|The word Chakra is Sanskrit, and signifies a wheel, the chakra system is a series of wheel-like vortices which exist in the etheric or subtle body. This invisible part of the physical body is of great importance to us, for it is the vehicle through which flow the streams of vital energy which keep the body alive and without it as a bridge to convey undulations of thought and feeling from the astral to the visible. The chakras or awareness-centres are points of connection at which energy flows from the subtle body to the physical body. When quite undeveloped they appear as small circles about two inches in diameter, glowing dully; but when awakened they are seen as blazing miniature suns much increased in size. All chakras correspond to certain physical organs, t hey absorb, digest, and distribute prana to the different parts of the body, They control, energize, and are responsible for the proper functioning of the whole physical body and its different parts and organs; for example the endocrine glands are controlled and energized by some of the major chakras. The endocrine glands can be stimulated or inhibited by controlling or manipulating the corresponding chakras. Many ailments can be caused by blockages of the chakras. Some chakras are sites of the psychic faculties. Activation of certain chakras may result in the development of certain psychic faculties. For example, if you activate the hand chakras which are located at the center of the palms you develop the ability to feel subtle energies and the ability to feel outer energies, health, aura and chakras states, etc.|
|Muladara Chakra: is located at the base of the spine or the coccyx area. The basic chakra controls, energizes and strengthens the whole physical body. It controls and energizes the muscular and skeletal systems, the spine, the production and the quality of the blood produced, the adrenal glands, the tissues of the body and of the internal organs. It also affects and energizes the sexual organs. The base chakra can affect body heat. Muladara Chakra is like the root of a tree. If the root is weak, the tree is weak. If the root chakra is weak, the body is also weak.|
|Svadishtana Chakra: is situated between the pubic bone and the left hip, it controls and energizes the sexual organs and the bladder.|
|Manipura Chakra : This chakra serves as a pump in the spine and is responsible for the upward flow of subtle energies coming from the root chakra. It controls and energizes the kidneys and adrenal glands. It also controls blood pressure. This chakra is called by some the solar plexus, it glows the same color of our Sun and is also a generator of vital energy; taking the raw energy coming from the root chakra, the prana in the air mixes this energy and distributes it to the entire system, energizing all vital organs.|
|Manas Chakra: The control of the senses depends on this chakra. Surya Chakra compliments the Manas Chakra; these two little chakras act together and are located between the umbilicus and the heart. We know very little about these chakras but according to certain scriptures they each have 6 small petals or spokes, each petal is dedicated to a sensation: hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell. The last spoke it said to be reserved for dreams and hallucinations or better stated, representation of dreams reach these chakras.
According to the Indian systems: Manas translates to lower forehead center (In Sanskrit means, “literature, mind, the coordinating organ of intelligence, thought, understanding, perception, and will”).
In Vedic times Manas meant the individual spirit and the basis of speech = “Mind Chakra.” The six petals or spokes, which although normally white assume the colors of the senses when they operate; for example: When I was a child I was horribly afraid of any sort of explosive sounds, fire works, car exhaust pipe explosions, etc, every year on new years eve my mother would take us to see the fire works near the water, even though the colors where beautiful, each explosion gave me a sense of horrible panic and I could fell the explosions in my stomach.
Spleen Chakra: is located on the left part of the abdomen in the middle part of the left bottom rib. Its point of entrance can be felt as champagne bubbles at the bottom of the left wing. It is the major entry point of “prana” or what CW Leadbeater called, “vitality globule,” taken directly from the air that surround us; therefore, it plays a vital part in man’s/woman’s general well being. This Chakra energizes all 108 Chakras, covering the entire subtle body by distributing filtered transformed prana to it.
|Anahata Chakra: or Heart Chakra is located in the middle of the chest about where the rib cage comes together. Anahata is associated with the ability to make decisions outside of the realm of karma. In Manipura and below, man/women is bound by the laws of karma and the fate he/she has in store for him/her. In Anahata one is making decisions, ‘following your heart’, based upon one’s higher self and not from the unfulfilled emotions and desires of lower nature. Anahata has the ability to manifest whatever you wish to happen in your world. It is also associated with love and compassion, charity to others, and forms of psychic healing. In the endocrine system, Anahata is associated with the thymus gland, located in the chest. This gland produces white blood cells that combat disease and bring equilibrium to the body.|
|Vishuddha Chakra: is situated in the neck region about the middle of the throat in the area of the Adams apple. Vishuddha is associated with the faculty of higher discrimination, between choosing what is right and wrong and it is associated with creativity and self-expression. It is known as the ‘poison and nectar centre’, speaking the truth is the nectar, that is why it is said that the truth will set you free, speaking with lies is your poison. This chakra is closely related to the Lalata Chakra, the secret of immortality is said to reside there. When Vishuddha is open, negative experiences are transformed into wisdom and learning.
Lalata Chakra: is situated in the root of your pallet in front of the Ovula. The Ovula hangs in the back of your oral cavity. Ancient text and master’s affirm that by rolling up your tong and pointing the tip of it to Lalata (In Meditation), Psychic powers are developed but there is a pure and easier way to awake your psychic powers which I will explain in later pages. This small chakra is related to the Spleen Chakra, the Heart Chakra, the Throat Chakra and the forehead chakra. Lalata convey feelings and emotions and expresses them through Vishuddha. When the Spleen Chakra becomes active, the Lalata Chakra can directly intake the prana or globule of vitality due to its proximity to the nasal cavities.
|Ajna Chakra: also call the third eye (eye of psychic vision) it is situated between the eyebrows. The word Ajna means command, it is at this chakra or to be more precise right below this chakra that Ida and Pingala nadis meet with the central channel Sushuma, from here they raise as one. The Ajna Chakra is associated with the Pineal gland. Master Swami Sivananda (My Guru’s Guru) assured that, “he who concentrates at this centre destroys all the Karmas of the past lives.” He said, “The benefits that are derived by meditation on this Chakra cannot be described in words,the practitioner becomes a liberated man while living. He acquires all the 8 major and 32 minor Siddhis (Spiritual powers).” It is my opinion according to personal experience that this is the chakra to meditate on if you are striving for enlightenment and self realization; Ajna when well nourish awakes your inner vision and discernment, which I will explain to you in a later chapter of this book.|
|Sahasrara or Crown Chakra : is located at the crown of the head and about 8 inches above the head is the epicenter of this chakra, When Kundalini is united with the cosmic energy at the Sahasrara Chakra, the Yogi enjoys the Supreme Bliss and he/she attains the Superconsciousness state and the Highest Knowledge. He/she becomes a full-blown being.
Emotions also affect our chakras, in consequence our physical health is affected because of emotions, lets’ look in to it:
There are emotions and states of mind that affect the chakras in a negative way if they’re not processed adequately, for example: Fear will affect Muladara the root chakra; Guilt will affect Svadhishtana the second chakra; Shame will affect Manipura the third chakra; Sorrow will affect Anahata the fourth chakra; Lies will affect Vishuda the fifth chakra; Illusion/Maya will affect Ajna the sixth chakra; Attachment will affect Sahasrara the crown chakra.
Fear is a primal emotion that can be labeled in a thousand different ways, some have fear of water for example, some fear of the dark, some fear of being alone, fear of being punished, fear of loosing, fear of confrontation, fear of the unknown, and I can go on and on until I reach a thousand labels, but something remains the same, “Fear” and out of fear a thousand other emotion are born…. read more
Guilt is primarily an emotion experienced by people who believe they have done something wrong, mainly because right or wrong it is a matter of perception, this perception most of the time has been manipulated by society, it depends where you live, with whom you live and which rules and regulations you follow. read more
Shame: to avoid shame is very simple, if you have done no wrong there can not be shame, so DON’T do wrong. But here lets stop for a minute, what is wrong? What can cause shame? read more
Sorrow: nobody wants to feel sorrow but sometimes sorrow can be quite a purifying emotion if processed adequately. Sorrow can be associated with sadness, suffering and even sometimes regret, but sorrow it is from the heart not from the mind not from the body. read more
Lies: Haveyou ever heard the expression: “The truth will set you free” well it is true, but first let look at what a lie is: A lie is an untruthful statement made to someone else with the intention to deceive. read more
Illusion, also called Maya: According to Hinduism; Under Maya’s influence, the Atman, (the soul) mistakenly identifies with the body. He/she accepts such thoughts as “I am white and I am a man/woman,” or “This is my house, my country, and my religion.” Thus the illusioned soul identifies with the temporary body and everything connected to it, such as race, gender, family, nation, bank balance, and sectarian religion. read more
Attachment is to cling to the impermanent, I am not too worried about explaining this to you because if you open up and transcend the limitations of an unenlightened perception you will have no attachments, you will become one with God, at that point you will simple be (Welcome home).