Chakras are the energy centers of our subtle energy body and at the same time they are receivers and transformers of cosmic energy. They have different forms, colors, functions and vibratory frequencies. Every chakra is energetically connected to a specific organ, forming a direct connection to the physical body. Among themselves the chakras are woven together, one cannot fully function without the others. If just one chakra is not vibrating harmoniously, it affects all of the other chakras and their corresponding organs.
One can picture a chakra in the form of a funnel, vortex or a flower calyx. More accurately, chakras consist of dense energy, which in turn attracts more energy, changing it and transforming it. In this way chakras work like magnets: the more they are charged the more energy they attract.
When for example, a chakra is weakened it absorbs just as much energy as the person needs to survive. The bodily organs that are energetically nourished by this chakra are malnourished. If this disturbance persists for a longer time, it can result in bodily weakness, a weakened immune system and ultimately in manifestations of illness. People with weak chakras are easily manipulated and they also tend to manipulate others. This includes many "energy robbers" who draw on other people's energy. It would be unusual for a person with a harmonic chakra system to exploit or abuse others for their own self-interest. At this point we are going to examine the seven main chakras individually.
The First Chakra – the Root Chakra
The Root chakra also known as the Base chakra, is located at the base of the spine, more precisely, at the end of the coccyx, and it points to the earth. It rotates in a relaxed way, absorbing not only cosmic energy but specifically energy of the earth. Without this chakra we could not exist in a human body on this planet. The classic color associated with this chakra is red.
When the Root chakra is balanced a person is grounded, healthy, centered, full of vitality, positive, energetic, sensual and tender. If there is too much energy this can express itself in dominance, materialistic drive, or greed. When this chakra is weak this indicates that the body is energetically undernourished. In this context one tends to insecurity, destructive behavior, apathy towards life and even towards sex, and in extreme cases may even be at risk of committing suicide.
The Second Chakra – the Sacral Chakra
This chakra is also known as the Sexual chakra or Spleen chakra. It is in reality a chakra pair and is located between the hip bones in the lower abdomen. It rotates faster and more easily than the first chakra. The classic color assigned to this chakra is orange.
The chakra that is open to the front corresponds with the quality of sexual energy in a person, the chakra that is open to the back to the quantity of sexual energy. Both chakras together support the vitality of a sexual union. With a sexual orgasm the chakra pair discharges energy, the energy that results is released, it then revitalizes and cleanses the body of energy blockage and tension. Of great importance is the connection to the fourth chakra, the Heart chakra. In the absence of this connection it might result in sexual perversions.
People who have a balanced second chakra are self-confident, have a healthy sense of self-worth, a good sense of humor, are considerate, friendly, take care of others in a loving way and can nevertheless recognize and express their own wishes and needs. Too much energy in this chakra can lead to quick tempered, aggressive or sexually demanding behavior. Too little energy in the second chakra leads to insecurity, hypersensitivity anger and lack of balance.
The Third Chakra – the Solar Plexus Chakra
This chakra is located above the navel between the ends of ribs and it rotates a little bit faster than the first two chakras. The Solar Plexus chakra also consists of a chakra pair through which cosmic energy and solar energy can be absorbed into the subtle energy body.
In addition to the supply of earth energy, they create a further energetic anchoring of a human being on planet earth. The classic color associated with this chakra is yellow.
The third chakra is closely connected to the mental function of a person and at the same time is the storage area for experiences, knowledge and anxieties from earlier in life. These old and mostly unconscious behavior patterns are very deeply rooted and often lead to energy blockade.
Those who have a balanced third chakra are self-confident, open, intellectual, interested in many things. They are balanced and fearless, and they are able to assess their own capabilities quite well. When there is too much energy this manifests itself in judgment as in, perfectionism, demanding behavior, addiction and dependency. The opposite situation, too little energy, leads to similar behavioral characteristics as energy depletion in the second chakra.
The Fourth Chakra – the Heart Chakra
The fourth chakra is located in the middle of the chest, on the front and back side, approximately at the level of the heart. The classic colors associated with this chakra are pink or green respectively.
The front Heart chakra enables a person to feel love while the rear chakra enables a person to live his or her own will in harmony with divine will. This chakra pair plays a key role; it influences all the other chakras and remains in constant communication with them. Ideally it is wide open and without any limitations.
Being in love is, for example, a brief, often surprising opening of the heart chakra. These overpowering feelings do not last forever and one returns to one's usual limitations. Fear of rejection, naked vulnerability, fear of being hurt and irrational defensive thoughts are grounds for one’s heart chakra to close up again.
People who have enough energy in their heart chakra are sensitive, balanced and understanding. They are also helpful, friendly and optimistic. On the other hand those who have too much energy in this chakra can be moody, melodramatic, demanding, judgmental and manipulative. Those who have too little energy in their heart chakra are often undecided, trapped, filled with self-pity, panic in the face of rejection, feel that they are unworthy of love, have difficulty accepting help and do not really seek it out.
The Fifth Chakra – the Throat Chakra
This chakra is also composed of a chakra pair. It is located at the level of the throat and as a result it is named the Throat chakra. The classic color associated with this chakra is light blue or turquoise. It is closely dependent on the previously mentioned chakras. For example, when the third chakra vibrates in a balanced way the fifth chakra does as well.
The front chakra of this chakra pair stands for taking responsibility for one's own needs, while the rear chakra is closely associated with self-esteem. Fear of failure resides in the neck.
The fifth chakra enables one to express oneself with words, movement and art. It functions as a transmitting station: it transmits feelings and receives nonverbal messages.
The higher this chakra vibrates, the better a person can filter and recognize what truly is happening. When this chakra is balanced the person is, as a rule, artistically gifted, articulate, media savvy, contented and imaginative. Too much energy in this area leads to domination of conversations, to dogmatism, and smugness, and a drive for recognition and exhibitionism. When there is too little energy in this chakra, it becomes difficult to express thoughts in words, the person is awkward, pedantic, unreliable, manipulative and unable to let go and relax.
The Sixth Chakra – the Brow Chakra
This chakra, also known as the Third Eye chakra, is found approximately one thumb width above the eyebrows, and also consists of a chakra pair. The classic color associated with this chakra is indigo blue.
When the Third Eye is open the person is able to liberate himself from the time-space dimension and transcend its limitations. The person receives insights into earlier incarnations and is closely connected to his or her intuition. All of the capabilities that have already been developed in the fifth chakra, present themselves as more pronounced and more refined in the sixth chakra. Extra-sensory perceptions such as visions, clairvoyance, astral travels etc. point to an activated sixth chakra.
For our own protection this chakra is usually sealed and may only be opened with utmost care. If this chakra is opened too fast and too intensively, it can cause significant psychic disturbances. Simply stated the person could become insane. The front chakra is connected to the ability to visualize, think creatively and conceptualize, while the back chakra is responsible for the implementation of visions. When the front chakra is open, yet the back chakra is closed, one may have numerous visions but is unable to implement them.
Balanced energy in the sixth chakra presents itself as telepathy, clairvoyance and psychic abilities. Such people are able to look at past lives, they are charismatic and have cosmic consciousness. Too much energy here makes a person egotistical, egocentric, proud, dogmatic, authoritarian and manipulative. Too little energy in this chakra makes him or her hypersensitive, insecure, undisciplined, and increases a tendency to experience schizophrenia.
The Seventh Chakra – the Crown Chakra
This chakra is found in the middle of the roof of the head opening upwards. It is the chakra that connects the human body to the divine. The classic color associated with this chakra is white.
When the Crown chakra is open and activated, it looks like a radiant crown of white almost transparent light. In earlier times, angels and saints (or rulers) were depicted with a halo, which symbolized their open Crown chakra.
Few people have an open Crown chakra. Generally, it is only open enough for a relatively minimal amount of energy to be absorbed. If someone were only connected to the seventh chakra, while all other chakras, especially the first and the second were closed, the person would immediately vanish from his or her physical body. The opening of the seventh chakra is a spiritual process which has to be preceded by a gradual spiritual development. Only through the activation of the other chakras can the Crown chakra be gently activated.
The most important functions of the chakras are: