“Opening a particular chakra is awakening a given level of consciousness corresponding to it. The chakras represent the power of consciousness that is within the reach of every human being. They symbolize different levels of human consciousness – from the very low sphere, i.e. the level of instincts related to the Muladhara, i.e. the first chakra, to the more subtle spheres of the sixth chakra, i.e. Ajna – related to intuition. So they are an allegory of our path of development, i.e. internal evolution. The chakras define the path that each person must follow in order to realize and manifest their full potential. ” – Anja (Heart Sutra).
Chakras – a term used very often by yogis and in spiritual context. What are they and where does the knowledge about them come from? Can we prove their existence? Does Chakra consciousness affect you? We believe it does, and that knowledge of the chakras can be another building block for self-awareness.
WHERE DOES THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE CHAKRA SYSTEM COME FROM?
Chakras cannot be scientifically confirmed because they are not physical. Treated as a product of our beliefs, they are not considered measurable by scientists. Looking at them not from the point of view of the dharmic religions, Hinduism or tantra, but from the side of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, we will notice that the chakras are related to the flow of energy and although they do not constitute matter that can be seen after opening the body, they connect with marma points or acupuncture activated points (which Western medicine recognizes). Generally speaking, these are points connected to a network of psychic and energetic channels that correspond to the nerves but belong to the subtle body.
To us, however, much more interesting than healing the body on a subtle level is the issue of consciousness and spiritual development that can be experienced by working with the chakras.
WHAT ARE CHAKRAS?
“The chakras are swirling energy centers located along the spine, from the tailbone to the top of the head. They are a kind of map of the inner world: they define your relationship with yourself and how you experience energy. Life is energy. The same force that flows through everything that is alive also flows through you, ”says David Pond, an expert on chakras.
Each chakra is an energetic center responsible for a different type of energy and different qualities. With a little reflection, we can observe that one and the same thing, a life problem, considerations take on a completely different look when viewed through the prism of individual chakras – as if looking at the world through glasses of different colors. We can also look at how our life turned out and what shaped us – does any chakra work more through these events than others? Do we see physical disorders within the functioning of a given chakra, or emotional / psychological? Have we stayed at a certain level of consciousness, or does our life energy flow through all chakras with equal lightness and ease? To ask ourselves the following questions, let’s now look at the chakras in order from the bottom of the spine:
THE FIRST CHAKRA – THE ROOT CHAKRA.
It is physically located in the perineum. Related to the anus, prostate gland, lower spine, bones, teeth and the sense of smell. It is emotionally responsible for basic needs – a sense of security, survival, shelter, procreation. The first chakra connects us to the body and our animal nature. It brings up the question: what do you need to feel safe? Can you experience your body? In a state of equilibrium, it allows you to move to higher levels of consciousness, but if neglected, it can focus your energy on the original needs and securing life at the most basic level.
SECOND CHAKRA – THE SACRAL CHAKRA.
Located at the base of the spine, it is connected to the sex glands, fat, kidneys, urinary tract and the sense of taste. The sexual chakra connects us with pleasure and creation. The questions it raises, are you able to open up to pleasure, and not just chase it? What gives this pleasure? Can you experience the flow? And finally: can you enjoy life? In a state of imbalance, it can manifest itself in the pursuit of compulsive pleasure: immoderate eating and drinking, taking drugs that change consciousness or compulsive discharge of sexual tension.
THIRD CHAKRA – THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA.
The third chakra is located at the level of the navel and is associated with the pancreas, adrenal glands, liver, eyes and digestion. It works with qualities that are very popular in the civilized world. It is responsible for self-confidence, assertiveness, speed of action and decision-making, domination. The solar plexus chakra is pure activity. In equilibrium, it gives agency, but too much of it can lead to conflicts, make us overbearing, and lead to excessive competition. People who do not have a balanced third chakra may not be able to act, refuse, or the other way around – addicted to adrenaline, look for opportunities to discharge anger, act from a position of force. It is worth looking at both aspects in yourself.
THE FOURTH CHAKRA – THE HEART CHAKRA.
Located near the sternum, it is associated with the sense of touch, thymus, hands, blood and skin. The purpose of this chakra is to experience unconditional love. There is no room for building decoupling and other defenses here. The heart chakra asks to be open, sharing love and sweetness without thinking about what you will get in return. An unbalanced fourth chakra breeds sentimentality and too much attachment to the idea of love.
FIFTH CHAKRA – THE THROAT CHAKRA.
The throat chakra is located at the level of the throat cavity. Connected to the thyroid gland, vocal cords, neck, ears and the sense of hearing, it helps to express freely and speak your own voice. The fifth chakra emotionally invites you to the work of finding your true self and communicating your true self to the world. Can you speak your truth? On the other hand, there’s another area to explore as well – are you really expressing yourself or are you just defying yourself on the grounds because you know you can say NO?
THE SIXTH CHAKRA – THE INTUITION CHAKRA.
It is located at a point between the eyebrows called the third eye, just above the bridge of the nose. Connected to the pineal gland, head, nervous system, and hypothalamus, it connects us with vision, inner guidance and intuition. It is a chakra that requires spiritual discipline and a certain maturity at work. Otherwise, it threatens to break away from reality, to escape into visions and fantasies. It should be understood that there are no better or worse chakras. The lower, more in-body, animal, mundane ones constitute a stable foundation, roots, for spirituality to develop safely. Chakras developed only from the heart upwards can result in the production of a playthrough detached from reality, who is far from full of life, but nourishes the ego with dreams of spiritual development. Such a person may also have a problem with the material nature of the world, making money, keeping his word or living in society.
THE SEVENTH CHAKRA – THE CROWN CHAKRA.
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head, and actually outside of the physical body. It is the seat of the highest consciousness connected with cosmic energy. Few people can stay at this level of consciousness for a long time, and it belongs rather to the masters who have surrendered their “I” to something greater. At this level, the most natural way of life is to serve others. Too awake the seventh chakra, which is not in harmony with the rest of the energy centers, is very dangerous. Perhaps a good picture of it are people in psychiatric hospitals – their visions and reality are real for them, but they are not rooted in reality.
Each chakra has its own values, colours, specific physical or mental exercises, meditations and even corresponding crystals. Each of them can motivate us to look at the qualities in us, to see if they are in balance in a given chakra, but also how a given chakra compares to others. We may be causative, like the ninja of the third chakra, but we lack universal love. Or maybe we are unable to reject the patterns that society imposes on us and to know our own self? It may also be that we neglect material matters and cannot count on us because we are too immersed in meditation and spiritual practice. Working with the chakras invites us to be self-aware and to balance all aspects of our personality and existence, which can be a beautiful practice of self-knowledge.