The connection between our vitality and our bodily physique is made by means of particular receptors: the chakras. As over the previous decade or two these vitality centres have change into fairly well-known, I assume that the majority readers will probably be conscious that there are seven essential chakras positioned alongside a central line stretching from the highest of the top to the bottom of the backbone.
Beginning from the bottom, we discover the basis chakra (on the tail finish of the backbone), the sacral chakra (about 2cm/1in beneath the navel) and the photo voltaic plexus chakra (at first of the ribcage). Then comes the guts chakra (on the degree of the guts however nonetheless within the centre of the chest), adopted by the throat chakra (across the thyroid), the third eye chakra (the purpose in between the eyebrows) and the crown chakra (on the highest of the top).
Every is related to the respective layer of the aura – the basis chakra with the primary, the closest to the bodily physique, the crown chakra with the seventh, the outermost – and subsequently additionally to the totally different features of our being that they symbolize. Now this entire idea turns into a science: the innermost layer is principally involved with features of our bodily incarnation, the outermost with our religious connection, and those in between with varied different features of our being. It's as fascinating as it's complicated.
And far of it makes nice sense. A blockage across the throat chakra might must do with an absence of communication (for instance, we must be having a correct dialog with our boss or partner and never preserving our unhappiness inside), the guts chakra offers with relationships and empathy, the photo voltaic plexus with our interior power, the navel chakra with feelings, the basis chakra retains us grounded, the third eye opens our instinct and the crown chakra helps us to understand our connection to the divine.
The chakras are additionally related to the encompassing bodily areas: the guts chakra (clearly) to the guts, the sacral chakra to the abdomen and small intestines, and so forth. In follow, which means that a blockage across the throat chakra may nonetheless be brought on by a communication difficulty, but in addition by a sore throat or a stiff neck. Or, actually, the sore throat itself could possibly be brought on by a communication downside…
Historically, the chakras and their respective auric layers are proven in sure colors – the basis purple, sacral orange, photo voltaic plexus yellow, coronary heart inexperienced, throat blue, third eye indigo and crown purple – and it's certainly attainable to change into conscious of those colors when coping with a specific chakra. Throughout a Reiki attunement, many college students see a few of these colors, most notably purple or inexperienced.
The vitality, or ki, introduced in by means of the chakras is transported across the physique by means of an infinite variety of meridians and nadis, that are one thing like vitality arteries and veins. The primary are bigger, the latter smaller, and a few historical charts present 72,000 of them. With out detailed data of their location, a remedy like acupuncture wouldn’t even be thinkable. When performing open-heart surgical procedure with out anaesthesia, aided solely by a number of lengthy needles, it is advisable to be pretty assured in regards to the right positioning!
There are numerous good books detailing the chakra system and its connection to thoughts, physique and spirit. Parts of it are additionally taught on most Reiki programs – in any case, it’s nice to change into extra conscious of the subtleties of our existence on Earth. And but relating to Reiki, we face a shock: this information is not a prerequisite for its use. It's useful and attention-grabbing – however not needed. Reiki will information the practitioner. It's merely unattainable to put the palms wrongly! Even when, for some motive, it’s unattainable to get near the placement of the bodily downside, Reiki will get there anyway, as scores of Reiki recipients have skilled.
Carol, a Reiki 1 scholar, was utterly bewildered after her first therapy. Her fellow scholar had positioned their palms solely round her head, however she’d felt a sensation in her left knee. The entire group was shocked when she revealed that she’d had botched surgical procedure there.
With this in thoughts, will probably be much less of a shock to be taught that the chakra system was neither extensively recognized in Japan within the early twentieth century nor taught by Mikao Usui. As an alternative, Reiki presents another idea that explains not simply the circulate of ki but in addition our complete human existence and its relationship to the universe. This isn’t meant to interchange the chakra system – actually, it enhances this understanding completely – however it goes even deeper.