Knowledge of the chakras comes mainly from ancient Indian culture dating from before 2500BC. The word Chakra is a term from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit and means wheel or vortex. The chakras can be described as non-physical wheels of spinning light located all over the energy field of the human body. The human energy field, or aura, that some people can see, is a reflection of the combined frequencies of the chakras.There are 7 major chakra’s located from the base of the spine, going up the spine to the top of the head, and they cover all aspects of the physical body. There are also many other minor chakras, on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and at all the major and minor joints of the body.
The chakras are energy centres, the power stations of the physical body, they bring it to life, energising everything, including thoughts and emotions. They work with the nervous and endocrine systems and each chakra is associated with one of the endocrine glands.
As the chakras spin they vibrate, each one vibrates at a different frequency and radiates a different colour of the rainbow spectrum, from red at the base to violet at the top. Associated with the particular colour vibration and chakra are the different parts of the physical body, emotions, goals and life lessons. All of the chakras are inter-related and inter-connected, they do not function in isolation, to achieve optimum health and happiness they all need to be balanced and functioning properly.
The chakras absorb and distribute life-force energy evenly throughout the body using a system of channels called meridians which link up the energy centres to form an energising and nourishing network for the whole of the physical body. With the normal stresses and strains of life, or with ill-health, when the body is not at ease, or in a state of “dis – ease”, blockages can build up, causing an uneven or blocked energy flow. When this happens the chakras and meridians are unable to distribute the life force energy evenly and this can result in physical, emotional or mental problems.
To release and break up the blocks, vibratory energies emanating from healing therapies such as energy and spiritual healing, colour, flower essences, crystals, light, sound and aromatherapy, to mention but a few, can be used to shift, release and break up the blockages, releasing the energy to flow freely once again. The amazing feeling of relaxation, peace and wellbeing after a healing treatment comes from all the energy centres being balanced and in alignment, allowing the life force energy to flow evenly and freely throughout the body.
The Chakra’s in more detail :
The 1st Chakra, Sanskrit name Muladhara, the Root or Base Chakra, colour red, musical pitch C. Located at the base of the spine this chakra is associated with grounding, survival, physical safety both personal and that of the family or group, the ability to stand up and provide for oneself and social and familial law and order. In the physical body this chakra governs the spinal column, kidneys, bladder, large intestine (both of these along with the 2nd chakra), legs, feet, and bones. When it is unbalanced physical conditions may include obesity, anorexia, sciatica, degenerative arthritis, knee problems and constipation.
The 2nd Chakra, Sanskrit name Svadhisthana, the Sacral Chakra, colour orange, musical pitch D. Located in the lower abdomen this chakra is associated with blame, guilt, money, sex, power, creativity, ethics and honour in relationships. Its function is desire, pleasure, sexuality and procreation. In the physical body it governs the reproductive system, kidneys, bladder, and large intestine. When it is unbalanced physical conditions may include impotence, frigidity, uterine and kidney trouble, lower back problems, breast feeding problems and bladder and large intestine problems (both of these along with the 1st Chakra).
The 3rd Chakra, Sanskrit name Manipora, the Solar Plexus or Naval Chakra, colour yellow, musical pitch E. Located around the navel and solar plexus area this chakra is the trust centre, where those gut feelings come from. It is associated with self-confidence, self-esteem, self-respect, fear, intimidation, responsibility for making decisions and care of oneself and others. The common phrase “yellow belly” describes a coward and yellow is often associated with fear. The function of this chakra is willpower and in the physical body it governs the digestive system, the stomach, gall bladder, muscles and liver, note how jaundice affecting the liver turns the skin a yellow colour. When this chakra is unbalanced physical conditions may include ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycaemia.
The 4th Chakra, Sanskrit name Anahata, the Heart Chakra, colour green or pink, musical pitch F. This chakra is situated in the middle of the body near the heart, it is associated with, love, hatred, resentment, bitterness, grief, anger, self-centredness, an inability to accept love, intolerance, forgiveness, compassion, hope and trust. It’s function is love and in the physical body it governs the heart, blood, circulatory systems, arms, hands and lungs. Think of the common phrase “green with envy”, jealousy is always described as being green. When this chakra is unbalanced physical conditions may include asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure and lung disease.
The 5th Chakra, Sanskrit name Visuddha, the Throat Chakra, colour turquoise, musical pitch G. This chakra is situated in the throat and is associated with communication, personal expression, creativity, choice, strength of will, judgement, criticism, faith, knowledge, and the ability to make decisions. It’s function is communication and creativity and in the physical body it governs the lungs (along with the 4th chakra), vocal cords, bronchials, alimentary canal, neck and jaw. When this chakra is unbalanced physical conditions may include a sore throat, stiff neck, always catching colds, thyroid and hearing problems, along with a fear of failure, rejection and of being judged.
The 6th Chakra, Sanskrit name Ajna, the Brow or 3rd Eye Chakra, colour indigo or violet, musical pitch A. This chakra is situated in between the eyes and is associated with intellectual abilities, intuition, self evaluation, truth, feelings of inadequacy, emotional intelligence, ability to learn from experience, and openness to ideas. It’s function is connected to seeing, insight, intuition, the mind and wisdom. In the physical body it governs the brain and neurological system, ears, nose, and the left eye. When this chakra is unbalanced physical conditions may include blindness, headaches, nightmares, eyestrain and blurred vision.
The 7th chakra, Sanskrit name Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra, colour violet or white, musical pitch B. This chakra is situated at the top of the head and is associated with values, ethics, courage, spirituality, devotion, inspiration, the ability to trust life, to see the larger pattern and selflessness. It’s function is the connection with Source, with the All-That-Is and in the physical body it governs the upper brain, nervous system and right eye. When this chakra is unbalanced conditions may include depression, alienation, confusion, boredom, apathy, anxiety and fear.