weight. My ND says it's related to low thyroid and an exhausted adrenal system.
The reason my adrenals are exhausted is because of my earlier lifestyle and the things I've seen or lived through being homeless and an addict. Part of the reason I liked to get 'messed up' was because I felt the need to escape the overwhelming feeling of abandonment I had after being disowned both by family members, and my whole religious community.
Even though the drama is all in the past, I'm still dealing with it's consequences. Energetically speaking, my root chakra is blocked and needs to be opened.
The Root Chakra influences your physical vitality, physical survival instincts, “fight or flight” response, and the emotions of anger, jealousy, desire and greed. The Root Chakra governs the lessons of surviving the material world. This Chakra holds information involving family loyalty, superstitions and beliefs, and your ability to stand up for yourself; your sense of safety, self esteem, and security are based here. The Root Chakra controls the energy of instincts, physical pain, pleasure, and touch. Imbalance may manifest as losing interest in survival in the “real world”, physical addictions and obsessions, selfishness, restlessness, volatile emotions and a lack of vitality.
So... this is my focus: to create a strong foundation (root chakra) from which to stand up and grow upon.
Since the color of the root chakra is red, I pulled all the reds out of my stash and cut them into different width strips:
For the large center square, I was going to make one big log cabin block, but decided to make a few smaller ones and put them together to make one big center.
This big red center square is supported by two layers - the bottom black/dark layer signifies my youth, strict confines, and empty hearts. I chose the log cabin block because the centers are suppose to symbolize home and hearth - that's why the centers are usually red.
The second layer signifies my young adulthood where my boundaries were all over the place, we had no home... and everything seemed a little crazy.
The big red square symbolizes the foundation I'm currently creating in my life now: not perfect, but solid. Next I'll be making white log cabins for the background.
I'm a little concerned that it might be getting too busy looking, but I'll wait till I get the background blocks done before I start over-thinking things.
So far, this has been a joy to work on. I'm thinking about every little piece I sew into it, and giving it a little love with each stitch. I think it's helping my healing process nicely...