Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale

Energy Healing through the Chakras:

A brief overview of the chakra's psychological functions and physical correlates

A chakra is an energy vortex that is shaped like a funnel. The root, or small end of the funnel feeds into the vertical power current that runs through the center of the body. There are front and rear aspects of each of the seven major vortexes, so the configuration of the chakras with the power current in the middle looks something like this: > l <. The mouth of a healthy chakra expands to about a six-inch diameter and extends about six to nine inches out from the physical body. When functioning well, the chakras rotate in a clockwise direction with a smooth, even flow. The chakras metabolize universal energy that nourishes the associated psychological and physical functions.

When the chakras are clear, balanced and aligned, there is ease; there is health. When energy in the body or the emotional, mental or spiritual realm is blocked or distorted, the corresponding chakra is not able to digest the incoming energy and distress results. A malfunctioning chakra will eventually lead to physical pain or disease. A healer can facilitate charging and repairing the distortions in the chakras by using her intention to work with the frequency, color, sound, structure and movement of the chakra.

Keeping the chakras performing optimally prevents energy from accumulating which in turn allows the feelings and beliefs associated with the chakra to stay in right relation. This reduces the probability of physical pain or disease. The energetic distortion in chakras becomes habitual; they carry scars from old wounds and it can take time to restore integrity to the vortex. Bringing awareness and healing to the issues related to the chakra encourages transformation on and subsequent maintenance of chakra health.

The first chakra is the root: it extends from the base of the spine toward the earth. The color is red. This energy center is about our attachment to our physical bodies, our primary needs for survival and our life here on earth. It is related to our feeling connected to the human family and to our tribe as it includes the legs and feet that connect us to the earth. This is the chakra that corresponds to the skeleton, our foundation and connection to life.

When a person is depressed or suicidal, or gives up his will to live, there is a problem with the first chakra. At the same time, if someone floats around with their head in the clouds, it indicates there is not good grounding with the earth; there is generally a disconnection in this chakra. A mental illness that focuses much ill attention in the upper body tends to weaken the connection with the lower body and root chakra. When there is a structural or spinal problem, we might ask questions about the feelings of belonging and purpose for being here.

The second chakra is located in the lower abdomen and low back; its color is orange and it is related to sexuality, money, the immune system and feelings we have about ourselves. When there is stored anger, sadness or fear in relation to us, it shows up in the belly. Cradling the reproductive organs, the second chakra is related to creativity and procreation; relationship with the family is centered here.

When there is insecurity about finances, trouble with sexual performance or satisfaction, issues of suppressed emotions or a low immune function, attention to the second chakra is in order. All these are linked to feeling satisfied with the self in the context of community or other, a sense of value, of relatedness and belonging.

Yellow is the color of the third chakra which is located at the solar plexus and primarily represents how we present ourselves to the world and how we care for ourselves. This is the seat of our identity and our intellectual mind as well as the intuition. The purifying organs, like the liver, pancreas, kidneys, spleen and adrenals assist in separating the pure from the impure, reminding us of the function of this center as a place where we make choices about our personal well being,

Anxiety in the stomach or acid reflux results from self-doubt, confusion of identity, or from low self esteem. We lose the ability to sort what is good for us and what is not; we may neglect taking care of ourselves or lose our confidence in our mental and/or intuitive abilities when this center is off kilter.

The heart center is the bridge between the lower physically oriented chakras and the upper, more spiritual centers of energy. Light green or rose pink in color, in the center of the chest, this vortex is about human relationship as well as our personal relationship with our own egos. It is over extension of the ego that prohibits deep contact with others and opening of the heart that encourages relationship. The heart, lungs, thymus and upper extremities are mediated by this energy center. When the heart is open and one is in right relation with the ego, these physical systems will run well.

Relational problems, deep grief over loss of a beloved as well as haughtiness and inconsideration toward others are fourth chakra issues. If these psychological concerns go unchecked, respiratory, lymphatic or heart problems will eventually be likely. When the heart flows with loving kindness and the ego is not struggling and creating separation, we breathe more easily, the blood and lymph fluids flow uninhibited and the heart chakra spins evenly.

Surrender to divine will is the primary function of the blue throat chakra. Being in a forceful current, insisting, demanding, coming from personal will is a strain to the fifth chakra. Allowing life to unfold, trusting in the divine that life offers exactly what is for one's highest good keeps the chakra open and moving. Choosing to live in the grace of the divine or from our personal will is the work of this center. The fifth chakra is also related to our work in the world. It is the center for receiving nourishment as well as having a voice in the world.

Stress from a vocation, from not speaking your piece, or from being in a forcing current often shows up as a pain in the neck, shoulder tension, or thyroid dysfunction. Problems such as TMJ, herpes and sore throats may be consequences of our inability to take in and allow ourselves to be nourished, to speak up for what we believe in or to surrender to our faith that things will work out for our best even when the odds aren't looking good at the moment.

The hypothalamus is a primary organ of this chakra and is related to our tendency to act from judgment and fear rather than from trust and faith.

The sixth chakra is associated with the belief that we are held in divine love. The indigo blue third eye center is the home of our normal senses as well as our ability to see with higher sense perceptions. The pineal and pituitary glands as well as the brain and nervous system work together to house our beliefs. Not only our wisdom about the world, but also our distortions about life are held by the energy center in the center of the forehead.

While the divine always loves us and there is truly no separation, this is often not our belief. Bringing conscious awareness to how we deceive ourselves fosters ease and well-being. When delusions, faulty beliefs or the feeling of alienation are extreme, headaches, sinus problems, nervous system disorders, chronic anxiety or mental illness can result.

The crown chakra at the top of the head regards divine knowledge that we are part of the larger whole, there is no separation, and there is only unity. It is the heart of prayer, of devotion, of supreme love and the place of knowing my own Godliness. The seventh chakra connects us to source; the more spiritually connected we are the wider open this chakra is. There is acceptance, forgiveness, understanding and ultimate compassion.

When a person has lost their sense of purpose in life, feels completely alone, or is totally 'out of their mind', this chakra needs some attention. Distortion to this energy vortex should be considered if there is no ethical consideration for life, if there is a sense of wild abandon or if drugs, anesthesia or life traumas have detached a person from their purpose for being here.

When the seven major chakras are working in balance, are clear and in harmony with one another, good health, growth and forward movement in life are assured. Simply putting your hand on your own energy centers, and bringing your full attention to them one at a time, will be healing. If there is a pain in the body, get curious about what else is going on when your hand is over the closest chakra. Being open to how the physical pain relates to an emotional or mental issue in your life will help the chakra to respond to your touch and awareness. The health of the chakra system is the underpinning for all the other systems in the body. When the energy centers are open, the emotions flow freely, the mind thinks clearly, the physical body works well, we are connected to the divine and life is full of ease.


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