Chakra means disc or wheel. Consider it a disk that contains vital programs for your body. If the body is our hardware, programming is our software, and the self is the user, what activates each program is the energy poured into the system. The chakras are “intricate internal flowcharts [that] decide which areas to energize and when,” according to Dr. Anodea Judith in her book Eastern Body, Western Mind. The challenge or opportunity before us is to find the appropriate program causing havoc and get the bugs out.
The idea is that we have a “Current of Liberation” which is the upward current through each chakra in our body. When there are blocks and constrictions, we cannot change, grow, or expand.
To learn more about each chakra, please watch my video, What Are Chakras:
What fascinates me about each chakra is that they are developed during different stages of development, and then again starting in adolescence. When we experience childhood trauma, we develop blocks in the corresponding chakra. To unblock them we have to:
- Understand the dynamics of each chakra
- Examine our personal history related to the chakra’s issues/stage of development
- Apply exercises and techniques
- Balance excess and deficiency
We have excess energy when we increase our energy and attention in order to fight the stress (we overcompensate).
We have deficient energy when we withdraw from the situation (avoidance).
An excessive chakra can feed a deficient one, so we may need to strengthen chakras below it.
To Heal Imbalances
Excess needs to discharge energy.
Deficient needs to receive energy.
- Verbally through discussion
- Physically through work with the body and movement
- Spiritually through meditation
- Emotionally through exploration of feelings
- Visually through images
- Aurally through sounds
- Actualized through outer world tasks that strengthen certain areas of our lives
The first round of chakra development takes roughly 20 years, then starts over again on a more complex level when the child leaves home and begins adult life.
The 7 Chakras
(My apologies that the below chart may be cut off, see the image above instead)
|Chakra One||Chakra Two||Chakra Three||Chakra Four||Chakra Five||Chakra Six||Chakra Seven|
|Sanskrit name (meaning)||Muladhara (root)||Svadhisthana (sweetness)||Manipura (lustrous gem)||Anahata (unstuck)||Vissudha (purification)||Ajna (to perceive)||Sahasrara (thousandfold)|
|Location||Base of spine, coccygeal plexus||Abdomen, genitals, low back, hips||Solar plexus||Heart area||Throat||Brow||Top of head, cerebral cortex|
|Central issue||Survival||Sexuality, emotions||Power, will||Love, relationships||Communication||Intuition, imagination||Awareness|
|Orientation to self||Self-preservation||Self-gratification||Self-definition||Self-acceptance||Self-expression||Self-reflection||Self-knowledge|
|Goals||Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity, trust||Fluidity, pleasure, healthy sexuality, feeling||Vitality, spontaneity, strength of will, purpose, self-esteem||Balance, compassion, self-acceptance, good relationships||Clear communication, creativity, resonance||Psychic perception, accurate interpretation, imagination, clear seeing||Wisdom, knowledge, consciousness, spiritual connection|
|Rights||To be here, to have||To feel, to want||To act||To love and be loved||To speak and to be heard||To see||To know|
|Developmental stage||Womb to 12 months||6 months to 2 years||18 months to 4 years||4 to 7 years||7 to 12 years||Adolescence||Throughout life|
|Identity||Physical identity||Emotional identity||Ego identity||Social identity||Creative identity||Archetypal identity||Universal identity|
|Excessive characteristics||Heaviness, sluggish, monotony, obesity, hoarding, materialism, greed||Overly emotional, poor boundaries, sex addiction, obsessive attachments||Dominating, controlling, aggressive, scattered, constantly active||Codependency, poor boundaries, possessive, jealous||Excessive talking, inability to listen, stuttering||Headaches, nightmares, hallucinations, delusions, difficulty concentrating||Overly intellectual, spiritual addiction, confusion, dissociation|
|Deficient characteristics||Fearful, undisciplined, restless, underweight, spacey||Frigid, impotent, rigid, emotionally numb, fearful of pleasure||Weak will, poor self-esteem, passive, sluggish, fearful||Shy, lonely, isolated, lack of empathy, bitter, critical||Fear of speaking, poor rhythm, aphasia||Poor memory, poor vision, unimaginative, denial||Learning difficulties, spiritual skepticism, limited beliefs, materialism, apathy|
Be sure to also learn about the Character Structures associated with each chakra by reading How The Body Stores Emotions.