Chakras are the seven main energy centres, or vortexes, in the subtle energy field where the mind and body meet. These energy vortexes connect the different dimensions of a human being (emotional, mental, spiritual and physical). Chakras regulate the flow of life-force energy (prana, chi, ki, qi) between the physical and higher dimensions. The chakras are vertically aligned with the spine, each representing a different set of body organs and systems, personality traits and emotional state.
The Shushumna is the energy pathway which connects all of the chakras and runs up and down the spine. Energy also travels along other channels within the physical body and subtle energy body (nadis and meridians). Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine work along the principles of energy centres and meridians.
Energy balance between the chakras and within each of the chakras is imperative for optimal health and wellbeing. Ill health is the body’s way of telling us that energy is not flowing smoothly or in balance within the energy system. When the energy systems are disrupted or the flow of energy is impeded, ill health with eventually result.
The chakra system is changing continually in response to the stresses of everyday life. When the body is placed under stress, the chakras may become depleted, or flow in the energy system becomes disrupted. For example, if you have lost a loved one and become very sad, this will affect the chakras associated with the heart and the mind. You may even feel the physical pain within those areas of the body. This may cause the heart chakra to become depleted in energy and excessive energy to be sent to the mind. In turn, you may have less physical energy and be more tired, and yet with the overactive mind may make it difficult to relax and sleep at night. Balancing the chakras involved would increase energy flow within the depleted chakras and decrease energy flow through the overactive ones. More energy directed to your throat chakra, for example, would allow for you to find ways to express yourself and relieve yourself of some of the grief.
Over each person’s life, our experiences shape us into who we become. Stressful experiences can have long lasting negative effects on the energy system. If our energy systems are disrupted for long periods of time, this will lead to ill health. In other words, illness, pain or other ailments are our body’s way of telling us that our energy system is out of balance. If these initial indications are ignored, the symptoms will progress until we are at a point where we are forced to pay attention.
By working on the chakra system, a spiritual energy healer is able to rebalance the energy within the chakra centres and energy flow on all levels (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual). This allows for healing to occur not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well. This is the only way to become completely healed.
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