The body is the vehicle, the consciousness is the driver;
Yoga is the path, and the chakras are the map.Anonymous
In Hindu philosophy, chakras or main energy centers hold great importance. Hindu Vedas, the oldest and most respected scriptures of Indian lore, claims that these chakras are responsible for reconciling the soul (Prakriti) and the God (Purusha). When activated correctly, these chakras create a balance between body and soul, taking humans to an extreme level of euphoria, satisfaction, and contentment. And who does not want a content and peaceful life?
Many people are unaware of the chakras in our bodies and are responsible for our mood, power, intellect, and, most importantly, our ability to know about ourselves. The lack of knowledge robs us of the Blissful and peaceful life that activation of Chakras through the simple process of yoga and meditation can provide.
This article is a complete guide to the chakras.
WHAT DO CHAKRAS MEAN?
According to Hindu Puranas, Chakra, the word derived from Sanskrit, means a wheel or a disk symbolically meaning a spiritual energy center within the human body that runs along with the human spin through the neck to the crown of your head.
There are a total of seven chakras, according to Vedas. Why only seven? The answer to this is the purpose of these seven as they each correspond to specific organs and physical, emotional, psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being and influence all areas of your life.
The Hindu saints and sages known for their extreme meditation and divine connection believed that within these chakras lies prana or the ultimate pure healing energy; present all around and within us, to keep us healthy, happy, and vibrant. When the chakras are open and aligned symmetrically, the body’s energy channels become unhindered, allowing prana to free-flow through them.
There is not much scientific evidence to explain the translation of spiritual energy into physical manifestations but, the knowledge of the seven chakras and chakra alignment donned by meditation, yoga, or reiki has transcended orally in the beliefs, folklore, and ancient manuscripts.
SECRET 7 ENERGY CHAKRAS:
1. MULADHARA OR ROOT CHAKRA
Muladhara chakra, meaning support or pillar in Sanskrit, is the foundation of our body and emotions. This energy center connects us to mother earth and resides at the base of our spine, due to which it is also called root chakra. Depicted by a red four-petaled lotus, this center, when activated, provides prana or life force to our body, mind, and soul. It influences our survival instincts, financial independence and symbolizes our physical strength and sexuality.
However, blockage of Muladhara chakra builds rage and resentment in human and lead to the flow of negative energy in our body. Moreover, a person can suffer from anxiety disorders, nightmares, over-worrying, and back pain due to this energy center’s deactivation.
2. SVADHISTHANA OR SACRAL CHAKRA
An orange lotus with six petals symbolizes the Svadisthana chakra, which means ONE’S PLACE. The sixth energy center after the Muladhara chakra is located at a lower abdomen below the navel and is related to the element water. It controls the fluidity, adaptability, creativity, sexual energy of the body and helps us regulate our emotions and desires so as not to be driven by them. It is the center of joyful experiences and connects one to inner wisdom.
When this center gets activated in a balanced way, we seek to have a healthy attitude about sexuality and accept others with optimism and compassion towards their flaws. However, Svadisthana chakra’s imbalance causes a lack of control in our lives, sexual, emotional, or physical. Obsessive behavior detachment from the soul, depression, and sexual problems are all symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra.
3. MANIPURA OR NAVAL CHAKRA
Being one of the most energy-rich chakras, this profoundly influences our power; the Manipura chakra symbolizing the Fire element resides in the Upper abdomen region.
Yellow, the color of this energy center, shows that this chakra illuminates our sense of self-concept and boosts our willpower. Manipura chakra controls our self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem and preaches that self-love starts when I accept all parts of myself. When harmoniously balanced, it allows us to be much more energetic, active, confident, and forthcoming with a cheerful attitude allowing us to respect ourselves and others.
A person may suffer from digestive problems, diabetes, constipation, and memory loss if this chakra is not balanced. Overwhelming feelings of shame, self-doubt, low self-esteem, indecisiveness, and anger issues all stem from the Manipura Chakra’s misalignment.
4. ANAHATA OR HEART CHAKRA
Anahata or heart chakra is said to be the house of the soul, which is a bridge between three lower physical-emotional main chakras to the three higher mental and spiritual main chakras. It resides at the center of our chest, above our heart. Representation is by a green six-pointed star, surrounded by 12 lotus petals.
It is green because green is the color of life, and the flow of love, openness, calmness, empathy, wisdom, and friendliness through our whole body occurs through this chakra. Balanced Anahata chakra helps us to accept people as they are and vibrate our bodies with self-love. Anahata is all about the love that awakens our spiritual awareness and develops a feeling of forgiveness in us.
When imbalanced, the generator of good vibes and associator of element air develops a great sense of loneliness and isolation, grief, anger, jealousy, and fear of betrayal in humans. The weakening of the heart chakra leads to the birth of negative emotions, which can destroy relationships. Physical problems like heart problems, breast cancer, high blood pressure are also common in a person with imbalanced Anahata chakra.
5. VISHUDDHA OR THROAT CHAKRA
A blue downward-facing triangle inside a lotus with 16 purple petals symbolizes Vishuddha or throat chakra, which in Sanskrit means to purify. Located within the throat, this energy center is the main center of communication, creativity, self-expression, and judgment. It gives voice to the heart chakra, our inner voice, and allows us to express ourselves articulately and clearly.
Vishuddha chakra is associated with sound/music elements, but when blocked, it creates a feeling of uncertainty and people with blocked throat chakra face trouble finding the words to say how they truly feel. It is hard for them to pay attention and stay focused. They fear judgment from others, which hinders their ability to show their actual self-image. Physical problems related are Thyroid problems, hormonal issues, fever, menopause, mood swings.
6. AJANA OR THIRD-EYE CHAKRA
According to Hindu Puranas, Ajna chakra is considered the seat of the mind, conscious and unconscious awareness. Placed approximately between the eyebrows: this chakra is said to be the center of intuition, vision, and your inner voice, or in other words, the sixth sense. It is symbolized by indigo, the color of the night, that has a depth of awakening and connects us to space and time. It is not associated with any element, as the inner consciousness is beyond the physical realm.
When balanced, this center boosts our ability to think rationally and logically, which helps us reach reasonable conclusions. It brings us closer to the spirit and our Self. The chakra connects us to the divine power and brings us inner peace. If it becomes disproportionate, it can affect our learning and judgmental ability. A person may develop mental rigidity, depression, lack of foresight, and imagination.
7. SAHASRARA OR CROWN CHAKRA
A thousand-petaled lotus sitting at the top or crown of our head is what we call Sahasrara or crown chakra. This chakra is the last yet most important energy center and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Few people can attain this blissful state of mind where there is nothing but pure euphoria. It connects us to God. Once activated, the enlightened person transcends all barriers created by nature’s laws and gets a heightened awareness of death and immortality.
Not associated with any physical element, Sahaswara is said to be the doorway into pure consciousness, which can only be attained by dedicated and continuous meditation. However, the blockage can manifest as psychological problems and mental illness.
Chakras are influential energy centers, and their misalignment can be problematic. But working on aligning them without a guide can be a harmful practice. The chakra activation activities are best when performed in a monastery or a safe place where a guide or supervisor can see the repercussions. Readers are advised to proceed with caution.
If you want to make the most of life, align your chakras, but let someone learned to guide you in your journey. A delay is better than a demise, after all!