word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven energy
centers in the body. Chakras act as valves that regulate the flow of energy
through the energy system. Because the chakras interact intimately with our
physical selves through the endocrine system and the nervous system, the
decisions made on a daily basis are reflected in our chakra functioning. Each
chakra is associated with a specific area of the body. As well, each chakra is
associated with specific functions within the body that are controlled by the
plexus or gland associated with that chakra.
If we pay close attention, the chakras function
as a mirror for which to see aspects of our lives that we may be unable to see,
unaware of, or choose not to see. For example, lower back pain may indicate
unresolved issues related to personal relationships. Many times, resolving the
psychological and emotional issues related to the particular chakra will result
in relief from the physical discomfort, pain, or illness. Following is a brief description of each
as the Crown chakra. It is associated with the pineal gland in the brain,
and is reflected in nervous system functioning. The crown chakra relates to
divine wisdom, thought, self-knowledge, empathy, and universal consciousness.
When developed, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and
bliss can result.
Known as the Third-eye or
Brow chakra. This chakra is associated with the carotid
plexus and pituitary gland and reflects endocrine system functioning. The
third-eye chakra relates to spiritual and pituitary gland and reflects endocrine
system functioning. The third-eye chakra relates to spiritual awareness, light,
archetypal identity, and self-reflection. Because it relates to
both physical and intuitive sight, a healthy brow
chakra allows us to see clearly, enhances our understanding of archetypal levels,
and opens our psychic ability.
Known as the
Throat chakra. It is associated with the thyroid gland and cervical plexus
and reflects physical growth and metabolism. This chakra is related to
communication, hearing, sound, creative identity, and self-expression.
Heart chakra. This chakra is associated with the cardiac plexus and the
thymus, and reflects respiration, circulation, and immune system functioning.
The heart chakra relates to our sense of touch, perceptions of love, compassion,
and acceptance. This chakra is
chakra and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and
female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to
love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness
Known as the
Power chakra. It is associated with the solar plexus and the
pancreas, and reflects functioning of the muscles and digestive system. It is
related to our sense of vision, personal power intellect, and self-definition.
When healthy, it allows us to feel energetic,
effective, spontaneous, and empowered.
chakra is associated with the lumbar plexus and glands It is related to our
sense of taste, relationships, emotional well-being, food, sex, and appetite.
The second chakra Ideally brings us grace, depth of
feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
It is associated
with the sacral plexus and adrenal glands and reflects functioning of the
skeletal, lymph, and elimination systems. The root chakra relates
to our sense of smell, safety, security, trust, survival and grounding. This
chakra forms our foundation. Ideally this chakra
brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
Image: Sapta Chakra, from a Yoga manuscipt in Braj Bhasa lanaguage with 118
pages. 1899.This image is in the
public domain in
India because its term of copyright has expired.
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