We are alive because our life force energy, or Ki, is flowing through us. Ki flows around us in an energy field called the aura, through the energy centers of our system called chakras, and within the physical body through pathways called meridians.
The human aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds the physical body. Have you ever had someone get too close to you that you did not want to be there? It is uncomfortable, and we say “they are in my space”. They are in your aura. It is divided into seven layers and normally extends two to three feet out from the body. Many people believe that all illness begins first in the aura and may exist there for many years before reaching the physical body. Any blockage or imbalance in the energy of the aura may eventually lead to physical, emotional or mental illness.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”. There are seven main charkas in the human energy system. They spin in a clockwise motion, like a vortex or funnel, emanating out both the front and back of our bodies. They have been recognized by native cultures all over the world for thousands of years. Chakras send energy out from the core of the body, and they assimilate energy from outside that enters the core. Chakras can be open or closed, excessive or deficient, or any of the various stages in between. The fundamental theory of the Chakra System is that the chakras need to be in balance with each other. There should be an even flow of energy through all of the chakras, neither favoring nor avoiding any particular one. Any imbalance in one end of the system is likely to create an imbalance in the other.
Chakra One: (Root) Located at the base of the spine, it is associated with survival and grounding. It is our connection to all that is. Its element is earth. It vibrates to the color red.
Chakra Two: (Sacral) Located in the lower abdomen, it is associated with emotions, sexuality and creativity. It represents our one-on-one connection to others. Its element is water. It vibrates to the color orange.
Chakra Three: (Solar Plexus) Located in the solar plexus, it is associated with personal power, will and self-esteem. Its element is fire. It vibrates to the color yellow.
Chakra Four: (Heart) Located over the sternum, in the center of the heart area, it is associated with love. Its element is air. It vibrates to the color green.
Chakra Five: (Throat) Located at the base of the throat, it is associated with communication. Its element is sound. It vibrates to the color of blue.
Chakra Six: (Third-Eye) Located in the center of the forehead, it is associated with clairvoyance, intuition and imagination. Its element is light. It vibrates to the color indigo.
Chakra Seven: (Crown) Located at the top of the head, it is associated with knowledge, understanding and consciousness. Its element is thought. It vibrates to the color white.
For more information on chakras, I recommend the book “Wheels of Life” by Anodea Judith, Ph.D.
Ki circulates within the physical body along meridians, similar to the blood, nerve and lymphatic circuits. The meridians control the workings of the main organs and systems of the body. For each organ to maintain a perfect state of health, the Ki energy must be able to flow freely along the meridian.