Updated: Jan 30, 2019
My family and I relocated to Arizona in March of 2018. Our move was preceded by years of turmoil; our life was riddled with financial struggles, emotional struggles, constant illnesses, and what felt like this dark, gray cloud. After getting settled in, I knew it was time to dive in and start unblocking and re-balancing my Chakras. It wasn't a surprise that none of them were flowing properly individually, much less together. I think everyone has their own similar story. So the question is whether the situations cause blocked and imbalanced Chakras or does the lack of balance cause the situations?
The simple answer to that is both. The term Chakra was originally formed in India between 1500 and 500 BC. The Sanskrit word literally translates to wheel or disk and was a belief held primarily by Hindus and Tantric Buddhists. Over the course of the last few decades, the idea that there is an energy force flowing in and around us has grown in popularity. Understanding how the Chakras work in relation to each other and to external energies has the ability to rapidly transform a person's life.
There are seven common Chakras that start at the base of the spine and move upwards to the top of the head. Each one is represented by a different color and has it's own vibrational frequency. Each of these also correlates to different parts of the body (think illnesses) and specific emotions. From the base of the spine up, the Chakras are:
Root Chakra (red) - located at the base of the spine
Sacral Chakra (orange) - located at the lower back
Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow)- located at the navel
Heart Chakra (green)- located at the center of the chest
Throat Chakra (blue)- located at the base of the throat
Third Eye Chakra (violet)- located between the eyebrows
Crown Chakra (indigo or white)- located at the top of the head
When the Chakras are in balance, they "...spin like a wheel and open like a flower." (Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama). They are all interconnected, with energy flowing between them similarly to the way a belt in a car engine moves. Independently, they grow and shrink depending on how blocked they are. Because each Chakra center operates as it's own "entity" inside of the larger group, some can be open while others are blocked or completely closed. Irregardless of whether or not one or all are blocked, any obstruction disrupts the entire system.
The severity of imbalance is where our original question comes into play. Anything having to do with universal energy has a sort of push and pull aspect. Unbalanced Chakras tend to begin with an outside "push" of negative energy. It can be the loss of a job or loved one, some type of physical or mental abuse; anything that causes you to have an unpleasant experience. Depending on what emotions the event triggers dictates which Chakra is effected. The resulting imbalance then begins to affect a person from the inside out, pushing that negative energy out into the universe. As this negative push either gains momentum through a person's actions or the universe sending it back, other events occur that effect other Chakra points, and round and round we go.
Being able to recognize when imbalances occur is the best way to keep the entire system in a harmonious state. If you're like I was after moving to Arizona (a.k.a. a total mess!) Reiki healing and Reiki massage are the most effective ways to regain balance. The combined physiological aspect of massage with the energy work of Reiki allows a Reiki healer or master to bring full healing from a range of emotional and physical illnesses that are related to an imbalanced Chakra system.
Next week, we will start an in depth look at each individual Chakra, ways to maintain balance at home, and how Reiki affects the Chakras. Until then, happy reading!