A more comprehensive look at the chakra energy system
The seven-chakra system has been handed down through antiquity, cherished and revered as a roadmap for the esoteric blueprint of the human energy system. The chakras, or energy centers of the body, correlate to the multi-facets of our being, spanning not only our physical state, but also the complexities of our emotional experiences. They collectively serve as a gateway to our spiritual journey as we navigate through the ever-changing mystery of life.
The foundational knowledge of the chakras can be traced back to age-old spiritual beliefs found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. A model of the chakra energy system that includes only seven major chakras has been widely accepted. The challenge with validating this universal model is that most methods used to work with the chakras are subjective to personal experience. That makes them difficult to analyze and quantify in any useful, systematic manner.
Some common methods for working with the chakras include guided visualizations, sound healing therapies, laying-on of crystals, or direct channeling of energy by an individual either for themselves or another person. These techniques are much more experientially based than objectively scientific.
Most methods rely on the recipient having an open mind and some level of trust in the process. Many energy healers rely on their intuitive capabilities. These include clair-sentience (an expanded ability to feel), clair-cognizance (an enhanced sense of knowing), and some even clair-voyance (an ability to see beyond what most other people typically see).
It would certainly make things easier if we could all rely on these types of gifts. Better yet, if we were all at the same level in our ability to apply them. But, as is true with all skills and abilities, to some it comes naturally and for others they have to work to achieve a similar level of ability. For myself personally, I would not want to go a day without integrating intuitive capabilities into my life and my healing practice. That being said, and as fascinated with energy medicine as I am, I knew there had to be a more systematic approach. In fact, that is the reason I pursued Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a career.
This field of study is based entirely upon the understanding and regulating the flow of energy, known as “qi,” throughout the body. This complete system of “energy medicine” has been developed and refined over the last 3000-5000 years.
Additionally, I began studying another healing technique called “muscle testing.” When skillfully applied, muscle testing has proven to facilitate direct communication with the body. Ultimately it was the convergence of these two systems that allowed me to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the chakra energy system.
Prior to this I had been exposed to the chakras through various experiences such as yoga, visualizations, sound meditations and various readings on the subject. Although I had practiced less focused forms of energy healing, I had not specifically used chakra healing in my practice. However, the concepts were always in the back of my mind.
And so, you may be wondering, how did you go from not specifically working with the chakras at all, to working with all 12? Let me try and explain how this came about.
One of the muscle testing techniques I had been trained in allowed me to measure the energy field of the body. I found this absolutely fascinating and very useful in my acupuncture practice. The technique, known as Morphogenic Field Technique teaches how to measure the energy field of the body on all sides.
So, you can literally check the field in the front of the body, in the back of the body, on either side of the body, etc. This assessment gave me a really good snapshot of how a person was doing on an energetic level. The size of a person’s energy field is a direct representation of their overall health, well-being, and resilience. While I had learned Morphogenic Field Technique as an assessment tool for nutritional therapy, I actually started applying it to my acupuncture treatments with great success!
I began measuring my patient’s energy field on all sides before an acupuncture session. Some patients came in with a large energy field that was uniform in size on all sides of their body. Others came in with absolutely no energy field at all. Still others had varying degrees of everything in between. I’d proceed with my acupuncture treatment, and afterwards measured their energy field again.
Almost every patient saw an improvement in the size or balance of the energy field after an acupuncture treatment. For me, this really validated the therapeutic value to acupuncture. Now I actually had a way of both demonstrating and measuring that value! This was a major step for advancing my work with energy healing and developing the SPECTRA Chakra Balancing® System.
What came next was a personal challenge. Typically, with acupuncture, you gauge the success of your treatments based on your patient’s reports of decreased symptoms or improved wellbeing. We also rely on taking the pulses or looking at the tongue. But now, I had another very tangible goal: to balance and enlarge the energy field itself.
I set out to find the most efficient way to affect that field. To my surprise and amazement, by applying Oriental Medicine theories I was actually able to narrow it down to a single acu-point for each side of the body. That’s right! Let’s say a person came into my office with no energy field in the front. With proper stimulation of just one acu-point, their full-size energy field in the front would be restored. The same was true for all the other sides of the body as well.
After about six months of working with this new approach, it dawned on me that just looking at the overall energy field of the body was an oversimplification. Then it hit me: could I measure the chakras in the same way I was measuring the energy field?
So, I began thinking about how I might be able to adapt the method I already had for measuring the energy field into one for measuring the chakras. And thankfully, fairly quickly, I was able to devise just such a method. One of the key characteristics I knew about the chakras that physically defined them was their colors. So, I used this as a basis for testing, and, before long, I came up with a method to specifically test the size of each chakra. This new testing method also revealed to me the additional 5 energy centers that I include in my 12 chakra system.
It was truly an astounding and empowering epiphany to be able to validate the chakras in this way. But even in the midst of this new discovery, I had just created yet another challenge for myself: could I now identify the acu-points for opening and expanding the chakras in the same way I had the energy field?
Of course, I am not the first person to think of using acu-points to activate the chakras. So, with a little research, I began testing out the acu-points that had been touted by others to affect the chakras. Most commonly, these are points located near the physical location of each chakra. But when I tested these points, they made very little, if any, improvement in the associated chakra.
So, I continued to apply trial and error and soon I discovered that the same set of points I had used for opening the energy-field worked equally well to influence some of the chakras. And, thanks to Oriental Medicine theory for pointing me in the right direction again, once I had the points for just a few of the chakras, it became apparent how to find the other points.
As a side note, one of the fascinating things I found out along the way is how each chakra has a paired chakra. I discovered this by observing how opening one chakra can sometimes affect another chakra.
As I have continued to work with these energy centers, my understanding of them, both individually and collectively, has grown and deepened. The system I’ve developed has also grown in complexity yet it’s still extremely streamlined and offers a truly unprecedented method and capacity to work with the chakras.
The connections I made applying Oriental Medicine theory were integral in developing this more comprehensive look at the chakra energy system. It certainly raises the question in my mind: did the ancient bearers of Oriental Medicine have a cross-cultural understanding and well-developed method from applying chakra theory? In my opinion, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” and I’m very pleased to be a part of re-establishing this link into modern day practice.
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Scott Fowler - Licensed Acupuncturist and Developer of the SPECTRA Chakra Balancing® Training and Certification.