Meet the ChakrasBy Linda Emslie on 17 March 2017
The terms Rainbow Body and Chakras are fairly widespread and generally understood at some level. You might not know exactly what someone’s on about when they start talking about chakras, but you get the gist that they have something to do with energy and other esoteric ideas!
So I just wanted to take a bit of time to introduce you to your chakras, because they are a great way to maintain equilibrium in body, mind and spirit. They are also powerful self-development and self-actualisation tools.
The chakra system I work with, and the one that seems to be most commonly used, comes from the Hindu tradition. The word “chakra” is Sanskrit for “wheel”. Probably because when these energy centres are visualised they often appear as a spinning vortex, or wheel of energy.
In this system there are seven major chakras located centrally in the body running in a vertical line. They are like the interface between the energetic part of you and the physical part of you.
In the Hindu system the colours typically associated with each of the chakras are as follows:
- Root Chakra: Red
- Sacral Chakra: Orange
- Solar Plexus Chakra: Yellow
- Heart Chakra: Green
- Throat Chakra: Blue
- Third Eye Chakra: Indigo
- Crown Chakra: Violet or White
What do you notice about the list above?
Okay, it’s not a test. I’ll tell you the answer. Here comes the bit where you “get it” about the Rainbow Body label. The colours of the chakras, starting at the Root, or base, and ascending to the top of your head, correspond to the colours of the visible light spectrum in ascending vibration.
So not only do the colours listed reflect the colours we see in a rainbow, the associated chakra also corresponds to the upward movement of increasing frequency, from the slowest, densest vibration of red (at the bottom) to violet or white at the top.
This gives you another clue about the purpose of the chakras. As you move upward through each energy centre, you make a journey through the physical earthly concerns relevant for the chakas located in the lower half of the body, and progress upwards through the more spiritual centres located in the top half of the body. This progression correspond to rising levels of consciousness.
It seems such a simple, logical system, yet once you’ve met your chakras and embark on deepening your friendship, you come to understand what a wonderfully complex system this is. And beautiful and powerful tool you can easily access at any time, for learning about self; for empowering yourself to be the best version of you; to bring you to a place of connection with all there is.