Reiki is one of many natural healing modalities that’s growing more popular as more individuals use it to finally get relief from stress, physical ailments, and emotional issues. But, unlike Ayurveda, homeopathy, herbology, and other forms of holistic healing, Reiki focuses primarily upon the energy, or life force, that moves through the body, mind, and spirit and provides health and vitality.
When the life force is blocked or unable to flow freely, myriad health problems can arise. The mind may become less sharp, the memory may become weaker, the body may become fatigued and more susceptible to illness, and the emotions may become imbalanced, resulting in mood swings and inner turmoil. But by strengthening the life force through regular Reiki sessions, the patient may find that these ailments and their symptoms begin to subside and eventually go away entirely. Learn more about Reiki or prepare to become a Reiki practitioner so that you can heal yourself and others.
Reiki and the Chakras
A Reiki practitioner is someone who has been taught how to strengthen a person’s energy field naturally by transferring some of his or her own energy to the patient. But, in addition to empowering the inherent life force within a person, a Reiki healer also focuses on several individual energy centers throughout the body, which are known as chakras.
What Are Chakras and How Do They Effect Health?
Chakra is a Sanskrit term that translates to “wheel.” Each chakra is part of a network of energy centers throughout the body. These wheels, or spinning vortexes, ensure the life force moves freely, promoting health. When blocked, however, they prevent this flow of energy, resulting in disease.
It’s important to note that chakras don’t exist in the physical body. Instead, they exist in what’s referred to as the subtle body. And each chakra is associated with a specific area of the body, as well as with a particular color and with certain stones.
Chakras also influence other aspects of an individual’s existence, such as creativity, expression, and intuition. Therefore, they influence every aspect of the self and can promote healing by bringing every part of a human into balance, not just the physical. To learn more about the chakras and the colors, crystals, and foods that they’re associated with and influenced by, read this blog post.
The Seven Main Chakras
Although there are many chakras found all over the body, healers primarily focus upon the seven main chakras that run from the base of the spine to the top of the head. This course will teach you everything you need to know about the chakras so that you can have a better understanding of how they influence your life and wellbeing and what you can do to ensure they’ll always be in alignment and in a state of balance.
The first chakra is also referred to as the base or root chakra. Its Sanskrit name is Muladhara, which translates to “foundation.” It’s located at the base of your spine and associated with the color red. It influences the lymphatic and skeletal systems, as well as those associated with elimination. Therefore, Muladhara governs the spine, kidneys, lower digestive tract, and adrenal glands. It’s also associated with the sense of smell and relates to every individual’s most basic needs to survive (food, water, shelter, and safety). And because it’s the chakra that’s located closest to the earth, it promotes a sense of feeling connected and grounded. When this chakra is open, you’ll feel more confident in your abilities to meet your most basic needs because you know that Mother Earth will support you and hold you up. By chanting the mantra “lam,” you can stimulate this chakra and remove any blockages there.
The second chakra is located within the pelvic area, and its Sanskrit name is Svadhisthana. This energy center is associated with the color orange and governs the reproductive organs and the sense of taste. On top of the physical aspects it controls, this chakra is also associated with creativity, so awakening this area of the subtle body will allow you to be inspired and more creative. It will also balance the masculine and feminine energies that are found in every human being and promote your sensuality, sexuality, and reproductive potency. Chanting the mantra “vam” while focusing on the color orange in the pelvic region will balance this chakra.
The third chakra, known as Manipura in Sanskrit, is located just above your navel, at the solar plexus. It governs digestion and the liver, so it’s the energy center that will determine how well you can digest the food you consume, as well as how well you can “digest” your life. This fiery center of energy will make you feel empowered and ready to take on challenges when opened. But if it’s blocked, you’ll feel hostile, frustrated, and unable to move forward. You’ll also have digestive issues if this chakra isn’t balanced because it’s associated with the gallbladder, spleen, and stomach. It relates to the sense of sight and its color is yellow. The mantra for opening Manipura is “ram.”
The fourth chakra, also known as the heart chakra or Anahata, is located in the chest and governs the heart and lungs, as well as the sense of touch. It also governs circulation, the respiratory system, and the immune system. It’s associated with the color green, which is nourishing and calming, and when it’s open, you’re willing to give and receive unconditional love and forgiveness. Your life will be filled with happiness, love, and harmony. When blocked, however, you’ll feel isolated, angry, jealous, and unworthy. The mantra associated with this chakra is “yam.”
The next chakra is located in your throat, and it’s called Vishuddha. It’s associated with the color blue and is known for helping individuals express themselves when it’s open and balanced. In other words, people feel comfortable being themselves and they’re confident in expressing their truths because they know that they’re valuable when this chakra is open. The immune system, thyroid, metabolism, and sense of hearing are also strong when this chakra is open. Chanting “ham” can awaken this energy center.
The Ajna, or sixth chakra, is located at the third eye, between the eyebrows. It’s associated with the color indigo and the endocrine system, intuition, spiritual awareness, and insight. Inner knowingness and a connection to the higher self are achieved when this chakra is open, and you’re able to release negative patterns that hold you back. Chanting “sham” can open it up.
The last chakra is found at the top of the head, so it’s referred to as the crown chakra, or Sahaswara. It’s associated with consciousness, a connection to the universe that governs all life, and the nervous system. When open, you’ll feel that you’re connected with all creation, willing to live and let live. Your thoughts will be clear and your true purpose will be found because your intentions will be pure. Chanting “om” opens up this energy center, which is associated with the color purple.
How to Stimulate the Chakras Through Reiki
During a single Reiki session, the healer can focus on one energy center only or balance all of them at the same time. Taking a course to become a master Reiki healer will allow you to understand how to open up each of the chakras in your own body, as well as heal others.
Typically, the patient will lie down on his or her back, relaxing and allowing all off the tension melt away while clearing the mind as best as possible of all thoughts. The healer than places one hand over a single chakra at a time, transferring energy from his or her body to the patient until it feels like the energy center is balanced.
Another method involves placing one hand at the root chakra and the other at the third eye chakra. Once the temperature between both regulates and the energy is equalized, the healer can move one hand to the throat chakra and the other to the second chakra to do the same. Finally, the hands move to the heart chakra and solar plexus in order to balance and open them up.
If a person is very stressed and unfocused because of too much energy in the mind, the Reiki practitioner can place one hand over the third eye and hold it there as he or she balances the other chakras one at a time with the other hand. This will work by transferring the excess energy from the mind to the other chakras in order to balance them.
In addition to Reiki sessions, you can also reawaken your chakras and align them for optimal health by meditating on them and chanting the sounds associated with each one while focusing upon the colors and parts of the body they govern. Go a step further and learn how you can use yoga to promote energy flow through all of the chakras.