Introduction to the Chakras

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Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means, “wheel” Chakra’s are essentially spinning wheels of energy. Each Chakra can be considered a hub, which has many spokes that connect the chakra with its primary organs. The chakra can be thought of as the power center. While the idea of chakras may be “new age” in the Western perspective, in Eastern traditions, chakras have been mapped these subtle energy centers for hundreds, maybe thousands of years or longer. Additionally, many esoteric practices have made use of these energy centers in their healing practices

Chakra toning involves using specific tones or vowel sound along with breath control to dire t energy into each chakra, using the voice. Toning allows us to cleanse, align and balance each chakra, thereby having a tune-up affect on overall health.

Without getting to detailed about the chakras themselves, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of these energetic systems in order to employ them in self-healing and healing others.

The Base or Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the adrenal glands, circulation, safety, survival, and grounding. In Sanskrit, the chakra is known as Muladhara. When we have issues feeling safe and secure, an energetic problem in the root chakra is suspected. As this energy center fuels our adrenal and circulatory systems, the root chakra is responsible for transporting oxygen to the blood cells, muscles, tissues, and organs. It is also responsible for activating the fight or flight response, hence its connection to the adrenal system. When under chronic stress. the body remains in a chronic state of flight or fight, adrenal fatigue is a very real and very often misunderstood health crisis. The root chakra is the energy center responsible for safety.

Just below the naval lies the Sacral Chakra, known as Svadhistana Chakra in Sanskrit. The Sacral energy center is responsible for our reproductive system, sexuality, intimacy, and personal relationships. It is related to primal emotions and is the seat of creativity and associated with the element of water. . Sexual issues, intimacy issues, emotional issues and those associated with personal boundaries are associated with this chakra.

The third chakra is known as the Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra. Located 2-3 inches above the naval, responsible for both the solar and epigastric plexus. In Freudian Psychology this chakra corresponds to the Ego Phase. It is associated with digestion, willpower, identify, ego, responsibility and the element of fire.

The fourth chakra, or heart chakra, known as Anahata with the Thymus gland, heart, and respiratory system. Emotionally, the heart chakra is, you would suspect associated with compassion, empathy, forgiveness, openness, authenticity.

The Throat Chakra, as you would suspect, is located at the throat center or carotid plexus. It is associat3ed with the thyroid, speech, hearing, communication, creativity, teaching and self-expression.

The Third Eye Chakra or Brow Chakra, known as Ajna is located at the pineal plexus, between the eyebrows, just behind the eyes. It is associated with pituitary and pineal glands, imagination, intuition, insight, truth, wisdom and enhanced worldly abilities.

Finally, the crown chakra, located at the top of the cerebral plexus at the top of the cranium, This is the chakra associated with enlightenment, self-actualization, and spirituality. When we see portraits of Buddha, Jesus, and SAints with illuminated Halos, this is an active Crown chakra.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the chakra systems, you can concentrate your energy in the correct place while practicing chakra toning. In other words, you have a focal point to send your energy while toning. While chakra toning, focus on the associated chakra and picture the energetic spinning unencumbered. If you are aware of the chakra’s correlating color, you can put that color in your minds eye while concentraing on its spin. I like to think of a gear spinning. When the machine is functioning properly (in this case the body) the chakras are little gears, each one initiating its own set of reactions, but each one dependent upon the other, A block in any of these energetic centers can cause difficulty in every other area.

It’s like the old string lights you used to assemble at Christmas time, if one bulb is out, the entire string is bad until you replace that bulb. When the bulb fizzles out, the current stops flowing and therefore each bulb further down the line of strings stops working as well. If you can think about this while practicing chakra toning, you can envision, yourself replacing the broken bulb with a fresh one. As you do so, imagine the repaired current illuminating all the chakras, a rainbow of color!

This is a super large overview of the chakras, to assist you in focus while toning. As we begin toning, focus your attention on these energy centers. More to come soon!

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