It is said that before a shaman can be of any help to anyone else, before being able to heal others, the shaman must first heal him/herself. For me, this is my main goal, healing self physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In actuality, it’s more than a goal – since there’s not finish line – it’s more of a journey. A journey where I am moving (forward?), growing, changing, and becoming who I really am.
Learning how to read your chakras is an important step in this journey. As discussed before, each chakra is a spiral of energy that spins in a funnel shape in front and in back of the body.
Follow the approach previously used to sense the luminous energy field. Start with the Second Attention exercise – remembering to breathe throughout – then proceed with each of the below steps:
- Starting at three inches below your navel (Sacral chakra – 2nd);
- Place your open palms closely over the area;
- Imagine feeling for the outer edge of the chakra funnel;
- Place your index finger inside the chakra and consider how it feels: cool, warm, tingly, soft or rough?
- Since this chakra is related to the flight-or-flight reflex, to determine any measurable changes, think about a fearful experience and repeat the above step.
- With a few of the other chakras, repeat steps 2-4, then include the following steps one-at-a-time;
- Root chakra (1st) – think about a time in which you felt safe – repeat step #3;
- Solar Plexus chakra (3rd) – think about a time when you were acknowledged for an achievement or ashamed for a mistake made – repeat step #3;
- Heart chakra (4th) – think about a time when you were in love or had a broken heart – repeat step #3;
- Throat chakra (5th) – think about a time when you experienced great peace or turmoil – repeat step #3.
Antonio Villoldo speaks of the above readings as quantitative, by determining the strength and weakness of any particular chakra. Whereas, one can use a qualitative approach to the reading. In these situation, the chakra can provide a particular message or story seen through the Second Awareness Exercise.