(Health Secrets) In Indian thinking, chakras are nerve centers of power aligned with the human body, and the level of good health and well being you are able to experience is directly related to the health of your chakras. There are seven chakras. In order to understand them, we need to consider that our bodies are biochemical engines and our nerves are very like metal wires, transferring messages using molecules that contain electromagnetically charged metals such as copper, iron, and zinc. A basic knowledge of chakras is essential to energy healing.
The Ayurvedic system of traditional Indian medicine has identified and described the chakra energy hubs. Ayurveda is a holistic system that uses a constitutional model to provide guidance regarding lifestyle and diet. A basic principal is to live in harmony with nature and utilize the laws of nature to create health and balance within one’s being.
To work with charkas is to accept that all of life is intertwined mind, body and spirit. Mind, body and spirit are energy systems and charkas are nexus points where these systems touch and connect. Learning to understand the chakra system gives us one more tool to help manifest good health and well-being.
Basic principles of energy healing
In the basic principles of energy healing, everything is energy and we are energetic beings. Because energy follows thought and our attention is a like a beam of energy, we affect whatever we focus on in mind, body, or spirit. We have an energy anatomy just as we have a physical anatomy and they interact with each other.
The physical body is the densest expression of the human energy field. As an analogy consider the many states in which we can observe water – vapor, liquid and solid. It is the energy bonds of all the elements that create the seeming denseness of the water in its solid state.
As energy affects the water molecule through heating, the heat energy activates the water molecule. And as the molecule move faster, stream is created. When we reduce energy, water becomes cooler, changing in state until it finally becomes hard ice. As ice, the energy of the water molecule is so dense that it is barely moving.
We know that when the body is exposed to cold, energy slows down and the water in it will eventually freeze. Man’s natural state is to have an energetic equilibrium equal to the fluidity of water.
The points to remember are:
*The body is biochemical in nature
* All nature is created and held together by energy
* We can learn to purposefully use the existing energy of the body for healing and enhanced well-being
The body’s energy field changes over time, reflecting the well being of mind, body, and spirit. Healing is facilitated by greater rhythm, flow, and balance in the energy field. The free flow of energy is essential to maintain the well being of mind, body, and spirit.
Using the bodies energy for healing
A basic understanding of the chakra system allows us to take proactive action in self-healing. There are many in-depth books and websites on the chakra system. This is a brief introduction to the charkas, their locations, associated emotional issues, and related dietary needs.
To use this outline, first work with what you know. For example if you have stomach issues, think about the emotional issues outlined for Solar Plexus Chakra. A question to ask would be: Am I feeling confident in my ability to live life effectively?
*Allow your mind to objectively understand the concern, write it out and identify flaws in your thinking.
*Meditate and reflect. Allow your spirit to guide you to positive thoughts and actions.
*Feed the body foods that are consistent with the Chakras dietary needs, but before making extreme changes in your diet discuss them with a nutritionist, or natural health physician. Research has confirmed that hopeful, proactive action contributes to healing potential.
Remember that when you work with the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit, the opportunity for healing is increased because you are addressing your whole life plan.
The 7 Chakra Hubs
1. Root Chakra – represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded. Found at the base of the spine in the tailbone area. Emotional issues are survival, such as financial independence, money and food, as well as sexual identity, personal power, and self acceptance.
Dietary needs are oxygenating foods high in iron, B12, folate, vitamin E, phosphorus and zinc.
2. Sacral Chakra – represents connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. Found in the lower abdomen, about two inches below the naval, and related to the urinary, genital and adrenal organs. Emotional issues are sense of abundance, well being, pleasure, sexuality, a sense of direction, purpose, stress and immunity.
Dietary needs are B3, niacin, magnesium, B6 and pyriodoxal phosphate (enzymes needed for B6 metabolism).
3. Solar Plexus Chakra – represents the ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. Found in the upper abdomen in the stomach area (effects metabolic process for heat and energy). Emotional issues are self worth, self confidence, self esteem, a sense of community, and vital coping energy.
Dietary needs are Vitamins B5, B17, C, K, pantothenic acid, PABA, para-amino benzoic acid, choline and biotin.
4. Heart Chakra – represents our ability to love. Found in the center of the chest just above the heart. Emotional issues are love, joy, inner peace, self trust, faith, intimacy and breathing easy.
Dietary needs are increased intake of green plants, chlorophyll, inositol, vitamins D and F, calcium, copper and potassium.
5. Throat Chakra represents the ability to communicate. Located in the throat. Emotional issues are communication, self expression of feelings, speaking self truth, creativity and heart-brain balance.
Dietary needs are iodine, vitamins A, B1, thiamine, riboflavin, chromium.
6. Third Eye (Brow Chakra) represents our ability to focus on and see the big picture. Found in the forehead, between the eyes. Emotional issues are introspection, intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions, motives and actions.
Dietary needs are vitamin K, manganese and sunlight.
7. Crown Chakra is the highest chakra and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Found in the very top of the head. Emotional issues are inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss and the union of spiritual ideals with physical realities.
Dietary needs are lipoic acids from flowering plants.
The chakra system also identifies colors, sounds, types of music, flowers, flower essences, oils, jewels and minerals that have resonant energies for healing. There are good books and websites on the chakra system which discuss the many ways to work with chakras to improve your well-being.
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