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What are Chakras? Seven Chakras in Human Body

Teaching of Chakras and Aura is not part of original Reiki teaching by Dr. Mikao Usui or Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. It became part of Reiki training after Mrs. Takata passed away in 1980. Gradually, seeking information about chakras and aura through Internet seems to have become quite popular. Some of my students also show extra ordinary interest in aura and chakras and start questioning about them just in the beginning of my talk.

Location of seven major chakras in body and their colors, Crown chakra, third eye, throat and heart chakras, solar plexus, sacral and root chakras

I teach this topic in Reiki First Degree course (Level 1). Learning and teaching is all right but blowing it out of proportion is something else. Some people seem extra ordinarily worried about balancing of their chakras, which is not required. A normal full body Reiki session automatically takes care of them. Given below are generally prevailing concepts about chakras.

What are Chakras?
The human being consists of mainly two bodies, namely the physical body and the spiritual body. The spiritual body is composed of vibrations of light, which are structured in a way so that they create a large number of different energy centers. These energy centers are referred to as chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit word, which means a wheel. There are countless chakras in the human body. In fact every cell of the body is an energy center but out of all, seven are considered as main energy centers or chakras. All these seven chakras are located in a straight line along the spine, beginning at the base of the spine and finishing over the top of the head. They keep rotating and generating energy, which looks after physical, intellectual and emotional functions of our body, mind and spirit. This energy is perceived as light by the spiritual eye.

Chakras are not physical in nature while the body cells are. Therefore, chakras cannot be seen like other parts of the body through physical eye or X-ray machine etc. The system of chakras was perceived (or discovered) by the Indian Yogis thousands of years back when the science was in its very initial stages but the wheel had been invented. Since a wheel rotated and the chakras also rotate, they were referred to as wheels. The seven traditionally known chakras correspond to various endocrine glands as follows:

  1. Root Chakra (Sanskrit name Muladhara) – Adrenal glands
  2. Sacral Chakra (Sanskrit name Svadhisthana ) – Glands associated with reproductive organs
  3. Solar Plexus (Sanskrit name Manipura) – Pancreas
  4. Heart Chakra (Sanskrit name Anahata) – Thymus gland
  5. Throat Chakra (Sanskrit name Vishudha) – Thyroid
  6. Third eye or Brow Chakra (Sanskrit name Ajna) – Pineal gland
  7. Crown Chakra (Sanskrit name Sahasrara) – Pituitary gland

There is lot of information available on this topic both in books as well as on Internet but there are also certain myths floating around. Use your analytical and logical wisdom to differentiate.

Colors and Speed of Chakras

Each chakra has a color and an element of nature associated with it. The colors are in the order of the rainbow colors beginning with the Root Chakra: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each chakra (in fact the energy in each chakra) vibrates and rotates at a different speed. The root or first Chakra rotates at the slowest speed and the Crown or Seventh Chakra at the highest. All chakras should be in harmony with each other. A chakra may start moving too fast creating excessive energy or too slow creating deficient energy or may get altogether blocked. These two conditions are not normal. If flow of the life force energy through a chakra is not normal, the results will be different to the normal functions of that particular chakra. Such chakras must be treated and balanced.