What is a chakra? A chakra is an energy center within the body. There are seven chakra energy centers and they run up the center of the body, parallel to the spinal column.
Chakra energy flows from the first chakra up through the center of the body to the seventh chakra at the crown of the head.
Chakra colors and locations
7th Crown (violet) crown or top of the head
6th Brow (indigo) between the eye brows
5th Throat (blue) middle of the throat
4th Heart (green) middle of the chest
3rd Navel (yellow) between the ribs and navel
2nd Spleen (orange) below navel the lower belly
1st Root (red) the base of the spine
Thoughts and Feelings Associated with the Chakras
7th Crown (spirit) release and surrender
6th Brow (celestial body) inspiration and insight
5th Throat (etheric body) self expression
4th Heart (heart center) feelings*
3rd Navel (intellectual body) opinions
2nd Spleen (emotional body) feelings
1st Root (physical body) concept or original idea
*Feelings from the heart chakra are usually different from feelings associated with the spleen chakra. The heart chakra is the level between the material and spiritual worlds.
Chakras and Healing
Chakra energy is held and transmitted through each chakra. When
talk about their
they always speak of the transmission or movement of energy in the body.
There are many healing methods that you can explore and they all involve the manipulation of energy including healing with color using chakra colors:
As the healer moves their hands over the body at a slight distance away from the body they feel the sensations of each of the energy centers or chakras. At each center in the body energy can be felt as a very strong vibration, heat, or a pushing sensation. In the case of a weak energy center the healer may feel a cold sensation.
The difference in feeling for each of the centers helps the healer determine which chakra needs healing or balancing.
Feeling Chakra Energy
With practice you can feel the energy of your own chakra centers. Scan your body by slowly moving your hands over your body without actually touching it. You will feel slight variation in sensation or feeling in your hands and fingers. Some people feel buzzing, heat, cold, or a slight resistance.
Be patient and focused and you will feel the difference in certain areas of your body. Everyone experiences this energy in a different way; you will know the difference as you move your hands along your body. Try it out on a friend and see what kind of feeling you get from their energy.
Try this quick energy sensing test:
1. Rub the palms of your hands together
2. With palms facing slowly bring them together, but not touching
3. Slowly move them apart and then together again, but not touching
You should feel a slight resistance between your palms. The feeling is like a slight sensation of buoyancy or as if a soft sponge is being held between your hands as you bring them closer and then further apart.
So Much More
There is so much
more to be learned about chakras
and how they influence your body, mind, spirit. Please take the time to check out the resource section below for wonderful books that can take your learning further.
Return to Living Words of Wisdom from Chakra Energy
Wheels of Light: Chakras, Auras, and the Healing Energy of the Body by Rosalyn L. Bruyere
The Chakras (Quest Book) by Charles Leadbeater
The 7 Healing Chakras Workbook: Exercises and Meditations for Unlocking Your Body's Energy Centers by Brenda Davies
Other books about Chakras