Chakra Part 1
"Chakra" - everyone has heard the word before. There are t-shirts with chakra symbols and even mugs and yoga mats that depict the chakras (also called chakras). Maybe you even have a playlist with chakra meditations. But what exactly a chakra is, is not so easy to grasp. Therefore, in the following we will shed light on the chakras, their origin, their meaning, their function - and what they have to do with you.
Chakras make you beautiful. They make you strong and happy. It is so easy to perceive and activate these wonderful energy vortices in our aura. The effect is amazingly fast and beneficial. Only in the first moment it sounds abstract to deal with chakras. But once you start, the terms quickly fill with meaning. Cleansing and building up the chakras becomes a basic need like taking a daily shower or drinking water. Because light-flooded chakras provide mental and physical well-being.
What actually is a chakra? And what does "chakra" mean?
The term "chakra" comes from Sanskrit and literally means "wheel", "discus", "circle". Chakras are subtle energy vortices inside and outside the body, so they have no organic seat, just like the soul. In yoga, meditation, Reiki, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ayurveda, they have nevertheless had a firm place for thousands of years. The knowledge of the chakras has its origin - like all other basic energetic concepts - in the Vedic scriptures and the Upanishads, the philosophical writings of Hinduism. It has been preserved and passed on in various cultures in many different ways. It is said that the people of Tibet have the deepest knowledge about the chakras, but it is passed on only orally and in the original language. In Europe, the chakra knowledge passed down until then was lost with Christianization. Only in the past centuries Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the founder of antroposophy Rudolf Steiner revived the teaching. Chakra refers to the connection points between the body and the astral body (energy body, invisible shell) of the human being. Ancient Indian and Tibetan texts mention 72,000 to 350,000 such energy centers. Seven of the chakras are considered to be the main energy centers of the human being and are located along the spine or the vertical axis of the body. The connecting points are imagined to protrude several centimeters above the surface of the body in the shape of a funnel. Since chakras are not visible, their recognition and that of their importance has taken a while.
Main chakras and where they are located.
There are seven main chakras and a multitude of secondary chakras. The main chakras are located along the spine and radiate up and down or forward and backward. The minor chakras are found at various points on the body and in the aura, including the shoulders, hands, knees and feet. Other chakras operate above the head and below the feet in the outer layers of the aura. The first chakra, also called the root chakra, is located at the bottom of the pelvis and radiates downward. It represents the connection to the power of the earth. The seventh chakra, also called the crown chakra, is located on the top of the head and radiates upward. It indicates the connection to the divine energies. The five chakras in between are lined up along the spine, each about a hand span apart. They radiate forward and backward and are responsible for our relationships with other people and the environment. In the physical realm, the chakras can be associated with the glands, which in turn are responsible for hormone production and are superior to the organs. This also explains the intensive effect of chakra work on physical well-being. In the mental-spiritual sphere, the chakras have to do with sensitivities. They show up as blockages and fears when the chakras are polluted and disturbed. And they show up as talents and well-being when the chakras are clear and luminous.
Overview: What are the 7 major chakras?
Each of the seven major chakras vibrates in a primary color and is associated with specific organs and areas of the body. They also correspond to the seven major glands of the endocrine system (our hormonal system) and control specific aspects of human behavior and development. The lower chakras, whose energies vibrate more slowly, are associated with basic human needs and emotions. The finer energies of the upper chakras correspond to man's higher mental and spiritual abilities. These are the seven chakras, starting with the lowest:
1. Muladhara Chakra: The root chakra.
2. svadisthana chakra: the sacral chakra
3. manipura chakra: the navel chakra
4. anahata chakra: the heart chakra
5. vishuddha chakra: the throat or larynx chakra
6. ajna chakra: the forehead chakra ("third eye")
7. sahasrara chakra: the crown chakra
These chakras also have important function for the entire system and often take over essential tasks for the seven main energy centers. The hand chakras are shown in turquoise/green-blue and are closely connected to the heart, throat and forehead chakras. Their natural radiance can be used specifically by healers. A disturbance of the energy centers of the hands can lead to an imbalance in giving and receiving, in some cases even to fear of touch (in the figurative and literal sense). Activate and open them through creative and artistic activities. The foot chakras have a dark red color and are located mainly in the middle of the sole of the foot. They are closely connected with the root chakra and the earth. That is why they lead to the feeling of being anchored to the earth. Blockages of these chakras, as well as wearing shoes, can reduce or even eliminate this rootedness and connection to the earth. An opening and activation succeeds among other things by foot care, foot baths, foot reflex massages or barefoot walking.
The hand chakras
The hands play a big role in our interaction with other people. Through touch we can share in another's state of consciousness and give of our own. For example, we can calm others and heal their sorrows. Strongly developed people, can even alleviate and heal diseases by laying hands on them. The hand chakras have an essential meaning in healing. In energetic healing anyway, because a healer must be able to feel and direct energies with his hands. Very important in healing, however, is the involvement of the heart. Healers usually have a very developed heart chakra and can therefore accept their clients in their pain and in their problems. Thus, they work not only with the hands, but, since these are assigned to the heart chakra, even with this, whereby its strong-willed and receiving side, are in good harmony.
The Foot Chakras
The foot chakras, are closely related to the root chakra. The feet are our direct connection to the earth. Through the feet, we have a constant exchange of energy with the earth. The feet ensure a firm footing in life. They contain a reflection of all the chakras of the body. By means of the well-known foot reflexology massage, the individual chakras can be stimulated and thus diseases in the body regions connected with the chakra can be alleviated. According to the chakra theory, all main chakras are formed on the soles of the feet and can therefore be harmonized through the treatment of the feet. The root chakra corresponds to the lower part of the heel, the heart chakra to the middle of the sole of the foot below the ball of the foot, and the crown chakra to the upper part of the toes. Like the chakras of the hand, the foot chakras belong to the secondary chakras in chakra theory. We believe that both types of chakras are as important as the main chakras. The foot chakras are mainly related to the root chakra. When the energy in the foot chakras is stimulated and can flow freely, we are rooted to the original forces of the earth and have both feet firmly planted in life. A healthy root center is the basis for good health and the development of the other chakras. The foot chakras are described as dark red swirls of light in the center of the sole of the foot.
In the next part we will go into detail. What exactly are the seven chakras, what they look like and what they do. Until then have a good time,