Ki & Sensing Energy
Energy is everywhere.
Energy is the magic of the Universe. It’s the force behind life, manifestation, magic…and it’s even in your blood. It’s the vehicle used in empathy, telepathy, shielding, remote viewing, channeling, cutting cords, martial arts, meditation, communicating with angels, and everything in-between. Everything is based on energy — so at least a small understanding of how to sense it is crucial. Chances are, you’ve sensed energy and probably didn’t even know it!
I chose to talk about energy in this post because it is a fundamental part of metaphysics that I’ve only touched on in the past. If you’re interested in metaphysics or spirituality to any degree, at least a basic ability to sense energy is crucial. In this blog we will touch on how to sense energy, chakras and the meridians in the body.
For the sake of clarity, I will be using “energy” and “ki” (also spelled qi) interchangeably. This is because they’re literally the same thing. Ki in Eastern traditions means life-force energy — and is often referred to in martial arts, meditation, zen, Chinese medicine, mindfulness, and other practices that are Eastern in origin. In reality, ki is in everything. It’s not just in the human body, but it’s also in the air, the earth, and even your stapler. Once you begin to understand how to harness energy, understanding the rest of metaphysics gets much easier.
Like I said, don’t get hung up on the terminology. They’re literally the same thing. As with many practices in metaphysics, in order to sense ki (especially if it’s your first attempt) you need to be in the right headspace. Go somewhere quiet, perhaps even a dark place, and sit in a comfortable spot. In a bedroom or quiet room where you can close the door and be alone without distraction for a few minutes will do. Sit down, quiet your mind, put your hands in a comfortable position in your lap (or in a Dhyana Mudra as shown in the image) and begin to breathe. Begin to shift your focus from your thoughts to your breath, and then to your pulse. Feel your body, and start to take note on how your body feels. You may begin to feel a buzzing sensation. If not, that’s OK. Begin to visualize a bubble of white light two inches below your navel (this is called the Dantian). As you breathe, begin to visualize (or “feel” if that’s easier) the bubble grow. Begin to see the bubble expand and slowly envelop your entire body.
Now, the important part: Take note of any sensations that occur. Did your ears start ringing? Did you feel a “buzzing sensation? Did you see anything (either in your mind’s eye or in real life)? This will not only help you determine what energy feels like, but might also help you better understand your dominant claire. Why? Because not everyone senses energy in the same way. Some people feel it, some people see it, and some people even hear it. So be open to sensing energy through a different channel than you may initially presume (or wish to sense it).
Having trouble with it?
Don’t fret! Sensing energy takes time. You may not sense anything on the first go-around. The “key” to ki (pun intended) is in the breath. Sensing energy takes time, practice, and mindfulness. If you’re constantly needing to be stimulated, on social media, busy doing something, listening to music, or generally afraid of being alone or quiet with your own thoughts, you’re going to have a hard time sensing energy. Quieting the mind makes the energy louder. Meditate more, maybe start to practice Tai Chi, or even Qi Gong.
Don’t worry, you’ve done this before.
Like I said in the beginning, you’ve probably sensed energy and didn’t even know it. Have you ever just known someone was about to call, or sensed someone behind you (even though you didn’t hear them or see them)? That’s energy. Have you ever gotten a bad vibe about someone, even though they seemed really nice…then it turned out you were right? That’s energy! That’s also intuition/psychic abilities — but remember, energy is the conduit for all psychic abilities.
The chakras are the seven major energy centers in the body. There are actually thousands of lesser chakras all over the body, but the seven main ones are all located along the spine (as seen in the picture). Each major chakra is associated with specific organs and energetic functions of the body. In Sanskrit, “chakra” means “wheel”, which is actually what they are. Chakras spin and depending on how “healthy” they are, they can be overactive, underactive, stagnant or even spin in reverse.
Generally speaking, we want the chakras to be spinning in the proper direction and at the same rate. Throughout my reiki practice, I tend to find many of us have chakras that are “out of balance” and some are overactive, while others are underactive or occasionally spinning in reverse (usually due to a major blockage or trauma that needs healing). So here’s a list of the chakras and what it feels like when they’re blocked or closed off. To open a chakra, do the activities that are associated with it. I often find if we have a blocked or underactive major chakra, there is usually an overactive major chakra elsewhere in the body that tries to overcompensate.
List of Chakras
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The crown chakra is located at the very top of the head. It is usually depicted as violet or white in color. Its purpose is to connect us with the divine. In my experience, it’s not very common for this chakra to be blocked — it’s like a light switch: either it’s on or it’s off. The more spiritual you become, the stronger your crown chakra becomes. The only times you may experience a blockage is if you have a strained connection with your personal relationship with the divine, or wavering faith. Those who consider themselves atheist or agnostic will usually have an underactive crown chakra (for obvious reasons). To strengthen your crown chakra, pray more, meditate more, and build your relationship with the divine.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
This chakra is located between the eyebrows. It’s a dark blue or indigo. This is where our intuitive sight, imagination, and thought energy comes from. People with anxiety, overthinkers, cluster headaches, brain fog, brain static, the very rational mind, and people who are planners usually have a very active or overactive third eye chakra. Third eye blockages form with people who have difficulty making decisions, lack of creativity, lack of imagination, or have trouble visualizing things. To strengthen your third eye, try to visualize things, meditate with amethyst, or play with your imagination.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The throat chakra is located at the center of the throat, close to the voice box. It is a beautiful deep blue, and it’s the chakra for expression. Those with an overactive throat chakra are talkers or may have a loud voice. They tend to say things — perhaps even frequently without thinking. Those with a blocked or underactive throat chakra are usually quiet in nature, and have problems expressing themselves or being assertive. To open up your throat chakra, sing more, express yourself more, or maybe even make a habit of speaking up a bit more than normal in a conversation.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The heart chakra is located at the center of the chest (not actually on the heart). It is a beautiful emerald green, with higher octaves of heart chakra energy becoming pink (which is why both green and pink stones are often associated with this chakra in particular). Those with an overactive heart chakra tend to wear their heart on their sleeve, and tend to be so empathic that they have a hard time differentiating between themselves and others. This can lead to a lack of boundaries and discernment. An underactive heart chakra would be the opposite: someone with thick skin and has difficulty expressing or receiving love. To work on expanding your heart chakra, you must first learn to love yourself. Do more self-care rituals, and perhaps some inner child work. Then work on saying “I love you” more to the people you love.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The solar plexus chakra is a bright sunny golden yellow, and is located in the diaphragm area. It’s the chakra for courage, strength, personal identity, self-esteem and power. Those with an overactive solar plexus chakra can be prone to anger issues, stomach issues, perfectionism, strong ego, or even eating disorders. Those with an underactive solar plexus chakra will have tendencies for being “weak-willed”, they may even have a weak presence, willpower, or lack of courage. Work on being more disciplined, set goals (and stick to them!) and begin focusing on how to improve your self-esteem.
Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana)
The sacral chakra is usually depicted as orange in color and is located about three inches below the navel. It is roughly the same position as the Dantian (but there are those who debate this). It is associated with creation — both sexual and artistic. It’s the chakra for sexual pleasure birth (for women), creativity and sensuality. People with an overactive sacral chakra may have overactive libidos, have more creative idea than time to put into them, or may have difficulty with long-term relationships (due to an unusual sex drive). Those with blocked or underactive sacral chakras may have issues with being intimate, have an underactive libido or have problems with creativity (i.e., writer’s block). To open up the sacral chakra, do something creative — even if you feel silly doing it. After all, you don’t have to be an artist to draw in an adult coloring book. Also, if you’re having difficulty with intimacy in relationships, it may be best to speak with a relationship or sex councilor.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
This is perhaps the most important chakra, in my humble opinion. It’s located at the base of the spine and in the groin area. This chakra is a deep red, and associated with your will to live, sense of safety & security, physicality, grounding and general existence in the world. It’s overactive when you move around a lot and have a hard time finding “home” in one particular place. Root chakra blockages (or underativity) are quite common with people who’ve experienced trauma in life, and have a hard time feeling safe, having trouble sleeping, paranoia, anxiety attacks, or general trouble focusing and being present. To open up the root chakra more, meditate with dark red/black stones, ground, go out into nature and take a walk, or take a salt bath.
If the chakras are the energy centers, the meridians are the energetic veins in which ki travels through the body. The meridians are associated with major organs and play a major part in eastern medicine. Practicing Tai Chi or Qi Gong helps ki move through the meridians more easily. Tai Chi/Qi Gong is a martial art, a philosophy, and a form of movement meditation. When I started to practice Tai Chi for the first time (the meditative movements), I immediately began to feel my hands start to warm up (which signifies ki moving through your body). When you practice Tai Chi on a regular basis, you you will begin to not only feel the energy within you move, but the energy around you will move as well when you practice the movements!
There are also certain meridian points on the body that activate through tactile stimulus. That’s where acupuncture and acupressure come into play. Getting acupuncture or acupressure will also help move your ki and is recommended for general stress relief and well-being. So if you would like to see if you can feel your energy move in your body, click on the above link and use the charts to find the meridian pressure points in your body.
Awareness is Power!
Forget knowledge! Just being more aware of your body will help you begin to sense ki. Once you begin to sense it within your body, you’ll begin to sense it within others as well. Just continue to practice — even if you don’t get it “right” the first time, and maintain a positive attitude. Sensing energy will not only help you understand metaphysics/spirituality better, — it will change how you see the world.