Since I wrote on the possible risks involved in getting initiated in energy-healing modalities like Reiki, there was a question on how to safely self-heal. Your energy is a part of yourself. You can easily sense your chakras or manipulate your energies even without initiation of any sort. Self healing is generally intuitive but for newbies it can seem a bit confusing so here is a very simple step-wise process you can perform on yourself once a week or once a month or as you feel like.
Your mind is your most powerful tool. If you can do three things at once using the infinite ability of your mind, try healing yourself with your mind? Watching TV while eating dinner and simultaneously texting your bff is very routine. Challenge your mind! Ask it to become aware of your personal energy, the flow of your inner energy and if there is something doing wrong to fix it.
This is how you clean and energize your every individual chakra. You can use this as a basic guide, as a framework structure, but ultimately do as you feel intuitively. Go with the flow!
In your darkened room, preferably on your asan, in a yogic posture with your hands in the gnyan mudra (just as you would do to sit for doing Dhyan). Or if this is too much, sit as you feel comfortable. Just keep your head, neck and back aligned, do not slouch. (If you are a woman in your 5 days cycle or if pregnant, do not sit on your asan, sit somewhere else.)
Then ‘look’ internally at the lowest Muladhar chakra at the lowest tip of your spine where your legs join your body. You will see a reddish color here. With time you will see a reddish lotus like figure with four petals. Visualise pouring brilliant red light and flooding this region with its red energy. A light, transparent, rich, beautiful red color. As beautiful as you can visualise it. Visualise the ‘petals’ of the lotus getting longer, bigger, stronger, more vibrant as the red light washes over it. If you see any dirt, murkiness, brown/black stuff sticking here, clean it out. ‘Wash’ out this lotus in the red light. Spend some time admiring the beauty of this lotus, feel happy about everything here. With time you will also feel the whirring of the energy vertex here, it will be in the clockwise direction for men and women always. (Only in women, just for the 5-days of the cycle it will be anti-clockwise. Your chakras going anti-clockwise indicate physical destruction occurring in the body.) As you increase your focus, you will also sense the nadi-s from the chakra moving out from the chakra to the concerned organs. As this chakra controls the sense of smell you might briefly experience the ‘essence’ of smell-sense while you are focussed here. You might briefly sense a ‘solidity’ here. Take about 2 mins over this chakra. infuse joy in every action you perform in your energy work.
Now I have used words like ‘wash’, ‘clean-up’ etc. You can visualise your hands covered with shimmery energy, touching the chakra-petals. Visualise your hands washing this lotus under a flowing light. Or visualise brushing off the murky stuff using an actual brush. Do your visualisations as you feel comfortable.
Next bring your focus to the Swadhisthan chakra, 4 fingers below your navel. Here you will do the same thing as you did at the Muladhar, except you will wash this lotus-chakra with a beautiful orange color. It has 6 petals. I always see this lotus ‘underwater’. As your mind ripples with emotions, you will actually see these ripples moving over this area. Here there is a sense of coolness and also of strength.
The Manipur is at your solar plexus a golden yellow colored lotus with 10 petals. Do the same healing here. Pour golden yellow color over this lotus and make it radiant. This is the seat of fire so you might feel a warmth enveloping you as you do its energy-clean-up.
Focus at the Anahata and do its similar healing. It is exactly at the center of the line joining the nipples. It has 12 loops/petals and emerald green colored. Visualise this lotus petals taking in the energy of the Vayu/air. You might even sense a gust of air moving around you at this chakra.
Then the Vishuddhi chakra at your voice box, it is sky-blue in color, very attractive pleasing. This lotus has 16 petals looping around it. The petals are like transparent overlays, soft glowy light and very ethereal. They move with a very gentle swaying motion, its very beautiful soothing. This chakra is also to be healed same as the rest. As you expand its energies you might feel ligher, more subtle, more vast like the Akash/ ether.
And back to Ajnya chakra, the middle of the eyebrows, a dark violet lotus with only 2 petals. Heal this too. As you clean and refresh your chakras, all their associated nadi/ vital energy channels will feel the positive effects. Thus your energy body as a whole will be rejuvenated.
If in this state of mental relaxation coupled with deep focus, if you look upwards at the top of your head, you will see your Sahasrara chakra too. Do not attempt to ‘heal’ this. If you are doing spiritual practice you will see this as a lovely ethereal flower with infinite, long ‘petals’, curling and curving around as if in a gentle water current. They are pearly shimmery utterly beautiful. If you ‘look’ at this especially after doing your Dhyan, they stretch forever, they are then infinite in length and number.
Specific organ healing
Now part 2 of the healing process. If you are suffering from some medical condition, you can direct a flow of silvery-golden light to this body part. Even if you are quite healthy, there must be some small injury to your body or you might be wearing spectacles? Try this. Visualise your eyes covered with a golden-silvery healing cocoon. ‘Wash’ your eyes with this shimmery light. You might see specks of darkness/greyness in your eyes. Here is a very easy visualisation you can try. Imagine two glowing magnetic orbs on either side of your head. These orbs will now work and attract the grey/black negativity. Their magnetic pull will pull the grey specks out of the eyes into themselves. Now send these orbs as far away from you as you can and visualise a beautiful golden fire consuming them. If you do this regularly, just for 2 mins, your eye-sight will improve with time.
Then if you ever get caught in an emergency situation, eg an accident or surgery etc, and you are in intense pain. You cannot focus your mind. So first visualise an envelope of a beautiful transparent emerald green light covering your entire body. This will reduce the pain faster, so that your mind will soon be able to recover and focus on the healing. Then focus your mind on the damaged body part and intend healing as above.
The washing cycle!
Clean out your entire body with the power of your mind and intention. Literally wash it out. This is how you do it. Visualise half a glass of pure water in your hand. (eg Ganga water or any other pure spring water). Now top up the glass with silvery-gold shimmery energy. Mix the water and the energy in the glass. Visualise the water and the energy mixing completely and you have a glass full of highly pure water charged with a high level of shimmery energy. Visualise yourself drinking this water/energy. See it entering your stomach, intestines, liver, entering your blood, the organs in your abdomen, ovary/testes, pancreas, adrenals, your chest, your lungs, your neck, thyroid, head, hands, feet etc. Visualise it entering the important endocrine glands etc. Visualise that it cleans out the organs and removes all the negative material, toxic influences, foreign stuff etc. When it finishes this clean-up intend that the energy-water moves out through the kidneys and the bowel.
Be prepared for rather intensive bowel and urine movements over the next few hours. Drink a lot of water during these few hours and eat simple light food, no non-veg, no alcohol, no stimulants. Plan this energy-water washing-out on your holiday. This is quite an intense experience so you should do this once in 3-6 months.
Everything you do is powered by your focussed intention. So if you do some spiritual practice you will see faster and more visible results. Spiritual practice is anything that stills your chattering mind and allows you to focus. This focus point is your third eye chakra if you keep your eyes closed or the central dot of the Shri yantra if you prefer keeping your eyes open while you do your spiritual practice. Even Silence can be a very effective focussing tool. Follow whichever practice which appeals to you for 21 days and see the difference in your ability to focus and intend.
Your mind is your most powerful tool, and a tool needs to be used. If you don’t, it will rust and spoil. Then later re-activating it will require more effort. We have let our minds rust for too long. So a tiny regular practice is essential, slowly you will hone your mind and then use it, for restoring your health and energy.