ACEP’s Pre-Conference Preview – Utilizing Information About the Chakra System to Identify Core Issues

(By Nancy Gnecco, LPC, DCEP) In many Energy Psychology modalities, practitioners look for “core issues” – the originating causes of current illness or emotional distress. If there are traumas at birth, or during the pre-cognitive stage of development, these core issues can be difficult to detect, and yet they are often the direct cause or a contributing factor to life-long problems.

Anodea Judith book for Nancy Gnecco articleMeridian tapping techniques such as EFT seek to eliminate disruptions in the body’s energy meridians, and this is very effective. Sometimes, however, the trauma has affected another of the body’s energy systems – the chakra system. It is well known that the chakra system consists of vortices of energy along the body’s central core, and that damage to any chakra can cause it to become excessive (having too much energy), or deficient (shutting down or having too little energy).

Each of these conditions: excessive and deficient, present in the client as different emotional issues and physical ailments. By learning what these are, Energy Practitioners develop a structured method of identifying core issues and limiting beliefs without a lot of “detective work”. The validity of the suspected core issue is easily checked with muscle testing.

The lower chakras, being closer to the earth, ground us in physical reality and are involved with such issues as survival, health and right livelihood at the root chakra; sexuality, creativity and emotional health at the sacral chakra; and the right use of will and power at the solar plexus chakra. The heart chakra is the fulcrum, the central chakra, balancing the polarities between body and mind; matter and spirit. This is the chakra of relationship, love, and compassion. The three charkas above the heart bring us into mental, symbolic and spiritual realms. The throat chakra is related to communication; the brow chakra to perception and intuition; and the crown chakra to insight and spiritual connection.

For example, I recently had a client come in for an initial session presenting with depression, characterized by a pervasive feeling of loneliness and isolation, and an inability to attract and/or sustain intimate relationships. She believes that she will lose whatever she loves, and often feels rejected by others. She uses an asthma inhaler, and has several food allergies. Where would the practitioner begin to look for core issues and originating causes? Knowing the chakra system, we would first consider the heart center, Chakra 4, the chakra related to love, compassion and connection with others. Her presenting depression, her belief system as well as her physical conditions would suggest we look for issues beginning between the ages of four and seven when the child is developmentally forming family and peer relationships.

From a chakra perspective, it is likely that she experienced rejection, abandonment, loss of a family member through death or divorce, or maybe her family environment was cold and lacking in love; one in which love was conditional upon good behavior. Of course we would need to check these assumptions through inquiry and/or muscle checking. However, knowledge of the chakra system gives us the ability to direct the inquiry in a most efficient manner.

In this pre-conference workshop on Identifying Core Issues through the Chakra System, we will be using Anodea Judith’s Eastern Body, Western Mind as a central text. Below is an example of Judith’s Heart Chakra chart that informed the conclusions made in the example above.

CHAKRA 4: Heart Chakra – Relationship

LOCATION: Center of the chest, between the breasts

ISSUES: Love, compassion, self-love, connection with others, relationships, intimacy, devotion

DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE: 4 – 7 years – Forming peer and family relationships.


  • Balance in relationships
  • Ability to nurture self and others
  • Self respect, self-love, peaceful
  • Good discrimination
  • Compassionate, loving, empathetic
  • Altruistic; may be active in church or community
  • Strong immune system


  • Rejection, abandonment, loss
  • Cold environment that is lacking in love
  • Manipulation
  • Self-denial
  • Loss of loved ones through death or divorce
  • Betrayal; including the “betrayal” aspect of sexual abuse
  • Conditional love
  • Inherited trauma: parents with unacknowledged grief


  • Fear of intimacy; fear of relationships, inability to commit
  • Loneliness; isolation; feelings of emptiness, depression
  • Anti-social, withdrawn, cold
  • Low self-esteem; poor self-love, feelings of unworthiness
  • Critical, judgmental, intolerant, lack of empathy
  • Being easily manipulated


  • Co-dependency, care-taking
  • Poor boundaries
  • Poor discrimination
  • Demanding, critical, possessive, jealous, clingy
  • Melodramatic; crisis junkie
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder


  • Disorders of the heart (chest pain), lungs, thymus, breasts, arms
  • Asthma, shortness of breath, shallow breathing
  • Immune system deficiency
  • Inability to relax
  • Tension between shoulder blades


  • I am unlovable. I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve.
  • I will lose whatever I love.
  • Other people hate or reject me.
  • If someone loves me I will be hurt.
  • The people I love don’t love me in return.
  • I can’t get the attention I need unless I’m upset or sick.
  • The only way I’ll be loved is if I work hard and perform well
  • I refuse to forgive………..


  1. msbranton says:

    This is a great article thank you, when I started doing energy work after a long period of depression I had an experience I now realise was my heart chakra opening after being closed for many years in fear of more emotional pain. It was like my heart expanded with love and everything seemed lighter. It was a beautiful experience to reconnect with life and light again after so long in the darkness.

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