As we move through life, looking back or looking around and saying “I Forgave” is or should be important for us. There will always be situations that are trying and testing, emotionally taxing, and seem unjustified. If we look around as say I do not understand why this is happening to ME!” we have missed the point.
We have missed why we have been given the opportunity to learn from it. Imagine for a moment a new relationship appears and there seems to be so much right about the other person. Then, there is something wrong that comes to the surface. At least it is disruptive to us, they are behaving as they feel is right for them, regardless of how it hurts us. They may not even be aware of what it is doing to us.
If we do not express our hurt and frustration, they will never know how we felt and the damage they are doing. If we do speak up, they still may not change their behaviour because they see now reason to change, or they may not see what the feelings they are inflicting on us a being damaging.
When eventually we look back and see what happened, forgiving them, even if we do not communicate forgiveness to them, it is important because when we think about them if we have not forgiven them, what hurt us in the past, will hurt us again.
When we have emotional challenges and hurt a blockage, or blockages appear in the Heart, Throat or Crown chakra and will be detected by a Reiki Practitioner. If you are a practitioner or attuned, you will be able to sense these blockages.
The Heart Chakra represents your ability to give and receive love, your capacity to love yourself and your sense of compassion and empathy for all beings
Blocked symptoms include heart disease, lung problems, relationship problems, commitment issues, fear of intimacy, being judgmental and an inability to feel compassion and you’ll struggle to relate to other people. You will be less compassionate than usual and may be impatient. You’ll commonly find it harder than usual to trust, and you won’t feel at peace. Rather, you’ll feel restless and disgruntled. A blocked Heart Chakra can also manifest physically. Some Chakra experts think such a misalignment may be linked to issues like high blood pressure and low immune system function.
Overloaded symptoms include chest pain, breast problems including cancer, self-sacrificing behaviour, codependency, ignoring your own needs in the constant service of others
Balancing suggestions include taking care of yourself, practicing breathing exercises, doing yoga that opens the chest (back bends) or nurture the heart Childs pose and by loving in better balance, giving and receiving love without sacrificing yourself or taking energy from your other Chakras
This chakra is center for communication, sound, vibration and the TRUTH. Clear expression through vocal expression, drawing, writing and/or musical ability as well as good listening abilities are all part of this balanced chakra. Speaking your truth, hearing and UNDERSTANDING the truth in what others are saying are continued strengths here. Honoring the vibration and rhythm of your voice [spoken voice, written voice, musical voice] aids in the healthy balance of your Throat chakra.
The Throat Chakra represents your ability to communicate, express yourself, listen, speak truth, hear the truth, and understand the meaning behind and beyond words
Blocked symptoms include a weak voice, laryngitis, throat pain, neck pain, stiff neck, jaw pain, hypothyroidism, dental problems, writers block, lack of musical ability and problems expressing yourself, there is an inability to say what you really want to say. You may feel like you’re stuck holding onto secrets. Similarly, you may believe that people don’t want to hear your thoughts, or that you can’t find the right words for your feelings.
Once again, a small blockage may mean you only struggle with self-expression at work, or with a particular friend. Meanwhile, a significant misalignment may mean you constantly feel thwarted in communication. Physically, a blocked Throat Chakra may present with pain in the neck, sensitivity to hormone fluctuations, and discomfort in throat tissue.
Overloaded symptoms include neck problems, hyperthyroidism/ talking too much/ talking too loudly, interrupting, speaking without regard for other people’s feelings
Balancing suggestions include singing, humming, listening to music, writing talking to people, listening to people, practicing silence, getting a shoulder and neck massage.
The Crown Chakra is where the ‘real you’ comes together in that it reflects the human spirit – higher brain function, our connection with the higher power or universal energy, and also our ability to connect to the ‘big picture’ in different aspects of our physical world and how our spirituality, our connectedness is reflected in that. The lotus flower is associated with this chakra as the actual flower is able to extend its system through various depths of water and is rooted in deep, murky, muddy bottom of ponds much as we are sometimes mired in the physical elements of this world and yet able to extend ourselves up to the top of the ‘water’ and produce a beautiful result, connection with our higher Self and Universal Energy. This chakra is depicted with the colour white however is sometimes known as purple.
Represents your intellectual ability, your spirituality, your connection to spirit, God, universe or higher power.
Blocked symptoms are headaches, brain abnormalities, amnesia, feelings of isolation, depression, lack of inspiration and spiritual crisis, you might not see much beauty in the world at all if your Crown Chakra has been disturbed. You may also feel spirituality adrift and experience symptoms of depression. If you’re only starting to develop this type of block, you might just notice a decline in overall excitement or motivation. Physically, a blocked Crown Chakra can also occur at the same time as problems with physical coordination or chronic headaches.
Overloaded symptoms are headaches, addiction to spiritual or intellectual practices, out of body experiences, dissociation with the body, over -intellectualizing and feeling ungrounded
Balancing suggestions include meditating, praying, spiritual study, learning new things, grounding, physical exercises.
Forgiving the ourselves for being part of the situation that caused us hurt, for staying in the situation too long and forgiving them for being the way they are or were at the time.
Forgiveness of ourselves for being in that situation is part of the process. Loving ourselves again and not feeling any blame for allowing it happen, and for lasting as long as it did is another part of the process.
Only you can love yourself. If you are attuned, engage with Reiki to help you become friends with yourself again and then love yourself.
Carry a crystal and hold it in your hand or between your fingers often during the day and sit quietly for those moments if you can and concentrate on your inner heart and the love you have for yourself.
- known as the “Love stone”.
- opens Heart Chakra to all forms of love, self and other
- lowers stress
- soothing and happy stone
- brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance.
- raises self-esteem and self-worth
- emotional balancing stone
- aids in healing emotional wounds and bringing a sense of peace and calm
- removes fears, resentments, guilt and anger
- eases and aids in releasing childhood traumas
- helpful and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth
- helps in healing the heart, the circulatory system, fertility, headaches, kidney disease, migraines, sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, throat problems, depressions, addictions, earaches, slowing signs of aging, spleen problems, fibromyalgia and maintaining an ideal weight.
- color – pink
A stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Promotes receptivity to beauty in all levels – including love and self-love. An emotional healer, releasing unexpressed emotions and heartache soothing internal pain and opening your heart so that you become receptive. If you have loved and lost, it comforts your grief. Invokes self-trust and self-worth. Excellent for trauma or crisis, it acts as a rescuer and provides reassurance and calm. Draws off negative energy, strengthens empathy and sensitivity and promotes necessary change.
- known as the “stone of courage” than can bring great power
- assists with quick intellectual response
- brings inner peace and self-love
- helps with shielding auras
- brings Angels for guidance and protection
- excellent crystal for meditation
- dispels anger and fear
- assists with past life recall
- beneficial in bringing about good luck
- calms communication issues
- being attuned to the sea, it protects travelers on water
- helps in healing chronic fatigue, the endocrine system, eyes and eyesight, fluid retention, headaches, intestinal disorders, the nervous system, phobias, teeth and gums.
- color – greenish blue
Aligning all Chakras however clears the throat chakra and opens third eye also. A wonderful stone for meditation, it shields the aura and encourages service to humanity. Breaks self-defeating programs and leads to dynamic change. Useful also for closure on all levels, understanding underlying emotional states and interpreting how you feel. Clarifies perception as it removes extraneous thought and filters information reaching the brain.
- known as the “Universal Crystal”
- is a power stone
- is the most recognized of the crystals
- enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing & transmitting
- channels Universal energy
- beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection and channeling
- harmonizes and balances environment
- energizes and strengthens healing qualities of other crystals
- can be used to amplify healing energy and to perform diagnostic healing
- dispels and clears away negative energy
- enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom
- increases inspiration and creativity
- assists with concentration, studying and retaining information
- used in crystal healing to fortify and strengthen all systems of the body
- helps in healing arthritis, bone injuries, depression, intestinal troubles and also improves mental and physical energy, stamina and physical strength.
- color – clear, white
Powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Works at a vibrational level attuned to specific requirement of the user, it takes energy to most perfect state possible. Deep soul cleanser, enhances metaphysical abilities and attunes to spiritual purpose. Quartz harmonizes all chakras, aligns the aura and cleanses third eye chakra to enable truth to be seen in Self and in situations, and signs and symbols to be recognized and understood.
This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual
This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual
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