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I get this question a lot. What is a chakra and how do I know if mine are working right?
As a Reiki practitioner I have had the honor of working with a lot of chakras, and I say it is an honor because to work with the chakras is to work with human consciousness itself.
Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word meaning vortex or wheel. It refers to seven energy centres within our body. They are centres of activity that receive, assimilate and express life force energy. They absorb and transmit energies to and from the universe, nature, celestial entities, from people even from things. They are responsible for the person's physical, mental, and spiritual functions. Not a part of our physical body but, more dense energetically than our auras and like our auras, they are a part of our human consciousness. The seven major chakras are closely associated with the human endocrine system. Tension within the human consciousness is felt within the the chakra system and in the parts of the physical body associated with that particular chakra. Tension occurring for a long period of time or to a high level of intensity can then lead to illness or dis-ease. The symptom experienced is a conversation between the consciousness and the physical body. So think of the chakras as a type of energy communication system and a way to see your body as a map of your consciousness.
As a practitioner, I can sense or feel the energy within each chakra. Sometimes as a vibration or swirling type sensation or subsequently the lack thereof in the case of blockage. In the case of blockage the area felt very cold and still. Please beware of less than reputable practitioners that sell you on the idea your chakras are blocked over and over again. I personally have only encountered one client with one blockage. Yes there are imbalances, but total blockage is severe and quite rare in my experience. In working with these energy centres, balance and ease of symptoms can be achieved, to improved overall physical health. The goal of a healer is to ensure optimal and balanced flow of energy within each chakra. Symptoms relieved can be emotional or physical, anything can be healed, it is just a matter of how. Believe anything is possible.
Chakras correspond to the physical body and endocrine system but also relate to the senses, colors and earth elements.
The Seven Chakras
Starting at the bottom we have the Root Chakra, aka the security centre. It is located in your bottom, you are probably sitting on it as you read this! Tension in the Root Chakra can be best described as an insecurity, more tension as fear and as a dis-ease it would be experienced as sheer terror or a threat to survival.
Element – Earth
Color – Red
Sense – Smell
Endocrine – Adrenal Glands
Physical Body Relation: parts associated with your root are the elimination system, lower extremities, the lymph and skeletal systems. Also the nose, (think sense of smell, associated with survival)
Consciousness Relation: ability to be grounded or present in the moment, connection to Mother Earth, relationships with home, job,money. As well as survival, trust and the ability to allow oneself to be nourished.
Working our way up the body, we next encounter the Sacral Chakra, aka the sensation chakra located in the centre of the abdomen. This chakra relates to ones willingness to experience the emotional body. A good example of dis-ease in this area would be anorexia, the inability to love or nourish oneself, resulting in the inability to conceive or reproduce.
Element – Water
Color – Orange
Sense – Taste & appetite
Endocrine – Gonads
Physical Body Relation: lumbar, reproductive system and sexual organs.
Consciousness Relation: food and sex, the things we find pleasurable.
Next is the Solar Plexus Chakra, can you guess it's location? It is also known as the Power Centre and relates closely to human ego. As a practitioner, it is a go to, area as most people have some sort of issues within the spectrum of the solar plexus. (At some point most of us have muscular aches and/or discomfort in being who we are.) Imbalances could be sense of shame, self consciousness, or feelings of inadequacy.
Element - Fire
Color - Yellow
Sense – Eyesight
Endocrine – Pancreas
Physical Body Relation: organs and glands in the solar plexus region (pancreas, liver, stomach, gall bladder) as well as skin and the muscular system.
Consciousness Relation: mental activity, perceptions of power, freedom, control and the ease of being.
Now on to the Heart Chakra or the Living Love Centre located in the middle of the chest. Ever wonder why it feels good to hug? It is the connecting of two heart chakras! No wonder hugs have the ability to make us feel good. Also therein lies the aspect of Inner Sound (those sounds you hear from within that do not depend on what happens externally,) a prerequisite for personal spiritual growth. Likewise, difficulty breathing or with the lungs could represent tension within the heart chakra.
Element – Air
Color - Green
Sense – Touch
Endocrine – Thymus Gland (immune system regulation)
Physical Body Relation: lungs, circulatory system, & of course the heart.
Consciousness Relation: perception of love relationships or those close to your heart.
We have now reached the Throat Chakra or Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty) Centre. It is the centre of abundance, think of the saying “ask and ye shall receive”. This Chakra is associated with listening to ones intuition and expressing to the outside what lies within. Tension in this area can cause a feeling of frustration at the inability to express oneself or feeling like you aren't being heard.
Element – Ether ( the crossover between the world of physical and the world of spirit)
Color – Sky Blue
Sense – Hearing
Endocrine – Thyroid Gland
Physical Body Relation: hands, arms, neck and throat
Consciousness Relation: communicating, expressing, and receiving. Creativity and manifestation or fulfillment of goals.
Upwards now to the Third Eye Chakra or the Consciousness Awareness Centre. It is all about seeing from a higher perspective. This is where our true motivations are found. It is also home to the Clairs, (clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience) and our own personal spiritual growth. Imbalance symptoms would be fatigue, sleep disorders, a sense of disorientation.
Color - Indigo
Sense – Extra sensory perception, the ability to perceive beyond what you see.
Endocrine – Pituitary Gland
Physical Body Relation: forehead and temples, brain
Consciousness Relation: the deep inner level of being that is spirituality, and the subconscious.
At the top of or slightly above the head we arrive at the Crown Chakra, the Cosmic Consciousness Centre. It is the door of universal energy through which we can reach a higher state of awareness, beyond materialism to a life abundant in joy, curiosity and purpose. Tension in this Chakra will produce symptoms of boredom, melancholy, headaches, lack of focus and direction, the sense of isolation.
Element – Cosmic energy (inner light)
Color – Violet
Sense – Empathy, unity
Endocrine – Pineal Gland
Physical Body Relation: Top of the head, brain and nervous system
Consciousness Relation:Represents our relationship with authority, our universal (heavenly) father. As well as our perceptions of unity or separation.
What blocks a chakra?
Childhood traumas, cultural conditioning, limited belief system, bad habits, physical and emotional injuries. Or even just lack of attention all contribute to chakra blockage.
How can we heal chakras?
We can influence our chakras, our health, and our lives by using different techniques such as:
Treatment from a practitioner (ex: Reiki or past life regression)
Meditation / sacred space
Addressing issues in our lives and coming to peaceful resolution brings about balance of the chakras and therefore eases the physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances caused by their deficient functioning.
What would a balanced chakras look like?
The person would be:
well grounded and in touch with their body
in good health and vitality
aware of their feelings without being ruled by them
sexually content without being driven
with balanced third chakra they would have confidence and confidence without dominating
the heart would be compassionate and loving, yet centered and peaceful
could communicate feelings or ideas with truth and clarity and be able to listen to others
So now you know what chakras are, where they are and how the effect the function of our physical and emotional bodies. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, in a body that is heavily influenced by energy. So what becomes of all that energy when the physical body reaches the end of it's natural life?
It returns to Source.