Treating animals

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Animals, in common with all other living beings, have a chakra system. This system is a complex network of spinning, energy vortices (often called ‘petals’ in Eastern traditions) which run throughout the entire body. Universal energy (Prana, Chi, Ki) flows in and out of the chakras, along the meridian system, into the aura and then finally into the physical body. The energy flows two ways; inward and out. Therefore, every thought, act and emotion affects the chakras and is mirrored in the aura. Likewise, external stimuli, both positive and negative, have an effect on the chakras and leave their mark in the aura (including physical injuries). This is the same for animals and humans alike. For those unfamiliar with the chakra system, if you imagine the subtle energy body (made up of chakras, linked to meridians and contained in the aura) as being like a car engine, and the physical body is the actual vehicle which the engine drives, it is not difficult to see that when the car starts to perform less effectively or even breaks down, that it’s the engine which needs repairing or re-tuning and not the car bodywork. It’s the same with the subtle energy body. When we re-charge/realign the chakras – get them spinning in harmony and at the correct rate—you get the physical body running smoothly once again.

Animal chakras

Animals have eight Major chakras, 21 Minor chakras and six Bud chakras. Alongside the seven Major chakras that animals share with humans (Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral and Root), there is another Major chakra which is unique to animals. It is called the Brachial or Key chakra. This chakra was discovered by the world’s foremost and internationally renowned animal healer, Margrit Coates (click here to visit Margrit’s web site The Animal Healer).

Animals have :

  • 8 Major Chakras
  • 21 Minor Chakras
  • 6 Bud Chakras


The Brachial chakra is located on either side of the body, in the area of the shoulders. It is the main energy centre in all animals and links directly to all other chakras. It is the center which relates to animal-human interaction and any healing should always begin at this chakra. Animals which have a strong, healthy link with their human companions usually have a vibrant Brachial chakra, as it is the center where the animal-human bond is formed and carried.The Bud chakras are found one on each foot (pad, paw, hoof, etc) and one on the skin at the base opening of each ear (see right). They are especially receptive to subtle energy vibrations; for example changes in the weather like a thunderstorm, or even impending, major earth events like an earthquake or hurricane. The Bud chakras located in the feet are often used to source areas of energy in the ground which are beneficial to the animal. When they find these areas they may paw the ground before either laying or rolling on the spot (not to be confused with a dog finding something ‘smelly’ to roll in!). Standing on such an area can also help ground an animal.The 21 Minor chakras in animals are sensory centers and can be found, in among other places, on the nose, tail and ears. Whilst the Bud and Minor chakras are smaller energy centers than the Major ones, they are every bit as important and assist in the function of the Major chakras.Below: Illustration showing position of the Major Chakras, the primary Minor Chakra and Bud Chakras on animals. Whilst the illustration is of a horse, the placement is the same for all animals (allowing for scale and body shape). See bottom of page for dog illustration.


Brief Overview of Animal Chakras:

Location, Function/Purpose, Signs of Imbalance and Body Areas Governed, Gemstones

The eight major chakras

Chakra Brachial (primary ‘Major’ chakra – healing should start at this chakra)
Location Between shoulders (on a horse, just below where shoulder meets neck)
Function/ Purpose Links all other Major chakras, centre for animal-human bonding, place to start healing
Signs of Imbalance Reluctance to be touched (other than for obvious medical reasons: arthritis, inflamed skin, etc), reluctance/refusal to ‘connect’
Body Areas Governed Chest, neck, forelimbs, head
Gemstones Black Tourmaline (if animal is reluctant to connect), Herkimer Diamond, piece of programmed Clear Quartz (click on link for programming info)


Chakra Crown
Location On top of head, between the ears (at the ‘poll’ on a horse)
Function/ Purpose Connects to spirit
Signs of Imbalance Depression, withdrawn
Body Areas Governed brain, pituitary gland, skin, spine, central and autonomic nervous system, cranio-sacral system
Gemstones Clear Quartz, Azestulite, Tanzanite, Diamond


Chakra Third Eye (Brow)
Location Centre of forehead, just above the eyes
Function/ Purpose Acceptance of self
Signs of Imbalance headaches, bad eyes, distant/distracted
Body Areas Governed head in general, pineal gland, natural body rhythms, higher mental self
Gemstones Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite Amethyst, Charoite


Chakra Gemstones
Location On physical throat (on long-necked animals, over vocal chords)
Function/ Purpose Communication
Signs of Imbalance Uncommunicative or excessively noisy, doesn’t listen to commands (training requests)
Body Areas Governed throat, mouth, teeth, jaws (albeit often caused from Root-based fear, animals which chew excessively can often benefit from having energy balanced here)
Gemstones Blue Quartz, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Topaz


Chakra Heart
Location Breast/front of chest to behind forelegs (above brisket to breast on a horse)
Function/ Purpose Herd hierarchy (relationships)
Signs of Imbalance Sad (recent emotional grief/ separation/loss?), overly possessive, unwilling to interact with other animals, jealous, nervous around other animals for no known reason
Body Areas Governed heart, lungs, immune system, thymus gland
Gemstones Rose Quartz, Emerald, Pink Tourmaline, Jade


Chakra Solar Plexus
Location Middle of the back
Function/ Purpose personal power/sense of self (often depleted in domesticated animals)
Signs of Imbalance dejected, withdrawn, aggressive, dominating, no enthusiasm
Body Areas Governed digestive tract, stomach, liver
Gemstones Citrine, Tiger Eye, Amber, Topaz


Chakra Sacral (Spleen)
Location Lower lumber area, between tail and middle of back (rump or middle of croup on a horse)
Function/ Purpose sexuality, emotion (emotional loss of animal partner, home, offspring, etc, can often be stored here). Good place to work on when animal in shock whilst waiting for, or en route to vet
Signs of Imbalance over emotional: excessive whining for no obvious reason (exclude medical reasons first ), boundary issues: i.e. for a dog/horse: difficulty establishing difference between work (training) time and play (off lead/ lead rope) time
Body Areas Governed kidneys, adrenal glands, reproductive system, lymphatic system
Gemstones Carnelian, Coral, Orange Calcite


Chakra Root
Location Where tail meets body (hindquarters)
Function/ Purpose Survival, grounding, (this chakra can be especially developed in animals lower down the prey system or food chain, i.e. animals preyed upon by others)
Signs of Imbalance Excessively fearful/strong flight reaction, greedy, sluggish, underweight, restless
Body Areas Governed Intestines, gut, hips, hind legs, muscular skeletal system as a whole
Gemstones Hematite, Garnet, Red Jasper, Unakite


ChakraAnimaux3Unsurprisingly, most animals’ senses or instincts are far more finely tuned and sensitive than humans’ (although some animals are more developed than others, like dolphins). As a result, animal chakras are usually far brighter and larger in comparison to ours. Their strong sixth sense emanates from the primary sensory centre; one of the 21 Minor chakras. This is located at the bridge of the nose, below the Third Eye or Brow chakra. Animals are constantly absorbing and computing sensory information, far more so than humans owing to their reliance on instinct for survival. Aside from using the Bud chakras in their feet as mentioned above, they may also be seen rubbing a part of their body against a tree, rolling on the ground or even rubbing up against their fellow animal or human companions to stimulate a chakra. An animal that has suffered from physical, mental or emotional trauma, however, may not always be able to repair the resulting energetic imbalance and this is where we find signs of disease (dis-ease) present.
Above: Photo showing position of Bud Chakra on a cat’s paw.Each chakra corresponds to an aspect of the self: thought, emotion, senses, instinct and so on. Whilst governing the same physical areas, animal chakras have, however, developed or evolved slightly differently from humans’. This can be further defined with differences between domestic and wild animals. For example, you tend to find a more developed Heart chakra in wild animals (strong herd hierarchy) plus a more pronounced Root Chakra (stronger sense of survival). With a wild horse you will see a stronger flight response (Solar Plexus chakra) than in a Thoroughbred, which is a man-made breed. Then we have neutering or castration of domestic animals; which strongly affects the Sacral (or Spleen) chakra.

21 Minor Chakras

Location: throughout the body
Function: govern the sensory systems. The most important Minor chakra is located at the bridge of the nose, below the eyes (under the Brow or Third Eye chakra – see diagrams).

Bud Chakras

Location: one on the base of each foot (two in birds) and one at the base of each ear – under the flap, just at the opening
Function: senses, subtle energy receptors

Below: Illustration showing positions of Major Chakras, primary Minor (sensory) Chakra and Bud Chakras on a dog


Dog’s Minor ‘sensory’ chakras in action!


Same picture but with chakras shown (Major, Minor & Bud)

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