Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel and refers to the seven energy centres that function as pumps or valves regulating the flow of energy through our body. Chakras are said to be points of energy in the astral body and so are linked to what we would call the aura. It’s as though we open and close these valves on the astral level and this affects how we experience the world.
They interact with the body through the endocrine and nervous systems. Each of the seven chakras is associated with a part of the body and particular functions within the body. Your consciousness does not just live in your brain - it fills your entire body - and through your consciousness you can communicate with every organ. Stress can create a blockage in the energy field which then creates a symptom on the physical level.
Knowledge of the chakras allows you to develop the relationship between your consciousness and your body giving you a better understanding of how everything you think and do affects your wellbeing. Bringing the chakras into alignment and balance can help the healing process.
Perceptions of unity or separation are experienced here. When the crown chakra is closed, we experience a sense of isolation and aloneness and have difficulty connecting with those around us. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding and spiritual connection.
Location: top of the head Colour: violet
Parts of the body: Associated with the brain and nervous system.
Endocrine gland: Pineal
ESP or spirit-to-spirit communication including clairvoyance comes under this chakra. It is associated with spirituality and where our true motivations can be found and how we direct our actions.
Location: centre of the forehead
Parts of the body: forehead and temples
Endocrine gland: Pituitary
Here we find aspects of expressing and receiving. It is associated with listening to one`s intuition and is also related to creativity. This chakra comes under pressure when you are not communicating your emotions properly.
Location: base of the throat
Colour: Sky Blue
Parts of the body: controls the throat and the neck, and the arms and the hands.
Endocrine Gland: Thyroid
How we experience love comes under this chakra. Difficulty with breathing or with the lungs indicates tension in the heart chakra and reflects our relationship with love. It can show whether we have difficulty letting love in, or letting it out. Blockage of this chakra can manifest as a lack of compassion but also as immune system or heart problems.
Location: Centre of the chest
Parts of the body: heart and blood circulatory system as well as lungs and chest area.
Endocrine Gland: Thymus (controls the immune system)
Solar Plexus Chakra
Affects our perceptions of power, control, freedom. It governs the ease with which one is able to be oneself. Mental activity and the mental body is also associated with this chakra. Blockage manifests as anger or a sense of victimisation.
Location: Solar plexus
Parts of the Body: The muscular system and the skin, the large intestine, stomach, liver, and other organs and glands in the region of the solar plexus. Also the eyes, as the organs of sight, and the side of oneself that is shown to the world.
Endocrine Gland: Pancreas
Orange or Abdominal Chakra
Governs the parts of the consciousness concerned with food and sex. It is about what the body wants and needs, and what it finds pleasurable. The person`s ability to have children is also associated with this chakra. Blockage manifests as emotional problems or sexual guilt.
Location: Centre of the abdomen just beneath the navel.
Parts of the body: Reproductive system, sexual organs
Endocrine gland: Gonads
This chakra grounds us in the physical world. Security, survival, trust, the relationship with money, home, job. Also, our ability to be present in the here and now. Tension here is experienced as insecurity and more serious tension is experienced as fear.
Location: Tailbone or base of spine
Parts of the body: Lymph system, teeth and bones, bladder, lower extremities.
Endocrine gland: Adrenal glands
There are also minor chakras that can be found in the palms of the hands. These chakras transmit healing energy. The palm chakras are used to channel healing energies to yourself and others and to receive impressions of the energy of a room, person, situation, etc. Practice in becoming aware of the energy of the palm chakras is a good place to start if you are at all interested in energy work and spiritual healing.
Balancing your Chakras
One way of doing chakra healing is to meditate and absorb the appropriate colour linked to the chakra you wish to work on.