Reiki healing acknowledges the chakra zones which are funnel shaped spinning energy vortexes of energy. This energy interacts with the outside world. Though we have many, there are a prominent seven most important to our well-being. Like all things, out chakras are tied not only to our spiritual health but our physical health. Something that impacts our grounding for example, takes a toll on our root chakra. On the other end, if our communication is stifled, our throat chakra will be closed. A chakra can be balanced, closed or too open. Because of daily stresses, chakras need realigning constantly. Reiki healing, acupuncture, crystals, essential oils, meditation, sounds and other corresponding elements can aid us in centering these chakras.
The seven major chakras are aligned in ascending columns from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each affects and is affected by physical functions.
First: Root/Base Chakra
Red chakra located at the base of the spine. Its Sanskrit name is muladhara. It is associated with our connection to earth, survival, health, abundance, family, passion, and moving forward in life.
When this chakra is out of balance you may feel “stuck,” ungrounded, a depleted sense of self. This frequently happens following traumatic events, family problems, death of a loved one, and major life changes. A blockage in the root chakra prevents the release of grief, guilt, and sadness, contributing the the inability to move forward and preventing you from following your destiny.
Psychological symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra include: loneliness, insecurities, feeling ungrounded, unconfident, abandoned, indecisive, depressed, anxious, addictions, phobias, obsessions.
Physical symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra include: lower-back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, constipation, diarrhea, rectal/anal problems, impotence, water retention, and problems with groin, hips, legs, knees, calves, ankles, and feet.
Orange chakra located at the base of the spine. Its Sanskrit name is svadhisthana. It is associated with our connection to other people, creativity, energy, confidence, and sexual health.
If the sacral chakra becomes unbalanced, you will have a lack of energy flow throughout the entire body. You may feel extremely lethargic and unmotivated for life, particularly exercise and sex, leading to sadness, loneliness, and mild depression.
Psychological signs of an unbalanced sacral chakra: eating disorders, addictions, low self-confidence, dependency issues, low libido, and unbalanced emotions.
Physical signs of an unbalanced sacral chakra: kidney problems and urinary tract infections, chronic lower back pain, sexual disorders, infertility, gynecological problems, dysfunctional menstrual cycles, and problems with the intestines, spleen, and gallbladder.
Third: Solar Plexus
Yellow chakra located at the diaphragm. Its Sanskrit name is manipura. It is associated with our physical center, personal power, desire, inner-strength, emotions, instincts, and “gut” feelings.
If the solar plexus chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel very stressed all the time and powerless to gain control, leaving you mentally and physically exhausted. You may have “gut” feelings but are not sure of what or where they are coming from, contributing to your distress and discomfort. The stress of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra also contributes to poor memory and concentration.
Psychological signs of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra: lack of memory and concentration, frequent fearing, feeling uncentered, sugar addictions, insomnia, and eating disorders.
Physical signs of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra: digestive and intestinal disorders, indigestion, food allergies, eating disorders, poor metabolism, diabetes, obesity, eczema, acne, and other stress-related skin conditions.
Green chakra located in the region of the physical heart. Its Sanskrit name is anahata. The heart chakra is the center of your spirit as well as the center of the chakras, making it a vital energy center for our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. It is associated with love, compassion, safety, trust, adventure, self-compassion, forgiveness, and relationships.
If the heart chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel detached from the world around you. Each breath we take that connects us to our physical and spiritual world is enveloped by the heart chakra, and if unbalanced or blocked can lead to a disconnection from the people we love, love for ourselves, and love for the earth. Problems in relationships heighten and we tend to lose hope. We lose sight of beauty, love, empathy, and compassion.
Psychological signs of an unbalanced heart chakra: apathetic, faithlessness, unforgiving, hopelessness, distrustful, uncommitted, and detached.
Physical signs of an unbalanced heart chakra: pneumonia, asthma, breast problems, respiratory problems, upper-back pain, shoulder and upper-arm pain and premature aging.
Blue chakra located at the base of the throat. Its Sanskrit name is vishuddha. The throat chakra is associated communication, expression, freedom, responsibility, and leadership.
If the throat chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel you are unable to communicate verbally, physically, and emotionally. The throat chakra connects us to our ability to express ourselves, therefore creating a number of issues if this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, particularly from subconscious attitudes or feelings becoming trapped and unable to surface. Severe trauma can cause this chakra to close, making it very difficult to express emotion.
Psychological signs of an unbalanced throat chakra: nervousness, anxiety, fear, attention deficit disorders, poor coping skills, feeling isolated.
Physical signs of an unbalanced throat chakra: problems with the nasal area, irritated sinuses, sore throat, jaw pain and TMJ, voice loss, thyroid problems, teeth and gum problems, and ailments of the esophagus and tonsils.
Sixth: Third Eye/Brow
Indigo chakra located between and just above the physical eyes, in the center of the brows. Its Sanskrit name is ajna. The third-eye chakra is associated with the mind, ideas, thoughts, dreams, intuition and psychic abilities.
If the third-eye chakra becomes unbalanced, we may feel bombarded with our own thoughts, unable to process them effectively and may feel stuck in an emotional and intellectual rut. We lose our sense of intuition, making our judgment clouded and causing us to make poor decisions. With a blocked third-eye chakra, we become closed to new ideas and fall off the paths of our true destiny.
Psychological signs of an unbalanced third eye chakra: headaches and migraines, nightmares, seizures, neurological disorders, personality disorders and neuroses, learning difficulties, and hallucinations.
Physical signs of an unbalanced third eye chakra: eye problems, glaucoma, ear problems and hearing difficulties, spinal conditions, and scalp/hair issues.
Violet/purple chakra located at the crown of the head. Its Sanskrit name is sahasrara. It is associated with God (or your particular belief system), spirituality, divine wisdom, enlightening, connection to the universe, imagination, awareness, and optimism.
If the crown chakra becomes unbalanced, we feel unconnected spiritually and as though we are living without any direction or purpose. If there are many physical ailments and dis-eases that seem to continually surface without a root trigger or cause, it is likely to be an out-of-balance crown chakra, as this chakra affects the six energy systems below, and practically your entire being. A blocked crown chakra can lead to depression and nervous system disorders and feelings of being lost and incomplete.
Psychological signs of an unbalanced crown chakra: depression, confusion, loss of faith, mentally disconnected, dementia, epilepsy, schizophrenia.
Physical signs of an unbalanced crown chakra: light sensitivity, headaches, dementia, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders, (the crown chakra affects the health of our brains and therefore our entire mental, physical, and spiritual health).