The human body contains hundreds of locations where there is focused and concentrated energy. There are, however, seven major energy centers, commonly referred to as “Chakras”. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or vortex, and it refers to each of the seven energy centers of which our consciousness, our energy system, is composed. They are centers of force, located within our etheric body, through which we receive, transmit and process life energies.
Chakras are data banks of psychic energy present throughout and around your body, generating and reflecting the health of your mind, body, and spirit. Our thoughts and experiences create energetic responses in our bodies (supportive and destructive), and our Chakras each resonate with aspects of living like survival, sexuality, fortitude, empathy, eloquence, perception, and faith.
Each Chakra in the body is recognized as a focal point of life-force relating to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energies. The Chakras are the network through which body/mind/spirit interact as one holistic system.
The seven major Chakras correspond to specific aspects of our consciousness and have their own individual characteristics and functions. Each has a corresponding relationship to one of the various glands of the body’s endocrine system, as well as to one of the seven colors of the rainbow.
The main purpose in working with and understanding the Chakras is to create integration and wholeness within ourselves. In this way, we bring the various aspects of our consciousness, from the physical to the spiritual, into a harmonious relationship. Ultimately, we begin to recognize that the different aspects of ourselves all work together and that each aspect is as much a part of the whole as the others. We must be able to acknowledge, accept and integrate all levels of our being.
These Chakras, or energy centers, function as pumps or valves, regulating the flow of energy through our energy system. The functioning of the Chakras reflects decisions we make concerning how we choose to respond to conditions in our life. We open and close these valves when we decide what to think, and what to feel, and through which perceptual filter we choose to experience the world around us.
The Chakras are not physical. They are aspects of consciousness in the same way that the auras are aspects of consciousness. The Chakras are denser than the auras, but not as dense as the physical body. They interact with the physical body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system, and the nervous system. Each of the seven Chakras is associated with one of the seven endocrine glands, and also with a group of nerves called a plexus. Thus, each chakra can be associated with particular parts of the body and particular functions within the body controlled by that plexus or that endocrine gland associated with that Chakra.
All of your senses, all of your perceptions, all of your possible states of awareness, everything it is possible for you to experience, can be divided into seven categories. Each category can be associated with a particular Chakra. Thus, the Chakras represent not only particular parts of your physical body but also particular parts of your consciousness.
The Chakras are doorways for our consciousness. They are doorways through which emotional, mental, and spiritual forces flow into physical expression. They are openings through which our attitudes and belief systems enter into and create our body/mind structure. The energy created from our emotions and mental attitudes runs through the Chakras and is distributed to our cells, tissues, and organs. Realizing this brings tremendous insight into how we ourselves affect our bodies, minds, and circumstances for better or worse.
When you feel the tension in your consciousness, you feel it in the Chakra associated with that part of your consciousness experiencing the stress, and in the parts of the physical body associated with that Chakra. Where you feel the stress depends upon why you feel the stress. The tension in the Chakra is detected by the nerves of the plexus associated with that chakra and transmitted to the parts of the body controlled by that plexus. When the tension continues over a period of time, or to a particular level of intensity, the person creates a symptom on the physical level.
To understand the Chakras and their relationship to our consciousness, it is better to understand ourselves. Understanding ourselves will enable us to make our choices and decisions from a place of awareness and balance, rather than being blindly influenced by forces we do not understand.
The most powerful way to open, activate, energize, and balance all of our Chakras and keep our bodies and minds in a healthy condition is to love ourselves and others unconditionally. Love is the greatest healer. Love is the vitalizing, nourishing, sustaining electricity of life.
Each one of us is interconnected and a holographic part of All that Is. As we open ourselves into a greater expression of love, wisdom, and power, we give this gift to all of creation. As one person becomes whole, humanity is that much closer to wholeness. We must remember this and take hold of our personal responsibility to ourselves and to awakening humanity. Love is the source of all healing, Love Is.
Anatomically, each Chakra corresponds to an endocrine gland, body area, and specific nerve ganglia. Chakra vibrations also correspond to an earth element, color, and musical vibrations, emotional qualities, and thought patterns. Multiple cultures, alternative medicines, and philosophies use models of Chakras.
HOW DOES ENERGY IN THE BODY WORKS?
Energy flows up and down our bodies as well as over, under, and through them. As a very simplified example, let’s think of how water flows through a garden hose, and imagine that each hose (or energy channel) is particularly calibrated for a specific fluid and psi. With a kink in a hose, flow is deficient in that place. When there is a bulge in a hose, the flow is excessive in that place. When the kid next door sticks his favorite toy down a hose, the flow is blocked.
Since we aren’t made of green plastic, these excesses, deficiencies, and blocks affect the integrity of our bodies and minds in subtle and obvious ways. They change our moods, our thoughts, our physiology, and even our circumstances (via compulsions and aversions). Learning about how our energy works can explain things that have been mysteries and awaken us to blind spots rich with potentiality.
CHAKRAS AND THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
Supporters of the notion of Chakras explain the lack of confirmation of their existence in Western medical science by noting that current technology is not capable of measuring life energy or Chakras. Some point out that arguments offered so far against the possibility of the existence of Chakras are arguments from ignorance. Skeptics rejoin that if Chakras exist then there ought to be evidence of their existence that would be acceptable to the scientific community, i.e., they argue that they find no reason to accept claims about them since there is no empirical evidence to support their existence, which is exactly what the supporters of the notion of Chakras have also affirmed.
There is, however, a marked similarity between the positions and roles described for Chakras, and the positions and roles of the glands in the endocrine system, opening the possibility that two vastly different systems of conceptualization have been brought to bear to systemize insights about the same phenomenon. By some, Chakras are thought of as having their physical manifestation in the body as these glands, and their subjective manifestation as the associated psychological and spiritual experiences. Different systems of conceptualization, Indian and Western scientific, make only a partial convergence in this case since Western science deals only with phenomena that are judged inter-subjective.
The highest Crown Chakra is said to be the Chakra of consciousness, the master chakra that controls all the others. Its role would be very similar to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to control the rest of the endocrine system, and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. The thalamus is thought to have a key role in the physical basis of consciousness.
The Ajna Chakra, or Third Eye, is linked to the pineal gland. Ajna is the Chakra of time and awareness and of light. The pineal gland is a light-sensitive gland, that produces the hormone melatonin, which regulates the instincts of going to sleep and awakening. It also produces trace amounts of the psychedelic chemical dimethyltryptamine.
The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, is said to be related to communication and growth, growth being a form of expression. This Chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat, and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation.
The Heart Chakra, Anahata, is related to love, equilibrium, and well-being. It is related to the thymus, located in the chest. This organ is part of the immune system, as well as being part of the endocrine system. It produces T cells responsible for fighting off disease and is adversely affected by stress.
The Solar Plexus Chakra, Manipura, is related to energy, assimilation, and digestion, and is said to correspond to the roles played by the pancreas and the outer adrenal glands, the adrenal cortex. These play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body.
The Sacral Chakra, Swadhisthanna, is located in the groin and is related to sexuality and emotion. This Chakra is said to correspond to the testes or the ovaries, which produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle, which can cause dramatic mood swings.
The Base Chakra, Muladhara, is related to survival, excretion, and also to basic human potentiality. It is said the kundalini lies coiled here, ready to uncoil and bring man to his highest spiritual potential in the Crown Chakra. This center is located in the region between the genitals and the anus. Although no endocrine organ is placed here, it is said to relate to the inner adrenal glands, the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight and flight response when survival is under threat. In this region is located a muscle that controls ejaculation in the sexual act. A parallel is drawn between the sperm cell and the ovum, where the genetic code lies coiled, and the legendary kundalini, ready to express itself as a fully developed human being.
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