Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word “cakra” meaning “wheel.” But Jaggi Vasudev or Sadhguru in his blog maintains that the Chakras are actually triangles. It embodies movement of energy from one dimension to another. There are seven chakras that are located along the spine all the way from the anal region to the top of the head.
Sadhguru says that there are 114 such energy points out of which two are outside the physical body. Out of the 112, 108 can actually be worked upon. Interesting fact, 108 has manifested in the human system as it is a significant number in the making of the solar system. Each has a specific quality. Each chakra is associated with a certain body part or organ to which it provides the energy it needs to function. Therefore, by moving through the seven chakras or dimensions in our physical and spiritual well-being, we refine our energy from material basic-level identity to a level where we become aware of our spirit.
The flow of energy through our seven chakras determines our health and balance in life.
The seven chakras are:
1. Muladhara (Root Chakra- Base of Spine)
It relates to our physical survival. It stands for our beliefs through our formative years. If energy is imbalanced in this chakra, it could lead to certain problems like stress, anxiety, obesity, constipation, inhibited communication with family and friends.
2. Swadhisthana (Sacral Chakra– Slightly Below the Naval)
This energy relates to creating awareness towards self and others. Ego, sexuality, and family are defined as we work with this energy. Excess energy could cause one to be jealous, lustful, controlling. A deficiency could cause one to be submissive, shut-down, develop pain in lower back, sciatica or develop sexual difficulties.
3. Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra- Slightly Above the Naval)
Connects us with the energy of our will. This is where we develop our self-esteem and expression of personal power. It honors emotions, creativity, intellectual understanding and self-confidence. Excess energy could make one egotistical, self-absorbed and controlling. A deficiency of energy could lead to poor self-esteem, fear of rejection and lack of identity.
4. Anahata (Heart Chakra-Center of the Chest)
It is the center of spiritual growth, compassion, devotion, and love. The junction where our spirit or true self resides. The higher chakras cannot be assessed till we pass through this energy point. When this chakra is open we are forgiving, have healthy lungs and healthy immune system. Excess energy could result in inappropriate emotional boundaries. Deficiency of energy could cause a person to be bitter and despondent.
5. Vishuddha (Throat Chakra-Located at the Throat)
It is the center of creativity, communication, and self-expression. A saying that fits this chakra, “think before you speak!” Located between the head and the heart, it focuses on maintaining integrity. Through this chakra, we manifest our voice to the world, a voice of honesty, diplomacy, and trust. Excess of energy could lead to judgmental, hurtful speech while deficiency of energy could mean an inability to express, thyroid and other throat infections.
6. Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra-Located at the Forehead)
It is the center of intuition and spiritual vision. We commonly know it as the “Third-eye” (to see the world through our spirit and not just our physical eyes) that evokes a spiritual awakening from within. It is the chakra of forgiveness and passion. Excess of energy could lead to one being over-analytical while a deficiency could lead to poor imagination, delusions, and poor concentration.
7. Sahasrara (Crown Chakra-Located at the Top of the Head)
This chakra represents the highest level of consciousness and enlightenment. It integrates all the chakras and their respective qualities and brings the realization that we are spiritual beings; our soul/spirit does live beyond the mortal bounds of the body. It is the highest form of energy, an essence of the Creator which seeps through our crown to the root chakra. We connect to a power greater than us and realize to live in the present. Blocks in this chakra could result in fear, depression, and nervous system disorders.
We can separate the claims of modern medicine from spirituality/religion. The seven chakras and their significance lie in the movement through these chakras. It is a journey of assimilating and integrating the different vibrations or energies and then reaching the goal of self-connection with our spirit. To know our spiritual dimension and access it helps achieve a sense of contentment with ourselves, unparalleled to any material satisfaction.