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Reiki and the Chakras – How to Implement this Practice

Article by Becky Hernandez

Through my practice and teaching Reiki, I have noticed many Master teachers skipping over or not really teaching about Chakras. They either gloss over them completely and/or give little to no information about them. As Reiki practitioners, we are working a lot (if not completely) with the subtle body. Within this subtle body are the Chakras. They are not only connected to a person’s spiritual and/or emotional health but physical health as well. In my Reiki classes, it is a subject that is very much covered.

Learning about and working with Chakras can be very useful to the practitioner and the client. It helps the practitioner connect more deeply with the clients being, and very helpful to the client to continue any work they may have. There are several ways the client can continue working with the chakras once they leave. I feel it is vital for all sides.

As far as working with clients, I have worked with many clients, where I will see or feel a color connected to an ailment. For instance, I will see “red” in their knee and I will hear or feel “fear”. This is connected to their Root chakra. I will then not only work on the knee but that chakra as well. It is a very powerful way to work with not only the subtle body but the physical body as well.

You don’t have to see the chakras in order to work with them – just as Reiki flows to places we can’t see, its no matter. This practice works with in person clients as well as distance healing clients.

Here are the locations and some basic feelings and imbalances associated with each chakra. These are the ones I am most connected with, however there are many ways to work with them as well as books and articles about their various meanings. However, I suggest not making it too complicated, and just allowing yourself to connect to these centers and see what you feel.

Reiki and The Chakras

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Root Chakra

Location: Base of the spine/genitals (also affects the legs, knees, and feet)
Color: Red

Some of the common feelings and signs of an imbalanced Root Chakra:

  • Feeling ungrounded or unsettled (whirly)
  • Lower back pain
  • Tired
  • Overwhelmed by Fear
  • Feeling unsupported in life
  • Living in the past
  • Lack of direction
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Recklessness and carelessness
  • Shame and guilt

Sacral Chakra

Location: Below naval/reproductive area (sometimes affects the hips)
Color: Orange

Some of the common feelings and signs of an imbalanced Sacral Chakra:

  • Unable to “go with the flow”
  • Feeling unworthy/worthless; not good enough/not enough
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Mood swings
  • Cold and distant behavior; extreme detachment from others
  • Lack of focus on what one wants in life
  • Lack of desire; apathy
  • Lack of creativity
  • Sexual repression or overly sexual
  • Overly needy; clingy
  • Lack of confidence in relationships

Solar Plexus Chakra

Location: Above naval/below ribs (also affects the whole stomach area)
Color: Yellow

Some of the common symptoms/signs of an imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of personal power/strength
  • Inability to set or maintain boundaries
  • Codependency
  • Lack of self-control
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Stomach issues
  • Difficulty gaining or losing weight

Heart Chakra

Location: Center of chest (affects breast area and arms as well)
Color: Green or Pink

Some of the common feelings and signs of an imbalanced Heart Chakra:

  • Childhood trauma
  • Grief
  • Sadness
  • Loss
  • Over-loving to the point of suffocation
  • Jealousy
  • Abandonment
  • Anger
  • Bitterness

Throat Chakra

Location: Center of throat (also affects the face, jaw, teeth and neck)
Color: Blue

Some of the common feelings/signs of an imbalanced Throat Chakra:

  • Fear of speaking or not speaking up for yourself
  • Inability to express or be in your authentic self
  • Inability to express thoughts
  • Shyness
  • Inconsistency in speech and actions
  • Social anxiety
  • Stubbornness
  • Detachment

Third Eye Chakra

Location: Center of eyebrows (affects upper and around the head as well)
Color: Violet or Indigo

Some of the common feelings and signs of an imbalanced Third Eye Chakra:

  • Over-thinking
  • Volatility
  • Issues with self-reflection
  • An inability to look at one’s own fears
  • Inability to have an open mind
  • Day-dream often and live in a world with exaggerated imagination
  • Lack of connection to intuitive knowing

Crown Chakra

Location: Top of the head
Color: White

Some of the common symptoms/signs of a blocked and an imbalanced Crown Chakra:

  • Lack of spiritual and divine connection
  • Sleep disturbances or nightmares
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory disorders
  • Over-intellectualization
  • Neglecting physical needs, over imaginative
  • Mental confusion
  • Bored
  • Disconnection from earthly matters
  • Frustration

When you start implementing the connection to the chakras, it may be hard at first to “see” the colors. You may just feel drawn to certain areas of the body where the chakras are most powerful (as listed above). Just use your intuition to guide you. As you practice, the connection to these energy centers will become more powerful and as everything, your connection to them will evolve. I promise!

Let me know how it goes! Namaste!

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Becky Hernandez

Becky Hernandez

Becky Hernandez is a Usui, Tibetan and Holy Fire Reiki Master and Reiki Master teacher. As well as an Intuitive Healer, Teacher, Spiritual Guide, Certified Yoga teacher, Writer and life long seeker. In love with teaching and sharing her gifts, she teaches classes and workshops on Reiki, Meditation, Chakras, Crystals, Intuition and Angelic guides. You can contact her via her website www.themisfityogi.com/ or on Facebook at The Misfit Yogi – Becky Hernandez.

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  • Linda R February 13, 2017, 2:13 pm

    I totally agree with you. The chakras are important. Their connection to the endocrine system & our well being is vital. So many ways to use reiki with crystals, herbs, essential oils & more while working with the chakras. Thank you for posting. Blessings, Linda R.

    • Becky February 13, 2017, 5:51 pm

      Thank you Linda! Yes, I agree! When I send my clients or students ways to work with or continue their work with chakras it includes many options such as crystals, essential oils, yoga poses, affirmations 🙂

  • Francine Judd July 7, 2017, 6:06 pm

    I totally agree also. I have always and will continue to work with the Chakras in my Reiki practice. My clients love hearing about the imbalances and how they can work with each chakra to restore them. I love to give affirmation exercises to help them along, and also will tell them about oils and crystals that they can use i between sessions.
    Thank you for sharing
    Love and light
    Fran J

  • Nandini Nagaraj July 10, 2017, 6:51 am

    While self healing after 2nd level. Attunement, my ears ache n pain badly while self healing, also my heart n solar plexus are very warm

    Pls help suggest it is normal

    Thank you

  • Nandini Nagaraj July 10, 2017, 6:57 am

    My mother is paralysed since 2.3yrs on her left side completely and is bed ridden, I just started Reiki practice and am healing her, what is the symptons I can find if it’s healing her and what other suggestions you can share To Help her please, she is 66yrs, her name is Malathi we live in India thank you in advance

    • Vikas February 10, 2018, 6:50 am

      Dear Nandini,

      I understand the challenge you are facing and the urge to resolve the issue of your loved one. Remember, the longer the issue is, the deeper its root are, and so you have to work with conviction of giving that extra effort and time to the total body.

      Coming to the healing, reiki has its own intelligence and it has already started working on the chakras it needs to. Learning higher degrees of reiki with the visualisation and affirmation that its working will help like a catalyst to the whole process.

      Higher degrees like 2nd and 3rd are needed for the symbols to be involved for enhancement of healing.

      I am a certified 3rd degree healer, and am sending healing to your mother.

  • Namrata Padaki May 29, 2018, 8:05 am

    Thanks a ton . Namaste

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