Chakras are spirals of energy that house biographical (your past,present and future) information within our bodies. In some ways they can be visualized as whees of light rotating like petals on a flower, spinning at different frequencies around 7 main areas of our bodies.
Each of the 7 chakras manifest energy through color. Each vibration, when it rotates, spins a color frequency. This is what people refer to as an aura. Auras are just light reflecting from the chakra centers and illuminating whatever frequencies are manifesting. Auras just hold the color of what we are experiencing. When we are in a healing state of mind, the frequency is often bright blue, as blue lights our right hemisphere of the brain, where primary healing begins.
In Reiki, the energy centers are charged with emotional lightness or heaviness, thought energy and behavioral patterns. When we are touching the field around the chakra, we may sense, coldness, heath, excess heat or stillness. These are simple identifying characteristics of how healthy the chakra feels. When we are experiencing a Reiki session, the energy centers contain an intuitive knowledge knowing what to release, how much and where the source of discontent may be located. Most of our chakras spin in healthy clockwise fashions, but when we are holding on to such things as anger, grief, shame, doubt, etc., our energy can spin in different directions, further indicating an imbalance.
The aim of energy healing is to align the chakras, so that mind, body, emotions and spirit can have communication with each other, assisting the individual in manifesting her or his life in a fulfilling manner.
One way to experience chakra energy is to have a direct experience with your own energy field. Hold your hands upright palms facing each other. Hold your hands about 3 inches apart, and notice what you feel. Now 6 inches apart and do the same thing. Now, like a rubber band, move your hand toward each other, then back again. Notice the sensations. Now, concentrate on pushing energy so that it is condensed between the hands. Now pull energy. Our concentration is that focus that helps us understand that we are inseparable from our energy field. Now, hold your fingers up so that you can see the space between your fingers. Look for the energy between these spaces. Cool, huh?
Let’s walk through understanding each chakra. This will be a brief overview and I encourage you to continue exploring as their is so much to understanding the many dimensional energies that exist around you.
The first chakra is called the root, is red in color and represents physical matter in the world we inhabit. It is located at the base of the spine. Our focus in this chakra is on self preservation, abandonment, rejection, loss and fears of alienation. The root system is all about survival. It’s key energy dwells in the house of family, community and the general sense of tribal survival. In ancient times, and still in indigenous cultures, tribal members’ establish rituals of conformity that guarantee’s safety, security based on mores’ and values. When the root chakra is mature and healthy it recognizes the ONENESS of all beings, it is unity focused. When it is still developing, it sees “us and them” thinking. In our family systems, it is the area in which we question beliefs of the tribe. Such issues as, “Will I earn enough to survive?” “Who will take care of me?” “Whom is it okay to love?” “What kind of work is acceptable for me to do?”
This is the chakra that involves wars over religions, dogmas, and challenging the family culture. The root is influenced by our early experiences as security, reliability and consistency of parent-giving roles. The theme is self-acceptance, for if the tribe isn’t perceived as accepting, then who is it safe to love or be loved by?
A person may experience an imbalanced root through phobias (fear of the dark, fear of loss of control), anxieties, insomnia, etc., The main developmental theme is honoring all life. We can balance this chakra by honoring our person al code, standing up for one’s self and through physical movement.
Questions to ask yourself: How much influence does the past have on your current behavior? Is there unfinished business that needs healing from your family of origin? Where are you playing a victim roll?
The second chakra’s energetic work relates to the dynamic of self and other, such as our intimate relationships in relation to sex, money, power, status, approval and control. It is referred to as the sacral chakra. We can locate the area just below the naval area, about 2 inches. This is the area of personal empowerment as seen through the lens of personal boundaries and relationships to authority, social conformity and social expectations. The color is orange and is also associated with passion, creativity, the birthing of ideas and procreation. The element connected is water. How in flow are you with your life? Where do you feel damed up? When imbalanced, we may distance ourselves from emotions or engage in pleasure seeking themes to nourish our emotional vacuum. We may distance ourselves through obesity, addictions to substances, sex and spending or hoarding money.
Where the first chakra’s statement to the world is, “I AM,” the second is “I FEEL.” Emotions flow fluidly when we are in touch with how we feel about our bodies, our sensations to taste, to the sensual world we live in. The opposite feeling is shame and doubt, negative feelings about expressing our true, authentic self through creative endeavors. This is where we may hold back on a beautiful talent to the world as we have learned that if we freely give it away, we lose control over it.
The second chakra does see the world as black/white, evil/good when it is immature. When mature this chakra’s aim is to help us honor the sacred union with others. Questions to consider are: what blocks your dreams? Do you compromise your ethics? How much are you controlled by money? What kind of relationships do you desire? What is healthy for you? How much power do you give away in order to feel liked? How do you withhold power?
The third chakra’s color is yellow and it is referred to as the solar plexus as this is where we radiate the sunshine of life, our power cord and universal supply of energy. The primary focus is the conscious person, that self that require’s it’s own identity separate from the tribe. The primary fears we carry here are related to self-esteem, criticism and evaluation, judgment that other’s may make about us. This is where we compete and compare ourselves to an external construct, albeit an illusion, but the personality cannot discern the difference. It wants to fit in, yet struggles with being separate.
The sacred truth of the third chakra is learning how to love and honor ourselves. This is a necessary crucible toward experiencing the adult self. If we become stuck here, we become the oldest adolescent, the intolerable child or the critical parent.
In each chakra, we have a choice in how we invest our energy. The third asks us to either focus on the physical world of material illusion (how much value do I have? how many possession have I accumulated? Is my status above others?), or we can infuse energy toward the power of our personal calling, compassion, love and abundance? It doesn’t mean drive an old junker, that you can’t have nice things, it is simply the question of how much energy, time and money, are we investing toward this end.
The questions most associated with the third chakra are: do I like myself? Am I opened to feedback from others? Do I blame others in order to protect myself? Can I keep my commitments, is my word law? Am I afraid of responsibility?
The fourth chakra is our heart center, and we now leave the first 3 chakras, which are more survival focused. The fourth is located in our chest and thymus gland. The color is green and sometimes pink. The heart chakra is the intersecting energy that the first 3 chakras feed upward, and the upper chakras feed downward. It is a critical center of transformation in healing. It is the organ of love, compassion, forgiveness, seeing the positives in all humanity. This is the upper power center that looks up to the divine in everything and it is the true motivator of body and spirit.
This energy, when fully charged
gives us the strength to forgive ourselves and others, promotes a dedication to our calling, allowing us to trust the process.
This does not mean that our fears get buried or move on. We still must address them. We fear loneliness, the regret of not following our heart path, fears of commitment and betrayal. Energy drains from the heart if we carry anger, rage, and these emotions become the motivation of our behaviors.
The greatest gift of grace we can harness in our lifetime is the infinite love we are capable of. Our love is open and abundant, however, most of us have experienced pain in this area, and when vulnerable we fear our loves will be abused, misused or taken from us. The key is to love oneself in spite of our external circumstances. It means we can choose to live with a courageous heart facing our own shadows from emotional wounding. Some of these shadows show up as anxiety, depression, fears of failure, etc.
The questions to ask pertaining to the heart are: Where do I play the victim role? the enabler? the crusader? How am I gaining power from hanging on to my wounds? What does it keep me from fully feeling alive? What excuses am I making up to stay angry, maintain distance, abuse drugs or food, so that I can hold on to my story of wounding?
Examine these questions, but also embrace emotional wounds as teachers. Look at the positive outcomes that have allowed you to connect to Source, brought you to different friendships and learning experiences. Every day, out loud, say what you are grateful for, and employ the mantra of, “expect good things.” Gratitude has a way of chasing tormented negative thinking (stinking thinking) away, as easy as soft wind. Go with it! Get in the habit of freeing yourself from your past and the way you are clinging to old wounded habits.
Practice loving intention and invite change in your life. Live in the present and understand that characters and events from the past have served as messengers for the purpose for which you are called. Forgive and release the hurt so that you and others can move on.
The fifth chakra is the throat area and the color is blue. It is our center of communication, expression, and speaking our individual truth. The aim of this center is to teach you that all power is within. We thank our family, parents, teachers and outside authorities for their contribution, but it is here where we make the choice to live our own spiritual alignment, or to live in a way that meets other’s expectations of who we are. When we understand that it is up to each of us to live from our own center, then our life takes off in the direction of our own will.
The throat chakra, when constricted, causes us to live in fear of losing control that we think we have acquired. For example, a person could hold a great financially abundant job, but it may not call forth the soul’s work. Over time, the throat chakra loses it’s voice, struggles with keeping it’s word, becomes muddies in material possessions seeking gratification from the next purchase, the next thrill, albeit short-lived.
In the fifth chakra we gain energy when we speak our truth. Your word is law, and when we make this choice, a perpetual positivity will ignite in you. We begin to heal karmic debt by recognizing that the choices we have made all have consequences. When the throat chakra is balanced, we clean up our communication with ourselves and others.
Examine your energetic habits by reflecting on times when you have lost your will power. What are the situations and people who have control over your will power? Are you able to speak openly and honestly without making compromises? If not, why not? Are you living by a sacred truth and experiencing the divine within you? How do you know when you are and when you are not?
The sixth chakra, often referred to as the third eye or brow chakra, is located between the eyes on the forehead and is operated by the small pineal gland that dwells within the center of the brain. The color is purple (or some prefer indigo) and this is our intuitive and psychic channel of seeing and knowing the truth.
Here we can extract information directly from our higher self/over self about our calling, gleaning information about present decisions in life and intuitively understanding information about our inner knowing and outside world. We invite the truth and have the courage to lift the veil of the world of illusion by detaching from ego.
Our ego (our personality of survival) is grounded in the world of illusion because it understands it’s survival in conformity, habitual patterns that keep it safe, and avoids change such as creativity and soul adventure. We do battle with our ego every day as it is the controlling force over our overt behaviors. The sixth chakra allows us to see the roles we play, values we live by and the controlling thoughts that dominate our actions.
The aim of the sixth chakra is to open our impersonal self, the self that realizes it’s not a self, that it is a consciousness dwelling within the vessel of a physical body.
We begin opening and balancing this chakra when we ask questions and examine our belief systems. What ideas and beliefs do you continue to invest in even though you know aren’t true? Ponder areas in your life where you are experiencing discord? For instance, why not start that creative project? What holds you back from fully acting on the beliefs of your sacred calling? How are you judging others, or being judged? How are you dominating or avoiding relationships to stay out of conflict? What fears do you have about living your own life by your own rules? Who will you disappoint? Where are you saying one thing and doing another?
The sixth chakra is where you get it, you understand that you are of a body, but you are not a body, that you have roles and attributes that are you, but you are more than the roles characterized by other’s or yourself. Who are you?
The seventh chakra is the crown center and is located on the top of the head and the color is white (or purple). The seventh flows energy from the crown downward into the physical body charging all the other chakras with light. Each chakra then metabolizes the energy and transfers light into cells, organs, tissues, bones and infuses the emotional, physical and mental layers of the body.
Can you walk in your own center? Can you live in the present seeing the divine in all being? Does your life have meaning, or does it just feel random? Do you see that nothing is coincidence? Can you find the clues that allows you to unmask how consciousness manifests in the material world? Can you live without judgment?
These are the questions the crown center asks of us, to follow our path from a place of source, rather than ego. We know this and feel this when we are completely free to turn left or right without fear of judgment or negative spiraling.
When we struggle with our path, or have no path, we are often in spiritual chaos or existential crisis. We know this when we keep ourselves so busy to avoid being alone, we see ourselves as a stranger and plug the TV on, or create other distractions to avoid the stranger within. When we ask ourselves, is this it? When we engage in perfectionism imagining that the perfect body, intellect or money is going to be “it.”
Here are some ways to help you tap the energetic source within the crown chakra. Ask yourself questions, such as: how do I evaluate my life from a meaning perspective? Can I see how life events are connected and how certain themes emerge and repeat themselves? What fears do I have about my spiritual foundation? Do you believe you can heal yourself? Do you see yourself as being equally connected or superior to others? How would your life change if you received answers to your life questions? What fears would arise if you acted on your commitment to a specific way of life?
The chakras act a a unified force, a collective team of energy that is marked through color and sound frequency. We can create healthy, spinning spirals of light through wearing colors where you feel energetically out of balance (wear the color where you feel low by pulling up that energy, and avoid the color where the energy is over-stimulated), listen to sound frequencies that match the chakras, eat foods with color, examine beliefs that will help you tune into your intuitive self and receive high vibrational healing, such as Reiki to realize your highest potential.