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Chakras 101


By Melissa Donaldson - 6/17/2013

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You probably have heard about the chakra here or there when you first began researching certain spiritual aspects. They are everywhere in spiritual literature and religious texts. Hindu literature speaks of them often and certain yoga poses are even tied to certain chakra points in the body. However, very few people really know what they're getting into when they first discover the subject of chakras. There are tons of sites dedicated to explaining each one but there can be too much detail or too many side routes taken and a person can feel a bit lost. Sometimes after reading all of the literature people get completely overwhelmed and won't even return to the subject. Here's a brief explanation of each chakra and what part of the body they correspond to as well.

Root Chakra

This chakra is located at the base of the spine somewhere around the tailbone area. Some people explain a tingling at the base of their spines when "healing" or working on this chakra point in the body. This chakra is connected to the needs for survival such as issues concerning financial stability, food, housing, and the basic security one has in their life. It is said that when one feels insecure about the basics of life that perhaps their Root Chakra is blocked or needs to be cleared.

Sacral Chakra

This chakra is located in the pelvic area about two inches below the navel and inward. This chakra is explained as having ties to feelings of acceptance in our lives of changes and other people especially new people entering in our lives. It is also tied to a healthy appetite for sex and sexual experiences and expression. If one is feeling insecure about sex or other people in their lives it is said this chakra is blocked or needs clearing in some form or another.

Solar Plexus Chakra

This Chakra is located in the stomach area or higher abdomen area. It is explained as having the ties to how confident we are that we are in control of our lives and what happens within our daily world. Emotions that are expressed through this chakra include self-confidence, self-worth, and self-acceptance. When we are not feeling accepting of ourselves in anyway and feel as though we have no worth this chakra may be blocked and need clearing.

Heart Chakra

Located exactly where its name suggests the chakra is found beneath the breastbone. Feelings of love and, joy, harmony, and inner peace with ourselves and those around us are connected to this chakra and how well we deal with these situations. Love is at the center of this chakra's function and when we don't love those around as much as we feel we should or we don't love ourselves or our situation or feel a disconnect this chakra may be blocked and need clearing.

Throat Chakra

This chakra is located in the center of the throat. Think of a man's Adam's apple and there is where you would find the chakra. Our ability to verbally express ourselves and to also express truth such as our own or what we know to be true inherently is connected to this chakra. When we feel stifled in our communication or we feel that we are lying to those around us or to ourselves then we are said to have a blocked Throat Chakra. Clearing the throat area is said to aid in helping with these issues.

Third-Eye Chakra

Located in the center between the eyebrows this chakra is said to be connected to our imaginations, intuitions, ability to look at situations objectively, see all angles, and to act through wisdom. If you are feeling that your judgment is cloudy or that you aren't looking at the bigger picture and see only obstacles this chakra may be blocked. Clearing this chakra might also be needed due to excessive headaches or eye strain.

Crown Chakra

This chakra is located in the middle of the top of head. Connected to our spiritual self its said to be the key to having a spiritual experience and living the spiritual lifestyle. It allows us to see the inner and outer beauty present in our lives as well as find simple bliss and connect spiritually on all levels of life and happiness. If you are feeling out of touch with life's simple miracles then perhaps clearing this chakra would be helpful.


 








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