The Chakras

The ChakraS


What is a Chakra?

A chakra is an energy center in our body. It is a kind of a vortex, exchanging the energy with our surroundings.

The seven chakras in the human body are a part of a connected system of seven major and numerous minor energy transforming centers. There are 114 chakras in a human body, which are connected through an energy network called the ‘nadis’. There are 72.000 nadi channels which connect all the energy vortexes together and are forming the complete human energy body.

What does the Word "Chakra" mean?

‘Chakra’ is a word for ‘wheel,’ ‘circle’ or ‘cycle’ and is primarily a Hindu concept. However, many other traditions have similar concepts but use different terminology.

Originating from sanskrit, the word ‘Chakra’ can be translated more directly as ‘a spinning energy wheel’.

Word 'Chakra' in Sanskrit Script

Word ‘Chakra’ written in  Sanskrit script.

A highly skilled person who can see auras, can perceive chakras as vortexes of spinning energy. During chakra meditation we can often feel chakras spinning as vortexes, or visualize them as such with our inner vision.

These centers which exist in the energetic dimension have a conical shape which extends and opens up to our front and back.

The main seven chakras, as is adopted from Hinduist belief, are aligned along the vertical axis from the base of the spine to the top of the head.

Chakras are linked to each other through energy channels called Ida, Pingala and Shushumna. These are the main lines in a complex system of energy lines, called the Nadis.

WHAT IS The Function of Chakras?

The main function of chakras is they connect with the energies of our surrounding and transmit these energies to our bodies and vice versa.

This process has a direct impact on our physical, psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual perception. It affects what we perceive, how we feel and ultimately what we think.

Chakras over Man Body Silhouette

Another function of the seven chakras, as well as the smaller ones, is to store karma (energy accumulated in past life experiences and in our current life experience).

Activating and balancing the chakras can trigger an energy transformation within us, which allows karma to be ‘burnt up.’ This means that bonds to ego-driven actions are being loosened and we become more in tune with universal energies. Once this has occurred to some degree, a we get on the way of becoming liberated from the karmic law and we step on the path of fully empowering ourselves as natural human beings.

Each of the seven chakras has its own vibration and serves a specific purpose.

Chakras are also considered to be openings to different internal and external dimensions. They are associated with body organs, emotional states, levels of consciousness, colors, planets, natural elements, frequencies, and mythical deities,  and have different meanings and aspects.

Each chakra relates to specific color of the visible color spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Clearing and opening these energy centers is referred to as “chakra balancing” or “chakra healing”. This process can lead to a profound transformation of our emotional, physical, and spiritual state.

With little effort invested in balancing your chakras, you can significantly improve your overall well-being.


Chakra Colors in Order from Root to Crown

Chakra Colors and Locations in Order - Root to Crown

Chakra colors ordered from first (root) to seventh (crown) are the following:

  1. RED – Root Chakra – Muladhara
  2. ORANGE – Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana
  3. YELLOW – Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
  4. GREEN – Heart Chakra – Anahata
  5. BLUE – Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
  6. INDIGO – Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
  7. VIOLET – Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
  • The red chakra sits at the bottom of the chakra system at the base of the spine.
  • The orange chakra is located above the spleen, just a bit above the sexual organs.
  • The yellow chakra is located in the stomach area.
  • The green chakra sits in the middle of the chest.
  • The blue chakra is located at the bottom of the throat and neck .
  • The indigo chakra location is in the brow area, between the eyes.
  • The violet chakra position is at the top of the head.

These seven colors had a significant role in ancient cultures, especially in healing practices.

The use of colors for healing and therapeutic purposes is not new. It is something that was practiced in the past and continues to be relevant to this day.

Our ancestors perceived light as a source of life and the driving force of life’s processes. In fact, light equaled health of the body, mind, and spirit.

However, the theories of linking the color therapy with the philosophy of chakras was developed much later, only in the last century.

The Origin of Chakra Colors

Sir Christoper Hills

Christopher Hills with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi

The idea of chakra colors was first presented in the 1970’s by an English writer and philosopher Christopher Hills.

He was a versatile scholar and practitioner of esoteric traditions who has linked the theory of chakras with the light frequencies and vibration.

His ideas were vastly accepted and nowadays the understanding of chakras is intimately linked with colors and frequencies, not only within western energy healing practices, but also in eastern traditions.

The theory of chakra colors is based on relation of chakras with the colors of the light spectrum (rainbow) and vibrational frequencies of specific colors.

Everything in nature has its universal logic, and in particular, on the level of energy and vibration, there are always co-relations.

For example, these relations exist between frequencies, colors, sounds, and when speaking about perception also levels of consciousness.

All these aspects are a part of chakra science which helps us understand chakras, their meanings, and properties.

Chakra colors and their order co-relate with seven colors which compose the sunlight.

You can observe these seven colors when you project the light through the glass prism. A prism breaks the white light into different colors because each of these colors has a different wavelength.

Red color has the longest waves, which means it has the lowest vibration or frequency and the violet color has the shortest waves, which means it has the highest vibration or frequency.

The same principle can be observed with chakras, where the root chakra (red) vibrates with the lowest frequency, and the crown chakra (violet) vibrates with the highest frequency.

Sunlight Projected through the Glass Prism breaking into 7 Chakra Colors

Anatomy of the Chakra Body

Chakras reside within the aura, where different human energy bodies (physical, spiritual, etheric, mental) are brought together and form these cone-shaped energy wheels or vortexes.

Each vortex is intimately linked with each other via the nervous system called Nadis. The main Nadi is called the Sushumna and goes straight up the spine from base to top of the head. Around the Sushumna, there are two intertwining Nadi channels, called the Ida and Pingala. These flow through each chakra and bring energy to these centers.

Diagram of the nadi channels and chakras in the human body:

Diagram of Ida, Pingala and Shushumna Channels

1. The Muladhara Chakra. 
1a. The Mooladhar. 
2. The Svadhisthana Chakra. 
3. The Manipura Chakra. 
3a. The Void. 
4. The Anahata Chakra. 
5. The Vishuddhi Chakra. 
6. The Ayna Chakra. 
7. The Sahasrara Chakra. 
A. Kundalini. 
B. Left channel (Ida Nadi). 
C. Central channel (Sushumna Nadi). 
D. Right channel (Pingala Nadi). 
E. Spirit. 
F. Ego. 
G. Superego.

When energy flows freely through Ida and Pingala channels, it allows our Kundalini, many times referred to as ‘the sleeping serpent’ to awaken and stem from the root chakra to the crown through Shushumna channel. Such occurrence is known as ‘Kundalini awakening’ and is one of the most profound spiritual experiences.

Chakras and Colors of Aura

Most of you would have heard about aura, our astral or etheric body – the three-dimensional glow that surrounds our bodies.

Aura is often understood as energy which is projected from our chakras. Aura reveals the physical, mental, and spiritual state of our being.

Girl Meditating and Expanding her Aura

In normal circumstances, an aura is invisible, seen only by exceptionally sensitive or clairvoyant people. However, anyone can learn how to see aura by following a few simple exercises.

When your chakras are balanced and healthy, they are channeling the energy which is sourced from the universal energy field and distributing it throughout your body.

In such case your aura colors are bright, and the structure of your aura is consistent without any ‘energy holes.’

If your chakras are out of balance and not functioning properly, they remain partially or completely closed to energy and therefore cannot receive or distribute it.

These problems manifest as dark blemishes on your aura. Problems in energy distribution result in the physical, emotional and mental disorders and can lead to serious health issues.

Most holistic healing practices share the notion that all diseases stem from a disturbed balance of force in our spiritual body.

They show at first as mental conflicts or emotional issues and, if unaddressed, proceed to manifest as physical illnesses as well. If you react to negative experiences by blocking your emotions, the flow of energy that runs through your chakras will be disturbed, and imbalances will occur.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chakras

According to the Vedic scriptures originating from Hinduism and also based on Buddhist tradition the chakras are energy centers which exist in an energy body of a person. As such, the chakras are not physical, but exist in more subtile energy fields. Many new-age healing and self-improvement techniques are based on philosophy of chakras and the practitioners of such methods will tell you that chakras are real and that the effects and benefits of opening your chakras can be definitely felt.

The name Chakra itself comes from Sanskrit language as the idea of chakras as we understand them in the western world originates from Hindu and Buddhist traditions. However other traditions have very similar concepts and understanding, some of which are Chinese Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese Buddhism.

The 7 chakra colors as accepted by western esoteric practices are the following:

  • Root Chakra – Red Color
  • Sacral Chakra – Orange Color
  • Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow Color
  • Heart Chakra – Green Color
  • Throat Chakra – Blue Color
  • Third Eye Chakra – Indigo Color
  • Crown Chakra – Violet Color

Aura colors are closely tied to functioning of the chakras and the health of these reflect in the aura.

  • Generally vivid colors of the aura with no ‘holes’ in it mean that a person is healthy and vital.
  • Dark colored aura with ‘holes’ and blemishes mean that the person is most likely ill and has a low energy vibration.

Chakras can become blocked for many reasons, some of the most prominent being:

  • Emotional trauma
  • Stress
  • Not enough physical exercise
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Unhealthy habits and addictions

Chakra cleansing is a process of using different techniqes for opening, balancing and healing your chakras. Chakra cleansing stimulates the flow of the vital energy known as “prana” or “chi” throughout the main seven chakras and through the complete chakra system. This results in improving and energetic field and reflects in overall well-being of a person.

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