How Reiki Works with Chakras
Named after the Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”, Chakra is a concept referring to wheel-like vortices of “energy force” which permeate from locations at the base of the spine to the top of the skull. Different systems posit a varying number of chakras; the most well-known system in the West is that of seven chakras.
Reiki is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki thereby brings alignment and balance to the Chakras.
Physiological and Metaphysical Function of Chakras
- Base/root chakra (muladhara). The first chakra, located at the base of the spine, is linked with basic survival and with the adrenal glands. It is associated with the color red and the earth element.
- Second chakra (svadisthana). Thought to reside in the genital region, this chakra is linked with sexuality and with the reproductive system. It is associated with the color orange and the water element.
- Third chakra (manipura). Situated near the navel, this chakra is linked with the pancreas and the solar plexus. It is associated with the color yellow, the fire element, and power in the world.
- Heart chakra (cnahata). The fourth chakra, associated with the heart and the immune system, is believed to be the seat of love and compassion. It is associated with the color green and the air element.
- Throat chakra (visuddha). The fifth chakra, situated in the throat area, is associated with the thyroid gland, the color blue, and communication.
- Brow/forehead chakra (ajna). The sixth chakra, also known as the “Third Eye,” is said to reside in the forehead. It is associated with hormonal production, the color indigo, and intuition.