What are Chakras? For those who want to know more...
In the Ancient Indian Language of Sanskrit, the word Chakra (pronounced shah-kra) is defined as a ‘wheel’ or ‘vortex’, which is appropriate, as chakras are vortices of energy, which spin within the auric field.
There are seven major Chakras, rotating at varying speeds, depending on their location in the body and state of health. They resemble a funnel: narrow close to the body, becoming wider further out.
Chakras are often visually depicted as lotus flowers (with the ‘opening’ of the Chakras as the opening of their petals). The invisible stems of these flowers go through the body and connect to the spine.
Each Chakra has an associated colour; when a chakra is balanced its colour will be spun out, combining with those of the body’s other chakras, creating a healthy aura. However, if a chakra is not in balance it will send out an unbalanced energy of another colour, usually dull and weak compared to a healthy chakra colour.
Chakras affect, and are affected by, the physical body, if one or more Chakras are out of balance they will affect the health of those above and below. We need our chakras to be balanced to remain healthy.
Chakras are a very important part of Reiki, when scanning the body's energy field, a Reiki Practitioner can feel an out of balance Chakra.
The recipient may sense the colour in their mind’s eye as they receive Reiki energy.
The slowest, heaviest vibrational spin is found at the Root/Base, the speed increases to the highest, fastest frequency at the Crown.
The Chakra / Endocrine Connection
The Chakra system ties in with the endocrine system of glands. These are ductless glands, which are responsible for the production and secretion, directly into the bloodstream, of the body’s hormones.
1st Chakra - Red Root/Base - positioned through the front of the body from the perineum to the base of the spine (coccyx), also colouring the legs. This chakra is associated with the base instincts of survival and is linked to the adrenals, which sit on top of the kidneys. They are responsible for the production of adrenalin, as a result of the ‘fight or flight’ response, to perceived threats.
2nd Chakra - Orange Sacral - located immediately below the navel and penetrates through the body to the sacrum region of the spine. It relates to the lymphatic system, the elimination of toxins from the body. It is linked to the sexual/reproductive organs and the testes; producing testosterone, and the ovaries; secreting oestrogen and progesterone.
3rd Chakra - Yellow Solar Plexus - lies just below the sternum. The Solar Plexus is linked to the pancreas, which, by producing the body’s insulin, controls the blood sugar level. It also relates to digestion, liver, spleen, gallbladder etc., so it is a very important area to cover.
4th Chakra - Green Heart - situated at the physical position of the heart, but lies in the centre of the body. This is the emotional centre and relates to the Thymus Gland, which stimulates the production of lymphocytes, providing the body’s immunity.
5th Chakra - Blue Throat - located in the neck, it links the upper and lower chakras, and is related to the Thyroid/Parathyroid glands. The Thyroid is located either side of the larynx and trachea, secreting thyroxine, regulating the metabolic rate (how effectively the body transforms food into energy). Immediately behind, lies the Parathyroid, which controls the level of calcium in the bloodstream.
6th Chakra - Indigo Third Eye - lies in the centre of the forehead. This area is linked with the pineal gland, which is the size of a pea and produces melatonin in response to light, thus controlling the internal body clock. The Brow Chakra is also connected with psychic ability, allowing one to see beyond our physical reality, into other dimensions.
7th Chakra - Violet Crown - situated at the top of the head. The Crown Chakra. is related to the pituitary (which controls the entire endocrine system) and hypothalamus glands, which regulates the autonomic nervous system. It also relates to intuition and connects us with the higher energies