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What are Chakras? Chakra Series: Intro to Chakras

What are Chakras?

Everything in the universe, all that we know and see, is made up of vascillating energy. Found in the tiniest atoms and the largest stars, electromagnetic energy is an undeniable force of nature. While it's easy to overlook this invisible element of our existence, our own bodies are constantly influenced by the continual ebb and flow of energy surrounding us. Our reaction to this energy not only affects our visible physiology, but also has a bearing on how we feel mentally, physically, and emotionally. Ever walk into a room or meet a new person and immediately feel a certain "vibe"? This is energy. Often it's subtle, but sometimes it's palpable, and the more you are in tune to this energy, the more you will begin to notice it around you.

Lately, the concept of a mind-body-soul connection has become more popular and accepted within American culture, but it has been a governing philosophy in many Eastern cultures for thousands of years. From ancient Egypt to modern-day India, a rich tradition of chakral interpretation allows individuals from certain countries to fully embrace the notion of an energetic existence in their everyday lives, but this idea is open to everyone.

Maintaining a balance within our individual energetic system is vital to good health. A lack of vibrational harmony will manifest itself as an energetic imbalance, which can lead to ailments that threaten our minds, bodies, and souls. Yet, without an understanding of how this energy pulses through the body, we can't begin the pursuit of gaining energetic equilibrium.

There are several powerful energetic centers located in the human body, and they are most commonly referred to as "chakras". This Sanskrit word originated in India, and literally translated, it means disk, vortex, or wheel. Chakras can be envisioned as tornados of energy emanating from specific points on the body, spinning in layers both clockwise and counterclockwise. The narrow tail of each "tornado" is energetically attached to the body, while the wider portion projects outward. Chakras draw energy from the world into our bodies while simultaneously sending energy from our bodies out into the world. This energy connects us to our environment on a deeper level, a molecular level, and neglecting the conduits that feed this connection can lead to physical and mental deterioration.

Although our bodies consist of a number of energy centers, we tend to focus on the seven major chakras. Each comprises energy relating to specific life lessons and experiences, and the chakras are each associated with a particular element and color based on the frequency of vibrations. The major chakras correspond to specific levels of development, physical areas of our bodies, stages in the aging process, and mental and emotional issues we deal with in daily life. Energetic memories of our life experiences are encoded in our chakras in the same way that genetic memory is encoded in our cells. Because of this, we need to be aware of the energy we carry and receive, so we can more easily let go of anything that could have a negative effect on our lives.

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For educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.