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The 7 Chakras – A Beginners Guide To Your Energy System

What on Earth is a Chakra?

In many spiritual and healing disciplines, and in the world of complementary medicine the word Chakra pops up quite a bit. That’s fine if you know its meaning; not so great, and I must say pretty confusing, if you don’t. Here’s our simple summary of the 7 Chakras that covers what a Chakra is, and what the Chakra System is all about.

The 7 Chakras are the energy centres in our body in which energy flows through.

The word ‘chakra’ is derived from the sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’. Literally translated from the Hindi it means ‘Wheel of spinning Energy’. A chakra is like a whirling, vortex-like, powerhouse of energy. Within our bodies, you have seven of these major energy centres and many more minor ones.

You can think of chakras as invisible, rechargeable batteries.

They are charged and recharged through contact with the stream of cosmic energy in the atmosphere in much the same way that your home is connected to a central power source within a city – the only difference is that this cosmic energy source is free.

Imagine this, a vertical power current rather like a fluorescent tube that runs up and down the spine, from the top of the head to the base of the spine. Think of this as your main source of energy. The seven major chakras are in the centre of the body and are aligned with this vertical “power line. ”

Chakras connect your spiritual bodies to your physical one.

They regulate the flow of energy throughout the electrical network (meridians) that runs through the physical body. The body’s electrical system resembles the wiring in a house. It allows electrical current to be sent to every part, and it is ready for use when needed.

Sometimes chakras become blocked because of stress, emotional or physical problems. If the body’s ‘energy system’ can not flow freely it is likely that problems will occur. The consequence of irregular energy flow may result in physical illness and discomfort or a sense of being mentally and emotionally out of balance.

 

The 7 chakra systemThis image shows where the main chakras in are located in your body. You can read a brief, yet full explanation for each chakra below.

Chakra 7 – The Crown

Its colour is violet and it is located at the top of your head. It is associated with the cerebral cortex, central nervous system and the pituitary gland. It is concerned with information, understanding, acceptance and bliss. It is said to be your own place of connection to God, the Chakra of Divine purpose and personal destiny. Blockage can manifest as psychological problems.

Chakra 6 – The Third Eye (or Brow Chakra)

Its colour is Indigo (a combination of red and blue). It is located at the centre of your forehead at eye level or slightly above. This Chakra is used to question the spiritual nature of our life. It is the Chakra of question, perception and knowing. It is concerned with inner vision, intuition and wisdom. Your dreams for this life and recollections of other lifetimes are held in this Chakra. Blockage may manifest as problems like lack of foresight, mental rigidity, ‘selective’ memory and depression.

Chakra 5. The Throat

Its colour is blue or turquoise and it is located within the throat. It is the Chakra of communication, creativity, self-expression and judgement. It is associated with your Neck, shoulders, arms, hands, thyroid and parathyroid glands. It is concerned with the senses of inner and outer hearing, the synthesising of ideas, healing, transformation and purification. Blockage can show up as creative blocks, dishonesty or general problems in communicating ones needs to others.

Chakra 4 – The Heart

Its colour is green and it is located within your heart. It is the centre of love, compassion, harmony and peace. The Asians say that this is the house of the soul. This Chakra is Associate with your lungs, heart, arms hands and thymus gland. We fall in love through our heart Chakra, then that feeling of unconditional love moves to the emotional centre commonly known as the solar plexus. After that it moves into the sexual centre or Base Chakra where strong feelings of attraction can be released. When these energies move into the Base Chakra we may have the desire to marry and settle down. Blockage can show itself as immune system, lung and heart problems, or manifest as inhumanity, lack of compassion or unprincipled behaviour.

Chakra 3 – The Solar Plexus

Its colour is yellow and it is located a few inches above the navel in the solar plexus area. This chakra is concerned with your digestive system, muscles, pancreas and adrenals. It is the seat of your emotional life. Feelings of personal power, laughter, joy and anger are associated with this centre. Your sensitivity, ambition and ability to achieve are stored here. Blockage may manifest as anger, frustration, lack of direction or a sense of victimisation.

Chakra 2 – The Sacral (or Navel Chakra)

Its colour is orange and it is located between the base of your spine and your navel. It is associated with your lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system and your reproductive organs and glands. It is concerned with emotion. This chakra represents desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation and creativity. Blockage may manifest as emotional problems, compulsive or obsessive behaviour and sexual guilt.

1. the Base (or Root Chakra)

Its colour is red and it is located at the perineum, base of your spine. It is the Chakra closest to the earth. Its function is concerned with earthly grounding and physical survival. This Chakra is associated with your legs, feet, bones, large intestine and adrenal glands. It controls your fight or flight response. Blockage may manifest as paranoia, fear, procrastination and defensiveness.

 

What do you think?

Are you new to the concepts of chakras and auras?  Do you have any questions for us? We are happy to answer. Please ask in the comments section below.

Have you participated in a Chakra Healing journey? If your Chakra has been blocked what has helped you get the energy flowing again? We would love to hear your tips and stories so please join the conversation. As always, your interaction with our posts creates a reservoir of wisdom for all our readers to benefit from so please share your thoughts, stories and questions in the comments box below and remember to tweet, like and +1 ~ thanks, its appreciated.

 

Additional Resources

Chakra Balancing- How To Charge Up Your Energy Body Batteries

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Distant Energy Healing And Your Chakras

About Maya Mendoza

Maya Mendoza is a published author of 3 personal development books. She has run an NLP / EFT Practice for 29 years helping clients transform problems into personal power. Maya is also a accomplished copywriter and well known Digital Marketing & Social Social Media Strategist - Specializing in Google+ for business. She was named "best marketing consultant" in Glasgow, UK in 2013.  
 
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47 comments

  1. Hi Maya,

    I found this article great but I have objection on one thing and that is use of the word ‘Asian’.

    Chakras and all yoga is the soul of Indian philosophy and originated from India only.
    Later on Buddists also inheritated the same.

    So by using the word ‘Asian’ are you not snatching the credit from the right inventor who is India.
    Thanks
    Dhananjay

    • Hi Dhananjay. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am glad you like the article. In response to your concern about the word Asian in the context of the heart chakra and “The Asians say that this is the house of the soul.” I totally agree that Yoga originated in India, and at the beginning of the article it clearly stated that “The word ‘chakra’ is derived from the sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’. Literally translated from the Hindi it means ‘Wheel of spinning Energy’. Thereby acknowledging that the original philosophy has its roots in India and yoga. ~ Maya

      • Well said,Maya. I appreciate the the intricate simplicity in which you used to explain this often over complicated life hack that we all get to benefit from:)

      • I’m from India too. I disagree with Dhananjay’s claim of right inventor as India. If we observe carefully, any spiritual or medical practice that originated from India in lines of good will / wisdom for humanity will not have a single name or date tagged to it in the past. This is because whoever found this wanted to pass on the information selflessly. Such a person who’s selfless is a true yogi. Ownership on the knowledge does not make him/her a yogi. I understand where the frustration is coming from, since there are reports that some of medicinal practices from these ancient India have been hijacked and rechristened and copyrighted by foreign governments. I request you to see the final reach this knowledge has. It heals people mentally, physically and spiritually. I think the intent of the person who shared this knowledge was right. I’m happy to have read this post. Thank you Maya!

    • Everything is originated from egypt….

    • They always do that unfortunately :/
      Us Indians aren’t important these days or shall I say decades
      God bless u all

    • India is part of Asia and hence the people are asian.

    • but indians are asian, they’re south asian

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  3. Thank you so much for the article, it was truly informative. I am new to the concept of Chakra and desire to know more about. Could you suggest so useful tools, books, dvd’s, etc? Thank You and God Bless!!!

  4. Hi i’m San and i really want to learn how to find my Chakras and using my Chakrasin a good way , any Tips or Suggestions ?

  5. The chakras has very influencial role in our life,it not only join our body and mind with the spirituality but it has more other values,for further information please visit to http://psytreasure.com/life-force-energy-cycles-seven-chakras/

  6. if it’s true, every single chakra of mine is messed up haha

  7. I am on chakra 5. This is awesome! All my chakras are off! So I will continue this new journey of meditation and hope for great results.

  8. I am developed an interest in auras and chakras and I found this article very informative. I took a chakra quiz and found out I have a few blockages. So I will be starting from the beginning to learn, understand and improve my chakras. Looking forward to more great articles. Thank you.

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  10. I want to balance my chakra and I want to know about this more
    Can you help me?

  11. hello ma’am , i started concentrating on my root chakra last month. but from last week i started having headache and i cant concentrate on base chakra

  12. Los chakras son nuestros centros de enrgía vital a los que deberíamos prestar más atención. El correcto funcionamiento de cada uno de ellos tiene un impacto en nosotros y en nuetsras vidas. Un chakra determinado que esté bloqueado de alguna manera generará problemas de todo tipo. Cuidar celosamente nuestros centros de energía es algo que podemos hacer de maneras muy simples como con la meditación, la visualización dirigida, la nutrición adecuada, el ejercicio físico, el correcto uso del pensamiento y la palabra, el cultivo y mantenimiento de una vibración alta de manera habitual, etc. Muchas gracias. Mi web es:www.leydeatraccionhoy.com

  13. I have been seeing someone who claims to be a spiritual advisor specializing in Chakra. After a few meetings she is now telling me I have been cursed and needs a large monetary sacrifice. I have felt my life has been out of balance for some time and was hoping to become in sync with my mind, body & spirit. Is this normal practice for chakra healing?

  14. Hi Maya,

    Thank you so much for such a great article. It is very informative.

    I just wanted to mention to people talking about the origins of the chakra concept and who gets the credit. When the creator is one then where is this concept of ownership coming from. This is not patented or IP registered by so called the creator. The concept of invoking the chakras within one’s self is a gift to the whole mankind and its the right of every one to experience it. There is no region or color atatched to it.

    Please keep writing such great articles.

    Best Regards,
    PR

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  16. Vanakkam,

    Is any Theta Binaural beats for 7 chakra cleaning and balancing.
    pls give the link to download freely and listen every day to get the benefits.

  17. Great post! Thanks for sharing. I think it’s a very informative article for some starting on their personal development/spiritual journey. Most people only think about feeding or nurturing their physical body, or mental body. We also have an emotional body a spiritual body and an energetic body. The chakras being part of the energetic body at the core. When we balance our chakras we help to balance the rest of ourselves. There are many techniques to balance them, from acupuncture, chi-gong, tai-chi, yoga, sound therapy, color therapy and others. You can also play https://karmabucks.com Path to Enlightenment, a free mobile game that while playing takes you to the lessons of each chakra and helps you balance them…in addition, the background music also helps to balance them. Check it out. Best!

  18. I’ve been looking around for the position of the chakras and there seems to be some difference in the position of the lower ones.

    The top three all seem about the same, but once you get below the heart there is a lot of variation. The lowest is defined as being in the perineum and the next on the coccyx in one book I’ve read, yet there are many diagrams showing the lowest on the coccyx and the next somewhere further up between the sacrum to opposite the navel. This then merges with the position of the solar plexus chakra.

    What do you think?

  19. Thanks for this great article. It gives me an enlightenment about this particular topic, which I forgot to include on my latest personal development book. Thanks for providing such a wonderful content..

  20. 1st chakra represents body.
    2nd chakra represent mind.
    3rd chakra represent intelligence.
    4th chakra represent heart(maturity).
    5th chakra represent character or internal power.
    6th chakra represent wisdom of knowledge through paraphysical routes.
    7th chakra represent enjoyment ,bliss ,MOKSHA.
    THANKS

  21. 1st chakra represents body.
    2nd chakra represent mind.
    3rd chakra represent intelligence.
    4th chakra represent heart(maturity).
    5th chakra represent character or internal power.
    6th chakra represent wisdom of knowledge through paraphysical routes.
    7th chakra represent enjoyment ,bliss ,MOKSHA.
    THANKS

  22. Hi Maya.
    I just want to say this is a great post and I appreciate it alot since I had not known about CHAKRAS before, therefore really interested in learning more about opening them, though I am really concerned of the environment that surrounds me, I mean what type of environment should I be in to open my CHAKRAS?

  23. Hi Maya,

    I live with my niece who is 7 and struggles with a lot of things including sever anxiety, adhd and ODD, along with a few other issues. Sometimes she just sort of gets out of control or will have melt downs (they arent her fault and you can tell she doesnt do it on purpose she has a lot of medical issues and things she deals with). A couple weeks ago i bought a neclace with a single rose quartz on it. One day when she was havng a melt down she grabbed onto the stone and almost instantly calmed down. I the slowly started to lightly run the stone over her 6th chakra and she was so relaxed and calm that she fell asleep within minutes. Since then i have eepeated that anytime shes had a melt down and she always calms down. Any chance you could shed a bit of light on this or any suggestions on other stones that might work just as well?

    • Hi Chloi. Thank you for your comment and question. Crystals are recipients and vessels for particular frequencies. We can use crystals to help us with a whole bunch of mind, body, spirit issues. It’s great that your niece responds to Rose Quartz. It is one of the master healing stones. Your nice is obviously very sensitive to her environment. I can not prescribe or diagnose what is right for your neice but I can tell you of my own experience.

      I have found that Blue Lace Agate is a great one for calming anxiety. Hematite is fantastic for removing stress and anxiety from the body as it is so grounding. Black Tourmaline will remove the dense energy from the environment and replace it with a clear, clean, uplifting energy. I hope this helps.

  24. can we activate the chakra points by touching them ?? i mean i have heard about acupressure techniques also and it does pressing and touching on the pulsative point to heal .?

  25. Dear miss Mendoza.
    I have a question👇

    -what should I do If my chakras blocked?
    Is there any natural way that I could take that energy back again?

  26. Anger was my weakness. Untill i found courage and wisdom. Through my journey i have discoverd Dancing as a way of getting my energy flowing from Charka to Charka i also introduced myself to Freerunning as i feel more myself when i am doing flips. I have had many energy blocks but ever since i found these hobbies or aspects i can now channel my energy in a more positive from inated of a negative one. I feel meditation was missing for a long time but now i meditate everyday and i will say thats what i needed to finaly connect my whole body and Charkas.

  27. Is there a specific sequence one should follow when attempting to access one’s chakra? If so, is that sequence set in stone or can one focus on each chakra as needed?

  28. Hello, Maya and thank you for the article. I am wondering what the connection is between the chakras and vestibular issues (not sure what is medically wrong but, it feels like being on a seesaw while standing still sometimes). Is this due to lack of flow in the crown, brow or root chakra (or a combination)? I would like to remedy this without wasting more time on medical tests; any suggestions or information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

  29. Daniel Blomberg

    I am a musician, and have recently started balancing my chakras by singing one note of a scale while focusing on balancing my root chakra, then the next scale note while focusing on balancing the sacral chakra, etc. (I got the idea after reading some Steven Halpern album liner notes.) It works wonderfully! Since I am a bit new to the chakra knowledge, I googled to find more of the associations, and found this article. Super helpful – thank you!

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