The chakras are energy centers located on your spinal column. These circular vortexes, or wheels of energy, open to the front and back of the body where they take in energy, or prana, before circulating it throughout the body. Each of the 7 chakra are connected to certain organs and and glands in the torso or in the head.
The concept of chakras as energy centers originated in ancient India. Sacred Hindu texts speak of them as seven psycho-spiritual vortices that are both physical entities and subtle energies. Buddhist texts mention five wheels.
When the chakras process adequate amounts of energy without interference, they help keep you healthy. When one or more of them become impeded, related body systems may be adversely affected and you may experience symptoms such as anxiety or a weakness in a related organ. Since chakra energy flows up and down the channel, each one can have a positive or negative effect on the others.
The seven chakras are located from your perineum to the crown of your head. Each one is associated with organs and systems of your body and energetically influences them. Each one corresponds to a particular color and sound frequency.
The three lower centers on your body represent individuality and your physical or material existence. They keep you grounded. The fourth, or heart chakra, transitions you into higher levels and the realm of spirit. The fifth through seventh chakras increasingly focus on spiritual matters.
In addition to the 7 main chakra, there are many minor chakras on the body, including those at the joints, the palms of the hands, and soles of the feet.
The root chakra, called Muladhara, is the first of the seven chakras. It is located at the very base of the spine. It energizes the adrenal glands, the large intestine, the legs, feet and bones. The color red is associated with Muladhara. Its sound is "UH" and its musical note is "C".
Its functions include survival, connecting to our tribe, grounding, and vital physical energy. Imbalances are associated with constipation, hemorrhoids, obesity, sciatica, knee trouble, and anorexia nervosa.
The second chakra called Svadhisthana or the sacral/splenic center, is located an inch or so below the navel. It is associated with the sexual organs and glands, the kidneys, bladder, and circulatory system. It promotes healthy assimilation, emotions, sexuality and pleasure. It is associated with the color orange, the sound "OOO" and the note "D".
Imbalances manifest in related organs and glands as well as sexual and lower back problems.
Chakra three, known as the solar plexus or Manipura, is located above the navel near the eighth thoracic vertebra. It provides energy to the pancreas, adrenals, liver, stomach muscles and spleen. Its functions include willpower, personal power, growth, healing and taking in energy from outside ourselves. Manipura's color is yellow, the tone is "OH" and its musical note is "E".
Dysfunction manifests as diabetes, hypoglycemia, digestive troubles, liver disorders and trouble with fat metabolism. This is the area where people often feel anxiety or their "gut instincts" kicking in.
Chakra four transitions the 7 chakra system from the lower body to the upper centers. It is located at the first thoracic vertebra at the level of the heart.
Anahata, the heart chakra, nourishes the thymus, heart, lungs, arms and hands.
The heart center is associated with love of self and others, general nourishment, mental energy, consciousness and healing. It resonates with the tone, "AH" and the note, "F". Green is generally the color for this energy center, although sometimes it is pink.
Malfunctions manifest as heart disease, high blood pressure, and all lung diseases.
Energy healers often bring energy into the heart center before sending it through the hands. The electromagnetic energy at the heart is many times stronger than anywhere else in the body, including the brain.
If you would like to feel the energy of the 7 chakra centers, move your hands slowly down the front of the body with awareness. You will notice that the energy feels much stronger at the heart center.
The fifth chakra, called the throat chakra or Visuddha resides in the throat area at the third cervical vertebra. The thyroid and parathyroid glands, the neck shoulders, arms, hands and hearing are affected by this chakra. It represents our creative expressive energy, communication skills or "speaking our truth".
Visuddha is associated with sky blue, the note "G" and the tone "EYE" (like my).
Malfunctions manifest as thyroid or hearing problems, stiff neck, sore throats and colds.
People who are stronger at the lower three chakra communicate separateness or individuality and have limited understanding of others. They are more likely to label people as 'good or bad' and their communication reflects 'black and white' thinking.
With a well-developed fourth and fifth chakra you can communicate compassion, love and spiritual insights. Your understanding is more 'universal'.
Chakra Six is the brow chakra or Ajna. It is sometimes called the third eye or psychic center. It is located between the eyes, just above the eyebrows. Ajna is associated with the pituitary gland and the eyes, seeing and intuition.
Its color is midnight blue or indigo. The vowel tone for Ajna is "AYE" (like may) and its note is "A".
Headaches, vision problems and nightmares are associated with the brow chakra.
Visualizations for improving intuition and psychic powers often include images of opening the third eye. Gently pulling up the skin between the brows adds to the imagery. Likewise, if information is coming in that you'd rather not see, you can gently simulate closing the eye.
Chakra Seven, the crown chakra, Sahasrara the "lotus of a thousand petals" is found at the very top of the head where a baby's soft spot would be. Some people believe this chakra energy center is actually a few inches above the head.
The crown chakra feeds energy to the pineal gland (as does sunlight), the cerebral cortex and the central nervous system. It nurtures our spiritual connection and helps us understand and integrate ideas and the three levels of mind.
Sahasrara's musical note is "B". The color is violet and the vowel sound is "EEE".
Difficulties with learning, depression and feeling alienated from others are related to malfunctions of Sahasrara.
Understanding the 7 chakra energy centers and their function provides you insight into the workings of the energy system and helps you promote healing in yourself and others.
When the 7 chakra energy centers function optimally, the roots of old patterns and wounds can be released along with the blockages. You can enjoy better states of physical and mental well-being when your evolution as a spiritual beings is unblocked. To facilitate that flow, meditations for clearing and balancing the 7 chakra and other energy healing support can help.
In addition to the energy centers going up the spine, there are one or two additional vortices above the head that relate to the higher self and universal or divine energy.
Another is believed to be about mid-thigh between the legs which connects us to earth energy. Yet another may be between the heart and the throat.
Many small chakras exist throughout the body. They are located in the palms of your hands, the back of your knees, and the soles of your feet. Tinier ones are located on the tips of your fingers and toes.
As you walk barefoot on the earth, your feet pull up energy as nature intended.
When you use your hands for healing, vortices open to allow energy to be sent through the palms of your hands and your fingers. This channeled energy helps restore balance to your entire energy field including the seven chakra energy centers.
7 Chakra page updated 12/2020