The Seven Chakras and their Meanings
Here I hope to answer some questions about chakras. Where does the word Chakra come from or originated. What does chakra mean? What are chakras? What do chakras do? How do chakras work? The meaning of each chakra and how it relates to our life and health.
Chakras an Introduction
The word Chakra comes from an ancient Indian language known as Sanskrit, chakra means vortex, spinning wheel or circle. Chakras are the major centres of spiritual power in the human body and are circles of energy which balance, store and distribute the energies of life all through our physical body along the subtle body. The subtle body is the non physical body or otherwise known as our soul or spirit, which overlays our physical body.
What Are the Chakras?
Chakras are energy centers, or portals in the human energy field. Located along the central channel of the body from the base of the spine to the top of the head, they are conceived of as whirling, wheel-like vortices through which universal/cosmic energy flows into and out of a person.
There are seven major chakras, plus many minor ones. Each chakra corresponds to specific glands, organs, and facets of your being.
Energy flows through the chakra system in two ways. First, it flows up and down along the central channel (center of body), connecting the chakras. Second, it flows horizontally, in an exchange of energy with the cosmos.
Where are the Chakras located?
The seven major chakra symbols of the core body, and what color represents them.
Base or Root Chakra (last bone in spinal cord)-Red
Sacral Chakra (ovaries/prostate)-Orange
Solar Plexus Chakra (navel area)-Yellow
Heart Chakra (heart area)-Green
Throat Chakra (throat and neck area)-Blue
Brow or Third Eye Chakra (pineal gland or third eye)-Indigo
Crown Chakra (Top of head)-Voilet
The root chakra is the first chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element. It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for expansion in your life. The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life. It supports us in growing and feeling safe into exploring all the aspects of life. It is related to our feeling of safety and security, whether it’s physical or regarding our bodily needs or metaphorical regarding housing and financial safety.
The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. Its element is water and as such, its energy is characterized by flow and flexibility. The function of the sacral chakra is directed by the principle of pleasure. The sacral chakra is associated with the realm of emotions. It’s the center of our feelings and sensations. It’s particularly active in our sexuality and the expression of our sensual and sexual desires.
Motivated by pleasure, it’s the driving force for the enjoyment of life through the senses, whether it’s auditory, through taste, touch, or sight. The sacral chakra allows us to “feel” the world around and in us. As such, it’s an important chakra at the foundation of our feeling of well-being.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus chakra is the third chakra. It is associated with the expression of will, power, mental abilities, and personal responsibility. Its element is fire and as such, its energy is characterized by transmutation and heat. The Solar Plexus chakra is directed by the principle of power and the intellect. The solar plexus chakra main function is to provide energy to move forward and realize desires and intentions. It is at the base of the development of personal power. This energy center feeds one’s direction in life and the actions taken in order to reach your goals. It’s also central in the preoccupations about social status and how one shows herself to others.
The Heart chakra is the fourth chakra. Located at the center of the chakra system, it bridges the spiritual and the earthly chakras. It is associated with the many expressions of love, compassion, and relating to others and oneself. The function of the Heart chakra is driven by the principle of connection and integration. Love is the energy that helps transfigure emotions and experiences. It’s an essential element of any relationship and relating. Love in the heart chakra is not just about romance, but about going beyond the limit of the ego and preoccupations with oneself into compassion and acceptance of all that is.
The heart chakra is also a center through which we experience beauty in life. Seeing the world through a balanced fourth chakra is being in a state of openness and acceptance that brings us in touch with our world and ourselves in profound and fulfilling ways.
The Throat chakra is the fifth chakra. Located at the center of the neck at the level of the throat, it is the passage of the energy between the lower parts of the body and the head. The function of the Throat chakra is driven by the principle of expression and communication. It is through this chakra that we manifest what we want in life. A healthy throat chakra makes your voice clear and it resonates with truth. The words are a creative expression of the honestly and trust we feel within.
The Throat chakra is about the expression of yourself: Your truth, purpose in life, creativity. Note that this chakra has a natural connection with the second chakra or sacral chakra, center of emotions and creativity as well. The throat chakra’s emphasis is on expressing and projecting the creativity into the world according to its perfect form or authenticity.
Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is the sixth chakra. Located on the forehead, between the eyebrows, it is the center of intuition and foresight. The function of the third eye chakra is driven by the principle of openness and imagination. A healthy third eye gives us the power to perceive every reflection from the outer world, as a direct call for us to accept it as ours, heal and love it. When the sixth chakra is balanced we are able to see auras and spirit guides which help us to look into the past and see into the future. We are able to link into our intuition, imagination, visualize, concentrate, have insight, enlightenment and a finely tuned awareness; it also defines fantasy and reality. This chakra physically influences the eyes, vision, nose, central nervous system, brain and pituitary gland.
The seventh chakra is known as the crown chakra and is situated on the top of the head or crown area. This chakra is represented by the colours violet or white Sahasara mandala and is also symbolised by sacred spirits. The seventh chakra is the foundation of our spiritual body and links us to the highest guidance, the creation. It influences spiritual will, inspiration, idealism and celestial knowledge it is our connection with the universe. This chakra physically influences the cerebral cortex, cerebrum, central nervous system, glands and the pineal gland, pituitary gland and hormones related to them.
When the crown chakra is balanced we are released from ego driven desires, we are able to trust in our highest guidance and know that we are guided in all that we do.
Now I hope I was able to answer some of your questions on What are chakras and how it relates to the body through the 7 major chakras. All together there are 12 chakras – the later is based more on a spiritual level.
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