An Introduction to the Chakras

Even if you are unable to remember the specific properties of each crystal, having an idea of the Chakra System and colours associated with it will give you an idea of the qualities a crystal might have, according to its colour.

Recognition of Chakras originated in Hindu and yogic teachings, and has been part of ayurvedic (Indian) medicine for thousands of years. Relatively recently the concept of Chakras was introduced to the West, mainly through the practice of yoga. At the present time Chakras are used in almost every form of healing and meditation available, with the possible exception of Chinese medicine, and even then there is sometimes a crossover.

Chakras are the energy centres of our life force (sometimes referred to as Spiritual Energy, Prana or Ch’i). The word Chakra comes from the ancient Sanskrit for ‘wheel’, and Chakras are usually perceived as spinning wheels or funnels.

There are 7 main Chakras, linked to nerve centres along the spinal chord, and pathways of the immune system (this link was a discovery of Western scientists), and 107 secondary Chakras throughout the rest of the body. In healing we usually focus on the 7 major Chakras, but in this course we will be exploring a few of the secondary ones as well as some related points.

In ancient ayurvedic practice, the intention was to raise kundalini energy from the Root Chakra through to the Crown, or from an earthly level to a heavenly level, in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment, and this practice still continues. For healing purposes, we attempt to perceive blockages within and imbalances between the Chakras. By correcting these imbalances or blockages, we can go a long way towards healing the physical and emotional body.

The major Chakras are located more or less in the centre of the body, following the spinal chord, and with the exception of the Crown and Root Chakras, form a cone- or funnel-shaped spiral at both front and back of the body. The Crown Chakra forms a single funnel pointing upward from the head, and the Root Chakra forms a single funnel pointing downward from the crotch area. Each Chakra spins in a specific direction, and sometimes blockages can be corrected simply by correcting the direction of spin.

Each Chakra is associated with a colour, linked with a specific area of the body, and governs specific organs and endocrine glands as well as emotions. In the ayurvedic system, they are also perceived as lotus blossoms with specific numbers of petals, and you may find it helpful to visualise a lotus or other flower when working with Chakras. The lotus symbolises the spirit’s rising up from the mud of ignorance, through the water of aspiration, and emerging into the air of endeavour.

There are a number of different systems, but most follow a similar colour range, based on the rainbow, starting with red for the Root Chakra. There are variations in colour from the Heart upwards, which are included in the following charts, and some systems are completely at odds with usual accepted practice, but valid in their own right. Some practitioners also speculate that Chakra colours are changing at the moment. For the sake of simplicity, we will follow one system in this course, which is marked in bold on the following chart, but this does not mean other systems are wrong – they are just different – and it is worth noting the variety. You may find as you work that one of the alternative colours feels more comfortable to you. At the end of the day, whatever you see is your own truth.

Opening and Closing

You will hear a lot of reference to opened and closed Chakras. Chakras are open all the time, but there is a difference between a little open, and wide open. When you do some types of spiritual practices, you will need to have certain Chakras wide open, especially the Crown and Third Eye. However, it’s not appropriate to remain in this state, as this will leave you vulnerable, not to mention light-headed and accident-prone. It is important to close these Chakras when you complete your work. It may help to refer to the flower visualisation.

When you are working with healing, you will find the Heart Chakra opens a great deal. Many great spiritual leaders have a huge, open Heart energy, and, generally speaking, there is no need to keep this closed.

Simple Chakra Balance

This is easiest if your client is seated, but can also be performed standing. Be sure to start by centring yourself, then channel healing energy by visualising a ray of light from a star entering the Crown and filling your body, expanding the Heart energy, and flowing down your arms into your hands.

Start with the Root Chakra, working from the right side of your client’s body, with your right hand in front of them, and your left hand behind them, at the level of the Chakra. Visualise a red glowing sphere in this energy centre, and watch it become brighter as you hold your hands in place. When it has brightened, move on to the next Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, and repeat the visualisation, this time using orange. You may also find it helps to visualise a flower of that colour opening up to the sun. Carry on until you have completed all seven major Chakras. As you become more familiar with this exercise, try to keep the size and brightness of each Chakra equal to the others.

Then, working from the Crown down, repeat the exercise, this time calming the colour of each Chakra, or allowing the flower to close for the night.

At the end of the balance, make sure your client is grounded, by placing your hands on top of their feet. If the energy is weak in this area, they are probably feeling a bit ungrounded. Ask them to visualise their energy flowing down through the body and pooling in their feet. You should notice a change, usually more warmth and tingling, quite soon after.

You may find one or more Chakras difficult to visualise, which can indicate a blockage or imbalance. If this happens, spend a little more time with this Chakra. If it still doesn’t shift easily, don’t focus too hard on it, but move on to the next one. Otherwise, your client might find it extremely uncomfortable. A blockage that has been there for a long time will usually need more than one session and other types of healing work before it will shift.

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