Chakras

Written By: Gage Gorman

Chakras are organizing centers for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life energies.

There are many Chakras in the human body, we are going to primarily focus on 7 of the Chakras.  These can be known as the bodies primary 7 Chakras.

When the Soul enters into the humanoid body it first centers in the Heart Chakra (Fourth Chakra) and then spreads to the other Chakras from there.  Then the Soul energy spreads throughout the nadis.

Chakra One: Located at the base of the spine, is associated with survival.  Its element is earth.

Chakra Two: Located in the lower abdomen, is associated with emotions and sexuality.  Its element is water.

Chakra Three: Located in the solar plexus, is associated with personal power, will, and self-esteem.  Its element is fire.

Chakra Four: Located over the sternum, is associated with love.  Its element is air.

Chakra Five: Located in the throat, is associated with communication and creativity.  Its element is sound.

Chakra Six: Located in the center of the forehead, is associated with clairvoyance, intuition and imagination.  Its element is light.

Chakra Seven:  Located at the top of the head, is associated with knowledge, understanding and transcendent consciousness.  Its element is thought.


Chakra One:

It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth.

Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras - it is your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.

The energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs.

Since base chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within muladhara.

War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first chakra.

These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are passed down from generation to generation creating unconscious generational patterns.

It is our work to take responsibility for our own lives and bring to light that which is unconscious.

All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected with each other. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra.

It is important though to balance the root chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth.

We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.

Affirmations

  • I feel deeply rooted

  • I am connected to my body

  • I feel safe and secure

  • Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here

  • I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice

  • I have what I need

  • I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet

  • I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature

  • I am open to possibilities

  • I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform

  • I trust in the goodness of life

  • I make choice that are healthy and good for me

  • I trust myself

  • I love life


Chakra Two:

The Sacral Chakra is your passion and pleasure centre and it is located in the pelvic area. While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment.

The gift of this chakra is experiencing our lives through feelings and sensations.

The second chakra is the centre of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection.

The energy of this chakra allows you to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body. It allows you to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness.

The main challenge for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society. We live in a society where feelings are not valued, where passion, and emotional reactions are being frowned upon. We are being taught not to "loose control". And we get disconnected from our bodies, our feelings.

As if this was not enough, we also experience the wounds of our collective cultural struggles over many sexual issues of our society. On one hand sexuality is magnified and glorified, and on the other hand it is rejected. This results in either blocked or excessive second chakra issues.

No wonder we have so many issues with our passion centre, the wellspring of feelings, enjoyment, and sensuality.

Do you love your body? Do you enjoy feeling your body? When was the last time you walked barefoot on the grass and felt the sensation of ground underneath your feet?

The sacral chakra is also your centre of creativity.

Passion is the fuel of creative energy. Everything you create, a poem, a drawing, or a website, originates from the energy of second chakra. It is also where your fertility originates. After all, conceiving a child is a creative process.

A person with an open Svadhisthana Chakra is passionate, present in her body, sensual, creative, and connected to her feeling.

Affirmations

  • I love and enjoy my body.

  • I have healthy boundaries.

  • I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.

  • I am passionate.

  • I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.

  • I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.

  • I know how to take care of my needs.

  • I value and respect my body.

  • I am open to touch and closeness.

  • I allow myself to experience pleasure.

  • My sexuality is sacred.

  • Emotions are the language of my soul.

  • I take good care of my physical body.

  • I am at peace.

 


Chakra Three:

The Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the navel and solar plexus, is the core of our personality, our identity, of our ego.

The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are.

The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable.

The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality.

The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life.

The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner.

What does that mean? It means consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra. It means being proactive rather then reactive or inactive.

Beings with excessive third chakra energy react to life circumstances, they have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out.

Beings with blocked or deficient third chakra are passive and inactive - allowing life to pass by while they do nothing.

Strong third chakra reflects the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. It reflects the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act.

The message of the third chakra is: You have the power to choose.

You can choose to achieve your life purpose or you can live out your karma or past experiences.

What do you choose?

Do you choose love, light and healing?

Do you accept that you have the power to choose?

Do you feel a sense of freedom when you make a choice?

The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem.

Every time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower.

Self love, self acceptance, and acknowledgement of your own worth are the building blocks of the third chakra.

A human with an open and balanced Manipura Chakra values oneself and their work, is confident in their ability to do something well, loves and accepts oneself, is willing to express oneself in a powerful way, knows that she has the freedom to choose to be oneself and direct their own life.

Affirmations

  • I love and accept myself.

  • I stand up for myself.

  • I am strong and courageous.

  • I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect.

  • I choose the best for myself.

  • I express myself in a powerful way.

  • I am proud of my achievements.

  • I honor my self.

  • I choose healthy relationships.

  • I am authentic.

  • I direct my own life.

  • I appreciate my strengths.

  • I feel my own power.

  • I am free to choose in any situation.

  • I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

  • I am at peace with myself.

Additional Note:

In order for our will to be engaged, we must also be in touch with our desires.  How can we exert our will if we don't know what we want?  While undue attachment to our desires may keep us trapped in lower chakras, suppression only blocks the force of the will.  When a person feels deprived, unloved, or overworked, they are easier to manipulate.  The will flourishes best when we are relaxed, happy, and in touch with ourselves.


Chakra Four:

The heart chakra - the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion, and joy is located in the center of the chest at the heart level.

Anahata moves love through your life.

It is the center of your deep bonds with other beings, your sense of caring and compassion, your feelings of self-love, altruism, generosity, kindness, and respect.

Anahata is an integrating and unifying chakra - bringing to wholeness - as such, it is your healing center. Indeed, most spiritual traditions recognize love as the ultimate healing force.

The energy of anahata allows us to recognize that we are part of something larger, that we are interconnected within an intricate web of relationships extending through life and the universe.

Anahata allows us to recognize and get in touch with the sacred and fundamental truth that runs through all of life and connects everything together.

The "way of the heart" or the "path of the heart" is living your life from this energy center of love.

It means living your life with loving kindness and compassion towards others. It means that your heart is open to others and you inspire kindness and compassion in others. You create safe and supportive environment.

Others can feel your love and warmth. They feel loved and accepted unconditionally. People feel at peace around you, as there is no judgment coming from you.

When anahata is open and energy is flowing freely, you are not only loving to others, you are also loving to your self. You know when you need to say no and when you need care and self-nurturing.

All of the seven chakras are important and while I cannot say that the heart chakra is the most important, I do want to say that it is very important.

Most of the world's spiritual traditions recognize love as the unifying force, the energy that is the most fundamental part of the universe, and of ourselves.

To open to love is to reach to the deepest places and connect with our true essence, our spirit, and our soul.

Affirmations

  • I am open to love.

  • All love resides within my heart.

  • I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

  • I nurture my inner child. I am wanted and loved.

  • I live in balance, in a state of gracefulness and gratitude.

  • I love the beauty of nature and the animal world. I forgive myself.

  • I am open to love and kindness.

  • I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.

  • I am connected with other human beings.

  • I feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.

  • I accept things as they are.

  • I am peaceful.

 

Additional Note:

There are many things, however, which reduce the flow of loving energy from one person to another.  Undue attachment to one person can reduce the flow of energy that could come from many others.  Jealousy reduces the flow of love as it dictates the they must flow within narrow limits.  Homophobia, ageism, and racism restrict love. "You cannot touch him -- he's of the same sex!" "She's too old" "They are the wrong [color, size, or background]." Any of these demarcations destroy the understanding of oneness and interdependence that is integral to the heart chakra.  If we see love as infinite, and approach it from abundance instead of scarcity, we see that in truth love is self-perpetuating.

 

Only by being balanced within ourselves can we hope to balance the world.


Chakra Five:

The Throat Chakra is the fifth chakra and it is the first of the higher or spiritual chakras on the "chakra ladder". This chakra is located in the region of neck and shoulders and its color is blue.

The gift of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing your authentic voice and speaking your truth.

The energy of this chakra allows you to seek knowledge that is true, beyond limitations of time and space, beyond cultural and family conditioning.

The main challenge for the fifth chakra is doubt and negative thinking. When you gain and verify your knowledge through meditation and direct experience, then doubt and negativity are removed.

The "way of the Throat Chakra" is the way of inspired creativity, seeking and sharing of the truth.

It is the way of standing up for what you believe, saying no when you need to, and being open and honest in what you say.

Do you dare to be creative?

Do you dare to open up to a life full of infinite possibilities?

The fifth chakra is linked directly to your personal integrity and a sense of honor.

As a communication center, it not only allows you to express who you are and what you stand for, but also allows you to listen deeply to another.

A person with an open Visuddha chakra is a good listener, she enables another person to have the experience of being heard - one of the most profound human needs.

Affirmations

  • I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.

  • I have a right to speak my truth.

  • I communicate my feelings with ease.

  • I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.

  • I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.

  • I nourish my spirit through creativity.

  • I live an authentic life. I have integrity.

  • I love to share my experiences and wisdom. I know when it is time to listen.

  • I express my gratitude towards life.

  • I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.

  • I take good care of my physical body.

  • I am at peace.


Chakra Six:

The Third Eye Chakra transcends time. It is located in the brain, at the brow, above the base of the nose.

The gift of this chakra is seeing - both inner and outer worlds.

The energy of this chakra allows us to experience clear thought as well as gifts of spiritual contemplation and self reflection.

Through the gift of seeing we can internalize the outer world and with symbolic language we can externalize the inner world.

The energy of Ajna allows us to access our inner guidance that comes from the depths of our being. It allows us to cut through illusion and to access deeper truths - to see beyond the mind, beyond the words.

The "way of the third eye" is seeing everything as it is from a point of "witness" or "observer", or from simply being mindful - moment by moment.

It means examining self-limiting ideas and developing wisdom that comes from a perspective that transcends the duality of good or bad, black or white. It means seeing and helping others to see the deeper meanings of the situations in their lives.

Sixth chakra is holistic in nature. When this chakra is fully activated, both hemispheres of the brain function in synchrony. The right hemisphere's creativity and synthetic thinking is integrated and balanced with left hemisphere's logical and analytical thinking.

The Third Eye is not only the seat of wisdom, but also a seat of conscience. This is where you not only see what is going on, but you also know what it means. This is where your sense of justice and your ethics originate.

When your third eye is open, you not only see but you also understand.

Affirmations

  • I am in touch with my inner guidance.

  • I listen to my deepest wisdom.

  • I seek to understand and to learn from my life experiences.

  • I am wise, intuitive, and connected with my inner guide.

  • I nurture my spirit.

  • I listen to the wisdom of elders.

  • I trust my intuition.

  • I forgive the past and learn what was there for me to learn.

  • I forgive myself.

  • I love and accept myself.

  • I know that all is well in my world.

  • I am connected with the wisdom of the universe.

  • I am open to inspiration and bliss.

  • My life moves effortlessly.

  • I am at peace.

  • I am the source of my truth and my love.


Chakra Seven:

The crown chakra is the seventh chakra and it is at the top of the "chakra ladder" which starts from the root chakra that grounds us on the Earth and progresses upward to the Sahasrara which connects us with the universe and the Divine source of creation.

Sahasrara is located at the crown of the head. The gift of this chakra is experiencing unity and the selfless realization that everything is connected at a fundamental level.

The energy of this chakra allows us to experience mystical oneness with everyone and everything in nature.

There is no intellectual knowing at the level of seventh chakra, but there is serenity, joy, and deep peace about life.

You have a sense of knowing that there is a deeper meaning of life and that there is an order that underlies all of existence.

The "way of the crown chakra" is the way of going beyond the limits of your own ego. It is the way of transcending the ego and knowing that all of creation is interconnected at a fundamental level.

A level that some call the "Akasha" or "Zero Point Field", or just "the Field". This is the fundamental level of connection.

According to Tantric philosophy, the seventh chakra is both a receiver and giver of energy and consciousness. It receives energy to sustain life and it gives back the personal energy to unite with the collective pool of consciousness.

It is the meeting point between finite (the body and the ego) and infinite (the universe and soul).

It is the place where time and timelessness intersect and where death and eternal life meet.

The thousand petal chakra embraces an attitude of gratitude for one's life.

When we realize that everything is interconnected and that we are part of the larger scheme of life, we begin to live with gratitude, faith and trust, rather than filled with fear and anxiety.

We are guided by the higher power and we feel divinity from within and from without.

The challenge of this chakra is to liberate the spirit - open to the divine - and at the same time stay firmly rooted deep in the ground.

Affirmations

  • I am part of the Divine

  • I honor the Divine within me

  • I seek to understand and to learn from my life experiences

  • I cherish my spirit

  • I seek experiences that nourish my spirit

  • I listen to the wisdom of universe

  • I trust my intuition

  • I am open to letting go of my attachments

  • I live in the present moment

  • I am grateful for all the goodness in my life

  • I love and accept myself

  • I know that all is well in my world

  • I am connected with the wisdom of the universe

  • I am open to divine wisdom

  • My life moves with grace

  • I am at peace



This video covers a basic level of the chakra information in this article.  Enjoy



Written By: Gage Gorman

References

Wheels of Life - The Classic Guide to the Chakra System By: Anodea Judith, Ph.D.

Crystal Links

Chakra Anatomy