We all need physical, spiritual, or mental healing at some point. Learn about how you can enhance your healing system by activating the energy centers known as chakras.
The term Chakra (1) comes from the ancient Indian Ayurvedic tradition. Their pioneer work gives us knowledge of 7 chakras, the seven physical and spiritual energy points that run down our spine. There is also evidence that other cultures discovered these energy points independently. However, the Ayurvedic tradition contains the most detailed collection of this information. Find a Yoga practice that’s right for you. You’ll be glad you did.
These centers are the keys to better health. Many Eastern healing arts base their systems on these energy centers. The theoretical knowledge of these centers has been refined and proven effective with thousands of years of use.
The Seven Chakra Energy Centers
The term chakra refers to the seven energy centers along the spine. They run from the base of the spine to an invisible crown above the head. Activating, aligning, and healing these energy portals is the focal point of many Eastern health and wellness philosophies.
The idea all seven chakras must be healthy and in alignment to reach enlightenment. Many sages talk about their use in healing and spiritual development. Their alignment is key to the health of the spirit, mind, and body.
The term Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel or disk. The knowledge about these energy centers comes from the Eastern traditions known as the eightfold path. But the concept is like other ideas, like Chi in Chinese medicine.
There are several ways of opening, cleansing, and maintaining these centers. For example, the primary purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to open these seven Chakras. Both Chinese and Indonesian healing systems have similar processes.
Many practitioners visualize these chakra energy centers as swirling spirals. Perhaps this is why we see the spiral symbol in so many cultures. It represents divine energy in many traditions. It is amazing how different cultures discovered these same energy centers. It makes the chakra system a universal principle. They all agree that the more healthy, vibrant, and aligned they are, the more powerful and harmonious the energy flow.
Let’s learn about each of these energy portals 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, is the energy center located in the perineum. Red is the color accompanying this “base.” It all begins here. This one is the home of our self-preservation instinct. Basic survival and stability is its function.
This center is our primary power source for our physical vitality and endurance. This center nurtures your most basic needs of self-preservation. It’s also known as the “root chakra” since it roots the body and draws its energy from the Earth.
Every spiritual technology begins with grounding and centering. Connecting with our power and rooting into the Earth are vital elements to any practice. Almost all healing starts with being grounding and centering. It’s the first step in the proper alignment of all the energy centers. Similarly, proper alignment is essential for the key to healing the mind, body, and soul.
2nd Chakra “Svadhisthana” The Sacral
“I feel,” Svadhisthana, and this center is about three fingers’ width beneath the navel. Its color reference is orange, the center of our larger-than-life passions, such as our dreams, ambitions, and fantasies.
This energy portal is the soul’s emotional and sexual center, a fountain of universal energy. It’s your vital link to the world, which bonds you to your loved ones. It is our creative center. When people have a “gut feeling,” this is where it originates.
3rd Chakra “Manipurura” The Solar Plexus
“I do,” Manipura is the solar plexus. We associate this center with the color yellow. This one is located just above the navel and is the center of personal strength, learning, and comprehension—this is the center of our social instinct and self-awareness.
It’s the home of our self-esteem, guiding us through life by creating a vibrant sense of self, awareness of others, setting personal boundaries, and building self-esteem and willpower. The ability to bring change into your life and the world is born within this center.
4th Chakra “Anahata” The Heart
“I love,” this energy portal that is the seat of emotion. It is best known for channeling love. But it is the source of all feelings. It conducts all feelings; anger, hate, vulnerability, anxiety, and dependency. At the same time, it can channel unconditional love, compassion, friendliness, and healthy self-love. If this center is not healthy, it sends ripples through our entire being. It all depends on the health of our hearts.
Many believe it is one of the main chakra energy centers, Anahata, the heart. We associate it with the color green. It is in the middle of the chest, just above the heart. This point is in the center of our body mass and radiates energy throughout the body.
This center connects the mind, heart, soul, and body. It is the link to empathy and compassion. It helps us connect with other people, animals, and the environment. Many of the mantras for healing are for this center.
5th Chakra “Visuddha” The Throat
“I Speak,” Visuddha is at the base of the throat. We associate this point with our Adam’s apple and the color blue. The throat is the gate to a truthful existence and the body’s communication center. It is the center that handles outgoing messages.
All speech, even internalized thoughts, filter 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 one in the center of the forehead. We associate the color indigo 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. Therefore, it is the center through which all perception of this reality occurs, and 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 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. The last energy point is above the head people associate it with the color white. It’s the center we associate with pure consciousness, wisdom, sacredness, and wholeness.
This center is responsible for connecting our consciousness to the source of consciousness of the Universe. It’s the gateway that enables the expression of higher states of consciousness. It’s not surprising we often picture enlightened teachers in portraits with a “halo” of white light above their heads. It is the passageway to such experiences as Oneness.
The Keys to Better Health
Above all, everyone is different. Everyone has a unique way of awakening and activating these energies. Medicines do this by aligning with the healing properties already in the body. The knowledge about the Chakra energy centers is the basis for many Eastern healing arts.
These are Meridians or junction points and work directly or indirectly to establish proper alignment of the life force energy that travels through the Meridians and Chakras. Our task is to open, align, and balance these energies. You can do this by learning and practicing any ancient techniques for consciousness development.
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 helpful for your health, and it is also part of the spiritual path, which allows us to help others. It’s not uncommon for people to shift the focus of their spiritual path after being introduced to the healing arts.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
The seven chakra energy centers are our source of natural healing. Using any of the spiritual technologies will positively affect your health and wellness. Many believe the keys to better health and healing are finding the right balance of these techniques. It provides a way to access our source. They help to keep us in alignment and balance.
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(1) Chakra, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia