What’s the deal with chakras? For some people they are as tangible a part of their body as a hand or foot. For others they are a strange Eastern concept, as fanciful as fairies, vaguely having something to do with yoga. For many years I was in the second category, but along the way, as I came to understand more about energy and health, I set off in search of my chakras.
There are many helpful books on the subjects, but I’ll give you Cliff-notes version here. “Chakra” comes from the Sanskrit meaning “wheel, ” used in yoga to describe energy centers of the human body. Seven main chakras run from the groin to the top of the head. Colors, vibrational frequencies, and organ systems are associated with them in Eastern medicine. Balanced, clean chakras are necessary for optimal health. The chakras also serve as communication paths for connection to the Divine.
Many meditation techniques teach visualization methods for finding the chakras—focus on each center and send a ray of colored light up the body. One sleepless night a couple of decades ago, I didn’t have anything better to do than look for my chakras. I remember lying in bed, focusing on the base of my body (root chakra), picturing red color filling a spinning disc. Darned, if I didn’t actually feel an awareness. So I kept moving up. Here are the basic chakra centers and corresponding colors:
Sensing energy centers is part of my work as a Reiki therapist. One method to open chakras that is more Western-friendly, is using the Lord’s Prayer. Dana Williams’ The Lord’s Prayer, The Seven Chakras, The Twelve Life Paths covers a lot of territory, including astrology. Her segment on The Lord’s Prayer caught my attention. The technique is also mentioned in The Healing Spot by Jan Phillip Holland, Ph.D., M.Ht.
Lately, I’ve been opening my prayer/mediation times in this manner, using the Lord’s Prayer from the top chakra down to get the energy channels moving and connected to Spirit. Here’s a brief example:
Our Father who art in heaven—white light above the head
Hallowed be thy name—purple light beaming into the forehead
Thy kingdom come—blue light to the throat
Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven—green light opens the heart
Give us this day our daily bread—yellow light feeds the stomach
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors—orange light below the belly button
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil—red light to the sexual centers
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen—run the energy into the earth down for grounding
If you take the time to ponder the phrases, with the functions of the associated parts of the body, both physically and spiritually, you’ll see fascinating correlations. And if you really hunker down, you’ll get in touch with those mysterious spinning chakras. Energy will pulse, expand, feel warm and ultimately give you a sense of connection to God. It’s a great way to start your day.
Below is a guided meditation from Dr. Moses Nasser that incorporates The Lord’s Prayer in stimulating energy centers and promoting healing.