The Crown Chakra is located on the top of the head near the crown. This chakra is associated with the pineal gland. This chakra also allows connection to our spirit guides and to channeling. The Third Eye is located between the physical eyes and is associated with the pituitary gland. Intuition and psychic abilities are associated with this chakra. When performing a healing, these two chakras are associated with the central nervous system, the brain and the eyes.
The Throat Chakra is located at the base of the neck. This chakra is associated with the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Healing for sore throats, stage fright, thyroid problems and throat cancer begins at this chakra. Located at the sternum is the Heart Chakra and is associated with the heart and thymus gland. This chakra is associated with our emotions. Below the heart is the Solar Plexus Chakra. This is the center where energy moves through the body. Healings for digestive issues, food issues and alcoholism happen here.
The Sacral Chakra is located a few inches below the naval. First impressions and old emotional pictures are stored here. (This is that “gut” feeling you get) Healings include past abuse and sexuality or fertility issues. The Root Chakra is located at the genitals. This chakra is the place of birth and rebirth, the survival center and the ability to draw energy and abundance from the earth.
When any of these chakras are blocked or sluggish, a wide array of health issues arise. This week, I was giving a little mini Reiki session to a coworker who was not feeling well. I could tell right away that her energy was not flowing through her body. I could feel it flowing from her ribs up to her Crown Chakra, but no energy was making it to her legs. I asked her if she was really stressed, as I felt like her adrenals were overactive.
Later, she told me that she Googled about one of her medicines that she was on but was now coming off of. Decreasing the dosage had the side effect of releasing cortisol (a stress hormone) in the blood stream. This is released from the adrenals, which signals the body that they are stressed. I worked with her a moment or two and could feel the blockage let up a bit. (Also, panic attacks are usually associated with energy being blocked or trapped in one area of the body.)
This is one of the things that Reiki does for you. It strengthens and helps your Chakras do the job that they were designed to do.
From the time I was in early elementary until well into my late middle school years, I would literally fear going to sleep. I used to dread bedtime because something would happen to me that I did not understand. I am not sure if I ever told my mom or not about this as it was happening, but I was sure that there were ghosts in my room tormenting me. I would start to fall asleep and dream (or I thought I was dreaming) that my head was stuck in the corner of my room. I could actually feel it in the corner, and I knew that I was in my room at the ceiling.
While there, I would start hearing my name being called by many voices at the same time. The odd thing about the voices, they all sounded like my voice. I would jerk myself awake, frightened and crying. This was very scary for a young child. I was always sleep deprived because of this. I would make myself stay awake as long as possible and then I could not go back to sleep after this would happen. I had this event almost every night for several years.
Gradually, it went away and I was able to sleep. When I started learning about Reiki, we also learned about the Chakras and where they are located and what they do. There are seven main Chakras that govern our body functions, our spiritual connections and energy levels. When any of these are blocked or sluggish, we feel it in our health, physical and mental or emotional. Plus, this does not allow us to fully send energy in or out.
I was reading an article one day, and I did try to find it again and couldn’t, on the Chakras, and this article mentioned Astral Traveling or Projection. I wasn’t sure what that really meant, so I researched it. That is when you are able to leave your body and visit other places, either on this plane or another. I know it sounds weird, but the more I read about this the more I began to associate with this phenomenon. What I discovered was that when I would “dream” about my head being stuck in the corner of my room, I was actually out of my body and in the corner of my room. I would panic and not let myself leave. I would begin to call myself back. Every time that I would lie in bed and pray and cry that I would not have this “dream”, I was closing off my chakras a little more until eventually I stopped having the experience.
Now when I started practicing Reiki, and even today, I sometimes have a hard time allowing my Chakras to fully open. It is essential to have them fully open to properly offer Reiki. By the way, everyone is able to have an Out of Body experience, and probably have. Most people just think they are dreaming of the place they are visiting. Remember, we are free moving souls made up of energy. Our body is just our “housing” for our souls. Pay attention to your dreams and see if they seem too real to be made up.
Remember, keep a dream journal by your bed and record your dreams every time you awaken and pay attention to any patterns that emerge.