Usui Reiki Level 1
Lesson 2

Level 1 - Lesson 2

Solar Plexus – Manipura

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located midway between the navel and the base of the sternum. It supports the spleen, pancreas, stomach, and liver. Each of these vital organs in addition is associated with its own chakra, just as the heart, lungs, and kidneys are. 

The Solar Plexus Center is one of the main power chakras of the individual. It is associated with the functioning of the aura or psychic energy field, and with Etheric and Astral plane sensitivity. Through this center the various spiritual energies enter for distribution to various parts of the body. The Solar Plexus Chakra is also the center of Etheric-psychic intuition: a vague or non-specific, sensual sense of knowing; a vague sense of size, shape, and intent of being.

•    Sanskrit name: Manipura ( lustrous gem ) 
•    Location: Solar plexus, below the diaphragm 
•    Symbol: A circle surrounded by ten lotus petals, and inside it a triangle 
•    Central issue: Power, self-esteem, self-image, energy, will, responsibility 
•    Color: Yellow 
•    Essential Oils: Juniper, lavender, bergamot, rosemary 
•    Crystals and Stones: Citrine, amber, tiger's eye, peridot,, yellow tourmaline, yellow topaz 
•    Stars and Astrological Signs: Sun, the planets Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and the signs of Leo, Sagittarius and Virgo 
•    Sound or mantra: Ram 
•    Sense: Sight 
•    Body: The astral body 
•    Orientation to self: Self definition 
•    Goals: Vitality, purpose, strength of will, vitality, spontaneity 
•    Rights: To act and be an individual 
•    Developmental stage: 18 months to 4 years 
•    Identity: Ego identity 
•    Level of relationship: Basic relationship with inner self 
•    Vice: Shame 
•    Element: Fire 
•    Hormonal glands: The pancreas and the adrenal 
•    Organs: The respiratory system and diaphragm, the digestive system, stomach, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, the small intestine, the lower back, the sympathetic nervous system 
•    Excessive: Overly aggressive, dominating, controlling, blaming, arrogance, manipulative, power hungry, stubbornness, hyperactivity, excessively ambitious and competitive 
•    Deficient: Low energy, weak will, poor self-esteem, passive, sluggish, fearful, poor selfdiscipline, emotionally and physically cold, victim mentality, blaming of others, unreliable, poor digestion 
•    Balanced: Feeling of tranquility and inner harmony, self-acceptance, respect for the nature and emotions of others, feeling of unity with the rest of humanity, responsible, reliable, confidence, spontaneity, sense of humor, able to meet challenges 
•    Physical Dysfunctions: Arthritis, digestive disorders, ulcers, colon and intestinal problems, anorexia or bulimia, pancreatitis, diabetes, gallstone, allergies, problems with the stomach and liver 
•    Addictions: Amphetamines, cocaine, caffeine, work, anger 
•    Traumas and abuses: Shaming, authoritarianism, physical abuse, fear of punishment, dangerous environment, age inappropriate responsibilities, inherited shame from parents 
•    Spiritual challenges: Maturation of the ego 
•    HEALING STRATEGY: Risk taking, grounding, emotional contact, deep relaxation, stress control, vigorous exercise, sit-ups, psychotherapy (release or contain anger, build ego strength, work on shame issues, strengthen will)

The Heart Chakra – Anahata

As Above, so Below, as the Universe, so the Soul. Correllians know this phrase well.
Interestingly enough, it applies here to our Heart Chakra studies. What we reach for in the Heavens is also mirrored here in our own plane. It shows that at this point in our energy system ladder, so to speak, we are now reaching upward for more spiritual-like pursuits. Love is spiritual. Love is what makes All Things work, grow, develop and blossom, much like this beautiful emerald petal flower. Our Deities created all things from Love. 

First love of each other, then love of the many faceted souls they created together. So it is felt that Love is equal to Creation. Babies need nurturing and love if they are to survive their first few years. It is borne into us from the very beginning of our life cycle.

•    Sanskrit name: Anahatra (unstruck/unstuck?) 
•    Location: Chest, heart, cardiac plexus 
•    Symbol: A circle surrounded by 12 lotus petals, and inside it a six-pointed star 
•    Central issues: Love, unconditional love, self-love, forgiveness, relationships, intimacy, devotion, depression and loneliness 
•    Color: Green and pink 
•    Essential Oils: Sandalwood, rose, cedar wood 
•    Crystals and Stones: Rose quartz, emerald, jade, aventurine, malachite, rhodonite 
•    Stars and Astrological Signs: Planets Venus, Saturn, Sun and the signs Libra, Leo and Sagittarius 
•    Sound or mantra: Yam 
•    Sense: Touch 
•    Body: The feeling body 
•    Orientation to self: Self-acceptance 
•    Goals: Stability, trust, physical health, prosperity, grounding 
•    Rights: To love and be loved 
•    Developmental stage: 4 to 7 years 
•    Identity Social identity 
•    Level of relationship Loving relationships with significant others, with oneself and with all life 
•    Vice: Grief 
•    Element: Air 
•    Hormonal glands: The thymus gland 
•    Organs: Hearth and circulatory system, lungs, bronchial tubes, shoulders and arms, diaphragm, thymus gland, the immune system, the skin, the upper back 
•    Excessive: Demanding, jealousy, co-dependency, poor boundaries, overly sacrificing, possessive 
•    Deficient: Antisocial, withdrawn, cold, shy, critical, judgmental, intolerant, loneliness, depression, fear of intimacy and relationships, lack of empathy, narcissism, bitter 
•    Balanced: Compassionate, loving, self-loving, empathetic, peaceful, balanced, good immune system 
•    Physical Dysfunctions: Disorders of the heart, lungs, thymus, breast, arms, asthma, allergy, circulation problems, immune system deficiency, tension between shoulder blades 
•    Addictions: Tobacco (smoking), sugar, love, marijuana 
•    Traumas and Addictions: rejection, abandonment, loss, shaming, constant criticism, abuses to lower chakras, unacknowledged grief, divorce, death, conditional love, loveless environment, sexual and physical abuse, betrayal 
•    Spiritual challenges: To learn compassion, the value of forgiveness, unconditional love 
•    HEALING STRATEGY: Self-discovery, codependency work, forgiveness, inner child work, work with arms, reaching out, taking in, breathing exercise 

Throat Chakra – Visuddha

Visuddha means "pure" or "purification." Purification of the body through attention to diet, yoga, meditation, and exercise opens us to experience the subtler aspects of the upper chakras. Some yogis notice that drinking more water and letting go of products such as tobacco and dairy helps to loosen up the neck and shoulders and clear the voice. In addition, sound itself is purifying. If you think of the way you feel after chanting, reading poetry aloud, or simply singing along with your favorite music, you'll recognize how the vibrations and rhythms positively affect your body, right down to the cellular level.

•    Sanskrit name: Visuddha (purification) 
•    Location: Throat 
•    Symbol: A circle surrounded by 16 lotus petals, and inside it a circle, or a circle containing a triangle 
•    Central issue: Communication, self-expression, self-discipline, speaking one's truth 
•    Color: Blue, light blue, turquoise 
•    Essential Oils: Lavender, patchouli 
•    Crystals and Stones: Lapis lazuli, aquamarine, sodalite, turquoise, sapphire, blue lace agate, blue tourmaline, blue quartz 
•    Stars and Astrological Signs: Planets Venus, Mercury, Uranus and Mars and the signs of Taurus, Gemini and Aquarius 
•    Sound or mantra: Ham 
•    Sense: Hearing 
•    Body: The mental body 
•    Orientation to self: Self-expression 
•    Goals: Clear communication, creativity 
•    Rights: To speak and to hear the truth 
•    Developmental stage: 7 to 12 years 
•    Identity: Creative identity 
•    Level of relationship: Relationship with our personal truths 
•    Vice: Lies 
•    Element: Ether - Akasa 
•    Hormonal glands: The thyroid and parathyroid gland 
•    Organs: Throat, thyroid and parathyroid glands, the neck, vocal cords and organs, mouth, teeth and gums, jaw, ears, muscles 
 Excessive: Too much talking, talking as a defense, inability to listen, gossiping, interruptions, over-extended, stuttering 
•    Deficient: Fear of speaking, small, weak voice, difficulty putting feelings into words, shyness, tone deaf, poor rhythm 
•    Balanced: Good listener, resonant voice, good sense of timing and rhythm, clear communication, lives creatively 
•    Physical Dysfunctions: Raspy throat, chronic sore throat, mouth ulcers, gum difficulties, scoliosis, laryngitis, swollen glands, thyroid problems, headaches, pain in the neck and shoulders, ear infections and problems 
•    Addictions: Opiates, marijuana 
•    Traumas and Abuses: Lies, secrets, verbal abuse, constant yelling, excessive criticism
(blocks creativity), authoritarian parents, alcoholic, chemical dependent family 
•    Spiritual challenges: To recognize that your strength of will is measured not by how well you exert your will over others, but how well you control yourself. Conscious selfcontrol and discipline means living according to the truth that every thought you have is either a potential act of grace or a potential weapon. Right thought leads to right speech leads to right acting. 
•    HEALING STRATEGY: Learn communication skills, letter writing, inner child communication, practice silence (excessive), storytelling, singing, chanting, toning, release voice, and loosen neck and shoulders.