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Secrets of the Knee Sub-chakra

knee sub-chakrasAlas! The knee sub-chakra … you won’t find volumes dedicated to this minor chakra but for those who take the time to learn to read it, many secrets are revealed. The energy of the knee sub-chakra is related to the hemispheres of the brain. The knee sub-chakra does not have a major effect on the physical body. By learning how to read the knee sub-chakra you can become more effective in helping others as you discover how they process information. The knee sub-chakras tells us which side of the brain is dominant for that person.

brain hemispheresThe left and the right hemispheres of the brain process information in different ways. The right side of the brain helps us with the intuitive, feminine, yin, creative, non-verbal  information. The left hemisphere is focused on the verbal, analytical, linear, yang, masculine processing. Although we use both sides of the brain to process information as a whole, usually one side is a little bit stronger than the other. The knee sub-chakra can show us which side of the brain is dominant.

Note: Remember, the hemispheres of the brain cross to control the opposite side of the body. When you are scanning the “right” knee you are actually assessing the “left” side of the brain. When scanning the “left” knee you are assessing the “right” side.

How To Scan The Knee Sub-chakras

scanning knee sub-chakrasTo find the knee sub-chakra, locate the knee cap (patella), cover it with your hand, then raise your hand 4-5 inches directly above it and move your hand in a circular direction for about 10 seconds …  you will feel a concentration of energy there. It could feel like heat, tingling or pressure. You are feeling the knee sub-chakra.

Now, repeat the same process with the other knee and compare the “feeling” from one knee to the other. Now, notice if one knee’s energy is stronger than the other. The stronger knee sub-chakra indicates which side of the brain is dominant. If both knee sub-chakras feel equally strong, then you can suspect both sides of the brain are in balance, which by the way, is ideal.

Something you’ll want to keep in mind is that the knee sub-chakra is smaller than the 7 principal chakras, that is smaller than the crown, brow, throat, heart, solar plexus, lower abdominal and root. Principal chakras are approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The sub-chakras are approximately 1/2 inch in diameter, but at the same time, they are very easy to locate and identify.

The Knee Sub-Chakra and Reiki

Always remember to give Reiki to the knees as part of a complete Reiki session. We usually treat the knees while in the 3rd Reiki pattern (back of the torso) as this helps to ground the energy that has been delivered and prepare the client for completing the Reiki session. If the client has serious leg or knee problems, spend more time over the knee sub-chakras. You can also sandwich each knee between your hands, and treat one a time. This will increase the flow of energy at the knees. By treating the knees you are activating the power of both hemispheres of the brain. You helping both sides of the brain to work synchronistically. This will help you with the ability to retain knowledge better and become more proficient in many ways … including but not limited to your intuition, creativity, art, and music.

Aquamarine: Throat Chakra Power Stone

Aquamarine — Throat Chakra Power Stone and Healing Partner to Reiki

Aquamarine ClusterAquamarine is one of the major power stones and a great healing partner to Reiki. It is the stone of courage, determination, strength, communication, and success. Use is during a Reiki session to enhance creative self-expression and to help those burdened with great responsibility by bringing strength and clarity of mind.
Aquamarine is a variety of beryl and is attuned to the ocean and provides those who meditate with it a soothing calming energy. Have it near you during your Reiki meditations.

Aquamarine protects those who travel on water. Carry it on your person in a pouch or as a bracelet, pendant or ring.

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It releases anxiety, restlessness and fights depression. As a throat chakra stone, aquamarine is excellent for enhancing and aiding all types of communication. It stimulates, activates, and cleanses the throat chakra as well as the two upper chakras (brow and crown).

Aquamarine is an excellent stone for reaching the higher spiritual levels, and at the same time, remaining centered and grounded.

Aquamarine is the stone of service to the planet. It brings success in any goal by helping you stay focused and persistent on your goal. It is helpful for conditions of the throat, spleen, heart, immune system, thymus, lymph nodes.

Cleansing Your Stone

Aquamarine LotAquamarine loves to be cleansed in water! Place your crystal under cold running water from your sink or facet. Hold it under the running water for 10 to 30 seconds. If it has a terminated end, it should be pointing downwardly as you rinse the crystal in order to disperse the negative energy. Afterwards, gently pat the crystal dry.

Placing your crystal (securely) in a stream (or river), or in the ocean surf is an excellent way or cleansing this stone.

Charging your stone with Reiki

Cleanse your crystal first. Next, place each of your hands approximately one inch away from the crystal(s) and imagine a current of Reiki healing energy moving through your hands and filling up the crystal(s). Now, imagine the crystal(s) glowing with Reiki healing energy and hold your hands in position as you continue to imagine the energy flow for approximately 10 minutes.


We are doing a series of posts on the best stones to carry in your Reiki crystal first aid kit.  Rhodonite is right at the top of the list. Rhodonite is the stone of compassion and emotional balance. Its energy frequency resonates with the heart chakra. It is the stone of self-love, self-forgiveness, emotional balance. This stone promotes calm in dangerous or upsetting situations.

Rhodonite Properties and Usage

rhodoniteRhodonite clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past. It is one of the best stone for treating physical injuries. In cases of physical injuries, seek medical attention when needed. After applying first aid to the area, apply the rhodonite stone directly over the injury. Hold the stone in your hands as you apply Reiki to the area.

Rhodonite nurtures love, stimulates, clears and activates the heart chakra. It grounds and protects your energy bodies. It balances your yin and yang polarities. It helps you achieve your highest potential. It heals emotional shock and panic. Use rhodonite for cases of emotional self-destruction. Also, in cases of codependency and abuse. This stone promotes the ability to remain calm in dangerous or upsetting situations. Carrying a piece of rhodonite with you or wearing a rhodonite bracelet is very helpful when confidence is needed. Use it also when you need to bring about clarity and alleviate confusion.

Cleansing Your Stones

Proper cleansing of stones is very important for their ability to work properly for you. There are many ways of cleansing stones. One of the simplest way is to rinse the stone under cold running water for approximately 3 minutes. Allow the cold water to run over the stone. This will discharge any stagnant energy it may carry. Afterwards, pat the stone dry with a paper towel. Note: Some stones such as selenite and blue kyanite are self cleansing and should not be washed.

Charging Your Stone with Reiki

Stones can be charged with Reiki. The healing effects of Reiki and the healing properties of the stone work synergistically to produce powerful results. After properly cleansing your stone, place it between your hands and charge it with Reiki for approximately 10 minutes.

How Often Should You Cleanse and Charge Your Stones?

You should cleanse and charge your stones according to how often you use them. If you are using your stones daily, cleanse and charge them daily. Otherwise, cleansing and charging the stones once or twice per week should be sufficient.

Learn more about Rhodonite and many other stones at our upcoming Reiki Crystal Healing Certification.


Emotional Set Points

What are Emotional Set Points?

emotional set points represented by happy, unhappy and neutral facesAn “Emotional Set Point” is a term created by John Harvey Gray to describe the emotional memories that develop in babyhood and early childhood. These memories follow us for the rest of our lives. They are created as we interact with the people in our lives. These include our parents, brothers and sisters, other family members, other children, and teachers. Emotional set points can be positive or negative. Emotional set points of love, confidence, and happiness are each examples of  positive ones. Anger, sadness, and anxiety are examples of the negative kind. As we go through life, we may not consciously remember the triggers that created our emotional set points. However, they’re still there!

We teach in our Reiki 1 classes that when a stressful situation happens that subconsciously reminds us of one of our emotional set points, emotions are triggered. When the situation passes, our emotions subside. This is normal. Then, when life again brings along another stressful situation, the emotions rise again. When the new situation passes the emotions again subside. These emotional ups and downs create waves of emotions that tend to stay with us throughout our lives. These emotional waves are normal for most of us. The problem begins when many stressful situations occur at the same time. This can change the emotional wave into a straight line. The straight line of negative emotional set points can then communicate to the body. It’s well known that angry people have more heart attacks. People with a set point of sadness are more vulnerable to catching an infectious condition.

A friend of mine, told me her story of never attending kindergarten and how that affected her life. She didn’t know until recently that it is in kindergarten that children bond with each other. Children who are deprived of attending kindergarten have a more difficult time relating to people throughout their lives. Not having attended kindergarten had created a negative emotional set point for my friend.

How Emotional Set Points Affect The Chakras

Reiki healing for chakras and emotional set pointsChakras are energy wheels of approximately one inch and a half in diameter. There are 7 principal chakras located along the midline of the body. Chakras perform 2 main functions: 1.)  Chakras provide us with energy to supplement what we receive from the food we eat and the air we breathe. 2.) Muscles surrounding the chakras hold  emotional memories. According to John Harvey Gray’s theory of Emotionality in the Chakras, it is the muscles surrounding the chakras, and not the chakras themselves, that hold the emotional memories, the emotional set points. When a person experiences a series of strong negative emotions, the body intuitively hardens those muscles in order to protect itself from feeling the emotion. This response creates a tourniquet effect around the corresponding chakra lowering its energy. Then, the glands and organs that receive their signal from that chakra would not be getting enough life force from the outside. This could create a greater vulnerability to future problems.

 Reiki Helps To Heal Emotional Set Points

Reiki is a harmonizing and balancing energy. Reiki works with the healing wisdom of the body. It is perhaps the gentlest of all healing energies. Reiki helps to balance the body at all levels. This includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. As we apply Reiki to ourselves, using Reiki self healing, also known as Reiki self treatment, and continue to practice regularly, over time, Reiki helps to heal our negative emotional set points. We must always remember to be patient. Reiki acts only when we are ready to receive. It never forces change, yet waits patiently for the right time, the moment when we are ready, to do its work. Reiki addresses the root cause, healing the old emotional set points and restoring balance and health to the self. The process is very simple.

Selenite a Calming and Balancing Stone for Reiki Healing

Selenite wand

Selenite is a great partner for Reiki healing because of the many ways by which it can be used. It is considered a very high-energy crystal and at the same time it also regarded as a very calming stone. Use it during a Reiki session to bring calm and balance to your client.

In meditation, it connects the user with his or her inner truth. It is used to calm and clear the troubled or confused mind. It is used for the advancement of the mind and its mental powers. It aids in telepathy, scrying (crystal ball reading) and astral projection. (Note: Do not soak selenite in water. Selenite is self-cleansing. You do not need to cleanse it.)

Selenite is a variety of gypsum composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate. It quickly activates the Third Eye, Crown Chakra and Transpersonal Point. The intensity of energy delivered by Selenite is greater than any other stone for the upper Chakras, yet it is very gentle and safe to use along with a Reiki treatment. Selenite placed in any room will quickly cleanse the area of all negative energies, filling it with positive, healing and protective energies.

Selenite Wands

A wand pointed at the Third Eye during a Reiki treatment sends energy that can feel like a gust of wind going through the forehead and out the top of the head. Selenite instantly cleanses the auric field and clears negative energies from ones physical and Etheric Bodies and can be used during the scanning process prior to giving a Reiki session.  Placing a wand along ones back, during the 3rd Reiki pattern, along the length of the spine, one can achieve an energetic alignment of the vertebrae and the Chakras as well.

These wands can also be used to direct high-frequency-energy into the body, stimulating physical healing as part of a Reiki treatment. When one attaches other stones to selenite wands, their energies are magnified many times.

The wands can be used as “Magic Wands” or “Prayer Sticks” which carry one’s intentions and thoughts to the Higher Self and beyond. These are useful tools for Reiki healers as they are ideal for purification and all types of energetic cleansing. Selenite wands are effective as “scanners” within the energy field, as they dissolve any blockage and allow one access to knowledge of its spiritual origins!

I make one of a kind selenite wands. If you are interested in purchasing a wand made specially for you, please send me, Lourdes, an email and I’ll be happy to make you one.


The video below presents a short lesson on how to use the wand in a Reiki session.

Reading The Human Aura

human aura and chakra systemHave you ever wished that you could learn to see and read the human aura?  You can! Auras are real and anyone can easily learn to read them. Knowledge about the human aura is ancient. For thousands of years, clairvoyants and psychics have described the presence of auras. Learning to see and read auras is a natural ability, not one that requires years of intensive spiritual study to develop.  Even though some believe that the ability to perceive auras is a spiritual gift granted only to a few lucky individuals, thousands of ordinary people have learned to read auras after having only one short lesson.

Australia’s leading authority on the human aura, author Judith Collins, explains that everyone is born with the ability to see auras. Infants and toddlers can see them easily.  Collins claims that although seeing auras is a form of psychic ability everyone is born with, most people repress this ability as they grow older.  She believes that the growth and development of children’s psychic abilities becomes stunted when adults fail to give children the needed encouragement and support in their intuitive pursuits.

Even when the mind represses the ability to perceive auras, most people are able to regain this ability easily. Many aura readers do not engage in advanced spiritual practices, nor are they involved in metaphysics or the occult. The physiology of the human eye plays an important role in the viewing of auras as well as learning how to observe with a relaxed gaze, and understanding what to look for while you view the aura.  Some of today’s most effective aura teachers have used this knowledge to teach thousands of students to read auras.

What is the human aura?

The human aura is a container for bio-energy. The body’s energy or Qi, prana, acoustic fields, kirlian aura imageelectromagnetic fields, and other fields, which we do not yet understand are all present in the human aura. These fields form a seven layer energetic mold, or mirror image of the person. The first layer corresponds to the physical body. The second layer corresponds to emotions and contains the colors. The third layer corresponds to the mind and contains thought. The first 3 layers of the aura are visible to the human eye and are palpable to the touch. Layers 4 through 7 are the spiritual layers that we share will all of humanity. These higher layers need to be observed in an eyes-closed meditative state. Each layer of the aura vibrates at a higher octave than the one below it. Chakras are created by the spin of auric layers. Each chakra has its own corresponding auric layer.

All things present in the physical body are also present in the aura in an energetic form. All changes that take place in the physical body happen first energetically in the aura. This is the Law of Manifestation. By understanding this law, and learning to read auras, we can be more effective Reiki healers.

Here’s a quick and easy exercise to get you started on your path to reading the human aura:

  1. Lie down in bed and close your eyes. Then give your eyes Reiki for a few minutes in order to relax them. (Before you start this exercise, turn on a soft white light that is not too bright. Make sure the room is softly lit … preferably, a little on the dim side. It also helps if the color of the ceiling in the room is white because the color white reflects back all colors. This is important in reading auras.)
  2. Gently open your eyes. Raise your hands as far as you can above your face with the palm side of the hands facing you.
  3. Now, gently gaze at the ceiling using your peripheral vision–your side vision.  Look a few inches away from your fingers. (Never look directly at the fingers.) Do not blink your eyes. The ceiling will act as the background against which the aura around your fingers will reflect. Note: The aura must always reflect against a surface in order for it to be visible.
  4. After a few minutes you will start noticing a ‘double image’ around your fingers. This ‘double image’ is really the first layer of the aura. It is called the ‘etheric double.’ Its color is either clear or milky white. If you continue with the exercise for another few minutes, you will start seeing the second layer of the aura. The second layer is called the ‘astral or emotional layer’ and is where the colors reside. The second layer will likely appear as a very delicate blue or green transparent haze around your fingers. The reason I say ‘blue or green’ is because blue and green are some of the most common colors present in the aura; however, other colors could also be observed. Congratulations! You just read the aura around your hands and fingers!

Practice this exercise every day and soon you will begin to see airs humans, animals and plants. If you are interested in learning to read auras come to to one of our Learn To See Auras workshops where you’ll learn much more about how to read auras and chakras, visually and kinesthetically, including how to read each of the layers of the aura, and how to keep your aura and chakras healthy, balanced and safe.




Chakra Meditation for Opening and Balancing The Chakras

Chakra-MeditationThis Chakra Meditation was created by John Harvey Gray. We often use this Chakra Meditation in our Reiki 1 Class to bring students into a quiet place and to help them open and balance their chakras. We suggest that you go through the Chakra Meditation five or more times on a regular basis in order to obtain best results. If you prefer to listen to the Chakra Meditation as you practice it, we have it available for purchase.

Here’s How To Practice The Chakra Meditation:

  • Close your eyes – Breathe slowly and evenly through your nose. In and out, breathing into your center of consciousness and out through your nose ……

  • Breathing evenly, perhaps no break between the in-breath and the out-breath ……

  • As you breathe, visualize that you are picking up petals of love from your center of consciousness and breathing them out your nose as love energy ……

  • Breathe in, now, and breathe out through your crown chakra. Into your center of consciousness and love energy out the crown chakra ……

  • Breathe in, now, and breathe love energy out through your brow chakra – your third eye – Look up at your third eye through your closed eyes if you wish ……

  • Send love energy out your throat chakra, now. Release and relax muscle memories of past sadnesses centered around the throat ……

  • Now breathe petals of love out the heart chakra. Fill the room with petals of energy from your heart center ……

  • Breathe out through the solar plexus chakra. Release and relax muscle memories of past fears, past anxieties centered around this chakra ……

  • Breathe out through the lower abdominal chakra, just below the navel. Open this center with your petals of love so it can funnel in more life energy from the outside ……

  • Now breathe through the root chakra, located between the genitals and the anus. See the root chakra opening fully, so it too can funnel in more life energy from the outside ……

  • Breathe out through the feet. Visualize yourself standing tall, feet firmly planted on the ground, knowing who you are and what you represent. Allow energy from Mother Earth to flood up through your feet into your solar plexus, where it joins with the energy from Father Sun flooding down through your crown to create a tremendous furnace of personal power ……

  • Now breathe the petals of love out through all chakras at the same time ……

  • As you prepare to conclude the meditation, count down slowly and steadily from 10 to 1. As you progress in the count you will become progressively more awake, alert, and happy – feelings that will continue through the day. When you reach the number 1 all of your five physical senses will be operating cleanly, clearly, sharply and beautifully. Wiggle your fingers and toes to stimulate circulation, and have a good stretch ……

The Chakra Meditation is over.

Clear Quartz The Perfect Gemstone Partner for Reiki Healing

Clear Quartz — Crown Chakra (Sahasrata) All Chakras (Formation — Primary)

Key Words: Amplification, Clearing, Cleansing, Healing, Programming.

We teach our students in the Reiki Crystal Healing class that clear quartz is the perfect gemstone partner for Reiki healing. Because of its clarity and crystalline structure, it is clear-quartzable to transmit and amplify the Reiki energy beautifully. Clear quartz absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. It draws off negative energies of all kinds. It cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies. It stimulates the immune system and brings the chakras into balance by aligning them with the subtle bodies and the aura. When faceted, it can be programmed for a variety of purposes because of the way it grows inside the earth.

Clear quartz forms directly from minerals in the magma, a very hot stew of rocks and minerals, deep inside the earth. Pressure and heat from the center of the earth cause cracks to occur in the earth’s crust, forming a mold into which the magma seeps in. Over the next several million years the magma, which had already seeped into the crack, cools down and crystallizes into a beautiful quartz crystal.

It takes a very long time for minerals to form into beautiful crystals. When clear quartz is a molten state, its minerals are just the potential for becoming beautiful crystals. It takes a lot of energy (heat and pressure) from the earth, the passage of time, and the room to grow in order for the clear quartz to grow. This type of rock formation is called igneous or primary formation. Igneous stones form directly from the magma deep inside the earth.

 How Does Clear Quartz Help Us?

We grow and develop in very much the same manner as clear quartz does. Genetic traits we inherit from our parents influence our personalities, abilities and talents and can be compared to the clear quartz when it is in a molten state deep inside the earth. These traits exist within us as potentials. It takes years of growing and learning for the potentials to be expressed to one extent or another. First, we need to spend the time and energy to learn, and have the room to grow before the potentials can become established as personality traits, abilities and talents. For instance, it makes no difference if we are born as talented a painter as Rembrandt was, were we never to pick up a brush and paint. Or if we have the musical talent of a Mozart and we never pick up an instrument and play.

Igneous rocks and crystals, such as clear quartz are the best choice when you are learning new things, growing and developing your abilities and talents. Igneous rocks and crystals provide you with the right energy to support your growing and learning processes.

Learning To See Auras – Debunking Myth #2

The first step in learning to see auras is separating fact from myth so let’s debunk the second most common myth.The Human Aura

Myth #2: The aura always appears in its entirety, covering the whole body. This belief creates one of the most common obstacles people encounter when they try to view the aura and the reason for why many fail to recognize it.

The notion that auras appear in their entirety as an egg shaped sphere of glowing colors that surround the body of humans, animals and plants has been incorrectly described and popularized in books and oral traditions for hundreds years. That is what people expect the aura to look like and why they fail to recognize the “real aura” when it appears.

In most instances, the real aura consists of very delicate layers of colored lights that come and go over various parts of the body, one section at a time, and seem to appear and disappear, pulsing several times per minute, turning on and off. The “turning on and off” effect is caused by the aura’s own intrinsic rhythm. It is not tied to the heart beat, respiration rate or any other physical motility.

Stay tuned for debunking tip #3 coming up tomorrow!


Please visit Learn To See Auras or call 603-899-3288 to learn more or to register for the class. 

Learning To See Auras – Anyone Can Do it!

LEARNING TO SEE AURAS – ANYONE CAN DO IT! Have you ever met a person and instantly felt a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ toward that person, yet you did not know why?Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt a positive or negative energy present?Have you ever had a premonition that turned out to be correct?Have you ever had moments when you observed subtle layers of colored lights around a person, animal, or plant?

Have you ever wished that you could see auras? Maybe you already do but are not aware of it … Auras are real and anyone can easily learn to see them. Learning to see Auras does not require any special spiritual gifts–it’s a natural human ability!

Over the next several days I’ll post some tips on learning how to see auras–please stay tuned

Please visit Learn To See Auras or call 603-899-3288 to learn more or to register for the class. 


Red Jasper Protective and Grounding

photo-150x150Red jasper, a stone typically associated with the root chakra energy, is one of the most effective stones you could use to protect your own energy system when you are confronted with negative energies of any kind. Some of the protective qualities of red jasper can be attributed to the way red jasper is formed.


Red jasper is a sedimentary stone. Sedimentary stones are created under the influence of  external factors such as sun, rain, wind, heat, cold and frost. These factors erode and transport minerals from one area to another, and over time, sometimes millions of years, create new stones. Sedimentary stones carry within, the energy of external factors. When external factors such as career, family, friends, climate, etc., are causing negative influences in your life and your health, work with sedimentary rocks and crystals such as red jasper to bring balance and healing to yourself and to your environment.

What are the healing properties red jasper can offer you?

Red jasper gives you the courage to speak out. It is a very helpful stone to have with you if you are in a stressful situation. Red jasper also balances and heals the human aura by removing negative energies. It strengthens your aura and grounds your energy system. Red jasper strengthens the root chakra and increases your personal energy or chi. It stabilizes your energy pattern thereby helping both your physical and emotional bodies come into balance.

Whenever you encounter a negative energy, red jasper will absorb that negative energy … it will take the “hit.” If the negative energy absorbed by the stone is intense, the red jasper piece can crack or shatter into smaller pieces. (See photo.) This piece of red jasper cracked within 15 minutes after a Reiki practitioner took it with her into her place of employment. It not only protected her, but also alerted her of the presence of negative energies around her.

How can you help to make your red jasper more effective for you?

You can charge your red jasper with Reiki. Hold the red jasper between your hands and give it Reiki for 5 minutes. The Reiki energy coming from your hands will fill the stone. Repeat this process a few times each week to keep the stone’s healing powers strong.

In addition, if you frequently find yourself in stressful or negative situations, remember to cleanse your red jasper daily or else stagnant energy will build up and the red jasper will stop working. Cleansing your red jasper once a week is a good idea even if you are not facing any extra stress. One of the easiest ways you can cleanse your red jasper is by rinsing it under cold running water for 3 to 5 minutes. Afterwards, pat it dry with a paper towel and it’s ready for use again.

Wear red jasper on your body as a bracelet. Place the bracelet near your left wrist. Energy enters the body through the left hand. By wearing it here the red jasper is preventing negative energy from entering your body. You can also wear red jasper as a pendant over your heart chakra, or carry it with you in a small pouch or medicine bag. For more information about red jasper and other healing stones, or to purchase your own stones charged and attuned to Reiki, please contact Lourdes at lgray@learnreiki.org.



John Harvey Gray & Lourdes Gray, Ph.D.
The most experienced Reiki Instructors in the United States