What are Chakras?
We often talk about energy – it is in everything we touch, see, and experience. Energy radiates from every cell in our body, but often emitting energetic frequencies in a variety of different ways. If our bodies and environments are filled with energy, then this energy must need to flow somehow. These several key points on the body where energy constantly flows in and out are called chakras.
The word chakra translates from Sanskrit to wheel or disc, and it is typically used to describe the wheels of energy that correspond to seven major nerve and organ centers in the body. While they are not technically physical wheels in the body, these energetic wheels move on a frequency that allow energies to flow in and out of the body. These seven chakra centers all correspond to seven major points on the body because these areas are essential functioning systems that utilize a lot of our energy.
For example, the heart chakra, located on the heart center, is the epicenter for flowing energies to and from all matters of the heart, physically and emotionally. There is so much life force energy radiating to and from the heart to keep the body alive, all while working to bridge the gap between our body, mind, and spirit. It is the center of everything that keeps us going, so it comes as no surprise that there would be a need for energies to come and go from the heart.
Over the next few weeks, we will expand on the individual chakras and how they affect our physical and spiritual bodies, but for now, it is important to understand the basics. Now that we understand that chakras correspond to seven major functions that utilize, absorb, and transfer energy regularly in the body, we can start to understand why chakra healing has been studied and practiced in Ayurvedic, Chinese, and yogic traditions for centuries.
The Importance of the Seven Chakras
Have you ever had a day where something just feels off? You can’t seem to explain where that sense of confusion, frustration, or pain is coming from, but you just know it is there. This is often a sign that a chakra, or multiple chakras, are out of alignment. When our emotions, our physical body, or our spiritual self is out of balance, it manifests in physical aches, pains, or mental health issues such as depression. This affects the ultimate functionality of the body, creating unnecessary stress and pain.
Usually these ailments can be linked to a closed chakra, an underworked chakra, and even an overworked chakra. If too much or too little energy is flowing through a particular chakra, it can lead to an extra burden on other chakras – once again, leading to an unbalanced and overworked body.
All of these chakras are connected to various networks of nerves called a plexus, which is essentially like an electrical box filled with wires. These nerves are interwoven all along the spine and eventually come together in vital places to connect tissues and muscles to each other. When these plexuses are aggravated from the energy – both good and bad – that flows through your chakras into these areas, you are bound to experience pain. This stress on your body prevents you from living your life to the fullest – spiritually, mentally, and physically. However, when you start focusing on where this pain is coming from on a deeper level and why you are experiencing this stress, you can begin to balance your chakras and align your body and mind to where you deserve to be.
Ultimately, the study of chakras revolves around finding ways to align the areas of your body that are out of place. Your body reacts physically to emotional problems. When you are nervous, you get wobbly and butterflies in your stomach. When your going through a breakup, you can physically feel your heart throbbing in pain. When there is stress in your life, you experience more migraines and headaches. No matter how your body reacts to your daily stressors, you know that it manifests how you are mentally feeling one way or another. This is why it is so vital to delve deeper into how you can learn to listen to your symptoms, while treating the bigger cause.
Over the next few weeks, we will explore each of the seven chakras – root, sacral, naval, heart, throat, third eye, and crown – in depth. Even though it may seem far-fetched to the science mind, it is important to remember that these techniques have been studied and practiced in depth for centuries across the world in various forms. Most of all, you don’t have to believe to have an open mind and just try it! Be sure to stay tuned and follow along with our chakra series crash course.