Learn about chakras, the energy centers in your body that affect your health, emotional well-being, and relationships. Discover the seven main energy wheels in the body and the importance of keeping them open and balanced.
- What Are Chakras?
- How Many Chakras Are There?
- Which Religion Studies Chakras?
- The Origins and History of Chakras
- How Do I Know If My Chakras Are Blocked?
- How Do I Know If My Chakras Are Unblocked?
- What Are The Best Healing Methods for Unblocking Chakras?
- How Chakras Affect Your Relationships
- Are Chakras Real?
- Research Papers on Chakras
What Are Chakras?
Chakra is Sanskrit (ancient Indo-Aryan language) for ‘wheel’. In Hindu and Buddhist literature, the chakras are thought to be energy vortices in your body, shaped like petals or spoked wheels, that whirl at various speeds.
Chakras are not visible to the naked eye, you can only see them with clairvoyance, or auric vision. Imagine them as invisible spinning wheels of energy running along your spine, from your tailbone up to the top of your head.
It is believed that each chakra vibrates at a different frequency in a circular motion. The function of chakras is to spin and suck in life force energy from the Universe, energizing your body.
This universal life-giving energy flows in currents around us and is known by various names, including prana (Ayurveda), shakti (Hinduism) qi (Chinese), ki (Japanese), koach-ha-guf (Hebrew), and ether or aether in both English and Greek. This ether, or essence, is what vanishes when a person dies, leaving the flesh of the body behind.
The universal life force is thought to enter the aura through the chakra at the top of the head and filter down along the spinal column to the other chakras. The higher the position on the spinal column, the more complex the chakra.
Each chakra is associated with a specific location in the body and affects different aspects of your physical, emotional, and mental health. If a chakra is blocked or not functioning well, it can make you feel unwell. On the other hand, when your chakras are balanced and spinning smoothly, you’re likely to feel healthier and happier.
Chakras are viewed by occultists as the science of the inner body.
How Many Chakras Are There?
In Buddhism, there are 4 primary chakras. In many forms of Hinduism, there are seven.
More recently, a meditation master called Dr Amit Ray, claimed to have rediscovered 114 chakras in the human body. He claims they are connected by 72,000 nadis and even identified the names, locations, and functions of all the 114 chakras for the first time.
However, in the West, the 7-chakra system is the better-known model.
Chakras are connected to each other through thousands of pathways called nadis. A nadi is like a blood vessel or nerve. Three of the most important nadis include the sushuma, which processes energy coming in, and the ida and pingala, which are concerned with the outflow of energy.
The seven main chakras, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, are:
1. Red: The base or root chakra (muladara)
Located at the base of the spine, it is associated with basic survival needs and a sense of grounding or stability.
The lowest of the seven chakras, the root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the simplest of the seven. Red in color, it relates to physical strength as well as the senses of taste and smell. You can summon this chakra when you need courage and physical strength. It is in the base chakra that kundalini (sexual) energy is stored in a coiled state of readiness.
2. Orange: The sacral chakra (svadishana)
This chakra is orange color and is located just below the navel. It controls sexual energy and reproduction. It influences the release of adrenaline in your body and can keep it on a high state of alert. You can summon this chakra not only when you need to invoke fertility but also when you need projects and relationships to be successful. In some psychic systems, the sacral chakra is overseen by the spleen chakra, which governs digestion.
3. Yellow:The solar plexus chakra (manipura)
Located below the breastbone and above the navel, the solar plexus chakra is where mediums get their psychic information. Yellow in color, it controls the adrenal glands, and when it is out of balance, it can affect the stomach, liver, and pancreas. You can use this chakra when you want to achieve an ambition or when you are planning a career move.
4. Green: The heart chakra (anahata)
Located in the center of the chest and in the middle of your shoulder blades, the heart chakra is green in color and relates to emotions such as love and compassion. If it becomes blocked, it can affect the lungs, the heart, breathing, and immunity in general.
You can use this chakra for matters of love and friendship and for understanding others. Personally, I find an open heart chakra important for practicing psychometry. That is, a form of extrasensory perception that involves the holding of objects like a ring or watch and receiving psychic information about their owners or history.
5. Blue: The throat chakra (visudda)
Located at the top of the throat, the throat chakra is silvery blue in color and relates to creativity and self-expression. It is prominent in musicians, singers and public speakers. When it becomes blocked, your throat, ears, eyes, nose and mouth may be affected. You can use this chakra when truth and principles are at stake.
6. Purple: The third eye chakra (ajna)
Located between your eyebrows in the center of your forehead, the third eye chakra is blue/purple in color and relates to your pituitary gland. It influences intelligence, intuition, and psychic ability (it needs to be open for clairvoyance and psychic readings). When it becomes blocked, it can cause headaches and vision problems. You can use this chakra for psychic awareness and harmony.
7. Indigo Purple:The crown chakra (sahasrara)
Located at the top of your head, the crown chakra is a glowing purple color and will not open until all other chakras are balanced. When it is open, you experience the highest connection to the universal mind through your mental, physical, and spiritual self. You can use this chakra when practicing mediumship.
Which Religion Studies Chakras?
The concept of chakras is primarily associated with the spiritual traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, and only much later in the West, in the 20th century, with the advent of the New Age movement.
In Hinduism, the chakra system is an integral part of yoga and meditation practices. The concept of chakras is also present in some forms of Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism and some esoteric traditions.
It is important to note that interpretations and practices related to chakras can vary widely within each tradition and among different spiritual communities.
The Origins and History of Chakras
The origins of chakras can be traced back to the Vedas, which were ancient Indian texts that describe the principles of yoga. While the exact age of the Vedas remains uncertain, they are believed to date back thousands of years.
With the passage of time, the concept of chakras underwent an evolution, influencing Hindu and Buddhist traditions as well as healing therapies. These ideas are encompassed within a broader collection of beliefs commonly referred to as Tantra.
In the early 20th century, European spiritualists, clairvoyants, and occultists began publishing books about aspects of Tantra, including chakras. Today, these books are the basis of the Western understanding of chakras.
New Age practices often associate each chakra with a certain color, as well as astrological signs, Kabbalah, alchemy, crystals, and tarot cards. This relatively new way of thinking about chakras has gone on to influence modern alternative health practices such as homeopathy and crystal healing.
How Do I Know If My Chakras Are Blocked?
In other words, what are the signs and symptoms of a chakra imbalance?
Detecting blocked chakras involves observing physical, emotional, and mental signs. Physical symptoms like pain or discomfort in specific areas can indicate imbalances in the corresponding chakras.
Emotional imbalances may manifest as fear, insecurity, or emotional detachment. Mental struggles like lack of focus or negative thought patterns could also be indicators. Feeling low on energy or experiencing stagnation in certain areas might suggest blockages.
Trusting your intuition and seeking professional guidance can help address chakra imbalances.
Clairvoyant healers can diagnose the health of chakras by doing energy scans with their hands. Health problems often show up in chakras months or even years before they manifest in the body. When the chakras are balanced and healthy, their colours are clear and their rotation smooth, but in poor health, they become cloudy and irregular in rotation.
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How Do I Know If My Chakras Are Unblocked?
Recognizing whether your chakras are unblocked involves observing various aspects of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Here are some indicators that suggest your chakras may be balanced and flowing harmoniously:
Physical well-being: You experience a general sense of vitality and well-being. Your body feels healthy and free from chronic pains or discomforts related to specific chakras.
Emotional balance: You have a stable emotional state and are able to express your feelings and emotions appropriately. You don’t feel overwhelmed by negative emotions and can navigate life’s challenges with relative ease.
Mental clarity: Your mind feels clear and focused. You can make decisions with confidence and handle daily tasks efficiently.
Energy flow: You sense a smooth and consistent flow of energy throughout your body. You may feel sensations like warmth, tingling, or a sense of expansion in the areas corresponding to the chakras.
Creativity and inspiration: You experience a free flow of creative ideas and feel inspired in various aspects of life.
Healthy relationships: You can form and maintain healthy, meaningful connections with others, displaying empathy and understanding.
Intuition and spiritual connection: You have a heightened sense of intuition, trust your inner guidance, and feel connected to a higher purpose or spiritual aspect of life.
Adaptability and groundedness: You feel grounded and anchored in the present moment, able to adapt to life’s changes and challenges.
Remember that achieving perfect chakra balance is an ongoing journey, and it’s normal to experience fluctuations in your energy centers.
If you notice imbalances or blockages, there are various healing practices, as mentioned earlier, such as meditation, yoga, Reiki, and others, that can help address these issues and restore balance.
Trust your intuition and listen to your body to guide you in your chakra healing journey.
What Are The Best Healing Methods for Unblocking Chakras?
Several effective healing methods can help unblock chakras and restore their balance. Here are my top 12 recommendations:
- Crystal therapy
- Sound Baths
- Color therapy
- Energy healing
Practicing chakra meditation involves focusing on each chakra’s energy and visualizing it becoming clear and vibrant, promoting balance and alignment.
Chakra meditations traditionally progress from the lower chakras to the highest chakra, blossoming in the crown of the head, internalizing the journey of spiritual ascent.
However, famous occultist and clairvoyant Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner recommended beginning with the upper chakras and moving down.
Yoga practices, particularly the asana (physical postures), aim to stimulate and harmonize the chakras so that energy flows easily. Within Kundalini yoga, the techniques of breathing exercises, visualizations, mudras, bandhas, kriyas, and mantras are focused on manipulating the flow of subtle energy through chakras.
A form of energy healing, Reiki aims to channel positive energy into the body, clearing blockages and promoting healing.
Using crystals associated with each chakra, practitioners can place them on or near the body to help balance and unblock energy.
Using sound vibrations, such as singing bowls or chanting, can resonate with the chakras and promote their healing.
Using essential oils associated with each chakra during meditation or massage can aid in unblocking and harmonizing the energy centers.
Visualizing or surrounding yourself with the specific colors associated with each chakra can help stimulate and balance their energy.
Positive affirmations targeted at each chakra can aid in releasing blockages and fostering a healthy flow of energy.
Experienced energy healers can offer Chakra balancing sessions.
This therapeutic technique involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears that correspond to different organs and energy pathways in the body, including the chakras. By stimulating these reflex points, reflexology helps to release energy blockages and restore balance to the chakras.
An ancient Chinese healing practice, acupuncture uses thin needles inserted into specific points along the body’s meridian lines. By targeting these energy pathways, acupuncture can unblock and harmonize the flow of energy, promoting chakra balance and overall well-being.
As an ancient system of medicine from India, Ayurveda recognizes the importance of balancing the body, mind, and spirit for optimal health. Ayurvedic practices, such as personalized dietary recommendations, herbal remedies, and lifestyle adjustments, can aid in clearing chakra blockages and promoting energy flow.
Remember that everyone’s energy system is unique, so different methods may work better for some individuals than others. It’s essential to listen to your body, be patient, and be open to exploring various healing modalities to find what resonates best with you. Consulting with experienced practitioners can provide personalized guidance and support throughout your chakra healing journey.
How Chakras Affect Your Relationships
If you have auric vision, you can see chakras. Chakras appear as soft, swirling colors of light merging into one another and sometimes spinning in a specific direction.
Everyone has a natural direction or spin to their chakra energies – either clockwise or anticlockwise. Whatever others may say, there is no right or wrong direction.
This is a fluid situation, and many factors can cause the natural spin to reverse temporarily. When the seven major chakras are harmoniously balanced, they alternate in their direction of spin from the Base Chakra upward. This is an ideal situation to work toward, using balancing exercises.
All chakras exert an attracting or repelling action, according to their direction. A clockwise chakra attracts an anticlockwise chakra, and vice versa. This is why we sometimes feel repelled by someone for no apparent reason—their subtle energies are just not in synchronization with ours.
On the other hand, we are also drawn to some people as if they are an ‘energy magnet’. This isn’t surprising when we learn more about the chakras, for even our choice of sexual partner is affected by them.
We give off ”vibes’—energy messages—through our chakras to attract a partner. During lovemaking, a chakra ideally aligns with another of the opposite directional spin. So by balancing our chakras we are more likely to attract partners who are destined to enhance our auric energy field.
In the future, perhaps we will realize harmony in relationships and families is intrinsically linked to maintaining vibrant energy fields.
Are Chakras Real?
Is there any evidence for chakras? To date, there is little empirical scientific evidence to support the existence of chakras. The main problem is that chakras cannot be identified or measured with scientific tools in the same way we can other parts of the body like organs or cells. This is why people wonder if chakras are legit.
Even yoga practitioners acknowledge that chakras have not been quantifiably measured in a significant way. They maintain however, that not being able to scientifically measure something, should negate its existence. They also argue that scientists have conducted very little research on the topic, and also still lack the technology necessary to do so.
However, some interesting research has opened the field to speculation.
Chakra Frequency Studies
Though studies are few, there seems to be some scientific evidence to suggest that chakras may be like acupuncture points and meridians which radiate electrical frequencies. One such study (Jalil et al, 2015) found, when using a hand-held radiofrequency meter, each chakra radiates a unique frequency in the MHz band range.
The chakras mean frequencies ranged from 29 MHz to 86 MHz, with the highest frequencies found at the third eye and crown chakras.
Overall, this information is consistent with the emerging fields of biofield therapy and energy medicine.
The biofield, also known as your aura, is a large field that extends around the body. While you cannot see your aura with the naked eye, it can be captured with an aura camera. Chakras appear to be part of the biofield, creating electrical and magnetic fields, just like other parts of the body such as heart cells and neurons.
Nervous System Studies
Some researchers propose that chakras may correlate to certain physical aspects of our bodies, particularly elements of the nervous system.
The nervous system, encompassing the brain and spinal column, is a network of nerves that branch off into bundles, known as plexuses, to connect with various parts of the body. The principal chakras, situated along the spine, may correspond with the central nervous system and different nerve plexuses. This might elucidate their supposed connection to specific aspects of health.
For instance, a cadaver study in 2017 indicated a potential link between the root chakra and the inferior hypogastric plexus. This plexus is responsible for transmitting signals to the rectum and reproductive organs, which aligns with the purported influence of the root chakra.
Research Papers on Chakras
- The Chakra System as a Framework for Holistic Educational Development. Michele DiPietro, 2021.
- A Brief History of the Chakras in Human Body. Adalbert Schneider, 2019.
- Kundalini Chakras Science. Dhalbahadur Khatri, 2022.
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