What Are Chakras?
Chakras, a Sanskrit word, implies “wheel of free-flowing energy. Thus, Chakras are the invisible spinning energy centres throughout our body that holds our body energy, helping us regulate it and maintain balance, thereby keeping us vibrant, healthy, and alive. They are seven in number, and they all align along the spine, spreading through the front, back, and both sides of your body.
Each seven, the chakra has its specific vibrational colour and frequency. They individually govern specific functions, from organ function to the immune system and emotions, all of which help make us humans. They aren’t seen with the human physical eyes, but they can be felt and sensed and sometimes seen by intuition.
Chakras were perceived to have originated from Ancient India around 1,500 B.C., but they started gaining recognition in the western world in the early 20th century when the subject was introduced by Sir John Woodroffe (aka Arthur Avalon).
Every existing living thing on planet Earth was made to have energy (the prana); this implies you wouldn’t be alive standing without that energy because it is a vital life force.
What does the chakra do? It simply holds that energy, so you are kept physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically balanced.
Just like everything else, chakras also have myths. Well, most people have limited ideas to them and can find themselves mistaking “what’s not” for “what it is.”
Here are some myths about chakras:
1. They Don’t Exist
Most people believe it doesn’t exist because it isn’t backed by any research or science studies. Regardless of if it has a science background or not, Chakras exist. If you undertake research personally, you wouldn’t deny the energetic component to our bodies.
2. There Are Only Seven
Nada! There are thousands of more minor chakras existing within us and also outside our bodies. The ones we covered in this book are just the major ones.
3. They Are Sources of Energy
Chakras are not sources of energy; you are the energy. Chakras are only whirlpool-like areas where energy converges and moves. They also emit and absorb energies from the world around us.
4. An Open Chakra Is the Best Chakra
A balanced chakra is the best because an open one can be overactive by being too open.
5. Chakra Healing Is Quick and Easy
As you read further into this book, you’d observe our chakras can get healed from being blocked. However, this isn’t simple; A chakra that has been blocked due to years of trauma limiting beliefs and patterns won’t turn up okay after a few minutes of administering healing. Just like a wound, it would take consistent efforts to heal.
There are seven primary chakras and over a hundred other smaller ones. Each of these chakras has a unique frequency, individual location in our bodies, colour, and specific functions, all working together as energy conductors. When they are open and spinning as they should, there is an adequate flow of energy through the body; this gives us balance physically, emotionally, and mentally and enables us to function on all levels.
Furthermore, each of these chakras embraces certain emotions, beliefs, and memories that are linked to not just our bodies alone but specific areas of our lives. Among these chakras, the energy flows differ; The base chakra has the lowest frequency and is related to Earthly matters such as power, sex, and survival, while the top chakra has the highest frequency in which it relates to higher consciousness, purpose, and intuition. Between the top and the base exist a heart chakra in the middle; it bridges the top and base chakra with empathy, love, and compassion. Now let’s dive properly into them, from bottom to top.
- The Chakras of Matter
There are three chakras classified under the matter. They are known as the “lower” chakras and are associated with materiality.
- The Muladhara
It is also known as the root chakra; it is reddish and sited at our spine’s base. It encompasses our tailbone area, three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. It is usually developed when we are about one to seven years old. This chakra represents our foundation as it usually gives us the feeling of being grounded. It governs and controls stability, security, survival instincts such as our basic needs, financial independence.
When this chakra is blocked: we feel nervous, threatened, and insecure about our safety. Physically, you are more likely to experience fatigue and constipation.
When this chakra is open: it’s like standing on our own two feet. we feel safe and fearless
- The Svadhisthana
This chakra is also known as the sacral chakra. It is orange in colour and located at the lower abdomen, about 2 inches below our navel. It is developed when we are eight to fourteen years old. This chakra controls how we relate to our emotions and the emotions of others. It also governs our sexual energy self-worth/-esteem, intuition, and creative expression.
When this chakra blocks: Absence of emotional control and sexual imbalances. Women may experience painful menstrual periods.
When this chakra is open: there is a balanced sense of well-being, pleasure, sexuality, and abundance.
- The Manipura (lustrous gem)
It is also referred to as Solar Plexus Chakra; it is yellowish and located at theUpper abdomen in the stomach area. It is developed at fifteen to twenty-one years. Ever had butterflies in your stomach? Yeah, that’s the Manipura chakra at work. This chakra is our foundation of personal power; it governs impulse control and confidence.
When this chakra is blocked: we feel overwhelming amounts of shame, timidity, and self-doubt.
When this chakra is open: there is a heightened feeling of self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem such that we become free to express our true selves.
- The Chakra of Connectivity
In this category, there exists only one chakra. It serves as a bridge between the chakra of matter and the Chakra of the Spirit.
- The Anahata
Also known as the heart chakra, this chakra is our source of love and connection. It is in the middle of the seven chakras, acting as a bridge that unites our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It is greenish and is located at the Center of our chest, just above the heart. This chakra is developed when we are twenty-one to twenty-eight years old; it affects our ability to give and receive love from ourselves first, then others.
When this chakra is blocked: we will have difficulty opening up and bonding with people.
When this chakra is open: we experience deep compassion and empathy for others and are more likely to find love, joy, and inner peace in all situations.
- The Chakras of the Spirit
There are three chakras under this classification, and they are known as the higher/upper chakras.
- The Vishuddha
The Vishuddha is also referred to as the Throat Chakra; it is located in the throat; thus, it encompasses the jaw, mouth, neck, tongue, thyroid, and parathyroid glands.
It has a Light Blue/Turquoise colour, and it is our source of verbal communication as it gives voice to the heart chakra. It controls our ability to express ourselves and communicate in truth. It is developed when we are at twenty-nine to thirty-five.
When this chakra is blocked: we will have difficulty finding the words to say on how we truly feel.
When this chakra is open: we express ourselves and speak our highest truth.
- The Ajna
Also known as Third-Eye Chakra, it is located at our forehead between the eyes. It is Dark Bluish/purplish and is described as the “eye of the soul” and “centre of our intuition.” It also governs our ability to see the “big picture,” our wisdom and rationality. The Ajna is usually developed at age thirty-six to forty-two years old, and it gives you the ability to explore what cannot be seen.
When this chakra is blocked: we won’t be able to register information beyond the surface level or think clearly and are more likely to be depressed or experience headaches.
When this chakra is open: you’ll be enhanced to have free and open access to visions and intuitive hits as you listen to it and heed its warnings.
- The Sahasrara
It is also known as the “Crown” or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra. It is located at the top of our heads, enhancing spiritual connectivity to our higher selves, others, and divine power. It is Violet/Whitish, and it is the highest chakra, usually developed at ages forty-three to forty-nine. Apart from its ability to connect to the supernatural, it also gives us enlightenment and represents our ability to appreciate our inner and outer beauty.
Element: Divine Consciousness
When this chakra is open: You’d be able to access higher consciousness.
Note: You can only open the spiritual chakras (i.e., the chakras of spirit) more fully when you work through your physical chakras (i.e., chakras of matter)
Chakras can be blocked due to physical Ailments, emotional or psychological upheavals, or spiritual problems; a messy divorce, recovery from an accident, death of loved ones, stress, etc., can all make your chakra clogged up.
Once it blocks, it reacts by creating an imbalance which means the speed at which our energy goes through it is either reduced or increased. It may also mean that the energy has stopped flowing through it altogether. At this point, our physical and mental health suffers when chakras are blocked, our bodies have an excellent way of communicating it. Therefore, all you need to do is properly understand the various types of chakras so you’d know when any chakra is affected.
Unblocking and Balancing Your Chakras
There are several techniques to use to unblock your chakras and bring balance. Meditation, yoga, use of crystals are commonly used. You do not need a professional to heal your chakras; by observing and reflecting on your behaviours or practising chakra, affirmations are sufficient for opening the chakras and restoring balance.
Those who prefer crystals and other stones are laid on the body’s energy centres; the stone’s vibrational energy then matches the chakra over which it is placed before the chakra absorbs the stone’s frequency restores balance.
Meditating Technique: The Ajna Chakra Opening Process:
● Find a quiet place
● Sit or lie in a comfortable position
● Please close your eyes and relax the skin around your eyes; make sure they are soft enough
● With eyes still closed, mentally gaze toward the space between your brows, bringing attention to the third eye point.
● Imagine the dark blue/indigo colour
● Now, draw that awareness from your forehead to the midpoint of your brain. You can also press the tip of your tongue to the upper palate so you can ignite Ajna chakra from beneath it
● No doubt wandering thoughts would come but let them pass.
● Please take a deep breath in and out through your nose; keep it smooth and steady
● Keep your breath smooth and steady as you breathe.
● Continue the process within the stipulated time.
You can practice meditation while listening to a piece of classical music, and you can also chant the sound Sham to bring focus to the third eye.