The 7 Chakras of the Human Body
There are 7 internal chakras and 7 sacred directions. What is the connection? Chakra is a Sanskrit word and has the meaning of “wheel“. These ‘wheels‘ of rotating energy are located on prime meridians of energy located over major energy connections within the body’s energy field.
These energy centre’s or chakras allow us to detect the flow of energy within our bodies and through that process we are able to balance and enhance our energetic and emotional bodies, spiritual bodies if you will. There are a number of different methods that can be used to balance our chakras and influence these energy flows. Some balancing methods include the use of various coloured crystals, specific meditations aimed at detecting the chakras, reiki energy healing, sounds and vibrations such as music. Our body contains seven major sites which we can access to assist in aligning the flow of energy throughout our energy body or aura. These centres are very closely linked with our state of health and well-being. (source: 7 Chakras of the Body by Gail Faulkner)
The Base, Root or Kundalini Chakra is found at the base of the spine. This is the most basic of all the energy centres and it influences our need for survival, security and belonging. This energy centre grounds us with the physical presence of the earth and is associated with the colour red. When this chakra is in balance we are able to feel our connection to all things natural and of the earth.
The Sacral Chakra (some link this to Tantra), is found near the sexual centre or genitals. This chakra is believed to influence our emotions, sexual energy and creativity. Linkages for this chakra include our reproductive systems, water and our creativity. It is linked to the colour orange and when balanced this chakra allows us to become open, inviting and friendly.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is found near the navel and around a nerve centre known as the solar plexus. Personality, our feelings of identity, self-esteem, our passion for life and control over our own destiny are said to be controlled and formulated through this chakra. The colour yellow is used to represent this chakra and it is linked to the fire element. Balancing this chakra can provide a sense of inner peace and tolerance for diversity in others.
The Heart Chakra is easily found within the chest. Our feelings and emotions are developed and processed through this chakra. This includes our ability to feel tenderness, bitterness, courage, vulnerability, forgiveness and hurt among many others. The element of air and the colour green are linked to this chakra. When this chakra is balanced you may have a better understanding and acceptance of your life and the relationships you develop.
The Throat Chakra is another easily located centre. It can be found below the jaw and between the collar bones just above the clavicle notch. Through this chakra we communicate our emotions and thought to others. The colour light blue and an element known to spiritualist as ‘ether’ are linked to this chakra. Balancing this chakra can provide you with an ease of communication and expressiveness you did not think you could posses.
The Third Eye is more difficult to locate. It is generally found slightly above the midpoint and between the eyes on your forehead. This chakra is linked to our intuition, the colour indigo and it is believed to link to all the elements. Through balancing our third eye we can connect with Higher Power or to universal consciousness. We become more aware of our spiritual nature and can learn to trust our intuition.
The Crown Chakra is found at the top of the head. This chakra connects us directly to the 5 external chakras and through them to the 9 dimensions of the universe. The colour violet is linked to this chakra. (source: Ceri Balston – EzineArticles.com)
What about the 7 Sacred Directions you ask? Well, I’ll be discussing those in Part 2.
Image: Skeleton chakra chart
Very informative articles little brother 🙂
Holly Jo Armstrong
Thank you for posting this! I have wondered about the different Chakras and what they meant. But, I still have a question as to what their numbers are? I was told that certain ones are more open than others, but was only told by numbers. So, is the Root Chakra the 1st Chakra or 7th? Sorry so stupid about this!!
Namaste Holly Jo
It is my understanding that the chakras number from the root or base chakra. That is, the root chakra is number 1 with the crown chakra being number 7.
I hope this helps in sorting out which of your chakras are open or closed.
The Hindu religion talks of 3.3 million or 33 Koti demigods. These correspond to the 33 components or bead-like structures found on the Merudand (spine). These are called vertebrae.
Aiping – Thank you for your comment. I was unaware of the correlation between the spine and the demigods. I’m appreciative of the information you have supplied.
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There are important points of Energy called Chakras. They spin from the end of the spine up to your crown. When one or more of these chakras are running slow or blocked, you experience imbalances at all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. You can manage the mental and physical fatigue by getting your chakras balanced and activated. An Energy Assesment will help you identified those chakras that need to be re-activated, as well as the emotional cause from many other physical and mental issues.