Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Archangel Ariel, whose name means “The Lion or Lioness of God”, is strongly connected to the functions of the Root chakra. The Root chakra is where we ground ourselves in security and stability. The energies of this chakra become an anchor for us, as we constantly balance spiritual and earthly concerns. To survive in the physical world, we have to navigate real-life issues, finding ways to meet our bodies’ basic needs for shelter and food. When basic needs are no longer a major concern, we seek stability in our relationships and our careers.
Many of our needs are rooted in the bountiful resources available to us from our earth, such as clean water, and hearty plants and trees. Archangel Ariel is the overseer of nature. She watches over the physical universe, including the sun, moon, stars, and planets. She also looks after all the birds, fish and animals on the earth, and often assists in their survival. She also oversees the trees, plants, rocks and other wonders of nature. She can also help us to see, and work with, fairies and other spirits found in the natural world.
Currently, the earth’s environment is in need of repair and restoration. Ariel is often connected with the energies of Archangel Raphael, the healing angel, to bring healing energies to Mother Earth. Ariel can assist each of us to find ways to conserve and live simpler lives, if we make that request to her. It can be as easy as asking for new ways to conserve energy in your own home. Ask for her assistance, and soon you will find an article online, or a friend will share something she has done in her own home, or you will remember something you read several months previously. As with all the angels, all we have to do is ask – and then take action on the information imparted to us.
Another aspect of Archangel Ariel is one that may be less familiar to many of us. She also oversees the underworld, which holds the dark aspects and energies of the earth. Because of free will, there is a dark side to our world, and to each one of us. As individuals, these energies are often called the shadow self. It is important we recognize, and work to heal, these unhealthy and detrimental parts of ourselves. It is where our negative thoughts and feelings are created. Ariel and Raphael can bring healing energies into our lives. They can help us to recognize we are always unconditionally loved, and we can create harmonious and peaceful lives. As each of us becomes more loving, these positive energies will aid in healing the dark energies on earth.
In a similar manner, we can recognize how each one of us plays a role in keeping our earth in its unhealthy state. Although we may not have had the power and money to create damaging industries, we have contributed to the harm by the choices we make in purchasing food, or other items. We can now take a proactive role to bring healing to Mother Earth – whether it is growing our own gardens, driving less miles each week, or participating in peaceful, environmentally-based protests. The possibilities are endless – and necessary.
This is the last article in a series about the Archangels and Chakras. There are a few themes that have been apparent in each one. First, the Archangels always love us, unconditionally. They want only the highest good for each of us individually, and to all of us as a people on earth. Second, they are action-filled spirit beings. They truly can intervene in our lives; they are able to act with us, and among us. All we have to do is ask – it is that simple.
Calling upon specific Archangels – by name – reverberates very strong energies. We acknowledge each one’s unique qualities and powers; it shows our willingness and efforts to get to know each one individually. Let us always remember these powerful and loving beings – and let us always invite them into our lives!
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner, providing Reiki sessions and training in Asheville, NC. Deborah is the author of two books, 22 Messages from the Archangels; and, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. She is also one of the co-authors of Reiki 101: 101 Answers for Your Reiki Questions. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)