Important information about the chakras
Important information about the chakras
The word chakra comes from the sanskrit meaning wheel or circle. There are seven chakras or wheels from the base of your spine to the top of your head.
The function of each of the chakras is to spin and rotate and keep the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical body all in alignment. When we get sick or ill, it is a sign that one or more of the chakras is out of alignment.
The crown chakra is one of consciousness and is the master to all the others. It is compared to the pituitary gland. Symbolized by a lotus plant with a thousand petals, it is found outside the body above the head.
The brow chakra is compared to the pineal gland. It is the chakra of time and light. The symbol is a lotus plant with two petals. It is located between the eyes on the forehead.
It is also known as the third eye chakra.
The throat chakra is in charge of communication and other forms of expression. This chakra is compared to the thyroid gland.
It is located in the throat area of the neck and is symbolized by a lotus plant with sixteen petals.
The heart chakra is one of higher emotions, love, compassion, and well-being.
It is compared to the thymus. It is a part of the immune system and the endocrine system. Symbolized by a lotus plant with twelve petals, it is located in the center of the chest.
The solar plexus chakra is related to higher emotion and energy and is compared to the pancreas and outer adrenal glands. Digestion is the conversion of food into energy for the well being of the self.
This chakra is symbolized by a lotus plant with ten petals. It is located right underneath the ribcage.
The sacral chakra related to base emotion and sexuality.
This chakra is compared to the ovaries or testes. Symbolized by a lotus plant with six petals, it is located in the groin area.
The root chakra is related to our intuition, instincts, and survival. It is compared to the inner adrenal glands and the adrenal medulla in the kidney. It is symbolized by a lotus plant with four petals and is located at the base of the spine.
Chakras And Flowers
How do you connect chakras, the energy centres of the body in Eastern tradition, and flowers, pretty, ephemeral, bright, cheerful manifestations of nature?
…by way of color therapy.. yoga energy balancing techniques…meditation… and a simple way of making yourself feel better and reenergized even if you don’t really believe in any of the above.
There are seven main chakras (as well as several others) in a line from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and one more newly recognised chakra just above the head which I believe is important.
Each one is associated with various areas of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. When the energy flow in one becomes blocked it can result in certain symptoms and vice versa.
By keeping the chakras open and the energy flowing, we can maximise our body’s ability to keep well and heal itself.
One way of stimulating energy flow is by a simple visualisation. Each chakra has a colour of the spectrum linked to it.
Focus on that colour and imagine that colour light pouring into the chakra and saturating it in pure coloured light, then visualise the chakra as a spinning disc of colour.
Take 2 or 3 deep breaths as you do so. You can also repeat a mantra or affirmation to intensify the positive energy you are creating.
Work through each chakra (see below for summary) in turn from Root to Crown to rebalance your whole energy level.
So what about the flowers? Whatever you use to visualise the colour would work, paint swatches, coloured stones or crystals,
an image in your minds eye, but beautiful photographs of flowers saturated in the pure colour of each chakra can bring some extra flower energy into your life as well.
Flowers raise the vibrational energy around them, which is why they have long been associated with celebrations, brought as presents to new mothers, sick people, loved ones.
Weddings and funerals are lavish with them. We are rarely aware of the spiritual connection these days, we just know that flowers cheer people up and make them feel glad.
So flower photos as visualisation aids make sense and are beautiful to have around. www.aflowergallery.com has a whole section devoted to chakra flower photos.
There are books written about the chakras going into far more detail than there is space for here, as it is a deep and complex subject,
with infinite, individual interpretations, but here is a basic, brief summary of the chakras and their associated areas and colours.
1. Root – Red
Situated at the base of the spine.
Emotional grounding and ones roots. The excretory and reproductive systems and the immune system.
Mantra “I am in touch with the earth, my roots”
2. Sacral – Orange
A hands breadth down from the belly button.
Sexuality, creativity, financial issues, honour and ethics, one to one relationships.
Genital and urinary systems, bladder and prostate.
Mantra “I am a creative, sexual being”
3. Solar Plexus – Yellow
Over the solar plexus at the bottom of the rib cage.
Self-esteem, self-confidence and how you see yourself.
Digestive system, worries and fears, the stress of responsibility.
Mantra “I believe in myself”
4. Heart – Green
Over the heart.
Love, forgiveness, unconditional love. Relationships.
Circulatory and immune systems. Heart and lungs. Loneliness.
Mantra “I can give and receive love”
5. Throat – Blue
Centre of the throat
Communication, self-expression and will power.
Thyroid problems, sore throats, addictions(due to lack of will)
Mantra “I speak my truth”
6. Brow – Indigo
Centre of forehead
Intuition, intellect and mind, inner vision.
Brain and nervous system, eye problems.
Mantra “I see clearly”
7. Crown – Violet
Top of head.
Spiritual awakening, search for meaning. Our relationship to our spirit and God.
Central nervous system, overwhelming fatigue.
Mantra “I believe”
8. Soul star – White/crystal
Directly above the crown, about two hand’s breadths from the head
Awareness of ones soul and its connection to the conscious self.
Gives perspective on life and ability to see seemingly random positive or negative events as part of the soul’s journey.
Mantra “I transcend”
This is a personal, simplified interpretation of the chakras. Use it as a stepping stone to finding out more for yourself.
Music Inside Us
Everyone of us has music inside. And it is not an abstract statement, but scientifically proved fact. Molecules of DNA “sound” inside us and it is very important if music from outside is in keeping with music inside us.
Scientists pay great attention to researches concerning music’s influence on human beings. Attention to such researches has increased recently and their results are interesting and convincing.
For example, after listening classical music cows have increased their yield of milk and mimosa and petunias have grown faster and burst into bloom 2 weeks earlier.
120 breast-feed mothers took part in experiment in Japan. Some women listened classical music, other women listened pop and rock music. In first group the amount of milk increased in 20 per cent, and in second group – reduced twice.
Such researches are the attempt to synthesise science and art (music). But in ancient India science and art were considered to be the parts of single creative power.
All knowledge of ancient India one can find in the Vedas (Holy Indian Scripture) and one of four main Vedas Sama-Veda is entirely dedicated to music.
According to the Vedas the creating of the world started from the primordial sound “OM”, which appeared while division of the Almighty (Sadashiva) and his creative energy (Adi Shakti). “OM” was the foundation of the universe and the first musical sound.
Human subtle system consists of 7 main chakras (energetic centres) and 3 channels, which rule mental, emotional and physical life activity of person.
7 chakras of our subtle body revolve with certain frequency and form an octave, which consists of 7 tones of proper altitude. Intervals between them should reflect intervals between chakras.
These tones were called musical sounds – notes (’svars’ in Indian music). They sound – sa, re, ga, ma, pa, da, ni and they are in keeping with chakras – from first till seventh.
5 notes can change (fall and rise), creating 5 additional sounds (left and right aspects of chakras). Thus, these notes are built-in subtle body and represent the ideal
“repository” of information, the repository of those feelings, emotions, wishes and thoughts, which composer or performer has.
While listening music a person receives some influence on subtle level, which later appears on physical body. Same notes can bring destruction or good, it depends on the inner condition of person.
For example, anger, aggression, drug intoxication and so on, which have power over the mind of composer or musician, will find the reflection in his music.
There are some styles and forms in music which reflect only such bad qualities. Such music may do harm not only the musician, but also a person who listen to it.
Clear, inspired people, who have lucid mind will never create such music. They created only folk music with great variety and classical music which has its roots in folk music.
Let’s listen to music, which is in keeping with music inside us.
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