The Basics of Chakras

The concept of the chakra arose during the early traditions of Hinduism.

Chakras refer to various energy centres in our body that in turn correspond to specific nerve bundles and internal organs.

When all the chakras are activated, you will feel like a Buddha: Tranquil, happy, energetic, and blissful.

Sounds simple right? Let’s discuss the basics of chakras.

The Basics of Chakras

What are Chakras and How Do They Work?

Chakra means wheel and refers to certain energy points in our bodies that correspond to specific nerve centres and internal organs.

The seven major chakras run from the base of your spine up to the top of your head. If these energy centres become blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra.

Chakras are thought to essentially be spinning disks of energy that should stay open and aligned, as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, and areas of our energetic body that affect our emotional and physical well-being.

Chakras are basically focal points used in a variety of ancient meditation practices, common to the inner traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism.

What Do The 7 Chakras Mean?

Our body has 114 chakras, yet only 7 chakras of the body that advance alongside the spine are considered as the foundational chakras.

The 7 chakras symbolize energy centres and correspond to nerves, organs, and areas of our spiritual body that impact our physical and emotional well-being.

What are The 7 Chakras?

  • Muladhara Chakra – Root Chakra.
  • Svadhishthana Chakra – Sacral Chakra.
  • Manipura Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra.
  • Anahata Chakra – Heart Chakra.
  • Vishuddha Chakra – Throat Chakra.
  • Ajna Chakra – Third Eye Chakra.
  • Sahasrara Chakra – Crown Chakra.

How Do You know If Your Chakras are Blocked?

When our chakras become blocked, we may feel pain and stiffness in our lower back and hips.

We may become easily overwhelmed emotionally. We may incur a loss of imagination and lack creativity.

In essence, we feel out of touch with our emotions and closed off in a sense.

How Do You Open Your Chakras?

According to ancient yogic practices, chakra centres can be activated by meditating, chanting mantras, performing specialized breathing exercises, using certain ayurvedic herbs, and doing physical exercises like yoga.

How Do You Unblock Your Chakras?

So, how do we unblock our chakras? We can purge the seven chakras in the body through chakra meditation, mudras, affirmations, pranayama, and yoga poses.

Meditation for balancing chakras is like traditional meditation, except that our intention for the practice is to open and clear the body’s energy centres.

What Happens If Our Chakras Are Activated?

When all the 114 chakras are activated, you will receive many levels of spiritual awakening.

You’ll feel like a Buddha, being very tranquil, happy, energetic, and joyful.

How Do I Activate My Chakras?

Things like practicing visualization, sound healing, reconnecting with nature, and doing chakra colour meditation can also work to activate your natural chakras.

Also, food plays an important part in activating each of the seven chakras.

How Do You Align Your Chakras For Beginners?

  • Connect with nature.
  • Take a yoga class.
  • Sip some tea.
  • Get grounded with gemstones.
  • Light a salt lamp.
  • Recite a mantra.
  • Experiment with essential oils.
  • Ignite a stick of incense. The root chakra is closely linked to our sense of smell.

What Stimulates the Pineal Gland?

People often refer to the pineal gland as the third eye because, like our eyes, it responds to light and darkness. The gland contains light-sensitive cells that secrete melatonin in response to changing light throughout the day.

What Does the Third Eye Do?

The third eye is a chakra located in the middle of the forehead between our eyebrows. It’s mostly associated with intuition, insight, and mysticism.

The third eye is the sixth of seven chakras that control the meridian of the body, mind, and spirit. It can bring us to a place of higher consciousness and enlightenment.

Final Thoughts

I’m currently reading a book about chakras, and hope to have a more detailed follow-up article in the future.

Let me know your thoughts on this subject in the comment section, and thanks for reading!

Sources and other reading:

A Beginner’s Guide for Chakras

The Health Benefits of Grounding

How to Feel Less Alone

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