History of Chakras
Chakra means “wheel” and refers to the chariot wheels of ancient rulers, called Cakravartins.
The word was also a metaphor for the sun, which “traverses the world like the triumphant chariot and denotes the eternal wheel of time which represents celestial order and balance”
There are many references to Chakras in history. Vedas are the oldest written tradition in India, (1,500 – 500 B.C.) recorded from oral tradition by the Brahmins.
1. a member of the highest ranking of the four social classes,
that of priesthood
2. the ultimate reality underlying all phenomena
Chakras are energy centers in the body that impact our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states.
These swirling intersections of life force connect to the central nervous system along the spinal cord; from the base of our tailbone to the crown of our head. When all systems are moving fluidly, we are aligned. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow smoothly. There are 7 major Chakra centers along the spinal column that are activated through our sensory organs. Color, sound, smell, frequency, elements, and movement can be used to awaken or calm Chakra centers, thus achieving balance.
Chakras operate like a computer network, with each chakra operating as a “hub”. A point where your psychological, emotional, and spiritual states connect with nerves and major organs.
There are seven major “hubs” or energy centers; with thousands of connecting ports where information is received and transferred between smaller networks.
In computer networking, a hub is a connection point for devices in a network. A hub may contain multiple inlets, called ports. A port is an endpoint of communication. If your ports are “open,” your network is flowing smoothly – information is being sent and received. If there is a malfunction, or if the port is overloaded with too much data, information can not be transferred.
We refer to this as a “block”
Our Inner Transceivers
A transceiver is a device that is both a transmitter and a receiver. Our cell phones are transceivers. With a single device, we can speak and listen; send and receive. Our inner energy system; our Chakras; are transceivers, too.
Chakras receive and transmit life energy. When we are energized and our heart is pumping; such as induced by exercise or excitement, our chakras spin faster. We feel alert and alive. We may be downloading massive amounts of data at a very high speed. Things are happening.
Our mind, body, and spirit are all connected. If our body falls ill, it affects our spirit
If we are nervous, we might feel butterflies in our stomach
If we are emotional, we might feel our throat tighten and eyes well up with tears
If our mind is overstimulated, we feel “stressed out”
If we are overworked and not getting sufficient rest, our body becomes exhausted.
It might even shut down
Awareness that an imbalance exists enables us to take corrective action
Through meditation, we create stillness in our mind and bring awareness to our emotions and feelings.
When we create peace within, we project peace into the world around us.
Red is the first chakra, located at the base of the spine. If you are new to meditation, try our free Earth Chakra Meditation.