Chakras and the Etheric Body

Western medicine only views the body as the physical mass we can see and feel with our senses. However, Eastern medicine has long believed that there is more to the body than the flesh and blood. In Eastern medicine, any discussion of diagnosing and healing illnesses in the physical body needs to include the chi, or prana energy, which is the invisible life force that flows through invisible channels called “meridians.”

This web of energy that surrounds the body is said to exist in all of life. When the energy becomes blocked or weak, it produces sickness and disease. While the typical health recommendations of diet and exercise in Western medicine still apply, there are a variety of additional techniques that also can produce astounding physical results in the Eastern tradition. These techniques, including acupuncture, rely on the meridian system. You will learn about this fascinating system and how to harness your own life force to increase health and wellness through other holistic practices such as Qi-Gong.

The Chinese health practitioners have long believed in a gridwork of energetic lines that carry the life force, chi, in and around the body, helping to support health and well-being.

The Hindus had different names for this system, and the life force was known as “prana.” Either way, this ancient information was used in many healing systems long before Western medicine came along. It is important to remember that the meridians, or channels that carry the life force, have specific points that are associated with the health and well-being of different organs and parts of the body. That is how applying needles can help reduce pain by stimulating the points where the life force is associated with that part of the body.

According to ancient esoteric knowledge, the body has seven main chakra points. Chakras are like wheels that spin energy in and out of the body. The life force is said to enter the seventh chakra at the crown of the head and flow down like a waterfall as it encounters six more: the third eye, the throat, the heart, the solar plexus, the sacral and the root chakra (which is near the base of the spine).

Each chakra is the main energy point that feeds a specific portion of the body and is also associated with particular mental and emotional patterns. This energy travels in the body through the meridians and goes to different parts to sustain health and well-being.

It literally takes Chinese medicine practitioners 14 years of study to master this energy body, but we will only have time to briefly review it. It is not possible to cover everything involved in this complicated and intricate gridwork system. Suffice it to say that every living being has an energetic body with its chakras, and even our Earth has a system of chakras and energy grids that are similar to that in the human body.

There are many healing modalities that work with the energy body to stimulate and enhance the life force.

Even the message will impact the energetic body. Sometimes a practitioner works directly with the energetic body by using the blueprint to direct energy in and around the specific areas. They use light or deep touches and specific fingers, all of which relate to different energies.

Meditating can often increase chi while meditative exercises like Qi-Gong can help improve health and general well-being. Qi is chi in this system, and pain is caused by stagnating Qi, from either too much or too little of it in different areas of the body. According to this belief system, the solution to pain reduction is to get the Qi moving via special exercises that create motion in the energetic and physical body.

Some Qi-Gong practitioners have even been said to generate warmth from the control of their Qi to keep themselves warm and dry even in snowy, wet areas.

Energetic work like massage, Qi-Gong exercises or energy healing that impact the body directly have an effect on the etheric body and can be used to clear blockages in the energetic body and increase the flow of chi.