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What is chakra?
The concept of chakra originates in Hindu texts and features in tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its name derives from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “turning”. The chakras are believed to be a number of wheel-like vortices which, according to traditional Indian medicine, exist in the surface of the subtle body of living beings. They are said to be “force centers” or whorls of energy permeating, from a point on the physical body, the layers of the subtle bodies in an ever-increasing fan-shaped formation. Rotating vortices of subtle matter, they are considered focal points for the reception and transmission of energies. Different belief systems posit a varying number of chakras; the best-known system in the West has seven chakras.
It is typical for chakras to be depicted as either flower-like or wheel-like. In the former case, “petals” are shown around the perimeter of a circle. In the latter, spokes divide the circle into segments making the chakra resemble a wheel (or “chakra”). Each chakra possesses a specific number of segments or petals.
The following seven primary chakras are commonly described:
The study of the chakras is a part of many philosophical and spiritual traditions, as well as many therapies and disciplines. In eastern traditions, the theory of chakras is a central part of the Hindu and Buddhist tantra, and they play an important role in attaining deep levels of realisation. Yoga, Pranayama, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, T’ai chi and Qigong focus on balancing the energetic nadis or energy meridians which are an integral part of the chakra system.
In the West, the subtle energy of the chakras is explored through practices such as aromatherapy, mantras, Reiki, hands-on healing, flower essences, radionics, sound therapy, colour/light therapy, and crystal/gem therapy.
The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to feelings of being unwell and can cause physical illness so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Different colours and crystals vibrate and resonate at different levels and interact with the chakras so often these will be used to help balance and clear chakras. See our crystal healing page for information.
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Would you like to listen to Debi talking about the Chakra System? Listen to her recent podcasts for Natural Health Radio by using the links below:
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