What is the Chakra System?
Chakra in the Sanskrit word means “wheel” and according to the culture of Hinduism we have 7 main energy centers.
Connected with our physical body and each of these centers has a direct connection to the endocrine system located from the base of the spine to the top of the head, responsible through the internal glands of our body, its main function is to capture, store and distribute energy (prana) through nadis, the vast network of channels that circulate energy (prana) and makes each individual an integrated, conscious and vital whole that becomes connect to the chakras.
According to many tantric texts, the human body contains 72,000 nadis that channel prana to every cell in our body. The main function of the Chakras is to absorb energy from the sun (prana), to feed the aura energetically and spiritually.
The chakras are a vast human internal system of connection and distribution of subtle energy with thousands of channels interconnected with our nerves and glands and are in constant vibration and play very important roles in our physical, mental and spiritual health.
Each of these 7 main energy centers play specific roles and are linked to our behaviour, thoughts, sensations and emotions and through the knowledge of a specialized therapist, it can be said whether they are in balance or not.
These energy centers has its own characteristics and appearances, they are represented as lotus flowers with a certain number of petals, it is circular, they are rotating continuously, they have a specific element, colors, frequencies and mantras, harmonic and disharmonious meanings and functions specific to the physical body.
There are many ways to balance them, ranging from physical care such as sports and food, yoga practices, Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, acupuncture, homeopathy, anthroposophy, among many other different types of treatments.
The chakras are also worked on in tantric massage, which in turn is a more complete and effective way of spiritual energy healing, as it works with sexual energy, where Kundalini rests, in the first chakra at the base of the spine.
The study of this system is complex, and in a simpler way, to better understand how chakras work, imagine these energy centers as the distribution of electricity in our homes, there is a transmission or transport system that connects the energy between two points and these transmission centers are responsible for distributing and delivering energy to consumers who are connected and this electrical system.
Specific characteristics of each chakra
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The root chakra represents our base, in the human body, it is at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. Its element is the earth and absorbing this energy is its main function and also anchoring us in the world, this force is pulled up through this chakra by the soles of the feet, to keep us in balance. If our energetic body were a tree, the first chakra would be the root. So it is always recommended to take your shoes off on the grass to absorb energy from the Earth.
This energetic system is connected to the adrenal glands, the anus, the prostate, the rectum and the large intestine are also part of this list of correspondents and have everything to do with the release of adrenaline in the bloodstream, with the connection to life, its basic principle is do the physical movement here and now, a very primitive relationship with the fight or flight for survival.
2. Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana)
The sacral chakra, or second chakra or sex chakra, helps to inform how we relate to our emotions and the emotions of others, whether sexual affective, as well as family or friends. It also governs creativity, sexuality and represents the center of sexual energy (Kundalini).
The element of this energetic system is water, which also purifies and cleanses. This manifests itself on the physical plane with the elimination of toxins from the kidneys and bladder and, emotionally, by eliminating emotions such as fear, anger, resentment and much more.
3. Solar Plexus chakra (Manipura)
The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra or umbilical chakra, is the energy center that exerts the ability to perceive and trust other people, the sensitivity to feel the energy of the people around, is also responsible for our attitude and motivation in life . Have you ever felt the sensation of having butterflies in your stomach? Or he felt a hole in his stomach: this is the Manipura chakra in action.
The organ that has the highest incidence is the pancreas and the entire digestive system, its color is yellow, associated with the sun and connected with the element of fire. If your solar plexus chakra is blocked, you may experience an enormous amount of shame, doubt, hatred, hurt, nervousness and sadness. Those with a harmonious sacral chakra are free to express their true selves, this energy center is the most sensitive for spiritual connections, it is a mystical chakra.
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The fourth heart chakra or heart chakra is the bridge between the lower chakras associated with materiality and more connected with earthly experience, such as the material aspect, physical body, our history and biography and the upper chakras associated with spirituality.
It corresponds to the air element, and its main function is to metabolize the energy of love. This chakra can influence our ability to give and receive love – from others and from ourselves. Someone with a blocked heart chakra will find it difficult to fully open up to the people in their life. If someone’s heart is open, they can experience deep compassion and empathy. It is the chakra responsible for energizing the cardio-respiratory system. It is considered the channel of movement of feelings and also the most affected by emotional imbalance. In harmony, it becomes a love channel for spiritual assistance work. When there is a blockage in this chakra, the person feels depressed, closed to bonds, difficulty in forgiving, resentments, anguish, irritation or stitches in the chest.
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The throat chakra gives voice to the heart chakra and controls our ability to communicate our personal power. This energetic system is connected to the throat, related to the thyroid (and parathyroid), it is responsible for blood purification and also the first upper chakra. It expresses the way I express myself about something in the world.
Interestingly, creativity comes from the second chakra, but the will to manifest comes from this chakra. This energy center involves maturity, as its development starts from 28/29 years old and goes until 34/35 years old.
6. Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)
As we move forward in our personal and bodily growth, we are approaching communion with the divine. The third eye controls our ability to see the real world and the big picture and connect with intuition. Think of it as the soul’s eye: it records information beyond the surface level. Intuitive visions and hits are not uncommon for someone with an open third eye chakra.
This is the eye that allows us to see perceptibly and is connected to the pineal gland. This chakra connects all five senses, hearing, touch, smell, taste, vision and executes our mental capacity, imagination, memory – understanding concepts, through ideas in a practical way.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The last chakra, called Sahashara in Sanskrit, which means the lotus of the thousand petals is the highest, is at the top of the head and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually, upwards towards the heavens.
With the development of this energetic system we can find and identify our ways of evolving our spirit. It is not associated with any element. When it is fully developed it becomes able to access a higher and unexplained consciousness.