What are The 7 Chakras?
If you want to awaken kundalini, then at first you must understand what are the 7 chakras.
The word Chakra means wheel in the Sanskrit representing the energy centers of the body and spirit. The 7 charas regulate the flow of energy through our energy system. Each chakra is located at particular parts of the body and they regulate particular functions within the body. Chakras have different colors and different symbols.
Then what are the 7 chakras? The 7 chakras are the key elements to balance a healthy lifestyle and having one out of balance can send the whole body out of alignment. With chakra meditation one is able to notices when a chakra is out of place. There is scientific research done that states how most diseases can be cured, by having each chakra in alignment. When everything is flowing in perfect harmony, one will notice a higher energy level.
The ability to have a higher energy level boosts production, attitude, and health. Meditating even 20 minutes a day on one chakra gives self-reflection and renewed energy. When the stress level is vibrating at such an astronomical level, there are limited resources the body can do to supply what is truly needed.
Lack of sleep is the main contribution to stress; no balance in one’s eating habits also affect alignment as a whole. Having balance in the meditation of the chakra is the main piece of a confusing puzzle.
Here are the seven major chakras that control the energy around you.
7 Chakras: Meaning, Symbols and Colors
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Location: Base of the spine or groin area
Endocrine Gland: Adrenal Glands
Mantra Associated: LAM
Organs Associated: Foot, Teeth, Leg, Skeleton, Vertebral Column, Nose
Represents: Security, Safety, Stability, Survival, Grounding, Basic Needs
Imbalance Attributes: Feelings of insecurity, greed, cynicism, anxiety, fear, eating disorder, excessive negativity
The Sanskrit name of this chakra is Muladhara which comes from the words ‘Mula’ means root and ‘Dhara’ means support.
Muladhara chakra reflects a person’s connection with their mother and with Mother Earth. Consciousness associated with this chakra is security, survival, trust, relationship with money, home, job. This chakra also represents ability to be grounded, to be present in the here and now.
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
Location: Two inches below the navel
Endocrine Gland: Gonads
Sense: Taste, Appetite
Mantra Associated: VAM
Organs Associated: Urinary bladder, Kidney, Reproductive system, Genitals
Represents: Centre of pleasure, Sexuality, Creativity
Imbalance Attributes: Sexual dysfunction, emotional isolation, Lack of creativity, Arthritis, Chronic lower back, Hip issues, Genital problem
The Sanskrit name of Sacral Chakra is Svadhisthana which comes from the words ‘Sva’ means one’s own and ‘Sthana’ means place. The another root word ‘Svad’, also translates as “to taste with pleasure” or “enjoy”.
Sacral chakra is associated with the parts of the consciousness concerned with food and sex. Feelings, desire and sexual fulfilment are connected with this chakra. Feeling sexy is an indication that this chakra is healthy.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
Location: Below the chest where the diaphragm rests
Endocrine Gland: Pancreas
Mantra Associated: RAM
Organs Associated: Pancreas, liver, stomach, digestive system, lung, large intestine
Represents: Willpower, pleasure, self-esteem, intellect, clarity, beliefs, independence, personal responsibility & power
Imbalance Attributes: lack of ambition and purpose, control issues, low self-esteem, misuse of power, manipulative tendencies
The Sanskrit name of Solar Plexus Chakra is Manipura which comes from the word ‘Mani’ meaning gem and ‘Pura’ meaning city. So this chakra is literally translated as “city of jewels”.
Solar plexus chakra has a magnetic effect which attracts prana from the universe. This chakra gives us a clear sense of who we are and what our purpose is.
This chakra is known as the powerhouse and rules our personal power. It regulates our energy levels, our effectiveness, and our will. The gut reaction we have to an event is an indication coming from the solar plexus. Our self-definition and our ability to go beyond materialistic issues towards spiritual one is stored in the solar plexus
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Location: Centre of the chest
Endocrine Gland: Thymus gland
Mantra Associated: YAM
Organs Associated: Heart, circulatory system, lung
Represents: Love, compassion, empathy, relationship, forgiveness, acceptance, transformation, change, the center of awareness
Imbalance Attributes: Jealousy, unforgiveness, depression, excessive isolation, overly defensive, fear of intimacy
The Sanskrit name of heart chakra is Anahata which means “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten”. Heart chakra is the seat of anhata nada which referes to unstruck sound (the sound of the celestial realm). Anahata nada sound is not man made and this sound cannot be heard until one achieves the highest level of meditation.
Sensitivity about being touched indicates heart chakra. Hugging, therefore, is a heart chakra activity.
Self-acceptance is the relationship of the heart chakras. This chakra is located at the heart in the middle of the chest. It is related to love. When this is healthy we are able to love deeply, feel at peace, be centered, have compassion.
It will also support the lower three chakras so when working with this chakra you will work with four chakras in total. The element of air, this chakra allows us to move freely without inhibition where our relationships are concerned either with ourselves or with others. It also is the integrator of opposites in the psyche, mind and body, persona and shadow, ego and unity, male and female.
5. Throat Chakra (Visuddha)
Color: Sky blue
Location: Base of the throat
Element: Sound (some references say Ether)
Endocrine Gland: Thyroid gland
Mantra Associated: HAM
Organs Associated: Mouth, tooth, vocal cord, esophagus, cervical vertebrae, shoulder, trachea, arm
Represents: Communication, expression, speaking clearly, speaking effectively, purpose
Imbalance Attributes: excessive speaking, telling lies, shyness, not able to listen to others, arrogance, increased anxiety, being withdrawn
The Sanskrit name of Throat Chakra is Visuddha which comes from the word ‘Suddha’ meaning pure and the root ‘Vi’ intensifies the word. So vishuddha translates as “especially pure”.
The consciousness associated with throat chakra is the aspects of expressing and receiving.
The throat chakra or chakra five is located inside the throat. Communication and creativity is the relationship we have to self worth. This chakra represents the vibration to sound, the creative identity, and the physical words we use to communicate. Sound is the facet that vibrates and holds the key to how we see our world and how we communicate from the heart or essence.
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Color: Indigo, purple
Location: Centre of the forehead, between the eyebrows
Endocrine Gland: Pituitary gland, the pineal gland
Sense: Extrasensory perception, clairvoyance (inner sense of vision), clairaudience (inner sense of hearing), clairsentience (inner sense of touch)
Mantra Associated: AUM or OM
Organs Associated: Eye, brain, nervous system, ear
Represents: Intuition, vision, foresight, perception, psychic abilities, illumination
Imbalance Attributes: Feeling stuck, lack of direction and clarity, overactive third eye may indulge in illusion and fantasy
The Sanskrit name of Third Eye Chakra is Ajna which translates as ‘command’, ‘perceive’.
Third eye chakra is associated with the deep inner level of Being which we call the Spirit. This is what we consider spirituality and the spiritual perspective. The sense of third eye chakra is extra sensory perception.
The all-seeing third eye represents the spiritual intuition, the knowing of the spirit, the wisdom of the psychic world. It allows us to see clearly the large picture of life focusing on the light we have available in us and to us through the universe.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Location: Top of the head
Element: No element
Endocrine Gland: Pineal gland, Pituitary gland
Sense: Empathy, unity, experiencing another person’s experience as if you were inside them, being them.
Mantra Associated: AUM or OM
Organs Associated: Nervous system, Pineal gland, Pituitary gland
Represents: Bliss, divine connection, realization presence, higher consciousness
Imbalance Attributes: An attachment to spiritual matters, cynicism, closed-mindedness, disconnection with spirit, living in the head
The Sanskrit name of crown chakra is Sahasrara which is described as a lotus flower with 1,000 petals of different colors. All these petals are arranged in 20 layers with each layer having 50 petals.
A person experiences inner Light when they are in the deepest part of their being, as a point of consciousness glowing with intelligence. This is also called White Light.
This chakra represents pure awareness and spiritual energy. Knowledge of the world not as we see it but as timeless and all-knowing as the universe itself. The spiritual connection we perceive when this chakra is fully open brings us understanding, wisdom and bliss. Belonging to the thought element, this chakra allows us to view the world with understanding and spiritual connection