For those fellow writers out there who celebrate Christmas, or those who give gifts to those who do, there isn’t much time left to buy a gift. The big e-tailers can still ship, some for free for a day or two more, and some at a premium. But what can you get a writer in your life without resorting to those big e-tailers? Many writers like to set the stage, so to speak, in their writing corner. They have certain things around them to help stimulate creativity, or block distractions, maybe add comfort, or improve ergonomics. I use candles, colors, hot tea, and my spirit animal. My choices are often based on universal archetypes, ancient teachings, and modern research. Here are some ideas for you based on the seven Chakras that can be turned into gifts based on color and scent and placement on the body.
Red is associated with the Base Chakra. While it’s the root Chakra associated with your legs, feet, bones and large intestines, the blockage of it can manifest itself in procrastination. Red candles, notebooks, slippers, or socks are some ideas. And the color red can make you feel alert. It is also associated with the physical element of Earth, so maybe a plant. If the giftee doesn’t have a green thumb, bamboo is a relatively easy plant to keep alive. would avoid red ink pens because many of us (okay, me) have visceral memories from school and red pen marks on assignments and tests that weren’t because said assignment or test was good. Patchouli is the essential oil that can help keep this chakra balanced.
Orange is the color for the Sacral Chakra, located in the lower abdomen, which represents creativity (among other things). For those romance writers out there, it’s also associated with sexuality. Orange stuff, like candles, notebooks, beads or orange crystals. Can boost energy and creativity. The physical element is water so maybe an orange tea mug. The essential oil is Neroli for those giftees out there who use a home atomizer or incense.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Yellow is the color for this Chakra, located a few inches above the navel. Your ambition is stored here. Blockage can lead to a lack of direction and frustration. So again, yellow things. Yellow can make you feel stimulated, prepared and capable. And pine oil and ginger oil are the essential oils for this one.
Green is the color associated with your heart. We fall in love through this Chakra, so a blockage here would be really bad for a romance writer – not being able to tap into that well of feeling could get in the way of a good story. For the old-school writer who still uses pens, green ink pens are good gift ideas as green is also the archetypal symbol of hope. A green sweater to wrap around the heart (or a yellow one for the above Solar Plexus Chakra). Rosewood or rose oil are the essential oils. This adds the option of flowers for a gift.
Blue is the color of the throat Chakra. A necklace or a scarf would be good choices to help balance this Chakra. One of the stones associated with this one is turquoise. It is the Chakra of communication and self-expression. A balanced Chakra aids in clear communication. Lavender is the essential oil for this Chakra. There are so many options for lavender like candles, eye pillows, sachets, scented neck warmer, and on and on.
Third Eye (or Brow) Chakra
Indigo is the color for this one, which is located in the center of the forehead. It is represented by the physical element of light – more candles or a desk lamp. A blockage brings mental rigidity, so gifts of sandalwood scented items can keep the balance here.
Violet is the color. Thought is the physical element. Lime and frankincense are the essential oils. This is the cerebral Chakra. And the one associated with your personal destiny.
These aren’t so much specific gift suggestions as they are ideas to help you choose an item for the writer in your life based on the seven Chakras. You can gift a friend or gift yourself with something to boost creativity, mood, or restore balance.
I just got my husband some red socks! (-: I do admit the idea was relaxation, not to unblock his procrastination. Hmmm. I really like that idea of red working socks. I should embroider them with “To Unblock Procrastination”.