The Chakras: Our Spiritual Energy Centers
According to Eastern philosophy, there are seven energy centers — Chakras — in the body, that run along the spinal cord, from the tip of the spine, to the top of the head. Each chakra governs a specific realm of psychospiritual experience, and can be shown to correlate with seven stages of personality development. Each chakra reflects the health or dis-ease of the individual as a function of blockage by self-limiting thought patterns — or, negative elementals — in a given part of the body. Healing of the personality represented by a particular chakra occurs by replacing the negative elementals with growth-promoting thought patterns — positive elementals.
The seven major Chakras are:
The First Chakra: The Root Chakra (Self Image)
The Second Chakra: The Sacral Chakra (Inner Feelings)
The Third Chakra: The Solar Plexus Chakra (Self-Concept)
The Fourth Chakra: The Heart Chakra (Self-Nurturing)
The Fifth Chakra: The Throat Chakra (Self-Expression)
The Sixth Chakra: The Brow Chakra (Self-Perception)
The Seventh Chakra: The Crown Chakra (Higher Purpose)
The Root Chakra
Located at the very bottom of the spine, the Root Chakra governs issues around physical self-preservation. These issues include survival, security and safety, as well as primal erotic and procreational urges. This domain is the primary focus of psychospiritual development at ages 0-3 years. Blockage in this energy center of the body can result in a core sense of unworthiness and self-doubt and a passion of shame. Thought forms such as“I don’t deserve love,” “I’m ashamed of who I am,” and “I’m always misunderstood,” are common in people with a blocked Root Chakra. They try to compensate for these feelings by acquiring, keeping, and controlling material possessions, by becoming addicted to material things. Physical problems with the coccyx, anus, and genitals may be associated with the First Chakra.
The Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra is located in front of the spine at the lower abdomen, and is generallyconsidered the emotional center of the personality. It holds and governs feelings around one-on-one relationships, including sexuality in the context of a relationship. It is the primary focus of development at ages 3-7, when the conscience emerges; it is the realm of “boundary issues.” Blockage in this energy center of the body can lead to feelings of guilt and fear around sexual feelings and relationships in later life, preventing the free flow of love to and from another person. Thought forms such as “No one can get close to me” and “It is not safe to commit to a relationship, ” are common in people with blockage in the Second Chakra. They attempt to escape their fear and pain by the addictions of sex, drama and thrill-seeking. Physical disorders may manifest in the region of the reproductive organs, bladder, small and large intestines and lower back.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
Located in front of the spine in the area of the solar plexus, The Third Chakra governs issuesaround self-esteem, work and social values. It is generally considered the power center of the personality, allowing the person to “be in the world.” The Solar Plexus Chakra is the psychospiritual domain of primary focus from ages 7-12, the grade school years, when we further expand our conception of “who I am,” as we relate to the world outside our family. Feelings of inadequacy and inferiority and a sense of helplessness can be associated with the Third Chakra. Thought forms such as “My survival depends on you,” “It makes me angry to be such a victim” and “Nothing comes easy in my life,” are common in people with blockage in this chakra. They try to compensate for these feelings by controlling, proving or phony behavior. They may become addicted to work, while finding no real joy in their accomplishments. On a physical level, the Third Chakra influences most of the major organs of digestion and purification, including the liver, gall bladder, stomach, pancreas, spleen, kidneys and adrenal glands.
The Heart Chakra
The Fourth Chakra is located in front of the spinal column at the level of the physical heart.It is generally considered the love center of the personality, reflecting the presence of both human and divine love in one ’s life. It is a domain of primary focus during the adolescent years, when rapid body changes and erupting libido cast a new urgency to the perpetual question,“Who am I?” and expands the idea of self. The Heart Chakra is the “highest” chakra because it is situated at the very center of the soul’s experience, and is therefore the center of personality unification. Separation at the Heart Chakra can lead to thought forms such as “I always pay a price for love,” “There’s always something missing in my life” and “I feel guilty because I can’t do all that I should.” People with these feelings try to compensate by becoming duty-bound, addicted to suffering, guilt and martyrdom. Physical disorders may manifest in the circulatory system, the heart, lungs and thymus gland.
The Throat Chakra
Located in the area of the neck and throat, the Fifth Chakra is known as the communicationcenter of the personality. It reflects the ability to recognize one’s own truth and needs and communicate these to others. Like the Heart Chakra, it is a primary focus of development during the adolescent years. Because the adolescent’s challenge is to orient him/her self by communicating experiences with peers, role confusion and loss of identity can occur. When blocked in this chakra, thepersonality is attempting to survive by a lie. Truth is pain. Common thought forms such as “If I express my true feelings and needs, I will be ridiculed,” “I do not deserve to speak up,” “If I tell people how I’ve been victimized, I can get pity and attention from people” and “If I act bossy enough, I can intimidate people into giving me what I want.” People blocked in the Throat Chakra compensate for these thought forms essentially by manipulating circumstances and other people to get what they want. Physical disorders of the mouth, vocal cords, trachea, esophagus and thyroid are associated with a blocked Fifth Chakra.
The Brow Chakra
The Sixth Chakra is located between and slightly above the eyebrows. It is sometimes called“the third eye” because it is the seat of spiritual vision and moral discernment. When open and healthy, it gives direct, intuitive and conscious insight into one’s life that is far more reliable than intellectual analysis. It is a major focus of development during ages 17-21, when the young adult is finally ready to achieve independence, explore his/her personal values and pursue commitments to intimate relationships, career and other affiliations. Blockage in the Brow Chakra may cause the personality to become enslaved by a compulsive drive to achieve perfection according to its private definition thereof. Inevitably falling short of its ideal, the personality falls prey to guilt and feels deserving of punishment. The self sees only imperfection, generating thought forms such as,“It’s all my fault; it’s all your fault,” “I’m defective,” “The worst will happen” and “I have nothing to contribute to the world.” Physical disorders of the eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, pituitary gland and general endocrine function are associated with a blocked Sixth Chakra.
The Crown Chakra
Located just above the top of the head, the Crown Chakra is the entry point of spiritual energiesinto the personality. It is the first point of conscious contact between Spirit and the human mind. It is difficult to describe the Seventh Chakra in developmental terms, since a conscious spiritual search may begin quite early in youth or never happen in a lifetime. When separated at the Seventh Chakra we can find no meaning in life apart from the shifting and transient purposes of the world, such as material gain, social status and physical pleasure. Negative thoughts that occur as a result include,“I’m not sure what I really want,” “My ultimate dream is the dream of my country” and “I feel fulfilled if people admire me.” With continued expansion of the Crown Chakra, our life purpose becomes indistinguishable from God’s purpose for us. Our own joy is God’s joy.