Chakras are energy centres within the electromagnetic field of a living organic being. There are many, probably hundreds, of these energy points. The Chinese acupuncture system recognises some 600 points, although possibly not all are strictly defined as chakras.
A Chakra is translated as ‘a wheel’ implying that something turns or spins. They act as transformers, stepping up or down energy flow between our physical and electromagnetic body.
Chakras are said to vibrate at specific frequencies and hence colour, sound and imagery is associated.
The Indian yoga system recognises 7 major centres associated within our psycho-physical make-up.
Some [authorities] have associated the major glands in the body with the chakras.
The Chakras represent, or channel, given qualities or psychic energy levels. If a person has ‘blocked’ or poor energy flow within one or more of these centres, they may become physically ill or psychically off balance. The common expression ‘off colour’ speaks volumes in this regard.
The 7 major Indian system Chakras are:
Sense of self value
Seat of the soul
Expression of oneself
We have a short Chakra audio meditation you can perform in conjunction with the guidance given below.
How to work with the Chakra Chanting Audio below
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Symbols for the levels of being differ widely so we have left this out for the time being.
It is interesting to note the relationship to the colour spectrum and the 7 musical notes in the western scale. The 8th note being the octave it becomes possible to visualise a spiral structure when viewed from above. The 8th Chakra would correspond to the 1st but one cycle higher.
Chakra meditation and chanting practice can help to re-balance Chakras that are out of sync. But it should be noted that the behaviour and thought patterns of an individual are the major reasons Chakras become un-balanced. No amount of Chakra balancing will then permanently correct this imbalance since repeating patterns of behaviour etc. will simply re-distort the energy centre. In this regard true Chakra balancing is then to reduce our Samskara’s via Contemplation and Meditation.
Here is a brief introduction to the Sacred Spiral practice with the Chakras listed and their associations.
Sacred Spiral Chakra Meditation
Sit as for Meditation or lie down as for Savasana Relaxation.
Relax for a few moments and centre yourself in the present moment by firmly but gently placing your awareness right here, right now. Quieten your breathing and be aware of this flux within the body and gently guide the breath to be smoother and more regular. Keep it comfortable but slightly extended, inhalation & exhalation. Smile gently to yourself by softening the corners of the eyes and mouth, more the feeling of the smile than an actual grin.
When you feel ready slowly drop your attention to the approximate level of the perineum and lightly focus here, breathing gently and rhythmically. Gradually begin to create a casual and easy tone of Red colour in your mind’s eye. The actual shade will come to you so don’t worry about fine detail. Spend a short while, perhaps 2 or 3 minutes gently breathing and focusing on this level of your physical being. Now continue up to the level just above the pubic bone and change the colour to a comfortable Orange. Remember to gently unite breath, light concentration and the casual visualisation of colour. Be at peace with yourself and the world around you and smile very slightly to yourself. After a while move up another level to the solar plexus, the Manipura Chakra, and change the colour to Yellow. If you find you are losing concentration a little, be kind to yourself and simply guide your attention back again to the Meditation. After some time move on to the Heart level, the Anahata Chakra, the colour being Green. Maintain your steady, quiet breathing and light concentration. Try to breathe in and out of the level creating a sense of gentle pulse or back and forth movement, a slight expansion and contraction feeling. When you are ready carry on to the Throat level and change the colour to Blue. This is the Vishuddha Chakra in Sanskrit, associated with the Thyroid gland. The next level would be the centre of the head, sometimes known as the third eye. This is the Chakra associated with the pituitary gland and its colour is Purple. If the body begins to feel light and you sense some feelings of dissociation, don’t worry it is quite common and simply means the heavy bonding to our physical body is being slightly disrupted. You will quickly revert to normal associations at the end of the session. The next level is the crown point on the top of the head. Known as the ‘thousand petal lotus’, the colour being Violet. We have thus completed the common colour spectrum.
Spend a few more moments savouring the feelings of groundedness within our energy field and try to build a composite feeling image incorporating the afterglow of the colours.
Lastly before you return your consciousness to normal, make sure you close the meditation by concentrating a few moments and breathing gently in and out of the lower abdominals. This will effectively ‘ground’ and ‘centre’ your energy.
Place the palms together lightly and make an acknowledgement of honour to yourself, your Mind, Spirit, Heart and Physical body within this life.