Intro to Chakras

What are The chakras?

Chakras are energy centers on and around our bodies that are responsible for the circulation and distribution of energy throughout our electromagnetic plane. There are many tiny chakras all over our bodies, but the seven major ones start at the base of the spine and move to the top of the head.

“Chakra” is an old Sanskrit word that directly translates to “wheel,” which makes sense considering chakras are represented by spinning circular shapes. The life force energy, or prana, that moves through us is the essence of our soul. It’s what makes us more than a brain, heart, skin, and bones. Science can replicate a human body but it cannot generate life force energy to make that body a human.

Healthy, balanced chakras provide the perfect amount of energy to a person’s body, mind, and spirit. An aligned individual is generally physically healthy, emotionally balanced, and spiritually connected. When our chakras are blocked or stifled, the results can be depression, anxiety, physical illness, and overall low energy levels. We are usually only aware of symptoms on the surface and treat them as such, but when we dive deeper inside ourselves we can often connect whatever issues we are experiencing to a disruption in our body’s natural energy cycles.

Muldahara (Root) Chakra

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The Muldahara Chakra, also known as the Root Chakra, is the first of the seven and is located at the base of our spines. This chakra is what connects us to the earth keeps us grounded. This is our survival center and is responsible for financial and emotional security.

When this chakra is balanced: We usually feel peace and fulfillment when we think about our finances, safety, shelter, and emotional security.

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: This can manifest as digestive issues, lower back/pelvic pain, reproductive health issues in women and prostate issues in men.

When this chakra is overactive: We may feel anxiety and worry about our financial/physical wellbeing even if there is no immediate threat.

When this chakra is underactive: When we have generally been supported financially and our most basic safety needs have been met, this energy center has not been as stimulated. This can result in an aloofness, “head in the clouds” energy that can be problematic when an individual actually needs to focus on maintaining their security and ensuring their needs are met.

SVADHISTHANA (sacral) chakra

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The Svadhisthana Chakra, also known as the Sacral Chakra, is our emotional center and is located right below the belly button. Svadhisthana translates to “ones own space,” is where our emotions generate, and it is what determines how well we manage them.

Today’s society rewards practical and logical behavior over emotional expression and therefore there is a lot of guilt and shame surrounding our feelings. When we are encouraged to be less sensitive and to have ‘thicker skin,’ we essentially disconnect from our most intimate space. We deny ourselves the ability to feel balanced and connected to ourselves.

When this chakra is balanced: Life’s pleasures become abundant without feeling the desire to chase after them or indulge in them excessively. Sexual encounters are fulfilling and enjoyable, coping mechanisms are healthy and one is able to process their emotions effectively. Good food is enjoyable without being glutinous, inspiration is easy to find and creative energy flows freely.

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Physical symptoms of an overactive Sacral Chakra are obesity, addiction, hormone imbalances, painful intercourse, and restlessness.

When this chakra is overactive: We may feel emotionally reactive, experience mood swings, develop addictions to substances or people, and struggle to act rationally when needed. We indulge in things that tend to be toxic or not nourishing for our bodies, and the pleasurable sensations are fleeting. We are constantly searching for the next fix, but it is never sustainable.

When this chakra is underactive: An underactive Sacral Chakra looks like the inability to enjoy pleasure, to open up and express emotions, decreased sex drive, and lack of passion and creative energy. Essentially life gets a little dull because we prioritize practical and rational thought over allowing ourselves to be sensitive.

Manipura (solar plexus) chakra

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The Manipura Chakra, also known as the Solar Plexus, is located above the belly button and embodies our identity. It represents our personal power, self confidence, and translates to “lustrous gem.” This is where you feel confident in your decisions and an optimistic sense of “knowing” that everything is going to work out. You can physically feel that positive energy in your gut, and that’s why that “gut feeling” cliche exists. This is what intuitively guides us to the things that are right for us and in alignment with our soul path.

When this chakra is balanced: We feel confident in our ability to make decisions, capable of pursuing our goals and seeing them through to the end, optimistic without the need to keep a tight grip on everything, a sense of wisdom, decisiveness, and personal power.

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Imbalances in this chakra can manifest as digestive issues, and imbalances in your pancreas, appendix, liver, and kidneys.

When this chakra is overactive: We try to extend our energy outward to others and feel the need to control, micromanage, and lack compassion or empathy. We may feel greediness and are easily angered, lack trust, and isolate ourselves by being too critical and projecting our own insecurities onto the people around us. This usually looks like very neurotic behavior.

When this chakra is underactive: We may feel indecisive, lack confidence, act timid and emotionally needy. This looks like giving others too much control over your ability to make decisions and carry out day to day tasks. It feels like there is not enough energy to get the ball rolling and essentially we become passive and dependent upon external validation and approval rather than valuing ourselves.

Anahata (heart) chakra

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The Anahata Charka, also known as the Heart Chakra, energizes our love, compassion, and kindness. This is located right above our hearts and translates to “unbeaten.” This chakra encompasses all that is love, for ourselves and others, and is associated with health and healing.

This is the middle chakra and is responsible for uniting the lower three to the upper three, creating a harmonious balance of grounding and ascension, or of body and spirit. This chakra encourages us to give and receive love, and acts as a guide to our most authentic self.

When this chakra is balanced: We easily feel and express love for ourselves and others. We are compassionate in tough situations and recognize the good in others despite undesirable behavior. We prioritize self care, forgive easily, and don’t hold grudges. We open up to others and feel trust without compromising boundaries and personal space. We do not feel guilt enforcing our boundaries when necessary and can communicate effectively when we need to protect ourselves.

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Fast heart rate, palpitations, heart burn, issues in the chest and lungs, irregular blood pressure, and interpersonal relationship issues. When we subconsciously try to protect our heart, we tend to round our shoulders and hunch our back that can become a permanent posture.

When this chakra is overactive: We lose boundaries and get stuck in toxic relationships. We feel our love for others is more important than our wellbeing and feel obligated to suffer for the sake of love itself. This looks like always putting the needs of others above your own and neglecting your own need for self care and nourishment.

When this chakra is underactive: Negative feelings such as hate, fear, and jealousy are common. It is difficult to open up to and trust others as a result of fear of being hurt. We may feel emotionally unavailable and unable to be vulnerable around those we love. There is a wall surrounding us and it’s a subconscious protection mechanism that ultimately prevents us from having intimate relationships and displaying our true feelings. Circulation issues can also be a result of an underactive Heart Chakra.

Vishuddha (throat) chakra

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The Vishuddha Chakra, also known as the Throat Chakra, is located right in between the collar bones and is the gateway between the lower physical chakras and the upper spiritual chakras. This chakra governs our ability to communicate with and listen to others and translates to “pure connection.” This chakra, located above the heart, is connected to the way you communicate your passion and love for yourself and others.

When this chakra is balanced: We do not feel fear for authentically speaking and communicating our personal truths with clarity and confidence. We are not afraid of sharing our feelings and also providing a safe space for others to do the same. We do not feel the need to dominate conversations and speak with compassion, kindness, and love. Speaking with a balanced Throat Chakra will enlighten and inspire those around you.

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Throat pain, thyroid issues, cavities, mouth ulcers, issues in the neck and shoulders, jaw pain, ear infections, and digestive issues.

When this chakra is overactive: We spend a lot of time trying to make our voice heard. Usually, this is compensation for being ignored or disregarded, so we try to give ourselves a louder voice. Talking over or interrupting others, arrogance, lying and manipulation, not letting others speak or listening with sincerity, and difficulty expressing ourselves with clarity are all indications of an overactive Throat Chakra.

When this chakra is underactive: We tend to shut down and not put forth any effort into communicating with others, especially in times of conflict. This is another result of being put down and ignored. This looks like an individual who is shy and withdrawn, socially introverted and struggles to find words when talking.

Ajna (third eye) chakra

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The Ajna Chakra, also known as the Third Eye Chakra, is located slightly above the space between our eyebrows and translates to “beyond wisdom.” This chakra is the portal between the physical world and the spiritual realm where infinite wisdom lies. This is the gateway to our intuition, extra sensory perception, and psychic abilities.

Right underneath this energy center lies the pineal gland - a small gland in the brain responsible for light perception. It assists us in staying awake during the day and falling asleep at night. Aside from its biological purpose, it is believed that this gland is also responsible for receiving and processing stimulus from sources outside of our five senses.

This chakra sees both our external and internal environment, processing information from around and within ourselves, to help us understand what we see. This chakra offers wisdom and guidance to keep us aligned with our soul’s purpose, and a strong connection to your intuition can create a very meaningful life. It supports our inner wisdom and is the center that links us to the universe, offering clear thoughts and spiritual reflection.

When this chakra is balanced: You will feel in tune with the physical and spiritual worlds. You will receive clear guidance on how to become your best self and feel divinely guided in your path. We can see past illusions and identify any unhelpful patterns we need to address.

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: This chakra is connected to the sinus, eyes, and ears. Headaches, sinus infections, and ear issues are common when this chakra is imbalanced.

When this chakra is overactive: It is not common that this chakra is overactive, but it can be a very overwhelming and even frightening experience. Incredibly psychic individuals who have clear visions and can see things beyond the physical world have an overactive Third Eye Chakra, and may struggle to ground and protect themselves energetically.

When this chakra is underactive: We tend to be overly analytically and disregard spirituality and things we cannot physically identify or recognize through our five senses. Most people live with an underactive Third Eye Chakra because society invalidates intuitive development, so it is common to feel disconnected from ourselves and lack direction in life. Underactive Third Eye Chakras also make us fear the unknown, and consequently we tend to imagine the worst case scenarios in life.

Sahasrara (Crown) chakra

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The Sahasrara Chakra, or Crown Chakra, is the source of our consciousness. Located above the top of the skull, it is our connection to everything and the universe. This is our link to the divine and gives us that sense of purpose in our lives. Through the crown chakra we receive energy from the universe as well as give it out from us towards the universe. This energy then forms a collective consciousness, a matrix of energies that is interconnected and that influence each other.

When this chakra is balanced: Achieving a balanced Crown Chakra is like the Buddhists Monks’ pursuit of Nirvana - it’s a journey and takes a lot of work. Once you achieve it, you are an elevated, ascended being who has conquered suffering and death.

Of course, it is the journey of attempting to achieve this balance that brings us happiness, good health and wisdom. Trying to balance your 7th chakra will align and balance your other chakras.

When this chakra is balanced: We can live in peace and be grateful and joyous about the events in our lives. We are aware of the connection between us and the universe, and feel that there is a grand plan for everything unfolding.

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: None that we are aware of at this time.

When this chakra is overactive: It’s not possible to have an overactive crown chakra. Because it is the seat of universal energy, it is innately infinite. In other words, you can’t exist in the material world and be overcome with consciousness energy.

When this chakra is underactive: We may believe that the intuitive knowledge is not available for us. One can be skeptical towards the spiritual world, and only believe what can be seen with one’s own eyes. One can lack the feeling of connection to other beings, and wants to possess material things in life for security. An underactive 7th chakra means you’re human.

It feels exactly like being a human. Some people may be closer to achieving it, while others may be far away. In any case, practicing spiritual development and balancing your other chakras will bring your closer to experiencing the consciousness energy in your crown chakra.

Sources & References:

www.yogatime.tv

www.blog.mindvalley.com