There are seven energy centers along the spine known as Chakras. Activating these is the key to opening awareness, entering higher states of consciousness. It’s also the source of energy for enhancing our health and wellness. Learn how to use them to enrich your life.
Spiritual Health = Spiritual Energy
The term Chakra comes from the Sanskrit root word, cakra, which means ‘wheel or circle’. It also has an Indo-European base meaning turn. These are junction points that send energy throughout the body.
Our spiritual wellbeing affects our physical and mental health. Our spiritual mindset is the result of our thinking. If we change our thinking, it affects our attitude. Both are energy and it’s a dynamic energy that can facilitate healing of mind body and soul.
Chakra Energy Centers
We can measure the electric current of our bodies. This energy runs through the main conductor of the spine. Along the spine, there are seven main junction points or centers. These are important physical energy junctions.
You’ll find many spiritual practices use these centers, either directly or indirectly. Most spiritual practices start with grounding. When you are grounded, you are ready to begin. Grounding takes place when our energy is in alignment.
It is therefore practical to start with center closest to the Earth and work our way up the spine. You’ll find this theory in almost every form of natural healing. But it is also the practice with other technologies such as Tai Chi and the Enneagram Personality Profile. And the reason for this is simple. Everything works better when it has a foundation. These chakra energy centers respond to the needs of the body sending where needed.
Even if you’re not engaging in advanced spiritual practices, you can still benefit greatly from understanding and learning to activate them. This knowledge helps us to manage our overall health and wellness. First of all, we need to realize our consciousness is spiritual energy. We cannot confine consciousness to the brain. It’s something much more mysterious, mystical and spiritual in nature. This perspective isn’t new. It’s the basis of many ancient forms of healing and consciousness exploration.
So, working our way from the bottom up…
1st Chakra “Muladhara”
The first energy center is Muladhara, “I am,” or the “base”. It’s located in the perineum, the lowest point in our body. We associate it with the color red. This one is all about the self-preservation instinct, survival, and stability. This center nurtures our most basic needs and desires, first and foremost the desire to live.
“I am” as a starting point which correlates well as the first step with many spiritual practices. For example, many meditative practices start with grounding and centering. It’s also the first step in the study of many intellectual approaches like The Enneagram. This is root of the tree. It is one of the main chakra energy centers. This is because it roots the body and the soul to the Earth. We are part of nature and ultimately, we draw our energy from the Earth. It’s our connection to our physical vitality and endurance. For this reason, it’s key to our physical and spiritual health and wellness.
Eastern health practitioners and Shaman find that most of our health problems are because of misalignment with this center. Kundalini Yoga is a practice that helps to restore this alignment. It focuses on promoting the flow of the energy up the spine. And, it begins with aligning and releasing the energy from this junction.
2nd Chakra “Svadhisthana”
Second, “I feel,” most associate it with the color orange. It’s located beneath the navel. This is the center of your larger-than-life passions such as 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.
Many people confuse this bond with the heart. However, this is different. So, think of it more like the protective “love instinct” bees have for their queen bee. But, this is also why this is one of the spiritual energy centers which is key to the practice of Shamanic Journey. Our imagination and dreams derive their power here.
3rd Chakra “Manipura”
Third, “I do,” Manipura is the solar plexus. This is the tender spot just below the junction of the rib cage. If you are stuck in this center from the front, it will deflate your lungs. Its color is yellow. This is our center of personal strength, learning, and comprehension. It is the center of our social instinct and social interaction.
Of all the spiritual energy centers, this one is where we find our sense of self, and awareness of others. It helps us recognize set healthy personal boundaries and self-esteem. “I do” is the source of our willpower. The ability to bring change into our lives and to the world is born within this center.
4th Chakra “Anahata”
Fourth, “I love,” This is the heart center. Anahata is associated with the color Green. You find it in the middle of the chest just above the physical heart. This is believed to be the center of all emotions. As such, it also channels anger, hate, vulnerability, anxiety, and dependency. On the other hand, it also channels unconditional love, compassion, friendliness, and healthy self-love. So, this center has a huge impact on our spiritual health.
If all the spiritual energy centers below it are open and functioning properly, then this center can connect everything together mind, heart, soul, and body. The heart center is home of empathy and connection for other people, animals, and the environment.
5th Chakra “Visuddha”
Fifth, “I Speak,” Visuddha, we find this center at the base of the throat. We also associate it with The Adam’s apple. Blue is the color we associate with this spiritual energy center. This is the gate to a truthful existence and the communication center of the body. It is the center that handles all messages both internal and external.
This is why what we think and say is so important. When we have thought, it plants a seed. So, we want to make sure our thoughts are not harmful to ourselves or others. When we speak these vibrations go out into the universe. They bounce back in the form of Karmic returns.
Some believe even the thoughts of the mind go through this center. Through the throat we voice (think) our opinions, beliefs, and truths, express the self and try to make sense of this world. Speech can inspire others and add to the flow of mutual influence. It is also the voice that can make vehicles like Mantras and Sutras powerful.
6th Chakra “Ajna”
Sixth, “I See,” Ajna, is the “third eye.” This energy center is found in the center of the forehead. The color indigo is its trademark. This center is responsible for what we refer to as “the sixth sense.” As such, it connects our intuition, mystical and logical mind centers altogether. It is the center through which perception is thought to manifest. Hence, we need to be mindful to cleans this center regularly. It’s what protects us against subliminal social and cultural programming.
There are methods for opening the third-eye of perception. However, these not for the beginner. Be careful, because once open it can not be closed.
7th Chakra “Sahasrara”
Seventh, “I understand,” is Sahasrara, the crown. It’s not actually part of our physical body. This center is found just above the head. And, is thought to be the center of pure consciousness, wisdom, sacredness, and wholeness. Through this portal, we are connecting our Soul to the Universe. So, it’s the gateway enabling the expression of higher states of consciousness.
People associate the color white with the crown chakra. Because of this, it’s not surprising to see a “halo” of white light in pictures of great spiritual teachers. Of the spiritual energy centers, this is the one is which connects us to the Universe. Consequently, this connection makes a number of miraculous things possible. It opens us up to energy which makes many types of healing modalities powerful. And, it’s the gateway to higher states of consciousness. But, in order for these things to happen, all the other chakra energy centers must be opening and functioning.
The Connection with 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 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.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. A comparative analysis is another important tool. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
Most of the ancient process for expanding awareness involves clearing, opening and activating these spiritual energy centers. So, exploring consciousness not only fulfills our innate desire for the inner quest, but it also heals. In fact, our physical and spiritual health work together.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia