Chakras — A Beginner’s Guide To The 7 Energy Centers

You have probably heard about chakras – or maybe seen them as visualized colorful circles running down the areas of the human body. But in reality, what is the meaning of a chakra? Or more importantly, do these areas exist and have effect on our personal lives?

The truth is, chakras are elements of our energy. Now, every body has an energy field which is in tight bond with the earth’s energy field but also makes us unique.

According to science and religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, our energy is placed along our bundles of arteries, nerves and veins, creating a life force grid, in the form of energy wheels called chakras.

Chakras: The 7 Wheels Channeling One’s Flow Of Life

Chakras are also known as cycles of life, death and re-birth. In their main generalization, there are seven chakras present in each human body — as areas in which the flow of life and energy is highly concentrated.

From the base of the spine to the crown of the head, here are the 7 chakras:

  1. The Root Chakra — The first chakra is the root chakra which is located at the base of the spine (the tailbone) and is symbolized with a red color. According to traditions, it is the chakra related to financial issues, food and shelter, as well as the need to survive. Aside from these aspects, the red chakra is the one that deals with tasks related to the material as well as physical world, but also the one that controls the personal and emotional security issues.
  2. The Sacral Chakra – It is located in one’s lower abdomen and it’s mainly connected to our ability to meet new people, accept others and have new experiences. The sacral chakra is symbolized with orange-reddish color and is also tied with several emotional aspects. The sensory and sensual perceptions, sexuality, creativity and pleasure are in a tight bond with it.
  3. The Plexus Chakra — If a person is more confident and in-control of their life, people say he or she has a stronger plexus chakra. This chakra is located in the upper abdomen (thorax) and features an orange color. It is the link to a greater self-esteem, confidence, as well as ego power — giving us the right to think, resonate as well as be aware of our self-worth.
  4. The Heart Chakra — Every person can love, and the heart chakra is responsible for that. It comes with a golden-yellow color and is located just above our hearts. The love, joy, relationships, as well as inner peace, are all aspects of the heart chakra, which helps us forgive, be compassionate, love ourselves and those around us.
  5. The Throat Chakra — With a blue-greenish color, the throat chakra is located in our throat and vows for our communication, self-expression as well as voice skills. Every person is different when it comes to speaking, expressing oneself and his/her beliefs. The throat chakra is all about truthful expression, trust as well as loyalty. Some traditions even relate it with better organization and planning, as well as trust issues.
  6. The Eye Chakra — We all see the world differently when it comes to our thoughts, ideas and visualizations of everything. The eye chakra is the filter to this vision of ours and is located just between one’s eyes, in the lower part of the forehead. With an indigo color, the eye chakra is responsible for one’s imagination, wisdom, ability to think, as well as make decisions that come from intuition and insights.
  7. The Crown Chakra — If you are able to connect with your spirituality at a higher level, or be aware of your awakened consciousness, chances are you have a greater control of your crown chakra. This is the chakra located at the crown of our head, features a violet color and inspires us to feel our inner and outer beauty and spiritualize with it in the form of pure bliss.

In the end, you should know that there are hundreds of energy centers inside the human body. However, the seven chakras are the recognized major parts of energy, each relating to an aspect of consciousness and physical health.


Spiritual Awakening

Carl Jung writes that the afternoon of our lives represents the time when we begin to shift away from the ego being the dominant force in our life. We begin moving towards a life journey that has meaning. The morning of our lives is really occupied by ambition—getting as much as you can, collecting as much stuff as you can get, impressing as many people as you can, preparing yourself for a job, saving your money, setting goals, pleasing everybody, and doing the right thing. Even getting good grades in school revolved around the ego part of us, which really believes that who we are is what we do, what we get, and what other people think of us. That’s basically the essence of the ego. In the afternoon of your life, you don’t do life. You do what resonates with the callings of your soul. – Wayne Dyer

What Does it Mean to be Awake
It has happened to all of us that we came under the spell of a moment some time during our life. A beautiful landscape, a sunset, a beautiful piece of art, the rhythm of music enchanted us. It may even happen that we are just lost in the silence of a peaceful moment.
The identification with the forms and shapes loosens a little bit for a short while, and in that instant we may experience an entirely different State of Consciousness.

These are the 7 experiences in the moment of spiritual Awakening:

  1. When our identification with a form ceases, a new space is generated between us and the form and we are able to see and recognize that we are not identical with that form.
  2. We virtually step out of the psychological time frame, we stop mulling over injuries of the past, and do not build our identity for the future.
  3. The Ego disappears, telling personal history stops, and the line of our accustomed identity is broken.
  4. We are awake, only the present moment exists for us. Our soul is permeated by the quiet of the Miracle,that is, the Consciousness and the joy of the Existence.
  5. We are free and independent of the forms and shapes and of the necessity of choosing from them. All our suffering and problems have vanished, we are surrounded by peace and tranquility.
  6. There is only the pure existence, we are eyewitnesses, contemplating the dance of forms and shapes around us. We do not identify with anything, we are a Consciousness free of the obligation to make choices.
  7. We accept life as it is, and it is not done under pressure, since that acceptance is the result of our complete freedom.

In this state of Consciousness an entirely new dimension of existence opens up for us, showing us Existence from a completely new perspective. The unity behind the controversies is revealed in front of our eyes, and we no longer insist on looking on the sunny side of life, as we are able to discover beauty on the dark side, too.

Everything will be quiet and peaceful in us. We are beyond all good and evil, we are a mere Consciousness that does not analyze or judge, only contemplates. We realize that the same contemplating spirit lives in everybody, so the differences between human beings are only superficial, and deep inside we are all the same. Experiencing that unity will bring us the ecstasy of Life, the perfect joy of Existence.