By Guest Blogger: Caitlyn Hope
Chakra (pronounced "CHAWK-raw") is an ancient Sanskrit word that means "wheel". Chakras act as focal points for reception and transmission of life force energies. Each chakra has its own set of specific attributes with the overall purpose of the system being to vitalize the physical body and facilitate the development of the self: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
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Keeping your chakras balanced is key to leading a vibrant, healthy, and fulfilling life. Chakras work together as a team — an imbalance in one will impact the functioning of the others. Observing how this energy manifests in the pendulum's swing can give you a great deal of information about your chakras. An open chakra is good, and a closed one means there is an imbalance.
Now let's move to how you read your chakras!
First Choose A Pendulum!
A pendulum acts as an amplifier for the energy flow produced by each chakra. A pendulum is a weight hanging from a fixed point. When pulled and released, the forces of gravity and inertia create movement. However, when no force is inflicted on the weight, something begins to happen naturally; energy moves the weight with a little help from the unconscious mind. Pendulums feel magical, for even when held completely still, they begin to move in the detection of the invisible energy around us.
A pendulum is a weight hanging from a fixed point. The great thing is that you don't need a special pendulum to read your chakras. I prefer to use a crystal pendulum with a little weight. It's important to find a pendulum that you connect with. After you choose your pendulum, you want to cleanse the pendulum by letting it rest on a windowsill or outside to absorb the energy of the sun or moon. Before each reading, you should hold the pendulum in your hand for a few minutes to let it connect with your energy.
The easiest and most accurate (& fun) way to read your chakras is to get help from a friend. In order to get a good reading, it's essential that both of you free your minds of any expected outcomes.
To get started, lie down on your back and have the other person hold the pendulum string between their thumb and forefinger, extending their arm so the pendulum is a few inches above your body at each chakra location.
Wait for the pendulum to begin moving on its own to show you the size and direction this wheel of energy is moving. Start at the root or crown chakra and one by one, make your way through each chakra simply gathering information at first by jotting the results down on a pad.
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Clockwise: Open Energy - is in balance and flowing freely.
Counter Clockwise: Closed Energy - is restricted, out of balance, or blocked.
Straight line (either direction): Partially open/closed, energy imbalance and/or partial blockage.
Elliptical: Right/Left side imbalance - Energy is flowing, though out of balance on one or both sides.
No Movement: Blocked - No energy is moving through, full blockage.
A large swing means more energy is propelling it. A small swing, less energy. Ideally, each chakra will be "open" and produce a swing of approximately the same size throughout. More likely, however, there will be some differences among the various chakras. Identifying these that can help you pinpoint imbalances or blockages you'll want to address.
A chakra pendulum is a tool for diagnosis but the healing will occur by simply asking the body to realign itself. When you have addressed all the kinks, go back and ensure the chakras are all moving in the same direction and are about the same size.
Caitlyn Frizziola is a Registered Nurse, working in Home Health Care. She graduated with her RN degree from Ocean County College in 2014 and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2015 from Chamberlain University. She has been growing her yoga practice since February 2013, originally as a self-taught yogi. She received her 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher in February 2017.
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