Introduction to Chakras
The term, ‘chakra’ (pronounced /ˈ∫häkrə/ or originally /ˈCHäkrə/) is derived from the Sanskrit word “cakra,” generally meaning ‘wheel’ or ‘circle.’
Chakras are like spinning wheels of energy within the body.
Reference to chakras dates back to the ancient Holy Vedic texts of Hinduism. In India’s medicinal tradition, known as Ayurveda, it is thought that the mind, body and soul are connected by a life force energy (called prana) that flows through and around the body. Other Eastern philosophies share this similar view of health and wellbeing, such as ancient Chinese and Japanese cultures and their medicinal practices, which refer to this same life force energy as ‘chi’ and ‘ki’ respectively (like Reiki).
Life force energy should flow freely, like a river, through these energy centers (called ‘chakras’ in the Hindu tradition and ‘energy meridians’ in the Oriental tradition) to ensure the nourishment of cells and tissues of connected organ systems and overall good health.
They believe the root of all disease stems from an imbalance or blockage of energy in any of these energy centers.
If the blockage of energy is not cleared, the obstruction grows greater and causes symptoms of overt disease, such as pain. For example, if you have a tense back from a stress-induced muscular knot (according to the NY Times the cause of muscular knots is currently unknown), Traditional Chinese Medicine will seek treatments to increase circulation such as Acupuncture, Gua Sha, or as famously seen in the Olympics, Cupping. In the New Age tradition, crystal healers may use certain stones in Chakra Balancing therapy that correspond to the color and thus frequency of the chakra in question to restore its vibration.
It is thought that there are many chakras in and around the human body.
Most people believe there are seven because they consider them to be the most important ones. In our practice we recognize and incorporate an eighth main chakra—the thymus chakra, also known as the ‘higher heart.’ It is located between the heart and throat chakras. We think the thymus chakra is extremely important. It has been associated with the thymus gland, which is related to the generation and maintenance of the immune system. This chakra signifies our ability to express selfless, spiritual love for the Great Divine Spirit.
Chakras From Head to Toe:
The Body’s Eight Main Energy Centers
All chakras are associated with a color as well as a note on the musical scale (Wauters, 2002). The colors are Red (Root), Orange (Sacral), Yellow (Solar Plexus), Green (Heart), Turquoise (Thymus), Blue (Throat), Indigo (Third Eye), and Violet (Crown).
8) Crown – Spirituality
7) Third Eye – Intuition
6) Throat – Communication
5) Thymus / Higher Heart – Intent, Compassion and Truth
4) Heart – Love
3) Solar Plexus – Self Worth
2) Sacral – Sexuality
1) Root – Survival/Security
Each chakra is said to vibrate or rotate at a different speed or frequency.
Traditionally, the Root chakra (the bodily chakra closest to the ground) is slowest and the Crown chakra (the bodily chakra closest to the heavens) is quickest. Perhaps this philosophy stems from the Spectrum of Visible Light in Physics, which tells us that Violet wavelengths of light are shorter and therefore have a greater frequency (are faster) and higher energy than Red wavelengths of light.
Each chakra is said to correspond to a particular function and significance, which seem to be highly correlated to fundamental theories of developmental psychology, such as Maslow’s “Heirarchy of Needs” (Psychological Review, 1943).
Many scientific philosophies would agree that a balanced system provides optimal results.
In terms of spiritual and energetic health, wellbeing can be achieved with balanced energy in the chakras.
If the chakras are too open, it’s overload. If they are closed it doesn’t allow life force energy to flow. It has been said that chakras that are open and spinning clockwise best receive universal energy. Many scientific disciplines would agree that many systems of life are interdependent as well. This idea carries into the spiritual belief that the human energy body is interdependent on the physical body.
According to Eastern philosophies and cultures that honor the existence of a physical and nonphysical body, if there is an imbalance or any chakras are blocked, this will lead to ill effects on your physical and/or emotional bodies (McMurray, 2005, Holistic Nursing Practice).
Like many practitioners of holistic medicine, where energy is involved in the dialogue of health, we use crystals and gemstones among other tools of the trade to re-balance all the chakras. Crystals and gemstones have been used for protection and healing for thousands of years. They are thought to help stimulate and harmonize the mind, body and spirit.
If you are interested, we have a few special chakra balancing kits for sale.
About the Authors
Kamaira Philips, Bachelor of Music (BM), is a co-founder of Mind Body Spiritual Awareness. She is an operatic soprano, an intuitive energy healer and modern shaman, a meditation instructor, a certified EMT and a scientist. Kamaira is researching topics related to immunology, virology, and alternative medicine (sound healing, vibroacoustic therapy, mindfulness meditation) at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine.
Kaylee is a co-founder of Mind Body Spiritual Awareness. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing. She applies various techniques with clients such as Intuitive Reading, Aura Cleansing, Chakra Balancing, Sound and Crystal Therapy, Meditation, Reiki, Shamanic Counseling and Spiritual Life Coaching.