Updated: Oct 29, 2019
The Chakras are energy centres which run from the base of your spine and out of the top, or crown, of your head. They do not stop here and will travel further to move into your transpersonal point and further into your higher self consciousness. The word chakra is a Sanskrit word which means spinning wheel or disc. The chakras are also associated with certain organs within the physical body, the colours within a rainbow, certain crystals and elements. By learning to tune into the energy of your chakras and the chakra system through meditation, self healing, and learning the art of healing through the natural method of spiritual healing founded by Mikao Usui called Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho, you can begin to embrace the fullness of who you truly are as well as embracing the energies which are all around you and are part of who you are.
The concept of the Chakras; it is said that the Chakras are "force centres" or whirlpools of energy that permeate from a specific point on the physical body. The majority of spiritual paths and new age teachings will focus on the major seven chakras or energy centres that are generally believed to exist and are located within the Subtle body of the human aura. It is typical for the chakras to be depicted as looking like a flowering lotus petal or shaped like a wheel. In the former, there will always be a specific number of petals that are shown around the perimeter of a circle while in the latter you will always see a certain number of spokes that are dividing the circle into segments.
Each of the 7 chakras possess a specific number of segments or petals with the crown chakra having thousands which when are fully open represent a strong and powerful connection with the divine universal consciousness. Below is a brief description of each chakra and how you can use certain crystal energies to aid in the balancing and realignment of the chakras.
* Crown Chakra - (Sahasrara)
Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge.
This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, space less place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.
* Brow/3rd Eye Chakra - (Ajna)
Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection.
This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture."
* Throat Chakra - (Vishudha)
Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression.
This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.
* Heart Chakra (Anahatna)
Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance.
This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It creates a bridge between the Lower Chakras and the Higher Chakras. The Colour of this Chakra is Green but it can also be seen as Pink It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy heart chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, and have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.
* Solar Plexus (Manipur)
Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition.
This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus middle of the stomach. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
* Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification.
The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, This Chakra deals with our emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfilment, and the ability to accept change.
* Base Chakra (Muladhar)
Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation.
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. This Chakra is related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
Now that we have discussed the Chakra System I would not like to talk about the Aura.
The aura is a field of electromagnetic energy that surrounds the human body and every organism and object in the Universe. The Human Energy Field is a collection of electromagnetic energies which are of varying densities and vibrations that permeate through and emit or exit from the physical body of a living person. These particles of energy are suspended around the body in an oval shaped field. This "auric egg" emits out from the body approximately 2-3 feet on all sides. It extends above the head and below the feet into mother earth. Some people will have larger auric fields which is a sign that they are what I call “A Hyper Sensitive”. I myself am hyper sensitive and will find that at times I will not only pick up on individual energies but will connect with, and detect, mass energies from groups of people to cities and country wide energy vibrations. A hyper sensitive is also someone who can detect when natural disasters will occur. There have been many times when I have awoken in the middle of the night and have been surrounded with an energy of sheer panic, fear and/or sadness. When this happens I know that within the next 2-3 days there will be a disaster somewhere in the world and that there will be great loss. Thankfully this does not happen on every occasion but for some hyper sensitive’s it can and does cause great pain to the individual.
What does the Aura consist of?
The aura consists of seven layers/auric bodies. Each one of these subtle layers exists around the physical body and has its own unique frequency. They are interrelated, and affect one another and the person's feelings, emotions, thinking, behaviour, and health. Therefore a state of imbalance in one of the auric layers leads to a state of imbalance in the other layers as well as ultimately manifesting itself within the physical body.
What are the the Seven Auric Layers?
* The Etheric Layer
The Etheric Layer of the Auric Field is probably one of the easiest to see and is usually seen as a grey or bluish light that emanates from 1-2 inches around the physical body. The Etheric Layer is also connected to the Root Chakra and denotes the health and wellbeing of the physical body. I also find that the Etheric Layer of the Aura is also one of the most important layers in which one must try to achieve pure alignment and spiritual healing. This is due to it being the very last layer of the Aura and will usually be the one where most physical illness or imbalance will be found.
* The Emotional Layer
The next layer within the auric field is that of the Emotional Layer. The Emotional layer is connected with the Sacral Chakra and it relates to the energies of our emotions, feelings and experiences. The Emotional Layer is also one that constantly changes. These changes are a result of the constant changes in a person’s mood and emotional state. This layer within the Aura also stores all of your emotions from past experiences and also past lifetimes, especially those that were very painful or fearful. The Emotional Layer emanates from 1 – 6 inches outwards from the physical body and will quite often be seen as a rainbow of colour. When this layer within the Auric field is disconnected or blocked the colour will usually be much darker.
* The Mental Layer
The 3rd layer within the Auric Field is that of the Mental Layer. The Mental Layer is connected with the Solar Plexus Chakra and relates to the logic, intellect, ideas and consciousness. All forms of Mental Health issues are contained within this layer of the Aura. The main colour of the Mental Layer is that of a bright yellow light which emanates from 3-8 inches around the head and shoulders of the physical body but is also quite often seen extending around the whole body.
* The Astral Layer
Where the first 3 layers of the aura are connected with the physical self, the 4th layer is the first that relates to the spiritual health of an individual. The Astral Layer emanates wispy looking clouds of multi-coloured light from 8 – 12 inches from the physical body. The Astral Layer is also connected with the Heart Chakra and is concerned with the energies and power of love, especially the love that we give to ourselves and others. When this layer within the Aura is out of balance the energies of self hatred and low self esteem are quite often seen in a person’s life. The Auric Layer is quite often seen as a beautiful pink or rose coloured light.
* The Spiritual Layer
The 5th layer within the Auric Field is that of the Spiritual Layer. This layer is usually seen as a brilliant blue light that forms a grid-like blueprint or negative photograph 1-2ft away from the physical body. The Spiritual Layer is connected to the Throat Chakra and relates to the vibration, communication and creativity of a person. The Spiritual Layer holds the higher consciousness and higher aspects of the will.
* The Celestial Layer
The Celestial Layer is connected with the energies of the Brow Chakra and emanates multicoloured shimmering threads of light that extend 2-3ft away from the physical body. This layer of the Aura relates to your spiritual awareness, memories, dreams and our subconscious mind. This is also the main layer within the auric field where spiritual awareness can be found. The Casual Layer extends 3-5ft away from the physical body and emanates as an egg shaped shimmering golden or brilliant white light. Similar to an egg shell, this layer of the Aura protects and holds all other aura layers together.