Shamans work most of the time on our main energy centres which are called chakras. Chakras are swirling disks of energy. In Sanskrit, the word chakra means “wheel”. Chakras spin three to four inches outside our bodies and are connected to our spine and central nervous system. The chakras are a direct pipeline to the human neural network. They rotate clockwise and each of them has a unique frequency that we perceive as one of the seven colours of the rainbow. The Hopi believed that “the living body of a man and the living body of the earth were constructed in the same way. Through each ran an axis, man axis being the backbone, the vertebral column, which controlled the equilibrium of his movements and his functions. Along this axis were several vibratory centres which echoed the primordial sound of life through the universe”. References to chakras are found among the Hopi, the Inka, the Maya, as well as many other aboriginal cultures around the world. Yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda, also reference chakras as the body’s main energy centres. All the cultures that understand chakras also understand about the underlying connection that exists between each chakra and different organs and glands in the human body. This connection is based on the fact that each chakra regulates different functions in the body by regulating organs and glands.
Shamans believe that when a baby is born its chakras are very close to the pure colours of the rainbow, if not the same purity as the colours of the rainbow. As we grow older the colours in the chakras become dull. Trauma, loss, some events in our lives and other energies that we might carry with us leave their marks on our chakras as sludge that adheres to the chakras and does not permit the chakras to vibrate their pure frequencies.
As mentioned above, what is less known is that chakras are directly linked to different organs and glands in the body. For example, the heart chakra, which is located at the cardiac plexus, in the centre of the chest, not over the heart itself, regulates the thymus gland. The thymus gland is responsible for cell-mediated immunity. It is one of the main players in the immune response, critical in the development of B and T lymphocytes, the body’s “killer cells”. These cells fight against pathogens, organism that are foreign to the body and invade the body, creating infection, inflammation and sometimes illness. People with a depressed immune system respond well when Shamans work on their heart chakra.
The link between our main energy centres (chakras) and our physical body (organs and glands) is one of the ways in which Shamanic healing can be explained. Shamans work to release the sludge that makes our chakras dull, that makes our chakras not work at their pure frequency. When the chakra becomes less dull, more closer to one of the pure colours of the rainbow, more closer to its pure frequency, then it can better regulate different functions in the body. This is how we can explain one of the principles of shamanic medicine. This principle states that by extracting energies that do not belong in the body, illness goes away.