“How to open chakras with zero effort,””how to use chakras in the daily life with minimum fuss,” “how to power up chakras with simple exercises,” “how to shift the assemblage point up by Christmas” — the avalanche of such appeals is about to descend on any modern yogi, who decides to look up the question on the Internet. The recipe book includes wearing clothes reflecting the color of the corresponding chakra (it is even better to use the corresponding palette in the interior design), jewelry, fragrances, crystals, mandalas, food, tatoo, candles, and, of course, the singing bowls. The article begin reassuringly: “why wasting time in years of meditation, energy practices, if you can simply…” and end up traditionally: “If the above mentioned measures failed to improve the situation, then you might be suffering from a serious disruption in chakra operations that has to be treated by a specialist.”
“Eliminating blockages in chakras” has become one of the most popular mantras of modern yoga practice and healing. Nowadays balancing of energy is predominantly regarded from the point of view of physical health recovery. However, in traditional yoga, it constitutes the eightfold lifelong path, which has always implied the transformation of consciousness and the outreach towards the new levels of existence. Chakras of an ordinary person, who dwells in the common state of illusion, are considered inherently “closed.” Ignorance about the true nature of human beings and the Universe is noted as the cause of illusion while various functional breakdowns are regarded as collateral pathologies. The complete realization of a human being requires a lot more than emotional and physical cleansing. However, physical healing is indeed recognized as one of the “side effects” of the balanced flow of energy through the chakras.
How about learning the basics of chakra set-up and mastering the technique of instant diagnostics of the assemblage point and overall harmonization of energy in your septal body? Just imagine being able to adjust your inner state consciously and timely, heal yourself, and use the squalls of life as a catalyst for spiritual growth.
The anatomy of human “energy body”
In essence, everything in the universe is energy. A human being is not an exception. Seven chakras constitute the basis of the human energy system. Lined up along the septal projection of the vertebral column, these centers regulate the key energy flows. The “physical” names of chakras are used exclusively for the convenience of explanation and do not imply their physical nature. The frequency of chakra vibration determines the corresponding color. By connecting each human being to the universe, the chakras provide an inflow of vital energy not only to different parts of the body, but also to various aspects of our life.
First of all, they are responsible for physical health, psycho-emotional stability and well-being. Breakdowns in chakras vitality affect the world outlook and life’s work. Strange as it may sound, our perception and experience of reality is indeed largely determined by chakras. Hence the concept of the “assemblage point”, i.e. the dominant chakra (frequency of the energy waves), through which consciousness perceives the world.
Route Chakra. Muladhara: Earth
Symbol: red 4-petalous lotus located in the base of spine. Sense: nose, smell. Somatics: glands of the reproductive system, enzymes of the hormone system. The source of evolution of a human being, the abode of Kundalini Shakti, the repository of karma.
Muladhara is a state of trust in life and awareness of everything being in God’s hands. Activation of Muladhara empowers one to overcome one’s deepest fears and doubts. Awakened Muladhara gives the ability “to keep both feet firmly on the ground”, have confidence of your own path in life, boost immunity and physical activity. People with an open root chakra are good at financial planning. They maintain stability, feel personal and professional security and are eager to eager to work hard to gain a success. Closed Muladhara emanates the sense of painful loneliness, isolation from the outside world, and irrational fears.
Second Chakra. Svadhisthana: Water
Symbol: bright orange 6-petalous lotus, located two fingers above Muladhara just below the navel. Sense: tongue, taste. Somatics: adrenal glands, immune system and metabolism. The abode of Ahamkara (Ego).
Svadhisthana is the source of creative and sexual energy. Activating Svadhisthana is allowing oneself to manifest sexuality and to receive sensual pleasure from life. The awakened Svadhisthana reveals the connection with one’s inner “Self.” It opens the gates of creativity, sexual attractiveness and sensuality. People with an open sacral chakra are able to receive and give pleasure with ease, free from shame and guilt. Closed svadhisthana manifests as a failure to enjoy pleasure, as well as various sexual dysfunctions, narcotic addictions, obsessive disorders and joyless indulgence to excessive lifestyles.
Third Chakra. Manipura: Fire
Symbol: golden-yellow 10-petalous lotus in the projection of the solar plexus. Sense: eyes, sight. Somatics: digestive system, pancreas, metabolism. The center where food and vital energy (prana) are consumed.
Manipura is the center of power, identity, and the sense of “self.” Activation of Manipura gives the ability to voice and service one’s vital needs. The awakened Manipura opens the gates of will, self-esteem, leadership, responsibility and self-reliance. Its energy is a source of self-discipline and perseverance on the way to success.
People with an open center of the solar plexus are able to make conscious choices and decisions in life and take responsibility for them. Closed Manipura manifests in the feeling of own insignificance and weakness, as well as the lack of credibility for one’s own beliefs, goals and dreams. A person feels that his voice and actions are meaningless. Blockages of Manipura can manifest in excessive self-confidence.
Fourth Chakra. Anahata: Air
Symbol: green 12-petalous lotus related to the heart. Sense: hands, touch. Somatics: heart, respiratory system, thymus, and immune system.
Anahata is the center of empathy and mercy. Activation of Anahata implies restoring sensitivity, strengthening the connection with one’s Soul. An awakened Anahata gives a sense of deep contentment and all-embracing love for the whole world and all of the living beings. The energy of Anahata is a stream of attention and care. People with an open heart chakra are able to truly love not only others, but themselves as well. Closed Anahata manifests in failure to forgive or find the way out of difficult emotional situations, which leads to dwelling in bitterness and suffering.
Fifth Chakra. Vishuddha: Ether
Symbol: blue 16-petalous lotus related to the throat. Sense: ears, hearing. Somatics: nervous system, thyroid gland, regulation of body temperature, metabolism.
Vishuddha is a center of freedom and self-expression. Activation of Vishuddhi relieves from excessive criticism and bitterness. It opens access to one’s unique talents. The awakened Vishuddhi stimulates the all-round development of the personality and the realization of freedom of choice. People with an open throat chakra know how to listen attentively and express their opinions openly and gently. However, they never turn a blind eye to injustices. Closed Vishuddha manifests in insensitivity to the needs of others, lack of tact and conditions, which modern psychology defines as a “personality crisis.”
Sixth chakra. Ajna: “The Third Eye”
Symbol: silvery 2-petalous lotus related to the center of the forehead. Sense: intuition. Somatics: Pineal gland, regulation of melatonin synthesis.
Ajna is a center of wisdom, intuitive vision and clairvoyance. Activation of Ajna brings insights into the cause-effect relationships between various phenomena, the way processes unfold in time. People with an open Ajna have mental connection with their subconsciousness. They understand and take into account the information of their dreams, visions and premonitions.
Seventh Chakra. Sahasrara: Crown Chakra
Symbol: snow-white (sometimes purple) 1000-petalous lotus crowning the head. Sense: the highest experience of being. Somatic: spinal cord and brain, pituitary gland.
Sahasrara connects us with the universal consciousness. It gives awareness of our spiritual eternity and unity with all human beings. Once it is activated, people sense the balance between the spiritual and the material. Enlightenment gives the awareness of one’s spiritual nature placed in context of material existence. People with open Sahasrara often become spiritual leaders. The closed chakra manifests in spiritual frustration or egomania.
“The Point of Assemblage” and The Design of Life
Only about 10% of our decision-making can be attributed to consciousness. The lion’s share of “substantiation” is attributed to the subconsciousness, connected with chakras and earlier life experiences. Even before you can rationally look at the question, your “irrational”-self has already filtered the information that will be presented to your mind for analysis. It looks like you suddenly “forget” to take into account certain factors, ignore the facts that you witnessed or act high on emotions.
Chakra disorders can be caused by traumas, unresolved conflicts, karma (actions), system of values, conventional behaviors, i.e., in general, any mental projections. As the condition becomes chronic, it might be harder to treat it . Blockages, hyperactivity, stagnation and other chakra disorders can deeply affect all spheres of human life (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual).
All chakras are connected with a common flow of energy. Even one blockage disrupts the balance of the entire system. For example, creativity (Svadhisthana) is maintained by will power (Manipura); the traumatic childhood experience (Muladhara) can influence self-appreciation (Anahata) and self-esteem (Manipura). It is essential to identify the main source of systemic breakdown and make it the focus of therapeutic interventions.
General principles of energy harmonization in the body
Unlocking chakras is a difficult and time-consuming process. It’s a large chapter of yoga practice and a topic for the next article. You can use the basic knowledge about chakras for self-diagnostics. You can also apply the following principles to adjust your state of energy in any life situations:
- Eliminate the energy loss. It is very important to realize that the “investment” of energy and its “gift” are not defined as losses. If you take care of your children, help friends, look after the elderly relatives, or realise professional projects, naturally, all of these undertakings consume energy. You might get tired and stressed in the process. Energy losses are felt as mistakes, as if something in your life went completely wrong. It is as if huge amounts of energy go down the dumper into nowhere, leaving you devastated and your time wasted. You can look into these things on your own. All you need is to close your eyes and meditate in silence, rewinding the movie of your life. Losses of energy are eliminated by correction of errors, which you simply have to admit.
- Stimulate the lower chakras, with a special emphasis on Manipura. Try to perform Surya-Namaskar regularly or schedule at least 30 minutes a day for complex physical activity. Keep the element of effort in your training. In the course of practice, try to pay attention at “packing energy into Manipura.” Remember to complete the following in the intervals between sets: rub your hands to warm them up and gently massage the heat into your stomach.
- Relieve tension from the upper chakras. You benefit from the relaxing effect of the head massage, read your favorite book, listen to music, sing mantras, or enjoy Yoga-Nidra. The activation of energy in the lower chakras and the release of tension at the upper chakras stimulates the upward flow of energy, which you can feel as the influx of strength and good mood.
Namaste and wishing you success in your yoga practice.