Root Chakra, located at the base of our spinal column, is one of the seven major energy Chakras in our body. Unrestricted energy flow or healing of the energy blocks at the Root Chakra helps a person live blissfully in the physical gross world, enjoying health and fulfillment of gross desires. Adequate energy flow can be ensured or restored at this Chakra by regular meditation on this Chakra, for 5 minutes daily to start with. (more…)
Tratak is a highly effective meditation practice for regaining eyesight. It has been observed that a regular practice of Tratak can help the practitioner to get rid of eyeglasses in three to twelve months, depending on the power of the glasses.
How to Practice
The term ‘Tratak’ means gazing. Tratak practice, in simple terms, means gaining at a fixed point for long duration without blinking the eyes. The object of gazing can be candle light, rising Sun, evening moon, or any other point where a person can fix his gaze comfortably. Ideally, the object of gazing should be at the height of eye level for the practitioner. For the same reason, Tratak is practiced either at the rising Sun or evening moon as at both these times the practitioner can gaze at it without having to look upwards. Moreover, gazing for long at the Sun after sunrise would not be comfortable for the practitioner.
Tratak practice should be done by sitting cross-legged at the floor on a mat. Sitting cross-legged or in any other yoga posture allows energy flow through the body of the practitioner. Once seated, the practitioner should keep his spine straight and head over his/ her shoulders and follow the below steps:
- Close the eyes and take a few deep breaths
- Relax your entire body; let go of tension in all the muscles of the body; let your body loose
- Now start breathing normally and mentally chant “So” while inhaling and “Aham” while exhaling (chant mentally)
- Gradually, open your eyes and fix your gaze on a single point on the candle flame/ or on the rising Sun/ evening moon (for the beginners, practicing on the candle light is recommended)
- For practicing Tratak on candle light, the practitioner should sit at a distance of 2.5 – 3 feet from the candle.
- Keep your body still, your gaze still (fixated on the point) and your mind still (do not think about anything)
- Bring your focus on your breathing, inhale with a mental chant “So”, exhale with a mental chant “Aham”. Focusing on breathing will help you avoid thinking about anything else.
- Continue this for as long as you can or as long as you start shedding water from the eyes
- Once you decide to come out of Tratak, close your eyes and see the flame mentally with eyes closed. Sit like this for a few minutes before opening your eyes.
Practice daily and gradually try to increase the duration of your practice over the weeks.
Finer details of Tratak practice
In the beginning you may not be able to avoid blinking your eyes. Don’t worry, keep trying again and again while continuously keeping your body still and mind still. After a certain amount of practice, you will naturally start to see the duration between blinks increasing. Persistence is the key here.
In case you are unable to avoid blinking your eyes frequently, that can be caused by the wrong posture. Try to adjust your posture and you may find yourself successful in avoiding blinking.
In case you unintentionally continued to hold any of your body muscle tight, it can also cause you to blink frequently. Release the tension in that body part and you may feel better in control of your blinking.
It is advisable to keep the candle flame at eye level height, else the practitioner may experience neck pain. The candle should be at a distance of 2.5 to 3 feet from your eyes.
After practicing Tratak, the practitioner should wash his/ her eyes with fresh water.
After practicing for 2-3 months regularly, the person may start feeling some kind of uneasiness in the eyes in using the current eyeglasses. Invariably, you would start feeling better if you remove your eyeglasses. At this time, one should get his eyesight tested. It is quite likely that the power of your eyeglasses might have reduced.
Get the glasses changed and continue with your daily practice, till you start feeling that pain again.
What is Energy Healing
Energy healing is the practice of channelizing one’s subtle bodily energies to remove energy blockages, which in turn, activates the body’s inherent and natural self-healing abilities.
The subtle energy system in our body consists of a vast network of nadis (energy channels) spread throughout the body. This network consists of three major nadis (meridians), namely Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Of these, Ida is located on the left side, starting from left testicle to left nostril, and is associated with lunar or feminine energy. It controls the right part of the brain and thus controls the emotional, mental and softer aspects of one’s personality traits.
Pingala is located on the right side, starting from right testicle to right nostril, and is associated with solar or masculine energy. It controls the left side of the brain and thus controls the vital functions of one’s personality.
Sushumna is located at the center and connects the base (root) chakra to the crown chakra. With regular practice, a practitioner aims to attain the balanced energy flow between Ida and Pingala, such that the energy flow through Sushumna can start.
The three nadis meet at the root chakra. From here, Ida alternates from left to right side and back to the left side at each upper chakra. Similarly, Pingala alternates from right to left side and back to right side at each upper chakra. Thus, the three nadis interconnect at the seven major energy chakras along the spine, and create energy pools at these energy centers in the body. Adequate flow and balance of masculine and feminine energies at these energy centers go a long way in ensuring health and wellbeing of a person at physical, mental and spiritual/ energetic levels.
Different energy healing methodologies help is removing the energy blocks at these major chakras to resolve the corresponding issues being faced by the affected person.
Energy Healings can be done through various methods, including Reiki Healing, Crystal Healing, Theta Healing, Serenity Surrender, Music/ Sound Healing and others. These healings can either be done in person or through distance healing methods. Essentially, all of these methodologies aim to remove the energy blocks in various energy chakras, or in the overall energy system.
How it works
All energy healing modalities work on the principle of restoring energy flow at the affected body part or the affected Chakra. However, different energy healing modalities may work differently in identifying the root cause of the problem. For example, in Reiki the therapist would do a body scan by hovering his/ her palms over the patient’s body to sense the differences in energy flow. In crystal therapy, the healer uses precious stones to restore energy flow at the affected body parts/ Chakras. In Serenity Surrender, the therapist would ask the patient a few questions in order to arrive at the patient’s core belief(s) at the subconscious mind or soul level, which could be causing the energy blockage. Once identified, these belief(s) are healed to restore the adequate energy flow, leading to transformation of concerns/ issues in the physical.
Various energy healing treatments are increasingly being used by people across the world these days as supplementary treatment to modern medicines. Various hospitals across the world employ Reiki masters or other energy healing practitioners on their rolls. It has been observed that including energy healings as supplementary treatments to modern medicines leads to significant improvement in recovery rates of patients across a range of ailments and disorders.
Some of the areas where energy healings are used most frequently (but not a comprehensive list) is as below:
- Quick recovery from bone injuries, body pains resulting from accidents
- General body pains, issues due to lifestyle/ sedentary routine
- Aging issues, autoimmune disorders, etc
- Issues due to hormonal imbalances
- Hypertension, depression, insomnia and other stress-related issues
- Relationship issues
Myths about Energy Healing
Often people associate energy healing with certain myths. Some of the popular ones are explained/ clarified below:
- Energy Healing is associated with negativity:
People tend to believe that energy healing is associated with black magic or other nefarious activities. In contrast, all energy healing modalities are associated with the attitude of gratitude towards everything. These modalities work on unconditional love for everything and everyone, and so, are very positive. No healing is performed to harm any person or thing. Healings are performed only to remove energy blockages. There are no side effects of energy healings.
- Energy Healing is associated with any specific religion:
Energy healings are not associated with any specific religion. Various ancient cultures and civilizations have studied deeply about our bodies and various nuances of its relation with nature. Energy healing modalities are based on the extensive study of body’s energy systems and not based on any religious dogma.
 Benefits of Reiki for this Generation
This 56 years old gentleman had been attracting aches, injuries, swellings on the left part of his body – hand, leg, and feet. The longest issue was pain and swelling on his left ankle, which was continuing for almost an year, despite all medical diligence.
On healing the person through Serenity Surrender, it was found that the person was deep in conflict between logic and emotion, favouring the latter and feeling guilty for ignoring logic. This had a past life connection. In that life, the person in his childhood was trying hard to swim against a stream, arising due to flood. He was emotionally wrecked for loosing all his close ones. Now all he wanted was to somehow not leave that place where he had lived all this while and where he has all pleasant memories of life.
While, eventually this boy had to accept the terms of life, but he always felt guilty of making a logical choice of leaving his cherished place. This made him feel tempted to ignore logic as much as possible and go by emotions. Even for making this choice, the person kept feeling guilty of ignoring logics every now and then. This all was leading to a rising conflict between logic and emotion. This was manifesting in the form of issues in left part of the body, which is controlled by right part of the brain.
Within a week of conducting the healing, the person reported significant improvement in his swelling ankles and other injuries.
May he continue to live in bliss!
This 45-yrs old lady had been witnessing sever issues with her mom-in-law over past 20 years. The situation had reached to a level that she had lost her natural cheerfulness and she had developed several severe health issues (including anxiety attacks, arthritis, and so on). She was heavily on medications and had lost hopes of a pleasant life. She also felt that her condition had also started affecting her children, who were not unaware of the consistent issues between their mother and grandmom. (more…)