The Ultimate Guide to Chakras
The Beginner’s Guide to Balancing, Healing, and Unblocking
Your Chakras for Health and Positive Energy
by Athena Perrakis, Ph.D.
Most books about the Chakras generally stick to the seven (7) more broadly known. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this guide includes two additional that make the study more cohesive and aligned with those who are exploring this subject area with the intention of reaching beyond the standards.
The first statement by the author is one of reminder that the system of the Chakras is one that reaching deeply into ancient practices and by virtue of that reach is inclusive of the work we do to maintain our ancestor’s wisdom as we move forward on our own paths of evolution.
….“When you are mindful and reverent of the past, you both honor your ancestors and do a great service to your lineage”….
This book is chock-full of experiential exercises that bring the gifts of the Chakras into a palpable energy that provides opportunities to sense the energies and guide and direct your own process. Additionally, it is a treat for your visual sense with illustrations of the chakras by Roberta Orpwood, a professional visionary artists and Master Reiki teacher.
Each chapter has a beautiful cover page aligned to the color traditionally associated with that specific chakra, correspondences, experiential practices and more. I particularly appreciated the sections that allowed for journaling and /or deeper contemplative action with questions of reflection relating to each of the chakras. Another bonus is the section that provides suggestions of gemstones that relate to each of the chakras and how they can be used to enhance and awaken the energy.
Moving beyond the traditional correspondences you will find in many books, Dr. Perrakis includes Mantras, Tarot card, Rune, Goddess and Archetypal energy of the chakras making this truly a comprehensive and “ultimate” guide. Many of these correspondences can be found randomly in multiple books but having everything available in a single chapter of a brilliantly organized tome is invaluable.
Being someone who operates highly from the Throat center, I was intrigued by the reflection questions set forth in this chapter…
…. “(1.) Are you keeping secrets in your life, and if so, from whom? (2.) When you think about secrets, how do you feel? Anxious, heavy and weighed-down, perhaps? (3.) If you carry such secrets, where in your life can you release them or set them down?”…
I tried the embodiment experiential and had some opportunity to explore some revelations relating to my truth and the conditioning I experienced at various parts of my life that silenced the speaking of that truth. I’ve worked a lot with the chakras, but many of the concepts and reflections I found presented in this book provided a fresh perspective and deepening of the cursory understanding that is generally put forth.
The final chapter, features “Giving the Chakras a Voice”. The premise here in listening and envisioning what the chakra would say. I found this a fascinating exercise given that energy is vibration that adapts and moves in accord with the direction required. Speaking, voice and breath all incorporate the modality of moving vibration hence moving energy. Giving voice to the chakras enables yet another vehicle of integration and synthesis within our energy fields.
This book is a valuable asset to both the beginner and the more seasoned practitioner of energetic protocol, healing and studies of the energetic anatomy. There is plenty to stimulate the senses and pique your interest in exploring the many correspondences that are associated with the Chakras. This alone, is a treat in being able to connect the dots and see the synchronicities and connections between so many of the disciplines used for spiritual and magickal workings. A must have for any book shelf!
About the Author:
Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.
She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):
It’s Written in the Stars
The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two
The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three
The Eternal Cord
A Collection of Esoteric Writings
Aligning the Parts of SELF
Musings on the Magick of the Natural World
Nights of Devotion
Musings for the Year
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