Health & Well-Being Through Chakra Therapy
The state of the chakras influences all of our organs, the skeleton and the hormonal, digestive, circulatory and nervous system – in short, the entire organism. Chakra teaching asserts that behind every ailment lies a problem with the level or flow of energy and that this leads to dis-ease in the body’s natural equilibrium.
Holistic healing approaches such as chakra-oriented therapy are not directed toward releiving illness – although that may be the initial reason we turn to them. For true healing to take place, the deeper reasons for sickness must be addressed. The healing process entails not only the alleviation of symptoms but an inner freeing, a maturation, that reestablishes a healthy equilibrium. As we know from the study of psychosomatic disorders, such complaints as stomach troubles, asthma and high blood pressure are often connected to emotional conflicts.
Chakra teaching takes this a step further and points out that many other sickness have their roots in deeper levels of our being. Emotional sicknesses have causes that are related to a lack of serenity, inner strength and peace. When our spiritual growth is hindered and the energy transmitted by the chakras does not flow freely, it burdens our spirits, our minds and ultimately our bodies.
To arrive at the true sense of our physical complaints, it is helpful to consider the different areas of the body that are governed by each of the chakras. By considering why you suffer from a particular illness, you can gain valuable insights. The concern with deeper causes of ill health always leads to increased self-awareness.
“There is a deep wisdom within our very flesh,
if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”
~Elizabeth A. Behnke~
Root Chakra – Mudladhara – 1st Chakra
The Root Chakra lies at the bottom of the spinal column. The activity of this chakra affects he entire pelvic region and to a large degree. the large intestine. The chakra also governs the skeleton and the lower part of the body, including the legs and feet.
The Root Chakra is the energy center that connects people to the earth. It takes care of the legs and feet, which provide our physical contact with the ground. It also protects the sciatic nerve and affects the quality of the blood.
Ailments Related To Blockages In The Root Chakra:
- Digestive disorders
- Lower back pain
- Skeletal problems
- Pain in the legs and feet
- Varicose veins
- Anemia and other blood disorders
- Stress-induced ailments
- Allergic reactions
“Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.”
~Irene Claremont de Castillego~
Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana – 2nd Chakra
The Sacral Chakra is situated a few finger widths below the navel. It is also know as the sexual center, since it is primarily responsible for the sexual organs and reproductive system. Its energy radiates throughout the pelvic area and influences the kidneys, bladder and uterus. The Sacral Chakra is associated with the element water and governs the flow of bodily fluids. Thus it affects the blood, the lymphatic system and urine.
A well developed Sacral Chakra ensures the health of the testicles and prostrate in men and the ovaries and uterus in women. It also prevents impotence and reduces menstrual pain.
Ailments Related To Blockages In The Sacral Chakra:
- Menstrual pain
- Uterine ailments
- Inflammation of the ovaries
- Prostrate problems
- Testicular ailments
- Fungus infections in the sexual organs
- Sexual ailments
- Kidney problems, including kidney stones
- Weak bladder
- Bladder and urinary infections
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the hip joints
- Skin problems due to toxins in the body
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.”
~Henry S. Haskins~
Solar Plexus – Manipura – 3rd Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is located a finger’s width above the naval in the area of the stomach and the solar plexus. This chakra affects all of the digestive organs. In its sphere of influence are the stomach, gallbladder, liver, small intestine, spleen and the entire stomach cavity. Chakra work will gently regulate the energy flow in the solar plexus chakra and help you to avoid many physical problems.
Ailments Related To Blockages In The Solar Plexus Chakra:
- Stomach ailments or ulcers
- Disease of the liver, spleen and gallbladder
- Disorders of the digestive tract
- Nervous disorders
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Heart Chakra – Anahata – 4th Chakra
The Heart Chakra lies in the middle of the chest, level with the heart. Its activity affects the entire rib cage and especially the heart. In almost every culture, the heart is regarded as a symbol for the power of love. Additionally, this chakra regulates blood circulation and blood pressure. The lungs are also governed by the heart chakra. In addition to the heart and lungs, the heart chakra influences the shoulders, arms and hands; the rib cage and the upper back. It is also closely connected to the sense of touch, since this brings us closer to other people and allows us to comfort and be comforted.
Ailments Related To Blockages In The Heart Chakra:
- Coronary illness and angina pectoris
- Arrhythmia, heart attack
- High or low blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol
- Inflammation or infection of the lungs
- Asthma and other respiratory problems
- Backache in the rib cage area
- Shoulder pain
- Rheumatism in the arms and hands
- Skin problems
“To speak and to speak well are two things.
A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.”
Throat Chakra – Vishudha – 5th Chakra
The Throat Chakra lies is situated in the area of the neck. Its activity affects the area around the throat, neck and jaw as well as the esophagus and windpipe. The throat chakra is the center of speech and communication. It also influences the upper region of the upper bronchial passages, the breath and above all the voice. In addition to its influence on the larynx and vocal cords, the throat chakra also affects the vertebrae in the neck and the shoulders. Through harmonizing effects of chakra word, you can strengthen your throat chakra.
Ailments Related To Blockages In The Throat Chakra:
- Throat pain
- Speech defects such as stuttering
- Dental and periodontal problems
- Trouble with the vertebrae in the neck
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Overactive or underactive thyroid
“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.”
~Florence Scovel Shinn~
Brow Chakra – Ajna – 6th Chakra
In the center of the forehead, slightly above a point between the eyebrows, lies the brow chakra, which is also known as the third eye. The energy of the brow chakra, which plays a leading role on mental and psychic levels, also influences the body. The brain, particularly the cerebellum, stands in direct relationship to the energy of the brow chakra. This chakra regulates the quality of our sensory apparatus as well, above all, that of vision but also hearing and our sense of smell. The eyes, nose, auditory passages, inner and middle ears, nostril as well as the entire hormonal and nervous systems are directly influenced by the activity of the brow chakra. When you gently stimulate and strengthen the forehead through chakra work and remove possible blockages, you give a tremendous oost to your physical and mental well-being.
Ailments Related To Blockages In The Brow Chakra:
- Brain disease
- Disorders of the eyes
- Poor eyesight
- Haring impairments
- Inflammations of the middle ear
- Sinus problems
- Neurological disorders
- Mental illness
- Learning disabilities and problems with concentration
“It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence
that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us,
as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.”
Crown Chakra – Sahasrara – 7th Chakra
The Crown Chakra lies at the very top of the head. Its effects are felt throughout the aura; it is the mental and spiritual energy center, but has a significant influence on the body as well. It does not correspond to any one organ or part of the body; rather it works to harmonize and protect the entire organism. Its influence is strongly felt in the cerebrum and the eyes and is active in sustaining life on the bodily and cellular levels. Chakra work can stimulate the crown chakra, thereby protecting against chronic illnesses and promoting the body’s own natural healing process.
Ailments Related To Blockages In The Crown Chakra:
- Weakness in the immune system
- Nervous conditions
- Multiple sclerosis
- Mental confusion
- Mental illness
- Sleep Disorders
(Source Credit: A Handbook of Chakra Healing – Kalashatra Govinda)