At the inner core of each one of us spin seven wheel-like energy centers called chakras. Together the seven chakras form a profound formula for wholeness that integrates mind, body and spirit. As a complete system, the chakras provide a powerful tool for both personal and planetary growth.
Our chakras, as core centers, form the coordinating network of our complicated mind/body system. From instinctual behavior to consciously planned strategies, from emotions to artistic creations, the chakras are the master programs that govern our life, loves, learning and illumination. As seven vibratory modalities, the chakras form a mythical Rainbow Bridge, a connection channel linking Heaven and Earth, mind and body, spirit and matter, past and future.
As we spin through the tumultuous times of our present era, the chakras act as gears turning the spiral of evolution, drawing us ever onward toward the still untapped frontiers of consciousness and its infinite potential.
The word chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning 'wheel' or 'disk' and denotes a point of intersection where mind and body meet. Chakras are also called lotuses, symbolizing the unfolding of flower petals, which metaphorically describe the opening of a chakra. The beautiful lotus flowers are sacred in India. Growing from mud, they symbolize a path of development from a primitive being to a fully blossoming consciousness, mirroring the base chakra rooted in Earth, which evolves into the 'thousand-petaled lotus' at the crown of the head. Like lotuses, chakras have 'petals', which vary in number from chakra to chakra. Beginning at the bottom with the first chakra, the petals number four, six, ten, twelve, sixteen, two and 1,000 petals. Like flowers, chakras can be open or closed, dying or budding, depending on the state of consciousness within.
The chakras are gateways between various dimensions -centers where activity of one dimension, such as emotion and thought, connects and plays on another dimension, such as our physical bodies. This interaction, in turn, plays on our interactions with others and thus influences another dimension - our activities in the outside world.
Take for example, the emotional experience of fear, related to the first chakra. fear affects our body in certain ways. We feel butterflies in our stomach, our breath is short, and our voice and hands may shake. The physical characteristics betray our lack of confidence in dealing with the world, and may lead others to treat us in a negative way, perpetuating our fear. This fear may have its roots in an unresolved childhood experience, yet still rules our behavior. To work with the chakras is to heal ourselves of old constricting patterns lodged in the body or the mind, or habitual behavior.
If you would like to experience what a chakra feels like, the following is a simple exercise for opening the hand chakras and experiencing their energy:
Extend both arms out in front of you, parallel to the floor with elbows straight.
Turn one hand up and one hand down. Now quickly open and close your hands a dozen times or so.
Reverse your palms and repeat. This opens the hand chakras.
To feel their energy, open your hands and slowly bring your palms together, starting about tow feet apart.
When your hands are about four inches apart you should be able to feel a subtle ball of energy, like a magnetic field, floating between your palms. If you tune in closely, you may even be able to feel it spinning.
After a few moments the sensation will subside, but it can be repeated bi opening and closing the palms again, as above.
Chakras are made of symbolic patterns of our own mental and physical programming. This programming governs the way we behave. Like programming a computer, it channels the way energy flows through the system and gives us different kinds of information. Each chakra can be thought of a programming that runs certain elements of our lives, from our survival programs, to our sexual programs, to the way we think and feel. Chakras send energy out from the core of the body and they assimilate energy from outside that enters the core. What we generate determines much of what we receive, and in this way it behooves us to work on our chakras and clean up outdated, dysfunctional, or negative programming that may be getting in our way.
The content of the chakras is formed by largely be repeated patterns from our actions in day-to-day life, as we are always the center point of these actions. Repeated movements and habits create fields in the world around us. Programming from our parents and culture, our physical body shape, situations we are born into, and information from previous lives are also important factors. These patterns can often be seen by clairvoyants when viewing the chakras. Their interpretations give us valuable insight into our behavior. Knowing our tendencies tells us what to watch out for and what to enhance.
It is common to become trapped in any one of these patterns. This is called being 'stuck' in a chakra. We are caught in a cycle that keeps us at al particular level. This could be a relationship, a job, a habit, but most overemphasis or underdevelopment of a chakra. The object of our work is to clean the chakras of old, non-beneficial patterns so that their self-perpetuating actions have a positive influence, and our life energy can continue to expand to higher planes.
Chakras are associated with seven basic levels of consciousness. As we experience the opening of a chakra, we also experience a deeper understanding of the state of consciousness associated with that level.
Located at the base of the spine, is associated with survival. Its element is earth.
Located in the lower abdomen is associated with emotions and sexuality. Its element is water.
Located in the solar plexus, is associated with personal power, will, and self-esteem. its element is fire.
Located over the sternum, is associated with love. Its element is air.
Located in the throat, is associated with communication and creativity. Its element is sound.
Located in the center of the forehead, is associated with clairvoyance, intuition and imagination. Its element is light.
Located at the top of the head, is associated with knowledge, understanding and transcendent consciousness. Its element is thought.
Chakras can be open or closed, excessive or deficient, or any of the various stages in between. These stages may be basic aspects of someone's personality throughout most of their life, or something that changes from moment to moment in response to a situation. An ailing chakra may be unable to change its state easily, being stuck in either and open or a closed state. The chakra then needs healing by uncovering and removing whatever is blocking it.
A closed chakra is a chronic avoidance or certain energies, while an excessively open chakra is a chronic fixation. The quality and quantity of energy that one encounters on a particular plane has to do with how open or closed their respective chakra is, or how able they are to control this opening and closing at appropriate times. This governs the amount of activity and complexity we can effectively handle at any given level.
For example, someone with a tightly closed third chakra (personal power) would be terrified of confrontation, while another who is more open, may thrive on it. Someone with an open second chakra (sexuality) may juggle many sexual partners, while someone who is closed may avoid even feeling sexual. Someone whose throat chakra is excessive may talk too much and not really listen, while another may be scarcely able to get their words out.
The body and mind are inseparably interrelated. Each governs and affects the other, and each is accessible through the other. The seven major chakras are also inseparably interrelated. A block in the functioning of one chakra may affect the activity of the one above or below it. For example, you may have trouble with your personal power (third chakra) because of a block in communication (fifth chakra) or vice versa. Or perhaps the real problem may lie in your heart (fourth chakra) and only manifests in these other areas because it is buried so deeply.
based on the book 'Wheels of Life' written by Anodea Judith, PH.D.
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