Chakra Meanings

Through these chakra meanings you will have a better understanding of chakra energy and their characteristics.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word (The ancient language of India in which most religious and spiritual literature was written) that literally means “wheel.” The chakras are interpreted as wheels of energy and as they spin they move the energy up and down the body. They run up the center of the body, parallel to the spinal column.

The Chakra Meanings (including symbols):

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    1st Root Chakra (physical body) is located at the base of the spine and is known as Muladhara Chakra, meaning “root support.” This chakra is associated with the earth. Energy flows in two directions when the root chakra is in balance. The energy flows downward into the earth and it is also drawn up from the earth.

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    2nd Spleen Chakra (emotional body) is located below navel in the lower belly and is known as Swadhisthana Chakra, meaning “sacred home of the self.” This chakra is associated with the qualities of water. When this chakra is in balance you grow as a person, you can adapt easily and go with the flow.

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    3rd Navel Chakra (intellectual body) is located between the ribs and navel and is known as Manipura Chakra, meaning “city of shining petals.” This chakra is associated with fire. When Manipura Chakra is in balance you have a sense of being unique. You have a personal sense of honor and people feel your charisma and integrity.

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    4th Heart Chakra (heart center) is in the middle of the chest and is called Anahata Chakra, meaning “un-struck.” The Heart chakra is associated with air (neither liquid nor solid). When this chakra is in balance you feel free, emotionally empowered, and hopeful. Of all the chakra meanings this one has the important role of moving ideas into physical reality.

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    5th Throat Chakra (etheric body) is in middle of the throat and is known as Vishuddha Chakra, meaning “pure place.” This chakra is associated with ether (space). When Vishuddha Chakra is open and balanced you are able to express yourself openly without fear of what others will think.

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    6th Brow Chakra (celestial body) is located between the eye brows and is called Ajna Chakra. When this chakra is balanced and open you see the world around you without judgment. Ajna Chakra is home of intuition and psychic perception.

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    7th Crown Chakra (spirit) is located at the crown or top of the head, it is called Sahasrara Chakra. You will achieve a strong connection to higher consciousness when this chakra is well balanced. Sahasrara Chakra is the most wonderful of all the chakras. It is truly the “mystical center.”

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The chakra meanings I have listed here are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding this intricate energy system. Chakras hold the energies that connect you to the Divine Source. They can open you to spirituality and health. So live your best life now by getting to know who you truly are and how your life force connects and interacts with all that is around you and within you.

Swami Saradananda’s book called Chakra Meditation is a fantastic resource for getting to know more about chakras.

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