The Chakras: Seven Sacred Centers

 

chakras

A chakra (Sanskrit for “wheel”) is a center of energy in the subtle body or “astral body”, which is connected to both the physical and emotional bodies.

There are seven main chakras and each has its own individual color, mantra (sacred sound), and associated qualities. The chakras are each associated with an area of the body and a set of health concerns and emotional issues.

 

Sahasrara

Crown Chakra

Enlightenment

Sound: (Silent)
Element: Inner Light
Physical: Muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, genetic disorders; brain; paralysis
Mental/Emotional: Inspiration, trust, faith; selflessness; humanitarianism; fulfillment; free will; values; ethics; decision making

Enlightenment

Ajna

Head/Third Eye Chakra

Intuition

Sound: OM
Element: Inner Sound
Physical: Neurological disorders; brain; seizures; vision; headaches; hearing; learning disabilities
Mental/Emotional: Confusion; paranoia; closed-mindedness; anxiety; intuition; wisdom; imagination; visualization

Intuition

Vishuddi

Throat Chakra

Expression

Sound: HAM
Element: Ether
Physical: Mouth; throat; speech
Mental/Emotional: Expression; inspiration; creativity; communication; speaking up for oneself

Expression

Anahata

Heart Chakra

Love

Sound: YAM
Element: Air
Physical: Heart; lungs and breathing; breast cancer
Mental/Emotional: Love and relationships; anger; criticism; forgiveness; self-centeredness; compassion; empathy; nurturance

Compassion

Manipura

Solar-Plexus Chakra

Autonomy

Sound: RAM
Element: Fire
Physical: Intestinal and digestive systems; ulcers; eating disorders; liver; pancreas; kidneys
Mental/Emotional: Trust issues; self-confidence; self-respect; self-control; willpower; independence; fear of responsibility; authority issues

Autonomy

Svadisthana

Spleen Chakra

Intimacy

Sound: VAM
Element: Water
Physical: Prostate and bladder; skin disorders; allergies; sexual and reproductive problems
Mental/Emotional: Money; guilt; control; abandonment; sex; sexual or emotional abuse; relating to people; intimacy; sharing

Intimacy

Maladhara

Root/Base Chakra

Survival

Sound: LAM
Element: Earth
Physical: Sciatica; varicose veins; lower back pain; rectal problems; hemorrhoids
Mental/Emotional: Physical necessities (food, shelter, etc); living situations; commitment; loyalty; career; growth; family; childhood neglect and abuse

Survival