Everything is Energy
More and more, what was once foo-foo has become mainstream because of empirical evidence supporting its existence. The powers of meditation and of yoga are good examples. Once believe to be contrary to western traditions, these practices are now considered valuable to one’s peace-of-mind, spiritual practice and overall success, as are other Laws of the Universe such as the Law of Attraction and the Law of Reciprocity.
Energy balancing has become another such item. Eastern traditions identify energy as an omnipresent element, connecting all that is, and for those when in highest-self, connecting us to our Creator. Supporting scientific evidence is not yet available but quantum physics is pointing to the fact that energy is everywhere and that everything is energy.
Chakras and the Body’s Chi
The seven color-represented chakras of the body are believed to be the sources generating this energy, with each having its own vibrational frequency. The perceived functions – which range from immunal to emotional – have been central to discussions of the self for thousands of years. Subsequently, these functions are preserved and protected by methods intended to balance the chakras.
The Body’s Chi
Throughout our body are energy meridians that move our energy through the body. Think of meridians as the body’s energy transportation highway system similar to how our veins circulate our blood. These meridians, or channels, move our life force energy, known as Chi (also spelled as Qi), throughout the body. When blockages occur in our meridians not allowing a free-flow of our Chi to the body’s various chakras, dis-ease occurs and can cause physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Tapping, acupressure, and acupuncture are means of regaining balance; below you will find other means for chakra-by-chakra.
The Seven Chakras
In assistance of you maintaining a kit of parts for your Success Toolbox, here then are short descriptions of each of the seven chakras and their corresponding attributes:
Located at the top of the head, the Crown Chakra is attributed to understanding and personal identity. If blocked, it is said that psychological disorders can result. Balance for the Crown can be achieved through meditating, watching uplifting films, and reading inspirational books.
Also referred to as the Third Eye, the Brow Chakra is the chakra of awareness. Located on the forehead between the eyebrows, this energy center is believed to be the source of one’s intuition and wisdom. A blockage of the Third Eye is said to cause conditions such as depression and selective memory, but balance can be maintained by simply being more attentive in conversations and awarding yourself with praise following intuitive moments.
Communication and creativity are considered the main functions of the Throat Chakra. As a result, blockage is believed to cause an individual to experience the likes of stifled creativity, such as writer’s block, or even dishonesty. Methods for healing or balancing the Throat Chakra include singing frequently and being straightforward and honest.
Perhaps the most mainstream and accepted of all chakras, the Heart Chakra provides the emotional functions of love and compassion. The loving energy of this center is said to travel down to the chakras below as relationships progress, strengthening as it goes. Perceived blockages can create physical heart problems as well as immoral behavior but can be healed and balanced by eating green foods and making time to enjoy solitary hobbies.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Various virtues are believed to come from the Solar Plexus Chakra. Located a few inches from the navel, this chakra is responsible for personal power as well as emotions ranging from joy to anger. Spending time with supportive, close friends and getting dosages of sunshine can potentially cure blockages, which are said to manifest in the form of frustration or lack of direction.
Between the navel and the base of the spine is the Sacral Chakra, which is said to be the chakra primarily associated with sexuality and pleasure. A blockage of this center is said to cause sexual guilt or obsessive and compulsive behavior. Candlelit baths and romantic movies are recommended to remedy blockage issues.
At the base of the spine is the Root Chakra, believed to be the source of basic trust and the fight-or-flight response. If blocked, the individual may experience fear and become defensive. Suggestions for restoring balance include walking around barefoot and dancing.
I pay attention to my personal energy balancing and remain cognizant of my free-flowing chi to optimize my daily living. Try it! Hey … it wouldn’t hurt!
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Parts of this post were adapted from the Newsweek Special Edition: Spiritual Living, March/April 2016