7 Chakra Crash Course: A Beginner’s Guide To Awakening Your Seven Chakras

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The 7 Chakras

7 Chakras

The study of 7 chakras originates in Eastern spiritual traditions that consider the seven primary chakras the basis of our human existence. Similarly, today’s Western approaches place en emphasis on the seven chakras as representations of different aspects of our life and describe their function in various terms encompassing the psychological, physical, energetic and spiritual.

7 Major Chakras Overview

7 chakrasThe basic human chakra system, as it is commonly accepted, consists of seven chakras stretching from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Their names, locations and corresponding chakra colors are:

  1. Root chakra — base of the spine — red
  2. Sacral chakra — just below the navel — orange
  3. Solar Plexus chakra — stomach area — yellow
  4. Heart chakra — center of the chest — green
  5. Throat chakra — base of the throat — blue
  6. Third Eye chakra — forehead, just above area between the eyes — indigo
  7. Crown chakra — top of the head — violet

Sometimes, a Sanskrit name is used instead of plain English because the study of the chakra system as we know it in our modern Western culture originates mostly from yogic traditions from India. You’ll sometimes find them referenced as:

  1. “Muladhara”
  2. “Svadhishthana”
  3. “Manipura”
  4. “Anahata”
  5. “Vishuddha”
  6. “Ajna”
  7. “Sahasrara”

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The Seven Chakras in the Human Body

The seven chakras are commonly associated with the following parts of the body:

  • The first one to the perineum, in the coccyx area
  • The second one to the lower belly, seen a few inches below the navel
  • The third one to the solar plexus
  • The fourth one to the center of the chest, slightly to the left of the physical heart
  • The fifth one to the throat, at the carotid plexus
  • The sixth one to the point between the eyebrows or “third eye”
  • The seventh one to the top of the cranium

It’s important to remember that the location of the seven chakras varies slightly depending on the traditions or school of thoughts. Some may place the second one slightly to the left of the body, at the level of the spleen, while others will place it lower at the level of the gonads.

Even though the 7 chakras are associated with specific parts of the body, they are not “physical” entities per se, but belong to the realm of “subtle energy”.  They can be described at the crossroad of the material and the immaterial, the biological and the spiritual, and pertain to the body, mind, and spirit all together.

The 7 Chakra System Explained

The 7 chakras are part of the most commonly known chakra system made of seven energy centers located along the spine and ending in the brain, from the perineum area to the top of the head.

The mainstream chakra system is based on a Hindu chakra system that recognizes seven distinct “wheels” or “centers” of energy that are perpetually in motion along the human body’s spinal column. Each possessing its own color and vibrational frequency, these wheels are the catalysts of consciousness and human function. They govern various emotional issues, from our survival instincts and self-esteem to our ability to communicate and experience love.

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What Is Chakra Balancing?

A large part of getting to know how to work with your chakras involves chakra balancing. A chakra blockage and imbalance in one or several of 7 chakras can initiate mental, emotional, physical and/or spiritual ailments. Regardless of whether you use chakra stones, crystals, reiki, or another form of vibrational healing to restore chakra balance, being well-versed about chakra systems, their function, and the areas they govern can be invaluable.

Balancing chakras and healing with the chakra energy system requires a working knowledge of chakras and their functions. While a basic chakra chart illustrates the foundational seven chakras, did you know there are additional chakras to consider?

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Beyond The Seven Chakra System

It is important to understand we are all made of pure energy and we share it with the Earth — which gives and sustains life. That being said, the more intricate 12 chakra system illustrates just how closely we are “tied” to the planet. Stretching from an estimated three feet below the earth’s surface to deep into space is a cord of energy that links each and every human being to the planet and the universe.

Learn more about the 12 chakras with a brief explanation of the additional five chakras, including their names, function, and color.

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14 Responses to 7 Chakras

  • Sue Ella

    Very interesting and I want more knowledge about chacras.

  • Naman

    What a joke

  • Jelbert

    The third chakra is said to be at the solarplexus. However this chakra is linked to willpower. Ok that is easy to test. Take a car with the brake off and try to push it for a few yards. Now focus on your solarplexus and push it for a few yards. Did this go very much more easy?
    Now focus on the point 2 fingers below your navel. Push the car for a few yards where you get your power from this point. How did you do? I can guarantee this went much more easy. This is the point linked to your second chakra and that is linked to sexuality. But is sexuality is that not better linked with the reproductive organs and not with willpower. So in that case the seccond chakra would, logically, be located near the reproductive organs (for women the point 2 fingers below the navel is a erogen point and so cofused with sexuality. For males however this point has no real meaning towards sexuality. Woman have 9 erogen points and males only 3. The chakra system for males and females is the same, some polarities differ, but the chakra’s are at the same positions ore very very near to the same positions). Hey but the first chakra is located there. But the first chakra is linked with the earth. Would it not be logical that the first chakra is located at the base of the spine?
    If you have awakend your kundalini energy and you can let it flow upward this will happen: It starts at the base of the spine and will move up to your reproductive organs, there it accumulates until it moves to the next chakra under the navel. And again it will accumulate then it moves upwards and does not stop for a while until it reaches the heart chakra. There it will accumulate again until it moves upward agian to the throat.
    Hmm no stop at the solar plexus. There is a little chakra at the solarplexus but not the main one. The main chakra’s are connected to the kundalini channel. the first is at the base of the spine, the seccond at the reproductive organs (it is very close to eachother and because of that and taboo skipped) the third one is located two fingers below the navel. The fourth at the height of the heart in the spine. The fifth in the throat. The sixth at the third eye and the seventh a little abouve your head.

  • jeremy

    just who (truthfuly) discover the 3rd eye?

    • Br

      the Hindus in India!

  • Dezz

    How do I begin, I have my stones now do I meditate or what do I do to begin.?

    • Gautam Kumar

      Meditation is food of the chakra.

    • anonymous

      Meditation is the key to break all the chakars.
      But if that seems to be hard, you can even start bylistening to hymns and praises of god also reciting the praises in your mind all the time.

      Doing so will give you a base to begin meditation.

    • saurav das

      join isha foundation of sadhguru. You need a proper guru or teacher for such accomplishment.

  • Ajit Kumar

    I want to know which chakra is need to awakens first. Can i start with ajna chakra.Because i daily meditat with ajna chakra

    • rootBazer

      the lower chakras support the upper ones.
      This means if you have good root chakra it will strengthen the sacral chakra immediatley.
      They are connected through the astral-spine.
      You need to be grounded and stable (root chakra) to be able to fully feel (sacral chakra).
      Feeling your body and emotions gives you a sense of (your)self. You know what you want. (solar plexus chakra)

      When these conditions are met it should be a lot of easier to open your heart chakra than if your lower chakrs were deficient or blocked. You become not only aware of your own feelings but of those around you as well.

    • jps

      Dear sir,
      Every person at his birth time the chakra and initiation of mind by divine bliss energy is done so you need to activate the particular chakra and then after doing meditation or concntrating on that chakra in a relaxed free way where your body and mind co-operates with each other .You can move to the higher intellectual form of birth.

  • damien

    Where did chakra clearing come from? The one where your hand moves counterclockwise and then clockwise until the crown where its clockwise to start(for men) and counterclockwise to start(for women). Can one use this method along with Reconnection and MAtrix ENergetics to be very healthy so they never go to hospital or ER and keep all their faculties in old age and dont need a nursing home?THank you Please email back Thank you

    • Michael Love

      Please explain that last statement of you’ll never have to go to the hospital, ER,or Nursing home.Im not discounting and I dont believe your talking about going to Er’s for like car accidents.
      Im very much truly interested in the healing powers mentally physically & spiritually.Please any offer of understanding will be helpful.
      Thank You,

      Michael Love

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