Chakra

 

The word chakra is Sanskrit and means wheel or disk. Each chakra signifies one of the seven main energy centres in the body. Each of these centres correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column.

In addition the chakras correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages in life, colours, sounds and body functions.

Our body has many such energy centres, the most important are the seven main chakras. Through those centres the aura and the body gain the necessary energy to live. They influence our mind, body and psyche. If an energy centre is blocked, then the energy flow is disturbed, leading to physical and/or mental illness.

Crown

Crown centre

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, space less place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

Third Eye

Third Eye centre

Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection

This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye centre. 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."

Throat

Throat centre

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.

Heart

Heart centre

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

Solar Plexus

Solar Plexus centre

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.

Sacral

Sacral centre

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.

Root

Root Centre

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.

For practical work it is important to know that the direction in which each centre turns differs between men and women:

Energy Centre

Female

Male

Root
left
right
Sacral
right
left
Solar Plexus
left
right
Heart
right
left
Throat
left
right
Third Eye
right
left
Crown
left
right

 

 

 

 

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