'Being devoted to Siva/Sakti, symbolized as a pair of swans in the lake of the mind, the mind becomes saturated with the milk of Divine Wisdom.
Through devotion the devotee opens up like the Lotus in the light of the sun.
Thereby one becomes receptive to Divine Knowledge, manifest in many ways.
By application of this Knowledge to living, one is like a bee collecting honey from the flower .
One emulates the swan learning to take the Divine milk from the water of illusion".
Swami Sivananda Radha
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel" or revolving disc. There are seven major chakras located inside the spinal column and serve as transformers and regulators and aid in the distribution of vital energy (prana) to the organs of the physical body. Each Chakra vibrates at a certain frequency and the higher the chakra is located the higher the vibration and frequency. Chakras located at the lower end of the spectrum vibrate at a lower and slower frequency.
Each chakra has a certain power which can enhance our human experience in the world in which we live. Through certain yoga practices and meditation we are able to tap into the powers of the individual chakras and begin the healing process and become empowered and we are then able to face life's challenges and live a more fulfilling, wholesome and meaningful life.
Each of the seven main chakras is connected to the different levels of our being - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. On the physical level each chakra governs a main organ or gland which is then connected to other body parts that resonate at the same frequency. As well as each chakra being connected to various body parts they are also connected to specific colour frequencies. When disturbance is experienced at any one of these levels the chakra loses its vitality and in order to balance the chakras it is necessary to use the colour that resonates at the same frequency as that particular chakra. When an imbalance occurs it may eventually affect the function of the other chakras within close proximity.
Medical science has proven that toxins and other impurities in the system which include negative thoughts, chemical enhancements in food and other negative environmental factors influence our body. On a psychic level these same factors also influence the vitality of the chakras in turn depleting them of their vital energy which will eventually affect the vitality of the physical body.
If healing is to be effective we must go to the deeper levels of our being and use our own innate ability to heal. The mind and food alone are not enough to heal it is important to gain a deeper understanding of the total aspect of one's being. Each of the seven major chakras has their own natural intelligence and function therefore, through developing a little understanding of the chakra system it is possible to greatly enhance your health and your life.
Chakras are generally visualized as lotus flowers and each chakra is associated with a colour, a specific number of petals, a sound, an element, an animal, a planet, a spiritual quality, and a personal deity (God or Goddess). If it is difficult to visualize the chakra as a lotus flower simply try to visualize the colour associated with that chakra.
The Seven Major Chakras
- Mooladhara Chakra (Red - Root Chakra)
- Swadhisthana Chakra (Orange - Sacral Chakra)
- Manipura Chakra (Yellow - Navel Chakra)
- Anahata Chakra (Green - Heart Chakra)
- Vishuddhi Chakra (Bright Blue - Throat Chakra)
- Ajna Chakra (Indigo - Third Eye Chakra)
- Sahasrara Chakra (Violet, White or Silver - Crown Chakra)
Chakra visualization is an important aspect of all yogic practice. Many yoga practitioners spend a lot of time and effort in trying to perfect their postures and miss out on the benefits that can be gained by merely focussing on the chakras during their practice. Yoga postures should ideally be practiced with total awareness on the breath and the chakras if we want to achieve maximum benefits from the practice and the deeper level of experience that is available to all of us through this wealth of knowledge that has been passed down to us by the masters of yoga as an aid to spiritual growth, radiant health and in living a life that is peaceful and harmonious.
Qualities of the Chakras
In this article we will be focusing on each individual chakra and the qualities of each chakra so you will get a broader understanding of the concept of the chakras. We will look at the physical and emotional problems associated with each chakra when the chakra is not in balance as well as the astrological signs, fragrances, flowers and gemstones that can be used as an aid to healing and balancing the chakras.
MOOLADHARA CHAKRA (Root Centre)
Meaning: Root or support
Qualities of Mooladhara Chakra
Anatomy: Mooladhara chakra the "Root" chakra is associated with the "Earth" element. On the physical level it is associated with the large intestine, hips, low back, feet, legs, knees, ankles, sexual and excretory organs.
Location: Mooladhara chakra is the first chakra and is also known as the root centre, and is located at the base of the spine.
Function: To feel safe and secure in the physical world and to manifest and meet our basic needs.
Soul Desire: To feel nurtured and nourished and to experience a sense of belonging to the whole.
Relationship: With the physical reality, the earth, natural forces, body, feeling sensations.
Physical Dysfunction: Cancer, bone disease, problems in the coccyx region, boils, headache, constipation, joint aches and pains, knee problems, problems in the lower spine region, muscular aches and pains, physical weakness, haemorrhoids, prostate gland problems, stiffness, male reproductive problems, cancer of the large intestine.
Emotional Dysfunction: Anger, Schizophrenia, phobias, addictions, attachment, emotional problems, complaining, controlling, depression, dominating, egotistical, fear of survival, inflexibility body and mind, irritable, imbalance, laziness, lethargy, suicidal tendencies, feeling unloved, disorientated, lack of support, feeling uncared for, feeling as though you are not good enough, ungrounded, insecure.
Astrological Signs: Aries, Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn.
Flowers: Aromatic Woods, Resins, Saps.
Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras: Musk, Lavender, Hyacinth, Mud (earth).
Gemstones and Crystals for Healing: Ruby, Garnet, Blood stone, Onyx, Tiger's Eye, Rose Quartz, Hematite, Load Stone, Alexandrite, Smoky Quartz.
SWADHISTHANA CHAKRA (Sacral Chakra)
Meaning: Sweetness or One's Own Abode
Qualities of Swadhisthana Chakra
Anatomy: Swadhisthana chakra the "Sacral" chakra is related to the "Water" element and governs those areas in the body that collect water such as the urinary system, kidneys, bladder and the reproductive system and also the small intestine.
Location: Swadisthana chakra is located at the sacrum in the pelvic region between pubis and navel.
Soul Desire: Expansion and creativity.
Relationship: Developing relationships with other human beings, emotions and the emotional body, maintaining individuality, awareness of the inner child, peace, inner rhythm, harmony, sentimentality, maternal/parental desires.
Physical Dysfunction: Anaemia, bladder problems, blood cancer, cysts, dry skin, eczema, instability, bed wetting, blood disorders, body odour, hernia, herpes, hydrosis, impotency, frigidity, kidney problems, lower back pain, menopause difficulties, menstruation problems, ovarian disorders, uterus problems, sexual addiction, swollen ankles, urinary tract infections, vaginitis, premature ejaculation.
Emotional Dysfunction: Alcoholism, loneliness, drug addiction, emotional instability, feelings of isolation, overly sensitive, fear, lust, feeling withdrawn, guilt, lack of creativity, lack of trust, passive aggressive behaviour, PMS, shyness.
Astrological Signs: Cancer, Libra and Scorpio.
Flowers: Jessamine, Azalea, Fruit Blossoms.
Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras: Rosemary, Rose, Honey, Night Queen.
Gemstones and Crystals for Healing: Diamond, Pearl, Moonstone, Jasper, Citrine, Aventurine, Carnelian.
MANIPURA CHAKRA (Solar Plexus)
Meaning: Lustrous Gem - City of Jewels
Qualities of Manipura Chakra
Anatomy: Manipura Chakra the "Navel" chakra is located at the navel centre and is related to the "Fire" element. On the physical level it is associated with the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and the small intestine.
Location: Manipura chakra is located 2-3 inches below the navel.
Function: To connect with the internal source of power and energy.
Soul Desire: To ignite, connect with and focus physical energy in a positive direction.
Relationship: With the internal source of power, identity, status.
Physical Dysfunction: Bad breath, body odour, boils, burns, diabetes, digestive problems, domineering, excess gas and wind, eye problems, fever, gall bladder problems, rashes, stomach cancer, liver disease, mid back pain, ulcers, abdominal problems.
Emotional Dysfunction: Anger, demanding, depression, fearful, lack of confidence, non trusting, unhappiness, worries, low self-esteem, unmotivated, uncommitted, superiority complex, greed, defensive, confusion in sex and love.
Astrological Signs: Leo, Sagittarius and Virgo.
Flowers: Honeysuckle, Sweet Pea and Daisies.
Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras: Henna, Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang.
Gemstones and Crystals for Healing: Yellow Sapphire, Yellow Citrine, Topaz, Coral, Apatite, Calcite, Kunzite.
ANAHATA CHAKRA (Heart Centre)
Qualities of Anahata Chakra
Anatomy: Anahata chakra the "Heart" chakra is located in the region of the heart centre where the lungs and the heart operate. It is associated with the "Air" element and oversees the functions of the heart, lungs, respiratory system, circulatory system, thymus gland, upper back, arms and hands.
Location: Anahata chakra or the heart chakra is located at the heart centre.
Function: Associated with feelings of love and happiness the function of this chakra is to open the heart and experience pure universal love, to be non-judgemental and detached and yet remain ever loving.
Soul Desire: To experience unity, devotion and reverence for life.
Relationship: Connection to the higher spiritual power, our own heart and the hearts of others, being aware of the pulse that unites us with everything in the universe.
Physical Dysfunction: Allergies, anxiety disorders, asthma, breast problems, breathing difficulties and disorders, chest pain, chronic pain, problems with arms and/or hands, heart problems, lung disorders, upper back problems.
Emotional Dysfunction: Abuse, emotionally upset, fainting, fear of the unknown, feelings of being alone, feeling unloved, feeling no joy in life, disrespectful, lack of understanding, lack of warmth, moodiness, never satisfied, feeling sad, feeling ashamed, smoking, unforgiving, problems in love and generally with relationships.
Astrological Signs: Leo, Libra.
Flowers: Jasmine, Roses (all colours), Hibiscus.
Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras: Rose, Sandalwood, Honeysuckle, Pine.
Gemstones and Crystals for Healing: Emerald, Green Calcite, Rose Quartz, Azurite, Jade, Watermelon Tourmaline.
VISHUDDHI CHAKRA (Throat Centre)
Qualities of Vishuddhi Chakra
Anatomy: Vishuddhi chakra the "Throat" chakra is located at the throat centre and relates to the element "Ether", On the physical level this chakra is associated with the ears, nose, throat, neck, tongue and the teeth.
Location: Vishuddhi chakra or the throat chakra is located in the region of the throat at the base of the neck or at level of the throat pit.
Function: To remain fearless, express the truth, communication and creativity.
Soul Desire: To perceive and understand the truth of our reality.
Relationship: To vibrate in harmony with all that exists within the universe.
Physical Dysfunction: Arthritis, communication problems, ear problems, deafness. hearing problems, neck problems, mouth, gums, teeth, tongue throat, thyroid gland, shoulder problems.
Emotional Dysfunction: Controlling oneself and others, feeling closed in, holding back in life, mental tension, lack of discipline, lack of spiritual purpose, lack of personal truth, loss of memory, low self-worth, motion and nervous system disorders, nervousness, overly passive, too much pride, speech difficulties.
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Taurus and Aquarius.
Flowers: Rose, Primrose, Violets, Alyssum.
Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras: Patchouli, White Musk, Eucalyptus.
Gemstones and Crystals for Healing: Sapphire, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Sodality.
AJNA CHAKRA (Eyebrow Centre)
Colour: Indigo or Purple
Meaning: To Command
Qualities of Ajna Chakra
Anatomy: Beyond these elements is the spiritual eye known as Ajna Chakra the “Third Eye” chakra and is located at a point between the eyebrows, this chakra is related to the subtle element of the “Mind”. On a physical level it is associated with the pineal gland, the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine systems.
Location: Ajna chakra or “third eye chakra” is located between the eyebrows at the centre of the head.
Function: To move from the dualistic mind to the intuitive neutral mind. On the psychic level Ajna chakra relates to communication and creativity.
Soul Desire: To bring about mental focus and one pointed mind resulting in peace and clarity of mind.
Relationship: In developing both inner and cosmic knowledge.
Physical Dysfunction: Problems with ageing, brain tumours, chronic fatigue syndrome, coma, ear infections, epilepsy, headaches, insanity, insomnia, pituitary gland malfunction.
Emotional Dysfunction: Depression, disorganized, lack of incentive and ambition, lack of knowledge, loss of spiritual connection, manipulative tendencies, mental illness, non-assertiveness, poor memory.
Astrological Signs: Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces.
Flowers: Lily, Iris, Magnolia.
Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras: Motia, Violet, Jasmine.
Gemstones and Crystals for Healing: Amethyst, Blue and White Flourite, Lapis Lazuli.
SAHASRARA CHAKRA (Crown Centre)
Colour: Violet, White or Silver
Meaning: One Thousand Petals
Qualities of Sahasrara Chakra
Anatomy: There is no element associated with Sahasrara Chakra the “Crown” chakra. This chakra is associated with the pituitary gland and the cerebral cortex.
Location: The Sahasrara chakra or the crown chakra is located at the crown of the head. This spot is known as the fontanella in new born babies (the soft spot at the top of the head).
Function: To tune into and surrender to Divine consciousness.
Soul Desire: To connect with and utilize infinite energies, to know the unknown, to experience the transcendental meaning to life.
Primal Feeling: Oneness, bliss.
Physical Dysfunction: Accident prone, brain difficulties, brain cancer, concentration problems, chronic disease, low energy, Parkinson's disease, endocrine system disorders.
Emotional Dysfunction: Manic depression, fear of death, feeling lost, feeling spaced out, frustration, ignorance, insanity, lack of enthusiasm, loss of bliss and joy in life, loss of happiness, seeking approval and acceptance, unable to make decisions, uninspired.
Astrological Signs: Pisces and Capricorn.
Flowers: Sunflower, Lotus.
Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras: Lotus.
Gemstones and Crystals for Healing: White Tourmaline, White Jade, Snowy Quartz, Rock Crystal, Diamond
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