“. . . seven centers in the soul of man. . .”
Born of the Ancient Indian culture and sacred language of Sanskrit, the Chakra System provides a powerful tool for personal growth and empowerment. Through becoming acquainted with this system we can begin to understand our own innate areas of power as well as those areas to develop and strengthen within our own lives.
The Seven Chakras
There are seven major Chakra centers, (see diagram) or energy centers that are held within the auric or energy field. This energy field is comprised of seven major levels. The most commonly known are the emotional body, the astral body, the mental body and the spiritual body. This auric field holds all of our life’s experiences. The Chakras are the main centers of energy, or prana and information, transmitters and receivers if you will, that correlate to specific physical, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. They can indicate whether a person is prone to digestive disturbances, a lack of confidence, or a fear of speaking up and out.
More specifically, we will pick a point to start with, literally. The Hara point, or Dan Tien, which resides below the navel (not to be confused with the sacral chakra) is the power point that integrates the lower three chakras and facilitates our connection into the Earth. Along this Hara point lays the Sushumna or Hara line. This is the central current from the heavens or cosmic consciousness that runs down through the ‘chakra tube’ grounding into the center of the Earth.
The Chakras: Our Energy Vortexes
The Hara line, or the line of intention, stands as our connection to our life’s purpose, a specific blueprint that each and every soul is born with to accomplish throughout their life here on Earth. There are two additional energy lines that start at the root chakra, the Ida (yin or feminine in nature) and the Pingala (yang or masculine in nature). As these energies intertwine, their intersections create vortexes at nerve ganglia (accumulation of nerve fibers) along the spine. These vortexes are known as chakras.
Simply put, chakra, the Sanskrit word-signifying wheel, represents the energy vortexes within the body’s energy fields. Although there are primarily seven chakra centers, there are thousands of other sub vortexes throughout the body. The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet serve as some of the most significant sub centers. When these centers are open fully we have greater capacity to let the life-force energy, or prana flow through us and outward to all that we contact, such as our families, colleagues, strangers, pets, plants and of course the Earth in general.
These vortexes serve as ‘two way tunnels’ allowing energy to flow through each of the subtle bodies that make up the auric field. I.e. physical to emotional to mental to spiritual. When there are blockages within these chakras, physical, emotional and spiritual disease begins to manifest indicating that there is work to do to bring the whole self back into a state of harmony.
The Chakras & Personal Development
Essentially, the goal is to first become aware that these centers exist and are a direct mapping system to our physical, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Then we can begin to personally identify and address our own areas for development and take the practical steps that lead to personal growth and empowerment.