By Christa Chantelois BSN, MAC

Fall is a time of letting go of what no longer serves our highest good.  However, the idea of letting go of something often is accompanied with thoughts of resistance and discomfort.  Thankfully, each of us is equipped with a built in structure of energetic focal points that exist to assist us in not only managing life, personal growth, but also as a guidance system leading us to deep connection with self and all beings.

Connection can come in many shapes, sizes, and forms; it may be found in external things, such as a favorite pet, a heart to heart talk with a friend, a desired job offer, or a relaxing vacation.  Perhaps more powerful than any of these is our own internal network of energy centers that, when activated, opens us to one of the deepest sources of connection.  This system is known as the chakras.  Most of us know about the various layers of our human being: the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  The chakra system is connected to, affected by, and affects all layers of our being.  Therefore, when the chakras are activated, balanced, and aligned, our organs, vascular and nervous systems flow and function more optimally, as do our emotions, thoughts and connection to a higher power.  Each chakra is also connected with specific earth elements, gemstones, and animals.  Notably, each chakra also assists us with specific things, such as inspiration. Connection, then permeates and is felt more strongly when the chakra system has regular ‘tune-ups.’

Chakra, in Sanskrit, means ‘wheel of light.’  The chakra system has seven main locations.  Rosalyn Bruyere, in Wheels of Light, explains that the seven chakras are aligned along the spinal cord from the tail bone area up to the crown of the head.  These main chakras each have the following aspects: physical, emotional, artistic and divine.  The source of the energy that enters the body through the chakras is the earth’s magnetic field, or perhaps the universe itself, that meets and intertwines with the electrical field of our body.    Christopher Penczak offers the following primary information about the seven chakras: the first chakra, located at the base of the spine, is red and is associated with survival.  The second chakra, located around the belly-button area, is seen as orange and is about relationships.  The third chakra, found at the solar plexus, is yellow and associated with our power.  The fourth chakra, the heart chakra, is green and pink, is not only a bridge between the lower and higher chakras but is also all about love; romantic, self-love, divine love.  The fifth chakra, the indigo throat chakra is where our expression is centered.  The sixth chakra, known as the third eye, is found between the eyebrows and is where intuition comes from.  The seventh chakra is found at the top of the head and is a white color.  The crown chakra connects us to higher realms.  This energy system is multi-layered and complex.  It is effected by daily events as well as major crises or traumas.

You might be asking, “So what’s the significance of all of this?”  The chakras are activated through an ancient, globally recognized technique called Reiki.  Reiki stands for ‘universal life force.’  When reiki is applied to the chakra system, all layers of our being have access to healing.  Anodea Judith, who has worked with the chakra system for over 40 years, writes that the chakra system is “a center of organization for the reception, assimilation, and expression of life-force energy … and gives us a map to heal not only ourselves, but the world we share.”  This can be a powerful path to many levels of awareness.  She goes on to explain that this network does not have physical form but is experienced in the body.  There is a wide variety of things that can be done to bring us into connection with our divine nature: yoga, reiki, noticing our body sensations, watching nature that is active all around us such as clouds, fire, water, and walking in nature.

As Norm Shealy, M.D. and Caroline Myss teach, there is a link between emotions, physical sensations and our energetic being.  We have within us the ability and tools to let go of what we no longer need and to expand into a deeper connection with self and our world through our chakras!

Published in Nature’s Pathways, October 2017