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Choice as the Center of Personal Will: The Fifth Chakra

by Kelly Lydick

chakrasIts color is blue. It’s the fifth of the seven chakras, located at the throat, just over the adam’s apple. Its balance determines personal empowerment, appropriate communication, and empowered action. Its imbalance can provide a feeling of being suppressed and stifled, and a lack of growth can occur.

The throat chakra is unique unto the others as “…it holds information from all the chakras. Energies from the sixth and seventh chakras move down through the throat on their way to the trunk of the body; energies from the root, womb, solar plexus, and heart chakras move up through the throat on their way to the head. Within the sacred container of the throat chakra, all of this energy and information is ‘metabolized’—broken down and put back together into a form that becomes your unique expression in the world.” (Eden, 156)

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Similar to the heart chakra, the throat chakra is positioned between the head and the heart. As such, its balance is dependent on balancing thought with emotion, and personal will and divine will. Sacred ancient teachings draw a parallel between the enslavement of the Hebrews in Egypt to the neck and throat chakra, as Pharoah in Hebrew is “the neck” (ha araf) when reversed. The ancient teaching says that the neck is the place of narrowness that severs the head from the heart. In order to be free, the neck must not be narrow—it must be open and flowing. In order to balance the head and heart, the throat chakra, too, must be balanced.

But how is balance created? “The fifth chakra resonates to the numerous emotional and mental struggles involved in learning the nature of the power of choice.” (Myss, 219) In order to execute empowered choices, there must be awareness. It’s easy to make choices from the ego—these are primarily based in immediate desires, and sometimes seek tangible goals rooted in the physical world, such as a large home, or additional vehicle. But, Spirit always has a higher plan. Choice in relation to the throat chakra involves discerning between personal will and spiritual will; sometimes the two are not congruent. Many personal challenges arise when this is the case. In order to remain balanced, thought and emotion must be given proper attention, and personal will aligned to spiritual will.

“The fifth chakra is the center of choice and consequence, of spiritual karma. Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal, and global consequences.” (Myss, 220). With awareness comes the empowerment to choose consciously, and recognize the greater impact that choices can have.

Tips to Keep the Fifth Chakra Balanced:

  • Speak Your Truth. That’s not to say that harm to others is a worthwhile expense for your truth—in fact it’s just the opposite. Telling the truth in a gingerly, heart-felt and heart-centered way is usually productive conversation for both parties involved. The truth is an opportunity for growth and awareness—when used properly.
  • Be clear about your desires. When you know what you want out of life, it’s much easier to become clear about how to make those goals and dreams a reality. When your personal will is aligned to action, energy will flow in a balanced way.
  • Bite Your Tongue. This may seem to contradict speaking your truth, but knowing when to hold back communication is also key to keeping the fifth chakra balanced. Refrain from gossip and excessive emotional “venting.” Don’t spend time and energy on words that serve none. Keep in mind the cliché: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
  • Practice self-awareness. The key to personal awareness is honesty, followed by humility. The exciting thing is that awareness begets awareness. The more you know, the greater the capacity you have to know even more.
  • Take responsibility. Being responsible and accountable for your words, thoughts, and actions, inevitably creates balance because personal responsibility precedes both self-correction and empowerment.

Eden, Donna. (1998). Energy Medicine. London, England: Penguin Books, Ltd.
Myss, Caroline. (1996). Anatomy of the Spirit. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.

About the author:

Kelly Lydick received her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky, and True Blue Spirit magazines, as well as on the home page of ElephantJournal.com. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the experimental work, Mastering the Dream.

Kelly holds certifications as a Meditation Facilitator, Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Past Life Healer, and Gateway Dreaming™ Coach. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream. In 2016, she was awarded a Juno fellowship from the world-renowned Omega Institute for achievements in healing and women’s leadership. You can learn more about her work at www.kellylydick.com.


Energy Medicine Use Is Increasingly Common

by Dr. Patrick Massey

A few months ago my colleague, Dr. Jinnie Cristerna, and I gave a lecture at the University of Chicago on the real and potential applications of bio-field therapy in medicine.  Bio-field therapy is also known as “energy” medicine.  Energy medicine is based on the theory that healing can be made easier and faster by balancing the amount and flow of energy (bio-energy) in the body.  Every culturally based medical system in the world, and possibly throughout history, uses some form of energy based therapy including Western medicine.  Over the past twenty years its use in medicine has become so popular that energy medicine is available at many medical centers across the country.


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The basis of energy medicine is based on the theory that the physical expression of illness is the result of erratic energy flow: there may be not enough energy; the energy may be blocked; there may be too much energy. Enhancing and balancing the energy flow promotes the innate healing abilities of the body. Indeed, the entirety of traditional Oriental medicine, especially acupuncture, is based on adjusting the flow of bio-energy.


Lifestyle is the most common culprit in creating dis-harmony in a person’s energy system.  Chronic stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and exercise all cause the body’s energy system to work harder and ultimately unable to completely repair.  This combination ultimately results in the expression of some illness.  Thoughts that are destructive – fear, insecurity, self doubt, etc. also impede the easy flow of energy.  It is possible that people create their own illnesses by the negative nature of their thoughts (Appl Psychol Health Well Being. 2016; Psychol Health. 2015).


Although bio-energy is one of the five classifications of alternative medicine by the National Institutes of Health, to many energy-based healing is thought to be either a placebo effect, “all in your head” or outright fraud.  Yet, there are over sixty publications in the traditional medical literature describing the effects of bio-energy on bacteria, cancer cells in the test tube, laboratory animals and humans.  Energy-based healing has become so popular in the United States that for some medical illnesses like cancer almost forty percent of patients have used it as part of their therapy.


Energy healing increases (sometimes decreases) and balances the flow of a person’s bio-energy.  Anyone can increase and balance their own energy through meditation, rhythmic exercise or specific breathing patterns used in qigong, tai chi and yoga.  However, most energy-based healing requires someone to add to or adjust the energy flow in someone else, usually a person with an illness.  Energy-based healing often involves the energy practitioner laying their hands on or just above the body of the recipient.  Energy passes through the energy system of practitioner into the energy system of the recipient.  Where the energy comes from is a point of much discussion however the recipient often feels something happening…sensations of heat, vibration, lightness, heaviness, peace, etc.


There are numerous energy therapy approaches like Reiki, qigong, Therapeutic Touch, color and sound, Quantum Touch and others.  Many energy healing systems are a three step process involving an energy source (God, nature, the universe), someone loosely classified as a “healer” and the person looking for some level of healing, the recipient (client or patient).  The healer acts as a conduit through which energy flows from the energy source into the person to be healed.  Some energy healing practices can be self administered.  Qigong and Reiki are two examples of energy based healing that can be self administered as well as involve a healer.


Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Healing Touch are the most common energy therapies available in hospitals, medical centers and cancer centers. Even though most of the medical research has focused on energy therapy reducing the side effects of cancer therapy, there is robust medical research demonstrating that energy-based healing may benefit most medical conditions including joint pain (Holist Nurs Pract. 2017), depression (Psychiatry Res. 2016),complex regional pain syndrome (Iowa Orthop J. 2015) and osteoarthritis (Geriatr Nurs. 2013).  Energy based therapy may also benefit Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015).  It is well tolerated and rarely with side effects (usually mild).  Now, there are some medical studies that do not show benefit from energy healing but those studies do not erase the numerous medical studies showing a measurable benefit.  My clinical experience with energy healing is quite positive and I regularly prescribe it as an “add-on” therapy for many medical conditions.


About the author:
Patrick Massey MD PhD MhD, author of Miracles or I Have No More Boils, is the past medical director of complementary and alternative medicine for the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network. Web site: alt-med.org

World’s First Shamanic Journey and Energy Medicine Online Video Course Announced

LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine (“LightSong”), a Portland, Oregon-based organization dedicated to the cultivation of thriving, interlaced communities of well beings, announced today that it has launched the world’s first online video course that teaches Basic Shamanic Journey skills.

The groundbreaking course, which is entitled, “Through the Rabbit Hole: Explore and Experience the Shamanic Journey and Energy Medicine,” is led by Lightsong’s founder and acclaimed Shamanic practitioner and teacher, Jan Engels-Smith.

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With enthusiasm, clarity, care and skill, Engels-Smith guides students on an immersive and interactive journey in which they:

  • Learn about the meaning, tenets and concepts of Shamans and Shamanism
  • Discover how this ancient practice has evolved throughout the ages, and into the 21st century
  • Learn about non-ordinary reality, Spirit Allies, and the Universal Laws of being human
  • Perform simple, yet powerful exercises and use supplemental audio to unlock a world of energy and potential
  • Develop their right brain function by opening their heart, thinking outside of box, and balancing their mind
  • Apply time-tested methods to embark on an experiential transformation that shifts dreams, purpose and desires
  • Have their senses awakened and prepare for their first shamanic journey
  • Ultimately realize how they can apply the principles of Shamanism in their daily lives

“For many years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching this powerful and ancient skill to thousands of students in a classroom environment,” commented Ms. Engels-Smith. “Our new course finally makes this essential knowledge available to a global audience.”

More information on LightSong’s new online video course “Through the Rabbit Hole: Explore and Experience the Shamanic Journey and Energy Medicine”, which is also available in book format (print and Kindle), is available at http://lightsong.net/through-the-rabbit-hole-video-teaching-series.

For all other details including student inquiries and media requests, contact jan (at) lightsong (dot) net.

About LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Healing:

Led by its founder and acclaimed Shamanic practitioner and teacher Jan Engels-Smith, LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine is dedicated to the cultivation of thriving, interlaced communities of well beings through the exploration and practice of shamanism and alternative energy medicine. The school offers the first accredited energy medicine curriculum of its kind, including a program for students seeking their Doctorate degree in Shamanism (Sh.D.). Learn more at http://www.LightSong.com.


Many Are Coming To Rely On Energy Medicine

By Meeri Banks

There are many ways to assist your healing, besides drugs. One field of complementary or alternative medicine is a school described as energy medicine. This discipline of therapy is based on a belief that the patient can be cared for by a healer who can channel energies. Analysts endeavour to determine imbalances (bioelectrical, chemical, or structural) within the individual and to use healing energies to put right these imbalances.

The terms for this form of therapy, spiritual healing and energy healing came into common usage after the creation of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies back in the 1980s. Three distinct methods take the forms of hands-on, hands-off and distant healing. Distant healing occurs with the patient and the therapist in separate locations; it is also known as absent healing.

Reiki, biofield healing, therapeutic touch and contact healing are all brands of therapies. The US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has categorized health-care techniques that engage scientifically identifiable energies as “Veritable Energies” care. These methods include magnet therapy, light therapy and colorpuncture.

Certified nursing organizations have acknowledged the results arising from therapeutic touch. Diagnosis involving disturbances to a patient’s field was endorsed in 2005/6 by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. Canadian counsellors have registered the trademark “Therapeutic Touch”; a patient’s field is manipulated by an analyst according to uniform and industry standard techniques.

Some instances of the utilization of electrical energies for healing include quicker healing of wounds. This is done by using electrical currents, the relief of deep-seated pain with a TENS machine and the healing of neurological concerns via deep brain stimulation. The management of pain through electrotherapy techniques has been acknowledged by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Joint mobility, tissue repair and incontinence can all be improved by electrotherapy. TENS machines use electrical impulses to affect how pain signals are transmitted to the brain; they can be a side-effect free alternative to pharmaceuticals for many forms of pain relief. Psychotherapists use bioenergetics to analyse and treat anxiety, depression and muscular tension.

Bioenergetics represents one dynamic “body work” practice. The objectives of this methodology are the accomplishment of corporal and psychological well being in the course of a therapeutic process that permits the procedure of energy flowing through the human body and brain. Neuroscientific research has borne out the value of “Body work” as a psychotherapeutic tool.

This area of medicine considers all corporal energies as fundamentals for vivacity, emotional welfare and physical fitness. It acts to improve physical condition and contentment by way of these energies. The re-establishment of a harmonious and balanced whole is achieved by non-invasive massaging of the patient’s accupoints.

About the Author:

Meeri Banks has studied reiki healing and all spiritual healing arts for over 15 years. Currently she has been working with the Ataana Method. If you would like to learn more about Ataana Healing Method Nashville, TN, she suggests you visit her friends www.ataanamethod.com.