15. Hexahedron – Earth – Root Chakra – Platonic solids
The hexahedron or cube has six equal square faces. It is symbolic of Earth and is related to the root chakra that grounds us into the physical body. Earth is the archetype of being nurturing and receptive, strong and resourceful. Earth provides us with everything we need including air, food, water, shelter and clothing, as well as beauty and awe. When ancient asteroids and space particles collided with Earth, they planted seeds that carried all the elements necessary to create a vast variety of life forms. Each of these life forms is interconnected and interdependent with earth.
Earth is the third planet from the Sun and is the only known object in the universe known to sustain life. It was formed over 4 billion years ago. 71% of the earth’s surface is water making it appear blue from outer space. Earth’s atmosphere was a mixture of gases and carbon dioxide. As plant forms grew they absorbed the carbon dioxide and converted it to oxygen. Trees being the largest plant forms on earth were able to create an atmosphere that could support human life. Humans first appeared around 200,000 years ago. Over 7.4 billion people live on Earth and share in its resources. It is critical that we learn to live in harmony with earth and with each other. Earth provides everything we need to sustain us if we live in balance. By connecting with nature, we can sense the footsteps and lessons of our ancestors and prepare the earth for generations to come
Message: Get outside in nature and connect with the mothering intelligence of Earth. Become more conscious of all she gives you as you eat, breathe, sleep and walk through life. It is imperative that you honor the beauty and diversity around you as you reconnect to your roots and feel safe.
“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is connected to the muscular skeletal/elimination system. This is a place of groundedness, safety and trust within the physical world. It represents the archetype of the serpent or ouroboros that sheds it skin in an ongoing process of releasing knowledge to receive wisdom. This cycle forms the sacred circle or container of life. Its element is earth and its belief is rooted in the indigenous traditions of the world. This is the place where the soul sets its intention to become human. By embracing our humanness, we can begin the journey of reconnection to see the self and the soul as one.