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Chakras: Centers of Our Life Force

Chakras: Centers of Our Life

What are Chakras?

The Sanskrit word for wheel is CHAKRA. Our human bodies are made up of 7 major chakras or wheels which balance and align our bodies into balance, harmony and peace. All of which is essential to our lives.

The 7 Chakras:

Briefly, I will explain our 7 chakras that we all have and that we can all connect to.

Root or Base Chakra/Muladhara   

Colour associated with Chakra: Red 
Element associated with Chakra:
Earth 
1st Chakra in the 7 chakra system –
can be found at the base of the spine 

Found at the root of the spine, the corresponding locations for this chakra are the perineum, along the first three vertebrae at the pelvic plexus.  This chakra is represented at the cone of energy, beginning at the base of the spine, going downwards and then slightly bent up. The root, otherwise known as the base chakra grounds us deep within the Earth, as this chakra  element is Earth. grounding our being, our spirit our everything. This chakra is known as ‘Muladhara’ in Sanskrit.

The key functions or characteristics of the root chakra are:

  • Security and safety
  • Survival
  • Basic needs: food, shelter, sleep & sex
  • Grounding
  • Supports the foundation of our lives
  • Helps in our choice for reproduction of offspring

Sacral Chakra / Svadhisthana 

Colour associated with Chakra: Orange
Element associated with Chakra: Water
2nd Chakra in the 7 chakra system –
just below the naval 

The sacral chakra can be found about 3 inches below the naval at the center of the lower belly. In the back, it is located at the level of the lumbar vertebrae. It should be noted that other noteworthy locations described in different systems expand its location to the genital and reproductive areas of both sexes, especially for level of ovaries for women; and the testicles for men. It is also associated with the lymphatic system. In Sanskrit, this chakra is called “Svadhisthana”;  which means “your own place.”

The key functions or characteristics of this chakra are:

  • Emotions or feelings
  • Sensuality,
  • Relationships or relating
  • feeling of the outer and inner worlds
  • creativity,
  • Flow and flexibility
  • Fantasies
  • Sexual Desire and pleasure
  • Expression of sexuality and of sexual pleasure

Solar Plexus Chakra / Manipura

Colour associated with Chakra: Yellow
Element associated with Chakra: Fire
3rd Chakra in the 7 chakra system –
around the stomach area 

The solar plexus or Manipura in Sanskrit, is a chakra of your own personal will and power, mental abilities and confidence.  This chakra is located where your diaphragm rest (in your upper part of your body) is the third chakra. The main function of the solar plexus or Manipura is to empower yourself and be more confident with your own personal and professional decisions.

The key functions or characteristics of this chakra are: 

  • Your will and personal power
  • Taking control and responsibility for your life
  • The mental abilities and intellect of self
  • Forming your own opinions and your own belief system
  • Making your own decisions
  • Clarity of judgements
  • Setting the direction towards your goals & aspirations
  • Your personal identity and personality – what makes you – YOU
  • Being confident & self-assurance
  • Self-discipline
  • Independence

At very high levels, the solar plexus can help one obtain wisdom.

Heart Chakra / Anahata

Colour associated with Chakra: Green
Element associated with Chakra: Air
4th Chakra in the 7 chakra system – located around the center of the chest area (but not where the actual heart organ is!) 

Located in the center of the chest, however it should be noted that the this energy center is not located where our actual heart organ lies, rather, the heart chakra is in the center of the chest area. Drawing from feeling and expressing love for ourselves and for others in the many different forms of love, (whether romantic, platonic or family love) the heart chakra plays a vital role in learning more about ourselves and what we value.

Air is oxygen of which we breathe, we are therefore connected to all living things, and we are connected to all life. Please note that the heart chakra connects the lower and upper chakras together. In other words, in order to create harmony within our body both on a physical, and spiritual level, the heart connects this on a very deep level to restore aspirations of our inner being.

The key functions or characteristics of this chakra are:

  • Love for oneself and for others
  • Experiencing deep and meaningful relationships
  • To have compassion and empathy
  • To be open towards transformation and change
  • Forgiveness and acceptance
  • Ability to grieve and reach peace
  • Compassionate discernment
  • Center of awareness,
  • Appreciation of beauty of all things
  • Transcending of personal identity and limitations of the ego
  • Integration of insights
  • Integration between earthly and spiritual aspirations
  • Capacity to love and be loved in return

Throat Chakra / Vishuddha

Colour associated with Chakra: Blue 
Element associated with Chakra: Air
5th chakra  in the 7 chakra system – base of the throat

The throat chakra or Vishuddha;  it is known in Sanskrit meaning “pure” or “purification”. It is located at the center of the neck at the level of the throat, it is the passage of the energy between the lower part of the human and the head. The main function this chakra is drive by the principle of expression and communication.

The key functions or characteristics of this chakra are:

  • Expression – the ability to speak your truth & to speak out
  • All forms of communications such as: whether it’s verbal or non-verbal, external or internal,
  • Connection to the etheric realms, the more subtle forms of spirit & your own intuitive abilities
  • Propensity to create and even innovate, new ideas or blueprints into reality
  • Realizing your own vocation or life purpose
  • Having a good sense of timing and time management

Third Eye Chakra / Ajna

Colour associated with Chakra: Translucent purple or bluish white 
Element associated with Chakra: Light
6th chakra  in the 7 chakra system – — forehead, just above area between the eyes

The third eye chakra also known as Ajna in Sanskrit which means “perceiving” or “command” can be found between your two physical eyes on your forehead and near the eyebrow,  giving you the power to see with openness and Divine perception of your intuition. This chakra is also known as the ‘supreme element’ as it gives all of us, as we are all have the natural ability to seek our own truth, through our third eye, by using our imagination – and hence by seeing everything in its purest form. Therefore, the third eye, awakes you  of your inner being, and of your Divine truth.

The key functions or characteristics of this chakra are:

  • Vision
  • Intuition
  • Perception of subtle dimensions and movements of energy
  • Psychic abilities related to clairvoyance and clairaudience especially
  • Access to mystical states, illumination
  • Connection to wisdom, insight
  • Motivates inspiration and creativity

Briefly in Yogi metaphysics, deeply within our own unique subconscious, the third eye or Ajna chakra carries our personal duality with our own unique “I” consciousness. It carries the duality between us and the divine, since we are all connected to the Divine. Nevertheless, you can separate personally from the “I” consciousness – and therefore be about to transcend to other dimensions, without the use of time or space, using the other five elements or chakras.

In other words, it’s about reaching yet another state of consciousness or super-consciousness, that exists independently from the rest of anything else. Granted, it does take time, patience and understanding.

Crown Chakra / Sahasrara

Colour associated with Chakra: White or Violet
Element associated with Chakra: Mind
7th chakra in the 7 chakra system – Crown of the head

The Crown chakra or Sahasrara in Sanskrit, can be translated to mean “A Thousand Petals”. Know as the spiritual connection between you the Cosmos, this powerful chakra can help you reach a state of wonder, enlightenment, and knowingness. Because it’s symbol looks like a lotus flower, you can see how spiritually, we are all evolving to be the best versions of ourselves for the highest and greatest good.

The Crown chakra opens the doors to the awareness of what we need to know. Again, we all have the ability to reach peaks of transcendence of our limitations whether that be personal, as there are no limitations of space, time or energy. We all have the ability to reach paradoxes and dimensions through a crown chakra which is the norm. As it is a wise and truthful teacher, it is always Universal and transcendent. It provides the most soul seeking lessons found deep in your subconscious.

There is a blessed and sacred union between you and the energy of the chakra. You will find a state of complete awe, bliss and spiritual ecstasy. It provides the essential wisdom of all that is, and all that will be. You will be given the upmost clarity and enlightened wisdom of what your soul needs to know – even if you are ready for it or not!

As we are all an extension of the Divine, therefore you can view the Crown chakra as a the messenger chakra. It connects you to the Universal consciousness that is linked to everything, the infinite life force energy, and to everything in existence.

The key functions or characteristics associated with this chakra are:

  • Consciousness
  • Awareness of higher consciousness, wisdom, of what is sacred
  • Connection with the formless, the limitless
  • Realization, liberation from limiting patterns
  • Communion with higher states of consciousness, with
  • Ecstasy, bliss
  • Presence

This is just a very brief look at the 7 chakras. But I’d encourage you to seek out what you believe the chakras to be. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of what a chakra is, but this is just a very short introduction to what they are.

Much love and blessings,

Libby xo

Chakras

 

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