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What is chakra ?

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Chakra and its existence have been long debated throughout time. While it is well documented in the far east by a multitude of cultures, the study of chakra and parapsychology in the west remains relatively taboo. One thing that can't be denied is the importance eastern cultures have placed on not only maintaining your chakras but strengthening them as well. So what is chakra and how exactly does it work ? Chakra is described as a series of wheel like vortices of light located in 7 different locations of the human body. These points of energy are located along your spinal column and are believed to influence the major glands that are located within their vicinity. Our medical symbol with the two snakes wrapping around the pole is a depiction of how the energy from your chakra travels throughout our bodies via our spinal cord (which is represented by the pole). Our chakra network is not a bunch of hocus pocus, it is basically apart of our endocrine system (our bodies information system that produces hormones for growth and reproduction to name a few).Even free masonry and early Christianity have touched on the existence of chakra : you have 33 vertebrae in your spine, 33 degrees (levels of initiation) of masonry, and Jesus "died & ascended" at the age of 33. As you can

"Each chakra in your spinal column is believed to influence or even govern bodily functions near its region of the spine. Because autopsies do not reveal chakras, most people think they are a fancy of fertile imagination. Yet their existence is well documented in the traditions of the Far East..." - Susan Shumskmy

Now that we have a basic idea of what Chakra is we need to know how each individual one affects our bodies.

Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra

Sahasrara, which means 1000 petaled lotus is ummm...symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-coloured petals (that was pretty obvious lol). It is located at the crown of the head, or above thecrown of the head. It's related to the color white and the pituitary gland.The pituitary gland is the master of our other glands so you can see how this chakra is considered divine. The crown chakra is what connects us to the Divine which then connects us to other people. Think of it as our own spiritual Internet ; everyone is always connected to it but few are in tune with it. You ever had a random idea and then next thing you know some guy at the other side of the world creates it ? Yeah thank the Crown chakra for that,it connects us all like a permanent wi-fi system. Those that are in tune with this chakra center (saints,apostles,prophets) are drawn with a circle looking halo thingie around their head. It is located above the 33rd vertebrae of your spine, it is what Jesus "ascended" to after death. It is the the 7th chakra and in Islam it is disguised as the 7th heaven Mohammed ascended to after death. See the pattern ?

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Ajna: The Brow Chakra

Ajna is symbolised by a lotus with two petals, and corresponds to the colors violet, indigo or deep blue. It is at this point that the 2 side nadis Ida and pingala (the two snakes on the medical symbol) are said to terminate and merge with the central channel Sushumna, signifying the end of duality (or the death of the Christ. The ascension of Christ takes place at the Crown Chakra)

Ajna, is known as the third eye or brow chakra and is linked to the pineal gland which gives us clairvoyance (the second sight) when this chakra is fully open.The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up.

Mentally, Ajna deals with visual consciousness. Emotionally, Ajna deals with clarity on an intuitive level.

Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra

Vishuddha (also Vishuddhi) is depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with 16 light or pale blue, or turquoise petals. Vishuddha may be understood as relating to communication and growth through expression. This chakra is located in the throat at the thyroid gland which is responsible for growth and maturation.

Physically, the throat chakra governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security.

Anahata: The Heart Chakra

Anahata, or Anahata-puri, or padma-sundara is symbolised by a circular flower with twelve vermillion, or green petals. Within it is a yantra of 2 intersecting triangles, forming a star of David, symbolising a union of the male and female (energy qualities). Anahata is related to the thymus, located in the chest. The thymus is a vital part of our immune system as well as a part of our endocrine system. It's where our T cells mature ( T cells are responsible for fending off disease). The heart chakra will be adversely affected by stress. Anahata is related to the colours green or pink.

The heart chakra controls complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well-being. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.

Manipura : The Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura or manipuraka is symbolised by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals. Manipura is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. Manipura is believed to correspond to Islets of Langerhans (group of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex). These cells play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food into energy for our body. The colour that relates to Manipura is yellow.

Key issues governed by Manipura are issues of personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.

Swadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra

Swadhisthana, Svadisthana or adhishthana is symbolized by a white lotus within which is a crescent moon, with six vermillion, or orange petals. The seed mantra is Vam, and the presiding deity is Bramha, with the Shakti being Rakini ( or Chakini ). The animal associated is the crocodile of Varuna. The Sacral Chakra is located in the sacrum (hence the name) and is considered to correspond to the testes or the ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. Swadisthana is also considered to be related to, more generally, the genitourinary system and the adrenals.

The key issues involving Swadisthana are relationships, violence, addictions, basic emotional needs, and pleasure. Physically, Swadisthana governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm.

Muladhara: The Base Chakra

Muladhara or root chakra is represented as a yellow square with 4 red petals.Inside of this chakra is wrapped up the goddess kundalini three times around a black lingam. It is the seat of the red bindu, the female drop (which in Tibetan vajrayana is located at the navel chakra). Muladhara is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potential. This center is located in the perineum, which is the region between the genital and the anus. Although no endocrine organ is placed here, it is said to relate to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat. There is a muscle located in this region that controls ejaculation in the sexual act of the human male. A parallel is charted between the sperm cell and the ovum where the genetic code lies coiled and the kundalini. Muladhara is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the colour red.

Key issues involve sexuality, lust and obsession. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.