Welcome to our final post in the three part series that introduces the idea of Chakras and how they can be helpful to your Reiki healing. If you haven’t had the chance to read the first and second posts, I highly suggest reading those posts first.
With that said, here’s the last set of Chakras that can help in your Reiki practice:
Vishuddha the Throat Chakra
The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is all about communication. Self-expression is the goal of this chakra, and it can be out of line if you feel like you are constantly holding in secrets or if you’re holding in your emotions. To balance this chakra, focus your energy on your neck and shoulders. Scream, sing, and chant until you feel that you are ready to communicate with the world. You can try singing along with some of your favorite songs on the radio or in the shower, you might find that you are better able to convey ideas and feelings to your loved ones and coworkers after this exercise.
Shoulder Stand is the yoga position most commonly associated with opening up this chakra. If noting else, completing the shoulder stand will make you want to tell everyone you know about your newfound yoga abilities. Eating healing foods such as berries and fruits with blue undertones will help you connect to this chakra.
Skeptical? The nerve endings of this chakra are those of the thyroid glad. This is where our growth and maturation hormones are produced, and those of us suffering from thyroid issues often complain of feelings of lethargy and an inability to keep up with a normal pace of life. Fun fact: this is the chakra most commonly associated with dreaming and the art of Dream Yoga or lucid dreaming.
Ajna the Third Eye Chakra
Location: Brow Bone, Between the Eyes
Intuition and clarity are the focus of the third eye chakra, with a focus on the ability to see the big picture. The sixth chakra focuses on wisdom and decision-making, and is most commonly associated with the brain. Aligning this chakra will bring you clarity. The most common way of balancing the third eye is through meditation. Frequently referred to as mindfulness, practitioners will tell you that they feel a strange sense between they eyes when deep in meditation. It is believed that this is the presence of the “Third Eye”.
Yoga poses with forward bends, increasing blood flow to the head, will help to balance this chakra. Purple colored foods as well as chocolates are most commonly associated with this chakra.
Skeptical? This area is also referred to as the pineal gland, the body’s sleep control. This gland produces melatonin, telling us when to sleep and when to wake naturally. This is also the area of the brain associated with envisioning and visualizing.
Sahasrara the Crown Chakra
Location: Top of the Head
This is the bliss chakra, and does not connect to the body in the same way that the other chakras do. The Crown Chakra focuses on beauty (both inside and out) and is the aggregate of the teachings from the other chakras. The Crown Chakra focuses on our connection to the world, and is best expressed through meditation or cardio.
It is believed that you can only balance the seventh chakra after all other chakras are in order. The corresponding glands are the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, which connect endocrine system and central nervous system to the whole body.
And that’s it! Simply knowing about the Chakras and how they can affect our lives is tremendously helpful. Combing that knowledge with the power of Reiki can truly help your Reiki practice and help you reach your Reiki healing goals.