The Sanskrit word “chakra” (written in English) means a “wheel” or “disk”. A chakra is like a wheel of energy, spinning in a clockwise direction at a specific energetic frequency. When chakras are unblocked and balanced, they spin in a clockwise direction with strong positive energy. When a chakra is unbalanced or blocked, it may not spin at all, spin in a counter clockwise direction and/or be associated with negative vibrational energy. Reiki facilitates this process to open, balance, and remove blockages from chakras and allow them to function optimally.
All of the chakras and accupuncture points are openings for energy to flow into and out of the aura (subtle energy field surrounding a person or object). We are like sponges in the energy sea around us. Since this energy is always associated with a form of consciousness, we experience the energy we exchange in terms of seeing, hearing, feeling, sensing, intuiting and direct knowing.
It is important to open the chakras and increase our energy flow, because the more energy we let flow, the healthier we are. Illness in the system is caused by an imbalance of energy or a blocking of the flow of energy. In other words, a lack of flow in the human energy system eventually leads to disease. It also distorts our perceptions and dampens our feelings and thus interferes with a smooth experience of a full life.
The Function of Chakras
The Chakras of the auric body have three functions:
to vitalize each auric body and, thus, the pysical body
to bring about development of different aspects of self-consciousness. Each chakra is related to a specific psychological function.
to transmit energy between auric levels
Each auric layer has its own set of seven major chakras, each located in the same place as on the physical body. Energy is transmitted from one layer to the next through passageways in the tips of the chakras. In most people these passageways are sealed. They open as a result of spiritual purification work thus, the chakras become transimitters of energy from one layer to another.
Since the chakras serve to vitalize the body, they are directly related to any pathology in the body. The chakras absorb the universal or primary energy (ch'i, orgone, prana, etc.), break it up into component parts and then send it along energy rivers called nadis to the nervous system, the endocrine glands and then the blood to nourish the body.
Source: Hands of Light
Barabara Ann Brennan