We all need either physical, spiritual or mental healing at some point. Learn about how you can enhance your own healing system through the ancient Ayurvedic knowledge of the Chakra energy centers.
The Seven Chakras
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel or disk. In Eastern thought, this refers to the subtle energy centers along the spine. The seven main chakras run from the base of the spine to an invisible crown above the head. Activating these centers are the keys to physical, mental health and, of course, enlightenment. There are a number of ways for accessing, opening and cleansing. For example, the main purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to open these seven Chakra. Much of Chinese and Indonesian healing is based on esoteric knowledge of how these subtle body energy centers work. You can visualize the energy of these centers as swirling spirals of energy. Hence, the more healthy vibrant and aligned they are, the more powerful and harmonious the flow of energy.
Let’s learn about each of these energy centers and how we can access or cleanse them. Working our way from the bottom up:
1st Chakra “Muladhara” The root or Base
“I am,” Muladhara, this is the energy center located in the perineum. Red is the color accompanying this “base” chakra. It all begins here. This chakra is the home of our self-preservation instinct. Basic survival and stability are its concerns. Its also called the root chakra since it roots the body and the soul to the earth, and draws its energy from the ground. And, it’s our main power source for our physical vitality and endurance. This center nurtures your most basic needs and desires, first and foremost the desire to live.
Seems like almost every spiritual technology begins with grounding and centering. Connecting with our power and rooting into the Earth are key elements to any practice. Almost all healing starts with being grounding and centering. This is the first step in the proper alignment of all the energy centers. Similarly, proper alignment is essential for the healing processes to be optimal.
2nd Chakra “Svadhisthana” The Sacral
“I feel,” Svadhisthana, is the chakra is about three finger width beneath the navel. Its color reference is orange. This is the center of our larger than life passions such as our dreams, ambitions, and fantasies. This energy portal is the emotional and sexual center of the soul, a fountain of universal energy. It’s your strong link to the world, which bonds you to your loved ones. This is the creative center. When people have a “gut feeling” this is where it comes from.
3rd Chakra “Manipurura” The Solar Plexus
“I do,” Manipura, is the solar plexus. This center is associated with the color yellow. This one is located just above the navel and is the center of personal strength, learning, and comprehension. This the center of our social instinct and self-awareness. It’s the home of our self-esteem, guiding us through life by creating a strong sense of self, awareness of others, setting personal boundaries and building self-esteem and willpower. The ability to bring change into your life and to the world is born within this center.
4th Chakra “Anahata” The Heart
“I love,” The heart chakra, Anahata, is associated with the color green and is found in the middle of the chest just above the heart. It is the center of all emotions good and bad, but we like to think of it as our love center. However, it channels all emotions; anger, hate, vulnerability, anxiety, and dependency but also unconditional love, compassion, friendliness, and healthy self-love. And, most importantly, this center connects everything together… mind, heart, soul, and body. The heart is the center of deep connection for other people, animals, and the environment.
5th Chakra “Visuddha” The Throat
“I Speak,” Visuddha, is at the base of the throat. This energy center is sometimes associated with the Adam’s apple and is associated with the color blue. The throat chakra is the gate to a truthful existence and the communication center of the body. It is the center that handles outgoing messages. Some believe even the internalized thoughts of the mind are filtered through this center. Through the throat, we voice (think) our opinions, beliefs, and truths. When open and in alignment, with the other chakras our words can inspire others and add to the flow of mutual influence.
6th Chakra “Ajna” The Third Eye
“I See,” Ajna, is the “third eye.” You can find this chakra in the center of the forehead. The color indigo is associated with this powerful center. It is responsible for what we refer to as “the sixth sense.” This portal connects our internal intuitions, mystical and logical mind centers together. Therefore, it is the center through which all perception of this reality occurs. So, it’s perhaps one of the most talked-about energy centers.
Caution for those interested in opening the third-eye. Once it is open it cannot be closed. These techniques alter perception – forever. And, depending upon your own gifts it might be more than you expect. So, be sure you are ready.
7th Chakra “Sahasrara” The Crown
“I understand,” is Sahasrara, the crown chakra located above the physical head, characterized by the color white. This is the spiritual energy center associated with pure consciousness, wisdom, sacredness, and wholeness. It is the chakra responsible for connecting our consciousness to the source consciousness of the Universe. This is the gateway that enables the expression of higher states of consciousness. So, it’s not surprising that enlightened teachers are often pictured in portraits with a “halo” of white light above their heads. Consequently, this is the passageway to such experiences as Oneness.
The Connection with Spiritual Exploration and Spiritual Technologies
Above all, everyone is different. So, everyone has their own way of awakening and activating the healing energies of the body. Medicines do this by aligning with the healing properties already in the body. Many of the healing arts of the East use medicine along with the directing energy through the Chakras or their connecting points throughout the body which are called Meridians. This is because they all either directly or indirectly work to establish proper alignment of the life force energy that travels through the Meridians and Chakras.
We recommend everyone learn as many of the ancient spiritual technologies as possible. These are processes for expanding awareness and investigating higher states of consciousness. Healing is among these processes. Learning the healing arts is useful for your own health and it is also part of the spiritual path which gives us the opportunity to help others. It’s a very common occurrence to see someone shift the focus of their spiritual path after being introduced to the healing arts.
What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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