You've probably heard the term, CHAKRA.
But do you know what it really means?
And, why do the chakras matter?
What are Chakras?
Chakras are the energy centers of the body. They are located in the astral body, going from the base to the top of the head. (Chakra in Sanskrit means "wheel" pertaining to the "wheels of energy" that spirals up through the body from the Earth.)
Sanskrit cakra "circle, wheel," from PIE root *kwel- (1) "revolve, move round."
The energy body that is connected to our physical body is known as the astral body, and each physical body part corresponds to an astral body part.
The astral body is not visible or touchable and this is also why we can't "see" the chakras. But, we can FEEL them... energetically.
The chakras each emit a distinct color and energy and corresponds to a gland in the physical body. This philosophy has been used for MANY thousands of years in healing practices for true health such as Ayurveda (India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each ancient healing arts that utilize energy centers as key and essential parts of the body (this doesn't JUST equate to humans though!).
Because each chakra is associated with different spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical parts of our being, it is thought that their blocking or dysfunction might result in physical, psychological, and emotional issues and aid in taking the body into a state of dis-ease (NOT having "ease" and flow in the body).
Conscious awareness and balance of these energy centers, on the other hand, are said to result in well-being and good health.
Is there a shape to a chakra?
Some describe them as whirling discs, while others see them as flowers hanging from the spine. Some individuals even say they look like an ice cream cone!
All of these alternative theories exist solely because the chakras cannot be viewed with the naked eye or any other equipment. As a result, we prefer to trust whatever gets widely published, but those trained with the sight of feeling energy can then see these things in visual states. Much of this wisdom has been captured from ancient times and has kept these meanings intact. It's important to do LOTS of research to discern the ancient truths.
What is the Size of a Chakra?
Some claim chakras have a one-foot radius, while others say they alter size depending on the energy flow.
According to some, the chakras are quite little since they are placed in the astral spinal cord, which is further positioned inside the physical spinal cord.
Each individual has their OWN unique way that the chakra moves in the body, meaning each chakra spins and they do NOT spin the same ways! Someone could have one spinning clockwise and within another person, the same chakra could spin counter clockwise. In this, there is NO right way, but what is right for YOU. This is further proof of how UNIQUE our bodies are!
Types of Chakras
We usually hear about "the seven chakras", although the human body contains an endless number of chakras.
All seven chakras are connected with distinct vibration, color, and sound. This is wisdom that has been kept from primordial times, and are related to much more than a "color" as you can also see they relate directly to rainbows. These colors mean more than many can imagine...
People may experience various aspects of physical, mental, and emotional health depending on whether these energy centers are healthy or obstructed.
1. Muladhara Chakra or Root Chakra
Color: Red | Element: Earth
The Muladhara Chakra is placed at the base of the spine, between the anus and the genitals. It is defined by the feelings of survival, stability, ambition, and self-sufficiency.
When this chakra is out of balance, a person begins to feel unstable, ungrounded, lacking motivation, lacking purpose, scared, insecure, and irritated.
When the root chakra is balanced, these negative feelings are replaced by more good emotions, and you feel more steady, confident, balanced, energetic, independent, and powerful.
2. Svadhishthana Chakra or Sacral Chakra
Color: Orange | Element: Water
The Svadhishthana Chakra is about four fingers below the navel in the lower belly. Its characteristics include the basic desire for sexuality, as well as creativity and self-esteem.
When the sacral chakra is out of balance, a person may become emotionally volatile and irritated, lack energy and creativity, become manipulative, or get fixated on sexual fantasies.
It helps one feel more lively, cheerful, optimistic, fulfilled, empathetic, and intuitive when it is balanced.
3. Manipura Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra
Color: Yellow | Element: Fire
The Manipura Chakra is placed between the navel and the bottom of the rib cage in the solar plexus. It is distinguished by emotions such as ego, rage, and hostility.
An imbalance of the solar plexus chakra might appear physiologically as digestive difficulties, liver problems, or diabetes. On an emotional level, one may experience sadness, low self-esteem, rage, and perfectionism.
We feel more energetic, confident, productive, and focused when we balance this chakra.
4. Anahata Chakra or Heart Chakra
Color: Green | Element: Air
The Anahata Chakra, as the name suggests, is located in the heart area. This chakra represents equilibrium and is associated with emotions such as love, attachment, compassion, trust, and passion.
When this energy area is in balance, a person feels more sympathetic, kind, hopeful, friendly, and driven.
5. Vishuddha Chakra or Throat Chakra
Color: Blue | Element: Space
The Visuddha Chakra, which corresponds to the thyroid gland, is positioned at the base of the throat. It is linked to creativity, healthy expression, and the capacity to communicate effectively.
A throat chakra blockage might manifest as shyness, stillness, a sense of weakness, or difficulty to articulate our views.
This chakra, when balanced, allows for creativity, positive self-expression, constructive communication, and a sense of fulfillment.
6. Ajna Chakra or Third Eye Chakra
Color: Indigo | Element: None
The Ajna (or Agya) Chakra is located between the brows. It is also referred to as the Third Eye Chakra, and it is widely used as a focal point to promote attention and awareness. It possesses intellect, intuition, insight, and self-awareness.
When it is out of balance, it might make you feel insecure and fearful of success, or it can make you more egoistic. Physical symptoms of an imbalance include headaches, hazy vision, and eye strain.
A person feels more spiritually and emotionally alive and confident when this chakra is active and balanced. Without the fear of death, one may become his own master, free of all attachments to material things.
7. Sahastrara Chakra or Crown Chakra
Color: Violet or White | Element: None
The crown of the head houses the Sahastrara Chakra. The seventh chakra is the spiritual, enlightenment, and dynamic thinking and energy center.
It enables the internal flow of insight and gives the gift of universal consciousness.
When it is out of balance, one may have a continual sensation of irritation, depression, and destructive feelings.
Can Chakras Affect Your Health?
Chakras are linked to the organs and glands of the region in which they are placed. As such, they have a significant impact on our health, mental state, and interpersonal relationships. This can be tracked/linked into MANY ancient healing practices as mentioned above.
The chakras can be balanced or unbalanced depending on a variety of things such as our lifestyle, environment and surroundings, prior experiences, and so on.
When a chakra is out of balance, it either becomes hypoactive or hyperactive.
Similarly, a hyperactive chakra indicates that there is too much energy pouring into that specific place, causing an imbalance in the total flow of energy throughout the body.
Because chakras are interconnected, when one of them becomes unbalanced, it disrupts the operation of the other chakras as well. This causes people to feel detached, nervous, and scared, and it can also appear as health issues in one or more parts of the body.
Chakras must be balanced to function optimally. And to do so, you must first understand what the chakras are and what you can do to care for them.
Is it possible to stimulate or balance the chakras?
Each chakra rotates at a variable rate and frequency (different for all as mentioned above). This frequency and rate may vary depending on things such as diet, lifestyle, mental processes, and so on. We imply restoring the chakras' regular speed when we talk about balancing or activating them.
Yoga, meditation, chakra cleansing, certain forms of massage, and even music may all be used to balance and realign the chakras. However, understanding them is the first and most critical step we must take in order to successfully assist in balancing our chakras.
- Chakra Guidebook: Sacral Chakra: Healing and Balancing One Chakra at a Time for Health, Happiness, and Peace: Chakra Guidebook, #2 by Rohit Sahu
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