What are Chakras?

From the Chakra Insight Oracle Guidebook By: Caryn Sangster

Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means “wheel of light”. Chakras are also known as energy centres or psychic centres. They are the connection between each of us, individually, and the rest of existence. In the human body there are seven major chakras which appear as wheels of energy, spinning around and around. All seven are vertically located along the spine and expand our into the aura. From the base of the spine up to the top of the head, the chakras are named as follows: Base/Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra.

All the molecules that make up our body vibrate at various frequencies. When we are sad, unwell or under stress, our body’s vibration overall will differ greatly from when we are happy, healthy, or calm. By learning about the chakra system we can gain deep insights into the way these different vibrations affect our overall wellbeing and experience of life.

Each chakra vibrates at a different frequency. The lower chakras have a dense vibration. The higher chakras have a finer vibration and spin faster than the lower chakras. Each chakra has a different energetic charge and aligns with different aspects of our awareness and activity in the world. Each chakra has its own purpose and associations. They relate to things from the most basic aspects of life, such as, issues regarding survival (in the lowest chakra) through to healing and bliss in our highest realm of consciousness (the upper chakra).

All seven chakras work together. Each also works individually acting as a conductor, transmitting and receiving energy (from earth, day-to-day life experiences and cosmic energies) into and out of our physical body. When in balance, all the chakras work together as a powerful energetic grid of inner alignment and vitality.

In addition to energy moving through the chakras, energy is also stored within each chakra. This energy comes from our memories, thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs each of which influences the vibrational frequency of the associated chakra and our overall sense of wellbeing. If we have a lot of negative beliefs, or we hold on to unresolved issues and anger, this can slow down the vibration, or cause a block, impacting on the amount of energy flowing into and out of the chakra. Over a period of time, if a chakra is blocked, or has limited or excess energy, this begins to impact on the vibrations inside this chakra which in turn impacts on the energy and experience of our physical body as a whole.

In day-to-day life, imbalances in our chakras reveal themselves in our responses and attitudes to situations and people. When we are overly aggressive, reactive, withdrawn, locked into rigid views or displaying other unhealthy behaviors, these are manifestations of an unbalanced chakra. If unaddressed, the chakra imbalance may become more chronic causing changes in energy levels, unhealthy life choices and eventually physical illness.

When our chakras are balanced and spinning at their optimum level, this has a positive impact on our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. As we heal and illuminate the energy centres of our being, we become happy, healthy, and live life to our fullest potential. Balancing our chakras is not only essential to our overall wellbeing, but it is a way of aligning our own individual soul with the divine consciousness of the universe.