Where Did The Chakras Originate From?
Chakras are most commonly associated with Yoga. Some have heard of a chakra being blocked and that one can work on a specific chakra to open it. But where did the idea of chakras come from? – They have originated in India as a complex energy system within the body. The term – “energy is everything” is significantly proven in quantum physics and these types of energy are within your body. There is even evidence that dates back to 1500-1000 BC of ancient text of knowledge about the chakras. It is found in the Hindu religion and is in the scriptures known as Vedas. The word chakras means wheel and are different energy points in the body.
These energy points that run along the spine are to remain “open” to allow the flow of energy throughout the body. These different points of energy spots are thought to be spinning disks that correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs that can affect our emotion and physical state of well-being.
Let’s go through each chakra starting from the base of the body to the top of the head.
The root chakra is a red color, located at the bottom of the spine, specifically the tailbone area. The meaning of this chakra is the physical ability, grounding, and stability.
When this chakra is blocked it is thought to cause physical pain such as: arthritis, bladder / colon issues, constipation. It can even cause emotional insecurities regarding finances as well as basic needs and wellbeing. However, when the chakra remains open one will feel grounded, secure both physically and emotionally.
The sacral chakra is an orange color and is located below the belly button and right above the pelvic bone. The meaning of this chakra is creativity, sexuality and pleasure. When this chakra is blocked some have problems that are associated with organs such as: lower back pain, impotency, and urinary tract infections. Emotionally the chakra is related to our self-worth and even more our self-worth around pleasure, creativity and sexuality.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is a yellow color and is located in the upper abdomen area (stomach area). Its meaning relates to self-esteem and confidence. If blocked they say it causes digestive issues such as: indigestion, eating disorders, ulcers, and heartburn (Stelter, 2016). This chakra is related to self-esteem and self-confidence.
The heart chakra is a green color, and is located in the chest area (heart). The meaning relates to physical health in the chest area. It bridges between the upper and lower part of the body and the other chakras. If blocked it can cause heart problems, weight issues, and asthma. When it is blocked it can also be seen through people’s actions. This means that when blocked, people tend to put others first, and can often make themselves feel lonely, isolated and insecure (Stelter, 2016).
The throat chakra is a blue color, and located in the throat. The meaning relates to the ability to communicate verbally. When there is proper flow one can listen and have confidence and compassion when speaking (Stelter, 2016). This is because with proper flow one knows they are being true to themselves with how they speak.
When blocked voice and throat problems,but also can include issues surrounding the area. For example issues with the teeth, mouth, and gyms (Stelter, 2016). In addition to physical issues blocking there can be issues with gossiping, speaking without thinking, dominating conversations, and having trouble speaking your mind(Stelter, 2016).
Third Eye Chakra
The eye chakra is a purple / indigo color, and is located in the forehead. It has been known as the “brow” chakra. When there is proper flow and alignment it allows people to follow their intuition and are able to see the big picture.
When blocked it causes physical symptoms such as headaches, hearing problems, and issues with sight. It also affects concentration. Those who have trouble listening to reality or think they know it all are not in touch with their intuition .
The crown chakra is a violet or white color, and is located at the top of the head. The meaning of this chakra is intelligence and awareness. The meaning of this chakra relates to enlightenment and talks about our concentration to our life’s purpose and spirituality (Stelter, 2016). One may ask “What is the purpose of my life?” or “What am I meant to do?” This chakra is extra special. It is linked to every other chakra (Stelter, 2016). This means that it is also linked to every organ in the body, including the brain and nervous system. When this chakra is open it can help all other chakras remain open and bring enlightenment and personal bliss. When blocked it can lead someone to be closed-minded, stubborn, and skeptical of things.
How To Open Your Chakras
There are different techniques people use to open chakras that are blocked. Some techniques will work for some while other techniques may work better for others.
Meditation – I am sure you heard of this before as there is a very wide variety of different types of meditation. It is a way to connect with yourself and help with self guidance. Through meditation you can bring in positive energy and release negative energy allowing chakras to open.
Mantras & Affirmations – This particular practice can be used during meditation. Allowing yourself to open up to unconditional love and compassion. Saying these mantras and affirmation phrases can be done out loud or in your head throughout the day.
Yoga – A lot has practiced yoga and while there are so many different types of yoga all are beneficial. Just keep in mind that while there are so many different types of yoga they are not for all as it depends on age, physical strength, flexibility, and what you are just looking to get out of it. Different yoga poses have different benefits. The camel post can balance your heat and your throat chakra at the same time (Chacrys, 2018). Yoga can also increase balance and sense of grounding which relates to root chakra. Other practices such as TaiChi and QiGong can be helpful to open on chakras (Chacrys, 2018).
Breathing Deeply – This may seem simple but it can be a huge help to open chakras! This can work in high stress situations, taking deep breaths slowly in and out. There are different types of breathing methods you can use. My personal favorite is called “boxed breathing”: breathe in for 3-5 seconds, hold your breath for 3-5 seconds, breath out for 3-5 seconds, hold breath for 3-5 seconds. It allows you to slow your bread down, and have to concentrate on your breathing by counting the numbers in your head.
Forgiveness – This may sound odd but forgiveness of others and yourself can allow chakras to be open. Allowing yourself to be forgiven can help you move through past events that could have caused guilt or shame. Forgiving others helps to allow yourself to not hold grudges, anger and to move forward with a more clear conscience. Yoga, breathing, meditation can all help with forgiveness.
Gratitude – Just like forgiving oneself and others is important. It is just like giving yourself the “credit” you deserve. Stopping your thought of always thinking “you could have done something better”, “you weren’t quick enough”, “you’re not strong enough” etc. Giving yourself gratitude out loud or in your head can increase self-esteem which can relate to the solar plexus chakra. This could be done throughout the day and on a daily basis.
All the chakras are important, and one is never more important over the other. It is very possible that at least one, more than one is relatable to you. You may have realized that you showed signs of a chakras that may be blocked or open. Some believe the best way to go about it is to reopen one chakra at a time. Others believe you can “work on” or reopen chakras simultaneously. It is important to always be aware of which chakra might be closed and open, if feeling “off”. Being able to recognize what chakra(s) may be closed
Chacrys, C. (2018, March 30). Want to Open Your Chakras? Try These 9 Techniques! Thrive Global. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/want-to-open-your-chakras-try-these-9-techniques/.
Stelter, G. (2016, December 18). A Beginner’s Guide to the 7 Chakras and Their Meanings. healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/7-chakras.