Beginner’s Guide to Energy Blocks and Healing Chakras
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If 2021 is the year you finally want to achieve spiritual peace and harmony, why not investigate the healing power of The Chakras? Chakras are vortices of energy that connect the physical body with the spiritual. The excerpt below is from The 7 Healing Chakras, Anniversary Edition, a revised and updated version of Dr. Brenda Davies’ bestselling book.
In the book, readers are led through a series of meditations to unblock each energy channel and clear the psychological, emotional, and spiritual debris of the past. Including exercises combining crystals, essential oils, and other spiritual tools, the book offers many paths to total wellness and relief.
For more information on the healing chakras, as well as exercises, meditations and more, check out The 7 Healing Chakras.
The Healing Chakras
The word chakra is Sanskrit, meaning wheel, and refers to the many vortices of energy that penetrate not only the aura but the physical body as well. There are seven major, twenty-one minor, and many lesser chakras. Others are being revealed through time. Of the lesser chakras, the most commonly used are those found in the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
To most, the chakras are more readily felt than seen. The easiest way to sense them is to hold the hand a few inches away from the physical body. The presence of clothing doesn’t impede the energy or the ease with which it can be felt, so it’s rarely necessary to remove any clothing to receive healing.
If you hold your hands in front of you, palms facing each other about eight inches apart, and bring them very gently and slowly toward each other, you can feel a subtle change, rather like a soft cushion, as the aura of one hand meets that of the other. Why not play with this concept and have some fun discovering this new aspect of you? The chakras are so sensitive that they are affected not only by the energy of other people but also by the energy that hangs around in some places. We’ve already ascertained that you feel good in the presence of some people whereas others drain you. This feeling may arise with someone you’ve never met before and yet suddenly, on being in the same room with them, you feel at peace. Similarly, you may come into contact with another person for only a few minutes and feel uncomfortable, even ill, and yet there appears to be no real reason for this. We all use various energetic tactics to protect ourselves, to manipulate others and to hide our vulnerability, though often we may be unaware of this on a conscious level.
Though we can learn to protect ourselves from outside influence to a large degree, what we really need to do is to build up a healthy system that keeps us flexible on all levels—physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
To achieve this, each chapter of The 7 Healing Chakras will take you through a specific chakra looking at its functions, its characteristics, and the kinds of problems that develop if we have a “block.” The exercises to help clear these blocks and meditations will prompt spiritual growth. Ultimately, your whole system will become healthier and more flexible.
Although the healthy functioning of our chakra system is essential to our positive well-being, just as some people survive with digestive systems that are clogged and sluggish, leaving them feeling constantly under par, so the majority of us survive with disturbed and distorted chakras. Though it’s not likely to kill us (directly at least), a reduced energy flow leaves us feeling never as well as we might, lacking sparkle and joy.
The Chakra System
The specific location of each chakra is discussed in greater detail in the chapter dedicated to it (see Figure 1 on page 42). However, it’s useful here to look at the system as a whole. Chakras appear like spinning wheels of light. When healthy, they spin in a clockwise direction, drawing in energy from the universal energy field to continually revitalize our whole being. Since they spin at different speeds, each emits a different light frequency, which is seen as a different color. The lowest or base (root) chakra is red, and the others bear the other colors of the spectrum—orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo or purple and finally white.
Each of the major chakras is associated with one of the seven layers of the aura. The first chakra is associated with the layer closest to the physical body, the second next to this and so on.
Although theoretically each of these takes the color of the chakra that governs it, in practice this is rarely the case. In fact, the aura is more often seen as one single color—often yellow; more commonly, it will have areas of dense color within it, the distinct layers appearing to be fused. Sometimes the layers are obscured by other elements—for example by old emotion or old thought forms. Unresolved emotions such as unexpressed anger may stay in the aura for years.
Although they are always numbered from the base up, the major chakras have been given different names by different schools, which can cause confusion. Some use names associated with their location and others with their function. For the purposes of this book, the seven chakras we’ll be focusing on are labeled as follows:
Chakra 1—Base or Root Chakra
This chakra is situated at the base of the spine, between the coccyx and the pelvic bone and its color is red. Its main function is to keep us grounded in the physical world and to keep us alive. It’s associated with physical sensation. The first layer of the aura is similarly associated with the physical.
Chakra 2—Sacral Chakra
This chakra is to be found in the midline below the navel. Its color is orange and its main function is related to reproduction and the giving and receiving of sexual pleasure. The second layer of the aura is similarly associated with the emotional.
Chakra 3—Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus is situated either in the midline or slightly to the left above the stomach. Its color is yellow. This is the site where we form opinion. Here is the center of potency, power and will. The third layer of the aura is associated with mental functions.
Chakra 4—Heart Chakra
This is sometimes referred to as a transitional chakra since the lower three are concerned with the physical and emotional and now we begin to move toward the spiritual. The heart bridges the two realms and is the center for human love. It’s also a center for feeling and its color is emerald green. Its layer is the astral plane (see Glossary).
Chakra 5—Throat Chakra
As its name implies, this chakra lies at the throat and is part of the realm of the divine. The throat chakra when well-developed allows us to speak our truth with courage and also to listen and not judge. It’s the home of our integrity and our vocation. Its color is blue or turquoise. The fifth layer is the etheric body.
Chakra 6—Brow Chakra
This takes us up into the celestial and into love that surpasses human love. It is the site of clear vision in the spiritual sense. The layer associated with this chakra is the celestial body. Its color is purple or deep blue.
Chakra 7—Crown Chakra
Situated at the top of the head, the crown chakra is our access to the divine, the spiritual realms. It allows us to draw in spiritual energy for our own use or to use to help others in healing. It is also the center of knowing—knowing without thought or reason. Here the whole is integrated: the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Its color is violet.
The minor chakras are found
• at the front of each ear
• above each breast
• in the palm of each hand
• the sole of each foot
• behind each eye
• over the ovaries and testicles
• behind each knee
There are also chakras connected to the stomach and the thymus, one below the throat chakra, above the breast bone (sternum) between the two collarbones, at the major solar plexus chakra, and two are situated at the spleen. The lesser ones are commonly found at the site of joints and generally correspond to the sites of acupuncture points.
The major healing chakras at the sacrum, solar plexus, heart, throat and brow can be perceived at both the front and back of the body, though generally at a slightly higher level at the back (see Figure 2 on page 68). They’re connected centrally at the spinal column and ideally there should be a free flow of energy from front to back and back to front. The crown and base form a vertical axis that runs through the center of all the other chakras. It can be felt above the head, and forms a funnel of energy extending down from the base of the spine between the legs toward the ground.
Energy flows in both directions. The root chakra takes in energy from the earth and also allows us to ground spiritual energy much as a lightning rod grounds electricity. It gives us stability. Meanwhile, the crown chakra brings in energy from above and forms our direct access point for higher spiritual energy. The channel for the flow of energy between the crown and root is sometimes referred to as the vertical or central power current or channel. This intimate connection and interdependence mean it’s impossible to think of them in isolation when discussing their effect upon our total functioning as human beings.
Although a block is the term commonly used when a chakra is not functioning well, it covers a variety of difficulties. The chakra may be spinning too slowly, in the wrong direction, be hardly spinning at all (sometimes termed “silent”); it may be out of balance or indeed it may actually be damaged. It may be too active and brittle so that it can’t gently open and close at your will. (See Figure 3.)
When a chakra is “open” (though they’re never completely closed), there’s little choice but to deal with the energy and the associated psychological material that’s flowing through it. Although it’s true that, to some extent, the greater the energy flow, the healthier we are, some of the energy we have to deal with can cause psychological or emotional pain. It’s for this reason that we shut down or “block” our chakras in the first place.
These blocks are not there by accident. They’re designed by you and put in place to protect you from what, at the time, you’re unable to process. However, most of the blocks become outdated, preventing further growth.
Clearing them is rather like a spring-cleaning exercise (see Figure 4 on page 71). We look at all the things we’ve accumulated and discard some of them. In the process, we may come across something very beautiful that we’d like to bring back into the light. However, first it must be dusted and polished or cleared of layers of tarnish. Cleansing your chakras is rather like this.
Whatever the cause, your whole energy flow is affected by any disturbance. Since all the chakras are intimately linked, a block at one will affect the functioning of the others, causing physical, emotional and/or spiritual distress.
A reasonable analogy may be that if I have a blockage in a major vein in my leg, the circulation beyond the block will be affected by it. Though my body uses other channels to compensate and may appear to perform well in spite of the block, eventually the problem will become too severe to ignore and I’ll need help to deal with it.
Similarly, and in very simple terms, if I have a block at my second chakra, there won’t be adequate energy for optimal flow to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh. Even though each operates individually, the connection between them is essential for optimum efficiency.
Each of the major chakras is also associated with a major gland of the endocrine system and its dysfunction will therefore have far-reaching effects (see Appendix A on page 262). For example, since the throat chakra is associated with the thyroid gland and the thyroid gland has functions related to growth, motion, temperature control and much more, damage to or loss of function of the fifth chakra may have an impact on all of these functions.
Types of Block
Different types of energy block that correspond to psychological defense mechanisms serve different functions and we develop them to protect ourselves from what is too difficult to deal with at the time. They include
• the suppression of feelings, which typically leads to depression and despair (usually a heart chakra block)
• compression and compaction of rage which is perceived as potentially destructive if it’s allowed to erupt (usually a solar plexus block)
• freezing of feelings, which often results in a lot of tension and a need to defend against any further possible attack (usually a heart chakra block)
• depletion of energy and abdication of power, which renders the person apparently helpless and in need of much support from others, hence protecting them from having to accept personal accountability and responsibility (solar plexus and/or sacral block)
• denial, which is usually a product of fear—here the person will often behave as though everything is fine while underneath there is chaos to such a degree that confronting it needs to be avoided at all costs to avoid possible breakdown (this can be present with a block at any chakra)
Many people use a combination of these blocks and move from one to another depending on the circumstances they find themselves in. All of us use blocks from time to time in order to regulate the flow of energy, depending on what we feel we can cope with. Sometimes these temporary blocks can be a very useful tool.
While consulting, I often move around in my chair—I move my hands, cross my legs, put an arm across my chest or touch my forehead as I move my energy—protecting and regulating the flow as I’m directed to. Most people do this quite unconsciously in what we’ve come to know as body language. In many cases, however, blocks become permanent structures, at worst, or habitual ways of damming the flow and avoiding certain aspects of ourselves, at best. All can be cleared and healed with time, gentleness and a genuine desire to do so. No one has a right to remove or attempt to dismantle any blocks you may have until they’re invited by you to do so.
Coming into therapy implies the invitation to the therapist to do whatever is necessary to help you to get well. However, quite often I’ve found myself having to deal with the results of bungled therapy or incompetent attempts at healing. You are in charge, and though therapy is quite often a painful process, and there are, of necessity, things to be discussed that initially you may resist, if you find that something deep down tells you all is not well, heed that voice and at least discuss it with your therapist.
For more information on chakras, energy healing and more, check out The 7 Healing Chakras, revised Anniversary Edition!