The healthy balance and function of your Chakras is central to your overall health as a complete human being. The more you know about them, the better equipped you are to become happier and healthier. Many books have been written about the Chakras and I believe we could spend our whole lives learning and still not know everything there is to know and understand. However, a basic understanding can make quite a difference in your life. This Article is intended to be an outline of the basics for those who are aware of the Chakra system but have little understanding of it, and those who have never even heard of a Chakra.  I should perhaps add that when the ‘Chakra system’ is mentioned this is usually a reference to the seven major energy centres of the ‘Chakra system’.

This word ‘Chakra’ derives from the Sanskrit, meaning wheel or disc, and eastern metaphysical theories of Ayurvedic Indian Medicine originally referred to those seven major ‘Chakras’ (or integrated energy centres) that correlate with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and a holistic approach to the human bodily system. The seven Chakras are said to be situated throughout the length of the spinal column at various locations starting from the coccyx up to the crown of the head.

In addition to these seven major Chakras there are said to be many others situated throughout your being, and it seems new minor Chakras continue to be discovered.

Chakras are not physical but metaphysical, and therefore the usual scientific methods do not tend to detect them. However, in more recent times there is new scientific evidence about their existence coming to light. It would also appear that it is in Russia where major discoveries in respect of the Chakra system have been made for some time, although I believe the West is covering new ground in this respect.*

The holistic approach takes into account all aspects of you, not only the physical but the other aspects I have mentioned above.  Chakras have been described as the connection between your physical aspect and your consciousness and spirituality, or, as Carl Jung** said “the gateway to our consciousness”. They make up a system of subtle energy centres, that work like vortices (just watch a whirlpool or the water going out when you empty your bath), hence the name and its original meaning.

You may be familiar with the meridians, worked with in disciplines such as Acupuncture, Reflexology and others, Chakras work in parallel with these meridians. which are energy pathways as opposed to energy centres. You could perhaps consider them to be traffic controllers or junction boxes directing, distributing and balancing the energies needed to keep you functioning as a whole human being. Whereas the meridians are the pathway along which the energy flows.

A description which may be easier to relate to in today’s world of digital technology is in comparing them to the ‘software’ that runs inside your computer ‘hardware’; to perhaps, think of yourself as a computer, your physical aspect being your ‘hardware’ and your chakras as the software that contains the data or information which helps to make various aspects of you work better. In this comparison it is easier to see that if your software (Chakras) is working correctly then you will function more efficiently as a whole.

Another way to consider them is as y our ‘metaphysical plumbing’ helping to keep your energies flowing healthily through your system.  If there is a blockage then problems will become apparent.  If there is an imbalance and an excessive flow occurs this is obviously just as great a problem.

In the ancient traditions they are depicted as lotus flowers, each one with a different number of petals.  This is because each Chakra governs a different aspect of you and vibrates at a different rate.  These vibration rates are of course not usually apparent to your eyes or other physical senses.

They are linked to the endocrine system, and to respective physical body parts in in the area of your bodily system where they are situated.  They are also linked to your mental emotional and spiritual states of being.

When offering Reiki and other Natural Healing therapies the energies flowing into a client help to balance the Chakras so they work more evenly and healthily. This means that under active energy is increased and hyper active energy is reduced to a healthier level.

Such problems can result from many different causes, and conditions that are too complex to discuss in detail here.  It is perhaps sufficient to say that the influence of Chakras in your life is deep, wide and potentially infinite.

It is within this deep and yet intangible system of energy centres (Chakras) working beneath the surface of your awareness, that Natural Healing Therapies can be surprisingly effective. Those who are helped by such Therapies often say that although they can clearly feel the benefit of a healing session, they find difficulty in describing in a logical way how that healing has helped them.

If this Article has raised questions for you please do not hesitate to contact me when I will be happy to help.

*“With new BioWell software, it is now possible to quantitatively estimate the energy of Chakras and graphically display their level of action, and indicate whether this level of activation is above or below the level found from large numbers of subjects”

Dr Pradeep B. Deshpande  a Professor emeritus at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville.

**Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy and religious studies

©Elizabeth Slingsby