The theory of the Subtle Energy Body & its Energy Centers - Chakras - comes from the tradition of Tantric Yoga, which flourished in India from 600-1300 CE - & is still alive today. In mature Tantric Yoga, the many branches of the tradition articulated a different Chakra system & some branches articulated more than one.
At Sentient Creations we have aligned our products to work with the system that was originally founded in the thirteenth-century in a scripture called the Śāradā-tilaka, which identifies 7 main Chakra energy centers & has since then gone on to be one of the most widely recognised & followed yogic systems of today.
The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to “spinning wheel”. In yoga, meditation & Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. Within our bodies, we have seven of these major energy centers & many more minor ones.
The Seven Major Chakras
The seven major Chakras are typically represented sitting along the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualise a Chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter & consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy & alive.
These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main Chakras contain bundles of nerves & major organs as well as our psychological, emotional & spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it is essential that Chakras stay open, aligned & fluid. Sometimes Chakras may become blocked due to stress, emotional or physical problems. If the body’s ‘energy system’ can not flow freely it is likely that problems will occur. The consequence of irregular energy flow may result in physical illness & discomfort or a sense of being mentally & emotionally out of balance.
Since mind, body, soul & spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into aligned balance.
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We can further understand the energetic existence of our Chakras (& their associated emotions) by understanding their colour. Yes, each Chakra has a color associated with it! Visible light gives off electromagnetic waves, vibrating across the field through time & space. Depending on how quickly the waves are vibrating, our eyes will pick them up as different colors. Red, for instance, is a lower-frequency wave that looks like a slow roll; purple, on the other hand, is a high-frequency wave with sharp peaks & valleys. In fact, we can measure a wave in nanometers & then determine its energetic strength! The Chakra energies, vibrating at their different frequencies, likewise have different colors.
Chakras & Your Body
A Chakra may be likened to a wheel or a vortex, but it operates like a ball of energy interpenetrating the physical body. The Chakras themselves are not physical; you can’t see them on an X-ray. They are aspects of consciousness & they interact with the physical & energetic body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system & the nervous system. Each of the seven Chakras is associated with one of the nine endocrine glands & also with a particular group of nerves, called a plexus, making them important elements in healing. Thus, each Chakra corresponds with particular parts of the body & particular functions within the body controlled by that plexus or that endocrine gland, which is the key to understanding how Chakra healing methods work.
Through understanding the Chakra system & being able to identify energy imbalances within this framework, we are then empowered with the knowledge to consciously take the time to check in with any area of our mental, physical & spiritual state that may need attention.