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Energy itself is never a problem. Blocking energy is the problem. In fact, if you look around the very room you are reading this in, there are major amounts of energy flowing through the walls, the circuits of electricity around you. No problem with that. It's just that if you stick your fingers into one of the sockets and block that energy, you've got a problem. Or consider that 5 ton truck rolling along outside in the street. Traveling at 40 miles per hour, that's a lot of kinetic energy. No problem. Quite useful, in fact. But step out there in front of that truck and resist all that energy and you've got a big problem.
In illness, energy is blocked. Consider even in the crudest of approaches, unblocking the arteries of the heart in a person with arteriosclerosis. The action taken is quite clearly the removal of a blockage of energy, symbolized by the flow of blood supply to the required areas. However, as in physics, working at the more subtle levels, we can see a much more powerful result.
Our bodies have specific locations that interface dramatically with that energy force that sustains us. Their discovery was probably quite intuitive in early man, but they were significantly investigated and named around 5000 years ago. They are called chakras, a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel." That description is more than figurative. Developed and experienced practitioners can visually see these chakras and have described them as wheel-like in appearance.
Chakras act as an aperture on a camera does. While a camera aperture determines the amount of light that enters the camera, the chakras are the openings that allow energy into our personal fields. The smooth, effortless flow of that energy is the desired state. Any blockage or resistance has the same results for our bodies that it would have in any other system: the system wears out, breaks down and suffers the consequences.
We put oil in an internal combustion engine to minimize the resistance, extend the life, and help it run more efficiently. Similarly, there are ways we can keep our chakras operating clearly, efficiently and keep our system running better.
Certain things that we do enhance the performance and health of our bodies by getting us in the flow of the life energy. And when that flow is interrupted or compromised, there are steps that can help return it to normal.
Techniques like acupuncture, healing touch, massage therapy and other bodywork are obvious steps. But there is more. Nutrition, yoga, breathwork, meditation are other steps. All action must be considered. Every action that we take will either enhance our well-being or detract from it; will either close down our chakras or improve their ability to process energy.
Some detrimental activities are apparent. C.W. Leadbeater, in his seminal work published in 1927 titled simply "The Chakras," describes how drug, alcohol and tobacco use all impair the chakras and close them down, eventually permanently.
There are seven primary chakras. Any one can relate to them easily because they correspond clearly to seven very special areas on our body. Just for example, chakra four, the heart chakra, is located right at the area of what anatomy calls the solar plexus. Placing the hand there and pressing lightly gives an experience much different from pressing, say, on the forearm. Chakra five, the throat chakra is at the base of the throat near the interclavicular notch, that little "cup" above the sternum. Light pressure there makes it clear to us that it is a "special" area. There are secondary chakras as well, but the main seven are crucial. The lowest chakra is the Root chakra. In ascending order, chakra two is the Reproductive, three the Navel, then the Heart, Throat, Brow and Crown.
Many alternative healing practitioners are adept and aware of the importance of addressing the chakras as part of therapy. Ask any therapist that you may be working with about them.
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Michael Braunstein is Executive Director of Heartland Healing and certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners in clinical hypnotherapy. He graduated from the Los Angeles Hypnotism Training Institute and was an instructor at the UCLA Extension University for 11 years.
Heartland Healing is devoted to the examination of various alternative forms of healing. It is provided as a source of information and not as medical advice. It is not meant as an endorsement of any particular therapy, either by the writer or by Heartland Healing Center, Inc.
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