Chakras – What are they, where do they come from & how do they effect me…
Many of us have heard the word ‘Chakra’; most commonly associated with the practice of yoga. With it’s history dating back over thousands of years and it’s earliest written record being found in the Vedas (the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism), the Chakra system has been studied by those seeking enlightenment and a higher level of consciousness.
There are seven major chakras found in the body each representing it’s own facet of our psyche and vibrates at a different frequency, much like how the seven colors of the rainbow are differentiated. Consequently, each chakra has it’s own complimentary color associated with it linked by those frequencies. Chakras also have their own sound based on the same.
The following information is an overview of the seven major chakras in the body & their associations:
Chakra 1 – The Root Chakra
Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra represents the will to survive. It is what connects us to the world around. This energy center governs stability and our sense of security. Carolyn Myss, in her book The Anatomy of the Spirit, connects this chakra to the understanding that ‘All is One’. Interesting enough, Carolyn Myss also show a direct relation between the Root Chakra, the sacrament of Baptism (symbolically being admitted into the family of the Christain Church*) and the sefirah of Shekhinah (symbolic of the mystical community of humanity*). Physically, this chakra is connected to our bones, our legs & feet, and our immune system.
Chakra 2 – Sacral Chakra
The one’s location is in it’s name. The sacrum is located between the coccyx and the lumbar spine and the chakra housed here is the center for creativity & partnership. It represents our need to connect with other people and to have some sort of power over our physical environment. Our relationship to money and material things is also housed here. Also, our joy and enthusiasm comes from this energy center. The sacrament of Communion representing the holy union with God and the sefirot of Yesod representing the procreative force of God both can be related to the Sacral Chakra. Physically, the Sacral Chakra governs reproduction.
Chakra 3 – Solar Plexus Chakra
Known as the center of our personal power, the Solar Plexus Chakra reflects this. With it’s location being between the bottom tip of the sternum and the umbilicus (belly button) it corresponds to our digestive organs. Anxiety, fear, introversion are all aspects that are influenced by this chakra. It also represents the transition between basic emotions and more complex ones. This chakra is linked to the sacrament of Confirmation which is an expression of grace enhancing one’s individuality and self-esteem and to the sefirot of Hod (integrity) and Nezah (endurance).
Chakra 4 – The Heart Chakra
Compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love are the lessons of this energy center. The sacrament of Marriage and the sefirot Tif’eret, both speaking of harmony, are joined to this Heart Chakra. The obvious location of this energy center is directly behind the center of the sternum.
Chakra 5 – The Throat Chakra
Expression and will come from the Throat Chakra. Confession and the two sefirot’s Gevurah (judgement) and Hesed (love and mercy) are related to this chakra. Again, named for it’s location, the Throat Chakra is for speaking your truth.
Chakra 6 – The Third Eye Chakra
Intuition, insight, wisdom and all matters of the mind are governed by the Third Eye Chakra. The 6th Chakra is centered just between the brows. The sacrament of Ordination (making sacred one’s path of service) and the sefirot of Binah (symbolic of understanding and the intelligence of God) and Hokhman (the connection between the Divine mind and human thought) are reflected by this chakra. The pineal gland
Chakra 7 – The Crown Chakra
Connection to the Divine, this Chakra is located at the top of the head. Lessons involving one’s spirituality are found in this energy center. The sacrament of Extreme Unction (loving in the ‘present time’, finishing ‘unfinished’ business) and the sefirot of Keter (energy of the Divine flowing into physical manifestation) are represented here. The pituitary gland and the thalamus are energized by this energy center.
We are ‘plugged in’ to the energy of the Universe by way of these chakras. With the Root Chakra being the lowest in the body, it feeds energy up to the rest of the centers. The vital life force that animates our bodies flows through these centers. Working on healing these centers in order to keep them clear allows us to remain invigorated & balanced in our daily lives. What a well intended opportunity to take control of our existence in this world!
I hope you found this information interesting & helpful. Many blessings!
The Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss