Hara: The key to understanding yourself
Does the soul have a system? The short answer is yes, and it’s an energy dimension known as the Hara, or Hara Chakra.
The Hara connects.
The Hara acts as a bridge. It’s a connection between your body and the earth and your body and your soul. The Hara has also been called a gate. According to the classic writing Nan Ching, “The Hara…the source of vital Chi…is the gate of breathing.” (In Japanese, Chi refers to the center of our energy force.)
The Hara is also a carrier. It holds every lesson, trauma, contract, and karma for the evolution of our spirit in this lifetime. According to Janna Moll, who writes for Energy Magazine, “The Hara is your personal history, as well as your potential past, present, and future.”
Your core energy.
As the core star connection, it makes sense that the Hara is in your abdomen, the center of your body. In Japanese, the term Hara refers to the lower abdomen. Like the sacral Hara chakra, the Hara holds our relational, creative, and sexual energies. It’s through this point in our pelvic region that we interact with the external world in powerful, far-reaching ways. It’s also a gateway to understanding how we engage with all of life’s energetic displays.
Picture the flow.
In the picture above, you can see how the energies of the heaven, body, and earth continuums are assimilated and drawn into the Hara. The Hara is pictured as a column of light.
The Hara line.
Another important, related term when speaking about the center of our energy force is the “Hara line.” Japanese wisdom calls the Hara line an invisible axis that subtly directs the flow of energy within us. If you’re familiar with the yogic tradition, you’ll know this axis already—it’s called Sushumna. Whatever you call it, it’s a line that runs through the center of our body from root to crown. And it channels energy through each major point along the spine.
Hara and healing.
If you’re sometimes wondering why you don’t feel more grounded or alive, a deeper understanding of the Hara can help. Because when you have insights into the architecture of your spirit and soul, you’ll be more grounded, awakened, and able to amplify your spiritual talents and capacity for self-healing.
Research demonstrates that trauma of any sort—emotional, physical, or spiritual, can be carried by the Hara and affect its vitality and flow. When this happens, our connection to the Divine can diminish and make it difficult to successfully incarnate.
Luckily, there are many techniques to clear, open, and balance your energy system so it can flow freely. The Hara Re-patterning technique is one of these, and can be found in the book, Master Level Hara by Janna Moll.
According to Amelia Vogler, an energy medicine practitioner who teaches a course on how to ground the Hara. “Trauma is experienced in the body, but held in the Hara. It expresses through limiting beliefs and enacted adaptions. Healing from these traumas happens in the Hara when these adaptions are no longer needed and you can live from the full potential of a connected life with earth, with another, with self, and with Spirit.”
Clearly, when energy practitioners add a knowledge of the Hara to their work, they can deepen their assessments and elevate treatments for their clients.