What does your body want to you to know - chakras

What does your body want you to know – your chakras

The chakras are energy points in your body, in and out of which energy flows. In Sanskrit chakra means wheel so you could imagine them to be spinning wheels or vortexes of energy.

Carolyn Myss, in her book “Anatomy of the Spirit”, says that your chakras are the centres for a particular power. These powers ascend from the densest physical power to the most spiritual power. She states that these powers seem to match the many challenges we face in our lives.

My thoughts are that the chakras contain our wounds, from which we heal. Plus positive attributes that we can maximise. Each presents a way to balance or to bring harmony to certain aspects of our lives. Our job is to recognise when we are out of balance or unharmonious and look at the chakra properties to see what information you can glean and to then consider what actions you might take to restore that balance or to create harmony.

When you think of your body with all of its interconnected systems, organs, glands, blood vessels, you know that these exist (or at least they do in your reality). Now imagine you have another interconnected energy body that surrounds it; this is your aura this is the skin of your soul (in my reality), which is made up of many layers, which correspond to the chakras. Your chakras map to different areas of your body and emotions and channel energy via meridians, which they also map to. Think of your meridians like your blood vessels or imagine wiring like the electrical system in your house. The wires go to various points, into which you plug things and the electricity flows into them to make your electrical items work. The wiring is akin to the meridian system. So your chakras and not just chakras, they are power points that connect to organs, glands, emotions, meridians and your aura.

Think of your energy systems as an interface between soul and spirit and body and mind.

How many chakras are there?

This is a great question? Traditionally, it is known that there are seven major chakras and many more minor ones. However, thoughts have been changing for some time and now it is believed that there are twelve, in some cases up to seventeen and maybe more. Like anything you need to do your research and come to your own understanding.

For this blog, we will stick with the seven that are well known and later on I will provide an overview of the other chakras which ‘live’ outside of the physical body, as well as looking at these chakras individually and in greater depth.

What are the seven chakras and where are they?

These chakras run along a central channel at the back it is called the governing vessel meridian and at the front the conception vessel meridian. In Traditional Chinese Medicine these control the flow of energy.

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1. Root chakra

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone in back, and the pubic bone in front. The root chakra is about our basic needs for survival, security and safety. It also governs past life issues and relationships with your family. In terms of developing as a child, this is when you learnt about belonging and family. When we think of the root chakra we think of grounding and connecting with Mother Earth. Which is where we get the beautiful vibrant, abundant earth colours of red, brown and black and the element of earth.

2. Sacral or navel chakra

This chakra is located two inches below the navel. This is about our basic needs around sexuality, creativity, passion, intuition, and self-worth. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, new ideas and emotions. Think bright yellow and sunlight and the element of water.

3. Solar plexus chakra

This chakra is located two inches below the breastbone behind the stomach. This chakra is about personal power, ego, strength, and confidence. Consider when as a child or young person, and wanting to express your individuality. This chakra then has lot to do with your identity. Think glorious juicy orange and the element of fire.

4. Heart chakra

This chakra is located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This chakra is about love, compassion, forgiveness, and spirituality. Here we think about our ability to love ourselves and others, and how we give and to receive love. Think gorgeous green or pink and the element of air.

5. Throat chakra

This is located in the V of the collarbone at your lower neck. The throat chakra is the way in which you communicate. A lot of personal transformation can occur here when you finally learn to speak your truth and follow your dreams. Think brilliant blue and element of ether.

6. Third eye chakra

This is located above the physical eyes on the centre of the forehead. Your third eye chakra is about seeing in a different way, your psychic ability, and higher intuition. Here you will receive guidance which can be corroborated with your gut feelings at the sacral. Think ingenious indigo and the element of light.

7. Crown chakra

This is located on the crown of your head. This is your connection to the Cosmos. See this as where you develop inspiration and Cosmic vision. Think vivid violet and the element of consciousness.

Can I use my chakras to discover what my body wants to say to me?

It is believed that the chakras because they are energy points which relate to organs and organs relate to emotions (see later when we discuss five element theory) that they hold all of our emotional memories for this life and past lives. It will come as no surprise then, that when the chakras are blocked it affects us physically, emotionally, mentally and spirituality.

How to find out what your chakras want to say to you

Use the body mapping example to look at physical and emotional issues you have had and have. Read about the seven chakras and cross reference your body map to your chakra map. Leave for at least a day to process.

Do this chakra meditation or visualisation

Read this through a few times, don’t worry about getting it right, focus on connecting and finding out what each has to say to you. There is no right or wrong way.

Find a comfortable place to sit or lie. Close your eyes. Take some deep breaths.

Become aware of your body from head to toe, of your weight, of the heaviness of your limbs and scan through your body with your breath.  Have your hands by your side or in your lap, but ready to explore each of your chakras.

Imagine that there are roots growing from the bottom of your feet and growing into the earth. Breathe in earth colours and the strength of Mother Earth and breathe out any negative things that you may be holding inside you. Do this for a few times. Take your time. You are now securely anchored into the ground.

Next, extend your awareness from the base of your spine into the heavens and breathe in pure white light and breathe out any negative things that you may be holding inside you. Do this for a few times. You are now anchored in the beauty and wisdom of the Cosmos.

You should now be feeling relaxed.

Starting with the root chakra, place your hands around your pubic area and focus in. The colour of the root chakra is red. Focus on the chakra. What does it look like or feel like? Imagine a large red swirling circle over your root chakra, try to get a sense of the energy here.

Ask what does this chakra want you to know. Listen and make a mental note of the words, pictures and feelings that you get.

Take a few deep breaths and now move onto your sacral chakra.

Place your hands on your abdomen, over the area of the “womb.” (Or where the womb would be if you’re a man). The colour of the sacral chakra is orange. Focus on the chakra. What does it look like or feel like? Imagine a large orange swirling circle over your sacral chakra, try to get a sense of the energy here.

Ask what does this chakra want you to know. Listen and make a mental note of the words, pictures and feelings that you get.

Take a few deep breaths and move your hands up to your solar plexus chakra.

Place your hands on your stomach. The colour of the solar plexus chakra is yellow. Focus on the chakra. What does it look like or feel like? Imagine a large yellow swirling circle over your solar plexus chakra, try to get a sense of the energy here.

Ask what does this chakra want you to know. Listen and make a mental note of the words, pictures and feelings that you get.

Take a few deep breaths.

Now turn your attention to the middle of your chest, to the heart chakra, the green (or pink) chakra. Place your hands here. Take a few deep breaths.

The colour of the heart chakra is green or pink. Focus on the chakra. What does it look like or feel like? Imagine a large green or pink swirling circle over your heart chakra, try to get a sense of the energy here.

Ask what does this chakra want you to know. Listen and make a mental note of the words, pictures and feelings that you get.

Take a few deep breaths.

Now focus on the throat, place your hands here. Take a few deep breaths. The colour of the throat chakra is blue. Focus on the chakra. What does it look like or feel like? Imagine a large blue swirling circle over your throat chakra, try to get a sense of the energy here.

Ask what does this chakra want you to know. Listen and make a mental note of the words, pictures and feelings that you get.

Take a few deep breaths.

Now focus on the middle of your forehead, the third eye. Place your hands here. Take a few deep breaths. The colour of the third eye chakra is indigo. Focus on the chakra. What does it look like or feel like? Imagine a large indigo swirling circle over your third eye chakra try to get a sense of the energy here.

Ask what does this chakra want you to know. Listen and make a mental note of the words, pictures and feelings that you get.

Take a few deep breaths.

Now focus your attention at the crown of your head. Place your hands here and take a few deep breaths. The colour of the crown chakra is violet. Focus on the chakra. What does it look like or feel like? Imagine a large violet swirling circle over your crown chakra, try to get a sense of the energy here.

Ask what does this chakra want you to know. Listen and make a mental note of the words, pictures and feelings that you get.

Take a few deep breaths.

Now mentally go back down through your chakras and ask for other information. Make a note of what comes up and as you do, imagine giving each a blast of love and close them as if a flower were closing its petals.

Take a few deep breathes choose a colour that you like and breathe it out all around you like and create a protective egg of energy.

When you feel ready, open your eyes.

Come back to your journal and reflect.

When you get your individual answers, then you can create a relevant action plan.

JMAdmin

Writer, author, book coach, conscious woman and mum to three beautiful dogs. Living in the hills in Spain watching the world from a distance and drinking tea are just a part of what I fill my days with. That is when I am not writing or walking said dogs.

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M.C. Simon - May 16, 2016

Great article, Jacqui!!! And written just in perfect time for me. Coincidentally or not, I am somehow out of balance now.
Thank you for reminding me to restore the harmony. By the way, I find very interesting your approach, “chakras contain our wounds”. Wow!

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    JMAdmin - May 16, 2016

    Thank you. Tune in and you will be amazed at what you discover. Look at your Astrology chart and where Chiron is. This is your wounded healer and the wound you need to heal. When you know this you can look at what is going on with your chakras and other systems and you will find a way to bring harmony.

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carolyn - May 16, 2016

Have you ever thought of branching out into mp3s? Having this meditation as a guided visualisation would be lovely! x

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Shridevi - May 30, 2016

Great article Jacqui! Very informative and you have put it in a way which is easy to understand. I will definitely try out the chakra meditation.

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