Chakras aren’t just for humans – horses have them too!
Many of us are familiar with chakras, either through studying holistic healing modalities, or from yoga and meditation classes. We often think of them only in terms of humans, but our equine companions have chakras too, and can benefit greatly from chakra healing.
The word “chakra” is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”. Chakras are often referred to as “wheels of light” or “wheels of life” because they appear energetically as spinning wheels, and are vital to the health and well being of all living things. Chakras are energy vortices or portals in various locations throughout the body, and are vehicles for receiving, assimilating and expressing life force energy.
The chakra system can be likened to a “map of consciousness” for each individual horse. All life force energy is filtered into a horse’s energy field through these portals, and is eventually funneled, via the meridians, into the various glands of the endocrine system, which eventually impacts the horse on a physical level. The degree to which a horse’s chakra system is healthy and balanced plays a large role in how this life force energy vitalizes him. The chakra system holds the key to many imbalances in our equine companions, whether of a physical, emotional or spiritual nature. By unlocking these imbalances, we not only enable our equine companions to live in greater comfort and joy, but, if we’re in tune, we can unravel their untold stories, sometimes even more effectively than through animal communication.
Chakras can be sensed or seen by some as spinning wheels of energy that resemble cones, with both a front and back side. They can vary in brightness, depth, size and openness, depending on the health and vitality of the horse. Each chakra governs specific glands and organs in the physical body, as well as specific emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of consciousness.
The Energy Field
To learn about chakras, it is important to have a working knowledge of the entire energy field. Like us, the horse’s energy field is comprised of layers of subtle energy bodies, commonly known as the aura, chakras and meridians:
• Subtle bodies are layers of energy surrounding your horse’s body, similar to that of a Russian nested doll, with the physical body being innermost, followed by the emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
• Meridians are like invisible “veins” running through the body that transport energy.
• Chakras are vortices of activity within the energy field. While there are many chakras, it is the eight major chakras that correlate with the various states of consciousness we are going to discuss here. You may be thinking that there are only seven major chakras, and you’re correct if you’re referring to humans – but unlike us, animals (including horses) have an eighth major chakra, the sensing chakra.
The sensing chakra governs the intake and transmission of sensory information to the brain. The presence of this eighth chakra in horses explains their seemingly uncanny sensing abilities. As a general rule of thumb, the glands and organs that each chakra governs are within physical proximity to the chakra, although there are exceptions to the rule. When we get into things like bones, blood and skin, which are throughout the body, further study is required.
Chakra work can complement or be integrated into many different modalities to promote healing and wellness. Give it a try – you may be surprised how your horse responds, and/or what you learn about your horse!
The Major Chakras
Root Chakra (or Base Chakra) – Red
Related to physical, world issues including grounding, survival instinct, pecking order, security, trust, courage and patience.
Possible Imbalance: Insecurity, fear, lack of trust, arthritis
Sexual Progression Chakra (or Sacral Chakra) – Orange
All aspects of procreation, assimilation of food, physical life force, vitality and sexual organs.
Possible imbalance: Gelding issues, breeding issues, hormone imbalance, confidence issues, weakness, low energy
Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow
The center of personal power and will, key center for physical communication with humans; the sympathetic nervous system, digestive system, metabolism and emotions.
Possible imbalance: Digestive issues, depression, eating disorders, epilepsy, fading newborn syndrome, fear, lack of confidence, immune system issues, obsessions, nervousness
Heart Chakra – Green (or pink )
Divine and unconditional love, the human/animal bond, energizes the blood and physical body with the life force.
Possible imbalance: Anger, aggression, arthritis, blood disorders, emotional issues, inability to bond, abused and rescue animal issues, stress related asthma
Throat Chakra – Sky blue
All aspects of communication and creative expression, especially conscious communication with intent, also relates to truth, knowledge, and wisdom.
Possible imbalance: Depression, excessive or lack of vocalization, vocal problems, metabolism issues, issues with teeth, thyroid issues, lack of discernment
Sensing Chakra – Silver blue
Sensory intake and transmission of sensory information to the brain; how horses filter experiences and deal with any and all sensory stimuli (seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and feeling)
Possible imbalance: Over or under reacting to events, noises and circumstances, imbalances of the eyes, ears, nose, tail etc., blindness, deafness, aggression, intolerance, timidity
Third Eye Chakra (or Brow Chakra) – Indigo
Psychic insight and telepathy; the way horses communicate, also related to soul realization and concentration; this chakra is very developed in most horses
Possible imbalance: Headaches, depression, concentration issues, hair loss, hearing loss, hyperactivity, post-traumatic pain, skin allergies
Crown Chakra – Violet
Relates to the life force connection and oneness with the infinite, connection with the divine (God/Goddess, Universe, Spirit), divine wisdom, understanding, selfless service, perception beyond space and time
Possible imbalance: Grief, depression, disorientation, eyesight issues, fear, headaches, panic attacks, pining, senility, separation anxiety, stress, tension
Lynn McKenzie is an Animal Intuitive and publisher of The Divine Mission of Animals newsletter. She helps others attune and awaken to the teachings and wonder that all sentient beings wish to share. Lynn offers nationally available teleclass training on healing and communicating with animals, and a self-study audio program on crystal healing for animals (AnimalEnergy.com).