Chakras are the main pools and passages where energy flows in your body. In fact, chakra is the sanskrit word for spinning wheel. Chakras are believed to be part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such, are the meeting points of the subtle, non-physical energy channels called nadi. Nadi are believed to be channels in the subtle body through which the life force, prana, or vital energy moves. Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different number of chakras. It's believed that there are many chakras in the subtle human body, according to the tantric texts, but there are seven chakras that are considered to be the most important ones.
Chakras are located in the energy body, and are part of the energy system. Each chakra deals with a certain aspect of human and spiritual existence, and therefore opening them is vital to all forms of energy manipulation and training.
Ancient knowledge and modern quantum biology agree on this essential principle: matter does not generate mind or consciousness but quite the other way around. Consciousness manifests the physical form or matter. While life is a unique personal experience, yet we all share its fundamental building blocks: our core energy centers, called chakras in Sanskrit. The word chakra means wheel or vortex. They are the junction points between matter and the mind, between our body and our consciousness.
Although the body has many chakras, psychics and healers generally only concern themselves with the major ones. These chakras are each found next to a hormonal gland. The push vital life energy, also called "ki", "chi", or "prana", through the body to ensure vitality.
There are seven major chakras, which are arranged vertically along the axial channel, Sushumna Nadi, and each of these chakras also has its elemental deity, Vasu, demigod of its material element.
- Root chakra, 1st chakra, Muladhara, color red: base of the spine, gonads, safety and survival, sense of belonging.
- Sacral chakra, 2nd chakra, Swadhistana, color orange: genital area, ovaries, creativity, emotion and sensuality.
- Solar plexus chakra, 3rd chakra, Manipura, color yellow: navel area, pancreas, self will, self esteem, courage, and personal power.
- Heart chakra, 4th chakra, Anahata, color green: heart area, thymus, compassion, love, and healing.
- Throat chakra, 5th chakra, Vishuddha, color blue: throat area, thyroid, communication and self-expression.
- Third eye chakra, 6th chakra, Ajna, color indigo: between eyebrows, pituitary gland, intuition.
- Crown chakra, 7th chakra, Sahasrara, color violet: top of the head, pineal gland, spirituality and divine awareness.
Why it's so important to keep your chakras cleansed and balanced?
Your chakras radiate and receive energy constantly. If you hold negative thoughts, your chakras become dirty with dense, dark energy, and you feel sluggish and out of balance. You also lose touch with your natural psychic abilities. There's a chakra related to thoughts about money and career, relationships, your future, appetite and lifestyle habits, and goals and aspirations. If you completely base your thoughts in love and faith, these chakras operate at a perfectly healthy rate. Your energy and life flow smoothly, and you experience harmony and bliss.
Your chakras also affect your intuitive abilities. An imbalance in your Chakras means that some Chakras are over-active, and some are under-active. With cleansed and balanced chakras, you can easily discern information about your future and about other people. Since the Chakras recieve and transmit energy, which translates into emotional and motivational energy, too much or too little may effect the way we think and act; for instance, too little flow through the Heart Chakra could translate into a "hard hearted" and selfish personality, and too much flow through the Heart Chakra could translate into a person with a "bleeding heart", someone who's generous compassion can easily be taken advantage of.
Symptoms of overactive chakras
- First Chakra: physical aggressiveness, impulsiveness, recklessness, impulsivity, obsessively sexual, hyperactive.
- Second Chakra: selfish, arrogant, power seeking, overly proud.
- Third Chakra: judgmental, stubborn, critical, craving constant change.
- Fourth Chakra: Jealousy, stingy, taken advantage of, angry, overconfident.
- Fifth Chakra: domineering, fanatical, traditional, hyperactive.
- Sixth Chakra: fearful, impatient, oversensitive, belittles the behavior of others.
- Seventh Chakra: need to feel indispensable, needs sympathy, extremely erotic imagination.
Symptoms of underactive chakras
- First Chakra: manipulative, possessive, overly tired, aggressive, needs approval, overly cautious.
- Second Chakra: mistrustful, anti-social, follower, introverted, unable to express emotions.
- Third Chakra: aloof, unable to learn, psychosomatic problems, feels deprived of recognition, feelings of isolation.
- Fourth Chakra: lacks compassion, needs confirmation of self worth, possessive, feels unloved.
- Fifth Chakra: resists change, slow to respond, stubborn.
- Sixth Chakra: self doubt, envious, superstitious, fearful, worries.
- Seventh Chakra: feelings of bring misunderstood, shame, negative self image, lacks tenderness, self-denial.
Are your Chakras in balance?
Test yourself by answering all the questions below, which will lead you to find out your personal chakra balance.
Based on the graphical bar chart you can also find out if your chakras are:
- under-active (0-44%)
- open (45-74%)
- over-active (75-100%)
You can go more in depth to understanding each chakra meanings as well, by clicking on their defined number underneath each individual column chart.