The Chakra system and what the Chakras represent
Imagine energy flowing through pathways within the body a little like blood flows through arteries and veins. Where these energy pathways cross each other there’s a concentration of power, an energy hot spot. And where many of the energy pathways cross each other there’s a major energy hot spot. The energy pathways are known as Meridians… and the energy hot spots as Chakras. The Chakras are represented by Chakra colors. Chakra balancing can be done by intuitively opening them up (usually by an energy practitioner), removing negative thoughts and restoring them to a state of well being. Some energy practitioners use Chakra stones to help restore balance and remove unfavorable thoughts and actions driven by today’s societal pressures. The designs of the Chakra symbols originate from the lotus flower. There are different kinds of lotus flowers so there are different designs of the Chakra symbols.
The Chakras are the areas of the highest density of energy and therefore the easiest place to exchange energy with the outside world. To those people who can see energy, Chakras may look like spinning balls or wheels of life, hence the name. I myself see the colors of the Chakras that are closed or spinning slowly when I touch you while doing Chakra balancing. There are seven major Chakras. The Chakras are numbered from the first Chakra which is the base/root Chakra up to the seventh ending at the crown. The Chakras create a pathway of spinning energy hot spots along the axis of the body.
Chakras go in and out of balance and alignment naturally fluctuating with everyday highs and lows. The little stresses of life, minor illnesses, emotions and even your thoughts can change the equilibrium of the Chakra system. Your energy and therefore your Chakras are influenced by everything you do. When you’re feeling anxious or unwell or not following your path in life, your Chakras may shift way out of alignment and if left untreated take a long time to realign.
There are concepts related to each Chakra.
Defining the role of the Chakras
1. The first or Root Chakra is the the color red and represents survival, health, abundance, connection to earth and moving forward in life, assertiveness, determination, passion, practical matters, endings and new beginnings, fight or flight instinct.
Emotionally, when the Root Chakra is blocked, nothing seems to happen. The lack of balance prevents the release of grief and other restricting emotions that hold you back. The dysfunction of your Root Chakra prevent you from appreciating things in life. You can feel distance from family and friends and unsettled. As you start to feel alone, insecurity can set in leading to anxiety and panic attacks. In extreme circumstances addictions, phobias and obsessions can develop.
Physically, when the Root Chakra is out of balance, it represents such symptoms as chronic lower back pain, varicose veins, sciatica, water retention, constipation, diarrhea some fertility issues and disorders, health of the groin, hips, pelvis, lower end of the digestive system, legs, knees ankles and feet.
Spiritually, the Root Chakra connects you to the earth. It brings all of your spiritual knowledge and experience into your everyday life.
2. The second Chakra or the Sacral Chakra is Orange. It represents connection to other people, creativity, energy and confidence, sex, fertility, relationships, independence, joy, stamina and happiness.
Emotionally, the Sacral Chakra has the ability to store instantly usable energy. It provides energy on demand. It makes your creativity flow so you touch everyone with your warmth. This is what happens when you say someone is a warm person. This Chakra brings new relationships, friendships and opportunity into your life, promoting happiness’s and dispelling sadness. It can have a profound effect in the treatment of eating disorders.
Physically, the Sacral Chakra affects the intestines, spleen, kidneys and gallbladder. Chronic lower back pain, sciatica, gynecological problems, disorders around the pelvic girdle, sexual potency and urinary problems. It helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and when this doesn’t happen it shows as cramps, excessive bleeding an erratic cycle or PMS.
Spiritually, the Sacral Chakra enhances all psychic abilities as you connect unimpeded to Spirit, God, the Divine, the Source, the Universal Creative Life Force or whatever you believe is out there. When this Chakra is balanced, it’s energy gives you a sense of peace and bringing calmness to all you do.
3. The third Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra is yellow. It is your physical center and represents personal power and emotions, confidence, logic, memory, adaptability and recovery after surgery.
Emotionally, the Solar Plexus Chakra represents lack of concentration, feeling drained, insomnia, and falling asleep during the day. This Chakra is greatly affected by stress. Trying to do too much leads to a lack of quality time. This Chakra when healthy, promotes versatility as you learn to adapt from one situation to the next.
Physically, the Solar Plexus Chakra affects digestive disorders, indigestion, food allergies, stomach ulcers, intestinal disorders, gallstones and bile, liver ailments and eating disorders. It promotes the healthy functioning of the lymphatic and nervous systems, enhances healthy metabolism and aids the pancreas’s and adrenal gland. Part of its role is balancing blood sugar levels to help diabetes.
Spiritually, the Solar Plexus Chakra puts our beliefs, ideas, thoughts and creative inspiration into practice where we act on the concepts of trust and honor. A balanced Solar Plexus gives your actions purpose.
4. The fourth Chakra or Heart Chakra is green. It represents love, safety, trust, adventure and relationships, compassion, hope, kindness, gentleness and sleep.
Emotionally, when the Heart Chakra is out of balance, we lose touch with our emotions. Relationships of all kinds suffer and we become detached from the world around us. As this condition grows, we lock away not only our feelings as we express them, but our own inner truth or soul or spirit. We stop advancing our life path.
Physically, the Heart Chakra affects the heart, chest, lungs, and treats associated ailments and conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, some allergies, breast, upper back and shoulder problems, colds, influenza, fevers, ulcers and stress related illness.
Spiritually, the Heart Chakra supports not just physical love between people but a spiritual love of life itself. This is the energy that makes a relationship special, keeps you up talking all night and gives you that extra sparkle. It keeps your connection deep to your loved one. All fear stems from this energy center. When we encounter something that makes us careful, it is because of a stagnation of energy in this Chakra which in turn pushes down to the Solar Plexus giving us that sinking feeling.
5. The fifth Chakra or Throat Chakra is blue. It represents communication, expression, responsibility, freedom and leadership, creation, faith, knowledge and willpower.
Emotionally, when the Throat Chakra is out of balance we can lose focus easily. This is commonly identified in children as attention deficit disorders often linked with hyperactivity with the lack of concentration and the need to always be doing something and the inability to relax. Emotional trauma can have a severe effect on the health of the Throat Chakra. In extreme cases it can leave us with the inability to express any emotion at all. This leads to inhibitions in almost every area of life causing feelings of unease, nervousness, anxiety, and panic attacks. It can even make you feel like you are under psychic attacks from others.
Physically, the Throat Chakra affects the nose, sinuses, throat, tonsils, esophagus, ear problems, jaws, teeth, gums, mouth, tongue, neck and nervous system. Common symptoms of imbalance are sore throat, loss of voice, tonsillitis,’s over or under active thyroid, mouth ulcers and teeth and gum conditions, headaches and ear infections.
Spiritually, the Throat Chakra is strongly linked to communication with spirits. A sense of justice, sacred knowledge, and wisdom will come from the Chakra whether conscious or not.
6. The sixth Chakra or Third Eye Chakra is indigo. It represents mind, ideas, thoughts, dreams and psychic abilities, openness to new ideas, honesty, truth and teaching.
Emotionally, when the Third Eye is imbalanced, negative ideas set in and thoughts tumble aimlessly through our mind. It clogs up creative paths forming a fog in our mind. Intellectual and psychic abilities suffer and we can feel blocked to new ideas and stuck in an emotional and mental rut, and in some cases mental illness can set in.
Physically, an imbalance in the Third Eye Chakra can result in headaches, migraines, learning difficulties, autism, asbergers syndrome, neurological disorders, personality disorders, spinal conditions, problems with nerve endings, sinuses and seizures.
Spiritually, the Third Eye Chakra is linked to our psychic and spiritual skills. We can all access these as they are and natural abilities everyone has. They enhance our physical senses through a stream of data that is processed subconsciously most of the time. This also promotes, clarity inspiration and innovation.
7. The seventh Chakra or Crown Chakra is Violet. It represents spirituality, connection to universe, imagination, awareness and optimism, enthusiasm, originality, connection to angels, values, ethics, selflessness and seeing the bigger picture.
Emotionally, when the Crown Chakra is out of balance, we feel unconnected. It can seem that we are lost and just wandering around through life without purpose or direction. Any optimism or enthusiasm evaporates as this energy sinks down through the other six Chakras. We lose sight of the bigger picture and we find ourselves focusing on insignificant detail.
Physically, a balanced Crown Chakra can help relieve energy disorders, depression and extreme sensitivity to the environment. It will aid in whole body healing, help maintain health, benefiting the brain, spine and nervous system in particular and will provide pain relief. It helps to relieve neurological and autoimmune disorders, skin conditions, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and MS.
Spiritually, the Crown Chakra is your connection to all of the energy in the universe. The universe is what ever you choose to call it, be it the Source, Christ, God, Goddess, a combination of several deities, universal energy, Buddha, the name doesn’t matter the connection does. It is the source of everything in life, our inspiration to go further, our guide providing the route map’s of our life plan and our light that shows us the way.