What are Chakras?Understanding the 7 Chakras

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Energy is the most important engine of life, helping to achieve goals. The places where they accumulate are called chakras or energy centers. The word “chakra” translated from Sanskrit means “circle”. In Eastern philosophy, the chakras are poetically equated with the lotus flower, which symbolizes the purity of spirit and body. Each chakra has its own function, and is associated with a certain area of the body, with nerve plexus, glands, character traits, emotions. This is the knowledge of our soul. By rounding the body and mind we expand our consciousness, the chakras awaken faster, helping the person to unfold. The body functions harmoniously.

MULADHARA(ROOT CHAKRA)

Location: between the anus and the genitals.
Color: red, black.
Symbol: four-leaf lotus.
Element: Earth.
Planet: Mars.
Sound: LAM.
Feeling: smell.
Symbolizing animal: elephant.
Material expression in the body: spine, bones, teeth, nails, colon, prostate.
Minerals: garnet, ruby, black tourmaline (sherl), obsidian, falcon’s eye. Red stones are dedicated to activation, black – to grounding.
Aromas: cypress, clove – activates, tea tree – ground.
Music: monotonous strong rhythms, archaic music and dancing.
Muladhara is opened in red, closed in green.

It is the basic chakra, the beginning of all nadis (energy channels) and snuff (central energy channel). Muladhara is the root of all life forces, the material center whose task is to maintain contact with the physical world. First of all, it is associated with stability, survival, physical work, success in material life. This chakra receives energy from the Earth. Through her we know the Spirit of Mother Earth. Here the Kundalini energy sleeps. The chakra is responsible for the recovery of all tissues and cells, the strength of vital functions in the body, for blood circulation, reproductive processes. Associated with the adrenal glands. It affects the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which determines the body’s ability to resist stress and allergies. Muladhara is directly related to the legs, bones and joints. It is activated by simple work – cooking, handling, working in the garden or orchard. This chakra begins to develop at the age of 1-7 years.

Positive qualities: goal pursuit, activity, good physical shape and strength, confidence in the surrounding world.
Negative qualities: anger, fear, jealousy, laziness, aggression.
Physical disorders: intestinal diseases, hemorrhoids, sciatica, gout, prostate, varicose veins.
If muladhara is underdeveloped: fear of the future is felt, any unplanned stressful situation is accepted as a catastrophe, and the pursuit of change, even positive, changes with apathy and lack of will.
If the muladhara has an excess of energy: the instinct for survival and self-preservation is particularly pronounced. Food, housing and sex are becoming basic needs. Such a person will be with a tendency to accumulate (gain weight as well). Only material well-being is important to him, and everything in life is valued for material gain.

SVADISTHANA(SACRAL CHAKRA)

Location: where the spine and sacrum join.
Color: orange.
Symbol: lotus of six leaves.
Element: water.
Planet: The Moon.
Sound: VAM.
Feeling: taste.
Symbolizing animal: the mythical animal Makara (fish with a crocodile head).
Material expression in the body: sacrum, genitals, kidneys, bladder, prostate, testicles, ovaries, all fluids (lymph, blood, semen, digestive fluids).
Minerals: carnelian, red jasper – to activate, whitish moonstone – to calm emotions.
Aromas: musk and ylang-ylang activate, sandalwood soothes.
Music: any joyful music, birdsong, the murmur of water and the roar of trees. Svadchisthan is opened in orange, closed in turquoise.

All emotions, attachments, sexual energy and creative power lie in this chakra. The most important task is to turn negative emotions into positive ones and to transform sexual energy into creative and spiritual ones. If svadhisthana is balanced a person is creative and free, he turns every action of his into a work of art, to which he gives something of his own, unique. Accepts and understands your feelings, which brings you closer to those around you, fills the relationship with certainty, warmth and kindness. However, respecting your emotions makes you independent and prevents others from playing with your feelings. He enjoys the fullness of life and has the strength to create. The chakra affects the work of the kidneys, the balance of salts and water in the body, the activity of the organs in the abdominal area. In Svadhisthana lies the subconscious, all the Samskaras are stored here (samskars are subconscious impressions that appear as reflexes, performed automatically, as well as pattern situations. It is the samskars that force us to do the same actions, so it is very difficult to change ourselves). the simplest but now ingrained instincts. This chakra begins to develop at the age of 7-14.

Positive qualities: loyalty, flexibility, creativity, initiative, elevated sexual feeling, joy of life.
Negative traits: limited consciousness, sexual claims, desire to destroy, jealousy, aggression, dependence on instincts.
Physical disorders: blood and lymph diseases, kidney and bladder, ovarian, prostate diseases, impotence, sacral pain.
If svadhistana is not developed: one does not understand oneself and one’s feelings, one feels dissatisfied and depressed.
If you have an excess of svadhistan: energy is wasted on messy sexual relationships, overwhelmed by negative emotions, disregard for others and arrogance. Man sees only himself, his frustrations and sorrows.

MANIPURA(SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA)

Location: solar plexus, two fingers above the navel.
Color: yellow.
Symbol: lotus of ten leaves.
Element: fire.
Planet: The Sun.
Sound: RAM.
Feeling: sight.
Symbolizing animal: a ram.
Material expression in the body: lower back, duodenum, abdominal cavity, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, digestive system, autonomic nervous system.
Minerals: lemon, yellow topaz, amber – activates, malachite – soothes.
Aromas: rosemary, cinnamon, ginger – activates, lavender – soothing.
Music: activating fiery rhythms.
Manipur is opened in gold, yellow, white, closed in brown.

Manipura is a solar plexus that belongs to the element of fire. Solar energy is received through it. It is the center of personality self-realization, where the energy of will, intention and transformation lies. Manipura is responsible for balance and harmony in the body. It helps to develop the mind, the realization of the intellect, the realization in the material world.By combining matter (muladhara) with movement (svadchisthana) we create a third state – energy (manipura). If we rub two coals on top of each other, a spark will ignite and a fire will come out of it. In the physical world it is called burning, in the body it is the digestive system and metabolic processes, on the psychological level it is a spark of enthusiasm. Fire is the spark of life, turning the will into action, giving the strength to fight, to strive and to be successful. Manipura is a charisma, a character, a center of will. This energy is also closely connected with the Ego: it determines the personality and its uniqueness. Strong manipura allows you to remain independent of others, not to succumb to the herd’s instinct, to discover the true vocation. Balanced energy at this center is directed to the integration of opportunities and knowledge, the combination of experience and wisdom in their field of activity. It helps to unfold in work and careers that are perceived as vocation and service. The solar plexus is also the gateway to the Heart (Anachat), the path from the Ego to the Consciousness of the Soul. From the navel and the solar plexus begins the acquaintance with Divinity. The unborn baby receives the necessary food and energy through the umbilical cord, so it’s no surprise that spiritual paths also emerge from this place. This chakra is nurtured at the age of 15-21.

Positive qualities: will, active creative state, leadership, self-confidence, ability to win recognition.
Negative qualities: coldness, jealousy – criticism, shame, greed, pride, desire for power at any cost, hypocrisy, aggression, categoricalness, attachments.
Physical disorders: stomach ailments, liver, spleen and gallbladder diseases, indigestion, lumbar spine pain, arthritis, overweight.
If the manipura is not developed: the inner force is blocked, without an inner rod a person goes where the eyes lead as if a lost sheep. Such a person is easy to knock out of the way and forced to follow strange ideals.
If manipura has a surplus: authority – only power, status and prestige. These are overly ambitious people who follow the principle that the goal justifies the measures. Such a person will be self-loving, irritable and jealous.

ANAHATA(HEART CHAKRA)

Location: chest center.
Color: green, pink.
Symbol: Lotus of twelve leaves.
Element: air.
Planet: Venus.
Sound: JAM.
Feeling: touch.
Symbolizing animal: antelope.
Material expression in the body: heart, thoracic cavity, lungs, arms, blood circulation, thymus, immune system.
Minerals: crude tourmaline, adventurine, chrysoprase, emerald, rose quartz, rhodochrosite.
Aromas: rose, bergamot.
Music: classical, sacral music.
Anachat opens with a golden or emerald green color, closes with an orange color.

Anachata is an inexhaustible source. In the Hindu tradition, it is a divine sound, the pulsation of life, a subtle vibration that can only be felt in a deep meditative state. This term (anachata) is translated as “eternal sounding drum”. Anachata connects the three lower material centers (physical, emotional, and will) with the three higher spiritual centers. It is the heart of our energy structure, regulating the circulation of energy throughout the body. Balanced anachata opens up all the best aspects of each chakra. This place of Purusha is the abode of the soul. The heart chakra is the energy center of love, compassion, humanity and security. Herein lies the inner harmony, the warmth of Shrid, the divine love without attachment. The love of this center radiates outward, giving love and compassion to everything that happens along the way. Love arising from the heart is firm, eternal, and constant. The opening of this center expands the ability to share the energy of love, increases the desire to empathize, to help others. We are that love, that life force, its expression, its manifestation. Because of this love, a person grows, transcends boundaries, triumphs. The path to your heart leads through the acceptance of yourself as you are, and then the ability to accept others. Only by accepting oneself can one love and accept others, to feel constant inspiration. 22 – 28 years are favorable for the development of the heart chakra.

Positive qualities: love of neighbor, tolerance, openness, friendliness, gratitude.
Negative qualities: self-love, arrogance, hard-heartedness, impatience, inability to love, attachments, cravings.
Physical disorders: heart problems and illnesses, breathing problems, high blood pressure, shoulder and chest pain, coldness, loneliness, sadness, inability to communicate and make contact.
If the anachata is undeveloped: internal cold, imbalance, feeling of loneliness. Pride when external beauty, names, or titles attempt to pave the way to imaginary happiness.
If an anachata has an excess: a relationship in love turns into an addiction by imposing one’s will. Man confuses attachment with love, becomes selfish, cares for his pleasures, and abuses love.

VISHUDHA(THROAT CHAKRA)

Location: neck hole.
Color: light blue, sea wave color.
Symbol: a lotus of sixteen leaves.
Element: ether.
Planet: Mercury.
Sound: HAM.
Feeling: listening.
Symbolizing animal: white elephant.
Material expression in the body: neck, neck, vocal cords, bronchi, thyroid.
Minerals: turquoise, aquamarine, larimar.
Aromas: eucalyptus, sage, evanda.
Music: high-pitched music with an echo effect, meditative dances with songs.
Vishuddha opens in turquoise, blue, closes in red, orange and yellow.

Vishuddha is the center of communication. It is a bridge between thoughts and feelings, impulses and reactions. The energy of the Vishuddha chakra is for self-expression. Through it we accept other people, situations, more subtle worlds. If a chakra-balanced person clearly expresses his thoughts, he speaks in essence, and the thoughts, emotions, and words overlap. A person is honest, knows and does not value others. Understanding what lies behind every word, thought, emotion also understands how it all affects him and the world around him. Herein lies communication through sound and vibration, self-expression, listening, speaking, chanting, all the arts, and especially those related to sound and language. Working with sound is one of the strongest methods of affecting consciousness and the subconscious. Both creative and destructive forces can be transmitted through hearing and sound. However, Vishudhha is not only a source of sound, but also one of the most important “purification centers.” Literally translating vishuddha means “purity.” It is blocked when a person lies, especially to himself. This center is directly related to svadchisthana and becomes the center through which we convey our thoughts and emotions. In fact, when this center is opened, the light of consciousness and the knowledge of oneself as a divine being awaits. The three upper centers, beginning with the vishuddha, are responsible for rational and spiritual knowledge. 29-35 years of life are the most favorable for the development of this chakra.

Positive qualities: communication talent, oratory skills, good memory, intuition. Man does not value and criticize others, his thoughts and emotions are calm.
Negative qualities: There is no consensus between the senses and the mind. People are intolerant, skeptical, ambitious, appreciate only what is tangible, so only matter (wealth, recognition, desire for power) matters.
Physical disorders: thyroid disease, throat and upper bronchi, endocrine and psychosomatic disorders, speech disorders and hearing problems. Illnesses are related to the oppression of your true self.
If vishuddha is underdeveloped: inability to formulate thoughts, growing into fear of expressing one’s opinion and speaking, closedness, fear of being misunderstood, distrust.
If the vishuddha has an excess: empty gossip, gossip, speaking an inaudible interlocutor. Terms are often dictated by language. It is spoken rudely, a lot, loudly, there is no meaningful content in the words.

AJNA(THIRD EYE CHAKRA)

Location: forehead, just above the eyebrows.
Color: indigo blue.
Symbol: two glowing leaves.
Planet: Saturn (as the highest perception of purpose).
Sound: OM.
Sense: All the senses in a different perception.
Material expression in the body: face, eyes, ears, nose, central nervous system, pituitary gland, hormonal system, nervous system.
Minerals: lazurite, azurite, sodalite, kyanite, dark blue sapphire.
Aromas: jasmine, mint, sandalwood.
Music: .all sounds soothing the soul and opening up the vastness of space, New Age music.
Ajna is opened by indigo, closed by purple.

Ajna is a connection with consciousness and spiritual power. At this energetic center lies a conscious acceptance of being, the power of thought, a deep understanding of self and the meaning of the world. Ajna is translated from Sanskrit as “command, knowledge, mastery.” It is a symbol of power and control. It is through it that we receive commands from the higher Forces and Gurus. Ajna is also called Guru chakra. It is completely cleansed only with the help of the Master. It only opens successfully when all the lower chakras function harmoniously, when a person is cleansed of flaws. Opening the third eye is not possible without the development of broad consciousness, and this requires sincere practice. It is especially important to have a Master for proper practice. If the chakra is open, your will achieves special, incredible purity and strength. Through this chakra, the power of word and thought is enhanced. Ajna is a silent witness, of everything we do, as well as a path to clairvoyance, clarity of mind, and sacral intuition – which is why she calls her the Third Eye. Opening up inner vision opens the way to subtle levels of reality. Neither external nor internal changes are a problem anymore. This energy center balances both hemispheres of the brain – logical and intuitive. The mind becomes cosmic, conscious, any duality disappears. The human intellect becomes discerning, it understands what happens as a result of one or another thing in his and his life. The balanced third eye chakra provides a strong imagination that is the source of creativity, intuition, and the ability to feel and anticipate events. The most favorable for the development of this chakra is 36 – 42 years of life.

Positive qualities: intuition, self-awareness, clairvoyance, connection with the soul, creative energy, openness to new ideas, control of thoughts.
Negative qualities: uncontrolled behavior, selfishness, using your special powers for bad purposes.
Physical disorders: diseases of the eyes, ears and nose, diseases of the brain and nervous system, inability to concentrate, feeling of fear and meaninglessness.
If the ajna is underdeveloped: a person is unable to control his life, orientation is lost, forgetfulness develops, visual impairments.
If ajna has a surplus: often man becomes a slave to logic and reason. The world looks to him like a static picture drawn on the basis of rational and scientific laws. Anything that does not meet these canons is rejected. Man tends to over-analyze and overestimate. Logic alone is not enough to reveal the greatness of the world! It requires both feelings and fantasy and intuition. It is this that helps to make the greatest discoveries, contrary to generally accepted scientific facts.

SACHASRARA(CROWN CHAKRA)

Location: head
Color: purple, white.
Symbol: lotus of a thousand leaves.
Planet: Jupiter.
Sense: Cosmic consciousness beyond the senses.
Material expression in the body: large hemispheres of the brain, epiphysis.
Minerals: clear amethyst, rhinestone, diamond.
Aromas: lotus.
Music: silence.
Sahasrara is opened in white – it accelerates the reception of high vibrations.

Sahasrara in Sanskrit means a thousand. The number 1000 means completeness and perfection. The lotus, which grows out of darkness and turns into a pure flower, symbolizes the growth of human consciousness from the animal lower energy centers. It is the light of the soul. A balanced and open sachasrara vibrates to unite all the chakras and radiates pure white. The crown chakra is associated with spirituality and enlightenment. It determines the highest state of consciousness that man can attain. This is where the strongest sense of peace, bliss and greatest harmony is experienced, because duality is overcome here. Spirit and matter, man and woman, logic and intuition, evil and goodness – everything is accepted here as a unified form of spiritual energy. Sahasrara helps to experience freedom and make contact with that reality that is beyond thinking. Sahasrara it is everything and nothing at once! This is beyond any limits. It’s so far beyond that it’s hard to even tell, there are no words for that. This can only be known through practice. This chakra is related to the fullness of all forms of being. Through it, the intellect acquires the Spirit and a direct connection with the Creator is achieved. The essence and infinity of Creation are known, and the will of God is seen in every action. The energy of Sahasrara allows one to become a “great soul” (Mahatma). It is most developed in the 42-49 years of life.

Positive qualities: connection with the Creator and the universe, spiritual power, inner vision, superconsciousness, enlightenment, sincerity, a sense of fullness, peace.
Negative qualities: various flaws manifesting at the highest level (propensity for black magic), loss of one’s self, disinterest in secular life.
Physical disorders: diseases of the immune system, nervous and mental diseases, oncological diseases, parkinson’s, AIDS, and all life-threatening diseases.
If sachasrara is undeveloped: one feels separated from the whole world, life seems to him like a mosaic of incompatible details. Spiritual poverty is trapped in a mire of frustration from which skepticism and arrogance prevent it from escaping. Such a person does not feel a connection with the Creator, becomes categorical, cannot pray and rejects faith.
If the sachasrara has a surplus: one is immersed in mysticism, fleeing from reality.