Everyone has chakras, even animals. When these energetic systems are open and balanced, we feel an overall sense of well-being. Conversely, imbalances or blockages in the chakras can manifest in physical, emotional, or behavioral symptoms.
Energy work offers excellent bonding time and is one more tool you can use to improve your companion animal’s quality of life. You can easily learn to help your pet balance her chakras, and maybe even your own while you’re at it!
Use the following guide to locate and nurture your pet’s eight chakras:
Location: Base of the animal’s tail.
Balanced: Pet feels safe, secure, and grounded. generally trusts people, has a confident demeanor, and territorial needs are appropriate.
Underactive: Often fearful or nervous. Physical issues include constipation.
Overactive: Does not handle change well. May be very protective of toys, food, and sleeping area.
Location: On the animal’s stomach
Balanced: Expresses emotions appropriately, without being too intense. Adores giving and receiving love and affection, and offers it freely.
Underactive: Very stiff physical body; symptoms may include lower back pain or bladder issues. lacking emotional warmth and connection. May be possessive or jealous.
Overactive: Animal appears needy, and very attached to human companion. Separation anxiety may be an issue. Animal may be hyper and have trouble calming down.
Location: On the animal’s upper chest, a few inches behind the front legs
Balanced: Feels in control and confident. Generally happy and plays nicely with others in a group.
Underactive: May be passive, skittish, or timid. Physical ailments include poor digestion or general issues with eating. Overactive: Displays bossy, intimidating behavior. Aggression can escalate quickly.
Location: On the heart
Colors: Green and pink
Crystals: Jade and rose quartz
Balanced: loving, compassionate, easy-going, and friendly. Able to have harmonious relationships; very tolerant and forgiving.
Underactive: Absence of love (for people, treats, toys, etc.), not overly emotionally connected to humans. Physical symptoms include heart problems.
Overactive: Not getting own needs met, allowing others to always come first. Too much love is never a bad thing, as long as self-love is present, as well.
Location: Upper throat area
Balanced: Easily expresses needs and makes emotions known in a positive way.
Underactive: Timid, shy, introverted. May have difficulty communicating or expressing emotions
Overactive: Can bark, meow, or vocalize too much, in an inappropriate way— generally as way to dominate or manipulate.
Location: Between the eyes, slightly higher up on forehead
Balanced: Easily integrates into the world of humans. Very intuitive and well balanced.
Underactive: Animal has issues thinking for themselves; relies on humans almost too much. Can be easily confused. Physical symptoms include poor eyesight.
Overactive: lives in a world of their own. Does not stay focused easily, and loves to play much more than most animals.
Location: Top of the head, between the ears
Color: Violet or white
Crystal: Clear quartz
Balanced: Wise animal, with a deep sense of belonging; confident and easygoing.
Underactive: Never quite “fits in.” Not interested in activities and a bit of a loner by nature.
Overactive: Excessive anxiety and fear in many different situations. May be depressed.
The above seven chakras are the same as humans. However, animals have an eighth chakra, which is known as the main center of power in animals. All healing work with animals should begin at this chakra.
Location: Near the shoulders on both sides of the body.
Crystal: Black Tourmaline
Balanced: Animals have a strong, healthy bond with the humans in their lives.
Unbalanced: May be a reluctance to be touched by humans and difficulty establishing connections.
If you notice your pet is exhibiting some of the behaviors mentioned you can try some of these easy techniques to reset some much needed balance:
Stimulation: Sometimes you just need to get the energy flowing again. Exercise is a great way to do this, as is a bath, massage, or gentle grooming.
Crystals: Each chakra has a specific crystal associated with it whose properties speak directly to the issues of that particular energy. you can put crystals on your pet’s body, in her water bowl, or in areas where she sleeps or spends time. you can even put them in a little bag and hang them from her collar.
Intention: Our minds are the most powerful healing tool we have. Creating your intention—a desired outcome—sets the tone and sends out positive energy. you can set an intention before engaging in any of the activities mentioned here, or repeatedly speak positive affirmations to your pet either aloud or in your head.
Visualization: Similar to setting an intention, you can use your mind to visualize the chakra falling into perfect balance and releasing blockages. See your pet happily and peacefully interacting with the world around him.
Energy work is deeply based in intention and intuition. Animals are naturally tuned in to emotions and energy that surround them and trust their sacred, inner guide. your cat may never want to go into a certain room or on a specific piece of furniture. Or maybe you know a dog who refuses to walk past a certain house while out on a walk. If only we could be as well trained to listen to our “gut feelings”—our intuition—as our pets are!
Editor’s Note: Chakra healing should not be used as an alternative to veterinary medicine, but as a way to enhance an animal’s quality of life and well-being. If you are concerned about your pet’s health, please visit your veterinarian.