Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel and in ancient Eastern traditions chakra is the word used to describe swirling energetic hotspots all over the body. There are thousands of chakras from the tips of your fingers to the bottoms of your toes. However, there are seven major chakras that run from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. These seven chakras are what are commonly referred to when people talk about the body’s energy centers.
Chakras, as mentioned above, are energy hotspots all over the body that fuel the body’s entire energetic system with divine energy (also called prana or chi). Because everything in the world is made of matter, and matter is made of energy, we know that everything in the world is made of energy. Chakras are the energy centers found in all living things that keep them radiant with life.
Energy flows into and out of chakras which use it to energize the body’s meridians (or energetic blood stream). In addition to fueling the meridians, chakras directly provide the body’s organ systems, tissues, muscles, and cells with energy to flourish. Because physical and emotional toxins can clog the chakras, sometimes energy becomes blocked or stagnant and the organ systems the chakras feeds becomes deficient. Keeping your chakras healthy and clean is important in ensuring optimal physical health for your body.
The seven major chakras not only fuel the physical body with energy, they energize the emotional body as well. Each chakra is responsible for different emotions, feelings and perceptions correlating with aspects of your life. In fact, often times it’s the emotional portion of our being that controls the physical outcome. What this means is that often it’s an emotion, or an emotional tie to a situation in our lives that leaves our chakras depleted of energy. Negative emotions are responsible for many of the toxic clogs that result in our chakras being partially blocked. Because of this, many physical ailments or physical dis-ease is a direct result of years of emotional turmoil.
The tricky part with emotional dis-ease is that it’s not always known; meaning it may not always be stored in the 1/6 of the brain we use, called the conscious. Rather it is stored in the other 5/6 of the brain, or the subconscious. The subconscious can store many past emotional disturbances that may not have registered consciously but have deeply affected you on a subconscious and energetic level.
The good news is there are ways to clear our unwanted subconscious beliefs, conscious beliefs and the chakra centers. However, before you can clean them out and optimize your emotional and physical health, you need to determine where your imbalances lie. The following breakdown will give you an idea of what emotional and physical dis-ease is connected to what chakra.
The 7 Chakras
Location: base of spine
Mental and Emotional Connections: safety and security of family and friends, the ability to provide for one’s self, the ability to stand up for one’s self, a feeling of safety, security and home, social and familial law and order
Anatomy: adrenal glands, red and white blood cells, bones, DNA, feet, immune system, joints, legs, muscles, prostate gland, rectum, male reproductive organs, skin, tailbone
Location: about two inches below the navel
Mental and Emotional Connections: blame and guilt, money and sex, creativity, sexuality, honor in relationships
Anatomy: bladder, hips, kidneys, large intestine/colon, ovaries, uterus
Solar Plexus Chakra
Location: about two inches above the navel
Mental and Emotional Connections: power and control, trust, fear and intimidation, self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect, responsibility of making decisions, care of one’s self and others, personal honor, sensitivity to criticism
Anatomy: gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small intestine, stomach
Location: center of chest
Mental and Emotional Connections: love and hatred, resentment and bitterness, grief and anger, self-centeredness, loneliness and commitment, forgiveness and compassion, hope and trust
Anatomy: armpits, arms, blood vessels, breasts, hands, heart, lungs, lymphatic system, shoulders, wrists
Location: right below Adam’s apple
Vibration: pale blue
Mental and Emotional Connections: choice of strength and will, personal expression, following one’s dreams, using personal power to create, addiction, judgment and criticism, faith and knowledge, capacity to make decisions
Anatomy: cheeks, chin, ears, larynx, lips, mouth, neck, nose, pharynx, thyroid gland, throat, tongue, upper esophagus
Location: in between eyebrows
Mental and Emotional Connections: self-evaluation, truth, intellectual abilities, feelings of adequacy, openness to the ideas of others, ability to learn from experience, emotional intelligence
Anatomy: brain, eyebrows, eyes, forehead, neurotransmitters, pineal gland, regulation of hormone function
Location: crown of head
Mental and Emotional Connections: ability to trust life, values, ethics, courage, humanitarianism, selflessness, ability to see the larger pattern, faith and inspiration, spirituality and devotion
Anatomy: central nervous system, provides each cell with life-force or divine energy (prana, chi), works with the root chakra to bring consciousness and life to all cells, and in turn the physical body
There are many techniques used by energy medicine practitioners to heal and restore balance to the chakras, as well as unravel negative programs being held in the brain and body resulting in emotional and physical dis-ease. For more information check out our website at www.pranaenergetics.com.
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