The Chakra System
In a Nutshell
IS IT REAL ? DO I HAVE CHAKRAS ?
More than a physical reality, a functional reality
The Western worldview differs from the Eastern vision. In the West, where the mind reigns, the world is seen as a machine, complex indeed, but a machine from which we can isolate the elements, understand their individual functioning and reconstruct a whole from these independent operations.
It’s an analytical vision which lead the West to develop very advanced techniques, build engines and computers, etc.
As opposed to the one from the West, the oriental vision of the world does not proceed by division, but by a global vision. For example, the human body is not an assembly of organs, but rather an entity that has reactions to its environment. Thus it is possible in the Eastern vision to make comparisons between different functions of the body which, in the Western sense, have no links. In traditional Chinese medicine for example, the liver does not exist as an organ, but as a function. It directs the energy, it houses the 魂, Hun, which is that part of the soul that governs our personality and exchanges with the outside world. The eyes belong to the liver, and sexuality, in its active part belongs, to the liver. The radiance of the liver is manifested in the nails and the contractility of the muscles belongs to the liver. The liver’s positive emotion is courage, its excess is anger. Thus, when the ‘liver’ is unbalanced, so are all these elements; something that can’t be examined and diagnosed by standard Western medical approach.
In this “functional” vision, our ancestors discovered, through careful observation of human nature, that functional elements were linked and that they were geographically located in the body in specific places. They imagined the notion of Chakra to symbolize that.
The 7 Chakras
7 vibratory levels of the human being
The Chinese character for “king” is 王, wang. It symbolizes the sky, the earth, the axis between the earth and the sky, and a third horizontal line, in the middle, it is the human being.
Thus, in the Eastern vision, the human being is the link between heaven and earth.
This is how human beings carry within them all the vibratory levels that can be met between heaven and earth, from the heaviest and the unconscious to the lightest and pure consciousness.
Chakra means in Sanskrit ‘wheel’, which means that when one (wheel) begins to apprehend and to feel their activity, he or she visualizes elements of energies turning on themselves.
In order to better understand these vibratory levels and given the location of their manifestations, the elders have identified 7 main chakras (each part of the body is actually a chakra on its own, but let’s stay on the simplification of 7 chakras, this will allow us to have a quick and easy overview).
You will find below the description of the 7 chakras.
Feminine and masculine
DUAL PERCEPTION OF THE WHOLE
Like everything in the universe, the chakras exist and therefore fit into a duality. Here we will talk about high-low duality.
The first approach shows us the duality of the lower chakras, attached to matter, survival, reproduction and vital functions.
These chakras are:
1 – Mulhadara, 2 – Swadisthana and 3 – Manipura. This activity is seen as “masculine” (Shiva) in that it allows and supports the activity of the upper chakras.
With the heart, one enters the upper chakras which tend to be “feminine” (Shakti) and directed towards refinement, elevation and activities which exceed any sense of achievements in this matter. The feminine chakras are: 4- Anahata, 5 – Vishuddha, 6 – Ajna, 7 – Sahasrara.
The second approach, finer, shows us the chakras by couples Shiva-Shakti
1 – Mulhadara: Shiva – root chakra which supports and ensures a solidity to Swadisthana. It is the solid basin in which the water is preserved. If Mulhadara is not strong, energy flee and life is lost, Swadisthana can not bring power up.
2 – Swadisthana: Shakti – chakra of potential and sexual energy, this energy rises along the kundalini to irrigate all the other chakras and bloom at all levels.
3 – Manipura: Shiva – chakra of will power and identity, it is the fire that purifies, transforms and allows Anahata to serve its role of transformation and healing. If Manipura is not powerful, Anahata can not deploy.
4- Anahata: Shakti – Anahata connects, heals and transforms. It is benevolence. It is the first chakra above material contingencies and is activated by Manipura.
5 – Vishuddha: Shiva – it allows to create, conceptualize, imagine, predict and understand. This chakra provides Ajna with the conceptual basis to hoard its visions.
6 – Ajna: Shakti – it is the chakra of instinct and clairvoyance. In one look, it understands in the intimate what is.
7 – Sahasrara: Shiva – the connection with the big everything, the sacred spirit.
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The first chakra is the basis of the whole building of one’s being. It brings together the most ancestral parts of our existence: survival as well as the notions of territory and limit. Its element is the earth and it includes aspects of our psyche related to our habitat.
This is the chakra that relates to our ability to manage money and our physical and psychological strength.
Finally, it is the excretory organ, whether through the anus, the skin or the lungs, thereby reinforcing its role of controlling the limits of our body and of our energy field.
Functions: Survival, limits, territories, physical body
Body systems: Kidneys, bladder, skeleton, teeth, skin, lungs (in their “skin” appearance), anus
With the second chakra, one passes from the unconsciousness of the first chakra (Mulhadara) which is conditioned to the second chakra in its duality and the potential of energy. It is the chakra of creativity in its aspect of raw creative energy.
It is also known as the chakra of desire. We want what we do not already have, so as soon as the energy of the second chakra appears (fission), the desire to return to the first chakra appears (fusion). The second chakra is the chakra of sensuality and of the element of water. Because of its relation to the bladder and the kidneys, it already has properties of purification which creates a proximity with Vishuddha, the fifth chakra with which it maintains a privileged connection. Summary Location: Perineum / pubis Color: Orange Element: Water Sense: Taste Functions: Reproduction, sensuality, desire, sexuality Glands: Adrenal Body systems: Sexual organs, kidneys, bladder
The third chakra goes beyond the notion of the sterile uniqueness of the first chakra as well as the conditioned duality of the second. The reason for this distinction is the refocusing of the energy of the being into a coherent identity capable of understanding, judging and choosing the best orientations according to past experiences.
It is the place of our identity, the center of our courage as well as our will. It is the center of our being incarnated and with these first 3 chakras fully actualized, one reaches a state of autonomy and assures the essential functions of the human being: to survive, to reproduce, to control his/her environment and to sustain oneself. This is the last chakra of the “lower triangle” (i.e., chakras 1, 2, 3). The excessive emotion of this chakra is anger.
Functions: Will, personality, self-assertion, mockery laughter
Body systems: Stomach, liver, spleen, muscles, tendons, eyes, nails, entire digestive tract
With the center of the heart, we leave the “lower triangle”, which constitutes “the essential basis of being” to enter the “higher functions” which connect human being to the divine. Anahata is the center of the heart and presides over the capacity to give and receive. There is a bond between human beings and a bond between human beings and nature that is selfless. This chakra produces benevolence which is detached from all expectations. It is the chakra of transformation and healing. Its color is green because it is in the center, between earth and sky, as is the cell that feeds on the juice of the earth (the bottom) and transforms it in it (the middle) by mixing it with the rays of the sun (the top). This chakra also presides over true love, the one that does not attach and liberate. The heart center is the place of compassion and is the first step on the path of pure consciousness. The arms and hands that transform and heal are the extensions of the heart center.
Location: center of the chest
Color: Green (and pink)
Functions: Compassion, benevolence, love, harmony, joy of life, laughter of joy, healing, transformation
Body systems: heart, sexual organs, kidneys, bladder, lungs (in their respiratory role), arms, hands
With Vishuddha, we enter the “upper triangle” (chakras 5-6-7) where the energies are subtle beyond the capacity of the mind to apprehend. We leave the material elements to enter the vibration: the element of Vishuddha is sound.
Vishuddha is located at the delicate passage of the neck, between the body, place of production of the heavy energies, and the head, place of the energies of higher frequencies. The fifth chakra presides over the purification of the rising energy and ensures that only the purest energy passes. It brings the capacity of analysis and perspective, is the place of the positive mind as well as allows making plans and predicting the future based on our past experiences. It is the chakra of communication which allows speaking and understanding the words. It is also the chakra of manifestation. Here it has an essential role in creativity as it is linked to the second chakra. The fifth chakra is the place of expression and of putting into action the creativity, which allows channeling the raw energy of the second chakra in a coherent form. In addition, the fifth chakra is the chakra of the imagination.
Element: Ether (sound)
Functions: Communication, purification, creativity (in its expression), positive mental, planning
Body systems: Throat, trachea
The third eye is the seat of consciousness and intuition. It is located at the base of the nose, between both eyes. It gives the ability to grasp complex situations at a glance.
Its vibratory energy is more subtle than Vishuddha as we leave the vibration that needs matter to be propagated. The element of the third eye is light. It is the chakra that allows imagination beyond what we have experienced in our life. When this chakra is developed, the being sees beyond the illusions of his own projections and meets the world in his/her reality. Summary Location: Where both eyebrows meet Color: Indigo Element: Ether (light) Sense: Sight Function: Clairvoyance, intuition, awareness, clarity Gland: Pituitary gland Body systems: Brain, eyes
Openness to the infinite
The seventh chakra is the most difficult to grasp as its vibration is so complex that words can’t describe it. It is through this chakra that human beings connect directly to the divine, to the light. We leave the physically of the experimental reality and move into the purity of unfathomable ether. It is through this chakra that the mystics encounter the most powerful ecstasies. We must be careful when working on this chakra as a lot of energy tends to “pull up” and make us lose contact with the reality of the material world. Most forms of madness are related to an imbalance of this chakra. The ancients say that it is through this chakra that the soul enters and leaves the body.
Location: Top of the skull
Element: Pure ether (invisible, impalpable, unfathomable)
Functions: Enlightenment, ecstasy
Body systems: none