The concept of humans having 7 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.
The seven chakras are located from your perineum to the crown of your head. Each one is associated with glands, organs, and systems of your body and energetically influence them. Each one corresponds to a particular color and sound frequency.
Two of these circular vortexes, or wheels of energy, are located in your head. Th others are located along your spinal column. They open to the front and back of the body where they take in energy, or prana, before circulating it throughout the body.
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.
As chakra energy flows up and down the central channel, they affect each other for better or worse.
Balanced, properly functioning chakras process adequate amounts of energy without interference. This helps them, and you, stay healthy and balanced.
When one or more of them become overenergized or impeded, related body systems may be adversely affected, Eventually, you may experience mental or physical symptoms such as anxiety or an imbalance in a related organ.
Fortunately, the ancients understood the relationship of the 7 chakras with specific body systems and mental issues and passed them down to us. We can draw on their wisdom to aid our well-being.
A variety of specific techniques such as grounding, energy healing techniques, and/or meditations can help rebalance affected chakras and promote healing.
When the 7 centers are in balance and functioning optimally again, 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.
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 feeling unsafe, abandonment issues, hoarding, and money stress. Physical symptoms include 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 sexual, reproductive and lower back problems. as well as fear and difficulty expressing desires and emotions.
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 chronic fatique, diabetes, hypoglycemia, digestive troubles, liver disorders and trouble with fat metabolism. On the mental level, there may be victim mentality, egotism, pride, shame, and neurosis. This is the center 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.
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.
To feel the energy of the 7 chakra centers, move your hands slowly down the front of the body with awareness. If the heart center is fully open you will notice that the energy feels stronger, or more powerful, than at the other centers.
Malfunctions in this chakra manifest as heart disease, high blood pressure, upper back pain, stiffness in the arms and shoulders, and all lung diseases. The person may suffer from feelings of abandonment, betrayal, jealousy, loneliness, and smothering love.
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 sleep disorders, thyroid or hearing problems, stiff neck, ear, neck or shoulder pain, sore throats and colds. People with an imbalanced throat chakra may have difficulty expressing themselves, have control issues, or have addictions.
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".
A sense of inadequacy, headaches, vision problems, delusions, and nightmares are associated with imbalances of 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.
In addition to the 7 chakras 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 in your palms and fingers open to allow energy to flow through you. This channeled energy helps restore balance to your entire energy field including the 7 chakra energy centers.
7 Chakra page updated 02/2022