As this blog will be focusing on Reiki, the chakras, energy healing, and related topics, it seemed I should go back to the basics and write about the Chakra System. The first writings about chakras appear in the Vedas, the primary source of Hindu beliefs, codified around 3000 B.C. Chakras were defined as vortices of energy, where two or more channels of subtle energies meet, and rotate, looking like a wheel. The vortices can be strong and vital, or weak and slow. Chakra literally means “wheel.”
Seven main chakras were identified, along the spinal column, mirroring both physical and spiritual states. As time went on, there certainly was an emphasis on the higher chakras, due to their connections to the spiritual realms. The lower chakras were seen as earthly, too mundane, an impediment to spiritual growth.
In modern times, the understanding of the chakra system continues to be developed. Most energy healing modalities focus on the chakras, even though the modality may not be based in Hindu, or other belief systems. For example, Reiki healing is related to the chakras – even though the modality was rediscovered in Japan over 90 years ago, and there is no religious affiliation of any kind.
Energy healing modalities are based in achieving a balance of body, mind and spirit. A balanced approach to the chakra system – the entire energy system of an individual – recognizes that a blockage in one chakra can greatly affect the energy level of another. Each of the seven chakras has specific physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual functions.
As a Reiki Master and practitioner, I can attest to how important balanced energy flow is, to the health and wellbeing of an individual. When I feel a blockage in a certain area, I know the Reiki healing energy will assist in dissipating the blockage, and a better flow will occur. Or, I feel the lack of energy in one chakra area – usually, it is due to the individual expending too much energy in one area, with no replenishment. If one person in a relationship does all the giving, with no love given back, the heart chakra energy can be running on fumes!
Over the next several months, I will be writing blogs on each chakra (in no specific order). Please stay tuned to learn how to create more balance in your life!