All this is very true, but there is so much more to the Universe. There is so much beyond what we see and know. The Universe thrives on a force visible to no human eyes. This force feeds the Universe and keeps it whole. It’s a latent energy that also feeds our bodies. With the right conditions and intentions, we can embrace this energy, shape it to do our bidding and achieve wonders with it.
Ancient civilisations called this life energy prana. Each and every living soul has it. Prana has 7 focal centres that revolve and pulse within us. They were named the 7 Chakras.
“Each of the seven Chakras are governed by spiritual laws, principles of consciousness that we can use to cultivate greater harmony, happiness, and well-being in our lives and in the world.”
The word Chakra has its origins in Sanskrit. Its literal translation means ‘wheel’, but is often recognised as focal points of spiritual or physical energy, beginning from the bottom of the spine to the top of the head.
There are 7 types of Chakra, each of them with their own unique features and uses. This energy can be the difference between sickness and wellness. It’s all a matter of balance.
If even one of your chakras is too open and spins too fast, you will feel imbalanced. If it is too closed and revolves too slowly, you might suffer illness in that region of your body-or any organ that’s part of it. A healthy life entails that your Chakras are perfectly balanced by feeding every inch of your mind, body and spirit equal energy. This happens when your Chakras are neither too vulnerable nor too closed.
Even though all the Chakras are aligned with the physical body, they are not things we can see nor touch, but we have the ability to sense and feel each and every one of them. Here’s a brief overview of all the Chakras.
Each of the 7 Chakras is peculiar to a region of the body, and each one has a particular purpose that is unique to the other; but they all need to work in tandem if an individual is expected to achieve a healthy and balanced life. From the lowest in position of the body to the highest, they are:
The Root Chakra
The Sacral Chakra
The Navel Chakra (Solar Plexus)
The Heart Chakra
The Throat Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra
The Crown Chakra
“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”
-Elizabeth A. Behnke
In our bodies, the Root Chakra is located in the middle of perineum, which include parts from the tail bone (coccyx), the base of the spine and the pelvis area.
Muladhara is a merger of two words: Mula and Dhara. The former means ‘root’ while the latter means ‘support’. Deep red is the color associated with the Muladhara. The mantra, also known as bija (seed) sound, attributed to this Chakra is vocalised by repeating ‘LAM.’
The Muladhara is the densest and thickest Chakra within us, and earth is its element. This Chakra has the power to infuse your energy with the earth itself. It bestows you with the energy to survive on Earth. ‘Survival’ is a keyword here, because the root Chakra governs the basic things you need to thrive.
Everything you do to survive: Working, sleeping, finding shelter and food, the need to earn a living and procreate, all of it.
When the Root Chakra is imbalanced, it leaves your body susceptible to ailments like haemorrhoids, constipation, knee troubles, even anorexia and other eating disorders. On the emotional level, you could suffer unwarranted fears, anxiety attacks and explainable nightmares, to list a few.
A balanced and pure Root Chakra, on the other hand, has energy coursing through it, and it fills you with a sense of security and the determination that you can fulfil all your basic needs in life. It helps keep your emotions in check and grant you financial security.
“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
The Sacral Chakra is positioned two fingers below the belly button-that is to say from the top of the pubic bone right up to where the navel is-but it encompasses the genitals, lower abdomen and of course, womb.
The colour identifying the Sacral Chakra is orange. Svadhishthana is a Sanskrit word and when translated, it can mean ‘sweetness’. Like all the other Chakras, it also has a mantra we can chant to strengthen its vibration. The sound is ‘VAM.’
Just as earth is the element of the Muladhara, water is the element of Svadhishthana, and the significance goes well beyond the mere name. For one, Svadhishthana has the flowing nature of the water we see all around us.
The Sacral Chakra is related to all forms of the emotions throbbing within us; our sexuality and the pleasure we experience in life. It won’t be amiss to refer to the Svadhishthana as the Chakra of attraction. Sacral Chakra focuses on creativity in all its diverse forms. Embracing it motivates you; it gives birth to creativity that prompts you to pick up a paint brush and tell a story on a canvas; it’s what makes you think up a great business; it makes you spread love all around you.
Any matter of creativity stems from this Chakra. Harnessing its energy leads to great feats or accomplishments. You are given the power to create something entirely new by drawing on its energy.
An imbalanced Sacral Chakra can be very compounding. For women, it can manifest itself as irregular and painful periods or any other adverse symptoms around the womb. Disbalanced Sacral Chakra can also manifest as bladder and kidney problems. The emotional aspect can be just as debilitating, as it can instill fear in us, block off our creativity and prevent us from feeling pleasure in the way we live our lives. Since this Chakra is also connected to the throat, its blockage can lead to fear of expressing emotions.
When the Svadhishthana is balanced, all of these ailments are nonexistent, and there is wellness and a feeling of sheer joy and pleasure. You are fully connected to your creative gifts and are able to speak and express your feelings with ease.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
-Anais Nin, Diary
Situated right above the navel, organs like the pancreas, diaphragm and psoas muscles are all part of the Navel Chakra. This Chakra is also called Manipura, which is another word for ‘lustrous gem.’
The Manipura is associated with our willpower, pride and confidence. This is also where our ego thrives; the center where we store our energy. Yellow is the color representing the Navel Chakra, with the colour likened to the sun. Fire is Manipura’s element and its seed mantra that we chant is ‘RAM.’
There is one very special gift the Manipura grants us: The power to take our destinies in our hands by choosing which path to walk. In our hands, we have the power to take great steps that will positively impact us and those around us. Our actions are guided by confidence, driven towards change, intended to initiate progress and make lives more fulfilling and better.
The Manipura is the stronghold of your power. Within it lies the power and energy to change who you are. Drawing on this Chakra proves to you that you have what it takes to do great things. You are uninhibited and given the freedom to be who you want to be and love yourself while you live life.
Imbalance in the Manipura means we might suffer ailments like diabetes or any other disease that attacks the pancreas: Ulcers and bowel syndrome, for example. It can also cause low energy, a feeling of being powerless and with no drive towards life.
A balanced Manipura pushes us to keep aiming higher and aspire to achieve our goals. The dreams we seek can become reality when we harness the power within the Navel Chakra. This power induces change and drives us to make a difference for the better in our lives.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
The Heart Chakra is situated right at the chest, encompassing the lungs, heart, lymphatic and circulatory systems. The color emerald green and light pink denote it, with air being the element that represents it.
Anahata means ‘unhurt’, and is the Chakra where the power of love and compassion flows from. It is the center of connection and love and the stem of kindness and generosity. It is also a bridge in between lower Chakras-our humanity-and upper Chakras-our spirituality. The mantra for Heart Centre is ‘YAM.’
This is where we ascend to greater awareness. When we harness the energy of Anahata, love flows from us. We understand compassion and we preach peace. Any love and a desire we have to protect someone comes from this place, because no more are the actions we take binding on us alone. We become selfless, and anything we do is channeled towards helping others.
Prana, or life-force, is very prominent within Anahata due to the presence of the lungs. From the moment of birth to the time of death, we all breathe air. The control of this breath regulates how strong prana is. Slow and relaxed breaths lead to a calmer mind while the opposite is the case for faster breaths-unstable and disorganized thoughts and mind.
Anahata that is aligned opens you up to unconditional love, compassion and empathy. Forgiveness is easy and holding grudges are unknown to you. Just as it balances your Chakras, so also does it balance your life.
When the Heart Chakra is blocked, you might feel very lonely and isolated, and within you will be a feeling of being unloved. Maintaining relationships might be hard, and you can find it difficult to forgive people, and you end up feeling disbalanced. And if you once suffered heart break that yet hasn’t healed, then trusting others becomes even more challenging than it would have normally been.
“To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.”
The Throat Chakra is located in the region of the throat, including the neck, thyroid, parathyroid, tongue, mouth, larynx, jaw and vocal cords. It floats in-between the collarbone.
A light shade of blue is the color used to identify the Throat Chakra, but more specifically, cerulean blue. Ether is the element we associate with it.
Vishuddha can be understood to mean ‘very pure’ or ‘purity’. It’s the Chakra which gives you command and power over speech and communication. The mantra we vocalize for it is ‘HAM.’
Vishuddha gives a voice to your mind and heart. It’s a tool of self-expression, be it via singing, reciting poetry, chanting and other mediums utilizing the power of voice. The fact that purity is associated with this Chakra captures what its essence is all about, which is speaking honest words from the heart. Exploring the Throat Chakra means exploring the purity in us. Because it is also connected to our ears, how we listen and what we hear are both integral aspects of it. Words can please but they can also hurt us, and many a time in our lives have we heard such painful words.
Imbalance of Vishuddha culminates in diseases that target the throat, parathyroid and thyroid glands. It also leads to jaw issues, colds, speech impediments and problems with the ears. Imbalance can also instigate psychological issues like unexpressed anger, sadness and any other emotions that get clogged up in your throat; never expressed, never spoken out-this Chakra is connected to the Sacral Chakra, so blocked and unexpressed emotions might settle there.
A balanced Throat Chakra entails eloquence and speaking with truth, honesty and love. You are connected and in tune with the power of your voice and the creative possibilities it affords you. You will know the right and proper words to use for each situation and exactly when to use them. You will even have the power enlighten those who listen to you speak.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
-Henry David Thoreau
The Third Eye (brow) Chakra is located in between the eyebrows and the physical eyes. The Third Eye Chakra in Sanskrit is Ajna, which means ‘beyond wisdom’. Indigo is the color associated with the Ajna. The mantra we vocalize for it is ‘OM’, and just like the Chakra below it, Ajna’s element is also ether.
Anything that concerns intuition draws from this Chakra. It opens up your mind and grants you vision and power to see beyond the material world. You go beyond what the five senses are capable of, so clairvoyance is a very real possibility when this Chakra is opened. Whenever psychic energy and extrasensory perception are concerned, the Ajna is involved.
The Ajna is a place where time is of little essence. The borders between the past, present and future are blurred or even nonexistent. Time does not exist when this Chakra is present. It guides you towards an inner knowledge slumbering with you.
Imbalance in the flow of Ajna can end in ailments like blindness, blurred vision, eyestrain, headaches, migraines and problems with concentration. Retention and recalling memories are other compounding ailments that can arise from a closed Ajna.
A balanced Ajna that functions at full potential makes us unattached to the materialistic world and to materialistic possessions, and we exhibit no fear of death. Fame and fortune can neither distract nor blind us from possessing a strong Third Eye, because we have the foresight of knowing which paths will lead to a more satisfactory life. Along the same vein, we are more connected to what leads and guides us as our intuition grows stronger.
“We can be Knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other’s men’s wisdom.”
-Michel de Montaigne
The Crown Chakra is the topmost Chakra, hovering above your head and including the central nervous system, pituitary gland and cerebral cortex. It is the lone Chakra without an element representing it. Violet and white are the colors representing it. Sahaswara, which means ‘thousand petaled’, is its other name. We vocalize Sahaswara with this mantra: ‘AUM.’
The Crown Chakra is all about pure, consciousness energy; about making connections with the spiritual self. It links you to the energy flowing through the entire Universe.
The Crown Chakra is often referred to as the ‘thousand-petaled lotus’ for a reason too, because the lotus is very symbolic in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. It’s a flower that can withstand adversity by persevering and blooming even in murky waters. It’s beauty shines even in darkness. If ever you feel blissful, then the Crown Chakra is pulsing and rotating strong in you.
Imbalance in this Chakra makes us susceptible to diseases and disorders that include confusion, extreme boredom, depression, apathy, negligence to learn and inability to comprehend matters and alienation.
Emotionally, an imbalanced Sahaswara often leads to us adopting and maintaining a ‘spiritual superiority complex’, if you will, because we tend to feel spiritually superior to the people around us.
When the Sahaswara is balanced, we become enlightened and divine energy is opened to us. We feel a deep, inner connection with the world around us. This connection is wholesome and pure. There is a oneness between us a higher power; between us and the Divine Creator; the Divine Light; the Great Spirt; whichever name you believe in and accept to be true, because this life-force energy can have many connotations, but each serve the same purpose. They all designate a force which connects us to our soul and shines the inner light within us bright and beautiful.
Contentment and attaining the ultimate enlightenment is a balanced Crown Chakra’s end goal. We have utter control of the subconscious and unconscious mind. We are in total control of ourselves, and we see and perceive matters naked to the normal eyes and mind.
When all 7 Chakras are balanced, so much good can be derived from them, and so much good can be done to the mind, body and soul. Listed below are just a few of the many benefits of balanced Chakras.
-The ability to transform weakness into sheer strength.
-We are able to make better decisions than we prior did.
-We have greater and faster ability to heal our emotional, physical and mental issues.
-Our lives become more joyous and blissful.
-We think with clarity and have focused minds.
-There is a deep interconnection within the body, mind, heart and soul.
-Eloquence in communication and expression of what lies in the mind and heart.
-Self-belief and confidence in our ability to express our desires and make a change.
-A beautiful feeling of oneness with the Earth and the Universe.
Chakra was here long before us, and it will be here long after us. It’s an infinite, inexhaustible source of highly potent energy. When we take Chakra and cultivate it; when we touch it and bend it to our will and our bidding, we live more fulfilling lives devoid of pain, hardship and woe.
Anna has 7 years of experience in Healing. She creates Healing Space for people to reconnect with their Body, Mind, Heart & Soul. She’s teaching Hatha Yoga and Meditation, also offering Swedish Massage combined with the healing treatments. Member of CMA – Complementary Medical Association. She lives in London, UK.