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Balancing Your Chakras

Do you keep your chakras balanced?  I frequently forget to regularly tend to my chakras.  But when I feel “off”, re-balancing them  always helps improve how I feel … both physically and emotionally.  There are a variety of methods that we can use to clear and balance our chakras and I’ll share a couple below.  First though, for the benefit of those who may not know about chakras, I’ll start off with a brief explanation of the seven major chakras we each have … we each have hundreds of chakras, but I’ll stick to these for now.

What is a Chakra?

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to “wheel” in English.  Each chakra is an energy center that connects the physical, emotional, and energetic bodies (sometimes referred to as the “subtle bodies”) to each other and the Universe and each is associated with particular bodily functions as well as specific mental/emotional states.  The energy of the chakras feels like that of a vortex, spinning top, or small whirlpool.  The seven major chakras are aligned along the spine as shown in the graphic below:Chakra_Body Each chakra has a specific color, symbol, and tone associated with it.  Below I’ve given a brief description of the seven major chakras and their associations.  With regard to the chant sounds, please note that A is pronounced as “ah” and M is pronounced “ng” (as in king).

The Seven Major Chakras

RootChakraMuladhara, the Root Chakra:
First Chakra; color is red; note is C; chant sound is LAM.
The root chakra sits below the base of the spine (near the tip of the coccyx).  It is associated with the adrenal glands and immune system.  This chakra keeps us grounded to the Earth and helps keep us stable (physically and emotionally).  An overactive root chakra can manifest as greed or materialism … an underactive root chakra can cause fear or nervousness.

SacralChakraSwadhistnana, the Sacral Chakra:
Second Chakra; color is orange; note is D; chant sound is VAM.
The sacral chakra is midway between the pelvic bone and navel.  It is associated with the reproductive organs.  This chakra affects the emotions and creativity.  An overactive sacral chakra may lead to addictions or being overly emotional … an underactive sacral chakra can leave one apathetic or emotionally “numb”.

SolarPlexusChakraManipura, the Solar Plexus Chakra:
Third Chakra; color is yellow; note is E; chant sound is RAM.
The solar plexus chakra is located near the physical solar plexus in the body.  It is associated with the spleen and pancreas.  This chakra deals with self-esteem and personal power. An overactive solar plexus chakra may be responsible for overly aggressive or domineering behavior … an underactive solar plexus chakra can result in poor self-esteem or overly timid behavior.

HeartChakra Anahata, the Heart Chakra:
Fourth Chakra; color is green; note is F; chant sound is YAM.
The heart chakra is located near the heart and lungs in the center of the sternum.  It is associated with the heart and thymus.  This chakra deals with love and trust.  An overactive heart chakra may result in clingy or smothering behavior toward others … an underactive heart chakra may cause cold or distant behavior toward others.

ThroatChakraVishuddha, the Throat Chakra:
Fifth Chakra; color is light to medium blue; note is G; chant sound is HAM.
The throat chakra is located about midway up the neck.  It is associated with the thyroid.  This chakra affects truth in communicating.    Not speaking the truth can result in this chakra becoming blocked.  An overactive throat chakra can be responsible for talking too much without listening or dominating conversations or situations … an underactive throat chakra may result in a lack of communication.

BrowChakraAjna, the Third-Eye Chakra:
Sixth Chakra; color is dark blue or indigo; note is A; chant sound is OM or AUM.
The third-eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead.  It is associated with the pituitary gland.  This chakra influences our insight and intuition.  An overactive third-eye chakra can lead to spending too much time in fantasy worlds, nightmares, or even hallucinations … an underactive third-eye chakra may result in thinking that is too rigid, denial of reality, or confusion.

CrownChakraSahasrara, the Crown Chakra:
Seventh Chakra; color is purple or white; note is B; chant sound is NG.
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head in the center.  It is associated with the pineal gland.  This chakra deals with wisdom and spiritual peace.  An overactive crown chakra can result in too much intellectualizing or a mental detachment from the body or spirit … an underactive crown chakra can lead to spiritual apathy/uncertainty or excessive materialism.

If you aren’t used to feeling the different energies of the chakras associated with your body and don’t know what to look for but want to know what their state is, I’ve found this online test to be fairly accurate: Chakra Test at Eclectic Energies.   You can even have the results emailed to your inbox. 😉

Clearing and Balancing your Chakras

Here is a simple exercise to clear and open your chakras.  First, get comfortable in a quiet place.  I prefer to either sit in a comfy chair or lay on my bed.  Initially, it’s best if you can be undisturbed for 20 – 30 minutes.  With practice, you will eventually be able to clear your chakras fairly quickly whether there are distractions or not.  If you “feel” something slightly different than what I describe don’t worry … we all experience things a bit differently so this is just meant as a guide to help get you started and it can be varied as needed by the individual.

Next, go through each of the chakras and concentrate on its size, shape, and spin rate.  As you work with each chakra, see if you notice anything about its particulars.  Is it pulsing?  Spinning?  If it’s spinning, how fast is it moving?  Does it feel large or small?  I always begin with the root and end with the crown.

Beginning at the root chakra, visualize a red sphere near the base of your spine.  Visualize the sphere growing until it’s about twice the size of a softball.  Allow it to brighten so that it is glowing from within.  Now start it spinning, or increase its spin rate.  Trust your intuition … if it still “feels off” just keep working on the chakra, trying different imagery if needed, until you feel it’s smooth, calm, and stable.

Move up the spine, working each of the other chakras, until all seven of the chakras are the same size and spinning in unison:

  • For the sacral chakra, visualize an orange sphere between your navel and hips.
  • For the solar plexus chakra, visualize a yellow sphere between your navel and the bottom of your ribcage.
  • For the heart chakra, visualize a green sphere (with just a small bit of pink in the center of the sphere) near your heart.
  • For the throat chakra, visualize a blue sphere near the center of your neck.
  • For the brow, or third eye chakra, visualize a purple sphere in the center of your forehead.
  • For the crown chakra, visualize a white sphere at the top and center of your head.  Once it’s the proper size though, visualize it opening into a lotus flower, then start/increase its spin.

As each chakra is cleared, the spin rate increases and stabilizes.   Once all seven of the chakras are glowing and spinning in unison, they are clear and balanced.  Balanced chakras help us to feel calm and stable so this is a good exercise to do after a particularly hard day.  It’s also a great way to start your day off if you’re so inclined.

How crystals can help us with our Chakras

While clearing and balancing the chakras using only visualization (or in combination with sound or yoga) works well, I’ve found that crystal helpers speed the process up.  Using tumbled  or raw stones that correspond to either the color or function of the chakras, you can lie down and place one or more stones over each chakra.  As described above, you feel the energy of each chakra starting with the root and working your way up, one at a time, to the crown.  I leave the stones in place until I’m done with all the chakras, then remove them starting with the crown.

I’ve noticed that with stones I use as chakra helpers, keeping them together as a set has the effect of synchronizing them.  They get more harmonious and efficient at helping over time.  I’ve actually got three different chakra stone sets and will grab whichever set “feels” appropriate for a particular session.  I try to clear, open, and balance all my chakras on a regular basis (though life frequently intervenes) and find that when I do, I’m much happier and have more energy.

© Copyright dragonfae and Healing Through Balance, LLC 2014

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Energy and Healing

Does healing with energy really work?

The short answer is … yes, absolutely.  Since I was an engineer most of my life, I understand the skepticism many have when talking about healing with energy.  I’ve been there myself.  But my experiences have shown me that one can indeed heal with energy.

I have come to understand that some of the deepest and most effective healing is not found at
a doctor’s office or a hospital, but rather from inside ourselves. Our bodies are designed for
self-healing, and we are capable of both boosting and blocking that ability.
Dr. Daju Suzanne Friedman

We each have our own energy and we each are affected by how well that internal energy flows … and if we approach everything we do from an energetic perspective, it becomes clear just how quickly we can mess ourselves up by ignoring that energy.  Internal stresses, excess electromagnetic energy, junk food, lack of sleep, and high emotional states can all contribute to blockages in our body’s energetic pathways.

And just as there are a number of factors that build to create blockages, there are also a variety of ways to release those blocks.  I’m sure we all know at least one person who seems to never be affected by stress … some people have an innate ability to deal with all the stresses we encounter every day.  But if you’re not one of those people, what do you do?  I practice energy work using a number of methods (both for myself and for clients) and there are even more methods beyond those I use that are available.  Whether they will work for a specific individual is dependent on a few factors, including whether or not that person believes they will work.

Let’s talk about acupuncture for a moment.  Now, I’m not one to make use of acupuncture myself (I’m not a fan of needles and have a very well developed set of nerves near the surface of my skin) but a few years ago we had an older dog with some pretty severe arthritis.  She ended up needing surgery on one of her legs but we didn’t want to get the surgery for her until we could get the arthritis under control and my preference was to do so without additional pain medications or the experimental treatments suggested by our veterinarian at the time.

I’d heard that acupuncture was somewhat effective in dogs, so we found a veterinarian trained in animal acupuncture and started taking our girl once a week.  Within 5 or 6 weeks it was as if someone had turned the clock back at least 5 years.  Our 13 year old arthritic dog was clearly feeling much better … she was trotting around her yard and rolling around on her back!

If she were human, I might not have been so impressed.  Humans have the capacity to effect healing just by believing something will work (the placebo effect).  But animals don’t have “logic” and our girl had no idea what we were doing so the results aren’t tainted by rationalization or other human brain processes.

This episode, more than any other experience I’ve had, convinced me of how well energy can help a body to heal itself.  By keeping our energetic pathways clear, we minimize the effects of stress and maximize our body’s ability to function properly.  Regardless of the energetic method we each choose, whether we keep things clear ourselves or seek help to clear those pathways isn’t important … just that we do keep things moving.

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
Hippocrates

The practice of Reiki is similar in theory to acupuncture … the energy a practitioner works with is used to clear blockages in the energetic body, maintaining the flow of energy and allowing the body a greater potential to heal itself.  Reiki practitioners do not supply the energy needed to clear blockages or replenish the body’s energy supply, we are just a conduit for the life energy in the Universe and have been trained to feel and direct that energy.

Energetic healing modalities do not “cure” disease or heal the body directly, but they do help the body to use its ability to heal itself by helping to maintain an efficient energy flow.  Reiki is a wonderful way to help manage stress in your life.  Not only do you get a little help in keeping the energetic paths clear, each session is like a mini- retreat from the daily grind where you can just relax for a while.

So if you’re overstressed and overtired, why not try adding an energetic healing method to your wellness routine?  Added to good eating habits, proper exercise, and quality sleep, doing something to keep those energetic pathways moving can make a huge difference in daily life.

For Educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by any medical authority or
the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

© Copyright dragonfae and Healing Through Balance, LLC 2014

Echinacea


When “Healthy” isn’t healthy

One of my current pet peeves is the growing trend of attempting to fool consumers into thinking a product is healthy.  Many of these products are at best ineffective and at worst could actually cause more harm than good.  All so someone can make a buck or two.

Here are a few of the current products that get my goat (so to speak):

Soup …  I’ve loved canned soup since I was a kid but some of the current “healthy” soups are just ticking me off.  What on earth could possibly be healthy about canola oil and high fructose corn syrup?   Canola oil is obtained from the rapeseed plant, which is poisonous to humans.  I’ve refused to have anything in my home containing canola oil for a very long time.  And HFCS?  That stuff is just nasty.  Not only is it empty calories (and sweeter than processed sugar), the way it’s processed makes it virtually unusable by the human body and it may actually cause liver damage, increase fat storage, increase insulin production (contributing to type 2 diabetes), and can hasten iron deficiency in some people.

Multi-vitamins … honestly, as Sheldon on the “Big Bang Theory” once told Penny, multi-vitamins are really just the ingredients for expensive urine.  Very few have been formulated to be adequately absorbed by the human body and most of the big brand names have some questionable (if not out-right dangerous) fillers.  So now they’re making chewable multi-vitamins for adults, claiming that those who take them are being “healthy”.  Sorry guys, I’m not buying it. Literally.  If you’re eating a healthy, well balanced diet there’s no reason to take any vitamin except for D3 to boost the immune system and maybe a B complex if you’re over stressed.

Yogurt … yes, yogurt is good for  you, there’s no doubt about that.  But be careful of what’s in that yogurt.  If one or more of the ingredients has a registered trademark or a scientific name that contains numbers, you’re dealing with a lab created pre/pro-biotic.  Lab created enzymes and bacteria compete with naturally occurring bacteria and can lead to all sorts of problems within the GI tract.  If you want a really good pro-biotic, skip the yogurt and go for a natural pro-biotic with at least 10 billion live bacteria and an enteric coating.  This is a coating that doesn’t break down until the capsule is past the stomach and into the intestinal tract, where the bacteria can actually do some good … very few bacteria can live in the stomach anyway due to the acid, so at best you’re throwing your money away.

Yes, there are a lot of official organizations that will disagree with me.  But here’s some food for thought:   drug companies only make money if people are sick and need their drugs … in general, doctors make money off of repeat visits … sick people are their repeat “customers”.  Do you really believe that drug companies and the doctors who push their wares have your best interest in mind if they don’t make money when you’re healthy?

(I’m not looking to malign Western Medicine here … there are some really good doctors out there.  But we must seek them out and the trial and error needed to find a doctor that will work with you (instead of just prescribing a bunch of pills) can be frustrating.  I’m just suggesting that the model our “healthcare” system is based on is a bit flawed.)

For Educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by any medical authority or
the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

© Copyright dragonfae and Healing Through Balance, LLC 2014

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Welcome to Healing Through Balance

I decided to add a blog to the growing number of sites for Healing Through Balance.  If you haven’t seen my pages, there are links in the sidebar. 😉

I’ll be adding posts as I have time, but for now I’ll just mention that I do have a New Year’s special going on … I’m offering 25% off all Reiki sessions (30 and 60 minutes) both in the office and through my online shop.