Within the body exist a series of minor and major energy centres called chakras. The word chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “disk.” Each of the seven major chakras has its distinct character and relates to a unique aspect of our being. The chakras correlate to levels of consciousness, body functions, colours, elements, and much more.
Chakras are our energy centres. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function is to energize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each of these primary energy centres that serve as junction points between the body and consciousness, or between matter and the mind. These spinning vortices, receive, assimilate and express our vital life energy. When the flow of energy in one or more of the chakras becomes blocked, we may develop physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual disorders
A person can collect energy from several different levels of atmospheres–including color–that are utilized in various parts of the body. Throughout our body, we have primary energy centres, which are connected to major organs or glands that govern other body parts.
Anatomically, the seven major chakras are located either along, or just in front of, the spine following a central energy line called the Sushumna. Associated with the chakras is a potential subtle energy called kundalini.
The following description provides more detail about the seven chakras and their Sanskrit names:
1- Root or base chakra / Muladhara chakra-
Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: base of the spine between anus and genitals
Deals with: Earth, Physical identity, financial independence, money, food, physical identity, survival, stability, instinctual nature, ambition, and self-sufficiency
2- Sacral or Spleen chakra / svadhishthana,
Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Deals with: Water, Emotional identity, creativity, desire, pleasure and self-gratification, procreation, and personal relationships
3-solar Plexus Chakra / Manipura,
Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: situated at the level of the umbilicus corresponding to the gastric or solar plexus
Deals with: Fire, Self-worth, self-confidence, sense of belonging, mental understanding of emotions, personal power, stamina, thought, will, success, ego
4- heart chakra /Anahata
Our ability to love.
Location: Center of chest just above the heart.
Deals with: Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance, love, joy, inner peace, social identity, trust, forgiveness, unconditional love, wisdom, stability, compassion, emotional empowerment, issues of the soul
5- throat chakra / vishuddha,
Our ability to communicate.
Element: Sound or ether
Location: Throat region.
Deals with: Sound, Creative identity, Communication, the truth, creativity, learning to take responsibility for one’s needs, confession, faith, truthfulness, self-knowledge, intuition, expression
6- brow / third eye chakra / Ajna
Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: situated between the eyes (Third Eye)
Deals with: forgiveness, Light, intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions, self-knowledge, intellect, clairvoyance, action of ideas, detachment, insight, understanding, intuitive reasoning, visualization
7- crown chakra /Sahasrara
The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of the head.
Deals with: Thoughtless awareness, union with the Divine, Universal identity, pure bliss, intuitive knowing, connection to spirituality, conscious awareness.
As in all great arts and sciences, to become aware of chakra energy requires effort, practices, patience. Physical and mental exercises, and above all, spiritual guidance or we can say simple living, and high thinking is considered to be helpful to achieve chakra awareness or enlightenment.
When we are in a state of ill health, the chakras may be distorted, out of alignment or even silent. When this happens, life force energy cannot flow in and out freely, and the physical body may suffer. Stress, inability to express emotions, over emotional expression, beliefs incongruent with Truth, interruption from a higher power, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and exposure to toxicity, etc. Can cause the chakra system to close down.
There are some factors influencing the functioning of the chakras, such as daily activities, speed, and depth of breathing, amount and quality of rest, diet, etc., but the crucial factor influencing their condition is our psychological state of being.
When your energy is flowing smoothly through each chakra and between the chakras, you tend to look after yourself better. As each chakra is associated with particular functions within the body and with specific life issues and the way we handle them, both inside ourselves and in our interactions with the world. You possess self-confidence and can communicate your thoughts, hopes, and dreams in a healthy manner. Your natural immunity is increased, and you are better able to deal with stress-related problems. Your intuition is enhanced, and you have a clearer insight into your purpose in the world.
Anyone can do chakra meditation. Usually, people have three chakras already open which are located at the bottom of the spine. If anyone had all the seven chakras opened, he would already be a spiritual master. Most people do not have the fourth chakra opened at all, which is the heart chakra. This chakra, when opened, radiates love and compassion towards others. The opening of the higher chakras or energy centres requires meditation.
Chakra meditation is easy to learn but requires dedication and a willingness to do this regularly. A person needs to dedicate at least a half hour every day. Through the practice of chakra meditation, you will experience a sense of balance and relief from emotional stress. It helps you achieve health in mind and body.
This is the life which most people live: fighting for survival, making money, drunk with sexual lust, obsessed by attachment to food, striving for self-esteem by controlling others, creating a fake reality with ones I, Me, Mine is the centre… But nothing physical lasts. All material victories and failures are gone in time, sooner or later. Superior senses don`t work properly because of human`s clear identification with the input of the five physical senses, combined with subconscious influences of our mind, desires, drives, emotions, etc. As long as we are not aware of what is seen, heard, touched, smelled and tasted, realizing ourselves at the moment, chakras remain predominantly inactive.
Being aware is not easy. The subconscious rapidly increases one out of enjoying the wonderful flavours of being in the moment. One tends to live their lives attacked by currents of unconscious thoughts, worries, emotions, whether it is liked or not.
In secret language, subconscious elements are called “egos” because they are selfish elements and their enormous gathering comprises one’s person`s ego. The individual way of perception and thinking tends to be governed by these self-centred subconscious low energies, known as hatred, laziness, envy, pride, fear, greed, anger, etc.
Egos block the spiritual understandings of chakras, preventing one from experiencing divine “powers of golden wheels,” inhibiting one from living a spiritual life. Egos need to be disintegrated for one`s particles of consciousness trapped within them to get liberated, for awareness to dominate over low self-centred states. On a bit larger scale, freedom from selfishness is a way to peace, love, and wisdom on our plan
When these chakras are healed, and function properly, then the sixth chakra – the third eye chakra or even crown chakra also will open automatically with the blessings of the guru or god in whom you have faith. When the third eye chakra or even crown chakra is opened with the help of God or Guru, one will come to know that he is already divine.
Understanding the chakras allows you to understand the relationship between your consciousness and your body, and to thus see your body as a map of your consciousness. It gives you a better understanding of yourself and those around you.
The highlights of this page are to inform you on your complete chakra system so you can take control of your life and become the best you possibly can in this lifetime. No one else is entirely responsible for you… Except you!