Find Blocked Chakras

You have a physical body and a subtle or spiritual body. The latter has energy pathways (nadis) and a channel (sushumna, the central corridor up the spine from the tailbone to the head) along which lie seven major wheels or vortices of energy (chakras). Together they make up the esoteric anatomy of the subtle body. An energy imbalance or blockage in one or more of the chakras can adversely influence your spiritual work and your health and well-being. A blocked chakra or a wide-open chakra can result in mental and physical illnesses, according to some holistic practitioners, teachers of Tantra yoga, and energy workers, such as Reiki masters.

Chakra Contemplation for Empowerment

Focusing on a particular chakra as part of your regular spiritual work yields empowerment as the chosen chakra becomes more energized. For example, the Ajna or third-eye chakra opens your psychic vision, strengthens your intuition, and helps you see more clearly the meaning of life. The proper functioning of this chakra enables you to recall dreams and to see into realms that are not accessible to ordinary human vision.

Chakra Healing

When chakra energy becomes imbalanced and is too strong or diminished, illnesses in the physical body can develop. When you feel as if your vibration no longer rises into higher (or deeper) realms of consciousness, you may need a little chakra tune-up. To obtain optimum results in your work with the Law of Attraction, you want your mind, body, and spirit to be in harmonious alignment and the chakras to function as intended. For those times when they aren't, there are many excellent ways to heal chakra issues — Reiki or touch therapy, crystals and gem work, and aura cleansing, to name a few.

The Seven Main Chakras

Yogis say that you have a physical body and also an ethereal body. Along the ethereal body's central channel, corresponding to the spinal cord of the physical body, are the energy centers — the chakras. Through the process of spiritually unfolding, the latent powers of your chakras become activated. Swami Vivekananda noted in his book Raja Yoga that through rhythmic breathing, molecules in the body all begin to move in the same direction. That, in turn, can bring about a single-pointedness of your mind.

The seven main chakras are:

  • Muladhara, located at the base of the spine

  • Swadhisthana, located in the area of the navel

  • Manipura, located in the area of the solar plexus

  • Anahata, located at the heart center

  • Vishuddha, throat center

  • Ajna, located at the midpoint between the eyebrows (psychic third eye)

  • Sahasrara, shaped like a thousand-petaled lotus at the crown of the head

The Muladhara, or root chakra, represents the site of your spiritual potential. Swadhisthana is the center of unconscious desire, while Manipura is associated with your spiritual forcefulness or dynamism. Love emanates from the Anahata chakra. The Vishuddha represents the site of wisdom and the ability to discern between truth and ignorance. The Ajna chakra is associated with sacred prayer, and Sahasrara is the center of higher consciousness.

Each of the seven powerful chakras is associated with certain colors, sacred symbols, sounds, and relationships to specific body and esoteric powers such as clairaudience, clairvoyance, and the ability to travel astrally and to receive deep spiritual truths and insights. Meditation and all types of spiritual work can energize any or all of the chakras to further your evolution along the spiritual path.

Rise of the Kundalini

One of the most important goals of yogis is to bring about the awakening of the dormant divine energy, the kundalini, so that the energy rushes upward from the Muladhara to the Sahasrara or crown chakra at the top of the head, which is the seat of consciousness. Such an event bestows a state of samadhi or unity of mortal consciousness with Divine Mind.

The ancient Vedic text The Chandogya Upanishad (number nine of the 108 Upanishads of the Muktika Canon) noted that when a yogi entered the all-important energy pathway leading up through the head, he became immortal.

Modern yogis say that enlightenment is possible when kundalini, the sacred energy also referred to as the goddess Shakti, moves up the center channel of the sushumna through the crown chakra to unite with Shiva, the masculine aspect of the Divine that destroys ignorance. The energies yin/yang, female/male are completely balanced in that state, where you lose all consciousness of separateness, of duality. Instead, you rest in supreme bliss, in union with the Divine. You become godlike.

You can create a chakra chart by drawing a large circle on paper with seven circles ringing the internal perimeter. Allow the pendulum to swing over each of the seven circles symbolizing the chakras, and ask your yes/ no questions about chakra blockages, spiritually based physical illness, and appropriate healing methodologies.

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