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The chakras are a subtle energy system located at seven levels from the base of the spine to just above the crown of the head. Each chakra corresponds to a different part of your body. This system is a valuable outline of how to support and maintain a healthy and balanced sense of self. The chakras correspond not only to your physical functions, but to your emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs as well. Through the chakras, you go beyond the physical and into the nonphysical world of energy. Each chakra contains information and is stored as “personal data” (your body’s biography) which helps you to identify and interpret emotional patterns of thought and conditioned beliefs, which influence your physical, mental and spiritual well being.

“If you’re an alive body, no one can tell you how to experience the world. And no one can tell you what truth is, because you experience it yourself. The body does not lie.”

~ Stanley Keleman

Learn More About Each Chakra:

Muladhara

Location:  Base of Spine.

Influence: Base of spine, legs, bones, skeletal structures, feet, rectum, immune system

Associative Color: Red

Central focus:  Primal fears, survival, abandonment, humiliation, physical needs and safety, nourishment, self-preservation, loss of money, religion, tribal power, tribal traditions and myth, lessons related to material and physical identity, the need for logic, order and structure, the inability to ground and form boundaries.

The first chakra relates to our emotional and mental health. It is our primal instinctual connection to being alive and to our physical well-being; as well, it provides for our most basic necessities and feel a sense of belonging in the world. The root chakra reflects our belief in our right to be alive: “I have the right to be here and to have.” The first chakra is where our boundaries – or lack thereof – are created, as well as our capacity to be grounded and present in our physical bodies.

Our roots represent where we come from: the earth, the womb, our ancestors and family. Without a strongly rooted foundation, little else can be accomplished. The underlying element of this foundation is the instinct to survive; a strong foundation creates solidity, where as an unwanted child doubts his or her right to be here. To build a solid foundation we must sort out the roots of our childhood — we cannot simultaneously deny our past and maintain our roots.

Ways in which to connect to the first chakra

  • Massage/body work: helps to break down contracted body armor both physically and energetically while nurturing, providing touch and pleasure.
  • Exercise: pumps energy through the body and develops strength, promoting a sense of connection to the body and the earth.
  • Yoga: a mental, physical and spiritual discipline that is practiced to create union among these three aspects of oneself.
  • Meditation/breath work: brings us into our bodies and into present time and grounds our bodies to the earth plane.

Everything you experience has a physical sensation, therefore, if you are not present in your body with what you are truly feeling, you will be disconnected emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Svadhishthana

Location: Lower abdomen, between naval and genitals.

Influence:  Sex organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, appendix, bladder, hips.

Associative Color:  Orange

Central focus: Creativity, movement, money, emotional identity, and expression, vulnerability, intimacy, interpersonal relationships, power struggles, betrayal, our shadow, vengeance, greed, addictions, sexuality, sexual boundaries.

The sacral chakra is the literal birthplace – where new life is generated. It is linked to our creative impulse, the birth of ideas, attitudes and our ability to create money. Creation is the driving force, literal and metaphoric.

Our initial experience with vulnerability is met through our right to feel. Emotional identity and self-expression in early childhood teaches us how to release or repress our emotions. Without an understanding of what we feel and how to express ourselves, the struggle to evolve becomes more difficult. The greater the repression, the more our shadow resorts to extreme behaviors.

Through outward movement and physical exploration, we can release emotions as well as stimulate perception and consciousness.

The second chakra is the level where we meet ourselves through projection. Unrealized aspects of self, both shadow, and light are mirrored in our personal and impersonal relationships. Power plays, betrayal, vengeance, addictions are ways in which we will experience the struggle to reclaim our personal power. When we face our shadow in the second chakra we will be able to own our power, within the third.

Sexuality is a connecting force that unites and yet is not limited to the act of sex itself. Through the intimate union, we are invited to release and surrender, transcending the physical experience to a higher spiritual level of connectivity. As quoted by Thomas Moore, “Sex is not only earthy, it is also sublime.”

To be sexual is to open our senses to various types of penetration: love, intimacy, inspiration, creativity, vulnerability. Paradoxically we are not only deepened but expanded by our sexuality.

Mantras For The Second Chakra

  • I suspend my beliefs in opposites by seeing myself in all.
  • I express myself with ease and confidence.
  • I lovingly release the past, moving forward with forgiveness.
  • I allow life to flow through me.
  • It is safe for me to enjoy my body.
  • I allow the full power of my sexuality to operate with joy.
  • I experience the beauty of life.
  • I am an open channel of creativity.

Location:  Between naval and base of the sternum.

Influence:  Stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine, and solar plexus.

Associative Color: Yellow

Central focus: Personal power, individuation, initiation, trust, courage, self-esteem, ego identity, responsibility, judgment, entitlement, control, shame, rejection.

“Power is not a thing but a way.”    ~ Anodea Judith

In the first chakra we meet our relationship with power through the group, the second through inner personal relationships whereas here in the third chakra we are confronted with our ability to own our power outright.

This power center determines how we stand on our own, take responsibility for ourselves and acquire a personal code of honor. Here is where we step out of the tribe and ask ourselves,“Who am I?”

To Individuate is to awaken and evolve from our instinctual impulses of the tribal mind to the conscious responses of the intuitive mind (the ability to have individual thought).

Our impulse to break free from the tribe is driven by will, yet tempered by our levels of self-esteem and courage. Without a healthy sense of personal value, we doubt our ability to become independent, therefore allowing the tribe’s influences to control and shame our choices. If we over-identify or use anger as a form of rejection of the group we will use judgment and entitlement as our illusion of power.

Whether we seek to empower ourselves or not, life will meet us with challenges that require us to choose beyond the tribal law. These tests initiate us toward autonomy and wholeness; choosing to ignore these opportunities leaves us fragmented and unsatisfied.

Some may never fully awaken this chakra at all, spending their lives following the path of least resistance, giving their power to others, being defined by others’ expectations, and unwilling to take responsibility for their actions.

Our third chakra is also where we sense our first psychic experience through the “gut instinct”. Hence the statement “I have a gut feeling about something.”

Both psychism and intuition represent the capacity to sense something beyond normal perceptions yet each register in the body differently. A psychic experience is rooted in our instinctual nature (solar plexus-3rd chakra) whereas intuition is rooted in the nature of the soul (heart -4th chakra).

The third chakra is the last energy center before the ascent above the waist into the heart: a progression to individuality which leads us to universality. In the fourth, we discover what it means to love beyond the personality of the ego and live with an open heart.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~Marianne Williamson

Location: Center of the chest.

Influence:  Heart, lungs (the breath), shoulders, arms and hands, ribs and breasts, diaphragm, thymus gland, circulatory system.

Associative Color:  Green

Central focus:  acceptance of ourselves and of others. To lay our defenses at rest and live with a forgiving heart begins with the willingness to let go, entering a state of surrender and vulnerability.

The heart chakra is the central system that mediates between spirit and matter. It is here that we experience this co-existence and discover the nature of the soul.

Through this chakra we love compassionately and unconditionally. This love is not tribal love based on security (first chakra) or sexual love (second chakra); it is a higher state of being.

To love unconditionally is to see love in all facets of existence. Loving beyond individuality and into universality: selfless love and the interconnectedness with all.

The heart chakra balances the love of ourselves and with others; knowing how to love oneself teaches us how to love another. Our roles as caretakers is defined by this delicate balance. When we self-care , we fill our own hearts. However when we rely on others to do so, the heart is never filled. When we love selfishly through possession or co-dependency we are in love’s shadow. Fear then becomes the foundation from which our love emerges, and we wear it like an armor over our hearts.

Similarly grief weights heavy – when we deny our grief we shut ourselves off from our feelings and block the flow of energy (blood-life force) to the heart and restrict the lungs. But when grief is expressed it can open the heart and release the breath.

The ability to forgive is also tied to our heart. Forgiveness comes through love and acceptance of ourselves and of others. To lay our defenses in rest and live with a forgiving heart begins with the willingness to let go, entering a state of surrender and vulnerability.

Hate lives in love’s shadow of fear. With hate in the heart, our interconnectedness with life is lost, along with empathy and compassion.

Healing the heart takes us into where we feel most vulnerable and wounded. Yet it is through the pain and fear within the psyche that we must travel to find the peace and light of our soul.

~Love is a paradox: that the more we give, the more we can contain.

Location: Central base of neck.

Influence:  Throat, mouth, thyroid, trachea, neck, vertebrae, teeth, gums, jaw, esophagus, parathyroid, hypothalamus.

Associative Color:  Sky Blue or Turquoise

Central Focus:  Expression of power and creativity through sound, communication, resonance, will, choice, honor, truth, lies, secrets, gossip.

The mind/body connection meets at the neck in the fifth chakra.  The body functions principally through patterns unconsciously while the mind wants to understand and transcend.  As a result, the merging of the body with the function of the mind finds it’s voice in the throat chakra,  and as sound is vibration, the bodies rhythmic energy patterns along with our voice are the living expression of our vibrations.

Life is rhythmic, it is a state of synchronized vibrational patterns. Being in tune with the ebb and flow of life’s orchestration helps us to maintain an inner balance.  Congruency of the body/mind reflects a statement of health and vitality. Whereas incongruence, we cannot link with the world around us, we have feelings of isolation and we are unable to expand, respond or receive.

Creativity is an expression of the spirit within us and it is through the power of choice our creative forces are sent out into the world.  Understanding how our choices have an energetic impact and the karmic consequence is our personal responsibility.

Individuation is the discovery and expression of self. As this maturation process evolves we bring clear intent and value to our self-expression and it is here we fully develop and voice our personal code of honor and integrity separate from tribal law (first chakra).  With self-acceptance brought forward from our work in the fourth chakra we no longer need to deny what is true for us and our individuality becomes a living expression of self-actualization.

Conversation is balance of speaking and the ability to listen and respond patiently. In this chakra we learn to develop clear creative speech and listening skills.  Our words have power, they carry an energetic charge which is sent out into the world and others around us, therefore we must ask ourselves,  “what are we putting out there?” Do we speak with loving words or do speak using words as weapons?

Secrets and lies are disharmonies with life and our bodies. Withholding truth and speaking lies suspends the flow of energy to the sixth chakra of perception. Illusion becomes our truth from which life is perceived through restricting our ability to transcend self-expression harmoniously.

When this chakra is blocked we may have difficulty expressing what we feel, our voice tone may be weak,   we can be prone to sore throats or coughs and/or struggle to make personal choices. If excessive, the voice may be loud or the person may habitually interrupt or dominate conversation as well as be inclined to gossiping behavior.

No one chakra is more or less important than the other, yet it is my belief that if we cannot find and express our voices with conscious awareness we cannot bring forth transformation in our lives and in turn for the world around us.

Location: Brow

Influence: Brain, base of skull, nervous system, eyes, nose, pineal gland, pituitary gland.

Associative Color: Indigo Blue

Central focus: Self-reflection, the intellect, intuition, psychism, clairvoyance, truth, wisdom, illusion, imagination, dreams, visions, symbolism, archetypes, pattern recognition.

This chakra relates to wisdom and the search for truth.  In the sixth chakra, “our purpose is  to see the way, and bring the light of consciousness to all that exist within and around us.” While our two eyes allow us to perceive the physical world the third eye sees beyond the physical plane into the world of symbology.  It is the task of this chakra to interpret and assimilate information into meaning that leads to self-reflection and understanding.

Dreams are the bridge to the unconscious. Through symbolisms in our dreams we can access unsolved missing pieces of ourselves and obtain broader creative vision in which to see life.  Our dreams can take us beyond the limits of the physical body where there is no linear time or space, allowing us to free feelings and movement we deny ourselves in our waking life.

Illusion is the shadow of this chakra. When we fixate on an image how we think something should be, we are caught in misconception. The more we invest in the illusion the more difficult it is to let go of.  Like an addiction illusion does not give back it only takes from us, leading us to obsession and/or delusion.

We are equipped to search for the difference between illusion and truth, bridging the unconscious with the conscious.

In the sixth chakra lies the center of our intuition as well as our intellect and ability to reason . While the rational thinking mind is linked to our intelligence and affords us with the ability to learn and process information, our intuition serves as an internal compass to guide us through the non-linear world.  Intuition reveals itself in the language of silence, metaphor or imagery simulating us to pay attention, understand, and be guided by it rather than conventional wisdom. It is the voice of our divine nature.

When we see the world solely through our intellect we ignore internal guidance and hidden perception, using control as our form of security; self-sabotaging and consequently creating a vicious cycle of repeated conditioned behavioral responses and choices.

 

“One who understands others has knowledge; one who understands himself has wisdom.”    ~the TAO

Location:  Top of head.

Influence:  Cerebral cortex, upper skull, skin.

Associative Color:  White or Gold

Central focus:  Connection to spirit, enlightenment, self-realization, fulfillment, faith, individuation, humanitarianism, , selflessness, transcendence, attachment.

We work our way up awakening each chakra to arrive at a form of enlightenment in the Crown Chakra. This is not a journey’s end, but a rebirth and beginning that which some describe as “Kundalini Awakening”.

Here in the seventh chakra awareness of our spirit is realized and our connection to a more encompassing spirit outside ourselves. This spiritual connection is not religion. Religion speaks to the tribal mind and is associated with the first chakra.

When we awaken to the seventh chakra we are open to cosmic energy that is linked with Divine wisdom and thought. At this level the intellect is abandoned and the experience of a “knowing” is realized as is an established connective cord to the Divine.

As our awareness increases, it allows us to expand outward to encompass a larger portion of the universal field of consciousness and collective wisdom integrating the Divine into our physical lives. Our individual thoughts transcend our instinctual nature (lower ego) to sense our interconnectedness to the greater whole.  We discover our universal Identity to the “One Life.”

With this new recognition of “self” the transformation from the tribal mind to the intuitive mind reveals itself. Our detachment from instinctual and tribal conditioning reveals an awakened recollection of our soul nature, initiating individual thought separate from tribal first chakra thinking. Although this may indicates a solo outcome the contrary is true, for the initiate has realized the greater aspect to the understanding of being part of something bigger. It is here when selflessness and humanitarian efforts are set in motion; giving through service without an expectation of personal (lower ego)gain.

Attachment is a shadow of the seventh chakra that holds us anchored in fear and survival.  If we are not able to transform our perceived systems of safety we will forever resist a deeper connection to something outside of our own physical existence. Thus allowing the Addict archetype to hold hostage the Mystic within.

BOOK RESOURCES
Self-Awareness/Spirituality
  • Braving The Self, Teresa Campos
  • Sacred Contracts, Caroline Myss
  • Anatomy of the Spirit, Caroline Myss
  • Why People Don’t Heal, Caroline Myss
  • A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  • Quantum Healing, How To Know God, Deepak Chopra
  • You Can Heal your Life, Louise Hay
  • Women, God and Food, Geneen Roth
  • Shine Forth–The Soul’s Magical Destiny, William Meader
Meditation/Visualization
  • Learn to Meditate, David Fontana PhD
  • Creative Visualization, Shakto Gawain
Chakras
  • Eastern Body Western Mind, Judith Anodea
  • Chakras and their Archetypes, Ambika Wauters
Astrology
  • Chart Interpretation, Steven Arroyo
  • Intuitive Astrology, Elizabeth Rose Campbell
  • The Twelve Houses, Howard Sasportas
  • The Luminaries, Liz Green & Howard Sasportas
  • Astrology and The Rising of Kundalini, Barbara Clow
  • Soul Centered Astrology, Alan Oken
Miscellaneous
  • Comfortable with Uncertainty, Pema Chodron
  • The Soul of Sex–Cultivating Life as an Act of Love, Thomas Moore
  • Shadow Dance, How To Be An Adult In Relationships, David Richo
  • The Prophet, Kahil Gibran
  • The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton PhD
  • Transforming Fate Into Destiny, Robert Ohatto
  • Money Magic, Deborah Price
GLOSSARY

Intuition

For many of us, our intuitive nature has become buried beneath our rational thinking mind and our instinctual conditioning.  As societal expectations have largely not supported the intuitive function, we consequently rely on the rational mind which offers a limited scope of perspective, choice and possibility. Listening to our intuition serves as our inner compass, guiding and reuniting ourselves with our own inner knowledge- intuition is the language of the soul.

Archetype

An archetype is a universal pattern or symbol which all humans experience in some form. It is recognized and understood by the image that comes to mind when we encounter a particular archetype, and serves as a symbol to us.

Archetypes have been present from the earliest civilizations; these universal projections belong to what the depth psychologist Carl Jung called “the collective unconscious:”  the structure of the human psyche that autonomously organizes human experience through universal vs personal, symbols.

Each of us perceives an archetype differently in accordance with our personal backgrounds. For example the archetype of the “Mother” or “Father” bring up distinct individual images for everyone based on their experiences of parent. Some archetypes represent a concept such as “Marriage” or “Death”, which also brings to mind individual beliefs and images.

As well, the astrological signs of the zodiac and planets embody various archetypes which represent aspects of the ego/personality. Here the astrological model adds significance in the way that archetypal patterns work themselves into our lives.

The archetypal journey towards self knowledge involves recognizing ways in which particular archetypes function within each of us; through this understanding we can identify patterns and beliefs that remain hidden or denied and more fully realize ourselves.

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