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Chakras are entry gates of the Aura. Within the physical body resides a body double, a spiritual body, that contains the Chakras. The word Chakra in Sanskrit translates to wheel or disc. They are centres of activity that receives, assimilates and expresses life force energy. They are responsible for the person's physical, mental, and spiritual functions. They absorb and transmit energies to and from the universe, nature, celestial entities, from people even from things.
According to the traditional writings there are 88,000 chakras in the human body covering basically every area in the body. The majority of them are small and insignificant. 40 of them have significant function and they are in the hands, feet, fingertips, and shoulders. The most significant ones are the eight main chakras located along the central line of the body, from the base of the spine to just arms length above the head. They are located in the ethereal body and they express the embodiment of spiritual energy on the physical plane.
According to the Eastern understanding, the Universal Life Force flows through the eighth chakra, to the crown/ top of the head and down the chakras. This life force nurturs our bodies with eight distinct kinds of energy, each essential to our physical and spiritual development. It flows upward through the chakras, communicating individual insight and a conscious sense of universal interconnectedness.
We can think of chakras as floppy discs that contain vital programs.They contain programmed (our beliefs) subroutines that shape our behaviour. We all function by sets of programs, which may or may not be conscious. In this analogy the body is the hardware, our programming is the software, and the Self is the user. The challenge before us is to identify our programs and rewrite them all while continuing to live our lives, yet this is the task of healing.
The chakra system can be used as a tool to fight viruses, debug and reprogram our lives. In order to run any of our programs we have to activate our energy currents, which is bipolar as mentioned above. Earth-centred which we contact through our bodies called grounding (comes from the solid contact we make with the earth through feet and legs), which provides connection that makes us feel safe, alive, centred in ourselves, and rooted in environment. The consciousness is experienced through our minds is our inner understanding, our memory, our dreams, and beliefs. We have a dynamic energy flow throughout our entire being when it is connected to our body.
We can plug in into this system just as we plug in our radio. The chakras than become like stations, receiving and broadcasting at different frequencies. The eight vortices of the chakras are created by the combination of these two active principles: consciousness and matter. Consciousness enters through the crown chakra and flows downward through the body, than upward from earth to ethereal consciousness. In order to be whole, a human being needs a balance between the downward flow and the upward flow of energy. Blockages in any of the chakras affects the flow of the currents.
The chakras are constantly rotating and vibrating. The activities in the them influence our: Body shape, Glandular processes, Chronic physical ailments, Thoughts, and Behaviour. When one (or more) of the chakra is blocked and the energy does not flow harmoniously through them, or it is wide open, it will result in imbalance that is manifested in all areas of life. Each chakra is expressed on the physical body in one of the endocrine glands that regulate physical and emotional processes in the body. The imbalance in the chakra will also be expressed in the endocrine gland linked to it.
Are there only 8 Chakras? What does each Chakra represent or mean?