The Magic of Chakras
The Chakra System
Chakra is a word that comes from the Sanskrit and its meaning is 'wheel', and if you could see the chakras they would manifest themselves as a whirling wheel in the physical body. Some people can see chakras and they do describe the chakras as such, turning wheels of energy. In these wheels the various levels of consciousness cross or meet each other. With the meaning "wheel" in mind you could compare these energy centres as a set of cogwheels that make sure that the whole is in working order. When one of these cogwheels drags or if it is broken, the whole will not operate as intended, and to 'repair' the cogwheel colour therapy can be used.
The psychologist C. G. Jung called the chakras the portals to consciousness, and this is an excellent way to describe these centres of energy in the body, especially if you know how they work. By rotating energy is attracted, and given off, and you can compare the chakras to receiving stations or transformators, that take up the prana, the live energy, and divide it up in the body. On a physical level chakras correspond with the endocrine glands and nerve knots. You could also call the chakras the organs of the energetic body. Every chakra has its own connection, association and meaning. Balancing the chakras leads to good health. When a chakra doesn't function by not taking up enough energy, or by taking up too much energy, a disharmony in the chakra system will come into existence, which can eventually lead to illness. Often the illness is manifested in the area or an organ in the body at the spot where the chakra that isn't functioning correctly is located.
The main chakras are located along the middle of the spinal cord and the vertical column that you see when all chakra's are aligned is called sushumna, the energy travelling upwards is called ida and the energy travelling downwards is called pingala. These two energy streams twist around the sushumna that functions as a central axis. You can see this as the two snakes that are entwined around the staff of the healer, the symbol of the healer, the cadeceus, therefore can be seen as the symbol of life energy.
You can compare these energy centres as a set of cogwheels that make sure that the whole is in working order. When one of these cogwheels drags or if it is broken, the whole will not operate as intended, and to 'repair' the cogwheel various therapies can be used. The chakras correspond with colours, tones and other processes. The seven main chakras correspond with the seven colours of the rainbow and the electromagnetic spectre. Blockages in the chakras can be healed by exposing them to the energy waves of:
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Scented Oils (Aroma therapy)
But how do you know where a blockage is in your chakra system? If you are ill at the moment, it is obvious there is a blockage somewhere.
You can track these blockages by using a pendulum for example. Take the pendulum in your hand and put your other hand on the root chakra. Connect to your higher self and look at the motion that the pendulum makes.
Do the same for all chakras and if there is a change in motions you make a note of it. If your pendulum hardly moves at all, the chakra does not take up much energy or no energy at all, and if it moves in large uncontrolled motions the chakra probably takes up too much energy.
You can solve the disharmony in the chakras by the laying on of stones. As soon as frequencies higher and more pure than the level of the chakra at that moment, the chakra will start to vibrate faster and the slower frequencies of the blockages will slowly be dissolved. The prana streaming in, will charge the etherical body and the etherical body on its turn gives off the energy to the physical body. The prana also streams into the emotional and mental bodies and because of this any blockages there will also be dissolved, because the vibrations there are slower than the energy streaming in. Eventually the life energy is flowing through all nadis (the etherical veins that distribute the prana in the body), of the energy system and body, mind and soul are vibrating to a higher frequency and health and joy will be increased. During this process of purification of the chakras and the energy system you may feel uneasy, irritated and/or tired. The same experiences that caused the blockages in the first place, your fears, pain or anger, can come to surface during this process, just like the physical ailments just before they are purified away entirely. As soon as the energy ways are cleared, you will feel better, happier and more clear.
The body is built up out of seven major chakras and a few secondary chakras. The major chakras and their corresponding colours are:
|7. Crown Chakra||Purple|
|6. Brow Chakra||Indigo|
|5. Throat Chakra||Blue|
|4. Heart Chakra||Green|
|3. Solar Plexus||Yellow|
|2. Sexual Chakra||Orange|
|1. Root Chakra||Red|
The Seven Main Chakras
The main chakras have been depicted as lotus flowers for centuries, and each of the chakras resonates with another frequency in the body and corresponds with a unique colour that is visible in the prism or rainbow. Although the seven main chakras are not physically visible in the body for most of us, they are undisputedly connected to our lives and our endocrine system. The endocrine system consists of a series of glands that take care of the production of hormones in our body. A disharmony in one of these glands will cause major health problems. The impact that an illness of one of these endocrine glands has on your life and health is unfortunately still underestimated by many.
The first chakra - RootThe Root chakra is called Muladhara in Sanskrit. The meaning of Muladhara is 'root' or 'support'. The Root chakra is depicted as a four leafed lotus with a square in its centre in which a triangle facing downward is depicted.
This chakra is situated at the end of the spinal cord at the tail-bone in the back and the pubic bone in the front. The first chakra corresponds with the glandulae suprarenales. (Sorry for the Latin term, my dictionary lacks medical terms in English) The Root chakra is associated with survival and safety. All that you have achieved in the material world is derived from the energy of the first chakra. The life lesson this chakra teaches us is standing up for oneself.
When this chakra is blocked you may feel frightened, paranoid, insecure and frustrated. Physical problems that coincide with a blockage in this chakra are: obesity, anorexia nervosa, sore knees, arthritis, hip problems, problems of the lower back, the glandulae suprarenales, the spinal cord and the reproductive organs.
The second chakra - SacralThe Sacral chakra is also called the Belly chakra or Sex chakra, its original Sanskrit name is Svadisthana. The meaning of Svadisthana is 'sweetness' or 'amiable'. The Sacral chakra is depicted as a six leafed lotus containing a white circle that in turn contains a pale blue moon crescent and within the crescent a crocodile with fish tail (the makara) is found.
This chakra is situated in the lower belly, between the navel and the sex organs. The second chakra corresponds with the ovaries in the female and the testicles in the male in the endocrine system. Although opinions vary with reference to the male sex organs and the second chakra, it is usually accepted that the male sex organs are also connected to the Sacral chakra. Others say that the male sex organs are situated in the Root chakra. The Sacral chakra is connected to sexuality and emotions. It is the centre where your taste for certain things are developed, as well as self development and creative expression. The life lesson this chakra has to teach us is how to reveal motives.
When this chakra is blocked you may feel manipulated, lack concentration and be oversensitive. Also an exaggerated sexual impulse or the opposite, no sexual impulses are problems that come from a blockage in this chakra. Physical problems that are connected to a blockage in this chakra are: kidney failure, bladder and large intestine problems, but also frigidity, nymphomania and diseases of the uterus, ovaries, prostate and testicles. Also food allergies and intolerances are related to this chakra.
The third chakra - NavelThe Navel chakra is also called the Solar Plexus, its original Sanskrit name is Manipura. Manipura means 'sparkling jewel'. The Navel chakra is depicted as a ten leafed lotus flower enclosing an inverted triangle with on all three sides a swastika, the swastika is the Hindu symbol for the fire element. Sometimes the Hindu God of the Fire, Agni, is also integrated into the picture, as his avatar the Ram.
This chakra is situated between the twelfth breast vertebra and the first lumbar vertebra, near the belly button. The third chakra is connected to the pancreas in the endocrine system. The Solar Plexus is the seat of the personality, the ego, and the will power, this chakra controls our contacts, relationships and emotional relations, but also astral travel and spiritual growth. The life lesson this chakra has to offer is that it is worthwhile taking risks and gives one self confidence and self respect.
If this chakra is blocked you may feel insecure, but also depressed and worry about other people's opinions. Physical problems that are connected to a blockage in this chakra are: digestion problems, diabetes, food allergies, gall bladder problems, but also insomnia and irritability are connected to a blocked Solar Plexus.
The fourth chakra - HeartThe Heart chakra is called Anahata in Sanskrit. The literal translation of Anahata is 'unbeaten' or 'sound made without two items slammed together'. The Heart chakra is depicted as a lotus flower with twelve leaves that contain a six pointed star (Salomon's seal). The six pointed star consists of two triangles and symbolises the balance between body and mind.
This chakra is situated behind the breast bone on the front of the body and between the shoulder blades on the back of the body. The fourth chakra is connected to the thymus gland in the endocrine system. The Heart chakra stands for love and its life lesson is forgiveness and compassion towards others as well as towards oneself.
When this chakra is blocked you may be afraid to get hurt, feel sorry of yourself or deem yourself unworthy to receive love. Physical problems connected to a blockage in this chakra are: heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia and respiratory problems.
The fifth chakra - ThroatThe original Sanskrit name for the Throat chakra is Visshuda. Visshuda means 'purification' or 'cleansing'. The Throat chakra is depicted as a sixteen leafed lotus flower containing an inverted triangle that represents speech and in turn contains a full moon.
This chakra is situated between the third and fifth neck vertebra and opens towards the throat. The fifth chakra corresponds with the thyroid and parathyroids in the endocrine system. The Throat chakra is the centre of communication, speech, but also hearing and listening are controlled by this centre. The life lesson thought by this chakra is self expression and the power of choice.
If this chakra is blocked you may feel insecure, but also weak and not able to word your emotions. Physical problems related to this chakra are: thyroid disorders, sore throats, back aches, ear infections, cold hands and feet, chronic diseases and auto immune disorders.
The sixth chakra - Third EyeThe sixth chakra is called the Third Eye chakra and its original Sanskrit name is Ajna. The meaning of Ajna is 'perception', but also 'become aware of' and 'control'. The Third Eye chakra is depicted as a two leafed lotus flower. The two leaves are placed next to the heart of the flower, like wings. In the heart of the flower an inverted triangle can be found and a crescent moon placed over it.
This chakra is situated in the middle of the forehead, right over the bridge of the nose, between the physical eyes. The sixth chakra is connected to the pituitary gland in the endocrine system. The Third Eye chakra is associated with psychism, clairvoyance, the power of thought, imagination, seeing on all levels and intuition. The life lesson this chakra has to teach us is emotional intelligence.
When this chakra is blocked you may react cool to everything or just the opposite, be very aggressive and assertive in your ways. Also egotism is connected to a blockage in the Third Eye chakra and fear of success is one of the signs of a disharmony in this chakra. Physical problems related to a blockage in this chakra are: headaches, blood circulation disorders in the brain, problems with the eyes and nose and blindness.
The seventh chakra - CrownThe seventh chakra is called the Crown chakra and the original Sanskrit name is Sahasrara. The translation of Sahasrara is 'thousand-fold'. The Crown chakra is depicted as a lotus flower with a thousand white leaves, the symbol of infinity and tuned into the highest form of consciousness and the divine.
This chakra is located on the crown of the head and spreads out upwards in a cone like way. The seventh chakra is connected to the pineal gland in the endocrine system. The Crown chakra is our connection to the Universe, just like the Root chakra is our connection to Mother Earth. It is also the centre where we connect to the Divine. The life lesson of this chakra is unselfishness.
If this chakra is blocked you may feel frustrated and have destructive thoughts. Also a lack of joy originates in the Crown chakra. Physical problems connected to a blockage in this chakra are: migraine, problems with the central nervous system, memory problems and epilepsy.