Friday, 1 March 2013

  The Wisdom and the power of Chakra system.

The chakras are energy centers or vortex of energy in our body in which energy flows through. Chakra means Wheel in Sanskrit. There are 7 major and thousands of minor chakras that function in our body. As with all things in reality, they are linked to sound, light and color.
So what are they? And why they hold so much importance to our life with regards to every aspect?
Blocked energy in our 7 chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Every thought and experience you’ve ever had in your life gets filtered through these chakra databases. Each event is recorded in your cells, so when chakra energy is blocked or misdirected, emotional and physical illness can arise.

All life experiences have an affect on us. Some are positive and some negative. It is these negative experiences which can manifest themselves physically in the form of dis-ease. Eg: maybe for over the years we have been in a situation where we have felt unable to, for some reason or the other, to speak our mind or express our feelings or needs fully, now, this can manifest as a problem in the throat chakra because the throat chakra relates in the spiritual aspect to self expression. Therefore if our self expression has been blocked, the energy in this area will not be free flowing.

 The state of each chakra thus reflects the health of a particular area of the body. It also reflects your psychological, emotional and spiritual well being.
Each chakra has a related color , sound and symbol. Below is the position of each chakra with related color.

Root chakra- It represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

Location- Base of the spine in tailbone area.
Color- Red.
Sanskrit name- Muladhara.
Emotional Issues- Survival issues such as financial independence, money and food.Security issues. Right to stand up for yourself.
Related Organs- Kidney , bladder, vertebral column, Hips and legs are also related to this chakra.
Endocrine gland- Adrenal gland.
Associated problems- Constipation, Diarrhea, piles, Hypertension(high blood pressure), kidney stones and problems with hips and legs .

Why the color red? Red is the color of self awareness. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth. The color red provides energy from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects to our physical body. Everything that is connected needs the life vitality of red.

Sacral Chakra- Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
 Location- Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in. Color- Orange.
Sanskrit name- Svadhistana.
Emotional issues- Social and intimacy issues, sexual guilt, pleasure/pain, sense of abundance. Issues related to feelings.
Related organs- Ovaries, testes, bowels, uterus.
Endocrine gland- Ovaries and Testes.
Associated problems- Pre-menstrual syndrome, fibroids, ovarian cysts, irritable bowel syndrome, testicular diseases and prostrate diseases.

 Why color Orange? Orange is the color of success and of self respect. It is the best emotional stimulant. It connects us to our senses and helps to remove our inhibitions and make us independent and social.

Solar Plexus Chakra- Our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.
Location- upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Color- Yellow.
Sanskrit name- Manipura.
Emotional issues- Ability to have self control and humor. Self worth, self confidence and self esteem issues. Balance of intellect. Blockages cause anger and sense of victimization.
Related Organs- Liver, Spleen, stomach and small intestine.
Endocrine gland- Pancreas.
Associated problems- Diabetes, peptic ulcer,pancreatitis, gall stones.

Why color yellow? Yellow is the color that relates to self worth. This is the area of personality, the ego and the intellect. Gives us clarity of thought, increases awareness and stimulates interest and curiosity. Yellow energy is related to perceive and understand.

Heart Chakra- Our ability to love.
Location-  Center of chest just above the heart.
Sanskrit name- Anahata
Emotional issues- Love, joy, inner peace, compassion, and acceptance of oneself.
Related organs- Heart and breasts.
Endocrine gland- Thymus gland.
Associated problems- Heart problems, problems of immune system, allergies, cancer of breast etc.

Why color Green? Green chakra relates to love/self love - the ability to give and take unconditionally. When balanced we are able to give love and also to love and nurture ourselves.  Helps relax muscles, nerves, and thoughts. Cleanses and balances our energy, to give a feeling of renewal, peace and harmony. Green connects us to unconditional love and is used for balancing our whole being.

Throat Chakra- Our ability to communicate.
Location-  Throat.
Color- Blue.
Sanskrit name- Visuddha.
Emotional Issues- Communication, self expression of feelings, the truth. Relationships- the right to speak. Ability to trust, loyalty issues.
Related organs- Throat and lungs.
Endocrine gland- Thyroid gland
Associated problems- Thyroid problems- over/under active, asthma, bronchitis, mouth ulcers, hearing problems, sore throat, tonsillitis.

Why color Blue? Blue is the color of spirit and relates to self expression-speech, communication, the ability to communicate our needs and requirements;   this is a mentally-relaxing colour. Blue has a pacifying effect on the nervous system and brings great relaxation - ideal for sleep problems. Connects us to holistic thought, and gives us wisdom and clarity enhancing communication and speech.

Third Eye Chakra- Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location- Forehead between the eyes.
Color- Indigo.
Sanskrit name- Anja
Emotional issues- Self-realization, releasing hidden and repressed negative thoughts. Ability to think and make decisions.
Endocrine gland- pituitary gland.
Associated problems- Fevers, flu. Infections of mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulder problems. Hyperactivity. Hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause. Sleep disorders, learning disabilities.
Why color indigo? Indigo relates to self responsibility-being responsible for one’s own life, need and trusting ones intuition. The indigo energy connects us to our unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being part of the whole universe. Strengthens intuition, imagination, psychic powers and increase dream activity.

Crown Chakra- Our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location- the very top of the head.
Color- Violet/Purple.
Sanskrit name- Sahasrara.
Emotional issues- Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss. Knowingness-the right to aspire. Trusting the universe. Our connection to god/higher self/higher intelligence.
Endocrine gland- Pineal gland.
Associated problems- Depression, parkinson’s disease, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy,Alzheimer’s, many mental disorders, confusion and dizziness etc.

Why color Violet? Violet relates to self knowledge/spiritual awareness. It is the union with your higher self, with spirituality, and your higher consciousness. Dis-ease can result with an in-balance of energy of this chakra, either too much or too little.The violet energy connects us to wisdom and inner strength and purifies our thoughts and feelings giving us inspiration.

There exists a lot of techniques to balance chakras. Most techniques are used to open chakras.It makes no sense to make over active chakras less active, as they are compensating for other chakras.To restore compensation they will be over active again.Therefore, to stop them from compensating, the chakras they are compensating for must be opened. 
Next post will be dedicated to some techniques to balance/energize chakras like crystala energy, yoga, guided meditation, color therapy , seed matra chanting etc.

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