Earlier this month, I was listening to the Almost 30 Podcast (as usual) on my drive to work and this episode hit me so hard, I literally ended up in tears (right around the 45th minute – I legit thought she was talking about me and not her friend) and then I headed straight to Google to do some more research when I arrived at work so it seemed perfect to share in my first ever monthly inspiration post!
This particular episode was with Millana Snow, a model + actor turned Reiki Healer, meditation teacher & founder of the WellnessOfficial.co. The entire episode really resonated with me, however I was the most intrigued about the Reiki piece. I have heard about Reiki extensively over the past year or so but never knew EXACTLY what it was, so it was interesting to hear Millana’s deep dive on it.
According to Reiki.org, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that in turn, promotes healing. Reiki is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through each of us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stressed. However, if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is therefore, a spiritually guided life force energy.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki – it is not dependent on belief and will work regardless of your thoughts on it. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with their religion rather than only having an intellectual concept of it.
While early Reiki healers used to work through the three tandens or points where energy flows, it is more common (and well-known) to work with ones’ chakras in today’s Reiki practice as they provide a more detailed energetic map of one’s body for healers. From the Hindu tradition, there are seven major (although Millana mentions 9, it will be interesting to see how the material evolves with recent findings) chakras running up the center of the torso & head and are the main focal points for the meridians, or energy lines, that run through the body along with several minor chakras where the meridians cross (via chakras.info).
While it may be a bit confusing (I read no fewer than 10 articles trying to make sense of it all), the tandens and the chakra system are simply different interpretations of the same thing. Essentially, they are points that regulate energy flow. If they are blocked or unhealthy, energy cannot flow freely and illness and discomfort result.
So the seven major chakras – what & where are they?
- Root: the first chakra, its energy is based on the earth element and provides the feeling of safety & grounding, laying the foundation for expansion of your life. The root chakra is located at the base of your spine. Utilize Bloodstone, Tiger’s Eye, Hematite, Fire Agate, and/or Black Tourmaline crystals when working with the root chakra
- Sacral: the second chakra, associated with the emotional body, sensuality &creativity, the energy is characterized by flow & flexibility. The sacral chakra is located about 3 inches below the naval, at the center of your lower belly. Utilize Citrine, Carnelian, Moonstone, and/or Coral when working with the sacral chakra
- Solar Plexus: the third chakra, is characterized by the expression of will, personal power & mental abilities and will be mobilized when we assert ourselves into the world. The solar plexus is located in the upper belly, where your diaphragm rests. Utilize Malachite, Calcite, Citrine, and/or Topaz when workin with the solar plexus chakra
- Heart: the fourth chakra, is characterized by compassion, love & beauty and bridges earthly & spiritual aspirations. The heart chakra is located in the center of your chest. Utilize Rose Quartz, Jade, Green Calcite, and/or Green Tourmaline when working with the heart chakra
- Throat: the fifth chakra, driven by the principle of expression & communication, it is the point of passage of energy between the lower part or the body and head. The throat chakra is located at the center of your neck at, you guessed it, the level of your throat. Utilize Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, and/or Aquamarine when working with the throat chakra
- Third Eye: the sixth chakra, driven by the principle of openness & imagination, it is the center of intuition & foresight. The third eye chakra is located on the forehead between your eyebrows. Utilize Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, and/or Black Obsidian when working with the third eye chakra
- Crown: the seventh chakra, is driven by consciousness and gets us in touch with the universe, opening us to what is beyond our personal preoccupations and visions. The crown chakra is located at the top of your head or slightly above your head. Utilize Selenite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, and/or Diamond when working with the crown chakra
Imbalances can cause a slew of issues within ones life and Reiki is a way to open each chakra and balance it all out. Millana mentions that energy work is about maintenance – it isn’t enough to get Reiki once and then call it a day. It is important to keep up with it, incorporating meditation and alone time in between sessions to keep yourself balanced. In Energy Muse, there is a simple 11 minute ritual you can use to rid each chakra of negative energy. Known as the “cord-cutting ritual,” it helps to remove any unwanted energy that may have been transferred to you that is draining. After cutting the cord, you’ll use specific crystals to send healing light to the chakra that may have been weakened. And while I have noticed it does actually help, it’s something I need to work into my self-care routine a bit better (rather than just carrying the crystals around in my pocket every day).
So poll time! Have you ever gotten Reiki? If yes, I’d love to hear your experience (I’m actually trying to find a Reiki healer around here so I can try it out). But if not, is it something you would be willing to try or are you completely put off by all of this woo-woo stuff?