In many spiritual and healing disciplines, and in the world of complementary medicine the words Chakra pops up quite a bit. I know I was pretty confused when I first heard the term. What are they? Is it real?
I’m going to keep this post super simple, just to provide an understanding of what they are and the role they play in your health and wellbeing. We can delve a little deeper later on.
What does “Chakra” mean?
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.
What are the 7 chakras?
The seven chakra symbols of the core body and what they represent:
- Base or Root Chakra (last bone in spinal cord, coccyx)
- Sacral Chakra (ovaries/prostate)
- Solar Plexus Chakra (navel area)
- Heart Chakra (heart area)
- Throat Chakra (throat and neck area)
- Brow or Third Eye Chakra (pineal gland or third eye)
- Crown Chakra (Top of head)
What do they do?
The Chakras are the energy centres in our body in which energy flows through. There are seven of them, and they govern our psychological properties. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side.
Ideally, all chakras would contribute to our being. Our instincts would work together with our feelings and thinking. However, this is usually not the case. Some chakras are not open enough (being under-active), and to compensate, other chakras are over-active. The ideal state is where the chakras are balanced.
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.
Finally, a visual illustration of what the chakras are and how they operate (as explained for children):
For my first introduction to Chakras on this blog, I’m going to keep it really simple. So simple even a child could understand it. And what better way than with an animated video from a children’s show!
I adore this clip. I had read a bit about chakras before but it was hard for me to visualise or truly understand what it all meant. This video was a massive, aha moment for me. It all clicked into place!
It doesn’t matter if you still don’t believe in the concept or not, just understanding about the flow of energy within us helps give us more clarity in understanding ourselves. If one area of your life is blocked, you can be sure its impacting on you as a whole.
Awareness to which of your chakras are out of balance is key to aligning them. Our bodies are in constant flux between balance and imbalance. Unless you have an apparent problem in one area of the body, imbalances can be difficult to detect. That being said, it’s good to bring awareness to your body/mind and start to learn its signals and clues.
Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance.