Dogs have chakras, just as humans and all other living things do. Canine chakras can get imbalanced, just as ours do. Understanding where the chakras are located, and what each is responsible for, will help you keep your dog’s energy in balance. Canine chakra balancing is particularly helpful with emotional and behavioral issues.
What are chakras?
Chakras are energy centers throughout the body. In Sanskrit, chakra means wheel. Think of chakras as wheels of energy and continuous movement, each located in its specific region of the body with its particular role and function. If one becomes weak, or blocked, while the others carry on unaffected for a time, eventually, all become impacted to some degree. For good physical and emotional health, it is essential to keep the energy flowing without stagnation.
Chakras receive, assimilate, and express life force. When the energy is filtered into the body, it travels through meridians. Each organ has its own meridian, which serves as a pathway for chi, blood, and vital fluids. The healthier your dog’s chakras are, the healthier his or her entire being is.
A special chakra just for animals
Dogs have 8 major chakras and several minor ones. The 8th chakra is the Brachial chakra, which is located on either side of the body at the shoulders. It is an important energy center for the human-animal connection and bonding. This chakra exists only in animals and is especially helpful for dogs who are uncomfortable with human contact.
Ways to balance chakras
Chakras can be balanced by hands-on healing, such as acupressure and Reiki, distance healing, visualization, sound therapy, dowsing, healing stones, essential oils, kinesiology, color, light, and crystal therapy.
Acupressure is a method of hands-on therapy that is essentially balancing the chakras. When a practitioner feels along the meridian lines, they can sense energy imbalances and clear stagnations freeing up chi and blood flow effortlessly. In doing this, the chakra becomes balanced. The energy center is now open and flowing, and all corresponding organs receive the chi, blood, and vital fluids needed to function as they should.
Reiki is a hands-on technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It focuses very specifically on energy healing. Practitioners use palm healing to transfer and balance energy to the recipient. The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words, Rei, which means Higher Power and Ki, which is life force energy. It is, in essence, spiritually guided energy work.
Distance healing involves the therapist channels healing energy to a recipient in a different physical location. The distance could be anywhere from a few feet to thousands of miles. Some therapists like to work with photos to help them visualize. This work could be done while your dog is lying in his bed, and the therapist is sitting a few feet away, or it could be done on the phone. Distance and time are irrelevant in distance energy healing.
Visualization and color therapy use a color that is specific to each chakra. For example, if a dog has been in and out of shelters, is very timid, and lacks trust, its Root chakra is out of balance. At a base level, he is uncertain of his most basic needs being met. The color associated with Root is red, so that is the color that would be visualized. A dog that is experiencing car anxiety might benefit from visualizing yellow, the color of Solar Plexus. The Solar Plexus is associated with the digestive system and adrenal glands. This chakra regulates fear and anxiety.
Sound therapy uses different sounds, tones, and vibrations associated with each chakra to balance the body. These sounds could come from one’s voice, gongs, singing bowls, bells, tuning forks, etc. In a sound bath, each instrument that carries its frequency and vibration is aimed and clearing energy stagnations and balancing chakras.
Dowsing uses a pendulum or other instrument to track vibrations and uncover imbalances. It’s a method of searching for and analyzing energy.
Healing stones are associated with each chakra and can be placed near the animal to help restore balance. An example would be a dog that has a Heart chakra imbalance that would benefit from green and pink stones such as Jade, Green Tourmaline, Green Calcite, and Rose Quartz. A sign of emotional imbalance in the Heart Chakra might be a very aggressive dog or someone who has been abused.
Essential oils can also be used to balance chakras. A dog who needs a little assistance with the Crown Chakra could benefit from the use of Lavender, Myrrh, and Frankincense. Each chakra has different oils to help restore balance.
It’s essential to clear your energy before starting to work on your dog. You can do this through yoga, meditation, or a quiet walk in nature. Over time, you will begin to gain a better sense of your dog’s energy and feel his or her vibrations. Keep the light of love in your heart, and always thank your dog for welcoming you into his space.