The Chakras ....
Everything that is alive pulsates with energy. We, like all things in the universe, possess an energy body. This energy body is called an aura. The aura surrounds the physical body. It is made up of seven different layers, seven different subtle energy bodies. Each layer is associated with a particular chakra. A chakra (Sanskrit word for wheel) is a vital energy centre. The chakras are like swirling miniature suns or vortices of energy.
We all have seven major chakras, which are located from the base of the spine up to the top of the head, in the subtle body. Each chakra is connected with organs / organ systems and specific physical, emotional and spiritual functions. Different colours, sounds, planets, crystals etc. are associated with each chakra.
The chakras act as openings for energy to flow in and out of the aura as well as into and out of the physical body. They are often symbolised by a lotus flower and like a flower they can open and close. The chakras absorb universal life energy, (ki, chi, prana), break it up into components and send it along energy lines called nadis (similar to meridians) to the different parts of our physical body. The Chakras and nadis also distribute energy into our different subtle bodies.
The first, second and third chakra, so-called lower chakras, deal with the physical body, the fifth sixth and seventh, the upper chakras, deal with the spiritual aspect of us. The fourth chakra acts as a bridge between the physical and spiritual. It also helps to translate the information in between these aspects of our being to enable communication and integration.
Every bone, liquid, cell, organ and gland in the body has a different vibration, frequency and wavelength. Vibrating at its own normal frequency, each part works perfectly. If a person becomes unwell the vibration of a particular body part drops or increases creating an imbalance. Also when energy is held back from its natural flow, for example when we suppress a feeling or if we hold our self back, it will have an effect on our subtle and physical body. If this happens over a longer period of time the body can create a protective layer (tense muscles, like an armour). This change can influence vibrational frequency, energy exchange and distribution.
When the delicate balance within the body changes, everything becomes affected including the emotional and mental energies. All energetic changes are reflected in the energy of the chakras and the aura. Each chakra also has its own energy vibration. If the vibratory frequency of a chakra is blocked, or the chakra is rotating in the wrong direction, the balance in the whole chakra system is disturbed. These changes will have an influence on the subtle and physical body.
Energy has to be constantly flowing through our system in order for us to remain in optimum health. Changes or blockages in energy flow can eventually contribute to ill health and prevent us from living a happy and fulfilled life.
Your aura and chakras naturally regulate themselves most of the time. However, during times when you are exhausted, stressed or ill, they can be positively influenced and balanced, which can result in increased vitality, health, well-being and happiness.
The chakras work in conjunction with each other. They cannot function in isolation. Together they form a complete and holistic system.
There are many different interpretations of the colours and functions of the chakras. The best approach is: always listen to your own body and intuition. If you want to work on a chakra you are maybe attracted to a certain colour, crystal, music. Work with your own inner knowledge and experience. Never let yourself be constrained by books or rules. The chakras, the subtle and physical body are an energy system and as such are constantly changing. At different times you may need different things to stimulate, cleanse, balance and calm .
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