Chakras are large nexuses of metaphysical or biophysical energy within the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. The energy that flows is typically called prana in chakra related texts.
The Importance of the Main Chakras
These swirling wheels of prana correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow.
Each chakra has a purpose and deals with a different emotion. As such, each one can be opened and closed depending on a given individual’s state of mind. When a chakra is open, energy is free to flow about the body, whereas the flow is restricted when the chakra is sealed. The chakras must be opened in a specific order, or the energy will not be able to flow and result in a physiological disorder.
Benefits to opening all the chakra
All living beings have specialized nodes of prana known as chakra. In healthy individuals, these are at least partially open to allow proper flow of energy in a myriad of biological processes.
Opening all the main chakras past their adequate amount requires time and effort but offers great rewards. For spirits, this also allows them to manifest their own physical form under their own power as well the full mastery to conjure or dispel it as they wish.
For physical beings, unlocking one’s chakra dramatically increases one’s capacity to draw upon and store mana and generate more life force. Upon unlocking the final chakra, a natural creature’s new found awareness can allow it to sense even the prana of spirits and the mana of ethereal plane structures.
Opening all the chakras of the body is a significant event for all walks of life. A being with fully open chakras have more general willpower and self control to resist emotions that block the chakra and more often embody the feelings of their newly open chakra. It is also the first step for reaching enlightenment in many spiritual followings and a requirement to be able to teach others on the path to self-enlightenment.
Main 7 Chakras
The Chakras of Matter
The first three chakras, starting at the base of the spine are chakras of matter. They are more physical in nature and are naturally the strongest in incorporeal beings.
Muladhara: The Root Chakra
The Muladhara is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day. If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance.
Svadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra
The Svadhisthana chakra is our creativity and sexual center. It is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is responsible for our creative expression.
The word svadhisthana can be translated as “the dwelling place of the self,” and the element of the second chakra is water, which equals cohesiveness. A balanced second chakra leads to feelings of wellness, abundance, pleasure, and joy. When this chakra is out of balance, a person may experience emotional instability, fear of change, sexual dysfunction, depression, or addictions.
Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra
The Manipura chakra means lustrous gem and it’s the area from the navel to the breastbone. The third chakra is our source of personal power and governs self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation. The Manipura chakra also controls metabolism and digestion.
When you feel self-confident, have a strong sense of purpose, and are self-motivated, your third chakra is open and healthy. If your third chakra is out of balance, you can suffer from low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues. When you have clear goals, desires, and intentions, you can move forward to achieve them. Each small step you take while honoring the larger intention helps to strengthen your third chakra.
Anahata-The Heart Chakra: The Connection Between Matter and Spirit
Located at the heart center, the fourth chakra, Anahata is at the middle of the seven and unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The fourth is also spiritual but serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The heart chakra is our source of love and connection
When we work through our physical chakras, or the first three, we can open the spiritual chakras more fully. The fourth chakra, also referred to as the heart chakra, is located at the center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breasts. It also rules the lymphatic system. The Sanskrit word for the fourth chakra is Anahata, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” The name implies that beneath the hurts and grievances of past experiences lies a pure and spiritual place where no hurt exists.
When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself. A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others.
Some people choose to live in the place of grievances. They’ve been hurt in the past by parents, siblings, classmates, or loves. Maybe you’ve been there too. It’s impossible to avoid situations where someone may try to hurt you. But you get to choose what to do with that hurt. Some people might try to hurt the other person back. Yet, that is not living from a place of Anahata. The person who inflicts pain on others is coming from a place of fear, ignorance or hatred, all of which represent a closed heart chakra.
The Chakras of Spirit
Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra
The Vishuddha is the fifth chakra, located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. The fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue.
To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Faith and understanding combine the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. The element corresponding to the fifth chakra is ether or space, and the sense is hearing.
Work on the lower chakras will help prepare you for this level of communication. For example, when you align the first and second chakras, it helps with overcoming fear. Opening the third chakra helps you to feel your personal power and have the confidence to express yourself. Knowing what’s in your heart comes when you align the fourth chakra. Then, when it comes to verbalizing your needs, desires, and opinions you’re better able to determine how to be truthful to yourself and others.
Ajna: The Third Eye Chakra
The Ajna is located in between the eyebrows. Ajna is our center of intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not listen to it or heed its warnings. Focus on opening the sixth chakra will help you hone this ability. It encompasses the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain. An invisible yet powerful third eye, this is your center of intuition. A spiritual chakra, which means “beyond wisdom,” Ajna leads you to an inner knowledge that will guide you if you let it. An open sixth chakra can enable clairvoyance, telepathy, lucid dreaming, expanded imagination, and visualization.
Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra
The Sahasrara or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra is located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine energy that creates everything in the universe. It is located at the crown of the head.
True opening of Sahasrara means the realization that you are pure awareness. You are pure consciousness, undivided, and all expansive. Like a drop in the ocean, you are a part of that ocean that contains and encompasses every aspect of it.