The mention of “chakras” to some elicit visions of tree hugging hippies and yogis chanting “Om” to a rainbow of colors and flying unicorns. However, most don’t realize that chakras are merely "energy centers" of the body, and we are indeed made up of energy. You know this every time you electrocute yourself on a light switch or anything metal during cold, dry, winter months. Sometimes I even shock the hell out of the husband over a good-night kiss. He appreciates.
Western medicine tends to be very segmented and focuses on “body parts”. When doctors in the U.S. speak “chakra”, they are referring to your reproductive organs, adrenal gland, pancreas, thymus, pineal gland, and pituitary gland. Chiropractors speak chakra all the time by mentioning your spine and the nerves that connect to your organs.
In Chinese medicine, the healers speak of meridians and use acupuncture/acupressure to get the traffic flowing on your body’s energy highways.
In Ayurvedic practices, healers use the 7 chakras to make connections between your physical body and your emotional and spiritual health.
If you lined up images of your endocrine system, meridian pathways, and 7 chakras, they would all overlap. Tit for tat, all these approaches can tell you a lot about your well-being and be an excellent guide for tweaking the areas of your life that need it.
The beauty of learning about the Chakras is that it can be an awesome supplemental, self-help tool to overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual sickness. When I was struggling with major adrenal fatigue, and had such high anxiety at night that I couldn’t sleep, I used chakra balancing to reflect on the parts of me that were falling apart. I then used them as a guide to make repairs.
Here's a peek into what each Chakra represents:
1. Root chakra (base of your spine, legs, bones) – this is your security, stability, and ability to of feeling at home in your body – Do you feel like you don't fit in? 2. Sacral chakra (navel region, reproductive organs, kidney, bladder, lower back) – relates to our relationships with others, our ethics and moral code, our creativity – Do you feel like you have lost your creative juices and are stuck in a rut?
3. Solar plexus (digestion, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, adrenals) – this is our self-esteem, confidence, and how we view ourselves in relation to the world – Do you doubt yourself?
4. Heart chakra (lungs, heart, circulatory system) – compassion and love for fellow human beings and for ourselves resides here – Do you feel unloved?
5. Throat chakra (thyroid, mouth, shoulders, neck) – relates to the ability to communicate and share – Do you have problems communicating your needs to others?
6. Third eye (between the eyebrows, pineal gland, eyes)– this is our innate ability to know our purpose, why we are here on earth – Do you doubt yourself and rely on others for guidance?
7. Crown chakra (top of the head, pituitary gland, cerebral cortex) – this is our direct spiritual connection with divinity - Do you feel misunderstood?
The first step in tweaking your health and happiness is to assess your functioning in each chakra. Identify your physical aches and pains, and use the questions above to reflect on your emotions. Make note of which chakras need your attention.
Part 2 of this article will delve further into the specific of HOW to make changes using chakra balancing. Think of it as your step-by-step guide. Stayed tuned for next week’s continuation!