Chakra is a Sanskrit term for “wheel” or “cycle,” referring to the “wheel of time/dharma” from early Vedic texts. This cycle is created by the seven energy centers found in the body, starting with the root or base chakra located at the tailbone and going up to the Crown chakra found at the top of the head.
The 7 chakras (from bottom to top) are:
Root chakra (Muladhara)
Sacral chakra (Svadhishthana)
Solar Plexus chakra (Manipura)
Heart chakra (Anahata)
Throat chakra (Vishuddha)
Third Eye chakra (Ajna)
Crown chakra (Sahasrara)
The concept of chakras and chakra healing is based in Hinduism and has gained popularity in meditation and yoga as being focal energy points of healing. Healing blocked or unaligned chakras can come in many forms. Some use meditation to connect, others use energy healing types such as reiki, crystal healing, and divination (chakra pendulums, stones, etc.)
A different meaningful color represents each chakra. The Root chakra is red, the Sacral chakra is orange, the Solar Plexus chakra is yellow, the heart chakra is green, the throat chakra is blue, and the brow chakra is indigo, and the Crown chakra is purple. These colors can be used in the healing process, including specifically colored foods, clothes, crystals, and living spaces.
Additionally, each chakra is associated with a specific set of physical organs, personal traits, spiritual wellness, and emotional function that it influences. For example, the Root chakra connects to grounding, basic needs, stability, and survival. It resonates with the C music note, rules our legs, feet, and bones, and often is related to our sense of smell.
If you look at the ties between chakras and auras, each chakra connects to one (or more) layer of our aura. For example, the Root chakra connects to the etheric layer of our subtle body.
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