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About Chakras

The Energy Centers That Shape Your Life

(Scroll down for a Table of Contents for all 20 chakra pages.)

What Are the Chakras?

Chakras are energy centers, or portals in the 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 vortexes through which universal/cosmic energy flows into and out of a person.

The word in Sanskrit means "wheel" or "disk." The concept comes to us from Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

There are seven major energy centers, plus many minor ones. (My own form of energy work, Restorative Touch, posits an eighth.) Each corresponds to specific glands, organs, and facets of your being.

Energy flows through the system in two ways. First, it flows up and down along the central channel, connecting each chakra. Second, it flows horizontally, in an exchange of energy with the cosmos.

Disturbances in a chakra's flow of the energy can result in disturbances in a person’s health, emotions, mind, spirit, or life.

Many forms of energy healing work with these energy centers. An energy healer can usually feel each of the vortexes and its relative strength.

The chart below gives you an overview of each of the chakras. Below that you will find a Table of Contents for 19 other articles in the Chakra Section of The Energy Healing Site.

An Overview of the Seven Chakras

Number Common English Name Location Related To
1 Root chakra Base of spine Physical self, self-preservation, survival instincts, connection to our bodies and the earth
2 Sacral chakra Low abdomen, lower back, reproductive organs Sexuality, emotions, eroticism, pleasure, creativity, sensation
3 Solar plexus chakra Solar Plexus (upper abdomen between navel and sternum) Ego, will, metabolism, personal power
4 Heart chakra Center of body at heart level Love, integration, self-love, compassion, healing, relationships
5 Throat chakra Base of throat Communication, self-expression, creativity
6 Brow chakra Forehead, between and slightly above eyebrows Sight, both physical and intuitive/psychic; intellect
7 Crown chakra Top of head Spiritual life and experience, deep self-knowledge, sense of oneness and unity, connection to the One, pure consciousness, transcendence

Learn More

The Energy Healing Site has a whole section devoted †o the energy centers that shape your life -- 20 articles in all.

Chakras Section Table of Contents

Chakra Care, The Book

Chakra Care

An extremely user-friendly book devoted to the chakras, with some of the clearest explanations you'll find and 500 enjoyable activities to clear, nurture and support your chakras. Learn more or buy it at the link above.

General Info

Detailed Chakra Charts

Lots of additional information about each chakra in a handy format

Chakra Colors

What is the color associated with each of the 7 chakras, and what do variations mean?

Chakra Symbols

Sensing the Chakras

Sensing Your Chakras

Perceive your own subtle energy centers.

Chakra Healing and Clearing

Healing the Chakras

Learn about keeping your subtle energy centers healthy and balanced.

Chakra Blockages

Learn about a common energetic phenomenon with major implications for your health.

Opening the Chakras

Open your chakras using fun, everyday activities.

Balancing the Chakras

How and why to balance your energy centers.

Meditation for the Chakras .

Learn a chakra-healing meditation.

Vocal Toning for the Chakras

How to use vocal toning to clear, balance, and energize your energy centers.

Crystals and Stones for the Chakras

How to use the power of stones and gems to clear and balance your energy centers.

Essential Oils for the Chakras

Chakra essential oils and how to use them for healing your subtle energy centers.

Healing Individual Chakras

1st Chakra Healing Activities

Overcome anxiety and fear.

2nd Chakra Healing Activities

Open to joy.

3rd Chakra Healing Activities

Unlock your personal power.

4th Chakra Healing Activities

Open to the love that is all around you.

5th Chakra Healing Activities

Speak and live your truth.

6th Chakra Healing Activities

Develop your capacities for clarity, intuition, and insight.

7th Chakra Healing Activities

Develop your capacities for spiritual growth.

And Another Resource

You might also be interested in chakra expert Anodea Judith's site, Sacred Centers.

Go to Human Energy Field main page.

Go to site home page.

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Chakra Care book

Chakra Care:

Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing for a More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life

Learn to clear, nurture and support your chakras with 500 fun, down-to-earth activities. A user-friendly, practical guide, available as a paperback or Kindle. Learn more or buy it here.