Kundalini Energy and Your Chakras
What are Chakras?
A series of subtle, fine energies are in the ether right outside of our physical bodies, and they are called chakras. Psychics believe that people get most of their energies, such as physical, emotional, and mental, from invisible rays which come down into our bodies through very tiny openings in the top of our heads. These rays may be a single color, or several colors. The color and its quantity and position will affect the talents, vitality, disposition, personality, character, and behavior patterns of the individual. Once these energies come into the head, they are filtered and reflected downward through seven etheric energy centers or energy wheels, called chakras. These centers are located just in front of the spinal column, in the ether, which is just a thin substance through which electromagnetic waves can travel.
Kundalini and Chi Energy are the Same Thing
The crown chakra at the top of the head can be found at the intersection of two lines, one coming down the head from the fontanel at the upper back of the head (the soft spot on a newborn baby’s head) the other through the middle of the forehead. The brow center, or third eye, is found at the first cervical vertebra, or between your two eyes. The throat chakra is at the third cervical and the heart center at the first thoracic. The solar plexus is at the eighth thoracic, the spleen center at the first lumbar, and the sacrum, or base chakra, just above the coccyx. As this subtle energy comes into the head, it moves downward an extremely fine invisible stem located in the center of the spinal cord. As the energy moves downward through each center, it becomes more dense, so that when it reaches the chakra at the base of the spine, it is quite heavy, and has a very low and slow frequency. Here it mixes with a dense, dormant earth energy known in yoga as kundalini energy, or serpent power. The kundalini energies are often described as a snake since they sort of “crawl” downward to their bases in your body. They are also known as your “chi” energies.
Meditation Information to Clear Your Chakras
Caroline Myss (pronounced MACE) writes about health and healing through our chakra systems. I have learned so much from reading her books, and recommend this one in particular. It explains how to clear blockages in our chakras which make us ill. Once you read one of her books, you will be hooked! She also writes about past life regressions and archetypes.
Try to Direct Chi Energy up Towards the Crown Chakra
Both Eastern and Western cultures believe it is the responsibility of the individual consciousness to try to raise, mix and balance these energy forces and direct them upward. This is done through different meditation techniques, where a person quiets their mind to outside distractions and tries to get in touch with their inner selves. Any type of meditation a person begins is very serious, and must be practiced for quite some time before they will make any progress, so I will not discuss that much here.
Suffice it to say that a beginner in meditation will enjoy better relaxation, clearer mental processes, and be able to concentrate and focus better, thus improving their health in both physical and mental ways. As the kundalini energies begin to climb upward, they are blended and transmuted, creating many types of experiences that cause profound changes in a person’s awareness. The main goal is to open and balance each of these energy centers fully in a harmonious flow through the whole mind, body and spirit system of the person.
The Seven Chakra Centers Should Not be Blocked
These seven centers have a significant effect on the endocrine glands, and if the flow through these energy wheels is blocked or disrupted by too little or too much activity, the corresponding endocrine center of the particular chakra area will be affected. These glands affect the nervous system, and are what controls, balances, and self regulates the unified mind and body. Even a slight imbalance in these areas can cause fluctuations of powerful hormone secretions that enter the blood stream and create changes of mood, appearance, relaxation, respiration, digestion, initiative and intelligence.
This energy is also called chi, as in T’ai chi and the ki force used in karate and akido, as well as it’s manipulation is the basic principle of acupuncture. Chiropractic treatment also works from a similar premise, which believes any misalignment in the spine causes illness, (not to mention back pain) and manual manipulation of specific pressure points will help a person get well. The acupuncture can be thought of as small streams flowing from seven rivers of light. If these centers are blocked or out of harmony, the person becomes weak and ill. In Chinese and Occult medicine, all physical, emotional, and psychological illness is because of an imbalance of this vital energy flow. Once the natural balance is restored, the person is again well, healthy, harmonious and whole.
The Root or First Chakra
The first center is the root chakra, located at the base of the spine. This is the seat of the physical life force, or kundalini. The function of this center is concerned with basic existence and survival. This is the chakra that influences sexual activity, regeneration and creativity, and on a chart its color is always shown as red. It affects the sex glands, ovaries and testes, and is responsible for the sex drive and reproduction. The transmutation of this procreative energy can be used and sublimated into all kinds of creative activity, personal growth, health, healing intuition and intelligence. This chakra shows how "grounded" you are, and can even show how environmentally minded you are. The root chakra is influenced by the planet Saturn, its metal is lead, and the square is its symbolic form. Smell is the dominant sense of the base chakra and the sound vibration to be used in meditation is VA.
The Spleen or Second Chakra
The second center or spleen chakra is located halfway between the pubis and the navel, usually considered the center of sexual activity. Our spleens are the centers for cleansing and purification, as its endocrine function is connected to the liver and pancreas. Other areas influenced by the spleen chakra are metabolism, digestion, and detoxification of poisons, immunity to disease and the balance of blood sugar. The second chakra is ruled by the planet Jupiter, water is its element, tin is its metal and taste is its dominant sense. The symbol for this chakra is a pyramid with the capstone removed. The color associated with the second chakra is orange, and the sound vibration is BA.
The Solar Plexus or Third Chakra
The third chakra is the solar plexus, located just above the navel. It is the seat of our power and emotion. It affects the adrenal glands, which in turn profoundly affect the sympathetic nervous system, muscular energy, heartbeat, digestion, circulation and mood. Think about a time when you feel threatened. What’s the first thing you do? You cross your arms over your solar plexus, to “protect” yourself and not give away your power. I recently had a chakra reading, and the reader told me I give away too much of my power. I am still pondering that one. If you have too much adrenaline due to constant stress in your life, you will suffer various physical and psychological symptoms, such as ulcers, nervous disorders and chronic fatigue. This chakra is influenced by planet Mars, fire is the element of the power chakra, iron is the metal, and sight is the dominant sense. The symbol for this center is a circle. This chakra’s color is yellow, and the sound vibration is RA.
Meditation for the Chakras
The Heart or Fourth Chakra
The heart chakra is the fourth center, a source of love and compassion. It is located in the center of the chest. When this center is open, it expresses unconditional love for spirit, consciousness, and every level of creation. This chakra influences the thymus gland located in the center of the chest, just behind the upper breast bone. The main job of the thymus in adults is to help create immunity to disease. People who are loving and open are usually healthy, but our culture’s competitive nature makes people hardhearted, and susceptible to heart disease.
Think about your friends or relatives who hold in their emotions, or co-workers who constantly have a bad attitude or are chronic complainers. Don’t they get sick more often? If they do not look on the positive side of life or stop being so angry, they are the ones who will have heart attacks. All that negative energy is blocking their heart just as much as cholesterol. The heart chakra is ruled by Venus, so copper is its metal, and touch is the dominant sense. The symbol for this chakra is the equilateral cross. The color associated with the heart chakra is green, although I believe it can be pink too, as rose quartz is also associated with love. Its sound vibration is YM, pronounced Ya-Mm.
The Throat or Fifth Chakra
The fifth chakra is located in the throat, the center for creativity and self-expression. The throat influences the thyroid gland, which affects the entire nervous system, metabolism, muscle control and body heat production. This center is called the gateway to liberation as it leads beyond the physical/emotional planes and into the astral, or spiritual plane. The fifth chakra is influenced by planet Mercury, ether is its element, and hearing is the dominant sense. Mercury is also its metal, and the color associated with it is sky blue. The symbol is a chalice—the physical and emotional body become the Holy Grail. The sound vibration is a joyous one, HA. Once again, if you keep getting strep throat every year, you may be holding in what you need to say. It is important to learn to speak your truth quietly when you disagree with someone, do not hold your opinions and feelings inside.
The Third Eye or Sixth Chakra
The sixth chakra is the third, or all seeing eye, located just above and between the eyebrows, in the center of the forehead. This is the source of ESP, clairvoyance, clairaudience, heightened intuition and paranormal powers. In ancient Egyptian art, a snake coming out of this part of a Pharaoh’s forehead symbolizes a person whose kundalini energies have been raised to a very high level known as “Christ consciousness.” Think of King Tut’s mask, and the way the snake comes out from that point.
The sixth center influences the pituitary gland, the master control center of the mind/body which affects all of the other endocrine systems to some degree. When a person meditates on a regular basis, they will begin to see flashes of bright colors, depending on their level of spirituality. I have been meditating fairly regularly and doing psychic exercises with my Metaphysical class mates. I can see bright blue and purple flashes of light at the point between my eyes, where my "third eye" would be.
In my latest metaphysical class, we can also "see" what is in rooms of each other's homes now, although we have not been there. The teacher explains this as astral travel. Beyond the senses and the five elements, the sixth chakra is influenced by the sun and the moon, so its metals are gold and silver. Its symbol is a six pointed star, which in turn symbolizes man’s involution, or downward spiral, and the journey back up to evolution again. The color associated with this chakra is indigo blue, and the sound vibration is one we make when experiencing the solution to a difficult problem-AH.
The Crown or Seventh Chakra
The Crown chakra is located in and around the upper skull. In mystic lore, when all the lower energies are balanced, refined, and raised to this level, or cosmic consciousness, unconditional enlightenment beyond name, form, or rational experience takes place. It is this highest frequency that is the source of the halo that surrounds the head of spiritually evolved beings. The seventh center influences the pineal gland, which medically has no function, though ancient cultures thought it was the seat of the soul. Since the crown chakra is beyond our five limited senses, it is associated with an unimagined bliss and rapture. At this level a person is in complete unity with the source, or God, or whatever deity is part of your belief system. This is the mystical, transcendental, experience of I AM, pure being—or as the great Master Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” The color of the crown chakra is purple, and its symbol is a lotus flower with its roots in the mud. This symbolizes the dense energy of the root center, its stem in the water, or emotional energies, but its blossom is fully open to the energy of the sun. The sound vibration of this center is the combination of all sounds, or OM.
I understand that it may still seem unreal that chakras exist. But different sensations or feelings really are felt in particular parts of our bodies. Our feet and legs make us feel grounded, not our ears. We have orgasms in our genitals, not our hearts-though we do feel happy then! We feel joy and happiness in our “gut”, openness and love in our chest, or heart, insight and intellect comes to us through our eyes and our heads, and spirituality at the crown. As I said earlier, it will take time to be able to feel a huge difference with meditation. But if you start, even once or twice a day for about twenty minutes, you will begin to feel yourself relax, your breathing will slow down and get shallow, and you will start to feel tension slip out of your body, maybe at points in your body that will surprise you. Then you may be able to realize you are beginning to get sick before it gets far enough to cause you too much discomfort.
There is also now a app for your cell phone called Buddify, and it has numerous short, guided meditations you can do in several minutes during your busy day (or night). They range from 5-12 minutes, so you can do one at lunch hour if you find a quiet place. Or even if you are sitting in the car between running errands, you can fit in a short meditation. A friend recommended this app to me several weeks ago, and I love it. It has meditations for any emotion or issue you may be feeling, stress, fear, or inability to sleep being several of the plethora of meditations offered. I have found it to be really helpful, and don't even really like guided meditations. But in a pinch on a stressful day, I find it really useful!
Lotus Flower with Roots in Mud
© 2011 Jean Bakula