OUR CHAKRA SYSTEM
Within our bodies, we have meridians. You can liken them to blood vessels that transport blood, except meridians transport spiritual energy. We need this energy to flow freely through our system of 12 primary meridians. So, our meridians serve as the pathways to transport life force energy or prana, and provide the network for the constant flow of life force throughout our bodies.While the meridians are the channels, the chakras are the energy vortexes. The word chakra means wheel. Our cosmos is composed of these wheels of energy. Chakras are energetic vortexes that spin in relation to the energy system in which they reside. As humans, we have 7 major chakras associated with the various systems of our body. These 7 chakras are situated along our spine.
Our chakras are a part of larger energy network and function as master programs that govern and reflect the way we synthesize, assimilate, and receive and transmit life energies. Ideally our chakras should spin fast and reflect the free flow of energy and vitality. Our chakras carry and encode information about our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual experiences throughout our lifetime.Every chakra has organs it corresponds to. As these spinning disks swirl, they bathe the associated organs and act as the the gas or fuel for our organs. The health of our organs corresponds to and is mirrored in the state of the chakra associated with that organ. These chakras transform energy from one state to another through the flow of life force energy, ki, or prana.
Physical problems are often the cause of unbalanced chakras, resulting in blockages in the flow of energy in the chakra system. A chakra can be balanced, underactive or overactive. Underactive and overactive chakras have very tangible physical symptoms and maladies or states of dis-ease or disease correlated with them. It is important that these chakras remain balanced in order to enjoy optimal health and vitality. Cultural toxins, life stresses, dysfunctional coping mechanisms, trauma, emotional issues and unhealthy life paradigms and beliefs cause imbalance in our internal field of energy flow.There is no one chakra that is more important than the other. All of our chakras operating at optimal capacity is critical to our overall health and wellness. Individual chakras simply govern our various ‘bodies’, emotions and spiritual aspects differently. Each chakra has a critical role to play. Not only does each individual chakra need to be balanced, but a harmonized human being will have their chakra system in equilibrium with each of the individual chakras contributing its part or relationship to the whole.
The 7 Chakras are:
The first chakra is the root chakra, and is associated with the color red. It is located at the base of the spine. Here, our energy vortex is the most dense of any chakra. This is the chakra that provides the foundation for all of the others and is essential. This chakra is associated with one’s need for security and grounding. The root chakra relates to your basic survival needs and is the energy center within you that is closest to the earth. This chakra links the individual with the physical world. Without the grounding that a balanced root chakra provides, we lose our ability to effectuate our intentions and excitement into the tangible. We may seem or be living in a fantasy world, or rather seem to be floating from reality and not rooted in the present moment. The root chakra, our lowest and first chakra provides the anchor to the sustenance we need from the material world. The ability to fulfill your deepest needs and desires emanates from this chakra. Also referred to in Sanskrit (classical literary language of India) as Muladhara, the health of the root chakra is critical during the early developmental years of a child’s life.
The second chakra is called the sacral chakra. Within the pelvic region, this chakra is associated with the color orange. This chakra is home to your sexual energy, creativity and pure emotions. The sacral chakra is located below the navel and above the pubic bone. It is said that our masculine and feminine elements and energies are present in this chakra. Sexuality, creative expression, our individual potency, and connective feelings with the universe are present here. The sacral chakra is where desire is stimulated within us. The sacral chakra, also known as Svadhisthana, governs the reproductive organs. Imbalance in this chakra can manifest as sexual dysfunction, infertility, and emotional instability, among other things.
The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra. This chakra is associated with the color yellow. Its location is slightly up from the navel. This chakra is provocative in that it is where our personality is formed and is where feeling and being are bridged. This governs your ability to metabolize and synthesize your life. Manipura is the Sanskrit word for the solar plexus chakra. If this chakra is blocked, you may have digestive issues, aggression, frustration, and a lot of negative energy and hostility within.
The heart chakra is our fourth chakra, and is associated with the color green. Our sense of community and connectedness with humanity stems from this chakra. Referred to also as the anahata chakra, this chakra relates to our ability to give and be recipients of unconditional love. Our emotional consciousness resides here. If this chakra is closed or imbalanced, we feel isolated alienated and perhaps unworthy. When energy is free flowing in this chakra, we feel bliss, peace, harmony, lightheartedness, laughter and carefreeness. The heart chakra is where we let go of emotions such as jealousy and resentment and intolerance.
The throat chakra is the fifth chakra. This fifth chakra is the first of the spiritual chakras. It is located in the throat area and is associated with the color pale blue. It is correlated with our thyroid gland. The throat chakra, also referred to as Vishuddha in Sanskrit and is our communicative energy center. The healthy swirling of this chakra compels you to speak your inner truth. Authentic expression is not something that comes easily for most of us. We often say what makes others comfortable and is in disharmony with what may be in our heart. When this chakra is clear, we feel confident in the worthiness of being heard by those in our life. Disharmony in this chakra can manifest as the inability to speak our truth, emotions, or in the inability to express fully who you are or how you feel.
The sixth chakra, but the 2nd spiritual chakra, is called the third eye chakra. The Sanskrit word for this chakra is ajna and it is associated with the color indigo. The third eye chakra lies in the region between your eyebrows, behind your physical eyes. Here is where your intuitive eye, spiritual insight and the voice your soul dwell. Essentially, the third eye chakra is the soul’s sensory system. It’s the most ancient part of our chakra system and gives us spiritual consciousness and KNOWING. Here is where we are able to release old ineffective paradigms (that keep us steeped in depression), inner turmoil and darkness. Our soul’s evolution rests with this chakra being open.
At the top and center of our head lies the glorious crown chakra. The Sanskrit word for this chakra is Sahaswara, and is associated with the color purple. You may have heard this chakra referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra. This is where the physical being connects with the universe, divinity, life force, source, or whatever you call the spiritual web that conjoins all of creation. Spiritual enlightenment occurs here and the crown chakra serves as our connection to our higher selves and the divine energy that is the creator of all. You feel your oneness with all of creation and unbounded awareness beyond time and causality when experiencing the openness of the crown chakra. A hallmark of balance in this area is clarity of thought and purpose (not of the ego self). Balance in this chakra will reflect in your personal intentions and desires being in alignment with cosmic will. At this level of integration you will experience your ability to manifest your heart’s desires increased and accelerated.
The chakra system describes a hierarchy of evolution as well, and a study of human history validates this statement. The chakras are constantly exchanging information and engaging each other or in interplay. Chakras can be opened and balanced in many ways such as mindful awareness, exercises, color therapy, healing methods, life experiences, meditation, activities or tasks, interaction with sounds, dimensions, and other subtle spiritual phenomena, and much more!
At Hidayah Reiki we can focus on specific chakras that are blocked and causing health issues or emotional issues or other kinds of difficulties in your life. We can also target the meridians and all of the chakras in general. A decision can be made after the initial pre-treatment session.