Re-Connecting with the source
THE CHAKRAS - the Energy Generators
of Life -
The word Chakra comes from Sanskrit and means vortex or
spinning wheel. The Chakras are specialized energy centers
in the subtle bodies, each associated with a major nerve
plexus and endocrine gland in the gross (physical) body.
There are 7 major chakras and 21 minor chakras. Dysfunction
at the level of the Chakras can, therefore be associated
with pathological changes in the nervous system, and can
result in under activity of any of their key endocrine glands
e.g. decreased Throat Chakra energy - hypothyroidism / depression.
The Chakras are doorways of consciousness through which
emotional / mental / spiritual forces flow into physical
expression. As centers of transformation, the chakras step
down subtle energies and transform them into nerve, cellular
and hormonal energy within the physical body. The conduits
or subtle pathways which facilitate this interchange between
psycological and physical energy are called nadis.
- the seven major chakras -
1. BASE CHAKRA
- Muladhara -
Located at the base of the spine
Organs: Kidneys / Adrenals
Sense Organ: Nose
Work Organ: Anus
During the first 7 years of development, we express ourselves
through this seat of consciousness. Our interests revolve
around being fed, nurtured and primarily surviving. The
earth is being grasped as a new experience. The child must
ground him/her self and establish the laws of their world.
The main problem of the child, or adult acting from the
first chakra motivation is violent behavior based on insecurity.
As adults if we continue to express ourselves healthily
through this seat of consciousness we are grounded yet highly
motivated. We therefore have a good sense of our place in
relation to the material world and fell secure within it.
Limited expression through the base chakra is often reflected
in insecurity when relating to the material world and may
make us feel at odds or detached from our environment.
2. SEXUAL - (sacral) CHAKRA
- Svadhisthana -
Located just below the navel
Emotion: Love (for others)
Organs: Affects all bodily fluids / urogenital
system; reproductive system; blood flow
Sense Organ: Tongue
Work Organ: Genitals
From the seventh year of life until the age of about fourteen,
we begin to discover our sensual/sexual body. Along with
it evolves our imagination and creativity. Fantasy enters
as the person begins interacting with family and friends.
The earth element (BASE) dissolves into the (WATER) element
hence its connection. This relationship with water (essence
of life) has to do with the fluids of the body - blood,
urine, lymph, sexual fluids etc.
If we cease expressing ourselves through this chakra either
because it is unacceptable to society or painful to ourselves
can produce feelings of inadequacy, possessiveness and jealousy.
A person who is well centered in this chakra is a person
with healthy body awareness and high self love / esteem.
3. SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
- Manipura -
Located in the center of the rib cage
Organs: Gall bladder, Liver, Stomach, Spleen
Sense Organ: Eyes
Work Organ: Feet & Legs
From age fourteen to twenty-one we reach the stage where
we begin to develop our own sense of personal power in a
positive way and gives us the ability to manifest our dreams.
Because most of us struggled with the first two chakras,
by the time we reach this stage our sense of personal power
is often distorted, limited or non-existent. The solar plexus
chakra is associated with the stomach (digestion), spleen
(transformation & purification of blood), pancreas (secretes
digestive juice, pancreatic, and insulin), liver (produces
bile and converts carbohydrates into energy/glucogens),
and the gall bladder (stores bile). These are our organs
of digestion and assimilation, not just of food, but of
emotions and ultimately life.
Disfunction at this level can lead to ‘masking’
of our insecurities causing us to become either extroverts
If we are healthily centered and expressing ourselves
through this chakra, we have high self esteem and the natural
ability to manifest abundance on all levels which in turn
is reflected in our interaction with our environment.
4. HEART CHAKRA
- Anahata -
Located in the center of the chest
Emotion: Joy / Sadness
Organs: Heart, Lungs, Thymus
Sense Organ: Skin
Work Organ: Hands
(Affects the Circulatory system. Anchors the Prana - Life
Force Energy - of the body)
The Heart Chakra is the seat of balance within the body
and its dynamism is dependant on love of Self. From ages
twenty-one to twenty-eight the heart chakra becomes important
to us as it expands and becomes more dynamic. This is usually
the time when we fall in love for the first time with someone.
As the quality of the heart chakra is self-love, it is the
chakra through which many of us have a great deal of trouble
expressing ourselves. This falling in love is important
as it reminds us of an aspect of ourselves which we may
have forgotten or neglected either consciously or subconsciously.
The heart chakra is consideed the seat of ‘balance
in the body’. It is associated not only with the heart,
but also the lungs and thymus (immune system). The heart
chakra anchors the life force prana - our breathing, a vital
yet sadly misunderstood function of the body as it is our
ability to breath properly which determines our overall
health. Laughter and joy have an extremely positive effect
on the thymus which in turn strengthens the immune system.
5. THROAT CHAKRA
- Vishuddha -
Located in the center of the throat
Yantra: Crescent moon
Glands: Thyroid / Parath / Hypothal
Sense Organ: Ears
Work Organ: Mouth (vocal chords)
The throat chakra is associated with the thyroid gland
(growth and development), the parathyroid gland (produces
hormones regulating metabolism), and the hypothalamus (regulates
body temperature) It governs from ages twenty-eight to thirty-five.
Earth (BASE) dissolves into water (SEXUAL) which in turn
evaporates in the fiery third chakra (SOLAR PLEXUS). The
form of fire enters the fourth chakra (HEART) and remains
there as the essence of form and vision, our selflove is
reflected back at us. The air of the heart chakra enters
the Fifth chakra (THROAT) and becomes pure sound, our ability
to communicate. The throat chakra embodies the essence of
all five elements hence the term ether.
Imbalance at this level may show itself in an inability
to express oneself verbally or to communicate well. If we
have difficulty bringing our deep inner-knowing, thoughts
and emotions together in verbal expression, it may be a
sign that we need to give more focus to this chakra.
A person truly centered in this chakra will voice not
intellectually or emotionally programmed belief systems,
but will speak from a place of knowing and deep inner truth.
6. BROW CHAKRA
- Ajna -
Located in the center of the forehead
Element: of each of the 7
Yantra: Circle + 2 lotus petals
Colour: Purple (or Indigo)
Glands: Pituitary (vitalizes Cerebellum
- Lower Brain)
Sense Organ: Left Eye
It is from the sixth chakra that we project our inner
dreams outward and manifest them on the physical level.
Here is our seat of intuition, insight and creativity. Here
we begin to ask questions of the Spirit, questioning our
existence and interrelationship with the universe. This
chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, which functions
rather like the orchestral conductor of all the other glands
and responds very sensitively to light. Sometimes referred
to as the 3rd eye.
7. CROWN CHAKRA
- Sahasrara -
Located at the crown of the head
Yantra: Circle - thousand petaled lotus
Gland: Pineal, Cerebral Cortex
Sense Organ: Right Eye
It is in the crown chakra we experience the meeting of
heaven and earth. It is here that your Higher Self or inner
spark, atman (whatever term you feel comfortable with) interacts
with the outer world. If you are balanced and centered in
this chakra, one is reflected within the other. The presence
of the divine within Self are experienced.The illusion of
individual self or ego is dissolved and union is achieved.
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