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Chakra symbols -- the age-old, meaning-packed images that represent the seven chakras -- are beautiful to behold and contemplate.
Chakras are energy centers, or portals in the human energy field. Located along the central channel of the body from the base of the spine to the top of the head, they are conceived of as whirling, wheel-like vortices through which universal/cosmic energy flows into and out of a person.
There are seven major chakras, plus many minor ones. Each chakra corresponds to specific glands, organs, and facets of your being.
Each chakra has a distinct symbol associated with it.
If you're trying to heal, support or cultivate a particular chakra, it also can be helpful to keep the symbol for that chakra near you. For example, you might carry in your pocket a stone with one of the symbols etched into it, wear an item of clothing with one of the symbols embroidered on it, tape a symbol to your bathroom mirror or refrigerator, or simply carry one of symbols printed on paper in your wallet.
Creating art incorporating a particular symbol can also be a powerful chakra-healing experience.
All seven chakra symbols can also be used together for meditation. This can help to balance and integrate the entire chakra system -- the ultimate goal of any chakra work.
If you'd like to learn more about chakras and how you can support their health, you may enjoy my book, Chakra Care: Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing for a More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life, which I wrote to help people understand the chakras and learn ways that anyone -- not only professional energy healers -- can balance, align and nurture them.
This practical, highly readable resource has over 500 down-to-earth activities and exercises. It's is a "just-right" explanation of the chakras for beginners, but it has loads of fresh ideas and perspectives for more experienced energy workers, too.