The human body is home to a network of subtle energy centers (chakras). These centers are said to correspond to the seven different chakras in the body. When these chakras, or centers, become unbalanced or are damaged, illness and disease often result. The following are some important facts about chakras and how they relate to health.
Energy flowing through the body
Chakras are energy flowing through the body. At various times during the day, they open up and become blocked or narrowed, causing the energetic blockage. Unbalanced chakras keep seven chakras open and active, sending energy through the body, but when they become unblocked, energy starts to flow out of these chakras and into the aura or vital energy field. In the absence of enough or too much energy, illness and disease often manifest.
A chakra is often described as either a peak middle, bass, heart, or tail. The peak is the top of the energy center, while the middle is between the root chakra and the crown chakra. The base is between the third and fifth chakras. Heart chakra represents the love of our life and contains the instincts of affection. The tail chakra represents our self-esteem, sense of personal worth, self-confidence, and social magnetism.
According to Kavanagh, the heart chakra represents our spiritual connection with other human beings. This connection can be built through the crown chakra, which relates to our innate compassion for all living things, and which chakras correspond directly to the four elements – air, water, fire, and wood. Meditation, then, is essential to enriching our spiritual connection to others. Meditation of the crown chakra helps us learn how to gain control over our feelings and to become master communicators with those who have been dear to us throughout our lives.
Meaning of chakra
The meaning of each chakra, in turn, relates to specific yoga or Reiki meditation techniques. For example, the seventh chakra, in Sanskrit, is “Nanah.” When this chakra is awakened it represents one’s ability to use one’s powers of imagination and creativity. Meditators can learn to draw upon the powers of their mind through various meditations, including yoga and Reiki. The ninth chakra, the “Svin,” in Sanskrit, means life force energy. When this chakra is awakened, it promotes self-awareness and adaptability that can lead to a sense of peacefulness, emotional balance, and mental flexibility.
When we learn to recognize our chakras and move with them, they are not just opened up and unblocked. They become more alive and effective. As we practice yoga or Reiki meditation, for example, these chakras become more alive and active. When these chakras become so active that they block the flow of life energy through the body, an imbalance results. This imbalance can manifest as physical discomfort, but it also can manifest in ways that are far more subtle, such as depression, fear, anger, self-pity, and a host of other undesirable conditions.
Because chakras interact and interlock in such a way that they form a network, understanding them and working with them is essential to achieving peace of mind. Meditating on a daily basis to open up and clear the chakras can help a person free himself or herself from many of the disorders and suffering that plague the human mind. In addition, meditation and yoga teachers often encourage students to learn and practice as many styles and kinds of yoga meditation as possible. By learning and using as many of the different styles and types of yoga meditation, students open themselves up to the ability to integrate these meditations into their daily lives. In turn, by integrating a wide variety of meditative styles, a person becomes more versatile in the ways that he or she can deal with life’s ups and downs.
The Sanskrit language describes chakras in the most literal terms, as wheels of energy revolving around and inside the body. While these terms to describe something very basic, they are very accurate and provide a clear picture of how chakras function. As such, the practice of yoga and meditation has long been associated with the practice of healing, prosperity, and happiness. By combining yoga and meditation in a holistic approach, one can use these meditations to heal and harmonize the body while opening oneself up to a much wider world of joy and abundance.