Chakra translated literally from Hindi means 'wheel of spinning energy'. Chakras are thought of as wheels because the concentrated vortex of energy in the centre emits rays of life-giving light and energy. Traditionally, there are seven major chakras in the human body, each one relates to a colour and an area of the body.
These seven energy centres are located in front of the spinal column and align vertically.
The chakras need to be in balance to work effectively. Imagine if you drove your car when one of the wheels was out of balance, the vibration is felt all through the body and the more unbalanced, the more uncomfortable the ride! All the chakras are equal in importance and if one or more are out of balance, the effects are felt throughout the entire body; causing at the very least discomfort and at worst, dis-ease. Seen as vibrational hubs linking with the physical organs and points of entry for higher consciousness, chakras are important in most healing therapies.
In terms of spirituality there are no higher or lower chakras. All are equal for both spiritual development and earthly experience. Their job is to receive white light drawn in from the aura, that is then broken down into its component colours. This free flow of energy promotes vitality and good health.
During a treatment session the therapist will dowse each of the chakras to assess whether they are in balance; over or under active. This will be done with either a pendulum dowser or dowsing rods to indicate any existing imbalance and can be done standing or lying on a therapy couch. Any imbalance detected will then be corrected using either colour sprays or sound chimes. The chakras are then dowsed a second time to confirm that balance has been achieved.
Working upwards, the seven major chakras are as follows;
ROOT CHAKRA ~ Physical Chakra
The root or base chakra is situated at the base of the spine around the genital area. Its energy extends downwards through the legs and feet to make contact with the earth. It is about being completely aware of your body; being grounded enough to let the earth energy and the cosmic energy flow freely. The root chakra faces downwards to absorb healing energies from the earth. It is linked with the gonads, kidneys, spinal column and sense of smell.
This chakra relates to our survival needs, and is the foundation of the system. When these basic needs are met, it functions healthily. If a threat is perceived; such as health problems, a difficult move of home or change of job, etc; it may create an imbalance. These can manifest in various ways, from the inability to relax, sleeplessness, to an obsession with possessions, money or health. Balance is maintained when we are both stable and flexible, with an 'everything in moderation' attitude. Eating is basically a root chakra activity; therefore eating disorders, obesity, constipation and haemorrhoids can indicate an imbalance here.
The root is the slowest moving chakra and is associated with the colour red.
SACRAL CHAKRA ~ Emotional Chakra
The sacral chakra is found just below the navel and is the centre of creativity, sexuality, pleasure, emotions and nurture. It is the body's 'shock absorber'. Feelings are our inner experience and emotions are the outward expression. When feelings are not expressed by emotions a blockage is formed.
The sacral chakra corresponds with the bodily functions to do with liquid; circulation, urinary elimination, sexuality and reproduction. Therefore imbalances in this centre may show up as bladder or uterine problems; or even impotence or frigidity. When there are dramatic and frequent emotional episodes which rule a persons life, it evidences malfunctions in the sacral chakra; just as being dull, flat and lifeless are.
This chakra connects us to our inner source of inspiration and enables us to experience the beauty all around us. By allowing our creativity to develop and freely expressing our emotions, balance is improved in the sacral chakra.
The sacral chakra is represented by the colour orange.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA ~ Power/ego Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is situated below the sternum (rib cage) and is where we find our energy to turn the desire from the sacral chakra into action. This is our will and the desire could be seen as the fuel to turn will into action. It represents our vitality and personal power, and when in balance we can stand up for ourselves and follow our sense of authority, being who we are.
When this chakra is out of balance we become withdrawn, over serious, have a fear of taking risks and lack energy. Alternatively, we may have the need to control, dominate or bully and be very self-centred.
This chakra is associated with the stomach, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. Malfunctions here may exhibit physically as stomach ulcers, hypoglycaemia and diabetes.
Laughter, yelling and jogging are all therapeutic for this chakra; helping to maintain balance.
The colour yellow represents this chakra.
HEART CHAKRA ~ Centre Chakra
The heart chakra is the point of balance for the whole system; balancing the energies received from above and below. In this centre we experience pure, unconditional love that is all encompassing; very different form the passion directed love of the sacral chakra. Here compassion and love manifest; also our sense of responsibility and behaviour towards others. Present and past experience influence the heart chakra and reflects in the way you interact with others, social skills and relationships.
Physically this centre is connected to the heart, lungs and thymus. Related illnesses could be with the respiratory system such as asthma; heart disease and high blood pressure and a slowing down of the metabolic rate. Emotionally an imbalance gives the tendency to become withdrawn into ourselves, or give too much of our time and energy to others, ignoring our own needs.
The heart chakra is the place where our spirit resides; the place of our true self, which is ever pure. When healthy there is a balanced interconnection between love of self and love for others.
The heart chakra is traditionally associated with the colour green.
THROAT CHAKRA ~ Self-expression Chakra
The throat chakra is located in the throat and is all about communication; essential for genuine interaction with others. It is not only to do with talking but incorporates listening too. The areas covered by this chakra are not just the throat, but also the ears, mouth, arms and hands. When we see a person waving their hands and arms around whilst talking, or those who use sign language, it reminds us of the connection with the throat centre and communication. This is where we express our creativity and relate it to the world; where we hear the words and emotions of others and where we communicate our will and love to those around us. The throat chakra is the centre of diplomacy and gives us a kind, compassionate voice.
When this chakra is imbalanced there are tendencies to dominate, or feel dominated; feelings of superiority or inferiority and jealousy. Fear of communicating our inner thoughts and true feelings, difficulty expressing ourselves, shyness, talking too much and not listening are all disorders of the throat chakra.
Physical disorders related to this centre include thyroid problems, illnesses of the throat and mouth, even repeated colds and flu.
Communication is meant to be a joyous experience, which is why chanting and singing are both ways to stimulate this chakra into positive activity and balance.
The throat chakra relates to the colour blue.
THE BROW ~ Intuitive Chakra
The brow or third eye chakra if situated just above the central point between the eyebrows. Here is the centre of psychic, visual and intuitive perception. Intuition, psychic abilities, dreams, memory and vision are attributed to this chakra. When we build a strong picture of our 'dreams' in our mind, using the visualisation process, we take the first step to making that dream a reality. The third eye chakra is about being in touch with your own personal understanding.
Physically this chakra rules the eyes and the pineal gland and an imbalance may lead to headaches, nightmares and eye problems. In extreme cases hallucinations or even blindness.
This is the chakra of forgiveness and compassion. Forgiveness is power; to let go of hatred, anger and resentment. This is where all our ego, conditionings and habits are dissolved.
By experiencing and seeing things as if for the first time, with the innocence of a child, rather than the cynicism of an adult, we keep this centre clear. When we look at the sky, earth or nature it helps balance and cleanse the brow chakra
The brow chakra is associated with the colour indigo.
CROWN CHAKRA~ Universal Chakra
The crown chakra is often called the 'Thousand Petalled Lotus' and it is through this centre that we connect with the universal energies, receive information and ideas. This chakra, unlike the others that face forwards, faces upwards to receive energies from above.
This centre rules the pituitary gland, the central nervous system and the cerebral cortex. Imbalance here can result in depression and feelings of confusion.
There is a wonderful protective system with this chakra, as it only allows us to receive information that we are emotionally and physically capable of dealing with. When we progress and develop spiritually, more and more information filters through and we have greater awareness. This is thought of as the last milestone in the evolution of human awareness.
Meditation helps to develop the crown chakra and maintain balance.
The crown chakra is represented by the colour violet.