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A bit of a general chakra overview

As quite a few of my clients have been asking about the chakras and what they are and what they do, I said I’d put together a bit of a blog about them … I’m going to keep it very simple and in this post just give a little bit of a general chakra overview. I’ll do some follow up blogs on the individual main chakras explaining where they are in your body, their representative colour (lots of you see these colours when you have your reiki treatment) and what physical and emotional aspects each chakra represents, plus a little bit more!

Chakras are your body’s energy centres. The best way, I think, to describe them is that they are like your body’s computer hard disks – chakra actually means ‘wheel of spinning energy’ and we actually have 114 but don’t worry, I won’t be talking about all 114!! We have 7 main chakras and these are the ones I’ll be focusing on.

Each chakra has a function and general symbolism and are represented by a different colour which follow the order of the colours of the rainbow. Each colour reflects a type of vibration or frequency radiating through the energy centres of each of the chakras. So what I'm saying here is that each chakra relates to different aspects of your life and specific functions of your physical body as well as your emotional and mental wellness.

Just like we have a physical body, we also have a subtle body which is a complex energy form. Our chakras are parts linked to a network of subtle energy channels (which you may know as meridians or 'nadis') - through which our energy (or ‘prana’) flows carrying thoughts, feelings and nerve impulses, connecting to our physical organs, whilst also regulating the various physiological and neurological systems, as well as recording every thought, feeling, emotional and physical experience.

What's important is not about how strong a single chakra is, or even a few of our chakras are, it's about all of them working in harmony.

You might be thinking “well how come the doctor doesn’t talk about chakras?” He might not talk about them but I’m really happy to say that a number of doctors are now recognising the benefits of having Reiki – in fact, you might be one of my lovely clients whose doctor has seen how much your health has improved and has told you to carry on having Reiki. This recognition makes me really very happy. A number of hospitals have also now started to include Reiki as part of their treatments, especially for palliative care. Locally, I understand that Leeds General are offering it to complement their conventional cancer treatment.

Anyway, I digress! The 7 main chakras … align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head and when you are healthy in body, mind and spirit they are open and balanced but when they become blocked, unbalanced or even work too hard, this is when problems and ill health occurs. If just one chakra is not functioning as it should, then the others won’t function as well as they should and I’ll talk about this and what problems are caused when I do the individual chakra blogs.

As most of you know, Reiki is great for repairing, strengthening and realigning your chakras so that your energy can flow, which then helps your body function at optimum health but I'll also mention some other ways you can work on unblocking and balancing your chakras.

So as I said, I'll be blogging about all of your main chakras and the first one I'll talk about in my next blog will be your primary chakra - the Root Chakra ....

Bye for now

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