Reiki and Chakra Balancing
Reiki is an energy healing technique that originated in Japan. It is a method that technically could be administered by ‘laying on hands’ but the practitioner’s hands do not have to touch the person who is receiving the treatment. It is the passing on of Life Force Energy from the Source of Universal Energy through (and not ‘by’) the practitioner. The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ is formed of two Japanese words: Rei which means ‘God or Divine’ and Ki which is ‘life force energy’. So, Reiki really means ‘spiritually guided life force energy’. Reiki is simple and safe. It is considered a complementary healing method which means that ethical practitioners do not dispense medical advice, give diagnoses, or advocate that those who receive Reiki should stop any current medications or treatment.
As a Reiki Master, Carol regularly practices Reiki in person, by distance, or by guiding others through self-Reiki. Carol is also certified in Reiki for animals.
A note about Chakra work from Carol:
While it is not necessary that everyone who would like to experience sacred listening or become a soul friend experience the practice of chakra balancing and clearing, I find it beneficial to know that I am coming from a centered and balanced place both when I listen attentively to another's story or when I tell my own story. Perhaps meditation such as this would be meaningful to you as a way to enhance the other work that you and I might do in a soul friend relationship. Namaste. Carol
Because the Celts believe that all of life moves in a way that is spiraling in nature, it is not surprising that they approach the balancing or order of chakras in that same spiraling fashion. Elen Sentier, an expert in Celtic traditions has described this understanding in detail in her book The Celtic Chakras (Winchester, UK: Moon Books, 2013).
Traditionally the chakras are described in a linear fashion, one chakra building upon the other. However, when one utilizes the spiraling method to order the chakras, there are certain relationships between the 7 chakras which may become obvious to anyone who is working towards greater understanding of this system. The Celts do not believe in simple linear time (which they believe is implied when the chakra system is presented in a straight line) and their understanding of the chakra system reflects that. By using the symbolism of the spiral, the Celts note that energy does not move in a straight line, but, instead, spins and spirals through the energy centers in the body. Sentier suggests that the spiral contains “both the cycles and the sense of progression but without the restricting points of continuous outward expansion or continual return to the same place. It is more in alignment with breathing and of both continuity and newness.”
The ordering of the chakras when doing Celtic chakra work is quite different from the usual linear approach. See the diagram on this page. The spiral model begins at the heart center and then descends just slightly to the heart’s partner, the solar plexus. From there the spiral ascends to the throat chakra and then down to the sacral center just below the belly button. From the sacral center, one follows the spiral to the crown center. Sentier warns against staying centered in the crown center as it is easy to drift away. At that point, the spiral proceeds down to the Base Chakra (the Root Center). It is from the Root Center that one continues the spiral to the brow center. According to this model of the Chakra system, the brow center is the place where the understanding of the integration of the other six energy centers lives and becomes integral to how each person both experiences this lifetime and expresses themselves while they are on this plane.