Chakras have their origin in the ancient Yoga systems of India. Meditation, Astrology and Ayurveda were all developed in the same time period, approximately 3000 – 5000 years ago. Chakras are spinning vortices of energy centered within specific areas of your body and are centers of activity for the reception, assimilation and transmission of energy.
“Chakra” is Sanskrit for “Wheel or Disk”
There are a total of 114 chakras in the body, however, generally we only work with the main seven. The main seven chakras are spheres of energy radiating from the spinal column, starting at our tailbone and ending at the top of our head.
Chakras correspond to various glands, body parts and processes such as breathing, and procreation. They also correspond to the various stages of life, and major areas of our lives such as, survival, sex and communication.
The chakras correspond to basic human rights and needs as well.
External correspondences to the chakras include but are not limited to, gems, herbs, essential oils, foods, animals, colors and planets. Sound, movement and smell can also be utilized in basic and advanced chakra work and therapy.
Chakras are also affected by exercise, sleep habits, emotional well-being and personal history.
Because humans are upright, our energy flows up and down our bodies. Energy that enters the top of the body is released through the bottom and vice versa. The chakra system runs in the same manner. Energy starting at the top and working it’s way down follows The Path of Manifestion. Energy that begins at the bottom and flows to the top follows The Path of Liberation. The secondary currents (running in and out of the body) of Reception and Expression convey the chakras interaction with forces outside the body. Both of these currents need to be balanced within our bodies. When they are not, they form blockages that create illness.
Blockages take two forms; Excessive and Deficient. Excessive chakras have too much energy in order to function properly. They present as an inability to let go and restricts internal energy from being expressed outwardly. An excess of energy in a charkra can be expressed as addiction, hoarding, bullying or even talking to much, depending on the chakra involved. A deficient chakra, presents as having very little energy and can look smaller or even collapsed. External energy is restricted from coming in and the activity associated with the chakra is blocked. Both forms of blockages can be expressed both physically and emotionally.
Just to make things a little more interesting.. a chakra can also be both excessive in some aspects and deficient in others, thus creating an imbalance within the chakra itself. These blockages affect the flow of energy throughout the body and restrict both the Path of Liberation and the Path of Manifestation.
Meditation is a simple and effective way to do chakra work. You can also focus on surrounding yourself in the color of the chakra you wish to work with using clothing, crystals, foods, home decor, even colored chakra glasses. You can also use essential oils when working with your chakras.
Watch for my next post on chakras – The Root Chakra