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Chakras

Chakras

To understand Chakras it is first necessary to understand the subtle bodies.

We have a field of electro-magnetic energy that surrounds our physical body which can be called the Aura. While from a scientific point of view all we can say is that the human body has a certain amount of electricity within it, many people, and many people from a scientific background, can sense the Aura and some use it as a diagnostic tool (See Barbra Ann Brennan’s Hands of Light).

There are other subtle bodies including the etheric and the emotional bodies and the number and name of these bodies very much depend on which tradition you are taking the information from. We can say that generally the subtle bodies surround and encompass the physical body. However, there are many points of contact between the various bodies and we can refer to these as Chakras. Energy passes through these points of contact but if the energy becomes blocked then it can lead to stress on physical and energetic bodies which can result in disease and other bodily issues.

Chakra comes from the Indian Sanskrit Language and means “wheel.” The Chakras swirl as energy passes through them and the speed at which they move is different for different areas of the body. The Chakras in the lower parts of the body swirl slower and are considered to be low vibration while the higher body chakras swirl faster and are high vibration. The seven main chakras are positioned from the base of the spine to the top of the head and are represented in colour by the colours of the spectrum.

There are many more Chakras than seven but for the purposes of understanding their use we can concentrate on the main seven.

Chakra 1

The Root Chakra is situated at the base of the spine and the colour associated with it is Red. In Sanskrit it is called Malahadara. It is concerned with our connection to our physical surroundings and issues of security, self-preservation and vitality. The element associated with it is Earth.

Chakra 2

The Sacral Chakra is situated in the lower abdomen area and the colour associated with it is Orange. In Sanskrit it is called Swadhisthana. It is concerned with our sense of place in our surroundings and issues of Intimacy, sexuality, confidence and sociability. The element associated with it is Water.

Chakra 3

The Solar Plexus Chakra is situated in the stomach area and the colour associated with it is Yellow. In Sanskrit it is called Manipura. It is concerned with our sense of purpose and issues of personal power, optimism, mental clarity, and self-control. The element associated with it is Fire.

Chakra 4

The Heart Chakra is situated in the heart area and the colour associated with it is Green. In Sanskrit it is called Anahata. It is concerned with how we hold things in balance and issues of relationships, compassion, forgiveness and harmony. The element associated with it is Air.

Chakra 5

The Throat Chakra is situated in the throat area and the colour associated with it is Blue. In Sanskrit it is called Vishudda. It is concerned with how we express ourselves and issues of wisdom, trust, creative expression and organisation. The element associated with it is Ether.

Chakra 6

The Third Eye Chakra is situated in the brow/forehead area and the colour associated with it is Royal Blue. In Sanskrit it is called Ajna. It is concerned with our imagination and issues of intuition, psychic ability, understanding and memory. All elements are associated with it.

Chakra 7

The Crown Chakra is situated at the top of the head and the colour associated with it is Violet. In Sanskrit it is called Sahasrara. It is concerned with our sense of connection to our higher self and issues of enlightenment, charisma, awareness and trancendence. The element associated with it is Conciousness.

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