Understanding The 12 Chakras And What They Mean

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The 12 Chakras

12 Chakras

You may be familiar with the 7 major chakras of the human body. But did you know that some chakra systems count 12 or more chakras? In order to enhance your understanding of the energy body, it is essential to know your 12 chakras. Familiarity with the 12 chakra system adds depth, context, and appreciation for your understanding of how chakras work and how to best balance energies in your life.

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What Is The 12 Chakra System?

The idea of a 12 chakra system is considered as relatively new. As much as one may appreciate simplicity in learning about the chakras, there is no unique or unified understanding of the 12-chakra system to this day.  The knowledge about the 12 chakras mostly comes from modern perspectives expressed by contemporary healers and energy workers.

Put simply, there are 2 main types of configurations presented in modern healing schools of thoughts: The 12 chakras are located either both inside and outside of the body or all inside:

  • The first one locates 5 additional chakras outside of the human body in addition to the 7 primary chakras located from the base of the spine up to the crown. This is the most common way to represent the 12-chakra system, including one chakra below the root chakra and the remaining ones above the crown.
  • Another one includes all 12 chakras inside the human body, positioning 5 additional energy centers in-between the commonly known 7 chakras.

Despite the numerous variations of 12 chakras configurations, it’s important to note that the most commonly referenced energy centers are two additional chakras above the crown and the Earth chakra (or chakra located below the root chakra and the surface of the earth).

The 12 Chakras: Our Connection to the Universe

Simply, the 12-chakra system brings forth the vision of our connection to the entire universe.

The premise of the 12 chakra system is that all living beings are part of a whole.  Each of us is grounded to the earth and linked to the universe via a thin cable. That cable stretches from roughly three feet below your feet to miles and miles up through the atmosphere and on deep into outer space.

Cyndi Dale, energy healer and author of the “Advanced Chakra Wisdom”, emphasizes the 12-chakra system as a way to use a wider range of energies for healing. Using 12 chakras allows us to draw from powerful energies outside of the human body and get in touch with the whole array of dimensions of our human experience.

Even though contemporary healers mention the existence of additional chakras, it’s said that shamanic traditions have used the extraneous chakras or “power centers” for millennia for their healing practices.  In many ancient traditions, earth and sky energies are believed to mix within the human body. The twelve-chakra system is a vivid representation of this belief.

Organization of the 12 Chakra System

Working on the assertion you are already familiar with what a chakra is and the basic seven energy centers, let’s focus on the remaining five introduced in the 12 chakra system. Similar to the format of standard spiritual chakra charts, each one of the five additional chakra possesses their own location, color, and function.

The traditional chakra colors follow the spectrum of the rainbow, while the extended system may add colors associated with metals or other elements. Among them are gold, platinum, and a combination of colors that are sometimes referred to as “opalescence” or “iridescence” for the highest frequencies.

The 8th and 9th chakras are generally represented above the head, and the 10th chakra slightly under the ground. However, we can find descriptions of the twelve chakra system locating the 8th chakra underground and the remaining higher energy centers above the crown.

To sum it up, the number of additional chakras is the same, but the order in which they are presented is slightly different. Below is a presentation of the two main series of 12 chakras with a slight variation where the 8th chakra is interchanged with the 10th chakra between the first and second system.

12 Chakra Chart #1

12 chakra chart
The position of chakra #8 et #9 above the crown chakra is a fairly common representation of the higher chakras. The following chakra chart contains 12 energy centers and locates the “underground” earth chakra in 10th position.

  • 8th chakra – Located slightly above the crown chakra, about 1 inch above it. With the 8th chakra, we enter realms transcending space and time. This energy center is said to open access to parallel universes and lives; it gives access to the realm of the Akashic records and the sphere of potentialities in the making. It is a useful center for shamanic healing and communication with spirit guides.
  • 9th chakra – Located further above the crown chakra, the 9th chakra is said to be the “seat of the soul.” It allows access to your soul’s code or higher purpose. It can be seen as the door to archetypal energies or patterns that play an important role in shaping our destiny.
  • 10th chakra – Located about a foot and a half below the surface of the ground. It ensures our connection with the earth. Because it works primarily with the energies of the earth, it is very physical in nature. It participates to our physical well-being and connects us to the grounding energies of the earth and our environment. Just like the first (or root) chakra, it is useful to heal any bone and bone marrow-related issues. It can also play a role in any DNA-reltated or hereditary issues.
  • 11th chakra – Located outside of the human body, it is said to be accessible through the hands and feet. It makes up and energy field that connects of human sphere of influence to the supernatural. Shamans can use this chakra’s dimension to produce magic and influence the physical with supernatural powers. The 11th chakra emphasizes the mind as a powerful tool to shape matter.
  • 12th chakra – Located on the outskirts of the 12-chakra system, it allows us to stretch beyond our common sphere of understanding into universal unity with all that is. It is said that it’s the chakra of mastery of the soul’s purpose through our human existence.

12 Chakra Chart #2

The second 12 chakra chart we present will include the following centers:

  • Earth chakra — (8th) — Located roughly three feet below into the earth at your feet. — Brown — No matter where you are, the earth chakra keeps you grounded. This chakra anchor harnesses all the pieces of the human puzzle, from DNA to bone and blood. NOTE: Depending on individual interpretation of chakra study, the location of the 8th chakra varies, but its function as grounding chakra epicenter is the same. Additional locations range form between the heart and throat chakras to just above the crown chakra. Another interpretation states the human aura is the 8th chakra; conglomeration of all chakra energy.
  • Lunar chakra — (9th) — Located just above the (7th) sahasrara chakra or crown chakra. — Silver or white — The ninth chakra links you to the energies of the moon. It is the main hub for karmic understanding and channeling that governs intelligence, communication with spirit guides, and funnels information about incarnations.
  • Solar chakra — (10th) — Resides above the ninth chakra. — Gold — Associated with masculine energy, the solar chakra governs your ability to live your dreams. This chakra helps you to focus your will to remove blockages and give your existence purpose.
  • Galactic chakra — (11th) — Located just above the solar chakra. — Mixture of violet, gold and silver — Considered a channel for prophecy, the 11th chakra governs your ability to transcend space and time and allows you to access the Akashic Records, also referred to as the Universe’s cosmic “Book of Life.”
  • Universal chakra — (12th) — Located above the galactic chakra. — Multi-faceted, multi-colored orbs of light — Known as the chakra of Universal Consciousness, the 12th chakra allows you to transcend the mundane to reach Enlightenment and commune with the Divine.

References On The 12 Chakras

  • Cyndi Dale, “Advanced Chakra Wisdom”


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107 Responses to 12 Chakras

  • Valiant gordon

    Its Asswhole,Asswhole.just another jerk trying to make Another religion( ego VANITY( THE FINAL TEST) and become a marter because he thinks hes a messiah.THERE IS NO MESSIAH….THIS PLANET IS DELUSIONAL…they you guys try to create what you want to beleive……

    • Harry

      You are the DELUSIONAL one if you think asshole is spelled Asswhole.

      • Anonymous


    • Michael Barnett

      Hi, I think all knowledge has to be tested to destruction. This is apparently the 222nd day of 2018. I’ve been doing yoga off and on for 40 years, but this year have managed to do 2 hrs of yoga for about 218 days so far this year. And the last couple of yoga sessions I start to notice brief but vivid bright colours, blue, grey, and yellow. Google brought me here. I’m writing a 2nd book about religion. So though I don’t have an in depth knowledge in this area, it didn’t surprise me this kind of thinking exists.

    • Petter

      quick speaking of yourself and learn something

    • Daniel Allen

      So there’s not enough evidence in this universe to realize there’s a creator even if we are living in a simulated projection somebody had that Builder rejected and program the simulation.. well then if you say aliens done it who made them that’s true that’s just even more of a complex systembuild regardless how we been lied to and manipulated and the wool pulled over eyes at the end of the day is there still God and still a devil I’m not to mention all the spirits in between

  • Soul Foil

    I was gonna post but I read every variations I can think of. There are many people with this and Im sure we are all evolving.

  • Cassandra Gossen

    I have always been able to see/feel aura and entities and turn this “off” or “on”. I have strong intuition, get lots of dejavu, have sometimes predicted things before they happened and that’s how I came across chakras and energy healing. Ive also been diagnosed bipolar and notice these spiritual experiences are stronger in a manic phase. Anyone have any knowledge or experience about energy healing and chakras as it relates to mental health?

    • Ela Andrews

      Hello Cassandra. I have my own deductions about being Bipolar, as have been diagnosed as one as well. Your description of yourself matches with mine in some ways. I believe this disorder is caused by energy parasites/other entities and chakra imbalances and wrong diet/deficiency of B group vitamins so much more can be said and so much I am learning but it’s difficult to find people who are bipolar and do energy works. I love energy works, I have been bipolar for 5 years and have some psychic abilities, and whenever I start seeing orbs of light or expierience things differently, it’s like something is right there to push me off my path and put me on a restart and separate me from love and love frequencies. Manic episodes are times when most unusual things are happening…. I’d like to talk some more to you about it, facebook or a mail exchange, whatever you like. sending love, Ela

      • Camille Santana

        Ela, my sister is bipolar. I suspect she is also a healer and intuitive and would benefit from energy work, but she is not open to it because she is a devout catholic. I would love to talk with you about your journey. Find me on facebook.

      • Keith McDowell

        I think your right about the energy parasites.  Ive dealt with bipolar AND borderline ( DID ) Disassociate Identity Disorders.  As a student of kundalini yoga, ive experienced a lot. Before I started, i felt Bipolar, something was off.  I was also depressed, angry, fear, hopeless etc.  When i started doing kundalini yoga, i changed. It was like all my negative emotions were nothing but a dream.  Its changing my life as we speak. It dissolves depression. I also believes it eliminates bipolar. It cuts through it like a knife.

        • Ashley

          Thank you so much! Im so pleased right now. I have answers ☺

      • Alessandro

        Hello Ela, i like to talk to you about this, rgds

    • Indigo Soul

      EMPATHS are experiencing tthinhs because of the shift of consciousness. Empathd are sensitive to outside energy which is why we’re often drained due to not properly shielding. Find out more at The Empath Universe on facebook.

      • Valiant gordon


    • amit sharma

      hello cassandra , i do practice on chakra system. what is this bipolar means? can you plz elaborate it for me. i do experience the sacred light in the middle of my forehead

    • Lisa

      Bipolar is going from being on a high frequency i.e. Accessing a higher chakra than the 7 in our physical bodies (also a higher dimension maybe 5d) to then falling back to reality 3D through feelings as every feeling has its own frequency. I’m currently writing a book about this so will let you know when it’s out.

    • Being Enlightened

      Iodine drops..helps the pineal and the thyroid gland.. doctor’s are constantly misdiagnosing bipolar with the real issue which is hyperthyroidism because doctor’s aren’t creating cure’s they are creating customers..they prescribe pills that changes your natural cemicals in your body that create other issues and will never proscribe a vitamin because most people are really only suffering something as simple as a vitamin..

  • Betty

    My response is in regards to Pat Bromley’s response (very first on the list).  Why did he/she choose to place their insults on “September 22nd” – both very spiritual numbers.  They are not just insulting your website, but also insulting these two very spiritual numbers.  Most likely someone who would rather see the world dead than healed – or someone who is not very spiritually evolved.

    • David

      I used to have 12 chakras. I got only 9 back. I was in a coma and saw it vividly. What do I do. I feel incomplete.

      • Anonymous

        Have a BodyCode session with on the skilled practitioners at Thehealerslibrary.com

      • Cloudy

        Email me
        Intheclouds.yoga gmail

        Blessings ????????

    • Lesha

      I agree with Betty.  We live in a world where people are more amp to do wrong then right.  With that said is the lack of education and knowledge.

    • Buttons kilahand

      Betty, Your trying to turn any event into a spiritual connection. Posting on Sept 22, was,is a random event from the individual but it gives your belief system a jump start, something to validate your lingering belief system which is one of the few things that you have to live for at this point.  You can also ask, why did I post this message on Sept27, simply because of my response to the idiots in this world. And, you are a lifelong member.

  • Pat Bromley

    Just reading this bullshit makes me angry. This article shows the reader how there is no uniformity in this witch craft bullshit. How can there be so many places one supposed point should be. One says 3 feet under ground next days between neck and throat. You are selling bullshit to needy people. I would like to see at least a fraction of scientific studies to prove even the slightest of what is said here is true but sadly for you and the readers that wouldn’t happen. Open your eyes people. You can do all this shit with s simple wave of a hand like this says. Also it’s just trying to sell the phony course they’re trying to get you to buy. .

    • Ashley

      Please open your mind and heart.  The Chakra system originated in India more than 4000 years ago, nothing at all to do with witch craft! Energy which this system talks about can be proven by science.  Kirlian photography can allow the capture of these energy fields within and outside the bodyand their effects. The world of quantum physics shows this as well. I don’t see them trying to sell a course, whatever is linked here is free.  Open your eyes to your heartand may you grow.

      • Brady of the grand canyon

        Again, another person that puts ignorance before actuality. Kirlian photography proves NOTHING, if fact it is considered worthless to science, not even owning to debate. You can argue all that you want but if you argument is based on Kirlian photography you already have lost and strayed from reality.
        You also mentioned quantum physics for additional support of your ignorance and I assure you that what you know of quantum physics is a book that you have skimmed thru. And your off on your time lines so historically with the chakras, it quite plausible you allow the same lack to detail in every one of your statements and in your daily life. To summarize what Pat is saying, you are indeed for of bullshit.

    • Stephen

      Well the word chakra just means wheel and as it goes for the main 8 chakras are just glans that shoot chemicals in the system. 9 to 12 are based on your static field of energy from the 7th directly connected to the 4th feeding more electricity shocking the 7th to release DMT in the waking state. This amplifies the static field kicks the CPU into overclocking, best method study computer hardware and think of your body as a computer. This is how I taught others how it all works, its not a holy experience its whatever you make it out to be. Just be aware you are always being watched all the time by outside forces that mean no harm only ones that are scared will scare themselves with the GOD and DEVIL bullshit.

      • Valiant gordon

        Thats just the physical aspect your looking at.the chakra system is spiritual wiring for different levels of physical,psychic and spiritual and super spiritual ENERGY.WHEN YOU OPEN THE CHAKRAS ABOVE THE CROWN,THEN,COME BACK AND TELL ME ITS JUST HORMONES

    • chris mongon

      you shouldn’t be here now, maybe someday. Hope never vacations

  • Evone

    Hi, I started finding out about chakras and working on them in 2010.  I didn’t know what I was doing exactly.  But when I would listen to Doreen Virtue’s, guided meditation on Chakra’s, I would visualize all of my chakras on the outside of my body to the right of me.  Kind of like when you have someone laying next to you but they were my chakras.  What do you make of that?  I now see them inside but it took work to do so.

  • Olaf Biessen

    as far as i can see there are 34 four above my boddy(about 200 meters high as it feels
    and 7 under my feet.
    under the seventh chakra under my feet is the basement.
    when cleaned (will take a lot of wrok)
    there are 3 holes as far as i can see to light of source (more shiny as light above)
    ther is also a door containing moremud like stuf.
    it feels like past ive trash.i didn`t finish cleaning it up yet

    • Benjamin Thompson

      I want what your taking!!!

    • mike

      Great…most of us are blocked from seeing our full selves and while many of us may be similar, we are all growing through space and time.  You may be a very, very old soul with experiences in a multitude of planets and a chakra count of a much larger being, planet, sun or aether.  Very fortunate you are to see to light of source.  With your expanded consciousness you can affect our world with positive manifestations for the greater good, asking the light when you can to ensure that you do not interfere too much.  Our collective evolution is one of the reasons we are all here and can help each other out for the greater good.

  • Septred

    This could be of interest but I have converted the seven main chakra points into a cohesive martial arts style because of enlightenment that I achieved on April 26 at 4:26 am in 2016 which has really given me purpose even if it sometimes takes a now hiatus for the time, because even before I entered enlightenment I believed in the spiritual and supernatural realms and experiences but nothing as confirming as my experience hearing God and Jesus that set me forward from then on.

    • Valiant gordon

      Christianity is a good place to start,it just doesnt go very far…..spirit gives you what ever your comfirtable in a form that your familar with……all these religions insist that “thier way is the ONLY way.which is bull.all roads lead to rome.” Some are just slower and some are designed to keep you stuck.( only if your not an old soul.)…….old souls dont stay in junk religions like christianity and the like.they move on……peace….not pieces…….love in light….Valiant Gordon….

      • Keith A. McDowell

        Well spoken. That is so true. I was so depressed being in CHURCH. When i got out and got into metaphysics etc. I felt happy, like i had a purpose and i never looked back.

        • Ana

          I couldn’t agree more Keith!  I’ve been a practioner of Kundalini yoga for a few years and about to enter a teacher training program.  I didn’t even know I was depressed angry etc. until something changed I’m super charged …wahe guru! After studying the chakra system I had a powerful and very sad insight into why Jesus was given a crown of thorns ???? and the rest.  Who wouldn’t be depressed in church!

  • Linda

    No coilnampts on this end, simply a good piece.

  • Gavin Lee

    Very Interesting, Wanted to add some information. Through listening to different frequencies of sound one can activate a particular chakra. If you find a frequency that does this you have found the frequency or note of that Chakra. It would be interesting to find out the frequencies that activate the 5 Chakras. That way people could get some personal experience with them straight away. I also think that if people got to a consensus on the frequencies it would be some evidence that they are a reality.

    From my own personal study I have identified 7 major and 14 minor Chakras(Between root and crown) and their Frequencies. Am going to try and find these other ones.

    • Gavin Lee

      The internal energetic system I have found is within one octave. However I’m not sure I am able to find ones which are outside. I did however find the transition frequency between the top and the bottom of the energetic system. This transition point however could be what has been named as one of the extra 5 chakras.

      • Beth

        I am looking for the same thing, Gavin. I’m looking at the 7 chakra tones available to us now + the Solfeggio scale and a natural numerical flow seems to be occurring… What do you think?

    • D-MaCHINE by OK66M

      Can elaborate, U R claiming 2 have found 2 + than D known kachras, correct?  If so, can U explain them N how U did it?  Just curious 2 know, because I am interested 2 C what color U come up with beyond D 12th Kachra>D-MaCHINE by OK66M

      • Cornelia

        I’ve been looknig for a post like this for an age

        • Roger Sklar

          You might want to check out SpiritualForums.com

          Many like-minded people and no trolls allowed.

    • D-MaCHINE by OK66M

      ps. I also need 2 know D stones!!!!!!
      D-MaCHINE by OK66M

    • Cody Mills

      i obtained a calling from God through the Chakras and its been an experience i would not have believed the ways are Awsome and great

    • Shamanic Numerology

      Each of the seven “traditional” chakras correspond to specific frequencies, which in turn correspond to the “Ancient Solfeggio” tones:

      Chakra Tone Frequency (Hz)
      Base UT 396
      Sacral RE 417
      Solar Plexis MI 528
      Heart FA 639
      Throat SOL 741
      Brow LA 852

      I have tuning forks that vibrate to these frequencies, and I find them to be highly effective tools in my shamanic practice to balance and “tune up” the chakra systems of my clients.

      • Numerological Shaman

        I am familiar with the Ancient Solfeggio tuning forks. I also have a set. Have you found or heard of any specific tone frequencies (or combinations of tones) that correspond to chakras 8-12

  • Peter Oakley

    What stones are associated with chakras 8-12. right now I have the 7 body ones. an earth star(obsidian), soul star (clear quartz) and a higher heart (rose quartz) but I cant seem to find a straightforward list for the stones for the 8-12 chakras. any help or advice would be appreciated.

    • MaryLou Winaught

      I found this online. I hope it helps.

      Earth chakra — (8th) — Brown
      Lunar chakra — (9th) — Silver or white
      Solar chakra — (10th) — Gold
      Galactic chakra — (11th) — Mixture of violet, gold and silver
      Universal chakra — (12th) — Multi-faceted, multi-colored orbs of light

      • Sam K

        I have often used Tiger’s-Eye for the Earth, Selenite or Moonstone for Lunar, Citrine or Sunstone for Solar, Sugilite for Galactic, and Opal for Universal. I hope this helps, as well.

    • D-Machine

      8 = any eARTh element stone of brown color like Shaman Stone (Moqui Thunderball), Stromatolite, Grossular Garnet (Hessonite) & Tumbled Axinite.
      12 = Any multicolor stone like Mystic Topaz, Rainbow Hematite & Rainbow Garnet.
      Hope this is helpful best wishes D-Machine!!!!

      • Peter Oakley

        Can you give me a list of stones for all 5 of the higher chakras? If you can that would be great. 🙂

    • Dell

      This wesibte makes things hella easy.

  • John

    I am happy you’ve covered both 12 chakra systems. Thank you for your honest unbias facts that there are two systems.

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