According to Tantric tradition, everyone has seven energy centers that serve as junction points between the body and consciousness, or between matter and the mind. These spinning vortices, called chakras in Sanskrit, receive, assimilate and express our vital life energy. When the flow of energy in one or more of the chakras becomes blocked, we may develop physical and mental illnesses. Knowing what is needed for chakra healing can be an essential component for your everyday living.
1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.
For the first chakra, the best, long term healing comes from very physical activities – like hatha yoga, because the first chakra is the most dense and most related to the physical body. Smell-oriented treatments, like aromatherapy, work well too because this chakra is related to your sense of smell. Gemstones are great for first chakra healing as well, because stones are from the earth, the element of this chakra.
2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
For the second chakra – which is still very dense and physical – hatha yoga is good – especially tantrically-oriented yoga that plays with intimacy. Healing with chakra foods is good for this chakra since it’s related to taste, and doing aquatic bodywork is really good too, because the second chakra is related to the water element.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.
For the third chakra – Visual therapy like working with yantras is very good here, as are affirmations and Byron Katie’s “The Work,” because our conscious, mental reasoning ability and our self-image are both associated with the third chakra. Sun bathing is good, because the third chakra is related to the fire element, and it’s located in the solar plexus. And if you’re up for it, fire walking will stoke your third chakra in a major way.
4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love.
Location: Center of chest just above heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.
For the fourth chakra – the bridge between the lower (more “physical” chakras) and the upper (more “spiritual” chakras), touch is good. Studies show that babies thrive when nurses and nanny’s hold them, and so do adults. Humans need hugging. Hugging –even self-hugging (do it now!) is one of the simplest ways to boost and balance heart chakra energy. EFT – the process of tapping – is great for this chakra too, as is breath work, because we breath in and out of this chakra and the element here is air.
5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.
For the fifth chakra – sound healing takes the cake. You can use this technique two simple ways – putting sound out, in the form of mantras, chanting, and seed sounds (or even just singing a favorite song that makes you feel good) and taking sound in, in the form of crystal bowls, mantras or again, a favorite song.
6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.
For the sixth chakra – visualization is the best tool, since our third eye is ground zero for all our dreams and visualizations. This is the place where we spin our visions.
7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of the head.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.
For the seventh chakra, meditation – pure, silent, thoughtless openness is the best. Just opening to the space that we are, with nothing added.
Udemy offers a course on meditation for self-healing taught by a certified exercise physiologist, author, mind/body educator and energy healer. Students will learn various ways to create the relaxation response in the body, use meditation for targeted healing and how to gain insight from a formal practice. The class also covers how to use meditation (and like practices), to combat negative thought patterning and conditioning. It is a mix of spirituality, neuroscience, energy medicine and physiology.
Unfortunately, the way to balance and “heal” is to do what you don’t want to do – go into the body with yoga or conscious bodywork — and commit to going in there deeply and consistently. So don’t just do what you like to do. A popular new age adage is “Do what you love.” While that’s certainly good some of the time, it’s not good all of the time. More of the same cannot create positive change. If you want things to change, you need to change the things you do.
The general rule of thumb is: Use more meditative-type techniques for the upper chakras, and do more physically-oriented techniques to best effect the lower chakras. (conscious-lifenews.com, mindbodygreen)
Reiki is a spiritual healing practice that arose from Japanese Buddhism. Reiki is another healing technique that can possibly contribute to chakra healing. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing as a form of alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional medical bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of qi (Japanese: ki) through the palms, which they believe allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.
Udemy’s courses on reiki focus on how to become a certified reiki practitioner to heal yourself and others. This course will teach you about the healing and enlightenment system called Traditional Usui Reiki. You will learn how to use this modality to heal yourself and others. Anyone who wants to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as that of those around them will benefit from this course.