The Chakra System In Animals:

All living creatures have chakras. The following is a general overview of what the chakra system is as it is found in all animals and not the specifics as they pertain to individual species. 

The chakra system origninated with the Hindus.  However, chakra systems are universal and can be found in all cultures around the world.  The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning spinning wheel.  It is a complex network of multiple spinning energy vortexes strategically located within the animals body.  Each culture's system varied as to how many chakras there are in and out of the physical body.  Unlike the organs in the body, chakras are not solid in form like a heart, lung or kidney. They are vibratory storage centers.  Although the Hindu tradition is probably the most well know when it comes to discussing and identifyiing chakras in and out of the body, there is much debate as to how many energy centers there are. 

 Let's talk about energy. What is energy?  Energy is "vibration information"; everything is energy and energy is everything.  All things in the cosmos are energetic in nature, vibrating at different frequencies. Depending upon the frequency of the vibration, the energetic will appear to be solid or gaseous in form. In terms of scientific validity of the chakras, I refer people to look at the research conducted by Dr. Valerie Hunt at UCLA and the additional studies done by Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama in Japan.  Their pioneering research has given us "recordings" of the chakras which point to differenet vibratory bands that exist in different parts of the human body.  They found that by stimulating these centers, they could produce the same effects on the mind, body and emotions that were documented in ancient texts by practitioners thousands of years ago.  When I am working with the human body, I use the Hindu tradition that is based on a 12-chakra system.  This allows me to work with the chakras conected to the physical body as well as those outside of it.  One of the most exciting scientific discoveries in Dr. Hunt's work is the proof that we're not a "closed system" meaning that we don't end at our skin.  Our, energy, our being, our personality extends beyond the skin into the electromagnetic fields that surround the body.  That is why you may "feel" something (like an energetic push) when someone is standing too close to you.  Your electromagnetic field is meshing with the person standing "too close" which is causing the energetic exchange of that person's thoughts, ideas and feelings.

 When working with the Chakras, I use the system from the Hindu culture which is based on the belief that in humans:

  • There are seven main energy vortexes inside the body.
  • They are located along the front and back of the spinal column.
  • The consist of the root or base chakra, the sacral center, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the third eye and the crown.
  • There are also minor chakras on the palms and soles of our feet.
  • The 8th main chakra (our Soul center) is located out of the body about 8 to 12 inches above the top of our head.

Animals differ from humans in that they have:

  • 8 major chakras
  • 21 minor chakras
  • 6 bud chakras.

Along with the seven major chakras that they share with humans as listed above they have:

  • One that is unique to animals call the Brachial or Key Chakra.  This was discovered by the renowned animal healer, Margrit Coates.  This is the equivalent of our 8th Chakra or Soul Chakra.  It is the main energy center in all animals that governs their ability to interact with humans.  In animals, it is located on both sides in the middle of the shoulder area.  It is considered the master control switch for all of the other major chakras.  Because of this, all healing work should begin at this chakra. Each of the other seven "major" chakras regulate the functions of a specific organ and the glands asscociated with that organ depending where it's located in the body.

Each Chakra plays an important roll in how well our bodies function.  When the chakras are all open and functioning, the body is able to properly metabolize in a state of optimum well being.  However, if any one of the chakras is out of balance or malfunctioning, they affect all of the others , putting the body in a state of "dis-ease".  these energy vortexes are shaped like a funnel with a narrow end and a wide end; the narrow end connecting to the spinal column and the wider end or mouth of the chakra, extending out from the body. 

One way to envision the chakra system is to think of each chakra as being an individual hard drive, storing the center's energetic information.  Example: a piece of chain link with seven uniform links, connected, hanging vertically from an imaginery hook with a stream of water flowing down the chain. The water will be considered "energy".  Each link will represent one of the major organs in the body. 

Imagine the water flowing down the links from the top.  As long as all the links are together and symmetrical, they are all receiving the same amount of water ("energy" or "Chi").  Once I twist a link or two, the dynamics of the flow is disrupted, dramatically changing the flow of energy to the remaining links.  When this happens, the properly functioning organs are taxed and stressed to make up for the loss of energy to the disrupted charas / organs.  When the body functions in this state of dis-ease over long periods of time, there is a cellular breakdown and the body typically manifests a diseasse relevant to the organ or organs that have been depleeted of energy.  The function of disease is to draw out attention to an area of our body that's out of balance.  Balance is key. Everything in nature requires balance if it is to function properly and in a harmonious state with the rest of nature. 

In animals, the Bud Chakras are found on the bottom of each foot (hoof, paw, pad etc) and there is one at the base of each ear at the opening. These act as sensory receptors and are very sensitive to changes in subtle energy vibrations.  This is why animals are so adept at sensing major changes iin the weather such as a thunderstorm, hurricane or earthquake.  These energy centers on the feet are useful in grounding the animal.

The 21 Minor Chakras are also sensory centers and can be found throughout the body as well as on the nose, tail and ears.  While they are smaller in size than the major chakras, they assist in keeping the Major Chakras in balance.  Because animals rely so heavily on instinct and their "sixth sense" their chakras tend to be brighter and larger than those in humans.  Animals are constantly taking in sensory data and processing much more so than humans, since they rrely on this information for their survival.

Base chakra of Root chakra: is located in the perineum at the base of the spine at the dock of the tail.  This chakra moves the energy up from the magnetic field at the earth's core through the feet and legs, energizinig blood and tissues in the body.  On a physical level this chakra stimulates the aggressive drive linked to survival and it controls the adrenal cortex (on the upper end of each kidney), which is the storehouse for inherited ancestral energy.  It holds both our genetic inheritance for vitality and our predisposition to disease.  This chakra also holds qualities of courage, assertiveness, competitive behavior, stamina and resilience.

On a physical level the parts of the body associated with this chakra are the kidneys and the skeletal system. Physical problems of the root chakra are conditions that affect the feet, knees, kidney issues, osteoporosis, bone problems and autoimmune deficiency conditions.

Second chakra or Sacral chakra: is located in the pelvis near the sacrum.  this energy center affects emotions and our sense of sexuality.  If this is out of balance, you may see ecessive behavior such as whining for no obvious reason, issues with boundaries and difficulty understanding the difference between work and play time.  In Chiniese Medicine, this chakra is governed by the water element.  When this chakra is out of balance, it can cause water retention in the body.  It also controls the appetite.  The glands that it governs are the ovaries and the testes.  The associated body parts are the sex organs and the bladder.  Physical problems related to this chakra are sterility, sexual dysfunction, fibrods and sciatica. 

Third chakra is the Solar Plexus chakra: This sits over the stomach and is directly related to the breakdown of nutrients for digestion.  Most horses hold their fear and power in this area.  Issues that may present themselves when this center is out of balance might be an animal actiing overly withdrawn, overly aggressice, overly domineering within its peer group or one that is very initroverted without enthusiasm. It reflects their sense of self esteem. The gland associated with this chakra is the pancreas.  The physical body parts governed by this chakra are the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestines and the muscles.  Ailments that can occur from an imbalance in this chakra are colic, ulcers, hepititis, inflammation of the pancreas and diabetes. 

Fourth chakra is the Heart chakra: which is the enter of love.  It governs the Thymus gland and is responsible for building a strong immune system to ward off disease and pain.  The physical ailments associated with this chakra are any circulatory issues, and any breathing / lung related conditions. 

Fifth chakra is the throat chakra: situated over the Thyroid gland. It is responsible for controling metabolism, the throat, mouth, teeth, jaw and ears.  It also affects physical and mental development.  When in balance, this is the center that allows the animal to porperly express its' emotions and feelings without being agresssive or uncontrolable.  When this center is out of balance throat related issues (such as roaring) may occur, tooth decay, gum problems, T.M.J. and cervical problems of the neck.  You may find that neurotic vices such as cribbing, weaving, excessive barking or agressive behavior such as biting, striking or kicking will develop as a result of this center being out of balance.

Sixth chakra is the Brow chakra: referred to by most as the "Third Eye".  It is situated about an inch above the center point between the eyes on the forehead.  It controls the function of the Pituitary gland.  Body parts and issues related to this chakra are the eyes, sinuses, the poll, and neurological related conditions.  On an emotionsl level, this is the animals' sense of intuition, his or her intelligence and ability to process and execute difficult maneuvers.  On a negative note, it is also responsible for an animal being very stubborn, rigid and unable to adapt to change. 

Seventh chakra is the Crown chakra: Located at the top of the skull it controls the Pineal gland in the center of the brain. It influences sleep patterns and how an animal accepts its role and / or job in life.  This chakra affects the upper skull, cerebral cortex and the skin.  A dysfunctional crown chakra can contribute to nervous behavior, depression, seizures and learning issues.

Chakras have a front and back side to them.  Because the chakras are so critical to the proper  function of all our organs and glands, I balance them on both the Conception Vessel and the Governing Vessel meridians on the horse.  Neither of these meridians have what are referred to as "sister meridians".  The Conception Vessel influences the Yin organs (lung, kidney, liver, heart, pericardium and the spleen) which tend to be dense and are responsible for storing and transforming body substances.  The Governing Vessel influences the Yang organs (large intestine, bladder, gall bladder small intestine, triple warmer and the stomach) which tend to be hollow and transport nutrients and body waste. When they are balanced front to back there is able to be a harmonious flow of "Chi" energy throughout the animals'  body.

This is a general overview of the chakra system and is using generalizations as they would pertain to all animals.  It is to be noted that each species has its own "specifics" based on whether it is a herd, pack, flock etc classified animal.

I hope that you now understand how important these centers are in maintaing the health of your pet on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.










The Chakra System In Animals