An Introduction to Chakras

by | July 27, 2017

There are a number of paradigms that detail the structure and workings of the human energy system.  There are similarities between these systems and some differences.  There also seems to be different focuses depending on which paradigm of internal/spiritual energy one is speaking of. 

Today I’d like to introduce the Indian chakra system.  This paradigm of the human internal energy system focuses upon the seven main energy centres and the smooth operation of each.  Though there are multiple energy centres located throughout the body in the Indian system, those mostly discussed are the seven major chakras that run up the body from the base of the spine to the top of the head, and are located within the body.  The Indian system also mentions pathways of energy throughout the body that may be equivalent to the meridian system of Chinese internal energy anatomy, which are termed “nadis”.  Of course, further investigation is required.

The seven major chakras seem to govern all aspects of life, from survival, sexuality, power, emotions, communication, insight, spirituality, and everything else in between.  A blocked or overactive chakra can lead to a lack or excess of the dominant energies of each chakra and a corresponding experience in one’s life in the aspect of life or personality that each chakra governs.  A balanced chakra seems to be the best for thriving in life and becoming an actualized human being (in the Maslovian sense).

Further there is also a discussion of what is called the “kundalini” energy and its awakening.  I am uncertain of what this kundalini energy is in scientific terms, but it seems to be a primordial energy of creation that is said to lie dormant at the base of the spine, like a sleeping serpent.  Once awoken this fiery energy is said to shoot up the spine along the path of the seven major chakras burning through any blocks that may be within these chakras.  This can potentially lead to a number of physical and psychological healing crisis, which if not handled with care can be mostly temporarily, occasionally permanently, debilitating.  Again, this requires further study.

 We’ll keep exploring.