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Chakra: What is a Chakra ?

What is  a chakra the Sanskrit word for wheel represents a focus or concentration of energy in the body there are seven different chakras corresponding with seven locations in on and around the body each of these chakra centers governs a unique emotional and spiritual state the chakra system was first introduced in the eighth century as a way to understand the subtle body or energy body as separate from a physical practice or system understanding that an energy center imbalance is a connection of mind body and spirit is at the forefront of many healing and faith traditions while sources vary about the number of chakras there are seven main chakras that many traditions recognize creating balance between mind body and spirit isn’t always easy it takes conscious effort focus and practice a chakra is like a whirling vortex like powerhouse of energy within our bodies you have seven of these major energy centers and many more minor ones you can think of chakras as invisible rechargeable batteries they are charged and recharged through contact with a stream of cosmic energy and the atmosphere in much the same way that your home is connected to a central power source within a city the only difference is that this cosmic energy source is free imagine this a vertical power current rather like a fluorescent tube that runs up and down the spine from the top of the head to the base of the spine think of this as your main source of energy the seven major chakras are in the center of the body and are aligned with this vertical power line chakras connect your spiritual bodies to your physical one they regulate the flow of energy throughout the electrical network meridians that runs through the physical body the body’s electrical system resembles the wiring in a house it allows electrical current to be sent to every part and is ready for use when needed sometimes chakras become blocked because of stress emotional or physical problems if the body’s energy system cannot flow freely it is likely that problems will occur the consequence of irregular energy flow may result in physical illness and discomfort or a sense of being mentally and emotionally out of balance here is a brief description of the metaphysical properties of each chakra the first chakra better known as the root chakra is represented by the color red and it is located at the perineum base of your spine it is the chakra closest to the earth its function is concerned with earthly grounding and physical survival this chakra is associated with your legs feet bones large intestine and adrenal glands it controls your fight-or-flight response blockage may manifest as paranoia fear procrastination and defensiveness chakra to the sacral or navel chakra it’s color is orange and it is located between the base of your spine and your navel it is associated with your lower abdomen kidneys bladder circulatory system and your reproductive organs and glands it is concerned with emotion this chakra represents desire pleasure sexuality procreation and creativity blockage may manifests as emotional problems compulsive or obsessive behavior and sexual guilt chakra 3 the solar plexus it’s color is yellow and is located a few inches above the navel in the solar plexus area this chakra is concerned with your digestive system muscles pancreas and adrenals it is the seat of your emotional life feelings of personal power laughter joy and anger are associated with this Center your sensitivity ambition and ability to achieve are stored here blockage may manifest as anger frustration lack of direction or a sense of victimization chakra for the heart its color is green and it is located within your heart it is the center of love compassion harmony and peace the Asian say that this is the house of the soul this chakra is associate with your lungs heart arms hands and thymus gland we fall in love through our heart chakra then that feeling of unconditional love moves to the emotional center commonly known as the solar plexus after that it moves into the sexual center or base chakra where strong feelings of attraction can be released when these energies move into the base chakra we may have the desire to marry and settle down blockage can show itself as immune system lung and heart problems or manifest as in humanity lack of compassion or unprincipled behavior chakra 5 the throat its color is blue or turquoise and is located within the throat it is the chakra of communication creativity self-expression and judgment it is associated with your neck shoulders arms hands thyroid and parathyroid glands it is concerned with the senses of inner and outer hearing the synthesizing of ideas healing transformation and purification blockage can show up as creative blocks dishonesty or general problems in communicating one’s needs to others chakra 6 the third eye or brow chakra its color is indigo a combination of red and it is located at the center of your forehead at eye level or slightly above this chakra is used to question the spiritual nature of our life it is the chakra of question perception and knowing it is concerned with inner vision intuition and wisdom your dreams for this life and recollections of other lifetimes are held in this chakra blockage may manifest as problems like lack of foresight mental rigidity selective memory and depression chakra 7 the crown it’s color is violet and is located at the top of your head it is associate with the cerebral cortex central nervous system and the pituitary gland it is concerned with information understanding acceptance in bliss it is said to be your own place of connection to God the chakra of divine purpose and personal destiny blockage camana pestis psychological problems most of the truckers extend forward and backward as a spinning cone-shaped vortex of energy the root chakra extends downward connecting us to the earth while grounding us the crown chakra extends upward to our higher self and the spiritual planes connecting us to the divine these energy extensions are how we exchange with others in our environment and also help make up our own auric field at times our energy or that of others can be more expanded or more contracted depending on how open we are you you