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The word chakra means wheel of light in the language of Sanskrit. Chakras are the body's internal energy centers, and are aligned vertically near the spine. Energy enters the body through the base and progresses towards the head. The 7 chakras are vortex points where these forces mingle, with each producing a distinctive energy pattern. The purpose of the 7 chakras is to absorb, transform, and distribute the body's internal energy, known by terms like prana, life force, or chi. Specific organs and body parts are associated with each chakra, as well as corresponding behavioral, emotional, and personality patterns. It's important to note that the chakras are in constant interplay, and can really only be separated intellectually.

The 7 chakras are very much connected with physical, mental, and emotional development and health. In a healthy individual, all the chakras are balanced and energy flows freely and naturally through them. Similar to the principles of Feng Shui, energy can sometimes flow too strongly or too weakly, or be blocked entirely. If this happens in one or more chakras, there will be a corresponding distortion or disharmony which affects patterns of health.

Sometimes, chakras get "stuck" open or closed, and it's important to uncover the root of this state for energetic balance.
How does one balance the chakras? There are several ways:

*Meditation and visualization
*Yoga and physical exercises
*Vocalized sounds/mantras
*Healing methods
*Mudras (hand positions)
*Mantras and vocalizations
*Understanding and addressing the root cause of chakra disharmony (behavior and thought patterns)
*Life experience

When you begin to study chakras, you may find that authors have differing opinions on which body parts and organs are associated with each chakra. However, the majority of information on the 7 chakras seems to be consistent for the most part. Authors add their own take to the system, as well. Caroline Myss, for example, teaches that there is an 8th chakra which deals with symbolic sight and archetypal energy. Anodea Judith, however, ascribes archetypal sight and identity to the 6th chakra (the 3rd eye). Barbara Ann Brennan adds layers to the chakras and correlates them with auras. As you can see, there's quite a bit of information out there!

As a composite system, the seven chakras describe a set of patterns that are evident through many aspects of life. In terms of cultural evolution, they describe the stages our race has been through and where we are going, from the first chakra survival consciousness of the Paleolithic era to the power-dominated (third chakra) consciousness of the present era.

In terms of individual development, the chakras describe the progression from infancy to early adulthood that repeats itself again from adulthood to old age as we establish our survival strategies, form sexual relationships, develop our personal power, communicate, plan ahead, and learn. As we understand the significance of these levels, we can better develop appropriate strategies for coping with our situations, whether personal or cultural.

Chakras are sometimes referred to as lotuses, for they open and close like a flower, and in the Tantric system they are shown with a varying number of petals. The petals, ranging from four at the base chakra to 1,000 or more at the crown, express their vibratory rate.

When a chakra is closed, the life force energy cannot travel through that part of the body, and one might say that the programming in that chakra is locked in a restrictive pattern. If this is the case, we feel a lack in our lives in its related area (such as the ability to communicate, chakra 5), and our physical health in the chakra’s related functions may also be affected (sore throat, tight neck).

A chakra can also be "overblown" if it is out of balance with the other chakras in the system. In this case, that particular chakra uses so much of the body’s energy and the mind’s attention that other areas become deficient. An overblown third chakra causes an attachment to holding power over others hindering the ability to find the love and balance associated with the heart chakra directly above. As the chakras are discussed individually, the results of a chakra that is too closed or too open will be examined more closely.

With attention and understanding, we can control and influence our chakras. They can be developed like muscles, programmed like a computer, nurtured like a seed, or closed like a book. Development of the chakras occurs through understanding the system as a whole and then working directly on specific areas. Techniques may include physical exercises, processing of old traumas through therapy, visualization and meditation, chanting of mantras, working with their elements, herbs, or gemstones, and personal ritual, as well as the general lessons that are brought to us through our daily lives. The body is a vehicle of consciousness.

The chakras can be seen as the wheels of life that carry this vehicle through its evolutionary journey toward self-empowerment. Within us, these wheels are like gears, each one appropriate for different activities or stages of life. As we open our chakras, we become more conscious and more fully alive. Our journey becomes smoother, more productive, yet more exciting as we become more fully who we are.


Together, the seven chakras form a connecting ladder between matter and consciousness, body and mind. Each of us forms this ladder as the steps are found within us.

In order for us to be whole, the ladder must be complete. Therefore, each chakra is of equal importance, and the blocking of one chakra can make an excess or deficiency in another part of the system.

Individually, the chakras can give us important clues about our strengths and weaknesses, outlining areas in which we need to work on ourselves. It must be remembered, however, that the chakras form a complete system, and diagnosis or attention to any one area should always be seen in relation to the whole. THE CHAKRA SYSTEM
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel, the chakras are energy vortices allowing energy to pass freely through the subtle bodies.
There are over 300 minor chakras throughout the subtle bodies. Seven of these are referred to as the main chakras, these are the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras. The 7 main chakras are joined at intervals along the spine on the etheric plane. Their function is to receive white light drawn in from the aura that is broken down into its component colors. They allow the free flow of energy, which promotes good health and vitality. If an energy blockage arises this may cause physical ailments that correspond to the area of the blockage, by working with the chakras a balance of energy can be maintained and the health and well being of the person stabilized.
There are many methods that can be used to aid balance in the chakra system. Meditation, spiritual healing and acupuncture are all excellent methods of keeping your energy centers in balance, but simply eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise will help too.
Each of the seven main chakras is connected to a corresponding gland or organ in the physical body. A blockage of energy in a chakra my affect the area that the chakra is connected to. As we can see below each chakra is also represented with its own color. You may notice that these colors are the colors of the spectrum, each of progressively higher vibration as we move up the chakra system.

Chakra Seven:
Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge
This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

Chakra Six:
Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection
This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture."

Chakra Five:
Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression
This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.

Chakra Four:
Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance
This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness

Chakra Three:
Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition
This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.

Chakra Two:
Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification
The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.

Chakra One:
Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

Working With The Chakras
The energy systems of the subtle bodies respond to thoughts, and by using directed meditation it is possible to adjust the energy flow. With the chakras open you are able to connect to the life force that permeates all of life, this is often referred to as Prana or Chi. As you begin working with these subtle energies it is likely that you will not notice any physical sensation, however, as you continue practising your senses will develop and you will soon be able to feel the energy moving throughout your system.
Deep Breathing/Deep Relaxation

Lying on your back in a still quiet atmosphere start by deeply relaxing your feet. ...

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