Symbols of Healing

Throughout the agesChakras and across many cultures, healing symbols have been used to promote wellness on all levels.  They elevate our vibrations and draw therapeutic, transformative energy.

In nearly every culture, there is a belief in a universal spiritual energy that we can access.  This universal life force energy goes by many names – chi, prana, the holy spirit, but the essence is the same.  It is the life force energy that ties all together and flows through and around us.  It can be invoked to protect, purify and heal.

Reiki TreatmentEnergy healing practices like Reiki use special symbols to represent various needs.  There are symbols for grounding, energizing, drawing harmony, and bringing enlightenment.  Reiki practitioners connect with the life force energy, detecting where there are imbalances present and use visualization of these symbols as a way to regulate and direct energy throughout the body.

Meditation can also be used as a tool for healing work.  The ethereal body contains seven primary chakras or energy centers that correspond to different areas of the body, and to various mental and emotional conditions.  Working with the chakras aligns body, mind and spirit, bringing mental, physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  Each chakra has its own unique color and symbol. Focus on these symbols during meditation to enhance and direct healing energy to specific areas.

Buddhism is spiritual path rich in symbolism that includes mantras, deities and symbols. All are used to bring focus and deeper meaning to adherents. Deities have long been associated with healing. The Medicine Buddha and Tara, the Mother of all Buddhas are said to ease pain and suffering, bringing comfort and improving health and well being.

Om SymbolHealing mantras often accompany their images. “om tare tuttare ture soha” is often used to invoke Tara.  Om is a sacred symbol representing the breath of life that links all creation; it is considered the sound of God. Tare is the end of suffering, tutare is liberation from dangers and soha is a reinforcement that helps the true meaning of the mantra take root in the mind.

Mudras are another form of symbolism used in Buddhism and Hinduism.  They are a series of symbolic hand gestures used for healing a variety of conditions and illnesses.  Mudras can be used during meditation, or on their own.  Charts are available to show the different mudras and how they work.

Symbolism, in whatever form,  serves as a reminder to consciously shift your thoughts towards wellness.

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Chakras

57462Chakras are energy centers in the auric field that correspond with specific areas of the body. They facilitate the flow of Chi, or life force energy, throughout our being. When they are unable to flow freely or become blocked; various mental, emotional and even physical symptoms can result. Many people work with the Chakras to facilitate whole being wellness.

There are Seven primary chakras that are aligned along the body. Each one has a specific color, symbol and different properties associated with it. Meditating and focusing on these energy centers can help restore positive energy, relieve stress and open one up spiritually to higher realms of awareness and deeper understanding.

Here is a list of the Seven primary chakras and their attributes.

The Crown: This chakra is located at the top of the head and is associated with the color Violet. It serves as a gateway between the physical and the spiritual realm, connecting us to Spirit and our higher self. This energy center opens us up to spiritual awakening and higher awareness. Meditation on this Chakra facilitates courage, selflessness and the ability to see the larger purposes behind one’s experiences. When this chakra is blocked, there may be energy disorders and issues with anxiety or depression.

The Third Eye: This chakra point is located between the eyebrows, in the center of the forehead. It is associated with the color Indigo and corresponds with intuition, higher intellect and reasoning ability. Focusing on this chakra leads us on a search for truth and teaches us to trust our instincts. This chakra is linked to the brain, nervous system and physical sense of sight, smell and hearing. Blockages in this chakra can lead to feelings of low self-esteem and an inability to be discerning and objective.

The Throat Chakra: This chakra is located in the center of the throat and is associated with the color blue. It is connected to speech, personal expression and communications. Meditating on this chakra can improve communication skills, help one connect with the authentic self, and can enhance any form of personal expression. Physically, this chakra is associated with the throat, mouth, teeth and thyroid. Blockages can lead to struggles with reaching personal goals and exercising strength of will.

The Heart Chakra: This chakra is located in the center of the chest and is associated with the color green. It is connected to ones emotional health and sense of well-being. Physically, it is associated with the heart, lungs and circulatory system. Meditating on this chakra can help enhance feelings of inner peace, promote forgiveness and karmic release, heal grief and also ease fears of loneliness. Blockages can cause emotional disturbances and self- centeredness.

The Solar Plexus Chakra: This chakra is colored yellow and located below the sternum an inch or two above the belly button. It is considered the umbilical cord to the universe and enhances our sense of connection with others and all that is. Physically, it is associated with the digestive system, stomach, liver, gallbladder and kidneys. Blockages may lead to chronic digestive issues and feelings of isolation and a weak sense of self or higher purpose.

The Sacral Chakra: The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen and is associated with the color orange. It is the center of creativity and personal power as well our sexual center that governs our intimate connections with others. Physically, this chakra is connected to the large intestine, sexual organs, pelvis and bladder. Blockages to this center can lead to a lack of creativity or passion for goals, and may also make it difficult to form solid boundaries with others.

The Root Chakra: This chakra is located at the base of the spine and associated with the color red. It is linked to our primal energy and survival instincts and helps to ground spiritual energy within the body. Physically, it’s associated with the legs, feet, bones and immune system. Blockages in this chakra can lead to chronic lower back pain, sciatica, obsessive compulsive disorders and extreme anxieties and fears. Meditation on this chakra can help open you up to a spiritual connection with life, while helping to overcome deeply rooted fears.

Working with the chakras regularly eases stress, promotes healing and opens us up to deeper realms of thought and understanding. Chakra meditations can be enhanced with specialty candles, oil blends and other items that help promote focus and awareness.

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The Heart Chakra – Your Center for Unconditional Love and Healing Transformation

During this month of love, it is a great time to focus on the heart in general.  The great masters have taught us that love, in all its forms, is the highest of vibrational energies. It is the ultimate attainment and most important concept for humans to know and understand.

When we experience true, unconditional love; it is the purest form of spiritual energy.  This is one of the reasons so many are drawn to babies and pets. When we see their images, we smile, because we recognize the innocence and purity of these beings, the unconditional love they impart and the fullest potential they embody.  We can easily see the spirit of the universe within them, and on some level, we too are reminded of our connection with our source.

As we go through life, at some point, we all experience sorrows and heartaches.  Many times, we feel deep emotional pain in our heart region. The experience literally feels like our heart is breaking. The heart chakra, located at the center of the chest, is where we experience blockages due to emotional pain and trauma.  It is also where we can, through practice, experience the purity and wholeness of unconditional love at will.

One of the best ways to overcome emotional blockages and bring about healing and transformation is to focus healing on the heart chakra directly. This can be done with energy work, meditation and other practices that release blocks and raise your vibrational energy.

Learning to love and value oneself is the most powerful step towards developing a healthy heart center.  As you heal and build up the heart chakra, emotional empowerment results, bringing strong feelings of inner peace, harmony and compassion towards self and others.

During healing meditations or energy sessions, it can be helpful to incorporate the colors green or pink, which represent the heart chakra. Stones that can assist in more rapid cleansing and healing include malachite and rose quartz.  Place these stones on your heart chakra as you meditate, or wear them as a pendant around your neck, near your heart.  Heart chakra meditations impart the emotional lessons of forgiveness, letting go, building trust and developing more compassion and empathy for self and others.

Rose Quartz Heart
Rose Quartz Heart

Some of the deeper emotional issues that are cleared through the heart chakra are separation, grief due to loss, abandonment and emotional abuse. As you work to heal the heart chakra, these issues will come forward to be released and cleared away.  It is important to have an outlet to express these feelings and let them flow.  Some find water features like fountains can be helpful for focusing on release.  The water represents emotions as they flow gently and freely.  It is important not to repress the emotions again, but to allow them to flow naturally like a stream.

In addition to emotional healing, working with the heart chakra can also help prevent and heal other physical ailments as well.  The heart chakra is associated not only with the heart and circulatory system, but also the lungs, breasts, upper back and shoulders.  If you are experiencing health problems in these areas, work with heart chakra may help ease your physical symptoms as well

Heart Chakra Singing Bowl
Heart Chakra Singing Bowl
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Chakra Root Muladhara

As the base chakra color, red is said to represent all things intense and passionate. It governs the spine (Chi, Life Force), hips, legs, feet, bones, blood, circulation, prostate and adrenals.  The color red is a symbol of life, vitality and love.  It is also associated with desire, determination, danger, power and strength.  Its healing energies are believed to increase ones mental energy, courage, self-confidence and stamina.  The color red has been known to increase pulse and respiration rates, raise blood pressure and stimulates quick decision making.

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