The Consciousness of Healing

by Flavio Burgarella Medical Doctor - Therapeutic Meditation Advocate

Prana and Chakras

Medical Chi Kong of Chinese origin, Prana Healing of Indian origin by master Choa Kok Sui, and Chios Healing by Stephen H. Barrett teach us all the same thing. In the Universe exists the vital energy, called prana, which we carry into us through the acts of breathing. This energy is then organized in energy channels that run through our body, called meridians, and it forms centers or vortices of energy, called chakras.

We can define the chakras, according to these ancient currents of thought, as "psychophysical centers" in which the prana, the universal energy, is converted into individual energy, vital energy. This energy allows us to live, to show our activities at physical, emotional and mental level. In these centers the conversion of cosmic energy into physical energy, namely thoughts, emotions and feelings, occurs. In Sanskrit, chakra means "wheel", whirlwind, symbol of movement, of what can evolve by transforming. When chakras are in balance, the flow of energy through them is fluid and the individual is in a state of well being. When the energy has difficulty in flowing through them, this condition can create problems at health level. For example, in case of "closed chakras", the person him/herself is closed, isolated, unable to make flowing inside the vital energy that sustains him/her and he/she cannot feel good.

"Opening the chakras" can then help the patient by restoring the flow of vital energy: the patient can have thoughts, emotions, feelings suitable for healing, can feel better. Chakras, as energy centers that carry psychophysical sensations (thoughts, emotions and feelings before mentioned), may be perceived by those who have experienced the ability to perceive this form of energy. The same people can act on them accordingly, for example by "opening them up" if the person feels the sensation that they are closed.

After thousands of years of this "perception of energy", it has been possible to construct a mapping of the energy centers, which includes various of them and variously located. The most widely used mapping refers to the seven main chakras, located along the spinal column, from bottom to high, and interpreted as transit stations for the flow of energy. A particular psychophysical activity is related to each station, which characterizes the chakras itself. Eastern medicine has given color to these stations, to make them easily identifiable. Depending on their location along the spine, it was then established that they have a fairly limited area of ​​influence, both in physical terms, such as organs and systems of the human body, and in psychological terms, related to feelings and emotions. The study of the chakras helps us to better understand the concept of "introducing the intention" in the healing process of therapeutic meditation.

The location of the first chakra, the first energy center where vital energy flows, is shown at the base of the spine, in the area of the perineum and the coccyx. It is represented in dark red. When energy flows here in a balanced way, we feel confident, able to live our lives and sure to get what we need. An unbalanced first chakra makes us feel in danger, causing us grief, to which we can respond with depressive phenomena or expressions of selfishness. The first chakra, located at the sacral plexus, presides over the physical control of skeletal system and nutrition. If a patient has similar symptoms (among bone diseases we have to remember also those disease affecting the joints, while among nutrition disease we have to remember also obesity, lack of appetite and weight loss), in addition to usual treatments of allopathic medicine, it might useful rebalancing this chakra for obtaining clinical improvements more quickly.

The location of the second chakra is indicated just above, always along the spine, at the level of the genital organs. It is represented in orange. When the energy flows here in a balanced way, our desires are motivated as search for the pleasure, both of the body and of the spirit. Sexuality is a balanced expression of love, affection, desire of reproduction. An emotionally unbalanced second chakra will cause in us a poor ability to express emotions, states of anxiety, frustration, disturbances of the libido as impotence or frigidity. The second chakra, located in the pelvic plexus, presides over the control of the genitourinary tract, namely uterus, genitals, kidneys and bladder. If a patient develops a disease in the mentioned organs, in addition to usual treatments, it could be useful to balance the chakra.

The location of the third chakra is indicated, again along the spine, at the level of the navel. It is depicted in yellow. When the energy flows in a balanced way through it, we have a satisfying sense of identity and place in the society. We can use our will to make the desired change in order to build a better world. We have the ability to identify our goals and to achieve them with a strong motivation. We have confidence in ourselves and the ability to inspire others. A third chakra out of balance will give us, from an emotional the point of view, insecurity, low self-esteem, a weak will, the inability to create a proactive space in the society or, conversely, the desire to bully others to assert themselves. The third chakra, located at the solar plexus, presides over the control of digestive system and abdominal organs, among which we remember liver, pancreas and adrenal glands. Metabolism is controlled by this chakra as well. If a physical disease is affecting one of the mentioned organs, including common diseases like diabetes, in addition to the usual treatments of allopathic medicine, it should be useful to rebalance the third chakra.

The location of the fourth chakra is indicated, always along the spine, where the vital energy ascends, at the level of the heart. It is depicted in green. When energy flows in a balanced way, relationships are profitable, we have the pleasure of giving, we are creative, we have within us a feeling of compassion. If the fourth chakra is unbalanced, from an emotional point of view it will bring us insensitivity to the feelings of other people and difficulty to express and share with others our emotions. The fourth chakra, located at the level of the cardiac plexus, at the center of the chest, presides over the control of the heart and lungs. If the disease affects these mentioned organs, in addition to regular medical treatments, it should be useful to balance the fourth chakra. Balancing this element is also a way to treat pain.

The location of the fifth chakra is indicated along the spine, at the level of the throat. It is depicted in blue. When energy flows in a balanced way, we communicate easily to our needs, we have good control of ourselves, the distractions of life are not a problem for us and we are able to control emotions. The balance of the fifth chakra brings us to the search of a higher truth beyond cultural conditioning and sensory limitations. A fifth chakra out of balance will condition our attachment to bad ideas, an inability to control our emotions, a difficulty in communicating to others our needs. The fifth chakra, located in  the area of the throat, presides over the control of the respiratory organs and of the organs which are located in this area. If a disease interests organs located in the throat area, in addition to use the usual methods of diagnosis and treatment, it should be useful to balance the fifth chakra.

The location of the sixth chakra is above the spine: it is placed on the forehead, at the central level, between the eyebrows. It is of indigo color and it is also called "Third Eye". In Sanskrit it is called "ajna", which means to perceive. In this chakra the vital energy becomes thought, conscious will, and in it our representation of reality and our mental habits generate. When energy flows in it in a balanced way, we develop good mental and intellectual abilities, we have good abilities to imagine and perceive. We are intuitive, good planners, positively visionary. During therapeutic meditation, through this chakra we can achieve a state of pure awareness that leads us to an elevated state of consciousness, and from there to the transcendent consciousness of healing. A sixth chakra out of balance will cause difficulties in keeping concentrations, blurred intellectual activities, nightmares. The sixth chakra is located in area of the pituitary gland and, in conjunction with the seventh chakra, presides over the control of brain, nervous system and sense organs for vision and hearing. If a disease affects these organs, including migraine, in addition to pharmacological therapy, it would be useful the balance the sixth chakra.

The location of the seventh chakra is indicated at the top of the head: it is also known as the crown chakra. It is purple. This chakra, rather than been represented by a wheel, is better represented by a channel that connects our vital energy with the universal energy. It is the channel of communication with the higher states of consciousness that connect us to the divine. When the energy flows in a balanced way, we live in a state of knowledge and proper understanding of reality. An unbalanced seventh chakra will bring confusion, mental reservation, lack of clarity, mental disorders. In association with the sixth chakra, it controls the brain and it is particularly related to the cerebral cortex.