What Are The 7 Chakras? | Sanskrit Word For Each Chakra | How Each Charka Effects The Body
“Blessed are those that know the path out of their carnal flesh, for they shall attain intuition.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
From the Sanskrit word Cakra meaning ‘wheel or circle’, and the Indo-European base meaning ‘turn’, there are 7 Chakras in the body that have their own symbol and colour which are attributed to particular parts of the body.
Thanks to Albert Einstein, we understand that E = mc 2 which means that everything in life emits a vibrational frequency and that all things are simply energy in different vibrational forms which of course, includes every cell in our body. As a result, we can now look on previously dismissed, ancient spiritual beliefs and practices that have been around for centuries, to uncover the body’s true power and begin healing.
The more I read about the 7 chakras, what each chakra represents and how they affect the body, the more I see the connection to the medical research I have been studying, in particular, the importance of understanding our Three Brains and the vital part the chakras play in our overall health.
The Root Chakra or in Sanskrit, Muladhara, is found at the base of the spine and represents our foundation and connection with mother earth. It is also known to be the place that harbours our survival issues such as food, money and financial stability. The Root Chakra is represented by the colour Red; and according to Hindu Tantrism, it is in the shape of a lotus flower with a large circle separating the petals.
Naively, I assumed that Tantra was solely related to the Kama Sutra and strange sex positions and it is not. Tantra is Love, Life, Body Power and Sex, therefore, the word Tantra pertains to everything we embody.
The Sacral Chakra or in Sanskrit, Svadhishthana, is located two inches from the navel in the lower abdomen and is relative to our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. The colour orange is symbolic of this chakra and is the second primary chakra according to Hindu Tantrism.
The Sacral Chakra pertains to our desires, creativity, feelings, intimacy, procreation, sensuality, confidence and sociability. It is believed that this Chakra effects women’s bodily manifestations in the Ovaries, Womb, and both male and female Kidneys, Urinary Tract, Skin, Spleen, Gallbladder and Aura.
Physically, it can cause impotence, frigidity, ovary & uterine problems, eating disorders, drug addiction, depression, alcoholism, allergies and asthma if not healed.
The Solar Plexus, in Sanskrit, Maṇipūra, is the third primary chakra and is located above the navel and is associated with the colour yellow.
The Solar Plexus is believed to be associated with the digestive system and our metabolism, which represents fire and transformation. Having a weak fire can cause toxicity to our emotions, thoughts and our digestive track.
This chakra is also related to our willpower, energy, dynamism and achievements, as well as our sense of sight and action. It is directly related to the pancreas and our outer adrenal glands which are incredibly important as they create the hormones that digest our food and of course, how we convert that food into energy. The Solar Plexus is believed to hold the power to both save and destroy our world and therefore we must work to keep this in balance.
Our Heart Chakra, or in Sanskrit, Anhata, is the fourth primary chakra in Hindu Yogic, Shakkta, and Buddhist Tantric traditions and is located in the centre of the chest, in line with our hearts. This chakra is associated with the colour green and there is some incredible artwork out there that you must find the time to check out.
It is associated with our lungs, circulatory system and of course, the heart. Other key elements related to the Heart Chakra is the Thymus gland which is responsible for our hormone production and the regulation of our immune system.
Our Heart Chakra holds our capacity to love, feel a deeper connection to both our human experience and our spiritual guidance. It allows us to free ourselves from the confinement of ego and experience unconditional love with not only ourselves but with others. This allows us to appreciate the beauty of everything and create meaningful relationships.
This is about learning to give as well as to receive love and allows us to be more open in our relationships. It enables us to lead with compassion and accept who we are and others in this life.
Our Throat Chakra, or in Sanskrit, Vishuddha, is the fifth primary chakra in the Hindu tradition of Tantra. It is represented by the colour blue and located in the neck and shoulders region of the body.
This chakra is associated with our Thyroid, neck, shoulders, the tongue, our jaw, our pharynx and our palate. How we express ourselves, in particular, our truth, how we communicate both verbally and non-verbally and our connection with our spiritual abilities, as well as turning our dreams and ideas into reality, is associated with the Throat Chakra. Strangely, whilst going through EDMR therapy to help with my Anxiety, whenever I spoke about particular experiences or memories, my throat would feel extremely tight, as if I was choking on my own emotion, or that the emotion of those events where trapped in my throat but I digress.
This chakra is also believed to be how we connect to spirit due to its location on the body and opening this chakra or healing, this chakra can help us align our visions, dreams and what we imagine, with our reality and maintain the flow of energy, especially through the path to our Heart Chakra.
Third Eye Chakra
Our Third Eye Chakra, or in Sanskrit, Ajna, is the gateway to higher consciousness and allows us to observe and communicate with our soul purpose and is the sixth primary chakra in the body. The Anja is represented by the colour purple and is associated with our pineal gland which is located just above the nap of the neck, in the brain.
Our vision, intuition, our perception of energy, connection to wisdom, motivation and creativity, as well as our psychic abilities such as clairvoyance and clairaudience is related to our Third Eye Chakra.
It connects us to a different perspective and ways of viewing our current circumstances through images rather than words and for those that are experiencing an imbalance in this area, often feel stuck in life, aren’t able to create a vision for their lives; they reject spirituality or their own power, have a lack of clarity on situations and are unable to see the bigger picture.
Last but not least, our Crown Chakra, or in Sanskrit, Sahasrara, is located at the top of your head and is represented by both the colour white and purple. In guided meditations, it is often described as having an auric colour of gold, white or a clear bright light. This is the seventh chakra and has a strong connection to our Root Chakra as they are the start and finish to our route and flow of energy.
Our Crown Chakra is related to our consciousness, our awareness that there is a higher consciousness and or creator, it furthers our understanding that we are limitless and that our souls are formless; we can communicate with the higher state of consciousness or God, and allows us to be present in the moment as time is man-made.
This connection allows us to access universal clarity and great wisdom, however with an imbalance, can create a disconnection with source/God, we are therefore forced to live within the compounds of our own mind and we can form obsessive attachments and have closed-mindedness as a result.
I have much to learn about Chakras, nevertheless, through personal study, I am discovering how myth as some may describe it, is actually correlating with medical and scientific research much more than I originally thought, and as a result, I have been trying to explore the relationship between religion, myth, medical and science which I have found to be extremely fascinating.
Have you tried any meditation, or guided meditation in order to heal, open you Charkas? Let me know your experiences and any information you think I would find useful.
Sending you all love and light.