Chakras 101

A quick Google search shows that people have a lot of questions about chakras. I have to admit that when I first learned about chakras I became very confused very quickly. However, I have since come to value and love chakras and I hope that I can pass that love on to you.

It’s important to understand chakras because they are a vital tool in your psychic development.

So what sort of questions are people asking? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chakras.

What are Chakras?

Chakras are circles of energy. Energy flows through your body via energy pathways called meridians. So your chakras are simply energy hubs where your meridians meet.

Imagine a road system with lots of intersections (or roundabouts if you’re in the UK).

The car is like your energy which travels along the road (your energy pathway – meridians) and the intersections or roundabouts are like your chakras.

Chakras are like intersections or roundabouts

Why are Chakras Called Chakras?

Sanskrit is a very ancient Indian language and ‘chakra’ is the Sanskrit word for circle, disk, spinning wheel or vortex.  The word ‘chakra’ written in Sanskrit looks like this:

Sanskrit symbol for the word Chakra

What do Chakras do?

The function of chakras is to balance and store your energy and to keep that energy flowing right through your human body and your subtle body.

Whoa…back up…what’s my subtle body???

Your subtle body – the non-physical one which overlays your physical one – is called the aura. Your aura has seven layers and each layer of the aura holds different information.

Each of the seven layers of the aura corresponds to one of the seven chakras. There are diagrams showing this later in this post.

It is the energies from the seven chakras that produce the seven layers of the aura. The distance that the aura emanates from your physical body is affected by your physical, emotional and spiritual health.

So you can already see how important it is to keep your chakras balanced because if they are out of whack then your aura will be too.

Wait…I’m getting confused. Are chakras and auras the same?

No – although Auras and chakras are connected and influence each other they are not the same thing.

Chakras can be seen as swirling discs of energy which act as pathways for energy to be absorbed and metabolised and your aura is an energy field that encases your body like subtle layers of cloud.

how your chakras and auras reflect each other

How can Chakras Help me with Meditation and Psychic Development?

If you’re trying to connect with a higher being such as your Spirit Guide, you need to be able to align your energy with theirs.

Higher beings vibrate at a much faster rate than we do and so to make that connection, they slow down their energies and we attempt to speed ours up. If this is successful, we can ‘meet in the middle’. Therefore, much of Psychic Development is learning to sustain that higher energy for longer and longer periods of time to improve the connection and make communication easier and clearer.

image explaining Energy in psychic communication

If you want to learn how to work as a Medium or do energy work such as healing, it’s important to be able to keep your energy levels fast. And to achieve that, you need healthy, functioning chakras.

How do Chakras become Blocked or Unbalanced?

When we are physically ill, our flow of energy slows down and our chakras may become blocked. Imagine a river that has bends in it. When the flow of the river slows down, more silt or sludge is deposited in the bends. If this continues, the bend may eventually become completely blocked.

Once a chakra becomes blocked or unbalanced, it can lead to ill health so it’s a vicious circle.

How do I keep my Chakras Healthy?

Learning how to open and close your chakras is a useful way of keeping them spinning in tip top condition. It’s also a good way of avoiding one of the most common problems with chakras and auras…the dreaded psychic vampire.

baby dressed as a vampire bat

Don’t freak out! This is not as bad as it sounds, although it is an issue to be mindful of. Psychic vampires are basically just people who drain away our energy and we all know people who leave us feeling wiped out.

If a psychic vampire drains your energy, it can slow your chakras down and it may also damage your aura. If your aura becomes torn or bruised, then your ‘outside protection’ is compromised. So this may make you feel tired, irritable, off kilter and generally not well.

How do I Stop That?

girl with padlocks on her chakrasLuckily, there is an easy fix to keep your aura and chakras in good condition. If you’re going to be in a large and crowded space, such as a shopping mall or music concert (or even just near a psychic vampire that you have already identified), just shut your chakras down firmly. It’s also a good idea to add some extra protection by imagining that your aura is wrapped around you like a cloak.

Try a Few on for Size…

As with all visualisations, you will find the one that works for you. Some people imagine locking each chakra down with a huge padlock while others see them as a door slamming shut. You could also visualise a mirror in front of you, with the mirrored surface pointing towards the people around you. Their energy draining tricks will bounce right back at them.

If your Chakras do Become Blocked or Unbalanced…

…they can be healed, realigned, unblocked and balanced in many different ways.

These methods include –

  • Chakra Meditation
  • Visualization
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Sound
  • Sight using yantras or mandalas – yep, more questions 🙂 I will be writing more about yantras and mandalas in the future.
  • Touch using spiritual healing
  • Smell using aromatherapy

Chakra aromatherapy oils

What do Chakras Look Like? 

To visualize a chakra in your body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where your physical matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy is called Prana and it’s a vital life force and it keeps you vibrant, healthy, and alive.

Each chakra has a colour and a position in the human body. Knowing these colours and positions helps us to visualize them as best we can. Many people find that performing a Chakra Meditation helps them to see their auras more clearly.

Others like to wear a crystal chakra bracelet or chakra necklace to enhance their chakras and to remind them of the powerful energies at work. 

chakra bracelet

Where Did the Belief in Chakras Come From?

Belief in Chakras goes back a very long way. It originated in India and was first recorded as being used in Ayurvedic medicine. The earliest Ayurvedic records go back to 2500 BC.

In yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, the word Chakra refers to energy wheels throughout the body.

Don’t you love how answering one question just brings more questions? As a psychic, you’ll never be bored as there’s a lifetime of learning.

What does Ayurvedic Mean?

Ayurvedic is a Sanskrit word. Ayur means life and veda is knowledge, so Ayurveda is life knowledge.  Ayurvedic medicine – also known simply as Ayurveda – was developed thousands of years ago in India and it’s one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems.

ayurveda life knowledge

The Wonderful Balance of Ayurveda

Ayurveda believes that your health and wellness both depend on the delicate balance between your mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic medicine promotes good health, rather than fighting disease. 

Ayurveda is now considered a form of complementary and/or alternative medicine and Ayurvedic treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.

It sees illness as caused by something being uneven in the body. In Ayurvedic medicine, there are many methods of treating this unevenness, including herbal treatments, physical exercise and meditation.

What are the Seven Chakras?

There are hundreds of chakras in a human body but in psychic work, we mostly use the seven main ones.

They start with the first, which is at the base of your spine and move up in alignment with the spine, to the seventh one which is on the crown of your head.

Here’s a quick roundup of the seven major chakras and their meanings.

Read More: Chakra Colours and Meanings

The First Three – Chakras of Matter

The first three chakras are chakras of matter which means that they are more involved in the physical than the spiritual. 

They start at the base of the spine.

First Chakra: The Muladhara : The Root Chakra

Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is one of stability, security and basic needs.

It includes your bladder, your colon and the first three vertebrae.

You feel safe and fearless when your Root Chakra is open.

Second Chakra : The Svadhisthana : The Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is your chakra of creative expression and sexual vitality.

It is above your pubic bone, below your navel.

Third Chakra: The Manipura : Solar Plexus / Naval Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura means lustrous gem and this chakra is your source of personal power.

It encompasses the area from your navel to your breastbone.

The Fourth Chakra: The Connection Between Matter and Spirit

Fourth chakra: The Anahata : The Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is right in the middle of the seven major chakras.

It is a bridge uniting your three lower matter chakras and your three upper spiritual chakras.

The Heart Chakra is also the bridge connecting your body, your emotions, your mind and your spirit.

The heart chakras own association is love and connection with others – physical, emotional and spiritual.

The Fourth Chakra: The Connection Between Matter and Spirit

The Last Three – Chakras of Spirit

The last three chakras are chakras of spirit because they are more involved in the spiritual than the physical . 

They start with the throat chakra.

Fifth chakra: Vishudda : The Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra is located in the area of the throat.

It encompasses your neck, thyroid, parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth and tongue.

This chakra is your centre of verbal expression and gives you the ability to speak your highest truth.

Sixth Chakra: The Ajna : The Third Eye Chakra

Third Eye Chakra

Ajna is our center of intuition.

This ‘third eye’ chakra is located in between your eyebrows

and it helps you to hone your sense of intuition.

Seventh Chakra: The Sahaswara : The Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is sometimes called the “thousand petal lotus” and it is located on the crown of your head.

This is the chakra of enlightenment – the chakra of spiritual connection to your higher self, to others and ultimately, to the divine.

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