Creative Eldering: Divine Energy: The Chakras
The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel.” It is believed that the human body has seven major chakras, each consisting of energy localized in your physical body and coinciding with different levels of your spine, usually in conjunction with one of your major organs. Each of the seven chakras also correlates to various things from color to physical imbalances that you may experience.
Dr. Alan Beardall, the originator of Clinical Kinesiology, developed theories based around flower remedies and correlated some of Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies as effective treatment options for gently treating chakra imbalances. Bach flower remedies are usually in liquid form and are taken orally. They are flower essences or herbal infusions that can address emotional and physical wellness. There are many different flower remedies or essences that can treat each chakra. You can use Clinical Kinesiology self-testing or seek guidance from your trusted healthcare practitioner to determine if you have a chakra imbalance and the most effective flower remedy to treat it.
The fiery red and orange Root Chakra, traditionally called Muladhara, is centered at the base of your spine. It is your lowest chakra and represents your least developed aspect of your spiritual self. If you experience glandular problems, your root chakra may have an imbalance. Aspen, Cherry Plum, and Red Chestnut are effective Bach Flower Remedies for treating Root Chakra imbalances.
The next of your chakras is Swadisthana, your rosy red Spleen Chakra. It is located slightly left of your body’s midline, over your spleen. Excessive desire, lust, and attachment correspond with your spleen chakra and related imbalances “often trigger excessive thirst or dryness. In addition, the adrenal glands and kidneys relate closely, which predisposes Spleen Chakra imbalances to the kidneys” (Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition). Impatiens and Water Violet Bach Flower Remedies may be good options for the treatment of your Spleen Chakra imbalances.
Manipura, your Navel Chakra, is located a few inches above your bellybutton. It radiates green. Imbalances with your Navel Chakra are often manifested as problems with your pancreas, liver or stomach. Gorse, Gentian, and Hornbeam Bach Flower Remedies may help treat this imbalance.
Glowing yellow or golden, your Heart Chakra, sometimes referred to as you Thymus Chakra or Anahata, is centered over your heart and sternum. “Emotional trauma and shock are among the main reasons why” (Your Body Can Talk, 78) your Heart Chakra may have imbalances. A few effective Bach Flower Remedies for Heart Chakra imbalances are Beech, Chicory and Vine.
The Throat Chakra is the fifth of the major chakras. It is also known as Vishuddha and rests in your neck and throat. The Throat Chakra is associated with a light, silver blue. Sometimes a sore throat or laryngitis indicate an imbalance in the Throat Chakra. Thyroid problems are also associated with this chakra. Agrimony, Holly and Walnut Bach Flower Remedies may be good options for the treatment of Throat Chakra imbalances.
Located slightly above your eyebrows, Ajna, your Brow Chakra is often described as being a beautiful Indigo blue. Many people suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder also find they have an imbalance in their Brow Chakra. When treating Brown Chakra imbalances, you may find Crabapple, Elm or Willow Bach Flower Remedies to be appropriate choices.
The Crown Chakra, or Sahasrara, “radiates 960 outer petals of violet, and twelve inner petals of gold” (Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition, 79). If you have issues with your hypothalamus, pituitary, or pineal gland you may also have an imbalance with this chakra. Honeysuckle and Wild Rose Bach Flower Remedies may be good options for the treatment of an imbalanced Crown Chakra.
Though the origin of the chakras stems from ancient Hindus in India, many other cultures and traditions, including Native American lore and Christian and Jewish mysticism, share a similar understanding of this divine energy. If you are interested in more information about the chakras, there is an abundance of information readily available to you, including Chapter 4, Divine Energy: The Chakras, in my book, Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition.