Demystifying The Seven Chakras

 

Chakras are the all-important centers in our bodies that bring feeling and awareness to our life. Hidden just behind this physical plane, the chakras start from the base of the spine and move upward to the crown of the head.

It’s said that we actually have 109 chakras, but of those, 9 centers are the most important. And when energy (kundalini) or consciousness flows through these nerve centers, there are different emotions, feelings, or sensations that one experiences.

This is a basic overview of what each of these centers does and what they mean.

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Muladhara Chakra:

At the base of spine (or the sacrum) is the location of the first chakra, known as the Muladhara Chakra. When the Muladhara Chakra is activated, we experience the enthusiasm of life. When it’s dormant, we experience dullness; we can’t find an interest in anything. This is the first Chakra, associated with the Earth element.


Swadishthana Chakra:

The same kundalini energy moves upward to the second Chakra which is located behind the genitals and manifests as procreation or creation — meaning in the form of any creative activity or as sex drive.

When you are deeply focused on sex, you forget about creativity entirely. When you are engaged in any creative activity, then lust does not come easily. So here the second chakra energy could manifest as a creative or procreative tendency. You don’t need to label the energy as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. That is just how it is.

The second Chakra is associated with the Water element.


Manipur Chakra:

The third Chakra is associated with the Fire element, for digestion. The same energy moves upwards to the navel region and manifests in four types of feelings: joy, generosity, greed, and jealousy. When people feel jealous they feel some sensation in the stomach region, right?

You can identify its exact location on the spine by putting two fingers above the navel.


Anahata Chakra:

The heart chakra manifests as fear, love, and hatred.

When people feel hatred or fear or love, the sensation is felt in the heart region, right? Love, fear, and hatred are all different sides of the same energetic coin. When there is love, there is no fear. When there is fear, there is no love. At any point of time, only one of the three emotions takes the front position while the other two go in the background. It is not that they disappear entirely. People who feel fear also have love. When love is predominant, then there is no fear or hatred. When hatred takes the front seat, then love and fear are gone to the back.


Vishuddhi Chakra:

The throat region is responsible for gratefulness and grief. When you are grieving, your throat chokes, right? And when you feel very grateful, then also your throat chokes in a similar way.


Ajna Chakra:

This is also known as the third-eye chakra, and is depicted in many different religion across the world. For instance, Buddha is commonly depicted with a dot at this point. This chakra manifests as anger, awareness or alertness. This is a crucial point for enlightenment. In fact, it’s said that with intense concentration the eye opens to reveal the subtle cosmos hidden behind physical reality.


Sahasrara Chakra:

This is the final chakra, and the most important. It has no other purpose other than bliss. Once the third eye is open, this all-important chakra opens and reveals the true nature of the universe.


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Matt Caron
Matt is the content manager of the Sivana blog, an enthusiastic Yoga teacher, and life voyager. He strives to inspire conscious living and conscious dialogue- not only for others but for himself. He's the founder of TheYogaBlog.com. You can find him on Facebook.

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