Let's talk a little bit about your chakras. In the coming weeks, I'll go into detail about each of the seven major chakras but first here's a little general information.
The word chakra refers to an energy center identified in ancient Buddhist and Hindu societies. References to the chakras are found in the Upanishads but it is believed that the knowledge of them predates the written word. The word chakra originates from a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disc. They are usually visualized as vortices of energy and each corresponds to a specific organ of the body and function. They are more subtle than the physical body and serve to connect it to the astral or energy body.
Although the number of chakras in the body may vary from text to text, the general consensus appears to be that there are 21 minor and 7 major chakras. All texts that I have found pretty much agree on the location of the 7 major chakras and to which organs they relate as well as their corresponding colors functions. These chakras are located in a line from the sit bones to the top of the head along the spine.
When all chakras are functioning properly, energy is able to flow freely throughout the body. Healthy energy flow follows the chakras along the Kundalini pathway up and down the spine. It rises snakelike from the first or root chakra through each chakra to the crown chakra. However, when a chakra becomes sluggish or blocked, a person will most likely feel tired, irritated, anxious or even become ill. Chakras are affected by emotional stress, thought patterns and our reactions to events in our lives. It becomes necessary to cleanse or clear our chakras when we feel that one or more of them may be blocked. Clearing chakra blockages allows feelings that have been 'hidden' in them to be released, bringing relief to the mind and body.
Any number of techniques may be used to clear the chakras. Some techniques include sound, crystals or stones, Reiki and other energy modalities, shamanic journeying, and meditation. At times, essential oils may also be used. In yoga, many of the asanas, poses, and mudras, hand positions, are designed to help keep the energy flowing through the chakras.
I approached this project with very much a beginner's mind as I had very little experience with the subject until recently. My research included quite a number of websites and books which are referenced at the end of my ebook, Chakras 101, A Manual for Energetic Alignment, which is available for free download for a limited time. However, when it came down to assimilating a lot of conflicting information, I relied on my intuition and messages received through meditation. All of the meditations included in this text are the product of sitting down and asking for the best meditation for each chakra. If the meditation I have cited doesn't work for you, by all means, use a different one. I highly recommend sitting down and asking for your own mantra. These are the ones I feel led to share with you.
I was a little bit surprised at some of the information I found. I had no idea that foods, planets and astrological signs were in any way related to specific chakras. In the coming weeks, I'll further explore much of this information.
Some of the basic information about the foods makes a certain amount of sense to me. Heavy proteins and root vegetables for the root chakra make sense and lighter fair for the higher chakras does as well. Many of the foods seem to be assigned because they are the colors associated with the chakra.
The sounds and musical notes match the vibration of each chakra. These are well documented and the information on these go back as far as the chakras from what I can tell. The same is true for the location of each chakra and the body parts and senses to which they are associated.
The scents associated with each chakra seemed to make the same kind of sense as the foods so I have not gone into great detail about any of them.
Download my free ebook for a quick look at the chakras. I've done a lot of research and my references are listed in the book. As I said at the beginning, there is a lot of conflicting information out there and you will have to decide for yourself what rings true for you.