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What Is Reiki And Why Should You Consider Adding It To Your Routine?

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Over the past few years, Reiki has become extremely popular not just in spiritual and wellness communities, but also amongst many celebrities. More and more often we hear that different celebs, like Christina Aguilera, Mel B, and Gwyneth Paltrow, swear by this healing practice. For those of us who have already made Reiki a part of the regular practice, it’s not surprising. We already know what a magnificent impact it has on our lives. But if you’ve never tried Reiki healing and wondering: ‘What is Reiki?’, this article is for you. I will try to give answers to the most common questions about Reiki.

Where Did Reiki Come From?

First, let me tell you that there are different versions of Reiki history and its evolution. I’ll share with you the facts I’ve been taught and discovered after several years of research. They may not exactly match the Reiki history facts you’ve been taught.

The Reiki System was rediscovered and adapted by Dr. Mikao Usui.

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Mikao Usui

Mikao Usui was born August 15, 1865, in the Japanese province of Gifu in a family professing Tendai Buddhism. As a child, Mikao Usui studied with Tendai Buddhist monks.

Kiko System

His early years Usui devoted to the study of Kiko in the Buddhist temple of Tendai on the sacred mountain Kurama.

Kiko is a Japanese version of qigong, a discipline designed to improve health through meditation, energy exercises, and slow physical exercises. This discipline focuses on the use of Ki and includes methods of healing by placing hands on the body.

The essence of using the Kiko system is to create a source of healing energy with the help of special exercises, and only then – the use of this energy for healing.

This method had a very big disadvantage – a healer had been submitted large depletion because in the process of the healing he/she had to use a large amount of his/her personal energy.

Focusing on this drawback, Usui began to ponder whether it is possible to practice healing without accumulating Ki in the beginning, and not losing Ki at the end of the healing session. It was this question that prompted his study and research of various fields, including medicine, psychology, and religion. In search of knowledge, he traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Mount Kurama

In 1914, focusing on religious practice, Usui decided to become a Buddhist monk. At the same time, he continued to work hard in the field of his research.

However, in 1922 he decided to return to mount Kurama and spend twenty-one days there for fasting, praying, and meditating.

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The temple at the top of the Kurama

Mount Kurama is a sacred place with powerful energy. Since ancient times, this mountain has been revered by the emperors of Japan. This sacred place is very mystical as well as powerful. Kurama is considered the abode of Tengu (the Great spirit of Nature, the Owner of the mountains), who raised the best warriors of Japan. It was here that the great commander and national hero of Japan of the XII century Minamoto no Yoshitsune mastered the martial art and gained his magical power.

As I said, Usui practiced meditation on Kurama mount. And one of the meditations that he practiced was the following: the overthrow of the flow of water on his head, standing under an artificial waterfall. The purpose of this meditation was to open and purify his Crown chakra.

It is believed that by the end of his seclusion on mount Kurama, Usui had attained enlightenment when the Divine Light entered his Crown chakra. Through this Light Usui received his initiation into Reiki. His consciousness expanded, and he realized that he reached his main goal – he gained the ability to heal other people without depleting his own energy reserves.

Reiki Practice

After Usui was initiated into Reiki, he first practiced Reiki on himself and then on his family members. And soon he founded the “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai”, opened his clinic in Tokyo, began to teach other people about Reiki system, and started giving Reiki healing sessions to other people.

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Usui did not want the Reiki system to be a secret doctrine accessible only to a limited number of individuals. He also did not want this System to be restricted or controlled in any way. Usui sought to make Reiki accessible to everyone and wanted this system to be spread all over the world.

According to his teachings, every person who has taken the path of Reiki is able to experience the Divine state through which a new better world can be created.

Dr. Usui also said that it is not enough to heal a person physically. The human spirit must be involved in the healing process. That is, the health of the physical body depends on the health of the spirit. Therefore, it is possible to heal only those people who consciously show a desire to be healed with Reiki Energy.

Reiki Principles

For those wishing to study Reiki, Usui suggested using the Five rules of Emperor Meiji. These five rules later became the Basic principles which represent the ethical basis of the Reiki system. These principles are:

1.Just for today, do not be angry.

2. Just for today, do not worry.

3. Just for today, be grateful.

4. Just for today, work with diligence.

5. Just for today, be kind to people.

Usui saw the purpose of these principles in directing the mind to a particular meditative state, which sets the stage for healing on the mental level. Dr. Usui believed that progress on the path of healing always begins with meditation. When there is a problem in life, you can meditate on finding a way to solve it, focusing on the Reiki principles.

Usui’s Death

Dr. Usui worked in Japan for many years and trained Reiki Masters, to whom he passed all the traditions of his system.

Usui training ended in 1926 when he died. He is buried in Tokyo at the Saihoji temple in Suginami-Ku. His disciples erected a large memorial stone near his grave, on which they engraved the life story of Usui.

After the death of Dr. Usui, his closest friend and colleague Mr. Ushida became the Chairman of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

After the resignation of Mr. Ushida, the Reiki society was headed by Mr. Ilichi Taketomi, Mr. Yoshiharu Watanabe, Mr. Toyoichi Wanami and Ms. Kimiko Koyama, who left her post in 1998.

Currently, the President of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai is Masaki Kondo.

At the same time, it’s important to mention that there have never been such titles as “Grand Master” or “Lineage Holder” in Japan.

Chujiro Hayashi Period

Chujiro Hayashi was one of the most respected students of Usui. But even though Hayashi had received permission to teach Reiki he was never considered the heir of Usui.

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Chujiro Hayashi

Immediately after Usui’s death, Hayashi broke up with Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai society and formed his own Association. He opened a small clinic for healing people with Reiki, as well as courses to teach people Reiki.

Hayashi conducted his own research on various treatments with Reiki. He kept detailed records describing the effects of Reiki on various diseases (including severe forms of cancer). This is how Chujiro Hayashi developed his own Reiki style which consisted of the use of special hand positions for the treatment of various diseases.

Dr. Hayashi also discovered that Reiki energy flowed exactly where the body needed it most, while fully restoring the body’s strength. Thus, on the basis of his own research and studies, Chujiro Hayashi systematized Reiki as a treatment.

Hawayo Takata

Reiki System became known to the West through the Japanese American origin – Hawayo Takata. Without this legendary woman, it would require a lot of time before this system would come out outside Japan. Thanks to Takata the Reiki system has spread around the world and millions of people were able to heal themselves and others with the help of Ki.

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Hawayo Takata

Hawayo Takata was born December 24, 1900, in one of the Hawaiian Islands – Kauai. When she grew up, she began to work on reed plantations. Then she married the accountant of one of the plantations and gave birth to two children. In 1930, her husband died, and she was forced to support the family on her own, working on plantations.

Hard work could not but affect her health – the condition of her lungs worsened, back pain appeared, and the nervous system was completely shattered. Soon after her husband’s death, Takata’s sister died, and she decided to go to Japan to visit her parents and improve her health.

Takata’s Reiki Path

In 1935, she went to the clinic of Dr. Hayashi. Being on treatment for four months, she was receiving Reiki sessions twice a day, which led to her full recovery. An examination conducted in an ordinary hospital confirmed this result.

At the end of the treatment, Takata remained in the clinic, helping with any work she’s been asked for. Seeing her zeal, Dr. Hayashi agreed to accept her as a student to the Reiki course.

After receiving 2nd Reiki degree initiations, Takata returned to the Hawaiian Islands. Dr. Hayashi followed her. Together they traveled all over Hawaii, conducting treatment, lecturing, and teaching people Reiki. Seeing the success of Takata and her dedication to work, Dr. Hayashi initiated her to the Reiki Master degree and returned to Japan.

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Hawayo Takata

Hawayo Takata opened a Reiki clinic in Hawaii, where she provided treatment to all those in need and at the same time she taught people the Reiki System. She became a famous healer. Conducting Reiki healing sessions and teaching people this system, she traveled the entire American continent and other parts of the globe.

Hawayo Takata sought to do everything possible to ensure that the Reiki System “took root” in the West. To do this, the system had to be significantly transformed into a Western mentality. In addition, it must be remembered that Hawayo Takata did not practice the “traditional” Usui Reiki, but a variety developed by Dr. Hayashi.

Reiki System Modification

After the death of Chujiro Hayashi, Takata modified her practice style of Reiki. In particular, Takata added her own rules to the Reiki System, which had nothing to do with what Usui taught.

Many consider these rules restrictive because they make learning difficult and thus slow down the spiritual growth of students. For example, Takata claimed that Reiki is an oral tradition. Therefore, she forbade her students to have written materials about Reiki, keep notes or make tape recordings.

However, in reality, Reiki is not an oral tradition. Proof of this is that both Usui and Hayashi had written materials that their students could use.

In addition, in the brochures of her groups, Hawayo Takata claimed that she was the only Reiki Master in the world, as all Japanese masters died during the war.

Since the 1970’s Mrs. Takata began giving initiation to a Reiki Master degree.

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Hawayo Takata With Her Students

For two days of non-apprenticeship training, she set a fee of ten thousand dollars. Moreover, Takata announced this amount as an official reward for mastering the skill of Reiki. She especially emphasized that without the introduction of this sum further practice of Reiki is impossible. The need to Deposit ten thousand dollars was often crucial.

On the one hand, the high reward for the Reiki Master degree can be considered justified, as it inspires more value and respect for the system. On the other hand, for many people, high fees become an obstacle to getting Reiki initiation and prevent the rapid spread of this system. This fact contradicts the desire of Dr. Usui to make the Reiki system accessible to everyone.

Hawayo Takata’s Death

Hawayo Takata died on December 11, 1980. After her death, one of her trained masters decided to ignore her rules. This master was Iris Ishikura. She began to take a moderate fee for the Reiki attunements which caused the rapid spread of Reiki all around the world.

Before her death, Hawayo Takata asked two of her trained masters – Phyllis Lei Furumoto (Takata’s granddaughter) and Barbara Weber Ray to lead the Reiki movement. But a year after Takata’s death the way of these Masters broke up.

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Rick Bockner, Phyllis Furomoto, Hawayo Takata and Wanja Twan

In this regard, two organizations were created:

1. The Reiki Alliance – the head of which was Phyllis Lei Furumoto;

2. AIRA (American International Reiki Association) led by Barbara Weber Ray.

Currently, in the West, there are several independent Reiki organizations, but the Reiki-Alliance and AIRA are the largest of them.

Modern Western Reiki System

The evolution of human consciousness, as well as the era of rapid development, cannot but affect the Western Reiki System. Having gained access to this system, a person seeks first to adopt it for himself/herself, and then, trying to get more out of it, seeks to improve it. Thus, concentrating on the energy itself, people began to discover new knowledge about Reiki.

Currently, there are more than thirty varieties of Reiki. And the evolution of Reiki does not end there. People continue to gain new knowledge about Reiki, opening up new opportunities for the ancient art of managing the energy of life, which Usui made available to mankind.

So, What Is Reiki?

It’s easier to understand what Reiki is when you understand the meaning of two Japanese syllables ‘Rei’ and ‘Ki’. The first syllable ‘Rei’ means ‘universal, transcendental spirit, the universe’. The second syllable, Ki, can be translated as ‘sacred life energy’. Thus ‘Reiki’ can be translated as ‘universal sacred vital energy’.

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What Is ‘Ki’ Exactly?

Most people have a basic understanding of Ki energy but don’t know what it is exactly. Also, most people think that Reiki is the only kind of Ki. In this part of the article, I’ll try to give more detailed information about Ki and explain what kinds of Ki exist.

In Japanese, the word “Ki” is used to refer to all kinds of vital energies. There is a certain analogy between Ki and the Chinese concept of “Qi” and the concept of “Prana” used by Indian philosophy.

Ki is the basic substance of the formation of all things in the Universe. Thus, all phenomena occurring in the Universe are a consequence of the movement and modifications of Ki.

There is an internal Ki that circulates in every human being, and the external Ki supplied to the human body when you inhale. External Ki, getting into the body during inhalation, is converted into internal Ki, and when you exhale it comes out and turns into external Ki. This is how vital energy Ki moves in the Universe. And that Ki energy is the vital activity of the whole organism.

Ki And Meridians

In our bodies, Ki circulates through the meridians – that is, through the so-called channels running parallel to the anatomical systems of the body, but vibrating at a higher frequency. Energy vibrating at a higher frequency affects matter vibrating at a lower frequency. Thus, with a negative impact on the meridians, the physical body exhibits symptoms of the disease. Therefore, it is extremely important to restore and maintain the balance of the energy body.

When a person gets sick, it is the meridians that are the ways in which the disease enters the body. Conversely, when a person recovers, it is by the meridians that the disease leaves the body and the symptoms disappear.

Thus, if you clear the meridians, on which Ki circulates, its flow becomes more harmonious, and, thereby, diseases get destroyed. One of the most effective ways to cleanse your meridians is daily Reiki healing sessions.

In other words, the easier it is for Ki energy to flow in your body, the healthier you are!

Different Kinds Of Ki

There are eight kinds of Ki. Each kind has certain characteristics. But all these types of Ki are in constant interaction with each other.

The eight kinds of Ki are:

  1. Kekki
  2. Shioke
  3. Mizuke
  4. Kuki
  5. Denki
  6. Jiki
  7. Reiki
  8. Shinki

As you can see, Reiki is one (the seventh) of the eight Ki’s kinds. And there are seven more kinds of Ki that most people (even experienced Reiki practitioners) have never heard about. But, in my opinion, in order to understand what Reiki is, you need to understand what Ki is. But without understanding all types of Ki that exist it’s hard to even understand what we’re dealing with when we practice Reiki.

Kekki has the greatest power, but the least ability to organize the flow of energy in the mind and body. And Reiki has the greatest ability to organize the flow of energy in the mind and body, but at the same time, it is difficult to achieve a direct effect.

Thus, Reiki is a so-called ‘method of energy management’. It is with the help of Reiki a person gets the ability to manifest everything he needs, using the right forces, in the right ratio, at the right time.

Other types of Ki perform various functions by interacting with each other.

Kekki

Kekki is the original Ki that provides vitality. It symbolizes blood. Kekki is used for cellular nutrition and energy structures.

Shioke

This type of Ki is basically bioenergy, the energy of bioplasm, giving the body a structure. It symbolizes the salt or minerals in the blood (‘shio’ means ‘salt’). This kind of energy gives us a will and fortitude, ensuring our existence. Shioke forms an energy field when a person realizes the purpose of his earthly incarnation. It is Shioke that gives us the possibility of self-realization.

Mizuke

It is the Ki of water and liquids, which grants flux and communication. Mizuke is the energy on which relationships are built. Also, this type of Ki, gives us the ability to eat and maintain metabolism.

Kuki

It is the Ki of air, which grants breath. Kuki gives us the energy of will, the ability to destroy and create. This type of Ki helps us to interact with any part of the Universe. It gives us the ability to think logically and digest food. It is the Kuki that gives the power to break bricks in karate practice. This energy helps us to follow our own path, regardless of the opinions of others. A person with strong Kuki energy cannot be manipulated.

Denki

It is the Ki of thunder which gives us motivation, striving, development, and growth. Denki connects us with creative power. The first emotion that gets created by thunder sound is fear. But then experiences gain the cleansing power that motivates us to find the most appropriate solution to the problem. That is, the thunder clears and heals, right after scaring us with its sound. It provokes a reaction that causes liberation from our emotions and the elimination of our energy blocks.

Denki transforms our fears into love. It develops tolerance in communication with other people and a better understanding of life circumstances.

Denki regulates our relationship with our own egos.

Denki helps to feel the unity with all beings. However, it is necessary to ensure that our development does not stop due to full integration with society and self-satisfaction.

Jiki

It is the Ki of magnetism, which endows us with complementary forces and challenges for growth. In other words, Jiki is magnetic energy, gathering power, creative energy. Jiki is enhanced when a person consciously accepts and learns the life lessons without complaining. For enhancing this type of Ki we have to understand that everything that happens in our lives is necessary for our development. Therefore we should face all the life challenges instead of avoiding them.

Reiki

It is the Ki of the soul, the source of our healing system. Reiki is the vital energy that manifests itself in the material world as the closest to the divine creative force. Here are some characteristics of Reiki energy:

  • connects without binding;
  • stimulates without overexcitation;
  • separates without creating isolation;
  • soothes without causing numbness;
  • directs our attention to life and love;
  • creates clarity without a loss of engagement;
  • awakens and supports the development of all kinds of hidden possibilities.
Shinki

It is the divine energy. Shinki works by means of Reiki outside the material world.

Reiki System

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The Reiki system is based on a deep understanding of the structure of the Universe. According to Reiki teaching, all the processes taking place inside and around us are controlled by the matter of the highest order – the energy that has Consciousness – Ki. When you know how to manage your Ki, you acquire the ability to solve any problems and maximize your potential.

Although most Reiki practitioners are mainly focused on the art of healing, Reiki’s main advantage is its multi-aspect nature. Practicing Reiki, everyone gets exactly what he needs at that moment: a businessman transforms Ki into money, an artist expresses Ki in art, a student – in studying, a cook – in the creation of a healthy dish. In other words, no matter what your goal is, by practicing Reiki you will always find a priceless gift – the ability to convert Ki into the enjoyment of life.

Dr. Mikao Usui taught to start any energy practice with the healing of the mind, resulting in a healthy body.

When the mind is healed, the body heals itself. In fact, the unity of mind and body leads to the attainment of a peaceful and joyful life. It is this unity that gives us the opportunity to engage in healing – to heal not only ourselves but also others, as well as to increase both our own well-being and the well-being of other people. This is the purpose of the Usui Reiki Ryoho system.

Reiki differs from other physical methods of healing, hypnotherapy, and psychotherapy. Dr. Usui claimed that there is no need to believe in the success of this practice in order that healing can occur. It works equally well for a small child, and for a seriously ill person, and even for a person in an unconscious state.

Reiki is not limited to the treatment of the physical body. It can also treat bad habits and negative emotions. The uniqueness of Reiki is that the healers have the abilities to heal themselves and others without the need for medical education.

Reiki Method

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Reiki uses a spiritual method that goes beyond scientific medicine and is not based on it. However, advanced medical and pharmaceutical professionals recognize the effectiveness of this type of healing and some of them even become Reiki students.

Dr. Rokura Kuga said: ‘It is a fact that non-physicians (therapists) have carried out a series of therapies such as psychotherapy with a high degree of success that has not even been achieved by medical faculties because these therapies include the character, the personal symptoms of the patient, and many different (healing) methods in their treatment.

If they (as physicians associated with the medical faculty) would blindly reject therapists and psychotherapists (who are not associated) and attempt to impede them in their work, this would be very narrow-minded.’

Is Reiki Healing Legal?

Despite the fact that Reiki healing is mostly done by people who do not have a medical education, the practice itself is not illegal and does not violate the laws of medical practice. For the first time, an explanation of the legality of the Reiki practice was given by the Japanese Prime Minister in 1922:

‘Hypnotherapy and the like (similar therapy forms) were judged to be bad forms of therapy more than ten years ago, but today they have been better researched, and also effectively applied in psychiatry. It is difficult to solve everything related to a human being with medications. Physicians follow certain paths, which are based on medical principles, in order to heal disease. The use of touch and electrotherapy in combatting disease, are not components of the healing methods of the medical faculty.’

Reiki Benefits

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Practicing Reiki is surprisingly easy, and therefore accessible to everyone. At the same time, this practice can be combined with any spiritual, religious and therapeutic areas, which makes it universal. Moreover, this system has great flexibility, which allows you to use it in everyday life in a variety of ways. There are no generally binding rules to follow. It gives you the ability to improvise in practice, starting from your own intuition and feelings. You can combine self-healing sessions with meditations.

Because of this, it can be used in different spheres of life. You can give the healing to all family members including pets. You can charge your food with Reiki, thereby increasing the vibration of the food and making it more nutritious. The possibilities of Reiki are endless!

What Is Reiki Path?

It’s important to say that the Reiki path of each person is unique. You should never compare your own path with anybody’s else. Every person has his own reasons to practice Reiki. That’s why you should not even try to analyze, evaluate or compare your own path with others. Your experience can be completely different from a person who studied Reiki from the same Reiki Master as you did. Your feeling of energy can be also very different from your classmates. And this is normal. At the beginning of your practice, you may not feel the energy at all. And this is also ok.

What Are The Results Of Reiki Sessions?

Reiki sessions enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, restore energy balance, and strengthen the immune system, which allows it to resist various diseases or recover faster. With its help, you can treat various diseases and relieve stress.

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Regular healing sessions lead to the maximum activation of the internal vitality of the person, reveal creativity, and help to manifest your intentions and desires quickly, safely and easily.

The results of Reiki sessions include:

Reiki Attunement

If you want to practice Reiki healing yourself (without the help of a Reiki healer) you should consider receiving a Reiki Attunement.

Introduction to the Reiki System always starts with the Reiki Attunement. A student receives the attunement from a Reiki Master Teacher.

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The Attunement is the initiation into spiritual tradition.

This is an ancient way of transferring energy and sacred knowledge from one person to another, which cannot be transferred by means of words.

During the initiation, the reiki student goes through a process of adjustment. The result of this is the raising of the vibrations of his entire energy system to a higher level.

After the Attunement, a person acquires not only the theoretical and practical knowledge transferred to him by the Reiki Master-Teacher, but also he acquires his inner knowledge and revealing of his own potential in energy management. This internal knowledge over time takes the form of the Reiki practitioner’s special abilities, not only in the field of healing but also in the creation of his/her own reality.

Usually, when people say “the Reiki Attunement” they mean the ceremony of the initiation into the Reiki System.

However, the Attunement is carried out by the Universal Energy in response to the intention of the Reiki Master, according to a certain methodology. That is, the transfer of internal knowledge and the revealing of internal capacity is carried out directly by Reiki.

The Attunement is a great mystery, during which a complete transformation of the student’s energy body happens. As a result, the student creates deeper and stronger contact with his/her Higher Self. The Attunement, in fact, is a direct flow of the Universal Energy pouring out upon a person.

Healing Models

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Every person who decides to try Reiki healing wonders – ‘how many sessions do I need?’.

Well, the number of healing sessions depends on the disease. Reiki is used to treat both acute and chronic diseases. However, chronic diseases require more time and healing sessions than an acute disease.

Acute Disease

It is a disease of a temporary nature – such as wounds, colds, viral infections, periodic pains and so on. In acute diseases, positive changes caused by Reiki healing sessions can be seen after 1-2 sessions.

Chronic Disease

It is a long-term disease – such as gastritis, arthritis, hypertension and so on. Such diseases require long-term healing work. The causes of such diseases arise at the level of mind and spirit and only then manifest themselves in physical symptoms. Therefore, the healer also has to help the patient to heal mental blocks. Only in this case, effective healing is possible.

It is impossible to say exactly how many sessions will be required for chronic disease, but you need to be prepared for the fact that, most likely, you will have to be treated for a long time.

The healing process is very individual.

Some people have more flexible minds than others, some people have a stronger desire to recover than others. You have to consider all these facts.

Often, after the first Reiki session, there is a temporary relief, but after several subsequent sessions, the symptoms can worsen. This often disappoints people and they refuse to continue the healing. However, it is necessary to remember yourself and timely inform your patients about the healing crisis that can occur on the way to recovery. But the healing crisis is temporary and it leads to recovery.

The Bottom Line

Developing your inner power through Reiki you’re gradually changing your perception of the world. Relationships with people are improving,  problems are resolved for the common good, and all problems disappear as soon as you develop yourself spiritually. Choosing to practice Reiki, you find a great tool, to face even the most mundane problems with the confidence that everything will be resolved for the highest good.

Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Reiki Symbols: Meanings, Purpose, and Practice

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Reiki symbols are both a visual and auditory focus, although in the Western tradition the main importance is given to the visual aspect. Thus, the Symbols not only increase the power of Reiki but also serve as the focus for our intentions.

In this article, I will share with you the basic Reiki symbols, their meaning, purpose, and the sacred energy that each of them expresses.

Symbols in Reiki

Reiki symbols have always been surrounded by mystery and have been recognized as Sacred Symbols of great power.

In the Reiki system, the symbols are taught starting with the Second level. These symbols have always been the subject of controversy among the various Reiki schools.

A turning point in the history of the Western Reiki school was the publication of Diane Stein’s book “Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art“. Teachers of the traditional Reiki school DO NOT recommend to read this book as it violated the Reiki traditions. Diane Stein published all the Reiki symbols in that book, and this is how they became public.

The fact is that the teachers of the Traditional Reiki school teach to keep the Reiki symbols in secret in view of their sacredness.

In addition, only a person who has never experienced the Power of Reiki Symbols is able to share these symbols with the uninitiated. Those people who really understand and feel the Reiki Symbols understand the huge responsibility of keeping the Reiki traditions that prevent them from sharing the Reiki Symbols and mantras to the uninitiated.

I am a representative of the Traditional Reiki school, so in this article, I will talk about Reiki symbols without naming them or showing them. I think that this article will be useful primarily to those who have already been initiated into the Second level of Reiki, but for the rest, it will be only introductory information.

The traditional Reiki school teaches the Symbols according to the Hawayo Takata method:

Stage 1: the students memorize the symbols;
Stage 2: the students practice drawing the symbols on paper;
Stage 3: the students destroy the paper with the symbols.

Now Reiki practitioners use many additional Symbols, but most practitioners use the four basic Reiki symbols.

Reiki students get introduced to the Three Reiki Symbols when they get attuned into the Second level of Reiki. And the fourth Reiki symbol they learn when they become Reiki Masters.

Originally, the symbols were not part of the Reiki system. Mikao Usui started using them when he began introducing Reiki to people unfamiliar with spiritual practices. In other words, he was using symbols to help people in spiritual development. Reiki symbols were supposed to be a focus for the mind, as well as mantras.

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The Use Of Reiki Symbols

The Reiki symbols that Dr. Usui used in the initiation process have tremendous energy that can awaken certain areas of consciousness and teach us how to create the material out of the immaterial, whether it’s healing the body, building relationships, or coping with life situations.

Reiki practitioners should be well prepared before beginning to learn the art of Reiki symbols. Because the symbols are sacred, they are revealed to a practitioner only at the right time. To comprehend their true meaning is possible only after preparation. The practitioner should have a strong spiritual background and at least a couple of years of regular Reiki healing practice based on Reiki Level 1 before he/she gets introduced to the Reiki symbols.

The Reiki symbols are carriers of very powerful sacred energy and in various combinations are able to awaken creative intelligence. They help us to make a qualitative leap to another level of consciousness. The Symbols reveal the universal truth, and we gain deep knowledge when we start interacting with their energy.

Moreover, Reiki symbols contribute to the strengthening of the human energy body, which makes the process of awakening irreversible. They also help to accelerate karma, increase endurance, and eternal vigilance.

Traditional Reiki Symbols

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When our thoughts are concentrated, we can put them into action. That’s what the Sacred symbols are for.

As already mentioned, the second level of Reiki opens access to the three Reiki Symbols. And the third Reiki level opens access to the fourth – Master symbol.

Each Symbol corresponds to a mantra, which is the sound vibration of the Symbol and some Masters also say that the mantras are basically the names of the symbols. By chanting the mantra, you focus on the intention, and the form turns into the essence.

So, the traditional Reiki symbols are:

1st symbol – CKR

This symbol activates the process, leads the energy in the right direction for achieving the desired result. The energy of this symbol moves in a spiraling direction from limitless potential through thought and essence. CKR symbol focuses on physical body healing.

2nd symbol – SHK

This symbol takes the practitioner to the mental and emotional energy levels. It focuses on the emotional body healing and works through our subconsciousness.

3rd symbol – HSZSN

This symbol creates a so-called “bridge” between us and the person and/or the situation in which we want to heal or harmonize. It focuses on the mental body healing and works through our consciousness.

Understanding the Reiki Symbols

Every Reiki practitioner should establish a connection with each Symbol and the aspect of Reiki energy that is embodied in them. Having an inner understanding of the vibrations accompanying the Reiki symbol’s mantras, we can completely abandon them and concentrate immediately on the manifestation of the energy associated with the particular symbol.

You should understand that it’s not easy. It may take years of meditation before you can achieve this. But with regular practice, you will achieve the desired results!

In most Reiki schools, the Masters teach the four basic symbols. However, there are many other symbols obtained through channeling by the creators of the new Reiki schools. In this article, I will share with you only those symbols that are traditionally used in Reiki, their characteristics, as well as the energy that is expressed through them.

Now let’s go deeper into the understanding of each of the four Reiki symbols.

Symbol 1: CKR

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The shape of the First symbol (also known as CKR symbol) is at least partly found outside Japan. This symbol is also found in Indian and Celtic culture. Partially it’s expressed in the SO and CHA symbols of the SOLANCHA system.

In Japanese teachings, on which relied Mikao Usui, Symbol 1 is connected with Earth energy. And as we know, Earth energy is necessary for grounding. It is also associated with the Hara.

Connecting with this symbol while meditating on it will help you increase your energy level and straighten your Hara.

CKR symbol focuses energy on what you direct it to and amplify it.

Symbol 1, like all the others, can be used alone or in combination with others.

In order to activate the Symbol, it is necessary to say its mantra three times.

Mantra CKR

The mantra of this symbol translates as “power increase” or “placing all the powers of the universe here”.

Symbol 1 (CKR) Characteristics

Meaning: power, energy.

Purpose: directs energy towards desired results.

Tasks:

  • serves as a catalyst;
  • activates and enhances energy.

Possible Benefits:

  • the physical body healing;
  • gives other symbols extra energy;
  • concentrates energy on a particular goal;
  • energy protection;
  • purifies and energizes water and food;
  • cleanses and charges crystals and any other healing stones;
  • purifies and energizes any material objects.

So, Symbol 1 is used to increase power. When you visualize Symbol 1, your access to Reiki energy increases several times. CKR focuses energy on one point, calling for the Divine help in healing.

Symbol 2: SHK

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In Western teachings, Symbol 2 is associated with physical and mental well-being. In the Japanese tradition, it is associated with harmony. I support both of these associations since SHK energy grants calmness of mind and emotional balance.

Unlike Symbol 1, Symbol 2 uses the energy of Heaven, which is also called “Light”. Working with this energy helps to develop intuition and psychic abilities because it is related to the mind. Moreover, Symbol 2 helps us to make contact with the energy of the Higher Self, or Spirit.

You can draw or visualize this Symbol when you need to better understand the situation. In traditional teaching, practitioners draw this symbol on their Third eye chakras during the Reiki healing sessions. In distance Reiki healing, it is recommended to focus on this symbol when the patient is experiencing psychological or emotional distress.

Symbol 2 has very subtle energy. Therefore, usually, it takes more time for a Reiki practitioner to feel it. However, regular meditations on this symbol will eventually help you to start feeling it and then you will discover its great power. Symbol 2 can be used in a combination with Symbol 1 to enhance emotional cleansing.

Mantra SHK

This mantra translates as “Earth and Heaven become one”. Or some Masters may translate it as “God and man become one”.

Symbol 2 Characteristics

Meaning: healing, harmony, happiness.

Symbol: embryonic state, the beginning of the external form.

Purpose: to bring harmony and healing.

Tasks:

  • calm and relax the mind;
  • open direct access to the subconscious levels.

Different Ways to Use the SHK Symbol:

Reiki energy penetrates where healing is needed at any level: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. When we use Symbol 2, we direct energy to the emotional level, and this is the key to effective healing. Painful emotions or trauma that are deeply hidden in our subconsciousness, come to the surface. Only after emotional relief, can we expect that healing from physical illness will occur. Anger, despair, rage, grief are the most common root factors that create disease.

Reiki Animal Healing with SHK Symbol

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Pets cleanse houses and people from negative emotions. If the family is in crisis, the pet takes the hit and is not always able to cope with it. One way or another, your pet’s health is a reflection of your energy or the energy of the environment you live in.

Reiki practitioners use Symbol 2 to help relieve emotional pain in pets as well as in humans. When I use SHK in my healing sessions for pets, along with the healing, the emotional blocks of the owner of the pet get released. I often receive information about the root problem of the pet’s disease during the Reiki session. Usually, this information comes through the SHK symbol. And its always connected to the emotional problems of the owner of the pet.

Example of Reiki Animal Healing With the Help of SHK

I’ll share with you one example from my practice. I was healing a cat who accidentally damaged his back. This severe damage affected his paws so he couldn’t walk. When I was giving a healing session to the cat, the information about his owner came through the SHK symbol. The information was about his owner.

The owner’s daughter just a month ago moved out of the house and went to college. So the mother (the owner) was suffering a lot because she didn’t know how to live without her beloved daughter always being around. She was afraid of thinking about the future and moving forward. So, her cat took this emotional block on himself and he couldn’t move because of the fears of his “mom”.

After explaining this to my client she took the responsibility and started working on healing her emotional trauma along with Reiki healing sessions for her cat. In a couple of months of our “teamwork”, the cat was able to walk again!

How Does SHK Work?

Symbol 2 focuses energy on the emotional body and thus enhances its effect. This helps the patient to focus on the specific emotional blocks and quickly get rid of them.

Use the SHK symbol at the beginning of the healing session or when it’s necessary.

I noticed that sometimes Reiki practitioners (including myself) forget to use the SHK symbol. And this is totally ok! The thing about this symbol is that you should always trust your intuition whether you need to use it or not. If you remembered to use this symbol during your Reiki session – it’s great! But if you forgot about it, then there was no need to use it. When you’re performing intuitive healing, the intuition should lead the process.

SHK and Kundalini

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Many Reiki practitioners use Symbol 2 as a tool for helping the Kundalini awakening. You may notice that this symbol makes Kundalini practices and meditations go much easier and smoother.

Symbol 3: HSZSN

Symbol 3 is composed of 5 Japanese hieroglyphs (Kanji) that can be read as a phrase.

In western Reiki schools, HSZSN is used for distant Reiki sessions. Japanese Reiki system uses this symbol as “a connection tool”. And it makes sense. For performing distant Reiki healing, we have to establish a real connection with the Universe and with the patient. From a certain point of view, when we send healing, we do not act as if we are separated from the patient. We become one with him/her so that he/ she can heal himself/herself.

Meaning: connection, unity, purpose.

SHK Mantra translates as “No past, no present, no future”. Some Masters use another translation – “The Buddha in me contacts the Buddha in you”. Or you may also hear another translation of this mantra – “God in me recognizes God in you’.

When we are using the SHK symbol we go beyond time and space. This is how we are able to send energy distantly and even to the past (for example, when we’re performing past trauma healing) or the future (for example, when we performing manifesting of the goals or harmonizing the situation).

Tasks:

  • establishing the connection with a person/event/situation beyond time and space;
  • creating unity between the beginning and the end;
  • building “a bridge” between “the Divine in me” and the Divine in another person or situation;
  • cleansing the space.

Different Ways to Use the HSZSN symbol:

The HSZSN Symbol Is a Portal to the Akashic Records

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The symbol 3 is often used as a portal to the Akashic Records. By meditating on the 3rd symbol you can get access to the information about your karmic goals, lessons, agreements, and debts which can help you to establish your karmic healing.

Past-Present-Future Healing

When working with Symbol 3, the lines between the past, present, and future are blurred. This symbol shows you that your past, present, and future exist in the same time-lapse. So, the first step in working with this symbol is learning how to feel this.

When you keep working with the HSZSN symbol you will discover that now it’s much easier for you to receive information about the future through this symbol. Let me share with you one helpful trick on how to see the future timelines easier. You simply need to tap into the feeling of unity of the present and the future moment. And then draw the HSZSN symbol two times. The double HSZSN symbol will create a “gate” into future timelines.

Though you’ll be able to see future events, keep in mind that there is an unlimited quantity of possible timelines in the future. So, you never know which one you’ll be able to see. You may see the one that is the closest to the one you’re on right now. But keep in mind that if you change your behavior or make different choices then you may switch the timeline to another one. And it’s possible to see that timeline through the HSZSN symbol too.

Symbol 4: DKM

When a Reiki practitioner becomes a Reiki master, he/she gains access to the 4th Reiki symbol which is also called the Master symbol. This symbol also consists of hieroglyphs.

Symbol 4 is rooted in Buddhist traditions. It is found in the sacred text of Mikkyō – a part of Tendai Buddhism teaching followed by Mikao Usui. This symbol is also used in an esoteric Buddhist ritual in which the follower becomes one with the Buddha’s true nature and reveals his inner light. That is why Usui chose this symbol as the highest symbol of development in Reiki practice.

In the Western Reiki system, this symbol is associated with the mastery of spiritual practice. In Japanese tradition, it is associated with the acquisition of power.

The Purpose

Reiki Master Cosmos Image

The main purpose of the Master symbol is to establish a direct connection with one’s inner Master.

Your Inner Master is the part of you that has already reached enlightenment. This part is hidden from us, but we gain it through consistent spiritual practices.

The master symbol attracts the energy of the higher vibration, which enhances the healing result.

The DKM symbol can be used in combination with other Reiki symbols to strengthen them and purify the intent behind the Reiki practice. This Symbol sheds light on any situation; physical, mental or spiritual condition. In addition, it clears all obstacles in the way of solving problems, even the most profound ones.

Meditation on the DKM Symbol

When we are meditating on this Symbol it helps us develop self-awareness and promotes spiritual development.

One way to meditate on this symbol is to draw it in front of you and enter it as if it was a hologram. During meditation, it often takes some color, most often it becomes violet. You can intuitively visualize it in a specific color to enhance the energy.

The DKM Mantra

This mantra translates as “Great Enlightenment” or “Bright Shining Light”. There are many other translations of this mantra. However, all translations refer to “the Light”. Therefore, when pronouncing this mantra, we should visualize the Light.

Alignment With Reiki Symbols

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Before you start using Reiki symbols in your healing practice, you should make sure you’re aligned with each of them. To achieve it you need to perform the alignment practice with each symbol. This practice will make you capable of using Reiki symbols effectively. Also, it will increase your visualization abilities, improve your healing power, harmonize your life, and balance your spiritual path.

Usually, the alignment practice is performed daily for at least 30 minutes for 21 days after initiation. However, I noticed that not all Reiki masters teach this practice. And many Reiki practitioners use Reiki symbols without being aligned with them. Some masters explained to me that it’s due to the fact that along with the attunment you get automatically aligned with the symbols. However, I cannot agree with this.

You see, Reiki attunement is the initiation into the Reiki system. And the alignment with the symbols is the result of your consistent spiritual practice. A Reiki Master doesn’t have the ability to align you with the symbols. This is your own responsibility and your path.

After I tell people about the alignment practice and they start consistently performing it, they see how much easier it is for them to feel the Symbols’ energy and how much more effective their Reiki healing sessions are. Therefore, if for some reason your Reiki Master didn’t introduce you to the alignment practice, you can do it now. I’m sure very soon you will see amazing difference in your Reiki practice.

The Alignment Practice (Meditation)

Here are quick instructions on how to perform the alignment practice. But keep in mind, that this practice is designed only for those Reiki practitioners that have already received the Level 2 (and up) Reiki attunement.

  1. Take a sitting posture for meditation. Make sure that your arms and legs are not crossed. Take a couple of deep breaths until you feel that your body completely relaxed.
  2. Invite the Reiki Energy with the intention of aligning with the Sacred Reiki Symbols.
  3. Raise your hand in front of you with the palm open and directed away from you. Draw in the air in front of you Symbol 1 (CKR) and say its mantra 3 times. Alternatively, you can draw the symbol in the air in front of you with your index finger or with your index and middle fingers folded together. Visualize the Symbol where you drew it. Now enclose it between your palms.
  4. Close your eyes and continue holding the CKR symbol between your palms. Keep saying the CKR mantra for at least 10 minutes (preferably aloud, but if not possible, then whisper or say it mentally).
  5. Raise your hands with the CKR symbol between them above your head and place the symbol in your Crown chakra. Visualize the CKR symbol entering your Crown chakra, spreading throughout your body and merging with it.

Perform the same actions for aligning with other symbols.

The Bottom Line

There are lots of misleading information about Reiki symbols all over the Internet. You can also see lots of books about the symbols and their interpretation. Obviously, this article is just a summarized guide to Reiki symbols but doesn’t include the full information about them. How can you recognize the true information about Reiki symbols? I always follow one simple rule – if the book or Internet article includes the pictures or names of the symbols, then I can’t fully trust the information in it. The main rule about Reiki symbols is that their images and mantras should be kept secret and if the author doesn’t follow this rule, then he/she probably doesn’t really understand the sacredness of the information he/she shares.

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Negative Emotions That Block Your Chakras

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Chakras are the energy centers in our subtle bodies and their overall health depends on many factors. One of the most important factors that affect our chakras is our emotions. When we are committed to conscious living and take every moment of our lives with deep awareness our chakras respond to positive vibes and work properly. However, our negative emotions can cause blocks in our chakras and serious health problems.

This article is a quick guide to your negative emotions and problems they may cause. Each negative emotion that you may experience affects a certain chakra and leads to certain health problems. I hope this article will help you understand your health and emotional problems better.

Root Chakra

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The Root chakra is considered a source of vitality and survival. It is located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women.

The Root chakra is responsible for the organs of excretion and reproduction, the gland organ and hormonal secretions. It is directly related to the nose and sense of smell, as well as our animal instincts.

People who have a strong Root chakra are usually very strong physically.

In the Vedic tradition, it is believed that those people who have a pure and balanced Root chakra live in harmony with Mother Earth and with the goddess of fertility and prosperity Lakshmi.

The negative emotion that blocks the Root chakra is fear.

What are you afraid of? Do you feel anxiety about certain people or situations? In order to overcome your fears, you have to be honest with yourself first by admitting your fears and emotional problems.

Root Chakra Healing

Effective methods of Root chakra healing are yoga, meditation, earth grounding.

If you often experience fear and anxiety, the following articles can be helpful:

11 Powerful Techniques For Root Chakra Healing

6 Effective Tips On How To Deal With Fear

Understanding Social Anxiety & Gaining the Tools to Overcome

Healing Crystals For Anxiety – The Ultimate Guide

Sacral Chakra

Svadhisthana Chakra Test Image

The Sacral chakra is located above the Root chakra, just above the genitals.

It is associated with the sacral plexus, with the organs and glands of the genitourinary system and reproduction system. The Sacral chakra is connected with the tongue and the sense of taste.

The negative emotion that blocks the Sacral chakra is Guilt.

Guilt is one of the most self-destructive negative emotions that takes away lots of energy. Everyone who experiences it feels like a sticky cocoon of hopelessness. Therefore it is so important to get rid of guilt as quickly as possible. Otherwise, it will take all your energy.

Guilt as a Manipulative Game

First of all, it’s important to realize that the guilt we feel may be caused by manipulative people. Yes, the easiest way to manipulate others is to make them feel guilty.

But to feel guilt is actually pretty dangerous. You see, guilt unnecessarily generates a scenario of punishment. This is how a person’s worldview pattern works: a misdemeanor should be followed by punishment. As soon as you notice the slightest manifestation of guilt, immediately get rid of this mental trash (if you don’t want to spoil your life).

If you live your life up to your creed then there will be no guilt. No one will dare judge you if you do not consider yourself guilty. Being free of guilt will never put you in a situation where someone threatens you with violence. No guilt, no punishment. Watch your subconscious thoughts when someone tries to manipulate you with guilt!

How to Stop Feeling Guilty?

If you can not get rid of the guilt completely, then you need to stop apologizing without a visible reason for this. Here is a special case when the treatment of the disease as a consequence eliminates its cause. You don’t have to convince yourself that you don’t owe anyone anything. Just watch your usual actions, which will require awareness.

If you’ve had a habit at the slightest provocation to apologize, now get another habit to explain your actions only when it’s really necessary. And do it just once without repeating over and over again your explanation (otherwise it will turn into an excuse).

Manipulators, no longer getting the same response from you, gradually fall behind. At the same time, your subconscious mind will get used to the new feeling: if you do not justify yourself then guilt simply does not exist. As a result, the reasons for “redemption” will appear less and less.

Thus, in the chain of feedback, the external form will gradually put in order the internal content: the feeling of guilt will disappear, and as a result, the corresponding problems will disappear too.

Sacral Chakra Healing

The most effective methods of Sacral chakra healing are Tai Chi, aromatherapy, yoga, and meditation.

For more information on how to heal your Sacral chakra check out my article “8 Simple Tips On How To Harness the Power Of Your Sacral Chakra”.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura Chakra Test Image

The Solar Plexus chakra is located behind the navel within the spinal column.

This chakra affects the digestion process and the absorption of food and prana. It is also connected with the eyes and vision.

The negative emotions that block the Solar Plexus chakra are shame and self-rejection.

The feeling of shame is experienced together with the feeling of one’s own wrongness, badness, and total inadequacy. Now, if you experience that, it means you’re under the influence of toxic shame.

Toxic shame is usually formed during childhood. During sensitive periods of a child’s development, adults criticize have a tendency to criticize their children without giving any support. Children often take criticism as rejection. This is how toxic shame gets created.

Toxic shame often leads to other serious problems such as low self-esteem, lack of will power, nervousness, and poor memory.

How to get rid of shame?

  1. Accept yourself with all your imperfections and give yourself the right to be exactly who you are.
  2. Accept all the shortcomings of other people. Don’t judge anyone! Judging someone, you risk yourself getting into a situation in which you will be judged, your self-esteem will be damaged and you will feel shame.
  3. Refrain from unnecessary comparisons. Stop comparing your own behavior with your own personal expectations or the expectations of others. By rejecting comparisons and protecting yourself from feelings of mismatch between the values of “should be” and “is in reality,” you will find harmony with yourself and stop feeling ashamed.
  4. Try to establish the specific cause of your shame. Evaluate how it is adequate, and if you really have something to be ashamed of, try as soon as possible to correct all your mistakes. Look at the problem from the outside, discarding, at the same time, all negative emotions. To get rid of the feeling of shame, form a clear, objective opinion about the situation, and then mentally make a plan to overcome it.

Solar Plexus Chakra Healing

From my own experience, I can tell you that Reiki therapy is the best way to heal your Solar Plexus chakra.

For more information on how to heal your Solar Plexus chakra read my article “8 Ways To Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra For Success In Life“.

Heart Chakra

Anahata Chakra Test Image

It’s located above the Solar Plexus chakra, near the heart.

The Heart chakra is connected to the Solar Plexus, the heart, the respiratory organs, and the thymus and is responsible for the qualities of unconditional love, compassion, peace, etc. It is also connected to the hands and the sense of touch.

The emotion that blocks Heart chakra is grief.

When we lose someone we love our heart chakra gets blocked with grief. Emotional pain that seems like it will never end leaves a scar on our hearts.

Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one but, in fact, any loss can cause grief, including: divorce, relationship breakup, loss of health or financial stability, a miscarriage, losing a job, retirement, death of a pet, loss of friendship, a loved one’s serious illness, selling the family home, loss of purpose, loss of safety after a trauma, etc.

How to deal with grief?

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are healthy ways to deal with the grieving process. 

  1. Be Patient With Yourself. Give yourself time to accept what has happened.
  2. Support yourself emotionally by taking care of yourself physically.
  3. Focus on what you can change, and accept what you can’t change. This means mentally, emotionally and spiritually accepting the reality of your loss and letting go of a past that you cannot bring back.
  4. Talk to someone who has experienced a similar loss or someone whose presence is a source of comfort.
  5. Focus on all the reasons you need to return to being the person you were before the loss.
  6. Spend more time with the ones you love.
  7. Live in the present moment.

Heart Chakra Healing

The best way to heal your Heart chakra is Bikram Yoga practice and socialization. The simple opening of our hearts to others is the best way to heal your Heart chakra. Alternatively, meditation is a major treatment for your Heart chakra.

For more information on how to heal your Heart chakra read my article “12 Powerful Ways To Heal Your Anahata“.

Throat Chakra

Vishuddha Chakra For Beginners

The Throat chakra is located in the middle of the throat. This chakra is associated with the cervical plexus of nerve fibers and the thyroid gland. It maintains the purity of the body and mind.

The Throat chakra is connected with the ears and the sense of hearing, with the throat and speech. It awakens acceptance of the vicissitudes of life, mental balance, and sensitivity to the needs of others.

The factors that block Throat Chakra are:

  • lies;
  • poor communication;
  • arrogance;
  • gossips, etc.

Blockage of the Throat chakra occurs if a person chooses to lie not only to others but also to himself. Lying is like a virus that is transmitted from one to the other. It’s hard to be immune to it, especially if all the people around you lie all the time. However, it is possible! Just make a rule to never respond with lies to lies and never lie to yourself. Be honest with yourself and others.

Throat Chakra Healing

Best ways to heal your Throat chakra are chanting mantras, sound therapy, and meditation.

To learn more about other healing methods of the Throat chakra read my article “Every Woman Should Consider A Throat Chakra Healing! Here Is Why“.

Third Eye Chakra

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It is located at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.

The Third Eye chakra is mainly related to higher consciousness and intelligence.

 The imbalance of this chakra leads to neurological problems, depression, anxiety, paranoia, dizziness, nightmares, insomnia, migraines, sinusitis, poor vision.

The negative emotion that blocks Third eye chakra is illusiveness.

When people are not happy with their lives they try to escape the reality they live in. Often they start using alcohol, drugs, smoking, in order to leave this reality at least for a little bit. However, once they are back from the delusional reality that drugs and alcohol bring them in, they start feeling worse than before.

Another way people escape reality is by playing video games and watching TV. Living delusional lives they feel happy again but this happiness lasts a very short period of time.

Unfortunately, in the modern world, most people do not feel satisfied with their lives and constantly look for new ways to escape reality. Therefore there are not too many people with balanced Third eye chakras. This leads to poor intuitiondepression, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, and other problems.

Third Eye Chakra Healing

There are many different ways to heal your Throat chakra:

  • learn to trust your intuition;
  • release repressed negative thoughts and emotions;
  • stargaze at night;
  • take time to rest and relax without any distractions or stimulants (like TV, Internet, social media, video games, drugs, alcohol, etc.);
  • meditate;
  • yoga (especially effective the bending forward asanas).

To learn more about Third eye chakra healing methods read my article “Best Techniques For Your Third Eye Chakra Activation“.

Crown Chakra

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It is located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland.

The Crown chakra is the highest point that determines the spiritual life of a person. Physically its work affects the pineal gland and the brain. If we consider the spiritual aspect, Sahasrara chakra has the ability to absorb and produce the highest frequency of Kundalini energy.

A blockage of the Crown chakra can cause chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, and migraines.

The negative emotions that block the Crown chakra are earthly attachments, boredom, and greed.

Basically any attachment creates a block in your Crown chakra: attachment to your home, career, people, car, etc. You need to learn to let go. The hardest part is letting go of the person we love. For doing this you need to understand that love is not material, it exists beyond time and space. When we feel a true unconditional love we can’t be attached. Whether the person you love is with you or far away you feel full of love and happiness. Because your love comes from the inside.

Don’t treat people and material things like they belong to you. Let them go and you will gain your own freedom.

Crown Chakra Healing 

Meditation is a great way to heal your Crown chakra.

To learn more about Crown chakra healing methods read my article “Crown Chakra Blockage Symptoms And Ways To Heal It“.

The Bottom Line

Understanding our negative emotions gives us the opportunity to heal and balance our chakras and improve our health. All we need to do is just be patient, honest with ourselves about our feelings, be willing to change our behavior, re-think our values, and expand our consciousness. Instead of judging ourselves for having negative emotions we need to accept them and only then can we heal.

Remember that any healing should come from a deep self-love but not from self-judgment or self-rejection!

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Chakra Colors: Esoteric Guide To Meaning and Purpose

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Chakras are the energy centers of our subtle body located along the spine. Each of them has its own color and is responsible for the vibration and effect on a certain energy node. The chakra colors indicate our current physical, emotional and spiritual state.

In this article, I will share with you some very important information about the chakra colors, their meaning, as well as how to use this knowledge practically for your meditation and everyday life!

Let’s get started!

7 Main Chakra Colors

Red color: Root chakra (Muladhara)

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Red is a bright and warm color that symbolizes the first chakra – Muladhara.

It is important to remember that red color differs from other colors of chakras by sharpness and saturation. Therefore it is responsible for producing lower vibrations.

Be careful when choosing a shade of red! The bright red color represents sexual energy. The dark red is a more aggressive shade that is directly related to fear.

Red Color Characteristics:

  • heat;
  • courage;
  • self confidence;
  • rebirth;
  • struggle for life;
  • security;
  • stability;
  • sexuality;
  • earthiness;
  • impetuosity;
  • individuality.

Add red to your surroundings when you feel tired. The red chakra provides nourishment from the Earth and connects your spiritual body with the physical.

Red Food For Muladhara Chakra

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The value of red food lies in its ability to accelerate the flow of metabolic processes in our bodies. Also, this food is rich in flavonoids (these substances are responsible for good memory and sharp vision), lycopene (responsible for the normalization of blood), and vitamin C (improves immunity and helps fight viral infections).

If you want to balance your Muladhara chakra, you should add more red to your daily diet: tomatoes, red pepper, red cabbage, etc. These products not only promote the healing of Muladhara chakra but also optimize the body’s ability to resist free radicals. Thus, you create a natural barrier against the destruction of the DNA structure and prevent the development of cancer.

Chakara Colors Meditation #1: Red Color

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Meditation on the red color will help you transform inertia and negativity into strong, positive energy; strengthen your love for life and help you get overall satisfaction.

Find a secluded place. Sit on a chair, straighten your shoulders, breathe easy. Focus your attention on your feet. Mentally imagine that you are standing on a soft carpet of bright red color.

Move your thumbs. Try to feel the texture and softness of the carpet, the warmth, and energy of the red color.

Visualize how your feet are filled with red light, which then rises higher up the legs to the Muladhara chakra. Concentrate your thoughts on answering the question: “What is the relationship between this chakra and the color red?”.

Pay attention to your Root chakra. Imagine that a pure pulsating red light enters your aura and goes down to your feet.

Continue performing this exercise for at least 5 minutes. As a result, you will feel that your legs have become warm, you feel good, your body is filled with energy.

Orange color: Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana)

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Orange is a very powerful, sensual and sexual color, which symbolizes the second chakra – Svadhisthana.

Use the color orange sparingly, but sufficiently to feel the confidence and freedom.

Orange is softer than red and is associated with joyful emotions, happy life, and a positive mood.

This color is responsible for:

  • feelings;
  • emotions;
  • intimacy;
  • creativity;
  • polarity;
  • sensitivity;
  • confidence;
  • sociability;
  • freedom;
  • movement;
  • sexuality.

Different shades of orange color help to get out of depression, get rid of negative thoughts and lift the mood. Just add to your life things or clothes of this color to improve mood and well-being.

Orange Food For Svadhisthana Chakra

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If you want to balance your Svadhisthana chakra you should consider adding more orange products to your daily diet, such as carrots, pumpkin, orange bell pepper, peaches, mangoes, tangerines, oranges, etc. There are also orange spices that have a beneficial effect on this chakra, for example, cumin and turmeric.

You should be aware that all orange products not only help to straighten your Svadhisthana chakra, but also have a beneficial effect on the whole body. For example, orange fruits contain the necessary vitamin C. Orange spices and vegetables are able to saturate the body with the necessary antioxidants.

Adding orange food to your diet will help you stay active and energetic.

Chakra Colors Meditation #2: Orange Color

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Take a comfortable position with a flat back and relax. Imagine yourself sitting on the edge of a cliff by the sea watching the sunset.

Listen to the sounds of the sea surf, feel its rhythm. Adjust your breathing to this rhythm. Inhale the air when the waves arrive, and exhale when they recede back.

Look at the sun, it falls over the horizon, acquiring a bright orange hue. This color spreads across the darkening sky and is reflected by reflections in the water.

Visualize the breath as the orange rays get into your Svadhisthana chakra, rotate around its center in a clockwise direction, reviving and cleansing the chakra.

As you exhale, discard all the negative energy accumulated in your body. Think about where it came from and how you can eliminate it. Perhaps the negative is caused by memories from the past. Let the rays of orange light dissipate all negative energy.

Look at the horizon again. The sky descended in the dark of night, the space around you is plunged into peace and quiet.

Yellow Color: Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

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Yellow is a bright color, similar to sunlight. It is the color of the third chakra – Manipura. Yellow clarifies everything that happens in the world.

Use yellow color dosed, in small amounts, since too much yellow can excite anger.

Yellow color symbolizes the mind and intellectual abilities.

Yellow color characteristics:

  • stimulates to action;
  • calms the nervous system;
  • responsible for willpower and knowledge;
  • brings joy;
  • gives wit and enlightenment of the mind;
  • gives a good sense of humor, optimism, curiosity;
  • develops self-control, awareness, and self-respect.

Yellow Food For Manipura Chakra

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If you want to balance your Manipura chakra you should consider adding more yellow products to your daily diet, such as yellow zucchini, yellow bell pepper, corn, melon, bananas, lemons, pears, etc. You can also add yellow spices to your food, such as saffron, for example.

Yellow products are aimed not only at Manipura straightening but also to achieve a balance in the energy system of the whole body. All yellow foods contain essential antioxidants and vitamin C. And lemon juice, for example, effectively cleanses your liver of toxins. Moreover, yellow fruit and vegetables provide saturation of the body with vitamins B, D and E, and
maintaining the required levels of iron, magnesium, and zinc.

Chakra Colors Meditation #3: Yellow Color

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In advance, find a picture of a bright, large sunflower. Sit back, take a meditation pose. Look at the picture of the sunflower, learn the shape and color of its petals and stamens.

Now close your eyes and try to restore the image in front of the inner eye. Visualize that this sunflower is located in your Solar Plexus area. Its petals are the petals of the Manipura chakra.

Turn your attention to the black heart of the sunflower. Think of the warmth, the fire that comes from digestion and helps you maintain your body temperature.

The yellow chakra is our emotional center. To balance it, you need to learn how to manage your emotions. In addition, to advance on the path of spiritual development, you must overcome your fears.

Think about the fact that man is a small part of the existing reality. Our consciousness can realize only a small part of the overall picture of the world. But sharing our knowledge with others, we expand our own consciousness and help others to develop.

Finally, turn your eyes from the center to the yellow petals of the sunflower. At the moment of inhalation, direct the pure yellow light to the third chakra. Continue until it is soaked in bright yellow light.

Green Color: Heart Chakra (Anahata)

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The green color symbolizes renewal and healing. It is the color of the fourth chakra – Anahata.

Shades of green soothe and promote balance.

Green color is responsible for:

Green color characteristics:

  • contributes to the harmonization of all spheres of life;
  • creates harmony in the trinity of mind, body, and spirit;
  • has a calming effect;
  • eliminates stress;
  • grant the ability to show sincere feelings and be loved;
  • heals;
  • helps to find unconditional love.

Greens Foor For Anahata Chakra

Anahata Chakra Colors

Nutritionists say that foods of this color are considered especially valuable for our body as it is able to cleanse, revive, and give strength and the necessary energy to our bodies. It is also important that green food contributes to achieving a balance in cell activity, preventing chaos in vital metabolic processes.

If you want to straighten your Anahata chakra, add more green food to your diets, such as cabbage, peas, green peppers, zucchini, asparagus, cucumbers, lettuce, kiwi, green apples, green pears, avocados, and olives.

Don’t forget to include greens such as leek, basil, spinach, mint, fresh coriander. Greens effectively help our bodies to remove toxins from the cells and cleanse the blood.

Chakra Colors Meditation #4: Green Color

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Take a meditation position and relax. Take five deep breaths.

Then direct your attention to your Heart chakra. Visualize your Anahata chakra in the form of a pale pink Lotus flower sitting on green leaves.

Watch as the pink rays from the Lotus petals surround you, creating the energy of pure love. Look around the flower, it is surrounded by green rays of light reflected from the leaves.

Now focus your attention on the area just below your Heart chakra. Right below it is another, smaller energy center that emits a pale green light. It symbolizes the tree of life, and its altar is decorated with precious stones. On the altar, you will see the fire of life.

Look at the tree of life. Its roots have spread over the earth, and the branches stretch to the light and sun. In the same way, we should combine earthly and spiritual life. In this case, we will find harmony with the world around us.

The branches of the tree symbolize the various challenges that must be overcome on the spiritual path. Then look at the fire of life burning on the altar.

Think about your own inner fire. What can you do to make it stronger, brighter and more resistant?

Visualize that the fire is becoming brighter and brighter until you will feel that your inner potential is completely opened.

Blue Color: Throat Chakra (Visuddha)

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Blue is a cooling color of the fifth chakra – Vishuddha. It is considered a symbol of peace, tranquility, and inspiration.

Blue color promotes:

  • relaxation;
  • reduce physical and emotional stress;
  • manifestation of creativity;
  • spiritual growth.

However, be careful, because long-term contemplation of blue may cause depression.

Use this color when emotional distress occurs or when you need extra care and wisdom.

Blue color characteristics:

  • develops rational thinking;
  • stimulates the thyroid gland;
  • responsible for communication, wisdom, trust, speech, creative expression, spatial planning, organization, and caution.

Blue Food For Vishuddha

If you want to balance your throat chakra you should consider adding blue food to your diet. Blue is a color not easy to find in nature. However, there are some foods that you can use such as blueberries, blackberries, and mushrooms.

By adding blue products to your daily diet you contribute to your clarity of thinking. Also, all these foods can help to lose weight and slow down the aging process.

Chakra Colors Meditation #5: Blue Color

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This chakra colors meditation is recommended to be performed outdoors. If this is not possible, you should lie down on the floor and imagine the blue sky overhead.

So, lie down on the ground or on the floor. The selected location must be protected from direct sunlight. Look up at the endless blue sky. Do you think space is infinite or does it have an edge? Think about the fact that we are surrounded by many galaxies, but we know almost nothing about them.

Man and even the entire planet are negligible in the scale of the Universe, like drops in the ocean. However, the ocean wouldn’t exist without the drops. Moreover, each of the drops is unique in its own way.

So every person is special. Each of us has a unique mission or role in the universal cosmic plan.

Now pay attention to the sun, but do not look directly at it. Think about how important its role is in the life of our planet and each person in particular. It warms us and illuminates the Earth. Without the sun, we’d be in total darkness.

Look at the light coming from the sun and going into the endless distance. Imagine that you are moving along the beam, moving further and further into Space. Heavenly blue light envelops you with a protective cover of peace and tranquility.

Mentally look back, look at the planets and stars. Listen to the sounds coming from them. Their joint sound merges into a single beautiful melody. Feel how these sounds resonate with your body, with every muscle and every organ.

Find the sound resonating with your Throat chakra. Feel its vibrations all over the body, they spread around the neck, shoulders, as well as down the arms.

Now you feel a sense of inner peace and listen to the music of the planetary spheres, all this allows your body to restore its original integrity. Now it is easier for you to follow the path of spiritual development, nothing hinders you.

When you feel ready, find a ray of Golden sunlight and head back to Earth with it. When you return, feel your body. Think about what has changed in you?

Indigo Color: Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

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This is the deep cool color of the Ajna chakra.

Indigo color is responsible for:

  • intuition;
  • ingenuity;
  • mental ability;
  • self-realization;
  • perception;
  • understanding;
  • memory;
  • courage;
  • deliverance.

This color supports:

  • development of intuition and clairvoyance;
  • devotions;
  • comfort;
  • stress relief;
  • reducing pain.

Indigo Food For Ajna

Ajna Chakra Colors Food Image

If you want to straighten and balance your Ajna you should consider adding products of a color close to Indigo. These foods may include blueberries, blue plums, dates, blue grapes.

Indigo products have a strong impact on the human mind.

Indigo products are rich in zinc and anthocyanin. Zinc is known to be essential for the production of testosterone and other hormones. It promotes cell renewal and strengthens the immune system. Anthocyanin controls the level of cholesterol that our brain needs. In addition, it substance promotes healthy sleep and emotional stability.

Chakra Colors Meditation #6: Indigo Color

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Sit in a meditation position. Visualize twilight. The sun is hiding behind the horizon. The night is enveloping the world with its dark blue (indigo) color.

Birds are getting ready to sleep on the branches of trees. Pets are also going to sleep. And only night animals and birds do not sleep, they are going to look for food. Flowers are closed at night, keeping the warmth of sunlight.

You are in silence. Think about your life, what joys and failures have you experienced?

Take it as a life experience that will help you in the future. Drop everything that is alien to you, that imposes an environment or stereotypes.

Man can be likened to a garden. In the garden, we sow seeds to see the shoots and grow plants. In the same way, the seeds of wisdom sown in the soil of the mind are sure to come up. The experience and knowledge gained in life are necessary for understanding ourselves and the laws of life.

If you meditate before going to sleep, let the dark blue cover of the night envelop you with a haze of sleep. You sink into the night, into a deep and refreshing sleep. And in the morning you will wake up full of energy and strength.

If you perform this meditation during the day, then visualize how the dark blue cover dissolves your fatigue, gives a sense of calm and equanimity, gives peace of mind, improves health, gives rise to a sense of well-being.

Purple Color: Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

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Purple represents the seventh chakra – Sahasrara. Our Crown chakra is the “door” to bliss and knowledge.

Purple has the shortest frequency wave and the highest energy level compared to other colors of the spectrum.

Use purple to balance and open your Sahasrara chakra and experience higher levels of consciousness.

Purple color is responsible for:

This color is a manifestation of spiritual consciousness, purity, modesty, faith, and humility.

Purple Food For Sahasrara Chakra

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If you want to balance or straighten your Sahasrara chakra you should consider adding purple food to your diet such as grapes, eggplants, purple onions, plums, beets.

Purple products are rich in such nutrients such as potassium, pectin, and resveratrol. Potassium is necessary to maintain the functioning of the heart, to overcome chronic fatigue. Pectin is designed to normalize the gastrointestinal tract and also has antioxidant properties. As for resveratrol, it has anti-allergic properties.

Chakra Colors Meditation #7: Purple Color

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For this meditation, you need an amethyst crystal.

Amethyst (from the Greek “amethystos” meaning “not drunken”) is widely known for its ability to prevent intoxication.

Amethyst of light purple shades used for spiritual and mystical insights. And crystals of dark purple shades are used in the Kundalini awakening practices.

Instructions:

Sit in meditation position in front of the amethyst crystal. Look at the shape of the crystal, the variety of its colors.

Each crystal is unique. Think about the qualities that amethyst symbolizes: humility, love, and inspiration.

Remember the moment you made the decision to follow your spiritual path. You may have been inspired by someone, or you read an inspirational spiritual book, or maybe you felt this desire within yourself and you wanted to discover who you really are.

On the path of spiritual development, you are waited by obstacles and barriers. To overcome them, you need strength and self-confidence. But in addition, you will need humility, without which it will not be possible to achieve a state of divine love. Think about what qualities you need to work out.

Now visualize your Sahasrara chakra. It emits a gentle purple light. You are enveloped in this light. It dissolves any pain and problem, filling you with divine love.

Try to feel what kind of emotions hinder you on the spiritual path and constrain you. Let the purple light balance these emotions and bring your consciousness into peace and harmony.

Conclusion

Knowing and understanding the chakra colors is a powerful tool we can use to balance all the spheres of our lives!

When you feel that you need to strengthen a certain chakra, meditate on its color, surround the space around you with shades of this color, eat produce of this color, and you will see that your life will begin to change for the better.

After all, most of us intuitively feel what chakra needs to be balanced by choosing certain colors in clothing, interior design, food, etc. Thus we make intuitive choices of colors in order to harmonize our energy, the state of mind and certain spheres of our life.

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