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Chakra: In Yoga, the seven occult centres of life and consciousness in the spine and brain, which enliven the physical and astral bodies of man. Source: Man's Eternal Quest by Paramahansa Yogananda
Where does it come from?
Chakra Balancing and Chakras are traditionally thought to have stemmed from Buddhist and Hinduistic Sources and beliefs. It also corresponds to the Japanese Reiki, known in China as Lingqi.
What are Chakras?
Chakras are wheel-like vortices of concentrated life energy prevalent in the body. These are believed to be located along the surface of the etheric body, a spiritual double of the physical form. They align along the length of the spine in seven major areas of the human nervous system, beginning at the base of the spine and moving up to the top of the skull.
They are generally depicted as being either wheel-like or flowers, with the former showing a specific number of spokes to show which Chakra it is, whilst they use different numbers of petals for each Chakra when portrayed as Lotus-like.
What are the Seven Major Chakras?
The seven main Chakras are as follows :-
1. Muladhara, the Base or Root Chakra. Located near the Prostate/Ovaries. Associated with the color Red.
2. Swadhisthana, the Sacral Chakra. Located near the Coccyx, last bone of the spine. Associated with the color Orange.
3. Manipura, the Solar Plexus Chakra. Located opposite the Naval. Associated with the color Yellow.
4. Anahata, the Dorsal or Heart Chakra. Located above the Heart. Associated with the color Green.
5. Vishuddha the Throat or Cervical Chakra. Located at the base of the neck. Associated with the color Blue.
6. Ajna, also known as the Sindoor, the Brow or Third Eye Chakra. Located at the Pineal Gland. Associated with the color Indigo.
7. Sahasraha, the Crown Chakra. Located at the top fo the head, or the soft spot in newborns. Associated with the color Violet.
What is Chakra Balancing?
Chakras are centers of energy. If one is misaligned, then the Etheric body is not balanced, and the physical body or mindset may reflect this. To bring about inner peace, remove worry, and promtoe wellbeing, the Chakras may be aligned and balanced so that they are harmonious with one another. This can be done in a variety of ways, but all use the Kundalini as a source.
The Kundalini is most often represented as a Serpent coiled at the base of the spine. It is a source of Life Energy, commonly known as the energy of the Self. It can be envisioned as an actual Serpent, a source of light, or a coiled rope of energy. In any case, it is the energy the Kundalini represents that is used to open and realign the Chakras, often with the guidance of a Practitioner.
Methods for Opening the Chakra
There are several different methods for opening and Balancing the Chakras. This list is not all-inclusive, but displays a variety of ways. Some examples include :-
Generally, you are advised to be lying down when working with the Chakras, and not chewing, smoking or eating. It is a relaxing atmosphere that is needed, and such actions may be detrimental by keeping oneself in the physical mindset and away from working with the etheric.
Etheric Chord Cutting
Etheric Chord Cutting, also known as Karmic Chord Cutting, is a supplementary technique that is combined with Chakra Balancing. The Practitioner will help you in removing the Etheric Chords that connect you to the individuals that have made a negativeimpact in your life, helping to remove the negative energies from your Chakras and etheric body.
Reiki - Synonymous with Alternative Medicine. Here is a rundown of Reiki as a whole (both Western and Japanese Traditions), and everything to do with them. We have a mixture of both Western and Japanese trained Reiki Practitioners.
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Reiki - A Definition
Reiki is difficult to give a definition to that is universal. As a treatment, it is a complimentary form of medicine that utilizes energy and palm healing, although touch may not be used in some cases.
The word itself is often mistakenly translated as "God's Wisdom" (Rei) and "Life Force Energy"(Ki), which is incorrect. The word "Reiki" means "Mysterious Atmosphere/Spiritual Power". It is a word used in Japan to describe a Chinese practice called Lingqi, which translates into many different words. The closest translation is Rei as "Ethereal Body" (Also see "Spirit, Soul, Supernatural, Ghost, Miraculous and Divine") And Ki as " Life Energy", as a substitute for Chinese"qi".
Therefore the best Translation for the context would be "Ethereal Body Life Energy".
Where does it come from?
Reiki seperates into two Traditions, but the practice itself was founded by Mikao Usui in 1922 whilst performing a 21-day Buddhist training course on Mount Kurama. He began to develop Reiki as a healign practice and founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakka ("Usui's Spiritual Energy Therapy Method Society"). He taught over 2000 people, 16 of which trained up to the Shinpiden level, the equivalent of the Western Master level.
Of the 16 Masters initiated by Usui, a man named Chujiro Hayashi opened his own clinic and simplified the teachings of Reikiby concentrating on physical healing and simpler techniques. This was where Hawayo Takata was attuned and taught, and most Reiki taught and use doutside of Japan can be attributed to her work.
While it was beleived that Reiki was no longer practiced in Japan, that was proven false; The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakka still exists and has branched off into similar schools, all of which work with the original set of techniques.
What is the difference between Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki?
Japanese Reiki is broken up into schools, with the original Usui Gakka being a hermetic society whose teachings are slowly being released to the outside world.
Japanese Reiki uses more Hand techniques and also focuses on specific areas, whilst Western Reiki is more focused on full body healing. The use of Chakratic Systems is widespread in Western Reiki, but not in Japanese Reiki, where breathing and the use of breath is central.
How do they find specific areas to work?
Much more common in Japanese Reiki, the Practitioner allows the Reiki energy itself ot lead them. This is called Reiji ho. Reiji is the ability of the practitioner to have their hands move or drawn towards areas that need healing.
After the area was found, the hands would focus using one of several techniques, or lay above the area without touching. This is known as Byosen Reiki-an ho, otherwise known as thefocused healing method.
How does a full body treatment work?
A full body treatment uses Byosen Reiki-an ho but does not usualy draw upon Reiji ho to find specific areas. However, a full body treatment may be done before or after Reiji to ensure wellbeing.
The treatment uses the same focused healing method, but works on already decided upon areas to cover the whole body; usually the head, neck, chest, torso, limbs and extremities.
How is a Reiki Healing performed?
A Reiki healing usually involves lying down and relaxing the body. Then the Reiki Practitioner will work through their method of imparting Reiki Energy into the patient.
A Reiki Master may also perform a Hanshin Koketsu ho("Half Body Blood Cleansing"), Zenshin Koketsu ho ("Full Body Blood Cleansing"), Kenoku-ho ("Dry Bathing"), attune objects throughJakikiri Joka-ho (not to be used on people), or a whole host of other techniques depending on what is needed.
What are Reiki Levels in Western and Japanese Reiki?
This is a listing fo the three levels of Reiki, some of the main items they are taught, and the Japanese name.
Level One - Shoden - Some of the techniques are -
Jakikiri Joka ho
Byosen Reiki-an ho
Level Two - Okuden - Some of the techniques are -
Hara Chiryo ho
Uchi te Chiryo ho
Ketsueki Kokan ho
Level Three - Shinpiden
At Mastery Level, most techniques are refined and built upon, with only a few new techniques added.