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The 7 Chakras Explained
My yoga class just finished reading Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, PH.D. The book explains the 7 chakras and helps the reader explore and learn about balancing your own chakras using meditation and yoga. It was a pretty good read but honestly, it’s not a book that you read once and never go back to. It’s one that you read and then refer back to time and time again.
The chakras come from an ancient tradition that is linked with the science and practice of yoga. Recently the chakra system has started gaining popularity with more books and references than ever before.
Different vertebrae are related to the different chakras based on the spinal nerves. The chakras are gateways between different dimensions where the activity of one connects and plays on another. They are symbolic patterns of our own mental and physical programming.
The Chakra system starts in the lower spine and moves up towards the crown of the head. Here is a breakdown of the chakras:
|One||Base of the spine||Survival||Earth||Smell|
|Three||Solar Plexus||Personal Power||Fire||Sight|
|Six||Center of the forehead (Third Eye)||Clairvoyance/intuition/imagination||Light||Intuition|
|Seven||Top of the head/Crown||Knowledge/Understand/Transcendent Conciousness||Thought||Thought|
Chakras can be open or closed, excessive or deficient. For example, the first chakra is grounding. If your first chakra is deficient you may find it difficult to be still and always be on the go and if your first chakra is excessive, you may be a slow mover, be stuck, or clingy.
If this is the case, the chakra needs healing by uncovering and removing whatever is blocking it so that it can generate or receive energy on that particular plane.
“There is no greater way to invite love into your life than to offer it first.” ~ Anodea Judith, PH. D.
Ways to Open or Strengthen each Chakra
The Chakra System has immense value for personal growth and use in diagnosis and healing. Here are some exercises that you can do to open or strengthen each center.
- Focus attention on that area of the body, taking careful note of how it feels and behaves.
- Understand the philosophical working of that chakra and apply it.
- Examine the interactions in your day-to-day life that level corresponding to that chakra.
- I think the most important thing is to make sure that the chakras are all aligned with each other. The sum total of the chakras forms a vertical column in our bodies so the most direct alignment is with the spine relatively straight so the energy can flow.
The content of the chakras is formed largely by repeated patterns from our actions in daily life, as we are always the center point of these actions. Repeated movements and habits create fields in the world around us. These chakras are affected by programming from our parents and culture, our physical bodies, situations we are born into, and information from previous lives.
Maintaining good chakra health is important because ultimately our chakras govern the amount of activity and complexity we can effectively handle at any given level.
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