Reiki Association South Africa
Our Purpose is to Promote & Enhance Healing
Through the Power of Reiki Energy


Don’t we humans just love our games? We are experts at mind games and emotional blackmail that leaves others reeling with confusion. In actual fact, what we are doing is experiencing an interplay of energies. Do certain people drain you? Can you sense the feelings of others? Can you sense someone staring at you? How about associating colours with people, animals and music? This is called energetic interaction.

We are all energy. Everything around us is energy. Our thoughts, emotions and words are energy. We are constantly interacting with others on a subtle level because we have an intricate system of energetic communication with everything and everybody around us.

There is a life force energy that surrounds us all. Also known as Chi, Ki or Prana, ancient civilizations have been aware of this energy and the importance of keeping it in balance. Besides the physical energy flow that runs through our bodies, we have more subtle energies flowing around us extending beyond our visible bodies. This is known as the Human Energy Field or Auric Field and is unique to each person. Around us lies an amazing latticework of luminous pathways ideally in a constant state of movement, communicating through central energy points or chakras like feelers or sensors telling us about the world around us.

Our Human Energy Field is divided into different layers rather like an onion. Although each layer is interconnected it still functions within its own consciousness. These auric layers are also known as energy bodies. There are varying understandings regarding how many layers make up an auric field. Barbara Ann Brennan, a well-known energy healer is aware of 7 layers: the etheric, emotional, mental, astral, ehteric template, celestial and causal. In the East they recognize the etheric, emotional, mental, causal, buddhic and atmic levels. Suffice it to say that there is a physical emotional, mental, astral and spiritual component within every human energy field. The aura extends about 1.5m around, above and below our bodies and is roughly oval in shape. As the bodies (layers) extend outwards from the physical body, they become finer and subtler in vibration. The physical body has the slowest rate of vibration among all of the energy bodies, which means that it is the densest. If the rate of vibration in one band is affected then all the bands or bodies will be affected since they are all interlocked. A change in 1 body affects the others. Remember that the bodies are essentially vibrations. Each body is held together by a particular force of consciousness, keeping it separate in its union. Like a subset of a set. These different planes of consciousness can also be referred to as dimensions. Up till present, most of us have focused our awareness on the physical, emotional and mental consciousness of the 3rd dimension. This has been the context from which we operate. If we were to expand our focus to the astral plane or body we would become conscious of impressions from the astral plane and they would then become the context of the 4th dimension from which we would operate.

The “real world” is what we have been taught to see, feel, hear, taste and smell. Our 5 senses are related to the physical world and many of us go through the physical life without being aware of the many other subtle levels of our existence, the many different dimensions of consciousness that reveal the true reality of our multidimensional existence.

The energy bodies contain very specific information about ourselves. They store data about our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing or debility. Our lives are about being able to create. This creative flow extends through all of our auric bodies where it becomes integrated with our physical experience. If we have placed blockages in certain areas of our energy field by negative mindsets resulting from trauma for example, the creative stream of consciousness becomes distorted. Instead of having a positive outcome, our creative energy turns into phobic tendencies, negative pre-empting or seeing the world as an unsafe place. Instead of creating joy for ourselves, we create a lifestyle torn between our dark fears and indecisions. This hampers our growth because our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual experiences are limited.

Directly related to the energy bodies are the energy centres called chakras. There are 7 main chakras that run up the centre of the body. There are also more than 20 minor chakras located around the body like the palms of the hands, the knees, elbows, shoulders and the soles of the feet. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning, “wheel”. Each chakra spins in a circular motion resembling a vortex or funnel which is narrow closer to the body and becomes wider as it extends further out into the aura. Each chakra has its own frequency of vibration, and associated with each frequency is the corresponding colour. By examining each chakra through aura readings, dowsing or scanning it is possible to assess the health of the chakra. Good vibrant and clear colours show healthy energy, but muddy colours can indicate muddled thinking, holding on to negative experiences or negative mindsets. The denser the colour the longer the negative energy has been harboured and the more difficult it is to dissipate.

The first main chakra is located at the base of the spine. Number 2 is found in the sacral area, 3 at the solar plexus. 4 is at the heart centre, 5 the throat, 6 the brow and 7 the crown of the head.

The first or base chakra is the lowest vibration and with each higher chakra the frequency becomes more refined. Each chakra is connected to a specific auric body as well. As the base chakra has the lowest vibration it is connected to the denser physical energy of the body. The base chakra draws its energy from the earth and is what gives us physical vitality and the will to live. The instinct of the base chakra is to survive and the colour is red. The condition of the base chakra determines the health and vitality of a person. A vibrant red and evenly spinning base chakra is a sure sign of a healthy physical body and strong immune system.

The second or sacral chakra is associated with the emotional band of the aura and the colour is orange. This chakra governs emotion, sensation, desire, pleasure and sexuality. It is where our emotions are processed and either used as positive creative energy, or as blocks that deflect energy into anger, rage jealousy etc.

The third chakra at the solar plexus is connected to the mental auric body, the colour being yellow. This is the centre where, through our thinking or belief systems, we integrate who we are with the universe. This chakra is the centre of empathy. It is also our power centre where we choose to give our power away or reclaim it. We use this centre when we criticise, judge and analyse according to our physical and emotional experiences.

The first three chakras are our ego-based conditonal selves and linked directly to our physical lives as opposed to our spiritual existence. The ego is our driving force through which we gauge and manifest our physical reality. The upper three chakras (5,6, & 7) are our soul-based unconditional selves. They are connected to the higher frequencies of spiritual energy within the aura.

The 4th or heart chakra is the bridge between the lower 3 chakras and the upper 3 chakras. It is the transformer that changes the higher spiritual frequencies into the lower physical frequencies where we may translate them into our current life experience and vice versa. The colour of the heart chakra is green and is related to the astral body in the aura. This is the centre where ego-based love is transformed into pure unconditional love.

The 5th or throat chakra is our centre of communication and where we assimilate the life around us. It is where we find our sense of self within society and our profession. This centre is where we take responsibility for our lives and the colour is sky blue.

The 6th or brow chakra is our centre of perception. It is where our creative ideas flow and affects our ability to follow through on our ideas. Also known as the third eye, this chakra is our psychic and intuitive centre, also providing us with imagination and visualization skills.

The 7th or crown chakra is our centre for connecting to our higher selves and the universal energy. This is the essence of our spirituality. It is where we acknowledge our connection to the divine. It is where we know all things and is a link to our past lives and their effects upon our present lives.

Ideally the vortices of the balanced chakras should be spinning evenly and strongly. Unbalanced chakras occur when we place emotional and mental obstacles in the way. This will cause the affected chakra either to slow down its spin or to shut it down completely. The result is very much like a clogged or blocked drain. Some limited flow of energy can take place or it can become completely blocked and stagnant, resulting in disharmony and dis-ease.

Everything we think, say and do has an energy repercussion. Good thoughts, words and actions vibrate at a high frequency and thus attract the same levels of frequency back to us. The opposite is also true, supporting the axiom of like attracts like. To change our world we need to change our thinking. Albert Einstein once said, “When we released the energy from the atom, everything changed … except our way of thinking. Because of that we drift toward unparalleled disaster.”

Healing can only result from a choice to change. By choosing to change our negative mindsets and belief systems, we can change our attitudes and lifestyles and bring joy and harmony back into our lives which, when you think about it, are just higher expressions.