Every cell in our body carries on its surface some protein receptors that are sensitive to vibrational energy fields in our environment, be them light, sound, electromagnetic waves emitted from our televisions, cell phones and computers, or be them emotional or mental vibrations emitted from our own thoughts and sensations and from other people around us.
Our cells can ‘see’, ‘hear’ and vibrate in relation to their surroundings and their health largely depends on these environmental signals. Dr. Lipton, the famous cell biologist, compares the cell membrane to a silicon chip inside an electronic device. As a skilled engineer can program the computer chip, a smart human being, which means everyone of us, has the power to program his/her own cells. So, the good news is, you have the ability to choose the ‘data’ you are downloading into your cells.
As we discussed in the three previous parts of this article, every chakra is responsible for supplying vital energy to certain systems, glands, organs and thus cells of our body. This supplied energy is the ‘software’ you are downloading into your cells, into every cell of your body. Malfunctions in our physical systems are primarily related to malfunction in the energy supply through the corresponding chakra. Taking care of our holistic energy system and supporting our energy needs is essential at all time in our life. All side of your life (physical body, mental attitude, emotional aspects and spiritual connections) should be taken into consideration.
It is very important to stress here on the fact that if the malfunction reaches a stage where it is manifested physically, an experienced physician should be consulted. The advices I try to give here could in no way compensate for a proper medical intervention or treatment when required. Energy restoration process is a slow gentle yet essential journey aimed at prevention of disease, preservation of health and /or supporting any professional treatment when necessary.
As we learnt, our first chakra calls for the satisfaction of our basic human needs. It calls for safety and security, for seeking belonging, and for preserving our human core values.
The frequency of the red color of any objects activates this root chakra; so does the vibration of essential aromatherapy oils such as cedar wood, ginger, and cardamom.
When your base chakra is out of balance, you need to connect more with nature, spend more time outdoors, and walk barefoot on the sand or grass where you could psychologically feel with your skin nerves direct connection with every sand particle, each dew droplet on every single grass. You also need to connect with your family and society; you need the feeling of belonging to a group, a support system, a community that gives you the sense of grounding, of safety and security.
The first chakra is also about finding balance in your life, balance between your body, heart, mind, and soul. It’s about cleaning the clutter around you, both physically and mentally. It’s about family gatherings, community service, and celebrating our ‘tribal’ connections.
The second chakra calls for detachment, balance and moderation. It is energized by the color orange and activated by the fragrances of natural essential oils of sandalwood, cinnamon, vanilla, and neroli (orange blossoms).
Water is a powerful energizer and balancing tool for the energy of this chakra, be it through hydrotherapy, shower, or ablution, or through visiting the seashore or a river bank. When your second chakra is out of balance, it is a sign for you to find motivation, and add challenges, creativity, and excitements into your life. Try finding a new hobby, beautifying your environment, listening to beautiful sounds and melodies, simplifying your life, and adding little joys and pleasures to your everyday experience.
An overactive second chakra that drives us into the dark cycle of addiction, greed and endless ‘wants’, should be gently controlled though simple self-training. Try fasting and experience giving without awaiting a reward, joining a charity act, or volunteering in community work.
The message of the third chakra is assuming responsibility, empowering self-esteem and belief in yourself, in your unique talents and potentials. It is energized by the yellow color as well as the golden rays of the sun. It is balanced by the aroma of bergamot, lavender, rosemary, fennel, and lemon-grass essential oils.
If your third chakra is out if balance, you need to enjoy more sunshine, you need to seek your true path in life, your true purpose and vocation. You need to manage your stresses, and learn to healthily express your negative emotions. And most importantly you need to balance your self esteem and sense of self-worth, to be powerful enough to assume your responsibilities and follow your life meaning, yet humble enough to accept challenges and respect others’ rights.
The third chakra is well affected by your choice of food. A healthy and nourishing diet is essential to balance not only your blood sugar level and hormones, but your energy as well.
To keep this chakra in synch, you need constant reminders in the form of positive affirmations and regular dhikr Allah (Divine remembrances).
If your third chakra is underactive, you might consider some power and muscle building exercises as well as self-empowerment and self-development trainings.
The fourth chakra is the chakra of your heart. Prophet Mohammed PBUH said: “Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it be whole, all the body is whole and which, if it be diseased, all of it is diseased. Truly it is the heart.”
Our truly effective healing, happiness and balance depend basically on the heart energy.
The heart chakra is energized by the frequency of the color green and the fragrance of rose, sandalwood, bergamot, and chamomile essential oils.
Of all measures that balance and restore the heart energy, I’ll choose here the most important two: Piety and love.
Our Prophet PBUH showed the way in his saying: “Piety resides here” and he pointed to his chest. The word piety or Taqwa in Arabic comes from the root wiqaya, which means to protect, prevent or avoid harm. Being pious is consciously performing good deeds and avoiding all evil acts seeking Allah’s content and satisfaction.
Piety, or the word taqwa, from Islamic perspective, is unique in its meaning. It is not limited to the acts of worship, moral and spiritual actions; it rather encompasses all aspects of human life, be it family life, work, leisure, social activities, relationships, friendship… All choices, religious, worldly, scientific, material, spiritual, or artistic, reflective or meditative… as long as they are pure and sincere, as long as they lead the way to a pure intention striving to please our Creator, as long as they strengthen our faith and belief and imbues our hearts with awe, they are leading to piety and they are feeding our heart energy.
Love, for Muslims, also has its special meaning. For us, all kinds and forms of love lead to One and Only Ultimate love of all, the love of our Creator, of Allah SWT. Allah says in His Holy Book: [Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision [torment]. And Allah does not guide the people who are rebellious [disobedient to Allah].] (Qur’an 9: 24).
Our love for Allah leads the way for all other love. It is the love that unites us all in one cause and one direction, the love that shapes our priorities and adjusts our intention. It is the love that purifies our hearts and brings us close together.
All other worldly loves are mere manifestations of this holy type of devotion: the sacred feeling that connects a husband and his wife, a mother with her children, even the love of nature, of beauty, of friends… they all can be traced back to the source, to the sincerity and intention, to the true meaning in our lives, to the ‘Big Picture’: Our ultimate goal and mission on earth. This sacred pure love is essential for the health of our heart chakra with all the meanings it carries along with it: compassion, forgiveness, peace, gratitude…
And again, to keep this heart balance, we need constant reminders, and what could be better than Qur’an recitation and constant dhikr Allah (Divine remembrances).
The fifth chakra is the higher center of creative energy. It is the center of your unique voice.
The fifth chakra is energized by the color blue and the fragrance of frankincense and lavender essential oils.
If your fifth chakra is out of balance, you need to reflect on your unique voice and meaning in life: What story do you need to relate? What message do you need to express? What is stopping you? What is oppressing you?
To feed the energy of this chakra, you need to find your authentic voice and express it freely and fearlessly, you need to assume responsibility for your life, shed away helplessness and victimhood, communicate with your surroundings, explore your creativity and develop it, and most importantly, you need to align your will to the Divine will, you need to truly surrender to Allah SWT while seeking all worldly means for success and accomplishments.
An over active fifth chakra is asking you to listen and watch your words.
The sixth chakra teaches us to live in the present moment; perceive true meanings behind our trials and seek the wisdom behind events and challenges in your life. It is energized by the indigo color and the beautiful refreshing odors of jasmine, spearmint, geranium and thyme.
When your sixth chakra is out of balance, this calls for some slowing down, some time out to reflect and ponder. You need to seek deep meaning behind events in your life, you need to simplify your everyday experience, turn off your mind-chatter and live with total awareness and mindfulness. A healthy third eye calls for balance between hope and fear, between dreams and reality. Your body is asking you to listen more carefully to your inner insights and intuition and to align your thoughts and decision with your deep heart whispers.
The seventh chakra is your center of awe and submissiveness, of faith, devotion and sincerity to our One and Only Creator. Your crown chakra is energized by the color violet and/or white; and balanced by the fragrances of violet, frankincense, jasmine, and basil essential oils.
When your crown chakra is thrown out of balance, it’s time to reconsider your connection with your Creator, with Allah SWT. It is time to strengthen your spiritual awareness and devotion, time for repentance and seeking forgiveness.
To restore the balance of this chakra, you need to slow down, may be by practicing some deep relaxation exercises. You need to take your time to reflect on your life journey, on your dreams. You need to learn to enjoy the journey, yet never lose sight of the final destination. Sometimes remembering death helps us to restore life in all its meanings.
Balancing the crown energy also necessitate synchronizing our waking and sleeping hours with the day-night cycle. Early rising and early retiring, watching the timing of our five daily prayers, performing night prayer (Qeyyam) are powerful healers.
Many of the people I taught or coached feel overwhelmed and anxious at the beginning of their chakra learning journey. “Isn’t there an easier way to restore our body energy?” They ask. “There are no shortcuts in healing,” I always reply. You may find the healing journey tedious and over whelming.
There are few people who are willing to move out of their comfort zone, delve into the depth of their own soul and actually perform major changes not only in their lifestyle but in their mode of thinking, feeling and believing as well. People are reluctant; they may seek easier but temporary paths until they are struck by a major life or health disaster that forces them to reconsider their choices.
Energy healing is a journey, a life-long journey. And, like all journeys, it has its challenges, pains, and tribulations; yet still it holds tremendous joys, learning, and wisdom. Are you willing to take this journey? Are you willing to invest in your health, happiness and wellbeing? The answer remains totally yours.
This article was first published in 2013 in a series of 4 parts and is currently republished for its importance.
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