What is Chakra?
What is the definition of a Chakra?
Chakras are energy points along the central meridian of the body.
Chakra is an old Sanskrit term meaning 'wheel' or 'circle' and is generally used to reference specific energy centers along the body's meridian. Generally there are seven chakra points, although some systems include one or two extra points. The earliest mention of Chakras appear to come from the Vedas that form the Hindu scriptures (wikipedia). There are also mention of energy points from a variety of traditions, such as within acupuncture, or in the Jewish Kabala when the Sephiroth are overlaid on the body. Most systems that use energetic points also tend to approach from a standpoint of balancing the points, since all of the points are valuable and important. In the system described below, the energy is often described as moving up from the root, to the crown and up into heaven, and back down through the crown, to the root, and down into the earth. In short the energy is said to move in two directions at once.
- The First Chakra, located between the genitals and the anus, is considered the root chakra, and is associated with the connection to Earth, security, foundation, and basic rootedness. It is also sometimes considered a place of potentiality and beginnings.
- The Second Chakra, also known as the sacral chakra, is located at the groin, and is associated with sexuality, partnership (both non-romantic and romantic), and creativity. In some ways it can be thought of in terms of the Chinese Yin and Yang symbol, where you have both the masculine and the feminine energies partnering together to form a whole.
- The Third Chakra is located at the solar plexus, and is essentially the will center. This is the place where we move our will out onto the world in order to manifest those things we are trying to create in our lives.
- The Fourth Chakra is located at the heart and is related to love. In some systems, the heart is considered to have two sides, the masculine and the feminine. The masculine side (right) is about unconditional love of others, and the feminine side (left) is about unconditional love of self.
- The Fifth Chakra is located at the throat, and is about communication and the voice. This is the place of not only communication of ideas, concepts, and overall expression, but also of speaking your personal truth.
- The Sixth Chakra is located at the position of the third eye, and is related to sight, but also to time. This chakra is often associated with psychic abilities of various types.
- The Seventh Chakra is the crown chakra, located at the top of the head, and is associated with the connection to heaven and consciousness.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why would you use chakras?
Many healing systems use chakras to read a person and what work should be done on that person. The chakras can also be used as a good place to locate various types of healing, based on the nature of the injury being dealt with.
2. What are the benefits of chakras?
The benefits of chakra work, is that it provides a basis for practitioners to do their healing work upon. By working through the chakras, a practitioner will probably get a clearer sense of any issues or problems their client is dealing with, as well as have a place on which to work any necessary healing.
3. What should you consider regarding chakras?
What to consider about chakras is that there are a variety of systems in use, some using more chakras than have been mentioned here. There is no particular system that is better than the others, although there may be a system that works better for one person than another. This is merely due to differences in the way that person works. The same shoe will not fit every person, the same can be said of the differing systems available.
The energy field surrounding all things. Aura is a name for the energy field put off by both living and non-living things, that has entered popular culture. While the phenomena of the aura has been known across various cultures for centuries, 'aura' is a more recent term. This field that surrounds the body has been termed an electromagnetic (E-M) field by scientists, and has been photographed via Kirlian photography. In addition, some animals, such as the Great White Shark, have special organs capable of detecting this field. The aura, being generated from the body, is also capable of showing were a person may have illness or injury, on the mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual level. It can also reflect emotional and mental states, imbalances, and overall health.
The aura is often considered to be created from the energy moving through the chakras.
1. Why would you use auras?
Aura reading is generally used to get an overall picture of what is happening with the client. The aura can also show how a person is using their energy as well as how they are interacting with other people.
2. What are the benefits of auras?
The benefits of Aura reading is that the practitioner can put together a more complete picture of how all the chakras are working together, as well as an overview of the person.
3. What should you consider regarding auras?
What to consider is that there are a large variety of schools of thought about what certain colors mean in a person's aura. It does appear to be more closely related to what a reader associates with various colors, as to what colors appearing in an aura might mean. In addition, sometimes there is simply more than one possible explanation to certain colors.
Different colors tend to carry different energy, and thus can either be used as an aid to re-balancing, or to determine what is happening with a person's energy. Each chakra tends to resonate to a particular color. The root chakra is associated with red, sacral with orange, solar plexus with yellow, the masculine (right) side of the heart is pink, while the feminine side (left) is green. In systems where there is no distinction made, the heart is considered to be green. The throat chakra is blue, the third eye is indigo, and the crown is usually considered violet or white.
1. Why would you use color?
The use of color on the chakras is generally to re-balance a chakra. Often stones of the appropriate colors, such as garnet for the root chakra, are used.
2. What are the benefits of color?
The benefits of using colors is that it is a fairly simple process to rebalance a person, as long as the practitioner is reading the chakras correctly.
3. What should you consider regarding color?
What to consider is that within certain schools of thought, the chakras should be balanced with very specific shades of each color, whereas in others, as long as you are using a color true to associated color, it is not a problem. For example, using a true red for the root, would be acceptable to most practitioners, but there are some schools of thought that use a very specific shade of red.
Different tones tend to carry different energy, and thus can be used to re-balance a person's energy. Each chakra tends to resonate to a particular note, although there are two systems. The traditional system is a basic scale starting with the note C. The root chakra vibrates at C, the sacral at D, the solar plexus at E, the heart at F, the throat at G, the third eye at A, and the crown at B.
In addition, there is a another system in use based on the circle of fifths, where as you move up the chakras, you move a fifth up the scale. The root is F in this system, the sacral is C, the solar plexus is G, the heart is D, the throat is A, the third eye is E, and the crown is B.
1. Why would you use sound healing?
Tones are generally used to re-balance the chakra matching the tone being played or sung.
2. What are the benefits of sound healing?
The benefits of using tones is that it tends to have very physical effects on the person in that they can feel the vibration of the note. This physical sensation sometimes helps a client to be more receptive to healing work.
3. What should you consider regarding sound healing?
What to consider is that sometimes, a specific tone may be a little overwhelming for a client, perhaps because of what is being released from the chakra. Ordinarily it is not a major problem, but if at any point the client feels the need for the practitioner to stop, the client should tell the practitioner.
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