The Chakra System
A system is defined as a set of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent components forming an integrated whole. Each of the components has spatial and temporal boundaries, influenced by its environment, described by purpose and expressed in its functions. The chakra system not being any different they are best described as energy systems located throughout the human body. These energy vortices coin their name from ancient Sanskrit and refers to ‘wheels’, but it is translated in Hindi to mean ‘wheels of spinning energy’. They are similar to spiral whorls that rotate and are key for the transfer of energies. Chakras aren’t physically visible to the untrained eye, but are discernible by certain people such as trained energy workers who intuitively visualize the chakras. Chakra systems are linked to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, therefore a fail in any of these levels even in the least degree indicates an imbalance in the chakra system. Whereas it is believed that these are numerous in the body and could number in their thousands, there are majorly seven main chakra. They are located from the crown of the head to spinal base, all aligned along the spinal column.
This leads us to the description of the seven chakra system. This is composed of seven energy centers namely: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras in order from the spinal base to the crown. They are depicted using the seven colors of the rainbow as they too are regarded a sort of light spectrum. The chakra are in constant motion, constantly radiating and rotating in different frequencies that are thought to be the basis for the color representation. The first or root chakra is represented by the color red, which has the lowest frequency of all the colors of the spectrum whereas the crown chakra is represented by the color violet which is of the highest frequency. The other chakra are represented as follows: orange for the sacral, yellow for the solar plexus, green for the heart, blue for the throat, and indigo for the third eye or brow chakra. They are charged and recharged through contact with the stream of cosmic energy in the atmosphere and thus the importance of the fact that as they channel this energy, there is a continuous flow between them. The system should therefore be open and balanced to ensure regulated flow of energy throughout the body.
Absorbed energies flow through the chakra sytem in two ways. Firstly, in an upward trend from the spinal base root chakra all the way to the crown chakra. The inverse is another energy pathway from above, getting into the system through the crown chakra, and flowing down. Systems are built to be efficient and in constant communication as each component is delegated a duty that affects the other components. In the same way, when chakras along the path are blocked or imbalanced energy is prevented from flowing to the rest of the chakras. This happens due to a variety of reasons that include: bad habits, lack of faith, traumas and injuries- both physical and emotional, stress, and pressure just to mention a few. This results in a physical manifestation of the irregular energy flow, keeping in mind that each of the seven chakras are linked to particular physical and emotional traits as well as mental and spiritual ones. These therefore act as markers to the state of the system and to the particular centers that require realignment and healing. When all of the chakras are open and balanced we feel a sense of well-being on all levels.
The seven system chakra is the most common system that is well known and deeply documented. However, keeping in mind that there are numerous other chakras in the human body, there are numerous systems that could be coined. In the Egyptian model, for example, there is a thirteen system chakra. In this system, there is one chakra located outside the body above the crown chakra called the ‘God head’. Between the crown and brow chakra is the ’45-degree turn’, and the ‘will ego’ is placed at the navel between the solar plexus and the sacral chakra. The fourth chakra in this model has been split into two so that there is the ‘lower heart’ and ‘upper heart’. Moreover, there is the ‘chin’ and ‘nose’ chakra included in this system. Other models also embrace the precence of chakras outside the human embodiment such as the twelve-system chakra. In this model, the eighth and ninth chakra are located right above the seventh chakra, and below the feet is the tenth chakra that links us to the ground. The eleventh and twelfth are above the ninth chakra, with the eleventh chakra said to be accessible by the hands. The extra five centers are regarded as anchor points and energetic vortices that connect us with the universe. While these are new concepts, knowledge about the twelve chakras mostly comes from modern perspectives expressed by contemporary healers and energy workers.
The more knowledge is gained about the chakra systems, the greater insights on their application is gained. Earlier, there was reference to chakras being represented by different colors. In the same way, various symbols, stones, sounds and smells or aromas have been associated with the various chakras. This has brought forth numerous yoga and meditation exercises based on humming of a particular cord that rejuvenates a particular chakra. In the same way, color pallets are being adopted to trigger certain emotions in our homes, work spaces and hospitals. Chakra symbols have also been adopted, and used in chakra exercises or combined with the other chakra identifiers such as the rocks and used during balancing and healing of the system. It’s clear that the chakra system varies from place to place, with time and age. However, it should be noted that every individual could chart their own different system. We are all exposed to different environments and lifestyles, thus it is normal for one or more chakras to be more pronounced compared to the others. Every individual should therefore strive for a healthy balanced system.