What are the chakras?

– etheric structures that transmute consciousness

Chakras are etheric structures that process and transmute energy consciousness. Each major and minor chakra body has a specific function, and is also in relationship with the entire chakra system, in a similar way that the organs of the physical body work together.

Chakras have multiple roles in the creation of a self-aware energy consciousness system, usually referred to as the Aura. As stand-alone, functional centers, each chakra performs a specific role in building an individuated self, as well as allowing for relational energies to connect us to others. But when these developmental stages are challenged, or the family environment in which we grew does not provide full relational support, the functional properties of our chakras are affected in a challenging way. The chakras may only work partially, or focus upon what is happening, but in a distorted way.

When working optimally, a chakra will connect to others, as well as form a self-reflective and internalized connection to the self. This internalized connection allows for the witnessing of ourselves at an impartial, observer level, so that we can have a full and balanced sense of both the inner, and the outer, worlds. A loss of function, or an inability to focus at both ends of the relational process, may result in chakra malfunction.

This chakra malfunctioning in relational challenges often indicates that the relational chakra cords to others are active (and, perhaps over-emphasized) whereas the self-anchoring action of the chakra cords are reduced. We may lose contact with our vital self-connections, ones that are necessary for full chakra focusing within our adult relationships. If I can use and focus my chakra well, I can connect to and feel others, but I also should be able to  connect to myself, and to be able to feel my own authentic emotional body.

On this website you will find more detailed information about how each chakra works, how the challenges in one chakra affect the others, and how our relational connections affect our health and our lives in general.

To heal our interpersonal challenges we often need to engage in psychotherapy, and re-visit our family past, and review where we lost ourselves in our upbringing. If we had overly-demanding parents, or absent parents that required us to grow up too soon and look after other siblings, there may be an impact in our consciousness self-system where habitual self-betrayal was put in place very early in our life. Another approach that is helpful is shamanic soul-retrieval work, where absent or missing parts of the self are brought back to our attention, to be re-integrated into our life. Relational Energy Therapy takes a plumbing approach: to clean existing chakras and chakra cords, and reduce emotional body (or astral) invasion, so as to repair and recharge the healthy energy consciousness system of the client.

In Therapeutic Energy Healing we go to the functioning of both the relational cords to others, and to the self-cords, or connections we form with the self. Self-cord work puts any lost or diminished functioning of self-connection back in play. We stop saying “yes” to the needs or agendas of others if it means saying “no” to our own best interest, or values. Self-cord work re-balances the chakra function, so we can see both the other person and ourselves, with an equal and balanced eye. Mutuality, and fairness to all concerned, is established in the consciousness energy system, and many of our challenges in relationship now come into clear focus. We learn to see the other, and ourselves, with a clarity not experienced in our family of origin. And, we exchange self-betrayal for loyalty to all aspects of our being, and not just that connection to others that takes us out of isolation.

Chakras are designed to help us experience the self, and then experience the reality of the other. While both are important, the balanced focus upon the self has to take precidence over an exclusive focus upon the other. This requires being able to say “no” to others, if your “yes” takes you away from the loyalty to yourself. A functional ability to stand in an authentic “no”, rather than default to a childlike or impertinent “no”, is an important part of gaining our adult boundaries, and moving into satisfying relationships with other people.

There are many articles and audio/video media resources on this website, and you are encouraged to look more deeply into this fascinating field of transformational energy work.

© 2016 by Dean Ramsden. All rights reserved.

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